DONE DEAL: Huddersfield keeper Luke Mewitt joins Marske Utdby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town Academy goalkeeper Luke Mewitt has joined Evo-Stik League East Division club Marske United on loan for the rest of the 2018/19 season.The 19-year-old custodian will get his first taste of senior men’s football whilst with The Seasiders, who play in the eighth tier of the English football pyramid.Marske, located near Middlesbrough and Redcar in North Yorkshire, currently sits 11th in the table with 30 points from 21 games.Former Barnet goalkeeper Mewitt joined The Terriers after a successful trial period in 2017 and has progressed up the age groups at the Club, starting 11 games for Mark Hudson’s Elite Development Team and Under-19 sides so far this season. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Claude Puel named new coach of St Etienneby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Leicester City and Southampton manager Claude Puel is back in work.The Frenchman has been named new coach of St Etienne.Saint Etienne announced on Friday afternoon that Ghislain Printant had been fired – and just a half-hour later Puel’s appointment was confirmed.ASSE announces that Puel has signed a contract to 2022.Puel, 58, had been out of work since his dismissal by Leicester in February.
ESPN.Nick Saban wasn’t in an awesome mood at his press conference following Alabama’s fall camp practice today. (To be fair, he never seems to be in an awesome mood at his press conferences.)The Crimson Tide head coach had to answer questions about Maurice Smith, the player Alabama is denying a transfer to Georgia, and Alphonse Taylor, the offensive lineman potentially being suspended for a DUI.Nick Saban has arrived. #Alabama pic.twitter.com/f9s8GWxBhF— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) August 4, 2016Saban answered most of the questions, saying Alabama supports the SEC’s transfer rule and that Taylor has gone through an “intense” program following his arrest.Saban on Maurice Smith: Nothing has changed. We support the SEC rule on not granting releases for guys to go to other SEC schools.— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) August 4, 2016Saban: Alphonse Taylor has gone through a pretty intense program & has been cleared to practice. Not ready to make decision on if suspended.— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) August 4, 2016He did get a little upset when asked a hypothetical question about Smith, though. Saban on Maurice Smith: I’ve already answered that. Do I need to go Bill Belichick on you?— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) August 4, 2016As Saban walked out of the press conference, he apparently sent a message to the media.“Get your ass in gear.”Saban, as he was leaving the room, just told the media to “get your ass in gear.”— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) August 4, 2016Saban is always motivating, apparently.Alabama opens its season Sept. 3 against USC.
Twitter/@A_Kendall11Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has issued a new injury update for backup quarterback Austin Kendall. It’s good news for the Sooners.Kendall, a former four-star recruit, suffered a scary injury in the season opener against FAU on Saturday. He collided with an equipment truck on the sideline.Riley told reporters today that Kendall is questionable for this weekend’s game against UCLA, but he didn’t suffer a long-term injury.Kendall should be back “pretty shortly.”“Is it going to be this week? Is it going to be next week?” Riley asked Monday on the Big 12 coaches teleconference. “I don’t think anything, at least, that’s going to keep him out long term. Just from a functionality, getting over soreness, physically being able to play, we’ll have to monitor throughout the week. See how he responds to treatment. Plan to have the other guys ready if he’s not available”Kendall is the backup to Kyler Murray, who looked extremely good in the season-opening win against Lane Kiffin’s team.There’s not a ton of solid depth behind Murray, though, so keeping Kendall healthy is important for the Sooners.Oklahoma and UCLA are set to kick off at 1 p.m. E.T. on Saturday. The game will be televised on FOX.
An ESPN college football sideline reporter suffered one of the scariest hits of the college football Saturday.Laura Rutledge was working the sideline for Saturday’s game between Georgia and UMass.The ESPN reporter does sideline work for major SEC games and also hosts SEC Nation on Saturday mornings.Unfortunately, Rutledge took a tough blow on the sideline.She was hit pretty hard by a couple of players in the Georgia-UMass game. Thankfully, she wasn’t seriously injured.Took an L in Athens today. So many thanks to everyone at @UGAAthletics for their help after this happened…even though I’m a Gator ? pic.twitter.com/b1FTCPaqtH— Laura Rutledge (@LauraMRutledge) November 18, 2018Good for Laura.
LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 30: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field for their game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska football has its quarterback of the future—and present—in Adrian Martinez, but that isn’t stopping Luke McCaffrey from looking to play the position at the next level.McCaffrey, the youngest brother of NFL and former Stanford star Christian and Michigan quarterback Dylan, was listed as a four-star “athlete” as a recruit.The Colorado native is the No. 1 ranked recruit in the state, per 247Sports.The site’s composite ranking system has him No. 260 overall in the country, and No. 12 among athlete recruits.McCaffrey has only been a full-time quarterback at the high school level for one season, and Martinez will be in Lincoln for at least two more seasons. He’s not eyeing a position change though.Luke McCaffrey recently confirmed that he will be playing quarterback at Nebraska.Big schools like Michigan and Ohio State recruited the youngest McCaffrey, but it was Scott Frost and his staff that sold him on being a Nebraska quarterback, while other programs waffled a bit on his position.From the Omaha World-Herald:“Nebraska has told me they’ve been pretty sold with me at quarterback,” McCaffrey said. “That’s something I like. I think they’ve been honest through the whole recruiting process so I trust them. I trust their word in saying I’m a quarterback.”[…]“I’m really excited about him playing quarterback for us here,” (Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario) Verduzco said when McCaffrey signed this month. “I know there’s been some chatter about him playing other positions. Luke’s going to play quarterback for us and gonna be a damn good one.”McCaffrey is enrolling early at Nebraska this month to get a jump on his college career.[Omaha World-Herald]
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Alabama Crimson Tide helmets lay on the ground with in confetti after the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Alabama won 26-23. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Former Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Jack Rutledge, a member of the team’s first Bear Bryant-led national championship squad, has passed away.According to 247Sports, Rutledge died on Thursday after a battle with cancer and dementia.The news has already brought reactions from a variety of people who knew and met with him:Getting unfortunate news from my @AlabamaFTBL A-Club friends that Coach Jack Rutledge passed away. He always had a good heart & strong message for us living in Bryant Hall.. And great Coach Bryant stories. You will be missed. Rest In Peace Coach. @UofAlabama @abc3340 pic.twitter.com/gMj4DM4qGu— Christopher Sign (@ChristopherSign) January 24, 2019Rest in Peace to Jack Rutledge….A fine and classy gentleman and a man who truly bled Crimson as well…..— Stan J. Griffin (@StanJGriffin) January 24, 2019Sadden to hear about the passing of coach Jack RutledgeHe was always very nice to me when I talked to him— PrideOfTheTide.com (@PrideOfTheTide) January 24, 2019Rutledge was recruited by Alabama head coach Jennings Whitworth in 1957, but real on-field success when the team hired Bear Bryant in 1958.Though he played running back and won two state championships in as a high school athlete in Alabama, Rutledge transitioned to offensive lineman and linebacker in college.He was a starting offensive guard in 1961 when the Crimson Tide went 11-0 en route to a Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas and culminating in the school’s first title under the legendary coach.Following Rutledge’s graduation, he briefly coached high school football and later joined Bryant’s coaching staff until Bryant retired in 1982.During his time on Bryant’s staff, Rutledge coached offensive linemen and special teams.
Based on reviews from the Elite 11 quarterback camp, where Hurts served as a counselor, he has been impressive.Reps of #Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts at Elite 11 Finals pic.twitter.com/biQDxjZwE2— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) June 30, 2019Hurts’ NFL future remains a question, but pro analyst Bucky Brooks was impressed with what he saw from Hurts. Via 247:“You can dismiss some of what you see in a t-shirt/shorts workout but I’m really intrigued with Jalen Hurts after watching him work out at Elite 11 and talking to him about QB play,” said NFL analyst Bucky Brooks. “Much better than the narrative suggests as a player and prospect. File it away.”At worst, we’ve seen Hurts win games at the highest levels, and we know that Riley is an offensive mind capable of building a scheme around his quarterback’s talents. At best, Hurts may yet work his way towards a serious NFL future.[247Sports] ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Lincoln Riley has done some incredible work with his first two Oklahoma quarterbacks. This year, he gets to coach another incredible talent, albeit a much different one from Heisman winners Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, in former Alabama QB Jalen Hurts.Hurts, a Texas native, got off to an impressive start to his college career in Tuscaloosa. In 2016, he won a contentious quarterback battle early in the season, and went on to win SEC Offensive Player and Freshman of the Year.Tua Tagovailoa ultimately beat him out for the starting job after leading Alabama to the 2018 national championship in his place. After spending one year as QB2 at his now-alma mater, Hurts moves on to play under Riley, who has helped produce the last two No. 1 picks.Jalen Hurts’ abilities as a passer have come under question, but it sounds like he continues to improve in that area.Hurts is a true dual-threat player at the position, and has always been an effective passer. If he takes it to the next level, it wouldn’t shock to see him in line for the same accolades as his two predecessors at OU.
Press Trust of India December 27, 2018UPDATED: December 27, 2018 14:52 IST A traffic constable on duty at Gaur Chowk in Noida Extension (India Today File Photo)By Nachiketa Narayan Patna, Dec 27 (PTI) The Muzaffarpur sex scandal cast a long shadow over Bihar in a year in which the state lived up to its reputation for political volatility as many smaller players made unexpected moves while the heavyweights strove for consolidation.Not known for achievements in the field of sports, Bihar was nonetheless done proud by shooter Shreyasi Singh winning gold at the Commonwealth Games while cricket lovers felt gratified with the Bihar team playing Ranji Trophy after nearly two decades.The NDA’s hopes of emerging stronger following the return of Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar last year took a beating as Hindustani Awam Morcha founder Jitan Ram Manjhi walked out and joined the opposition Grand Alliance which was followed, months later, by a similar but much more publicised and bitter exit of Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief and former Union minister Upendra Kushwaha.Although all RLSP members in the state’s bicameral legislature have revolted against Kushwaha’s decision and asserted that they would remain in the NDA, the BJP has nevertheless been jolted by his exit which came at a time when the party is smarting under the loss of power in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh besides relentless opposition attacks over the Rafale deal.Ending suspense over seat-sharing, BJP president Amit Shah along with Nitish Kumar and Ram Vilas Paswan appeared before media in New Delhi to make the world know on December 23 that while the first two will field candidates on 17 seats each in Bihar and Paswan’s party on the rest six.advertisementThe Grand Alliance, which now has many regional players on board and is exploring an electoral understanding with the Left to augment its striking power, however has been beset with its own problems.Its largest constituent, the RJD, remains crisis-ridden on account of imprisonment and illness of its chief Lalu Prasad, who is serving sentences in a number of fodder scam cases.Prasad’s younger son and heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav led the party to some spectacular by-poll victories and showed the ability to marshal resources by staging an impressive demonstration at Jantar Mantar over the Muzaffarpur scandal wherein bigwigs like Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal and Sitaram Yechury took part burying their ideological differences.The scion, whom LJP heir apparent Chirag Paswan recently called a “younger brother” – to the chagrin of alliance partners in the NDA, has his own share of woes which includes cases lodged by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate.His family, which controls the RJD, is also under strain as rumours of his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav and eldest sister Misa Bharti feeling uneasy under his leadership keep afloat.Moreover, mercurial Tej Pratap Yadav’s decision to seek divorce from his wife of six months, his sudden and frequent sojourns in places of pilgrimage and a petulant refusal to visit the home of his mother Rabri Devi over her coming out in support of his spouse have only made matters worse for the family, triggering fears of turmoil within the party.Conviction of two sitting MLAs – Ilyas Hussain in a corruption case and Raj Ballabh Yadav in a rape case – did not make matters better for a party that has often been accused of patronising people with criminal antecedents.The world woke up to a horror story in a state-run short stay home at Muzaffarpur where over 30 minor girls were subjected to untold sexual abuse in the hands of the owner of the NGO Brajesh Thakur.Jolted by the Muzaffarpur home episode, the Bihar government took corrective measures like doing away with outsourcing of shelter homes’ upkeep to NGOs.Complaints of misuse of draconian provisions of the prohibition law were addressed to some extent through amendments in the same. Liquor ban law was brought in by Nitish Kumar government in 2015 and the year saw many arrests and seizure of huge quantity of illegal alcohol from outside.The shelter home sex scandal also cost social welfare minister Manju Verma her chair and she landed in jail along with her husband Chandrashekhar Verma, both of whom have been booked under Arms Act as a CBI raid at their home led to recovery a huge cache of ammunition.There was also an impression of deterioration of law and order with incidents like recovery of bombs from a park in Bodh Gaya at a place where the Dalai Lama gave a discourse a little while ago, low-intensity communal clashes spread across several districts, sporadic instances of mob lynching and killings of several political activists – not necessarily because of political rivalry.advertisementOn the political front, Kumar proved wrong his detractors who had forecast his capitulation before the new and aggressive BJP led by Modi and his confidant Amit Shah.A prolonged war of words between leaders of the BJP and the JD(U) over who was the “big brother” in the NDA in Bihar was put paid to by an announcement by Shah, in presence of Kumar, that both parties would contest “an equal number of seats” in the Lok Sabha polls next year.Three Congress MLCs, including its former state president Ashok Chaudhary, also crossed over to the JD(U),which stunned all political parties with the induction of former poll strategist Prashant Kishor and his elevation to the post of national vice-president within a month.However, the party fared miserably in all the by-polls it contested which has cast doubts over the hold it enjoys among the extremely backward classes, the worst off among Dalits and a section of the minorities. PTI NAC ZMN NSDThis is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.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 byPTI Shelter home scandal, political volatility sum up Bihar in 2018advertisement