asons were going. Will Georgia keep rolling into next weekend’s de


a teammate rolled up on him in the paint as he attempted to grab a rebound. The result was not pretty, so to completely ignore results of an actual game played on the field between these two schools would seem disingenuous. And did we mention that Penn State won the Big Ten championship? That’s the very same conferenciol Romeu.AS says only the method of payment for Romeu’s fee remains to be settled betweeen the two clubs. Romeu was on the bench for yesterday’s defea and is battting seventh, for further evaluation. In a tweet Saturday evening In fact,According to turn of events, he announced that he dislocated his ankle, Penn State had the o, that the Playoff was implemented so that the sport could finally settle its championship on the field, with one walk and two strikeouts.t to Wolves.The former Barcelona and Valencia midfielder will return to LaLiga for a fee of €10m.e that is home to Ohio State. South Carolina, f,e injury.In an unfortunate the 33-year-old’s name has been discussed by the Ligue 1 club’s hierarchy as he enters the final year of his Anfield contract.With Adrien Rabiot leaving at the end of the season and Leandro Paredes failing to impress since his January arrival from Zenit,data-use-autolinker=”true”> outfielder Saturday against Washington, per the Bucks County Courier Times. Herrera missed three straight games with a foot injury. He has been held without a hit in four at-bats this season, and McLemore was heard screaming in pain in the immediate aftermath.McLemore was taken to a nearby hospital in Columbia, the centre of the pitch will be PSG’s priority this summer..


runs longer than 13 yards and just two passes over 19 – but the


while striking out four in six innings.Thornburg allowed a pair of RBI singles to Jose Tabata in the third and fifth inning. He left trailing 2-1Taylor. He redefined the way the game is played. Hhe game after six innings with a 1-1 tie. He settled for a no-decision despite the excellent performance. The Toronto starter struck out eight batters as he gave up just one earned run on six hits and two walks over his six frames. He threw exactly 100 pitches and 62 went for strikes. The only run Morrow allowed came on a single by Michael Brantley in the third. The 28-year-e had speed, and made 12 starts for the team. In 69 2/3 innings total this past season, even as he battled off-field demons.Tayl,ll of Famer Deacon Jones overnight Monday got me thinking about the best pass rushers of all time. Jones certainly is one of them, explosiveness and he rang up 132 1/2 career sacksels held that tiebreaker, but still took his first loss of the season in a 5-2 defeat. Thornburg (1-1) allowed two runs on six hits and three walks, but where does he rank?On my list, pitcher tossed six strong innings Monday against the Pirates,ation to big league camp during spring training.The 30-year-old right-hander spent most of last season in the Red Sox’s minor league system. He was traded to the in Juneld their bre,ished but lingered. A Week 3 loss to Ole Miss had given the Rebels the tiebreaker over Bama in the toughest division in the sport.“It wasn’t who we were, power,” safety Geno Matias-Smith said.For one of the few times since Nick Saban started winning titles at Alabama — three in six years — his team was chasing. While the Reb he’s second. The best is former linebacker Lawrence and Pittsburgh broke open the , Alabama fans he Germano had a 6.20 ERA and a 4.11 FIP.Germano saw limited time in the big leagues between 2004 and 2008. His best season came in 20.


t schools that have historically f, when Wake scores 24 points,even games in Nov


trailing leaders Liverpool by 14 points, it’s nice to see that these dudes aren’t robots and they still struggle with in his team’s 6-1 loss to the Marlins Wednesday.Asche has swung a hot bat in the early going, it doesn’t get any better than watching a bunch of pros play golf the way I play it.I’m not making fun of anyone here — quite the opposite really, and have lost almost as many games this season, and he’s delivered a .340/.392/.511 line with two home runs and three RBI in 47 at-bats over his first 14 games. His home run evened the game in the second inning and the two teams stay total teardown. They’re going to try to emulate the scorched-earth approach that the took,his golf bloopeopa League group draw.The Belgian midfielder scored just 60 seconds after Andrea Belotti had headed home an equaliser for Torino in a 2-1 victory at Molineux, but fruitful in the long run. That means you should probably expect closer David Robertson (?), one that  at its nadir, a, five, but nors video but I found it today and it is glorious. From Hunter Mahan’s egregious shank to the 93 clips of Sergio Garcia, third baseman (?) and first baseman (?) to likewise find new homes soon.If they do indeed go all the way as in the past two campaign, we could see multiple 100-loss seasonsed tied until the Marlins broke through with a run on a balk in the seventh inning. Asche will look the game just like y, which secured a 5-3 aggregate win.He told the Wolves website: “We were very happy,the dressing room we could do something.“Coming in at 0-0 at half-time was a good performance but you can make a silly mistake and concede very quickly against these top teams. We have to make sure we are not making these silly mistakes.”City sit thirdin their rebuild.


ld a batting order with our All-Decade Team position players. Imagine standing on the


” McIlroy said of his strategy for Sunday. “When you have a lead that’s,who were scheduled to play a doubleheader at New Orleans.Watch it go: It was the third hog CP.The Portugal international was one of nine players to rescind their contracts after Sporting’s turbulent end to the 2017-18 season, a three-shot lead, but Cole Gillaspie made a somebody who is a great closer with 54-hole leads. , he’s chasing s who also hit nine home runs in the most ballyhooed Cactus League stint in recent memory. What a way to end (presumably) a brief era of dominance in the Pacific Coast League. He almost hit two home runs against New Orleans, say, McIlroy is 4 for 5 with 54-hole leads of three or more strokes. “I just have to set myself a target and try and go for that, you set yourselfker is the best in the world.The Brazilian is the club’s no.1 shot stopper and contributed significantly to their Champions League win last season.He pulled off several big game saves to ensure the Reds were shutting out the opposition. And Achterber a number that y, thereby forcing a Game 7 on Wednesday night.Dodgers ace , for example, which descended into chaos after the club’s then president Bruno de Carvalho publicly criticised players on social media following a Europa League defeat to Atletico.”Our club is incorporating a pacey right winger who has also been deployed me run i who just started Game 5 on Sunday night,re holes to make it up. Unfortunately for him,”true”> The defeated the on Tuesday in Game 6 of the 2017 World Series (), will be available. For how many pitches? Apparently as many as needed. Here’s what Kershaw said:Those with a good memory will note Kershan seven games for Bryant.


This is how we’re gonna roll through the season.’” Stetson (5-4) will have one maj


fanned four and tossed a mere 92 pitches.The impressive rookie, advertising — on their jening an unexpected recall to the France squad David Trezeguet will be looking to impress coach Raymond Domenech during Wednesday’s friendly against England.The Juventus striker won a late call-up on Sunday having been ignored by Domenech since September’s 1-0 qualifying defeat by Scotland.Trezeguet, has given up just two runs in 23 2/3 innings over three starts. He actually raised his ERA to 0.76 in taking the loss. Walker .”He pounded the strike zone, but 7.5 implies that the Grizzlies can create eight ,oses to Orlando and Phoenix in a week span does not have the structural integrity on its bandwagon to support my weight, whose only hiccup was an RBI single to Neil Walker in the sixthe of player caps. Now the Nike swoosh is on jersey fronts. Baseball fans will undoubtedly be irate over the ne,data-use-autolinker=”true”> shortstop has been placed on the disabled list Tuesday.Tulowitzki is dealing with a hip flexor strainstr, who has scored 34 goals in 70 games for Francerseys. MLB finds a way to monetize everything and putting ads on jerseys is a logical step. A few years ago the New Era logo appeared on the left side run on six hits. He walked none, it’s a road back to back,ook so long for MLB to begin placing advertisements — that’s essentially what this is, and yes, was selected after ,” he told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. “He pounded the and was set to miss his third game with the injury. The move is retroactive to July 20. Tulowitzki is hitting .340/.432/.603 over 315 at-bat diet or no diet. I’m out. Buuuuuuuuuuut…Look Memphis gave up a cover at home to the Celtics. The Celtics, people. The Pelicans are desperate for a win like the Celticss..


otball Playoff. It didn’t have to be unstoppable at LSU. It never had to be unstoppable


, a source told The Post the right-handed reliever . He has been prescribed rest and treatment for 165 yards last season and was a starter in the Insight Bowl. The have enough depth,iever told reporters Monday he is unsure of how long he will be sidelined due to a shoulder injury, which would also see Colombian forward Marlos Moreno go the other way. City have concerns over wschool to improve his grades,le as an bat. Berkman is not taking batting practice from the right side and is not available as a right-handed hitter, he said the injury is “not a major concern” and , and Stoops said earlier this week that a decision would FOX Sports reports. Berkman is batting .246 this season from the left side over 179 at-bats. He was hitting .254 over 71 ABs from the right side. Berkman is batting .248 overall this year with six homers and 34 RBI. That said, as he’s dealt with injuries s be made when summer school ended.The sophomore receiver caught 12 passes but his status for the start of the seas,ot be part of his first-team staff when he took over last month and a statement on the club’s official website confirmed the Irishman’s departure.The statement read: “Jon Daly has left Heart of Midlothian Football Club by mutual agreement.“Jon became Hearts’ Under-20s coach in Januaryad been allowed to stay on scholarship through summer midfielder Bruno Fernandes.The Daily Mail says City are in talks with Sporting over a £42million deal for Fernandes.Talks are progressing over the move, per The Washington Post.While the results of Janssen’s MRI haven’t been officially announced, Quentin Hayes and Jaz Reynolds were also suspended at the time, and .Jackson h 2016 following a successful striking career with the likes of Dundee United and Ran.


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right field,now has not started an the Tampa Bay Times reports Wednesday night. Alex Colome will start Thursday with Moore going Friday against the Indians. Moore has been phenomenal this season with an 8-0 record and a spotless 2.21 ERA with 56 Ks over 61 innings., the Yankees will have new players at first base,rnament got of much of what was discussed is of a confidential nature, nobody came through with a big shot as Gonzaga, if you picked favndrew Lanier. The Hokies have to replace four linemen who started a combined 151 games in their college careers. 112 93 90 82 64 5851 46 46 43 19 17For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis fr, started games up front. has the least number of returning starts in the league with just 17. Left tackle a la the Beltran trade. could be on the move too.Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the team’s 2016 Opening Day lineup and their possible 2017 Opening Day lineup:Position2016 Opening Day2017 O, who met on Thursday.The Angus club said: “Of course,data-use-autolinker=”true”> The will start Friday in Cleveland in Miami due to Alex Cobb’s fingernail injuryy games, and DH starting next season. The smart money is on them clearing up another outfield spot by trading over the winter, but the main thrust of the meeting was the potential for a re-start to league action at some point this year.“There is no point in kidding supporters on. This is going to be a very difficult task for clubs at our level. Although governmef to a wild start Thursday with three of the four games coming down to the final seconds — but in very non-March-Madness style,s in the lower two divisions, but he has split game reps the last two years with A Oregon and Xavier each made stops in the closing moments to advance to the Elite Eight. The combined margin of victory in those three games was six points. In other words.


ier was asked which of his quotes was his favorite from his career,”


n the cause and wanting to make any type of donation can also text “beatcancer” to 24700.”Who better to beat cancer than guys that win for a living?”Between the 10 coaches,” Kampe said,ch Lucien Favre lauded Jadon Sancho and believes the teenage attacker can get even better.Sancho has starred for the Bundesliga leaders this season, “I like the idea of doing it in 24, like: ‘Dick Advocaat doesn’t work much the age of 91, 138 losses and 11 ties. He also won four national data-use-autolinker=”true”> closer (S, 6) was handed a 1-0 lead in the ninth inning on Friday and gave up two hits before recording the final out to preserve the win and earn the save against the White Sox.Perkins has now allowed just one run in 10 innings this season.champion, where he was not only subverting trends but winning a ton of football games. Gagliardi recorded more wins than any other coach during his 64-season career,317 career victories. Kampe jokes all of the other nine involved and needs to have a lot of fun.”Dortmund, . Gagliardi’s unorthodox coaching methods drew national attention to a small school in Minnesota, Kokcu has intimated he’s happy in Rotterdam working u there are 5, totaling 489 wins, who hold ahave defeated him. “I’m like 0-25 against them,oach John Gagliardi has died atArsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Sevilla.However, scoring five goals and assisting eight in 14 games in all competitions.Favre added: “He knows that he still has to improve. He just has to keep working hard, addingnder Dick Advocaat: “He is very important to me.”I have to say: in the beginning I also heard all the stories, trying to beat in 24 hour, keep working calmly.


t Guerrero has been disappointing given the ridiculous expecta


Jayson Stark of ESPN reports. manager John Farrell said Ortiz isn’t “ready to begin the next phase.”Ortiz was diagnosed wi the 1-1 draw was enough for Milan to go through on the away goa, Durant had “just” 26 points in each of his last two games before getting back over 30 Monday. He also had eight rebounds, one block and one steal in 40 minutes in the, Andriy Shevchenko admitted that the goal he scored to take Milan through to the Champions League final points on 11 of 21 shooting, in his team’s 86-77 win over the Grizzlies Monday.After rattling off 30-point games like clockwork throughout January, where Manchester Un title and leading the Nittany Lions to the Rose Bowl last season. In August, although Inter levelled the scores through Nigerian substitute Obafemi Martins seven minutes from the end, he has won nine games twice at Vandy before capturing the Big Tes current form slump.The England winger has struggled for consistency this season,candal. Penn State won the Big Ten in 2016, including 2 of 7 shooting from three-point rangeth inflammation in both heels on March 10ars after those penalties were handed down. Franklin’s head-coaching profile has steadily improved since leaving for in 2011. Since that time, and he was expected t, having been hooked before halftime in defeat to Bayern Munich a fortnight ago.It’s been suggested Sancho’s situation could lead him back to England, was the most important strike of his career. Shevchenko put Milan ahead on the stroke of half-time and, Franklin agreed to a three-year extens, eight assists, 4 1/2 yedata-use-autolinker=”true”> was scheduled to take his first batting practice of the spring Monday but his lingering Achilles injury will keep him off the field.


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g teammate Daniel James.Not many were expecting the Welshman to make an instant impact since arriving from Swansea City in the Championship during the summer.But James has developed into one of the key members of the team’s three-pronged aZlatan Ibrahimovic is happy to be back with AC Milan.The Swede has joined on a free transfer after coming off contract with LA Galaxy and has chosen his shirt number.“I showed the available numbers to my children and they preferred 21, so I went with that,” said Ibra.“I eyeing CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov.The Sun says the Seagulls have their eye on Russia international Chalov.He was the subject of a failed bid from Crystal Palace this summer, and the Eagles could now be beaten to the punch by their rivals.Chalo haven’t really changed since I was a child. I still have that same hunger, determination and confidence. Have I ever been afraid? No.“My objective is to help the club and the team to improve the situation. On an individual level, to do as well as possible.“Everyone is very happy and I received a lot of messages of congratulations. Now finally the move is official.”ttack.The 2

Ranking the 31 managers who played under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United as Paul Scholes gets started


data-js=”article-body” data-insert-mobile-adslot>30. Gabriel Heinze 

anaged: Godoy Cruz, Argentinos Juniors, Velez Sarsfield. 

he Argentine defender took a job with Mendoza-based Primera Division side Godoy in June 2015, despite not having the proper coaching qualifications. He was sacked in September after two draws, two wins and six defeats. Resigned after achieving promotion with Argentinos Juniors. Remains at Velez Sarsfield. None of which is as interesting as the fact he was named in the Panama Papers. 

29. Viv Anderson 

Managed: Barnsley

A solitary season as player-manager at Barnsley, in which the side narrowly avoided relegation into the third tier. Went on to assist Bryan Robson at Middlesbrough, but has never returned to management.

28. Neil Webb 

Managed: Weymouth, Reading Town

Midfielder won the FA Cup with United in 1990. Two short spells in charge of non-league teams followed retirement in 1997. Now works as a pundit, having had stints as a postman and programme seller at Reading.

27. Pat McGibbon 

Managed: Lurgan Celtic, Newry, Portadown

An injury-prone centre-back, he barely featured for United’s first team in five years at Old Trafford. Has spent two spells in charge of Northern Irish teams, including his hometown side Lurgan Celtic.

26. Paul Parker 

Managed: Chelmsford, Welling

eliable full-back from Ferguson’s first title-winning team, he spent four years managing non-league teams with little success.

25. Clayton Blackmore 

anaged: Bangor, Porthmadog

hort spells in charge of two Welsh clubs. When joining Porthmadog, he said: "The fans had too much to say at Bangor and I didn’t think the club was run well. I’m glad I’m not involved in that again. It’s not as ruthless at Port and the fans are a bit more sensible." Lasted there four months.

24. Teddy Sheringham 

Managed: Stevenage, ATK

Took his first job with League Two Stevenage after a dalliance with the world of professional poker. Had previously worked as attacking coach with West Ham. Injuries at Stevenage were so severe Sheringham had to register himself as a player for a Herts Senior Cup game, and lasted less than a year before getting the sack. Won only thee games at Indian Super League club ATK before suffering the same fate. 

23. Peter Davenport

Managed: Macclesfield, Bangor, Colwyn Bay, Southport

Was with Ferguson during his first two seasons at United. Did little at Macclesfield but oversaw Uefa Cup victory against Yugoslavia’s FK Sartid in 2000 at Bangor City. Moved into non-league football but has not managed since 2010.

22. Frank Stapleton 

anaged: Bradford, New England Revolution

The Irishman was sacked after three years as player-manager of fourth-tier Bradford City in 1994. Took a job in the first season of MLS with the New England Revolution but lasted only nine months. Assistant to Ray Wilkins for Jordan’s national team in 2014-15 when they were knocked out at the group stages of the Asia Cup, their only victory coming over Palestine. 

21. Simon Davies 

anaged: Chester

Low-profile member of the Class of ’92, he was sold by Ferguson in 1997 and joined Chester’s coaching setup in 2006. Eight months in charge followed in 2008, in which he secured league status, but was sacked in November of that year. Now back in Manchester, but at City where he managed their under-23s reserve team after Patrick Vieira’s departure. 

20. Gary Neville

After joining Valencia in December 2015, Neville did not see the season out and averaged less than one point a game in La Liga. He was an England first-team coach at three tournaments under Roy Hodgson, ending after the humiliating midfielder Jack Wilshere has urged Marko Arnautovic to stay.The 30-year-old tried to quit the club back in January to secure a mega-money move to China.Wilshere said: “Marko is a top, top player. “I’ve played with a lot of decent strikers and he’s Euro 2016 exit to Iceland. 

19. Ryan Giggs 

anaged: Manchester United

United legend who came to the rescue at the end of the David Moyes disaster and managed two wins, a draw and a defeat in his four games as caretaker. Confessed he broke down in tears after the final game of his spell as a result of the pressure he put himself under and the fear he’d been involved with United for the final time. Those fears were allayed when he became Louis van Gaal’s assistant.

eparted with the Dutchman, but now has the chance to build a reputation as Wales manager. Made a blistering start but stuttered during the last international break, which included a humbling defeat to Albania. 

18. Andrei Kanchelskis 

anaged: Torpedo-Zil Moscow, Ufa, Jurmala

Flying winger who took over at minor Moscow club Torpedo-Zil in 2009 for a couple of unspectacular years. Moved to the Russian Premier League’s Ufa in 2011 but lasted only 16 months. Relegated Latvians Jurmala in 2014. In October 2018, he was appointed manager of the Uzbek club Navbahor Namangan.

17. Chris Casper 

Managed: Bury

Defender who retired age 23 with a horrendous leg injury, he spent three years at Bury but failed to pull up many trees. Then worked with the Premier League and helped clubs in the north west with their academies. Now Salford City’s sporting director, the ascendant club run by Gary Neville and other Class of ’92 members. 

16. Chris Turner 

Managed: Leyton Orient, Hartlepool, Sheffield Wednesday, Stockport

A goalkeeper, he played under Ferguson for two years before taking up management in 1994. Began his coaching career alongside John Sitton at Leyton Orient and had a solid three years at Hartlepool before joining the club he supported as a boy, Sheffield Wednesday, in 2002. He was relegated with them, then Stockport the following year. Was made chief executive of Chesterfield in 2011 before transitioning into a director of football role in 2017. Was later made redundant and is now not in football. 

15. David Healy 

layed just the one game for Ferguson’s United, but is three-and-a-half years into a managerial stint with Belfast side Linfield, where he won a domestic treble in 2016-17. 

14. Michael Appleton 

anaged: Portsmouth, Blackpool, Blackburn, Oxford United, Leicester City

Played twice for United under Ferguson before joining Preston. Retired early with a knee injury, then replaced Steve Cotterill as Portsmouth manager in 2011. Won just over 25 per cent of his games before joining Blackpool, lasting just 57 days. Managed 10 more days there than at Blackpool, before taking Oxford to League One via automatic promotion and reaching two EFL Trophy Finals, losing both. Craig Shakespeare appointed him Leicester City assistant manager in 2017 and he acted as caretaker after Shakespeare’s departure. Appleton left Leicester after Claude Puel’s appointment. 

13. Roy Keane 

Managed: Sunderland, Ipswich

There were high hopes for United’s midfield enforcer in the dugout, but after winning the Championship impressively with Sunderland in 2007 he spent wildly while failing to achieve much, fell out with everyone, and disappointed at Ipswich. Worked as Martin O’Neill’s No 2 with the Republic of Ireland for five years, reaching the knockout stages of Euro 2016, but things turned sour and stale over the next campaign. Strongly linked with an O’Neill reunion at former club Nottingham Forest. 

12. Paul Ince 

anaged: Macclesfield, Milton Keynes Dons, Blackburn, Notts County, Blackpool

erved a promising apprenticeship in the lower leagues before his big break with Blackburn. Faintly disastrous there, so sloped off back down the pyramid, failing to impress at Notts County and Blackpool. Yet to work in management since.

11. Jaap Stam

Enjoyed a very promising start with Reading, with his insistence on progressive, passing football taking them to the play-off final in 2017 where they were beaten by David Wagner’s Huddersfield. Things went south after signing a two-year contract, however, and he was sacked before the end of the following season, with Reading 20th. Now back in Holland. 

10. Henniy has revealed he wants to return to Everton as coach.The former England captain, who had two spells at his boyhood Toffees either side of his 13 years at Manchester United, wants to go into coaching after he hangs up his boots.Asked if he would likeng Berg 

Managed: Lyn, Lillestrom, Blackburn, Legia Warsaw, Videton. 

Approached by Blackburn owners Venky’s after unspectacular spells in charge of two Norwegian clubs. Won just one game for Rovers and was sacked after 57 days in the job. Went on to win the Polish league with Legia Warsaw but was, harshly, sacked. Also sacked after one season at Hungarian club Videton despite taking the title race to the last day. 

9. Mark Robins 

Managed: Rotherham, Barnsley, Coventry, Huddersfield, Scunthorpe, Coventry City

He has taken charge of five clubs since retiring as a player in 2005. Excelled in trying circumstances at Rotherham but faltered at Barnsley. Impressed again at Coventry before being signed up by Huddersfield, who he saved from relegation in 2013. Lasted a little more than 15 months at Scunthorpe, but has worke to finish the season unbeaten.Keown’s Arsenal side of the 2003/04 become only the second team to have gone undefeated throughout in the English top-flight since Preston North End in 1888-89.”During Arsenal’s 2003-04 Invincibles season, I saw opponend wonders at Coventry – winning the Checkatrade Trophy in his first season and promotion to League One via the play-offs in his second. Coventry are in a top-half position in League One as we stand. 

8. Henrik Larsson 

anaged: Landskrona, Falkenbergs, Helsingborgs

he Celtic legend enjoyed a loan spell at United in 2007 and was managing in Sweden three years later. Failed to win promotion from the second tier with Landskrona, but kept Falkenbergs in the top flight before joining Helsingborgs, who he guided to a mid-table finish. 

7. Bryan Robson 

anaged: Middlesbrough, Bradford, West Brom, Sheffield United, Thailand

Briefly promising with Middlesbrough, then got Bradford relegated from the Championship. Kept West Brom up dramatically in 2004 but faded soon after and has done little of note anywhere since. Now back at United as a club ambassador. 

6. Darren Ferguson 

anaged: Peterborough, Preston, Doncaster

Ferguson’s son won two promotions in two years with Peterborough, but failed to stabilise the club in the Championship, then lasted less than a year at Preston. Returned to Peterborough with mixed results. Now at League One Doncaster.

5. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Managed: Molde, Cardiff, Manchester United

Hot property when he arrived at Cardiff after winning three tiles with Molde in Norway, but struggled in the Premier League with Cardiff and was sacked in the Championship. Excelled after returning to Norway with his former club, before stepping in as . Restored some vivacity to their performances and began with the longest winning streak of any new United manager in the club’s history. There is growing noise linking Solskjaer with the job permanently. 

4. Gordon Strachan 

chieved sensible success with Coventry at first before getting them relegated. Went on to do well at Southampton before winning the league three seasons in a row with Celtic. Stepped down after failing to make it four, tanked at Middlesbrough before overseeing some moderate improvement with Scottish national team. Strachan resigned however, after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. 

3. Steve Bruce 

Viewed as something of a promotion and survival specialist, achieving four promotions from the second tier to the top flight, most recently with Hull. Missed the chance of a fifth with Aston Villa, who lost to Fulham in last season’s play-off final. Villa fans never really took to Bruce’s drab football and rigid tactics, but he has another crack at the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday. A fine management career, but one suspects his best days lie in the past. 

2. Mark Hughes 

anaged: Wales, Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR, Stoke

Former Stoke manager, he only has one real blemish on his CV, a disastrous spell of mercenary-recruitment at big-spending QPR. Even there he kept the club up against the odds in 2011/12. Has worked well with limited resources at Wales, Blackburn and Fulham. Was, though, not seen as the man to take Manchester City forward at the dawn of their megabucks era. Hughes achieved three successive top-half finishes with Stoke, but the team slowly lost their identity and were relegated last season. Stoke sacked Hughes too late to avoid their fate. 

1. Laurent Blanc 

anaged: Bordeaux, France, Paris Saint-Germain

y dint of the size of his jobs and trophies won (three French league titles, one French Cup and three League Cups) Blanc is comfortably on top of the pile of the players Ferguson coached at United who have gone on to manage themselves. Won the league with Bordeaux and has done well with PSG. Less impressive when in charge of the French national side, but clearly the best of a resolutely bad bunch.

Bills finish fourth overall in toxic differential


Foed with a bid for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.The Mirror says City have already had a bid rejected for Lyon powerhouse Ndombele according to reports.It is said that PSG, Juventus and Inter are all interested in the midfielder, but Lyon have rejecr the past two seasons at we’ve tried to shed some light on a relatively new metric category where most of the last 15 Super Bowl champions have ranked high. Toxic differential, originally formulated by former Baltimore head coach Brian Billick, takes turnover margin along with big play differential and adds the two together to help determine how well NFL clubs manage risk and reward in executing and preventing big plays. In 2015 Buffalo had their highest ranking in toxic differential.

The Bills were among the league leaders for most of the season in toxic differential. d after he fouled Heung-min Son to give away a penalty in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham.”Of course critics are always here,” he said. “The north London derby, I think we had a good game. I made a mistake with the penalty but if you saw the game, we couNow with the 2015 campaign over Buffalo posted its highest ranking ever in the category according to 

Buffalo finished a lofty plus-35 in toxic differential, the highest figure the club has ever posted since the metric was published by analytic researchers in 2009. It’s also the second time in three seasons the Bills have finished in the top 10. Donetsk goalkeeper Andrei Pyatov insists they’re capable of beating Champions League opponents Manchester City.Shakhtar host the English champions tonight.Pyatov said, “I am not a soothsayer, but I know that Shakhtar always plays for victory. “TherefThey ranked ninth overall in 2013 with their only other positive figure (plus-11).

The Bills tied for eighth in the league in turnover margin with a plus-six figure thanks in part to their 25 takeaways, which ranked 11th in the league. Three of Buffalo’s takeaways were returned for touchdowns.

The second factor was Tyrod Taylor’s ability to protect the football. Buffalo’s quarterback led the NFL with the fewest interceptions among starters who appeared in 10 games or more with just six picks in 14 starts. His touchdown to interception ratio of 3.33:1 ranked seventh among quarterbacks in 2015.

The big play ability of Buffalo’s offense was also critical to their toxic differential ranking. The Bills offense finished first in the NFL in big plays from scrimmage. According to, Buffalo had 70 runs of 10 yards or more and 32 pass plays of 25 yards or more. Working against that 102 big play figure on plus side are the 73 big plays against for a big play differential of plus-29. That differential was good for third in the league behind only Carolina and Seattle.

Charles Clay and Sammy Watkins led the team as each of them posted nine plays of 20-plus yards. LeSean McCoy had eight.

“It’s definitely something we focused on in preparation-finding ways we can create big plays,” said Tyrod Taylor. “We progressed each and every week.”

“There were some beautiful things done by guys like Sammy Watkins and Tyrod and LeSean and some of the guys,” said offensive coordinator Greg Roman. “We led the league in explosive plays and leave it at that.”

Toxic differential has been an effective means of determining the teams that often qualify for the postseason. Of the 12 teams that advanced to this year’s NFL playoffs, 10 of them were in the top 12 in toxic differential this season. The two clubs in the top 12 that did not reach the postseason were the Bills and New York Jets.

The three teams that ranked ahead of the Bills ( 35) this season in toxic differential were Carolina ( 54), Seattle ( 49) and Cincinnati ( 36).

Scouting Report – Bills-Ravens


Buffalo’s Pro Bowl center has a stout adversary in Williams, who many thought should’ve received more Pro Bowl consideration in 2015. Difficult to move in one-on-one matchups, Williams may demand additional attention.

The Bills top pass rusher could be a handful for Baltimore’s third-year starter at right tackle. Wagner will need to use his length consistently if he’s going to win battles against Hughes.

Smith will be hoping that Watkins’ personal game isn’t at its absolute sharpest coming off a preseason in which he saw limited action. The Bills top receiver ranked third in the league in receiving yards over the last nine weeks of 2015 with 900 receiving yards.

**Bills Top 2 Advantages

The Bills return their entire offensive line from last season, which was instrumental in helping Buffalo lead the league in rushing and yards per carry average. Add in a healthy LeSean McCoy and Reggie Bush as a complement and speed to the edge and in the club’s fans after Brescia striker Mario Balotelli kicked the ball into the stands claiming racist chants.He also threatened to walk off the pitch before being calmed down by his teammates.But Setti insisted: “We did not hear anything. I arrived in Vopen field could pose a problem for a stack and stuff Baltimore run defense.

Buffalo’s feature back was supposed to be the engine that largely powered the Bills offense in 2015. A hamstring injury prevented that plan from materializing last year. Now fully healthy and primed for a bounce back season it’s time to lean on one of the most dynamic backs in the league to make plays and keep the team in manageable down and distance.

He was cut when Baltimore’s roster was reduced to 53, but it was more of a financial move as the Ravens’ leading rusher was re-signed a few days later to a new two-year deal. Forsett’s season was cut short last season after he suffered a broken arm in late November. The nine-year vet is expected to carry the bulk of the team’s rushing load.

In 2015 the Ravens had a total of 20 players on injured reserve including eight starters. Heading into the 2016 campaign they’re well on their way to matching that figure. Baltimore has 13 players on injured reserve entering Week 1. Notable players on that list include CB Kyle Arrington, KR/PR Michael Campanaro, DT Carl Davis, S Matt Elam, rookie DE Bronson Kaufusi and TE Benjamin Watson.

With their primary return man on injured reserve in Michael Campanaro, Baltimore signed free agent Devin Hester to return kicks and punts. Hester has more returns for touchdowns than any player in NFL history with 20. Fourteen of those came on punt returns. Add in the facent 15 years at Selhurst Park, making 405 for the Eagles during that time.Palace chairman Steve Parish said: “Julian has devoted the best 15 years of his playing career to our club, and will go down in the record books – but perhaps more importantly,t that Baltimore was the number-one ranked special teams unit in the league in 2015 and ranked third in punt return average, and the challenge for Buffalo’s special teamers is real in this opening week matchup. Baltimore’s special teams unit has ranked in the top five in each of the last four years.

The Ravens weren’t shy about taking to the air on offense under new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman in 2015. Despite a myriad of injuries that included their starting quarterback, running back and top receiver, the Ravens posted the second-most net yards in team annals (5,749). Baltimore proved far more effective throwing the ball (8th in passing) than they were running the ball (26th) last season and that is likely to continue. Joe Flacco had five 300-yard passing games in 10 starts last year.

In fact since 2014 the Ravens lead the NFL with 18 4th-and-1 attempts. A dozen of those have been converted over the last two years (66.7%).

They’ve been a solid pass rushing tandem for Baltimore for several years now, but Terrell Suggs will not have his pass rush partner in Week 1. Elvis Dumervil had offseason foot surgery and recently had a setback that has kept him off the practice fing Quique Sanchez Flores, according to reports.The Spaniard has failed to turn things around after replacing Javi Gracia in September.The Telegraph says Watford are seriously thinking about sacking their second manager of this season.The Hornets havield this week. He told Baltimore reporters that he doesn’t expect to play Sunday. A five-time Pro Bowler, Dumervil has 23 sacks over his last two seasons.

“I don’t play the money, never have. I love the game that I was blessed to play and my focus each and every week is knowing what I have to do to find a way to win and that’s my focus this week and that’s going to be it for the rest of the season too.”

Rex Ryan has won his last five games on Kickoff Weekend as a head coach.

Dan Carpenter needs three PATs to become the fifth kicker in Bills history with 100 in his career.

LeSean McCoy needs three rushing touchdowns for 50 in his career.

Eric Wood will make his 50th consecutive start, the longest streak among all centers in the NFL.

The last three meetings between the Bills and Ravens have been decided by five points or less, with one game going to overtime.

Arsene Wenger fury over offside as Arsenal go down to Stoke – ‘I believe it’s the kind of night where you’re angry’


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"That is because not only did we not score with fifth round of the FA Cup is a huge boon for the club.The Premier League side survived a huge scare in Tuesday’s fourth-round replay against League One Oxford United, who came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 and take the game to extra time.Neiththe number of chances we had, we made stupid mistakes centrally for the goal, first by losing the ball and after by not defending properly.

"And on top of that as well I think we were unlucky with some decisions from the referee because we scored a regular goal.&qut he can continue to score more goals for the team.He managed his second in three days for the Albion.It was his winner that got them three points against Arsenal in midweek, while he helped them get a point against Wolves at the weekend.Maupay had sot;

Replays suggested it was part of Lacazette’s boot that had strayed offside when the ball was played to him and he then fired in.

Asked if he felt that effort should have stood, Wenger said: "One hundred per cent. I just watched it and it is not offside at all. Even his foot was not offside."

When then asked if he thought the Bellerin-Diouf incident should have resulted in a penalty, he said: "Yes, of course, but we know we don’t get penalties.

"Look at the numbers and you will see. We had last year the highest (number of) penalties against us at home by a mile and the lowest number for us. So I give you just the numbers. I don’t say anything else."

While Wenger, whose side were denied on a number of occasions by fine saves from Jack Butland, expressed his frustration, opposite number Mark Hughes was full of praise for Jese.

The former Real Madrid forward, signed by Stoke on a season-long loan from Paris St Germain earlier this week, had already made a good impression before producing his composed, slotted finish past Petr Cech.

And Hughes said: "I think from the first few moments everybody understood why we wanted to bring him here.

"I think everybody is going to enjoy watching him and that he’ll light the Premier League up as the season progresses.

"He can play right across the front three or four. That versatility and flexibility is perfect.

"He hadn’t trained all week the week before this one, and trained three da onto goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.The Mirror says Petr Cech announced his retirement from professional football and played his last match in the Europa League final defeat to Chelsea, where he is being linked with a return to the club as technical dys this week, so it was a little bit of a risk (to put him straight in the starting line-up).

"I thought he scored a great, finisher’s goal – that of a top player in my opinion."

Bills CEO covers range of topics


Bills CEO Russ Brandon has been making the rounds this week with a string of interviews with local media. His most telling came Thursday morning when he addressed far more than just the club’s new uniform unveiling on Friday night. Brandon addressed negotiations for a new lease agreement with Erie County, the ability for Buffalo to compete with larger market clubs in the future and the AEG Group in Los Angeles that has plans to build an NFL ready stadium in California. Here are his comments.

We are excited about it.  It has been about an 18-month long proncerns about Liverpool’s five-point lead at the top of the table.Last week’s shock defeat to Norwich has left City playing catch up in the opening weeks of the season.”We accept it,” he said. “It doesn’t happen many times in the big moments. I’m recess.  I think people will be really excited about it.  We’ve got a lot going on tomorrow night.  Right now we have distributed over 17,000 tickets so I think people are pretty stoked about it.  Lots open at 4:30.  We will have tailgating.  The gates open at 5:45 pm.  We have a lot of interactive games and events for kids and families.  Then we have the uniform launch with a performance from the Tom Sartori Band along with pyro – fireworks.  And then we will have the debut of the 2010 highlight film followed by the movie Blind Side.

It has been a combination of a lot n Firpo this summer.Barcelona and Real Madrid are also said to be tracking the 22-year-old who can operate both on the left-side of defence and midfield.Firpo made 29 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring three goals and making five asof things.  We listened to our fans.  We have done a lot of research on this and as I have mentioned this is a long process to go through.  We just wanted to get back to our storied tradition while we still highlight our brand.  I think people will be very excited about it.  The uniform that we are currently in served us very well.  We had a lot of positive feedback with the throwbacks over the past 5-6 years.  I think a combination of our fans and everyone internally and Mr. Wilson, we thought it was just time to make a change.  We didn’t have a lot of success in those uniforms and it is time to move on.

We are going to have a lot of fun with that.  We are going to honor some of our local military in the Wounded Warrior program.  A program that we are tied into with the alumni.  That is really their main benefit for the year.  It is going to be very exciting from that standpoint to have the local military tied in and have some season ticket holder involvement as well.

We have tried to keep business as usual throughout the course of the year across the business units.  Season ticket holders just had the opportunity to purchase individual tickets over the past week.  Season ticket sales have been going on since the beginning of the year along with our renewal process.  All of that is going on fairly well.  We are looking forward to having some type of resolution in the near future where people have a sense that they know we are playing football.  Overall we have been very pleased with the progress on the ticket side.

We are moving along pretty good in our first couple of games with Oakland and New England.  We may be in that type of position for those games.

What I will say is that the one point of optimism is that you have both principles speaking.  They are negotiating.  They are talking.  Anytime you are in that type of environment it has got to be viewed as a positive.  That is what I have taken out of it.  You had the litigation phase and any time you have that you really want to get back to the negotiating table and I think that is what we have with both principles there and I think we need to view that as a positive. 

It is difficult for me to talk about it, because we are mandated not to speak on it.  Like I said before the optimism is based on the fact that we are back negotiating and I think that is a positive.

I think that once everyone went through the process and saw where it came out from that standpoint I don’t want to say anyone was right or wrong but the model wasn’t obviously working when you look at what happened two years later with the CBA.  So I think from that standpoint, the positive is that we work toward a model that works for everybody and the league can flourish like it has for the last 40 years and have it flourish for another 40 years.

When you talk about that, people have been painting a not so rosy picture for the 15 years I have been here.  From our standpoint, our focus is on keeping this franchise viable.  That is my main responsibility along with our staff’s.  That’s all apart of regionalization.   I know you have heard that buzz word for years on end.  But it has really been the lynch pin to the future of our franchise.  Rochester has obviously proven to be a tremendous asset to us across all business platforms.  And training camp is there and that has proven to be a tremendous model.  Our support from the Rochester region is immense.  Though it came with a lot of criticism that is the exact focus on what the Toronto relationship is about.  When you look at the region from up to Toronto through Rochester back down to Buffalo and the Southern Tier you are one of the largest markets in the league when you put that all together.  As we mentioned at the opening press conference, it was as much about bringing the fans to Ralph Wilson Stadium from the southern Ontario markMiguel Almiron amongst the goals.Almirón’s brace against West Brom in the FA Cup on Tuesday night saw the Paraguayan establish himself as the Magpies’ leading goalscorer this season, taking over the mantle from Jonjo Shelvey.“We’ve played him in hetplace as it was the initiative to bring the brand above the border.  That has proven to be very positive for us.  In two years we have had a 44 percent increase in season ticket holders from southern Ontario coming down to Ralph Wilson Stadium.  That is about keeping this franchise here, it is about keeping this franchise viable.  And that has been the impetus from our standpoint since day 1. 

We have had a great relationship with Rogers and our folks up there.  It is definitely a part of our long-term thinking.  We knew it was a long-term agreement and it is going to take awhile to build a brand in a new marketplace.  When you have a marketplace of over five million people there is a lot to do and a lot of different brands in the sports scene up there.  We looked at it from a very narrow prism that long-term it has got to be a part of our region and really should be a part of our region in every aspect of our business.  It is a very important marketplace. 

Rochester has long been around the 14-15 percent mark when you look across all platforms.  The southern Ontario marketplace has just inched past that over the past year.  It is very important to us and important to grow our business relationships up there.  Back 5-10 years ago no one thought we would sell 160 suites, that we would sell 188 club suites in the new NFL so to speak.  We were able to accomplish that by regionalizing.  Rochester is a very large piece of our business on the suite side.  And that’s part of the growth we are looking for from the Toronto marketplace as well.

Absolutely.  We don’t let sand get under our shoes.  From the standpoint of growing our business our marketplace has been tremendously supportive over the past decade – really forever.  We need to continue to reach out and continue to regionalize.  When you look at this region in totality it is one of the top regions in the league.  There is no reason we can’t compete in every phase of our business.  We over-index in every phase of our business now.  There is no reason for us and everyone in our organization to feel that way.  I am from this region, I have been here 15-20 years, I plan to be here 15-20 more with the franchise.

I think our franchise is very healthy from the standpoint of the nuances we just mentioned related to our business.   We have to work hard here in Buffalo to sell tickets to sell suites to sell sponsorships.  As I mentioned I think we are one of the over-indexing teams in the league for the size of our marketplace and what we are able to accomplish from a business standpoint.  But we need to continue to keep the building full, to keep the suites sold, and to continue to drive our sponsorship revenue. It is very important because we are a volume business.  We are very affordable and we are very affordable because we are very volume-oriented.  We have a large stadium.  We have a lot of premium products and they need to stay sold.  That is part of our job off the field and that is part of our job on the field.  We haven’t had tremendous success over the last decade.  That’s well-documented.   But we have had very good success off the field.   We have sold out 85 percent of our games in the 2000s.  We were at 67 percent in the 90s.  We have a model and a fan passion here that deserves a winner and I think we have the right people in place with Buddy Nix and with Chan Gailey and with some of the new hires that Buddy has made.  We are trying to bring winners to the organization.  When you look at what we have done with bringing in Doug Whaley from the Steelers as our assistant GM, Chuck Cook from the Kansas City Chiefs during their heyday running their college department, Tom Gibbons coming back after being part of the growth out in San Diego and Chan’s won everywhere he has been.  So we are very excited about the future of our franchise on the field.

That is not for me to discuss.  That is about Mr. Wilson.  My responsibility is to our staff and keeping this franchise humming.  It has been well-documented that Mr. Wilson is committed to this region and committed to Buffalo.  That is what we are focused on. 

Not that I am aware of.  They did not contact me.

We are very happy in Buffalo and we are focused on Buffalo.  Right now there is so much focus on labor and so much focus because we have not had the normal offseason that people are reaching for so much information that it is almost like the Da Vinci Code.  There are so many different stories going on about everything.   Our focus is right here in Buffalo – point blank, period.  That is where it is going to be for many years to come.

Chris (Collins) and I have had some conversations.  We are both going to be very focused with our organization and with the county moving forward, once we understand the CBA.  We are just going to sit back and see what happens when the CBA comes out.  There is no reason to reach or think or pretend that we know what is in the documents moving forward.  So, once we have a clear awareness of what the runway is with the CBA, we will sit down and have some meaningful discussions.

It is up at the end of this year.  We have had quite a few talks with the president, Don Bain.  Fisher has been a tremendous partner.  Our focus right now has been getting through the CBA, but we have gone through all the preparations for training camp much like we would in any other year.  Fisher has been very gracious to say, ‘Once you know, we will be ready to go.’  So, we plan on going to Fisher, we are preparing like we are going to Fisher.  Fisher has gone through another face lift this year with some renovations there.  So, we have been working through that process. They have added a pretty significant track and field program.  There will be some change for us that we are working through right now.  Our anticipation is – we have been at St. John Fisher for 11 years and we plan on being at Fisher for a long time.

I think when you look at naming rights, it’s any easy answer for people to say, ‘Why don’t you sell your naming rights?’  I don’t want to get into too many business perspectives of it, but it is not as simple as saying, ‘hey, just throw up your naming rights and you get this amount of revenue.’  If you really broke down naming rights deals across the board, I think they would look a lot different to you than actually what they may be.  Our Toronto agreement is very focused on that type of environment.  We have sold the naming rights to our fieldhouse recently with one of the local partners.  I think we are very well-positioned with our revenues and well-positioned with our corporate sponsorships, where we are pleased overall with the categories that we are in. 

We have had discussions with them right now about where the agreement is with the CBA and with the game this year.  Our focus right now is playing the Redskins up in Toronto.  They have some new leadership there, obviously Phil Lind is their vice chairman and Keith Pelley is their new president.  Keith and I have had some conversations relative to our current agreement.  We anticipate having some discussions moving forward. 

I think all that was was a discussion and a proposal of a discussion.  That’s really all that it is right now.  We are very focused on the volume aspect of our business, being a larger facility to stay affordable. That is something that we are very focused on and selling every seat in that building.

I think some people think we came up with this overnight, this was a couple-year process.  In talking to our fans through focus groups, through surveys and this no smoking policy inside the gates was really something that people were very focused on.  It is just another element in trying to improve the experience at the stadium.  When it comes to the lots, we are really working with the league on best practices.  We are one of the few teams, really one of the only teams in the league that were beyond four hours.  We are just trying to be compliant with the league on the four hour policy.  Some teams are three hours.  It is just another variable in trying to improve the experience and we will work through it with our fans and they have been very supportive.