highlights Berlin: Claudio Pizarro, the Bundesliga’s record foreign goal-scorer, claimed another milestone on Saturday when he became the league’s oldest scorer in Werder Bremen’s 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin. Aged 40 years and 136 days, the Peru striker claimed his 195th Bundesliga goal in dramatic fashion to equalise with the last kick of the game having come off the bench for mid-table Bremen in the 61st minute. “I am very happy, this point helps us and I am very proud to have scored,” said Pizarro, who has also played for Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Cologne. RELATED Luck shone on Pizarro when he smashed a speculative free-kick under Hertha’s wall and it took two deflections before hitting the net in the 96th minute at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. “I just tried to shoot under the wall, because I knew they were going to jump,” explained Pizarro. Pizarro’s goal, which delighted Bremen coach Florian Klofeldt, who is four years younger than the Peruvian, bettered the previous Bundesliga record of Mirko Votava, who also netted for Bremen, aged 40 years, 121 days, back in 1996. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Claudio Pizaro scored a goal at the age of 40 years and 136 days.Pizaro has scored in 21 seasons of the Bundesliga.Mirko Votava had scored a goal for Bremen, aged 40 years and 121 days.
2. Florida Gulf CoastThe Eagles were the story of the tournament, rising from safety school to trending topic in a matter of four days. FGCU’s fast-paced offense and propensity for spectacular plays earned them the moniker “Dunk City”, and allowed them to knock off the powerhouse Georgetown Hoyas. Their torrid run was stopped by Florida in the regional semifinals, but not before they earned their place in the history books as the first 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16. Thank goodness for the NBA and MLB. If those two leagues weren’t there to take the place of March Madness, I probably would not have been able to get out of bed Tuesday morning.But who am I kidding? How can anything possibly replace one of the greatest NCAA Basketball Tournaments in recent memory? In fact, the entire college basketball season was more entertaining than any I’ve ever seen, thanks to the parity that existed across nearly every conference.After Kentucky ran the table last year, losing just two games on their way to an easy championship, many feared that the sport was headed in the wrong direction. It appeared that mid-major programs would fall out of relevance, as an era of “super teams” took shape, with top recruits joining together at powerhouse schools like Duke and Kentucky. It appeared that mid-major programs would fall out of relevance. This, obviously, was not the case.Instead of falling out of the picture, the smaller conferences stepped up to the challenge and made a remarkable impact on this season’s outcome. In fact, Gonzaga’s rise to No. 1 in the AP poll was the first time since 2004 that a school from a mid-major conference ended the season ranked first.The success did not end there. Once in the tournament, these lesser-praised schools exceeded everyone’s expectations, save their own. The championship may have eventually boiled down to Louisville and Michigan, but no one can deny the role played by some of the smaller schools. Here are my favorites:5. TempleThis pick feels like a cheat but I still have to give them credit. The Atlantic 10 may not play like a mid-major conference, but I will continue to praise it as long as it’s referred to as such. Temple took out a mediocre North Carolina State squad before giving Indiana a major scare. They may not have made the Sweet 16, but they exposed enough of the Hoosiers’ flaws to allow for Syracuse to send Indiana packing the next round.4. HarvardWhile calling the Ivy League a mid-major is a bit generous, the point remains the same: Harvard exceeded expectations. Knocking off a New Mexico team that many (including myself) expected to go far, the Crimson’s upset left brackets busted left and right. As if those Harvard kids need something else to brag about…3. La SalleAnother representative from the A-10, the Explorers may have had an easier ride to the Sweet 16 than others (facing a soft 4 seed and a 12), but they had to go through an extra game to get there. It seems like there is always one team from a play-in game who can continue their success in the following rounds, and La Salle was this year’s edition. Unfortunately for them, they ran up against an even hotter mid-major school and finished their season in the Sweet 16. 1. Wichita StateComing in first is Cinderella herself. Representing the Missouri Valley Conference, the Shockers strung together an unprecedented run of victories en route to the second Final Four appearance in school history. A national semifinal loss to Louisville knocked them out of the tournament, but not before they made a name for themselves and showed that mid-major schools aren’t just keeping pace with the big guys, but gaining. Fast.
Heisman candidate · Dynamic sophomore cornerback Adoree’ Jackson is aiming to become the first defensive back to win the Heisman Trophy since Charles Woodson won the award back in 1997. – Nick Entin | Daily TrojanIt was another intense and physical practice for the Trojans Wednesday morning. Based on their play, both coaches and players are expecting a great performance on Saturday against Arkansas State.Head coach Steve Sarkisian was pleased with the scout team’s work throughout practice.“Our scout team guys make it hard,” Sarkisian said. “That’s how you get good.”The team this year will have a total of 10 graduate students on the roster, with seven of them as starters. Sarkisian said the situation is similar to what the Stanford team had a few years ago and the Boston College team had last year. He sees this as beneficial for the team this year.“We’ve got guys that have been through it,” Sarkisian said. “They are mature enough to handle adversity.”The team will come with some added maturity, but the freshmen are making just as big of an impact. Sarkisian said overall he is impressed with the way the freshmen have been playing. Quarterback Sam Darnold, outside linebacker and tight end Porter Gustin, defensive lineman Rasheem Green and offensive tackle Chuma Edoga are some of the players that have impressed Sarkisian early this fall.“We’ll find out a lot about these guys,” Sarkisian said. “And the guys comfortable enough to go in and play.”Sarkisian talked a bit about why he’s impressed with Edoga in that he’s “a little unassuming but extremely athletic.” He said Edoga will play Saturday night.“He’s a physical, nasty guy,” Sarkisian said. “He really likes to finish guys.”Green, who suffered a knee injury, has been cleared to play Saturday. Sarkisian is impressed with his athletic ability, long arms and explosiveness.“He’s made great progress coming off the injury,” Sarkisian said. “He’s looked really good.”Redshirt senior tailback Tre Madden will finally get to see the field on Saturday once again after missing two of his past three seasons thanks to turf toe, a knee injury and hamstring injuries. In his time playing this fall, Madden has looked pretty good. Sarkisian was reminded of Madden’s explosiveness, cutting ability, acceleration and natural pass catching ability.Sarkisian attributes Madden’s high football IQ to his time as a quarterback in high school and playing on both sides of the ball at USC. He even went on to say that Madden’s football IQ “is about as high as any running back I’ve been around.”“I expect him to play really, really well Saturday night,” Sarkisian said. “I expect him to be our work horse.”Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox talked about the fluidity with the safety position and said there are plenty of options on the table for the season. For his defense in general, Wilcox is looking to give a variety of guys playing time in order to create as many opportunities as he can for his players that will help the team win as much as possible.“More guys are going to play, no doubt,” Wilcox said. “It gets them really excited.”Similar to last year, sophomore three-way player Adoree’ Jackson is looking to play on both sides of the ball. Both Wilcox and Sarkisian agreed Jackson is a solid athlete.Wilcox even joked about how since Jackson plays on both sides of the ball, he can almost be unstoppable at times — especially on offense.“He’s about the only guy that covers himself,” Wilcox said. “He helps our team in a lot of different ways.”Ideally, Wilcox would like to see Jackson get a lot of playing time on defense, but he knows that Sarkisian is doing what’s best for the team to win.Sarkisian said that he believes Jackson has a high standard of performance because it’s what he’s always known. With Jackson’s natural ability, most times he makes what he does look easy.At one point in practice on Wednesday, it looked as if Jackson might have been a bit frustrated that he missed a catch. Sarkisian pulled him aside really quick.“I’m not worried about it,” Sarkisian told Jackson. “You’re going to catch it on Saturday.”Sarkisian recalled that Jackson laughed a bit about his comment.“No, I’m serious you will,” Sarkisian said. “We’re going to call it and you’ll catch it.”Jackson joked that if he was frustrated about anything, it’s probably because he just got a little dirty.“I’m always happy,” Jackson said. “That’s just who I am.”From the look of practice, Sarkisian is expecting great plays from all of his players on Saturday and he is pleased with the depth being developed on the roster.The Trojans will face the Arkansas State Red Wolves on Saturday at the Coliseum at 8 p.m. to kick off their 2015 campaign.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 10, 2020 at 8:44 pm Contact Josh: email@example.com | @Schafer_44 After two-straight Atlantic Coast Conference losses, Syracuse (8-7, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) travels to No. 18 Virginia (11-3, 3-1 ACC) on Saturday. The defending national champion Cavaliers most recently lost to Boston College, 60-53, on Tuesday. Here’s what to know about the Cavaliers before the 4 p.m. tip. All-time series: Virginia leads, 8-5Last time they played: Well, if you don’t remember what happened last time, it might be best that way. In the 2019-20 season opener Syracuse shot 23.6% from the field in a 48-34 loss to Virginia in the Carrier Dome. The offensive output was Syracuse’s worst in the Jim Boeheim era. Syracuse struggled to maintain any offensive rhythm and lacked movement overall, several players said following the loss. When the Orange had semi-open looks, they didn’t shoot well. Elijah Hughes led SU in scoring with 14 points on 4-of-14 shooting while Buddy Boeheim scored seven points while shooting 1-of-8 from beyond the arc. After the game, Boeheim remarked that Virginia’s defense was the best the Orange would see all year until they met again. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Virginia report: Of course, the Cavaliers have a good defense. In fact, Tony Bennett’s pack-line defensive scheme currently has the Cavaliers ranked first in adjusted defensive efficiency, per KenPom. On the other side of the ball, Virginia has struggled. It averages 55.7 points per game on offense. That places the Cavaliers 348th out of 350 teams in Division I. Up until most recently in Chestnut Hill, Virginia’s offensive woes hadn’t mattered that much. But an inability to score is a clear weak point for Virginia headed into this matchup. How Syracuse beats the Cavaliers: Syracuse needs to find ways to score and that’s easier said than done against Virginia. The Orange needs to shoot better than they did last time out against UVA and that starts with moving more on offense and penetrating. If Syracuse dribblers can at least threaten the idea of driving to the basket, then the Cavaliers’ defense will have to move. For SU, it’s all about playing in a scenario where Virginia doesn’t have time to settle in. Look for the Orange to push the ball in transition if possible to score before UVA’s defense is in proper position. Stat to know: 27.3 — The Cavaliers rank 344th in the country with a 27.3 3-point field goal percentage. KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 27% chance to win the game, with KenPom predicting a 60-53 UVA win. Player to watch: Kihei Clark, No. 0, GuardThe 5-foot-9 sophomore plays nearly 90% of the game for UVA. Through 14 games he’s scored 9.9 points per game while dishing out 5.7 assists. In all likelihood, he won’t lead UVA in scoring. That will probably be forward Mamadi Diakite. But Clark has the ability to spark offense — including a 13-assist performance against Navy — and if he creates like that on Saturday, Syracuse could be in trouble. Comments
Manchester United have scraped past Celta Vigo 2-1 on aggregate to reach the Europa League final.They drew one-all at Old Trafford in the second leg of their semi-final last night.It means Jose Mourinho’s side now know if they beat Dutch club Ajax in Stockholm, they’ll be in next season’s Champions League. The United boss says it’s a relief to get there. Photo © Pixabay
Source: AS Iker Casillas has decided to hang up his gloves. Axccording to reports in today’s edition of O Jogo, Porto’s Spanish goalkeeper has retired from actively playing football as a consequence of the heart attack he suffered in training on 1 May. Casillas underwent surgery to have a stent fitted and has since been recovering at home.Casillas, who will turn 38 on 20 May, is keen to put an end to the rumours regarding his future and according to O Jogo, he will shortly announce his retirement from professional football.Casillas “is one of us” – Porto presidentYesterday, Porto president Pinta da Costa hinted that Casillas had most probably played his final game for the club, adding that Iker will be offered a backroom position at the club, whatever he decides to do: “Casillas has one year left on his contract and we would like him to stay at Porto in a different capacity, and not just for the remaining year of his contract. He is one of us and he will always have a place at Porto”.After being discharged from hospital, where he spent five days in the coronary care unit, Casillas made it clear that after his health scare, football is no longer is priority: “I’ll be taking things easy for a couple of weeks or a couple of months; I don’t know and to be honest I don’t care, the most important thing is that I am still here […] I don’t know what the future holds for me, all that matters is being here,” the former Real Madrid and Spain captain said on leaving hospital earlier this month.
Crystal Palace have rejected a bid of about £50m for their higly-rated right-back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, from Manchester United.Palace had earlier rejected a bid in excess £40m from United for the player.Wan Bissaka had a very impressive Premier League season with the Eagles in the last campaign, and had become a major target for a number of the top Premier League clubs.Man United appear to have made acquiring the player a top priority with the two bids, and are expected to come back with an improved bid.It’s expected that Palace might consider a bid of about £60m.“I am with Crystal Palace at the moment,” said the full-back earlier this month. “That is where my contract is and that is where I will be next season. I have got three [years] left on my contract. It says I am going to be there, so that is all I can focus on now.”Man Utd released right back Antonio Valencia and are looking to strengthen a very porous defence that conceded 54 Premier League goals last season.United have already signed winger Daniel James from Swansea this summer.
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The next stop on Tiger Woods’ 2019 tournament schedule is Augusta, Georgia, where the world’s best golfers gather this week for the Masters, the first major on the PGA Tour calendar.Woods, ranked 12th in the world, last slipped on a green jacket 14 years ago and has been trying unsuccessfully to win a 15th major since 2008, his last. He’s played in five PGA events this season, failing to finish better than a tie for 10th (WGC-Mexico Championship). Woods’ 2018 Masters, his first time in the field after two years off, was a mixed bag (t-32), so there’s plenty of room for improvement. He’ll remain a betting favorite if by name only. RoundTimePairing111:04 a.m. ETHaotong Li, Jon Rahm21:49 p.m. ETHaotong Li, Jon Rahm32:05 p.m. ETIan Poulter49:20 a.m. ETFrancesco Molinari, Tony FinauTIGER TRACKER: Follow Tiger Woods’ Round 4 at the MastersMasters live: How to watch Tiger WoodsTV channels: ESPN, CBSLive stream: Masters.com | fuboTVLeaderboard: Follow SN’s live trackerAll four days of the Masters will be featured on major networks. ESPN takes the first two days while CBS will broadcast the final two. Golf Channel and Masters.com will provide additional coverage in the days leading up to and during the Masters. You can also live stream Rounds 3-4 by signing up for fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt will host ESPN’s coverage of the tournament and Jim Nantz will once again lend his voice for the final two rounds on CBS. DateTimeTV ChannelThursday, April 113-7:30 p.m. ETESPNFriday, April 123-7:30 p.m. ETESPNSaturday, April 133-7 p.m. ETCBS/fuboTVSunday, April 149 a.m. ETCBS/fuboTV MORE: Watch the Masters live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)That won’t dull the intrigue around Woods, who many doubt can win another major. Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships is still far in the distance but the world is watching if the 43-year-old can make inroads in 2019.Below is everything you’ll need to know to watch Tiger’s rounds at Augusta National. You can also follow our “Tiger Tracker” and a full live leaderboard for hole-by-hole updates throughout the tournament.Masters 2019: Tiger Woods’ tee timesDue to the threat of inclement weather, Tiger Woods will tee off at 9:20 a.m. ET, despite being in the last group. He will play with Tony Finau and leader Francesco Molinari.
The Browns are trying to shake their reputation as a losing franchise, and free-agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s apparent hesitance to sign in Cleveland is not helping the cause.Clowney, 27, remains the top player available in a market that opened more than two months ago. Multiple reports have suggested that the Browns are interested in signing him, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed on a radio interview Wednesday that Cleveland indeed wants Clowney, perhaps more so than any other team. But what about the other way around? “I think they’ve been the most aggressive team with him financially,” Schefter said of the Browns on ESPN Cleveland (via ESPN’s Jake Trotter). “And, I just think he has balked at going to Cleveland for whatever reason. I think he’s been hesitant to go because if he wasn’t, he would’ve gone already because it’s the most money. It’s the richest offer on the table and he hasn’t taken it.”So why is that? I don’t know. Is that not wanting to be in that city? Is that a lack of belief in the organization? I don’t know what it is. But there’s no doubt that Cleveland has offered the most money to date. For whatever reason he has not been willing to take it so far.”That doesn’t mean that it couldn’t change, but hasn’t changed just yet.”MORE: The best NFL free agents still availableFor a player who once reportedly was going after a contract worth $20 million per year and who has since reduced that asking price to the $17 million range, this simply could be a case of Clowney taking the time he has in such a unique NFL offseason. That theory was floated by Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson during a recent appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.””I think he’s waiting until he knows there are no other options out there,” Robinson said. “This is what’s sitting in front of him: A huge pay cut with a team like, say, the Titans. I honestly think it’s whittled down to a huge pay cut with the Titans or something with the Browns that is less than the $20 million he wants, but at least closer.”Indeed, the Browns and Titans still seem to be Clowney’s best options, as SN’s Vinnie Iyer wrote last month. The Seahawks, who traded with the Texans to land Clowney last August, do not appear willing to re-sign him.Tennessee’s interest in Clowney makes sense considering that head coach Mike Vrabel coordinated Houston’s defense in 2017, when Clowney recorded a career-high 9.5 sacks. He would be an ideal fit for the Titans’ 3-4 defense opposite Harold Landry.”There’s a lot of business that has to be done throughout the course of the league year. We are working through a few guys at the end of free agency,” Titans general manager Jon Robinson said in early April. “I would say we are still working through it and looking at guys that are still available. I don’t know that we are done, but I don’t know that there will be a flurry of moves here. We have touched base with Clowney’s representation, and we’re kind of seeing and navigate where that one might be.” Cleveland’s interest in Clowney is warranted in part because it has plenty of salary cap space. If they wanted to do so in the wake of a Clowney signing, the Browns could release defensive end Olivier Vernon and his team-high $15.5 million cap hit with no dead cap charge. They also likely are thinking about the terrifying duo that would be Clowney and Myles Garrett rushing opposing passers off the edge at the same time.With the Browns, Clowney would play for new defensive coordinator Joe Woods, who served as the 49ers’ defensive backs coach last season after a couple of years as the Broncos’ DC and who arrived with new head coach Kevin Stefanski in February.Now, the Browns evidently need to convince Clowney the on-field potential in Cleveland is greater than it is in Tennessee, matching the compensation.