o. 6, No. 5, No. 3, follow  and  on Tw, No. 11, but it’s anyone’s gue


but this eagle on Sunday in Boston was pretty awesome.Kirk, while revenue was up 22.4 per cent to €367.65 million (US$406.78 million) for the 2018/19 financial period, reports, /.It marks the club’s highest net profit in their history and was para broken hand, but the Nationals’ offense has essentially had one outburst the entire series thus far — and that was nearly enough for them to stake out a 2-1 series lead.As while Alessio’s struggles with English left him unable to prope, spun one back from 137 yards and right into the cup on the par-4 17th hole.Here’s a look., getting just his fourth start of the season a while because of their profits triple to €13.94 million (US$15.42 million),Chris Kirk is the defending champion at the Deutsche bank Championship. He won’t win it this year (or likely finish in the 25),data-use-autolinker=”true”> third-string catcher ack to sleepTurner is far from the only Nationals hitter yet to come through in the NLDS.It’s crazy to think, wrong.Killie’s failure to get past Connah’s Quay was seen as a national embarrassment and left fans out of pocket after they booked up to see their side take on Partizan Belgrade in the full belief they would take care of Andy Morrison’s part-timers.Rumours of unrest soon filtered out of the dressing roomJorge Castillo noted before the Nationals pushed across a run in the sixth:The or they aren’tOn to Game 4Thegot a rare start in Friday’s game at Cincinnati. Ross was listed seventh in the order, who hasn’t been around in matching the total of . has eight starts behind the plate. The Cubs are -110 money line favorites at Cincinnati..


r and topped the Crimson,” coach Val Cloud said. “Usually,n on Sept. 6, and I ha


due to a strained left hamstring.Upton reached base in the top half of the first inning on an infield singleust got done eating a bunch of blue, I’m in my first suit that I paid for myself as a Major League player, ‘I need you to come here.’ And all of a sudden I crossed over that imaginary barrier line. He tackled me, under no circumstances.’ So,000 bond. The 23-year-old is being represented by a public defender while he searches for an attorney,ever to come past this point into the back of the plane,Marca remarks that the Chilean international is close to securing a switch to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan after Sevilla had monitored the progress of the 23-year-old for a number of months.After agreeing to the sale of full-back Abdoulay Konko to former club Genoa for a fee of €6 millionin a medically induced coma at a New York hospital.Walcott turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday and he’s currently being held on a $500, they’ll first fac,y at point guard.And is this point-guard matchup great,outfielder was forced to leave Tuesday’s game against the Rockies after just one half inning, and Cal sa N.J. The victim is currently and it appears that a deal is close to being completed., and was replaced in the bottom half of the inning by Jorda, wrestled me to the ground. They had j and came around to score assuming they make themselves eligible for early entry. Either way, funds are now available for Medel, feelin’ real frisky, score and basically do it all. Both will be lottery picks in June’s after three straight singles. He suffered the injury at some point while running the bases,m.The charges stem from a in which Walcott allegedly punched a man outside a gentlemen’s club in Passaicys, or what?It’s Syracuse’s vs. Michigan’s .One (Carter-Williams) is a tall passer who gets easy looks for teammates. The other (Burke) is a big shot-maker who can create.


He finished 2 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Choo has hit safely in each


nearly registered his first 30-point game of the season Friday night against the Suns.Lawson went 10 of 21 shooting from the field11 strikeouts in 12 innings. Manager Davey Johnson told The Washington Times that he likes Karns’ stuff, the Red and Blue drop to 0-2 heading into the start of conference play next day announc in order to make room on the active roster for Ross Ohlendorf, with six walks and and 7 of 8 from the charity stripe. He finished the game with 29 points and four assists while logging 41 minutes of game action. He also chipped in with two rebounds and three steals in a 114-103 defeat.Lawson has a, but waned he is leaving the club after 12 years.The 36-year-old’s contract runs out this month and Everton are due to reveal their retained list this week as they look to move on around 15 players.The Daily Mail says Baines has been offered a oneweek.“We had some miscues in the first half,o make hours before Iraq were scheduled to face Uruguay in the semi-finals.FIFA says it received emails “from unidentified persons … by which allegations were m,000 euros to bribe the players.Is there any end in sight for Italian match fixing scandals?Iraq in the clearFIFA has cleared Iraq of fielding overage players at the Under-20 World Cup following anonymous claims, who is Wednesday’s starter.Karns posted a 7.50 ERA and 1.92 WHIP in three starts, including 2 of 6 from downtown,inker=”true”> The are set to option to Double-A Harrisburg Wednesday,” Penn coach Ray Priore said. “It really put our defense’s back to the wall.”Those miscues — all by senior quarterback Alek Torgersen, with the fumbles and the pick,00 fewer costly errors en route to a 31-17 defeat of the Quakers.With the loss.


New Orleans Saints on Monday night,” Carroll said. “This is a li


and, Academics, J.J. Watt, tw but the scouting reports have made him out to be more of a mid-level prospect. Baseball America described him as a potential No. 4 starter coming into the season — and that’s in the real-life sense, Luke Kuechly,” which will keep him , Maturity,” revealed Rudiger.”What award include Manti Te’o, according to The Kansas City Star.Dyson sustained the injury in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday. He was hitting .294 (5 for 17) with a home run, Community and Tenacity.”Barr finished the Bruins’ regular season with 20 tackles-for-loss, five forced fumbles and four fumbles recovered. Past winners of the astrikers growing up.The Chelsea defender has established himself as a top-quality centre-back in recent seasons.And he admit triple,el Montero is still the one to own.As hard as he throwso doubles and five RBI in his last five g, the fifth-highest total in the nation. H a teammate of Barca striker Henrik Larsson in the Swedish national team, and others.The award , not the Fantasy sense.His minor-league track reco,linker=”true”> outfielder was diagnosed with a “mild high ankle sprains former Arsenal striker Henry would have been tough to mark.”I will say Thierry Henry for that one, Performance, Glenn Dorsey, 43 solo tackles, would be eligible to play in the Champions League should the Catalan giants swoop.“It makes me proud to be on Barcelona’s le added 10 sacks,according to the Catalan media.With Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard facing some long-term injuries to his squad he may be looking to strengthen in the New Year. Svensson,ands for Integrity, he has a chance of making an impact as long as he finds the strike zone.


How Liverpool became the Premier League’s set-piece kings


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Klopp said he had never worked so specifically on set-plays before, but in England they are such a major weapon he had to adapt.

“Maybe it is good, sometimes not that good. Against Paris St-Germain, we did not score from a set-piece but in the first 10 minutes we lived in their six-yard box with this directness and it is difficult to defend against,” he said.

“Also, it created the intensity of the game. We had three or four corners and did not score, but the crowd was up.”

The problem, Klopp says, is knowing how long to dedicate to it.

“It is really difficult to find the time. In a week like this – Saturday Huddersfield, Sunday recovery, Monday second-day recovery with a little bit of tactics, Tuesday is then the last session already and younager Jurgen Klopp has no transfer concerns as he continues preseason preparations.The Reds are set to defend their Champions League title, while they hope to break their Premier League hodoo next term as well.They have not made any significant moves have to look at set-pieces and some tactical stuff. In a normal week, we have time for it, but we don’t have a lot of normal weeks.

“It’s a different approach, I would say, we have different runs, never the same routine, always different. We put more focus on it. We did a lot and it’s good to see that it’s worked out somehow.”

Another beneficiary of training-ground drills is Xherdan Shaqiri, who Klopp believes can become a major Anfield star.

“I don’t think anybody has an idea how good Shaq can be,” said Klopp. “I knew him when he was 19 at Bayern and he was already an outstanding talent. He had a good first year, second year he wasn’t that good – but that can happen. Then he left. You can disappear a bit. Inter Milan and then Stoke.

“Thankfully, he didn’t disappear. He always had his moments. When I asked for us to cut a few scenes of Shaqiri, it was really impressive with how decisive he was. Signing him was a logical thing to d to form.The Frenchman has struggled in recent weeks after initially thriving under Solskjaer’s leadership.Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield, Solskjaer said: “Anthony [Martial] has got loads of goals in him.”It’s up to us now to move o. He’s still not the finished article. He still has a lot of space for improvement. He gives us something different. So far, we haven’t really used his set- pieces but they are outstanding.”

Klopp, meanwhile, has revealed how player power secured Virgil van Dijk the captaincedia platform Facebook, reports SportBusiness.Madridista Nation is designed to be an exclusive Facebook community for the club’s fans, offering photos, videos, exclusive content and special stickers. Real Madrid has priced membership at €2.49 ($2.7y in midweek. With Jordan Henderson injured and James Milner on the bench, Klopp held a ballot to decide who should lead the team against Red Star Belgrade.

“It was not my decision. That was the players’ decision,” said Klopp. “I decided ‘Hendo’ and ‘Milly’ would stay [captain and vice-captain]. Then I said for the next two, the players can vote. Virgil is still young. He looks more of a man than he really is.”

Bills round out practice squad with three signings


Buffalo made quick work of filling out the remaining three openings on their 10-man practice squad Monday signing G Will Pericak, TE MyCole Pruitt and LB Zach Vigil.

Here’s a brief look at each of the additions.

The 27-year old has served on the practice squads of a handful of teams. He signed as an undrafted rookie out of college with Baltimore in 2013. Since then he’s been on the practice squads of San Diego, Jacksonville, Denver and most recently Seattle.

A former fifth-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings (2015) the tight end played on the 53-man roster the first season and a half of hs a title push remains on.Tottenham are third in the Premier League table after five matches, just two points behind Manchester City but seven adrift of leaders Liverpool.”[It’s been] very positive. I believe that there are two teams to beat – Liverpis career before he was released by Minnesota and signed to their practice squad late in the 2016 season. The Chicago Bears then signed him off the Vikings practice squad where he played the rest of the year. He has appeag after victory at Celta Vigo.After starting at Balaidos and starring in the win, it seems his future will be in the Spanish capital.”He [Bale] is going to stay,” Zidane told the press. “Everyone we have helps us to think positively.”You have to focured in 20 career NFL games.

Vigil is a former undrafted signing of the Miami Dolphins (2015). He made the 53-man roster for Miami as a rookie and appeared in all 16 games. A back injury landed him on the Reserve/NFI list for the Dolphins for most of 2016. He returned to play for Miami, but was released and signed by Washington where hefitness of new signing Giovani Lo Celso.The dynamic midfielder joined the club on a season-long loan from Real Betis with the option of making the deal permanent next summer.The 23-year-old made his debut as a late substitute in Spurs’ 2-2 draw again spent this past offseason before his release last weekend.

Brighton and Huddersfield trade crucial mistakes to share the points


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A mistake by Jonas Lossl, the Huddersfield goalkeeper, was quickly cancelled out by an even starker error of judgement by Brighton centre-back Shane Duffy as both sides traded mistakes to deliver a stalemate that does little to unravel the tangle towards the foot of the Premier League table.

The 74th minute dismissal of midfielder Davey Propper for a challenge on Jonathan Hogg meant Brighton had cauested in recruiting Joe Cole.The former Hammer is currently coaching at Chelsea’s academy.”We’re looking at it,” Moyes said. “I don’t think we will have it all together just now, there are several people looking for a position and others who we are lse for relief that they avoided a second successive defeat, but both managers were entitled to think this was an opportunity missed.

Lossl’s failure to deal with Solly March’s shot gave Brighton a 29th minute lead which might have laid the foundation for a victory that would have moved Chris Hughton’s side well clear of the bottom three. Instead, Duffy’s misplaced back-pass three minutes later allowed Steve Mounie to equaliser with Huddersfield’s first goal in 427 minutes and while both teams had opportunities to claim victory, neither could produce the moment of composure to settle the outcome.

For Hughton, this was another frustrating afternoon at the Amex Stadium. The manager had described his side’s defeat to Leicester City here seven days previously as ‘unjust’ and there was little doubt Brighton contributed to their own downfall with Glenn Murray failing to convert a 77th minute penalty with the game scoreless. A team fighting relegation can only afford to squander so many chances yet it seemed Albion had failed to learn their lesson when they opened up the Huddersfield defence inside the opening minute only for Propper to send his shot wide when clear on goal.

Inevitably there was a sense inside the Amex Stadium that Propper’s miss might prove costly, particularly as Hughton’s players were betraying signs of nerves. However, home tensions were eased when March capped a swift break by creating space on the edge of the Huddersfield penalty area and delivering a low shot that caught Lossl out at his near post. The keeper was slow to get down and, after tipping the ball onto the post, could not avoid deflecting the rebound in off hiss head.

Brighton were in control and simply needed a period of cgrateful for his experiences with the team this season.The winger spent most of the previous seasons with the under-21 and under-23 sides at the London Stadium club.The penny dropped this season and Diangana has not looked back, with the 21-year-old alm to consolidate their adas named six Liverpool players in his Champions League team of the season. The Reds done one better than last season by clinching the trophy thanks to Saturday’s win over Tottenham Hotspur.Christian Eriksen was the only Spurs player named by the Portvantage. Instead, they contrived to gift Huddersfield a route back into the game three minutes later when Duffy hit a back-pass  towards Mat Ryan without spotting the presence of Mounie who rounded the keeper before rolling home the equaliser.

Huddersfield ended the first half on top and while Brighton created a number of good chances at the start of second half, the dismissal of Propper for a high challenge on Hogg meant the home side ended the game grateful substitute Colin Quaner failed to convert a good opportunity in added time.

Pep Guardiola: ‘I’ve made my mind up on player contracts… but I won’t tell them until after the season’


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Guardiola said he had not yet spoken to the players in question but would ensure the situation was handled sensitively.

“The club will do it properly as always eeper Paulo Gazzaniga is ready to step in for the injured Hugo Lloris.Lloris suffered a dislocated elbow in defeat at Brighton that will not require surgery but will mean he’s ruled out until next year.“It’s always the same answer, I’m ready,” Gazzbut we are still fighting for something so important for the club, for the future. Now is the time to be focusedl van Dijk is surprised by cldiscussing the prospect of a move for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Aubameyang has emerged as a prospect to eventually succeed Luis Suarez at Barca, says Le 10 Sport.Barca’s board are discussing several options, with Aubameyang high on thaims he’s agreed a new six-year deal.The Liverpool Echo says Van Dijk has crushed speculation suggesting that Liverpool have opened talks with the star defender over a new deal. Recent reports suggested that the Merseysid.”

also face uncertain futures, including midfielder Fernando and striker Kelechi Iheanacho.

On Iheanacho, Guardiola said: “Kelechi is a young player who is clever in the box, he is strong, fast and has a sense of goal. He is not playing more or less because of my decision, and everybody can discuss that. At the end of the season we will talk about Kelechi and individual players.”

Guardiola said he had been talking “for months” with the City hierarchy about where the team can improve next season and reiterated his belief that they had come unstuck this term because of their profligacy in attack and shortcomings defensively in the penalty area.

“I expected us to fight until the end in the table, especially in the Premier League, because in the Champions League we were not ready to compete with the best teams in Europe,” Guardiola said. “But I was expecting to compete until the end, the last three, four, five games, to fight for the Premier League title.

“We were not able to do that because again I think in the boxes we penalised ourselves. I think we will be stronger next season.

“Internally we are going to discuss. For months we have been talking about what we can do to improve next season and become a stronger team in terms of knowing the Premier League and keeping the players we believe can still help us a lot and buy new players to help us be stronger.”

Best weekend ever? Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois enjoys two-day, 10,000-mile sporting tour


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A photo posted by Thibaut Courtois (@thibautcourtois) on Feb 4, 2017 at 9:16am PST

The 24-year-old stopper first dropped in for some basketball at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, where he saw the New York Knicks trumped by the Cleveland Cavliers 111-104.

Courtois’ jet-setting was only just beginning, however, as he quickly departed New York for Houston, Texas, where the NFL season-ending sning Bayern Munich.The defender left Atletico Madrid last summer for Bayern.”Real Madrid tried to hire me, it’s true, but not this past summer,” he told France Football. “And I would never go there. Not after having defended Atlético’s colors for sohowpiece would be held on Sunday evening.

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There, at the NRG Stadium, he witnessed one of the most amazing comebacks in Super Bowl history as the  secured the win in overtime.

The round trip clocks in at just under 10,000 miles and Courtois could be forgiven for needin interested in getting into a debate about the quality of Trent Alexander-Arnold.The German manager was asked if there is Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo is at Everton’s training ground.The Argentina international is to undergo a medical after an Everton bid of £25m was accepted by United.Rojo is now on Merseyside with the move on track.Everton chief Marcel Brands turned to Rojo after being blocked from plans of re-signing Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma.Rojo’s move is expected to be settled within the hour.any full back in the world better than his 21 year old starlet.Alexander-Arnold put in another fantastic all round display to heg a lie-down after all the travelling on top of the adrenalin-drenched sporting spectacles.

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Nine points clear at the end of the weekend’s Premier League action, and without any midweek European concerns, Chelsea and Courtois will be happy that they have enough in hand to allow their keeper some down time to readjust to any jet lag or fatigue.

But with next weekend’s trip to face a Burnley side with a fearsome record at their Turf Moor home, .


Chelsea striker Diego Costa may consider Chinese Super League transfer


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Atletico have already confirmed their interest in re-signing Costa, but have also cast doubts over whether they will be able to find the kind of money Chelsea would demand to let the 27-year-old go.

Paris Saint-Germain have been sounded out over Costa, but it is clubs in the Chinese Super League that have signalled their willingness to spend over £70 million to take him to Asia.

Costa would more than double his £185,000-a-week salary by going to China and would link up with a number of other Brazilian-born footballers who have already made the move, including Ramires, Alex Teixeira, Paulinho and Jo.

The agent of Costa, Jorge Mendes, has expanded his business empire into China and has forged a close relationship with the president of the People’s Republic, Xi Jinping.

Conte will speak with Cosa move away.The Manchester Evening News says reports in the Netherlands state Correia will be sent on a two year loan deal to AZ Alkmaar before their transfer window closes.Correia only joined City from Porto this summer.However, is set to follow in ta about his future, but the Blues’ top scorer is thought to be intent on leaving Chelsea after becoming fed up with life in England and non-stop criticism over his discipline. He is suspended for this weekend’s clash against Swansea City.

Returning to Atletico and linking up again with Diego Simeone would be Costa’s first choice and the Spanish club will do everything in their power to negotiate a deal for the player they sold to Chelsea for £32.5m in 2014.

Costa may well need to fight his way back to Atletico, however, with La Liga unable to match the riches on offer from China.

Pushing Costa towards China would be far more profitable to Chelsea and also extinguish any danger of the forward coming back to haunt them in the Champions League.

Chelsea will have to spend big to replace Costa, with Edinson Cavani, Gonzalo Higuain and Romelu Lukaku all among the targets of Conte and the club.

Securing over £70m for Costa from a Chinese club would enableb was in crisis upon his arrival.Lucassen admits he could not believe the mess he inherited when he agreed to become the director of coach and player development in the summer of 2018.“Before I started, Arsenal had told me that we had to build ever Chelsea to trigger the £72m buy-out clause in Higuain’s Napoli contract. It would also comfortably cover PSG’s asking price for Cavani and, perhaps significantly, help to justify a move to r at Chelsea.Joel Veltman and Daley Blind were both sent off as Chelsea fought back from 4-1 down to draw 4-4.Van de Beek said, “Certainly. In the end, we fought hard to win another point. In the end, given the situation with nine players, we got there-sign Lukaku from Everton.

Techincal director Michael Emenalo is a big fan of Lukaku and felt the Belgian was sold too soon by Chelsea in 2014.

The success of Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne away from Chelsea has raised questions over Chelsea’s recent transfer policy. But Emenalo and the Blues could argue that Everton effectively paid £28m to develop the 22-year-old.

Chelsea could still make a profit on the overall deal by selling Costa to China and re-signing Lukaku, in much the same way as they justified taking Nemanja Matic back by selling De Bruyne and Juan Mata in January 2014.

Although Lukaku has made it clear he wants to play in the Champions League, which Chelsea have not qualified for next season, the striker has not ruled out the possibility of returning to his former home where he feels he still has unfinished business.

Costa is not the only Chelsea player to be attracting the interest of Chinese Super League clubs, with Oscar and captain John Terry also targeted.

Conte has been in London this week to sign his Chelsea deal, discuss plans for his squad with the club’s hierarchy and meet the current set of players.

“We’re very excited about the arrival of Antonio Conte and the prospect of him coming, but he has to finish his job with the Italian federation and we have to finish this season,” said central defender Matt Miazga, who made his debut against Aston Villa last week.

“He came to the training ground and said hello to the players. It was brief introductions. He said hello

Jim McNally's 50th All-Time Team


Our celebrity picks continue for the Bills 50th Season All-Time Team with a hometown fan that spent his entire professional career in football. Jim McNally went from Kenmore West to the University at Buffalo to a college and pro coaching career that wound up where it all began with the Buffalo Bills.

Growing up watching the Bills at the Rockpile, McNally brings a coaching eye to the selections he makes for his Bills 50th All-Time Team.

Remember you can at Buffalobills.com.

Here now are McNally’s 50th All-Time Team offense and special teams, with some special honorable mentions for offensive linemen, being a former offensive line coach. We’ll release his defensive team and head coach when voting opens for defensive candidates later this month.

Jim KellyMcNally’s take: “You’d have to say Jim Kelly, but Jack Kemp wasn’t far behind winning those two AFL titles.”

Thurman ThomasMcNally take: “You have to pick Thurman Thomas. The guy is in the Hall of Fame and was dynamic. I can’t confirm this because I wasn’t the student of the game bel Messi anytime soon.The future of Messi is a top priority at the club these days and Laporta thinks the captain won’t retire any time soon.”I think we’ll have Messi for a while yet,” he said.”He already knows [that he’s nearing retirement] and he keing younger at the time, but from what people say Cookie Gilchrist may have been the best running back ever. He didn’t play here nearly as long as Thurman. So it’s Thurman for me, but Gilchrist may have been the best combination of runner, blocker, speed that there was ever. I saw him play, but I was younger and it was so long ago. I remember him being a battering ram. He could run over people. But it was a long time ago and he wasn’t here as long as Thurman.”

Jerry ButlerMcNally’s take: “He did an awful lot for that offense at that time.”

James LoftonAndre ReedMcNally’s take: “These guys were both automatics for my team.”

Ernie WarlickMcNally’s take: “I loved Ernie Warlick. That was a long time ago. It’s hard not to pick Metzelaars because of what he meant to those Super Bowl teams, but I’m going to pick Warlick. He was sure-handed and I think if he was in present day football with weightliftSutton does not believe that boss Frank Lampard would have signed Christian Pulisic.The American arrived at the club this summer, but his transfer was sealed in January with Borussia Dortmund.Pulisic has found it hard to earn game time at Chelsea, wiing and the diets they have now, he’d be unbelievable.”

Howard BallardMcNally’s take: “I’d take him. He was that power guy that really got their run game going.”

Joe DeLamielleureMcNally’s take: “This guy was one of the toughest linemen I’ve ever seen.

Kent HullMcNally’s take: “This guy was the brains of the offensive line and made all the blocking adjustments plus was a damn good player.”

Billy ShawMcNally’s take: “He was like 250 pounds so nowadays he would have been maybe 300 pounds. He was head and shoulders better than all the other linemen of his day. He was just so athletic.”

Will WolfordMcNally’s take: “Wolford was the left tackle that protected the quarterback. He was a real hard guy to get around.”

Honorable mentionAl BemillerReggie McKenzieJason PetersJim RitcherMcNally’s take: “I need to have these guys. I was the offensive line coach so I get extra picks. I’m going with these four guys.”

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Brian MoormanMcNally’s take: “I had a front row seat and saw how high he could kick that ball. Honorable mention tosays not knowing the language would be a problem.“I will not come to Italy, because I want to travel after my career,” Klopp told Radio Anch’io Sport. “A good glass of wine, I will have fun with Arrigo [Sacchi]. Either with [Carlo] Ancelotti or w Maguire though.”

Arizona State vs. Sacramento State odds, predictions: 2019 college football picks from expert on 96-79 run


The will try to start the season 2-0 for the second consecutive year when they host the Sacramento State Hornets, an FCS team, on Friday nigh rollercoaster season.Dubravka’s first full season as a United player will draw to a close at Fulham on Sunday.”It was up and down,” the Slovakia international told Chronicle Live while assessing this season.”The first 10 games was really tough for ut. The Sun Devils opened the season last week with a 30-7 win against . became the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Arizona State in a season-opener and threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Meanwhile, in its season-opener, Sacramento State scored a school-record 77 points in a victory over Southern Oregon. Kickoff on Friday is at 10 p.m. ET. The Sun Devils are 36-point favorites in the latest Arizona State vs. Sacramento State odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 63.5. Before making any Arizona State vs. Sacramento State picks of your own, you need to see the predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

No one knows football like Tierney. The veteran sportswriter, whose work has appeared in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, has covered college football of all levels for decades. And that expertise has been evident since he joined SportsLine in 2017. Over the last two seasons, he has gone 96-79 on his college football against the spread picks. Last season was his best at 59-46. In addition, he is a West Coast-based expert who’s very familiar with these programs.

Now, he has analyzed Arizona State vs. Sacramento State from every possible angle and locked in a confident against the spread pick. It’s available only at SportsLine.

Tierney knows that Daniels looked impressive in his debut. A true freshman from San Bernardino, Calif., who was one of the top-ranked dual-threat prospects in the 2019 recruiting class, Daniels became the third freshman in Sun Devils history to win his first career start. In addition to his two passing touchdowns against Kent State, he ran for a third.

Tierney also has factored in that Arizona State’s defense was strong against the Flashes. The Sun Devils limited Kent State to 200 yards of total offense and just 3.0 yards per rush. They also forced two turnovers, picking up where they left off last year when they ranked 11th in the country in turnover margin. 

But just because the Sun Devils were impressive in Week 1 does not guarantee they will cover the Arizona State vs. Sacramento State spread on Friday.

The Hornets had a record-breaking season-opening win. In addition to the school-record 77 points scored, the 685 yards of total offense against Southern Oregon were the second most in school history and just nine yards shy of the record of 694 set against Montana State in 2014. And the 11 touchdowns broke the school record of nine, which had been done twice before.

Tierney also knows that Sacramento State has had success against FBS foes. Last season, the Hornets lost by just 14 to . 3 debut with Leicester City for Friday’s 5-1 thrashing of Wolves.O’Connor, who hails from Clonroche and signed for the Club from League of Ireland side Wexford in the summer, played the full 90 minutes on his maiden outing at Holmes Park.Asked to desHe also knows that this will be the biggest game on Sacramento State’s schedule all year. On the other hand, Arizona State faces a ranked team eight days after playing the Hornets and could be looking ahead.

We can tell you Tierney is leaning under, but his much stronger play iamford Bridge.The Derby manager is expected to take the Blues job this week.”Lampard should not simply be surrounded by friends,” he said. “Frank must ensure that he comes to work with people who have the necessary experience in coaching teams. Hiss on the spread. He’s found a critical x-factor that makes one side of the spread hit hard on Friday. He’s sharing what it is, and whom to back, only at SportsLine.

Arizona vs. Utah odds, line: Picks, predictions from model on 64-52 roll


The Pac-12 is up for grabs and two teams with hopes on taking the title clash Friday at 10 p.m. ET. The , coming off a resounding upset win over , host the at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The Wildcats are still reveling in their 24-17 victory over , which boosted their conference record to 2-1, just a half-game back of South Division leader . Utah opened as a 14-point home favorite and is laying 13.5 in the latest Arizona vs. Utah odds. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas believes will be scored, has held steady at 51.5. 

Before you make any Arizona vs. Utah picks, check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say. The advanced computer model simulates every FBS game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. In the past three years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,210 profit for $100 bettors. 

The model made some huge calls in Week 6, including recommending (+226) on the money line in its massive upset of No. 7 . It finished the week on an 8-2 run on all of its picks, and when it comes to top-rated picks, it is now an impressive 64-52 on the year. Anyone who has followed it is way up. 

Now, the model has simulated Arizona vs. Utah 10,000 times to produce a strong against-the-spread pick that hits nearly 60 percent of the time. This pick is available only at SportsLine. 

The model knows the Utes’ confidence level is sky-high after its 40-21 thrashing of the Cardinal, who were playing without Heisman hopeful . Still, they were clicking on offense after back-to-back conference losses to and . Quarterback was cool under pressure last week, completing 81 percent of his pass attempts for 199 yards and a touchdown.

Utah also has a strong ground game, led by star rusher , who gouged Stanford for 8 yards per carry. He also hit pay dirt twice in the first half, from 7 and 35 yards out.

But just because Utah is clicking on offense doesn’t mean they’ll cover Friday.

Arizona quarterback is a dual threat in the backfield to throw or run. In 2018, he has 1,412 passing yards and 11 touchdowns. He has also picked up more than 100 ground yards, including 40 versus Cal. 

Arizona running back J.J. Taylor has been sensational this season. He’s at 600 yards, netting 5.8 yards per pop, and found the end zone three times. Backfield mate is also putting up strong numbers despite limited action. The sope One strugglers Southend United.The 48 year old had been in talks with the Shrimpers to take charge with former Celtic team-mates Johan Mjallby and Tommy Johnson as assistants.But Johnson, who would have been head of recruitment, has accepted a “confused” by the form of Roberto Firmino this season.The Brazilian netted the winner in Liverpool’s latest Premier League victory at Tottenham on Saturday. But he is yet to scoreped by Manchester United.United released McNeil at 14 because his set pieces were deemed not good enough.He said, “It was quite an upsetting time for me. It was my boyhood club of my dreams. I’m still a United fan now despite what happened.”Going to at Anfield this term.“One mystery for me this season has been the fn althomore rusher has amassed 305 yards on the ground.

Why Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham is the most important player in the SEC in 2017


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Twenty months after a broken ankle ended a promising freshman campaign just as it was getting cranked up at , the former four-star prospect from Stephenville, Texas, found his way to by way of McLennan Community College in Waco. Despite not throwing a pass in a competitive football game in nearly two years, the 6-foot-3, 214-pounder with the rocket arm is being counted on to lead Auburn back into contention in the SEC West and kick start an offense that has become stale under fifth-year coach Gus Malzahn.

“Jarrett Stidham is a very talented young man,” Malzahn said. “I think that’s a common sense deal. What he’s done since he’s been at Auburn, just his leadership. He’s really done a good job trying to win over his teammates and his work ethic.”

Malzahn better be right because Stidham’s success, or failure, will tell the tale of the SEC in 2017 and cause a ripple across the conference. If he succeeds, he makes Auburn dangerous not just in the SEC West, but on a national scale. 

With the size to open up the middle of the field and pinpoint accuracy downfield, Stidham potentially could bring explosiveness to an Auburn passing game that, at best, was efficient with a healthy Sean White in 2016.

No, the defenses that he faced in the Big 12 at Baylor in 2015 weren’t the best. But 12 touchdowns and two picks on the fly in place of injured starter for a team in the middle of the Playoff hunt should not be ignored. What’s more, go back and watch him get players open downfield with his eyes for the Bears and during Auburn’s spring game. He looks safeties off like a seasoned veteran, not a product of a system.

That fits right into a system under new coordinator Chip Lindsey that should mirror many of the same concepts Stidham was successful with in Waco.

make his debut against Tottenham.The ex-Udinese winger scored one goal in 12 games for his former club before signing a four-and-a-half year deal with the Hornets earlier this week, writes Owen Widdowson.Pearson said in his pre-match press conferenc”[Lindsey] understands our core offense,” Malzahn said. “He is very good with the passing game with the run-pass options [RPOs]. He’s a developer of the quarterback. I have trust in him. He’s going to do this thing and do it very well.”

If Malzahn actually gives Lindsey the keys to the offense and doesn’t decide to take them back on a whim — as has been the case quite often during his Auburn career — running a true RPO scheme will be nearly impossible to stop. In the past, Auburn’s offense only looked like it was option-based but used straight callspay is enjoying his partnership with Brighton teammate Glenn Murray.The pair lined-up together for only the second time in Saturday’s dogged 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.It was a match in which the forwards spent a lot of the time defending, and Ma with option looks to throw off defenses more times than not. If Stidham can make smart decisions after the snap, use bruising correctly in the running game and spread the ball way outside to his athletic wide receiving corps, there’s no good way to stop that. 

Even head coach Nick Saban agrees.

“I don’t think there’s any answer to RPO,” he said at the SEC spring meetings in May. “When you can run a running play, the offensive line blocks a running play. The defensive player keys a run or a pass, but it’s a running play. But the quarterback sits there, does this [holds hands outArsenal are likely to sign another defender next summer, according to reports.David Luiz, Kieran Tierney and William Saliba were all signed by the Gunners this summer.But football.london says Unai Emery wants more reinforcements when the transfer window rolls around next summer.The North London outfit have conceded 11 goals in their eight games so far this season. like he’s handing off] and then throws the ball because the safety does come down or whatever … there is no solution to that.”

But what if Stidham fails? 

White was efficient last season and with so many young quarterbacks around the conference, that was enough to get the Tigers to the Sugar Bowl. This year is more likely to be driven by explosive offenses thanks to those quarterbacks growing up and several defensive studs moving on. Efficiency won’t cut it.

The SEC universe would skew wildly to a level comparable to the one in “Back To The Future 2” when Biff Tannen became a budding casino magnate. OK, maybe not that drastic, but it would signify another coach taking his shot and whiffing badly. If Stidham fails, it would almost certainly impact the employment status of Malzahn, force Auburn to hit the reset button and widen the gap between Alabama and everybody else. 

Auburn would be the second threat in the west to hit that button in as many years. took its shot with former coach Les Miles and running back  but realized early last season that it wasn’t a good recipe. 

With Ole Miss flailing, ‘s roster still uncertain, LSU rebuilding (), operating at a talent gap and still trying to figure itself out, it’s Stidham’s show. He’s the one who can usher in change and fresh blood to an SEC West that has become as predictable as the sunrise.

If he fails, that Crimson sun will remain high in the SEC sky. 

Briles is right that Duke is schedule upgrade, wrong that that’s enough


Until the 2015 season kicks off — and quite possibly for some time after it — Art Briles is going to be asked about Baylor’s 2014 nonconference schedule. The Bears played SMU, Lamar, and Rice, and were left out of the inaugural Playoff despite an 11-1 record; Ohio State played Navy, Virginia Tech, Kent State and Cincinnati, and went on tice-president Jordi Cardoner doesn’t expect a deal for PSG star Neymar this month.He openly acknowledged that the Paris Saint-Germain forward is unhappy in the French capital, though he stated that it is something that the Parisians have to sort out o win the CFP championship despite the same 11-1 regular-season record.

That’s not the sort of program-defining, even conference-defining schism that’s going to be overlooked after a single offseason. So , Briles addressed the issue from a couple of different standpoints.

Standpoint 1:  

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— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter)

Standpoint 2:

Baylor’s Briles: “We’re getting Duke on schedule. but you go undefeated in Big 12 and you make the Final Four. no question about that.”

— Kevin Lyttle (@klyttleAAS)

The end result is that Briles has both the right idea about Baylor’s nonconference scheduling … and the wrong idea about Baylor’s nonconference schedule.

Even if Duke regresses from its historic recent highs under David Cutcliffe before the Bears face them in 2017, it won’t change the fact Baylor’s nonconference slates have been — and for this season and the next, will be — Charmin-soft. is an Ohio State fan, but he’s also not wrong: 

The “lousy” VT team Ohio State lost to last season (40th in Sagarin) would be the strongest non-con opponent for Baylor since UConn in 2009.

— Ramzy Nasrallah (@ramzy)

After facing SMU, Lamar and Rice imoving for Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez.The Chinese Premier League outfit are trying to capitalise on the Spaniard’s uncertain future at St James’ Park with the offer of a megabucks deal.The Sun says it is understood Dalian Yifang have offered n 2014, in 2015, Baylor will face … . (The SMU game is away from Waco, at least, which might matter if .) The — vs. FCS Northwestern State, vs. SMU, at Rice — is more of the same. 

So yes, Duke likely represents a substantial step up … but Briles is also right that if his team runs the Big 12 table, it won’t matter a lick if they do or not.  last season, they cruise into the CFP, and their nonconference approach (to anyone other than Buckeyes supporters, anyway) doesn’t even rise to “interesting footnote” level.

Briles and the Bears deserve some acknowledgment of the fact that thanks to the Blue Devils, their nonleague schedules won’t be so cupcake-sweet forever … and even more acknowledgment that if they finish the Big 12 drill, even that concession to resume-building won’t be necessary.

If Briles is saying the SMU/Lamar/Rice slate would have had “zero effect” if the Bears had defeated West Virginia, he’s correct. If he’s saying the committee wasn’t paying attention to his team’s nonconference slate when they chose Ohio State — , it’s not immediately clear which of those possibilities he means — he’s highly incorrect.

“The committee noted that Ohio State’s non-conference schedule was stronger than Baylor’s,”  at the time.

That doesn’t guarantee that if it had been the Bears playing Virginia Tech and Ohio State Lamar, the teams’ playoff places would have been switched; over Wisconsin than schedule strength. But clearly the 2014 slate didn’t do Baylor any favors … and its 2015 and 2016 don’t look likely to do so, either. 

No, if Baylor goes undefeated that won’t matter. But which is more likely: the Bears running the Big 12 table, or Baylor dropping one somewhere along the line and needing the committee’s approval to make the field? , only one Big 12 team has managed the former — Texas, in 2009. ( in the Big 12 as a reason beefing up the schedule shouldn’t be necessary.) Incredible as the Bears’ run under Briles has been, is “12-0 or bust” a realistic strategy?

Given how close TCU and Baylor both came to accomplishing the feat last season (not to mention Oklaoma State in 2011, Kansas State in 2012, etc.), perhaps it is. Playing difficult games to impress committee members via an airtight resume is one way to schedule with an eye on the playoff, but when a perfect record is all but certain to be rewarded with a berth regardless of schedule strength (and you already play nine conference games anyway), maximizing the likelihood of 12-0 with Creampuff U may be just as viable. (In essence, the entire Big 12 is confronting this problem . Which is greater: the risk of ruining a perfect season, or the reward of improving an imperfect one?)

Ultimately, the committee showed in its first season that the right approach is to aim high and give yourself as much scheduling margin-for-error as possible. It didn’t just take Ohio State over Baylor; it took Alabama and Oregon, both one-loss teams, over undefeated Florida State. had something to do with that, but the message was clear all the same: if the committee respects your schedule, a single loss isn’t anything to fear.

Duke is a worthwhile first step towards scheduling without that fear. But particularly if the Big 12 does take the championship game plunge again — providing even more opportunity to redeem a slip-up — Briles can afford to take several more steps going forward.