Suarez: Selfless Messi has no ego

first_imgBarcelona ‘Messi has no ego’ – Suarez hails ‘beautiful relationship’ with incredible Barcelona team-mate Chris Burton 19:50 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Luis Suarez Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Barcelona Lionel Messi Primera División Luis Suárez A star turn at Camp Nou could be forgiven for buying into his own hype, but a fellow frontman insists that has never been the case with a team player Luis Suarez has hailed the ability of “incredible” Lionel Messi to remain grounded at Barcelona despite his record-breaking achievements.The mercurial Argentine has long been hailed as one of the finest performers in this or any other era, with his remarkable accomplishments raising the bar of individual excellence.He has complemented countless collective honours with five Ballons d’Or and a stunning haul of 552 goals for Barca. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Messi has, however, been a team player throughout his time at Camp Nou, with the 30-year-old proving to be a selfless colleague to Suarez and the rest of a star-studded cast in Catalunya.“Leo is my colleague and friend, a fine person and a great family man,” Suarez told Kicker on a man he has spent four memorable seasons alongside.“I do not see in him the Messi that the rest of the world sees.“But there are moments on the field with me, too, when I realise what a great footballer he is and what incredible things he does.”Uruguay international Suarez added on a fellow South American who has helped him to star at Barca with his actions on and off the field: “We are not only footballers, we are also fathers, we have similar habits and are almost at the same age.“We enjoy having fun, drinking mate, sometimes eating together. This has resulted in a beautiful relationship. And over time a big trust as well.“In football it is difficult to find a real friend, especially if he plays in the same position. There are also many egos in a team. That was never the case in our team. That has been proven over the years.“He also helped me to win the Golden Boot. There is no jealousy between us, just pride at sharing things with a friend.”Lionel Messi Luis Suarez Neymar BarcelonaThere was a time when Suarez and Messi formed part of a fearsome trio of attacking talent at Barcelona, with Brazilian star Neymar joining them in the destructive ‘MSN’ unit.He was, however, to leave for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017 after deciding to become a talisman in his own right.Suarez claims that Neymar had doubts about whether he was making the right choice before heading to France, but the 26-year-old is being backed to fulfil his undoubted potential with the Ligue 1 champions.“We talked to him, Messi and I, because Ney asked us for our opinion,” said Suarez.“He had doubts. He was here for a long time and he had everything he needed here.“I don’t think he went for the money: He has other goals he wants to achieve with Paris.”last_img read more

Madrid unconcerned as Ronaldo eyes summer exit

first_imgTransfers Madrid unconcerned as Ronaldo eyes summer exit Alberto Piñero 01:18 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Champions League final 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Primera División Cristiano Ronaldo The striker has reiterated his desire to seek new pastures through a Portuguese daily, but Madrid are still hopeful of retaining his services The sensational claims that Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to leave Real Madrid have made little impact at the club, and the Blancos are not yet resigned to losing their star. Portuguese daily Record affirmed on Thursday that Ronaldo had made an “irreversible” decision to leave the Bernabeu, a story which Goal has confirmed with sources inside the Champions League winners. The report states that the Portugal striker is incensed over the failure to follow through on a bumper new contract promised to him in 2017 by president Florentino Perez.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Ronaldo, whose current deal is up in 2021, is said to want wage parity with football’s highest earners, Lionel Messi and Neymar, after both stars overtook him with fresh contracts over the past 12 months.Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Inter and Roma are just some of the sides who could potentially benefit from Ronaldo’s exit after nine trophy-laden years in Spain. Indeed, even in the bask of glory following Champions League final victory over Liverpool in May, the star dropped a big hint over his future. “Now we have to enjoy this moment,” Ronaldo told beIN Sports  after the game. “In the next few days I will give an answer to the fans that have always been on my side.”It was very nice to be at Real Madrid, in the coming days I will talk about it more.”Madrid, however, are not panicking while Ronaldo prepares for the World Cup with Portugal and will not be brow-beaten into a decision on his future. Reaction to Record’s bombshell has been far more subdued inside the club than in 2017, when Ronaldo’s wish to exit came as a huge shock to the Merengue authorities. Sources consulted by Goal insist that this is not the final chapter of a transfer saga that looks set to rumble on throughout the summer, while there are still hopes that the striker will eventually opt to stay for at least another term. Ronaldo, 33, smashed an amazing 15 goals in 13 Champions League games to lead Madrid to their third straight title, while he also hit 26 La Liga goals in a season that caught fire in 2018 after a difficult end to the previous year.last_img read more

2016 All Stars Launched

first_imgTouch Football Australia is excited to announce it will again be involved in the 2016 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars concept. At today’s launch it was announced that Rugby League’s finest Indigenous players will clash with a new World All Stars team following a revamp of the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars concept.NRL Head of Football, Todd Greenberg today announced that next year’s match, to be played on Saturday, 13 February at Suncorp Stadium, will feature the Indigenous All Stars against the newly-termed World All Stars.Touch Football will again feature at the event next year after debuting in 2015. Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire said the organisation is looking forward to again be involved.  “We are excited to be included in this wonderful initiative which will celebrate the outstanding contribution of our indigenous community to the game,” Maguire said. “We are looking forward to a new format and another exciting competition between the Indigenous All Stars and an All Star team made up from across the country.”Stay tuned to the TFA website in the coming weeks for all of the latest information on the Touch Football All Stars game and voting processes. To read about today’s launch, please click here – http://www.nrl.com/indigenous-all-stars-to-clash-with-world/tabid/10874/newsid/90755/default.aspx Tickets to the 2016 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars match are on sale now. To purchase your tickets, head to www.nrl.com/tickets.Related Links2016 All Starslast_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona ask Arsenal boss Emery about Rabiot

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona ask Arsenal boss Emery about Rabiotby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has spoken to Barcelona chief Eric Abidal about Adrien Rabiot.Barca are chasing the PSG midfielder, who is off contract in June and Abidal has sought the opinion of Emery on the player, says AS.Emery worked with Rabiot for two years as PSG coach and had only positive things to say.Abidal is keen on signing the France international, though also has alternative midfield transfer targets under consideration.Arsenal have also been linked, though given Emery’s willingness to recommend Rabiot does suggest he isn’t a genuine target for the Gunners. last_img read more

9 months agoPremier League trio eyeing Espanyol striker Borja Iglesias

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Premier League trio eyeing Espanyol striker Borja Iglesiasby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA raft of Premier League clubs are eyeing Espanyol striker Borja Iglesias.La Vanguardia says Leicester City, Wolves and Crystal Palace are all keen on the forward.Iglesias’ contract carries a €28m buyout clause.For now, Espanyol are yet to field any offers for Iglesias, though are aware of the English speculation.Espanyol’s record transfer is €20m for Gerard Moreno when he was sold to Villarreal. last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: I was right to offload Lukaku and Alexis

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: I was right to offload Lukaku and Alexisby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he was right to offload Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan.Last night, Mason Greenwood underlined his huge potential with the only goal at Old Trafford as United secured a 1-0 win against Astana in Thursday’s Group L opener.Put to Solskjaer that you have to be brave to play a 17-year-old having not replaced high-profile players like Sanchez and Lukaku, the United boss said: “For me, it was the right decision.”Because I think for the club and for him, I think he’s going to be important for us this season.”He’s not played a lot so far but he’ll get his minutes and he’ll grow and develop.” last_img read more

Alabama 5-Star RB Commit Damien Harris Responds To Twitter Hater, “We’ll Still Beat Tennessee”

first_imgThe week of National Signing Day is not a good time for a recruit to be on Twitter. This is typically when the trolls will be at their most frivolous, telling 17-and-18-year-old prospects how dumb they are for deciding to attend a certain university. A Tennessee fan, @ChooChooTrain00, spent much of Friday morning tweeting at five-star running back Damien Harris, an Alabama commit. The user criticized Harris’ decision to play for the Crimson Tide, telling him he’ll be riding the bench for the duration of his career in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Harris decided to respond to the hater, letting him know what will happen when Alabama faces his beloved Volunteers. @DHx34 thats what it will feel like workin that bama bench for 4 years. U got about 6 5 star rb and 5 5 star athletes ahead of you.— Shua Johnson (@ChooChooTrain00) February 6, 2015This is Harris’ response, which he later deleted. Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 1.52.42 PMAlabama has defeated Tennessee eight years in a row. The Crimson Tide and the Volunteers will meet this fall on Oct. 24 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.last_img read more

Video: Minnesota’s Carlos Morris Hits 3 To Tie Game vs. MSU, Misses Potential Winning Free Throw

first_imgCarlos Morris is fouled while hitting game-tying three vs. Michigan State.Vine/@MattNorlanderMichigan State nearly lost its game against Minnesota on one of the worst fouls you’ll see. Instead, the Spartans lucked out, and have a chance to redeem themselves in overtime. With his Golden Gophers down three and two seconds remaining in the game, Carlos Morris drilled a three-pointer and was fouled by Michigan State’s Gavin Schilling. Foul up three. But not like that. Izzo not even registering what happened. https://t.co/BaMUDf0LVr— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) February 27, 2015With the game now tied at 78, Morris had a chance to win the game at the free throw line, but was unable to complete the four-point play. Instead, this great Big Ten battle has gone to overtime. Minnesota leads 81-80 with 3:32 remaining in the game.last_img read more

Mangok Mathiang’s Only Basket Of The Game Was The Game Winner For Louisville Against Virginia

first_imgMangok Mathiang scores game-winner.Louisville just finished its regular season with a 59-57 victory over No. 2 Virginia at the KFC Yum! Center. What made the Cards’ victory so remarkable was just how they got it done.After Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon put the Cavs up 57-56 on a three-pointer with 16 seconds to play, Louisville had a chance to win it. The Cavaliers doubled UL point guard Terry Rozier off of a pick-and-roll, leaving big man Mangok Mathiang wide-open. Since January 31st, Mathiang had made just one of 16 field goal attempts. He had not attempted a shot in 14 minutes today. Naturally, he swished the foul line jumper off Rozier’s feed like it was second nature.Virginia’s foul-court inbounds pass landed out of bounds, and Rozier finished things off with a free throw. Louisville’s win clinched the No. 4 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament, and a coveted double-bye into the quarterfinals.All thanks to the 6-foot-10 sophomore from Australia who found his way into the scoring column at the most opportune time.last_img read more

Ohio State Football: OSU Dubbed Over Evan Spencer’s Sugar Bowl TD Pass To Michael Thomas With A Van Gogh Quote

first_imgOhio State WR Michael Thomas TD Catch.Twitter/@OSUCoachMeyerOhio State fans wouldn’t be totally out of line called Evan Spencer’s double reverse touchdown pass to Michael Thomas in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama a “piece of art.” Apparently Urban Meyer (and/or whoever runs his Twitter account) agrees. Meyer tweeted out a video of the play, with a Vincent Van Gogh quote dubbed over it:“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”Embrace The Grind pic.twitter.com/8Y9zsJzKl8— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) June 8, 2015We have to say, that quote sums up the game of football very well. [Eleven Warriors]last_img read more

Video: Colin Cowherd Is Unhappy That Coach K Lied About Dillon Brooks Exchange

first_imgColin Cowherd calls out Alabama on ESPN.COLIN cowherd alabama walmartSince Duke’s Sweet 16 loss to Oregon on Thursday night, there’s been plenty of chatter about Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s conversation with Oregon’s Dillon Brooks and his initial denial that he reprimanded Brooks for hitting a meaningless three-pointer in the final seconds to make the score 82-68. Krzyzewski apologized over the weekend for not being truthful about his exchange with Brooks but there were some who still felt disappointed with what he did. Count Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd among them. Cowherd spoke on his show today and said he felt “bummed” that Krzyzewski lied, saying he had held the coach to a higher standard. .@ColinCowherd is really bummed Coach K lied. #HerdHerehttps://t.co/YqgW96nm4p— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 28, 2016Does Cowherd have a point here?last_img read more

North Carolina Student Releases Statement Saying She Was Raped By A Tar Heels Football Player

first_imgA female North Carolina student has released a statement saying she was raped by a Tar Heels’ football player.Delaney Robinson, a second-year student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, says she was assaulted and raped by a Tar Heels’ football player last winter.“My life has changed forever, while the person who assaulted me continues as a student and a football player on this campus,” she wrote.Robinson says she has done everything she is supposed to do – she says she reported the rape, allowed the rape kit to be taken, gave a statement and cooperated with law enforcement and the Title IX office – but six months later, “the university has done nothing.”Here’s her full statement, via Jeremy Vernon of The Daily Tar Heel.  The Daily Tar HeelThe Daily Tar Heel The Daily Tar Heel.The Daily Tar Heel. The Daily Tar Heel.The Daily Tar Heel.Robinson is set to hold a news conference this afternoon with her father and her attorney. She will be addressing the alleged incident that took place on Valentine’s Day.The player in question has been named.Player in question is junior linebacker Allen Artis. Incident reportedly happened on February 14. https://t.co/8JYY0P62RZ— Jeremy Vernon (@jbo_vernon) September 13, 2016The Orange County DA reportedly told a local ABC station that the case was “investigated thoroughly.”last_img read more

France vs South Korea: TV, squad news & preview

first_imgHost nation France will get the 2019 Women’s World Cup underway when they face South Korea at the Parc des Princes.France are favourites to reach the final on home turf, though they face tough opponents in Group A. Underdogs South Korea will be pushing for an upset in the opening match of the competition, while the two other teams in Group A – Norway and Nigeria – will face off on Saturday in Reims.Les Bleues will be eager to replicate the success of their male counterparts who won the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and are in search of their first ever World Cup victory. 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? Game France vs South Korea Date Friday, June 7 Time 8pm BST / 3pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on Fox Sports 1 and live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Fox Sports 1 / Telemundo Deportes En Vivo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on BBC One. It can be streamed from BBC iPlayer UK TV channel Online stream BBC One BBC iPlayer Squads & Team News Position France squad Goalkeepers Bouhaddi, Durand, Peyraud-Magnin Defenders Debever, Karchaoui, Majri, Bathy, Perisset, Renard, Torrent, Tounkara Midfielders Bilbault, Bussaglia, Clemaron, Geyoro, Henry, Thiney Forwards Asseyi, Cascarino, Diani, Guavin, Laurent, Le Sommer Coach Corinne Diacre has no injury concerns and will have a fully-fit side to select from.Potential France starting XI: Bouhaddi, Torrent, Mbock, Fox, Majri, Bussaglia, Henry, Diani, Thiney, Le Sommer, Gauvin. Position South Korea squad Goalkeepers Ga-ae, Jung-mi, Bo-ram Defenders Hye-ri, Hye-ji, Young-a, Se-ra, Sel-gi, Eun-mi, Dam-yeong, Eun-hye, Seon-joo Midfielders Yu-mi, So-yun, Chae-rin, Lee Min-a, Ga-eul, So-hyun, So-dam, Young-ju, Chang Forwards Geum-min, Seol-bin, Hwa-yeon, Min-ji South Korea also do not have any major injury worries in their squad ahead of the opener.Potential South Korea starting XI: Kim Min-Jung; Kim Yeon, Lim Seon-Joo, Shin Dam-Yeong; Lee Mi-Naa, Cho So-Hyun, Lee So-Dam, Lee Young-Joo, Ji So-Yun, Moon Mi-Ra, Yeo Min Ji.Betting & Match Odds France are favourites to win this match with  Bet365 , priced at 4/9. South Korea are 21/1 while a draw is available at 71/10.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview South Korea women's team 2019France will head into the fixture boasting a side with a wealth of experience, along with a sizeable amount of players who featured in Lyon’s successful Champions League-winning team that beat Barcelona 4-1 in the final. The likes of captain Amandine Henry, vice-captain Eugenie Le Sommer, Delphine Cascarino, Sarah Bouhaddi and Eve Perisset are some of the French Lyon stars looking to secure victory on a national and club level.The Lyon team is considered to be the best in world football, having scooped up their fourth consecutive Champions League title in a row, and the experience of their players in the France side will surely help them on the road to the final.Le Sommer is expected to net for France, having scored 74 international goals, and is the sole senior option in an attacking lineup that involves youthful options in Cascarino, Valerie Gauvin and Emelyne Laurent. Les Bleues are unbeaten in their last five friendly fixtures, recently securing a 2-1 win over China on May 31 that was their final game before the start of the World Cup. They are favourites to make it far in the competition despite a tough Group A.South Korea will face off against France as underdogs, having finished fifth-placed in the Asian Cup, having lost two of their last three friendly fixtures and drawing the other.Coach Yoon Deokyeo, however, has developed an attack-minded side. Star Chelsea player Ji Soyun emerged as one of the best players in the FA Women’s Super League.last_img read more

Diallo set to join PSG in €32m deal

first_imgParis Saint-Germain are set to sign Borussia Dortmund centre-back Abdou Diallo in a deal worth €32 million (£29m/$36m) this week, Goal can confirm.The 23-year-old will sign a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 champions, making his return to France after spending the last two seasons in the Bundesliga with Mainz and Dortmund.PSG manager Thomas Tuchel has struck a deal with his former club in order to sign the France under-21 international, who will be competing with Thiago Silva and Marquinhos for a spot in the starting 11. 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? Diallo spoke about the possibility of joining Les Parisiens last week, telling L’Equipe: “A young player in Europe who tells you that PSG’s project is not interesting is not credible, it’s a nice project.”It’s a form of acknowledging my accomplishment to hear that, but without wanting to resort to the worn-out phrases of footballers, I have a contract.“So far I have not been told that I have to go. I don’t want to make a big fuss.“We have to see if the vision is the same. And once we are all on the same wavelength, we make a decision.“I am waiting to see, to hear what the people have to say to me, what they think of me.”Diallo was a regular fixture in Dortmund’s side over the course of the last season, making 38 appearances across all competitions as the club finished second in the Bundesliga.His position in the side has come under threat however, with former club captain Mats Hummels returning to Signal Iduna Park last month from reigning champions Bayern Munich.The Frenchman did not give the impression that Hummels’ arrival would push him towards the exit door however, adding: “He is a historical player of the club, the country and he will bring us experience.”In addition, I think he is another serious competitor. You have to see it as a challenge.”Diallo has made 10 appearances in Ligue 1 to date, making five appearances for AS Monaco during both the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons before making the move to Mainz.last_img read more

You can’t replace Hazard individually – Lampard

first_imgChelsea head coach Frank Lampard believes it is “pretty much impossible” to replace Eden Hazard with another individual.Hazard starred during seven campaigns at Stamford Bridge, but made a close-season move to Real Madrid for a reported €100 million (£92.7m/$112m).The Belgium international was directly involved in 31 Premier League goals (16 goals and 15 assists) during the 2018-19 season and his departure leaves a huge hole for Chelsea to fill. 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? Lampard said Hazard – who won two Premier League titles and two Europa League crowns with Chelsea – could not be replaced by just one player.”I was a huge fan of Eden Hazard as a Chelsea fan, I played with him,” he told a news conference ahead of his side’s UEFA Super Cup clash against Liverpool on Wednesday.”For me, clearly one of the best players in world football and last season, but not just last season, over his time at Chelsea he was the most productive player in the team generally, in terms of assists and goals and a leader.”You cannot replace him individually, I think it’s pretty much impossible because of the high, high level he is at now in his career.”But the good news and the positive news for us and we must stay calm and be patient with this [is] we have a group of players, some younger players, some experienced players, that now have the opportunity to show that collectively and individually they can step up because yes, you are missing a huge amount of assists and goals, that’s clear.Frank Lampard Mason Mount Manchester United vs Chelsea 2019-20“The answer is as a team, we have to find a way to carry on because a football club like Chelsea will always carry on. Eden Hazard, John Terry, Didier Drogba, players improve on and it’s down to the next players, the next manager. That’s our big challenge now, to say good luck to Eden Hazard and to carry on as Chelsea.”Lampard’s first competitive game in charge was a miserable one, with Chelsea humbled 4-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.Still, the former Derby County boss believes in his team ahead of their meeting with the European champions in Istanbul.”I am optimistic because I believe in the players and I believe in the fact we are here in the final because we deserve to be,” Lampard said.”That is the achievement of the players and the club last season, not myself, but I am proud to be here managing the team.”I understand the quality of Liverpool, the team that deservedly won the Champions League. They have an outstanding manager [Jurgen Klopp] and group of players and we know it is going to be a big test, but I believe in my players and if we play to our maximum we can win the match.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Maryland, DJ Durkin Release Statement On Death Of Jordan McNair

first_imgA general view of Maryland's football stadium.COLLEGE PARK, MD – SEPTEMBER 17: General view of the Maryland Terrapins and West Virginia Mountaineers game at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair tragically passed away today. The news comes weeks after he was hospitalized following a team workout.After the hospitalization, his family announced that he was “fighting for his life.” He needed a liver transplant during his hospital stay.Earlier today, reports emerged that McNair had died. His high school head coach tweeted the unfortunate news about an hour ago.Now, Maryland has officially confirmed the Jordan McNair news.Athletic director Damon Evans released a statement on McNair. It includes thoughts from head coach DJ Durkin:Dear Terrapin Family,We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our student-athletes, sophomore football player Jordan McNair. Jordan was a tremendous athlete, student, teammate and friend, and he will be sorely missed. We offer our deepest condolences to his parents, family and friends.Jordan was hospitalized following an organized team workout on May 29 and passed away today, June 13. For those who had the opportunity to know Jordan, you understand the sadness we are feeling.Coach DJ Durkin asked me to pass along the following thoughts on his behalf:“Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team. Jordan was a hard worker and he always had a smile on his face. He was an extremely talented football player and a humble and genuine human being. He embodied the essence of what it means to be a teammate. Jordan was a fighter. Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter. Please continue to pray for Jordan’s family during this difficult time.”Counseling services are available for our student-athletes and for our staff.Our thoughts and support continue to be with his family as they grieve the loss of this outstanding young man.Sincerely, Damon Evans Executive Athletic DirectorOur thoughts go out to the McNair family and the Maryland community. We’ll update as we learn more about this story.last_img read more

Big 12 Freshman Leaves Practice In An Ambulance

first_imgA general view of Kansas' football stadium.LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 04: Memorial Stadium sits empty before the game between the Baylor Bears and the Kansas Jayhawks on November 4, 2017 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)Injuries are an unfortunate reality of training camp. Every year, players get hurt even before the season begins.It is even scarier when the injury is bad enough to require a player being hospitalized. That is what happened to Kansas freshman offensive lineman Jacobi Lott on Wednesday.Lott left Wednesday practice in an ambulance after suffering what KUSports.com called “an unspecified form of trauma that was deemed a code red due to its critical nature by paramedics who arrived on the scene.”Lott is reportedly in stable condition at the hospital, where he is being further evaluated.KU freshman OL Jacobi Lott “stable” after leaving this morning’s practice in an ambulance: https://t.co/Gvb7OSKFBI #KUfball— Benton Smith (@BentonASmith) August 8, 2018There haven’t been any specific updates on what happened to Lott, but it definitely sounds serious. Thankfully, it looks like he is doing much better right now.Here’s hoping he can make a full recovery for health’s sake. Football is a secondary concern.A three-star prospect out of Amarillo (Tex.), Lott was the No. 48 offensive guard in the 2018 class, per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He chose Kansas over Texas, UMass, Bowling Green and New Mexico State.Lott is the nephew of NFL Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott.last_img read more

Major College Football RB Arrested Sunday Morning

first_imgA general view of Minnesota's football field.MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 11: A general view of TCF Bank Stadium during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Northwestern Wildcats on October 11, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)A major college football running back was reportedly arrested early Sunday morning following a domestic violence complaint.Shannon Brooks, a senior running back at Minnesota, was reportedly arrested shortly after midnight today.The Golden Gophers’ tailback was reportedly arrested near his team’s facility.From ESPN.com:According to records, Brooks remained in custody at the Hennepin County jail Sunday morning. He was arrested at 1:33 a.m. Sunday near the team’s practice facility, the Gibson-Nagurski Complex, Minneapolis police spokeswoman Sgt. Darcy Horn told ESPN.“Early this morning [Minneapolis] officers responded to the 600 block of 15th Av. SE for the report of a domestic abuse in progress,” Horn said. “The call came in at 1:33 a.m. Officers responded and took an adult male, identified as Brooks, Shannon Nicholas into custody for misdemeanor domestic assault. He was booked in at the Hennepin County Jail.”A source with knowledge of the incident said Brooks got into an altercation with a male roommate. The roommate called police and Brooks was arrested, the source said.Brooks’ girlfriend took to Twitter to clarify that the incident was between two male roommates, did not involve any females, and that it didn’t represent who he was.Attention : pic.twitter.com/B4ESWEEuvD— Weeam Suliman (@Weeam_Suliman) October 14, 2018Stay tuned.last_img read more

ESPN Getting Crushed For Controversial College GameDay Segment

first_imgespn's college gameday at the sec championship gameEarlier Saturday morning, ESPN’s College GameDay kicked off from Atlanta ahead of the SEC title game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Georgia. While the the programs are playing for a likely spot in the College Football Playoff this afternoon, everyone’s attention was on what Tua Tagovailoa said during an interview with Tom Rinaldi.“I had to deal with a lot of pressure. If I don’t perform well, or perform the way I’m supposed to, I’m going to get it after,” Tua said of his time as a high school football player.Rinaldi then asked Tua to be more clear what he means about the phrase “I’m gonna get it.”Tagovailoa then said “Well, just know that the belt was involved as well and it’s almost the same with school as well. If I don’t get this grade and I don’t get this grade, I’m going to have to suffer the consequences.”Later on College GameDay, the crew of analysts turned the punishment into a joke when Desmond Howard referred to Tua’s dad as the “Hawaiian Joe Jackson.”Those watching at home immediately questioned the choices made by ESPN to feature this story in the first place and then make jokes about a serious topic.last_img read more