Urban Meyer dishes takes on everything college football

Former Florida and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has gone from the sideline to the studio with Fox Sports, and shares his thoughts on elite coaches and quarterbacks in a Q&A session with Post columnist Steve Serby.

Q: What are some compelling storylines this season?

A: We can go a lot of different ways, but can anybody unseat the two teams that have been kinda dominant the last three years? And that’s Alabama, Clemson. They have favorable schedules and they have returning quarterbacks, so that could be a tall task.

Q: Who might be a sleeper team this year?

A: I like LSU because I just know how they recruit. I like their quarterback (Joe Burrow), obviously he was mine for a while, and ours at Ohio State. But they have to play at Alabama and they’re in the same division. I’m very biased, I won’t consider ’em a sleeper, I think Ohio State will be right in this thing.

Q: Thoughts on Notre Dame this season.
A: I like them. I recruited against them now for many years and they’ve really done a good job in recruiting. And I think Brian Kelly’s one of the very underrated coaches in America, he’s excellent. You just don’t know about their schedule. You don’t know who’s gonna pop up and be a tough team. I believe they have Georgia this year, and our rival, the team up north.

Q: Georgia?
A: I think they’ve recruited as well as anybody the last two, three years. It’s all about recruiting and development, I think. Right now they’re the best recruiting team in the East.

Q: Oregon?
A: It’s kinda taken the lead in the Pac-12, I’ve noticed, in recruiting. Mario Cristobal, I’ve known of him and know him, and he always has been labeled an elite recruiter and their quarterback’s back (Justin Herbert). I’d have to say them and Washington are the top teams in the Pac-12.

Q: What kind of a pro will Tua (Tagovailoa) make?
A: I think he’s gonna be outstanding. He’s still gotta develop on his accuracy … he’s got all the tools to be a very good pro.

Q: Why will his game translate to the NFL?
A: I get a little defensive when I hear that, that that’s the NFL coach’s job to make sure it translates. When I hear someone say, “Well he’s a college quarterback in a college system,” well change your system in the NFL to match ’em. It’s no different than you have J.T. Barrett and Dwayne Haskins, they couldn’t be a more different player, so we adapted the system to fit Dwayne Haskins. So I think they do what that kid can do best. And, the great coaches in the NFL adapt systems to their players. Others fail at it.

Q: Oregon’s Justin Herbert?

A: I’m still studying him. I was surprised he came back. I think he was very NFL-ready, not knowing him. But what I’ve watched of him on film, great arm strength, great release point and all the tools. I just don’t know the intangibles of him yet.

Q: Georgia’s Jake Fromm?
A: Excellent quarterback. His skill set has still gotta improve in several areas, but everything I hear about him he’s an elite leader, and that’s who you want running your team.

Q: Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence?
A: I have not seen many with the arm strength and accuracy, especially as young as he was last year. I think he’s as good as there is.
Q: Does he remind you of anybody at a similar stage?

A: Well, we had one last year who had the same type of accuracy I see out of Trevor is Dwayne Haskins. His ball gets out fast and it’s very accurate.

Q: How good of a pro will Haskins be?
A: So many times a great quarterback gets stuck on a bad team, and it’s a quarterback’s fault. Dwayne had really good receivers, really good personnel around him. A lot of these quarterbacks are very talented, but do they have the right system and right people around ’em? I think he’ll be a great pro if he has the right people and the right system.

Q: What is he like as a leader?
A: He was above average at the beginning, and by the end of the year he was exceptional. I went and watched Tom Brady practice, and what separates guys … and they said Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, and the Tebows and my greatest leaders weren’t just leaders during a game, but really when it counted was at practice. And Dwayne really got good at that as his career winded down at Ohio State.

Q: Kyler Murray?
A: I think he’s a dynamic athlete. Great respect for him as a player, I’m gonna be intrigued to see how this thing works out.

Q: Your fondest game memory of Tim Tebow?

A: I’d have to say in that second half of the national championship against Oklahoma. He took over the game. My recommendation to the offensive coordinator was very simple — keep the ball in Tim’s hands.

Q: What made Urban Meyer so successful?

A: I think genuine care of his players.

Q: It had to be more than that.
A: I had a good way of surrounding myself with really talented people — good recruiting, and if you look at my assistant coaches over the years that have become head coaches, so good eye for talent and pushing people to their limits.

Q: Where does your 7-0 mark against Michigan rank for you?
A: That’s either 1 or 1A or 1B.

Q: Or all of the above?
A: Yeah … I’d probably say that’s 1.

Q: Which one of your three national championships was the sweetest?
A: That’s hard to say. I think the most recent one’s the one I remember the most because a third-string quarterback (Cardale Jones) and the way that team overcame the injuries that they did. But I loved all three, obviously.

Q: What criticism has been the most unfair about you?
A: I don’t know, I don’t try to pay attention to criticism other than from, like, athletic directors or players or something so I don’t really get involved in that. If someone would ever question a genuine care question for a student athlete, which I don’t know if I’ve ever heard that.

Q: Any regrets?
A: I have the regret, the most recent one (three-game 2018 suspension) about going too far trying to help an assistant coach (domestic abuse allegations involving then-Ohio State receivers coach Zach Smith), a family, that at the time I thought was correct. But other than that, not really.

Q: Nick Saban?

A: Winner.

Q: What makes him a winner?

A: Very detailed. You hear him talk about The Process. To stay consistent at the top is a great tribute to him in his career.

Q: Ryan Day?

A: Elite football acumen. He understands the game very well. As important, understands people and how to motivate.

Q: Dabo Swinney?
A: Just seems like he’s balanced.

Q: Earle Bruce?
A: Toughness.

Q: Lou Holtz?
A: Encyclopedia.

Q: Lincoln Riley?
A: I don’t know him, but I know of him and admire what he’s done, to take over for a legend like Bob Stoops and keep it going and even maybe in some respects made it stronger, which is not easy to do.

Q: How do you see the pairing of him and his new quarterback?

A: I look forward to watching that because we actually were taking a look at (Jalen) Hurts when we looking at the potential quarterback transfers. We studied Hurts, (Brandon) Wimbish and (Justin) Fields in great detail. I just also admire Hurts the way he handled that whole situation with Tua.

Q: Who are some of the other dynamic players that college football fans should look forward to watching?
A: The tailback at Wisconsin’s elite, (Jonathan) Taylor. He’s on course to break Ron Dayne’s records, and just an incredible player. I think Donovan Peoples-Jones has been a guy that, when given enough opportunities to touch the ball will become an All-American, and from what I understand, that’s the whole premise why (Michigan) changed offenses, and they have three outstanding receivers led by Peoples-Jones. I think he’s one of the best players in America that just hasn’t touched the ball enough.

Q: Defensive players?

A: Well once again I’m biased, I know him better than anybody is Chase Young, I think he’ll be a defensive top-10 draft pick.

Q: Who are the guys from last year’s college football season other than Haskins who you think will make an impact in the pros?
A: I think (Devin) Bush from the team up north, the linebacker. … Parris Campbell, he wasn’t a first-round draft pick, he’s got first-round talent, first-round work ethic.

Q: Nick Bosa?
A: Impact player, he’s just gotta stay healthy.

Q: What’s the difference between him and Joey Bosa?

A: About an inch in height, that’s it. They walk down the hallway, they look alike. They play with the same tenacity and the same skill set with power and speed.

Q: The best college football team you ever saw?

A: I’d have to say the ’08 Gators. I’m very biased.

Q: What was it about that team?
A: It’s filled with NFL talent, and I’ve never seen a team go through the SEC like they did, I mean, we were beating teams by three touchdowns in the Southeastern Conference — good teams.

Q: How saddened were you by the way the Aaron Hernandez tragedy unfolded?
A: My family and I were very close to him, and we were devastated.

Q: The state of the college game today?
A: It’s healthy and strong as it’s ever been. The safety, the changes that have been made, the way we practice, the way we protect players has been a very positive. And the rules changes to protect players. So very healthy, the crowds, the energy, the attention.

Q: Leaders you admire and why?
A: One of the first ones is Bill Belichick, who is a consistent leader. He’s a winner. And he knows how to handle people. I think Phil Knight at Nike is a leader I’ve always admired. And he’s a leader that still has a foundation of his faith and family. A lot of times leaders have become overwhelmed with their responsibility, and I’ve always admired that about him.

Q: Other than Belichick, head coaches in other sports you admire?
A: I’ve always admired Joe Maddon, I was friends with him when he was at the Tampa Bay Rays and obviously I thought he was a unique leader, and he’s done a great job in Chicago. Billy Donovan was my neighbor at Gainesville, and I loved the way he led his team and still does to this day.

Q: What traits would make up the ideal Urban Meyer football player?
A: Fierce, elite competitor above all. Refuse to lose. And toughness.

Q: You could pick the brain of any head coach in college football history?
A: Knute Rockne.

Q: Boyhood idols?

A: Pete Rose, I was a big Red Machine guy. Davey Concepcion ’cause I was a shortstop. Isaac Curtis and Charlie Joiner and Ken Anderson.

Q: Why didn’t you pursue baseball?
A: I did pursue it. At some point, baseball didn’t pursue me anymore.

Q: Three dinner guests?
A: John F. Kennedy; General Patton; Woody Hayes.

Q: How good of a football coach would Patton have been?
A: Well who knows nowadays ’cause it’s a whole different animal, but in his day he would have been elite. Would he have been able to adapt to a new way of coaching, a new way of teaching?

Q: What was it you admired about Woody Hayes?
A: His genuine care.

Q: JFK?
A: I just have studied him quite a bit and I just think, especially the civil rights era and then also his ability to stand up in the Cold War, the decisions he made as Russia was headed toward Cuba, and the guts that had to take.

Q: Favorite movie?

A: Hunt For Red October.

Q: Favorite actor?

A: Denzel Washington.

Q: Favorite actress?
A: Julia Roberts.

Q: Favorite singer/entertainer?

A: Jimmy Buffett.

Q: Favorite meal?
A: Grouper.

Q: I assume you’ll miss the adrenaline rush of being on the sidelines?
A: Of course.

Q: Describe what that’s like, standing on the sidelines coaching against Michigan.
A: Well there’s the incredible, enormous feel of responsibility. You own it, your name’s on it. So the way I always approached, especially that game or those type of big games like that, to say that it’s enjoyable, you are so focused on making sure that every “i” is dotted, every “t” is crossed, those players have a chance to win it.

Q: Working in the studio for Fox’s “Big Noon Kickoff” with Reggie Bush, Brady Quinn and Matt Leinart premiering Saturday?
A: I’m excited. I’d always liked the studio. I’m really excited about the group they put me with, big-time names, very recent relevance in the game of college football.

Q: How scary have your health scares been?
A: The one in 2014 was alarming.

Q: What was going through your gut at that point?

A: When they said we’re gonna have brain surgery, that obviously causes you to pause for a moment and make sure that everything’s in order and you start thinking about your family and that you’re doing everything right by them.

Q: So you must feel like a lucky guy in a lot of ways, right?
A: I do. I feel very lucky, very blessed to be able to have done what I did for so long and still have an incredible family and have your health.

Q: Could you one day see yourself returning to the sideline?
A: At this point I don’t see it. I believe I’m done.

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England boss Eddie Jones ready to hand squad BOOZE BREAK – despite Te’o and Brown bust-up – The Sun

EDDIE JONES has arranged special BOOZING sessions for his England players during this week’s Italy training camp.

Head coach Jones has given the green light for drinking — despite Ben Te’o and Mike Brown’s bust-up on their last trip to the same Treviso base, which led to their axing from the World Cup squad.


Following Saturday’s 57-15 Twickenham thrashing of Ireland, Jones revealed: “In a Test week, it’s business all the time.

"Now we have time to have sessions — they’re not all drinking sessions! But we do have some.

“The sessions are where the players just communicate. To have time together as a team and work out differences for a better relationship is massive for us.”

Jones is a big fan of Treviso’s red wines but picked the training base in northern Italy as its heat and humidity are like World Cup venue Japan.

When England went to Italy last month, each player lost up to half a stone in each session.

That hard work looks to be paying off after they slaughtered Ireland with a record points tally and winning margin.

With the final warm-up game against Italy in Newcastle on Friday week, cautious Jones said: “The only thing you do know is you’ve got to keep going forward — and that’s hard.”

England are joint- second favourites with South Africa to lift the Webb Ellis Trophy for only the second time.

And when asked if England fans should start believing rugby is coming home, Jones added: “The message was the 80 minutes we played against Ireland. You can’t give a better message than that.”



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10pm transfer news LIVE: PSG chase £100m Zaha, Suarez to Juventus, Doumbia and Bony wanted by Inter – The Sun

IT'S approaching crunch-time around Europe with the transfer window set to slam shut.

Wilfied Zaha is being eyed-up by clubs across the continent, whilst Luis Suarez has been linked with a shock move away from Barcelona.

  • Aug 31: Window closes in Spain, France, Germany
  • Sept 1: Scotland, Turkey
  • Sept 2: Italy, Holland
  • Sept 6: Russia
  • Sept 22: Portugal

Follow all the latest transfer news and gossip here…

  • AROUND Europe, clubs are planning late swoops as the transfer window draws towards it's conclusion.

    With the business already concluded for Premier League clubs, it looks like there are still some big deals still to be done.

    Inter Milan want Seydou Doumbia and Wilfried Bony as back-ups to Romelu Lukaku.

    According to Goal, Antonio Conte will seek out the two Ivorians before the closure of the European transfer window on September 2.

    Both players are now free agents after being released by their respective clubs.

    Whilst Alexis Sanchez is due to clinch his loan move to Inter on Monday – in a deal that will cost Manchester United £22million.

    United have been desperate to off-load the flop forward all summer but struggled to find anyone willing to take him off their hands.

    And PSG are plotting a shock £100m bid for Wilfried Zaha as a replacement for Neymar, it has been claimed.

    The French club are currently holding out for the right price before allowing their Brazilian superstar to return to Spain – with Barcelona and Real Madrid both fighting it out for his services.

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How Antonio Brown still wins after losing helmet saga

Antonio Brown definitely won’t be able to wear his preferred helmet after losing his second grievance, according to multiple reports, yet he’s still going to come out of this whole thing ahead.

The Raiders wide receiver has multiple helmet manufacturers lined up to pay him to wear a custom-made helmet, according to ProFootballTalk. Brown has yet to make a decision, but he won’t be wearing his old Schutt Air Advantage when he suits up for the Raiders’ opener on Sept. 9 against the Broncos.

So it seems as if the Helmetgate saga is finally nearing its end. Brown has been making a fuss all summer about wanting to wear his preferred helmet — which doesn’t meet safety standards.

Seemingly fed up with the whole situation, Raiders GM Mike Mayock last week gave Brown an ultimatum to be “all in or all out.” Brown then returned to Raiders camp with a certified helmet, but still filed another grievance against the NFL.

Brown, 31, also dealt with frostbitten feet this summer, the result of not wearing proper footwear in a cryotherapy machine.

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Barcelona vs Real Betis live stream FREE: How to watch La Liga fixture without paying a penny – The Sun

REAL BETIS are the visitors as Barcelona look to forget their opening day horror show.

The Catalan giants got the defence of their La Liga title off to the worst possible start last week as they were stunned 1-0 by Athletic Bilbao.

What time is kick-off?

THIS La Liga clash will be held TONIGHT, August 25.

Kick-off is at 8pm BST.

When the sides met here last term, Betis shocked Barca with a 4-3 win.

How can I watch for free?

YOU can catch this game live on free-to-air TV here in the UK.

It will be broadcast live on ITV4 and ITV4 HD, where coverage starts at 7.45pm.

La Liga matches don't currently have an official broadcaster on these shores.

Up until the first international break, ITV will show three games from Spain's top-flight, inluding this one from the Nou Camp.

Stream using the ITV Hub or by signing up for a free account on TVPlayer.

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Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Newcastle United: Joelinton gives Steve Bruce first Newcastle win

Club record signing Joelinton’s first goal in English football gave Newcastle United a surprise win at Tottenham – and Steve Bruce his first Premier League points as their manager.

The Brazilian striker took advantage of sleepy Tottenham defending to control substitute Christian Atsu’s through pass beautifully before drilling past Hugo Lloris.

Atsu, sent on after Allan Saint-Maximin had to go off with an early hamstring injury, provided the assist with his first significant contribution.

Spurs lacked the creativity to break down a resolute Newcastle side, whose four-man midfield spent a large chunk of the contest sitting deep in front of a back five.

Son Heung-min, making his first Tottenham appearance of the season after completing a three-match suspension, saw a bouncing first-half volley beaten away by Martin Dubravka, then rolled a shot wide shortly before the interval.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino sent on Christian Eriksen and Giovani lo Celso for the final half-hour in an attempt to salvage something from the 500th match of his managerial career.

It almost worked: Lo Celso’s pass for Harry Kane ended with the England captain falling under Jamaal Lascelles’ challenge – but Mike Dean ruled it was not a penalty, and was backed up by the check from video assistant referee (VAR) Anthony Taylor.

Then Eriksen’s superb diagonal pass gave Moussa Sissoko the room to cross low, but Lucas Moura skied his shot over the bar from around eight yards.

  • Sunday’s Premier League reaction

Robust Newcastle’s perfect response

Newcastle’s fans have had to spend a fair amount on petrol money in the season’s first three weeks – with a 516-mile round trip to Norwich last weekend followed up by this 560-mile round journey to north London.

They must have wondered why they had bothered going to Carrow Road, given a feeble display in a 3-1 defeat, with centre-back Paul Dummett later acknowledging that “it wasn’t right” in the warm-up – and admitting that the players had to take responsibility.

Manager Bruce was looking for a lift after beginning his reign with two defeats – and his players provided it for that loyal travelling support.

Newcastle produced a display of immense discipline in intense heat in north London, with Dummett and his fellow centre-backs Jamaal Lascelles and Fabian Schar working themselves into the ground.

It was not just the defenders who toiled, though – striker Joelinton showed he was willing to help at both ends of the field by getting back to heard away two early Erik Lamela corners, and he ran himself to the point of exhaustion, eventually coming off in the final moments with apparent cramp.

The visitors had only 20% possession, and had to absorb plenty of early Tottenham pressure, but it was a sign of how well they did that Tottenham managed just two shots on target.

Newcastle had the game’s first shot on goal, with Sean Longstaff’s rising drive tipped away by Lloris after Joelinton had held up the ball for him.

Bruce was not thrown by the early injury to French winger Saint-Maximin, who pulled up in the first 15 minutes after chasing a Matt Ritchie free-kick that ran out of play.

Newcastle’s manager will have been pleased that his players showed such a willingness to work for the cause – a characteristic that will be vital in the months ahead.

Son cannot find the spark

Tottenham have conceded the first goal in all three of their Premier League matches this season – but while they recovered to beat Aston Villa and draw at Manchester City, they could not fight back here.

They may well have had a case for a 78th-minute penalty as Lascelles leaned across Kane as they chased Lo Celso’s pass; with VAR official Taylor deciding to back referee Dean’s original decision.

But Spurs did not do anywhere near enough to pick holes in Newcastle’s blanket defence until time was running out. They failed to register a single shot on goal until the 33rd minute, when Son was denied by Dubravka.

The South Korean forward was given a sign of just how tough an afternoon he would have when a promising second-minute run down the left was snuffed out by Emil Krafth, the Newcastle right-wing back.

On the occasions when Son managed to get past Krafth, he then found Schar blocking his path.

Perhaps if Moura had not steered wide when Dubravka missed Kane’s cross right on half-time, Tottenham would have had the platform on which to build a victory.

But then if Eriksen had played from the start, Spurs maybe would not have found themselves still chasing an equaliser as time ran out.

The Dane, whose contract expires at the end of this season, has made it clear he wants a new challenge – but while he remains a Tottenham player, the question for Pochettino is: Why not make full use of him?

Man of the match – Paul Dummett (Newcastle)

So much possession, so little to show for it – the key facts

  • Tottenham had 79.8% possession, the second-highest figure for a losing side in the Premier League since those records began in 2003-04 – behind only Liverpool’s 80.4% against Burnley in August 2016
  • Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino marked his 500th match as a manager in all competitions (W231 D112 L157), with this his first defeat against Newcastle since May 2016 (5-1).
  • Newcastle boss Steve Bruce (five) became the sixth manager in Premier League history to register a victory with five or more different teams after Alan Pardew (five), Harry Redknapp (five), Mark Hughes (six), Roy Hodgson (five) and Sam Allardyce (seven).
  • Bruce recorded his first away win against Spurs in the Premier League, ending a run of nine games without victory (D2 L7).
  • Spurs’ Harry Kane has scored in just two of his nine Premier League appearances versus Newcastle and had the fewest touches of any home player to start this match (24).
  • Newcastle registered their first away Premier League win against ‘big six’ opposition since December 2015, when they beat Spurs 2-1; it ending a run of 15 such matches without a victory (D1 L14).

What’s next?

Newcastle are in Carabao Cup action at home to Leicester on Wednesday (19:45 BST) before Watford visit them in the Premier League next Saturday (15:00). Tottenham have a clear week to prepare for the big north London derby at Arsenal next Sunday (16:30).

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Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Newcastle United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Newcastle United 1.

Attempt missed. Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Foul by Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur).

Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Winks.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Matt Ritchie.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Giovani Lo Celso.

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Ben Davies replaces Danny Rose.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Yoshinori Muto replaces Joelinton.

Booking

Joelinton (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Danny Rose.

Attempt blocked. Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joelinton.

Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joelinton (Newcastle United).

Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Atsu (Newcastle United).

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Danny Rose.

Attempt blocked. Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Atsu.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Federico Fernández replaces Jamaal Lascelles because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

VAR Decision: No Penalty Tottenham Hotspur.

Delay in match (Tottenham Hotspur). VAR checking.

Attempt saved. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Giovani Lo Celso.

Offside, Newcastle United. Fabian Schär tries a through ball, but Christian Atsu is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Joelinton (Newcastle United).

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Miguel Almirón.

Booking

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Ashes 2019: Ben Stokes plays knock for the ages as England level series

Ben Stokes played an Ashes knock for the ages as England pulled off one of the greatest comebacks of all time to win the third Test by one wicket and level the series against Australia at 1-1.

England, bowled out for a dismal 67 in an appalling first innings, looked dead and buried at 286-9 in their pursuit of an unlikely 359 on Day 4 at Headingley as Australia had one hand firmly clasped on retaining the urn.

But Stokes clubbed eight sixes and 11 fours in a memorable unbeaten 135 that will go down in the pantheon of great knocks in Test cricket, as England completed their record run-chase in five-day cricket.

It evoked memories of Stokes’ heroics in the Cricket World Cup final just a month ago, when England defeated New Zealand in a Super Over thriller at Lord’s.

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Stout defensive effort leads Tiger-Cats to 13-10 victory in B.C.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are 8-2 for the first time in 21 years after a 13-10 win over the B.C. Lions Saturday night.

Hamilton’s defence sacked Lions quarterback Mike Reilly seven times, including three by defensive lineman Dylan Wynn, and forced B.C. to commit three turnovers.

Neither team got on the scoreboard in the first quarter and the game was tied 3-3 at halftime.

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A one-yard touchdown run by Ticats backup QB David Watford in the third quarter gave Hamilton a 10-3 lead and turned out to be Hamilton’s only major of the game.

Starter Dane Evans was held to 194 passing yards and was intercepted twice but improved to 3-2 in his younger CFL career.

The Lions have lost six games in a row for the first time since 2010 and are 1-9 for the first time since 1969.

Reilly threw for 286 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, and reached the 30,000-passing-yards milestone of his career in the fourth quarter.

With the win, the Ticats swept the season series against the Lions for the first time since 2011 and won for just the second time in their last eight visits to B.C. Place Stadium.

Hamilton’s next game is the Labour Day Classic at Tim Hortons Field on Sept. 2 versus the Toronto Argonauts.


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Athletics: US sprinter Christian Coleman charged with anti-doping violation

BERLIN (DPA) – American sprinter Christian Coleman has been charged with an anti-doping violation for missing three unannounced tests under the whereabouts system, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has confirmed.

The BBC quoted USADA as saying Coleman had failed to “properly file his whereabouts information,” and his case would go to an arbitration hearing on Sept 4. A decision is expected a day later.

“I’m not a guy who takes any supplements at all, so I’m never concerned about taking drugs tests, at any time,” Coleman told US broadcaster NBC on Saturday.

“What has been widely reported concerning filing violations is simply not true.” Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper originally reported on the case last Thursday.

Should the 23-year-old Coleman fail to have at least one of the missed tests struck from his record he faces a ban of up to two years which would rule him out of this year’s world championships, from Sept 27 in Qatar, and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

But Coleman said was “confident” the hearing would clear the matter and he would compete at the world championships in Doha.

Coleman holds the 2019 world lead of 9.81 seconds over 100 metres and took silver at the 2017 worlds in London. The 23-year-old is widely considered a potential heir to Jamaican sprint great Usain Bolt.

Under the whereabouts system, athletes must make themselves available for testing one hour of every day. Two missed tests are permitted but the third carries a ban – usually of two years but this can be reduced to a year depending on circumstance.

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OJ Simpson is not happy with Andrew Luck for retiring an hour after he drafted the QB in his fantasy league

  • Andrew Luck is retiring from the NFL, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
  • Schefter reports that Luck is “mentally worn down, and now checking out.”
  • OJ Simpson tweeted a video expressing his disappointment that the report came shortly after he drafted Luck in his fantasy league.
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Andrew Luck shocked the sports world on Saturday night when Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Indianapolis Colts quarterback was retiring from the NFL.

Read more:Andrew Luck is retiring from the NFL at age 29 because he is ‘mentally worn down’

The most 2019 reaction to the news came from none other than O.J. Simpson.

Minutes after news of the retirement broke, Simpson posted a video to Twitter scolding Luck for the timing of the announcement.

“Andrew Luck, what did I do to you?” Simpson said. “You could have retired an hour and a half ago before I picked you in my fantasy picks. I mean, what did I do, baby?”

Needless to say, Twitter had some fun with this.

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