Republic of Ireland 2 United States 1: Judge hammers home late winner in Dublin Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 05:10 6/3/18 Getty Images Substitute Alan Judge scored a late winner as the Republic of Ireland recovered from a goal down at the Aviva Stadium. Alan Judge fired in a dramatic late winner to clinch the Republic of Ireland a 2-1 win over the United States in John O’Shea’s final international appearance.Substitute Judge swept home just over a minute after stepping off the bench to seal the come-from-behind victory after Graham Burke’s maiden international goal had levelled matters.Shamrock Rovers striker Burke’s 57th-minute strike cancelled out Bobby Wood’s first-half opener and set the stage for Judge to secure a fitting farewell for O’Shea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The 37-year-old had exited in the 35th minute after winning his 118th cap – and it looked as though it would end in disappointment when Wood prodded home on the stroke of half-time.But, in their first game at Aviva Stadium since the heartbreak of the World Cup qualifying implosion against Denmark, the two second-half strikes went some way to erasing the memories of their play-off disappointment on home soil.They also served to end a youthful USA’s four-game unbeaten run, though the visitors struggled to create too many opportunities in the absence of Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic.After two years out of action following a broken leg, this is what it means! Well done, Alan Judge! #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/uPS0BzKYO5— FAIreland (@FAIreland) June 2, 2018O’Shea almost marked his swansong with a rare goal when he glanced a header wide of the far post from a Jeff Hendrick corner early in proceedings.Untroubled on that occasion, Bill Hamid was forced into his first real piece of work in the 20th minute as he batted away a swerving James McClean effort, before a Tyler Adams strike at the other end was deflected over by team-mate Rubio Rubin.Colin Doyle, at fault for France’s second in a 2-0 defeat in Paris on Monday, comfortably held a low Jorge Villafana drive just beyond the half-hour and that provided O’Shea’s cue for an early exit, the former Manchester United man briefly soaking up the applause before making way for debutant Darragh Lenihan.Seamus Coleman spurned a chance to break the deadlock when he screwed wide following a Hamid fumble and the full-back was immediately made to pay for the miss, Wood prodding home Matt Miazga’s looping header as a free-kick proved Ireland’s undoing on the stroke of half-time.The lead would only last 12 minutes after the restart with Burke scrambling home at close range after Lenihan nodded down a cross at the far post.Graham Burke celebrates his first goal for Ireland ! #GreatestLeagueInTheWorld #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/SXk4JQPoyN— FAIreland (@FAIreland) June 2, 2018The equalising goal proved the catalyst for a more open period of play; Jon Walters first curled agonisingly wide of the upright from inside the area before Timothy Weah, a scorer in USA’s 3-0 win over Bolivia on Monday, blazed over when afforded both time and space in the 65th minute.It appeared the game would end all-square until Judge’s last-gasp intervention, the Brentford midfielder wasting no time in making an impact on proceedings when firing in off the underside of the bar after the ball broke kindly following McClean’s determined dribble into the box.Judge’s maiden goal for his country gave O’Shea the final verdict he must have hoped for, while also ending a four-game winless run for Ireland dating back to their 1-0 triumph over Wales last October. read more
To all Touchies out there… With Christmas upon us it’s time to shut down the computers, turn off the air conditioning and lock up the doors, as we all head home for the food, family and celebrations of Christmas and New Year. Here is a list of the Touch offices around Australia and when they will be closed over the Christmas break: * The Australian Touch Association will be closed from Friday December 17 and will reopen on Tuesday January 4. * NSW Touch Association will close on December 15 and reopen on January 17. * ACT Touch will close on December 17 and reopen on January 4. * Touch SA will close on December 17 and reopen on January 10. * Tasmania Touch will close on December 21 and reopen on January 3. * Queensland Touch will close on December 21 and reopen on January 10. * Touch West will close on December 22 and reopen January 4. * Touch Victoria will be closed from midday December 24 and will re-open on January 8. * Northern Territory will remain open, with the exception of all public holidays. The ATA would like to thank all of the State and Regional Offices and their employees for their hard work and effort over the past year, we hope you enjoy your Christmas break and time away from work, you certainly deserve it. We would also like to thank everyone who has given to Touch Football in some way, shape or form this year. It may be through playing, coaching, refereeing, administering or volunteering in some other area. Your efforts are what has helped Touch to not only run smoothly, but to continue to grow over the past year. Again, thank you, have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. If you’re spending it with family and friends, enjoy the opportunity to celebrate together. If you’re driving, please stay safe on the roads! We’ll see you all soon, at the local park, at the Youth World Cup and at the National Touch League. From everyone at the ATA.
QUEENSLAND (QLD)Play # 6 North Queensland Junior Championships a successThe North Queensland Junior Touch Championships were played at Townsville’s Queens Park on the weekend.Over 80 teams from all over the North Queensland Region participated in age categories from 10 –16 Years in Boys and Girls divisions.Teams travelled from all over North Queensland including Inisfail, Gordonvale, Bowen, Atherton, Mackay and Cairns, as well as a strong presence from local Townsville clubs Frogs, Brothers, and Sharks.Fellow Townsville clubs Rum Runners, Redskins and Jots Tigers also nominated several teams in the highly popular tournament that has become a key junior development event in the North.The highlight of the tournament was a thrilling drop-off in the 16 Years Girls division that saw local hopes Rum Runners outlast the well drilled Kirwin High School combination.RESULTS OF FINALSDIVISION: GIRLS 10 Years: Gordonvale 5 Defeated Innisfail 3 Player of the Final: Lauren Senni – GordonvaleDIVISION: BOYS 10 Years: Frogs Black 8 Defeated Sharks Blue 5 Player of the Final: Elliot Dale – Frogs BlackDIVISION: GIRLS 12 Years: Redskins 3 Defeated Innisfail 1 Player of the Final Maddison Cappler – RedskinsDIVISION: BOYS 12 Years: Sharks Black 7 Defeated Bowen 1 Player of the Final: Klane Stone – Sharks BlackDIVISION: GIRLS 14 Years: Cairns 4 Defeated Bowen 0 Player of the Final: Connie Finlay – Cairns DIVISION: BOYS 14 Years: Bowen 6 Defeated Brothers 4 Player of the Final: Karmen Power – BowenDIVISION: GIRLS 16 Years: DROP OFF: Rum Runners 6 Defeated Kirwan High 5Player of the Final:Sarah Monaghan – KirwanDIVISION: BOYS 16 Years: Frogs Green 4 Defeated Brothers 2 Player of the Final: Craig O’Connor – Frogs Green MOST PROMISING REFEREE: Kieran RyanOther Events: The Queensland Primary School AllSchools will be played this weekend 10-11 November at the Redlands Touchfields.The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.auThat’s it for this weeks edition of “A Set of Six”.Please check each State website to keep up to date with all the news, views, and information from around the nation. Other Events: The Victorian Trans Tasman series will be held on Sunday 16th December at Elwood Park from 9am. Both Victorian Australian and New Zealand origin squads have been selected, and both feature some of Victoria’s best players representing different affiliates around Victoria. This week the VT League Road Show moves to Hawthorn at HA Smith Reserve, which is next to the hallowed turf of the Kooyong Tennis Club, the former home of the Australian Open. The games begin at 3pm on Saturday. The new Freeway Twilight affiliate kicked off their inaugural season on Friday 2nd November, at Freeway Reserve in Mulgrave. Seventeen mixed teams are taking part in what should be an exciting first season for all involved, and some brilliant touch was played on the opening night.The Victorian Touch website: www.victouch.com.au Men: Casey Cougars 9 d Bayside Vipers 4; University Blues 8 d Melbourne City Lions 5 Touch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Twenty Seven.SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play: # 1South Australian Summer competitions to commenceSummer competitions in South Australia are commencing this week with 7 metropolitan affiliates and 6 country affiliates eagerly anticipating the season’s tap off.Touch Football South Australia are also working with the establishment of two new affiliates, Victor Harbour and Adelaide ShoresOther events: Last weekend saw the results of a four-month Elite Programs process with three South Australian teams competing in the 2007 Canberra Cup.The process started in July with a number of Australian players and coaches attending the Mitchell Cup High Performance Development weekend. The Women’s, Mixed and Men’s teams have been in squad training mode since and gained valuable experience by playing against high quality teams on the weekend at the Canberra Cup.The Women’s Team made the semi-finals, and whilst the Mixed and Men’s teams struggled a little on the scoreboard, the experience gained will hold all players in good stead for their National Touch League preparations in 2008.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Play: # 2Canberra Cup action fast and furiousThe third Annual Canberra Cup contested over the weekend of 2-4 November 2007 was an overwhelming success with local and interstate players and referees converging on the Deakin fields.Fans were treated to some high quality performances in the premier Men’s and Women’s Open division Grand Finals.The Woden Eagles claimed the Open double by defeating the Tuggeranong Vikings in the Men’s, and the Canberra City in the Women’s division.Mexicans won the Social division of the tournament.ACT Touch would like to thank all teams and referees who traveled for the tournament, especially those from South AustraliaThe tournament was a great chance for ACT based players to play alongside and against some of Australia’s finest touch players and there are plans to expand the tournament next year.Other Events: The ACT Super League competition is in full swing and finals for this competition will be played on Saturday 1 December 2007, followed by the ACTTA presentation evening. Junior Touch continues to grow in the ACT with 135 teams commencing in the Summer junior competitions this week.The Australian Capital Territory website: www.acttouch.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play # 3 Darwin AusTouch Program going from strength to strengthAn Austouch clinic being held at the Darwin touch fields is into its second week and has been a great success with 25 enthusiastic participant tearing up the touch fields.Each week the kids are put through their paces with a range of drills and they are improving each session. Game play begins this week and with three weeks to go until the AusTouch program is completed, the children are eagerly anticipating the chance to put their skill development into practice.In other news, The Darwin Women’s Division One competition had an unexpected visitor on Monday night, with Australian Women’s Open World Cup hero Bo De la Cruz making an appearance for bottom of the ladder Divas. Bo’s skill and experience guided the Divas to their first win of the season. The “Young Divas” defeated Crocs 6-5 in an impressive performance that would have given the young guns a lot of encouragement for the rest of the season.In other games Scorpions accounted for All About Us 5-3 and Palmerston Bulls had the bye.In the Men’s Division One competition, the unbeaten Dream Team easily accounted for an undermanned Palmerston Bulls to the tune of 7-1.Bundy Bears continued on their winning way with a solid 8-3 win over Incredibles.Crocs put on a clinic in their 15-2 pasting of Honkers.Other Events: NT Touch would like to congratulate their 12 and 15 Years Boys and Girls teams who returned from the School Sport Australia Touch Championships held in Victoria last week.The Boys and Girls 15 Years teams won their respective Plate Finals, whilst the 12 Years Boys and Girls finished a creditable fourth in their divisions.The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 4WA Super League off to a flyerThe first two rounds of the WA Super League kicked off with a bang at Rosalie on Sunday the 4th of November 2007. It was a hot November day, with the thermometer reaching 30 and more action on the fields than the nearby Red Bull Air Race. Southern and Brothers threw down the gauntlet to the other affiliates in both Men’s and Women’s Open divisions, being undefeated after two rounds.Last year’s champions in the Women’s division, Northern had a mixed day with a draw and a loss, not the start they were would have hoped for in defending their crown.Tompkins Park was impressive in the Women’s section, putting in a spirited effort to draw with Northern. In the Men’s Open competition, Southern scored a hard fought 8-6 victory over a highly competitive Fremantle combination. In the refereeing ranks, John “JB” Bedford put on a fine performance on his birthday, while another Level 6, Karen Woods, flew down from Karratha to be involved in the festivities. ResultsPerth Brothers 9 defeated Fremantle 2 Northern 4 drew with Tompkins Park 4Southern 13 defeated Rosalie 1Perth Brothers 8 defeated Northern 2Southern 6 defeated Fremantle 4Tompkins Park 6 defeated Rosalie 1 Men’s Per Perth Brothers 13 defeated Fremantle 2Southern 15 defeated Rosalie 2Perth Brothers 12 defeated Northern 6Southern Stars 8 defeated Fremantle 6Next Saturday Round 3 will be hosted by the Perth Brothers club at Rosher Park. Brothers are well known for their hospitality and atmosphere. They will no doubt put on a show on and off the field. The highlight should be the clashes between top of the table teams in both divisions, Brothers and Southern. Other Events: Joondalup Touch Association will commence their Mixed competition this Wednesday evening with 16 teams doing battle. Nathan Purdy and Coralie Wong who have done a wonderful job in developing the relatively new affiliate will administer the competition. Joondalup also launches their AusTouch program this week with a new brigade of budding Joondalup juniors ready to swell the playing ranks.The Western Australian Touch Association website: www.touchwest.comVICTORIA (VIC)Play # 5 VT League Grand Final Spectacular LoomingThe Inaugural VT League Grand Final date and venue has been confirmed for Andersons Reserve on Williamtown Road in Port Melbourne on Saturday 1st December 2007. The finals series starts from 2.30pm with the Women’s Semi Finals, followed by the Men’s Semi Finals at 3.30pm.The Women’s Grand Final is at 5.15pm, followed by the Men’s Grand Final at 6.15pm. Touch Football Victoria will be hosting their first state council AGM on 1st December 2007 at the VT League grand final venue. After the AGM there will be a state development forum, followed by all the action of the VT League finals series.Results of Round 5 of the VT League played at Monash University: Women: Bayside Vipers 5 d Casey Cougars 4 (after extra time); Melbourne City Lions 7 d University Blues 4
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nottingham Forest boss Karanka: Mourinho’s greatest strength is…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka is full of praise for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.The pair worked together at Real Madrid.”His honesty,” Karanka told Mundo Deportivo.“With him, I clearly saw that it’s better to face a player, to say things as you see them. Other coaches promise things that they then don’t fulfil or create expectations that never come to pass.“It’s better to say things to a player as you see them and Jose always did it that way with them, looking for the best for the group, which maybe was not the best for the individual as a footballer, but it was the best for the group. He used to look to be fair.”
Tottenham boss Pochettino: These defeats can happenby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says they can’t dwell on defeat to Wolves.The 1-3 result at Wembley was a shock.But Pochettino says: “Always, every single defeat is disappointing, but these type of games always happen during the season and of course, it’s difficult.”I thought we were in control but in the last 15, 20 minutes it was disappointing in the way we conceded the first goal and then it was difficult to find the energy to be in the game, we started to be wrong in the way we tried but now we need to move on and be ready for the next game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Veronique in Barcelona to close Rabiot dealby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona’s push to close a deal for PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot has accelerated in the last 24 hours.Paris United reports Rabiot’s mother and agent, Veronique, is currently in Barcelona to negotiate terms.With his deal at PSG due to expire in June, Rabiot is free to discuss pre-contract terms with foreign clubs.Veronique wil spent the weekend in the city in an attempt to agree a contract with Barca officials.For the moment, the focus is on signing Rabiot on a Bosman transfer at the end of this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say EUROPA LEAGUE: Greenwood the difference as Man Utd labour to winby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United made hard work of their first UEFA encounter against opposition from Kazakhstan needing a goal from teenager Mason Greenwood to save their blushes.Utd last won this competition in 2017 and opened their campaign with a home fixture against Astana, champions of Kazakhstan for the past five seasons and who negotiated four summer qualifying ties to reach the group stage.The end of a scoreless first half was greeted with muted silence by the Utd supporters as despite dominating for long periods and creating chances they lacked quality when it mattered which might be expected from an inexperienced side selected by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The home side are unbeaten in nine UEFA Europa League home games and have a perfect record in the group stage and should have at least scored twice before the break with all their chances falling in the first 20 minutes.But once this period had elapsed Utd laboured to find a way through the defence of Astana. It might have been different had Fred not hit the woodwork in the 2nd minute. Marcus Rashford twice had efforts well saved from close range and Greenwood curled one narrowly wide.Yet sloppy play at the back almost gifted goals to the visitors against the run of play. Twice Phil Jones was caught out and whilst the offside flag saved his blushes once Roman Murtzazayev should have done better when racing clear only to hit a weak shot.Another frantic start as the second half began saw Marcos Rojo’s hard low cross evade the onrushing Utd forwards and Greenwood saw his deflected shot trickle narrowly wide. Fred curled a free kick well but Nenad Eric save comfortably.But as before Utd were nearly caught out on the break but Dorian Rotariu poked wide at the far post as the Kazakhstan outfit began to gain confidence.But just as the crowd were getting restless 17 year old Greenwood beat his marker before drilling home the opener on 73 minutes. The lead should have been doubled but substitute Jesse Lingard crashed a shot against the cross bar.Astana have now only one European away win in their last eleven matches and whilst they had a late flurry it was the hosts who begin their Europa League group stage with a win.Full TimeMan Utd: 1 (Greenwood 73)FC Astana: 0Att: 50,783
Liverpool youngster van den Berg earns huge praise for UYL performanceby Ansser Sadiq5 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool youngster Sepp van den Berg was among the players that earned the most praise after their UEFA Youth League success.The Reds managed a 2-0 win over Genk in the Youth League, which puts them in a great position to get into the knockout rounds.Layton Stewart scored a penalty and captain Curtis Jones got another.But it was summer signing van den Berg, a central defender, who stole the show from the off.”Sepp has settled in and you can see that, especially compared to the last Youth League game,” Liverpool youth coach Barry Lewtas told reporters. “It takes time to adjust to new coaches and a new environment, and he is also moving in between age groups.”His performance shows he is moving in the right direction and I’m really pleased for him.”He was doing more talking, and is getting used to partnerships and how we do things.”I don’t spend a lot of time in his company, he comes with us for the Youth League, but around the building he seems to be settling in.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
SYRACUSE, NY – DECEMBER 17: General view of the back of a Syracuse Orange warm up shirt to honor former player Pearl Washington prior to the game against the Georgetown Hoyas at the Carrier Dome on December 17, 2016 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)Former Syracuse star Dwayne “Pearl” Washington has passed away this morning at the age of 52 after losing his battle with a brain tumor. The news was announced by Syracuse’s Athletics web site. The great Pearl Washington has passed away. The entire Orange Nation mourns. https://t.co/RhsNsNjfDm— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) April 20, 2016Washington was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2015 and his health had deteriorated in recent months. This season, Syracuse fans began raising money to help pay for his care and the Orange wore orange warm-up shirts with “Pearl” written in white script, a tribute to the script lettering Syracuse wore during Washington’s three seasons with the program. Washington starred for the Orange from 1983-84 through 1985-86, helping to raise the team’s national profile while simultaneously bringing the Big East to new heights. He earned All-American status in each of his three seasons.Our thought and prayers are with Pearl, his family and the entire Syracuse basketball community during this difficult time.
ESPN The Magazine has released its college football preview, and it is jam-packed with predictions for the upcoming season. In the Big 12, the publication sees the Oklahoma Sooners repeating as champion, with a 65.4-percent chance to win the conference, per the Football Power Index. You can view their College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six bowl predictions here. Here’s how ESPN has the Big 12 shaking out this fall.1. Oklahoma 2. Oklahoma State 3. Baylor 4. West Virginia 5. Texas 6. TCU 7. Texas Tech 8. Kansas State 9. Iowa State 10. KansasPlayers of the Year:Offense: Oklahoma quarterback Baker MayfieldDefense: Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson—–The magazine is on newsstands now. [ESPN]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
The United States women’s national soccer team won their second straight World Cup and fourth overall with a 2-0 defeat of the Netherlands.A scoreless game at the half, the deadlock was broken when Megan Rapinoe slotted home a penalty following a VAR review, which found Stefanie van der Gragt had fouled Alex Morgan in the area.Rose Lavelle added a second to set the USWNT on their way, while Alyssa Naeher maintained the clean sheet in the victory. 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 victory sees Jill Ellis’ side successfully defend their World Cup title won in 2015, while adding to triumphs in 1991 and 1999.Their four titles is the most of any nation since the tournament began in 1991, with Germany the closest with two titles.A physical contest between the top ranked team in the world and the reigning European champions, playing in their first final, saw the sides go into the half without a goal, thanks in large part to the efforts of Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal.But in a World Cup which has seen VAR usage dominate the conversation, it again came to the fore 15 minutes into the second half.Van der Gragt struck Morgan’s shoulder with a high boot, but referee Stephanie Frappart believed the defender got the ball and signaled for a corner.26 – USA have scored 26 goals at the 2019 Women’s World Cup – more than any other side in a single edition of the competition. Prolific. #FIFAWWC #USANED pic.twitter.com/2oMShEaWMf — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 7, 2019 Instead replay showed the foul and after a review, Frappart pointed to the spot, allowing Rapinoe to step up and give the USWNT the 1-0 advantage and put the Netherlands behind for the first time in the tournament.In doing so, Rapinoe netted her sixth goal of the competition, bringing her a share of the Golden Boot with team-mate Alex Morgan and England’s Ellen White, as well as making her the oldest player at age 34 to score in a World Cup final and the first to convert a penalty in a final.Lavelle’s goal completed a record-setting haul for the U.S. women, as it was their 26th goal of the competition. No other side has ever scored more at a Women’s World Cup – surpassing the 1991 USWNT as well as Germany’s 2003 side, which both had 25 en route to a title.It also continues a run of dominance from the USWNT that has seen them lost just once in their last 45 matches – a 3-1 defeat to France last January, amassing a record of 39-1-5 over that span.
Jim Harbaugh had a rough night. Michigan’s head coach witnessed his Wolverines’ team fall on the road to Notre Dame.It was yet another big-game loss for Harbaugh’s Wolverines, who are now 9-9 in their last 18 . games under the head coach.Michigan had a chance to potentially tie the game late, but the Wolverines’ drive fell short. Harbaugh wanted a penalty called on the fourth-down attempt. He didn’t get it.A video of Harbaugh yelling at the refs, with ESPN’s Lee Corso watching closely, is going viral on social media.It’s pretty great:Lee Corso’s Disappointed Dad Face pic.twitter.com/GZtNtY5MTO— Boba Bettis (@CBusIrish) September 2, 2018Welp.Michigan and Harbaugh will have another chance at a win next Saturday. The Wolverines are set to have their home opener against Western Michigan at noon.
FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 24: A view as the TCU Horned Frogs take on the Baylor Bears at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Earlier this season, the TCU Horned Frogs gave Ohio State everything it could handle for the majority of their game. The Buckeyes used a late comeback to win the game, though it could have gone TCU’s way if a trick play had worked out.It didn’t. After that loss to Ohio State, TCU’s season has unraveled and the Horned Frogs entered this afternoon’s game against Oklahoma with a .500 record.Early in Saturday’s game against the Sooners, TCU fell down 28-7 and decided that was enough to make a change at the quarterback position.Quarterback Shawn Robinson was benched after completing just three-of-eight passes for 21 yards. To make matters worse for Robinson, his replacement, Michael Collins came in and threw a 49-yard touchdown pass.Michael Collins has replaced Shawn Robinson at QB for TCU— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) October 20, 2018Oklahoma leads TCU 28-14 midway through the second quarter.The Sooners and Horned Frogs are facing off on ABC. Will the quarterback change be enough to lead TCU back from the brink?
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Speculation about Urban Meyer’s future as Ohio State’s head football coach has been rampant for much of the 2018 regular season.Meyer, of course, was suspended at the start of the season for his role in the Zach Smith scandal, and there are some who think the Buckeyes’ head coach hasn’t looked right this year.The Ohio State head coach has sternly clapped back at any of this talk. He says he’ll be coaching at Ohio State in 2019.Meyer’s wife, Shelley, appears to be on board with that, too.Check out her latest message to the Ohio State head coach:“Keep going, Urbs. You can do this,” she wrote.Keep going, Urbs. You can do this. ? https://t.co/pXN0hFit8z— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) November 13, 2018OK then.Ohio State is set to play Maryland this weekend before hosting Michigan in Columbus on Thanksgiving weekend.The Buckeyes, 9-1, remain in Big Ten championship and College Football Playoff contention.
OXFORD, MS – NOVEMBER 17: General view of fans watching the game between the LSU Tigers and the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field November 17, 2007 in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 41-24. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)A major college football program’s athletic director revealed on Sunday that he’s reached out to his conference about the officiating.Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork released a statement on Sunday regarding the officiating in his team’s overtime loss to Vanderbilt.There was an extremely controversial call late in the game, when an apparent Ole Miss touchdown was overturned by a replay review.This is an AJ Brown TD…..sec officials are horrendous. pic.twitter.com/ErgAMdmLm6— Stacey Cain (@olemsgal02) November 18, 2018Ole Miss’ athletic director released a statement on Sunday, revealing that he spoke with the conference to attempt to get an explanation on what happened.Follow up from last night. Go Rebels! pic.twitter.com/IDduJqVeeb— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) November 18, 2018The loss was a crucial one for Ole Miss, as the Rebels fell to 5-6 on the season, while Vanderbilt improved to 5-6.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Acting head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season has not quite ended yet, but there’s already plenty to look forward to in the 2019 season.Sports Illustrated did a breakdown of the 2019 season and pointed to two coaches who were likely to change the college football landscape.The first name to note was Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley. Heading into his third year at the helm, Riley has already led the Sooners to back-to-back Big 12 titles and College Football Playoff appearances.Oklahoma’s coach is, at the end of 2018, both two years and two Heisman winners deep into his tenure as the Sooner’s headman. (Oh, he also has two playoff berths on his resume in that span.) Riley may be the most fascinating coach in the game, both in terms of what he’s achieved in Norman behind Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray and due to questions, which should increase, about if and when he’ll jump to the next level. Just imagine if Murray decides to hold off or give up baseball and instead quarterback in the NFL. Imagine if his career starts going the way Mayfield’s has this fall—that is to say, well. Riley’s system prepares his players for the next level, and he’s proven he can have wild success with two quarterbacks who possess hugely different skill sets. His offenses at Oklahoma have been as productive as they are efficient, the Air Raid scheme that forms the basis of his philosophy has gained traction in the NFL in recent years. Riley’s name will continue to be linked to open pro jobs, and it’ll be fascinating to see how long he stays at Oklahoma (two more decades seems as likely as two more years), as well as what he can do with quarterbacks to come.The other head coach of note is Ohio State head coach Ryan Day. Following Urban Meyer’s retirement after the upcoming Rose Bowl, Day will take over as the full-time head coach.Day is about to embark on a journey at Ohio State that will look similar to Riley’s at Oklahoma. Once the Buckeyes finish the Rose Bowl, Urban Meyer will retire, and his 39-year-old offensive coordinator will take over. Like Riley, Day has spent a few seasons with the team he’s about to inherit, but he’s not entrenched in its history and system—which means he isn’t necessarily tied to its faults. Day will inherit a talented roster (one that’ll be significantly easier to win with should quarterback Dwayne Haskins stick around) with defensive issues that need to be remedied, and he has all the pieces to keep on winning. But he’s also not Meyer, who’s the third-winningest coach in the history of the game; bemoan his unconscionable proclivity toward looking the other way off the field all you want, but this is a coach who can define a program. Ohio State will face and adjustment under Day, and next fall, he’ll be the most fascinating new coach to watch, under one of the sport’s brightest spotlights. How he shapes Ohio State in this new era will have a bigger ripple effect in the Big Ten and among college football’s power structure of contenders—and if he succeeds the way Riley has early, that model of promoting a young hotshot coordinator might catch on even more than it has.Regardless of whether they can lead their teams to even better records than 2018, the teams to beat are still Alabama and Georgia.
Johnny “Lam” Jones, a storied Texas Longhorns multi-sport athlete from the late 1970s, has died. Jones passed away at 60 years old after a battle with myeloma cancer.Jones was a running back and wide receiver for the Longhorns, named to the Sporting News All-American team in 1979. He was a two-time All-Southwestern Conference player as a junior and senior.In 1980, he was selected by the New York Jets as the No. 2 overall pick. He went on to a seven year NFL career, finishing with brief stints on the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys.Jones caught 138 passes for 2,322 yards and 13 touchdowns in the NFL.Johnny “Lam” Jones’ bigger impact as an athlete was in track and field, where he won Olympic gold.In 1976, as an 18-year old, he competed in the Montreal Summer Olympics. He was a member of the gold-medal winning 4×100 meters relay.Jones ran the second leg, setting a world record at 38.33 seconds in the race. He also finished sixth in the 100 meter spring in those Olympic Games.Jones was inducted to both the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, and the Texas Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame.Our thoughts go out to his family, and everyone else affected by his passing.
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers talks with his team prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Levi’s Stadium on January 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Although Clemson enters next season as one of the favorites to win the national championship, the team will be shorthanded on the offensive line. Redshirt Sophomore Noah DeHond will have to retire from football due to an injury to his neck.DeHond missed all of the 2018 season because he needed to undergo surgery on his neck. The hope was that the procedure would minimize the pain in that area.Unfortunately DeHond is still dealing with a significant amount of nerve damage to his neck. It’ll force him to end his career with the Tigers after only two seasons.Last night, the former three-star recruit issued a heartfelt message to everyone involved with the football program.“So, as of today I am officially retiring from the game of football. Words can’t express how much this game means to me. It has taken me places I could have only dreamed of and has brought people into my life who I will never forget. This game has helped forge who I am today and I am nothing but proud of that,” DeHond said.Here is his full statement from his Twitter account:To everyone who helped me get to where I am and to everyone who supported me while I wore the Orange and white, thank you. pic.twitter.com/rr5QOfpqeJ— Noah DeHond (@NDeHond) April 15, 2019This has to be a tough decision for DeHond, but hopefully the program provides him the support he needs to remain healthy.We wish him well on the next chapter of his career.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Tennessee’s rough season continued today with the news that linebacker Will Ignont has left the program.Head coach Jeremy Pruitt said Ignont left due to unspecified personal reasons. The onetime four-star recruit started the first two games of the season for the Vols, making a career-high eight tackles against BYU.However, he was moved to a reserve role when Daniel Bituli returned from injury and did not travel with the team to Gainesville for last weekend’s loss to Florida.In addition to Ignont, linebacker Shanon Reid and wide receiver Jacquez Jones have reportedly entered the transfer portal, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Will Ignont has left Tennessee’s roster for personal reasons. “He won’t be with us anymore,” Jeremy Pruitt said.— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 25, 2019Ignont finishes his Tennessee career with 68 tackles in 21 games.The Vols are 1-3 on the season after Saturday’s 34-3 loss to the Gators. Things aren’t looking up with games against Georgia and Alabama on the horizon in October.Over the weekend, there was speculation that a major change could be coming in Knoxville, with AD Philip Fulmer removing Pruitt and reprising his role as head coach of the Volunteers.