Brighton midfielder Solly March on Chelsea defeat: We had nothing to loseby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Solly March from positives from defeat at home to Chelsea.March pulled a goal back for the Seagulls after first-half strikes from Pedro and Eden Hazard, and Hughton decided to focus on his team’s second-half reaction, as they created chances to equalise against the Blues.March said, “We had nothing to lose. We wanted to get at them and show them that we were better in the second half.“We did that after the break and we won the half. But at the end of the day it wasn’t good enough, so we’re a bit disappointed.“I think we looked okay at times, but perhaps we tried forcing it too much with our final ball and when we got into the final third.“We will work on that for the next game and hopefully we will improve.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Everton boss Silva to release Holgate for loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva is ready to release Mason Holgate for loan.The Mirror says Everton are considering letting Holgate leave on loan in January.The 22-year-old is down the Goodison Park pecking order under new manager Marco Silva.Everton favour a six month move over a full-time switch unless a big offer comes their way.Fulham, Derby County and Sheffield United are all considering their positions. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez coy about interest in Groningen winger Doanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is coy about their interest in FC Groningen winger Ritsu Doan.The Japanese youngster has been linked with a January move to the Toon.Asked directly about Doan, Benitez refused to rule anything out.”Normally we do not talk about players with the media,” he said. “But in this case I tell you that we are not even able to talk about it. We must first have a meeting (with the club management). Then we see what our targets will be. People ask me about Doan, but we do not yet know who we want to get.”
Liverpool defender Alexander-Arnold loves the FA Cupby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold admits he loves the FA Cup.The Reds meet Wolves in the third round today.“We’re going there to win,” said Alexander-Arnold, 20.“It’s not a free hit against Wolves. It’s a chance to win a trophy – and everyone at Liverpool wants to win things.“We’re not going there to get knocked out. We want to win. It becomes a habit.“I remember Steven Gerrard’s goal against West Ham. It was a great final and a great day for the club.“We’re all trying to get back to those days again – and hopefully that will happen this season.“Liverpool is a great club with a massive history, and the players who are here now must carry that responsibility.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Wim Kieft: Ajax playing Real Madrid just at right timeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Holland striker Wim Kieft believes Ajax will be facing Real Madrid just at the right time.The two teams will meet next month in the Champions League round of 16.After Madrid’s defeat at home to Real Sociedad, Kieft said: “The way Real Madrid plays … There is no tempo, there is no joy in playing, there is no willingness, it always starts with willingness.”If you see with what ball pace is played by Real Madrid, then it is for Ajax to hope that they can match this level, because then you have a very good chance.”Real Madrid are painful to watch.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn sets season targetby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn insists a top ten finish is within their grasp.The Saints have gone through major changes as Ralph Hasenhuttl took over as coach last season. Gunn told the Mirror: “We definitely want to aim for the top half of the Premier League.“Having a younger squad is something the club and the manager have progressively changed. We’re a fresh, athletic team and that’s the way the manager wants us to play – fast, pressing high and with energy. The manager is very enthusiastic.“It’s really good to see and I think it rubs off on the lads. It’s infectious.“It’s big for the fans as well, they want to see a team with enthusiasm, desire and he definitely forces that on us, makes us show it and provide it on the pitch for the fans.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich boss Kovac full of admiration for Tottenham and Pochettinoby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has spoken of his admiration for Tottenham rival Mauricio Pochettino.The Bundesliga champions are in London for Tuesday’s Champions League Group B clash with Spurs and Kovac is impressed with the Premier League side.Pochettino has turned them from Europa League also-rans into European Cup finalists and that has not gone unnoticed by the Croatian, who admits coming to watch a Spurs game three years ago.”It is a very, very positive development,” the Croatian said. “In 2016 I was here and they were in the old stadium, I was here to watch Tottenham against Swansea, the flair was different, the stadium was smaller, but the atmosphere was strong.”You can see what it means when you have a good coach, a good manager.”In my opinion Tottenham have a very positive light in European football, they are now able to compete with the very big teams, even if it didn’t look that way seven or eight years ago.”They have continuity, he was given time and he has done a great job and that is an example for others.”It is definitely going to be a game with level footing, when you look at the players from both teams they are all world class from different countries.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton youngster Steven Alzate called into Colombia U23 squadby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton youngster Steven Alzate has been called into the Colombia under-23 squad for two friendlies.Head coach Arturo Reyes included Alzate in his list for fixtures against Peru on October 10 and 13 in Lima.Alzate was born in London of Colombian parents, reports The Argus.He has made no secret of the fact that he would love to play international football for Colombia.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Evans insists Leicester due big things under Rodgersby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJonny Evans insists Leicester City are on their way to big things under manager Brendan Rodgers.With Rodgers, Leicester have emerged as serious contenders for a top-four place with defender Evans playing a key role in their push for a Champions League spot. “We always aim high and we’ve got ambitions to really try to achieve something this season,” said Evans to the Mirror.“Before the season started, our aim was to break into the European places and that’s something we’ll try to achieve.“One of the biggest changes Brendan Rodgers has made is changing the mentality, giving the lads belief.“He’s a very positive manager. He’s obviously got his tactical abilities too, and we’re learning from him every day. He’s always challenging us on that side and giving the lads the confidence to go and express themselves.“He’s very demanding but in a way that all the lads are responding to him. But the biggest thing is that you have to believe you can achieve something and that’s something he’s trying to give to us as players.“Football can change so quickly. We won the league and then finished seventh the next season.“So it’s very difficult to predict what’s going to happen. But we’ve got great owners who are backing the club in a tremendous way. They’re very ambitious and that filters down from the top.”
Pablo Machin named new head coach of Espanyolby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePablo Machin has been named new head coach of Espanyol.The former Girona and Sevilla boss takes over from David Gallego, who was sacked on Monday.Machin had been out of a job since leaving Sevilla in March and will be presented at the RCDE Stadium on Tuesday morning.Espanyol are currently in 19th position in LaLiga Santander and haven’t won a home game all season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
YouTube VineBig UCLA forward Tony Parker has emerged as a difference maker during the Bruins’ surprise run to the Sweet 16, and his off-season training is a big reason. After averaging just 2.4 points per game as a freshman and 6.9 as a sophomore, Parker now averages 11.4 points as a junior, and showed off a refined offensive game in the post against UAB, when he dropped 28 points in the 92-75 win. Parker is also one of the funniest players on the team, by all accounts, and had a classic quote when asked about his off-season weight loss.Parker said he’s lost more than 20 pounds since his freshman season. “My nickname around the locker room and campus is big sexy,” Parker said. “So, keeping my hair being curled and my body in a nice manner—it’s good for the team and the basketball and it’s good for the ladies off the court.”“Big Sexy” will need another big game this weekend when he will battle down low with Gonzaga’s talented forward trio of Kyle Przemek Karnowski, Domantas Sabonis, and Kyle Wiltjer. [SI.com]
Two goals from Ola Toivonen sent Melbourne Victory top of the A-League with a 2-1 win at Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday.The Swede scored in each half, either side of a penalty from Alexander Baumjohann, to give the visitors all three points at ANZ Stadium and put them back above Sydney FC on goal difference.Lawrence Thomas made two fine saves to deny Wanderers a first-half breakthrough before Toivonen netted just before the break, combining with James Troisi before slotting home to become the first Victory player to score in five consecutive A-League games. 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? Baumjohann deservedly drew Wanderers level from the spot 74 minutes in after being tripped by Storm Roux, and only a brilliant goal-line clearance from Leigh Broxham denied them a 2-1 lead.Just as the game looked to be heading for a draw, Toivonen was on hand to bundle Troisi’s deflected cross from the right into the net, with Thomas tipping Nick Fitzgerald’s late shot onto the post to deny the home side a point.In the earlier match, 10-man Wellington Phoenix survived an onslaught to claim a 0-0 draw away to Adelaide United.A sluggish first half came to life after the break when Mandi was sent off for kicking out at Vince Lia in the 68th minute.United attempted 32 shots at goal but somehow failed to find the net, meaning they remain level with Mark Rudan’s side on 16 points from 11 games.FT | A point each after a feisty contest. @AdelaideUnited couldn’t make the breakthrough against a 10-man @WgtnPhoenixFC. #ALeague #ADLvWEL #SummerOfHeroes pic.twitter.com/0wYMyNJKcs— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) January 5, 2019
Every transfer window has its saga and this month is no different. Mauro Icardi is in the sights of goal-shy Real Madrid while the striker’s agent and wife, Wanda, uses their interest to squeeze more money out of Inter .The Spanish giants are struggling since their all-time record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo joined the Argentine in Serie A, so much so that they are reportedly willing to pay €110 million for their man.For Madridstas who don’t know much about Icardi, the links will be underwhelming. A quick look on YouTube at his highlights reel will suggest that his only moment of Ronaldo-esque inspiration was last season’s Goal of the Season winner against Sampdoria. 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 even that effort wasn’t a 30-yard screamer, an acrobatic overhead kick or a breath-taking solo goal. It was a simple piece of brilliance conducted in the six-yard box, as he backheeled the ball past the despairing dive of a bewildered Emiliano Viviano.It was superb skill, but it’s the words ‘simple’, ‘brilliance’ and ‘six-yard box’ that best describe Icardi and make his development into the greatest No.9 in world football even more remarkable.These being his outstanding attributes explain why he is often overlooked, in a world where Ronaldo and Lionel Messi dazzle the sport every week with something extraordinary.While those two are of another species, Icardi is an ugly duckling; an old-fashioned, poaching centre-forward at the very top of the game.His goal-scoring record is exceptional, particularly for a 25-year-old: 120 goals in 204 games put him ninth in Inter’s list of all-time scorers, his time at San Siro making up all but 33 games and 11 goals of his professional career.The Argentine averages 0.6 goals per game and is just three strikes behind Christian Vieri’s total for the Nerazzurri .“The fact that it is his first experience in the Champions League seems a lie,” Ivan Rakitic told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “He is one of the best strikers in the world. Scoring a goal from just 15 touches? Pippo Inzaghi is back!”One might argue that Luis Suarez or Harry Kane fall into his category, and that both are better than Icardi. Yet both are much more.Kane’s will to track back, get involved in build-up play and his ability to score top-quality goals outside of the area make him much more than a centre-forward. On the other hand, Suarez will always be much more than a fox in the box, even if his move to Barcelona has seen him deployed as a natural No.9 after such a free-roaming role at Liverpool.It is perhaps not since Inzaghi, Ruud van Nistelrooy or David Trezeguet that the game has seen a player who possesses such ruthlessness in an area of just 18 yards.This is a player with a better chance conversion rate this season than Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as the aforementioned Kane and Suarez; a player who sparks into life when the ball is near but looks disinterested the rest of the time.That perhaps offers another explanation for the lack of hype around Icardi; his perceived laziness.Even Inter boss, Luciano Spalletti, has publicly stated that he would like Icardi to contribute more outside of the penalty area, telling Sky Sport Italia: “When we are under pressure, he should be closer to the rest of the team and help by holding the ball up. I think he’d do even more if he came deeper and combined with the midfielders.”With high pressing a huge part of today’s game, critics can also be quick to jump on the Argentine’s back when he isn’t running at breakneck speed to close down a defender in possession, something his former team-mate Eder has called “unfair criticism” of a “world-class” player, speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport .But what may appear as lazy to some is simply another version of defending from the front. Watch closer and the striker is constantly cutting off options for his opposing centre-backs and always pressing if a chance for his team to regain the ball arises.It’s something that Icardi himself has recognised and addressed, emphasising the importance of his main duty on the football pitch.“The attacker has to score, the midfielder has to play, the defender has to defend, and the goalkeeper has to save,” he told Corriere dello Sport.“People talk too much about my involvement in the game, which many say is poor, not enough, but I don’t give a damn about what the journalists and critics say. I know only one way to help my team-mates and the coach, and that’s to put it in the net.” What is most important for Icardi, though, is that continues to be guided by coaches who recognise his skillset, his strengths and his weaknesses.To throw him into a high-pressing system, to ask him to drop off deeper and get involved in the build-up earlier, or to work the ball into the box on the ground instead of also looking for the cross, would all be to reduce the impact of the man Gonzalo Higuain described as “an assassin”.Spalletti is a coach who understands Icardi.”Mauro has very precise characteristics,” he said. “When it comes to finishing, he has no weaknesses, he’s perfect. In the penalty area, he is an animal. However, there are times when perhaps he needs to come back more to help get us out of difficult situations.”However, just when defenders think they are keeping this man quiet, that is when he is most dangerous.His stats this season could not make that much clearer. In games where Icardi has played 60 minutes or more, he is averaging just 23 touches per game – only five of which are in the box.However, he’s scored 13 goals, provided two assists and created 19 chances. Not bad for a man who doesn’t do much.Icardi is an anomaly, a modern-day enigma. He’s not a player for a moment of magic; he’s a player who, given a sniff of the ball, will stick it in the net.At just 25, it’s exciting to see just how much longer he can continue his incredible goal-scoring. With the direction the game is taking, it does not seem like long before the classic No.9 is gone for good – at the very top, anyway.So, let us maintain the lack of fuss around Icardi and simply enjoy him for what he is; the last of a dying breed.
England cruised into a second consecutive Women’s World Cup semi-final courtesy of a dominant 3-0 win over Norway on Thursday.After the unsavoury narrative surrounding England’s ill-tempered last-16 win over Cameroon, the focus was back on football in the quarter-finals and, with defenders Steph Houghton and Millie Bright fit to start, Phil Neville’s side controlled proceedings.Jill Scott netted in a third different World Cup to put the Lionesses ahead, before Ellen White scored her sixth finals goal – the most ever for an England player – and fifth of this tournament. 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? The irrepressible Lucy Bronze added a brilliant third and England were able to take their foot off the pedal for the final 30 minutes, running out comfortable winners even with Nikita Parris missing a late penalty.England were beaten by Japan in the last four in 2015 but will have the opportunity to improve on that performance against either hosts France or defending champions the United States.It was a flying start for England, who recorded their fastest ever Women’s World Cup goal, timed at two minutes and six seconds.Bronze stormed down the right and pulled the ball back from the byline for Scott to prod in off the left-hand post after White initially missed her kick.Parris should have done better as she shanked wide after working space on her left foot in the area, before White crashed a powerful strike against the post from a similarly promising position.The two made amends five minutes before the break, though, as Parris squared for White – compared by Neville to Alan Shearer and Michael Owen – to tap into the net.4 – Ellen White is the second English player to score in four consecutive FIFA World Cup appearances after Gary Lineker between 1986 & 1990 – she is the first English player to do so in a single edition. Unremitting. #FIFAWWC #NOR #ENG #NORENG pic.twitter.com/ycNCfkufZz— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 27, 2019And a slow start to the second half was quickly forgotten when Bronze powered into the roof of the net from 20 yards following a right-wing Beth Mead free-kick in the 57th minute.Houghton cleared off the goal line from Lisa-Marie Utland in a brief England blip, while Karen Bardsley denied Isabell Herlovsen, but Neville’s side could have had a fourth.Captain Houghton was shoved to the ground in the area by Maria Thorisdottir and Parris took the spot-kick, only for Ingrid Hjelmseth to save well and limit the damage for Norway.Key Opta Facts:- England have reached the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup in back-to-back editions of the tournament (also 2015); they had never reached the final four in the competition before this.- Norway have been eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the Women’s World Cup for just a second time (also 2003 v USA), having previously progressed from four of their five ties at this stage.- Norway have been eliminated from the Women’s World Cup by England in consecutive tournaments (also 2015 last 16); England are the second nation to knock them out of more than one edition of the competition (also USA, 1991 and 2003).- Ellen White is now England’s outright record goalscorer at the Women’s World Cup (six goals), with her strike today moving her ahead of Fara Williams (five).- White is the second English player to score in four consecutive FIFA World Cup appearances after Gary Lineker between 1986 and 1990 – she is the first English player to do so in a single edition.- Jill Scott (2007, 2011 and 2019) is only the second ever player to score in three separate Women’s World Cup tournaments for England, after Fara Williams (2007, 2011 and 2015). read more
The 2019 Women’s World Cup is bracing itself for a clash of heavyweights when the U.S. women’s national team meet with England in the semi-finals on Tuesday, with both sides absolutely overflowing with individual and collective talent.The USWNT have been strong frontrunners to win a historic fourth World Cup title, while England have emerged as surprisingly strong dark horses, finishing top of their group ahead of Japan and securing comprehensive victories against Cameroon and Norway.Tuesday’s game is looking to be a fixture involving some of the very best talent in the world, and Goal has rounded up the best players from both teams. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Alex Morgan hit the ground running in France, scoring 5 goals against Thailand and registering two assists. She has netted over a century of goals for the USWNT, making her part of an elite club of just seven footballers, and is one of the most prolific goalscorers on her team. While she started her World Cup campaign with a flourish, she hasn’t netted or assisted in the four games since – but that doesn’t mean that she hasn’t been any less of a key team player. Morgan’s skill lies in her ability to take on different roles in her team, shifting from an attacking player to a more holding role and finding the wings.“The kudos to Alex is that she has a balance in her game, in terms of penetration or, like in the France game, being more of a player who can hold the ball up for us,” said Ellis.“Sometimes you get one or the other but Alex has worked on that and has that balance.”Another USWNT star talent is Megan Rapinoe, who goes in to Tuesday’s semi-final with five goals – currently a four-way tie for the Golden Boot – and is a lethal and remarkably skilled left winger. She converted two penalties against Spain in the round of 16 and scored two vitals goals against early favourites France in the quarters, both finishing in 2-1 victories.Rapinoe co-captains the side along with fellow veterans Morgan and Carli Lloyd, and her influence extends off the pitch. Rapinoe, an openly gay woman and vocal member of the LGBTQ+ community, was the first white player to kneel during the national anthem – following in the footsteps of footballer Colin Kaepernick – in 2016. She has also openly spoken about her refusal to accept an invitation from the White House should her side win the World Cup, and has been embroiled in a feud with the president. Lindsey Horan is considered to be one of the best players in the world with her commanding physical presence. She scored twice in the group stage against Thailand and Sweden, though was benched for the round of 16 and quarter-final fixtures. She is a vital midfield presence and one of the team’s best headers of the ball on set pieces – as well as the reigning National Women’s Soccer League MVP.The likes of Julie Ertz, Crystal Dunn and Tobin Heath are also standout performers for the defending world champions.From the Lionesses, defender Lucy Bronze – who plays for Lyon and has been hailed by her manager Phil Neville as the best player in the world – created England’s first two goals and scored a brilliant third in the 3-0 quarter-final win over Norway.“She should win the Ballon d’Or,” Neville told reporters. “She’s the best player in the world.”Forward Nikita Parris has been one of the Lionesses’ stars so far, and will be key if they are to beat the USWNT, despite missing two of her last three penalties. Parris, who has just signed for Lyon, missed consecutive spot-kicks against Argentina and Norway but is still one of Neville’s most vital players, and struck against Scotland in the opening 2-1 victory.Ellen White is facing competition from USWNT duo Morgan and Rapinoe in her race for the Golden Boot, with all three currently tied at five goals. Having moved from being played out on the wing during the 2017 European Championships to now playing as a full-on No.9, White has been a prolific goalscorer – with her technique and ability being compared to that of Alan Shearer and Michael Owen, though she’s only got one former England international on her mind.“I put on a podcast before the game – That Peter Crouch Podcast,” White told reporters. “Something that is a little bit different to playing football. It’s quite nice to relax you.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Lee Corso during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ESPN has announced some major news for top college football analyst Lee Corso.Corso, who’s College GameDay head-gear picks have become one of the best parts of the college football week, will be doing a new one later this year.The college football analyst will be doing a head-gear pick prior to an NFL game between the Rams and the Saints.From NOLA.com:Lee Corso will make his famous headgear pick on the Sunday NFL Countdown set for ESPN leading into the New Orleans Saints’ home game against the Los Angeles Rams. This will be the first time in the 33-year history of Countdown for Corso to be on set for an NFL pick, according to ESPN coordinating producer Matt Garrett.The set will be outside Manning’s Bar & Grill in New Orleans. Corso also will be in Baton Rouge on Saturday to make his headgear pick leading into the LSU home game against Alabama. The headgear pick is closely associated to ESPN’s college football coverage, particularly on ESPN’s traveling College GameDay set.This is a unique weekend of football coverage for the sports network with the Sunday NFL show going on the road for only the third time — this being the third year in a row it has taken the show on the road. The last time was for a Week 15 game last season in Pittsburgh between the Steelers and New England Patriots for a game that ultimately decided home-field advantage though the AFC playoffs.That will be pretty cool to see. The Saints do have one of the most “college football”-type atmospheres in the NFL.The Saints and the Rams are set to kick off at 4:25 p.m. E.T. on Sunday.
HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 10: The Houston Cougars run onto the field before playing against the Lamar Cardinals at TDECU Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)Houston is steamrolling Tulane tonight, but all is not well with the Cougars. D’Eriq King was just carted off the field.King exited the game after a freak, non-contact injury late in the second quarter. He wasn’t even involved in the play.King made it to the sideline but had to be carted into the locker room. He was replaced by Clayton Tune.Non-contact injury to D’Eriq King. This just got considerably less fun. pic.twitter.com/oaFGHdDpKJ— SWC Round-Up (@swcroundup) November 16, 2018Houston QB D’Eriq King being carted off field just before halftime pic.twitter.com/G6zSqE4q2X— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) November 16, 2018Entering tonight’s game, King had thrown for 2,900 yards, 35 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He had compiled 592 rushing yards and 13 scores as well.Before getting injured, King rushed for 82 yards and a score tonight while throwing for 82 yards and one touchdown as well.We’ll keep you posted on the star junior’s status.
LAWRENCE, KS – AUGUST 30: Memorial Stadium empties after the game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Northwestern University Wildcats on August 30, 2003 in Lawrence, Kansas. Northwestern defeated Kansas 28-20. (Photo by Dave Kaup/Getty Images)Les Miles continues to do work on the recruiting trail at Kansas. The Jayhawks’ head coach landed another commitment on Saturday night.Keenan Hambrick, a three-star wide receiver out of Athens, Alabama, has become the first player in the 2020 class to commit to Kansas.The 6-foot-4 wide receiver had scholarship offers from a couple of other schools, but ended up choosing the Jayhawks.The wide receiver announced his commitment on Twitter:COMMITTED 🔴🔵#Rockchalk @KU_EJones @Co_Jackson21 @ChadSimmons_ @Rivalsfbcamps @Yellowhammer247 @Mansell247 @CoachSmothers5 @coachgross73 pic.twitter.com/ttPT0hgDit— Keenan Hambrick (@TheKino_2) February 23, 2019Kusports.com had more:The Jayhawks already have their first commitment for Miles’ second KU class, thanks to a decision from Keenan Hambrick on Saturday.A 6-foot-4 receiver from Athens, Ala., Hambrick was one of several high school juniors in Lawrence this weekend for the program’s second Junior Day of the month.The first member of KU’s 2020 recruiting class told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant that Miles extended a scholarship offer during his visit, and Hambrick was on board before leaving the coach’s office.Miles obviously has his work cut out for him at Kansas, but he’s not wasting any time getting things rolling on the recruiting trail.
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – NOVEMBER 03: General view of Iowa Hawkeyes helmets are seen during the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on November 3, 2018 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)The Iowa Hawkeyes got a big boost to their 2021 recruiting class by getting a commitment from offensive tackle Gennings Dunker. A new rankings update has made that commitment all the more impressive.According to 247’s Hawkeye Insider, Dunker has been reclassified as a four-star prospect in the Class of 2021.247Sports Midwest Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu stated in an interview that Dunker has recently increased his weight without losing mobility, which bodes well for his transition to college.“He was 240 at last check, but he came in at 265 at Iowa and by all accounts was moving just as well at that weight… The kid has a chance to be really good. (2020 Iowa DL commit) Isaiah Bruce has been running well in the 100 as well. It’s crazy they have two freaks like this at that school.”247Sports currently ranks Dunker as the No. 353 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 39 offensive tackle in the nation, and the No. 8 prospect from the state of Illinois. Dunker announced his commitment to Iowa this early-June.Committed to Iowa!!!!!!— Gennings Dunker (@gennings_dunker) June 3, 2019With Gennings Dunker now classified as a four-star, Iowa’s Class of 2021 now actually has two four-star offensive linemen. In-state four-star Connor Colby announced his commitment to the Hawkeyes last month.As of writing, Iowa’s Class of 2021 ranks No. 7 in the nation and No. 2 in the Big Ten.Suffice it to say, the Hawkeyes are off to a very strong start in their upcoming recruiting cycle.