About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton striker Adams happy for matchwinner Djenepoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton striker Che Adams is happy for Moussa Djenepo over his goalscoring form.Djenepo, who also joined in the summer, bagged his second goal of the campaign to give Saints a win over Sheffield United.Having already produced two match-winning strikes, Adams is backing the £14m winger to be a success on the south coast.Adams explained: “He does it in training all the time. We know what he can bring and that’s why the manager brought him into a more attacking role.“From when he stepped in the door, you could see he has the ability and that’s why the club signed him.“It’s important if you’re an attacking player, you need to be able to cause opposing teams problems and he’s shown that.“I think he will be a massive player for us, he’s an attacking threat, and that’s what we need. He will help us in the league.”
Notre Dame will have a quarterback competition this off-season between redshirt sophomore Malik Zaire and incumbent Everett Golson. Both players played well in the program’s Music City Bowl win over LSU, and each candidate brings a different skill set to the table. In order to play a high-profile position such as quarterback at Notre Dame, one needs to have an abundance of self-confidence. If his Twitter this morning is any indication, Zaire is very confident in his own abilities.Never apologize for being confident in yourself.— Malik Zaire (@LuckyLefty8) March 5, 2015If you think you should have my spot. Play me for it. -KD— Malik Zaire (@LuckyLefty8) March 5, 2015The second tweet is a quote from NBA superstar Kevin Durant in regards to criticism that he was unworthy of a starting spot in this year’s All-Star game after missing time due to injury. Zaire seems ready to bring it on the field, and he should be a formidable competitor for Golson at the very least.
Twitter/@TDeck68Saturday’s action, which featured losses by four of the top eight teams in last week’s AP Poll, turned the college football world on its head. Ole Miss, which sat at No. 3 following a big win in Tuscaloosa two weeks ago, lost in The Swamp to Florida, while Notre Dame, UCLA, and Georgia all fell. As expected, Clemson and Alabama, who beat the Fighting Irish and Bulldogs respectively, are among the biggest climbers at the top of this week’s Top 25. Undefeated Ohio State remains atop the poll after a very close win against Indiana in Bloomington, but a number of teams are gaining some serious momentum this season.Here is the full AP Top 25:1. Ohio State2. TCU3. Baylor4. Michigan State5. Utah6. Clemson7. LSU8. Alabama9. Texas A&M10. Oklahoma11. Florida12. Florida State13. Northwestern14. Ole Miss15. Notre Dame 16. Stanford17. USC 18. Michigan19. Georgia20. UCLA21. Oklahoma State22. Iowa23. Cal24. Toledo25. Boise StateHere is last week’s AP Poll, and this week’s Coaches Poll, for comparison. How did the writers do this week?
COLUMBIA, SC – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Will Muschamp of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts after a call during their game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 29, 2016 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has really stirred the pot when it comes to satellite football camps and the SEC, sparking constant debate through the early months of 2016. So when head coaches of the SEC gathered for spring meetings Tuesday, it should come as no surprise it was once again a hot topic. But it was more than just Nick Saban banging on his podium during a heated rant – South Carolina’s Will Muschamp got in on the fun, too. So when the topic of Michigan camping in Florida was brought up by media members, Muschamp felt the perfect way to respond was to take a jab at Michigan, the state. 3HL 1045 The Zone and CoachingSearch.com’s Chris Vannini were on the scene and share these quotes on Twitter.Muschamp on Michigan, “It’s only nice about 3 months a year up there.” pic.twitter.com/DQslHfIOhz— #3HL (@3HL1045) May 31, 2016Will Muschamp on Harbaugh spring trip: “Have you ever been in Michigan in March? I’d go to Florida, too.”— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) April 4, 2016Shots fired. This won’t be the last we hear on the topic.[Diehard Sport]
Twitter/@PickSixPreviewsWhen Steve Spurrier resigned as South Carolina’s head coach midseason last year, there were many who believed that at some point, in some form, he’d head back to his alma mater – Florida – to finish up his career. It turns out they were right.Steve Spurrier will serve as an ambassador and consultant for Florida athletics, per UF release.— David Ubben (@davidubben) July 29, 2016Spurrier, who played quarterback for the Gators from 1963-1966, won a Heisman Trophy and later coached the program for 12 seasons, is headed back to Gainesville. Florida has announced that Spurrier will be an Ambassador and a Consultant for the Florida athletic department. Here’s more from AD Jeremy Foley, via Florida’s official website:“It’s a great day for the Gator Nation to be able to welcome Coach Spurrier back home,” Foley said. “He has served as a tremendous ambassador to the University and the athletic department for 50-plus years and it’s only fitting that at this point in his career, he is back in Gainesville. Being a Gator has always meant so much to Coach Spurrier, but it means just as much to us have him come home.”Spurrier began his college head coaching career at Duke, posting a 20-13-1 record from 1987-1989. After coaching the Gators for 12 seasons, during which he won a national title, he tried his hand in the NFL, coaching the Washington Redskins for two seasons. He later returned to the college ranks in 2005, spending 11 years as the head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks. Spurrier retired from coaching after six games this past season.Last month, Florida announced that it would be naming its football field in Spurrier’s honor.In 26 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Spurrier posted a 228-89-2 record with one national title – in 1996. His teams finished ranked in the top ten of the AP Poll 13 times.
Arjen Robben believes Chelsea teen Callum Hudson-Odoi needs to take his “chance” amid interest in Bayern Munich to acquire the attacker.Hudson-Odoi’s future has come under speculation as his lack of playing time with the Blues has made the teenager hesitant to renew his contract, which expires in 2020.There is a thought Hudson-Odoi could follow in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho, who departed Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund and has become one of the most productive players in the Bundesliga at age 18. 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? Bayern Munich has looked to pounce, as Goal understands the reigning Bundesliga champions have tabled four bids for Hudson-Odoi, the latest worth £35 million ($45m) for the 18-year-old winger.That fee would indicate Bayern see Hudson-Odoi as a player who can contribute right away and Robben, who will be departing the German club at the end of the season, thinks that when an opportunity to comes along, it behooves a player of the youngster’s talent to take it.“He is one of the best (young players) in Europe,” Robben told beIN Sports. “You are better off getting your chance and if you get that chance then you have to take it.“For young players, it’s always the same. First, you have to take the big step to achieve it. Become a professional football player at the highest level, get into the first team, get your place.“Then, second, which can be more important, what’s sometimes missing is that you have to stay there. Staying there is often more difficult than actually becoming a footballer in the first place.“You have to to prove it, game after game, season after season and don’t be happy.”Don’t just be happy when you achieve something little or small.”Chelsea have been fighting hard to keep hold of Hudson-Odoi, with manager Maurizio Sarri saying he thinks it would be best for the teen to remain at Chelsea.In addition, Goal can confirm the Blues will report Bayern to FIFA if they find evidence the Bundesliga champions made an illegal approach to Hudson-Odoi.An illegal approach would constitute contacting the player, family or their representatives without the permission of the team that holds their registration.
Liverpool’s new teenage signing Harvey Elliott has apologised via social media following the publication of a video in which he appeared to mock Tottenham star Harry Kane.The 16-year-old, who only joined the Reds from Fulham on Sunday, posted the video of himself on Snapchat some time ago impersonating Kane in a derogatory representation of the Spurs centre-forward – with the clip causing public backlash after spreading online.Elliott used his Instagram account to condemn his behavour, insisting he was “truly sorry” for the actions which “do not represent who I am as a person”. 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? “I would just like to wholeheartedly apologise for any offence caused on the back of a video of me currently circulating on the internet,” Elliott said on his Instagram story .”The video was taken whilst messing around with friends in a private environment and was not directed at any individual but I realise that my actions were both immature and senseless.”I would like to stress that the contents of the video do not represent who I am as a person or how I’ve been brought up, and I am truly sorry.”Elliott earned his move from the Cottagers to Anfield after a season in which he became the youngest ever Premier League player following his introduction for Fulham as a substitute against Wolves in May at the age of 16 years and 30 days.He was rushed straight into Liverpool’s squad for Sunday’s 3-0 friendly loss against Napoli, where he showed his confidence and talent in an impressive 12 minute cameo.HIs manager Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for the youngster’s first appearance in a Reds shirt, hailing him as a “fine footballer”.”That’s why he is here. I could say so many positive things about the boy, we signed him, he came here, he decided for us and could have gone pretty much everywhere but he wanted to be part of Liverpool,” Klopp said.”Now he is here so let’s work with him. He needs game time, we will see where he gets that but he is obviously a fine, fine footballer and that’s why we were really interested.”Elliott also came on in the second half during the Reds’ 3-1 win over Lyon on Wednesday and on several occasions worked his way into quality positions against the Ligue 1 club’s defence.The England under-17 international has been likened to Gareth Bale in both playing style and appearance, with his wonderfully-gifted left foot and top knot hairstyle. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Tate Martell #18 of the Ohio State Buckeyes breaks free on a 47-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 52-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell hasn’t been used much by the Buckeyes this season. That’s something head coach Urban Meyer appears to want to change heading down the stretch of the regular season.Meyer told reporters this week that he knows Martell is craving the chance to get onto the field.“I love Tate. He’s a competitor,” Meyer said this week.“He’s frustrated and he wants to play. He’s frustrated, and I used that the other day in a press conference, frustrated in that he wants to play, not frustrated in being defiant or anything like that. But he’s a great kid, a competitive guy and there might be some Tate showing up soon and we’ve just go to — he’s been practicing very hard.”Tate is getting the chance to play today.Ohio State has gone with the backup quarterback at times against Michigan State this afternoon, but it wasn’t Meyer making a change at quarterback.This was Ohio State going to some special Tate Martell-specific packages that are run-focused. Martell likely won’t be throwing too many passes today or in the future this season, but his running ability is a major threat.247Sports wondered if Ohio State might be saving some special stuff for the Michigan game, too.Imagine this: it’s second-and-five from the 15-yard line against Michigan on Nov. 24. Because it’s so hard to get into the red zone against the Wolverines’ stout defense, the Buckeye want to make sure they convert their opportunities. In comes Tate Martell from the sideline and all of a sudden there’s a buzz from the crowd and a run threat at quarterback that the Maize and Blue did not prepare for.That’s just an example, but it’s possible and likely the coaching staff has continued to work with Martell on certain packages all year, waiting for the right time to use it. Could they have done so against Purdue to possibly avoid the team’s one blemish on the season? Yes, and in retrospect, that probably would have been a good idea. But Ohio State knows it can’t afford a loss to Michigan and Martell’s unexpected insertion at the right times could be just the thing to throw off the country’s best defense.It’s certainly something to watch out for moving forward.Stay tuned.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh has not beaten Ohio State since arriving in Ann Arbor, Mich. three-plus years ago. That losing streak doesn’t appear to be coming to an end against the Buckeyes this afternoon.Ohio State has dominated Michigan through three-plus quarters despite entering the game as a sizable underdog.It’s Ohio State 48, Michigan 25 with about 10 minutes to play in the fourth quarter.For Jim Harbaugh, to put it simply, this is not good.This is Harbaugh’s best Michigan team and this season Ohio State has been as disappointing as it’s been under Urban Meyer. If Harbaugh is unable to pull out a major comeback this afternoon, it would be a massive blow to the Wolverines’ program.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has a message for Harbaugh and Co.“This has been stunningly embarrassing for Jim Harbaugh,” he tweeted.This has been stunningly embarrassing for Jim Harbaugh.— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) November 24, 2018There’s still some time left, at least. Perhaps Harbaugh and his Wolverines can pull out a crazy comeback.Ohio State and Michigan are playing on FOX.
COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 28: Golf legend Jack Nicklaus is lead to the field to dot the i in Ohio formed by the marching band during the half-time show at Ohio Stadium on October 28, 2006 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)As upset as many Buckeyes fans were (and might be for a while) over head coach Urban Meyer retiring after the Rose Bowl Game, at least one Ohio State legend is greeting Meyer in retirement with open arms.On Friday, 18-time major winner Jack Nicklaus took to Twitter to congratulate Meyer on a successful career and wished him good luck in retirement.“Want to congratulate & wish @OSUCoachMeyer well in retirement! Urban, my friend, you came to @OhioStateFB with tremendous credentials & you only enhanced those while there (83-9 in 7 seasons!). And then you finish it off with a great win in your first @rosebowlgame.Now on to other things in life. While Barbara & I know you and Shelley will enjoy life away from the field, we also know you will do whatever you can to help grow @OhioStAthletics and Buckeye Nation! Go Bucks”Nicklaus jokingly recommended that Meyer use the time to work on his golf game.Now on to other things in life. While Barbara & I know you and Shelley will enjoy life away from the field, we also know you will do whatever you can to help grow @OhioStAthletics and Buckeye Nation!Go Bucks‼️p.s. You can now seriously work on your golf game. ? pic.twitter.com/pbTmSnOvh1— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) January 3, 2019Meyer retires having gone 83-9 as head coach of the Buckeyes, and 187-32 overall in stints with Bowling Green, Utah, and Florida.His tenure includes seven division titles, three Big Ten conference titles, and the first-ever College Football Playoff national championship title.With the 28-23 win over Washington in the Rose Bowl earlier this week, Meyer added four bowl wins to the Ohio State trophy cabinet.