About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Lampard delighted with Chelsea academy after Grimsby victoryby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard was delighted with Chelsea’s 7-1 win over Grimsby Town to book their place in the Carabao Cup fourth-round.Academy graduates Reece James, Marc Guehi and Billy Gilmour all started, while back-up Michy Batshuayi took his chance by scoring a double.Lampard said: “It was pleasing on a lot of levels. It was not complete. “But I’m pleased some players who have not been playing so many minutes played, some debuts, and the young lads who came on improved the team which was nice. It’s nice to get that first home win.”I thought Gilmour ran the game from midfield, and Guehi was solid. They’ve been outstanding this year.”And the young subs showed how comfortable they are on the ball. Now the hard work starts to get in the team regularly.”It says a lot about the academy, and nights like this give the opportunity to mix the team up and give them a chance, it gives good recognition to the academy.”
Lazio boss Inzaghi upset with Celtic comebackby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio boss Simone Inzaghi was left frustrated with their Europa League defeat to Celtic.The Biancocelesti had taken the lead and were in control only to lose 2-1 in the final stages.“That’s the ugly thing about football, you don’t get the results you deserve. It’s difficult to swallow a defeat like that,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.“We must realise that we won’t lose many if we maintain this spirit for 90 minutes. It’s already happened to us this season, but I couldn’t have asked much more from my lads.“The second goal was an individual error and you pay a heavy price when a player is allowed to lose his marker. It was a performance where we certainly deserved a different result, but we need to keep working, because evidently what we’re doing is not enough. We must keep believing in ourselves and I feel we’ll go far if we play like this.“It’s a pity, we deserved more in this wonderful arena.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Clemson has lost a pair of former five-star recruits from its roster in the last few weeks, but the Tigers keep chugging along. Most programs couldn’t shrug off having a quarterback like Hunter Johnson leaving campus.Johnson was the No. 30 overall player in the class of 2017. 247Sports ranked him second among pro-style quarterbacks.Even with that pedigree as a recruit, Johnson was likely set to begin the season as the third quarterback on the depth chart for the Tigers. Starter Kelly Bryant led Clemson to the College Football Playoff last season, while true freshman Trevor Lawrence is set to take the spot behind him on the depth chart.While Johnson was a five-star player, Lawrence was the top recruit in his recruiting class. He is considered one of the top quarterback recruits in recent memory, and some think he may even push Bryant during the season.Hunter Johnson has transferred to Northwestern, and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney will be rooting for him from ACC country.Swinney was asked about Johnson during a media session today. He had nothing but positive things to say about the former Tiger, when asked if he had spoken to him since the announcement. Via 247Sports:“I have. I talked to him and Fitz (Pat Fitzgerald). I’m really glad it worked out that way. He told me early on that that was probably what he was going to do. I reached out to Fitz, who I have a lot of respect for and he’s a friend. It was a tough decision for Hunter. I am not surprised that we have a quarterback who decided to transfer. I was just surprised by the timing. I really felt like if anything happened, it would probably be after the season. He’s an unbelievable talent. He’s gonna be a pro. He’s gonna play this game a long time. A guy that I’ll be connected to forever. I’ll be friends with him forever. He’s truly one of the best players and one of the best young people I’ve ever been around. I wish him well and know he’s in a good place. I’m pulling for him all the way through and can’t wait to watch him be successful.”Johnson, an Indiana native, considered in-state Big Ten programs Indiana and Purdue as well. He ultimately settled on the Wildcats, which have a recent history of solid quarterback play.Swinney’s handling on players leaving his program has been refreshing. Defensive tackle Josh Belk was one of the top defensive tackles in the class of 2018, and just months after enrolling at Clemson, he decided to leave the program.He was granted a full release, and will now play for Clemson’s hated rival South Carolina instead. Of course, it is a bit easier to be lenient with these things with a national championship and three straight College Football Playoff berths in your back pocket.[247Sports]
KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 15: Florida Gators football helmets on the field before the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)One of the top recruits from Florida’s 2018 recruiting class has reportedly been arrested for the second time this year. According to a report from 247Sports, wide receiver Justin Watkins was arrested on four charges earlier this week.Watkins is facing four charges, including two third-degree felonies. He faces false imprisonment-kidnapping and domestic battery by strangulation charges.Following the report from Thomas Goldkamp, Florida head coach Dan Mullen has reportedly suspended the former high school star.Details of the incident that sent Watkins to Alachua County Jail have not been released.Updated: Coach Dan Mullen has suspended Justin Watkins from all team activities effective immediately. https://t.co/ImQb3ZwTyc— Thomas Goldkamp (@ThomasGoldkamp) July 24, 2018Watkins was arrested earlier this year on a misdemeanor trespassing charge. He allegedly followed a female student, took her phone, and then smashed it on the ground. Watkins allegedly then followed the student, kicked her car and tried to let air out of the tires.Watkins was a top 100 recruit in the 2018 class. The former high school wide receiver was set to add cornerback depth for the Gators this season.[247Sports]
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: A general view of the Florida State Seminoles and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 17, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Following last night’s bombshell ESPN report about a “toxic culture” within Maryland football, head coach DJ Durkin was among the staffers placed on administrative leave. The controversy is already having recruiting ramification for the Terrapins.Earlier this year, offensive lineman Jordan McNair died days after reportedly collapsing at a team workout. It has since been reported that he suffered heatstroke.Unnamed players at the workout said that McNair was made to finish the last of his 110 yard sprints, despite the fact that he could not keep his head up, and was clearly unwell.The ESPN report details numerous other instances of horrible workout conditions, and abusive treatment of players by staff members. Multiple former Maryland staffers were quoted in the piece.Today, Parker Moorer, a three-star offensive lineman out of Charlotte, decommitted from Maryland football.He made the announcement via Twitter. It did not directly cite the controversy surrounding the program, but it is not hard to interpret the timing of the decision.All glory to god!! ?? pic.twitter.com/G08CUSWgFw— Parker Moorer ?? (@pmoorer___) August 11, 2018Tight ends coach David Bucar, the only coach referenced in the tweet, was a recent addition to the UMD staff. He previously worked under new offensive coordinator and now, interim head coach, Matt Canada while at LSU and Pitt.Moorer also holds offers from Louisville, Rutgers, Syracuse, West Virginia, and others.247Sports ranks him as the No. 766 player in the country. He’s the No. 38 player from North Carolina.
While Stephen A. Smith’s style may not be for everyone, it’s hard to deny that he’s one of the most successful on-air personalities in sports. As such, if he’s giving advice, you should probably listen up.This week, Smith was up in upstate New York to talk to Syracuse’s football players. Smith may not have any experience playing football, but what he said seemed to resonate with the team.In fact, Smith’s advice can be applied to all aspects of life. The message? You need to take control of your situation to maximize your potential.Here’s a bit of what Smith had to say:“If you see somebody that’s better than you, if you look in your mind’s eye and you know that’s somebody has something that you don’t, why not ask yourself why? Why not ask yourself how you can get it? Who told you that they get to have a monopoly on greatness?You’re living. You’re breathing. You’re eating. You’re working. How come you can’t get it?”Syracuse tweeted video of two minutes of Smith’s speech. What he’s saying makes a lot of sense.Maximize your potential. pic.twitter.com/aY0snUs83i— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) August 19, 2018Syracuse’s football program has been down for almost two decades now, and last year, the team finished with a 4-8 record. If the 2018 season is the start of a turnaround, perhaps Smith’s speech will have been one of the reasons why.
NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 20: A general view during the game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Army Black Knights at Yankee Stadium on November 20, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)Week 12 of the 2018 college football season doesn’t feature a ton of intriguing matchups, but there are still a couple of huge games on the schedule.Today, ESPN’s group of college football analysts unveiled their picks for Week 12’s biggest games.We have some major upset picks.Four ESPN reporters are picking one of the top teams in the country to fall.Four ESPN reporters have decided to pick No. 12 Syracuse to upset No. 3 Notre Dame in New York, as the game is being played at Yankee Stadium.This would be Notre Dame’s first loss of the season. It would probably eliminate the Fighting Irish from College Football Playoff contention.You can view all of ESPN’s picks here.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan’s football program has landed some big recruiting news amid its biggest week of the regular season.Jalen Perry, one of the top defensive backs in the 2019 class, has committed to the Wolverines.The four-star cornerback, ranked the No. 19 player at his position by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, chose Michigan over South Carolina, among other programs.Perry announced his decision on Twitter.Officially CO〽️〽️ITTED to Michigan! #GoBlue 〽️???? pic.twitter.com/Qfg37kQV0T— Jalen Perry (@JalenPerry03) November 19, 2018Perry is ranked the No. 171 overall recruit in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Michigan’s 2019 class is ranked the No. 9 class in the country.
COLUMBIA, MO – SEPTEMBER 23: Quarterback Drew Lock #3 of the Missouri Tigers passes during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Missouri football finished its 2018 season on a high note. The Tigers lead Arkansas 38-0 with just over five minutes left in today’s season finale, and will finish the year 8-4, with a 4-4 SEC record.Drew Lock has 221 yards yards and two touchdowns in the game.Thank you, @DrewLock23 pic.twitter.com/wqIzDOOqni— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) November 23, 2018Lock and company had already clinched bowl eligibility. Now, we have a decent idea of where the Tigers could wind up.With Missouri right in the middle of the SEC, and the league’s many bowl affiliations, the projections are all over the place. Entering today’s game, I found five different bowl possibilities floated by various outlets.Missouri football in the Music City Bowl:The most popular destination for the Tigers in Nashville, though there is far from a consensus on the opponent. A few solid ACC teams could fit the bill.247, ESPN: Missouri vs. NC StateAthlon, Bleacher Report: Missouri vs. PittCBS Sports: Missouri vs. Boston CollegeMissouri football in the Gator Bowl:After the Music City Bowl, there are a number of single projections for games.ESPN‘s Kyle Bonagura has the Tigers facing Michigan State in Jacksonville.Missouri football in the Outback Bowl:Michigan State could be a potential match-up for Missouri in a few different games. SB Nation has the Tigers taking on the Spartans in this Tampa-based game.Missouri football in the Liberty Bowl:This is the lone projection for Mizzou to face a Big 12 team. Sports Illustrated has the Tigers facing Oklahoma State.Missouri football in the Belk Bowl:One final projection sends the Tigers to Charlotte. Sporting News likes Missouri to face Virginia in the Belk Bowl. The Hoos currently trail rival Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, which could hurt this possibility.
The NFL Draft is roughly one month away, and buzz surrounding the biggest event of the offseason is growing. With mock drafts circulating on several platforms, Mel Kiper Jr. just released his latest edition for every first-round pick.Once again, the top pick in this mock draft is Kyler Murray. The Oklahoma superstar has the proper skillset that fits perfectly for the Arizona Cardinals. After all, head coach Kliff Kingsbury is fond of the Heisman Trophy winner.Another no-brainer selection thought of by most is Nick Bosa to the San Francisco 49ers. His ability to get after the quarterback is far too impressive to pass up with the No. 2 overall selection.Kiper had some interesting picks in the early half of the draft, which includes Dwayne Haskins to the New York Giants. This would signify the franchise choosing their successor for Eli Manning.The ESPN analyst also revealed his landing spot for D.K. Metcalf, who put the league on notice during the NFL Combine. Kiper places the Ole Miss product in Green Bay to play alongside Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams.Here is a recap of the most notable predictions that Kiper made in his mock draft:Less than a month away, @MelKiperESPN’s got his picks in for some of the biggest names in the NFL draft ✅ pic.twitter.com/Q7dTp12PE6— ESPN (@espn) March 26, 2019Irv Smith Jr. to the New England Patriots would make tons of sense for the defending champions. He’d provide the team a replacement for Rob Gronkowski, who announced his retirement over the weekend on Instagram.Other intriguing predictions includes Drew Lock to the Miami Dolphins, Quinnen Williams to the Oakland Raiders, and Devin Bush to the Cincinnati Bengals.The full mock draft can be seen here on ESPN+ for those with a subscription.