MLS Former U.S. national team forward Charlie Davies announces retirement Seth Vertelney 04:37 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Derik Hamilton MLS After a promising start to his career, the striker overcame a devastating car accident to return to the professional game Former U.S. national team forward Charlie Davies has announced his retirement from professional soccer. The 31 year-old, who last played in MLS with the Philadelphia Union, made the announcement in a video posted on his Twitter account. Davies burst onto the scene at club level with Swedish side Hammarby, earning a 2009 move to Sochaux in Ligue 1. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player In the meantime the Boston College product broke out with the national team, helping Bob Bradley’s side to the final of the 2009 Confederations Cup. With his potential looking limitless, Davies’ career was brought to a devastating halt by a 2009 car accident that left one passenger dead and left Davies with a lacerated bladder, fractured right tibia and femur, a fractured elbow, multiple facial fractures, and bleeding on the brain. With his career in danger, Davies embarked on a long and painful rehab that resulted in a successful return to the playing field in 2011 with MLS side D.C. United. The striker would go on to feature for the New England Revolution and Philadelphia, scoring 25 goals over six total MLS seasons.Davies had to overcome another obstacle in 2016 when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, but he announced that he was in remission at the same time he revealed his diagnosis. Davies ends his career with 11 professional seasons played and 17 caps for the U.S. national team. He never played for the USMNT again after his 2009 car accident. “I’ve loved every second of my time on the field even the desperate lows of injury and cancer that have made the highs all that much sweeter,” Davies said in the video on Twitter.”I’ve loved the friendships, the competition and I’ve loved all the amazing people on both sides of the fence.”
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By BEN HARRISTouch football is a sport on the rise in Hong Kong.The sport began about 10 years ago and has evolved to be a huge participation sport where it is part of the rugby development program within the country.Hong Kong have picked their best players from their country to travel to Coffs Harbour and play at the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the mixed opens division.“We got to a stage where we got some naturally talented players and the group of players we have brought are winning against the teams in Hong Kong 10, 11 zero,” Hong Kong coach Ben Worthington said.“In order to progress any further we know we have got to come and play the best players in the world. “The plan is to bring a team over for the 2015 World Cup and it is all about raising our skill level. They are playing at the right level but for short periods of the games, the only way they are going to extend that is by playing the top players. That’s why we are here.”But like any developing sport, there are some difficulties.“The temperature in Hong Kong allows us to play all year round but the challenges we face is surfaces, we don’t have natural turf surfaces we play on astroturf,” Worthington said.“The summer league has about 2000 players but it is very much entry-level touch; the players we have here are the regulars of the Hong Kong summer league.“There is huge participation but what we are lacking is a volume of experienced coaches to take those players up to the next level.”Language is also an issue Worthington said. “Most will speak English, my challenge is my Cantonese is very, very limited. “As with most sports you tend to communicate through sign language and the concept. “I do have two English-speaking, I’ve got an Australian ex-pat Donna who is with us, she has played here and down in Sydney, so she is good for communication and I have some dual-language players as well. “So team talks take twice as long,” Worthington said with a smile.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTouch Football Australia will be live streaming matches on their YouTube page.Related LinksHong Kong touch
France coach Deschamps: Zidane and I respect our coaching achievementsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance coach Didier Deschamps says he only has total respect for Zinedine Zidane and what he achieved with Real Madrid.In three seasons at Real, Zidane won a Liga title, a Spanish Super Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and three Champions League titles.Deschamps said, “What Zidane did with Real Madrid? We can only be admiring. “But Zizou won as coach and me as coach. There are obviously common points in our situations, but we do not do the same job. We feel so much respect among ourselves that we are very proud of our respective achievements. “Zizou has achieved something fabulous.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan director Ausilio: We had to sacrifice Kovacicby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio says they never wanted to sell Mateo Kovacic.The midfielder is now on-loan at Chelsea from Real Madrid.Ausilio explained, “Unlike Coutinho, Kovacic was sacrificed for financial reasons as we were in a difficult situation at the time, but we sold him for a good price.“The figure? A tad less than €40m. There were a series of bonuses that Inter then collected, given Real Madrid won everything in his first season there.“During the 2016 Champions League Final in Milan, we were all rooting for Real. We were Blancos fans for a night.”
Max Aarons says Norwich must have better focusby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMax Aarons says Norwich City must have better focus after defeat to Crystal Palace.Aarons bemoaned the “little mistakes” which cost Norwich in their 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.Reacting to the game with canaries.co.uk afterwards, Aarons said: “Obviously, we’re disappointed with how the game’s ended up. I thought we were solid until the penalty and then we grew into the first-half and played really well.”Little mistakes have cost us today. We know in this league that coming away from home is hard.”We thought we could come away we something today and we’re disappointed we didn’t.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Rodgers overjoyed as Leicester smash five past Newcastleby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrendan Rodgers was happy with an “outstanding” Leicester City performance in Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United.Ricardo Pereira opened the scoring before Isaac Hayden was sent off for the visitors.Jamie Vardy got himself a brace in quick succession after the interval, sandwiched in between an own goal from Paul Dummett.Wilfried Ndidi capped off the victory in the last minute, and speaking after the game, Rodgers was delighted.”It was an outstanding performance and result,” he said. “We started the game very well, took the lead with a very good goal. So it was a good start for us. We looked a threat when we went forward.”They went down to 10 men and that can sometimes work for or against you but I thought how the players dealt with that and managed the game was outstanding because you need to be able to press the game and work arguably even harder.”The second half, the players showed a wonderful appetite to do that, everyone together defending forward, being aggressive and not giving Newcastle any time, because sometimes there are periods against 10 men when you can’t play and have the ball.”We pressed it so hard, we were hungry in the game and hungry for goals. A clean sheet, five really good goals. It’s a really good day for us.”
Solskjaer ‘very happy’ with Man Utd performance against AZ Alkmaarby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer was “very happy” with his players despite Manchester United’s goalless draw with AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday.The Red Devils did not manage a shot on goal in Holland and David De Gea was forced into a couple of good saves by the hosts.But Solskjaer believes his side played well and picked up a valuable point away from home.He told BT Sport: “Very happy with the boys. We came away with a good performance, it should have been three points of course because it’s a nailed-on penalty. You can’t even discuss it.”It’s a team who have beaten Feyenoord 3-0 away from home. This is a good performance and a good point against a good opponent on a bad surface.”If you get your draws away from home and win the home games, you’ll be fine.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 10: Oklahoma Sooners mascot Sooner dances during the game against the Baylor Bears November 10, 2012 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Baylor 42-34. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images) Twitter/@mrslauraworrellBedlam, the nickname for the rivalry series between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, can get a bit crazy at times – but it’s usually reserved for play either on the field or on the court. Apparently, one of the Sooners’ mascots – a Sooner Schooner pony – went a bit overboard in the stands this past Saturday night.According to Tulsa World, the mascot, who is unidentified, was dismissed from the position after he/she “taunted” and “spilled popcorn” on Oklahoma State fans. “The individual involved has been dismissed from the mascot program for unsportsmanlike behavior. The University of Oklahoma apologizes for this occurrence, which in no way reflects the standards of hospitality and sportsmanship of the University of Oklahoma.”As for the game, Oklahoma won 82-65. Perhaps the mascot in question was just a little too excited by the victory.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 03: Fans of the Michigan Wolverines support their school against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 3, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Earlier this week, we showed you a Halloween pumpkin dedicated to the “sad Michigan fan” who went viral during the Wolverines’ last-second loss to Michigan State two weeks back. The effort you’ll see below probably tops it, though.A college football fan – who seems to support Ohio State (not a shocker) – has carved the entire fan, glasses, hoodie and all, into a pumpkin. It’s some quality artwork. Happy Halloween #GoBucks @SportsCenter @espn @SportsNation pic.twitter.com/Yl7CU6UAuE— Nicky Stewart (@nickysteww) October 30, 2015Happy Halloween! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/peRQQyi15L— Bryan Lightfield (@big_lighty) October 30, 2015Well done. We imagine Jim Harbaugh wouldn’t be a fan, however.
There’s something distinctly different about Ederson, and that’s been apparent to everybody at Manchester City from the very start. “It was in Nashville,” an eye-witness tells Catalan journalists Lu Martin and Pol Ballus for their upcoming book on City. “Whenever we travel, we take three security guys with us. One of them is enormous, his name’s Okon. “I remember on the second or third day, in the dining room, Ederson went up to him and tackled him. A rugby tackle. We don’t know why, we still haven’t asked him. He did it because he felt like it.” 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? His old coaches nicknamed him ‘The Bull’ because of his tendency to charge at loose balls and he lived up to that reputation, too; in Houston, he raced out to meet Romelu Lukaku, only to miss and allow the Manchester United forward to score.Things have generally gone much better for the unorthodox Brazilian since then and that was best summed up on Monday night. After speeding out of his area and meeting the ball on his chest, he chased it all the way towards the half-way line for good measure. Wolves’ Morgan Gibbs-White beat him to it but a well-timed star jump averted the danger, and thrilled fans.The best was yet to come, however.When he found himself in possession 40 yards from his goal, he did not just lay off a calm pass to a team-mate, he actually waited to be closed down before doing so. Never mind ‘The Bull’, this was ‘The Matador’.His team-mates know what he can do with the ball, so Fernandinho gave it back to him, and then a second time. Guardiola was not happy with the showboating but glossed over it in public: “We love Ederson the way he is and that is why it’s not a problem.”And that’s the thing, it hardly ever is a problem. Quite the opposite.Think back to Southampton over Christmas when he played nerveless short passes to his defenders inside his own six-yard box, springing a quick attack that should have ended in a goal.Then, there was the Cruyff-turn on his own goal line, all in a game that City really had to win after two consecutive defeats. In short, Ederson is fearless. He views risk-taking as an essential part of the game; his game, anyway.”I might have made mistakes because of my way of playing but mistakes are part of football,” he has argued. “I never let that influence my game.”Which is why watching Ederson in full control is such a sight. It’s no different when he’s out of control, actually.At one point last season, he fumbled a shot backwards onto his own line, and instead of instinctively panicking at the thought of a howler and throwing himself backwards to claw the ball away, he just turned around and picked it up.The cameras zoomed in on him. Nothing. Not a flicker of emotion. There almost never is.Whether he’s inviting pressure in midfield or recovering from mistakes (successfully or otherwise) there is barely a flicker of emotion. He did smile recently, in fairness; when he came out for a punch and left a team-mate and an opponent needing medical treatment.These things are not quite normal. He is certainly not normal, as far as goalkeepers are concerned. When Gabriel Jesus missed a penalty last season, Ederson said he would have scored it, and that he hoped he would be afforded the opportunity. Guardiola, ever cautious of being seen as arrogant, ruled that out immediately.The thought of giving him the opportunity to score from 12 yards seems a little unfair, anyway. He scored twice at youth level from his own area, with massive goal kicks straight out of his hands. He finally got an assist this season with a giant goal kick, this time off the floor. It was hit like a golf shot directly into Sergio Aguero’s path.It is not just the distance of his kicks that catches the eye – although he has an actual Guinness World Record for that – it’s the accuracy.Last season at Everton, he picked a spot in the centre circle for Leroy Sane to come inside and meet, setting up another goal out of nothing.And then there’s the style of his kicks, whether chipped, clipped or drilled.That range of kicking worried Guardiola so much when he was Bayern Munich coach that he held a specific meeting about it ahead of a Champions League game with Benfica. When the two teams first faced each other, Ederson had only played five senior games.“After the Sporting win, we played Zenit,” one of his former coaches told the Daily Mail of Ederson’s second ever game with Benfica. “With the weather in Russia – freezing cold – he played like it was summer in Brazil.”Not normal. He is not a pioneer, either. Rogerio Ceni, a hero of Ederson’s, and Rene Higuita added new dimensions to the art of goalkeeping in South America.Peter Schmeichel caught the eye at Old Trafford by bowling the ball out with his hands, before Fabian Barthez came along and introduced the Premier League to goalkeepers more comfortable with their feet.Manuel Neuer is probably the most similar to Ederson, in terms of his antics outside the box and unorthodox style. Victor Valdes lived outside the Camp Nou penalty area under Guardiola and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is nearly flawless with his feet there now.Alisson, a rival for Liverpool and team-mate for Brazil, plays similarly unusual passes, the kind that travel half the length of the pitch but no more than just a couple of feet off the floor.Yet surely nobody comes close in the nerveless stakes. It does not make him infallible, of course, but it does make him unique; back in October he cleaned out Harry Kane with a mammoth slide tackle, inside his own box.Ederson is not unlike a lot of goalkeepers, but there is no other quite like him. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford to develop into a “top class” attacker like Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.The 21-year-old scored his 41st goal in his 150th appearance for the club as they beat Brighton 2-1 on Saturday, reaching the milestone at a younger age than United legends Ronaldo and Rooney.The England international has been key to preserving Solskjaer’s perfect start as caretaker manager, scoring five goals in six games since the Norwegian replaced Jose Mourinho in December. 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? Solskjaer has been impressed by Rashford since his arrival and is convinced he can develop into one of the best in the world.“He is only 21, but the maturity he is showing at times is more than 21 and his work rate,” Solskjaer told reporters. “If you look at the stats, I was told that he is younger than Ronaldo and Rooney to reach 150 appearances for Manchester United.”The coach was asked if he thinks Rashford can reach the same level as the two United icons, he said: “Definitely – he can be absolutely top class.“The more you score the more chance you have of being confident, running into the same positions.“The way he works during the week is fantastic because he practices a lot.”The 45-year-old has been impressed with Rashford’s attitude off the field as well and is happy to have local boys like him and Jesse Lingard at his disposal.“He is a proper Manc,” he added. “You can’t kick him and keep him down, he will stand up for a fight and stand up for himself and a teammate.“It is a pleasure working with him. Him and Jesse – I’ve got to say you like those proper Mancs. I worked with Jesse and saw Marcus coming through.“They enjoy each other’s company, they socialise quite a bit. When we travel they are always together.“On the pitch they have got an understanding; that comes from being brought through by the likes of Paul McGuiness and Jimmy Ryan. They have had the coaches and know the way we want a Manchester United player to be. They understand each other.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Twitter/@DarrenRovellIf you’re a college sports fan who enjoys eating Nestle’s Sweetart Gummies, you might be in for a treat.The company has reached an agreement with five major universities to produce officially licensed Sweetart Gummies. Arkansas, Ohio State, Texas, Tennessee and UCLA will all be getting customized bags of the Nestle gummies.Nestle has signed a licensing deal with five schools for its Sweetarts Gummies. Deal brokered by IMG pic.twitter.com/dNntLQMGSm— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 7, 2016Red is universally recognized as the best color for fruit-based candies, right? Therefore, Ohio State and Arkansas should have the best ones. Tennessee and Texas would be next best, and UCLA would be bringing up the rear.Fans of these five schools should be on the lookout for these candies. Which of these flavors would you try?
CONMEBOL have responded to allegations of corruption as they labelled Lionel Messi’s comments “unacceptable” and “unfounded” at the Copa America.Argentina defeated Chile 2-1 in the third-place play-off on Saturday, but Messi railed against “corruption” and “a lack of respect” following his red card against the two-time reigning champions.Messi – who was controversially dismissed in the first half after an altercation with Gary Medel – vented his frustration post-match, having criticised the officiating following Argentina’s semi-final loss to hosts Brazil. 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 The Argentina captain’s allegations angered the South American football governing body, who hit back in a statement.”In football sometimes you win and sometimes you lose and accepting the outcome of a match with loyalty and respect is a fundamental pillar of fair play. Same goes to the refereeing decisions, that are human and will never be perfect,” the statement read .”It’s unacceptable that because of incidents proper to the competitions, where 12 nations competed in, all in equal condition, there have been unfounded accusations that misrepresent the truth and put to judgement the integrity of Copa America.”Said accusations represent a lack of respect for the competition, all the football players involved and the hundreds of professionals of CONMEBOL, an institution that since 2016 has been tirelessly working to professionalise and develop South American football.”Messi was dismissed when Chile’s Medel reacted angrily to a challenge and repeatedly bumped into the Barcelona star with his chest.Neither Medel nor Messi raised their hands and the Chile man was the clear aggressor in the incident as both players saw red.There was a VAR check but referee Mario Diaz de Vivar did not look back at the footage on the pitch-side monitor.When asked why he was not on the pitch for the medal ceremony, Messi told reporters : “Because we don’t have to be part of this corruption, this lack of respect towards the whole Copa.”Messi added: “I always tell the truth. That leaves me calm. Then, if what I say has repercussions, it is not to do with me as I am always sincere.”
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Update No. 2: We won’t be seeing Ohio State and Oregon State’s players on the field until 2:45 p.m. E.T. at the earliest.Update: Ohio State and Oregon State were eyeing a 2:30 p.m. start, but the delay is continuing. Stay tuned for more updates.Earlier: Ohio State and Oregon State are currently in a weather delay. The Buckeyes and the Beavers are at halftime, but there’s weather issues in Columbus.Heavy rain and lightning have caused for this afternoon’s game to be suspended.“With Ohio State vs. Oregon State at halftime, the game has been delayed for at least 30 minutes due to inclement weather,” Eleven Warriors’ Dan Hope tweeted.With Ohio State vs. Oregon State at halftime, the game has been delayed for at least 30 minutes due to inclement weather.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) September 1, 2018The delay isn’t expected to be a long one. A lightning delay requires at least a 30 minute suspension and we’ve already been in a delay for 10-plus minutes.The second half kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. E.T., according to Ohio State.Scheduled to resume at 2:30 in the Shoe. pic.twitter.com/EZQPj4puAt— Clay Hall (@claywsyx6) September 1, 2018Ohio State and Oregon State players are scheduled to get back on the field in about 10 minutes.The Buckeyes are currently having their way with the Beavers. Ohio State is leading, 42-14, after two quarters of play.Dwayne Haskins has looked great for the Buckeyes so far. He’s thrown multiple touchdowns and 100-plus yards, while rushing the ball zero times (a happy sight for Ohio State fans tired of all the quarterback rush plays from 2017 with J.T. Barrett).The Ohio State-Oregon State game is being televised on ABC. Kickoff for the second half is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, FL – SEPTEMBER 07: FA-18 fighter jets do a missing man fly-over to honor FSU graduate and U.S. Navy pilot Scott Speicher who was shot down in the first Gulf War during pre-game ceremonies as the Miami Hurricanes prepare to take on the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, Clemson traveled to Tallahassee to take on the Florida State Seminoles. The Tigers entered the game as the No. 2 team in the country behind only Alabama and showed why they deserve that rank.With over three minutes left in the third quarter, Clemson holds a 45-3 lead and are working on handing Florida State its worst loss at Doak Campbell Stadium.Late in the third quarter, the beatdown took hold of one Florida State player. Nyqwan Murray threw a punch late in the third quarter and was ejected from the game.Here’s the play.On two occasions today an #FSU player was penalized for a shove or a punch. #Clemson player was NOT penalized here. #FSUvsCLEM pic.twitter.com/uqFTZUyGMz— The CFB Source (@TheCFBSource) October 27, 2018The day is not going well for Florida State and its fans. The Seminoles now trail 52-3 with just under two minutes left to play in the third quarter.Clemson took starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence out of the game, but that still didn’t slow the Tigers down. Backup quarterback Chase Brice threw a touchdown pass just a few plays after Lawrence left the game.
AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 03: (L-R) Chris Register #45, Shadell Bell #11 and Clelin Ferrell #99 of the Clemson Tigers run onto the field prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We all know this year’s Clemson football team had serious talent on the defensive side.No team without it can hold the 2018 Alabama offense under 20 points.The NFL could offer more evidence of the dominance of Brent Venables’ defense, especially along the front, where all four players lived up to their all-world hype.NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah released his first mock draft of the year, and four Tigers made his top 32 picks.All four are defensive players, which isn’t a huge surprise given how young the team’s offensive stars are.Only Alabama matched Clemson in this mock, with four Crimson Tide players also listed. The two national title game participants were followed by Mississippi State and Oklahoma, which had three players each.Jeremiah has Clemson pass rush specialist Clelin Ferrell as his first Tiger off the board in the 2019 NFL Draft.He has Ferrell heading to Green Bay, to assist in the Packers’ pass rush. From NFL.com:Ferrell is an overachiever with excellent production and effort. The Packers need to add some punch to their edge rush.After Ferrell, he has Christian Wilkins, one of the clear leaders of the national champions heading to the Eagles at No. 25, in what he says would be the “steal of the draft.”Cornerback Trayvon Mullen is penciled in at No. 27 to the Raiders, who will attempt to restock with the first rounders acquired in the Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper trades.Dexter Lawrence rounds out the Clemson foursome at No. 30, as a potential replacement for possible free agent-to-be Ndamukong Suh with the Los Angeles Rams.[NFL.com]
“…(Coach Frost) did a lot of damage when he was down at UCF. Before he got there, they went 0-12. He turned the program right around and they went 13-0. They had a really good season down there. They were off to another rough start last year. They were 0-6 and then they turned it around. You could tell by the way that they were playing that the future is pretty bright. That’s the place that people want to be. That program is going to be turned around soon.”247Sports ranks Corcoran as the No. 32 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 4 offensive tackle in the country, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Kansas.Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports noted in Corcoran’s scouting report that he draws a pro comparison to All-Pro NFL tackle Lane Johnson.Oklahoma fans will no doubt be disappointed to miss out on Corcoran, but there’s still plenty of talent set to join the Sooners in 2020. LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: General view of the end zone marker before the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Four-star offensive tackle Turner Corcoran surprised many people back in April when he committed to Nebraska over Oklahoma. Now, several months later, he has revealed what made him pick the Huskers over the Sooners.In an interview on the Notorious B1G Podcast, Corcoran revealed that Nebraska “felt like home” to him each time he visited. Despite interest from Oklahoma and other top programs, he was “always thinking about Nebraska.”“It really just felt like home to me,” he said. “After every single visit that I took, it didn’t matter the school, I was always thinking about Nebraska, how it ranked up with them. I finally decided to make it official, finally be able to verbally commit, saying that’s where I belong and this is where I’m going to go. It really felt good to be able to commit before my senior season and focus on football…”Corcoran made multiple visits between Nebraska and Oklahoma earlier this year, as well as the week before he made his decision. He took a trip to Norman in early April, only to visit Lincoln the following week and give his commitment to Scott Frost’s team the same day.He also had high praise for Frost, who he revealed impressed him as head coach at UCF, and was equally impressed by how the team recovered from their 0-6 start last season.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers passes against the Colorado Buffaloes in the first half at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska needs to bounce back in a major way after a second-half collapse against Colorado last week. They’ll have a chance to do so against Northern Illinois on Saturday.The Cornhuskers are 1-1 on the year thus far. After an underwhelming season-opening win over South Alabama, things were looking up against Colorado. But the Buffaloes dropped 24 fourth-quarter points before winning in overtime. A win over Northern Illinois would be huge for Nebraska before Big Ten play begins the following week.Quarterback Adrian Martinez leads the Cornhuskers’ offense. The dual-threat QB has struggled to get in a rhythm so far. Martinez has just four total touchdowns and 468 passing yards. Nebraska’s opponents have done well keeping Martinez in the pocket (just 73 yards on 32 carries through two games).Northern Illinois has a win and a loss to start the year. The Huskies beat Illinois State 24-10 in week one, but dropped a tough 35-17 contest against Utah last Saturday. Expect NIU to put up a tough fight against Nebraska this week.Here are the details for the game: Game Time: 8 PM ET Channel: FS1Spread: Nebraska -14Over/Under: 54Announcers: Justin Kutcher, Petros Papadakis, Shane VereenWill the Huskies make this a tougher game for the Cornhuskers than expected?Nebraska and NIU kicks off at 8 PM ET on FS1.