Stoke City Everton’s ‘offside’ opener frustrates Lambert as Stoke City lose again Matt Dorman 04:04 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Stoke City Stoke City v Everton Everton Premier League The manager was left disappointed by the officials as Cenk Tosun strayed offside in the build up to the first goal, proving costly for the home side Stoke City manager Paul Lambert criticised the decision to award Cenk Tosun’s contentious opening goal in Everton’s 2-1 win at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.Tosun looked to be in an offside position as he attempted to head home Yannick Bolasie’s cross in the 69th minute, before burying the loose ball amid a subsequent goalmouth scramble.Stoke, who had Charlie Adam sent off on the half hour, quickly equalised through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, yet parity only lasted seven minutes as Tosun returned to net the winner and heap more pressure on a home side stuck in the Premier League relegation zone with only seven games to play. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Lambert said he understood referee Martin Atkinson’s decision to dismiss Adam, but the Potters boss was upset by the manner in which his team’s dogged rearguard came undone.”I thought the first goal was offside. Well it is offside because I have seen it,” Lambert told the club’s video channel.”The thing that disappoints me most is that it is the linesman’s side. He is looking right across the line. How he has not seen that is disappointing.”The response with 10 men to going a goal behind was fantastic. I thought we were well in the game, but the first goal is offside.”He has got to call that right. You cannot get that wrong. It gave Everton something to hang on to.” Paul Lambert reacts to this afternoon’s 2-1 @premierleague defeat at home against @Everton.FREE on Stoke City+ https://t.co/swhXHS9zRU#SCFC pic.twitter.com/iAaAjmOttc— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) March 17, 2018Conversely, Everton boss Sam Allardyce praised Turkey international Tosun for securing the Toffees a first Premier League away win in seven attempts.”It looked a bit iffy for us again but Cenk popped up with a super goal and that is why we bought him,” Allardyce said of the striker, a January signing from Besiktas.”It has paid dividends for us and it puts us on the 40-point mark, and even though mathematically we are not safe I do not think anyone can catch us now and we can start to prepare for next season.”
Australia’s budding junior Touch superstars will converge on the Gold Coast for what promises to be an action packed week of high quality competition. The School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament will be held at the Gold Coast Touch Centre, Owen Park, Southport from the 26th – 30th October 2004. The tournament features State Boy’s and Girl’s teams from all around Australia, competing in the Under 12 Primary and the Under 15 Secondary age divisions. All States and Territories will be represented in the boys and girls Under 15 Secondary age divisions and only Victoria and Western Australia will be absent in the Under 12 Primary division. NSW will be out to defend their 2003 titles from both boys divisions, while Queensland will be out to win back to back titles in both the Girls divisions. 2004 marks the third year of the combined Primary and Secondary National tournament and Queensland will be looking to mark the tenth anniversary of the Primary School Girl division by securing their tenth successive title. Nine titles in a row is already incredible, but to extend that winning streak to double figures is even more amazing! Gold Coast Mayor and former Olympian Ron Clark, will be among the VIP’s attending the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday 26th October at 9.00am at Owen Park. Games will continue from Tuesday through to the Finals on Saturday 30th October. Fourteen junior referees from Queensland, New South Wales, and South Australia will be officiating at this event as part of the School Sport Australia initiative to provide opportunities for school students to access pathways into officiating. ATA will be in contact with tournament officials and will upload stories and results from the Schools Championships as they become available. Don’t forget to get out and support the future of our sport!
Kingsway Playing Fields in St Marys will host the teams on Saturday, 21 May, while Doyle Ground in Parramatta will be the location of day two of the training camp on Sunday, 22 May. The camp is one of two camps to be held in Sydney in the coming weeks before the teams depart for Edinburgh, Scotland to take part in the 2011 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup, which will be contested between Wednesday, 22 June and Sunday, 26 June 2011. Stay tuned to the website for all of the latest news and information from the camp.
Touch Football Australia chief executive Colm Maguire today expressed on behalf of the TFA Board and the sport his congratulations and delight on Todd Greenbergâ€™s appointment to the NRL chief executive role. Maguire said that Greenbergâ€™s appointment reaffirms and strengthens Touch Footballâ€™s connection with the NRL and particularly with Greenberg an existing board member of the TFA organisation.”Today marks quite a significant day for the NRL but also Touch Football in terms of our future direction and joint partnership priorities and initiatives with the NRL. Personally, I congratulate Todd and the ARLC on the appointment and look forward to working in a unified manner to achieve great things together.â€œTodd has been deeply engaged with our sport since his appointment to the NRL becoming a Director on the TFA Board and also driving collaboration particularly through the Football portfolio,” Maguire said.â€œTodd has developed an understanding of our sport and the challenges we face in the participation market. He has been working at every level to assist the alignment of Touch Football Australia and the NRL which will only be further enhanced through the appointment.â€œWe look forward to building on the strong foundation set by both organisations over the last two years as we target one million Touch Football participants by 2020. When this is added to the growing NRL family, we have every confidence that Todd will oversee an incredibly exciting time for our collective sports.”The NRL and Touch Football have forged a strong partnership in recent years that represents the biggest boost to participation and game development in the code’s history, increasing the game’s participation levels beyond a million.Related Files160318_tfa_media_release_todd_greenberg_nrl_ceo_v1_0-pdfRelated LinksGreenberg named NRL CEO
Congratulations and well done to all teams involved in the 2017 International Series at the Sunshine Coast Stadium. Please see below for results. Wednesday 10 May 2017Women’s OpenAustralia (17) defeated Japanese Women’s Open Selection (0)Men’s OpenAustralia (7) defeated Japan (3)Thursday 11 May 2017Women’s OpenJapanese Women’s Open Selection (6) defeated New Zealand (5)Australia (20) defeated Japanese Women’s Open Selection (2)Men’s OpenNew Zealand (11) defeated Japan (6)Australia (15) defeated Japan (3)Try Scores – International Series Day OneWomen’s OpenAustralia 17 (McCall 4, Watego 3, Crowe 2, Campbell 2, Maddick 2, Kearney, Davis, Hennessey, Upton touchdowns) defeated Japan 0.Men’s OpenAustralia 7 (Brisby 2, Prowse 2, Buckley, Francis, Palau touchdowns) defeated Japan 3 (Kawaguchi, Hamada, Nakamichi). Try Scores – International Series Day TwoWomen’s OpenJapan 6 (Kuraishi, Endo, Kishi, Imai, Ogawa, Parslow touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 5 (Engler 2, Johnston, Hotham, Mohi touchdowns)Australia 20 (Michaelopolous 3, Dyball 3, Rodgers 3, McCall 3, Peattie 2, Watego, Crowe, Upton, Campbell, Sargent, Sue See touchdowns) defeated Japan 2 (Imai, Goulding touchdowns)Men’s OpenNew Zealand 11 (Quinn 3, Robinson 3, Rhind-Rogers 2, Cavanagh 2, Soutar-Finch touchdowns) defeated Japan 6 (Kawaguchi 2, Kaji, Hori, Hamada, Nakamichi touchdowns)Australia 15 (Francis 4, Hoch 4, Marshall King 3, Norman, Moylan, Barton, Bundy touchdowns) defeated Japan 3 (Kaji, Kanabe, Nakamichi touchdowns)Related LinksInternational Series Results
Liverpool midfielder Fabinho proud of Mane assistby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Fabinho is delighted after his assist for Sadio Mane’s opener in victory over Manchester United on Sunday.The Brazilian laid on his first goal for Liverpool before turning in a dominant display that led to an eventual 3-1 victory.“It’s a thing I always try to perfect, to train,” Fabinho said of his chipped pass. “I get a lot of [the] ball, in a position that normally the opponent’s defence is making the move outwards, and our attackers are getting in.“I saw Mane making the sign with his hand and I launched it.”It was a good pass.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona boss Valverde: I’m as much a photographer as a coachby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveErnesto Valverde admits he regards himself as much as a photographer as a coach. The Barcelona trainer has spoken about how important it is for him to take advantage of the time he has to work with his cameras.”It’s clear that photography is a way to escape, but it’s not a hobby for me, it’s something very serious in my life,” he said to La Vanguardia.”When I was 17 years old, playing at Alaves, I was studying to get an industrial masters in electronics, a job that I never practiced.”At that time I liked to take photos but more as a hobby, until one day, with my first salary as a footballer, I asked a friend to bring me a camera from the Canary Islands.”It cost me 40,000 pesetas, I remember perfectly.”Valverde gets emotional when he talks about the various stages of picture taking.”That moment when you are in the laboratory and you smell acetic acid, a fixative, the developer that you have mixed yourself at home…” he continued.”You turn off the light inputs and you put the red light bulb on, you put the paper in the bucket and you see the image come out, that moment is amazing.”Though he is well known as an ex-football player and coach, Valverde defines himself as a photographer.”I am a trainer as well as a photographer,” he added.”I like to educate my eyes a lot by looking at books and I admire those photographers who have the patience to wait for good light and perfect a good frame.”I’m more immediate and visceral and I’m also nonconformist with my work.”I want my photos not to be very comfortable or friendly, I want my work to be different.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
PSG midfielder Rabiot agrees terms with Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot has agreed terms with Barcelona, it has been claimed.Le Parisien, ignoring Barca’s statement of denial, reported on Monday that Rabiot has reached an agreement with the Catalan club over his salary and signing bonus. At the moment there are no negotiations between Barça and PSG, but that the situation could evolve “this week”. Barça released a comment on Sunday denying “any type” of agreement with the midfielder. The club added that they have always acted in the correct manner with PSG, who they contacted over the player in August and again last week. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea defender David Luiz: Cesc one of best players England has seenby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz has paid tribute to departing teammate Cesc Fabregas.Fabregas, on way to Monaco, bid an emotional farewell to Blues fans as they beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.“I think Cesc is one of the best players to have played in England for many, many years,” the Brazilian told talkSPORT.“It was emotional, not just for him, but for everybody.“Maybe he is not going to play for Chelsea anymore so we are sad, but we wish him all the best because he is a great character and a great player and we will miss him.“It’s always hard, but it’s always part of the process.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tammy Abraham: I want to be Chelsea legendby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTammy Abraham is determined to become a Chelsea legend.The 21-year-old is making his mark at Stamford Bridge this season, with a hat-trick in Saturday’s win over Wolves taking his season total to 7 from five Premier League games.”I have grown up watching big stars playing in the Champions League, and to play in it myself would obviously be a dream,” he said.”Players like the gaffer [Frank Lampard], Didier Drogba and John Terry are great legends. They have been there and done it. I would like to follow the same path. “I am delighted to be scoring goals for a team I have grown up loving and have always wanted to play for. It is just an amazing feeling and hasn’t kicked in yet.”Hopefully this is the beginning of a great career at Chelsea. I’m living the dream and I need to keep it running.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus rival Man Utd, Spurs interest for Fenerbahce striker Vedat Muriqiby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe race for Fenerbahce striker Vedat Muriqi is intensifying.Manchester United and Tottenham having been scouting the Kosovo international this season.And Juventus have asked for tickets for the derby against Galatasaray, with the express purpose of checking on Muriqi.For Fenerbahce management, there’s no plans to sell Muriqi until the end of the season. The player’s contract does not include a release clause. If he is sold, Çaykur Rizespor will be due a 15 percent share of the profit from the sale.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Shearer praises Hudson-Odoi for Chelsea’s win over Newcastleby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGeordie legend Alan Shearer praised Callum Hudson-Odoi for Chelsea’s win over Newcastle United.Chelsea beat Shearer’s former side Newcastle 1-0 on Saturday thanks to Marcos Alonso’s late goal.But it was Hudson-Odoi who provided the assist, his third of the season, as Chelsea continued their winning ways under manager Frank Lampard.”He has played three times this season and he has three assists,” Shearer said on BBC’s Match of the Day.“He had such a terrible injury which he’s come back from. He’s 18 years of age and can spray the ball around like that, left or right, and he is full of confidence.”He can go on the outside and come on the inside.”Everything Chelsea did well he was at the heart of it.“He did his bit defensively which he had to do and he was hugging the touchline, and with that drive that he’s got he makes it very difficult for defenders.”For the goal he sets it up for Alonso, puts it into his path and says ‘go on, have a go’ and that was the winning goal. Chelsea were the better team and deserved to score.”
TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd paid fortune to Alexis in bonusesby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez reportedly pocketed nearly £5m in bonuses from his dismal campaign last season with Manchester United.Sanchez was shipped out on loan to Inter Milan this summer after a dismal campaign for United which saw him score just two goals in 27 appearances.The Chilean forward joined United to huge fanfare in January 2018, signing as the club’s top earner on £400,000.The Sun says despite flopping last season, he picked up a whopping £4,920,011 in performance-related bonuses and image rights.That is the equivalent of a staggering £100,000 a week.Inter are currently paying half of Sanchez’s wages after United managed to offload the 30-year-old during the summer.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: A general view during the first half of a game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)Gibsonton (Fla.) East Bay defensive end Marques Ford was committed to Tennessee for six months until losing his scholarship on Jan. 21 due to a numbers crunch in the Vols’ class. Ford rebounded by committing to Rutgers two days later, and indicated after his official visit to RU this weekend that he planned to sign with the Scarlet Knights.Because Tennessee lost a commitment from four-star running back Kendall Bussey this afternoon, some Vols’ fans on Twitter broached the idea of trying to bring Ford back into the fold, but the four-star recruit dismissed any notion of that tonight.All this talk about me going back to Tennessee and im just like .. #CHOPNation pic.twitter.com/TW7S9VZabP— 5⃣6⃣ (@Marques_Ford) February 3, 2015Even with Bussey de-committing, it’s doubtful Tennessee would have tried to move back in on Ford. If they did, he indicated he wouldn’t be interested. Somehow, I think this one works out well for all parties: UT still has a highly-rated class under Butch Jones, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood lands a talented four-star and Ford ends up in a place where he is clearly wanted.
lee corso cries on college gamedayESPN’s College GameDay only had one game to cover Saturday morning, but the program certainly made the most of its air time. In honor of Lee Corso’s time spent at Navy, where he was the defensive backs coach from 1966 to 1968, GameDay put together a feature that included footage of his days in Annapolis. The segment, which you can view below, actually made Corso cry live on television. Rece Davis, Desmond Howard and Kirk Herbstreit were also taken aback.Here’s the entire feature, via ESPN. If it doesn’t work on your mobile device, you can view it here.Very cool. Props to ESPN for honoring one of the most beloved people in the sport.
He had the football world at his feet. A midfield talent like few others, Oscar was already the star of a World Cup and a vital cog in not one, but two Premier League-winning campaigns.At 25, the Brazilian seemed to have everything in place to cement his position in the game’s elite.However, in January 2017, he dropped a bombshell. The Chelsea man gave up on his dream of dominating European football and moved to China, signing a hugely lucrative four-year deal with Shanghai SIPG worth £20.8 million ($26.5m) a year that made him one of the world’s highest-paid players. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Two years have now passed since that momentous £60m ($76.5m) transfer, and while predictions made at that time over how Chinese football was ready to compete with Europe’s big leagues proved incorrect, Oscar has been a huge success in Shanghai.Perhaps the most striking thing about this elegant, cultured playmaker is his knack of finding himself at the heart of winning teams.From the Recopa Sudamericana in 2011 with Internacional to two Premier League crowns at Chelsea and international glory in the Confederations Cup and Under-20 World Cup – with a hat-trick in the 2011 final he achieved a feat only the great Geoff Hurst had previously managed – Oscar has an enviable collection of trophies.Since moving to Shanghai he has carried on that tradition. Having finished runners-up in the Super League in 2017, Oscar’s debut season, the side coached by Vitor Pereira went one better last year to take the title, the first in the club’s history.Oscar was predictably in the thick of things.With 19 assists across the league season, he beat compatriots Renato Augusto and Hulk (his team-mate at SIPG) to the award for best provider. The 27-year-old added a further 12 goals of his own making, meaning that of SIPG’s 77 Super League strikes, he was directly involved in no less than 31.While attacking partner in crime and Chinese football legend Wu Lei was named Player of the Season thanks to his exceptional haul of 27 goals in just 29 games, Oscar nevertheless earned a place in the CSL’s best XI.Even with wages that set SIPG back around £400,000 ($510,000) a week, Oscar proved his worth. Of course, his pay packet remains a major talking point but he has been remarkably up front about his motivations for leaving Chelsea for relatively uncharted territories.“Every football player, or every person who works, wants to earn money to help their families,” he explained back in 2017 to Copa 90.“I came from a social background in Brazil that is very poor. We didn’t have anything. This is the fruit of my work and when I earn this, it is because I conquered it.”The same way I came here, I will be able to return to Europe.”His decision of course came at a cost. Previously an undisputed member of the Brazil team, Oscar last featured for his nation all the way back in November 2015.Selecao coach Tite has shown himself willing to play China-based talent, with Renato Augusto and Paulinho both featuring in recent squads. However, Oscar has found no way through, his habitual spot blocked by Philippe Coutinho.Consequently, he finds himself in an acute dilemma. He undoubtedly retains the ability to shine again at the very highest level, but with two years left on his contract at SIPG and astronomic salary commitments, he is not exactly an attractive financial proposition for Europe’s elite.For now, then, he will continue to prove that China is not a country where footballers go to die, with the AFC Champions League the big prize on offer in 2019, along with the challenge of retaining the Super League title.The example of Paulinho also shows that one can return from the Far East, while the Copa America looms large on the horizon, with places still up for grabs in the Selecao squad for this year’s tournament in his native Brazil.Did Oscar err in following the yuan to a relative footballing backwater? Perhaps.The midfielder, however, made what he believes was the correct decision not just for himself but for his entire family, having now set them up for life.In addition, his exploits in China have shown that he remains a special talent, a valuable asset for any team.
There will be plenty of reunions when Crystal Palace visit Anfield this weekend.From the dugout, where former Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson – yes, it really did happen – will look to plot the Reds’ downfall, to the field, where one-time Kopites Mamadou Sakho and Christian Benteke will play key roles in the visitors’ gameplan. Even Zaf Iqbal, the Eagles club doctor, spent four-and-a-half years on Merseyside.However, with 17 years’ service in a red shirt, Martin Kelly can top that. The versatile defender made 62 appearances at Anfield between 2008 and 2014, and was part of the squad which delivered Liverpool’s last major trophy, the 2012 League Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He can also boast, if that is the right word, the shortest ever senior England career, his one friendly appearance totalling just two minutes.This weekend, he will seek to bring down his former club. Kelly played when Palace won at Anfield in April 2017. Of the 31 home league games since, Liverpool have won 22 and drawn nine. It is the third-longest unbeaten home run in their history.“It’s always nice to go back home,” says Kelly, speaking exclusively to Goal. “And especially with the new stand. It’s always a nice fixture in terms of the stadium.”Palace are not only the last visiting team to win a league game at Anfield. They were also, in November 2015, the first side to inflict defeat on Jurgen Klopp in the Premier League.Of course, it was Palace who famously ended the title hopes of Brendan Rodgers’ side at the tail end of the 2013-14 campaign. ‘Crystanbul’, they called it.They’ve been upsetting the big boys this season too. Draws with Manchester United and Arsenal were admirable, but it was their victory over Manchester City at the Etihad, three days before Christmas, which blew the title race open.Liverpool’s lofty position in the table owes plenty to the Londoners.“We all get excited playing the big teams,” says Kelly. “You go to the best stadiums and it’s exciting.“But we will take it as another Premier League game and will go with the game plan that has been set by the manager and the staff.“We know that we’ve got great ability in our squad and we can hurt any team in the league. We’ve shown that by getting a result against Manchester City, the draws with Arsenal and Manchester United this season, so all we can do is stick to our game plan and see what happens.”Kelly, like the rest of the country, has been watching events at the top of the table with interest. Liverpool can extend their lead over Manchester City, who play at Huddersfield on Sunday, to seven points with a victory over Palace this weekend.“I don’t think they will be thinking about that,” says Kelly. “They are professional athletes and all you think about is the next game and your next opponent – you don’t try to think too far ahead.“I can see the title race going right down to the wire. Liverpool are in the driving seat at the minute, but Manchester City, with the way they play, will be right there. It’ll be exciting for every Premier League fan.”As for Kelly, he is able to reflect on his time at Anfield with fondness. Injuries denied him the chance to truly establish himself at his boyhood club, but not many Academy graduates can match his achievements.Indeed, until Trent Alexander-Arnold’s emergence, no home-grown player had played more than Kelly’s 62 games for Liverpool since Steven Gerrard.“I think it’s vital for the club and the fans to see home-grown players come through,” he says. “With Trent, it seems that he has everything in his grasp to become a world-class player. Watching him play, he’s got all the attributes.“He’s still young so he probably needs the experience wrapped around him like I did. Having Jamie Carragher helped me, and Trent has the likes of Virgil van Dijk around him, so if he keeps his feet on the ground, he can go a long way.”Kelly is also ideally placed to judge the progress of another supremely gifted young English full-back.Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s development at Palace this season has been to the detriment of Kelly’s first-team prospects, in truth, but the England under-21 international is already catching the eye of the Premier League big boys with his performances.Sadio Mane will have a testing afternoon against the 21-year-old, for sure.“Playing alongside Aaron, you forget how young he is,” Kelly says. “He’s a player that only broke into the first team last season but playing with him, it’s like he’s played 10 seasons.“He plays with experience, he’s always in the right position, he knows when to go forward and when to stay. He’s coming on leaps and bounds.“He must be made up with the progression he’s making, and a player of Aaron’s ability he’ll probably want to start adding more assists to his game.”He helps the team massively defensively, and you can leave him more or less one-on-one with any attacker knowing that he is going to do his job.”He’s a great player to have on the team.”Liverpool, you have been warned… Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Georgia has released a new hype video ahead of its contest Saturday against Nicholls State.The Georgia Bulldogs kicked off their 2016 campaign with a huge win over No. 22 North Carolina last Saturday. Nick Chubb, who suffered a devastating knee injury last season, returned to form with a 222-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Tar Heels. Fans are hoping that Kirby Smart’s first victory as the head coach of the Bulldogs sets the tone for the rest of the season.This week, UGA gets a bit of a breather, taking on Nicholls State at home. Regardless, the team has put together another awesome hype video to help amp up the team ahead of the contest. It’s called “Autumn Fire: Vision (Attack The Day) and fans will love it:Georgia vs. Nicholls State is set to kick off at Noon ET. It’ll be broadcast on the SEC Network.
Twitter/St. Pete BowlLooking for a Mississippi State vs. Miami (OH) preview ahead of their matchup in the St. Petersburg Bowl? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the big matchup.Monday, Dec. 26, the Mississippi State Bulldogs take on the Miami (OH) RedHawks in the St. Petersburg Bowl. The game, to be played at Tropicana Field, is slated for a 11:00 a.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on ESPN. Read on for our Mississippi State vs. Miami (OH) preview.According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Mississippi State wins the matchup between the two teams 81.9% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Bulldogs favored.Spread: Mississippi State -11.5Game Time: 11:00 a.m. ETChannel: ESPNMississippi State vs. Miami (OH) preview:Mississippi State (5-7) closed out the regular season with a 55-20 win at Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl which snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bulldogs. Miami (OH) (6-6) won its last six games of the year to become bowl eligible with its latest win coming on Nov. 22 against Ball State.The RedHawks found themselves down 17-7 against Ball State but were able to put together a comeback to punch their ticket to a bowl game. Miami (OH) gave up 247 rushing yards on the ground to Ball State, but quarterback Gus Ragland helped lead the comeback with 380 yards passing and three touchdowns. The RedHawks’ offense enters the game ranked 108th in the nation averaging 361 yards per game.Mississippi State beat up on Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl much to the thanks of quarterback Nick Fitzgerald throwing three touchdowns and rushing for 258 yards and two more scores against the poor Rebel defense. Fitzgerald averaged seven-yards per rushing attempt during the regular season and the Bulldogs go as he goes.The Bulldogs beat NC State 51-28 in the Belk Bowl a year ago while the RedHawks last played in a bowl game in 2011 when they beat Middle Tennessee 35-21 in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.Mississippi State vs. Miami (OH) Prediction:Mississippi State is built on the run as it averages 233.2 yards per game which is 24th in the nation. The RedHawks have been successful in stopping the run this season as their run defense ranks 33rd in the country allowing less than 140 rushing yards per contest.Miami (OH) on the other hand virtually has no rushing attack as it ranks 109th in the land with 133.5 yards on the ground per game.The Bulldogs have the firepower, and the dual-threat Fitzgerald, that will give the RedHawks major problems all afternoon.Mississippi State 45, Miami (OH) 23,According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Mississippi State wins the matchup between the two teams 81.9% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Bulldogs favored.Spread: Mississippi State -11.5Game Time: 11:00 a.m. ETChannel: ESPNMississippi State vs. Miami (OH) preview:Mississippi State (5-7) closed out the regular season with a 55-20 win at Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl which snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bulldogs. Miami (OH) (6-6) won its last six games of the year to become bowl eligible with its latest win coming on Nov. 22 against Ball State.The RedHawks found themselves down 17-7 against Ball State but were able to put together a comeback to punch their ticket to a bowl game. Miami (OH) gave up 247 rushing yards on the ground to Ball State, but quarterback Gus Ragland helped lead the comeback with 380 yards passing and three touchdowns. The RedHawks’ offense enters the game ranked 108th in the nation averaging 361 yards per game.Mississippi State beat up on Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl much to the thanks of quarterback Nick Fitzgerald throwing three touchdowns and rushing for 258 yards and two more scores against the poor Rebel defense. Fitzgerald averaged seven-yards per rushing attempt during the regular season and the Bulldogs go as he goes.The Bulldogs beat NC State 51-28 in the Belk Bowl a year ago while the RedHawks last played in a bowl game in 2011 when they beat Middle Tennessee 35-21 in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.Mississippi State vs. Miami (OH) Prediction:,According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Mississippi State wins the matchup between the two teams 81.9% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Bulldogs favored.Spread: Mississippi State -11.5Game Time: 11:00 a.m. ETChannel: ESPNMississippi State vs. Miami (OH) preview:Mississippi State (5-7) closed out the regular season with a 55-20 win at Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl which snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bulldogs. Miami (OH) (6-6) won its last six games of the year to become bowl eligible with its latest win coming on Nov. 22 against Ball State.The RedHawks found themselves down 17-7 against Ball State but were able to put together a comeback to punch their ticket to a bowl game. Miami (OH) gave up 247 rushing yards on the ground to Ball State, but quarterback Gus Ragland helped lead the comeback with 380 yards passing and three touchdowns. The RedHawks’ offense enters the game ranked 108th in the nation averaging 361 yards per game.Mississippi State beat up on Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl much to the thanks of quarterback Nick Fitzgerald throwing three touchdowns and rushing for 258 yards and two more scores against the poor Rebel defense. Fitzgerald averaged seven-yards per rushing attempt during the regular season and the Bulldogs go as he goes.The Bulldogs beat NC State 51-28 in the Belk Bowl a year ago while the RedHawks last played in a bowl game in 2011 when they beat Middle Tennessee 35-21 in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.Mississippi State vs. Miami (OH) Prediction:
Virgil van Dijk is “the kingpin” at Anfield, says Mark Wright, with a £75 million ($94m) centre-half “key to Liverpool’s success”.A former Reds defender is not the first to suggest that a Netherlands international has become a talismanic presence on Merseyside.Jurgen Klopp moved to put a record-breaking transfer in place during the winter window of 2018 . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The faith shown in Van Dijk has been richly rewarded, with the 27-year-old now PFA Player of the Year and a Champions League winner .He is widely regarded as the finest exponent of his chosen position in world football, with Wright among those to have talked up his obvious qualities and value to Liverpool.A man who spent seven years with the Reds between 1991 and 1998 told Sky Sports : “You can talk about his ability in possession and, yes, he can head the ball, he is quick and he can do all the other bits and pieces as well.“But you don’t come to Liverpool unless you can do those things. The biggest thing that has impressed me is what I see from him when the ball is at the other end of the pitch.”He dictates. He makes sure people fill those pockets where previously Liverpool were being hurt on the counter-attack. He makes sure others are aware.“It’s that organisation of others that has made the biggest difference because there aren’t a lot of leaders around but he can do that. Nobody is going to argue with him because Virgil is the kingpin.“I see him as the key to Liverpool’s success. He is an exceptional player and I really cannot believe it wasn’t more of a battle to get him because there is a dearth of top centre-halves around.“Look around. Name the top five in the Premier League and I think you would struggle to come up with five. Virgil stands out like a sore thumb, to be honest with you.”Van Dijk has contributed significantly to Liverpool becoming European champions and serious contenders for the Premier League title.Wright believes there will be more success to come for the Reds after seeing Klopp break his trophy duck in English football.The ex-England international added: “I hope this is the start of something.“They are already feared. Teams don’t want to play against them. That is where they are now. Liverpool and Manchester City are where everyone else wants to be.“I think they need maybe two good players this summer and that would be enough. Maybe a centre-forward who could change the play if they needed to.“But who am I to say anything to Jurgen Klopp? He is the manager and he knows exactly what he is doing.“I am the same as the Liverpool supporters worldwide, I trust in him. If he doesn’t want to buy anyone then that means there aren’t the right players out there.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web