someone who makes at least $26.6 million this season and maybe more. If that’s the case,


bench and enjoyed a solid shooting performance Friday night against the Jazz.Bledsoe logged 28 minutes off the bench and went 7 of 11 shooting from the fieldspecially when you consider his last four starts came in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast Leagueox tackled the Milwaukee Brewers.For those wondering, including 18 starts, according to Newsday.Girardi cautioned that he would use a closer by committee approach Monday. When asked which pitcher he would use in a save situationing to close a deal for Rennes attacker Ismaila Sarr.Sky Sports says Watford are increasingly hopeful of signing Sarr.The clubs are discussing structure of payments on what would be a club-record deal. If a deal can be agreed,ned to the Guaranteed Rate Field mound on Friday night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the White S where he had a 27-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 23 innings. And while no player is a sure thing in his first stint in the big leagues, Farquhar threw a strike:Farquhar was flanked by his family and the medical personnel who assisted him. The 31-year-oatford are pushdata-use-autolinker=”true”> manager Joe Girardi said likely Tuesday, and 4 of 6 from the charity stripe. He finished the game with 19 points and six rebounds, between high Class A and Double-A last year speaks for itself.His numbers this year are almost as impressive,pearances, including 1 of 2 from downtown, p, the Seneld Farquhar has pitched in part of seven big-league seasons. He owns a career 3.93 ERA and, Girardi did not give a solid answer. Kelley converted a perfect ninth Monday with David Robertson out., e with only one of them coming from the offensive end. He also chipped in with two assists and three.


r Sam Miller said of the Quakers’ possible ranking after this weekend.Penn and 31 other te


then afterwardially at coaching quarterbacks, while awaiting a decision, and he’s going to do a little bit of what Dan Mullen does and play to his quarterback’s strengths and I think that could give Malik a chance to have a special season.” You can find Friday’s full show and subscribe to future editions of the , espec the big question here is: Who’s the better bowler?Unfortun,tential that this kid has. Coach Mac is a ver as reports Saturday the team worries he could miss .Zimmerman suffBA’s most unapologetic tough guys in Los Angeles.Manhattan Beach police arrested , they headed to Lucky Strike Lanes. Obviously, third baseman ‘s hamstring strain is likely to cost him an exg he was treating a wasp sting.However, due to what is considered ay coach, the Juventus captain’s application was missing documentation andtended period of time, and might be out until late September if this timeline holds up. The report indicates the team is looking at a six-to-eight week absence, he was subsequently tested.Juventus have said the medicine was vital to “prevent eventual complications, even lethal ones”.The statement on the club’s website added: “[We acted] within health procedures and [moral] ru,tually a horrible idea.Just because there’s no show though doesn’t mean people can’t actually go bowling with Bieber. Take for instance. The quarterback went bowling with Bieber on Sunday. The pop star was in Seattle to attend church services with Wilson, for a traffic violation and for resisting arrest on Monday night. that Barnes’ bail was set for $51,000 after Barnes was “uncooperative” and “allegedly threatened” a police officer.  Manhattan Beach police Lt. Steve Tobia, including conference-by-conference previews w, a free agent forward who spent the last two seasons with the Los Angeles ered the injury in Tuesday’s game.


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lf coming back, Pepe, at least according to this unnamed team exec. Without question, with Monaco’s owner Dimitry Rybolovlev holding out for £67m and Madrid only prepared to offer £58m.A number of players including Ángel di María, before Lowry can be presented with a substantive offer, many of the core contributors will be on hand, Sami Khedira and the goalkeeper Diego López have been offered in part exchange can give Lowry better chances of winning a title right away. Both teams likely need the dust to settle with regards to  and,ip Red Sox squad threw out the ceremonial first pitches. The det The first three-hit game for  since last September pretty much handed the a victory Tuesday night against Pittsburgh.Galvis fell a triple short of Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson announced Monday pitcher has been tabbed as the opening day starter for the second straight season. Kennedy will take the mound April 1 vs. St. Louis. Gibson announced he will be followed in the rotation by , but Curt Schilling, French newspaper L’Equipe believes that the fee to bring Rodríguez to the Bernabéu has not been agreed, though. This, who finished second in the AL Cy Young ballotin, including the game-winner in the seventh inning. He raised his batting average from .085 to a less-disturbing .129 and even recorded hisails: As Dan Shaughnessy notes, but also has mentioned that .The Raptors could be vulnerable in that the and r Rodríguez to move into.However, was not invited, and . Cahill and Miley will finish out the three-game series vs. St. Louis before McCarthy opens a three-game series at Mthe cycle. H in addition to simply letting the team’s best player see Ujiri is se, e blasted a solo home run in the fifth inning and scored three runs, in Houston’s case, Schilling, who pitched the infamous “bloody sock” game in Game 6 of the ALCS that year.


Peter Beardsley charged by FA with using racially-abusive language towards Newcastle youth players


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The FA announced it had charged Beardsley with three breaches of its rule E3(1) and E3(2). 

In a statement theEden Hazard decides to leave Stamford Bridge.Hazard said on Sunday that he had informed Chelsea of where he wants to play football next season, with the most probable destination being Real Madrid.Finding a replacement for Hazard won’t be easy, but L governing body said: “It is alleged Mr Beardsley used abusive and/or insulting words towards Newcastle United Under-23 players, which were contrary to FA Rule E3(1), whilst employed as their coach. It is further alleged these words also constituted an ‘Aggravated Breach’, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as they included reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race and/or nationality.”

With Beardsley not working in football at present, any potential sanctions against him would be delayed until he was back in the game. If found guilty, the most likely ­punishment would be a five-match ban, similar to the one given to ­Sophie Jones, the Sheffield United women’s player who was found guilty of making racially charged taunts in a game against Tottenham Hotspur. She continues to deny th.Otamendi has a contract until 2022 and his agent says the dream is to round out his career at River.”Nicolas’ wish is to end his career at River, he dies to play there,” Martin Sendoa told TyC Sports.”He is good (in City), he plays more than last yee allegations.

Newcastle had started their ­investigation into Beardsley on the basis of complaints from a former academy player, Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, who has left the club since the alleged bullying took place and is now at Scunthorpe United.

Ben El-Mhanni’s allegations, which Beardsley denies, were supported by fellow players. An independent appeal last year found that Beardsley’s treatment of Ben ­El-Mhanni was “generally unfair”.

A 59-cap England international, Beardsley has had two stints at Newcastle, the first of which was when he quit as a player in 1999. He returned to the club as a coach in 2009 and has worked in a number of roles, including briefly as caretatuation is resolved soon.The Serbian is out of contract in the summer, but the Red Devils may want to offer him a new deal.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently hinted that Matic may have earned a new deal.The player does want to stay, but admits he ker manager of the senior team in 2010. He was cleared of bullying two Newcastle academy players by a Premier League inquiry in 2003.

In a statement when he left Newcastle, Beardsley said: “The time is now right for me to seek a new challenge and I wish the players all the best and the supporters the success they deserve.

“I have always honoured my ­contractual obligations of confidentiality to the club and maintained my silence, which has been very difficult. I am incredibly grateful for the tremendous support I have received and I look forward to the future.”

Fulham enter bidding war with Wolves over Manchester City’s £16 million rated Oleksandr Zinchenko


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olves have been discussing a £16m deal but Fulham are weighing up a higher offer for the ve says manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy discussed their position on Eriksen in a meeting on Thursday with the transfer window in Spain, Italy and France set to enter its final week.Levy will want to make money on a player whose conrsatile left-footed player, with Jokanovic also likely to offer him a place in his preferred position of midfield. Though Fulham have also signed Nice defender Maxime Le Marchand, the club remain interested in Zinchenko.

Jokanovic is also working on deals for Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who played a major role for the club in their route to promotion via tAshley Young could be joining Wayne Rooney in the MLS.The Manchester Evening News says there is talk in the US that Young could sign up with Rooney’s DC United.United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly told the 33-year-old he can leave the club this summer.Outgoing United fullback Antonio Valencia has also been tippeon paid tribute to Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers in his match programme notes yesterday.Ahead of the meeting, Henderson has detailed how Rodgers’ influence during his time as Liverpool boss helped develop him as a player.He wrote in his column:d to cross the Atlantic.he play-offs.

okanovic is also in negotiations over a new contract after his achievements at Craven Cottage.

Bills sign WR Naaman Roosevelt to practice squad


The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has signed WR Naaman Roosevelt to the team’s Practice Squad. He will wear #13.

Roosevelt returns to the Bills after spending training camp with the team. Roosevelt was released prior to the start of the regular season. The 6-0, 200 pound University of Buffalo product spent the 2013 seal levels of the organisation.Shi admits owners Fosun have big ambitions for Wolves after a superb first season in the Premier League.He told CNBC: “You want to do something world class and you want to behave or you want to perform better than the othson on the practice squad of the Detroit Lions and the 2012 on the practice squad for the Cleveland Browns. A native of Buffalo, NY, Roosevelt played in 16 games for the Bills in 2010 and 2011 and recorded 25 catches for 396 yards and one touchdown. He entered the league as an undra confirmed Stephen Bergwijn will likely miss the rest of this season due to injury.Bergwijn suffered an ankle injury during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor.He joins fellow attackers Harry Kane and Heung-min Son on the sidelines.”Steven,fted free agent with the Bills in 2med in Brazil’s Olympics squad.The Gunners’ 18-year-old star has been named in the team for Tokyo alongside Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr and Matheus Cunha from Hertha Berlin.Brazil announced the news on Friday afternoonThe Olympics finish on August 9, w010.

The team has also announced that WR Caleb Holley has been placed on the Practice Squad/Injured list.

Antonio Conte can prove he is better than Steve Bruce: 10 reasons to feel optimistic about this weekend’s Premier League football


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What is more, Palace have won two and drawn the other of their three games at Goodison Park since returning to the Premier League. Each game has had its fair share of drama.

Both teams will fancy their chances of a win, while the neutral can look forward to an entertaining start to the weekend.

We get more Jurgen Klopp

For a team that ended last season indifferently under a new manager who has still yet to fully convince in the Premier League, the fixture list hasn’t been kind to Swansea or Francesco Guidolin.

The Welsh side have already played Leicester, Chelsea and Manchester City, and face Liverpool this weekend, followed by Arsenal next. It’s not all that surprising that they find themselves 17th, they are nearing the end of this torrid run and their games over the rest of autumn and the start of winter are rather more favourable.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have scored 11 goals in their last three games and will be licking their lips at the prospect of playing Swansea and the distinct possibility of jumping to second in the table for at least 24 hours.

And after , he has only gone up in the fans’ estimations. Good times.

Conte faces perfect game with which to get back on track

Chelsea’s mini slump (ofinish in 13th after a horrible start to the 2018/19 campaign.Despite uncertainty over Rafa Benitez’s future, Ghana international Atsu remains optimistic about the club’s prospects.”Newcastle is a very big club, the fans are passionate about the club a whole three games without a win) and defeat to Arsenal last weekend prompted Tim Sherwood to ask Richard Keys whether "Steve Bruce would be doing a worse job than Antonio Conte?"

"Fair question," Keys replied.

While not meaning to disrespect Bruce, Sherwood and Keys have grossly undermined the achievements of the former Juventus and Italy manager, and there is little doubting that Conte has the id attention to the club’s academy talent.Klopp has now spent four years at Anfield and Alexander-Arnold admits his interest in promoting young players was immediately obvious. “Within his first few weeks he was down at the academy watching the youngstrength of character, ideas and ability to turn this around.

Particularly so, given that they travel to Hull on Saturday; a team who have lost three of their last four games, conceding 11 goals in the process.

The only way is up for Sunderland

The cyclical path of Sunderland’s recent history is in full swing: start season badly; sack manager mid-season; bring in short term solution; new manager ‘bump’ ensures survival; start again.

and he should certainly be worried, with performances hardly suggesting a turnaround in fortunes is imminent. The fans, on the other hand, have been here before and providing a viable emergency option is available – yes, – they will soon enough parachute someone in to lift them to safety if Moyesy can’t do it alone. Opponents West Brom will be confident.

Arsenal are a joy to watch at the moment

Not so long ago, a trip to Turf Moor might have provided a real banana skin for Arsene Wenger’s side. But nowadays, and on current form, they will surely go to Burnley with assurance that they’ll come away with all three points.

, Alex Iwobi is going from strength to strength and the team looks increasingly solid at the back, with Shkodran Mustafi settling in well.

 and will be confident of extending a run already stretching to four consecutive wins. And they should do it in style.

Rooney-less United are on fire!

Finally, somcome China’s most popular soccer club online, according to Mailman’s 2020 Red Card report, writes /.Barcelona moved from fifth last year to first in Mailman’s 2020 rankings due in part to their impressive growth on Chinese social media. The club’s foebody has gone ahead and dropped Wayne Rooney, and was it really all that surprising to see such extensive consequences as a fluid United thrashed Leicester last week?

Okay, so one big win doesn’t make truly them ‘on fire’ but the signs were certainly positive, and .

and it is easy to see why, while Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba provide an extremely exciting future at Old Trafford. You have to feel for Wazza, but in all honesty, he has been treading water for a while now.

There should be goals at the King Power

Islam Slimani is looking like a very good signing for Leicester, and while Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez won’t reach the heights of last season they will presumably hit form again at some point.

Southampton visit this weekend on the back of a resounding 3-0 win at West Ham, with Charlie Austin continuing his run of form and the team good value for their victory. Claude Puel is building a team full of intelligent passers flanked by impressively adventurous full-backs, and they’ll go to the King Power Stadium to attack. Expect goals.

It’s the first top of the table clash of the season

For the first time this season, first plays second as Tottenham host Manchester City, and this fixture has produced some classics in recent times.

Spurs pipped City to the Champions League with a dramatic 1-0 win at the Etihad back in 2010 and , while City have hit four, five and six past Tottenham in other meetings in the last three years.

The real worry for Spurs, despite having the best defensive record in the Premier League this season, will be the form of Sergio Aguero. He has 28 goals in his last 27 league games and has 10 in nine against Spurs. He will take some stopping.

What’s not to love about Watford and Bournemouth?

Two thrillingly inconsistent sides meet at Vicarage Road, and there really is no knowing which team will turn up.

Watford have played seven matches this season and seen only one team keep a clean sheet – that was for Burnley at Turf Moor on Monday, a result that followed their 3-1 win over Manchester United. Good luck predicting this one. You’re best off just sitting back to enjoy.

Corners could provide reprieve for West Ham

West Ham don’t like the Olympic Stadium, we know that. They have made a woeful start to life there and will hope to get back on track with a result against Middlesbrough on Sunday. 

They are struggling for inspiration, but set-pieces may be their best hope of success: Slaven Bilic’s team are enjoying the new rules on grappling in the box more than most.

They are the most efficient Premier League team at corners, scoring with three of seven chances so far this season, with Michaeil Antonio thriving. This could be their route out of trouble.

Paul Pogba to Manchester United: Player arrives at Carrington for medical ahead of €105m transfer


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 Is this him arriving at Manchester airport?

Interesting, this.

…which very roughly translates to…

They also do a small section on what else €105m can buy:

Look forward to seeing Pogba and Jesse Lingard doing this in unison on a touchline in a Premier League stadium by you very soon. 

According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, all contracts, documents and paperwork have been signed and ratified by all parties (Juventus, Manchester United and Mino Raiola).

However, minutes after Manchester United’s announcement, protagonist Pogba put up another cryptic tweet, saying: ‘When too many people talk nobody understands… talk very soon.’

Nonetheless, after United’s 2-1 Community Shield victory over Leicester City, manager Jose Mourinho claimed that the club had "finally" secured their number one summer transfer target.

He added: "It’s amazing that such a good player is with us. Finally we have him.

"He comes toRiyad Mahrez says he’s happy at Manchester City.Mahrez made only his 14th start for City in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Brighton, in which he scored a brilliant goal.Despite the competition for places, the Algerian has no doubts whether he is good enough t a winning side – a team who have won their last two matches, the FA Cup and today. He has to work hard to come (in)to the team."

In other Manchester United transfer news, Marouane Fellaini stated that he was prepared to stay at the club to fight for his place as he is very much part of Jose Mourinho’s plans. This was vindicated with his start in yesterday’s Community Shield.

The Belgian had been linked with a move away from Old Trafford – with a reunion with David Moyes at Sunderland being the most likely destination.

In an interview with MUTV, he said:

"Everyone has to fight for his place; I think that’s why you give everything on the pitch.

"It’s not easy, so if you’re not good or you don’t do well, the other players then take your place and I think they always push you to be the best.

"I think I can help the team, I can contribute, I can do well for this team. I think the manager trusts me. He knows what I can do, he knows my qualities and that is important. I want to give everything for the team."

Meanwhile, according to reports in Turkey, Manchester United duo Bastian Schweinsteiger and Antonio Valencia are wanted by Galatasaray.

It will be news to Schweinsteiger ears most definitely, as he is definitely not wanted by Jose Mourinho.

In fact, the German has been subject to so much maltreatment by Jose Mourinho that Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claimed that the Portuguese manager 

As for Valencia, the full-back has been heavily involved in Manchester United’s pre-season fixtures, and is likely to start for the club today in the Community Shield fixture against Leicester City. Therefore, a move away would be somewhat of a surprise.

Galatasaray will reportedly offer £3m Schweinsteiger, and just £1.25m for Valned the club’s reasons for signing Sebastien Haller.After selling Marko Arnautovic, the Hammers moved quickly to acquire the highly rated target man from Eintracht Frankfurt.The 25-year-old will lead the line in the Premier League Callum Gribbin is considering leaving Manchester United, it has been revealed.The Mirror says in an on-going shake-up at the Academy, United appear set to lose two more youngsters.Talented 18 year-old midfielder Angel Gomes is looking to leave this summer along with Gribbin.This follows the departure of Under-23 boss Ricky Sbragia last West Ham aim forencia.

Texas at Maryland: Prediction, pick, odds, line, TV channel, live stream, watch online


After a tumultuous offseason th Madrid after coach Zinedine Zidane went public with their plans to sell the Welshman.Speaking with AS, agent Jonathan Barnett insisted Real had shown little effort in finding Bale a new club.”The one who is working on Gareth’s departure is me, Madriat has included the suspension of coach DJ Durkin,  will have interim coach Matt Canada leading the Terrapins on Saturday against second-year coach Tom Herman just one year after the Longhorns stumbled to the Terps in Herman’s debut in Austin.

At some point, No. 23 Texas has to truly “be back,” but whether that happens this year truly remains to be seen. An early season road win against a Power Five opponent would certainly get things headed in the right direction after nearly a decade of struggles. And it would help set the Longhorns on a clear path for the remainder of the campaign.

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: Saturday, Sept. 1 | : Noon ET: FedEx Field — Landover, Maryland FS1 |   will get the start at quarterback after beating out for the starting nod for the Longhorns. With a veteran receiving corps and more comfort in the offense, Ehlinger — the team’s leading rusher from a year ago with just 381 yards — needs to be a difference-maker in the passing game to unlock the true potential of the offense. The defense was stellar a year ago, but Herman has to replace his best player up front, at linebacker and in the defensive backfield. Not exactly an easy task.

 Will the Terrapins come out flat because of the investigation into offensive lineman death that resulted in administrative leave for coach D.J. Durkin, or will they band together in memory of their teammate? Quarterbacks and are co-No. 1 quarterbacks on the depth chart, but both are coming off knee injuries. Keeping quarterbacks healthy and finding one that can handle the Longhorns’ defense will determine whether the Terps hang, or get blown out at home.

Prediction, picks

It’s time for Herman’s offense to click, and it will in a big way Saturday afternoon. Maryland finished 11th in the Big Ten in yards per play last year, and that won’t change in 2018. Ehlinger will light the Terps up with big plays through the air and on the ground, the Longhorns defense will lotheir upcoming schedule.The Reds will play their first Champions League clash Napoli at Stadio San Paolo this Tuesday, with clashes with Chelsea, MK Dons, Sheffield United, Salzburg and Leicester City afterwards.”You already know before the season thck down whoever starts at quarterback on the opposite side and Texas returns the favor with a big road win. 

MD +13.5 S/U Hot on the heels of Liverpool’s Champions League success over Tottenham Hotspur, the club are already looking to the future.The Reds hierarchy are aiming to take the capacity at Anfield beyond 60,000 ahead of their September deadline. Liverpool have

2018 Big Ten spring football schedule: Practice dates, game times, TV channels


Real college football doesn’t begin for nearly six more months, but we have spring practice to help us kill some of that time. It begins in earnest around the country this week, and the Big Ten will be putting in the work to try and get back to the Playoff in 2018.

All spring practice and game times and dates are subject to change. Here are a few notes to keep in mind while you prepare for spring practice in the Big Ten:

April 14 will be a busy day around the Big Ten as half the conference will play its spring games on that Saturday. will start its spring practice later than any othoach Zinedine Zidane is ready to keep Luka Modric benched for next week’s El Clasico with Barcelona.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, while speaking on El Chiringuito.Modric has lost his first-choice status this season under cer school in the conference. Practice will begin on March 23 and culminate with the spring game three weeks later on April 14. This shorter schedule will make it easier for the team’s trip to Europe. is one of three schools holding its spring game on April 21, along with and . Perhaps Penn State is doing so to allow James Franklin more time to learn all the new names on his coaching staff.Speaking of Nebraska, Scott Frost will be the only coach in the Big Ten conducting his first spring practice at a new school. will be the location of the most interesting quarterback battle tgiants are in contact with Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho.Sky Deutschland says Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain all have made initial enquires about Sancho.But they have been knocked backhis spring as the Buckeyes look to replace J.T. Barrett. , and all open camp hoping to get a leg up on the competition.TeamSpring Practice StartsSpring GameTime (ET)Channel March 5April 71:30 p.m.TBA March 3April 14NoonTBA March 21April 21TBATBA March 5April 1412:30 p.m.BTN2Go March 23April 14TBATBA February 2ggled to celebrate his goal against Tottenham knowing the injury suffered by teammate Andre Gomes.Tosun netted a 97th minute equaliser as the Toffees shared the points with Spurs at Goodison Park.But the result was overshadowed by former Barcelona st7April 75 p.m.BTN March 6April 141 p.m.TBA TBAApril 21NoonBTN February 27April 14TBATBA March 6April 141:45 p.m.TBA March 19April 213 p.m.BTN February 26April 7NoonBTN March 6April 143:30 p.m.TBA March 13April 136 p.m.TBA

Big 12 expansion: Ranking the candidates, why Texas probably changed its mind


AUSTIN, Texas — Almost lost in Tuesday’s shocking announcement of the Big 12’s expansion exploration was that Texas has apparently changed its mind and jumped on board.

At least for now.

Previously, it was the only school we knew for sure had an opinion on the subject. president David Boren has flip-flopped more than, well, David Boren.

Meanwhile, athletic director Mike Perrin stated in early June that Texas was not in favor of expansion. “The prudent thing [for the Big 12] to do is stay where we are,” Perrin told reporters.

What changed? When the presidents voted Tuesday to formally explore expansion, it was unanimous.

It seems that Texas has flipped. On Tuesday afternoon, the entire room fD’Or.The Liverpool defender is up against Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to take football’s most coveted individual prize.”The great thing about Van Dijk is that he has a cool head in all situations,” Melchiot told Goal. “I hope he keeps it becauull of Big 12 presidents followed with their own acrobatics.

So, what happened?

What’s new, right?

“I’m open to expansion if the proposal is a strong one,” Texas president Greg Fenves said in a Wednesday statement. “The conference is actively evaluating the possibilities.”

That should be viewed as a positive. Read between the lines: Texas (and Oklahoma) are most comfortable in a conference it can win with like-minded universities in roughly the same geographic region.

Can Oklahoma win the SEC? Sure, but it’s going to be a hell of a lot harder. And a Bob Stoops probably isn’t winning nine titles in 17 years in the SEC. Can Texas win the Pac-12? Sure, but not without taking four-hour plane flights for some road games.

Suddenly, a Big 12 fortified with two or four more teams looks comfortable going forward for Texas and Oklahoma.

One source said that with the ACC’s grant of rights now extending out through 2036, it will be harder for the Big 12 to pluck or be plucked.

That includes and , which were rumored to be Big 12 targets if the ACC didn’t get its network, and Pac-12 targets that have been rumored like and .

With that ACC Network, that takes 15 teams — including — out of the next great round of conference realignment. Because of that, there may not be a next great round of conference realignment.

The Big 12 needs to have enough “inventory” (total games) during the next round of renegotiation to add value to its league. It currently plays 75 games per year during the regular season. That total goes up 90 with 12 teams and 105 with 14 teams.

You should be seeing why Big 12 expansion is more about the content that the specific teams. The Big 12 will have more teams playing more games to bid on when the current contract expires in 2024.

It has brand names (Texas, Oklahoma). There are territories out there to conquered.

is a market, the fourth largest city in the country. In some way, UConn can still deliver the Northeast — not necessarily New York, per se, but a population corridor in that region.

We remain in the early stages of what promises to be a free-for-all. Nothing is wrong. Everything is right. Months ago, according to a source, Texas was at least receptive to being a candidate.

Before you spit up your jambalaya, New Orleans, that news may be nothing more than a spitball against the wall. But given the reactive nature of Big 12, anything is possible.

“We reached out a few weeks ago,” Tulane AD Troy Dannen said. “Essentially, if that opportunity presents, it’s something we would certainly would want to explore.”

Digging down on Tulane, it wouldn’t be a bad fit. Consider …

Tulane is an academic giant, something any president would cozy up to in expansion. The undergras paid tribute to former PSG teammate Neymar.Lucas won’t hear criticism of his Brazil teammate.He stated, “What I admire most about Neymar is his personality. “Even if everyone says bad things about him, he does not care. He has so much personality td enrollment of 8,300 would be the smallest in the Big 12, similar to TCU. Ninety-five percent of the faculty members have PhDs. The admission rate is 30 percent. It’s an Association of American Universities school. That’s a prestigious honor given to only a 100 or so high-level research firms in North America.

Is it likely, you say? The football is terrible, but it’s New Orleans, one of the richest recruiting areas in the country. Is it likely? No, but neither was expansion for the Big 12 until Tuesday afternoon.

With that, let’s re-rank Big 12 expansion candidates from most likely to least likely.

The Cougars make the most sense but as a football-only member. Of the available candidates, BYU most closely resembles a Power Five program. It has won a national championship. That’s what the Cougars aspire to. That’s what the Cougars can do in the right setting. BYU has a loyal national following that one source described as “faith and eyeballs.”

Cons: The Mormon faith teaches that Sunday is a Sabbath day to be filled with spiritual contemplation. That’s why football-only membership makes sense. Plus, adding another religious flagship private school brings in the potential of another . The Big 12 presidents were incensed at Baylor officials’ lack of transparency in the sexual assault scandal. The school is not subject to open records because it is a private institution.

One high-ranking source believes UConn can deliver the highly-populated Northeastern corridor even the football is lacking. UConn has an alumni base in New York and Boston. Think of the Big Ten settling for a few years ago. The State University of New Jersey wasn’t a first choice but it is 35 miles from New York City.

The school and some of its powerful alumni are making a huge push to get the Cougars in the Big 12. Houston has shed its commuter-school image of being “Cougar High.” It has invested millions in infrastructure. It has a . It has the hottest coach in the country, Tom Herman. It plays in the fourth-largest city in the country. Oh, it just beat the snot out of Florida State in a New Year’s ands until well after their FA Cup win at Tottenham on Wednesday night.Dier, after the penalty shootout, entered the stands to confront a fan taunting his brother.Tettey was presented a video of the incident in the mixed zone afterwards and was takenSix bowl.

Houston types have been spouting how the Big 12 is slipping in recruiting and TV ratings in the city. “I don’t think any of them [expansion candidates] compare to Houston,” said Texas Sen. John Whitmire, a Houston grad. “To me it’s a no-brainer.”

But can Houston get past Texas which, at least for now, doesn’t want to help promote an old Southwest Conference rival? “I can’t believe they can’t be more visionaries,” Whitmire said.

The school just lost its outgoing president, Santa Ono, who pushed the program like a used-car salesman. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Cincinnati isn’t a market, nor is it a brand. It is in the middle of Buckeyes territory. But we seem to know the most about it as an expansion candidate.

Last year, it completed $86 million in improvements to Nippert Stadium. Cincinnati would be a nice travel partner for . The basketball is good. But is anybody going to watch Iowa State-Cincinnati?

One of the largest schools (enrollment-wise) has a bright future. And I’m not just talking about the weather. George O’Leary got the Knights to a BCS bowl. Bright House Networks Stadium is charming. Scott Frost is the hottest thing out in Orlando since the Backstreet Boys. But does the Big 12 need to have a member in the state of Florida to recruit in the state of Florida? No.

Ran into a Power Five coach Monday night who was breathless regarding Memphis. “Fred Smith, Memphis, book it,” he said. Smith is the FedEx CEO. He’s already on record as by sponsorship its championship game. This just in: The Big 12 won’t have any problems finding title sponsors for its championship game. Despite recent success under Justin Fuente, Memphis is neither a market nor a brand.

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Eighth-grade scholarship offers aren’t new, but Alabama attention will help LB


has joined Michigan State, NC State, West Virginia and Iowa State in offering a scholarship to eighth-grade linebacker Jesus Machado, .

Machado, a product of Hialeah, Florida (Champagnat Catholic), is one of theManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has responded to reports about being linked with a January move for Bournemouth centre-half Nathan Ake.But Guardiola insists City will not be looking to sign anyone in Jfor two of their most promising talents.The Reds have proven they are the club to beat in the Premier League this season.Liverpool are the runaway leaders and near certain champions in England at the moment.And it appears they are building for the fuanuary.”The players we started the season with we are going to finish with,” he said. “We will look in the summer.” top players in the Class of 2020 from South Florida.

That draws a lot of attention for two reasons:

1) Machado is listed at 6-feet, 195 pounds as a rising freshman in high school.

2) Wrapping your head around the “Class of 2020” can be tough, depending on your particular vintage.

It’s important to note that this phenomenon isn’t new. Five-star linebacker Dylan Moses, the No. 2 overall prospect in the Class of 2017, was first offered a scholarship by when he was in eighth grade. offered rising freshman Connecticut quarterback Drew Pyne a scholarship in March.

Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, then the coach, made headlines for receiving the commitment of now-West Virginia quarterback , then 13.

It is hard not to double-take at headlines involving some of ‘s biggest names and prospects barely old enough to shave. So much will happen (growth, human development) before that prospect’sl as technical director.The Mirror says it now appears only a matter of time until he is officially confirmed by the club.He is currently the national team co-ordinator at the Brazilian football federation, and is likely to join the Gunners when the chance to sign a letter of intent that you can’t take these stories too seriously. Major programs can and will revoke scholarship offers at any time, even in the final months of recruitment.

Nick Saban and Alabama are playing with house money here, and according to the highlights the bet might be worth it.

NCAA will use Academic Progress Rates to choose 5-7 teams for bowls


The NCAA announced a solution to its problem of not having enough eligible teaeseason form has convinced management to upgrade his contract.The 20 year-old can expect an offer in the coming weeks, with Spurs now drawing up their proposal.He made 25 appearances in all competitions at that level in 2018/19, including three againms (with records of .500 or better) to play in the 40 postseason bowl games.  The solution is that 5-7 teams will be delcared eligible for participatmidfielder Jesse Lingard has been slammed online over the latest promotion of his clothing label.He has been blasted over an Instagram post mourning the Manchester bombing victims after it was used to promote his brand.The photo published on the JLinion in bowls based on theirb his chance at Sheffield United.Morrison will spend the campaign at Bramall Lane after leaving Swedish side Ostersunds at the end of last season.”How will he do? I remember the first five months of one season when he was at West Ham, under Sam Allar Academic Progress Rates, “bringing the total of eligible bowl teams to 80 or 81.”

The “81” part of that is interesting.  Bob Bowlsby, the Big 12 commissioner and chairman of the Football Oversight Committee, which made this determination, said that the NCAA does not intend to break ties in APR, but rather simply declare both teams eligible and let the bowls and conferences fight it out. 

The NCAA has no authority over the contracts that conferences and teams have with the bowl games.  Its role is to merely certify that the games can be played and to create a standard for teams to be eligible to participate.

 with three more that can become eligible this weekend.  One of those three, 5-6 Kansas State will be eligible win or lose because its APR would qualify the Wildcats at 5-7.

The list of 5-7 teams that could potentially fill a spot is as follows.  A minimum of two and a maximum of five of these will be needed.

Nebraska (985)Kansas State (976)Minnesota (975)San Jose State (975)Illinois (973)Rice (973)

Missouri, which is also 5-7 and has an APR of 976, announced Monday that it will not accept a bowl bid in order to better focus on its search for a new coach.

It should be noted that this solution applies to this year only.  The Division I Football Oversight Committee will meet in January to discuss how to address this issue going forward.

Trevone Boykin and Shawn Oakman headline preseason All-Big 12 teams


The preseason All-Big 12 teams were released Wednesday, and Baylor leads the way with seven selections to the first-team. Featured for the Bears is defensive end Shawn Oakman, who was picked as the Big 12’s preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

TCU and Oklahoma are just behind Baylor with five first-team selections, with TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin selected as the preseason Offensive Player of the Year. 

Texas Tech (3), Oklahoma State (3), West Virginia (3), Kansas State (3) and Texas (1) were also represented on the first-team, while Iowa State and Kansas were the only two teams not to have a player chosen.

If those numbers seem a bit off, that’s because this year the preseason All-Big 12 team included six defensive backs because of a tie in voting and five defensive linemen for reasons unknown.

 TCU QB Trevone Boykin

Baylor DE Shawn Oakman

 Oklahoma State RB Chris Carson

First-Team Preseason All-Big 12 Team

Trevone Boykin (TCU)

Shock Linwood (Baylor), Samaje Perine (Oklahoma)

 Glenn Gronkowski (Kansas State)

Corey Coleman (Baylor), Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma), Josh Doted were supposed to be back. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was seen as a United man who knew the club, understood both the demand for trophies and the expected playing style, and after his appointment results temporarily improved. But a sharp downturn at thectson (TCU)

Tre’Von Armstead (Baylor)

Spencer Drango (Baylor), Cody Whitehair (Kansas State), Joey Hunt (TCU), Halapoulivaati Vaitai (TCU), Le’Raven Clark (Texas Tech)

Andrew Billings (Baylor), Shawn Oakman (Bayas competitive as ever.Liverpool, 22 points clear at the top of the table, are on course to become the earliest champions in the modern era and will attempt to move within nine points of their prime target by beating Watford at Vicarage Road.”I couldlor), Emmanuel Ogbah (Oklahoma State), Davion Pierson (TCU), Pete Robertson (Texas Tech)

Eric Striker (Oklahoma), Ryan Simmons (Oklahoma State), Nick Kwiatkoski (West Virginia)

Orion Stewart (Baylor), Dante Barnett (Kansas State), Zack Sanchez (Oklahoma), Kevin Peterson (Oklahoma dfielder Fabian Ruiz is capable of succeeding with Real Madrid.Real are being linked with a big money bid for the Spain international, who worked with Toril at Elche.Toril is now U19 coach of Guangzhou Evergrande and told AS: “He fits perfectly (for State), Duke Thomas (Texas), Karl Joseph (West Virginia)

Josh Lambert (West Virginia) 

Alex Ross (Oklahoma)

Taylor Symmank (Texas Tech)

Eric Striker (Oklahoma), Ryan Simmons (Oklahoma State)

LOOK: SMU’s new alternate American flag helmet


Chad Morris’ job at SMU basically boils down to making the Mustangs look better on the football field. That’s something that won’t be easy to do, but on the bright side, SMU has nowhere to go but up after finishing last season with a 1-11 record (and ).

And part of ayer his side would appreciate.The Portugal international signed for Manchester United in January and has already impressed in his first handful of appearances.The Reds are on course to win the Premier League, whenever the competition resumes.As everlooking better on the field is actually looking better. Dress for success, I always say (as I write this post in a T-shirt and sweatpants), and Morris took to Twitter on Thursday morning to show off some new SMU lids.

straight up Nasty!

— Chad Morris (@coachchadmorris)

What do yoavic was missing for Lazio in yesterday’s friendly against Auronzo.Lazio thrashed the minnows 18-0 with a full strength squad featuring.The only two players missing were Milinkovic-Savic and Ciro Immobile, with the Serbia midfielder on the agenda of u think?

I don’t dislike them by any means, but I also don’t think they’re all that amazing, either. Personally, I prefer the helmet SMU normally wears to this one. I’m not normally a fan of the matte look, and at this point it feels like everybody is incorporating the American flag into their helmets or uniforms.

We get it. You like America. I like America. America likes America. It’s great! I just think that if you were going this route, thencardo Pereira is adamant his side will be targeting Champions League football next term.The full-back joined the Foxes last summer from Porto and says he is hungry for European’s elite competition once again, just as many other Leicester stars.”For t the helmet might look better were the mustang logo a solid red or white.