Monthly Archives: October 2019

10 months agoAC Milan signing Lucas Paqueta seeking Kaka inspiration

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first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan signing Lucas Paqueta seeking Kaka inspirationby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLucas Paqueta is delighted with his move to AC Milan.The former Flamengo midfielder formally completed his move last week.”Kaka was one of my idols and my dream is to do as well at Milan as Kaka did, even if it’s probably not right to make comparisons. I’d simply like to do my job as well as I possibly can.”Paquetà will wear the Number 39 jersey and begin training with Milan ahead of the Italian Super Cup against Juventus on January 16.He will be unveiled by Milan on Tuesday. last_img read more

20 days agoTottenham boss Pochettino: Toughest time in five years here

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first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino: Toughest time in five years hereby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino concedes they’re in crisis after their defeat at Brighton.Pochettino was expecting a response from his players, only for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to gift Neal Maupay a bizarre opener.The Spurs captain suffered a freak arm injury in the process, and Aaron Connolly compounded Tottenham’s problems by doubling Brighton’s lead on his first Premier League start.And although Spurs made a positive start to the second half, Connolly killed off any hope of them launching a fightback as the 19-year-old Irish striker produced a well-taken strike for his second goal to seal Brighton’s first home win since March.Pochettino said: “Hugo Lloris’ injury had massive impact on the game. It was so early in the game. To concede so early and losing our captain it had an emotional impact on the team. We tried to find solutions, a different way to play but it was impossible. It’s a very difficult moment.”I want to say thank you to the fans, it was a big effort to the fans and we put out that performance. We were at the top together but now we need to get more. It is not easy.”On how to improve, he added: “After five and a half years this is the first tough time we are having. There is a feeling that this is not good at the minute. We are feeling the emotion. I want to keep working hard and believing.”I hope the pressure is coming to me and leaves the pressure off the players. Now is a moment to be strong. We cannot underestimate the situation but we need to work. There is always the possibility to make us stronger.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 days agoWest Ham midfielder Snodgrass announces international retirement

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first_imgWest Ham midfielder Snodgrass announces international retirementby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass has retired from international duty with Scotland.Steve Clarke’s side are not going to qualify for Euro 2020 through the conventional route, but are set to play in a Nations League semi-final play-off in March, which could have given Snodgrass the chance to create a legacy for his country.Despite that, the West Ham man has hung up his Scotland boots at the age of 32, taking to Instagram to confirm that he would be stopping at 28 caps. He said: “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to live my childhood dream.”It’s now the right time for me to step aside, though, and retire from international duty and let the boys and younger players take my place and hopefully push the squad forward.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

8 days agoMan Utd veteran Matic facing Inter Milan dilemma

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first_imgMan Utd veteran Matic facing Inter Milan dilemmaby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United veteran Nemanja Matic is wanted by Inter Milan ahead of the January market.The Serbian midfielder has fallen out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season and has been an unused sub five times already.He is ready to quit Old Trafford but would like to stay until the end of the campaign to finish off the remainder of his contract, says The Sun.Inter chief Antonio Conte is desperate to add another midfielder to his squad after an impressive start to his reign.He has made the ex-Chelsea ace, who is seen as a cheaper option than others around Europe, his top transfer target.It is understood talks have already begun between Matic’s representatives and Inter over the possibility of a deal. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Amaya continues rapid rise by becoming first overall pick

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first_imgFrankie Amaya took a deep breath as the seconds ticked away before the first selection of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. He knew there was a good chance he could be the first player chosen, but he wasn’t taking anything for granted. He watched the countdown, nerves building up, and just when he thought the agony would be stopped by the sound of his name being announced, FC Cincinnati called a timeout.”It was the longest four minutes of my life,” Amaya told Goal as he recalled the roller coaster of emotions that peaked with him eventually being taken as the first player in Friday’s draft in Chicago.Amaya has enjoyed a rapid rise in recent months. He has quickly gone from a respected, but not highly recruited youth player, to U.S. Under-20 national team player, to professional. Along the way he started in a Concacaf final, and now he can call himself a top draft pick. Not bad for a player few outside of Southern California had heard of just six months ago, a player who wore the same suit on draft day that he wore to his high school prom just eight months ago. 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? In the fall, Amaya was a freshman at UCLA, and he began his college career with an injury. He eventually recovered well enough to earn a call-up for the Concacaf U-20 championship in November, but he was still catching up to the rest of the group, which included several pro players.Amaya didn’t start in the group stage of the tournament, but eventually he won over U.S. coach Tab Ramos with his skill and tenacity. The teenager earned a starting role in the knockout rounds, and put in an outstanding performance in the USA’s 2-0 victory against Mexico in the final.”[Amaya] has excellent control of the ball under any circumstance,” Ramos told Goal. “And then he has a good change of pace to get away from a defender and then can make the good pass with good timing. He makes a really good effort defensively too, and he doesn’t get enough credit for that. I think he has all the qualities to be a great player.”Amaya admits that the experience of beating Mexico in the Concacaf U-20 final helped instill a new level of confidence in him, one he feels will help him make the transition to the pro level.Frankie Amaya USMNT U20“That game meant the world to me honestly because I wasn’t really the best player on that team,” Amaya said. “I worked really hard during the camp to earn my spot and I just want to thank Tab for giving me the chance to showcase my skills on a team with mostly pros.”A final you always have to play your best game,” Amaya said of his showing against Mexico. “My family is Mexican-American so it gave me a little more motivation. They were all wearing U.S. shirts back home and I didn’t want to let them down. Especially with Thanksgiving coming up. I didn’t want to go home a loser.”Not only did Amaya go home from that tournament a champion, he also thrust his name squarely into the conversation for a Generation Adidas contract, and MLS came calling soon after. During that time, FC Cincinnati had already begun to scout him as a potential draft target.”He’s a fighter. He’s not the biggest guy on he field, but he has that fighting spirit and you can tell he has a desire to get better,” FC Cincinnati technical director Luke Sassano told Goal. “He has that commitment mentally and he’s getting better and better.””A lot of people think that I can’t play defense but I’m just a work machine,” Amaya said. “People are more talented than me, but I don’t think anyone on the field is going to work harder than me, offensively and defensively. I like to get in tackles and stuff like that even though I’m a small player. I like to challenge every ball.”Frankie Amaya MLS Draft Jersey 01112019Now Amaya will face the challenge of fighting for playing time in the professional ranks. FC Cincinnati knows it must take its time with him, but Ramos believes Amaya is already good enough to see playing time in the pros.”Sometimes we invest in some South American players that come who are young but take a little while,’ Ramos said. “(Ezequiel) Barco is an example. Those guys cost a lot of money and I think we have guys like Frankie that I think, for me, are every bit as good. They just need an opportunity.”Ramos gave Amaya that opportunity in November and Amaya made the most of it. Now, Amaya is eager to get his pro career going. He believes he has the ability to succeed, even if he admits his rapid rise in recent months is more than he could ever have expected.”I’m not going to lie, I didn’t see this coming,” Amaya said. “I worked hard my whole life. I knew something would happen, but I didn’t know all this would happen so fast.”It’s all hard work, and now I just want to start playing. Being a pro is something I’ve always dreamed about and I’m ready to give it my all.”last_img read more

Cardiff refused transfer extension following plane disappearance

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first_imgCardiff City must abide by the January 31 transfer deadline as they attempt to bolster a “pretty sombre” dressing room.The Welsh club are still coming to terms with the disappearance of the plane carrying Argentine striker Emiliano Sala on Monday.AdChoices广告Sala, who became Cardiff’s record signing last week after agreeing to join from Ligue 1 side Nantes, was confirmed by French authorities as one of two people aboard a Piper Malibu that vanished en route to the Welsh capital. 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 search for the aircraft carried into a third day on Thursday but hopes of a positive outcome continue to recede.Football matters have, understandably, been a secondary consideration but Cardiff CEO Ken Choo admitted the club are trying to bring in new players before the window closes in a week’s time.He told talkSPORT: “From the club’s perspective we are managing this situation but we have another department that has to continue with looking at transfers.”I am multi-tasking three or four jobs at once, it’s really difficult physically and mentally to cope in a situation like this when we have to segregate our minds to look for Emiliano, to help the family – and the club is trying its best to provide the most care for the family and give them the information that is factual.”We are trying to co-ordinate with the authorities and yet we are still running a business which continues, we still have to meet the [transfer] deadline.”We have spoken with the Premier League on how tough it is for us to cope given there are eight days to go and we have been watching Emiliano Sala for months and we got it over the line finally.”We have eight days to go and we don’t really know how to cope in this scenario, we have to meet the deadline, the bottom line from the Premier League is that you have to meet the deadline like everyone else.”24th January7.50am update.We are commencing a coastal search using be Channel Islands Air Search plane of Burhou, the Casquets, Alderney, the north coast of the Cherbourg Peninsula, north coast of Jersey and then back over Sark.Further information released when available— Guernsey Police (@GuernseyPolice) January 24, 2019 Cardiff are 18th in the Premier League table, two points adrift of Newcastle United.Choo added: “I went to see the first team yesterday to ensure the manager is fine, the coaching team is fine, the back-office staff are fine and the players are fine.”I spoke to the captain [Sean Morrison] and some of the leaders, the rest of the players. They are trying to cope with the situation, the dressing room is pretty sombre, they are all pretty shocked.”As chief executive I have to pull them together and try to get through this and we have a game to play next week [at Arsenal on Tuesday].”Everyone knows it’s difficult, the players are aware of all the facts but we have to pull up our socks and get on with it.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Lukaku heads for Inter medical as Man Utd exit nears

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first_imgRomelu Lukaku has arrived in Milan to undergo a medical with Inter as he prepares to finally complete his move away from Manchester United.Goal reported earlier on Wednesday that talks between the two sides were ongoing as they sought to reach a deal that would see Lukaku finally link up with Nerazzurri head coach Antonio ConteThe latest comes amid suggestions that the Belgian’s relationship with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has broken down, with the Norwegian having apparently informed the forward that he would be expected to train with the Under-23s until there was some resolution regarding his future. 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? Conte has tried to sign Lukaku on more than one occasion in the past, having failed to land the ex-Everton man while in charge of Juventus and Chelsea, but it seems he will now finally get his man.Federico Pastorello, the Belgian’s agent,​ initially posted an image on Instagram of he and the striker on a plane heading for Italy to complete the transfer to Inter.The caption of the post reads: “Ready to take off …. direction Milan 🇮🇹 !!! Inter … we are coming.” And the pair have now arrived in Milan, with Lukaku being greeted by hundreds of Inter fans chanting as name as the Nerazzurri appear all set to beat rivals Juventus to his signature.Inter will pay a fee that will total €80 million (£74m/$90m) for Lukaku, with United also receiving a set percentage of the striker’s next transfer fee as part of the deal.Reports suggest that his former club Everton could receive as much as £5m due to a sell-on clause of their own in the deal which saw Lukaku arrive at United in 2017 for a £75m ($91m) transfer fee.The Premier League transfer window closes on Thursday, but Solskjaer is in no rush to sign a replacement for the 26-year-old and, as such, the club are under no pressure to rush a deal through. After a summer of speculation, that saw Juve enter the race and seek a swap deal involving Paulo Dybala, Inter finally appear to be putting the finishing touches on the deal for Lukaku.That would leave the Italian club with over a fortnight to integrate their new front man into their squad ahead of their opening Serie A fixture against Lecce on August 26.last_img read more

‘Abraham can break Chelsea’s No. 9 curse’

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first_imgFormer Chelsea striker Chris Sutton is full of hope that Tammy Abraham will be given the chance to shine as the club’s new No. 9.The 21-year-old looks set to get his chance this season and he has already netted under new manager Frank Lampard in pre-season against Barcelona.With Chelsea unable to bring in a new striker this summer due to their transfer ban, Abraham has been handed the No. 9 shirt, which has often been a burden for previous Blues frontmen in the Premier League era. 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? Andriy Shevchenko, Alvaro Morata, Gonzalo Higuain, Fernando Torres and Radamel Falcao are just some of the high-profile names to have worn the No.9 but they all failed to live up to expectations.Sutton joined Chelsea in a £10 million deal in 1999, but lasted just one season as the Blues’ No. 9 at Stamford Bridge before being sold to Celtic.However, Sutton thinks that Abraham will be given more leeway due to his age and having come through the academy as he battles Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi for a starting spot in Lampard’s team.”If you talk about Abraham and the No. 9 jersey and myself and the No. 9, I had the additional issue of going for big money,” said Sutton, who is a columnist for the Daily Mail’s The Verdict pullout. “The same happened for Fernando Torres, Shevchenko, Morata and others.”When you have a big fee, you are expected to have a goal return. Abraham doesn’t have that. That’s evident. He has been nurtured and developed. There will still be an expectation on him to perform, but the fact that Chelsea hasn’t laid on big money for him might help.Frank Lampard Tammy Abraham Chelsea 2019-20“It only takes you so far. Chelsea have aspirations but maybe just not as big as in previous seasons due to circumstances. When you are competing with Giroud and Batshuayi, that is a healthy competition. If I am honest, I think that most people want to see Abraham develop.”As a young player at Chelsea, you will be looking at it and saying we are going to get an opportunity. It didn’t happen under previous managers so maybe this is a turning point or it seems to be a turning point.”Giroud is in his 30s. For Batshuayi, he did enough last time for Chelsea fans to have faith in him, but I think Abraham is the favoured one. Batshuayi with something to offer, too.”The likes of Aguero at Manchester City is someone you would take over any of the Chelsea strikers, of course. Abraham has been shown faith in terms of being thrown the No. 9 shirt, which has burdened a lot of players, myself included and other Chelsea No. 9s. Frank rates him highly and he is going to get this opportunity.”Chelsea finished 26 points behind champions Manchester City last season and it is a tall order for new manager Lampard to claw back the gap in a single season as the club operate under a transfer embargo.Sutton thinks that his former club are set for a battle for fourth place once again and he hopes that fans can be patient as the club go through yet another transitional period after also losing star man Eden Hazard.”Do I think they can challenge Manchester City and Liverpool? Absolutely not. I think there is a rung of four clubs: Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United who I think will be fighting it out for the other two places in the top four again.Frank Lampard, Chelsea“They are not going to compete for the title if we are honest, but Conte won it from 10th, which is amazing stuff. Hazard did carry Chelsea last season, whether we like it or not. Third place and Europa League, people will say Sarri did well, but things weren’t right there.”There were always murmurings behind the scenes. There were questions whether the players liked the manager. There was the Kepa Arrizabalaga incident. It never seemed like the manager was going to be there long term.”It seemed to be one of the worst-kept secrets ever when he left. Now, because of this situation and the transfer embargo, Chelsea have to go again. I think that there will be patience for Frank. He has taken Jody Morris with him.”Chelsea fans will probably accept that they aren’t going to compete for a top-two place this season. That still doesn’t mean that they can’t perform strongly and fight for a place in the top four.”I think it is a season for the first time in the Roman Abramovich era where I don’t look at Chelsea as a team who can seriously challenge for a title.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

The Father Of An NFL Star Showed Up To The Urban Meyer Rally

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first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 12: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during the second quarter against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium on November 12, 2016 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Urban Meyer remains on paid administrative leave at Ohio State, but several Buckeyes fans showed up to the north end of Ohio Stadium this evening to show support for their national title-winning head coach.An “Urban Meyer rally” was planned a couple of days ago by an Ohio State fan who goes by “Tennessee Jeff.” Details for the rally have gone viral on social media and dozens of Buckeyes fans showed up tonight.Photos of the rally are going viral on social media.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit tweeted a message for the Ohio State fans that are there.“Ummmm…..excuse me, woman to the right in the shades..Brett McMurphy, who broke the story, doesn’t work for ESPN,” he tweeted.Ohhh boyyy. Ummmm…..excuse me, woman to the right in the shades..Brett McMurphy, who broke the story, doesn’t work for ESPN. https://t.co/9XLGwcGo4K— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 6, 2018There aren’t that many Ohio State fans in attendance, but there is a notable one: the father of former star running back Ezekiel Elliott.Stacy Elliott had tweeted at the event’s organizer, saying he wanted to show up.@TennesseeJeff1 let me know when is the rally? I want to be there!!! #GoBucks— Ambassador Elliott (@stacy_elliott) August 4, 2018Elliott previously said that they stand with Meyer.Nothing has changed We stand with @OSUCoachMeyer #GoBucks !! pic.twitter.com/6sbyVnp631— Ambassador Elliott (@stacy_elliott) August 3, 2018So, he showed up tonight:Ezekiel Elliott’s father, Stacy, among the attendees at today’s rally to support Urban Meyer outside Ohio Stadium. pic.twitter.com/c6zRqbCNIc— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 6, 2018Ohio State, meanwhile, said on Sunday night that the investigation into Urban Meyer should be completed within two weeks. He went on paid administrative leave last Wednesday night.last_img read more

ESPN Releases 2nd Half Prediction For Notre Dame-Stanford

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first_imgNotre Dame coach Brian Kelly shaking hands with Stanford coach David Shaw after a game.PALO ALTO, CA – NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish shakes hands with head coach David Shaw of the Stanford Cardinal after they game at Stanford Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)We’ve hit the half in South Bend. As expected, Notre Dame and Stanford are locked in a tight battle.The 8th-ranked Fighting Irish lead the 7th-ranked Cardinal 21-14 at intermission. Notre Dame scored late in the second quarter to take the lead.Making his second-straight start for ND, Ian Book looks sharp, throwing for 199 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-14 passing. He found Nic Weishar and Chase Claypool for scores.Meanwhile, running back Dexter Williams is making his first appearance of the year after serving a four-game suspension. He’s carried nine times for 99 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown.For Stanford, stars Bryce Love and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside are doing what they do best. Both have scored touchdowns for the Cardinal.Who will win this game? ESPN’s Probability Index is heavily for Notre Dame.The second half of Notre Dame-Stanford is coming up. You can watch on NBC.A win for the Fighting Irish would almost certainly vault them up a spot or two in the polls.last_img read more

College Football Insider Has Significant Les Miles Update

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first_imgLes Miles hangs on the sideline during a game against Texas A&M.BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers look on during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Tiger Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Former LSU head coach Les Miles could be headed for his next collegiate coaching gig. According to multiple reports, Miles spoke with Kansas athletic director Jeff Long about the opening to coach the Jayhawks.Kansas fired former head coach David Beaty earlier this season after Beaty failed to win more than three games in a season.College football insider Dennis Dodd gave an update on the Les Miles-to-Kansas situation. Dodd initially reported the interest between the two.According to Dodd, a flight carrying Long and deputy AD Sean Lester was scheduled to head to Baton Rouge.A FlexJet plane from Dallas carrying Long and Kansas deputy athletic director Sean Lester landed in Lawrence, Kansas, about approximately 6:20 p.m. ET. According to sources, it was scheduled to depart from Dallas to Baton Rouge at some point on Thursday but that flight was cancelled.Despite the failed meeting, Miles reportedly remains the front-runner for the job. Miles hasn’t coached since he was fired by LSU in 2016.Stay tuned.[CBS Sports]last_img read more

Analyst Names College Football’s Most “Hated” Head Coach

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first_imgOhio State's players walking onto the field.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Who was the most “hated” head coach in college football during the 2018 season? One analyst has made his pick this morning. The pick isn’t a surprising one.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been named the most “hated” head coach in the country by 247Sports’ analyst Brad Crawford.Meyer went through quite a bit during the 2018 season, starting the year suspended following the Zach Smith scandal and finishing it with a retirement announcement.There are some other “hated” head coaches, of course, but none were close to Meyer during the 2018 regular season.Admit it — your disdain for Meyer has very little to do with the mess he left at Florida or the situation earlier this year involving Zach Smith. Those are the talking points, sure, but the underlying reason Meyer warrants automatic eye-rolls when mentioned is his penchant for success. He never lost to Michigan while at Ohio State. He won the first College Football Playoff National Championship with a third-teamer at quarterback. And the guy went 54-4 against the Big Ten with an SEC-brand of football, recruiting speed, athleticism and first-round skill players in a league that struggled to catch up. For those that celebrated on the day Meyer announced his retirement, hold the party. One of the nation’s winningest coaches is getting promoted after the season to the program’s assistant AD position.Meyer has just one game left in his college football career. He’ll be retiring following Ohio State’s Rose Bowl game against Washington.Don’t worry, though, there will be plenty of other head coaches to hate.You can view 247Sports’ full list here.last_img read more

Alabama AD Responds To Criticism Of 2019 Football Schedule

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first_img Scheduling is challenging. It takes two teams to make it work where there is mutual interest and dates that work.We are very appreciative of the schools who have agreed to H&H series (TX, WVU, ND & OU). Working on more & occasional neutral. #RollTideScheduling is challenging. It takes two teams to make it work where there is mutual interest and dates that work.We are very appreciative of the schools who have agreed to H&H series (TX, WVU, ND & OU). Working on more & occasional neutral. #RollTide https://t.co/aDO2FRMRzy— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) June 23, 2019Now, is this response satisfying enough for the masses? Probably not, and it is a fair point that Alabama’s non-conference schedule should look better than this.On that note, Byrne is correct when he points out the Tide’s future schedules are shaping up nicely.All of this will likely be moot if and when ‘Bama goes undefeated or has at worst one loss in SEC play. Nick Saban reacting to an Alabama football game.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to a play during the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama football’s non-conference schedule has taken more than its share of criticism this off-season. It is noticeably and undeniably light.The Crimson Tide open up with a neutral site game against Duke and play host to New Mexico State, Southern Miss and Western Carolina. Not exactly a Murderers’ Row outside of the SEC.ESPN and CBS Sports have made note of Alabama’s slate, and opposing fans have voiced their complaints as well. Alabama AD Greg Byrne even responded to one on Twitter.Byrne offered his take to a Twitter user who compared Alabama’s non-con games to other SEC teams who scheduled more quality opponents. He tried to explain why scheduling can be an issue.last_img read more

Cardale Jones Opening Training Facility In Columbus

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first_img Jones was an in-state recruit for the Buckeyes in 2012, but was largely relegated to spot duty behind Braxton Miller and later J.T. Barrett until the Michigan game in 2014.Barrett was injured in the game, forcing Jones into the starting lineup right as the Buckeyes began their run in the first-ever College Football Playoff. In three games as a starter he helped lead the team to a Big Ten title win over Wisconsin, followed by a Sugar Bowl win over Alabama and culminating in a national title win over Oregon.Despite his part in Ohio State’s historic College Football Playoff victory, he ultimately lost the starting job back to Barrett the following season.Jones declared for the NFL Draft at the end of the 2015 season, and was drafted in the fourth round by the Buffalo Bills.After seeing the field only sparingly in his rookie season, he was traded to the Los Angeles Chargers the following year. He has spent the last two seasons on and off the active roster and was most recently signed to a reserve/future contract with the team in January.[Eleven Warriors] Cardale Jones kneeling in the end zone before a game.ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 12: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes kneels in the end zone prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game against the Oregon Ducks at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State great Cardale Jones has largely flown under the radar the last few years, since leaving his alma mater. While he may be working hard to keep his NFL dream alive, he’s also giving back to his home state of Ohio.According to Eleven Warriors, Jones and former Ohio State coach Eric Lichter have opened a new training facility in Columbus. The facility, Plus Two University, will offer “a wide variety of training programs for people of all ages, including adult boot camps, elite athlete training and pro day training for small school college programs…”In an interview with the outlet, Jones explained that the facility is not exclusively meant for great athletes and potential college players, but rather those who would use athletics to gain self-confidence and cope with problems in their lives.“Our target audience isn’t the freak athletes that’s no matter who they train with, no matter where they go are going to have a bright, athletic career. Our target audience is pretty much the kids that’s struggling maybe with bullying or struggling with confidence or struggling kids that are 12 years old but athletically and physically they are 9 years old,” Jones said. “Me personally, I think they’re going to gain a lot of self-confidence. A lot of awareness and a lot of determination and hard work.”Per the report, Lichter will largely run the day-to-day operations with Jones training there in the offseason and appearing as often as possible.last_img read more

Australian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal outclasses Stefanos Tsitsipas to storm into final

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first_img Reuters MelbourneJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 17:11 IST Rafael Nadal was too hot to handle for young Stefanos Tsitsipas (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRafael Nadal defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2 6-4 6-0Nadal made it to his fifth Australian Open finalNadal will be gunning for his second title at Melbourne ParkRafael Nadal put up an exhibition in Tennis en route to dominating straight set victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas and securehis place in the final of the men’s singles final at the 2019 Australian Open at the Rod Laver Arena on Thursday.The Veteran Spaniard thrashed the 20-year-old Greek in a 6-2 6-4 6-0 masterclass in 1 hour and 46 minutes to reach a fifth final at Melbourne Park.Staging a clinic under the lights at Rod Laver Arena, the Spanish second seed tamed the Tsitsipas serve and racked up 28 sparkling winners against the man who knocked out double defending champion Roger Federer in the fourth round.After roaring to a 5-0 lead in the final set, Nadal closed out the match with a huge serve in one hour and 46 minutes leaving Tsitsipas to beat a quick exit from the stadium.Nadal, the 2009 champion, will face either top seed Novak Djokovic or 28th-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille in the final as he bids for a second Melbourne title and an 18th Grand Slam crown.Having withdrawn from the Brisbane International leadup tournament with a thigh strain, Nadal was thrilled with his tennis and fitness at Melbourne Park, where last year he retired hurt in the quarter-finals.”It has been a great match, a great touanrment, I think I’ve played very well every day,” the 32-year-old said in his courtside interview after a pumped-up celebration.”After a lot of months without playing, probably this court, this crowd gives me unbelievable energy. At that moment (in Brisbane), it was very difficult to imagine I would be here.”advertisement”No, they don’t need any message. They are good and they are improving every month.”@RafaelNadal gives a classy message to the younger generation #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/YbQNBRKnPH #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 24, 2019It was also difficult to imagine his opponent would have been Tsitsipas, who had shocked some of the Tour’s most seasoned campaigners to become his country’s first Grand Slam semi-finalist.Melbourne’s huge Greek community was out in force, with hundreds chanting his name in the grounds outside the stadium.Nadal simply let his racket do the talking, and he pounded a forehand deep into the corner to break the shaggy-haired tyro in the third game.The lefthander threw down the hammer, claiming the Greek’s serve for a second time to lead 5-2, with a delicate backhand pass down the line that left Tsitsipas stumbling.The set was over in a dizzying 31 minutes as Nadal moved in to the net to fire a volley past his opponent.Given no time to settle, the Greek threw caution to the wind in the second set and began swinging hard in a series of breathtaking rallies.Absolutely dominant. @RafaelNadal is into a fifth #AusOpen final. pic.twitter.com/4wr9u8H1XM#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 24, 2019Revelling in the full-blooded contest, Nadal returned fire and earned three break points with a searing backhand passing shot that clipped the net and bounced in.The Greek saved them all with a sparkling serve-volley assault before thrashing an ace into the corner to hold.Nadal pushed again at 4-4, lunging to return a huge serve down the ‘T’ that a net-bound Tsitsipas could only half-volley into the net.A ballkid got caught in the crossfire as Tsitsipas walked to the net between points. He hit a ball in frustration and accidentally clipped the scampering girl with his racket.One win away…@RafaelNadal takes some time to process the moment as he makes his way through the walk of champions.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/qtZbjUNexH #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 24, 2019In a trice, he was three set points in arrears, and Nadal bashed a fierce, fizzing serve wide to storm into the final stanza.There was simply no stopping the hard-charging Spaniard, whose backhand was firing like a double-handed bazooka.He struck a ferocious cross-court winner to break Tsitsipas in the opening game and took the shell-shocked Greek’s serve again with an overhead smash.Against the run of play, he grabbed a break point at 5-0 down but Nadal quickly cut off the threat to reach his first Melbourne final since losing to Federer in a classic 2017 decider.Tsitsipas came into this post-match media conference rubbing his eyes as if he having woken up from a nightmare.”Honestly I have no idea what I can take from that match,” he mumbled. “I feel happy with my performance in this tournament but at the same time I feel disappointed.”Also Read | Naomi Osaka sets up final vs Petra Kvitova after beating Karolina PliskovaAlso Read | Not many people believe that I can win Australian Open: Petra KvitovaAlso Read | Watch how an insect scared Naomi Osaka during Australian Open quarters winadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Rafael NadalFollow Stefanos TsitsipasFollow Nadal vs TsitsipasFollow Australian OpenFollow men’s singles semi-finals Australian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal outclasses Stefanos Tsitsipas to storm into finalAustralian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal was too hot to hanlde for young Stefanos Tsitsipas as the veteran Spaniard defeated the Greek 6-2 6-4 6-0advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Samantha Akkineni nails fierce workout in sports bra and tights. Gym goals, anyone?

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first_img Next Samantha Akkineni nails fierce workout in sports bra and tights. Gym goals, anyone?Taking to Instagram, Samantha Akkineni posted a picture of her working out at the gym and doing shoulder and back presses. She wore a racer-back sports bra over pink gym tights.  advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 6, 2019UPDATED: June 6, 2019 14:49 IST Samantha Akkineni slays workout routine at the gymSamantha Akkineni is taking the internet by storm with her new gym routine. Her pictures at the gym are giving us major motivation to hit the gym.Taking to Instagram, Samantha posted a picture of her working out, doing shoulder and back presses.The actor, who is married to Naga Chaitanya, posted the picture with the caption, “They don’t understand us. We do this because it makes us feel good. I don’t cardio #weighttrainingwomen #squatheavy #womenwithpower.’Serving us some badass vibes and women power, Samantha’s gym picture was everything fierce and we love it.Which makes us think, whether there is anything that the 32-year-old star cannot do? From slaying the fashion game to now nailing the gym game, Samantha Akkineni is goals.For her gym look, the Majili actor wore a racer-back sports bra over pink gym tights, which she paired with a messy ponytail.On the work front, Samantha was seen together with hubby Naga Chaitanya in the Telugu movie Majili co-starring Divyansha Kaushik in the lead role.Samantha Akkineni and Naga Chaitanya got married back in the year 2017 and ever since the two have been giving us major couple goals with their adorable PDA.The movie Majili got released on April 5, 2019 and had received positive reviews from the audiences.advertisementALSO SEE | Samantha Akkineni is all about glamour in latest photos from personal albumALSO SEE | Samantha Akkineni playing with pup Hash is too cute for words. See photos and videosALSO WATCH | I-T raids conducted at residences of Tamil actors Vijaya, Samantha, NayantaraGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKrishna Priya Pallavi Tags :Follow Samantha Akkinenilast_img read more

Jemimah Rodrigues to play England’s Kia Super League

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first_imgJemimah Rodrigues to play England’s Kia Super LeagueIndia’s young women’s cricket star Jemimah Rodrigues will become the third player from the country after Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur to feature in the T20 competition in England. advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiJune 11, 2019UPDATED: June 11, 2019 23:42 IST Jemimah Rodrigues (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJemimah Rodrigues will play for Yorkshire Diamonds in Women’s Super LeagueJemimah has represented India in 10 ODIs and 25 T20Is so farKSL, featuring 6 teams, will start from August 6Indian cricketer Jemimah Rodrigues has been named in the Yorkshire Diamonds squad for the fourth and final edition of the Kia Super League (KSL).Rodrigues, who made her international debut in February last year, will join Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur who are also set to feature in the tournament once again.The official Twitter handle of Yorkshire Diamonds posted the squad which included Jemimah’s name.”The Diamonds have announced their squad for the fourth and final edition of the KSL, which will be replaced by the Hundred from 2020. This summer’s competition kicks off in early August,” the tweet read along with the squad photo which has Jemimah’s name.Mumbai-based Jemimah has represented India in 10 ODIs and 25 T20Is so far.KSL will feature six teams beginning August 6.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Jemimah RodriguesFollow India women’s cricket teamFollow Kia T20 Super LeagueFollow Smriti MandhanaFollow Harmanpreet Kaurlast_img read more

Who is Bianca Andreescu? The 19-year-old Canadian immigrant who stunned Serena Williams

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first_imgWho is Bianca Andreescu? The 19-year-old Canadian immigrant who stunned Serena WilliamsNot only did Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam title but the 19-year-old also became the first teenager to win a Grand Slam title in 13 years.advertisement Anita Jat New YorkSeptember 8, 2019UPDATED: September 8, 2019 09:42 IST For playing against a player of a stature like Serena Williams, Bianca Andreescu looked extremely confident (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBianca Andreescu held off a late charge by Serena Williams to win 6-3 7-5Bianca’s parents – Maria and Nicu – had immigrated to Canada from Romania in 1994Bianca credits her parents, specially her mother, for her success at such early stageWhen she was 16, Bianca Andreescu wrote herself a fake US Open winner’s check as she dreamt herself holding the coveted trophy. The teen kept updating the amount of prize money as it rose in real life. And after 3 years, she was there, standing at the Flushing Meadows, holding the champion’s check worth USD 3.85 million.The victory at the US Open was huge for Bianca Andreescu as it came against the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams. But Bianca showed nerves of steel while facing the former world No. 1 to make sure the first time was her time.Not only did Andreescu became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam title but the 19-year-old also became the first teenager to win a Grand Slam title in 13 years. The last teenager to win a major was Maria Sharapova, who was 19 when she won the 2006 US Open. Moreover, Andreescu also became the first player born in the 2000s (man or woman) to reach a Grand Slam final.On Sunday, Andreescu was furious on court. For playing against a player of a stature like Serena Williams, Andreescu looked extremely confident and it was rather the American who seemed to be under immense pressure. With her 6-3, 7-4 win over Williams, Andreescu penned one of the most amazing stories in tennis to become a household name among the tennis fans.The daughter of Romanian immigrants to CanadaBianca’s parents – Maria Andreescu and Nicu Andreescu – originally immigrated to Canada from Romania in 1994. “We arrived in Canada with two suitcases and that’s all,” Nicu told the Globe and Mail,” Maria Andreescu recalled during an interview.advertisementBianca returned to her native country at the age of 6 with her mom while her dad stayed behind in Canda. The mother-daughter duo returned to Canada permanently a few years later for the better good.A message from your 2019 women’s singles champion, @Bandreescu_!#USOpen pic.twitter.com/3OSLzPLIuwUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2019Andreescu and her open media appearancesIn her last 8 game Andreescu, found a way to claw back from a set down to win the match. When asked by a reporter how did she managed to do it, Andreescu replied that she said to herself to bring her “it” together, just barely stopping herself before uttering the preceding “sh.”At the Rogers Cup, she consoled a tearful Serena who had to retire hurt from the final and boosted her with her words. “You’re a f-cking beast.”Andreescu and her love for dogsFrom media day to hoisting the trophy, @Bandreescu_ is all about #USOpen pic.twitter.com/K9lBmnas4LUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2019Andreescu has a furry, 7-pound brown dog that often comes to see her play in the matches. Andreescu’s parents brought Coco to the semi-final game where their daughter faced Belinda Bencic.Andreescu and her super fashionable mothersuch a lil nug https://t.co/7aVlwKVXcTBianca (@Bandreescu_) September 5, 2019Bianca Andreescu rose to fame with her phenomenal rise in year 2019. However, it is not just Andreescu in her family who has caught the media attention but her mother Maria Andreescu is also becoming a celebrity in her own right.Maria became the talk of the town with her dressing style during the US Open.Andreescu describes her mother as “the coolest person” she knows. She does seemed like one with her over-sized black sunglasses at night, big hair, and a Versace-esque print top that read “Dog Queen” on the collar, accessorized with the family pooch, Coco, on her lap.She is calm as a monkAndreescu credits her parents, specially her mother, for her success at such early stage. The 19-year-old maintains that she learned how to stay calm in important moments from meditating, something that her mother taught her at a very young age.In the epic showdown on Sunday, Andreescu looked extremely focused and as cool as cucumber against the G.O.A.T Serena Williams and that’s because she knows how to control her mind.”I think if you can control your mind, then you can control a lot of things. When I’m on the court in front of these big stages, I’m really good at just blocking everything and staying in the zone,” Andreescu had said.Also Read | It’s super frustrating: Serena Williams on losing 4 Grand Slam finals since comebackAlso Read | That’s so Canadian: Bianca apologizes to crowd after stunning Serena in US Open finalAlso Read | US Open: Teenager Bianca Andreescu stuns Serena Williams to win her maiden Grand Slam titleadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Bianca AndreescuFollow US Open 2019Follow Serena WilliamsFollow US Open women’s singles final Nextlast_img read more

Pacers can relax if you have bowlers like R Ashwin, R Jadeja: Mohammed Shami

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first_img Next Pacers can relax if you have bowlers like R Ashwin, R Jadeja: Mohammed ShamiMohammed Shami, who bagged his fifth five-wicket haul on Day 5 of the Vizag Test to help India beat South Africa, heaped rich praise on Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for their efforts throughout the match.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service VisakhapatnamOctober 6, 2019UPDATED: October 6, 2019 22:24 IST Mohammed Shami bagged his fifth five-wicket haul in Vizag Test. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShami hailed the efforts of Ashwin and Jadeja after India defeated South AfricaShami exploited the conditions on offer on the fifth day to the fullest by snaring five wicketsShami also hailed India captain Virat Kohli for giving the bowlers freedom to decide the length of their spellsSpeedster Mohammed Shami hailed the efforts of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja after India defeated South Africa by 203 runs in the first Test here on Sunday.Shami exploited the conditions on offer on the fifth day to the fullest by snaring five wickets while Jadeja bagged four.Ashwin may have taken just one wicket in the second innings but had picked up seven in the first. In the process, he equaled Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan to become the fastest to 350 Test wickets in 66 matches.”Ashwin has a lot of Test cricket experience, and bowled very well in both the first and second innings,” Shami said on Star Sports’ Cricket Live program after the match.”When you have great bowlers like Ashwin and Jadeja in the team, the fast bowlers can breathe easy and relax, knowing that they are there,” the pacer said.Shami also hailed India captain Virat Kohli for giving the bowlers freedom to decide the length of their spells.”Virat Kohli as a captain always hears us out and gives us the freedom to follow our strategy during the match. He has given us the freedom to take a call on whether we want to bowl 5 overs or 7 overs or more — he says ‘if you have the power, go ahead and bowl’. That’s when we take a call that we will bowl three overs but with full power… That’s the understanding we have. He trusts us, and we trust him,” Shami said.Also Read | I have protected myself with a shield around me: Rohit Sharma on dealing with negativityAlso Read | We know what a fresh Mohammed Shami can do after some biryani: Rohit SharmaAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Mohammed Shamilast_img read more

Hal 9000 meets premium sound in the new OD-11 Cloud Speaker

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first_img Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH Editors’ Recommendations When it comes to classic speaker designs, few are as iconic and distinctive as Stig Carlsson’s OD-11, a solid block of sound from the 70’s that offered performance, and aesthetic sensibilities that were far ahead of its time. Recently, Carlsson’s fellow Swedes at Teenage Engineering decided it was time for the famed “Carlsson Cube” to stage a comeback, morphing the vintage-yet-futuristic design into modern wireless block of sound in the new OD-11 Cloud Speaker.One of the things that made the original OD-11 such a great performer was its omni-directional sound pattern, which allowed the cubic cabinet to disperse powerful sound throughout room. The new OD-11 Cloud holds on to that design with the configuration of its dual premium drivers, including a long throw pulp cone woofer, and a ferrofluid-cooled cone tweeter. The speaker also packs 100 watts of class D analog power on board to blast sound from a low 28Hz, up to 20kHz.The speaker is also built for the new age of audio, and that means wireless streaming and more. An on-board “brain” in the form of a processor called the Ortho Engine allows the speaker to do some fancy tricks, including controlling DSP, streaming via Wi-Fi with Airplay support as well as Bluetooth, and even reading your Twitter feed via a built-in voice synthesizer – if you’re into that sort of thing.Of course, the cloud also comes into play via an iPhone app that allows the speaker to source music from your preferred cloud-based service, with the ability to add more services through future updates. And once you’ve set the OD-11 up for cloud playback, the speaker’s Ortho Engine is designed to remember “everything you have played since the day you first turned on the OD-11,” and will also source sound from the cloud with or without your phone connected.We don’t know about you, but this speaker is the kind of device that reminds us we’re planted deeply into the future these days – and damned if the future isn’t awesome. If you’d like a piece of that state-of-the-art feeling – with a neo-retro twist – you can order up your own OD-11 Cloud Speaker from Teenage Engineer’s website today for a cool $900. For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 The Best Backpacking Gear for Men to Get You on the Trail in 2019 last_img read more