10 months agoAC Milan president Scaroni reveals new stadium plans

first_imgAC Milan president Scaroni reveals new stadium plansby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan president Paolo Scaroni has revealed plans for a new stadium.Scaroni says Inter Milan are also involved in the talks.“I am representing the owners, who invested a great deal of money, and dealing with important elements like the new Milan stadium,” Scaroni told reporters at the Christmas party for the youth team.“We are thinking of building a new stadium along with Inter.”Scaroni also spoke of the current form under coach Gennaro Gattuso.“We aren’t going terribly well, but we are fourth and that is the important thing. We need Milan to get back into the Champions League. It’s important to stay in fourth place.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month ago​Chelsea hero Nevin: Kepa should be unhappy with goal record

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea hero Nevin: Kepa should be unhappy with goal recordby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea legend Pat Nevin believes that goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will not be happy about his start to the season.The young goalkeeper has already conceded 14 goals in the first six competitive games of the season.While he has not been at fault for a significant majority of those goals, Nevin believes conceding so many will bother Kepa.The Spaniard will be hoping to get his first clean sheet of the season soon enough.”Chelsea this season have already given away 11 goals in just five games, that is the second most in the entire league after Norwich with 12!” Nevin wrote on the club’s official website.”The thing is, that can happen if you play such open, high-tempo football and you have a young team who are learning, even if they are learning very fast.”The positive flip side of course is that we are third top scorers in the league after Man City and Liverpool, this time scoring 11.”They are by a distance the most extreme goal statistics in the league, underlining just how exciting it has been.”In fact only Man City fans have watched more goals in their side’s matches, 23 to our 22, a measly one more for the reigning champions.”Frank will be working hard to reduce the slippage at the back and I am sure it is not making Kepa particularly happy, but as long as we keep scoring it will be fun.” last_img read more

a month agoMan City chiefs see Van ­Bronckhorst as Guardiola successor

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City chiefs see Van ­Bronckhorst as Guardiola successorby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGiovanni van ­Bronckhorst has been handed an access-all-areas role at Manchester City.The Mirror says City approached former Feyenoord coach Van Bronckhorst – who has signed a contract that has put him on the payroll.The plan is for him to remain in Manchester if it proves a good fit.Pep Guardiola’s contract with City expires in the summer of 2021.And after seeing rivals Manchester United flounder in the six years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, the Spanish executives who run the club for Sheikh Mansour want to put a succession plan in place.Van Bronckhorst will spend the next year getting to know the inner workings of the club that has become the dominant force in English football over the last decade.He is currently working alongside close friend Brian Marwood, City’s highly-influential Football Administration Officer. last_img read more

Video: Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams Continues Rehab With Underwater Agility Drills

first_imgJonathan Williams doing rehab underwater.Jonathan Williams RehabArkansas running back Jonathan Williams hasn’t played all season due to a foot injury, but the bruising senior is working his way back to the gridiron. Whether he’ll next suit up for the Razorbacks or in the NFL, Williams is determined to make a full recovery. Last week, he posted video of himself running for the first time since the injury, and today he shared footage of himself doing underwater agility drills. Best of luck to Williams as he continues to progress in his rehab.last_img

Here’s How Urban Meyer Will Be Spending His Bye Week

first_imgUrban Meyer speaks to his team after Summer practice.Urban Meyer/TwitterUrban Meyer has a rare fall weekend off. How will he be spending it?Urban Meyer will almost surely be spending a lot of his bye weekend at Ohio State’s Woody Hayes Athletic Center, preparing for the games to come, but he will be taking advantage of the rare off day.Ohio State’s head coach said on the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference today that he’ll be watching his son, Nate Meyer, play football for his high school on Friday night.Urban Meyer: “I get to watch a little Nate Meyer football on Friday.”— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 22, 2016Nate Meyer is a class of 2018 safety at Bishop Watterson in Columbus, Ohio.He’s a pretty decent player. Nate Meyer participated in Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights recruiting camp this past summer.Here’s Nate catching a pass from J.T. Barrett.J.T. Barrett to Nate Meyer pic.twitter.com/fvD9l3rBD4— Eric Seger (@EricSeger33) July 23, 2016Nate Meyer could end up walking on at Ohio State and playing for his dad.The Buckeyes return to action Oct. 1 against Rutgers at Ohio Stadium.last_img read more

Kerr humble after historical haul

first_imgAustralian captain Sam Kerr scored her nation’s first ever World Cup hat-trick in the Matildas 4-1 win over Jamaica, but the striker certainly isn’t at risk of getting a big head anytime soon.Kerr would in fact end the night with four goals to her name after pouncing on a shocking error late in the game but was quick to stress the win wasn’t down solely to her.”A win’s a win and that’s what we needed to build our confidence going into the next round,” Kerr said post-match. 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? “It’s an amazing feeling (to score four goals). It was a team effort, it wasn’t just about me today.”It’s a team effort that’s got us through to the next round. We’re confident in whoever we play.”  The 25-year-old is now the joint-top goal scorer at the Women’s World Cup with five goals and will spearhead Australia’s hopes in a Round of 16 clash against Norway.After losing to Italy in their opening game, the Matildas have now claimed consecutive wins in France but coach Ante Milicic is adamant more improvement is needed.”We have qualified for the next round but we need to be better,” Milicic said.”We still get caught in transition far too easily. For us to keep our mission and go further in the tournament we need to get better.”Full credit to Jamaica and I applaud them from trying to play an attacking style.”We have to review this game quickly…it’s a short turnaround and we know we have to be better to get past a very strong Norway team.” Australia will play Norway on Sunday, June 23 with kick-off at 5am AEST.last_img read more

Belmadi hails ‘extraordinary’ Algeria AFCON title

first_imgAlgeria head coach Djamel Belmadi revelled in his side’s “extraordinary, historic” Africa Cup of Nations final victory over Senegal.Algeria became champions of Africa on foreign soil for the first time – adding to their 1990 success as hosts – thanks to Baghdad Bounedjah’s decisive, deflected second-minute strike.The goal, which Senegal goalkeeper Alfred Bomis may have misjudged, was the fastest goal scored in the competition this year and the quickest in the tournament since 2015. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The North African side received another bit of fortune in the second half after a penalty called against them for handball was overturned with the use of VAR. Belmadi believes his side deserved their triumph but deflected praise onto his players, citing the nation’s long, difficult road in between AFCON titles. “It’s extraordinary. It’s historic,” he told beIN Sports. “This is the first Cup of Nations we have won outside our borders.”Since 1990, it has been a long, empty passage. We are a football country. We deserve it, I think.”It was a very complicated match, very difficult. We knew that it was going to be decided on a small detail. And the boys held on.”With the tournament we had, with better attack and better defence, what more? But without the players, I am nothing.”We tend to forget that they are the main protagonists. They are the ones who play, who apply the instructions. They did it wonderfully – if not better.”Algeria scored in every match they played in this year’s AFCON, racking up 13 goals in total for the tournament.That number is the highest they’ve managed since their 1990 triumph. The victory in Cairo also continued Algeria’s recent run of dominance over Senegal, which has extended through the last six matches between the clubs, with the North Africans winning five and drawing once.In fact, Senegal’s last three defeats in AFCON have come at the hands of Algeria, as have the been the last six goals they have conceded at the tournament in the 2015, 2017 and 2019 editions.last_img read more

Bayern rubbish Sane reports

first_imgBayern Munich have flatly rejected speculation they have completed a deal to sign Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.The Germany international has been linked with a switch to the Bundesliga champions in one of this summer’s longest-running transfer sagas.On Thursday Bild and Kicker had reported that the transfer was completed and that Sane would make the move for a fee of €100 million (£91m/$110m), and would sign a five-year deal, but Bayern took to Twitter to deny those claims. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The reported fee would have been a Bundesliga record, as would the €20 million a year some outlets reported Sane would receive as salary.“News reports made today stating that Leroy Sane has decided to join FC Bayern do no correspond to the facts,” the club’s tweet stated.The club’s denial that a deal has taken place is unlikely to quell discussion of the transfer.Earlier this week Bayern head coach Niko Kovac was forced to apologise to Pep Guardiola after he said he was ‘confident’ a deal would get done.Kovac also said he was sorry to Bayern after coming in for criticism for his comments by Chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.Rummenigge said he “did not like” Kovac’s comments and Salihamidzic said the club was “well advised not to talk about other players.”For his part Kovac promised to “restrain” himself in future.News reports made today stating that Leroy Sané has decided to join FC Bayern do not correspond to the facts.— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 1, 2019The head coach has described Sane as Bayern’s “dream player” while club legend Lotthar Matthaus has said the 23-year-old could be the “new face of the club”.All the speculation does not alter the fact that Sane remains a Manchester City player and one they have offered a contract extension.Sane played and scored a brace in a pre-season friendly against Kitchee on July 24 and afterwards Guardiola said he would be “sad” if Sane decided to leave the club.The Spanish manager has previously said he wouldn’t stand in his way if the player really wanted to leave.Sane tallied 10 goals and 11 assists for City last term, though he seemed to fall out of favour at the back end of the season, starting on the bench in some key games.last_img read more

A Star NFL LB Has Been Indicted On Insider Trading Charges

first_imgA Cleveland Browns helmet sitting on the field.PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 11: A Cleveland Browns helmet rests on the field prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)Here is a story you don’t see every day. Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been indicted on charges of insider trading.Kendricks was indicted along with ‘Black-ish’ TV writer Damilare Sonoiki, according to the Philly Inquirer’s Jeremy Roebuck. Sonoiki is a Harvard educated former investment banker who is accused with passing along inside information to Kendricks from 2013-15, according to US Attorney Bill McSwain.Kendricks is alleged to have provided cash and game tickets in exchange for the info.Kendricks allegedly provided $10K in catsh and Eagles tickets in exchange for the inside stock information.— Jeremy Roebuck (@jeremyrroebuck) August 29, 2018Kendricks released a statement on the matter moments ago. In it, he admits to improprieties.“Four years ago, I participated in insider trading, and I deeply regret it,” he said. “I invested money with a former friend of mine who I thought I could trust and who I greatly admired. His background as a Harvard graduate and an employee of Goldman Sachs gave me a false sense of confidence.”A statement from #Browns LB Mychal Kendrick, who has just been charged by the feds for insider trading. Wow. pic.twitter.com/0IEsV6lPTh— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 29, 2018To say this is a bad look for Kendricks would be an understatement. However, it seems like he is willing to turn on Sonoiki, which could help reduce whatever punishment he will receive.Needless to say, the Browns probably did not expect this when they signed Kendricks to a one-year deal in June. The Eagles had released him in May after he requested a trade.Wonder if this story will be covered on next week’s episode of Hard Knocks.Update: The Browns have released a statement. Kendricks won’t play in the team’s final preseason game against the Detroit Lions.Our statement on LB Mychal Kendricks: pic.twitter.com/SJT4RPdo0o— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 29, 2018We’ll keep you posted as this story develops.last_img read more

Initial Betting Lines Released For Week 2’s Biggest Games

first_imgA general view of Texas A&M's football stadium.COLLEGE STATION, TX – OCTOBER 03: General view as Mississippi State Bulldogs kicks off to the Texas A&M Aggies in the first quarter on October 3, 2015 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)Week 1 isn’t completely over yet – LSU is taking on Miami tonight and Florida State is hosting Virginia Tech on Monday – but it’s already time to look ahead to the second week of the 2018 season.Initial betting lines have been released for the biggest games on the Week 2 slate. You can see them below.Kansas State vs. Mississippi StateMississippi State is favored by 7 points.Wisconsin vs. New MexicoWisconsin is favored by 33 points.Michigan vs. Western MichiganMichigan is favored by 25 points.Oklahoma vs. UCLANo betting line yet.Nebraska vs. ColoradoNebraska is favored by 4 points.Alabama vs. Arkansas StateAlabama is favored by 36.5 points.Notre Dame vs. Ball StateNotre Dame is favored by 34.5 points.South Carolina vs. GeorgiaGeorgia is favored by 10 points.Ohio State vs. RutgersOhio State is favored by 33 points.Iowa vs. Iowa StateIowa is favored by 4.5 points.Texas A&M vs. ClemsonClemson is favored by 13.5 points.Florida vs. KentuckyFlorida is favored by 15 points.Pittsburgh vs. Penn StateNo betting line yet.Stanford vs. USCStanford is favored by 5 points.last_img read more

CBS Releases Its New College Football Top 25

first_imgFootball's with South Carolina's logo on them.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)With Week 4 behind us and Week 5 just a few days away, it is time for another college football top 25 poll. This one is from CBS Sports.As always, CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd puts out his own personal rankings each week. He dropped his new set today.Dodd has some new changes after this weekend’s games. In fact, there are five new teams in his new rankings, including Kentucky debuting in the top 15.Here is Dodd’s full top 25:AlabamaLSUOhio StateClemsonGeorgiaAuburnStanfordNotre DameOklahomaWest VirginiaWashingtonUCFPenn StateMiami (Fla.)KentuckyMichiganWisconsinTexasOregonBYUMississippi StateColoradoTexas TechOklahoma StateSan Diego StateAs you can see, Dodd’s own rankings are a little different than the AP and Coaches polls.You can see his full Top 25 analysis here.last_img

Urban Meyer’s Wife Responds To Tweet From Nasty Fan

first_imgUrban Meyer and his wife exit the field.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Urban Meyer the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes hugs his wife Shelley Meyer on the field after 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Urban Meyer and his Ohio State Buckeyes team is on the receiving end of a lot of hate today following their upset loss at Purdue on Saturday night.Ohio State, which entered that game ranked No. 2 in the country, was blown out by the Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.OSU is often ranked among the most-hated teams in the country, so it’s not surprising to see a lot of people enjoying the loss.Some are probably taking it too far, though.One fan tweeted “karma” at Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer. She responded in solid form:Wow. Just wow. This is just football. God bless you.— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) October 21, 2018Ohio State dropped to No. 9 in the Coaches’ Poll following the loss at Purdue.The Buckeyes are off this week before hosting Nebraska.last_img read more

A Star College Football Quarterback Has Been Benched

first_imgA general view of Michigan's football stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)One of the top quarterbacks in college football was benched for a series this afternoon. It didn’t work out very well.Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley (and the rest of the Nittany Lions’ offense) is struggling in a major way against Michigan’s defense.It’s Michigan 28, Penn State 0 heading into the fourth quarter.The Nittany Lions just went to backup quarterback Tommy Stevens on the most-recent drive. It ended in a pick-six.The throw was not good.Can see why he took the chance here. White jerseys everywhere, just got unlucky. pic.twitter.com/how3tbgbE8— Tim Ryan (@TheSportsHernia) November 3, 2018It’s now a major blowout.Don’t know what happened there. But Tommy Stevens, in at quarterback for Trace McSorley, threw it directly to Brandon Watson for a pick-six.The rout is on.— Orion Sang (@orion_sang) November 3, 2018McSorley had completed just 5 of 12 passes for 83 yards. He had 12 carries for -6 yards. McSorley is now back in the game.Michigan and Penn State are playing on FOX.last_img read more

Jim Ross Still Intent On Going To Oklahoma Game Tonight Despite Serious Injury

first_imgOklahoma's cheerleaders leading the football team onto the field.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: The Oklahoma Sooners run onto the field prior to the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Legendary broadcaster Jim Ross has witnessed many brutal injuries, and unfortunately for him, he was on the receiving end of this latest situation.Ross is known for his time in the WWE, as he made several signature calls almost every pay-per-view. Although his latest injury might not be new to him, especially considering the countless bumps taken in the wrestling industry, it’s still frightening to see.Early this morning, Ross posted his injury on Twitter, as his left eye was swollen shut. There is also blood on the side of his face, indicating that it was probably a serious accident. However, the exact story of what happened isn’t known just yet.Here is the photo:Took a bad bump last night. The concrete went over.Still going to @OU_Football tonight. #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/7Hl506SrQ6— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) November 17, 2018Even though Ross appears in no shape to leave his house tonight, he’s still going to attend the Oklahoma game. After all, he spent the majority of his childhood rooting for the Sooners.The Sooners play host to the Kansas Jayhawks in the final home game of the season.With kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. ET, Ross will have several hours to recover from his injury.last_img read more

ACC Freshman QB Announces Transfer Destination

first_imgLouisville's football players run through the tent onto the field.LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 29: The Louisville Cardinals take the field before the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)After spending one season with the Louisville Cardinals, Jordan Travis will transfer to another ACC program. Despite having an uncharacteristically abysmal year, the Florida State Seminoles have just added an intriguing option at quarterback.Travis is a former three-star recruit from the 2018 class, and unfortunately he never saw his chance on the field with the Cardinals. Considering that Louisville will undergo an entirely different regime this upcoming season, the dual-threat quarterback is looking out for his best interest.Josh Newberg of 247Sports broke the news, as Travis revealed his future destination today.Louisville transfer QB Jordan Travis tells me he has committed to play at Florida State. More to come on https://t.co/0gpk3GSZ6U— Josh Newberg (@joshnewberg247) December 26, 2018It should be noted that Travis’ brother, Devon Travis, played baseball for the Seminoles before making his journey to the MLB.Florida State will have three quarterbacks on the roster next season, if Deondre Francois decides to return for his senior campaign. Nonetheless, joining the Seminoles gives Travis an opportunity to play in Kendal Briles’ offense.His eligibility is reportedly still up in the air right now, as it’s unclear if he’ll be able to declare for a hardship waiver.This season was extremely disappointing for the Seminoles, but perhaps Willie Taggart’s latest addition will reignite the program.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Tweets Message For Ohio State Fans After Final Game

first_imgohio state head coach urban meyer after his final gamePASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Urban Meyer has coached his final game with the Ohio State Buckeyes, who sent the head coach out on top with a win over Washington in the Rose Bowl.The three-time national title-winning head coach isn’t going away – he’s taking an assistant athletic director role and will be teaching a class – but he’ll no longer be patrolling the Ohio Stadium sidelines.Meyer, who’s constantly praised Ohio State fans throughout his tenure as head coach, had one more message for Buckeye Nation tonight.The now-former Buckeyes’ head coach took to Twitter to issue a message.“Thank you Buckeye Nation!!!!!!  The Best Damn Fans In The Land!!!” he tweeted.Thank you Buckeye Nation!!!!!! ? The Best Damn Fans In The Land!!! pic.twitter.com/DAe3eewyT6— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) January 2, 2019Meyer leaves Ohio State as one of the greatest head coaches in the history of college football.The former Buckeyes’ head coach will certainly be missed.It’s now Ryan Day’s time in Columbus.last_img read more

The Colorado WR’s Quote About Nebraska That’s Circulating Is Fake

first_imglaviska shenault college footballBOULDER, CO – OCTOBER 06: Laviska Shenault, Jr #2 of the Colorado Buffaloes carries the ball in the second quarter against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Folsom Field on October 6, 2018 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Don’t believe everything you see on social media. Just ask star Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr.Over the weekend, a quote reportedly from Shenault was circulating on Twitter. In it, the potential first-round draft pick took a shot at the Cornhusker defense.“The most fun I’ve had in a game was at Nebraska, their defense was a joke and it was fun seeing all the fans go home angry,” the alleged quote read. “Looking forward to having my way with that secondary again this year.”There is only one problem with these statements. Shenault never made them. The quote was fabricated. The All-Pac 12 wideout set the record straight on Twitter yesterday.This is fake https://t.co/TxAtCKLpVz— H U N C H O🤷🏾‍♂️ (@Viska2live) June 16, 2019Shenault did catch 10 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown while adding a rushing touchdown in a win over the Huskers last September. He pretty much had his way with Nebraska that afternoon, though he never spoke tauntingly about it.Colorado beat the Huskers last season. Nebraska will get another chance against Shenault and the Buffaloes on September 7 in Boulder.last_img read more

SI Writer Makes Bold Iowa NFL Draft Prediction

first_img Sports Illustrated‘s Albert Breer released a new 2020 mock draft, with A.J. Epenesa going No. 6 overall.Breer likes the Detroit Lions to go with a Hawkeye for the second straight year, after taking tight end T.J. Hockenson in the 2019 first round.From Breer’s mock:The Big Ten’s sack leader returns as, along with (Ohio State’s Chase) Young, the most fearsome defender in the conference. Because of how Kirk Ferentz runs his program, Epenesa had to wait his turn to start—in 2018, he made first-team all-conference while backing up senior Parker Hesse (who went undrafted and has been moved to tight end by the Titans since). There are a few questions about how Epenesa will play the run in the pros, after splitting time last year. But his tools are off the charts. And so I have the Lions dipping into the Hawkeye well for a second straight year.Impressively, this isn’t even the most bullish projection wew’ve seen for Epenesa.In late May, RotoWorld draft analyst Thor Nystrom projected Epenesa as the No. 2 player off the board next year.[Sports Illustrated] Iowa's A.J. Epenesa reaches for Northwewstern's Clayton Thorson.IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 10: Quarterback Clayton Thorson #18 of the Northwestern Wildcats breaks a tackle in the second half from defensive end A.J. Epenesa #94 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, on November 10, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)The hype entering the 2019 season is incredibly real for Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa.The star defensive end didn’t even start during the 2018 season, and yet put up pretty huge numbers. Last year, he led the Big Ten with 10.5 sacks from off the bench.With a trio of experienced Iowa defensive linemen gone from last year’s team, Epenesa will finally start, and is expected to take on a bigger role. That means adding to his game and becoming a more well-rounded player.Athlon Sports has Epenesa as a preseason All-American. He’s also garnered some serious NFL Draft hype.last_img read more

ESPN Analyst: It’s “Comical” How Good Clemson Will Be This Season

first_imgJustyn Ross celebrates with Clemson teammates including Derion Kendrick after touchdown.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Justyn Ross #8 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with teammates after scoring a 52-yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Clemson enters this season as the No. 1 team in the preseason Coaches’ Poll, but that ranking might not even capture just how dominant the program could be this fall.The Tigers lost several prospects to the NFL Draft, such as Dexter Lawrence, Clelin Ferrell and Christian Wilkins. While the defense has a few holes to fill, the offense is loaded with talent everywhere.Trevor Lawrence is expected to compete for the Heisman Trophy, Travis Etienne is arguably the best running back in college football, and Justyn Ross is an emerging star at wide receiver. All three players should be quite productive this upcoming season.With expectations set pretty high for this season, the pressure is on for the Tigers to make another championship run. Fortunately, it appears analysts are confident they’ll get the job done. ESPN analyst Emmanuel Acho believes Clemson will be so good this season it’s “comical.” He spoke about how great the Tigers could be on Get Up.Acho went as far as to guarantee that Dabo Swinney will lead the Tigers into the College Football Playoff.From 247Sports:“Take the pen, pick up the permanent marker and Sharpie Clemson into the College Football Playoff,” Acho said on ESPN. “They’re that good. It’s honestly comical when you think about how good this Clemson football team is. Trevor Lawrence, Justyn Ross, Travis Etienne, Tee Higgins. What don’t they have? People talk about all they lost on defense. Don’t tell me about their defense because I can tell you what they do have is dogs, weapons, monsters on offense. I don’t think any game will be close until, maybe, A&M will be a little bit difficult and then the ACC Championship.”The defending champions open the season against Georgia Tech.ESPN’s Football Power Index gives Clemson an 88 percent chance of winning the ACC – and that seems low.last_img read more