Transfers Stoke sign Austria defender Bauer Nicholas McGee 05:08 1/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Stoke City Premier League The Potters are currently without a manager but they have secured the acquisition of the right-back from Russian club Rubin Kazan Stoke City have signed Austria defender Moritz Bauer.The right-back joins the managerless Potters on a four-and-a-half-year contract, signing for an undisclosed fee from Russian club Rubin Kazan.Stoke sacked Mark Hughes on Saturday following their 2-1 FA Cup defeat at the hands of League Two Coventry City after a poor run that has left the club 18th in the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Moritz is a player we have been trailing for some time and was someone Mark Hughes wanted to bring into the club,” chief executive Tony Scholes said.”Moritz came over to England last week to undergo his medical and discuss terms and we have now been able to conclude his transfer.”
Liverpool 5 Watford 0: Inspirational Salah nets four as Reds bounce back Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 03:20 18/3/2018 Getty Images Liverpool responded to their Manchester United loss with an easy win over Watford – Mohamed Salah stealing the show with four goals. Mohamed Salah returned to his inspirational best as he scored four goals and set up another in Liverpool’s crushing 5-0 Premier League win over Watford, bouncing back from defeat to Manchester United in style.The Egypt star may have been nullified by United’s Ashley Young at Old Trafford last time out, but the real Salah was back with a point to prove and he made it in emphatic fashion, moving on to 36 Liverpool goals and setting up Roberto Firmino’s stunning second-half effort.Liverpool were ahead as early as the fourth minute, with Salah getting Jurgen Klopp’s side off to a fine start at Anfield courtesy of an excellent run and finish. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp It took a while, but Liverpool did eventually add a second just before the break – Salah, predictably, the scorer from close range, taking his tally to 34 for the season, the most any player has managed in a debut campaign for the Reds.And he then turned provider early in the second period, setting up Roberto Firmino’s outrageous finish to leave Watford reeling.The hosts’ more relaxed approach towards the end should have offered the Hornets some respite, but things only got worse as Salah added another two late on to round off a remarkable individual display – the Merseyside club moving back to within two points of second-placed United.SAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!HE’S ON FIRE![5-0] pic.twitter.com/xK2H4Dfy9M— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 17, 2018Watford were behind early on as Liverpool seized the advantage through the irresistible Salah.The visitors afforded Salah too much space on the right flank and he darted into the box, turning Miguel Britos inside-out and leaving him on his backside before finishing right-footed under Orestis Karnezis.Liverpool supporters who were expecting the floodgates to open were initially left disappointed, with proceedings falling rather flat for the most part.The hosts did not threaten again until the 39th minute, when Salah was released on the break to feed Roberto Firmino, whose brilliant first touch took him away from Jose Holebas and opened up the space for a shot which Karnezis did well to save.But the goalkeeper was helpless soon after as Andrew Robertson raided up the left flank and delivered across the face of goal for Salah to tap in arguably his most straightforward effort of a prolific season.Salah played the role of creator shortly after the restart, crossing between Karnezis and his defenders for Firmino, who produced a brilliant flicked finish while airborne.Another beautiful flick from Bobby to add to his collection.23 goals for Firmino this season. pic.twitter.com/vSfeA8WPGx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 17, 2018Javi Gracia’s men nearly pulled one back soon after when a Roberto Pereyra free-kick caught Loris Karius out and came back off the crossbar.But that was the only worrying moment to trouble Liverpool, as they ultimately blasted Watford away by adding another two goals in the final 13 minutes.Salah completed his first hat-trick for the club with a typically clever bit of play, finding the bottom-left corner despite being surrounded by three defenders, before wrapping up the rout by smashing home a rebound from close range. Key Opta Stats:- This was Jurgen Klopp’s 50th Premier League home game in charge of Liverpool (W28 D18 L4). The Reds have averaged 2.20 goals per game since Klopp took over – their highest goals per game ratio at Anfield in the competition under any manager.- Watford have lost 10 of their 11 top-flight away games against Liverpool, winning only in August 1999 on what was the Hornets’ first visit in the Premier League (1-0).- Mohamed Salah has scored 36 goals for Liverpool in all competitions – the most by a single player in their debut season for the Reds. read more
England England defender Tarkowski off World Cup standby list with hernia injury Joe Wright 05:20 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images England World Cup Burnley Premier League The defenders’s hopes of playing in Russia are over following the news that he requires an operation Burnley defender James Tarkowski has left England’s training camp to have surgery, his club have confirmed.The 25-year-old has been training with the national team since Monday, having been named on the five-man standby list for Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.However, any hopes he had of joining team-mate Nick Pope in heading to Russia look to have been dashed, although Burnley expect him to be available for the start of pre-season training. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash 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 “James Tarkowski has withdrawn from England’s World Cup preparation camp at St. George’s Park to undergo a hernia operation,” a club statement read.”Tarkowski is expected to be fit for the Clarets’ return to pre-season training in early July.”Burnley added that England do not plan to call up another defender for the remainder of the training camp.Southgate’s side begin their warm-up for the World Cup with a friendly match against Nigeria next Saturday.
Cristiano Ronaldo Be your own champion – defy the odds like Cristiano Ronaldo Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:00 6/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Videos Clear MEN is celebrating champions who never doubt themselves, despite the obstacles they have been forced to face Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has set the standard at the top of world football.Yet his remarkable success story is not one of a superhuman preordained to reign supreme over mere mortals.Clear MEN are reminding us that we, too, can achieve our goals and exceed our wildest dreams by applying the same principles that saw the five-time Ballon d’Or winner become immortal. 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 All we need to succeed is to be resolute when faced with obstacles and to refuse to be beaten, no matter the circumstance.21-year-old He Yi Yi is testament to the passion and effort that, when combined and harnessed, can catapult us all to superstardom.He was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer named osteosarcoma at the age of 12, which forced him to undergo an operation to amputate his left leg. Despite that, the Shanwei-born attacker has blossomed into something of a phenomenon in China and became a Paralympics champion in 2015.His inspirational story took him all the way to London and West Ham’s training ground last year, and also earned him the chance to meet the legendary former Italy coach Marcelo Lippi.Clear MEN are rightfully labelling him a Champion. Watch the video above to see exactly why this modern hero is so worthy of the title.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: Staff kept landmark from meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was pleased with a landmark win over Burnley.Saturday’s victory proved the 100th Premier League win of Pochettino’s Tottenham reign, and he admitted his backroom staff kept that fact from him beforehand, desperate not to jinx the encounter.”Jesus (Perez) told me before the game they didn’t want to tell me because it’s a superstition,” said Pochettino.”But now I know. We did not realise, but it’s a fantastic achievement for us collectively.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Valencia face competition as West Ham set Chicharito priceby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are prepared to sell Javier Hernandez in January.Marca says Real Betis and Sevilla have joined Valencia’s interest in the Mexico international.Chicharito is currently on four goals this season, but is not a regular starter which makes his future uncertain.Nevertheless, the London club are not keen on letting him go on the cheap, which is why they have slapped a €20m price tag on the striker going into the January transfer window.It’s understood he has already agreed to join Valencia if they can strike terms with the Hammers.
Man Utd manager Solskjaer showed Ferguson nous against Tottenham – Fletcherby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer executed a ‘Sir Alex Ferguson-like’ tactical masterplan to secure a 1-0 victory over Spurs on Sunday.That is according to former Red Devils midfielder Darren Fletcher.It was Solskjaer’s biggest and sixth consecutive win since taking over from Jose Mourinho. And Fletcher thinks the Norwegian displayed tactical nous that his mentor would have been proud of.Fletcher told BBC Sport: “Solskjaer won [the battle with Pochettino] in the first half and I could tell by the way that he and the rest of his bench celebrated Marcus Rashford’s goal together that it was down to the work they had done before the match.”I recognise that reaction because I had Sir Alex Ferguson as a manager, so these things happened a lot during my time at United.”Sir Alex knew how games would pan out because he would identify weaknesses in the opposition, and he knew how to exploit them.”Solskjaer did the same at Wembley. He had a masterplan that came together, and ultimately it won United the game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Inter Milan striker Lukaku tribute to Conte after derby victoryby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku paid tribute to coach Antonio Conte after victory over AC Milan.Marcelo Brozovic’s deflected shot opened the scoring and Lukaku nodded in a Nicolò Barella cross for his third goal in four Serie A games.“My rapport with Conte is very strong, as he is a Coach who really helps me. At the age of 26, I want a Coach like this, who helps me every day and gives me motivation.“I am very happy to be here and to be working with him,” Lukaku told DAZN.He added: “This match is very important for us, but we have another very difficult game coming up against Lazio. We’re pleased with the three points.“The game with Slavia Prague was difficult, but we prepared well for tonight and we gave a strong reply. I don’t want to talk about the title now, we take it one game at a time.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd boss Solskjaer promotes scout for key roleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has promoted scout Simon Wells.The Sun says Solskjaer has appointed a personal scout to take care of the club’s transfer targets.The Norwegian has asked Wells from the club’s recruitment team to closely assess players who could strengthen his under-achieving squad.The move comes with the blessing of the United hierarchy as they continue their search for a director of football.Solskjaer is in the midst of what is likely to be an extensive overhaul of United’s squad as they try and climb back to the pinnacle of English and European football. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan director Boban insists Pioli was always their first choiceby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan director Zvonimir Boban insists new coach Stefano Pioli was always their first choice.Pioli was hired 24 hours after the sacking of Marco Giampaolo.Boban said at the new coach’s presentation: “It’s not nice to be here for a change of Coach, which is a defeat for all of us, also on a personal level.“However, we must move forward with a choice that we think is right for Milan, like we did during the summer.“I wish good luck to Stefano Pioli, a great Coach who arrives at a difficult time. If we’re here, it means the responsibility is also ours.“But we mustn’t throw ourselves off the course, at least until we realise that we’re no longer working for the good of the club.“The important thing is never to lose dignity. We’re sorry about this situation, but it’s football.“I’m not talking about Spalletti, a very good Coach. Our choice was Stefano Pioli.“It’s normal that many free Coaches were on our shortlist, but we focused on Pioli, a Coach who knows our club and Italian football.“We’re not the best team in the world, but we’re also not the team we’ve shown to be so far.“We’re convinced that with Pioli, we can see a better game than what we’ve seen so far.“We must aim to improve so Milan can be brought back where they need to be.“We’re working every day to understand how we can make Milan a great team again.“Some more experienced players would be useful, but we know the market has precise dynamics.”
Former Oklahoma defensive back Tony Jefferson would like Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller to transfer to Norman, Okla. So, the current NFL safety decided this afternoon to tweet at the two-time Big Ten MVP. Jefferson, now a member of the Arizona Cardinals, included in the tweet a photo of his time with the Sooners. It’s likely meant to serve as proof of how good a time Miller could have on Jefferson’s former campus. The photo features Jefferson and a clad of Sooners’ coeds. @Braxtonmiller5 this could be you bro … And I was a defensive back… Transfer to OU pic.twitter.com/H5ZF3saEfe— Tony Jefferson (@tonyjefferson1) January 15, 2015Apparently Jefferson isn’t a huge fan of current Oklahoma starting quarterback Trevor Knight, who has two years of eligibility remaining. Miller would surely be an upgrade to the Sooners’ current quarterback situation, though. Miller, who has graduated from Ohio State, has one year of eligibility remaining and could transfer to another school and play immediately. Duke, Florida State, LSU and Oregon have been rumored to be potential destinations for the dual-threat quarterback, if he decides to leave Columbus.
usc celebrating win over utahIt turns out Las Vegas knew something the rest of us didn’t. USC, which was favored by almost a touchdown against No. 3 Utah, delivered, dominating the Utes en route to a 42-24 victory. After the contest, which featured three interceptions by freshman linebacker Cameron Smith, the team celebrated the first win of the year for interim coach Clay Helton. Here’s video of the team singing “Fight On” in the locker room.“We can be as good as you want to be, you just showed the world that.” –@USCCoachHelton #FightOn pic.twitter.com/FjhqY7XSuL— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) October 25, 2015USC, now 4-3, travels to Cal next Saturday.
Pep Guardiola says Virgil van Dijk is worth every penny of the £75 million Liverpool paid for the Netherlands international last January – despite Manchester City refusing to match Southampton’s valuation.Jurgen Klopp worked to cure the Reds’ defensive issues by signing the imposing Van Dijk for a world record fee for a centre-back.The ex-Celtic star was heavily linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium but eventually moved to Merseyside 12 months ago, helping the Reds reach the Champions League final in his opening six months at the club.The Amazon Prime documentary ‘All or Nothing’ which followed City throughout the 2017-18 season showed footage of chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak questioning Southampton’s asking price with director of football Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano. 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? But Guardiola said ahead of the visit of Liverpool on Thursday: “He’s an exceptional player.“When a player costs whatever it costs and it works, it is well worth it.“When you pay less and it doesn’t work, it is so expensive.”If he can play every three days with no injuries and play consistently, it is well worth it.”Already unbeaten in their opening 20 Premier League matches and seven points ahead of defending champions City ahead of the summit meeting, Liverpool can put one hand on the title if they beat their rivals.Having lost three of their last five league games, Guardiola says City cannot afford to slip-up again and allow the Anfield club to increase their lead at the top.”We know how important it (the match) is,” he added.“If we are not able to win, especially if we lose – 10 points, goal difference 11 – if they continue that run it will be so difficult.“It’s almost a final for us. For them, nothing changes.”
Manchester United saw an approach from Jose Mourinho for Fiorentina defender Nikolas Milenkovic knocked back, the Serie A club’s chief executive has revealed.The Red Devils made no secret of their desire to bring in centre-half reinforcements during the summer transfer window of 2018.Several targets were mooted, with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Leicester’s Harry Maguire considered to figure prominently on the Old Trafford wish list. 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? Serbia international Milenkovic was another to be heavily linked with a big-money switch to England.No deal was done, as United failed to make any additions in an area which had been prioritised, but interest remained.Mourinho took in a trip to watch Serbia in action during the October international break, with Milenkovic believed to be among those he was keen to cast another eye over.Fiorentina, though, have no intention of parting with the 21-year-old, or any of their other prized assets.Chief executive Pantaleo Corvino told Gazzetta dello Sport of those to have attracted formal offers: “We rejected great offers from Lyon for [Jordan] Veretout, from Marseille for [Giovani] Simeone and from Manchester United for Nikola Milenkovic.“[Aurelio] De Laurentiis pressed for [Federico] Chiesa. This is the right way to grow.”It was suggested that United had rekindled their interest heading towards the January window.Mourinho was, however, relieved of his managerial duties in December.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now at the helm and bringing the best out of those already at his disposal.He has hinted that there will be little movement before the latest deadline passes, with the Norwegian happy to work with his current crop.“I’m happy with squad I’ve got,” Solskjaer said when quizzed on possible winter additions.“I don’t expect anyone to come in but obviously if the club have targeted and identified a few and I think they might fit here, I’ll give my thumbs up. But it’s not just my decision.“Nobody had to tell me I had loads of talented players [to inherit at United]. I can see that from outside.”The talent available to Solskjaer has helped United to eight successive wins, with the latest of those seeing the Red Devils overcome Arsenal 3-1 to progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Twitter/@BigTenNetworkJoey Julius, Penn State’s beloved kicker, was laid out by a Minnesota player who took a nasty cheap shot on a kickoff.Late in the third quarter of today’s Penn State-Minnesota game in Happy Valley, Gophers linebacker Jaylen Waters took a massive cheap shot on Julius on a kick-off, on a kick that wasn’t returned.Close game and emotions are running high between Minnesota & Penn State. https://t.co/nVLWMSUlJr— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 1, 2016Waters gets ejected after targeting Joey Julius #pennstate https://t.co/Arsl3a5kVi— Zack Neiner (@ZackNeiner) October 1, 2016The hit cleared the benches, and Waters was ejected for the unnecessary hit.The 270-pound kicker has a habit of laying the wood on his kickoffs, and had gotten into a tussle with Waters earlier in the game.When you’re tired of getting hit by the kicker. pic.twitter.com/fkp4uv7Spi— Penn State On BTN (@PennStateOnBTN) October 1, 2016Last weekend, big No. 99 blew up Michigan star Jourdan Lewis, who blamed the hit on a missed block by Jabrill Peppers. We hope that he is okay. Julius has turned Penn State kickoffs into must-watch plays every weekend. There aren’t too many kickers that can say that.Over the last two seasons, Julius has registered four total tackles. He also kicked field goals for the Nittany Lions last season, hitting 10-of-12 and 20-of-24 extra points on the season. This year he is just handling kick-off duty.Penn State and Minnesota are tied 20-20 with just over five minutes remaining in today’s game at Beaver Stadium.
Chelsea’s Jamal Musiala has left the academy at Cobham Training Ground to join Bayern Munich and he has signed a five-year deal with the Bundesliga club.It may be too early for the 16-year-old to go into the first team and he is going to join up with the academy at the FC Bayern Campus after having a tour of the facilities in Bavaria on Tuesday afternoon.Musiala holds a dual English and German citizenship and he has played for both England and Germany Under-16s. The youngster was born in Fulda, Germany, and he was signed by Chelsea in 2011 from TSV Lehnerz. 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 He regarded as an exceptional attacking midfield talent and made his debut for England Under-15s at just the age of 13. Musiala can also play as a striker and played three games for Chelsea’s Under-18s in the league last season.German scouts have increasingly been looking to English football for opportunities to poach young talent with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho being the most high-profile example in recent years.Bayern Munich’s poaching of Chelsea’s academy talent comes after they pushed hard to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi in January and they had made several bids in the process up to a £35 million ($44 million) offer.Although Hudson-Odoi has yet to renew his Chelsea contract, there is growing optimism around the club that he will sign a five-year deal worth £100,000-a-week, especially with Derby County’s Frank Lampard due to be announced as the manager in the next 48 hours.Lampard is likely to promote youth players next season upon taking the job as him and his coaching staff bid to deal with the club’s transfer ban.The German champions continue to be watching the situation and are ready to take advantage of any opportunities that come up to sign Hudson-Odoi, who now has less than a year left to run on his current deal at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea recently announced a deal for Matteo Kovacic, though, as the club completed a €45 million (£40m/$51m) deal to make the midfielder’s loan from Real Madrid a permanent move.The Blues also added Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in January, and the U.S. national team midfielder will join the club this summer after spending the second half of this past season on loan with the German club.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer again warned there was no “quick fix” at Manchester United, although the Premier League giants are still hoping for further signings.United are coming off a sixth-place finish last season, a difficult campaign seeing them end up 32 points adrift of champions and rivals Manchester City.Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have been added to United’s squad from Swansea City and Crystal Palace respectively, while the club are linked with numerous other signings – most notably Leicester City defender Harry Maguire – and have the likes of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku potentially exiting. 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? Solskjaer is still hoping for further additions to his squad, but – as he did earlier in the year – again asked for patience as United look to close the gap to the top.”I know it’s hard getting players in and over the line,” the manager said.”We’ve been doing our jobs. We’ve been finding, identifying players. Scouting them. But they have got clubs.”It took time with Aaron, it took time with Dan, but they got it over the line. It’s not like we’re going to sign 10 players. It can’t be a quick fix.”As I’ve said to you, we’re working on one or two and we’re still hoping but I also understand that the market has changed. Prices have soared.”Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes, Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff and Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic have also been linked with the Premier League giants.United’s approach in the transfer market has been criticised at times, but Solskjaer said the club would remain patient.”We have been linked with so many players. I am sure you don’t believe every single player that we have been linked with,” he said.”But I think that Man United sometimes have, because of the wealth, maybe we have had to pay more, a bigger premium to get players in and that’s just the world we live in.”And we have taken our time and we are not going to overpay but we have to get the right people in, the right players.”Manchester United face Leeds United in their second pre-season friendly in Perth on Wednesday.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Urban Meyer the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes hugs his wife Shelley Meyer on the field after 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has responded to a comment from Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer.The wife of the Ohio State head coach said on Twitter that she had stopped paying attention to Finebaum and everyone else at ESPN.Finebaum has been quite critical of Meyer this season, suggesting that he’ll leave the Buckeyes following the year.“I’ve been suggesting that Urban Meyer has been done for a while based on the bad marriage and based on body language. The admission by him that he is still struggling with some health issues. On Saturday night, he looked like the saddest man in America, and he probably was because when you think about the potential of that program and of that team and where they are right now, it’s pretty scary,” he said.Finebaum continued:“I just don’t think Urban Meyer has the makeup to deal with much more adversity. I know it’s an easy thing to say, ‘Hey, look what happened at Florida,’ but it’s precedent and it’s who I think Urban Meyer is,” Finebaum said. “When things get tough, he runs away and quits.”Shelley Meyer responded on Twitter.“He gets NONE OF MY ATTENTION. Should get no one else’s either. I don’t listen or watch him or his network anymore,” she wrote in a since-deleted tweet.Finebaum responded on ESPN this morning:“After Urban was asked about it Monday, Shelley Meyer deleted the tweet … deleting seems to run in the Meyer family,” Finebaum said. “Remember the deleted texts? Now Shelley Meyer … I don’t believe in deleting a tweet. If you say something, everybody already knows it and it’s been disseminated across the country. I don’t know what to say to her. I know her fairly well. She’s a nice woman. I think she has bigger problems right now dealing with what Urban is going through than to slap back at me.”Stephen A. Smith also had a message for her:“With all due respect to the lovely Mrs. Meyer, when your husband left his coaching job (at Florida), where did he come to work? To the very network you said you no longer want to watch,” Smith said. “You didn’t have a problem with ESPN then. So why do you have a problem now? Because something happened at the Ohio State that every network discussed and somehow we’re the problem?“I respectfully disagree.”It’s certainly been an interesting season at Ohio State…
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: Running back Maurice Washington #28 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers stretches for an extra yards against defensive lineman Winston DeLattiboudere #46 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the first half at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Maurice Washington has been one of the few bright spots for Nebraska in the first season of the Scott Frost era in Lincoln, Nebraska.The Huskers’ freshman running back has really impressed, making plays all over the field and having funs excited about the future backfield with him and quarterback Adrian Martinez.Washington was supposed to be a major factor in today’s contest against Ohio State, but the freshman running back has unfortunately left the game with an injury.The Huskers’ running back was seen limping off of the field and he’s reportedly being evaluated in the locker room for an injury.Now Maurice Washington limping off the field.— Derek Peterson (@DrPeteyHV) November 3, 2018Washington has now gone into the locker room to get evaluated by Nebraska’s trainers.“Maurice Washington just went to the locker room with trainers,” the Huskers announced.Maurice Washington just went to the locker room with trainers— Kevin Sjuts (@kevinsjuts) November 3, 2018Washington had just 3 carries for 3 yards before leaving the game with the apparent injury.Stay tuned for more injury updates.Nebraska is currently trailing Ohio State, 16-7. The game is on FOX.