Brazil Dada hoping for a fit Neymar at the World Cup: He is 50% of the Brazil team Raisa Simplicio 20:00 5/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Brazil Brazil v Switzerland Brazil v Costa Rica Serbia v Brazil Switzerland Costa Rica Serbia World Cup The 1970 World Cup winner has put his trust in the PSG star to succeed in Russia – if he can stay fit One of the most charismatic figures of the side that won the 1970 World Cup, Dada Maravilha is accompanying the Brazil national team in its quest for glory in Russia. Having swapped his boots for a microphone, he is now working as a commentator and following the steps of the Selecao on the way to the upcoming finals. Dada was there for the first part of Brazil’s preparations in Granja Comary and is very impressed with coach Tite, who made a point of praising him and ‘sweetening’ the world champion.”I must admit that I am delighted, first of all because of the humility of Tite, who called on Gerson, that monster of a player, to chat, he called on Zagallo, the most successful coach in Brazilian history, and obviously he talked about football, what the 1970 team achieved, why it is considered the best team on earth. He is on the right track, the two training sessions that I saw were full of quick touches, I liked it a lot,” said Dada, who as always was with a smile on his face. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now (Foto: Lucas Figueiredo / CBF / Divulgação)The fifth highest scorer in Brazilian football history, Dada knows what hitting the back of the net means; and when it came to choosing Brazil’s starting No. 9 he had no hesitation in singling out Gabriel Jesus, although he also had high praise for Roberto Firmino. “The two are excellent but right now Jesus deserves it, but if Jesus slips up and Firmino comes in and shines it is Brazil that wins, they have two brilliant goal-scorers,” he added. Dada also spoke about Neymar, who has been out of the game since February due to injury and hopes to come back prior to the World Cup. The retired champion believes the No.10 is key to Brazil’s chances, and that he must take on the mantle of Tostao, moving the ball around quickly to escape defenders’ attentions. “I saw him training, I am excited, at certain points he showed a few bruises so I am quite scared, everyone knows the problem is his right foot, one hit to his right foot could take him out of the game. I think he has to play like Tostao used to, moving quickly, bringing his team-mates in because he is right on the limit, he is extraordinary and nobody goes in on him to take the ball, they go in to hit him and hurt him. He has to move the ball along quickly. Brazil depend a lot on Neymar, he is 50 per cent of the team.” Dada had the honour of playing with some of Brazil’s greatest-ever players in 1970, while he has also watched closely those who have followed. Pele and Zico are at the top of his all-time list, but he also has a soft spot for the likes of Tostao and Romario. “Pele and Zico, those two were the greatest, the best I have ever seen. I am a fan of Tostao, who for me is one of the best after Pele and Zico, but I have to talk about Romario too, he was excellent for me, Ronaldo was also very good but I’ll stick with Romario in attack.”(Foto: Getty Images)And when asked to compare the 1970 side with the fabled team of 1982, Dada did not hesitate. “That question is easy to answer, I could measure the two teams up but football is about who wins, that is a concept you cannot argue with. So for that reason 1970 was the greatest,” he explained. He is also confident that after falling away on home soil four years ago, Brazil have what it takes to win a record sixth World Cup in Russia.”I am excited, Tite took over the Selecao at its lowest ebb and brought it back, he has stimulated the players and Brazil are considered favourites. For me the outright favourite is Germany, then Brazil, but there is nothing stopping Brazil from being champions.”Tite has shown he is a clever guy, it’s not just his intelligence I like, but also his humility in acknowledging he has people close to him that can help. Gerson, Zagallo, the World Cup’s biggest winner. So I want to thank them for accepting Tite’s invitation and to thank him for recognising he could learn with them. We are always learning.”
Expats around the world play a vital role in the promotion and development of Touch Football in their respective countries abroad. We recently heard from former representative player, Gary Hart, who is doing some fantastic work in the Middle East. On Friday, 28 February, a Men’s, Women’s and social side from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Al Ain and possibly Qatar will meet in Abu Dhabi for a one day tournament. Hart says that he was in contact with John Larkins from Abu Dhabi Touch late last year and is looking forward to the opportunity. “Saudi Arabia is sending three teams from the Eastern Provence, where Touch is played in three residential communities, Sara, Dhahran and Abqaiq. Players from these communities have been getting together every Friday since early December and training. The training has been all about the basics of Touch, incorporating a couple of rucking moves, and defensive strategies. Most players are expats from Australia, New Zealand, England and America and mostly over the age of 35, however we do have a couple of local Saudis playing. Socially Touch has been played for over 20 years in Saudi Arabia, however this will be the first combined Middle East competition, and hopefully the first of many more.”Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate the teams on this initiative and wish them all the best for the tournament. To keep up-to-date with International Touch related news, please visit the Federation of International Touch website – http://www.international-touch.org/ Related LinksInternational Touch
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say RB Leipzig willing to sell Everton target Augustinby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRB Leipzig are inviting offers for Jean-Kévin Augustin.RMC says RBL are putting the striker up for sale ahead of the January market.Augustin is a top target for Everton boss Marco Silva, which are prepared to offer €40m for the youngster.Everton’s interest sparked angry denials from RBL, but they’re now willing to sell.Augustin, 21, is tied to RBL until 2022.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer defends Bailly: He won’t do it againby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester Untited manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended Eric Bailly following his sending off in Sunday’s win over Bournemouth.With United up 4-1, Bailly was shown a straight red for a clumsy challenge on Ryan Fraser in midfieldBut Solskjaer knows it won’t become a recurring theme for the Ivorian.”Eric knows it was a harsh challenge,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports after the match. “He doesn’t have to do that. Just stay on your feet, but once in a while you know the boys are excited, we want to win the ball back and sometimes you can mistime your challenges.”Eric is the first one to accept that he made his mistake.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: AC Milan formally announce signing of Lucas Paquetaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan have formally announced the signing of Lucas Paqueta from Flamego.The Brazilian’s move has been settled for some time, with a €35m deal agreed back in October.On Thursday the Rossoneri have deposited his contract with the Lega Serie A, meaning he’s now officially eligible to play for them.Paqueta could make his debut in the Supercoppa Italiana against Juventus, which will be held in Suadi Arabia on January 16.
Lille join growing interest for Chelsea fullback Bababy Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe interest in Chelsea fullback Abdul Rahman Baba is growing.With Schalke cutting short Baba’s loan six months early, the Ghana international is fielding new offers from across Europe.Chelsea are happy for Baba to move out on a temporary deal again this month.And Revier Sport says Lille are the latest club to express interest in a loan deal.Baba has also attracted enquiries from Villarreal and Girona in recent days. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Moritz Leitner praises Norwich away supporters after Burnley defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City midfielder Moritz Leitner praised their away supporters, who stayed behind the team despite a 2-0 defeat to Burnley on Saturday.Burnly won thanks to Chris Wood’s early brace.”The support in every game since I’ve been here has been amazing,” he said. “We are really thankful, each and every player, even after a game like that they stayed behind us and tried to keep going. That’s amazing and it’s something special we have at this club. We will fight for them and I can only say thank you for the support in every minute of every game.”Leitner made a comeback from injury to feature at Turf Moor, replacing Alexander Tettey on the 12th minute, who had himself picked up a knock.”As a player, you always want to come back after injury but it’s not the most important thing,” he said. “The most important thing is the club, and today we had a bad day. We have to show a reaction.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli icon Maradona ‘always believed in Mertens’by Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli icon Diego Maradona has long been a fan of Dries Mertens, it has been revealed.Mertens’ two goals in the Champions League 3-2 victory at RB Salzburg, took him to 116 goals with Napoli – one more than Maradona.The Belgian now has his sights set on Marek Hamsik’s all-time club record of 121 goals.“Diego has always been a supporter of Mertens and believed in him, even when the Belgian wasn’t playing very much,” Maradona’s representative Stefano Ceci told Radio Kiss Kiss.“I remember full well after Arkadiusz Milik’s injury that Diego said Napoli already had the replacement in-house with a real phenomenon called Mertens.”
d’angelo russell dribble footballD’Angelo Russell can handle a basketball pretty well. The former Ohio State star guard proved this dozens of times during his first-and-only season with the Buckeyes. The future NBA first-round pick had crazy highlight plays like this and this. It turns out that he’s nearly just as good with a football. Russell showed off his handling ability to former Kentucky guard Devin Booker while the two were working out together. Russell is expected to be a top-10 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, which is set to take place on June 25.
Instagram/HubbarthESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth is one of the network’s rising stars, there’s no doubt. Hubbarth, who joined the Worldwide Leader back in 2010, hosts NBA Tonight on ESPN2, works the desk for ESPN News and occasionally gets the look for SportsCenter. You’ll probably be seeing more of her in the near future, too.Where is she from? What has her career looked like? What are her interests? And is she single? We’ve got those answers and more, along with a few photos.In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About Cassidy Hubbarth Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7
Women’s World Cup 2019 matches could exceed one billion viewers when the final takes place on Sunday with TV records set in the UK, USA, Brazil and beyond.The tournament has already reached an audience of over 850 million across all viewing platforms since it kicked off on June 7 in Paris.USA and Netherlands will contest the final on Sunday in a match that is expected to see the competition’s average global audience for a live match to double. 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 Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, France and China also saw records set in viewing figures due to their respective runs in the finals.The second-round tie between U.S. and Brazil reached the all-time highest global audience, with over 58m fans tuning in to the clash on television.In the UK, the record for Women’s World Cup audiences more than trebled, as almost 9m people watched the semi-final clash between USWNT and England, smashing the previous high before the tournament of 2.7m.And in Netherlands and Sweden, the semi-final clash between the two sides received an audience share of 78.5 per cent and 79.8% respectively, raking in 5m Dutch viewers and 2.5m in Sweden.A rise in popularity the women’s game has prompted FIFA president Gianni Infantino to raise the prospect of increasing the number of teams from 24 to 32 while doubling the prize money on offer .The bidding process for the 2023 tournament is already underway as the vote to decide the hosts will be made next March.Nine countries have put their bid forward, with Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea all hopeful of landing the tournament, though Infantino’s latest proposals mean the process could be restarted.”We will need to act more quickly if we want to have 32 teams already in 2023,” the president said.”We will discuss it as a matter of urgency and see if we can already decide to increase for 2023, in which case we should re-open the bidding process and allow everyone to have a chance to organise or maybe co-host for some of those who have been bidding already for a 24-team World Cup.”
We’re coming up on Week 5 of the college football season. It is still early, but we are starting to see the College Football Playoff race take form.Right now, we have an idea of what teams are fighting it out for a playoff spot, and which ones are likely to wind up in a New Year’s Six game. We’ll get an even clearer picture over the next few weeks.Brett McMurphy of Stadium has revealed his latest projections for the playoff and NY6. As of now, it looks like he has Ohio State as the odd team out.Surely, Buckeye fans won’t be upset about that after McMurphy’s reporting on Urban Meyer. Orange Bowl (CFP Semifinal): Alabama (CFP No. 1) vs Oklahoma (CFP No. 4) Cotton Bowl (CFP Semifinal): Clemson (CFP No. 2) vs Georgia (CFP No. 3)Here’s what McMurphy has for the rest of the NY6. Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. Washington Sugar Bowl: West Virginia vs. Auburn Peach Bowl: Penn State vs. Notre Dame Fiesta Bowl: Stanford vs. UCFYou can view all of McMurphy’s bowl projections here.With Ohio State playing Penn State and Notre Dame facing Stanford this weekend, there might be some changes to McMurphy’s projections come next week.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 20: The Florida Gators cheerleaders perform during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 20, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Florida’s football program notched the best win of the Dan Mullen era to date this evening, with the Gators taking down No. 5 LSU at The Swamp in Gainesville, Fla.It was quite the win for Florida, which had some early-season struggles. The Gators battled with the highly-ranked Tigers all afternoon and emerged with a close win.Florida’s coaches and players were pumped.One assistant coach stood out, though.Check out this NSFW celebration following the win:Look away, Lip-Readers pic.twitter.com/grqJGzI8ly— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) October 6, 2018Hey, good for him. That’s a big win.Florida, which is set to rise in the polls following tonight’s win, is set to play at Vanderbilt next weekend.
EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 29: A Michigan State helmet sits on the sideline during a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Spartan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. Ohio State won the game 17-16. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Earlier today, Saturday’s Big Ten matchup between Michigan and Michigan State took a sour turn.The Spartans’ star wide receiver Felton Davis went down with a non-contact injury and was immediately carted off the field by Michigan State medical personnel. Davis lined up to run a route, took one step and went straight to the ground.He appeared to have suffered a lower leg injury as he grasped around his ankle. The FOX broadcast announced an update to Davis’ injury and it looks to be season-ending.FOX confirmed Davis suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon.FOX confirms a torn Achilles for Felton Davis.— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) October 20, 2018It’s a huge loss for the Michigan State team. Davis leads the Spartans in receiving and it coming off of a game-winning touchdown reception against Penn State.The senior wide receiver likely had dreams of the NFL draft, though those will undoubtedly take a hit with the injury.Michigan leads Michigan State 14-7 as the teams head to the fourth quarter.
COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 20: Mark Dantonio head coach of the Michigan State Spartans looks on during a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium October 20, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo By Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Down 7-6 late in the third quarter of a defensive slug fest, Michigan State football was forced to punt from his own end zone.Rather than attempt the kick in serious pressure, it appears that Michigan State opted to take a safety, giving Ohio State a three-point lead and handing a dangerous, if cold, Buckeye offense the ball back.At first it looked like a horrendous snap over the punter’s head, but based on his lack of effort to jump for the snap, it does look like it was intentional.Video of the controversial Michigan State football punting decision, via Eleven Warriors:#BIG pic.twitter.com/az7HZ7eutz— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 10, 2018If it was a field position play, Michigan State turned around and made a serious mistake on the ensuing kick, punting the ball out of bounds for a penalty.Ohio State took over at the 50-yard line, and has a chance to extend the lead to two scores with a touchdown. Of course, those have been extremely rare.Dwayne Haskins threw for a touchdown to Parris Campbell, but that is the only time anyone has reached the end zone in this one.
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches the action during the second half of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)ESPN has released its prediction for Ohio State’s Rose Bowl matchup against Washington.The Buckeyes had a disappointing Sunday, as they learned that they missed the College Football Playoff despite finishing the season at 12-1, but they’ve earned a decent consolation prize.Ohio State will take on Washington in college football’s most-historic bowl game. It’ll be Urban Meyer’s first head coaching experience in the Rose Bowl.Who’s going to emerge with the victory?ESPN has released its prediction.Jimmy Lake’s defense vs. Ryan Day’s offense will be fun to watch, but Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins and his receivers make enough plays to outpace Jake Browning and the Huskies in coach Urban Meyer’s Rose Bowl debut. Haskins throws for three scores on the talented Washington secondary in what likely will be his final college game.Prediction: Ohio State 34, Washington 21Ohio State and Washington are set to kick off at 5 p.m. E.T. on New Year’s Day.The game will be on ESPN.
CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 01: Dexter Lawrence #90 of the Clemson Tigers reacts against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the first quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Clemson will be without star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence on the field in Monday night’s national championship game against Alabama, though he will be in attendance.Lawrence is able to travel with the team, but he won’t suit up and play against the Crimson Tide. Lawrence is one of three Clemson players suspended by the NCAA for a failed drug test before the team’s national semifinal against Notre Dame.Lawrence reportedly tested positive for a banned substance.He, tight end Braden Galloway and offensive lineman Zach Giella are in the process of appealing the NCAA’s decision, but it looks like the process is still ongoing.Because of that, all three won’t be able to play.Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence will not play in the CFP championship. pic.twitter.com/QyUGtNhaUX— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) January 3, 2019Lawrence finished the season with 44 tackles (7.5 for loss), 15 quarterback pressures, three pass breakups and 1.5 sacks in 13 games.Clemson and Alabama will play for the national championship at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Monday night.Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry is one of the fiercest in all of sports, so the Wolverines were none too happy to see several assistants join the Buckeyes this offseason. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh recently broke his silence on the issue as well.Speaking to the media this past week via TheOzone, Harbaugh revealed that he was surprised to see assistants Greg Mattison and Al Washington join Ryan Day’s staff in January. Mattison became co-defensive coordinator, while Washington joined his alma mater.“I wouldn’t say shocked, I was surprised, yeah,” Harbaugh said.Despite being surprised by his coaches’ decisions, he admitted that he couldn’t hold it against them – particularly Mattison, who he claims wanted to be a coordinator and saw a massive salary increase at the same time.“Coaching-wise he wanted to be a coordinator again. Darn near doubled his salary. I don’t hold that against him. We’re not going to be sending each other Christmas cards based on where he went. That’s how I feel and understand it.”“(Mattison is) still a good man. Still have a ton of respect for him, and we’ll be friends again someday when we’re done coaching.”Michigan has been doing a lot of losing to the Ohio State Buckeyes since Harbaugh took over, but will get a chance for revenge when they host The Game later this season.The Buckeyes will also be led by first-year head coach Ryan Day, rather than the recently-retired Urban Meyer.[TheOzone]
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Fortunately for Nebraska, it seems that issue has been cleared up.According to the Omaha World-Herald, Thompkins has passed all his academic hurdles and is cleared to enroll at Nebraska.His father confirmed to the publication that his son is set to enroll:The last of Nebraska’s 2019 running back signees is headed to campus.Loganville (Ga.) Grayson running back Ronald Thompkins has cleared all academic hurdles to enroll at NU, according to his father. Thompkins will arrive at Nebraska next week.Thompkins joins a crowded backfield at Nebraska, which features Dedric Mills, Maurice Washington, Rahmir Johnson and Jaylin Bradley. Washington, the most experienced member of the unit, is still dealing with a serious legal situation in his home state of California, so his status remains is flux heading into the year.Frost’s offense showed potential in year one under Adrian Martinez. While losing running back Devine Ozigbo to the NFL hurts the team’s firepower, the Huskers should have enough depth to fall back on.[Omaha World-Herald] LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: General view of a football before the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The Nebraska Cornhuskers are trending up going into next season, and one reason is their strong incoming class.With another year under his belt in the Big Ten, Scott Frost and the Cornhuskers are ready to bring the program back to its glory days. Many experts believe they have the potential to contend for a conference championship.Nebraska has a sold core of returning players for this fall as well as an impressive recruiting class. A point of emphasis for Frost was finding playmakers to excel in his offensive scheme.Ronald Thompkins, a three-star tailback from Georgia, is an all-purpose back that could make a difference for the Huskers. The only thing holding him back from leaving his mark in Lincoln was an academic issue.
LEXINGTON, KY – SEPTEMBER 27: Quarterback Jared Lorenzen #22 of Kentucky looks for the open receiver against Florida on September 27, 2003 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. Florida won 24-21. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Days after the public first learned that he was battling a serious illness, beloved former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen tragically passed away on Wednesday. He was just 38 years old.Lorenzen battled serious renal and cardiac issues, which placed him in intensive care up until his death. It was followed by an outpouring of love and support from Kentucky fans, and football fans as a whole, who fondly remember the “Hefty Lefty.”Last fall, Kentucky football saw a serious resurgence, going 10-3 and upsetting Penn State in the Citrus Bowl, 27-24. It was UK’s first 10 win season since 1977.Dual-threat quarterback Terry Wilson led the way for the ‘Cats in 2018. While there may be challengers, he’s the presumptive starter in 2019.Terry Wilson took to Twitter to hint that he may wear Jared Lorenzen’s famous No. 22 for Kentucky’s season opener.Kentucky opens the season on August 31 with Toledo.Rock the deuce deuce for the first game ?— Terry Wilson (@TerryTouchdown3) July 4, 2019I’d imagine there will be some sort of tribute to Lorenzen during that first game. Having Wilson wear his number would be a cool addition for sure.Lorenzen was a local hero, winning Kentucky Mr. Football as a high schooler, and moving up to the Wildcats, where he threw for 10,354 yards and 79 touchdowns in 41 games as starter.He went on to a four-year NFL career with the New York Giants, serving as Eli Manning’s backup. He won a Super Bowl with the team in 2007.