Ivory Coast secured a last-16 spot in the Africa Cup of Nations as Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha impressed in a 4-1 Group D win over Namibia.The Elephants went down to a 1-0 defeat against Morocco last time out and began poorly at 30 June Stadium.Peter Shalulile should have put Namibia in front and was given a lesson in clinical finishing from Max Gradel six minutes from half-time. 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 Serey Die – captaining Ivory Coast in Serge Aurier’s injury absence – saw a deflected effort find the net in the 58th minute and his team progressed as runners-up behind Morocco, despite Joslin Kamatuka getting on the scoresheet for the Brave Warriors, after Zaha marked his first start of the tournament with a fine solo effort.Lyon’s Maxwel Cornet came on to dish out further punishment to a Namibia side who started brightly.Shalulile headed narrowly wide from Petrus Shitembi’s chipped cross in the 20th minute before forcing Sylvain Gbohouo to save with his feet.An initially abject showing from Ibrahima Kamara’s men picked up and Gradel crashed an emphatic finish over Lloyd Kazapua in the Namibia goal, although replays showed he was fractionally offside as he darted onto Franck Kessie’s lofted throughball.#LesÉléphants take the lead with the first half…#TotalAFCON2019 #NAMCIV pic.twitter.com/6iK3MZAc9z — CAF (@CAF_Online) July 1, 2019 Namibia were once again on the front foot after the restart but their hopes were dashed before the hour when Serey Die’s speculative 35-yard strike glanced off Ryan Nyambe and nestled in the corner.Ivory Coast will face the winner of Group E in the first knockout round, with Mali, Tunisia and Angola all in contention to top that section. They would do well to avoid much more of the slack defending that allowed Kamatuka to slot home in the 71st minute.Crystal Palace star Zaha gave them breathing space with six minutes to play, jinking inside challenges and lashing home a low strike from inside the box, while substitute Cornet’s emphatic finish from 12 yards gave a further indication of the attacking firepower at Kamara’s disposal.
Mauricio Pochettino thinks the experience of beating Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in the Audi Cup was a valuable one for the youngest members of his Tottenham squad.Spurs lifted the pre-season trophy after a penalty shoot-out win over the Bundesliga champions following a 2-2 draw, having beaten Real Madrid 1-0 earlier in the week.One final friendly with Inter follows before the Premier League season kicks off against Aston Villa, and Pochettino thinks his side are looking in good nick. 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? “It was a very positive experience,” he told the club’s website. “I am so happy with the performance and behaviour of the players.”We are learning a lot and improving a lot every day. I am so happy and we keep going.”When you play a team like Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, always to have this sort of experience is an amazing thing for the players – for the young players and of course for the senior players to build their fitness and be stronger every day.“We are having a very tough pre-season but we are competing very well and if we create this habit to compete really well, of course it’s going to help us in the season to try to fight for big things.”Pochettino has given game time to plenty of Spurs’ young guns over the course of pre-season. Jack Roles, Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga stepped up against Bayern to score the last three penalties in a 6-5 win.He has been impressed with what he has seen so far, noting that they have shown their character as much as their talent.”No doubt about that,” Pochettino added.“They showed great character in Singapore and in China playing against Juventus and Manchester United and now against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.“It’s clear that we have young players, maybe with not too much experience, but with great character and personality and that is a very important thing.”Spurs may have to turn to their youth players after an injury to stand-in right-back Juan Foyth provided the sole disappointment against Bayern.The Argentina international was stretchered off after twisting his ankle in the second half, after himself coming on as a substitute.Following Kieran Trippier’s move to Atletico Madrid and an injury to Serge Aurier, Kyle Walker-Peters is currently the most senior right-back in the squad. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the ESPN Pylon Cam during the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)You can put a bow on Week 10 of the 2018 college football season. We have a new Coaches’ Poll for Week 11.There was some movement this week, as expected. UCF is out of the top 10, with Washington State replacing them. Meanwhile, Syracuse and Boston College vaulted up to into the top 15.Iowa State, NC State and Cincinnati join the part this week as well.Here’s the full top 25.RANKTEAMRECORDPOINTS1ST PLACE VOTESPREVCHANGEHI/LOW1Alabama9-01599631–1/12Clemson9-0153712–2/43Notre Dame9-0146403–3/114Michigan8-113900514/225Georgia8-1134705–2/66Oklahoma8-112720715/117Ohio State8-111090812/98West Virginia7-1110801026/209Washington State8-1107601129/NR10Louisiana State7-2106304-64/2411Central Florida8-0105409-29/2312Kentucky7-2761012–12/NR13Syracuse7-26250241113/NR14Boston College7-25800251114/NR15Mississippi State6-3567021614/NR16Utah State8-1565020416/NR17Fresno State8-1490023617/NR18Washington7-346301916/1919Texas6-3433015-47/NR20Penn State6-3375013-78/2021Florida6-3340014-711/NR22NC State6-23270NR915/NR23Cincinnati8-12070NR421/NR24Utah6-3184016-816/NR25Iowa State5-31510NR1925/NRThe newest AP Top 25 will be unveiled at around 2 p.m. ET.This week’s College Football Playoff rankings will drop on Tuesday night.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to pass in the second half against the Auburn Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Over the weekend, one of the best quarterbacks in college football suffered a horrific knee injury when he attempted to run the ball downfield. UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton planted his knee to make a cut when a South Florida defender ran directly into the planted leg.Milton’s knee suffered extensive damage and looked to be out of place. After suffering the injury, Milton was carted off the field and taken to the hospital.In the days following the incident, Milton underwent surgery to restore blood flow to the lower leg. Milton’s family announced on Tuesday afternoon that surge was successful and Milton’s blood flow has been restored.The family also announced Milton will undergo reconstructive surgery at a later date.Here’s the message from the family.UPDATE: @UCF_Football QB McKenzie Milton suffered nerve damage. But the nerve is intact. Blood flow has been restored. Will have reconstructive surgery on right knee. #Knights #10hanaFull statement from Tampa General Hospital: pic.twitter.com/gUkd98o52R— Joe Kepner (@JKepnerWFTV) November 27, 2018A date for the reconstructive surgery has not been set.UCF takes on Memphis on Saturday afternoon in the American Athletic Conference title game. Freshman quarterback Darriel Mack Jr. gets the start for the injured Milton.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass in the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The 2018 Heisman Trophy was awarded on Saturday night, with Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray taking home the award, beating out Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins.Who’s going to take home the trophy in 2019?ESPN has named some of the favorites.According to the Worldwide Leader, the following three players are probably the frontrunners for next season’s award:Alabama quarterback Tua TagovailoaClemson running back Travis EtienneWisconsin running back Jonathan TaylorWe can only hope the 2019 Heisman race matches the last one for history and suspense. I look at the top candidates here, beginning with this year’s runner-up. It could be a big year for B1G contenders, as well as second-year starting QBs.(E+): https://t.co/UETM2AxNC9— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 10, 2018Tagovailoa will be the runaway favorite next season, especially if he’s able to play all four quarters of the Crimson Tide’s games.Who will you be betting on?
The Fiesta Bowl between LSU and UCF is underway and, so far, it’s been quite a start for the Knights.UCF, which is seeking to keep its crazy winning streak alive, has taken a 14-3 lead over LSU.The Knights’ most-recent score came on a pick-six off quarterback Joe Burrow.Burrow, the former Ohio State quarterback, took one of the biggest hits of the year after the interception was thrown.Coach O was furious that no penalty was called. He wanted targeting.Here’s the play:Joe Burrow got hit like this on the return.Ed O is furious. pic.twitter.com/sZOTon1NeH— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) January 1, 2019The referees went to the replay booth to review the play, but upheld the no-targeting call.LSU is now trailing UCF, 14-3, in the first quarter.The game is on ESPN.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners speaks to the media after the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Baker Mayfield’s flag planting at Ohio State following Oklahoma’s blowout win in Ohio Stadium remains one of college football’s best moments in recent memory.The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback planted an OU flag at midfield following Oklahoma’s big win over Ohio State in September 2017. The 31-16 win came a year after the Buckeyes’ blowout win in Norman, Okla.Mayfield was highly emotional following the game, taking a flag from the bench and planting it at midfield with his teammates cheering.The Cleveland Browns quarterback issued an apology for the move following the game. “After the game, I did not mean for it to be disrespectful towards any Ohio State people at all, especially not the team or the players,” Mayfield told reporters in 2017. “They’re a great team and a great program. I didn’t mean it to be disrespectful at all. We do the flag thing at OU-Texas, so that’s just something I got caught up in an emotional win. Yeah, it should have been something I did in the locker room, so I apologize for doing it in the middle of the field.”Mayfield admitted to GQ that he wasn’t being honest with that apology, though.I begin to ask him how heartfelt that apology actually was, on a scale of 1 to 10, but I can barely get the question out before he answers. “Zero,” he says. He repeats himself forcefully, looking me right in the eye so that I don’t miss the point. “Zero. Absolutely not.”Then the moment cools and the storm passes. “Which might hurt some Ohio fans’ feelings,” he says. “But I think we’re all good now.”Mayfield added that he didn’t plan to plant the flag, but was simply filled with emotion in the moment.“A lot of things I do are orchestrated, but things like [that], in the moment, emotionally, I’m just being me,” he said. “I worked so hard to beat them after they beat us at home the year before that I was so excited and overcome with emotion that one thing led to another. But a lot of Ohio people didn’t like me after that one.”Ohio State fans were pretty upset with Mayfield’s move back in 2017, but many of them now root for Mayfield in Cleveland, so they’re likely not too bothered by this revelation.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)We got our first taste of 2019 college football last weekend, but the main course starts this week. Ahead of the Thursday night games that begin Week 1 of the season, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit had a message for fans everywhere.Taking to Twitter, Herbstreit wished everyone a “Happy College Football Season.” He called tonight the true start of the season and hopes that fans enjoy the next few days of football.Happy CFB season to EVERYONE across the country! Know we had a couple gms last week but today is really the start of the season w/ some intriguing games TONIGHT & ALLLL the way till Labor Day night w/ ND/Louisville! Before we all start yelling at each other-have a great year!Tonight’s college football action features defending national champion Clemson against Georgia Tech. Texas A&M, UCF, and Utah will also be in action.Happy CFB season to EVERYONE across the country!Know we had a couple gms last week but today is really the start of the season w/ some intriguing games TONIGHT & ALLLL the way till Labor Day night w/ ND/Louisville! Before we all start yelling at each other-have a great year!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 29, 2019Wisconsin and Michigan State will continue the action on Friday.Then on Saturday we get a complete lineup of games. There’s a ranked matchup between Auburn and Oregon, as well as Alabama going up against Duke.Sunday will feature Oklahoma hosting Houston.The final game of the Labor Day Weekend will be a Monday night matchup between Notre Dame and Louisville.Herbstreit’s got plenty of reason to be excited for the next few days.