All Blacks skipper ‘prickly’ on eve of crunch Wallabies Test

first_img0Shares0000Kieran Read will lead New Zealand’s fightback in the second Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia. © AFP / Marty MELVILLEAUCKLAND, New Zealand, Aug 16 – All Blacks captain Kieran Read warned he was in a “prickly” mood Friday as he demanded a marked improvement in discipline and defence for Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup decider against the Wallabies in Auckland.At stake is not only the All Blacks’ 16-year grip on the cup, but also the defence of a phenomenal record at Eden Park where they have not been beaten in 42 Tests since 1994. Another Australian triumph would also mark the first time since 2011 that the All Blacks have lost two matches in a row and, after their recent draw with South Africa, it would be the first time in 260 Tests since 1998 they have gone three successive matches without a win.Wallabies’ coach Michael Cheika has stuck with his winning formula from Sydney a week ago, while the All Blacks are still tinkering with their preferred line-up.Read cut a stern figure as he led the All Blacks through the captain’s run pre-game training session on Friday.Referring to his “prickly nature”, the All Blacks skipper said: “If you don’t do that you’re not going to get a response.“It’s a do-or-die game… it’s our discipline and our ability to defend early that’s going to be key. They put pressure on us through that last week so we have to respond.”Coach Steve Hansen, who will be marking his 100th Test in charge of the All Blacks, has been emphatic in spelling out his priorities with the World Cup number one and then the Bledisloe, which he suggested was a learning exercise.“They’re going to test our resolve to step up to the plate and we’ll learn a lot out of it and march on to the next occasion,” he said.– Fortress Eden Park –The Wallabies have not won at Eden Park in 18 games over the past 33 years, a dismal statistic which coach Michael Cheika has turned into a challenge.“There’s no point in hiding from it,” he said.“We know that that’s a big challenge but if you want to make change, one person has got to say, ‘Okay, this is going to change’. Then the next person will join in and the next person will join in.“You’re allowed to understand the history of the event and also the game, the trophy and also the venue, to make it ultra-important.”Despite being outplayed last week, Hansen has insisted the situation was like 2015 when the All Blacks were well beaten in Sydney and bounced back with a five-tries-to-one victory in Auckland.Australia, however, made sweeping changes to their line-up between the Tests four years ago while Cheika this time has made only one, with Adam Coleman in for the injured Rory Arnold.Hansen has made five changes including the axing of the battle-hardened Ben Smith, Owen Franks and Rieko Ioane.He used the word “dumped” but also said that with an eye on the World Cup they would probably have been rested anyway to see how replacement wings George Bridge and Sevu Reece, along with prop Nepo Laulala, handle a pressure game.The Wallabies last beat the All Blacks in New Zealand in 2001, when they sneaked home 24-23 in Dunedin.0Shares0000(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Soarin’ Over California to be Offered All Summer at Disney California Adventure

first_imgShare This!Exciting news Soarin’ Over California fans! The popular, original version of Soarin’ which was originally slated to be shown for a limited time, through June 30, will now be shown at Disney California Adventure through August 31!On their journey over California, Guests who visit this attraction will continue be able to view the sights on this virtual tour of the state while they fly over the Golden Gate Bridge, smell the orange trees, sail over Malibu, and more.The original version, Soarin’ Over California opened in 2001. The attraction was changed over to Soarin’ Around the World back in 2016.So if you miss the original version, and you weren’t going to the park only in the month of June, you’ll have a few more months to be able to experience it.Are you excited to hear that this version will continue to be offered at the Disneyland Resort over the summer?last_img read more

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Gattuso favourite for Udinese job

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Udinese are taking 24 hours to consider coach Igor Tudor’s position after back-to-back embarrassing defeats to Atalanta and Roma, with Gennaro Gattuso the favourite. The 7-1 loss to Atalanta on Sunday evening was shocking, but partially excused by the fact they were down to 10 men for an hour. However, on Wednesday night they incredibly lost 4-0 at home against a Roma side that had Federico Fazio very harshly sent off just 32 minutes in. According to Sky Sport Italia, Tuttomercatoweb, La Gazzetta dello Sport and others, Udinese directors are taking a few hours to think about the various alternatives. Gattuso is believed to be the favourite, especially as he was in the stands for the 7-1 defeat to Atalanta, alongside his long-term assistant manager. The former Milan coach has already turned down offers from Genoa and Sampdoria this month, so there is no guarantee he’d accept Udinese. Other candidates include Pasquale Marino and Stefano Colantuono.last_img read more

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10 months agoREVEALED: Mourinho rejected Real Madrid contract offer just weeks ago

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Mourinho rejected Real Madrid contract offer just weeks agoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho turned down a contract offer from Real Madrid just weeks ago, it has been revealed.Mourinho was shown the door by United yesterday after two-and-a-half years in charge.And El Pais says Real president Florentino Perez moved for Mourinho in October after the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui. The proposal involved a pre-contract, which would have seen Mourinho leave United in June for Madrid. However, the Portuguese turned down the offer.A source revealed: “An agent close to the parties indicated that the proposal included the commitment to hire Mourinho before July 1, with a penalty of five million euros by Madrid if the agreement was not consummated on that date.”The offer was worth €15m-a-year – and could yet be reignited now that Mourinho is a free agent. last_img read more

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9 days agoEverton lose Philippe-Gbamin for three months

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everton lose Philippe-Gbamin for three monthsby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton have lost Jean Philippe-Gbamin for up to three months.The summer signing from Mainz underwent thigh surgery in France on Tuesday.Gbamin played against Crystal Palace and Watford in August before getting injured.Everton are currently 18th in the table having won only two of their first eight Premier League matches this season. last_img

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Companies Office of Jamaica to Set Up Additional Kiosks

first_img The Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) will be placing additional kiosks across the island to improve service to its customers.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on June 20, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Judith Ramlogan, said this is part of the company’s continued efforts to facilitate new businesses and customers.“We have an agreement with (Tax Administration Jamaica) to set up kiosks in their branches in Montego Bay, Twickenham Park and Constant Spring to allow access to our new electronic business registration form (eBRF),” Mrs. Ramlogan noted.The CEO pointed out that additional access will be at the COJ Montego Bay office, which will prevent persons from journeying to the head office in Kingston.“Trained COJ employees will be stationed at each location to guide customers through the process to register their businesses if they don’t have access to the Internet,” she said.Mrs. Ramlogan said that the COJ team is currently in discussion with the Post and Telecommunications Department to have the kiosks in post offices across the island.The CEO explained that the kiosks are strategically placed to encourage stakeholders and business operators to become familiar with the eBRF platform, which she said is a $35-million project funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) under the Public Sector Efficiency Programme (PSEP) loan. Story Highlights The Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) will be placing additional kiosks across the island to improve service to its customers. “We have an agreement with (Tax Administration Jamaica) to set up kiosks in their branches in Montego Bay, Twickenham Park and Constant Spring to allow access to our new electronic business registration form (eBRF),” Mrs. Ramlogan noted. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on June 20, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Judith Ramlogan, said this is part of the company’s continued efforts to facilitate new businesses and customers.last_img read more

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Transfer Quarterbacks Are All The Rage But Do They Deliver At Their

Kyler MurrayTexas A&M109.19Oklahoma203.26+94.07 Brock BerlinFlorida161.09Miami (FL)128.65-32.45 Greyson LambertVirginia108.02Georgia139.50+31.48 Tom SavageRutgers123.45Pittsburgh138.24+14.80 Brandon McllwainSouth Carolina99.15California104.41+5.26 Beyond sheer volume, this year’s group of transfer quarterbacks is especially fascinating because it might also be the most talented bunch the sport has seen. Jalen Hurts’s father was not far off when he speculated after the 2017 season that Hurts could be the “biggest free agent in college football history.” The quarterbacks potentially debuting in new uniforms next weekend include a national champion in Hurts and three former five-star recruits (Fields, Washington’s Eason and Northwestern’s Johnson). This could have a major effect. Oklahoma does not need Hurts to do much more than his numbers would already indicate. Even an average 4.9-point bump in passer rating from his career 148.8 would put him among last season’s 20 most efficient quarterbacks in the major conferences.No matter what becomes of this year’s crop of transfers, schools will surely keep swapping quarterbacks in the future. Transfers can be good for the coaches, who find a one- or two-year solution to their quarterback vacancies. After two of his quarterbacks transferred, Arkansas coach Chad Morris replaced them this past offseason with graduate transfers Ben Hicks, originally at Southern Methodist, and Nick Starkel, from Texas A&M. “As I’ve shared all along, we are always in the quarterback market. It doesn’t matter — we are always in that market,” he said last winter. And it appears quarterback reps are going to remain scarce at Clemson, for example, with Heisman co-favorite Lawrence only a sophomore.Still, high expectations will follow a transfer anywhere. It would be hard to ask Hurts to replicate the Heisman-winning seasons of Mayfield or Murray. Expecting Fields, a sophomore with 39 career passing attempts, to equal what NFL first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins did last season is also a stretch.But that doesn’t mean those teams won’t try. “If Jalen does win the starting job from everything I’ve seen, I’m not sure there’s anything we’ve done before I wouldn’t do with him,” Oklahoma’s Riley said in a radio interview last month. Defenses should buckle up. The twists and turns are just getting started. Russell WilsonNC State135.47Wisconsin191.78+56.31 Ryan WillisKansas104.36Virginia Tech138.01+33.65 Jake LutonIdaho100.19Oregon St.129.33+29.14 Kevin CraftSan Diego St.109.18UCLA101.72-7.46 Everett GolsonNotre Dame138.21Florida St.149.16+10.94 A.J. SuggsTennessee113.27Georgia Tech113.35+0.08 Joe DaileyNebraska111.92North Carolina114.10+2.18 Robert MarveMiami (FL)107.19Purdue125.91+18.72 Clint TrickettFlorida St.151.55West Virginia132.40-19.15 Jake HeapsBrigham Young114.13Kansas97.00-17.13 Ryan FinleyBoise St.115.63NC State140.04+24.40 Ryan MallettMichigan105.69Arkansas158.11+52.42 Steven ThreetMichigan105.26Arizona St.133.41+28.15 Not every QB transfer is a program saviorQuarterbacks who threw at least 50 passes at another FBS school before transferring to a Power 5 program and how their passer rating changed, 2000-18 Brandon HarrisLSU133.86North Carolina72.34-61.52 Baker MayfieldTexas Tech127.66Oklahoma189.39+61.72 Jordan WebbKansas118.11Colorado103.72-14.39 Keller ChrystStanford128.89Tennessee130.78+1.90 Sam KellerArizona St.142.15Nebraska133.74-8.41 Will GrierFlorida145.61West Virginia169.18+23.57 Davis WebbTexas Tech138.37California135.63-2.74 Tyler MurphyFlorida121.05Boston College126.19+5.14 Scott McBrienWest Virginia110.42Maryland142.04+31.62 Jarrett StidhamBaylor198.95Auburn144.35-54.60 Pete ThomasColorado St.121.17NC State115.07-6.09 Patrick TowlesKentucky116.80Boston College113.16-3.64 Gardner MinshewEast Carolina127.10Wash. St.147.56+20.46 Peyton BenderWash. St.106.30Kansas113.66+7.36 Danny O’BrienMaryland123.54Wisconsin120.73-2.80 Matt LoVecchioNotre Dame125.27Indiana114.24-11.03 First schoolSecond school Jeremiah MasoliOregon130.56Mississippi121.11-9.45 Mitch MustainArkansas120.53USC110.47-10.06 Shea PattersonMississippi141.22Michigan149.85+8.63 Wilton SpeightMichigan132.20UCLA125.99-6.21 Kyle BolinLouisville141.56Rutgers98.21-43.34 PlayerNameRatingNameRatingChange You don’t have to look hard at college football these days to find somebody, somewhere, talking about transfers. More players are switching teams each year, and more are seeking waivers that grant immediate eligibility at their new school — and it seems like just about everybody in the sport has an opinion about it.“The issue with the transfer portal is we’ve gotten very liberal in giving people waivers, so, when we do that, it becomes free agency,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said last month. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, too, has cautioned against “free agency in college football.”But even calling it “free agency” is understating the flurry of moves. Of the top 25 teams in the preseason coaches’ poll, as many as eight could start a transfer at quarterback later this month. Five of those eight quarterbacks1This figure could be as high as six, depending on the outcome of the quarterback battle at Washington State University. Anthony Gordon, a junior-college transfer, appeared in two games for the Cougars last season. He is currently competing with Gage Gubrud, who recently transferred from neighboring Eastern Washington, for the starting job, though the current rumors coming out of Pullman appear to favor Gordon. were not active for their current team last season. For comparison, in the NFL — which, of course, has literal free agency — only about four of 32 starters weren’t on their current team last season.2This includes rookie Kyler Murray in Arizona and traded quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Nick Foles in Denver and Jacksonville, respectively. Depending on the outcome of the quarterback battle in Miami, either recent signee Ryan Fitzpatrick or trade acquisition Josh Rosen will start. A few other quarterback competitions remain unresolved as of publication.In the last decade, transferring in college football has increased in frequency. Some of this is due to changes in NCAA guidelines and the establishment of a transfer portal that facilitates contact between players and coaches. The NCAA’s evolving stance on immediate-eligibility waivers — which allowed Michigan’s Shea Patterson to play last season after transferring from Ole Miss, and Justin Fields to suit up for Ohio State this season — has expedited the transfer movement.The optimal approach is to find an elite talent and develop him, as Clemson has done with Trevor Lawrence and Alabama with Tua Tagovailoa. But those who miss out on that chance sometimes turn to the next-best option — and it often works. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, entering his fifth year with the program, has coached the last two Heisman Trophy winners. Both were transfers, Baker Mayfield from Texas Tech and Kyler Murray from Texas A&M. It’s no longer only bench players who move schools in search of more playing time; athletes of all levels and abilities are taking advantage of their newfound mobility to develop their careers.The impact of this wave of transfers is evident at both the college and professional level. Alabama and Georgia produced the current starting quarterbacks for four of the top five teams: the Crimson Tide’s Tagovailoa, the Bulldogs’ Jake Fromm, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Ohio State’s Fields. Five of the 11 quarterbacks taken in the 2019 NFL draft were transfers.3The five were Kyler Murray (Texas A&M to Oklahoma), Will Grier (Florida to West Virginia), Ryan Finley (Boise State to North Carolina State), Jarrett Stidham (Baylor to Auburn) and Gardner Minshew (East Carolina to Washington State).The college football programs themselves have also incentivized player movement. Teams’ increasing reliance on younger quarterbacks chases away the rest of the depth chart: If a freshman has a firm hold on the starting job, there’s no playing time available for three years, barring an injury. Lawrence’s emergence at Clemson in 2018, for example, sparked two departures — Kelly Bryant to Missouri and Hunter Johnson to Northwestern — while Georgia’s Fromm pushed out two more, Fields to Ohio State and Jacob Eason to Washington.The search for playing time creates a ripple effect: Soon after Fields showed up at Ohio State, quarterback Tate Martell, previously expected to start in 2019, transferred to Miami. After Hurts arrived at Oklahoma, Sooners quarterback Austin Kendall left for West Virginia.It’s not just at the highest level of the sport. In addition to the eight top 25 teams, Mississippi State (Tommy Stevens, formerly of Penn State), Virginia Tech (Ryan Willis, previously at Kansas) and Missouri (Bryant) are among the power-conference schools who have settled on or considered starting transfer quarterbacks.But what gets lost in the drama of the quarterback carousel is that these transfers are rarely a magic solution. Yes, Mayfield and Murray were the two most successful transfer quarterbacks this century, based on passer ratings.4Three of the pair’s five combined seasons at Oklahoma — Mayfield’s 2016 and 2017 campaigns, and Murray’s 2018 season — rank among the four most efficient passing seasons in NCAA history, according to Sports-Reference.com. But schools turning to a transfer to transform their program often end up disappointed.Since 2000, 94 players have attempted at least 50 passes in a season for two different schools. Here we see the trend over time: five quarterbacks joined a new team between 2000 and 2004, while 13 transferred schools between 2005 and 2009. Twenty-eight quarterbacks transferred between 2010 and 2014, and 48 of those 94 have departed for greener pastures since 2015.Of that group, 58 transferred to a Power 5 school. (This includes both quarterbacks who transferred from non-Power 5 schools as well as quarterbacks who transferred between Power 5 schools.) Nineteen Power 5 transfers improved their passer rating from their first stop to their second by at least 15 points, an impressive rise. But 12 more saw their passer rating drop by at least 15 points.5This also omits the quarterbacks who seek greener pastures but didn’t end up earning enough playing time to merit inclusion on our list. The average change in passer rating is plus-4.9, and the average bump in completion percentage is 2 points, both modest upticks. However it may seem, it’s just not that easy to move towns, learn a new offense, adjust to new teammates and coaches and blossom into a completely different player. Jon BeutjerIowa129.16Illinois126.77-2.39 Jake RudockIowa129.96Michigan141.50+11.54 Allan EvridgeKansas St.104.44Wisconsin116.50+12.06 Kenny HillTexas A&M154.84Texas Christian138.36-16.47 Michael MachenKent St.100.56Baylor82.09-18.47 John O’KornHouston123.90Michigan105.48-18.42 Dayne CristNotre Dame127.00Kansas96.52-30.48 Matt MooreUCLA101.47Oregon St.131.69+30.22 Darell GarretsonUtah St.137.68Oregon St.103.97-33.71 Source: Sports-Reference.com R. KovalcheckArizona108.91Vanderbilt119.07+10.16 Wes LuntOklahoma St.137.31Illinois119.54-17.77 Zach MaynardBuffalo124.42California128.36+3.94 Danny EtlingPurdue110.95LSU144.36+33.41 read more

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Bauserman hopes preseason performance leads to playing time in the fall

Joe Bauserman picked the wrong era to try to be Ohio State’s quarterback. Early in his OSU career he was forced to compete with a highly touted recruit in senior Terrelle Pryor and is now entering his final year battling another highly touted recruit in freshman Braxton Miller. However, the redshirt senior has been given a golden opportunity to be the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes throughout Pryor’s five-game suspension. Pryor, along with offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Coach Jim Tressel will join them for failing to report their violations. Bauserman said that although the situation isn’t ideal, he is making the best of the opportunity. “It’s all you can ask for sometimes,” he said. “Under the circumstances, it sucks. You’d like to have all five of those guys, and it’s tough. But it’s an opportunity and I’ll try to take advantage of it.” Bauserman played football and baseball in high school and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth round of the 2004 MLB draft. He played three seasons in the Pirates’ farm system before walking on to the OSU football team. The 25-year-old former Minor League pitcher said he doesn’t miss baseball and is only concerned about the football team. “I don’t even think about it,” Bauserman said. “I’m focused on one opportunity and what’s going on right now.” Bauserman has fought all spring to get a leg up on the three other candidates looking to replace Pryor during his suspension. Miller, redshirt sophomore Kenny Guiton and redshirt freshman Taylor Graham each threw a touchdown pass in Saturday’s Spring Game. Bauserman said he thought he had a successful spring. “I feel good about what I did,” he said. “I have no control about whether I’ll be playing or not. It’s up to coach Tress and coach Sic (quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano) if they’re going to give me a chance.” He said there will always be excitement with major recruits coming to campus but that he has everything in his game that those recruits have. “People want excitement. A guy that they’ve never seen before is going to get them thinking about it,” Bauserman said. “It doesn’t bother me. I feel like I can play at this level just as well as anybody else.” Senior center Mike Brewster said Bauserman’s experience should help him in the competition. “Joe’s a real solid guy. He knows the offense. He’s going to make the smart play. That’s what you want from your quarterback,” Brewster said. “I think Joe will be the No. 1 probably going into camp and, you know, he’s comfortable back there and that always makes you feel good if your quarterback knows everything about the offense.” Bauserman, however, said he does not know what Tressel will decide. “You try to get out there and do what you can do, and at the end of the day, coach will make the right decision,” Bauserman said. Junior defensive lineman John Simon said he has been impressed with Bauserman during spring practice. “Joe’s had a terrific spring for us throwing passes on the money,” Simon said. “(He’s a) great scrambler, always finds the open receiver, so I think he’s doing a nice job for us.” Bauserman said he has the skills and mobility it takes to be the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes. “You have to be somewhat mobile to be able to slide up in the pocket, have quick feet, get from progression to progression, move around and get out of some sticky situations sometimes,” Bauserman said. Although Bauserman was the first quarterback on the field for the Buckeyes during the scrimmage, he did not throw his touchdown pass until the final play of the game. He said he hopes the Spring Game helped his stock as the starting quarterback. “I feel good about what I did today,” Bauserman said. “We made some strides and got better as a team. I have no control if I’m going to be playing. It is up to coach Tressel. Today is about getting better.” read more

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JT Barrett picks up records awards early in career

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball during a game against Kent State Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 66-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has made quite the impact during his first three weeks as a starter.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native joined fellow Texan Kenny Guiton atop the OSU record book when he tied for the most touchdown passes in a single game as he tossed six against the Kent State Golden Flashes.Barrett also became the first Buckeye to throw for more than 300 yards in a game since Troy Smith did it in 2006 against Michigan. Barrett finished with 312 on 23 of 30 passing.Because of his performance, Barrett was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, in addition to earning his second Big Ten Offensive Freshman of the Week honor.The young quarterback became the first Buckeye to win the Big Ten offensive Player of the Week award since running back Carlos Hyde won it following a Nov. 16 win against Illinois in which he rushed for 246 yards and scored five total touchdowns.Barrett said after the win against Kent State on Saturday that he feels like he is improving game by game.“I feel like I’m progressing each week. I’m just trying to get better each week,” he said. “I definitely feel more comfortable every week as I get more reps. Things are starting to slow down for me in the game.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he purposely put the ball in Barrett’s hands early and often against the Golden Flashes so he could further evaluate the young quarterback’s progression.“I wanted to force him to make plays, and receivers — it’s not just him, it’s the whole combination of quarterback/receivers,” Meyer said Saturday. “I thought he played good. I thought there was a couple misses, too, now that we could have had.”The misses that Barrett made were minimal, but he attributes the limited mistakes to getting used to the speed of the game.“That is one thing (senior quarterback Braxton Miller) told me,” Barrett said. “He said ‘at first, everything is going to be flying around, and you will be really unsure and things like that but as you go, it starts to slow down,’ and that is just game experience.”Redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas, who has caught four touchdowns from Barrett in OSU’s first three games, said he believes in the quarterback’s abilities.“J.T. is a real mature guy. We hold each other accountable and trust each other,” Thomas said. “I trust him and tell him I’ve always got his back out there.”That trust has been evident on the field as Thomas is currently the Buckeyes’ leading receiver with 11 catches for 214 yards and the four scores.Going forward, Meyer said he, as well as his coaching staff, is looking for more ways to put Barrett in a position to succeed.“We actually did some empty (formations), I think he’ll be a good empty quarterback, five receiver set, so we’re still, once again, figuring out exactly how we’re going to be moving the ball as an offense once we start getting to the Big Ten season,” Meyer said.The Buckeyes are set for a bye week before taking on the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. read more

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Butcher reveals modern footballers face more pressure

first_imgFormer England defender Terry Butcher insists there is more pressure and demand in modern football that players of his generation were not required to handle.Speaking about Celtic striker, who had been giving an extended time off due to battles with depression and mental illness, the 60-year-old insists the presence of social media makes it more difficult.Butcher said, according to Daily Mail:“The stress and depression – was that part of our game and was it pushed under the carpet? You never know.‘It’s sad to think that it was prevalent in our day and that went on. Because you didn’t think it was.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It would have been a case of: Why are you depressed? You’re a footballer, what’s there to be depressed about?”“But it’s so much more prevalent today and there’s so much pressure on younger players today. Not just from fans and family and club but social media.”“It’s awful, a minefield. I’m not on social media, never will be. No chance.. I couldn’t deal with that. That would break you if you really got involved with that.”“In our day it used to be physical strength that got you through games. Now you have to be mentally strong.”“If there are cracks and flaws in your mental fabric that can easily be widened then it can be catastrophic as an individual, never mind a footballer.”last_img read more

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