Man City boss Guardiola tribute to Sterling after goalscoring cameoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola was pleased to see Raheem Sterling on the scoresheet for victory over Everton.Sterling came off the bench to score in the 3-1 win.”Raheem – when he has no time to think in front of goal – he’s always good,” Guardiola said.”The cross was amazing from Fernandinho and it was a great finish. We are not the tallest team in the world but after just a few minutes, it was an important goal for him and everyone. “I see him so calm. I think he has handled the last years in many situations and rumours – not nice things about him or his family or the colour of his skin. I admire him and appreciate that it’s not easy for him.”He’s loved by all staff and in the locker room.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Atletico Madrid chief Gil Marin: Simeone has job as long as he wants itby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid chief Miguel Angel Gil Marin says coach Diego Simeone has the job for as long as he wants it.Gil Marin is confident the Argentine is happy in Madrid, despite an admission that he sees a future with Inter Milan in Italy.The Atleti director stated: “I think the answer is simple, he has the job for as long as he wants to.”And I am convinced that he will continue to love it here as long as he believes that the club can continue to help him achieve his goals, which continue to produce results. That would mean that Atlético continues competing with the biggest.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City winger Sterling adamant they can beat Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City winger Raheem Sterling is adamant they can stop runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.Sterling is undaunted about facing Jurgen Klopp’s rampant Reds, who have reeled off nine straight wins to open up a seven-point lead in the title race.”If we can play the way we know we can play, we can beat anyone,” said a defiant Sterling. “It’s going to be a great game on Thursday and we’re all looking forward to it.“The last three games we started well and scored the opening goal and then we were sloppy, but our mentality was good against Southampton and we showed a good fighting spirit.”There was a bit of luck as well, but we played some great football and controlled the game, which we know we can do. It’s up to us to keep that focus and go on to the next one.”
Chelsea striker Giroud: Cesc a great opportunity for Monacoby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlivier Giroud has no doubts former Chelsea teammate Cesc Fabregas will be a success with AS Monaco.Cesc left Chelsea last week for ASM and made his debut in last night’s 1-1 draw at Olympique Marseille.Giroud told Telefoot: “Cesc is a great player, he has this quality of vision of the game, of intelligence of passes. “He’s one of the best players I’ve played with. “This is a great opportunity for Monaco.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rice praises West Ham character for Aston Villa drawby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeclan Rice praised West Ham’s character for their 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.Rice says West Ham would have lost Monday’s goalless draw at Aston Villa last season, but instead the confidence and spirit in the squad enabled them to grind out a hard-earned point.He told whufc.com: “To be honest, I think we’re very happy with the point. We were a bit slow in the first half. We kept the ball well at times, but it was a bit too end-to-end and in the second half, when we went down to ten, we knew it was going to be tough because we know they’ve got some top players, but we dug in, defended really well and were still creating chances.“We weren’t just sat back. We were still trying to get the three points and I think we can be happy with our night’s work.”He added: “When we’re playing now, we’re playing with that confidence. We’re defending hard, we’re attacking hard and every player who puts on the shirt, we’re feeling confident to go out there and get the three points.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Barkley admits Lampard inspired him as a youngsterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Ross Barkley admits manager Frank Lampard inspired him as a youngster.Nobody else can say they have grown up watching Lampard on television, then played alongside him in an England shirt, and now continue to learn off him in his role as Chelsea boss.”As a young lad I would watch Match of the Day on a Sunday morning and then go off to my games for Everton,” he told chelseafc.com.”I’d see the likes of Rooney, Lampard, Gerrard banging the goals in every week. Lampard was one of my idols, because as a young midfielder I would see the goals he was scoring or creating every week and look up to him.”I played with the manager later on in his career with England and you could see how motivated he was. It was hard work all the time, running after training, non-stop movement to receive the ball, scoring goals. As a young player seeing that it affects you. You want to do the same things.”He’s taken that into his management. We work really hard and then on the right days we ease off and feel really good for the games.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Wijnaldum happy Liverpool grinding out resultsby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum is delighted by the consistency shown by the Reds this season.They have managed to win their first seven games of the season, building a five-point cushion over Manchester City in the process.Wijnaldum is not too concerned if some of their wins are scrappy, such as the 1-0 success over Sheffield United this weekend.”We wanted to create a chance but I think they defended really good,” the 28-year-old told the club’s official website.”We were not at our best to create chances today. We had a few but it was more because they made mistakes.”But all that matters at the end of the day is we have the three points. Especially at the early stage of the season, you have to make sure that you collect as many points as possible because normally during the season you get better and better.”In the beginning of the season you are not at your best, so that’s why it’s good that we collect points.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nicol urges calm around Chelsea outcast Pulisicby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Steve Nicol says Christian Pulisic will come good at Chelsea.Chelsea fans have been pleading with Frank Lampard to give Pulisic more game time in the league, but the boss seems to prefer Pedro and Willian on either flank with Tammy Abraham in the middle.Regardless, Nicol explained on ESPN FC that Chelsea fans need to just give the youngster time, because he will get good in the end.“I think everyone should calm down,” he said.“He’s 21, he’s just started out on his Premier League career.“He’s what, six or seven games in? And everyone is jumping up and pressing the panic button.“This kid has ability, he also has something very important – a level head.“As much as everyone around him may be panicking, he understands that – because he’s been through it already at Dortmund.“He knows that patience is needed, and that through the ability he has, he’ll get there in the end.“I’m sure that right now he’s thinking – I’ve done it all before, I need to step up a level, but I can do this.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce: England will happen for Longstaff brothersby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce says the Longstaff brothers are capable of playing for England.Sean, 21, and Matty, 19, have never been involved with the national team at any level and, until recently, were not part of the list of young players being tracked inside St George’s Park.But Bruce said: “I think they just have to be given time. They will find their way if they’re playing regularly.”I would think in the next few weeks, if they’re both going to be in the team, then they will come under the spotlight. Gareth has a blueprint of putting young players in and changing it, which is quite refreshing.”So if they keep playing to a certain level, everything will find them, whether it’s international call-ups, new contracts, new cars, the whole lot will fall into place.”
ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl against the USC Trojans in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Among the most prominent college football talking points heading into week two was that of Ohio State’s weak remaining schedule. Michigan State is the only ranked team on the Buckeyes’ schedule, which many SEC coaches, including Bret Bielema and Dan Mullen, complained about. The weekend did not go well for those two; Mullen lost by two against LSU despite the Tigers failing to generate any kind of passing offense, while Bielema’s Razorbacks were embarrassed by Toledo.When asked about the complaints during his Monday press conference, Meyer said that he doesn’t pay attention to any other team’s schedule.Asked about strength of conferences, Urban Meyer: “I don’t know anyone else’s schedule. … I don’t know how (people) know that.”— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) September 14, 2015Urban Meyer says he has no idea how the Big Ten is perceived right now. “I don’t know anyone’s schedule…I don’t care.”— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 14, 2015While conference pride plays a factor in college football, for the top teams in the country, that’s probably the correct approach.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer made the rounds yesterday, appearing on The Dan Patrick Show, CBS, ESPN and Fox to promote his new book, titled “Above the Line.” Bill O’Reilly, host of The O’Reilly Factor, made sure to ask some interesting questions.O’Reilly, alluding to Meyer’s strict policies, asked the Buckeyes head man what he’d have done if Jameis Winston, who infamously stole crab legs from a Publix ahead of the 2014 season, had been on his team. He said he “would have had a hard time letting it go.”Of course, it’s always easy to say what you’d have done when you aren’t in the exact situation. That being said, Meyer probably runs a tighter ship now than he did in the past.
YouTube/Nick SussTonight’s Alabama-LSU game got very feisty in the third quarter. A sideline fracas resulted in four different penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct.Alabama defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne and LSU’s Colin Jeter got tangled up in a tackle attempt that went out of bounds. It eventually devolved into a large-scale shoving match between Crimson Tide and Tiger players that fell short of becoming a brawl, but did earn the two teams a combined four unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.Unsportsmanlike conduct in abundance https://t.co/SFFvEkNyzS— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) November 6, 2016Fans on Twitter are not happy with the result at all. Three of the penalties were on Alabama, to one for LSU, but the penalties still completely offset.I turned to the LSU Bama game and Bama had 3 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and LSU had 1. But somehow all offset? ??? okay then.— Taylor Sabo (@SaboIsland) November 6, 2016Alabama had 3 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on 1 play and their cheap shot started all of it. LSU had one. Offsetting. Makes sense.— KDK (@vach1244) November 6, 2016That unsportsmanlike penalty against LSU was so garbage, but then again the refs looking out for Alabama, what surprise ?— Pedro Rodriguez (@Pedro_1876) November 6, 2016Please explain how 3 Unsportsmanlike on Bama vs 1 on LSU is offsetting each other ?????? #BAMAvsLSU #refereeBULL— Misty Tipler (@mistydawntipler) November 6, 2016Early in the fourth quarter, we just got our first score in this defensive slugfest: a 21-yard Jalen Hurts touchdown run. The game is pretty reminiscent of the awesome 2011 battle between these two SEC West rivals, which LSU won 6-3. Of course, Alabama got its revenge in the national championship later in the year, dominating the Tigers 21-0.There is still plenty of time, of course, although the Tigers offense has had little luck against Alabama excellent defense. A win would be massive for interim head coach Ed Orgeron, as he tries to lock up the full time job at LSU.Alabama leads 7-0 with 13:08 to play.
@HawkeyefootballLooking for an Iowa vs. Illinois preview? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the Big Ten matchup.Saturday, Nov. 19, the Iowa Hawkeyes take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. The game, to be played at Memorial Stadium, is slated for a 12:30 p.m. ET start time. Read on for our Iowa vs. Illinois preview.According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Iowa wins the matchup between the two teams 79.3% of the time. The spread also favors the Hawkeyes.Spread: Iowa -10Game Time: 12:30 p.m. ETChannel: Big Ten NetworkIowa vs. Illinois preview:Let’s talk about Iowa. The last time Jim Harbaugh led an undefeated Michigan team into Kinnick Stadium (1985), the Hawkeyes won. Well, they’ve done it again. Iowa was 5-4 on the season entering the game against Michigan, and had lost back-to-back games against Wisconsin and was blown out by Penn State. The win not only turned the Hawkeyes’ season around, it made them bowl eligible. With games against Illinois and a banged up Nebraska team, an 8-4 season is very possible.What to say about Illinois? Well, the Illini did edge out Michigan State for a win. Any other season and that would be an impressive feat. Not this year. Lovie Smith’s Illinois team is not very good and has to play a solid Iowa team coming off of a huge win, and a very sturdy Northwestern team that is better than it’s .500 record would suggest.The Hawkeyes and Illini have played 71 times in history, with the Illini holding a 38-31-2 advantage.Iowa vs. Illinois prediction:Iowa is going to win. Plain and simple.The Hawkeyes are the better coached team, no disrespect to Lovie Smith, but the Illini are struggling to put up points, and stop teams from scoring.Iowa’s run game will dominate.Iowa 34, Illinois 17,According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Iowa wins the matchup between the two teams 79.3% of the time. The spread also favors the Hawkeyes.Spread: Iowa -10Game Time: 12:30 p.m. ETChannel: Big Ten NetworkIowa vs. Illinois preview:Let’s talk about Iowa. The last time Jim Harbaugh led an undefeated Michigan team into Kinnick Stadium (1985), the Hawkeyes won. Well, they’ve done it again. Iowa was 5-4 on the season entering the game against Michigan, and had lost back-to-back games against Wisconsin and was blown out by Penn State. The win not only turned the Hawkeyes’ season around, it made them bowl eligible. With games against Illinois and a banged up Nebraska team, an 8-4 season is very possible.What to say about Illinois? Well, the Illini did edge out Michigan State for a win. Any other season and that would be an impressive feat. Not this year. Lovie Smith’s Illinois team is not very good and has to play a solid Iowa team coming off of a huge win, and a very sturdy Northwestern team that is better than it’s .500 record would suggest.The Hawkeyes and Illini have played 71 times in history, with the Illini holding a 38-31-2 advantage.Iowa vs. Illinois prediction:,According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Iowa wins the matchup between the two teams 79.3% of the time. The spread also favors the Hawkeyes.Spread: Iowa -10Game Time: 12:30 p.m. ETChannel: Big Ten NetworkIowa vs. Illinois preview:Let’s talk about Iowa. The last time Jim Harbaugh led an undefeated Michigan team into Kinnick Stadium (1985), the Hawkeyes won. Well, they’ve done it again. Iowa was 5-4 on the season entering the game against Michigan, and had lost back-to-back games against Wisconsin and was blown out by Penn State. The win not only turned the Hawkeyes’ season around, it made them bowl eligible. With games against Illinois and a banged up Nebraska team, an 8-4 season is very possible.What to say about Illinois? Well, the Illini did edge out Michigan State for a win. Any other season and that would be an impressive feat. Not this year. Lovie Smith’s Illinois team is not very good and has to play a solid Iowa team coming off of a huge win, and a very sturdy Northwestern team that is better than it’s .500 record would suggest.The Hawkeyes and Illini have played 71 times in history, with the Illini holding a 38-31-2 advantage.Iowa vs. Illinois prediction:,Iowa is going to win. Plain and simple.The Hawkeyes are the better coached team, no disrespect to Lovie Smith, but the Illini are struggling to put up points, and stop teams from scoring.Iowa’s run game will dominate.Iowa 34, Illinois 17,Iowa is going to win. Plain and simple.The Hawkeyes are the better coached team, no disrespect to Lovie Smith, but the Illini are struggling to put up points, and stop teams from scoring.Iowa’s run game will dominate.Iowa 34, Illinois 17
Sporting head coach Marcel Keizer is not sure whether star midfielder Bruno Fernandes will remain at the club amid strong links to Manchester United.Fernandes has been tipped to join the Red Devils throughout the transfer window as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to rebuild his squad after a difficult campaign last time out.Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have already signed on at Old Trafford but it is believed Solskjaer wants at least one more player. 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? As a result, talk of a switch to Old Trafford for Fernandes has gathered pace with the Premier League season on the horizon.The midfielder’s reaction at the end of Sunday’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Valencia also seemingly offered a hint about his future.The Sporting captain appeared to be in tears in front of his own fans in Lisbon, prompting talk of an imminent departure.Asked about Fernandes – who was in the starting line-up – Keizer admitted he was in the dark about his future.”We’ll see if we can keep our players and then we’ll see what we do,” he told reporters after the game.”I hope he [Fernandes] stays, of course, like everyone else at Sporting, but we don’t know.”Fernandes, who joined from Sampdoria in 2017, has attracted the interest of a number of European clubs after an outstanding campaign for Sporting last year.The 24-year-old scored 31 goals in all competitions and supplied 17 assists as Sporting won two domestic trophies as well as finishing third in Primeira Liga.Reports in Portugal have claimed United are preparing a bid in the region of £56m ($70m) for Fernandes.However, Sporting president Frederico Varandas has been quoted as saying that Fernandes would only be sold for a fee above that figure, meaning there needs to be some tough negotiations ahead if he is to end up at Old Trafford.When asked about Fernandes’ future, Sporting team-mate Luciano Vietto admitted he hopes the former Udinese man will not be tempted away.”He is the most important player of our team; I hope he will continue,” said Vietto, who joined Sporting from Atletico Madrid this month.
Daniel James got his life at Manchester United off to a fine start, coming off the bench to net his club’s fourth in a rout against Chelsea on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were cruising by the time James entered the fray, with Marcus Rashford having scored from the penalty spot in the first half to put the home team in front, but two quick-fire goals just after the hour mark, first from Anthony Martial and then a second from Rashford, put the match beyond Chelsea. James entered the match in the 75th minute, taking the place of Andreas Pereira, and it didn’t take the youngster long to make his mark. 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? Paul Pogba played provider, dashing out of midfield and had looked to be in on goal before cutting the ball back near the top of the box. The slick pass split two Chelsea defenders, and James found himself in the enviable position of being in front of Kepa’s goal. A slight bobble gave Chelsea’s Emerson time to recover a bit, but James managed to get a shot away which took a slight deflection off the Blues defender before finding the net. Having joined United in a £15 million ($19m) move this summer from Swansea City, the 21-year-old is already making a bit of a name for himself. The Wales international scored the winning penalty in a shootout against AC Milan to close out pre-season in Cardiff. “You couldn’t write it,” the Welshman told MUTV at the time. “Amazing. We’ve come from behind, today was a different test.”He has now recorded his first goal for the club in a competitive match as his star continues to rise at the Theatre of Dreams. It was just the fifth league goal for James in his professional career, having scored four times for Swansea, and, amazingly, all five of those strikes have come in home matches. “I don’t think you can sum up how it feels, to come on and score on my debut,” he said on Match of the Day. “I’ve dreamt of that. Ole said to be ready to come on. He said to go and enjoy yourself.”Everything we have been doing in pre-season we have done today – high press and winning the ball back. We were keeping it well, even at 3-0 and 4-0. It sets us up well going in to next week.”James could get the chance to add to his growing legacy with the club returning to the pitch next Monday against Wolves, looking to continue their fine start to the new campaign.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh and Michigan football are taking a long view with recruiting the quarterback position. On yesterday, he made an offer to a player who won’t be in high school for over a year: Detroit-area quarterback Dante Moore.Moore attended a camp at UM on Monday, where he was evaluated by Harbaugh in the staff. Afterwards, he was extended the offer.Former Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner may be a key in the recruitment. Moore considers Gardner, who finished up his career in Ann Arbor in 2014, a mentor.Moore’s father spoke to the Detroit Free-Press about the offer, after it came yesterday.“(Harbaugh) just said he had heard word about him and (asked) was I bringing him to the camp,” Otha said. “He was looking forward to meeting him. He has been working out with Devin (Gardner) a lot, as well as Quarterback U. He has been on Devin’s Instagram. I think that’s where Harbaugh saw him.”Devin Gardner spoke to WolverinesWire about Dante Moore, who he considers a special prospect:“The best thing about him, aside from the fact that he can make most all the throws that high school kids make, is he’s really just a young kid who enjoys working hard and playing football!” Gardner told WolverinesWire. “He’s a great kid who’s respectful and focused on all the right things, which for him right now are doing well in school, playing football, working out, playing soccer, doing his chores, and just being a KID!”Moore has extremely impressive size for a player his age. According to the Free-Press report, he is listed at 6-foot-2, 165 pounds.It is hard to know where he’ll end up at a recruit as we get closer to the 2023 recruiting cycle. Michigan is willing to bet on him though, and wants to be involved early.[Detroit Free-Press; WolverinesWire]
(Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)A former Louisville football star and high NFL Draft pick is reportedly expected to be cut at some point this month.Lorenzo Mauldin, a 2015 third-round pick out of Louisville, is reportedly on very thin ice with the New York Jets, and he didn’t make the trip down to Washington to practice against the Redskins.The 6-foot-4 linebacker could soon be on the open market, per Jets reporter Manish Mehta.“Something to monitor: Jets OLB Lorenzo Mauldin, who’s dealing with leg issue that kept him out of game Friday, is on thin ice. Could be cut sooner rather than later, per sources. If he can’t get healthy, don’t rule out injury settlement. 2015 3rd rounder has been disappointment,” he tweeted.Today, Jets head coach Todd Bowles said that Mauldin didn’t make the trip to D.C.“Todd Bowles said today that Mauldin didn’t make the trip to Virginia. It’s easy to see where this is headed.”Todd Bowles said today that Mauldin didn’t make the trip to Virginia. It’s easy to see where this is headed. https://t.co/V1MbuoHDng— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 13, 2018Mauldin was the No. 82 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was an All-ACC performer at Louisville in 2014.
EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 12: A general view of the field before the game between the Oregon Ducks and Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 12, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)This college football season has already experienced a plethora of upsets so far. Now that the fifth weekend has begun, it appears more stunning losses could occur in today’s early afternoon session.It’s been extremely difficult to figure out Michigan State, as the Spartans continue their unpredictable play. From losing to Arizona State to defeating Indiana with ease, Mark Dantonio’s team has proven to be very inconsistent.Unfortunately, that trend won’t die this weekend, as Michigan State is on “upset alert” against Central Michigan.After Central Michigan struck first, the Spartans drove into the red zone, but an ill-advised interception from Brian Lewerke swung the momentum in their opponent’s favor.Interception! Sean Bunting (@MrSeanyB1) picks off Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke in the end zone. Central Michigan has the ball back with 3:39 left in the first quarter. pic.twitter.com/sPBibsb9jM— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) September 29, 2018Even though there’s plenty of time for Michigan State to gain momentum, they’re struggling to move the ball through the air. If the No. 21 Spartans lose to Central Michigan, they’d fall to 2-2 on the season.Right now, Michigan State trails 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. The game is available on FS1.
(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)A college basketball game was cancelled earlier this week after a player collapsed during a game and later died. The match-up between Hawaii Pacific and TCU was scheduled to take place on Friday, but was cancelled in light of the tragedy.Hawaii Pacific’s Emil Isovic collapsed during a game against Southern Nazarene and never regained consciousness, according to the school.He was 21-years-old.Athletic director Sam Moku released a statement following Isovic’s passing.You may have heard that on Tuesday of last week, HPU student Emil Isovic collapsed during a basketball game against Southern Nazarene. While Emil received the best care possible at Straub Medical Center, he unfortunately did not regain consciousness. We are deeply saddened to share that late this afternoon, Emil passed away. His family, friends, teammates and coaches were at his side. He was 21 years old.We all mourn the loss of Emil, who was both a gifted athlete and a wonderful friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents, Nedzad and Sanela, his brother Dino, and everyone who knew and loved him.TCU released a short statement saying “it was not appropriate to play the game.”Our thoughts are with the Isovic family and Hawaii Pacific community.
KNOXVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jeremy Pruitt of the Tennessee Volunteers on the sidelines during the first half of the game between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee won the game 24-7. (Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images)The Southeastern Conference is known as the best conference in college football and, while that still might be the case, it has opened itself up to some mocking in Week 1.Several SEC programs have turned in frustrating and embarrassing performances to open the 2019 college football season.Tennessee suffered the most-embarrassing loss of the weekend, falling at home to Georgia State.The fan base is currently roasting Jeremy Pruitt.I have watched Tennessee football since I was 3 years old and this is rock bottom. Beyond words. Beyond belief.— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) August 31, 2019Ole Miss, meanwhile, fell to Memphis. The Tigers are a good team, so this isn’t really a major upset, but it’s not good.FINAL: Memphis 15, Ole Miss 10.If you’re an Ole Miss fan who refers to Memphis as Tiger High, perhaps you should encourage your administration to get a home-and-home series with Tiger Middle. Might be time to move down a level. https://t.co/fYklBj8Zay— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) August 31, 2019South Carolina, meanwhile, fell to underdog North Carolina, giving Mack Brown his first win with the Tar Heels.Mack Brown, who hasn’t coached in 5 years, leads a former 2-9 North Carolina team to upset the SEC’s South Carolina! In his FIRST GAME back. There’s a reason he’s in CFB’s Hall of Fame!! 🐐🐐🐐#MackIsBack #NorthCarolina pic.twitter.com/o3W5yKWPGO— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) August 31, 2019In total, it was a rough day for the SEC East.Georgia State > TennesseeNorth Carolina > South CarolinaMemphis > Ole MissThe SEC is like every other conference. A few good teams and then a lot of meh.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) August 31, 2019Alabama, meanwhile, looked dominant against Duke, and Georgia is expected to blow out Vanderbilt. Auburn has a chance for a massive win against Oregon, too.The SEC is far from a dominant league to-to-bottom, though.