Crystal Palace boss Hodgson can’t fault players for Watford defeatby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson couldn’t fault his players after defeat to Watford.The Eagles were winning 1-0 at the break thanks to Craig Cathcart’s own goal, but would see that quickly turned around thanks to two goals in seven minutes as Cathcart gained some retribution before a fine volley from Tom Cleverley settled matters in south London.Hodgson said, “It’s tough to lose any game, especially at home and it’s made tougher that we’ve been doing quite well lately. I was hoping that this would be the chance for us to get that elusive third victory that would have lifted us to a much more comfortable place in the table.“We were unable to get it, and when that happens there is no other emotion that I can display other than the obvious one of feeling very sad that we couldn’t do it.”He added: “If you want to win games, then you have to take the chances that come your way. Watford must be comfortable in that respect because they hit the post twice and had one cleared off the line and chances to score their two goals. We perhaps weren’t as effective and only scored one goal, but that’s what football is.“There aren’t many games this year where I have thought we were outplayed or didn’t deserve to win, but there have been games like this where the game could so easily have gone either way and you get questions about regrets or frustrations. I don’t think I could have asked for a lot more from the players; we certainly didn’t lose the game because there wasn’t the desire to win it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bielsa insists he wants Arsenal striker Nketiah’s Leeds loan to be successfulby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa insists he wants Eddie Nketiah’s loan spell from Arsenal to be a success.Nketiah was loaned out to Elland Road this summer in search of more regular playing time to continue his development. But despite scoring four times in nine appearances in all competitions, the 20-year-old is yet to start a Championship game, with Bielsa sticking by Patrick Bamford.”For me it is very important that Eddie has a good spell at Leeds,” Bielsa said.”If Nketiah doesn’t do well here in Leeds, the responsibility is going to be mine. That will be fair because Nketiah is a player full of results and as coach, I have to know how to manage all this skill to improve the team.”The person who most wants Nketiah to have success at Leeds is me, but also I value Bamford, I value him a lot.”
BOULDER, CO – SEPTEMBER 29: The Bruins flag flies as the UCLA Bruins score a touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on September 29, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado. UCLA defeated Colorado 42-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Update: An interesting development from the Roquan Smith commitment:BREAKING: Despite announcing his commitment to #UCLA, 4* LB Roquan Smith tells me he has not reached final decision, has not signed LOI.— Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) February 4, 2015Earlier: UCLA may wind up being the winners of this year’s National Signing Day. Jim Mora’s program has already had a big day, landing top-rated recruits like Soso Jamabo over Texas and Chris Clark over Michigan, and now they’ve plucked a top five outside linebacker out of Georgia’s back yard. Roquan Smith was down to Georgia, Michigan, Texas A&M, and UCLA during his ceremony today. After having signs for the Wolverines and Aggies flipped over to indicate that the schools were out, Smith put on UCLA gloves under the table to reveal his commitment.Some UCLA fans may be concerned about the program’s ability to compete at the top of the Pac-12 without Brett Hundley, but Mora is proving that the Bruins should not be a flash in the pan. [@BoltonSports]
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 11: The Miami Hurricanes take the field during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Hard Rock Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)We’re less than two hours from Miami’s adidas uniform release party at Club Liv in Miami Beach. It looks like those in attendance are dressed for the occasion, including Miami’s mascot, Sebastian the Ibis. Sebastian is donning a suit for the occasion.Sebastian The Ibis is ready for the Adidas jersey reveal party at Club Liv pic.twitter.com/I2MLM6wnK1— CaneSport (@CaneSport) July 18, 2015Looking sharp, Sebastian. Check back later tonight for the full scoop on Miami’s uniform reveal.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches his team take on the Georgia Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium September 22, 2007 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Georgia defeated Alabama 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)It’s been documented in the past that Alabama head coach Nick Saban occasionally uses chewing tobacco. Today, on SportsCenter, college football fans got a look at his favorite brand. In an interview with ESPN’s Marty Smith, Saban had a pouch of “Red Man” next to his seat belt. It didn’t go unnoticed.Never thought of Saban as a Red Man guy pic.twitter.com/m2KwlSBhIX— Feitelberg (@FeitsBarstool) November 4, 2015ESPN camera in Nick Saban’s car catches a pouch of Red Man. He’s just like the rest of us; he has a vice! pic.twitter.com/B5QC2xbJQV— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) November 4, 2015For what it’s worth, it doesn’t really line up with Saban’s no-nonsense personality. But as Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News notes, we all have our vices.
shaq lawson clemson dalvin cook florida stateAfter losing superstars like Stephone Anthony, Vic Beasley, and Grady Jarrett from last year’s top Clemson defense, many expected a big slide for the Tigers on that side of the field. After finishing first nationally in total defense in 2014, Clemson repeated in the top 10, currently ranking seventh in that category. A big reason: defensive end Shaq Lawson, who has 55 total tackles, an eye-popping 22.5 tackles for loss, and 9.5 sacks on the year. After the upcoming College Football Playoff, though, he will be off to the pros. .@ClemsonFB DE Shaq Lawson: “I’m going to declare for the draft, “It’s time. I’m ready for the next level. I will always miss Clemson”— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) December 9, 2015At 6-foot-3, 270-pounds, Lawson should be a pretty exciting prospect for NFL teams after his breakout season. He’ll have a chance to improve his stock on the sport’s biggest stage on New Year’s Eve.
Niko Kovac felt Bayern Munich were hard done by in their 3-1 defeat at Bayern Leverkusen as his side lost further ground on leaders Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga title race.Leon Goretzka gave Bayern a half-time lead, but goals after the interval from Leon Bailey, Kevin Volland and substitute Lucas Alario means the champions were unable to capitalise on rivals Dortmund being held to a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.Speaking to Sky after the match, Kovac was left to lament a VAR offside call going against Robert Lewandowski when the striker thought he had doubled Bayern’s advantage during first-half stoppage time. 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? “The result does not show what was happened on the field,” Kovac said. “We played well in the first half and the decisive scene against us was certainly the offside decision [for] 2-0.”[If that goal stood] we would not have to lose this match. In my opinion, a draw would have been a fair result. Leverkusen shot four times and scored three goals.”The call against Lewandowski was marginal, while a similarly tight decision fell in Leverkusen’s favour when replays of the build-up to Alario’s 87th-minute goal were reviewed.”It’s difficult. If we make the 2-0, there’s nothing else happening,” Kovac added. “Things ran against us with the referee’s decisions.”The only positive is that Dortmund did not score three points, so not much has changed, even though seven points are a lot.”Dortmund had their former boss Peter Bosz to thank after Leverkusen produced a vibrant display.”I’m proud of this team,” he told reporters. “This was a very important win, also for our confidence, but it’s only three points.”We’re on a good path, but we still have a long way to go. We still need more points.”Maybe we didn’t play our best match but we still got the win. I think it was a great match for the fans. Both teams wanted to win and played attacking football.”
wurmy14/instagramOklahoma running back Joe Mixon hurdled a defender and took it to the house. Here’s what it looked like from the stands.Oklahoma sophomore running back Joe Mixon showed off some supreme athleticism with an 8-yard touchdown catch. Mixon hurdled a defender at the 4-yard-line en route to his first touchdown of the day. Check out the incredible play.Mixon has done it all for the Sooners today. He has 77 yards on 14 carries and has two catches for 30 yards. But that wasn’t enough for Mixon as he also threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Dede Westbrook.Mixon has been a versatile back for Oklahoma this season. He has racked up 388 yards on the ground with two touchdowns and added 15 receptions for 174 yards.No. 19 Oklahoma leads Kansas State 31-10 late in the third quarter.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation announced its five finalists for the 2016 player of the year.It’s almost awards season in college football. You know what that means. The finalists for each award are being announced. First up, the Walter Camp Player of the Year. Recent winners include Derrick Henry, running back from Alabama, and Marcus Mariota, quarterback from Oregon.By this time in the season, we pretty much know who will be up for each award. Usually, the player of the year comes from the offensive side of the ball. Well, that could be about to change. Two defensive players are included in the five finalists for the award.The Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient is voted on by the 129 FBS coaches and sports information directors. The award will be announced on Thursday, December 8 during the 6 p.m. E.T. edition of SportsCenter.Here are the Walter Camp Player of the Year finalists.
ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit did not hold back when talking about a certain conference during his appearance on SportsCenter this morning.Herbstreit, like many others in the college football world, took some shots at the Big 12 and its defense (or lack thereof, really).The ESPN college football analyst said it’s getting “hard to watch” teams in the Big 12 play.Herbstreit said the Big 12 teams are basically playing “two-hand touch” with an insane amount of scoring and no defense to be found.This comes after Oklahoma’s 59-56 victory at West Virginia on Friday night.Herbstreit certainly isn’t alone with this thought process.ESPN’s Booger McFarland was extremely tough on the Big 12 during Friday night’s game.“This ain’t football,” he tweeted.This ain’t football— Booger (@ESPNBooger) November 24, 2018ESPN’s Greg McElroy tweeted something similar:“Ok, I’ve seen enough offense. Can we at least ATTEMPT to be fundamentally sound on the defensive side of the football? The Offenses are great, but these Defenses are PATHETIC,” he tweeted.Ok, I’ve seen enough offense. Can we at least ATTEMPT to be fundamentally sound on the defensive side of the football? The Offenses are great, but these Defenses are PATHETIC.— Greg McElroy (@GregMcElroy) November 24, 2018We’ll likely be getting some decent defensive play in today’s big rivalry games.Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T. while Alabama and Auburn are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on CBS.ESPN’s College GameDay is set to air from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. E.T.