Arsenal boss Emery: We failed to take our chancesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits poor finishing saw them lose to Tottenham in last night’s Carabao Cup quarterfinal defeat.Spurs won 2-0 through goals from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli.Emery said, “I think we worked like we wanted to, like we’d prepared for this match. We created chances in the first half to score, but today the efficiency was not good for us. We didn’t concede a lot of chances, but they have good players with quality who scored. We worked for 90 minutes and in our moments we didn’t take our chances. “They scored theirs. Only the first half, I think we were good on the pitch but then sometimes we needed a bit more of the ball to keep possession longer. But that’s not easy against them because they press really well. Our planned game, we worked on that. It was poor finishing.”Emery continued: “We had Micki with the one on one [chance early on] and they scored with their first one-on-one. but this is football. Today I am happy with our performance, but not happy with our result. But also I think we are doing our process. They are ahead of us in this process. We need to continue creating our identity, our strong ideas to be more consistent in the games. “But this is our way. Now we’ve finished in this competition and are thinking about Saturday because we have another three very important competitions, the first is the Premier League, then the Europa League and also the FA Cup. Today we finished this competition.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona ace Messi full of praise for Puig and Mirandaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Leo Messi has sung the praises of Riqui Puig and Juan Miranda.Both youngsters have seen first team action this season.Messi said, “They have been training with us for a whole and you see they are different players. “The club did well in bringing them up to train with us. They will grow more and that’s good the club are using people from the youth academy because for a while nobody came. Going back to that model is important for the academy and the club.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Abraham informs Chelsea he wants to leave Aston Villaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham wants to leave Aston Villa this month.The Sun says the England striker can return from Aston Villa this month in the terms of his season-long move to the Championship side.And the Chelsea striker has attracted interest from top-flight clubs looking to boost their attack in the second half of the season.Abraham, 21, will be targeted by the clubs who missed out on Dominic Solanke, who is poised to join Crystal Palace.Both young Three Lions strikers have been on the radar for Bournemouth, Huddersfield, Brighton and Fulham.Moving away from Villa will be a blow to Dean Smith’s promotion hopes, with the club five points off the play-offs.It will also put Smith in the market for a replacement in attack for the second half of the season.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Petit: Emery will ruin Arsenal with rotationby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Emmanuel Petit is warning current boss Unai Emery against heavy rotation.The Gunners have to manage their resources as they battle for several competitions, including the Premier League and Europa League.As they face a tough away test against fellow top four rivals Manchester United on Monday night, Petit believes excessive rotation could create a problem at the Emirates Stadium club.Petit wrote on the Paddy Power website: “What Unai Emery wants to create is a team.A collective unit.”Not just the first 11 but the whole group. This is why he’s constantly rotating his side and including young players.”I like this idea, but it’s difficult for players to operate in a system like this.”He changes so often – but you need to be playing regularly in order to adapt like this. His demands from the players are huge.”But if they show the character they’ve shown recently, they have the potential to do something.”Belief comes with results, but results come from what you bring to the pitch. That doesn’t come easily.”
Newcastle keeper Elliot urges caution over Matty Longstaffby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot does not want the club to overhype youngster Matty Longstaff.The younger of the Longstaff brothers shone for the Magpies against Manchester United in a 1-0 win.It was his long range strike that gave the home team all three points in an intense clash. While Elliot sees Matty’s talent, he urges caution.He said to reporters: “It’s given the club a massive lift in the fact that we had a tough result [against Leicester] but it just showed there is lots of optimism coming through and we’ve got a new star on the rise.”I would just say, don’t expect him to do that every week. He’s a young kid and we still have to look after him.”It’s not to say he’s going to play every game until the end of the season, obviously I’m not involved in that process but we just need to make sure that we understand he’s still a young lad at 19.”What he did was absolutely amazing and hopefully he goes on to keep replicating that.”But his development isn’t just next weekend, it’s over the next three, four years.”He might be playing, not playing, playing different roles and he’s going to have up and down days – the same with Sean, so we just have to be patient.”The good thing is there are kids coming through with the potential to achieve whatever they want to achieve.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Brewster reveals Liverpool boss Klopp instantly rejected loan requestby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool youngster Rhian Brewster says Jurgen Klopp immediately rejected his request to leave the club on loan.The 19-year-old has made just one appearance for the Reds this season.And Brewster revealed he asked to leave the club temporarily in the summer.”He said no straight away, so that shows that he has great faith in me and wants to push me towards the first team,” Brewster said.”Obviously it’s hard, with our front three, to get game-time because they’re all amazing players. It’s going to be difficult, but you just have to keep going and going.”
Twitter/K-StateKansas State scored a huge rivalry victory last night over Kansas, but unfortunately, much of the focus following the game has centered on the lack of security during the subsequent court-storming. While most Wildcats fans were respectful of their opponent in celebration, a few went overboard. One, in particular, is going to be in some serious trouble as a result.Kansas State police are asking followers on Twitter if they can help in identifying which fan purposely bumped KU player Jamari Traylor. It’s safe to say that someone is going to know the answer.K-State Police would like help identifying this fan. Send a tip at http://t.co/ZqQti0IAve or call 532-6412 pic.twitter.com/VtBS2dPijl— K-State Police (@KStatePolice) February 24, 2015Here’s video of the incident, if you haven’t seen it.Not cool. Rushing the court after a huge win is an amazing experience, but you have to remember, the players on the opposition have done nothing to you. Let’s hope this doesn’t become a trend.
Twitter/@basketballtalkThis one might get a little bit awkward. This afternoon, University of Memphis president Dr. M. David Russ announced that the school will be honoring former head basketball coach John Calipari this December. Will be honoring Hall of Fame coach @UKCoachCalipari in Memphis, Dec 28-29. Stay tuned for details. Will be a great homecoming.— Dr. M. David Rudd (@UofMemphisPres) September 9, 2015From 2001-2009, Calipari was extremely successful with the Tigers. The program went 252-69 under Calipari, reaching the Elite Eight three times and losing in the national championship in 2007-08. Of course, that season, in which the Tigers went 38-1, was vacated after the NCAA invalidated star guard Derrick Rose’s SAT score. By the time the NCAA made its ruling, Calipari had already taken the job at Kentucky.Calipari has a major hand in turning Memphis into a nationally relevant program, but his departure has definitely rubbed many Tigers fans the wrong way. We’re very interested to see what type of reaction the fan base has in December.
BALTIMORE, MD – DECEMBER 3: Offensive tackle Taylor Decker #68 of the Detroit Lions looks on from the bench against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame’s star junior linebacker, suffered what looked like a devastating leg injury during today’s Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State. Smith injured himself trying to regain his balance after taking a shove from Ohio State offensive lineman Taylor Decker near the end of the play. Some thought Decker committed a cheap shot, considering Smith wasn’t near the ball and the play was basically over. However, the veteran lineman took to Twitter a little while ago to clarify what happened. Decker tweeted at Smith, saying he’d never try to injure another player and didn’t intend to put him at risk. @JaeeSmiff9ENT pic.twitter.com/iNsILFwZjB— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) January 2, 2016This is a very classy move on Decker’s part. The play didn’t look malicious, even if the two players were engaged away from the ball.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh apologized on Twitter shortly after commenting on the motivation behind Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest.Earlier today, Jim Harbaugh said he “didn’t respect the motivation” behind San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit down during the national anthem on Friday night.Kaepernick, who played for Harbaugh in San Fran from 2011-14, explained his decision on multiple occasions, saying it revolved around the treatment of black people and people of color in the U.S.“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game against Green Bay. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”Just minutes after his initial comments on Kaepernick went public –and caused some criticism on social media–Jim Harbaugh apologized on his favorite medium.I apologize for misspeaking my true sentiments. To clarify, I support Colin’s motivation. It’s his method of action that I take exception to— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) August 29, 2016Looking at the responses to Harbaugh’s tweet, some have accepted his apology, others haven’t and some are wondering why he apologized in the first place. Seems like the man can’t help causing a stir even when he doesn’t intend to.
Bayern Munich defender Rafinha says he is close to reaching a deal to join Flamengo.The 33-year-old right-back contract in Germany expires at the end of the season and is free to negotiate a summer transfer.The Brazil international has made 15 appearances in all competitions for the Bundesliga club this season, but looks set to return to his homeland 14 years after he left to join Schalke. 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? Rafinha has admitted that Flamengo are the team he wants to join if he ends up going back to Brazil and that a summer switch looks certain.”There is mutual interest,” he told Bild. “We are about to reach an agreement. Some details are still missing. But I hope we can resolve this as soon as possible. I want to make it clear that Flamengo is my first option when I return to Brazil.”I have seen the whole Flamengo project and I really liked it. I still want to win titles and I saw the opportunity with Flamengo.”The defender’s move should come as no real shock. In December he made it clear that he felt like his time in Barvaria was drawing to a close. “My cycle at Bayern is coming to an end,” he told SporTV. “There are many things that can happen in the next six months, but I think it’s my last year.”Despite the desire to move, the defender has not been left completely on the sidelines for the German giants. He has logged 520 minutes in the Bundesliga for the club this season, starting four of five total appearances and scoring one goal while adding one assist. He also appeared in three Champions League matches, making one start and adding an assist to his total. Rafinha started his career with Coritiba before heading to Europe in 2005 to join Schalke. After five seasons with the Gelsenkirchen side, he spent a year in Italy at Genoa before returning to the Bundesliga with Bayern.He has made 255 appearances over seven and a half years at Bayern and won the Bundesliga six times as well as one Champions League title.
Ian Carlo Poveda, Felix Nmecha, Taylor Richards and Iker Pozo are set to be included in the Manchester City squad for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Burton, Goal has learned.City will take a 9-0 aggregate lead to the Pirelli Stadium and, with a place in the final all but assured, Pep Guardiola is planning to include around six or seven youth-team players in a bid to give his first-team stars some rest.Eric Garcia, 18, who has impressed in two appearances in the competition already, is also set to be involved, while Philippe Sandler, 21, and Luke Bolton, 19 could also travel. 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? City had hoped to call up more youth-team players but their plans were disrupted by the scheduling of the Checkatrade Trophy quarter-finals, with the club’s Under-21s slated to play Sunderland on Tuesday night.SIX MAN CITY YOUNGSTERS TIPPED FOR BRIGHT FUTURES Guardiola has decided to send a relatively strong U21 team to Sunderland, but has plucked some of the most highly-rated talents in the youth ranks for the Carabao Cup semi.Poveda was at Barcelona before joining City three years ago and plays in a wide position; Nmecha has represented England and Germany at youth level; Richards is a right-sided attacking midfielder who counts Paul Pogba as a mentor, and Pozo has caught the eye playing in a deep-lying midfield role. All four are 18.Phil Foden, who has long been part of Guardiola’s first-team set-up, is widely expected to start on Wednesday, while Aro Muric, 20, has played in all previous rounds in the competition.The rest of the squad will be made up of senior first-team members, with Riyad Mahrez in contention to feature after missing out on the match-day squad for Sunday’s Premier League win at Huddersfield. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Twitter/@WeatherNationCharleston flooding is serious, and even Columbia is being hit hard as Hurricane Matthew makes its way through South Carolina.Many projections expected Hurricane Matthew to turn east from the South Carolina coast. Instead, it has hit the entire state pretty hard on Saturday morning. Charleston, which expected to take the brunt of the storm in the state, is experiencing flooding.Hurricane #Matthew hammering #Charleston – Market & Church Streets flooding now. pic.twitter.com/DRxarsS4UI— Rob Marciano (@RobMarciano) October 8, 2016NEW VIDEO: Charleston, SC seeing flooding conditions early this morning from heavy rainfall #SCwx #HurricaneMatthew pic.twitter.com/7Q8fePgDDo— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) October 8, 2016Flooding at the Market in #Charleston during #HurricaneMatthew @postandcourier #Matthew #chsnews pic.twitter.com/rF040GjJEK— Fred Rindge (@SCpigskin) October 8, 2016Certainly flooding and high winds down on the Market in Downtown Charleston #chswx pic.twitter.com/xdf1Ynu7vN— Scott Eisberg (@SEisbergWCIV) October 8, 2016Hurricane Matthew has had an effect on local college teams. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reports that College of Charleston’s men’s basketball team is practicing in upstate South Carolina at Bob Jones University, after evacuating ahead of the Charleston flooding.College of Charleston basketball team is taking shelter in the upstate of South Carolina during Hurricane Matthew. Campus and school closed indefinitely on the 4th. Team is currently practicing at Bob Jones University on Friday and Saturday and Furman University on Sunday — both located in Greenville, S.C. Began first day of practice at CofC on the 3rd and evacuated on the 4th/5th.The storm has affected cities farther inland as well, however. Based on video of South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium, which was originally set to host the Gamecocks vs. Georgia today, it seems like a very wise decision to move this game to tomorrow.Williams Brice Stadium right about now………Nope. pic.twitter.com/lKBPE81Mn7— Andrew HammondAP (@ahammsportsgeek) October 8, 2016That game is scheduled to be played at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 9. We wish everyone affected by these storms the best over the next few days. Stay safe, everyone.
Neymar’s potential return to Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain has been given the seal of approval by Brazil and Blaugrana great Rivaldo.A PSG exit for the 27-year-old forward looks increasingly likely this summer, two years after his world-record €222 million (£200m/$262m) move to the Ligue 1 champions from Barca.The Brazil international failed to turn up to the first day of pre-season training, while PSG sporting director Leonardo has confirmed Neymar is available for the right price. 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 And Rivaldo, who spent five seasons at Camp Nou, wants to see his compatriot back at Barca.”For the moment, the one [Brazilian] that I like the most is Neymar,” he said, courtesy of Betfair .”I [would] like that he returns to Barcelona.”Even without Neymar due to an ankle injury, Brazil managed to win the Copa America on home soil on Sunday thanks to a 3-1 win over Peru.Asked for the nation’s next star, 2002 World Cup winner Rivaldo praised Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior.”We have Vinicius, who is a great player that went to Madrid and has everything that is needed to be a great player,” he said.Neymar left Catalunya in somewhat controversial circumstances, and Rivaldo said last month the Brazil star would need to make things up to the Camp Nou fans. “It’s difficult because of the way Neymar left,” the former AC Milan man said. “I think a lot of the fans are angry with everything that happened, but football is how it is, football is good, and Neymar is a great player who has personality.“So if he comes here of course there will be times when he is criticised by some fans, but in the games, the training sessions, Neymar will still be the same Neymar, and it could be something special for Barcelona. He added: “He should say sorry. Officially, yes. Say sorry, say he was wrong, say that this is his home, that he is going to be the difference. “I think that all the fans… many will understand, they’ll see him on the pitch in the league, the Champions League, doing things well, and the fans will forgive him easily. “If it’s like it was when he was here playing football before together with Messi and Suarez, it was great for the club. If they win the Champions League, I don’t think it will be a problem for the fans.”
Eddie Nketiah continued his fine form to lead Arsenal to a 3-0 win over Fiorentina at the International Champions Cup on Saturday.Nketiah, who scored a late winner against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, netted a brace at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.The 20-year-old forward led Arsenal to another pre-season victory, scoring once in each half for the Premier League outfit before Joe Willock sealed the win. 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? Arsenal opened the scoring after 15 minutes thanks to Nketiah, who made it goals in back-to-back games.Sead Kolasinac was released down the left before his cross was deflected to Nketiah, who produced a composed finish from inside the area to make it 1-0.Eddie gives us the lead in Charlotte! 0-1 (16)#ArsenalinUSA x #ICC2019 pic.twitter.com/0jC89EpWgK— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 20, 2019In hot conditions, Fiorentina almost drew level nine minutes before half-time, but Federico Ceccherini’s header was cleared off the line by Nketiah.The Serie A side looked threatening throughout the first 45 minutes and Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was called into action on the stroke of half-time, denying Riccardo Sottil after the attacker was played in behind.A beautiful move led to another chance for Fiorentina before the break, but Dusan Vlahovic poked wide in a one-on-one with Martinez.The encounter opened up to begin the second half, with Alexandre Lacazette curling a 20-yard free-kick over the crossbar for Arsenal in the 57th minute.But, Arsenal doubled their lead in the 65th minute as Nketiah continued his goalscoring form.Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s cutback from the right found Lacazette, who passed to Nketiah for a simple finish.Fiorentina were unable to find a way back into the contest amid a flurry of substitutions, Gabriel Martinelli squandering a one-on-one chance for Arsenal before the sealer arrived.Lacazette again kept his composure before playing in Willock, who finished clinically to make it 3-0 in the 89th minute. read more
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Fullback Harrison Jordan #38 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers carries the flag as the team enter the field against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska fans are excited entering the 2018 season. Scott Frost is back in Lincoln and expectations for the future are high.Frost has said he thinks the Huskers will be “really dangerous” in 2019, but how about this fall? ESPN has weighed in with its FPI predictions.ESPN’s projected record for Nebraska is 5.5 wins and 6.5 losses. The Huskers are favored in six games and underdogs in six others.Basically, ESPN puts them around the 6-6 mark. That would be a step up from last year’s 4-8 record.Here’s a little more on the FPI:The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.And here is a game-by-game breakdown for the Huskers. It features their likelihood of winning each matchup.You can check out ESPN’s entire FPI here.
HOUSTON, TX – NOVEMBER 04: The Houston Cougars cheerleaders perform during the game against the East Carolina Pirates at TDECU Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)The 2018-2019 college football season kicks off in just three weeks, so it’s time to get caught up on the players and teams to keep an eye out for heading into the campaign. Tuesday, ESPN released a list of the top 50 players in college football. The No. 1 player does not play for a ‘Power 5’ team.The top player in the country, according to ESPN, is Houston Cougars defensive tackle Ed Oliver. Oliver is a 6-foot-3, 290-pound stud who is entering his junior season.At the moment, Mel Kiper has Oliver ranked as the top player on his big board when it comes to the 2019 NFL Draft. He’s expected to both have an incredible season and be the top pick in next year’s draft.Oliver, in his sophomore campaign, finished with 73 tackles, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He’s a monster on the defensive side of the ball.#CFBRank is back. Here are ESPN’s top 50 players entering the 2018 college season: https://t.co/fNeumWn9YbRankings Roundtable: https://t.co/dOVi4G0xL1Impact freshmen (In): https://t.co/tttnIoAP0v— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 6, 2018Oliver was a five-star recruit who was ranked as the seventh-best player in the country in the 2016 class, per 247 Sports.As for the rest of the list – Stanford running back Bryce Love is the No. 2 ranked player in the country. He’s followed by West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins and Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence.Clemson and Alabama, the top two ranked teams in the country, have five players each on the list.
ORLANDO, FL – DECEMBER 2: A UCF Knights spirit team member waves the flag after a score in the third quarter of the AAC Championship against the Memphis Tigers at Spectrum Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)A major college football program has called out UCF for a potential non-conference series in the coming years.Florida, an in-state rival, has attempted to schedule a non-conference series against the Knights.The Gators’ head coach, Dan Mullen, announced earlier in the week that he had attempted to schedule a 2-for-1 series (Florida gets two home games, UCF gets one) against UCF.“I think we offered them a two-for-one like we do with most schools in their position which I think is actually a really good deal,” Mullen said.“They’d have the opportunity to have an SEC school play at their place would be potentially a big deal for them. I know I’ve done it that way — when I was at Mississippi State we did it, we played some two for ones with schools in smaller conferences, give them the opportunity to have an SEC school is a big plus for them. [Athletic director Scott Stricklin] brought it up to them, if they want to try to toughen their schedule, that would be great. It’d be a good opportunity for them I think if they want to take it, but that’s up to them.”Not everyone thinks it’s a great deal, though.Danny Kanell called out Florida for the attempted series.“You hear that UCF?? You should be so blessed to be graced with the presence of the Gators that you should sign up for a totally one sided agreement just to say you could share the field with the almighty SEC even tho you’ve had significantly more success as of late,” he tweeted.You hear that UCF?? You should be so blessed to be graced with the presence of the Gators that you should sign up for a totally one sided agreement just to say you could share the field with the almighty SEC even tho you’ve had significantly more success as of late https://t.co/8v7ylEANbE— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) December 15, 2018Games against Florida are the kind of games UCF needs to have in order to get serious College Football Playoff contention, but it’s tough to see the Knights agreeing to that kind of series.
“It’s a stone’s throw from College Station,” he said. “A lot of Aggies drove from Houston to College Station. Houston’s a great city that’ll always be near and dear to me.”Manziel last saw action on a professional football field as a member of the Memphis Express in the now-defunct AAF. He played two games before suffering a concussion against Orlando on March 30.The league suspended all operations several days later.Manziel has not seen an NFL field since 2015.But perhaps the XFL will be a place where Manziel can thrive and find his way back to the NFL the way Tommy Maddox once did. HAMILTON, ON – MAY 28: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats takes part in a preseason practice session at Ron Joyce Stadium on May 28, 2018 in Hamilton, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)Johnny Manziel has had a difficult road as a professional football player and doesn’t seem poised for an NFL return any time soon. But with Vince McMahon’s new XFL slated to launch in 2020, Manziel sees the spring league as a chance to revitalize his career.In a recent interview with the Houston Chronicle, Manziel revealed that he has one particular XFL team in mind that he wants to play for: Houston. The yet-to-be-named franchise is slated to be coached by June Jones, who Manziel expressed a fondness for.“I enjoyed every single day I had with coach Jones… Being in his offense was the best part of each day. I know he’s going to be successful wherever he’s coaching.”The former Heisman trophy winning quarterback has a special connection to Jones, having briefly played under him as a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the CFL.Manziel also noted that he would enjoy a chance to play for a team near his old Texas A&M stomping grounds. The Houston XFL team is slated to play at the Houston Cougars’ TDECU Stadium, which is less than 100 miles from his former college.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers talks with the team during a break in the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Expectations are high for Nebraska’s football program heading into the 2019 college football season. The Huskers, despite finishing 4-8 last year, enter the year ranked in the Associated Press preseason top 25 poll. Some are picking Scott Frost’s team to win the Big Ten West Division.A lot of head coaches might try to push back against high expectations. Scott Frost is not most head coaches, though.Frost loves the high expectations. Nebraska’s head coach thinks the expectations have been too low in Lincoln.“I actually think it’s good for our football team. I think expectations have been way too low in Lincoln for way too long,” Frost told Big Ten Network. “I actually think it’s good for our football team. I think expectations have been way too low in Lincoln for way too long.”– @coach_frost, on @HuskerFBNation’s high expectations pic.twitter.com/yyHFP61c4y— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) August 20, 2019Nebraska fans have to love hearing that.It’s been a while since the Huskers have been among college football’s elite, but Frost is clearly motivated to fix that as soon as possible.With Adrian Martinez looking like a potential Heisman Trophy candidate, it might not take very long, either.