Salihamidzic in talks with Hudson-Odoi family about Bayern Munich moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich chief Hasan Salihamidzic has held talks with Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi about a move to Germany next month.Bayern have upped their bid from €15m to €20m in the last 24 hours after being encouraged in talks with the player’s camp.BILD says Salihamidzic has spoken with Hudson-Odoi’s family about a career plan they have mapped out for the teenager.The 18 year-old is tied to Chelsea until 2020 and leaning towards leaving in January.For his part, Blues manager Maurizio Sarri says: “He’s still a very young player, we’ll have to wait a bit. But in the future he will be a very, very strong player, I’m sure of that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 17: Fans of the Michigan Wolverines react to a 14-3 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 17, 2007 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)It may be June, but Ohio State and Michigan are in mid-season form in the trash talk department. Saturday night, Buckeyes wide receivers coach Zach Smith, taking exception to what appears to be a recruiting pamphlet produced by Michigan, blasted the Wolverines on Twitter. Smith, who is clearly ticked off that Michigan is is promoting its assistant coach Jedd Fisch as a better alternative for recruits to develop under, fired back, boasting about Ohio State’s three victories in a row over the Wolverines.Smith also predicted a fourth straight victory and posted a photo of all of the rings he’s won in his coaching years. It’s strong.U mad bro?? #LevelsToThis #IfTheyAintHatingYouAintPoppin pic.twitter.com/QhnJceNL4W— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 7, [email protected] that’s all they got?!— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) June 7, 2015Check my Resume… And if it’s confusing… Check my live resume next November. It will be the same resume as the last 3 Novembers.— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 7, 2015Back to my regularly scheduled Saturday… #ThisAintWhatYouWant #Zone6 pic.twitter.com/6bxT0IoN3E— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 7, 2015Jim Harbaugh and his staff certainly aren’t bowing down to Ohio State. But the Wolverines may want to win a few games before they start comparing anything between the two schools.
Real Madrid’s hopes of dispensing with the services of Gareth Bale this summer are looking ever dimmer as the forward prepares to start the pre-season with the Blancos. Having already splashed out on five new signings in the current transfer window, Madrid know that, once Ferland Mendy is presented, Operation Exit must begin in earnest. With 37 players cluttering up the first-team squad the club must undergo a significant clear-out at the start of pre-season, which begins on July 8. Almost a third of those have been declared up for sale by those in charge at the Bernabeu. 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? Some of the Madrid squad have begun to pack their bags. Marco Llorente crossed the road for Atletico Madrid, while Mateo Kovacic is set to make permanent his move to Chelsea in the coming days. But there has been no movement on the man Florentino Perez would most like to see leave, and who, if he stays, is set to become an expensive pariah in 2019-20.The case of Bale is crucial to Madrid. Coach Zinedine Zidane has no interest in fielding the Wales international, a fact he showed no qualms in making clear towards the end of last season. But Bale will nevertheless be getting on the plane to Montreal with the rest of the Blancos squad, Goal can confirm, as what would have been the club’s biggest sale of the summer is completely stalled.For his part the player has similarly made clear that he wants to stay at the Bernabeu, ignoring the unsubtle hints sent his way by Zidane as well as the arrival of several new signings set to push him out of the forward line.The former Southampton and Tottenham winger would only consider a transfer that assures him the same lavish wage package he will enjoy in the Spanish capital until his contract expires in June 2022.There is no sign that the situation will be resolved with any haste. Right now there are no meetings planned to discuss his sale, no offers on the table and very little interest in Bale. Unless there is a rapid breakthrough, then, Zidane and Bale will meet face to face next week, prior to the start of the tour, ensuring some rather awkward silences on the long plane trip to Canada and later the United States.
It’s not uncommon for a recruit to be a little upset with a couple of schools during his recruitment for one reason or another. It is uncommon for him to admit it publicly.That’s what happened with A.J. Abbott, a three-star wide receiver in the 2018 class committed to play for Wisconsin. He recently revealed that a couple of major Big Ten programs upset him during his recruitment.Abbott did an interview with Land of 10. In it, he went into detail about why schools like Michigan State and Ohio State upset him. He also was upset with Syracuse.From the interview:Q: Which school disappointed you the most during recruiting? Maybe they said they were going to call you back and they didn’t?Abbott: I got plenty of those. At a young age, Ohio State, I wanted to get on them. I liked them. They didn’t call me back. They didn’t answer anything. Michigan State pissed me off a lot because they weren’t offering, they weren’t recruiting really that hard. They didn’t offer until the end. So Michigan State, Ohio State and Syracuse. Syracuse pissed me off, too. I don’t like how they were recruiting.Abbott admitted that Michigan State came in second place in his recruitment, but he felt the coaches at Wisconsin cared about him more.Q: What school came in second? What could they have done a little better?Abbott: Michigan State. They came in second. What they could’ve done … They had some problems over there with their team and with their coaches. It was a lot of issues over there with the team, so I don’t think getting into that would have been great. But I think the coaches over at Wisconsin cared about me a little more than Michigan State. I think they had my best interest better than Michigan State coaches did.You can read his full Q&A here.
ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown host Sam Ponder shared some major personal news on Instagram over the weekend.Ponder, who’s married to former NFL quarterback Christian Ponder, has given birth to her third child.She announced the news with an Instagram post on Sunday.“So thankful,” she wrote.Sam and Christian now have three children. Their oldest, Scout, was often seen with Sam on the set of ESPN’s College GameDay.“Went for a morning walk and ran into “mommy’s old work at Home Depot” … didn’t even correct her,” Ponder said on Instagram last fall.Congrats to Sam and Christian!
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant, who’s transferring out of the Tigers’ program, has been linked to several major programs on the transfer market. He’s reportedly already scheduled one visit.247Sports is reporting that Bryant, a multi-year starter at Clemson, is considering another ACC football program.InsideCarolina is reporting that Bryant has scheduled a visit to North Carolina.From the report:Clemson quarterback transfer Kelly Bryant is expected to visit North Carolina this weekend, sources confirmed to Inside Carolina. The Tar Heels host Virginia Tech on Saturday night at Kenan Stadium.According to sources, the UNC staff has been in contact with Bryant since he decided to leave Clemson a couple weeks ago and subsequently received his release.Bryant opted to transfer out of Clemson after Dabo Swinney named Trevor Lawrence the team’s starting quarterback. He has one year of eligibility remaining and will be immediately eligible in 2019.The former Clemson quarterback spoke to the Greenville News about his transfer decision.“I feel like it’s what’s best for me and my future,” Bryant said. “I was just going to control what I could control and try to make the most of my opportunity, but at the end of the day, I just don’t feel like I’ve gotten a fair shot.”“I’ve been with this senior class for four years. Seeing how much we built and poured into this program, it’s tough to walk away from it,” Bryant added. “But at the same time, I’ve got to do what’s best for me. And I feel like this is the best situation for me.”Bryant has been linked to several other major programs, too. Florida State, Oklahoma and Penn State, among other schools, have been mentioned as possible options.It’s unclear if Bryant is seriously considering any other options. He can take his time with his decision, waiting until 2019. LSU’s starting quarterback, Joe Burrow, didn’t transfer out of Ohio State and into the Tigers’ program until this past summer, for example.Stay tuned.
Ohio State suffered a mind-boggling defeat over the weekend, as they were demolished by Purdue. From the fans to Urban Meyer, everyone linked to the Buckeyes was left in a state of shock on Saturday.The Boilermakers were dominant in their victory over the Buckeyes, especially on offense. There are several highlights worth pinpointing, but the most memorable clip of the weekend revolves around Ohio State’s head coach.It wasn’t just one play that had Meyer searching for answers, as multiple plays during the game left him speechless.Once Meyer put his hands on his head, it was clear that he wasn’t ready for this result.Purdue won 49-20 against Ohio State, which included a 28-point fourth quarter. David Blough and D.J. Knox were sensational for the Boilermakers.It’d be surprising to see Meyer’s team come out flat in their next game, when the Buckeyes play the Cornhuskers.Yet, another stunner would provide more hilarious reactions from the championship coach.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)College football insider Brett McMurphy is reporting that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer helped “cover up” another incident involving former Buckeyes’ assistant coach Zach Smith.Smith, who was fired by Ohio State this past summer, allegedly had an incident with former Buckeyes 5-star Trevon Grimes, who transferred out of the program.The report details a practice incident between Smith and Grimes:Trevon told his father he got into an altercation with Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith at practice.LeBron Grimes said his son told him that “Zach got up in his face and called him a ‘bitch ass n – – – – -’ and said, ‘I should have never recruited you.’ And then Trevon said something to Zach about him messing around with college girls.”During that phone call, LeBron told his son he had booked a flight and would be in Columbus in three days. Trevon told him if he didn’t get there the next day he was leaving school.Ohio State has reportedly done an investigation into the allegations. The Buckeyes reportedly admit that an incident took place, but denied the use of the N-word.On Nov. 2, 2018 after Leah Grimes contacted Ohio State, Buckeyes Athletic Director Gene Smith reached out to Stadium. He said the use of the N-word in Ohio State’s program “doesn’t exist. Urban doesn’t allow that.” Later that day, Gene Smith provided a statement: “Since our conversation I have looked into some of your questions. We have found no evidence that there was a physical altercation or racially charged remarks between Zach Smith and Trevon Grimes, and to reinforce my earlier comments to you on the phone, racially charged behavior is not accepted or tolerated within our program.”Four days later, through OSU spokesman Jerry Emig, the school now admitted there was an “interaction” between Zach Smith and Grimes. Emig’s statement: “The university initiated a series of interviews over the last four days with players and staff who witnessed the interaction. No one corroborated that there was a physical altercation or that there was racially offensive language used.”Eli Goins, a senior wide receiver at Ohio State last season, said he witnessed the altercation at practice that players had to “break up” but did not hear Smith use the N-word: “Coach Smith might have said something that pissed off Tre about his previous route. He was always known for saying s – – -, you had to have tough skin.“It didn’t get like they were throwing punches, but we did have to break them up,” Goins said. “He curses and uses profanity, but he never took it to that level with me. He knew his boundaries.”Urban Meyer reportedly denied comment for the story.Grimes is now a sophomore wide receiver at Florida. He has 17 catches for 194 yards and 1 touchdown.
What’s better than college football rivalry games?College football rivalry games played in the snow.We have some serious weather in The Evergreen State this evening, with No. 8 Washington State hosting No. 16 Washington.Check it out:Seriously … send shovels pic.twitter.com/wdRTpkDlZT— Tim Booth (@ByTimBooth) November 24, 2018#Pac12AfterDark blizzard edition pic.twitter.com/0g5FevBzKA— Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB) November 24, 2018Gotta cop one of these #AppleCup themed snow globes pic.twitter.com/8D1SXMPnsg— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) November 24, 2018Washington is currently handling the tough better weather, as the Huskies are leading the Cougars, 14-0.The game is on FOX.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium before the BYU Cougars play the Texas Longhorns on September 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)In the wake of recent rumors that Texas commit Marcus Washington had decommitted from the Longhorns and planned to join Missouri’s recruiting class, Washington has addressed the issue publicly.On Tuesday, Washington took on Twitter and categorized the rumors as not true.According to Burnt Orange Nation, a local news station had tweeted about Washington’s decommitment. The Tweet was later deleted.“None of these rumors about my recruitment are true !” he wrote, while retweeting the offending report.None of these rumors about my recruitment are true ! https://t.co/ApX32oSLQ1— Marcus Washington (@_MarcusW11) December 11, 2018247Sports has Washington rated as a four-star prospect out of Trinity Catholic HS in Missouri.He committed to Texas back in October, but only 76-percent of 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions have Washington sticking with the Longhorns.Missouri and Ohio State are tied with a 12-percent of the voters choosing them for the No. 27 WR in the country and No. 3 prospect from the state of Missouri.Washington is the third-highest rated WR in Texas’ Class of 2019, behind Jordan Whittington and Jake Smith.