Pepe Reina has offered condolences to the family of his former Spain team-mate Jose Antonio Reyes, who died on Saturday.Former Spain, Sevilla and Arsenal star Reyes was killed in a traffic accident at the age of just 35.Tributes have been offered from across the footballing world since Sevilla confirmed the news of his passing just hours before the Champions League final in the Spanish capital, where Reyes spent five years as a player for Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. 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? AC Milan goalkeeper Reina, a former team-mate of Reyes with Spain, described it as a “difficult day”.He told Omnisport in Madrid: “It is a sad day. It is something that you cannot expect – 35 years old. Suddenly, you find yourself in this situation.”My condolences for the family, for his friends…it’s just a difficult day.”The experience of 2006 in Germany [at the World Cup] seems like it was yesterday, to be there with his wife and new-born son. Life is like this, and you have to enjoy it while you can.”Everyone at UEFA is shocked & hugely saddened to learn that José Antonio Reyes has died aged 35.A Spanish international with 5 @EuropaLeague titles, Reyes will be sorely missed by the football world.Our thoughts are with his family & friends at this terrible time. pic.twitter.com/EW4btJ9Vf9— UEFA (@UEFA) June 1, 2019Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez also expressed his sadness at the news.”My condolences to the family. You cannot say too much. It is sad news for sure,” he told reporters in Madrid.There will be a moment’s silence before kick-off of the Champions League final as a mark of respect for Reyes. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Harry Redknapp is confident nephew Frank Lampard will be appointed Chelsea’s new head coach, despite Derby County’s attempt to tie him down to a new deal.Lampard is the frontrunner to succeed Maurizio Sarri in the Stamford Bridge dugout following the Italian’s switch to Serie A champions Juventus.But Derby are reluctant to let the legendary Chelsea midfielder return to his former club in a coaching capacity just a year into his three-year contract at Pride Park. 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? The Championship side, who suffered defeat to Aston Villa in this past season’s play-off final, are reportedly in discussions with Lampard over extending his deal and chairman Mel Morris said on Monday no approach has yet been made by Chelsea.On this day in 2001…Frank Lampard became a Blue! pic.twitter.com/ssmlONsoAt — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) June 14, 2019 Redknapp expects Lampard to land his dream job, however, telling BBC Radio 5 Live: “If Chelsea come calling, it’s a difficult one for him to turn down.”In my personal opinion, he’ll be the manager of Chelsea. It looks to me like it’s going to happen.”It’s a no-lose situation unless he finishes outside the top six. Anything in the top six would be OK, but [qualifying for] the Champions League would be a good season.”No one is expecting him to finish first or second, third maybe. If he makes the Champions League next year, he’s going to be a success.”Lampard is Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer and won three Premier League titles with the club during his playing days, as well as the Champions League in 2012.And Redknapp, who has managed the likes of Portsmouth, West Ham United, Southampton, Tottenham and QPR, urged Lampard to take the job if he is offered it.”He’s a true legend at Chelsea, one of the greatest players in the club’s history,” he said. “It may not come along again, you never know in football, the opportunity is there for him to go back now.”He has a house around the corner from the training ground, his wife works in London.”Lampard: “I’m the manager of this club, and I’m very proud to be the manager of this club. I have a two-year contract, I love working here and I want to continue to progress with this club.” pic.twitter.com/PQuLWn9X7T — Derby County (@dcfcofficial) May 27, 2019 Chelsea are banned from signing new players for the next two transfer windows, potentially giving some of the youngsters in their squad a chance to shine.”Maybe it’s time for someone who is going to be bold enough to play those young players,” Redknapp said. “[Lampard] went to Derby, he brought young players in, Derby got to the play-off final with a few kids.”It could be an interesting time for Chelsea, they are going to have to play some of their kids, give them a go.”We keep talking about how good these kids are, they’re playing for England Under-17, Under-19, so get them in the first team, let’s see them play.”Chelsea have a great group of young players, it might be a good chance to throw three or four of them in. You may have something special there.”
The two coaches at the top of the NFL and college football – Nick Saban and Doug Pederson – have more in common than just that. They also really don’t like answering questions about their quarterbacks.Pederson, the Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach, voiced his frustration with the media during a press conference this morning. He’s refusing to name a starting quarterback for Week 1.“I’m not going to discuss it,” Pederson said.Pederson said he was upset with the media for “putting words in his mouth.” He then had a heated back-and-forth with members of the press.Check it out:Well….this is going swimmingly. pic.twitter.com/k3pcbF3QFr— EROCK (@TheMightyEROCK) September 2, 2018NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported on Saturday that the Eagles were planning on starting Nick Foles against the Falcons on Thursday night.“The #Eagles plan to start QB Nick Foles on Thursday in the season opener, sources say. Carson Wentz (ACL, LCL) has done fantastic in rehab. But this is a long-term decision for the face of the franchise,” he tweeted.The #Eagles plan to start QB Nick Foles on Thursday in the season opener, sources say. Carson Wentz (ACL, LCL) has done fantastic in rehab. But this is a long-term decision for the face of the franchise.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 1, 2018Pederson, though, has yet to officially reveal anything.“We’re trying to win a football game,” Pederson said. “I don’t want to put my game plan out there for everybody to see it and read it and teams can scheme. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense.”OK then.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 03: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Florida Gators during the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A star college football quarterback had a pretty telling quote about the state of Alabama’s football team today.West Virginia star quarterback Will Grier was talking about the state of college football this season, saying it’s clear that anyone can lose following Ohio State’s shocking loss at Purdue, but he made sure to correct himself.Anyone but Alabama can lose.“Not including Alabama,” Grier added. “Geez. They’re playing pretty well.”Will Grier said Ohio State losing at Purdue showed that anyone can lose on any given Saturday. “Not including Alabama,” he added. “Geez. They’re playing pretty well.”— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) October 22, 2018“Playing pretty well” is an understatement, obviously. Alabama has trailed for less than 10 plays so far this season.The Crimson Tide have a big game coming up, at least. Alabama is set to travel to LSU to take on the Tigers in Baton Rouge, La.That game could be close, at least. Maybe.
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – OCTOBER 20: Rondale Moore #4 of the Purdue Boilermakers runs the ball and tries to fight off Jahsen Wint #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ross-Ade Stadium on October 20, 2018 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)Saturday, one week after scoring 49 points on Big Ten heavyweight Ohio State, Purdue struggled to move the ball against Michigan State. The Boilermakers managed just one touchdown in the affair, and lost 23-13. They looked like a far different team than they did a week ago.The result was somewhat predictable – middle-of-the-pack teams that take down national title contenders often have a tough time maintaining that momentum the next week. But Purdue’s loss was another reason for Ohio State fans to roll their eyes. They’ve seen this before – pretty much all season.In fact, seven of the eight teams that played Ohio State this season have gone on to lose to their next FBS opponent.Eleven Warriors has the data. The only team to win its next game against an FBS team was Tulane. Even Penn State lost – to Michigan State.Following Purdue’s loss on Saturday, Ohio State’s opponents this season are now 1-7 in their next games against Football Bowl Subdivision teams after playing the Buckeyes. https://t.co/3TrWkc3nd3— Eleven Warriors (@11W) October 27, 2018Last year, Iowa, in similar fashion, shocked Ohio State mid-season. The Hawkeyes were then blown out by Wisconsin a week later.To be clear, none of this is shocking. Teams get up to play the Ohio States of the world. But it’s still some strong data.After a bye week, Ohio State gets Nebraska next Saturday. The Buckeyes will be heavy favorites.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: General view of Michigan Stadium during a game between the Indiana Hoosiers and Michigan Wolverines on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 20-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan running back/special teamer Berkley Edwards left tonight’s win over Indiana on a stretcher after suffering what appeared to be a scary injury. Edwards was motionless as he left the field.Fortunately, the post-game reports all seem to be good for the grad transfer. His brother, former Michigan star Braylon Edwards, said he had feeling and movement in his extremities and Jim Harbaugh had a similarly positive update.Speaking with the media after the win, Harbaugh confirmed that Edwards did indeed suffer a concussion. It doesn’t seem like he suffered a serious spinal injury.Harbaugh added that Edwards was moving and talking, which are great signs.Jim Harbaugh on On Berkeley Edwards,… “everything looked good when he left the stadium, but he had a pretty good sized concussion… He was talking and moving… Lot of prayers for him”— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) November 18, 2018Edwards, who transferred from Central Michigan, was drilled while blocking on a return. Cam Jones, the Indiana player who hit him, was called for targeting.Cheap shot pic.twitter.com/nH0n7Has6H— Zach Ozbun (@ZachOzbun) November 18, 2018Edwards was one of two Michigan players who left the game with injuries today. Star defensive end Chase Winovich also didn’t finish the contest.
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 09: Fans watch a military flyover prior to a game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Georgia Bulldogs at Notre Dame Stadium on September 9, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Georgia football had a rare trip to South Bend to face Notre Dame last season. The game set the stage for the Bulldogs’ surprising run to the College Football Playoff, and with a road trip like that, a lot of Dawgs fans were interested in tickets.Unfortunately, one broker wound up stiffing hundreds of fans, failing to deliver tickets.Jeff Cook was arrested last September after the incident. From WXIA in Atlanta:The Sheriff’s Office executed a warrant at Cook’s house in Eatonton on Friday morning and arrested him, Sills told 11Alive.Cook is charged with selling sports tickets without a license and advertising sports tickets for sale without posting a license number and his advertisements. He was released later on Friday after he posted bond of $2,000.Today, Jeff Cook was supposed to begin his 180-day jail sentence for the Georgia football ticket scam.Per a report by DawgNation.com, Cook did not show up to begin his sentence. Now, the local sheriff says that a search for him is underway:“As we speak, a warrant is being obtained for his arrest charging him with felonious escape,” said (Putnam County Sheriff Howard) Sills, speaking by telephone while vacationing on the Georgia coast. “I was present in court when he was sentenced, I made this case and he was specifically instructed by the chief judge of our circuit that he was to surrender at 9 a.m. this morning. He has not and I’m getting ready to send the hounds to find him.”Earlier this year, Cook pleaded guilty to nine counts of theft and one count of selling tickets without a license, according to Sills. After release, Cook is to serve nine years of probation. Cook is also banned from all UGA athletic events and from UGA property.Plenty of UGA fans made it into the stadium to watch the Dawgs’ dramatic 20-19 road win. Still, this was a rough ordeal for those whose promised tickets were never delivered.[DawgNation.com]
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State and Michigan will square off on Saturday, and the winner will take the Big Ten East and earn a spot in the league’s title game next week against Northwestern. A College Football Playoff spot could be on the line too – maybe.Michigan currently holds the No. 4 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings, and many believe that if the Wolverines win out, they’ll stay there. But FiveThirtyEight’s playoff predictor model doesn’t see it that way.In fact, FiveThirtyEight projects that both the Wolverines and Buckeyes would need help – even if they won out.If Clemson, Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Michigan win out, the Wolverines have the lowest odds of getting in. Ditto if you replace Michigan with Ohio State.FiveThirtyEight isn’t affiliated with selection committee, but their model has been pretty accurate in the past.Essentially, it’s predicting that even if Michigan wins out, Oklahoma will pass it in the rankings. The Sooners will play Texas in the Big 12 title game next week.If that did happen, you could expect Michigan fans to riot. There’s no way they think that a 12-1 Wolverines squad that won the Big Ten and knocked off Ohio State should be left out.It’s going to be an interesting two weeks.
CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 01: Clemson Tigers runs out onto the field prior to the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Memorial Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)When SEC jobs open, the first place athletic directors often look is Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama. Clemson football is probably the closest thing there is to ‘Bama right now, and with the new Georgia Tech football opening, Tigers’ offensive coordinator Tony Elliott could become a hot commodity.The 39-year old Elliott played wide receiver for the Tigers from 2000-2003. He joined Dabo Swinney’s staff as running backs coach in 2011, and was elevated to co-offensive coordinator in 2015, after the departure of Chad Morris, now the head coach at Arkansas, to SMU.He has served as play caller since Morris’ departure, ahead of Clemson’s 40-6 demolition of Oklahoma in the 2014 Citrus Bowl.According to one report, the Georgia Tech football coaching search has “zeroed in” on Tony Elliott.Paul Johnson, who has led the Yellow Jackets since 2008, announced that he will step away from the program.Hours later, SB Nation Georgia Tech site From The Rumble Seat has reported that Elliott is the main focus of the GT search.“Paul Johnson announced he is stepping down as Georgia Tech’s head football coach on Wednesday, and a source close to Georgia Tech has indicated to FTRS that Tech has already zeroed in on Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott to be his replacement.Elliott, 39, has been at Clemson since 2011 and has served as its co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach since 2015. He won the Broyles Award in 2017, awarded annually to college football’s top assistant coach. Clemson is averaging 45.5 points per game this season, third-best in FBS.”Elliott was also named a candidate in an early report by ESPN‘s Adam Rittenberg, which also focused on Tech alumnus and Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.Both names seem to indicate that Georgia Tech isn’t married to continuing Paul Johnson’s famous option offense. We identified nine potential Georgia Tech coaching candidates of both the option and non-option varieties, including Elliott and Whisenhunt, earlier today.[From The Rumble Seat]
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama’s football program has a bunch of NFL talent every season. This year’s team might be special in that department, though.One NFL insider has revealed how many of the Crimson Tide’s players have a real chance at getting picked in the 2019 NFL Draft.The number: 17.“I asked an NFL personnel exec to send me the names of the draft eligible, draftable prospects to watch at Alabama. He sent me 17 names. Going to be a busy few days watching all these dudes,” NFL analyst Daniel Jeremiah tweeted.I asked an NFL personnel exec to send me the names of the draft eligible, draftable prospects to watch at Alabama. He sent me 17 names. Going to be a busy few days watching all these dudes.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) November 28, 2018Ohio State set the NFL Draft record for most players taken in one draft with 14 in 2004.It’s early, but it looks like Alabama could seriously challenge that record come spring 2019.