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first_imgTransfers Who is Cristian Pavon? The €37m Boca star who could replace Alexis at Arsenal Daniel Edwards Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Cristian Pavon Alexis Sanchez Getty/Goal Transfers Arsenal Boca Juniors Premier League Criticised for playing “with a bucket on his head”, the youngster has matured and is now showing the intelligence needed to succeed at the top With Alexis Sanchez’s departure from Arsenal now only a matter of time , the search has begun in earnest for his replacement. Cristian Pavon, the Boca Juniors striker making big waves in Argentina, has emerged as a real target for the Gunners as they look for a successor to one of the finest talents in the Premier League.Pavon, 21, was born in Cordoba, the fertile football breeding ground that also produced Paulo Dybala. Similarly to Dybala the youngster got his start in the lower league, moving up to the Talleres first team at the tender age of 16 and making his debut a year later, months before his 18 th birthday in the second-tier Nacional B.The youngster needed just six months to convince Boca to part with US$3 million for his signature, having impressed greatly in the second half of the 2013-14 season with Talleres. A spell on loan with Colon further forwarded his football education, and Pavon finally established himself in the Xeneixe first team in a sterling 2016-17 campaign where he netted nine times and added 10 further assists as an ever-present in the club’s Primera Division win. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It is Pavon’s overall contribution to play rather than just his goalscoring prowess that marks him out as a special talent. Proficient at playing off either flank or just off the centre-forward, he is a potent attacking tool and near-impossible to stop in the final third. Jorge Sampaoli for one is a big fan: the Argentina coach called him up for the Albiceleste’s most recent friendly clashes, where he took just six minutes after coming off the bench for his first cap to lay on a wonderful cross for Sergio Aguero to net against Russia.Cristian David Pavon Boca Junior Estudiantes Superliga 12102017Boca Defensa y Justicia Torneo Primera Division 01042017That combination struck again, this time from the start, against Nigeria, and while the clash may have ended in a 4-2 defeat for Sampaoli’s men, Pavon has all but played himself into World Cup contention with a fantastic start to his international career.So far, so good, and with a release clause of $37m, Arsenal should not be cowed even if Boca, as is likely in a year where they will go all out for the Copa Libertadores on the line, are reluctant to sell. Pavon for his part is remaining tight-lipped over the reported interest. “Nobody from Arsenal has spoken to me, nobody linked to the club,” agent Fernando Hidalgo explained this week to TyC Sports .“The only thing I have received are calls from agents who specialise in the purchase of contract rights, but I told them that if they have a formal offer they should speak to Boca.”What is clear is that with superscout Sven Mislintat now in charge of their recruitment networks, Arsenal know a potential gem when they see one. Pavon is immensely quick in short bursts, and finds space out wide where none seems to exist. He is also adept off both feet, and Boca striker Dario Benedetto in particular can attest to his passing ability that helped him take the Primera’s top scorer award last season.While everything seems to be in order physically, however, question marks remain over Pavon’s mental abilities. The forward has an infuriating habit of making the wrong choices, running down blind alleys and wasting decent openings – the sort of failing, in short, that has made Angel Di Maria such a frustrating player to watch over the years. Those errors can drive observers to distraction – leading one journalist to lament that Pavon “wears a bucket on his head.”Pavon PSBut there are signs that as he matures as a footballer, Pavon is adding a new intelligence to his game. “I’ve been slowly progressing, my team-mates have helped and as I have been training I have been feeling better and better,” he told reporters while in Russia.“Luckily I have taken the bucket off my head!”Lest we forget, similar accusations were made of Alexis himself when he first took the step up from Udinese to Barcelona. The Chilean, however, shed his own bucket and there are no longer any doubters over what he brings to the table. Pavon has all the potential to follow the same path, and if Arsenal have the patience to help him develop further, they might just snap up one of the finest talents to come out of Argentina since Dybala left Cordoba for Italy.last_img read more

first_imgUEFA Champions League Porto vs Liverpool: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 19:45 2/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images UEFA Champions League Porto v Liverpool Porto Liverpool Jurgen Klopp’s side are away from home in the first leg of their knock-out stage encounter with the Portuguese giants Liverpool make the trip to Portugal for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Porto on Valentine’s Day.Having been ejected from the FA Cup last month and being that they are unlikely to win the Premier League, the tournament is the Reds’ only realistic hope of winning silverware this season.While they may be considered outside bets for the title, Jurgen Klopp’s men boast a forward line that bagged 23 goals in the group stage — second only to Paris Saint-Germain — and they are not to be trifled with. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Porto stand in the way of the Merseyside outfit though and they will be aiming to establish an advantage that they can bring back to Anfield for the second leg next month. Game Porto vs Liverpool Date Wednesday, February 14 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial)  TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Fox Sports 2 fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BT Sport 2 and it can be streamed live online using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport app Squads & Team News Position Porto players Goalkeepers Casillas, Sa, Silva Defenders M. Pereira, Paredes, Marcano, Telles, Ricardo, Reyes, Felipe, Dalot Midfielders Brahimi, Torres, Herrera, Andre, Danilo, Otavio, Oliviera Forwards Aboubakar, Marega, Paciencia, Corona, Waris, Soares Porto have a near-full complement of players to choose from, including striker Vincent Aboubakar, who has scored five goals in the competition so far. Defender Felipe is suspended, while Ivan Marcano and Andre Andre are doubts for the game.Potential Porto starting XI: Sa; Marcano, Telles, Paredes, Ricardo; Herrera, Danilo, Andre, Brahimi; Marega, Aboubakar. Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Karius, Mignolet, Ward Defenders Grabara, Clyne, Van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez, Klavan, Moreno, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold Midfielders WIjnaldum, Milner, Henderson, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can, Woodburn Forwards Firmino, Salah, Mane, Ings, Solanke Klopp has named a 25-man travelling party for the trip to Portugal and Emre Can is included despite his one-match suspension. Joe Gomez is also available for the game.Potential Liverpool starting XI: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Moreno;  Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Mane, Firmino.Betting & Match Odds Despite being away from home, Liverpool are considered favourites to win by dabblebet, who price the Reds at 13/10. Hosts Porto are considered 21/10 bets and a draw is 23/10.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Jurgen Klopp LiverpoolLiverpool finished top of Group E, emerging unbeaten after games against Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and Maribor. However, while they scored plenty of goals, they also demonstrated a weak underbelly, something that was perfectly encapsulated when they forfeited a 3-0 lead away to Sevilla to draw 3-3.There have been some changes in personnel since then though, with Philippe Coutinho departing for Barcelona and Virgil van Dijk arriving from Southampton to strengthen a flimsy defence.Losing Coutinho is undoubtedly a blow, but Klopp will hope that Van Dijk’s presence in the backline can go some way towards eradicating the kind of errors that left them feeling equally incensed and embarrassed earlier in the season.With the colossal Netherlands international marshalling the defence and the likes of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in top form, Liverpool will be confident about their chances of landing an early blow on their hosts on Wednesday.However, they will need to be wary of the Primeira Liga leaders, who found a second wind in the second half of the group stage to secure crucial victories over RB Leipzig and Monaco. 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first_imgFrance ‘France is over for him’ – FFF president backs Benzema omission Harry Sherlock 18:15 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Karim Benzema Real Madrid 2017-18 Getty Images France World Cup France v Australia France v Peru Denmark v France Australia Peru Denmark Karim Benzema The Real Madrid striker has not been included in his country’s 2018 World Cup squad, and the supremo is sure it is the right decision Karim Benzema has no hope of forcing his way back into the France national team, according to Noel Le Graet, the president of the French Football Federation.Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps omitted Benzema from his squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, instead selecting Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Nabil Fekir as his striking options.Le Graet appeared to back the decision in an interview, surmising that France have a certain “style of play and we cannot go back”. 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 Benzema, who scored just 12 goals for Real Madrid in all competitions this season, subsequently hit out at the supremo, insisting via Twitter that has seen his “true face”.The FFF president has now insisted that he did not mean to offend the 30-year-old, despite again insisting that he will never play for France again.”I’m not sure who wrote that, to be perfectly honest,” he said, per RMC Sport.”The comments I made about him had nothing nasty about him. On the contrary. I remain the only person who has declared consistently that he’s a great player, but the France team for him is over.”I’ve never said otherwise.”France will face Australia, Denmark and Peru in Group C in Russia, and are rated as one of the favourites to win the competition.last_img read more

first_imgThe stories, results and news from the recent 2005 National 18 Years and Under Championships in Coffs Harbour have been archived. These can be found at either: 1) The ‘Tournaments’ tab on the left hand side of the homepage, then ‘National 18s’ then ‘2005 National 18s’. This page is devoted entirely to the 2005 event. 2) The ‘News Archive tab’ on the left hand side of the homepage (this has all archived news, not just the National 18’s stories.)last_img

first_imgDo you fancy yourself as an avid photographer? Would you like your photography to appear in some of Touch Football Australia’s promotional material? Then this is the competition for you. Touch Football Australia (TFA) is searching for social images from affiliates across the country that epitomise what our sport is all about. Whether they are great action shots, team shots or just you and your friends having fun playing Touch Football, then this is your chance to get your photos seen. The best 10 photos will be in the running to win prizes including X-Blades boots, KooGa playing gear and BodyScience compression gear. Send your photos to or post them on the TFA Facebook page – The competition will close on Friday, 28 September 2012. Terms and ConditionsPlease be advised that by submitting a photo into this competition you are agreeing to be the rights holder of the image and that those involved in the photography have given their permission for the photo to be  entered into the competition. Uploading a submission constitutes consent from you and the people involved in the image and acknowledgment to incorporate it into other works later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes for Touch Football Australia.Related LinksPhoto Competitionlast_img read more

first_imgRelated Filescertificate_of_currency_release_memo_june_2014-pdfRelated LinksCertificates of Currency Touch Football Australia (TFA) would like to wish all affiliates our best wishes for the busy season ahead. We also would like to thank you for your ongoing commitment to providing the best possible experience to the Touch Football participant and the recognised affiliated pathway to participation. This communication is to outline information related to the TFA National Insurance Scheme Policy. The policy renewal process for Season Two (2) 2014 is currently being prepared. We feel it is important to communicate the process for renewing Certificates of Currency (CoC) at this point in time, to allow preparations and communications to affiliated members’ to commence. The Player Injury Insurance Cover brochure and poster, as well as the National Insurance Policy Manual for affiliates are also currently being updated. Once all information and resources have been updated and communicated, they will be made available via the website. To ensure your affiliate can access your Season 2, 2014 Certificate of Currency from early July 2014, all affiliated members must be fully financial and have completed the necessary compliance requirements with regard to Affiliate Regulations as required by your State Office. The policy renewal takes a few days to transition from one policy to the next. Therefore, if you require priority access to your Certificates please provide us advance notice. Otherwise, we expect all affiliate Certificates to be distributed by Friday, 11 July 2014. Please contact your local State Office to confirm your email addresses. Also provided for new administrators and/or committee members is a one page brief attached to this Memo, outlining exactly what a Certificate of Currency is, and relevant information about its application. The protection offered through the National Insurance Scheme continues to reinforce the benefits of all affiliated competitions throughout Australia. TFA, in association with all the states, thanks you for your continued support and assistance in all matters as they relate to the National Insurance Scheme. Please direct all enquiries regarding the National Insurance Scheme, Certificate of Currency release, and affiliation to: Affiliation Services Coordinator, TFA – or phone – (02) 6212 2800. Again, thank you for all your work and continued support, and we look forward to working with you in Season 2, 2014.For more information, please see the attached memo. last_img read more

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) and Queensland Touch Football (QTF) are pleased to announce the 2015 FIT World Cup Finals will be broadcast on free to air television throughout Queensland. TFA last week announced that the World Cup finals, showcasing the world’s best talent in the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed (Open) divisions, will feature on Channel Nine across NSW as a prelude to the broadcaster’s traditional Sunday afternoon NRL fixture.However, due to the Network’s commitment to the Intrust Super Cup broadcast in Queensland, Channel Nine and QTF have had to look to alternatives to ensure Queensland viewers are given the chance to watch the world’s best talent on the free to air network.The three matches will be broadcast on GEM (channel 90) right throughout Queensland. QTF Chief Executive Officer, Jamie O’Connor said that it is an exciting opportunity for Queensland viewers and for the promotion of the sport throughout Queensland. “It’s a really great outcome for Queensland viewers. It was vital for us to ensure the same opportunity presented to New South Wales viewers was provided for Queensland and the Nine Network in Brisbane were incredibly supportive. “Not only is it a great outcome for Queensland viewers but is a great outcome for the sport in our state. To have the best players from the two best nations across the Open divisions playing on free to air television is a wonderful boost for our game. “The speed and skill that the game is played at by the game’s elite players makes it made for television and I think this will be the first of many free to air broadcasts for our sport,” O’Connor said.The 2015 FIT World Cup Finals are being played in Coffs Harbour this weekend. For all the scores, live action and to read the full TFA announcement, please click here –[tt_news]=4747&cHash=a07f852faaTFA will continue to try to get the finals shown across the country. Stay tuned to for more updates. Channel Nine Touch Football World Cup broadcast times in Queensland: Sunday May 31 – 9.30am Sunday June 7 – 9.30am Sunday June 14 – 9.30amRelated LinksWC Finals on GEMlast_img read more

first_imgCall the shrink! Sarri admits Chelsea players need sports psychologistby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is weighing up bringing in a sports psychologist to work with his players.The Blues suffered a second defeat in four Premier League games on Saturday, as Leicester left Stamford Bridge with all three points.“I had a sports psychologist 15 years ago in Italy, but it was difficult, because the clubs were not ready then,” said Sarri.”But [now] we can talk about it – why not? The reason we lost was not our physical condition.“On Saturday, we were very good for 55 minutes and then two minutes after the goal we were in trouble. So I think there is another reason.”We reacted a little shocked and with mental confusion. We had to only keep playing like we did before the goal, there was time to recover.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img​Chelsea director Granovskaia: Hudson-Odoi deserves new contractby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea director Marina Granovskaia believes that youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi is fully deserving of his new contract at the club.It was only a few months ago that Hudson-Odoi was determined to leave Chelsea.Bayern Munich were interested in the player. Now he has renewed with the Blues for another five years.And Granovskaia had some very positive things to say about Hudson-Odoi.She said to the club’s official website: “The club has already been rewarded this season by some brilliant performances from our young Academy graduates, and Callum’s new contract guarantees Frank has another outstanding prospect at his disposal.”I have seen Callum come through and he’s a fantastic talent,’ said Lampard. ‘He is going to be central for us on the pitch and that is the opportunity in front of him now.”There are things as a young player that he will want to improve but he can be central to this team and for England. I want to work with him, I want to drive him forward and I want to improve him as a player.”Callum can show, right here at Chelsea, the club he came through the Academy at, that he is going to be a world-class player because I truly believe that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say George Graham: Arsenal and Man Utd well behindby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGeorge Graham says Arsenal and Manchester United will struggle this term. The two teams meet on Monday night at Old Trafford for the first time this season.”I can’t see either challenging at the top for three seasons at least,” the legendary former Gunners manager said.”Even the top four will be tough for them right now. When standards slip, it’s hard to raise them again, and Liverpool and Manchester City aren’t going anywhere.”People talk about a lack of leaders and they have a point, particularly at centre-half. Think about Tony Adams, John Terry, Vincent Kompany, Virgil van Dijk. Every Arsenal supporter wants a defender like that. United have been looking for years. They’ve signed Harry Maguire and hope he’s the answer. But that’s the word: “hoping”.”United are under greater pressure because expectations there are higher, both for results and the style of play. It could be a good time for Arsenal to play them.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal striker Nketiah: Aubameyang in regular contactby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal striker Eddie Nketiah says his teammates are in regular contact during his loan at Leeds United.Nketiah revealed that Arsenal talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in regular contact with him.”He messages me sometimes through Instagram,” he said. “They are great guys at the club and I always try to stay in contact with them because they’re my friends.”Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson are two of my closest friends in football, I always keep in contact with them if they do well or they message me if I do well. I think it’s good to have that kind of support around you. It’s important, you know, for people that you care about and that care about you.” last_img read more

first_imgEzkiel Elliott's "promise" tweet, a year later.Despite winning their first 12 games, the 2013 season was not considered a success for the Ohio State Buckeyes, as the team lost its final two contests – against Michigan State in the Big Ten title game and against Clemson in the Orange Bowl. In response, one year ago yesterday, running back Ezekiel Elliott made a promise to OSU fans, claiming that the Buckeyes were going to be “chasing” harder than any other team in 2014. Clearly, Elliott made good on his promise, as the Buckeyes won the 2014-2015 national championship. Monday, director of player personnel Mark Pantoni reminded both Elliott and OSU fans of the tweet. Check it out:#ThePromise @EzekielElliott— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) February 16, 2015Ohio State begins its title defense September 7 against Virginia Tech.last_img read more

first_imgMark May makes a face during broadcast.If you’re a big college football fan, you’re probably aware that Ohio State supporters flat out hate ESPN analyst Mark May. May has consistently dogged the program, and regardless of what the Buckeyes accomplish, he never seems to be willing to concede anything – even when they won the College Football Playoff National Championship game this past year. It’s fair to say that he’s the most hated man in Columbus.Apparently, the school has been using that fact to its advantage. Ohio State has been showing a photo of Mark May to get the crowd to boo at opportune times during men’s basketball games. They did it tonight against Purdue, according to Gregg Doyel. They’ve also used Michigan’s logo in the past to get the same effect.Ohio State wants a loud crowd on Purdue possession, so it put a picture of Mark May on the scoreboard. No joke. And it got loud.— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelStar) March 2, 2015Ohio State and Purdue are tied with six minutes to play in Columbus. You can assume May isn’t rooting for the Buckeyes.last_img read more

first_imgRobert Flores trashes First Take on SportsCenter.robert flores trashes first take espnA few weeks back, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton received a great deal of criticism after dancing in the end zone following a touchdown run against the Tennessee Titans. It eventually became a national debate – one that ESPN’s First Take, among other programs, spent a great deal of time covering. Monday, ESPN’s Robert Flores, while showing a highlight clip that involved Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce dancing wildly in celebration, took a shot at his employer (and others) regarding what he clearly sees as a double standard. Flores claims that Kelce isn’t getting any criticism “because he’s not black.”Check it out:U da realest @RoFloESPN #Dab— Dab Newton (@CainMcCoy) November 30, 2015Flores may be right – and it’s a refreshing take. But you’d imagine that he’s going to be suspended for speaking out against his own network. We’ll see if there is any fallout.last_img read more

first_imgLane Kiffin with his hands to his side for Alabama.Lane Kiffin.Could Lane Kiffin be heading back to the Bay Area and the NFL? According to a report by SB Nation blog Niners Nation, the franchise has reached out to the Alabama offensive coordinator about taking on the same role under new head coach Chip Kelly.SOURCE: Lane Kiffin was contacted about the 49ers OC job— Jennifer Chan (@jenniferleechan) January 20, 2016The San Francisco 49ers contacted Alabama offensive coordinator, Lane Kiffin, to discuss the possibility of him joining Chip Kelly’s coaching staff in the same job title, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The specifics are unclear as to exactly what happened, but contact was made.As Jennifer Chan mentions in her post, it may not be an ideal fit for Kiffin. He calls plays with the Crimson Tide, while Chip Kelly will be doing so for the 49ers. He would also be coaching in a very different offensive system. Kiffin has been a very good coordinator for Nick Saban, and he is probably not far from landing another college head coaching job, so it doesn’t seem like this is something that would happen, but Kiffin has unexpectedly taken jobs before.[Niners Nation]last_img read more

first_imgJordi Alba is not convinced that Neymar is looking for a return to Barcelona, with the Spanish full-back unable to “see much logic in him wanting to come back”.Ever since completing a record-breaking €222 million (£192m/$253m) move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017, the Brazil international has been linked with a return to La Liga.Real Madrid have been monitoring the 26-year-old for some time, while a second stint at Camp Nou has been mooted for a man currently back on the sidelines with an untimely injury. 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? Alba is aware of the speculation, but insists nobody inside the Barca camp has discussed it as they consider there to be little substance to the rumours.He told Sport when asked if a move for Neymar has been spoken about in Catalunya: “No, we don’t talk about it.“At the end of the day, it’s what people are saying outside [the club]. But I don’t think it is true.“Neymar’s a tremendous player, one of the best, but he decided to go and I don’t see much logic in him wanting to come back. I don’t believe it.“He’s a great player, a good friend with everyone in the dressing room, but people like Pedro and Marc Bartra were, too, for example, and they don’t talk about them coming back.“At the end of the day, everyone makes their own decisions and you have to respect them. But to be honest, I don’t really believe it.”While doubting that a deal for Neymar will be done, Alba has also sought to bring an end to the speculation surrounding his own future by reiterating his desire to sign a new contract.Lionel Messi Jordi Alba Barcelona La Liga 08122018Any fresh terms at Barca will keep him working alongside Lionel Messi, with the pair having struck up quite the on-field understanding down the years.“Since I joined the club we have always had a good feeling, on and off the pitch,” said Alba.“It’s true that through playing more games our understanding has got much better and now Leo knows me perfectly.“He always looks for me – and I look for him – and thanks to that we’ve been able to score a lot of goals.”Barca continue to benefit from that partnership at present, but the day will come when Messi is forced to either move on or hang up his boots.The Argentine’s future departure will hit the club hard, with Alba conceding that others will be forced to step up and fill some sizeable shoes.“It will still be Barça, but it’s clear that he will be missed a lot,” said the 29-year-old full-back.“I hope I am wrong, but it will take more to win titles, for sure, because Leo wins you games, titles, championships… he’s the best player in history and it will be difficult not to think about him.“I am sure all Barca fans and the whole football world will remember him when he’s not playing anymore, but we hope to have him for many more years.”last_img read more

first_imgKelly Bryant of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship.CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Kelly Bryant has decided to transfer out of Clemson’s football program following Dabo Swinney’s decision to name true freshman Trevor Lawrence the starter for this afternoon’s game against Syracuse.It was a somewhat surprising decision, though there had been calls for Lawrence, a former five-star recruit, to take over during the first couple of weeks of the season.Swinney was emotional while speaking to reporters about the decision, as it led to a transfer from Bryant, the veteran starter.ESPN college football analyst Tim Tebow was “proud” of Bryant for making the tough decision. He can take a redshirt this season and then play elsewhere in 2019..@TimTebow backs Kelly Bryant and his decision to leave Clemson.— First Take (@FirstTake) September 28, 2018Bryant said the decision to name Lawrence the starter kind of felt like a “slap in the face” while speaking to the Greenville News:“They asked me how I felt about it,” Bryant said, recalling his meeting with Swinney. “I was like, ‘I’m not discrediting Trevor. He’s doing everything asked of him, but on my side of it, I feel like I haven’t done anything to not be the starter. I’ve been here. I’ve waited my turn. I’ve done everything y’all have asked me to do, plus more.’“I’ve never been a distraction. I’ve never been in trouble with anything. To me, it was kind of a slap in the face.”Bryant said he had to do what he felt was best for him.“I feel like it’s what’s best for me and my future,” Bryant said. “I was just going to control what I could control and try to make the most of my opportunity, but at the end of the day, I just don’t feel like I’ve gotten a fair shot.”So, where will Bryant be transferring in 2019? Several major programs have been mentioned.Tebow mentioned a surprising one on SportsCenter this morning.The ESPN college football analyst has named Auburn a good option for Bryant. He thinks Bryant would be a great fit in the other Tigers’ addressed that idea in a recent story:Would it make sense?“It depends on what Kelly Bryant’s goals are,” said Phil Savage, the Arizona GM of the Alliance League and former executive director of the Senior Bowl. “If he wants to expand his resume, he needs to go to a place where he is running more of a traditional pro-style offense.“If he went to Auburn, he could absolutely be a dangerous weapon because we know the Gus Malzahn offense is at its best when the quarterback can be a ball carrier like we saw with Nick Marshall and Cam Newton.”Bryant’s dual-threat abilities could play very well in Auburn’s offensive system. However, as notes, Auburn might not be the best place for Bryant if he’s hoping to become an NFL quarterback.This likely isn’t a decision that’s going to be made quickly. Bryant has plenty of time to take a look at all of his options. It’s possible he won’t decide on a transfer destination until after the 2018 season, so he gets a clearer picture of what teams’ quarterback situations are like heading into the 2019 year.Clemson, meanwhile, is set to take on Syracuse at Memorial Stadium this afternoon. Kickoff is set for noon on ABC.last_img read more

first_imgohio state quarterback dwayne haskins throws vs. michiganCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws in the third quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 62-39. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)We’ve entered the final week of the 2018 Heisman Trophy race, as all of the major contenders for the award are playing in conference championship games on Saturday.Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins will all be playing this weekend.Who’s going to end up winning the trophy?ESPN has updated its poll.Here’s the latest Heisman Trophy poll from the Worldwide Leader:Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa – 48 pointsOklahoma QB Kyler Murray – 44 pointsOhio State QB Dwayne Haskins – 24 pointsWest Virginia QB Will Grier – 20 pointsWashington State QB Gardner Minshew – 10 pointsYou can view the full voting here.The 2018 Heisman Trophy will be awarded on Saturday, Dec. 8.last_img read more

first_imgApple’s successor to iPhone XR may include a telephoto lensThe successor to the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max are likely to include a telephoto lens and a wide-angle lens in their triple camera setup and they could use a a 3D molding glass at the back.advertisement Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiApril 29, 2019UPDATED: May 1, 2019 09:47 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe iPhone XR successor is likely to include a telephoto lens.The iPhone XR successor is also likely to include a wide-angle lens.The iPhone XR successor could use a 3D molding glass at the back.Apple is scheduled to launch three new variants of its iPhone – the iPhone 11 or the iPhone XI — this year. Rumours circulating so far have indicated that the top variants of the company’s 2019 iPhone would sport a triple rear camera setup that would be housed inside a square camera bump. And now we have some update about the third iPhone in Apple’s 2019 lineup. Reports have already indicated that Apple’s successor to the iPhone XR – possibly the iPhone XR 2 – would sport a dual rear camera setup. And now a new report suggests that one of the two lenses at the back of the iPhone XR 2 would be a telephoto lens.The iPhone XR, that was launched last year, sports a 12MP camera with a wide-angle lens. And this year the Cupertino, California based company plans to add another lens – a telephoto lens – in addition to a wide-angle lens, Japanese site Macotakara reported quoting Chinese suppliers.Interestingly, the higher variants of the 2019 iPhones that will succeed the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max would include a triple camera setup at the back with the two iPhones borrowing two of their three rear cameras from their low-cost sibling.Besides sharing details about the camera, the blog said that it is possible that the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max successors use a 3D molding glass for storing the rear camera. It is also possible that the tech giant uses the same 3D molding glass in securing the dual rear camera setup of its iPhone XR successor.advertisementInterestingly, the report notes that Apple is likely to keep the display size of its 2019 iPhone lineup same as that of its 2018 iPhones. This means that the successors to iPhone XR, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max are likely to be available in 6.1 LCD, 5.8 inches OLED and 6.5 inches OLED screen sizes.In addition to this, Apple’s 2019 iPhones are likely to come with a USB to Lightning cable and a USB Type-C 18W adpater. That said it is important to note that all of these are rumours so far and we won’t know anything for sure till Apple officially unveils its iPhone 11 lineup later this year.ALSO READ: | iPhone 11, iPhone XR 2 in 2019 may come with better selfie camera, a new 3-camera systemALSO READ: | New iPhone XI renders show new design: Massive camera bump with three large camerasALSO READ: | Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup may include two OLED models with a triple rear camera setupGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoolast_img read more

first_imgRohan Bopanna and Marius Copil knock out 6th seeds from French OpenIndia’s Rohan Bopanna and his partner Marius Copil knocked out Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in the first round, making a remarkable start to the French Openadvertisement Press Trust of India ParisMay 29, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 08:47 IST Bopanna and Copil knock out sixth seeds from French Open. (REUTERS)HIGHLIGHTSRohan Bopanna and Marius Copil saved all 3 breakpoints they faced in the matchBopanna had reached the quarterfinal last year and is thus saving 360 pointsDivij Sharan and Leander Paes are the other Indians featuring in the men’s doublesMaking a stupendous start to the French Open, India’s Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Marius Copil knocked out sixth-seeded Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus with a straight-set win in the first round, here Tuesday.The unseeded Bopanna and Copil sent the South African-Kiwi pair packing with a 6-3, 7-6(1) win in the first round, which lasted one hour and 18 minutes.Bopanna, who recently became a father to a baby girl, and his partner saved all three break points they faced in the match and converted one of the three chances they earned.Bopanna had reached the quarterfinal here last year and is thus saving 360 points.Divij Sharan and Leander Paes are other Indians featuring in the men’s doubles with their respective partners.Also Read | French Open 2019: Naomi Osaka, Alexander Zverev survive 1st-round scaresAlso Read | French Open 2019: Serena Williams survives scare to reach 2nd roundAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow French OpenFollow Rohan BopannaFollow Marius CopilFollow Raven KlaasenFollow Michael VenusFollow Divij SharanFollow Leander Paes Nextlast_img read more