Barcelona ace Messi: I want to work again with Guardiolaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Leo Messi admits he’d like to again work with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.Guardiola and Messi won the Champions League together at Barca.And Messi’s latest comments could give fans slight hope that they may see him in a City shirt after all, even if he was hinting at a reunion at the Nou Camp.He told Marca: “Although it is difficult, I would like to work with Guardiola again. He is one of the best coaches in the world.”That’s why I would like [him to come back], but I’m telling you that I see it as complicated.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Father admits big transfer interest for Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersenby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe father of Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen admits there’s growing transfer interest in the Dane.Jacob Andersen also acts as the Danish international’s representative.“I have been to many meetings, as Joachim is wanted by the top six clubs in Italy and England,” he told Ekstra Bladet.“I am not thinking about a January move and neither is Joachim. He is fine where he is now, although naturally if a big club were to request a meeting, we wouldn’t turn it down.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
DONE DEAL: Cardiff striker Lee Tomlin delighted to make Peterborough returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeterborough have re-signed Cardiff City forward Lee Tomlin on loan for the rest of the season.The 29-year-old previously played for the League One side between 2010 and 2014, before spells at Middlesbrough, Bournemouth and Bristol City.The deal had been expected to go through on 1 January, but Tomlin could feature against Rochdale on Saturday.He has made only 16 Cardiff appearances since joining in July 2017, and spent time with Nottingham Forest last term.”I feel like a kid again, I have got a smile on my face and I cannot wait to get started. It feels like coming home. It is a club that I love and a club that I have wonderful memories of,” Tomlin told the Posh website.”It is not just a sentimental move for me though, I am here to help the club try and get promoted.”We have wonderful facilities at the club now, it has come on a lot since I was here the first time so there has been a lot of investment and the players are quality players.”It has taken a little while to get completed but that is all done now and I can concentrate on playing football. I am looking forward to the challenge.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sheffield Utd boss Wilder early Huddersfield contenderby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder is an early contender for the manager’s job at Huddersfield Town.David Wagner left the post by mutual consent on Monday night.The Daily Mail says Under-23s coach Mark Hudson will take charge for Sunday’s clash with Manchester City but is not expected to be offered the role full-time. Chief executive Julian Winter is known to be a fan of Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder but no approach has yet been made. Sam Allardyce, who played for Huddersfield, is not understood to be considering an application.While they acknowledge that the situation is grave, officials at the club retain an element of belief that they can stay in the Premier League and will be looking for a candidate who shares that view.
Real Madrid president Florentino not thinking about Mourinho – yetby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez retains confidence in coach Zinedine Zidane.Despite last night’s Champions League humbling at PSG and an indifferent start to the season, Zidane can still count on the support of Florentino.Mundo Deportivo says, however, that will change if results don’t go their way against Sevilla and Atletico Madrid in their upcoming games.With Jose Mourinho still a free agent, a readymade replacement is available to Florentino.However, for the moment, there is no discussion inside the club to bring back the Portuguese. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves watching Real Madrid playmaker Odegaard at Real Sociedadby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves are watching Real Madrid playmaker Martin Odegaard during his loan with Real Sociedad.The ambitious Molineux club has sent spies to Spain to run the rule over the former Norwegian wonderkid after a string of stellar performances in La Liga.Odegaard has been loaned from the Bernabeu to Real Sociedad this term and has caught the eye since the start of the season.According to sources in Spain, it is understood that Madrid’s bosses may listen to offers for the 20-year-old – who could cost up to £20m, says the Mirror.And Wolves would look to make a move in the New Year if given the green light from the Spanish capital.
Chelsea blown away by Lille in UYLby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille managed an impressive win over Chelsea in the UEFA Youth League.The French outfit were the more clinical of the two teams as they played out a tight contest at the club’s training ground.The likes of Marc Guehi, Billy Gilmour and Ian Maatsen were involved for Chelsea.But they were wasteful in front of goal and eventually conceded a penalty late in the first half.It was converted by Noah Fatar, giving the hosts a 1-0 lead at half time.Lille doubled their lead through Fadiga Ouattara, who came off the bench and scored with his first touch. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
The Michigan men’s basketball team’s season might have come to an end today, as the Wolverines fell in the Big Ten Tournament to Wisconsin, 71-60. John Beilein’s squad, 16-16, 8-10 in the Big Ten, is surely not an NCAA Tournament team, and a berth into the NIT seems questionable, too. The Michigan coach said following the loss to the Badgers that they’re not interested in playing in one of other tournaments. So, this afternoon might have been the last time we saw this year’s edition of Michigan basketball. In light of that, Wolverines’ junior guard Spike Albrecht sent out a heartfelt tweet to the fans, thanking them for their support this season. Thanks to everyone who stuck by our side all season long. Can’t tell you enough how much we appreciate your support. #GoBlue— spike albrecht (@SpikeAlbrecht) March 13, 2015Michigan had a down season in 2014-15, but the Wolverines will bring a decent amount of talent back, and get some key players healthy. Beilein’s team could be a contender in the Big Ten next season.
Twitter/@FloridaGatorsFlorida guard Zach Hodskins may be becoming the most popular walk-on in the country. The 6-foot-4 guard, who was born without a portion of his left arm, went viral on YouTube a few years ago for his awesome skills on the court. He walked on to the Gators ahead of last season, and had appeared nine games across the two seasons before tonight, when he scored his first collegiate points. They didn’t come on an open bunny or at the free throw line. Against Jacksonville State, he hits a defender with a nasty spin move and scores at the hoop..@dabreu91 @dustinhart_ @GatorsMBK Here’s Zach at full speed! #GoGators pic.twitter.com/I4J6ESYJG0— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) December 23, 2015Here it is in slow motion.Sweet spin move to lay up – and the foul – for Zach Hodskins! #GoGators cc @GatorsMBK pic.twitter.com/mOvovSrlHJ— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) December 23, 2015Zach’s story is an awesome, and sure to be inspirational for other aspiring players. We can’t wait to see this over and over on the highlights this week.
Watford head coach Javi Gracia accepts Abdoulaye Doucoure could follow former team-mate Richarlison out of Vicarage Road.Richarlison joined Everton ahead of the 2018-19 season to reunite with former Hornets boss Marco Silva, and Doucoure has been linked with signing for the Toffees in the January transfer window.Doucoure, who signed a new contract running until 2023 in August, is also reportedly a target for Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal. 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? Club owner Gino Pozzo has indicated Watford will fight to keep the midfielder, who has started all 19 Premier League games for the club this term.But Gracia, whose side sit 10th in the table, accepts Doucoure’s future may not be at Watford, although he hopes the 25-year-old can be persuaded to stay.”Last season every week we were talking about Liverpool or Everton, all the clubs that were interested in him,” he told reporters ahead of Saturday’s home game against Newcastle United.”We can speak about it again. For me Doucoure is a great player, a very important player for us. I do not know what will happen. It doesn’t surprise me other clubs want to sign him because he is a very good player.”In this moment, he is playing for us and I try to help him improve his level – thinking he is going to be with us for a long time. It is important the club know how important he is – the owner as well. But after that, they decide what is better for the club.”Sometimes some players, like last season what happened with Richarlison, decide themselves. It could happen again. This is something we don’t want, but it is football.”
Barcelona have denied reaching an agreement to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot and dismissed allegations of impropriety in their transfer dealings.The La Liga champions have been extensively linked with a move for Rabiot, whose contract at the Parc des Princes expires at the end of this season. However, Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus are also among the teams credited with an interest in the France international, who can start discussing a summer move with other clubs as of January.The 23-year-old withdrew from talks over an extension and has not started for the runaway Ligue 1 leaders since December 5, although head coach Thomas Tuchel insists that is a footballing decision . 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? PSG sporting director Antero Henrique claimed Rabiot “misled” the club over his intentions to re-sign and accused Barcelona of not following transfer rules , alleging a pre-contract agreement had been sought with the player outside of the permitted window in the final six months of a contract.La Liga champions Barca have released a statement in response, confirming they twice made contact with PSG over Rabiot but denying any further arrangement have been sought or agreed.”FC Barcelona wish to address stories published in France regarding the signing of players from Paris Saint Germain, and make clear that they have not breached any rule in this regard,” the statement read.”The only contact made was during the month of August and one week ago. In both cases, this contact was made with PSG’s sporting management to show FC Barcelona’s interest in the player Adrien Rabiot.”FC Barcelona have always wanted to work with the utmost transparency in their dealings with PSG and with any other club.”FC Barcelona refute the existence of any type of agreement with PSG player Adrien Rabiot.”Earlier this month, Rabiot’s mother, who also acts as his agent, confirmed he is in his final few months at PSG, saying his decision to leave the club is “firm and definitive” .”The current situation has completely deteriorated, there is no going back now,” she told RTL. Rabiot has made 227 appearances for PSG since his debut in 2012, scoring 24 goals in that time.
Unai Emery revealed his admiration for his former Sevilla colleague Monchi as Arsenal look for a new technical director. Earlier this week it was confirmed the Gunners’ head of recruitment Sven Mislintat will vacate his post next month after a little over a year in the role.According to reports, Arsenal have identified Roma’s sporting director Monchi as someone they would like to add to their technical staff. 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? Monchi enjoyed great success working alongside Emery at Sevilla, who won the Europa League three times in succession from 2013-14, while Roma made it all the way through to last season’s Champions League semi-finals a year after the former was brought on board.Speaking about Monchi at his news conference, Emery said: “I can only say to you that he’s working in Roma.”I worked very well with him in Sevilla for three and a half years, and very well too.”My relationship with him is good but this work is for the club and the issue is the club’s responsibility.”I can say to you only that he is a good person and a good professional.”Emery encouraged the club to take their time over any appointment but added he would back the hiring of a sporting director.”Maybe if you do this recruitment very quickly, maybe you can make a mistake,” he added.”I think it’s better to do without that, being calm and also finding the best possible person to do this job like we want. I think the club is working on that.”It’s not my issue. I can say the same: if the club decided to sign one sporting director, then I will agree with them.”Mislintat’s impending departure comes at a time when Emery is keen to strengthen while the transfer window is open, with Hector Bellerin having joined Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck in suffering long-term injuries.The Gunners, who are fifth in the table, three points behind Chelsea, lost Bellerin for the remainder of the season when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament at the weekend. “The club is working [to recruit players],” Emery added. “They know our intentions, our possibilities for signing players that can help us, but they work and also with communication to us.”
Argentina will try to answer their critics on Wednesday when they face Paraguay in what has become a vital clash in Copa America Group B in Belo Horizonte.Defeated 2-0 in their opening fixture against Colombia , Lionel Scaloni’s troops were entirely unimpressive and could face an embarrassing early exit from the competition if they fail to win this match.Paraguay did not begin in the best of fashions either, held 2-2 by guest side Qatar, having led 2-0 with just the final quarter of the game to play. 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? With the pressure on both teams, who will respond? Game Argentina vs Paraguay Date Wednesday, June 19 Time 1:30am BST / 8:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch 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 Globo TV Internacional / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on Premier Sports 1 and can be streamed via Premier Player HD. UK TV channel Online stream Premier Sports 1 Premier Player HD Squads & Team News Position Argentina squad Goalkeepers Armani, Marchesin, Andrada Defenders Foyth, Tagliafico, Saravia, Pezzella, Funes Mori, Casco, Otamendi Midfielders Paredes, Pereyra, Acuna, Di Maria, Pizarro, De Paul, Rodriguez, Lo Celso Forwards Aguero, Messi, Suarez, Dybala, Martinez Three changes are expected in the Argentina starting XI compared to the one that lost against Colombia, with Roberto Pereyra, Rodrigo De Paul and Lautaro Martinez set to feature.Guido Rodriguez, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero are tipped to drop out.Milton Casco could also replace Renzo Saravia.Argentina starting XI: Armani; Casco, Pezzella, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Pereyra, Lo Celso, Paredes, De Paul; Messi, Lautaro Martínez Position Paraguay squad Goalkeepers Silva, Fernandez, Aguilar Defenders Gomez, Valdez, Piris, Alonso, Balbuena, Escobar, Arzamendia, Torres Midfielders Sanchez, Perez, Rojas, Ortiz, Almiron, Rojas Forwards Cardozo, Romero, Gonzalez, Santander, Dominguez, Iturbe Paraguay are expected to have the full strength of their squad to select from for this match.Paraguay starting XI: Fernández; Piris, Gómez, Alonso, Arzamendía; Rodrigo Rojas, Sánchez, Matías Rojas; Derlis González; Almirón, SantanderBetting & Match Odds Argentina are priced at 9/20 with bet365 to bounce back and win this game. Paraguay are 13/2 outsiders, while a draw is available at 16/5.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Argentina are in trouble. Even if the expectations placed upon Lionel Scaloni’s side were low, they contrived to fall below the expectations of the public in a simply dreadful 2-0 defeat against Colombia in their opening 2019 Copa America clash.The fall out was, inevitably, violent, with key figures lining up to lambast the performance.“You realise that even Tonga could beat us,” 1986 World Cup winner Diego Maradona told TyCsports . “We have a prestige we built up kicking and punching. Let it be remembered that when we left Peru our bus was smashed up. What’s left from all that? What does this shirt mean? You have to feel it, for f*ck’s sake.”But just as quickly as the criticism has poured in, there have been those prepared to defend the national team – and Lionel Messi in particular. The Barcelona star was effectively rendered a spectator in that opening match as possession was persistently squandered before he could influence the game.It was situation that opponent Radamel Falcao had some sympathy for , as he explained after the match: “If Messi scores a goal, people ask for two. If he scores a free-kick, they’ll say the wall wasn’t set up properly. If Argentina lose, it will be talked about like it was his fault.“That’s the price you pay for being the best player in the world.”Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone lamented to Fox Sports: “Messi can find a solution in a game at any time but he needs a team.“The players who are with Messi have to understand the potential they have, which is huge and it’s in the personality of each player.“Messi needs each one of those who make up the team to feel secure and confident when they are around him.“I have no doubt about Messi’s class and stature, and he is going to adapt to any situation because he wants to win.”Two-time Copa America champions Paraguay are the next side to step up and chance their arm at stopping the beleaguered Argentines.Posting just one win in their last nine, they are hardly a team in form, though they did win their last outing against Argentina, a 1-0 success away from home in Cordoba in World Cup 2019 qualification.In the 2015 Copa America, they were routed 6-1 by Los Albicelestes in their final group stage match, an eventuality they will be eager not to repeat.
Fikayo Tomori will enter contract talks with Chelsea as he is set to replace David Luiz following the Brazilian defender’s £8 million move to Arsenal on deadline day.The 21-year-old’s contract expires in 2021 and the Blues have always been keen to keep hold of the defender after his impressive loan spell under Frank Lampard at Derby County last season.Luiz’s departure to rivals Arsenal blocked Tomori’s potential deadline-day loan move to Everton and he will now become part of Lampard’s first-team plans at Stamford Bridge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Tomori had been in talks with several clubs this summer, but Luiz’s exit means he is the final homegrown star to be selected for Lampard’s squad.He joins Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Reece James in getting a prominent role at the club for the upcoming season, with all of those players having been with the Blues since they were schoolboys.Loftus-Cheek and Mount have already signed new contracts, while Hudson-Odoi has verbally agreed on a huge £150,000-a-week deal that could rise to £180,000 with add-ons.Hudson-Odoi, who had been a target for Bayern Munich, will be the first to renew his contract in the coming weeks, with Tomori and James set to follow.James is currently recovering from ankle surgery, but he is set to deputise at right-back for Cesar Azpilicueta, and that will likely see Davide Zappacosta leave the club for Italy if there is sufficient interest.Roma have been sounded out as a potential destination for Zappacosta as they look for full-backs to add to their squad, with the Serie A transfer window still open until September 2.The Blues are also looking to offload Tiemoue Bakayoko in the coming weeks and Galatasaray have had a meeting in London to try to come to a deal for the France midfielder.Kenneth Omeruo is set to join Leganes in a €5m (£4.6m/$5.6m) deal and his return to the club where he spent last season on loan is likely to be concluded in the next week.Baba Rahman, Danilo Pantic and Lucas Piazon will likely find new homes on either a loan or permanent transfer in the last three weeks of various European transfer windows.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the first half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)After Brett McMurphy’s report, which indicates that Urban Meyer knew about allegations against former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith, there is a ton of heat on the Buckeyes coach.It is too early to know whether this situation will cost Meyer his job. Obviously, if he knew, kept Smith on his staff for three more years, and lied about it to the Big Ten media in Chicago last week, it looks extremely bad.Naturally, as is wont to happen when giant stories like this drop, sports oddsmakers get busy.Earlier this afternoon, My Bookie had Meyer at -200 to be fired over these allegations. The odds for Meyer to remain ahead of Game 1 was just +160.BetDSI, another online sportsbook, has much different Urban Meyer odds.It has Meyer at -300 coach remain head coach on September 1, when the Buckeyes season begins. The site has the odds of him being fired at +240.The site also lists some interesting names to take over, if Meyer is fired.In that case, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano has to be the overwhelming favorite to take over. He is a former head coach at Rutgers and with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and is one of the team’s highest-ranked assistants.Perhaps most importantly, Schiano didn’t join the program until 2016, after the allegations of violence, and the Smiths’ divorce. That gives him some plausible deniability.Other names on the list are Les Miles, Rich Rodriguez, Jim Tressel, Lane Kiffin, Tom Herman, Jim Harbaugh, and Nick Saban. None of those bets are worth your money.[BetDSI]
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – OCTOBER 31: A general view of the field at the Purdue Boilermakers and Nebraska Cornhusker game at Ross-Ade Stadium on October 31, 2015 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Cory Seward/Getty Images)With summer over and football season officially here, several teams are experiencing the negative side of Mother Nature.Following its season-opening defeat to Northwestern, Purdue is hoping to grab its first victory of 2018. Yet, the Boilermakers will have to prepare for gloomy weather in Indiana.The Boilermakers are scheduled to host Eastern Michigan at 12:00 p.m. ET, but the current field conditions look quite brutal.Poncho Day at Ross-Ade Stadium pic.twitter.com/dRKa8XpBmi— mike carmin (@carmin_jc) September 8, 2018It’s safe to say that Ross-Ade Stadium will be soaked for today’s showdown. As of right now, the forecast predicts rain into tomorrow morning.Both teams could resort to heavy ground attacks, as rain usually affects production from the quarterbacks. Nonetheless, expect more touches from D.J. Knox, who totaled 77 rushing yards on seven carries last week.I’m LOOKING LIVE…at Ross-Ade Stadium for what will be a wet afternoon of football as #Purdue hosts Eastern Michigan. As tradition, the view from my home office today. pic.twitter.com/epMW2uGNdF— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) September 8, 2018Although the weather looks awful, the Boilermakers have an excellent chance to capitalize on their four-game homestand.Fans can watch the action unfold on the Big Ten Network at noon.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Urban Meyer’s time as the head coach at Ohio State came to its end on New Year’s Day when the Buckeyes took down the Washington Huskies in the Rose Bowl by a final score of 28-23. Meyer turned the program over to former offensive coordinator Ryan Day after the win.Despite handing over his coaching responsibilities, Meyer plans to be involved with the program moving forward. He took a step in that direction on Thursday afternoon when he addresses an adorable question on Twitter.A young fan asked Ohio State what the “circles on your helmets” are.Meyer had an awesome answer: “They are stickers and each one means the player did something really good to help the Buckeyes win! Thanks for being a fan, Hannah!! Go Bucks!”They are stickers and each one means the player did something really good to help the Buckeyes win! Thanks for being a fan, Hannah!! Go Bucks! https://t.co/m9k853afqU— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) January 3, 2019We expect Hannah will be pretty excited to hear from the former head coach of the Buckeyes.
MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)One NFL insider believes Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray could make a stunning decision for his future.Murray, a first-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, is supposed to be heading to spring training with the Oakland Athletics, who allowed the quarterback to play one final season of college football before beginning his baseball career.Some, though, are starting to think that Murray will consider pursuing a career in the NFL, as he could be a first-round pick.Gil Brandt, a longtime NFL executive, believes another option is on the table: returning to Oklahoma.“Two things I wouldn’t be shocked if they happened in 2019: 1. Kliff Kingsbury was an NFL HC 2. Kyler Murray returned to OU,” he tweeted.Two things I wouldn’t be shocked if they happened in 2019:1. Kliff Kingsbury was an NFL HC2. Kyler Murray returned to OU— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) January 3, 2019That would be something.ESPN’s Chris Mortensen added that there’s no doubt Murray loves football more than baseball.“People who know (Kyler Murray) say there is no doubt he loves football more than baseball. Also awaiting decision by Jan. 14 underclassman NFL draft deadline. Some NFL GMs say he’s a 1st round projection. Intriguing options,” he tweeted.When Gil tweets something like this, pay attention. People who know @TheKylerMurray say there is no doubt he loves football more than baseball. Also awaiting decision by Jan. 14 underclassman NFL draft deadline. Some NFL GMs say he’s a 1st round projection. Intriguing options. https://t.co/eJlvV4ujPw— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 5, 2019The Murray decision will be one of the biggest of the offseason. It will be a tough one, no doubt, but there are no bad options.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view of the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff is about three months away from getting decided, though it’s never too early to start talking about potential matchups.What College Football Playoff matchups do you most want to see?ESPN has decided to rank its most-appealing matchups.The College Football Playoff matchups ESPN most wants to see are quarterback transfer driven. That’s understandable, considering how many notable QB stories we have in college football this season. ESPN’s No. 1 College Football Playoff is pitting Alabama against Oklahoma and, specifically, former Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts.1. Oklahoma vs. Alabama The main event: Jalen Hurts vs. Tua TagovailoaWhy we want it: Tagovailoa beat Hurts once already, when he won the starting job at Alabama. Hurts was 26-2 with two championship game appearances in his two seasons as the Tide’s starter. Then the Tua Takeover began. After a year as a backup, Hurts headed to Oklahoma, where he could potentially become the Sooners’ next Heisman-winning QB.An Alabama-Oklahoma College Football Playoff semifinal would be awesome, as we’d get to see the Crimson Tide facing their former quarterback in Jalen Hurts.It’s pretty possible, too, with Alabama and Oklahoma both ranked inside the top five right now.ESPN’s No. 2 College Football Playoff matchup is another QB transfer one.2. Ohio State vs. Georgia The main event: Justin Fields vs. Jacob FrommWhy we want it: Fields signed with the Bulldogs as the No. 1 recruit in the 2018 ESPN 300, but with Fromm entrenched as Georgia’s starter, and allegations that a former Georgia baseball player shouted racist remarks at him during a football game, Fields moved on. He was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA and is showing why he was such a highly touted prospect. Fromm, who is Mel Kiper Jr.’s No. 25 2020 draft prospect, awaits his first big test (Week 4 against Notre Dame).A Justin Fields-Jake Fromm matchup is a little less intense than a Tua Tagovailoa-Jalen Hurts one, though it’d still be pretty entertaining. Fields was the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country coming out of high school. He committed to Georgia, only to transfer out after one season.The Bulldogs and the Buckeyes are both in play for College Football Playoff berths, too, though Georgia’s road is likely tougher than Ohio State’s, thanks to Alabama.You can view ESPN’s full rankings here.
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