Krawietz: Klopp feels same about Liverpool as BVB, Mainzby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz believes that he and boss Jurgen Klopp found an instant connection with the club when they joined.Fans were unsure of what to expect of Klopp when he arrived, given the way his tenure at Borussia Dortmund ended.However, he managed to take the club to new heights, winning the Champions League last season.And Krawietz believes that part of the success is due to the incredible feeling that he and Klopp have for the club, which is similar to how they felt about previous clubs Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.”We always felt something like an identity with the club we were working for. In Mainz, it was our hometown where we grew up – so obviously it was easy because it was natural,” Krawietz told the Liverpool website. “We found this in Dortmund pretty quickly. And it is, and was, the same here in Liverpool. The more you learn about this city, of course adapting a little bit, and learn how people think and what they expect…of course, it helps if you have a little bit of success! “Then people can see from the outside things are going forward. This is what we always wanted. We thought the things we want to invent take a bit of time – a long-term idea – and we’d come somewhere where we’d try to make an impact for the whole club, something that stays for longer even if you are not here anymore. “Something which stays – not only trophies and a good time – and that it can go on. It worked in Mainz, it worked in Dortmund and I hope we are in a good way to do it as well in Liverpool.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool teenager Brewster showing improvement after Wolves braceby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool U23 boss Neil Critchley says Rhian Brewster is improving after his double against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.The 19-year-old made his first-team debut against MK Dons in the Carabao Cup and boosted his chances of another appearance with a fine display in the 4-3 win over Wolves at Kirkby.Asked if Brewster was taking steps in the right direction, Critchley said: “There were positives to take from the game and Rhian’s goals were among them.”He is looking slightly better every time he plays. That was arguably his best game for us this season, not just his goals but his all-round contribution, the way he led the line particularly without the ball, competing with his back to goal as well.”He was competing very well with longer balls and balls in the air. He put a real shift in for the team which is something he will be able to do as he gets fitter. I was really pleased with his contribution.”
oklahoma state phantom first downIt’s been a tough year for the the Big 12’s referees. It’s about to get worse.During Saturday’s contest between Oklahoma State and Kansas State, it appears that the Cowboys were given a phantom first down when they should have been four yards short of the line to gain. Facing a 3rd and 23 from Oklahoma State’s 42-yard line, Mason Rudolph connected with Marcell Ateman for a 19-yard gain. Fox Sports 1 showed a replay of the play, and when they panned back to the live action, OSU had somehow been given a first down.A user took video of the entire sequence. The play in question comes at around the 2:30 mark.Jake Trotter, who covers the Big 12 for ESPN, confirmed that the officials made a mistake. As he notes, Oklahoma State scored a touchdown just four plays later.Big 12 officials did in fact award Oklahoma St a phantom first down when it should’ve been fourth-and-four. OSU scored TD four plays later— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 4, 2015How does this happen? We’re not sure. But with the Cowboys eking out a two-point win over the Wildcats, there are going to be lots of questions here.
santa surprises urban meyerLast year, Ohio State’s strength and conditioning team dressed up as Santa and his elves to greet head coach Urban Meyer as he made his way to the locker room a few days before Christmas. Apparently, it’s now a tradition. Monday morning, Meyer was surprised by a similar scene, and was even given a present. No word on what was in the box.Ohio State is currently preparing for the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day. But there’s still apparently time for a little Christmas cheer.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (left) celebrates his second quarter touchdown with running back Jalin Marshall #7 (right) during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The Dallas Cowboys just made the most beloved pick of the NFL Draft, taking injured Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith with the No. 34 overall selection. Smith injured his knee in the Fiesta Bowl and likely won’t play at all during the 2016 season. One of the players he faced in that Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, is now his teammate. Elliott welcomed Smith to the team on Twitter. Welcome to the family brother @thejaylonsmith— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) April 29, 2016The Cowboys have drafted two of college football’s most-likable players in Elliott and Smith. The NFL Draft is being televised on ESPN and the NFL Network.
Chelsea battled past Tottenham to book a place in the EFL Cup final against holders Manchester City, triumphing 4-2 on penalties after a stirring 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.Maurizio Sarri got the desired reaction, having questioned the mentality of his Chelsea players in the aftermath of Saturday’s defeat to Arsenal, as N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard overturned the 1-0 first-leg deficit before half-time.Tottenham, without any of Harry Kane, Dele Alli or Son Heung-min in a competitive match for the first time since October 2016, found a response of their own by pegging Chelsea back with Fernando Llorente netting an aggregate equaliser. 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The shoot-out opened in nerveless fashion, but Eric Dier blazed over the bar and Lucas Moura shot tamely to Kepa Arrizabalaga’s left, leaving David Luiz to steer in and spark raucous celebrations.No mistakes from @DavidLuiz_4!WE’RE THROUGH TO THE @Carabao_Cup FINAL! #CHETOT pic.twitter.com/8ngyaxYiW7— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 24, 2019Returning Tottenham midfielder Dier clattering into David Luiz before fouling Jorginho set a scrappy early tone prior to the hosts going in front after 27 minutes.Kante was given ample room to lash a partially cleared corner back towards goal and his shot zipped through the legs of Ben Davies, Moussa Sissoko and Spurs goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.Hazard was revelling in the freedom of having Olivier Giroud playing alongside him as a specialist target man and he fed Pedro to find the overlapping Cesar Azpilicueta, before continuing his run to coolly convert the Spain full-back’s cross.Danny Rose came on for the injured Davies in between the Chelsea goals and the England left-back played a key role as an improved Spurs levelled five minutes into the second half, with Llorente heading home his delivery from the left.Llorente was unable to find the clean contact Christian Eriksen’s delicious swerving cross deserved – he made way for Lucas in the 68th minute – while Pedro fired too close to Gazzaniga at the end of a frantic Chelsea attack.Giroud, with Gonzalo Higuain looking on from the stands, passed up a pair of glorious chances in stoppage time and penalties were required for the Blues to book a date at Wembley. What does it mean? Sarri tough love ploy pays offBearing in mind the Stamford Bridge dressing room’s tendency to chew up and spit out head coaches, the wisdom of Sarri calling out first his team as a whole and then his star player over recent days appeared ill-advised. But his XI responded with the sort of sharp, tenacious display before half-time that Sarri had wondered aloud might be beyond them, while Hazard showed plenty of his dazzling best. Tottenham’s reserves of battling qualities under Mauricio Pochettino, even in the face of a punishing injury list and a lack of reinforcements, should not be questioned any time soon.Jorginho gets Chelsea on the front footSarri’s unswerving commitment to his deep-lying playmaker has invited growing criticism of late, meaning Jorginho’s sharpest performance since being ransacked by these opponents in November was particularly timely. The ex-Napoli man’s expertise in position is not up for debate, but his passing came at a more agreeable tempo, while no Chelsea player gained possession more often. It was a display capped with a delightfully cheeky kick under shoot-out pressure.Dire opening from DierOperating without a clutch of his leading stars, Pochettino was boosted by Dier being able to make a first start since his appendectomy. But the England midfielder was over-eager during the early stages, giving away needless fouls and failing to provide the assurance Spurs needed in central areas. His trip on Ross Barkley and failure to react to the quick free-kick that yielded Hazard’s goal was a moment to forget, although ballooning a penalty into the Chelsea fans was not the best way to erase it.Key Opta Facts8 – Fernando Llorente has scored eight goals in his last five starts for Tottenham in all competitions. Deputy. pic.twitter.com/uDLvRpC8Iz— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 24, 2019- Sarri is the sixth manager to take Chelsea to an EFL Cup final and just the fourth to do it in his first season in charge (after Gianluca Vialli, Jose Mourinho and Avram Grant).- Chelsea won just their second EFL Cup penalty shoot-out in their last six attempts, with both successes coming at home.- This was the third time that Spurs have failed to progress from an EFL Cup semi-final having won the first leg, alongside crashing out against Newcastle United in 1975-76 and Arsenal in 1986-87.- In all competitions, Chelsea have lost none of the 46 games in which Hazard has scored in at Stamford Bridge (P46 W39 D7 L0).- Kante has scored four goals in 30 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions this season – as many as he netted in his previous three seasons in England combined (four in 129 appearances).What’s next?Both teams turn their attention towards the FA Cup on Sunday, with Spurs travelling to Crystal Palace in round four and Chelsea hosting Sheffield Wednesday. read more
The Central Michigan play that will be talked about for years to come should not have counted, per MAC referees.Saturday afternoon, Central Michigan knocked off Oklahoma State on one of the most unbelievable ‘Hail Mary’ plays in recent history. With the score 27-24 in favor of the Cowboys, the Chippewas had one untimed down at the end of the contest. Quarterback Cooper Rush hit Jesse Kroll, who lateraled the ball to Malik Fountain for a ridiculous game-winner.But perhaps the play should not have counted.Let’s back up for a moment. How did Central Michigan get the untimed down ahead of the final play?Facing a 4th-and-13 with four seconds to play, Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph, instead of finding a way to waste four seconds with his legs, threw a deep ball that was ruled by the referees as intentional grounding. After the officials met, they determined that because of the intentional grounding call and the turnover on downs, Central Michigan would be awarded one untimed play.Apparently that isn’t the right way to interpret the rule. According to MAC referee Tim O’Dey, the game should not have been extended. Oklahoma State should have won the contest after its final offensive play.Transcript of interview with referee in CMU-OSU game. 1/?? pic.twitter.com/EpMkckZzQf— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) September 10, 2016Here’s MAC official Tim O’Dey with the pool reporter after the ending of OSU/CMU: pic.twitter.com/XGpRiUxHhK— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) September 10, 2016Here’s video of the final sequence. It includes both plays.The craziest thing of all? Apparently Oklahoma State can appeal to Central Michigan and ask the Chippewas to forfeit. That’d be something we haven’t seen before.How @BerryTramel explains it, from his understanding: #OKstate can appeal to CMU to reverse the outcome. Decision would be in their hands.— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) September 10, 2016Obviously, this is far from the end of the story here. We’ll keep you updated on the situation.Update: It’s been determined that the outcome of the game will not be changed.Bill Carollo confirms wrong call in CMU/OSU and also that outcome won’t be effected: pic.twitter.com/lCxmx9wAm1— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) September 10, 2016Central Michigan gets the win.
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)Brady Quinn’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish open with Michigan this season. The FS1 analyst is pretty bullish on Jim Harbaugh’s club.Quinn was asked about the Week 1 match-up by Michigan blog Wolverines Wire.He is high on Shea Patterson, the quarterback transfer from Ole Miss who is expected to start for the Wolverines this season.Quarterback has been a problem area for Harbaugh during his time at Michigan. After the team suffered a bit of a slide in 2017, Harbaugh is starting to feel some pressure to get his alma mater over the hump.Brady Quinn thinks that could happen this year, and thinks Michigan could be in the College Football Playoff picture if they start out hot.From the blog:“I think this team – depending on how things go against Notre Dame, could all of a sudden be one of the teams we’re talking about in consideration for playing in the college football playoff.”To be fair to Harbaugh and Michigan, the team was very much in the discussion for the 2016 College Football Playoff. Its bowl loss to Florida State in the Orange Bowl marred that bit.As Notre Dame quarterback, Quinn was 2-2 against Michigan during his college career. The two squads used to face off almost every season.After his alma mater’s ACC arrangement, it has had to cut back on some of its rivalry games. This is the first time they’ve faced off since 2014.[Wolverines Wire]
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)With another week of games in the books, ESPN’s FPI has updated its predictions for the rest of the 2018 season. The updates are now complete.One of the categories in the FPI is win-loss projections. These change on a weekly basis.You can see the full win-loss rankings here.The top 25 is below. Note, these are the FPI top 25 rankings, not the official AP or Coaches Poll Top 25 rankings.Alabama: 11.5 – 1.3Ohio State: 11.1 – 1.5Georgia: 11.2 – 1.7Oklahoma: 11.4 – 1.5Clemson: 11.4 – 1.5Penn State: 10.1 – 2.2Michigan: 8.5 – 3.6Washington: 9.4 – 3.1Auburn: 8.8 – 3.3Stanford: 9.4 – 2.9Notre Dame: 9.7 – 2.3Mississippi State: 8.9 – 3.1Wisconsin: 9.4 – 3.1Michigan State: 7.9 – 4.2Boise State: 11.3 – 1.6Texas A&M: 7.3 – 4.8Miami (Fla.): 8.4– 3.9Virginia Tech: 8.7 – 2.8Oklahoma State: 8.4– 3.9LSU: 7.2 – 4.8Ole Miss: 7.9 – 4.1West Virginia: 7.4 – 4.7Oregon: 8.6 – 3.5Iowa: 8.8 – 3.5Duke: 8.5– 3.7ESPN’s FPI can be found here.
Early Saturday morning, Michigan star Devin Bush was involved in a pregame incident ahead of the Wolverines contest against Michigan State. During the Spartans pregame walk, Bush sat right in the middle to break it up.But that wasn’t all. Bush also went to midfield and destroyed the Spartans’ logo with his cleat – kicking up large chunks of sod before the game.Just a few plays into Saturday’s biggest game, Bush attempted to tackle Michigan State tailback L.J. Scott but went down awkwardly.Here’s the play.Devin Bush, who marked up the MSU field, injured on his first tackle attempt while seeing some disrespek from LJ Scott with this stiff arm pic.twitter.com/RQRaeOrlhw— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 20, 2018Bush stayed down for several minutes before being attended to by Michigan trainers. The linebacker was forced to leave the field for a play after going down.However, he didn’t stay out for long. The announcers during the contest suggested perhaps Bush just got the wind knocked out of him during the play.Michigan and Michigan State are scoreless midway through the first quarter.Stay tuned.