Mexico Javier Hernandez denies escorts were at pre-World Cup party Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 16:43 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Mexico Javier Hernández Germany v Mexico World Cup The West Ham striker has reacted to stories in Mexico that their pre-tournament party was a 24-hour event attended by over 30 VIP escorts Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez has denied claims that more than 30 escorts were present at a party held by Mexico players ahead of the World Cup.The El Tri squad celebrated their friendly win over Scotland with a party in Mexico City, which made headlines in the country due to claims of debauchery after TV Notas magazine published photos of eight players partying with women alleged to be escorts.Hernandez was not mentioned in the magazine article, which revealed details of a 24-hour party where squad members “had a great time with music, drinks, games and women.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move In a Facebook Live stream, Hernandez said that the party was for his 30th birthday and insists that ‘there were never escorts or anything similar’ at the event.The West Ham striker was adamant that nothing inappropriate happened, defending himself and his team-mates from the allegations.”It’s a topic that I’ve wanted to talk about,” Hernandez admitted. “There are a lot of things that are tiring. The truth is that it was a gathering to celebrate my birthday.”They gave us the night off and the day off and we left the next day and that’s what we did. They organised it for me and I invited all the players to come.”They all came apart from Jesus Corona, the goalkeeper, because he had a personal issue and he apologised to me and all the squad. We ate together and then afterwards a lot of people arrived and every player left at the time they wanted to.”Another thing that makes me embarrassed and laugh and that I have to talk about now it comes to mind is that there were never escorts or anything similar. That shows a lack of respect for the people that were there.”Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio has backed up Hernandez’s claims saying that the team is unified and that this would be the last time the allegations will be discussed, with El Tri now focusing on their World Cup preparations.”It seems to me that Javier’s clarification, speaking on behalf of the group shows that the group is united and hopefully we can represent it in the field,” Osorio said. “We have committed ourselves to strictly speaking about football and we hope that it will continue to be like that.”Mexico begin their World Cup campaign against Germany on June 17, before taking on South Korea and Sweden in Group F.
Real Madrid Del Bosque: Lopetegui is ready for Real Madrid job Dejan Kalinic 10:36 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Real Madrid Spain World Cup Primera División The former Spain boss has backed his countryman’s ability to manage Los Blancos Julen Lopetegui is ready for the Real Madrid job and his move will not impact his work with Spain at the World Cup, according to Vicente del Bosque.Lopetegui was named as Zinedine Zidane’s successor at the European champions in a surprise announcement on Tuesday.The 51-year-old signed a three-year deal at Madrid and will take over after the World Cup . Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Del Bosque, who managed both Madrid and Spain, feels former Porto coach Lopetegui will not let the announcement hinder his side in Russia this summer. “I am convinced that Lopetegui will do the same role, it will not affect him,” he told Onda Cero .The 67-year-old was also pleased that Madrid turned to another Spanish manager, and believes the 51-year-old is ready to take the helm for Los Blancos. He added: “I always lean towards the Spanish coaches. I think Lopetegui is ready to train Real Madrid.”Lopetegui will lead a Spain side considered among the World Cup favourites in Russia, where they face Portugal, Morocco and Iran in Group B.
World Cup Ronaldo vs Ramos: The Portugal goal duck Cristiano needs to break against Real Madrid colleague Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 03:00 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty World Cup Portugal v Spain Sergio Ramos Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Portugal Real Madrid Primera División A five-time Ballon d’Or winner has rarely struggled for goals, but he is yet to find the target when facing a familiar face on the international stage The day after another memorable Champions League triumph for Real Madrid, the Blancos embarked on a customary open-top bus parade through the streets of the Spanish capital.Front and centre of that particular procession were Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos – talismanic forward and enigmatic skipper.Cheerleaders in chief, the pair passed a microphone between one another as they whipped an adoring fan base into frenzy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “Thank you, guys. Until next year…”There were smiles and no further hints from a Portuguese superstar that he is considering a summer move elsewhere, with the greatest of showmen putting on the kind of display which keeps the punters coming back for more.Celebrations went on long into the night, with close friends within the Santiago Bernabeu camp revelling in an historic European triumph in which they all played some part, no matter how small.That, however, was May 27.On June 15, the picture will have shifted somewhat and those displaying a united front in Madrid will find themselves on opposing sides in Sochi.The second day of the 2018 World Cup will deliver one of the most eagerly-anticipated encounters of the group stage, with Spain and Portugal set to rekindle old rivalries.Ronaldo and Ramos will be back alongside one another, with the skippers of their respective nations ready to resume the roles they are so accustomed to filling at club level, just with a different colour shirt on.The former is the man Portugal will be looking to for inspiration – a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, national hero and leader required to provide the attacking spark if the Euro 2016 winners are to make a mark on a global stage .On the opposite side of the field will be a no-nonsense defender ready to do whatever it takes to emerge victorious.While Ronaldo may be a Pele or Diego Maradona-esque figure for the millennial era, Ramos is the modern day equivalent of a Norman ‘Bite Yer Legs’ Hunter or Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris .The cap fits for both men, with their contrasting personalities leading them down different paths in the relentless pursuit of glory.When they lock horns on Russian soil this summer, there promises to be fireworks.Ramos has talked up the obvious qualities of Ronaldo in the past, telling Telefoot in December 2017 on the back of an uncharacteristically slow start to the season for the man who would end the campaign with another 44 goals to his name: “Our number seven is a striker like we have never seen before. He is already a legend and will be recognised as one of the best players in the history of football.”All very nicey-nicey and precisely what you would expect from two men sharing a domestic dressing room.Ramos has, however, also said the following of Ronaldo this season, with the Portuguese having ruffled a few feathers after refusing to celebrate with Isco during a 3-0 victory over Las Palmas in November: “Well, if we’re going to get into whether or not it’s something that’s annoying, I guess at the end of the day, it doesn’t help the interests of the team, right?”As the old saying goes, “keep your friends close and your enemies closer”.Ramos will certainly be in no mood for pleasantries when he comes face-to-face with Ronaldo in a matter of hours, with it his job to ensure that a man who dominates headlines wherever he goes is little more than a footnote in the fallout from an Iberian derby.That has been the case in past meetings between the pair.There are not too many sides or players that can claim to have contained Ronaldo down the years, but Spain and Ramos form part of an exclusive club.In three previous meetings between the two Madrid colleagues, the man who has established a reputation as the most fearsome of goal-scoring machines is yet to find the target – with that barren run currently standing at 255 minutes.At the 2010 World Cup, Ronaldo mustered just two shots on target during a 1-0 defeat to Spain in the last-16, while two years later in the Euro 2012 semi-finals he fired in five wayward efforts which failed to trouble Iker Casillas and was denied the opportunity to take a penalty in a shoot-out defeat for Portugal after putting himself down for the fifth spot-kick.He also took in a friendly date with La Roja in November 2010 which, while delivering an impressive 4-0 victory for the Portuguese, saw a first-half yellow card represent his only notable entry on the post-match statistics board.Fernando Santos’ side are clearly no one-man team – their standing as European champions proves as much – but neither are they a galaxy of stars and do lean heavily on the man with No. 7 on his back.Ramos is better than most at snuffing out that kind of threat, when his focus is narrowed on one particular target and his own brand of dark arts are freed to wreak havoc.Mohamed Salah of Champions League final foes Liverpool can attest to that, and Ronaldo may soon find himself in a similar sporting boat if a rare goal duck stretches beyond the 300-minute mark on Friday as Portugal stumble out of the blocks.
Benitez insists no-one should question Newcastle commitmentby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRafa Benitez insists no-one should question his commitment to Newcastle United.Benitez – who has previously stated he would stay on Tyneside for 10 years if the contract offer is right – feels sticking with the club after relegation in 2016 should be the biggest indication of all that he is happy to stay at St James’ Park beyond is current deal.He said: “I think our fans are quite clever.”I decided to stay when I came here, and I thought we could save the team, but we couldn’t.”I then decided to stay in the Championship, so they know about my past, about my history.”They appreciate that, and then we won, which is football.”Even if you have a good CV, you still have to win.”And we did it – we won the Championship.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool boss Klopp explains selling Solanke to Bournemouthby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has explained the decision to sell Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth.Klopp sold striker Solanke to Bournemouth for £19m, with Nathaniel Clyne also joining on loan.The German boss explained he didn’t want to stand in either players’ way as they look for first team football – adding that Clyne actually asked to leave.Solanke has been ruled out until February with injuries – which put paid to a loan move to Crystal Palace.This led to a permanent deal with Bournemouth – although Klopp admitted he had let the striker leave.“For Dom (Solanke) it was absolutely right for him to go,” Klopp said.“He was unlucky that when there was space for him, he had injuries.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona midfielder Busquets: Suarez best striker in worldby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona midfielder Sergi Busquets hailed two goal Luis Suarez after victory over Valencia.Busquets says his teammate offers plenty of different qualities through his workrate and scoring ability.”He is the best striker in the world,” the Catalan said.”He gives us a lot in terms of hunger, hard work and goals.”That’s very good for us because points are collected through goals.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Blackpool boss Holloway: Oyston rejected Vardy dealby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Blackpool manager Ian Holloway says the club came close to signing Jamie Vardy when he was at Fleetwood Town.Leicester City ended up buying the forward, who would become an instrumental figure in their unexpected Premier League title in 2015/16.Speaking to The Sack Race, Holloway recalled: “I also wanted to buy Jamie Vardy but Oyston didn’t think that he was worth that much.”When he was at Fleetwood we were in for him, as were Leicester, but they beat us to his signature for £1.6million.”We had money at that time. It was when we could have sold Charlie Adam for £6m but we didn’t.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Liverpool keeper James: Leicester can pull off Premier League miracle – again!by Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool goalkeeper David James believes that Leicester City are one to watch in the title race.With Brendan Rodgers team making a positive start to the season, James thinks they can sneak into the battle for the Premier League again.The club famously won the title a few years ago despite being nearly 1000/1 odds at the start of that season.And James thinks it could happen again, although the orders are much shorter!He told the Mirror: “There is a dark horse in this, and I know Liverpool beat them at the weekend but Brendan Rodgers has got a side there, he’s been close with Liverpool to winning the title so he’s got experience.”He’s also got a side that won the title in recent times and some of the players are still involved in that.”
Pep Guardiola lauded Kevin De Bruyne’s impressive display in Manchester City’s 5-0 FA Cup fourth-round win over Burnley.The Belgian playmaker is steadily making his way back to fitness after a knee injury and produced a super outing at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.He set up Bernardo Silva’s goal, scored from outside the box and provided the cross that Kevin Long turned into his own net. 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? It left Guardiola purring with praise for the 27-year-old.”We know his quality,” said the City boss. “It’s not easy for the players when they are a long time injured, [trying to] get back into the rhythm, the pace.”That’s why we try to handle the minutes with the players as best as possible and we did it.”Of course, [in this game] it was like we know Kevin can be. We need him because he’s clever and so aggressive in his game. He helps a lot.”Great job, guys!5-0 #cityvburnley #mancity pic.twitter.com/b27g8kgROt— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 26, 2019Reflecting on the game, which saw City match the scoreline they achieved against the same opponents in the Premier League in October, Guardiola said: “I’m really pleased for the commitment, and especially with all the games in our legs and minds.”We have to improve a few things but we made good movements. I’m satisfied to be in next round and in the draw on Monday.”While the visitors were second best by a distance, they did have one glorious chance early in the second half when Matej Vydra robbed Nicolas Otamendi of possession but shot wide with only Ederson to beat. Clarets boss Sean Dyche said: “If he puts that in, I’m not saying we would win the game, but you don’t get many golden chances and it just changes the feeling in the stadium and the energy in the sides.”It is very difficult when teams like this play the way they do. Who is going to stop them winning everything if they are in that mood?”They are a top, top team and if you catch them on a day like today they punish every mistake you make.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
One final #UCLfinal training sessionWatch the Reds LIVE at Estadio Metropolitano. https://t.co/g111DmCphv — Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 31, 2019 Liverpool lost to Real Madrid in the 2018 final but are favourites to lift the trophy on Saturday, though Robertson is not taking anything for granted.”I don’t think they [Tottenham] are underdogs. The games we’ve had in the Premier League against them are the toughest we’ve played,” the Scotland captain said.”They can cause us problems, but we can cause them problems too – as with any team. It’s about who shows up better on the day.”Alexander-Arnold revealed Liverpool’s plan for the final is to look to take the initiative from the off, allowing them to nullify Spurs’ best qualities.”We play with a certain style and we’ll try not to change that for any team. If we sit back and let them get on top of us, that’s when they’re at their best,” he said.”We need to be on top and in their half; that will work for us tomorrow. Whatever happens, we’ll try to play our way.”Liverpool have made a habit of reaching European finals in recent years, including losing to Sevilla in the 2016 Europa League final, and Robertson is keen to use their previous experiences as a positive, despite the results.”A lot of us played in Kiev last season who can use that experience [of losing] and deal with the pressure,” the defender added. “We can’t focus on Kiev or Basel. If we did, we’d struggle all the time.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson both picked out Tottenham forward Lucas Moura as a major threat to Liverpool’s bid for Champions League glory in Madrid.In the absence of injured talisman Harry Kane, Lucas was the hero in the semi-finals for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, scoring a hat-trick to overcome Ajax on away goals after Spurs had been 2-0 down at half-time in the second leg of the tie.Kane may be fit to return for the final, with Mauricio Pochettino unwilling to disclose whether or not he will bring the striker back into the side that spectacularly battled back against Ajax. 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? Alexander-Arnold has also seen plenty of Lucas the Premier League but, while impressed by the forward, the England international did not want to focus too much on individuals ahead of the clash.”[Lucas] Moura’s at the top of the list in terms of their best players,” he said at a pre-match press conference.”We’re used to how he plays and how Tottenham play as a team. It’s not about us singling out players. As a team they’ve showed their quality.”Fellow full-back Robertson agreed with his team-mate: “Lucas was the hero at Ajax. He’s a fantastic player with fantastic qualities. We’ve come up against him before and it’s all about trying to deal with that.”
Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard has agreed terms on a loan move to Real Sociedad for the 2019-20 campaign.The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Vitesse in the Eredivisie and managed to contribute nine goals and 12 assists in 35 appearances.Despite his best year yet as a professional, the Norwegian is still way down the pecking order at Santiago Bernabeu, especially after an influx of summer signings. 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 Since joining Madrid in 2015 Odegaard has featured in just two first-team games and also spent the 2017-18 season out on loan at Heerenveen.Madrid have released an official statement on their website confirming the youngster’s departure, which reads: “Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad have agreed to the transfer of player Martin Odegaard for the next season, until June 30, 2020.”Comunicado Oficial: Odegaard.#RealMadrid— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) July 5, 2019Odegaard will be officially unveiled at Anoeta stadium on Sunday, before joining up with his new team-mates for pre-season training.Imanol Alguacil’s side finished ninth in La Liga last term and will be aiming to fight for a spot in Europe when they kick off their latest campaign on August 18 against Valencia at the Mestalla.Madrid, meanwhile, continue to make wholesale changes to their current squad after a disastrous last 12 months, with Zinedine Zidane now back at the helm.Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao and Rodrygo have all been brought in during the current transfer window, with more new arrivals expected over the next couple of months.Odegaard will be hoping to have a big impact at Sociedad so that he can finally return to Madrid and fight for a place in the team, after a disappointing start to life in the Spanish capital.Big things were expected when the talented playmaker joined the Blancos from Rosenborg as a 16-year-old, but he has not yet been able to live up to his full potential.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to throw a pass in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State opens up its 2018 season this Saturday. The Buckeyes host Pac-12 foe Oregon State.Even without Urban Meyer, who is serving the first game of a three-game suspension,, the Buckeyes are heavy favorites. Oregon State was one of the worst Power 5 teams in 2017, and Ohio State enters this season as a national title contender.Interim head coach Ryan Day shouldn’t have much of a problem in this contest. It will also be the first chance for OSU fans to see new starting quarterback Dwayne Haskins.9/1/18.#WinTheMoment #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/Zuw5PJkArt— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 29, 2018Kickoff for this game is set for noon ET on ABC.Here’s who will be broadcasting the action:Play-by-play: Dave PaschGame analyst: Greg McElroySideline reporter: Tom LuginbillOhio State is a 38-point favorite in this game.
MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: A general view of Hard Rock Stadium before the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles at Hard Rock Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)A backup quarterback has been suspended for today’s game. According to Alex Donno of 560WQAM, the Miami Hurricanes will be without the services of quarterback Jarren Williams.The reserve quarterback was reportedly suspended due to an undisclosed violation of team rules. Williams did not travel with the Hurricanes to Blacksburg for this afternoon’s game against Virginia Tech.It’s a tough blow for the Hurricanes, but the team will have to rock with Malik Rosier and N’Kosi Perry for today’s game against the Hokies.Here’s the news from Donno.Jarren Williams did not travel with the Miami Hurricanes to Blacksburg due to an undisclosed violation of team rules… in case you missed it on @560WQAM— Alex Donno (@AlexDonno) November 17, 2018Rosier leads the team with over 1,000 yards through the air. Perry is a close second with 866 yards, but neither has completed over 54-percent of their passes this season.Williams completed just one pass on the season, on three attempts.Miami and Virginia Tech kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET. Stay tuned.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay will be broadcasting live from Ohio State in anticipation of Saturday’s game against Michigan.The college football pregame show announced some big news about this weekend’s show today.College GameDay, which typically airs from an outside-the-stadium location, will be broadcasting live from inside The Horseshoe from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. E.T.Eleven Warriors had more details:The three-hour show, which will air live on Saturday before the Buckeyes take on Michigan at noon, will begin at 9 a.m. and will be held in two different locations. From 9 to 11 a.m., the show will air outside the Recreational and Physical Activities Building (RPAC). Then, just as it did in 2016 for the Michigan game, the show will move inside Ohio Stadium from 11 a.m. to noon.Lee Corso and the other hosts will make their picks from inside the stadium. In 2016, the set was in the south-west corner of the stadium, but it is not known which part of the stadium will house the show on Saturday.ESPN’s College GameDay begins at 9 a.m. E.T.Ohio State and Michigan will play at noon. The game will be on FOX.
Championship Week is in the books, and we had a number of big-time performances over the weekend. Kirk Herbstreit has highlighted a few of them.Every week, Herbstreit names the five teams and players that impressed him the most from the previous weekend. His list this week is full of clutch showings.Here are Herbstreit’s top five teams from Championship Week:AlabamaUABOhio StateFresno StateUCFAlabama also finds itself represented in the top spot on Herbie’s list of player performances. Jalen Hurts checks in at No. 1.Hurts, of course, replaced an injured Tua Tagovailoa and led the Crimson Tide to a 35-28 come-from-behind win over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. It was a storybook moment for Hurts, who was replaced by Tagovailoa in last year’s national title game and then lost the starting job to the super sophomore in the offseason.Herbstreit’s top five players also included three other quarterbacks and a defensive standout.My performances of Championship WEEKTeams1-@AlabamaFTBL 2-@UAB_FB 3-@OhioStateFB 4-@FresnoStateFB 5-@UCF_Football Players1-Jalen Hurts @AlabamaFTBL 2-Darriel Mack @UCF_Football 3-Dwayne Haskins @OhioStateFB 4-Jake Fromm @FootballUGA 5-Byron Murphy @UW_Football— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 3, 2018We’ll see what teams and players catch Herbie’s eye during bowl season.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)In just a few hours the college football bowl season will continue with three solid contests. Purdue and Auburn will get things started before Syracuse takes on West Virginia and then Iowa State will take on Washington State to close out the action.One Vegas computer is predicting an upset will happen today – beware West Virginia fans.Without starting quarterback Will Grier on the field, the Mountaineers enter the game against the Orange as a 2.5-point underdog. OddsShark, however, likes the Mountaineers to walk out with a win.The Vegas computer predicts the Mountaineers will win by at least a touchdown. OddsShark predicts a 41.8-34.2 win for West Virginia without its starting quarterback.It’s a bold prediction from the Vegas computer, though the Mountaineers have shown a potent offense no matter who the quarterback is.West Virginia and Syracuse kick off in just a few hours at 5:15 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
Twitter/@CanesFootballWith seconds to go before the half, Miami just scored its first touchdown of the season, to take the lead on Florida. After the score, the program unveiled its latest piece of sideline bling: the touchdown rings.Two years ago, Miami’s turnover chain was a national sensation, which has now been copied by a number of other programs. Now, the offense gets a chance to show out on the sideline as well.Down 7-6, Jarren Williams found Brevin Jordan open across the middle for a big 25-yard score. Williams has had to take what the defense has given him most of the night, but delivered an impressive strike here to take the lead.Replay of Jarren Williams’ 25 yard TD to Brevin Jordan!Jarren Williams shushed the crowd lol pic.twitter.com/dVmj1J2dHx— #FlashSZN (@ftbeard_17) August 25, 2019 Williams shushed the Florida-heavy crowd in Orlando after the score, and then went to the sideline to show off the Touchdown Rings, which the program didn’t show off before this game.Introducing: Touchdown Rings 💍 pic.twitter.com/ABIdBH4e1h— ESPN (@espn) August 25, 2019After they made their national television debut, Miami released a prerecorded video showing the rings off.💍 WE GOT SOME REALLY BIG RINGS 💍Introducing: Touchdown Rings pic.twitter.com/vRy0YwgRK9— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) August 25, 2019New offensive reward…Touchdown Rings:• 100 grams of gold• Close to 500 orange and green sapphires• Took around three months to get done from start to finish for all of it pic.twitter.com/6DRZGTbTtB— Front Office Sports (@frntofficesport) August 25, 2019The rings go with an audacious third edition of the turnover chain, which reps the 305 area code this year. Miami’s forced a pair of big turnovers already today.Introducing: TURNOVER CHAIN 3(05) pic.twitter.com/7zvBVUh9m7— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) August 24, 2019Every Miami head coach has looked to get the program back to what it was in the 1980s and 90s, when swagger was abound and titles were a regular thing.Manny Diaz is a Miami native, and clearly sees the value there as well. Of course, none of it means a thing if wins don’t come with it, as The U learned all to well when the success of the 2017 season fizzled out at year’s end, leading into a pretty mediocre 2018.Beating an in-state rival like Florida would be a heck of a start to Diaz’s tenure. The ‘Canes lead 13-7 at the half.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer speaks to the media after the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Urban Meyer stepped down as Ohio State’s head coach last December, suggesting he was “retiring” from coaching. A few months later, it’s starting to look like he may wind up back on the sidelines sooner rather than later.The past few weeks, the Meyer-to-USC rumors have been heating up. But earlier this week, a report from Dan Patrick suggested that the Trojans might not be willing to hire Meyer, given what transpired in the Zach Smith saga last summer.This week, SportsBettingDime.com released odds on whether Meyer could wind up next season. There are three teams listed, and as you’d imagine, they’re all struggling right now.USC is still the favorite. The Trojans play Utah on Friday night, and a loss could have head coach Clay Helton in some trouble. Tennessee is the team listed with the second-best odds. The Vols, who started the year off in disastrous fashion with losses to Georgia State and BYU, are coached by Jeremy Pruitt.Then there’s Florida State, which has really taken a step back under Willie Taggart. The Seminoles are a program just a handful of years removed from winning a national title.Here are the odds, which were brought to light by Tomahawk Nation.USC: 7/2Tennessee: 5/1Florida State: 9/1Nowhere: 3/2Field: 8/1Meyer has not publicly stated his desire to return to coaching, but many believe it’s just a matter of time. We’ll see if it’s by the start of the 2020 season.