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Posted in Trending Topics on 3rd October 2018

GOAL! TOTTENHAM 2-Four BARCELONA (Messi 90)

Recreation, set and match Barcelona. Lloris’ brief clearance to Trippier is half cleared by the Tottenham defender, however picked up by Alba and performed down the road. It is handed inside to Suarez on the sting of the realm and he dummies it, permitting a lurking Messi a transparent run when it reaches him. One-on-one with Lloris, he makes no mistake to win the sport.

The night time Patrick Mahomes turned an elite NFL quarterback – SB Nation

Posted in Trending Topics on 2nd October 2018

As an alternative of scripting this on Monday, I needed to attend till we noticed Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs head into Denver for his or her Monday night time soccer contest. I’m thrilled I waited as a result of I need to speak about what I noticed Monday night time in Denver between two bitter rivals.

Pat Mahomes has formally arrived. That’s apparent now. Final season he performed effectively in Denver for a Week 17 matchup in opposition to a Broncos workforce that wasn’t attempting all. Then, Chiefs traded Alex Smith to Washington in early February, clearing the way in which for Mahomes to be the full-time quarterback. All of us knew he had the arm and the talents to make him an above-average starter, however questions nonetheless lingered about his potential to make the transition from his faculty air raid offense to the Andy Reid’s West Coast offense.

Stories out of St. Joseph, Missouri, throughout coaching camp centered on a number of interceptions every day, sufficient to fret some of us. I checked in into these studies, and, whereas true, the interceptions had been nothing to fret about. Mahomes was being aggressive and Reid was throwing a lot at him that it led to combine ups along with his teammates on the receiving finish. Within the preseason, Mahomes seemed proper on schedule and prepared for his 2018 debut in Los Angeles in opposition to the Chargers, however questions nonetheless lingered about his readiness for this offense and his potential to carry out in strain conditions.

All Mahomes did within the first three weeks of the season was throw for 13 touchdowns, no interceptions, full 67 p.c of his passes for 896 yards. Mahomes seems like a seasoned veteran earlier than the snap; he’s by no means caught off guard by a protection.

He lead the No. 1 scoring offense to wins in opposition to the Chargers and Steelers on the street, and the 49ers at residence. However, regardless of his roaring begin, the Chiefs had been taking part in from forward and their offense had virtually no points. It seemed too straightforward. Was that one thing the Chiefs may maintain all through the season?

The Broncos offered points for the Chiefs we hadn’t seen but.

For starters, their protection is drastically higher than something the Chiefs had seen thus far. They’ll rush the passer, cease the run, and pester the receivers. Second, this recreation was in a hostile street surroundings, in contrast to the earlier two street video games. Chargers video games typically really feel like away video games for the house workforce, and whereas Pittsburgh followers love their workforce with a ardour, it’s not terribly loud there. Third, this recreation had the potential to pressure the Chiefs to play from behind and battle by some offensive sluggish spots, one thing we hadn’t seen but.

We received all of the solutions we wanted in three hours on Monday night time.

The Chiefs offense was not clicking within the first half. The Broncos had been harassing the Chiefs wideouts and tight finish Travis Kelce, who simply didn’t look proper for the three quarters. Denver’s protection did a wonderful job of disguising pressures and complicated the Chiefs blockers.

The noise in Denver and lack of communication upfront, which hadn’t been a problem thus far this season, led to some hectic performs for the offense. Mahomes typically needed to undergo all his progressions, which he didn’t must do within the first three weeks, and when he received to his last possibility, that man often was blanketed.

The primary half ended with the Chiefs down, 13-10. They averaged 5.25 yards per play. Mahomes was 7-for-15 and so they had solely transformed on 33 p.c of third downs.

Mahomes’ greatest play of the sport

I tweeted at half time that the second half would present if Mahomes and the offense may regulate and make performs to win the sport. We all know with the Chiefs protection, which did simply sufficient to provide them an opportunity, wasn’t going to win the sport for them.

The third quarter went simply OK for the Chiefs offense. They solely scored a area aim and began the fourth quarter down, 20-13. Denver promptly added one other area aim early within the fourth quarter to go up, 23-13.

Time for Mahomes to shine and that’s precisely what he did. He led a six-minute drive down the sphere that ended with a Kelce landing. Individuals will rightfully concentrate on the left-handed move on the next drive as his finest play of the night time, however the third-and-16 throw on the run to the fitting, thrown barely throughout his physique to Tyreek Hill for 15 yards was cold-blooded. That’s the kind of play and throw that units aside the nice quarterbacks and the nice quarterbacks.

Additionally, discover what Mahomes does pre-snap and the way he understands the place the free rusher is coming from. Subsequent-level stuff from the younger child.

Finally the Chiefs scored on that drive and the protection received a cease. The Chiefs offense received the ball again with Four:35 left and wanted to go 60 yards to win the sport. Everyone knows how particular that left-handed push move to Hill was, however once more, to not diminish that play, what Mahomes did later in that drive was spectacular.

It’s second-and-30. Mahomes steps up and out of the pocket to the fitting. Then, he accomplished a 23-yard move to Robinson. On the next play, he calmly rolled to the fitting once more, and located Harris, who can magically catch the ball this season, for an extended achieve and a primary down. The remaining is historical past. Chiefs go to Four-Zero.

Mahomes answered each query we had about him final night time. Can he lead a workforce from behind? Test. Can Mahomes play effectively when issues aren’t going effectively? Test. Can Mahomes lead the Chiefs on the street in a hostile surroundings? Test. Can Mahomes take aside an awesome NFL protection? Test.

The whole lot we needed to see from Mahomes, we noticed it on Monday night time.

With Steelers’ season unraveling, Le’Veon Bell says he’ll be the ‘unhealthy man’ to assist NFL friends – Washington Submit

Posted in Trending Topics on 1st October 2018

Steelers operating again James Conner could not get a lot entering into Sunday evening’s dwelling loss to the Ravens (Fred Vuich/Related Press)

It now appears clear that the Pittsburgh Steelers and tailback Le’Veon Bell want one another.

The Steelers want Bell. If that wasn’t apparent earlier than Sunday evening, it grew to become obviously evident throughout a house loss to the Baltimore Ravens that put the Steelers firmly in chase mode within the AFC North. Pittsburgh’s dashing offense was virtually nonexistent, with fill-in tailback James Conner gaining 19 yards on 9 carries. The Steelers fell to the Ravens, 26-14, to drop right into a third-place tie with the Cleveland Browns, whereas the Ravens joined the Cincinnati Bengals in early management of the division race.

And Bell apparently wants the Steelers, not less than if he desires to play any soccer within the foreseeable future. His contract staredown with the crew continues, as he nonetheless has not signed his franchise-player deal or reported to the Steelers. The Steelers reportedly are listening to commerce affords for Bell however haven’t obtained any affords that make a deal seem imminent.

Bell is passing up greater than $ 855,000 per week by not exhibiting as much as play. Nobody ought to blame Bell for eager to make as a lot cash as he can, as quickly as he can. The accidents suffered Sunday by Bengals tight finish Tyler Eifert and Seattle Seahawks security Earl Thomas underscored but once more how fragile an NFL profession is. The window for a operating again to be productive — and money in on that productiveness — is especially slim.

When Thomas, who was a coaching camp holdout as he sought a contract extension, was carted off the sector Sunday with a damaged leg, Bell took the chance to say that his personal holdout was related to a bigger trigger. He was, he wrote in a reply on ESPN’s Instagram account, prepared to “proceed to be the ‘unhealthy man’ for ALL of us.”

However how efficient will Bell’s strategy be? Many throughout the league marvel about that. Will he be capable to make up what he’s dropping this season? The strategy taken by quarterback Kirk Cousins whereas he was with the Washington Redskins signaled to different NFL gamers — or maybe it ought to have — that taking part in underneath the franchise tag shouldn’t be essentially one thing to be feared or resisted. Cousins saved taking the Redskins’ cash one 12 months at a time, and ultimately maneuvered the crew right into a place through which it had no different selection however to permit him to go away as a free agent. Then, Cousins secured a completely assured three-year, $ 84 million take care of the Minnesota Vikings.

The $ 14.544 million that Bell was to make this season underneath his franchise deal wasn’t the contract that he wished. However it’s superb cash, particularly contemplating that the marketplace for veteran operating backs shouldn’t be all that strong, comparatively talking. Maybe he ought to think about whether or not what he may be gaining by persevering with to remain away offsets what he’s dropping.

Within the meantime, issues merely are usually not working for the Steelers with out Bell. Their report dropped to 1-2-1, placing them on even footing with the Browns. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 224 first-half yards towards the Ravens, however managed solely 50 within the second half and the Steelers couldn’t sustain. It has change into extremely questionable whether or not they are going to be an element on this division race if Bell doesn’t present up quickly.

The Ravens gave a really stable efficiency Sunday evening, led by quarterback Joe Flacco’s 28-for-42, 363-yard, two-touchdown passing efficiency. They upped their report to Three-1, tying them with the Bengals for first place. The Ravens didn’t play nicely in a Week 2 defeat at Cincinnati. However they’ve been superb in any other case by way of the primary quarter of this season as they try to return to the playoffs after a three-season drought.

The Bengals pulled out a dramatic victory Sunday at Atlanta and so they’ve been the division’s greatest crew thus far, given the win over the Ravens. However the lack of Eifert hurts their offense significantly. Nobody is firmly answerable for this division at this level.

If the Browns had held on to their late lead Sunday in Oakland as a substitute of letting it slip away and dropping in extra time to the Raiders, they may have been positioned to be an element within the division race with rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield in cost. As a substitute, the Browns most likely should settle this season for reaching respectable standing after going a mixed 1-31 over the earlier two seasons.

At this level, the Browns’ respectability has them on even footing with the Steelers. That’s not precisely the place the Steelers anticipated to be 1 / 4 of the best way by way of the season. Their greatest resolution at this level can be to discover a approach to work issues out with Bell.

Learn extra on the NFL:

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Colts Coach Frank Reich made the boldest — and most ill-fated — choice of the NFL season

The Patriots simply reminded the remainder of the NFL that they aren’t executed but

The Giants gambled on Eli Manning and a bounce-back season. Thus far, they’re dropping.

USC Soccer: The nice, the unhealthy and what stood out vs. Arizona – Reign of Troy

Posted in Trending Topics on 30th September 2018

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USC soccer held on for a sloppy victory Saturday night time in Tucson, defeating Arizona, 24-20. Right here’s the nice, the unhealthy and what stood out from the sport.

After a nail-biter, final Friday within the Coliseum JT Daniels and USC soccer took their present on the highway. The challenger this time can be Pac-12 South rival Arizona led by dynamic quarterback Khalil Tate.

The Trojans entered the sport Saturday with extra questions than solutions. Which USC crew would present up? Would USC begin to present enchancment? Would there be some semblance of an identification with this offense?  A scheme? Or perhaps one other entire set of points would come up?

In brief, sure.

Right here’s the nice, the unhealthy and what stood out from USC’s win…

The Good

The very first thing I observed watching USC is that the changes alongside the offensive line are beginning to pay dividends. Final week it was fairly clear that USC was making an attempt to emphasise getting downhill within the working recreation. Nonetheless, in opposition to Washington State, the downhill run recreation was beginning to telegraph itself. At the least one tight finish can be within the recreation, with Vavae Malepeai within the backfield and out of the pistol formation.

This Saturday it regarded as if the objective was to additionally get Stephen Carr and Aca’Cedric Ware combined into the downhill working recreation. In addition to doing a greater job disguising it, USC nonetheless ran its bread and butter zone performs. Nonetheless, they work a lot better when an offensive line is in rhythm and dealing collectively. And also you get them right into a rhythm by getting them downhill on double groups and pulling.

The opposite actually good factor I observed Saturday was a little bit of an identification forming for USC’s offense.

Now it might be the truth that I used to be giddy watching USC pull each the guard and the middle on Ware’s 26-yard landing run within the second quarter. However, after final week in opposition to Washington State and Saturday in opposition to Arizona, I feel I see what USC’s offense is aspiring to be. And that seems to be an offense that kilos the rock within the working recreation and throws it deep within the passing recreation.

It has solely been two weeks, but when that’s what USC goes to work in direction of the remainder of the season I can get on board with that. Put up 47 runs to solely 24 passes whereas getting the tight ends concerned within the passing recreation? Signal me up!

Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool – participant & supervisor response – BBC Sport

Posted in Trending Topics on 29th September 2018

Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp, chatting with BBC Match of the Day: “What a recreation, a spectacular soccer recreation.

“It was so deserved for Daniel [Sturridge], a very nice second and I am so glad for him.

“I believe we made one mistake within the recreation resulting in their purpose. It is troublesome. We had probabilities, we performed unbelievable soccer. I like to win, however getting a degree at Chelsea is sweet anyway. You possibly can see how good Chelsea are however its good to see it once more.

“I do know we deserved that time at the least so I am pleased with that.”

On Daniel Sturridge:

“Daniel has all the time been in my ideas, however he was by no means in a position to show it [before West Brom loan].

“We thought West Brom was a good suggestion for him to get minutes underneath his belt once more, and when he got here again, he was an choice for us.

“It has paid off for him, it is good and completely deserved.”

On Mohamed Salah:

“All of us need to undergo moments like this, however continuously coming shut continues to be world class.

“He is such a menace nonetheless and it is actually good. It is actually okay. We now have to take care of the scenario however it’s not troublesome.”

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