FIFA dampens Platini’s ban hopes

first_imgFrance FIFA dampens Platini’s hopes of reversing four-year ban from football Iain Strachan 01:23 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Michel Platini - cropped Getty Images France World Cup Swiss authorities claim they are not currently taking action against the former UEFA president, but world football’s governing body remains unmoved FIFA appears to have little interest in reconsidering Michel Platini’s ban from football-related activities after the former France star and ex-UEFA president announced his desire to return to the game.In 2015 the 62-year-old was suspended for six years, later reduced to four on appeal, following a FIFA Ethics Committee investigation into his conduct.The Frenchman came under scrutiny over his financial dealings with ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Both have always denied any wrongdoing. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now During a series of recent media appearances, Platini claimed to have been cleared by Swiss authorities of any wrongdoing and announced his desire to explore a potential return to football. A spokesperson for the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland told Omnisport: “The Federal Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed that no action is currently being taken against Michel Platini.”FIFA, though, has reiterated that the ban imposed on Platini remains unaffected by any separate legal considerations. “Mr. Platini was suspended for breaching the FIFA Code of Ethics,” a FIFA spokesperson said in a statement provided to Omnisport.”The decision was upheld by CAS [the Court of Arbitration for Sport], which confirmed the charges but reduced the length of the suspension. “It has always been very clear to FIFA and CAS that Mr. Platini had never been the target of a criminal investigation in Switzerland. “The ingredients of a criminal offence under Swiss law are different from the ingredients of the offences set out by the FIFA Code of ethics. “Neither the FIFA Ethics Commission nor the CAS have looked at the question of whether Mr. Platini committed a criminal offence. “The CAS’s finding that Mr. Platini committed several breaches of the Code of Ethics has been confirmed by the Swiss Supreme Court. “Moreover, as noted by the CAS itself in the Award confirmed by the Swiss Supreme Court, the standard of proof in sports ethical proceeding is lower than in criminal proceedings.”Platini’s legal representatives are yet to respond to requests to comment on his remarks.last_img read more

Atletico Madrid agree €60m deal to sign Lemar

first_imgTransfers Atletico Madrid agree €60m deal to sign Monaco star Lemar Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:40 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Thomas Lemar Getty Transfers Atlético Madrid Monaco Ligue 1 Primera División Thomas Lemar The France international appears set to move to La Liga following three seasons with the principality club Atletico Madrid have announced an agreement has been reached to sign Monaco star Thomas Lemar for a reported fee of €60 million (£52.9m/$70.5m).The 22-year-old France international has been subject of interest from Arsenal and Liverpool among others, but he now appears destined for a move to La Liga. The Guadeloupe-born attacker joined Monaco from Caen ahead of the 2015-16 season, and eventually established himself as one of Ligue 1’s best left-sided players.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Lemar broke through in the 2016-17 campaign, scoring 14 goals and adding 17 assists as Monaco won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals. The France international could now be set to join up with his international team-mate Antoine Griezmann with the Rojiblancos — if the 27-year-old decides to stay put. On Tuesday Griezmann revealed he has made a decision regarding a potential summer transfer to Barcelona, but isn’t ready to make that decision public. Griezmann has called on Atletico to invest more in their squad, and Lemar’s arrival is a sign the La Liga runners-up are taking their star’s advice. Lemar and Griezmann are a part of the France team that will begin their Group C campaign against Australia on Saturday, before facing Peru and Denmark in the group stage.last_img read more

First Contact Footage Online

first_imgFootage from the 2008 Sports and Cultural Festival is available to view from www.nitv.org.auNITV (National Indigenous Television) are again covering the event which is more than just a Touch Football tournament.The 15th annual Sports and Cultural Festival has drawn teams from throughout Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory, including from locations such as Darwin, Thursday Island, Palm Island, Moree and Yarrabah.A highlight of the 2008 Festival will be the “Battle of the States Cup Challenge” between Queensland and New South Wales and a special match will be held featuring an “All Black” Australian Indigenous team and a Maori team from New Zealand.Around 20 thousand fans are expected to come together for the three-day carnival.last_img

Will it be third time lucky for Mets?

first_imgSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.au By BEN HARRISIn the inaugural X-Blades Elite Eight two years ago NSW Mets men’s opens team were beaten in the final seconds by NSW Scorpions to lose the decider.Last year at the National Touch League, playing as Sydney Mets, they were again beaten by their cross-town rivals, this time in a drop-off.This week, back playing as the NSW Mets, they will be hoping it is third time lucky as they compete at the Elite Eight Series in Coffs Harbour.The Mets are the top seeds in the men’s and women’s divisions.The women side heads into this year’s tournament as the defending Elite Eight champions following their 9-4 win over NSW Country Mavericks.The men, however, will be looking for revenge.With a team decorated with Australian players, the Mets could go one better in 2013.“It is no secret we have a core group of Aussie men’s opens players, we have got mixed opens men’s players as well,” Mets men’s opens coach Michael Moussa said.“[Anthony] Ziade, Nick Good, you could rattle off names, [Ben] Moylan, the list goes on. Those players I am looking to them to stand up and take the team forward.“We wanted to make sure from our mistakes last time and we just came short, the last 20 seconds in the first Elite Eight. Hopefully we can come good and play to our potential and take it out.“If we have fun we are a chance of winning and that is all part of the journey for us.”Most of the players in the Mets opens have played together before either at Vawdon Cup, State Cup, State of Origin or at the international level.It’s that experience Nick Good believes will come in handy.“There’s nine of us from Penrith, we love that fact, we love coming with the Wests and Canterbury crew too, we’ve got a Bankstown kid,” Good said.“We have built a side along a lot of culture through our captain Anthony Ziade. We are not just going to be close on the field we are going to close off the field as well.”But he said it won’t be a walk in a park.“Every time we play, you don’t get an easy game so you don’t start easy, you don’t get any rest games it is just straight into it,” he said.“I’m looking forward to testing ourselves against the best in Australia.“I think you’re silly if you don’t think [NSW] Country Mavericks and [Queensland Country] Outlaws are the favourites. “On paper their roster is just Australian players everywhere. They are the people in form of the game. If we can get over the other two teams and give them a run, we would be pretty happy where we are at.”center_img Related LinksThird time lucky?last_img read more

10 months agoMan City winger Mahrez: I’m going to get better

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City winger Mahrez: I’m going to get betterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City winger Riyad Mahrez says there’s more to come from him after an impressive start to his Etihad career.The Algerian winger joined the champions from Leicester in a £60m transfer last summer and has had to adapt to the demands of Pep Guardiola’s system.”When you arrive the first six months it’s always difficult to adapt to everything,” said Mahrez.”I’m very good. I’m still new to the team. I think more months are going to pass and I’m going to be better.”The 27-year-old has scored five of City’s 50 league goals and also found the net in the Champions League as Pep Guardiola’s side comfortably advanced to the knockout stages. last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal determined to beat Tottenham to signing of Norwich fullback Max Aarons

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal determined to beat Tottenham to signing of Norwich fullback Max Aaronsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are determined to beat Tottenham to the signing of Norwich City fullback Max Aarons.The £15million-rated youngster has impressed in the Canaries’ fine start to the Championship season, and the two north London giants are among clubs at home and abroad who are keen to take him, says the Mirror.Spurs are in the boxseat, though Norwich have made it clear they won’t entertain any deal next month unless it includes the 18-year-old — who turns 19 next week — being loaned back to them for the rest of the season.And Arsenal are now throwing their hat in the ring with a determination to win Aarons’ signature. last_img read more

9 months agoHull City whiz Jarrod Bowen cools Spurs, Everton talk

first_imgHull City whiz Jarrod Bowen cools Spurs, Everton talkby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHull City whiz Jarrod Bowen insists he’s not pushing to leave this month.Bowen has been linked with Everton and Tottenham.The Hull star, who has bagged 13 goals this season, was named Championship Player of the Month for December.“There is always going to be interest in every single player when you play well, but I’ve got agents that represent me that take care of that and they didn’t say anything to me,” Bowen said on Sky Sports.“It is nice to see your name linked to some teams, but I am a Hull City player and as far as I’m aware it is just rumours.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoTottenham chairman Levy fought off Chelsea attempts for Pochettino

first_imgTottenham chairman Levy fought off Chelsea attempts for Pochettinoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham chairman Daniel Levy fought off attempts by Chelsea to prise Mauricio Pochettino away, it has been revealed.The Sun says Levy previously rejected an unofficial approach from Chelsea for Pochettino.Pochettino has impressed as Spurs boss over the past five years, though Tottenham have struggled at the start of this season.They have won just two of their opening six Premier League matches and were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Colchester.It’s led to questions over Pochettino’s future after the Argentine regularly voiced his disapproval over the club’s transfer policy in the summer.But Spurs chairman Levy is clearly keen to keep Pochettino.He turned down an official approach from Real Madrid and an unofficial move by Chelsea for his manager. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

15 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp: I would think about Germany job

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: I would think about Germany jobby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits he would think about the Germany job if approached.Klopp has been mooted as a top target for the German FA to replace Joachim Low, when the World Cup winner’s contract ends in 2022. Klopp’s deal at Anfield also expires that summer, and the Liverpool boss has yet to ink an extension – despite Kop chiefs being keen.Asked about the possibility, he told Magenta TV: “I really can not say. I do not know if I would like to.”Now, as of today, I do not feel like it. Stand up now, I’m totally happy with what I do and that’s important in the whole story.”I also could not say one hundred percent if I was the right one [to replace Low].”If the question ever arises, I would think about it – but not now.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days agoReece James’ father reveals Chelsea whizkid has played every position

first_imgReece James’ father reveals Chelsea whizkid has played every positionby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReece James’ father has revealed the Chelsea starlet has played in every position during his young career.The 19-year-old is primarily considered a right-back and has shone in that role in his career so far, especially on loan at Wigan last season.”Reece would never play in the position that he played at Chelsea,” his father said to Alex Goldberg. “If Reece was a central midfielder, he’d play centre-back for me. When he was young and playing at centre-forward, he’d play left-back for me, he’d play right-back for me.”Reece has actually played every single position on the pitch.”I never used to believe in putting numbers on the back of shirts. If you give someone the number 9, he automatically thinks ‘I’m a centre-forward’, but if you just put them out there and say ‘you’re going to play here, you’re going to play there and the next ten minutes you’re going to play there and you’re going to play there’, they all know ‘I might have to play in defence’ but there’s no numbers to confuse them.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Clemson Kicker Greg Huegel Drills Kick While Entire Team Screams At Him

first_imgClemson's Greg Huegel makes a field goal at practice under pressure.Instagram/clemsonfbHow do college football coaches simulate the pressure and environment of a big time game for their kickers during practice? Surround them with the entire team, and have them scream incessantly. Redshirt freshman Greg Huegel is currently starting at placekicker for the Clemson Tigers, a job he hopes to hold on to when incumbent starter Ammon Lakip returns from his suspension, and he drilled a long kick while being distracted by his fellow Tigers.We’ll see if he can do the same when tens of thousands of people are on top of him at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium or Williams-Brice this year, but for now, good start.last_img

Tennessee Congratulates Former Vol Star Eric Berry On 1st Interception After Battle With Cancer

first_imgEric Berry picks off pass for the Chiefs.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 04: Eric Berry #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs returns an interception on a failed two-point converstion for two points against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tennessee great Eric Berry has made a triumphant return to the NFL this season after a battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cost him the end of his 2014 campaign. Berry returned to the game with the Kansas City Chiefs this year, and has been honored by his alma mater at Neyland Stadium. Today, in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he recorded his first interception after his return.Eric Berry gets his first #interception since beating cancer. #BerryStrong #PITvsKC https://t.co/vr3WhsWU7Y— Def Pen Sports (@DefPenSports) October 25, 2015 Tennessee congratulated the Vols great on the big play. It is great to see Berry back out there.last_img read more

Video: Florida Kicker Eddy Pinerio Drills 62-Yarder During 1st Day On Campus

first_imgTwo Florida Gators helmets sitting on the field.KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 15: Florida Gators football helmets on the field before the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)Your kicker woes may be over pretty soon, Florida fans. This season, the Gators kickers really struggled, converting on 36-of-41 extra points and just 7-of-17 field goals. In steps junior college star Eddy Pineiro, who promises to take care of that important spot. During his first day on campus in Gainesville, Pineiro messed around and drilled a 62-yarder.62 yarder in my new home pic.twitter.com/CQ6nDQ6k3P— Odell Kickem Pineiro (@eddypineiro1) January 6, 2016Based on Twitter, Pineiro is having a pretty good first day overall.Finally moved in— Odell Kickem Pineiro (@eddypineiro1) January 3, 2016All the hard work paying finally got my locker pic.twitter.com/9iNQTSJ1Xs— Odell Kickem Pineiro (@eddypineiro1) January 5, 2016People sleep on the impact having a great kicker has, but expect this to be a very big deal for the Gators next season.last_img read more

Mou: Klopp or Pep do it & they’re special, when I do it, I’m out!

first_imgJose Mourinho believes he is treated differently to Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, suggesting that, while his actions on the touchline may bring sanctions, the others are praised for showing passion.  The former Manchester United boss, who was relieved of his duties at Old Trafford in December, has a chequered history when it comes to behaviour on the sidelines, infamously clashing with opposition coaches on a number of occasions during the course of his career.However, he is adamant that his counterparts at Liverpool and Manchester City are perceived differently when they indulge in the same touchline antics. 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? “Some people confuse passion with emotional control. I’ll give you an example that you know that I’m right. Similar situations, with me and other managers, different consequences,” Mourinho told beIN Sports .”When Mourinho behaves bad on the touchline, when Mourinho kicks a bottle, when Mourinho does this, when Mourinho does that, he’s out, he’s suspended, he’s paying for this.  “When Jurgen [Klopp] does he’s special. When Pep [Guardiola] does, he’s special. When Mourinho does, he’s out.” The Portuguese considers himself an outsider in the football world, claiming that he is not part of the ‘ football tribe’ because of his lack of a playing career.  He has taken up work as a pundit since his dismissal from the United job and, while he says he has turned down a number of offers to return to coaching , he insists he’s had to make a name for himself the hard way.Pep Guardiola Jose Mourinho Manchester City Manchester United“Honestly I think that for some reason, I don’t belong to what I used to call ‘the tribe,’” said Mourinho. “I don’t belong to the football tribe.  “I love football, football is my life. I’ve been in football since I can remember, but I don’t belong to the tribe. I don’t lose time in the tribe. I don’t lose time in creating an image, in creating a position of privilege.  “I don’t belong to the tribe. I have the situation that I have, the prestige that I have, only because of my work and because of my results. Nobody gave me nothing.” Mourinho also believes that, because of him, it’s much easier for a manager to make his way to the top without having been a top player.  “Nowadays, it’s much easier than when I started,” he said. “When I started, no football top manager without a big career as a player.  “I broke every wall. I was the first, or one of the first, that from zero I became what I became, alone. Nobody gave me anything.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Notre Dame DB Shaun Crawford Writes Heartfelt Letter To His Coaches, Teammates After Surgery

first_imgNotre Dame players come together following Shaun Crawford's injuryNotre Dame sophomore defensive back Shaun Crawford wrote a heartfelt note to his coaches and teammates on Friday.This past Saturday, Notre Dame sophomore defensive end Shaun Crawford tore his Achilles tendon against Nevada – effectively ending his season. It’s the second season-ending injury for Crawford, who tore his ACL back in the summer of 2015.Friday, Crawford took to Twitter to thank his coaches and teammates for being supportive of him during the tough time. He noted that he had successful surgery earlier this week.“When going through tough times you look for people to lean on. Here at Notre Dame, after my SUCCESSFUL surgery, I didn’t need to look far. Family, coaches, teammates, and friends all showed love visiting me after surgery. This injury won’t define me, it will only make me stronger and a better person on and off the field. My faith won’t fail me now, it will only grow stronger because I know God has something special in store for me!! In the mean time, I’m cheering on Team12! #GoIRISH #20.”Here’s the tweet Crawford sent out:Go Irish!!☘ #ReturnOf20 pic.twitter.com/CR8tKzmENi— Crawf (@Shaun20Crawford) September 16, 2016Suffering one season-ending injury is a lot to handle mentally. Suffering them in back-to-back seasons is really tough. It’s great to see that Crawford has the support system he needs.last_img read more

Mourinho: I almost felt caged in England

first_imgJose Mourinho has claimed he felt “almost caged” in England as he expressed his frustration at not being able to talk freely about match officials during his spells managing Chelsea and Manchester United.The Portuguese, who was sacked by United in December 2018, was sanctioned on more than one occasion during his time in the Premier League for criticising officials in interviews with the media.And Mourinho has suggested he was unfairly punished, insisting he was given “ridiculous small fines” and that the English Football Association would sanction him even if he praised a match official. 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? “I lived in England most of those years [the 15 years since he left Portugal],” Mourinho told Eleven Sports.”I also spent some years in Spain where we walked there in the same habitat. Italy not so much. Italy really likes the game, the tactics. I usually have people talking about it, more polemic, less polemic, more aggressiveness, less aggressiveness, but they are people of great credibility and you have great names in football to discuss about football.”But in England it’s day and night. For example, I’ve sometimes felt almost caged because you can’t even comment on the referee before the game. I was punished and well punished for pre-match statements and statements such as ‘I hope the referee is very well, that he resists pressure from Anfield Road, that he has an excellent performance’. This is forbidden. This is considered to somehow induce the referee, put some kind of pressure on him.”Even speaking well of the referee, as I did, I was punished. In Portugal, you tell referees what you want, before the game, during and after the game, you’re punished with ridiculous small fines. There’s total impunity. And we’re talking only at this level. And then obviously we’re a country that should like this.Stuart Attwell Jose Mourinho“The kind of TV shows that exist in Portugal and that exist simultaneously in three, four, five different channels and that are repeated from Monday to Sunday and that survive, is because Portuguese people like this. So maybe we have the football we want to have.”Mourinho also heaped praise on Portuguese wonderkid Joao Felix, who is on Manchester City’s radar for the summer, while making sure to credit the role his club, Benfica, have had in his development.”To start with, I think it’s more important to describe even superficially Benfica’s team, which was the habitat where he developed, and which allowed him to have conditions for it. I think things start there a little bit. The Portuguese championship is a championship that obviously has a big gap between the top teams and the others that allows a team to develop a dominant game, which is what Benfica is developing at the moment.”It’s a dominating team, that enters the field and wants to win, wants to score, that doesn’t have fears, that is winning by 1-0, 2-0 and that wants to win by three or four and that doesn’t fear the power – that also isn’t much – of the opponents. Joao is developing in a habitat created by Bruno Lage [the coach] and he develops his qualities.”He said the other day that his position was that of a free role. A free role in high level football may not exist. A free role but subject to certain principles of play that he must know and surely knows. I think he’s a player who has a fantastic ability. From the point of view of defensive organisation, it’s better than what you might think. Usually when you say you have a free role, you think you’re not defending. He defends and I think he defends well.”And I think that Bruno has defined from game to game the moments of pressure, the positions of pressure, and Joao Felix presses, recovers, closes spaces, has a very good understanding of the game. I think he’s on the right track to be a great player. This issue of selling, not selling, should sell, should not sell, should leave, should not leave, Benfica is the one who knows, Joao Felix knows, his family knows. It is very difficult to say what can be better for each one.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Father Of 4-Star QB Addresses Transfer Rumors

first_imgLSU cheerleaders run around the field with flags.BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 13: Members of the Louisiana State University Tigers cheerleaders celebrate after a touchdown during the game against the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at Tiger Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Tigers defeated the Warhawks 51-0. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)LSU’s quarterback room is a little more crowded than some expected it to be heading into the 2018 season. The Tigers got a big transfer addition in former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow.Burrow, a former four-star QB at Ohio State, announced earlier this month that he was transferring into the LSU program. He’s a graduate transfer, meaning he’s eligible to play right away. Most expect him to start in 2018.Where does this leave Myles Brennan, LSU’s four-star sophomore quarterback who got some playing time as a true freshman?Right there in the quarterback room with Burrow, apparently.There have been some transfer rumors surrounding the former top recruit, but his father spoke to the Sun Herald about the Burrow addition. He says his son is not fazed.“I try not to read social media but with these developments and the quarterback coming in, some people are losing their minds,” he said. “I want people to know that emotionally it has not affected Myles at all.“… He’s going to compete and feels very comfortable with where his position is right now.”Burrow is widely expected to be the starter, but Brennan was a highly-pursued recruit, too. He’s still young and could end up making this a decision.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Game Time, TV Channel Set For Nebraska-Colorado

first_imgNebraska fans play football outside Memorial Stadium.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMPER 6: People play ball before the game between the McNeese State Cowboys and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska’s 2018 college football season is set to begin exactly three months from tomorrow. The Huskers open their season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron.That’ll be Scott Frost’s head coaching debut at Nebraska, so Memorial Stadium will surely be rocking all afternoon long.The Huskers’ Week 2 contest is probably the non-conference game most of the fans are looking forward to, though. Nebraska is set to host former Big 12 rival Colorado in Lincoln, Neb.We now have game time and TV channel information.Date: Saturday, Sept. 8Game time: 3:30 p.m. E.T.TV channel: ABCLocation: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NebraskaColorado at Nebraska on Saturday, Sept. 8 set for 3:30pm ET on ABC.— FBSchedules.com (@FBSchedules) May 31, 2018Nebraska, which should enter this game 1-0, will be a sizable favorite in this contest. The Huskers are given a nearly 80 percent chance to win this contest per ESPN’s Football Power Index.last_img read more

Promising Update On College Football Mascot Injured During Prank

first_imgair force players celebrate during a game against san diego stateSAN DIEGO, CA – OCTOBER 12: Ronald Cleveland #3 of the Air Force Falcons celebrates after scoring in the 1st half against the San Diego State Aztecs at SDCCU Stadium on October 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images)It’s been a rough year for the Air Force Falcons, and it almost got rougher with an injury suffered to their mascot, Aurora the falcon.Thankfully, a report from ESPN indicates that the beloved mascot is recovering. Aurora was injured when he was stolen by members of the Army Black Knights.The report quoted Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Tracy A. Bunko, who stated that Aurora is receiving antibiotics but “was able to fly around in her pen.”Army officials reportedly said that they would investigate the theft and injury. They apologized for the incident.Aurora, one of Air Force’s falcon mascots, was injured during a prank prior to the annual rivalry football game against Army, according to an official at the Air Force Academy. https://t.co/UrQZib074c— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) November 4, 2018Aurora the falcon is 22 years old.The Black Knights went on to win the game 17-14.Army and Navy traditionally try to steal each other’s mascots before the Army-Navy game. According to ESPN, neither of those teams usually tries the same prank against Air Force.The Air Force Falcons are 3-6 on the season and one loss away from losing bowl eligibility. They have already been eliminated from the Mountain West title chase.last_img read more