first_imgVirgil van Dijk has said ‘the time has come’ for a defender to get the Ballon d’Or as speculation builds that he is in the frame to scoop football’s top individual award.The Liverpool defender has already collected the PFA’s Player of the Year award as his performances at the heart of the Reds defense inspired them to Champions League glory and a second-place finish in the Premier League.The Netherlands international said he preferred his team’s win in the Champions League to personal honours, but admitted he was pleased to be considered for individual gongs as well. 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? “To get the PFA Player of the Year is a fantastic honour,” Van Dijk told Liverpool’s official website, “it’s the highest honour you can get because it’s voted by your fellow peers.“I said it back then as well, I would trade it for the Champions League. Luckily, I didn’t have to.“It’s an honour if people are talking about [the Ballon d’Or], but what can I do? I have no influence on anything.“I can’t deny I had a pretty good season last year, so the only thing I can do now is just focus on the new season, getting fit, stay fit and hopefully get an even better season than I had last year.“I can understand the fact that normally strikers or No. 10’s win these awards because it’s more attractive to see. But maybe the time has come to change it.”The last defender to win the Ballon d’Or was Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.Looking forward to next season, Liverpool’s skipper said his team was focused on challenging on all fronts.The Anfield club were pipped to the title by one point by Manchester City last time out, but Van Dijk believes his team have the drive and the ability to be in the hunt in 2019-20 as well.“As a team, we’re going to try to compete in every competition and obviously it’s going to be hard because there are so many and the league is so tough as well,” the 28-year-old continued, “but the only thing we can do is try.“We will give everything we’ve got and we have the quality as well. We’ll see where that leads us.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgJesse Lingard has been branded “diabolical” and Anthony Martial a “fizzy drink”, with former Manchester United star Paul Ince also taking aim at Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez.A man who once marshalled the midfield for the Red Devils has questioned some of the decisions being made at Old Trafford and the collective quality of the squad.United were unable to secure Champions League qualification again last season, with another managerial change being made, and are now in the process of having to rebuild once more. 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? Ince has suggested that is because too many players are not delivering to the required standard, with four international performers among those to have frustrated the most.”You’ve got Marcus Rashford who scored 11 goals last year and gets a new contract,” Ince told BBC 5Live.”Jesse Lingard was diabolical last year, he really, really was.”Then there’s Alexis Sanchez. They got nothing out of Sanchez whatsoever.”So as much as we’re talking about the defence and Chris Smalling and Harry Maguire, surely we’ve got to be looking at who’s going to be playing up top.”We need to be looking at that because attacking-wise they’re not great.”Martial? He’s a fizzy drink. He pops now and then. One moment he’s great, one moment he’s not.”United are in the process of trying to bring added quality onto their books during the summer transfer window.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given money to spend, with some of that having already been invested in Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.There is the promise of more arrivals to come, with Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes and Leicester defender Maguire among those said to be in the Red Devils’ sights.They have, however, been warned that the former will not come cheap, while the latter is drawing admiring glances from elsewhere.That could make it difficult for United to make all of the additions that they are looking at, which will pile pressure back onto those underperforming stars already on the club’s books.There may also be departures before the next deadline passes, with speculation continuing to suggest that Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba could be among those to move on. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgA general view of Michigan's football stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray wasn’t the only star college football quarterback taken in this year’s MLB Draft. A top Big Ten QB was just picked, too.Michigan’s Shea Patterson, who’s eligible to play for the Wolverines right away this season after transferring from Ole Miss, was just taken in the MLB Draft. He was a 39th round selection.The Texas Rangers took the former five-star recruit with pick No. 1169, labeling Patterson as a third baseman.39 (1169): @Rangers select U Michigan 3B Shea Patterson. https://t.co/dm8BXIAdXv #MLBDraft— MLB Draft Tracker (@MLBDraftTracker) June 6, 2018Don’t worry though, Michigan fans, Patterson isn’t going anywhere.“We know he’ll be with us this season,” Michigan’s official Twitter account wrote immediately after Patterson’s selection.Shea Patterson has been selected in the #MLBDraft. ?But we know he’ll be with us this season. #GoBlue | #ProBlue https://t.co/b3lUglJKtG— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) June 6, 2018That’s good. It’d be pretty brutal for Jim Harbaugh to lose the star quarterback he had been wishing for before he played in a game.Patterson and Michigan are set to open the 2018 season on a big stage. The Wolverines kick off the year on Sept. 1 at Notre Dame. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on NBC.last_img read more

first_imgA picture of USC fans during a home football game.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 26: The USC student section cheers the USC Trojans in the game against the Utah Utes at Los Angeles Coliseum on October 26, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 19-3. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)USC’s football program announced a somewhat surprising decision today, revealing that head coach Clay Helton will return in 2019.The decision is a controversial one, with many arguing that it’s the right call, claiming that Helton deserves at least one more season.Others, meanwhile, believe USC’s fans have made up their mind and that the program needs to just move on.College football insider Stewart Mandel falls into the latter category.“I don’t think anything Swann said is wrong. Helton did have “one bad season.” ND/Kelly did come back from theirs. But USC fans have made up their mind. They’re done with him. There’s no winning then back. That stadium will be empty Week 1 next year,” he tweeted.I don’t think anything Swann said is wrong. Helton did have “one bad season.” ND/Kelly did come back from theirs.But USC fans have made up their mind. They’re done with him. There’s no winning then back. That stadium will be empty Week 1 next year.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 25, 2018Winning can cure a lot of things, though. If USC can find its way back to national prominence in 2019, the fans will eventually start showing up.Probably…last_img read more

first_imgtrevor lawrence celebrates a touchdown against louisvilleCLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 03: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after throwing a touchdown pass against the Louisville Cardinals during their game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season has only been over for a week and already the predictions for 2019 are flowing in.On Thursday, ESPN Staff Writer David Hale revealed his early picks for the 2019 All-America team and included a projection for the best quarterback in the nation.There are several elite options, from Tua Tagovailoa to Jalen Hurts to Justin Fields to Trevor Lawrence.ESPN’s choice?The Clemson quarterback.Sure, Lawrence didn’t even open 2018 as Clemson’s starter, and yes, (Tua) Tagovailoa, the Heisman runner-up, is back for Alabama in 2019. But here’s our firm rule on “way too early” All-Americans: If you, as a true freshman, throw for 347 yards and three touchdowns in a dominant national championship performance against your top competition for this honor, you get the nod. Sorry, Tua. Better luck next season.Lawrence is a sensible choice.In 2018, as a true freshman, Lawrence unseated incumbent starter Kelly Bryant early in the season and threw for 30 touchdowns – 10th in the FBS.His final stats for 2018 were 3,280 passing yards, a 65.1-percent completion rate, 157.2 passer rating, and only four interceptions in 15 games.Of course, the cherry on top for Lawrence was a 347-yard, four-touchdown performance in a 44-16 win over Alabama in the National Championship Game.Lawrence wasn’t the only member of the 2018 national champions to make Hale’s list.Also on the list were running back Travis Etienne, guard John Simpson, and defensive end Xavier Thomas.You can view ESPN’s full preseason All-American team here.last_img read more

first_img COMMITTED!🍢 pic.twitter.com/zcmyNny6fG— Thomas Shrader (@ThomasShrader02) July 28, 2019Among some of the other schools Shrader visited were Auburn, Miami (FL), Duke, Louisville, and Florida.The addition of Shrader gives Florida State 19 commitments in the Class of 2020.247Sports currently ranks Florida State’s recruiting class as No. 3 in the ACC, and No. 13 in the nation.Last year saw Florida State’s decades-long streak of bowl game appearances snapped. Returning to prominence in an increasingly tough ACC is going to require a ton of savvy recruiting. A general view of Florida State's football stadium.TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 5: General view of the Florida State Seminoles during the second half against the Maryland Terrapins on October 5, 2013 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. The Seminoles went to beat the Terrapins 63-0. (Photo by Jeff Gammons/Getty Images)Offensive tackle Thomas Shrader has garnered a lot of attention from across the country, particularly from his native Florida. After making a series of unofficial visits across the Southeast, Shrader has decided on his commitment decision.Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Shrader announced that he would be committing to FSU. The announcement comes one month after he checked out the Florida State campus on an unofficial visit.247Sports rates Shrader as a three-star prospect and the No. 598 overall recruit in the country. He is the No. 48 offensive tackle in the nation, and the No. 87 prospect from the state of Florida.As a sophomore in 2017, Shrader helped Venice High School win the Class 7A Florida State championship.last_img read more

first_imgNew Mexico coach Bob Davie reacts to a play.COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Bob Davie of the New Mexico Lobos reacts to a play during the game against the Air Force Falcons at Falcon Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Tafoya/Getty Images)New Mexico opened its season with a 39-31 win over Sam Houston State today. After the game, news broke that head coach Bob Davie was en route to the hospital.So far, we don’t have firm details on what Davie is dealing with. It is believed to be a heart issue.Since the initial reports, New Mexico has issued an update. Athletic director Eddie Nunez is calling it a “serious medical incident,” which is obviously quite foreboding.From CollegeFootballTalk: In a statement, New Mexico athletic director Eddie Nunez confirmed that, immediately following tonight’s game, Lobos head football coach Bob Davie “was taken to the hospital as a result of what appeared to be a serious medical incident.”“We ask that you keep the Davie family in your prayers.”Davie has been the Lobos head coach since 2012. He helped elevate the program to back-to-back bowls in 2015-16, though the team has fallen off to a pair of 3-9 seasons since.Overall, he is 34–54 with the Lobos, with a 17-39 Mountain West record.Davie is best known for his time as the head coach at Notre Dame. He led the Fighting Irish from 1997-2001, with three bowl appearances in that time. He was 35–25 in South Bend, and was fired after a 5-7 campaign.We’ll have more as it comes out from Albuquerque.[CollegeFootballTalk]last_img read more