Tottenham boss Pochettino: I never questioned players’ mental strengthby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he’s not questioning his players’ mental strength after their 2-2 draw with Champions League opponents Olympiakos.Tottenham’s draw in Greece will have felt like a case of deja vu for Spurs fans.They also wasted a two-goal lead at Arsenal earlier this month.”No I don’t say that [we need to be mentally tougher]. We need to improve in all the aspects,” said Pochettino.”Leading 2-0 against Arsenal, leading 2-0 against Olympiacos, I think we are not talking about quality, we are talking about in this type of situation managing the game better and deal better with this type of situation. “A few months ago we were in the final of the Champions League and we were not talking about mentality , we got a lot of praise because we were in the final. We need to create a dynamic to match every opponent.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Earlier this week, the NCAA officially issued a rule change to ban college football players from wearing “crop top” jerseys (tucking their jerseys into their pads to expose their midsection) during games. This most notably affects Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, who popularized the look during the Buckeyes’ College Football Playoff run.Well, it looks like Ohio State fans are trying to strike back. A few have started a petition on change.org to block the NCAA from the rule change. They’ve already got over 5,500 signatures – and the official support of Elliott himself. Earlier this week, Elliott’s father jokingly tweeted that he is going to wear a crop top jersey himself in the stands at games next year.We’re not sure if this petition is going to get the job done, but it makes it clear that Ohio State fans aren’t happy. [GameDayr]
Celtic continue their run of home matches when they play host to Hamilton at Parkhead on Saturday in the Scottish Premiership. Brendan Rodgers’s side have returned to action hungry for success after their loss to Rangers before the winter break and have recorded victories over Airdrie in the Scottish Cup and St Mirren in the league since competitive action resumed last weekend.On Saturday, they will start as hot favourites against a Hamilton side in the grip of a relegation battle. 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? Game Celtic vs Hamilton Academical Date Saturday, January 25 Time 3pm GMT / 10am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed live online via Celtic TV. US TV channel Online stream N/A Celtic TV In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast or streamed live. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Celtic squad Goalkeepers Gordon, Bain, De Vries Defenders Izaguirre, Benkovic, J. Hendry, Simunovic, Gamboa, Boyata, Lustig, Compper, Ajer, Ralston, Miller Midfielders Brown, Sinclair, Morgan, Allan, Ntcham, McGregor, Forrest, Mulumbu, Burke, Hayes, Christie Forwards Edouard, Johnston, Weah Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has a raft of problems to cope with once again. Kieran Tierney remains the headline injury absentee, though Eboue Kouassi and Olivier Ntcham also remain sidelined.Tom Rogic is on international duty with Australia while Leigh Griffiths is still on personal leave.There are also doubts over Tony Ralston, Odsonne Edouard and Dedryck Boyata.After scoring twice in two games off the bench, Tim Weah must be a contender to start, though displacing any of the starting XI promises to be a tricky task.Possible Celtic starting XI: Gordon; Lustig, Benkovic, Boyata, Izaguirre; Brown, McGregor; Forrest, Christie, Sinclair; Burke. Position Hamilton squad Goalkeepers Woods, Mucha, Fulton, Marsden Defenders Tshiembe, Kilgallon, McMann, Gogic, Penny, Want, Sowah, McGowan, Gordon Midfielders Taiwo, Mackinnon, Martin, Monlouis, Kelly, Smith Forwards Imrie, Ogboe, Boyd, Brustad, Bingham, Keatings, Miller, Bloomfield Hamilton will sweat over the fitness of Delphin Tshiembe, Darian MacKinnon and Mikel Miller prior to their trip to Celtic Park.Marios Ogboe, meanwhile, will definitely miss out.Possible Hamilton starting XI: Fulton; McGowan, Kilgallon, Gordon; McMann; Gogic, Andreu, Imrie, Taiwo; Boyd, Davies.Betting & Match Odds Celtic are priced as 1/12 favourites to win with bet365. A draw can be backed at 10/1, while Hamilton are 20/1 outsiders.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Celtic finished 2018 exhausted following a hectic campaign that had started all the way back in mid-July.The Hoops have had an injection of fresh blood over the course of the January window, with Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah coming into the squad and instantly providing a hit of adrenaline. Both have been instrumental in the positive manner that they have started 2019, with comfortable wins over Airdrie and St Mirren, helping to leave manager Rodgers very satisfied.“I said to the players that it’s always the mark of good teams that you play well at the weekend but then put in a better performance in your midweek game,” he said.“I thought defensively we worked very hard, compact, pressed the game well, very co-ordinated, then really worked the ball well, showing patience but also the ability to create chances.”Of course, both of their victories were to be expected against comparatively weak opponents, and on Saturday Celtic will again have to face up to the pressure of being red-hot favourites when they host Accies.Hamilton were thumped 3-0 at home in midweek by Aberdeen, leaving them winless in their last eight games in all competitions.Despite the pressure mounting on manager Martin Canning, he remains optimistic that his side can cause an upset at the weekend.“If you go there doubting yourself or lacking that little bit of confidence, good players sense that and they can really punish you,” he said.“We have got to go there with the belief that we can get something from the game, everyone working hard, the concentration high and approaching that game no different to how we would normally approach those games and see if we can take something from it.”With Celtic suddenly replete with attacking options and beginning to show the kind of swagger expected of them, Hamilton could not make the trip to Glasgow’s East End at a worse time.
Lionel Messi was a conspicuous absence from the Copa America third-place medal ceremony and blasted CONMEBOL for “corruption” after seeing red in the first half against Chile. The Barcelona star laid on Argentina’s first goal on Saturday for Sergio Aguero to convert, before Paulo Dybala made it 2-0 within 22 minutes. But moments later Messi was leaving the field after tangling with notorious Chile enforcer Gary Medel . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare While Medel appeared to be the clear aggressor in their clash, referee Mario Diaz de Vivar showed both men the red card while players from both sides continued to join the brawl. Messi was left bemused by the decision and walked off the pitch, as Argentina held on to win the third place play-off 2-1 despite Arturo Vidal’s penalty after half time. But when the Argentina team came back out on the Arena Corinthians turf to receive their medals, Leo was nowhere to be seen. The Albiceleste captain did not take any part in the ceremony, after a Copa where he has hit the headlines more for his outbursts against organisers Brazil and CONMEBOL than his exploits on the pitch. And when he finally addressed reporters from the stadium he launched a withering condemnation of the competition’s organisation in supposed favour of the hosts.“There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil,” he fired, before suggesting that he paid the price for his previous outburst against the refereeing of the semi final.”I hope the VAR and referees don’t play any part in the final and that Peru can compete but it looks tough to me.”I did not want to be part of this corruption, we shouldn’t have to be part of this disrepect we suffered during the Copa America.”We could have gone further but we weren’t allowed into the final. Corruption, referees and all the rest stopped people from enjoying the football.”I always tell the truth and I’m honest, that is what keeps me calm, if what I say has repercussions that is not my business. “I think that what happened is because of what I said [against Brazil].”What I said last time perhaps came back to haunt me. With a yellow card that was the end of it.”Messi previously criticised the playing surfaces at the Copa America following Argentina’s last-eight victory over Venezuela, labelling the pitches “shameful” after a subdued performance. But it was in the aftermath of Tuesday’s defeat that he really let loose, incensed by the failure of match official Roddy Zambrano to refer two penalty calls to VAR in Brazil’s 2-0 victory. “They were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty [to Aguero] they didn’t award,” Messi told reporters.”They [the officials] had booked a lot of bullsh*t, but they didn’t even check the VAR, that’s incredible.”That happened all over the game. At the first glance of contact, they ruled in their [Brazil’s] favour and this kind of bullsh*t distracted us from the game.”
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)It’s been an emotional day for Urban Meyer and his family, who are all on hand for Ohio State’s dominant performance against Michigan.It’s Ohio State 62, Michigan 39 with less than two minutes to go in the fourth quarter.The Buckeyes will improve to 11-1, while the Wolverines will drop to 10-2.Ohio State is moving onto the Big Ten Championship Game, where it’ll face Northwestern.Late in today’s contest, FOX’s cameras panned to Urban Meyer’s family down on the field. His wife, Shelley Meyer, appeared to be crying.Clearly, it’s been quite the season for Urban Meyer and those close to him.Ohio State and Northwestern are set to meet in the Big Ten Championship Game a week from today. The game will be on FOX.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 08: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad celebrates a touchdown against the UCLA Bruins at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Bruins 49-21. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The Oklahoma Sooners will have a new voice on defense in 2019 with former Ohio State assistant coach Alex Grinch slated to take over. While he may lack the name recognition of some other coaches on the market, or even his predecessor, Grinch has the full confidence of the Oklahoma athletic department – and his salary reflects that.Oklahoma announced this evening that Grinch is slated to make $1.4 million in 2019.The amount would make him one of the highest paid coordinators in all of college football.Prior to joining the Sooners, Grinch served as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2018.Alex Grinch will make $1.4 million as the #Sooners defensive coordinator: https://t.co/W5ucG4GaJm— OU Daily Sports (@OUDailySports) January 30, 2019Before serving under Urban Meyer, Grinch spent three seasons as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Washington State.Grinch replaces former defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, who was fired in October following a 48-45 loss to Texas. His interim replacement was Ruffin McNeil, who is slated to return to his former role as outside linebackers coach in 2019.Oklahoma’s defense struggled mightily in 2018, allowing 21 or more points in all but two of their 14 games, and allowing at least 40 points in six of them.The Sooners certainly have high hopes that Grinch can turn the defense around and are paying him like someone who has already done it.Grinch may have his work cut out for him in the pass-happy Big 12 Conference.
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions leads his team onto the field prior to the start of a game against the Washington Huskies during the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)If we learned something from this year’s NFL Scouting Combine a few weeks ago, it is that defensive linemen are getting even more freakishly athletic. Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat set the high mark at the position this year, running a 4.41 40-yard dash.One Penn State redshirt freshman says he has him beat. His time, if even close to accurate, is unreal.Defensive end Jayson Oweh is entering his redshirt freshman season in Happy Valley. After sitting out 2018, the former four-star recruit is expected to be a contributor for the Nittany Lions this fall.He’s going to bring some serious speed off the edge.On Wednesday, Penn State’s Jayson Oweh tweeted that he clocked in with a 4.33 40-yard dash.That would put him in rare company, regardless of position, much less for a defensive lineman listed around 6-foot-5, 250 pounds.4.33!!!! Talk To Me Nice🤮— Jayson Oweh (@JaysonOweh) April 24, 2019That number’s even more impressive than the one that his defensive line coach Shane Spencer floated when discussing Oweh’s improvement during the spring.From 247Sports:“You’ve got to remember, this is gonna be his fourth year of football. … Right around the (Citrus Bowl) practices, the switch started hitting for him,” Spencer said this spring. “And then all of the sudden now you’re talking about a guy that’s (6-5, 250 pounds) running a 4.42 (40-yard dash)… it’s starting to transfer over onto the field.“He’s a problem off that edge. It’s scary when he comes off that edge. And I’m happy about his progress mentally, too. I think at first he was taking a picture of things. Things were happening and he would take a snapshot of it instead of just going. He’s really taken some big steps.”Oweh’s still raw, but it sounds like Penn State’s staff plans on him being a big part of the equation this fall.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers have had an incredible 2019. They’re the undefeated national champions and recruiting at a historically good level. But ESPN’s Paul Finebaum pointed out a controversy involving Kelly Bryant that could haunt Dabo Swinney and company.Earlier this week Swinney revealed that the team had no intentions of giving a national championship ring to former starting quarterback Kelly Bryant. Swinney reportedly told Sports Illustrated, “You’ve gotta be on the team to get a ring.”Finebaum took some offense to the comment from Swinney, calling his stance “petty and vindictive.” He added that the statement may “come back to haunt him in recruiting.”Bryant left the Tigers in the middle of the season after being benched for true freshman Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence would go on to lead the Tigers to a national title win over Alabama. It is difficult for Dabo to appear more petty and vindictive. This will come back to haunt him in recruiting. https://t.co/1EeJc1GD3n— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) August 8, 2019Whatever one may feel about Bryant’s decision to leave the team in the middle of the season, it would be unfair to suggest he didn’t play a factor in the team’s title win.Bryant started Clemson’s first four games, winning both against Furman and Texas A&M. He may not have seen the season through to completion, but he should still get props for his role in four of Clemson’s 15 wins.Bryant has since transferred to Missouri.
Aditya K Halder New DelhiFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 4, 2019 13:10 IST Jonty Sidhu made his Ranji Trophy debut for Delhi against Andhra in early December last year. (@jontysidhu_official Photo)Placed in the bottom three of their group, Delhi’s performance this season doesn’t exude much confidence but a closer look at the team shows the Ranji side has built a team of young Turks while key players were away representing national colours.Team’s pivot Rishabh Pant and Nitish Rana were away on national duties and Gautam Gambhir said goodbye to cricket midway through the season, the void left was filled by young but confident names in Anuj Rawat, Jonty Sidhu, Hiten Dalal, Shivank Vashisht among others.Left-arm spinner Sivank shined with a six-for on his debut while wicket-keeper Anuj scored a century against Madhya Pradesh, filling the big shoes of Pant. However, former Indian under-19 skipper Jonty was arguably the best among the lot as he showed consistency with his bat.The 21-year-old lanky left-hander, who prefers a high bat lift, very similar to that of his idol Yuvraj Singh, said he rues the fact that he made his debut in the match right after Delhi played Punjab.”I was delighted to make my debut against Andhra but it would have been great to make my debut a match earlier (against Punjab) as I would have got to play against my favourite player Yuvraj Singh. I have been his fan since I learnt to lift the bat,” Jonty told Mail Today.Jonty managed a decent 30 in his first innings against Andhra in early December last year which was also coincidentally the last game for Gambhir.His debut was followed by a fighting 41 against Kerala (highest by any Delhi batsman in the game) on a turning track when the side’s batting collapsed in both the innings and faced an embarrassing innings defeat in Trivandrum.advertisementThe southpaw kept getting better as he missed on a century with a gritty 85 at the Eden Gardens against Bengal (again team’s top-scorer in the match). Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as Delhi crashed to a defeat after Bengal chased down 323 on the final day.The former India under-19 skipper didn’t have to wait long for his maiden ton as he played an unbeaten 140 against Tamil Nadu to end the season on a high. The knock came at a time when Delhi were reeling at 49 for 4.”Scoring the century was such a relief. It gave me the sense of security as far as my spot in the playing XI is concerned. When I walked in to bat, I told myself that if I don’t score today then I don’t deserve to be in the team. Putting a prize on my wicket did the trick I guess,” said Jonty.His team will need the same mentality and consistency yet again as Delhi will be defending their title at the Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy later this month.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 Tags :Follow Jonty SidhuFollow DelhiFollow Ranji Trophy Jonty Sidhu, Delhi’s find of the seasonFormer Indian U-19 skipper Jonty Sidhu has found a solid place in Delhi’s Ranji Trophy team.advertisement
Minerva forfeit I-League tie vs Real Kashmir in Srinagar due to unrest after Pulwama attackMinerva Punjab FC also said that it did not receive the security assurances it had sought from the AIFF following the attack on Thursday which led to the death of 40 CRPF personnel.advertisement Next Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 16, 2019UPDATED: February 16, 2019 23:37 IST Minerva had urged AIFF to delay the match for a fortnight till situation in the valley is settled (@IndianFootball Photo)Defending champions Minerva Punjab FC Saturday forfeited their I-League match against Real Kashmir FC in Srinagar after the All India Football Federation (AIFF) turned down their request to relocate the fixture in the aftermath of the Pulwama terrorist attacks.The match was scheduled for Sunday and Minerva said its foreign players have been advised by their respective countries’ embassies to pull out.”…we regret to inform you that this is not a risk that we are ready to take hence we shall not be travelling to the turbulent region,” the Punjab club said in its letter to the AIFF.Minerva also said that it did not receive the security assurances it had sought from the AIFF following the attack on Thursday which led to the death of 40 CRPF personnel. It is being termed as the deadliest terrorist strike in three decades in Jammu and Kashmir.”Considering the extraordinary circumstances following the Pulwama attack just 20Km from Srinagar Airport, the Ministry of Home affairs need to approve the football match being held. If the CRPF convoys are not safe, then we are very soft targets for such attacks,” the club stated.”We had asked for written assurance and permission from Ministry of Home Affairs which we still haven’t got from your or Home team’s end. Please note that our foreign players have already received Travel Advisory Warnings from their respective embassies asking them not to travel to Srinagar till further notice,” it added.Minerva once again urged the AIFF “to delay the match for at least a fortnight till situation in the valley is settled.”advertisement”…alternately we are ready to play in Delhi, Chandigarh or any other neutral venue,” the club said.Earlier, I-League CEO Sunando Dhar said local security authorities in Srinagar gave the go-ahead to hold the match at the TRC Ground. He said the AIFF was assured of all the necessary security arrangements for the players and officials by the local authorities.”Our officials are already in Srinagar in preparation of the match. I have spoken to the match commissioner and he told me that the situation in Srinagar is currently normal. The local security in-charge of the match has also assured full security to the players, officials and all those related to the match,” Dhar told PTI on Saturday.”We have been assured that the whole security bandobast of players’ transport from the airport to the team hotel and for travelling from the team hotel to the ground and return on match day will all be provided. So we have decided to go ahead with the match,” he added.But Minerva said that the arrangements mentioned by the AIFF “are routine” for any visiting team.Minerva owner Ranjit Bajaj said his side decided to forfeit the match due to security concerns and as a mark of respect for the slain CRPF Jawans.”We are not going to play the match, we will forfeit it. We have decided it and I have no second thought in doing that,” he said.Real Kashmir will get all the three points. The league debutants will be on 35 points from 17 matches. Leaders Chennai City FC (34 points from 16 matches) will play against Shillong Lajong on Sunday.”The AIFF wants to portray that the situation in Srinagar is normal but it is not normal there,” Bajaj said.Third-placed East Bengal (31 points from 15 matches), who are scheduled to play against Real Kashmir on February 28, have also got in touch with the AIFF after the attack, expressing similar security concerns.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Pulwama terror attackFollow Minerva Punjab FCFollow Real Kashmir FCFollow i-league