3 days agoArsenal captain Xhaka hits back at Evra: You speak a lot of bulls***

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal captain Xhaka hits back at Evra: You speak a lot of bulls***by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal captain Granit Xhaka has hit back at Patrice Evra’s babies taunt as “bulls**t*.Xhaka was annoyed when Manchester United hero Evra called Arsenal “babies” after their 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United on Monday because the Sky Sports pundit claims they have always been fragile. “A lot of people speak too much,” fumed Xhaka. “I hear he speaks something against us.“I have a lot of respect for him because he was a great player. But you have to be careful what you say in those situations as well.”It’s not only him, it’s a lot of people. They speak a lot of bull**** about us. It’s always the same.“For me it’s strange because they were in the same situation as us. They were players as well.“Maybe sometimes we play good, sometimes not so good.”But if you speak every weekend, every game, bulls**t like this then they will not get respect for what they say.” last_img read more

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21 hours agoMan Utd scouts see Haaland score again for Salzburg

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd scouts see Haaland score again for Salzburgby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United, Liverpool and Juventus are all watching RB Salzburg sensation Erling Braut Haaland.United scouts were present to watch Haaland score twice against Napoli last night, according to reports in Italy.The RB Salzburg striker has become to talk of Europe this season, having already bagged 20 goals in all competitions.According to La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Nicolo Schira, United had scouts at the Red Bull Arena to watch Haaland on Wednesday night.On the night, the 19-year-old became the first player to score in his first three Champions League matches since Karim Benzema in his Lyon days. last_img

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Rossi laughs off talk of Man Utd coaching role

first_imgGiuseppe Rossi has not returned to Manchester United as a coach despite the emergence of reports to the contrary. The former United striker made 14 appearances for the club during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign but left in 2007 in after failing to pin down a regular spot in the side.He joined Villarreal in La Liga, but has been without a club since leaving Serie A outfit Genoa in 2018. 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? And the 31-year-old has been back at United’s Carrington training ground this season since his former teammate Old Gunnar Solskjaer assumed caretaker charge of the club.Rumours had circulated that the Italy international had joined the Norwegian’s coaching staff, but Rossi has rubbished those suggestions in response to a tweet posted by his girlfriend.“Lol. They think you’re there to coach,” posted Rossi’s significant other.“Hahahahaha me a coach??????” responded Rossi on Twitter.The player has insisted that he has returned to Old Trafford only to train and work on his fitness with a view to finding a new club.Rossi, an Italian-American, was born and raised in New Jersey before being offered a place in the youth set-up at Parma in 2000.He was signed by United in 2004 and became a squad player, appearing 12 times in the first team during the 2005/06 season as the team finished second in the Premier League behind Chelsea.He scored just four goals for the club before being allowed to leave for Spain, where he scored 28 goals in five seasons for the club from Castellon.He has since played for Fiorentina, Levante and Celta Vigo, and joined Genoa in 2017, scoring one goal in 10 appearances before being released in the summer. Another old face seen back at Old Trafford recently has been former boss Ferguson, who has had a presence around the training ground since the appointment of Solskjaer.The Scot has been offering backing and advice to his former striker as he cuts his teeth in the Old Trafford job until the end of the season.   Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Mourinho hits out at Man Utd transfer policy

first_imgJose Mourinho has highlighted the investment made in Manchester City and Liverpool’s squads in a thinly veiled dig at Manchester United’s transfer policy during his time in charge.Although United splashed out £89 million ($115m) on Paul Pogba and £75m ($97m) on Romelu Lukaku during his time in charge, Mourinho was left increasingly frustrated by what he perceived to be a lack of backing in the market by the Old Trafford board.United have won seven games out of seven since Mourinho’s sacking, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer presiding over a perfect record during his spell as interim replacement. 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? But Mourinho used an appearance as a television pundit on beIN SPORTS on Saturday to highlight the spending lavished on Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp’s squads.”In the first season, Guardiola was not champion and it was really difficult, people were expecting a winning Manchester City,” he said. “They were coming already from a winning period, they were champions with [Roberto] Mancini and [Manuel] Pellegrini. “Some of the players were champions twice – [Sergio] Aguero, [Vincent] Kompany, lots of them. And in the second season, Pep made great decisions but great decisions that were supported.”He didn’t want [Pablo] Zabaleta and [Bacary] Sagna, two right-backs, he didn’t want [Aleksandar] Kolarov, he didn’t want [Gael] Clichy. In the same summer, he sold four full-backs, he got four full-backs.”He got [Kyle] Walker, Danilo, [Benjamin] Mendy and I don’t remember, [Oleksandr] Zinchenko or [Fabian] Delph or something. He was supported. You see Liverpool [playing on Saturday], and I was thinking how many of these players were at Liverpool before Jurgen arrived? “No Alisson. No [Virgil] van Dijk. No [Andy] Robertson. No [Mohamed] Salah. No [Roberto] Firmino. No [Sadio] Mane. No Fabinho. No [Georginio] Wijnaldum – I don’t think he played today [against Crystal Palace] – no Wijnaldum. No [Naby] Keita – this is work in depth.”The other day I was speaking about the leadership in relation to the structure of the club. It’s not just the leadership, it’s everything, it’s even the football ideas.”So if you are a manager and if you have in your hands the ability to choose the players who follow your football identity, or follow the idea that you think is the best to win a certain competition, that’s one thing. Another thing is if you are not able to do that.”Jose Mourinho Man United Young BoysMourinho drew a comparison with the way he was backed financially on his arrival to the Premier League with Chelsea, where he won the title in each of his first two years in charge at Stamford Bridge.”We go there as underdogs,” Mourinho added. “But Chelsea was burning with the incredible desire of Mr [Roman] Abramovich after buying the club and after having some good things, finishing second or third, reaching the Champions League semi-finals with Mr [Claudio] Ranieri.”Chelsea was burning with a big desire to win it [the title]. And like I like to say about Liverpool this season, they go direct to the [transfer] target. Liverpool need a goalkeeper – Alisson, bang. Liverpool went exactly where they need to go.”We were fantastic in the market. Mr Abramovich was in big love with football and the club. Peter Kenyon [chief executive] was an amazing CEO to work with, amazing, I came with clear ideas and we followed everything.”When I said, to play with John Terry I wanted Ricardo Carvalho, many people [said] ‘who is Ricardo Carvalho?’. Ricardo Carvalho – we follow, we went direct to the target.”We need a striker, lots of strikers were in Europe – come to Chelsea, don’t come to Chelsea – [Didier] Drogba from Marseille, African, nobody knows Drogba. We went direct to the target. Before, Peter Kenyon, structure working really well – Petr Cech, Arjen Robben, Claude Makelele. We did a fantastic team.”In two years we just killed the Premier League in such an easy way. I remember Sir Alex [Ferguson] saying that we put the level so high, so high, that he felt if he wanted to win the Premier League again they [United] had to go higher and higher and higher. So we created a big noise in the Premier League and it was a fantastic period.”last_img read more

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‘End gun violence now!’ – Bedoya proves you can’t keep politics out of sport

first_imgThere is a connection between politics and soccer that is almost entirely unique within sport as a whole.Many of the world’s top clubs have been founded on political principles that, to this very day, remain a core piece of their identity.Real Madrid, for example, represents Spanish royalty while Barcelona represents Catalonian pride. Clubs like Boca Juniors and Napoli have long been associated with the working classes while the bitter rivalry between Rangers and Celtic has been based on sectarian lines. 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? In the U.S., the politicisation of sport has long been unpopular. Sports are traditionally seen as an escape from the world around us, a break from the debates and discussions that come with everyday life. This is why athletes are often hit with the common refrain by administrators and fans of “stick to sports”.But that world, one where sports and politics are entirely separate, has increasingly become seen as a fantasy in recent years.That is despite the fact that politics has often mixed with U.S sport. Baseball played a key role in the civil rights movement, with Jackie Robinson becoming a hero after breaking the color barrier. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, himself a key member of the civil rights fight, famously refused the draft for the Vietnam War by proclaiming that “No Viet Cong ever called me n***er”.The NFL has been embroiled in controversy following Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the American national anthem in protest at the nation’s treatment of black people. NBA players have also frequently been among the most outspoken and politically conscious in U.S Sport.Major League Soccer now needs to adapt to this world, too, as it has become increasingly clear that the league’s players and fans are unwilling to leave politics at home.Following the recent mass shootings in both El Paso and Dayton, Philadelphia Union star Alejandro Bedoya made headlines by making a plea to Congress after scoring against D.C. United.“Congress, do something now. End gun violence. Let’s go!” the midfielder shouted into the field mic over the weekend.The plea followed a series of tweets where Bedoya spoke out in favour of gun reform. The issue was a personal one for Bedoya. He had grown up in Weston, FL, and had previously worn a shirt honoring the 17 students that were killed in a 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which is just 15 minutes from his hometown.Our captain @AleBedoya17 making a statement. Our hearts go out to everyone affected. pic.twitter.com/sJuKxjbIOA — Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) August 5, 2019 “Yes, we’re blessed with our athletic ability maybe, but before we’re athletes we’re human beings,” Bedoya told Sports Illustrated . “We feel this stuff. We’re not robots. We’re affected by things, whether directly or indirectly. So it’s only normal at times that people get emotional and need to say something. You know me. I’ve been vocal in the past. I’ll never be the kind of guy that just sticks to sports.”Now, asking to end gun violence is not exactly a politically-charged statement, as left, right and center can all agree that mass murder is nothing short of tragic. But Bedoya’s impassioned speech and the discussions that followed are just further proof that politics and sports go hand-in-hand, something MLS will need to accept rather than police.The league has found itself in a number of controversies in recent years as supporter groups have become more and more vocal with their political viewpoints. The Seattle Sounders have recently experienced tension with a number of supporter groups after issuing a warning to fans who flew an anti-fascist flag in a recent match against the Portland Timbers.The MLS Fan Code of Conduct forbids the use of any “(including on any sign or other visible representation) political, threatening, abusive, insulting, offensive language and/or gestures, which includes racist, homophobic, xenophobic, sexist or otherwise inappropriate language or behavior”.”The rights we stand for are not political, they are human rights,” read a statement from the Emerald City Supporters , one of the Sounders’ main supporters groups. “No one should be oppressed or persecuted because of who they are. As with all things in life no one should feel they can’t attend a soccer match and support the club they love. Just like the Iron Front symbol, the Emerald City Supporters stand for the oppressed and the persecuted.”The Sounders are far from the only club to have seen politics become a big talking point. In 2015, Toronto FC was at the center of controversy for  banning a “Refugees Welcome” banner,  although the  club has also welcomed Syrian refugees with match tickets and training sessions . New York City FC has had a number of incidents involving far-right groups , opening a debate centering around what responsibilities a club has to both individuals and groups of fans.Megan Rapinoe, Donald Trump splitAnd it’s certainly not just MLS. Megan Rapinoe became a national and international icon following a war of words with President Donald Trump.Rapinone and the rest of the U.S. Women’s National Team campaigned for gender equality and equal pay all through their World Cup-winning run. It was a tournament in France that was dominated by politics, social commentary and, ultimately, controversy and criticism.”We basically have created a policy that takes any decision-making off the table,” Commissioner Don Garber told ESPN in a recent interview. “Our stadiums are not environments where our fans should be expressing political views because you then are automatically opening yourself up to allowing counterviews. Then we’re getting into a situation which is unmanageable and really not why the vast, vast majority of fans go to games. “But as much as the league would love for politics and sports to be separate, this is simply impossible.Bedoya will not be the last player to use his platform to speak his mind, and incidents like those with the Sounders won’t be the last where fans take their opportunity to express theirs.The game is changing and, in a modern world where political tensions sit at the forefront of everyday life, separating the two is a futile task.last_img read more

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Another Text Message Sent By Urban Meyer’s Wife Has Been Revealed

first_imgUrban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)New documents relating to the investigation into Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer and his handling of domestic violence allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith were released today.The new documents don’t appear to reveal any pertinent information, but they do provide more context for everything that was going on.You can view the full summary of the new release here.Included in the new release is a screenshot of a text message Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer, sent to Zach Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney Smith.Brett McMurphy’s initial report alleged that Urban Meyer was aware of the allegations against Smith, including text messages that were sent to his wife.Here’s one of the texts Shelley Meyer sent Courtney Smith, per the new release:“I am praying for you!” Shelley sent as part of her message. “I wouldn’t listen to him anyway.”Text from Shelley Meyer to Courtney Smith discussing Zach Smith: pic.twitter.com/526yOvSrmE— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 28, 2018The full release also includes the email Ohio State sent to Meyer regarding his punishment:Dear Urban:As you know, President Drake, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, determined that you did not take sufficient management action regarding Zach Smith and have not, in the handling of certain matters, upheld the high values of Ohio State. The resulting disciplinary actions set forth below are designed to be fair, just, and appropriate, and to provide an opportunity to learn from past mistakes to make our program and university stronger and better moving forward.To begin, this will confirm that effective August 22, 2018, you are suspended from performing any duties in your position as Head Football Coach through September 2, 2018. As a result, you should not attend any practices, meetings, other official events, or otherwise appear in any official capacity; have any communications with staff, student-athletes, recruits, or others; or otherwise conduct any business related to your role for this time period.Beginning September 3, 2018, you may resume your duties as Head Football Coach with the exception that you are not permitted to perform any duties at all for the 24-hour period around game days on September 1, 8 and 15th. You also may not be present at pre-game activities or the game itself.In addition, you will forgo six weeks of compensation in connection with your suspension. Either Gene or I will follow up with you on how to administer the compensation matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.Sincerely, Susan M. BassoSenior Vice President, Office of Human ResourcesYou can view the full update here.last_img read more

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Louisville Football Player Has Been Accused Of Rape

first_imgA general view of Louisville's football stadium.LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 07: A general view of the stadium during the Louisville Cardinals game against the Syracuse Orange at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)A Louisville football player has been accused of rape, according to a new report by the Louisville Courier-Journal.Kemari Averett, who was arrested last week for allegedly holding a gun to a woman’s head, was reportedly already under investigation for an alleged rape of a different woman.From the report:University of Louisville police are investigating an Oct. 9 report filed by a 20-year-old student that alleges Cardinals’ football player Kemari Averett raped her at his apartment in mid-August, according to documents obtained by the Courier Journal.It means that Averett was already under investigation in the alleged sexual assault, which the woman first reported in mid-August, when he was arrested Oct. 15 for allegedly holding a gun to a different woman’s head.Just days after campus police opened the rape case, the 20-year-old sophomore tight end played in Louisville’s Oct. 13 road game against Boston College.The sophomore tight end has denied the accusation.He told the Courier Journal he had a previous relationship with the accuser but did not have sex with her that August morning and had not been in contact with her for “about four months.”“I told her that I never want to be with her, and I’m quite sure that’s the reason why that she’s trying to say I raped her,” he said.At the time he is accused of raping the alleged victim, “I was at practice,” Averett said. “I was at the football stadium at 7 o’clock.”You can view the full report here.last_img read more

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Here’s Your Complete 2018 Bowl Schedule

first_imgClemson's Deshaun Watson celebrates winning the national titleTAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The slate of 2018 bowl games looks set to be yet another year of terrific matchups. We also have the College Football Playoff to look forward to.Among the non-CFP bowl games will be a compelling matchup between Michigan and Florida in the Peach Bowl, Georgia and Texas in the Sugar Bowl, and Ohio State and Washington in the Rose Bowl.As for the College Football Playoff itself, we’re only weeks away from seeing two of the nation’s top offenses when Alabama takes on Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. We’ll also get to see if Notre Dame can continue to defy the critics when they take on Clemson in the Cotton Bowl Classic.Here is the full slate of 2018 bowl games. Enjoy!Saturday, December 15AutoNation Cure Bowl – Louisiana vs. Tulane at 1:30 PM ET on CBSSNNew Mexico Bowl – Utah State vs. North Texas at 2:00 PM ET on ESPNMitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl – Arizona State vs. No. 21 Fresno State at 3:30 PM ET on ABCRaycom Media Camellia Bowl – Eastern Michigan vs. Georgia Southern at 5:30 PM ET on ESPNR+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl – Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State at 9:00 PM ET on ESPNTuesday, December 18Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl – Northern Illinois vs. UAB at 7:00 PM ET on ESPNWednesday, December 19DXL Frisco Bowl – San Diego State vs. Ohio at 8:00 PM ET on ESPNThursday, December 20Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl – South Florida vs. Marshall at 8:00 PM ET on ESPNFriday, December 21Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl – FIU vs. Toledo at 12:30 PM ET on ESPNFamous Idaho Potato Bowl – Western Michigan vs. BYU at 4:00 PM ET on ESPNSaturday, December 22Jared Birmingham Bowl – Wake Forest vs. Memphis at 12:00 PM ET on ESPNLockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl – Army vs. Houston at 3:30 PM ET on ESPNDollar General Bowl – Buffalo vs. Troy at 7:00 PM ET on ESPNSoFi Hawaii Bowl – Louisiana Tech vs. Hawaii at 10:30 PM ET on ESPNWednesday, December 26Servpro First Responder Bowl – Boston College vs. No. 25 Boise State at 1:30 PM ET on ESPNQuick Lane Bowl – Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech at 5:15 PM ET on ESPNCheez-It Bowl – TCU vs. California at 9:00 PM ET on ESPNThursday, December 27Walk-On’s Independence Bowl – Temple vs. Duke at 1:30 PM ET on ESPNNew Era Pinstripe Bowl – Wisconsin vs. Miami (FL) at 5:15 PM ET on ESPNAcademy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl – Baylor vs. Vanderbilt at 9:00 PM ET on ESPNFriday, December 28Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl – Auburn vs. Purdue at 1:30 PM ET on ESPNCamping World Bowl – No. 20 Syracuse vs. No. 16 West Virginia at 5:15 PM ET on ESPNValero Alamo Bowl – No. 24 Iowa State vs. No. 13 Washington State at 1:30 PM ET on ESPNSaturday, December 29Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – No. 10 Florida vs. No. 7 Michigan at 12:00 PM ET on ESPNBelk Bowl – South Carolina vs. Virginia at 12:00 PM ET on ABCNova Home Loans Arizona Bowl – Nevada vs. Arkansas State at 1:15 PM ET on CBSSNGoodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (CFP Semifinal) – No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame at 4:00 PM ET on ESPNCapital One Orange Bowl (CFP Semifinal) – No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oklahoma at 8:00 PM ET on ESPNMonday, December 31Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman – Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati at 12:00 PM ET on ESPNHyundai Sun Bowl – Stanford vs. Pittsburgh at 2:00 PM ET on CBSRedbox Bowl – Michigan State vs. Oregon at 3:00 PM ET on FOXAutoZone Liberty Bowl – Oklahoma State vs. No. 23 Missouri at 3:45 PM ET on ESPNSan Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl – No. 22 Northwestern vs. No. 17 Utah at 7:00 PM ET on FS1TaxSlayer Gator Bowl – No. 19 Texas A&M vs. NC State at 7:30 PM ET on ESPNTuesday, January 1Outback Bowl – No. 18 Mississippi State vs. Iowa at 12:00 PM ET on ESPN2VRBO Citrus Bowl – No. 12 Penn State vs. No. 14 Kentucky at 1:00 PM ET on ABCPlayStation Fiesta Bowl – No. 11 LSU vs. No. 8 UCF at 1:00 PM ET on ESPNRose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual – No. 9 Washington vs. No. 6 Ohio State at 5:00 PM ET on ESPNAllState Sugar Bowl – No. 15 Texas vs. No. 5 Georgia at 8:45 PM ET on ESPNMonday, January 7College Football Playoff National Championship – Cotton Bowl Classic winner vs. Orange Bowl winner at 8:00 PM ET on ESPNlast_img read more

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5-Star DB Flips From Alabama Back To Michigan

first_imgGeneral view of Michigan Stadium during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 01: General view of Michigan Stadium during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Daxton Hill’s wild recruitment is over. The five-star safety is headed to Michigan after all.The Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington star originally committed to the Wolverines on September 18 before flipping to Alabama on December 8. However, Jim Harbaugh and company continued to pursue the five-star recruit, and it paid off.Hill sent in his NLI to Michigan this morning. The program announced his signing once it became official.Welcome to Michigan, ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ safety Daxton Hill! @daxhill5NSD CENTRAL » https://t.co/LALmC1w3MA #GoBlue #NSD19 pic.twitter.com/WJ6ybjTZPD— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 19, 2018This is a huge recruiting coup for Michigan, and not just because of the fact they got Hill back from Alabama. You’re talking about a player who is the No. 1 safety in the country and No. 8 overall prospect in the 2019 class.Hill is the top 2019 recruit for Michigan, which currently boasts a top-10 class nationally. You can view the 2019 team rankings here.The early National Signing Day is already rolling along, and there will be much more news throughout the day as players announce commitments.Stick with The Spun for all your NSD news.last_img read more

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Alabama Star Quinnen Williams Makes NFL Draft Decision

first_imgQuinnen Williams of the Alabama Crimson TideATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Quinnen Williams #92 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after sacking Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs (not pictured) in the first half during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Once the national championship game was over, Quinnen Williams and other players around the country had a tough decision to make. While the star defensive lineman didn’t want to finish his collegiate career with a loss to Clemson, it’s hard for him to pass up on the opportunity of a lifetime.After putting together two impressive seasons with Alabama, Williams is ready for the NFL.The redshirt sophomore finished the year with 19.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks. His overall skillset and physical intangibles should help him translate well at the next level.It’s hard to find a legitimate pass rusher that can cause chaos from the interior of a defensive line, but Williams fits that mold.There isn’t much left for Williams to prove at Tuscaloosa, which makes his decision to forego his remaining eligibility very understandable.Not only will he finish his career with a national title, but he also won the Outland Trophy for best interior lineman in college football.Even though the consensus around the country was that Williams would leave for the draft, it wasn’t official until now.Quinnen Williams makes it official that he’s turning pro. Just a remarkable player who burst onto the scene this season to become the most dominant defensive player in CFB. “I believe it’s time for me to take the next step in my football career and declare for the draft.”— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) January 11, 2019Williams is widely considered as a top five pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and it could be argued that he’s one of the best prospects in recent years. Teams should have interest in his versatility and utter dominance, which isn’t seen by many 21-year-old athletes.Congratulations to Williams on an excellent career at Alabama.last_img read more

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