Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0: Hazard seals FA Cup glory in possible Conte farewell Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 02:09 5/20/18 Getty Images Chelsea ended an underwhelming season on a high note as Eden Hazard sunk Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final. Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea to a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.The 27-year-old forward fuelled speculation over his future this week by stating he will wait and see how Chelsea’s close-season transfer policy develops before committing to a new contract at Stamford Bridge.But he was all business at England’s national stadium as he turned the first half into an ordeal for Phil Jones – the United defender whose clumsy foul meant Hazard won and converted a 22nd-minute penalty. 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 United improved upon a tepid showing after the break and Alexis Sanchez had a goal ruled out for offside, but even the late introduction of Romelu Lukaku on his return from an ankle injury could not force an equaliser.It meant a sweet victory for Antonio Conte over his rival Jose Mourinho on what could prove his farewell outing as Chelsea coach, with the FA Cup a notable consolation after their Premier League title defence slumped to a fifth-place finish.Slotted. #FACupFinal pic.twitter.com/eaCSgrQdEA— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018As in the semi-final win over Tottenham, David de Gea was preferred to United’s regular cup goalkeeper Sergio Romero and the Spain international was called upon in the ninth minute.Jones gave away possession and Tiemoue Bakayoko set Hazard running at the backpedalling England defender, who he skipped past and forced De Gea to save with his right boot at the near post.Bakayoko and Sanchez had half-hearted penalty appeals turned down but there was little doubt for referee Michael Oliver when he later pointed to the United spot.An utterly hapless start to the game continued for Jones, who blundered through Hazard as the Belgium star darted around him after bringing Cesc Fabregas’ lofted pass under his spell.Conte was furious on the touchline after Jones was only yellow carded – in line with the International Football Association Board update brought in from last season – but Hazard was a picture of calmness as he stroked home, sending De Gea the wrong way.Jones had a chance to make amends but headed wide at the far post from Ashley Young’s left-wing cross, with United belatedly arriving as an attacking force in the closing minutes of the half.Antonio Rudiger blocked well from Marcus Rashford after Paul Pogba drove a counter-attack in stoppage time.11 – Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinal pic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018Mourinho’s side enjoyed their first sustained spell of pressure early in the second half, with Ander Herrera liberated from attempting to shackle Hazard and lending greater impetus to United’s midfield play.Thibaut Courtois beat away a drive from Rashford and Pogba saw a deflected 57th-minute shot loop behind, before Nemanja Matic scuffed wide wastefully against his former club.The pressure looked to have told in the 63rd minute but Sanchez was fractionally offside – a decision confirmed by VAR – when he prodded in after Courtois denied Jones.Chelsea attacks had become a rarity by the time N’Golo Kante marauded forward and played in Marcos Alonso. The wing-back was denied by his countryman De Gea and Young escaped penalty claims for handball as Chelsea followed up.Courtois denied Rashford one against one before the England forward made way for Lukaku, and Mourinho would no doubt have preferred a glorious 82nd-minute headed chance fell to the Belgian as opposed to Pogba.United’s record signing was unmarked but directed substitute Anthony Martial’s corner wide, condemning his boss to a trophyless campaign. Key Opta stats:- Chelsea have won their eighth FA Cup and their first since 2012, level with Tottenham – only Manchester United (12) and Arsenal (13) have won more.- Jose Mourinho has lost his first cup final in charge of an English club, after winning each of the previous six (4 x EFL Cup, 1 x FA Cup, 1x Europa League).- United mustered 18 shots in the game; they last attempted more shots without scoring in a match in all competitions in October 2016 (38 v Burnley in the Premier League).- Eden Hazard’s penalty was the first scored in an FA Cup final since Ruud van Nistelrooy for United versus Millwall in 2004 (excluding shoot-outs).- Thibaut Courtois attempted 42 passes in the game, more than any of his outfield team-mates. read more
Argentina Maradona: Messi doesn’t have to demonstrate anything for Argentina Jamie Smith 06:41 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Argentina World Cup Lionel Messi Argentina v Haiti The Albiceleste are not among the World Cup favourites and their captain has nothing to prove, according to the outspoken legend Diego Maradona feels Lionel Messi does not have to prove anything to Argentina as the Barcelona superstar prepares for what could be his last World Cup.Argentina reached the final in Brazil four years ago but were narrowly defeated by Germany, with Mario Gotze scoring the only goal in extra time.Maradona inspired Argentina to glory the last time they won the World Cup, in Mexico in 1986, while he captained the side as they lost in the final four years later. 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 But Messi has been unable to spark a comparable triumph, seeing his side beaten three times in major finals, the forward temporarily retiring from international duty after the Copa America Centenario defeat to Chile in 2016.Messi’s assessment is that Argentina are not one of the leading contenders for the title at Russia 2018, but while Maradona is not backing La Albiceleste either, it is for a different reason.”I would advise Messi to keep playing, to enjoy the game,” Maradona told Omnisport. “He has to forget about the critics, if he can win the World Cup or not. “He doesn’t have to demonstrate anything. He has to enjoy the game on the field.”I don’t know [coach Jorge] Sampaoli, I don’t know how he plays. But, I know a lot of the players and I know they will give everything.”And I think they have a good opportunity to win. But I don’t choose [Argentina] as a favourite because the favourite one never wins.”[SELECCIÓN MAYOR] Postales del arribo de @Argentina en #Barcelona. ¡Ya estamos! pic.twitter.com/oNPOLrIIPq— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) May 31, 2018Messi and Maradona are often compared but former Argentina international Hernan Crespo does not believe it is useful to pit the duo against each other.”It’s is useless to compare them because we need to enjoy it,” Crespo told Omnisport. “Maradona and Messi are both Argentineans and it is incredible that they had such huge impact on the football history.”It is obvious that the social impact Maradona had will never be seen again. It’s not about winning trophies, and it is what it is. Regarding Messi, his impact’s been in terms of football itself, there is a ‘before’ and ‘after-Messi’.”So then, why should we compare them? We just need to enjoy them.”Having beaten Haiti 4-0 in their opening pre-World Cup friendly, Messi scoring a hat-trick, Argentina are next in action against Israel on Friday.
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TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Younes Kaboul leaves Watfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveYounes Kaboul has left Watford.Watford have cancelled the contract of defender Kaboul by mutual consent.The 32-year-old, signed from Sunderland in the summer of 2016, scored twice across 26 appearances during a injury-ravaged stint at Vicarage Road.He had not featured for the Hornets since September 2017 and was left out of their 25-man Premier League squad this term.“Everyone at Watford wishes Younes well for the future and thanks him for his contributions while at Vicarage Road,” read a statement on Watford’s website.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Santiago Solari: Great 2018 for Real Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSantiago Solari insists 2018 has been a great year for Real Madrid.Despite both Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo leaving, Solari believed it had still been a great year for Los Blancos.”It’s been a wonderful year for Real Madrid, another one that adds to its history,” he said.”I hope that people celebrate the last night of the year in peace and face 2019 with hope, work and love, which is the most important.”Real Madrid will return to action on Thursday, January 3, against Villarreal.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan chief Maldini: Derby against Inter Milan always a thrillby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan chief Paolo Maldini says the derby against Inter Milan is “always a thrill”.The Derby della Madonnina is on Saturday night and finds the Rossoneri as underdogs.”It’s always a great thrill, but I must say that, thank God, the importance of this derby isn’t greater than the importance of winning something this season,” Maldini told Milan TV.“In other cities, the derby is even more important because the two teams involved have never reached higher objectives than a single match.“I’ve played in a lot of them, I think more than 50, and they were all a bit different. I didn’t play the first ones at 100 percent because the tension, at 16, 17 or 18, is rather difficult to manage.“They were more difficult than those I played at 35, 36 years old. In all these derbies, there were various emotions, but perhaps the most exciting of all were the Champions League ones: to win a semi-final played over six days, qualify for the Final and then win the cup…“They were probably the most intense ones. The difference between playing in one and experiencing it as a director is huge.“You don’t play the game. Therefore, you don’t prepare to play it but rather to watch it.“In terms of stress, watching the game has much more of an effect than playing it. At least by playing it, you can vent your instincts, fears and concerns.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery says Arsenal improving ‘little-by-little’by Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery says Arsenal are getting better “little-by-little”.The Gunners are currently third on the table and are cruising in the Europa League group stages.Speaking ahead of Monday’s clash with Sheffield United, Emery said: “The players finished the last match with some doubt because in the second half we didn’t finish like we wanted, controlling the match.”That two weeks we were now with the international team break, I think has been very good to start again with that third position, for our confidence and knowing we can do better.”But being competitive, I think we are getting better little-by-little and we are looking to play the best we possibly can with our tactical plan for each match.”
Toni Kroos will miss a series of Real Madrid’s forthcoming matches with a grade two adductor tear, the Liga giants have confirmed.The Germany midfielder was substituted 10 minutes from time in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu, a result that left Santiago Solari’s side fifth in Spain’s top flight.A statement on the club’s official website reads: “Following tests carried out on our player Toni Kroos today by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a grade two tear of the adductor muscle in his left leg. His recovery will be monitored.” 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? Madrid did not specify an expected return date for Kroos but his grade two tear is likely to mean an absence of anywhere between three to six weeks to heal completely.Indeed, Los Blancos could count themselves lucky, as grade three tears can sideline players for over three months.That means the 29-year-old will miss both legs of the Copa del Rey last-16 tie against Leganes – the opening match of which comes on Wednesday – and the league games against Real Betis and Sevilla at the very least.Kroos medical report.#RealMadridhttps://t.co/yXiiGGrQHi— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 7, 2019Madrid close out January with a trip to Espanyol before entertaining Deportivo Alaves.The February 9 derby at Atletico Madrid is followed by a trip to Ajax in the last 16 of the Champions League.Kroos’ absence adds to a considerable injury headache for Solari, who is currently without Gareth Bale (calf), Mariano (sciatica), Marco Asensio and Marcos Llorente (both hamstring).
After two-and-a-half immensely frustrating years at Barcelona, Denis Suarez looks set to make a fresh start in the Premier League.The versatile midfielder will have the chance to relaunch his flagging career at Arsenal, with a January loan move now close. It is a fantastic opportunity for Suarez, who has failed to fulfil his potential since moving to Camp Nou.But why did the 25-year-old fail to impress alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez? And can he show his best side for an Arsenal team that is also struggling to meet expectations after such a promising start to the season under new manager Unai Emery? 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? Emery, of course, played a bigger part than most in Suarez’s Barca move. After unsuccessful early stints at Manchester City and the Catalans ended, the then-Sevilla coach brought him to Andalusia in 2014.In his only season at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Suarez made 25 starts and 46 appearances in all competitions as the Rojiblancos won the Europa League and finished fifth in La Liga, with their loan signing from Barcelona contributing six goals and five assists to the cause.That form earned Suarez a permanent move to Villarreal in 2015 and he performed even more impressively at El Madrigal, helping the Yellow Submarine qualify for the Champions League by scoring five goals and creating 11 others.As a result, Barca decided to re-sign the former B team player the following summer by exercising their buy-back clause.The youngster initially held his own in the Blaugrana’s immensely competitive midfield. Indeed, Luis Enrique started Suarez 12 times in La Liga in 2016-17, while he also featured 14 times off the bench.With Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic Barca’s undisputed midfield trio and the likes of Arda Turan, Andre Gomes and Sergi Roberto also battling for first-team places, becoming a regular was never going to be easy.However, Luis Enrique had the utmost faith in Suarez’s ability, even touting him as “Iniesta’s long-term replacement”.”Why not? Players have to evolve. He has to improve. Iniesta is Harry Potter, he makes magic, and it is difficult to find another. But Denis is on the right path and I hope he can be Iniesta’s heir.”Denis is the youngest player in the squad and one of the few players to leave Barca B and be able to return. That is because of taking care of the ball but also working hard off the ball, which some players forget about.”You have the ball for a minute or a minute-and-a-half in the game, so if you do not do well without it, you have no chance at this level. Denis understands that and he is well loved by his team-mates.”Suarez wasn’t loved by Luis Enrique’s successor, though. After racking up over 1,000 minutes of action in his debut season at Camp Nou, he saw his on-field time halved in 2017-18 under new coach Ernesto Valverde and things have only gone from bad to worse this term.Suarez has managed a paltry 17 minutes of Liga action so far, with both Arturo Vidal and Arthur having leapfrogged him in the Barca pecking order.Valverde has publicly insisted that Suarez “has a future” with the Blaugrana but also admitted that he will only be called upon when there is a need for rotation, admitting that he is just “one more player in the squad”.Consequently, a reunion with Emery at Arsenal – who are in the market for midfield reinforcements given the imminent exit of Aaron Ramsey and the uncertainty surrounding Mesut Ozil – seems the perfect move.Suarez is seen as a strong option out wide, where he played so well under Emery at Sevilla, given with Barca he more often than not floundered occupying a more central attacking role.There are certain financial complications, however. Having spent heavily last summer, the transfer kitty is all but empty at the Emirates, forcing the manager to exclusively pursue loan deals.”We cannot sign anyone permanently,” Emery said prior to Arsenal’s defeat at the hands of West Ham last weekend. “Only loan players this January.”Barcelona, on the other hand, logically favour a permanent deal that would include yet another buy-back clause.But negotiations are beginning to bear fruit.A six-month loan and non-binding purchase option now appears to be an acceptable compromise for both buyer and seller, while Suarez has made it clear that, having brushed off interest from other clubs, Arsenal’s style of play and his pre-existing relationship with Emery make north London the perfect destination to kick-start his career.If the deal does go through prior to the close of the January transfer window, the Gunners will have pulled off a transfer coup.Suarez may not have had what it takes to establish himself at Camp Nou but he has shown fleeting glimpses of his true talent – most recently against Levante in the Copa del Rey – that make it more than clear that he is not just another run of the mill player.At just 25, he is entering his prime, and will come to the Emirates with more motivation than ever to prove his doubters in Catalunya wrong.Suarez and Emery did great things together at Sevilla, and despite the disappointment he has endured at Barcelona, there is no reason to think lightning cannot strike twice in north London.
Twitter/@MickeyRyan1045“That Duck is pulling that truck.” After Tennessee’s streak-snapping win over Florida, Butch Jones and the Vols may have a new catchphrase, thanks to Quincy Wilson’s game-week smack talk.On Tuesday, Florida defensive back Quincy Wilson guaranteed a 12th straight win over Tennessee, with the quizzical question “have you ever seen a duck pull a truck?”“We have a message from DBU to Tennessee,” Wilson said. “Have you ever seen a duck pull a truck? Ducks don’t pull trucks. Nobody has ever seen a duck pull a truck. Florida Gators are going to win, simple as that.”The phrase caught on this week, to the point that even Oregon’s mascot decided to weigh in.Today, Tennessee snapped the streak, and yes, the Vols let everyone know that the duck was seen pulling the truck. Both Butch Jones and Josh Dobbs made reference to Wilson’s question during their on-field interviews after the huge win.Butch: “…and that duck was pulling that truck, baby!” pic.twitter.com/qzok8tmOki— Mickey Ryan (@MickeyRyan1045) September 24, 2016Josh Dobbs: “Let’s keep that duck pulling that truck.” https://t.co/NuNoro9zDN— Landon Watnick (@LandonWatnick) September 24, 2016And that is how a ridiculous catchphrase was born. We expect that the Vols will adopt the “duck pulling the truck” for the rest of the year, as they well should. Nothing galvanizes a team like a ridiculous rallying cry. If mallards are involved, all the better.
Franck Ribery will end a 12-year stint as a player with Bayern Munich when his contract expires with the Bundesliga champions on June 30, though the former France international has said that he hopes to one day return to the Allianz Arena in a different capacity.Ribery has not yet hung up his boots, indicating that he will go on playing for the time being, but at 36 he is already looking to his career once his days on the field are over.Having enjoyed a period of unparalleled success in Bavaria, where he won nine Bundesliga titles and also lifted the Champions League, he believes that one day he can help the team in a sporting coordinator role. 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? Speaking to L’Equipe Mag, he said: “I’ll always have a winning mentality in me, and I want to transmit that. I equally feel what the players are feeling and I know them as men… One day I’ll know what it’s like to be a manager.”While the player’s future is uncertain, he envisages signing for a significant club as a free agent this summer.“I’m still hungry and I still think I’ve got something to give,” he said. “As long as I feel that I have the high level in the legs and in the head, I will go and get it. I can still play at a big club … I think. I have this experience that often makes the difference.“I have always been very professional and worked a lot. All this effort and discipline has paid for this longevity.“I knew this season was my last in Bayern but I have never played ‘cool’. When the locker room needing shaking up, I did it. I remained myself, a leader, until the end.”Ribery became an iconic figure in Bavaria after being prised away from Marseille for a German record fee of €26 million (£17m/$35m) plus a €4m bonus in 2007.He would go on to feature 425 times for FCB, scoring 124 goals in the process, with his work in tandem with Arjen Robben down the opposite flank legendary.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches his team take on the Georgia Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium September 22, 2007 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Georgia defeated Alabama 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Saturday’s action didn’t feature a ton of upsets, but we did learn a bit more about how the College Football Playoff race is going to shape up. At this point, it looks like there are realistically nine teams with a shot at qualifying for the event.Alabama, after a dominant win over Mississippi State, is still top dog. Clemson, which handled Boston College on the road, is the clear No. 2. After that, it’s Notre Dame, which blew out Florida State.Oklahoma survived an upset bid from rival Oklahoma State after a failed two-point conversion attempt. Meanwhile, Michigan, Georgia, West Virginia, Washington State and Ohio State all prevailed.Here’s what we think the Coaches’ Poll is going to look like come Sunday afternoon. There aren’t a ton of changes at the top.AlabamaClemsonNotre DameMichiganGeorgiaOklahomaOhio StateWest VirginiaWashington StateLSUUCFSyracuseUtah StateWashingtonTexasPenn StateFloridaCincinnatiMississippi StateKentuckyBoston CollegeUtahIowa StateFresno StateUABCollege football fans – do we have it right?
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State has one game remaining before its biggest game of the season, as the Buckeyes are set to take on Maryland this afternoon before hosting Michigan at Ohio Stadium in Columbus next weekend.Urban Meyer and Co. enter this afternoon’s game as a sizable favorite against the underdog Terrapins, who have dealt with quite a lot over the course of the 2018 season.Ohio State and Maryland are set to kick off at noon E.T. The game will be televised on ABC.Who is going to emerge with the victory?ESPN has made its prediction.ESPN is giving No. 10 Ohio State an 81.9 percent chance to win this afternoon’s game, giving Maryland just an 18.1 percent chance to pull off the upset.Ohio State has dominated Maryland since the Terrapins came into the Big Ten. ESPN isn’t expecting that to change today, apparently.The Buckeyes and the Terps are set to kick off at noon E.T.The game will be on ABC.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers greet after the AllState Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)Once again, Alabama and Clemson will battle for the national championship in the College Football Playoff. With kickoff less than two hours away, ESPN has released its final prediction.Alabama defeated Oklahoma in its semifinal matchup, as Tua Tagovailoa outperformed Kyler Murray in a thrilling shootout.Clemson was dominant against Notre Dame and showed its depth along the defensive line, surrendering just three points with Dexter Lawrence out of action.However, the real story for the Tigers was the progression of Trevor Lawrence. The young gunslinger threw for 327 yards and threw touchdowns in the Cotton Bowl.If Dabo Swinney is going to lead his squad to a victory over the Crimson Tide, then Lawrence will have to continue making excellent throws down the field. It’ll be a really tough challenge for the freshman phenom, but he’s already shown he’s more than capable of playing well in huge moments.Nonetheless, ESPN’s matchup predictor is rolling with Alabama in the fourth installment of these prestigious programs.According to the FPI, the Crimson Tide have a 51.4 percent chance of winning the title. Clemson and Alabama are set to kick off at 8 p.m. ET from Levi’s Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.Who do you think will win the national championship?
KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 30: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs for a nine-yard touchdown in the second quarter of a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)After two previous years working behind former offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, James Coley is slated to take over the offense for Georgia. Based on one player’s recent comments, it appears the Bulldogs will be playing rather differently under him next season.In an interview with WSB-TV via 247Sports, Georgia wide receiver Tyler Simmons revealed that the team will be playing a little more balanced football and throwing more often. Simmons added that Cooley has a high level of energy that has the team excited.“I feel like there will be a different feel, a little more energetic feel to the offense this year… Might have the ball in the air a little bit more. It’s a little bit more balanced offense this year, I feel. Coley brings a lot of energy to the offense so we’re all really excited.”Last year under Chaney, the Bulldogs threw the ball just over 350 times. Quarterback Jake Fromm accounted for the majority of the attempts, going 207-for-307 on the year.But in the running game, Georgia ran it well over 500 times – albeit to very good effect. The team had four players with at least 40 attempts who averaged over 6.0 yards per carry.Dawgs247 pointed out that Coley’s offense is likely to show a little more balance on first down, throwing more often on opening plays.Quarterback Jake Fromm was recently quoted saying that he expects more plays to be added, but not to have the entire playbook changed.“Is the playbook going to be different? No,” Fromm said. “It’s just probably going to be more added on to it. So, super excited. What we’ve got going in, can’t wait to see what happens in the spring and, man, just really see what’s going to happen.”
SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 03: Members of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish pray near the end zone before a game against the Washington Huskies on October 3, 2009 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Washington 37-30 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)While a number of college football powers recruit nationally, Notre Dame is pretty unique in how wit scours the country for talent. Sometimes, that even means dipping into SEC territory.Kristian Story is a four-star safety from Alabama. His hometown of Lanett is just over 30 minutes from Auburn and about three hours from Tuscaloosa.As you can probably guess, the Crimson Tide are given a great shot to be the pick for Story. All six analysts that have made a prediction in the 247 crystal ball believe he will commit to Nick Saban and company.However, he sounds very interested in Notre Dame.Kristian Story visited Notre Dame in the fall, and continues to have weekly contact with the Fighting Irish staff, namely safeties coach Terry Joseph.Story says he speaks with Joseph and other Notre Dame staff talk multiple times a week, and that Notre Dame’s combination of football and academics “separates” the schools from the other major programs recruiting him.From 247Sports:Battling his in-state Crimson Tide along with programs in the South in Clemson, Florida State, and Georgia along with his national offers in Penn State, Oregon, Texas A&M, and others certainly creates a daunting task for Joseph.Even so, according to Story, Notre Dame offers crucial characteristics that programs in the South simply do not.“Notre Dame separates itself from everybody because there is no combination like them with football and academically,” Story said. “So, they separate from everybody.”Kristian Story is ranked No. 117 in the class of 2020. 247’s composite rankings have him at No. 9 among athletes, and No. 3 in Alabama.He stars at quarterback and safety for Lanett High School, but is projecting as a safety at the next level. Last fall, he finished the season of 33 tackles and nine interceptions.[247Sports]
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide shakes hands with head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs after the Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: The Georgia Bulldogs are adding a former Alabama assistant to their coaching staff. Kirby Smart has added yet another former Nick Saban staffer to his ranks as he tries to dethrone his ex-boss.According to The Augusta Chronicle, Georgia is hiring Dan O’Brien to his staff as a in a quality control role on defense. O’Brien has spent the last five years as a safeties coach under Ken Niumatalolo at Navy.O’Brien previously worked at Alabama under Saban and Smart from 2007 to 2010. During that time, he also became acquainted with current Georgia co-defensive coordinator Glenn Schumann.The son of former Boston College and N.C. State head coach Tom O’Brien previous described what it was like to work under Smart at Alabama: “I was basically Kirby Smart’s shadow for four years,” Dan O’Brien told the Capital Gazette in Annapolis in 2016. “Kirby gave me a lot of responsibility, which was daunting at times. I learned from my mistakes and figured things out.”The 37-year-old O’Brien has ties to one of the NFL’s top coaching staffs as well, having worked as a scouting assistant for Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots before joining the Crimson Tide.While O’Brien is several years removed from working under Saban, his hire marks yet another case of an SEC powerhouse scooping up people who worked for the Alabama legend.Georgia has lost back-to-back games to Alabama on the biggest stage – the CFP National Championship Game and the SEC Championship Game.But few teams have had any luck knocking Alabama off the SEC mountain. Could this be the year that Georgia claims dominance?[The Augusta Chronicle]
Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones was given the full update:Jared Lorenzen’s family has asked me to share this update on his conditionPrayers for my good friend pic.twitter.com/lOmFGiPeAm— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) June 30, 2019Lorenzen was initially admitted to the hospital on Friday, as his family asked for prayers.I just spoke to Jared Lorenzen’s mother. He has been admitted to the hospital with an infection and is dealing with some medical issues at this timeShe asks for prayers from the Big Blue Nation and privacy at this timePrayers for one of the best people I know— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) June 28, 2019The former left-handed quarterback played for Kentucky from 2000-03. He threw for a school-record 10,354 yards during his time in Lexington.Lorenzen spent two seasons as Eli Manning’s backup with the New York Giants, winning a Super Bowl in 2008.Our thoughts are with Jared and his family and friends. LEXINGTON, KY – SEPTEMBER 27: Quarterback Jared Lorenzen #22 of Kentucky looks for the open receiver against Florida on September 27, 2003 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. Florida won 24-21. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The family of former Kentucky star quarterback Jared Lorenzen has issued a new health update after reports surfaced of a hospitalization.Lorenzen, 38, has been hospitalized as he battles an infection and several other serious health issues.The former NFL quarterback was brought to the hospital on Friday after not feeling well for weeks. He was then admitted to the ICU.“He is fighting with every thing he has and his immediate family by his side,” the statement reads.
COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: A general view of Ohio Stadium as more than 99,000 fans packed in to watch the annual Ohio State Spring Game on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is approaching quickly, as the major conferences have had their media days, with preseason camp coming in the next few weeks.ESPN’s Football Power Index is ready for the season to get here.The FPI has updated all of its projections for the 2019 season, with predictions being made for every week of the season.Which teams are going to live up to the hype? Which teams are going to fall short of it? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p ESPN’s FPI has named three teams for the latter category.The Football Power Index believes these three teams will disappoint in 2019.1. Ohio StatePreseason FPI rating: No. 13 (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)Ohio State has a new head coach and a new starting quarterback in Ryan Day and Justin Fields, respectively. Because of this, the FPI isn’t quite as high on the Buckeyes as the preseason top 25 polls are. ESPN’s computer believes Michigan will be the better team – and the Big Ten champion – in 2019.2. TexasPreseason FPI rating: No. 24 (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Is Texas back? According to the Football Power Index, the answer to that question is a hard no. The Longhorns will barely be a top 25 team in 2019, let alone a College Football Playoff contender.3. MiamiPreseason FPI rating: No. 27 (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)Miami has a new head coach and potentially a new starting quarterback in Ohio State transfer Tate Martell. The FPI doesn’t see that resulting in a top 25 team this fall, however.***You can view ESPN’s full projections here.