About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Gracia explains holding back goalscorer Doucoure for Newcastle drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford managed to secure a point after a late equaliser for their 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.Salomon Rondon put Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle ahead just before the half-hour mark, but they could not hold out for all three points as Abdoulaye Doucoure popped up to make it 1-1 eight minutes from time. Asked initially about the decision to rest Doucoure, Gracia said: “I have to choose in all the games different players and in this moment playing every three, four days I have to give the chances for all of my players.“I’ve many times said all my players deserve the chance to play because they are working very well. We are a good squad, not only a good team and if I don’t do it in this moment when can I do it.“It was the moment to change the players because some of them need rest and today if you see Doucuore this season he is the third player with the most minutes (played).”Pressed further on if six changes was too many, the Hornets boss responded: “If you see the result you can say that but I don’t agree.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Guangzhou Evergrande table bumper bid for Barcelona attacker Malcomby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGuangzhou Evergrande have offered Barcelona the chance to make a quick profit on Brazilian winger Malcom.Signed in the summer for €41m from Bordeaux, Malcom is the subject of a &eur;50m offer from Guangzhou, reports AS.Barca are willing to sell, with it emerging that their South American chief Andre Cury offering Malcom to Guangzhou before Christmas.The two clubs enjoy a good relationship having both bought and sold Paulinho over the past 12 months. The midfielder is now back with Guangzhou.For his part, Malcom will take some convincing about quitting Europe with ambitions of breaking into Tite’s Brazil squad front of mind for 2019.
Andros Townsend delighted with goal for Crystal Palace winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndros Townsend was delighted with his goal for Crystal Palace’s 2-0 defeat of Norwich City.Townsend left the bench to net Crystal Palace’s second goal in a 2-0 triumph over Norwich and, speaking post-match, he explained his thought process as he entered the field of play to help the Eagles secure the victory.He said: “Even as a forward-thinking player, when you’re 1-0 up and you come on with 20-25 minutes to go, first and foremost you have to see out the win.”You’re the one with fresh legs, you have to help out the defence, track runners, all the ugly side of it. Thankfully I got my chance today and I took it and hopefully I can build on that now and go on a little run.”He added: “We dug-out well today and thankfully Wilf did a bit of magic like he usually does and I was able to finish it off. It was a good three points and now we can enjoy the weekend and go again on Monday. “Personally, it’s not been a great start to the season. I’m not hiding away from that. I have to keep working hard, take my chance like I did today and just be patient and when that chance does come again, I’m ready for it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
hannah davis derek jeter michiganPerhaps former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter really is a true Michigan man. Saturday night, Jetes, who was raised in Kalamazoo, apparently delayed celebrating Halloween to catch the end of the Michigan vs. Minnesota game. His fiance, Hannah Davis, posted an Instagram photo of him anxiously watching a television while she was ready to go out. The photo, which shows Jeter dressed up as a devil, is amazing.Michigan won the game on a goal-line stand, so Jeter was probably in a good mood. Guy has a decent life.[The Big Lead]
A Tennessee fan died after suffering an apparent heart attack while tailgating for Saturday’s “Battle at Bristol.”Kevin Long, 45, was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. From The Tennessean:Kevin Long, 45, was tailgating with friends just before the University of Tennessee-Virginia Tech football game at Bristol Motor Speedway when he suffered an apparent heart attack, according to his brother Blake Long.The husband and father of two young daughters was transported via medical helicopter to Bristol Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead later that afternoon, his brother added.Long’s sister spoke about him in the article.An avid fisherman and UT fan, Kevin was a supervisor for a company that primarily does remodeling work for Kroger stores, according to his sister, Jennifer Dotson.Dotson said her brother loved fishing with his daughters and spending quiet time with his wife over a cup of coffee.“He was also a big jokester and prankster,” she said. “We’re just all still in shock.”Our thoughts go out to the Long family after this tragedy.[The Tennessean]
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)We have some friendly trash talk brewing between quarterbacks at Ohio State and Michigan, six months away from the programs’ annual rivalry game. This is fun.Earlier this evening, Buckeyes’ quarterback Tate Martell tweeted a message to Wolverines’ QB Shea Patterson.“182 days until I beat up on you again..” he tweeted.182 days until I beat up on you again.. pic.twitter.com/RI0iiZP1JJ— TATE MARTELL (@TheTateMartell) May 27, 2018Patterson is expected to start under center for Michigan. Martell is expected to see the field for Ohio State this year.The former Ole Miss five-star quarterback just responded, too.“We shall see lil bro,” he tweeted.We shall see lil bro ? https://t.co/RP8uV7gdlU— Shea Patterson (@SheaPatterson_1) May 28, 2018The Game needs to hurry up and get here.
ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of the field during the game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)LSU and Miami won’t kick off until 7:30 p.m. ET, but the action has already started in Arlington. The two teams got into a pregame scuffle.Details on how and why it started are unclear. But LSU and “The U” engaged in a fracas on the field at AT&T Stadium during warm-ups.Beat writers on the scene have some footage and photographic evidence of the brouhaha. At least one writer said LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was in the mix.We got ourselves a pregame scuffle. Joe Burrow shouting quite a bit back at the end #LSU pic.twitter.com/uexDPUmBK0— Brody Miller (@BrodyAMiller) September 2, 2018Fracas. pic.twitter.com/h2gLeXz4JI— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) September 2, 2018#LSU & #Miami: CHIPPY.A little over an hour to kickoff. pic.twitter.com/G04h3qKzjy— Jerit Roser (@JeritRoser) September 2, 2018There’s nothing like a good pregame screaming and shoving match to let you know that college football is indeed back.Of course, the last time LSU and Miami faced off at the 2005 Peach Bowl, there was a post-game brawl following LSU’s 40-3 win. Wonder if the extracurricular activity will continue during the game.LSU and Miami will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.
DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 06: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns during the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger suffered an injury against Baylor on Saturday, and at the moment, it doesn’t look like he’s going to return to the game. Ehlinger is back on the sidelines with a headset on.Ehlinger appeared to suffer the injury late in the first quarter against the Bears. He was taken to the locker room with a bloody hand – leading many to speculate that his hand was the issue.After Ehlinger emerged – with a bandage on his hand and a headset on – some noticed that he might also be favoring his shoulder.Texas has not issued an official update on Ehlinger’s status – or his exact injury. We assume we’ll know more as we get closer to halftime.Texas QB Sam Ehlinger is on the sidelines wearing a headset. Shane Buechele remains in the game. Still waiting for an official update from UT— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) October 13, 2018Ehlinger on the sidelines with the headset on and a bandage on his hand…Not thinking it’s the hand that’s keeping him out. Walking stiff and no shoulder swing. Odd.— Charlie (@CharlieS_TFB) October 13, 2018Interesting note. Sam Ehlinger didn’t even attempt to throw the football when he returned to the sideline. it’s probably more than just a hand injury. #Longhorns #Texas— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) October 13, 2018He looks like he’s done for the day pic.twitter.com/3ma5OZs2dF— Chris Bennett (@chrisgb00) October 13, 2018Shane Buechele replaced Ehlinger as the team’s quarterback. Baylor leads the contest 7-6 early in the second quarter.Texas, ranked No. 9 in the country, is off to its best start in years despite losing its first game to Maryland. The Longhorns knocked off rival Oklahoma in a barn burner last Saturday.Update: Ehlinger’s injury is being classified as a shoulder injury.Texas injury update: Sam Ehlinger (R shoulder) will be further evaluated at halftime.— Chip Brown (@ChipBrown247) October 13, 2018We’ll keep you updated.
LUBBOCK, TX – NOVEMBER 12: A general view of play between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Tech freshman quarterback Alan Bowman left Saturday’s game against Oklahoma and headed to the hospital after taking a big hit in the first half. He suffered a re-occurrence of a collapsed lung.Today, Texas Tech got good news regarding its starting signal caller. Bowman was released from the hospital this afternoon, according to a statement from the program.Even better, he will be able to rejoin team activities tomorrow.#TexasTech QB Alan Bowman released from Covenant. #WreckEm @fox34 pic.twitter.com/Z9S9QDGx3c— Cassie Carlson (@cassiecarlsonTV) November 7, 2018Bowman originally suffered a collapsed lung during a game in September. One can understand why Texas Tech wants to be cautious with him going forward.Yesterday, Red Raider head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Bowman’s collapsed lung wasn’t as serious as the one he suffered earlier in the year. Still, backup Jett Duffey will run the show this weekend against Texas.Kliff Kingsbury talks about his communication with Alan Bowman, Jett Duffey’s growth, Texas QB Sam Ehlinger’s playing style, and sending off the Tech seniors. pic.twitter.com/4SCOhbaMQC— Brad Tollefson (@Brad_Tollefson) November 6, 2018Duffey completed 9-for-17 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns in relief of Bowman against Oklahoma. He also ran for 47 yards and a score.Texas Tech and Texas will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday on FOX.
MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 09: Michael Deiter #63, Jonathan Taylor #23, and Austin Ramesh #20 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Camp Randall Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)The Wisconsin Badgers had a tough year, which included a loss to rival Minnesota in the final contest of the season. But they’re still headed to a bowl game this December, so let’s take a look at where they could land.Wisconsin finished with a 5-4 record in the Big Ten – three games behind West champion Northwestern. The Badgers are in the second tier of bowl-eligible teams in the league – behind the likes of Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State.Wisconsin, during the season, lost to BYU, Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State and Minnesota. They scored wins against Western Kentucky, New Mexico, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Rutgers and Purdue.Wisconsin won’t be afforded the opportunity to play in the College Football Playoff or a New Year’s Six bowl, but they could wind up playing on New Year’s Eve.Sports Illustrated’s Eric Single is currently projecting Wisconsin to take on Oregon in the Redbox Bowl on December 31. It’s hosted in Santa Clara.The Badgers will have the opportunity to pick up their eighth win of the season in whatever bowl game they wind up in.Wisconsin will learn its bowl fate on Sunday afternoon.