TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Real Madrid defender Pepe leaving Besiktas after contract releaseby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePepe is leaving Besiktas after terminating his contract by mutual consent.Marca says an official announcement has not yet been made but the Portugal international, whose deal was due to expire in June, is now free to sign for another club.Reports in Turkey indicate that Besiktas are going through economic issues and have been unable to pay the high salaries of many of their players, including Pepe.The 35-year-old played 17 league game this season and managed an impressive five goals, with three coming in domestic action and two in Europe.Pepe moved to Besiktas from Real Madrid.
ESPN College GameDayAfter serving as the host of ESPN’s College GameDay for 25 years, Chris Fowler has moved on to focus on his duties as play-by-play announcer for ABC/ESPN’s prime time Saturday night games. While Rece Davis should fill in admirably, GameDay definitely won’t be the same. To pay tribute to Fowler, GameDay put together an amazing feature piece, narrated by Tom Rinaldi. After the piece, Fowler joined his old GameDay crew, and Davis, on stage. Things got pretty emotional when Fowler discussed his relationship with Lee Corso, who he spent all 25 years with on the show. He even gave Corso a kiss on the cheek.It is getting a bit dusty in here this morning. We’ll miss you, Chris.
Bleacher Report.Bleacher Report and Notre Dame announced a “groundbreaking partnership” for social media content on Thursday.From Notre Dame’s release:Bleacher Report, a preeminent next generation content creation company, has reached an agreement with University of Notre Dame football for an exclusive social content partnership throughout the season. The B/R social team will be embedded with the football program in South Bend and travel with the team to road games during the entire season to create custom content for the program’s national fan base.The collaboration will consist of full behind-the- scenes access to the Notre Dame football team including practice, locker room, game day activities, home and away games, travel, academic classrooms and a wide array of student and campus life. The array of content will include a weekly video feature, Facebook Live streams, short shareable social packages and game day Snapchat takeovers, distributed across Bleacher Report’s website and Team Stream mobile app — reaching more than 250 million users — along with B/R social platforms with an audience of more than 200 million fans.At a press conference this morning, Kelly explained the benefits of partnering with B/R for his program.Brian Kelly on Bleacher Report deal: “This gives us a unique relationship that nobody else has in college football.”— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) August 5, 2016Kelly says, flat out, the relationship with Bleacher Report allows them to reach their targeted audience. More so than the Showtime deal.— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) August 5, 2016As I expected, Kelly says the Bleacher Report media deal requires much less time/effort than the Showtime documentary series did.— Stephen Brooks (@StephenM_Brooks) August 5, 2016Notre Dame did a documentary with SHOWTIME last season. Florida State is doing a similar documentary this season.The Fighting Irish released this video about their partnership with Bleacher Report. The start of something new.@NDFootball x @BleacherReportComing this fall… #BRxND pic.twitter.com/8dbeU1jHvN— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 4, 2016Notre Dame opens its season on Sunday, Sept. 4 against Texas.
With three wins on the bounce secured, Real Madrid will look to make it four from four and seal their place in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey when they travel to Girona.Santiago Solari’s side downed their hosts 4-2 at home a week ago to put one foot firmly into the final rounds of the tournament.Eusebio Sacristan’s outfit have the chance to make history, however, and reach the last four for the first time ever. 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? With a two-goal advantage, this should be a formality for Madrid – but the magic of the cup works in strange ways. Game Girona vs Real Madrid Date Thursday, January 31 Time 8:30pm GMT / 3:30pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched 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 beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be streamed or broadcast. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Girona players Goalkeepers Bounou, Iraizoz Defenders Juanpe, Espinosa, Muniesa, Ramalho, Alcala, Garcia, Porro Midfielders Pere Pons, Aleix Garcia, Granell, Douglas Luiz, Portu, Borja Garcia, Carnero, Valery Forwards Stuani, Lozano, Doumbia Girona starting XI: Iraizoz; Porro, Ramalho, Bernardo, Muniesa, Raúl Carnero; Granell, Douglas Luiz, Paik; Choco Lozano y Stuani. Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Courtois, Luca, Altube Defenders Carvajal, Varane, Marcelo, Nacho, Reguilon, Sanchez, Odriozola Midfielders Modric, Casemiro, Jaume, Ceballos, Valverde, Brahim, Isco, Asensio, Llorente Forwards Vazquez, Vinicius Jr, Cristo, Bale, Mariano Real Madrid starting XI: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Ceballos, Llorente; Benzema, Vinicius Jr, Vazquez.Betting & Match Odds Real Madrid are priced by bet365 at odds of 7/10 to take the win, while a draw is available at 16/5. Espanyol are also priced at 16/5.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview With their chances of domestic success in La Liga slowly slipping away as champions Barcelona keep the gap at 10 points, the Copa del Rey is increasingly looking like Real Madrid’s best chance of silverware on home soil this season.Los Blancos already, to many, have one foot in the semi-finals, alongside the Blaugrana, Valencia and Real Betis, after they delivered a commanding 4-2 win over Girona last week.But Santiago Solari’s side will be wary of a prospective upset at the hands of their fellow top-flight hosts, despite holding a two-goal advantage.The visitors will be forced to contend without the presence of talismanic captain Sergio Ramos in defence, with the Spaniard having netted a double seven days ago to help his side to that win at the Santiago Bernabeu.Madrid have also slipped up against allegedly inferior opposition on multiple occasions this season, with a loss to Leganes still likely ringing in their ears.Girona could sniff a chance to write some history of their own as a result, with the club having never reached the last four in the history of the Copa del Ray.Eusebio Sacristan’s team haven’t taken any major scalps this season but nor have they disgraced themselves either, grinding out draws against both Barca and Atletico.They will be forced to do so without several key faces however, chief among them Johan Mojica. The Colombia international, who featured at the World Cup in Russia last year, remains among those injured for the hosts.
If you remember, ESPN had a massive round of layoffs in the spring of 2017. One of the more shocking names on the list was college football reporter Brett McMurphy, who is widely regarded as one of the best in the business.Wednesday, McMurphy, who is heading to Stadium after his ESPN contract runs up, dropped arguably the biggest college football story of the offseason – an in-depth report into the likelihood that Urban Meyer lied to the media last week when he said he didn’t know about 2015 domestic violence allegations against wide receivers coach Zach Smith.The Worldwide Leader took its time putting its own version of the story up. ESPN definitely independently verifies every story it writes, but it still felt like a longer-than-usual layoff between McMurphy’s reporting and ESPN’s first story on the topic.McMurphy noticed. He clocked them at three and a half hours behind him.ESPN takes flak for taking almost four hours to mention Brett McMurphy’s story that Urban Meyer knew of Zach Smith’s domestic abuse https://t.co/Zko6gBQZhW pic.twitter.com/PQMPq6WzrK— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) August 1, 2018Yes! I had over 3 1/2 hours! https://t.co/SUaIHHSYVA— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 1, 2018McMurphy, who technically doesn’t work for anyone right now, actually published his report on Facebook. It included photos of the alleged abuse.As for the report itself – many are now wondering whether Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will survive its aftermath. The school has yet to release any kind of statement on the matter.
Williams went on to speak glowingly about Penn State, asserting that it is one of his “dream colleges.”“Penn State is one of my dream colleges,” Williams said. “… I love their program.”Murphy, meanwhile, seemed intrigued by getting an offer from Penn State, which has a reputation for being a top program for developing linebackers.“Penn State is a linebacker school,” he said.Williams and Murphy still have years before they’ll need to make a decision on their respective colleges. As teammates, it has to feel pretty good to be equally recognized by some of the top programs in the country.[247Sports] STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lion prepares to usher the Blue Band onto the field as the Lion celebrated his 100th birthday in front of a home coming crowd of 108,062 as the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 6-4 during NCAA football at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2004 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Of the thousands of high schools across the country, only a fraction of them will have even one player that gets a scholarship offer to a top college program. Even fewer schools have multiple players who receive offers.But one high school in Virginia really hit the lottery, courtesy of the Penn State Nittany Lions. In an interview with Lions247, Stonewall Jackson High School teammates Shawn Murphy and Tyleik Williams revealed that they received offers from Penn State at the same time.Murphy is a 2022 inside linebacker while Williams is a 2022 defensive end. From 247Sports:“It was crazy,” Williams, a sophomore, told Lions247. “It was like back to back.”Per the report, Penn State is the first Power Five conference school from outside the state of Virginia to offer either player a scholarship. Virginia has made scholarship offers to both already, while Murphy already has a Virginia Tech offer as well.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Amari Rodgers #3 of the Clemson Tigers carries the ball against Christopher Allen #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tidein the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)It has been a little more than five months since Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers tore his ACL in practice. He appears to be getting closer to making a stunning return to the field.All of the updates on Rodgers have been positive. He even dressed in full pads and warmed up before the Tigers’ season-opening win over Georgia Tech on Thursday.Incredibly, Dabo Swinney isn’t ruling out Rodgers seeing action as soon as this Saturday against Texas A&M.Swinney said the junior slot man is “in a really good place” at this point.Dabo on Amari Rodgers potentially playing in Week 2: “I would say anything is possible.”— Anna Hickey (@AnnaH247) September 1, 2019Rodgers hauled in 55 passes for 575 yards and four touchdowns for the Tigers last season. He caught six passes in the College Football Semifinal win over Notre Dame and had his biggest performance in a 59-10 win over Florida State.Against the Seminoles, Rodgers recorded six receptions for 156 yards and a pair of touchdowns.Top-ranked Clemson and No. 12 Texas A&M will meet Saturday afternoon in Death Valley. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
Reggie Bush blames Jim Harbaugh for Michigan’s lack of toughness. @ReggieBush pic.twitter.com/A8RNA9Ih9j— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) September 24, 2019Bush has a point. When Harbaugh coached at Stanford, the Cardinal were one of the toughest teams in the nation. To this day, Stanford has maintained that tradition of toughness.Then when Harbaugh moved to the NFL with the 49ers, that toughness helped lead the team to the Super Bowl.So what’s going on with Michigan? Talent certainly isn’t the issue. But the Wolverines haven’t been competitive against top-ranked teams under Harbaugh. Not to mention it’s been a while since UM took down Ohio State.The Wolverines still have a chance to turn things around this season. But they’ll need to regain that tough identity Harbaugh’s always been known for. BLOOMINGTON, IN – OCTOBER 14: Jim Harbaugh the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines watches the action during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)This was supposed to be Michigan’s big year. A Big Ten title and a possible College Football Playoff seemed possible entering the season. But things haven’t gone according to plan.First, Michigan narrowly beat Army in overtime. Then, this past Saturday, Wisconsin dominated the Wolverines en route to a 35-14 victory. Not the start Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines were hoping for.National experts are trying to figure out what’s going wrong in Ann Arbor. There’s certainly offensive issues — specifically at quarterback. Others think Michigan simply isn’t tough enough in games. But who’s to blame for that?Fox Sports analyst Reggie Bush thinks Harbaugh’s to blame for UM’s lack of toughness.
Reuters MelbourneJanuary 20, 2019UPDATED: January 20, 2019 20:38 IST Simona Halep has won just once against Serena Williams in nine meetings (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSimona Halep to face Serena Williams in the fourth round of the Australian OpenSimona Halep outplayed Serena’s older sister Venus Williams in the third round”It’s always great to play against Serena,” Halep saidWorld number one Simona Halep said she does not feel intimidated by the prospect of facing Serena Williams and will relish the opportunity of taking on the 23-time Grand Slam champion at Melbourne Park on Monday.Halep outplayed Serena’s older sister Venus in a 6-2 6-3 third-round victory, a performance she described as her best of the season but the Romanian knows Serena is the bigger obstacle.”She was [intimidating] when I was younger but now I don’t feel intimidated anymore,” the 27-year-old told reporters.”It’s going to be huge challenge for me. It’s always great to play against Serena because every time I have to learn something from the match.”Halep has lost eight times in nine meetings with Serena, which all came before the American took time off around the birth of her daughter in September 2017.Should Halep win on Monday, she will join Martina Hingis and Justine Henin as the only players to knock out the Williams sisters in consecutive rounds of a major.Despite being top of the rankings, Halep does not feel like the superior player against seven-times Melbourne champion Serena.”For sure she’s the best player in the world because she won so many Grand Slams,” Halep added.”I cannot compare my results to her. But in this moment I am confident that I am in this position and I’m positive about it.”Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic will continue his quest for a record seventh Australian Open title against 22-year-old Russian Daniil Medvedev, who has reached the last 16 of a Grand Slam for the first time.advertisementGermany’s Alexander Zverev meets Canadian Milos Raonic in a battle of big hitters in the afternoon session on Rod Laver Arena.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Simona HalepFollow Serena WilliamsFollow Australian Open Next Australian Open: Simona Halep not intimidated by Serena Williams anymoreAustralian Open: Simona Halep outplayed Serena’s older sister Venus Williams in the third round, a performance she described as her best of the season but the Romanian knows Serena is the bigger obstacle.advertisement
Sri Lankan batsman Angelo Perera hits 2 double hundreds in a single matchAngelo Perera, captain of the Nondescripts Cricket Club scored 201 and 231 in a first-class match against Sinhalese Sports Club.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 4, 2019 15:09 IST Angelo Perera scored two doubles hundreds but the match ended in a draw. (@cricketcomau Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAngelo Perera is only the 2nd man to score 2 double hundreds in a single matchPerera is the captain of Nondescripts Cricket Club in Sri LankaPerera scored 203 in the 1st innings and 231 in the secondAngelo Perera has become only the second man in recorded history to score two double hundreds in a single first-class match. Angelo Perera, captain of the Nondescripts Cricket Club in Sri Lanka scored 201 in the first innings and 231 in the second innings during a match against Sinhalese Sports Club.Arthur Fagg, a Kent batsman had scored 244 and 202 not out against Essex back in 1938. Angelo Perera, during the NCC vs SSC first-class match played from January 31 to February 3, smashed 201 off only 203 balls in the first innings. That knock was laced with 20 fours and a six.In the second innings, Angelo Perera did even better. He scored 231 off 268 balls as NCC piled up 579/6. The match ended in a draw but it has found its way in the history books.The 28-year-old Angelo Perera has played four ODIs and 2 T20 Internationals for Sri Lanka. He played his first ODI against South Africa in Pallekele in 2013; the last of his four ODIs was against Australia in Dambulla in 2016. Besides, he played two T20Is against Bangladesh.Overall, Perera has played 97 first-class matches in his career and has scored 6941 runs including 18 hundreds and 33 fifties.Sri Lanka have had a torrid run in New Zealand and Australia recently.In Australia, Sri Lanka were blown away in the first two Tests. The Sri Lankan batsmen have looked completely out of sorts against the Aussie pacers. Angelo Perera, who is yet to play Test cricket, may not be entirely surprised if he gets a call to board a flight to South Africa where Sri Lanka are headed next to play Tests, ODIs and T20I Internationals.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Angelo PereraFollow Sri Lanka Cricket