World Cup Media Microscope: Rob Stone ready to take on World Cup hosting duties Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 00:00 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Fox Sports World Cup The showpiece in Russia will mark the first time Stone has been lead studio host for a men’s World Cup It’s one month until the World Cup kicks off, and Rob Stone is fully immersed in his preparations.“I might take a picture for you right now of what my kitchen table looks like because it is about 60 to 70 percent consumed with World Cup coverage,” Stone tells Goal.“It’s laptops, it’s stacking notes, it’s my go-to college notebook binder where I hand write all the pertinent bullet points that jump out to me. I have eight pages of all the groups broken down into the matchdays, I have my day-planner that has various other notepads strewn around.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! 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Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now It’s all part of the process for Stone who, despite being no stranger to the World Cup, is about to be the lead studio host for a men’s World Cup for the first time.Stone’s ascendancy to the lead chair is part of a changing of the guard that will take place in 2018, as Fox gets set to broadcast the men’s World Cup for the first time after ESPN/ABC held the English broadcasting rights for every tournament since 1994.There may be no better figure to lead that transition than Stone, who cut his teeth during multiple stints with ESPN, soaking up knowledge from some of the broadcasting royalty at the network before eventually making his own move to Fox in 2012.Stone began at ESPN as a production assistant straight out of college in 1992. It didn’t take long for Stone to determine that his future lie not behind the camera but in front of it, and that he was at the perfect place to leverage the resources around him to aid in that transition.“I spent those two years working incredibly hard but always keeping an eye on what the anchors did,” Stone said.“That was kind of the golden age of ESPN with Bob Ley and [Mike] Tirico and Chris Myers and Dan Patrick and [Keith] Olbermann, Chris Fowler and Gary Miller – name after name after name, and I leaned on those guys a lot.”The young P.A. stood out among his peers. “The one thing that stuck out right away is that Rob started having a good relationship with the people we were working with like me and Fowler and Chris Myers,” Tirico told Goal.“I know all of us were very fond of Rob in part because of his abilities and his personality and his approach to work,” Tirico said. “It was not a stretch to see that Rob was going to be really successful.”Fowler quickly realized that the young production assistant helping him cut highlights had a future in front of the camera. Eventually when Stone would bring Fowler the script for a nightly SportsCenter, the anchor would give the P.A. an unusual request: “You read it to me.”“Here I am in this newsroom with a bunch of other young kids and these living broadcast legends, and I’m barking out the highlights like I would be really doing it on SportsCenter,” Stone recalls.“That was a big step forward for me.”Stone took another step forward when he returned to ESPN in 1997 following his first on-air gig at a Fox affiliate in Georgia. He would go on to be part of coverage for four men’s World Cups, where he would get the chance to work alongside the man whose chair he is taking over, Bob Ley.“Bob has such a great journalistic pedigree that I watch him in action and I try to siphon off his abilities and how he asks questions and how he calmly handles situations,” Stone said. “I stored that knowledge hoping someday I might be able to use it for a greater calling.”“Some people don’t realize how long and how hard he has worked to get to this point,” Fox analyst Alexi Lalas told Goal of his longtime colleague Stone. “I think this is something that he’s earned, I think it’s long overdue.“He has powered through and ultimately, this is a soccer guy. This is a guy that grew up playing, this is a guy that has a history in this game and sometimes doesn’t get enough credit for the tireless effort and work and just sense of this sport.”Stone, who played at Colgate University and finished his career as the school’s all-time assist leader, has become something of a soccer evangelist at Fox.“Right now [Fox’s World Cup programming] is over 200 hours of linear television and I’ll tell you, if I had my druthers, I’d pump it up another 200 or 300 hours,” Stone said.“I’m knocking on programming’s doors saying, ‘We can do more, we can do more!’”Stone’s passion for the sport is part of what landed him one of the most coveted roles in sports television.“Rob is ideally suited for this for a number of reasons,” David Neal, executive producer of Fox’s World Cup coverage told Goal. “Rob’s enthusiasm, his knowledge and his natural curiosity I think make him an absolute ideal lead host for us.”Having secured the lead hosting role, Stone can look back on his journey through broadcasting and feel gratitude toward those who previously sat in that chair and helped lift him up to the point where he could fill their shoes.Stone still consults with some of them including Tirico, with whom Stone spoke only last week to pick his brain.“He always looks to ask questions to try to build his pool of information,” Tirico said. “It’s hard to find somebody who’s better prepared to do this job than Rob.”That preparation will shift from Stone’s kitchen table to Moscow, where Stone is ready to take the place of a few of the broadcasting world’s biggest names. “I’m well aware of the figures that I consider my friends and my colleagues that I respect immensely that have sat in that seat before,” Stone said. “It’s people I look up to, it’s people I reach out to and it’s people that have helped drive me in this career, and that’s a seat that I’ve wanted to sit in for a long long time.“It’s very difficult to topple and push away legends, and Fox has placed their faith in me to handle this role. They have full confidence that I can handle any situation that comes my way and I am in no mood to let them down.”
Another bevy of interesting Touch facts from everywhere… * A massive thank you to Karley Banks who kept everyone around Australia updated on the results and stories from the 2004 School Sport Australia Touch Championships on the Gold Coast. Her efforts were enormous and the stories incredibly entertaining! Her work helped ensure great coverage for the event and for Touch! If you haven’t already, make sure you check out the articles she has written. * Interest in Australian Touch is growing world-wide. As the number of hits on the website increases from around Australia, other countries also seem to be checking us out. We’re being looked at from Austria, Taiwan, Samoa, Egypt, Denmark, Thailand, Netherlands, the US and Togo just to name a few. For all those Touchies out there who are asking “Where the heck is Togo?” I had to have a look on the net myself with Lonely Planet providing all I needed to know… “Togo is a pencil-thin strip of land, but receives rave reviews from travellers. While LomÃ© and the beaches that surround it are the big draws for most vacationers, those who push on will be wowed by its unique village cultures and the vivacity of their markets and festivals. If there were a popularity contest among countries in West Africa, Togo would probably be a strong contender. Its political turmoil in the early 1990s reduced the stream of travellers to a trickle, but the tide is turning and the attractions that once brought them remain largely the same.” Full country name: Togolese Republic Area: 56,600 sq km Population: 5.4 million Capital City: LomÃ© (pop 600,000) People: 37 ethnic groups (the largest are EwÃ©, Mina and KabyÃ¨); less than 1% European and Syrian-Lebanese Language: Ewe, French Religion: indigenous beliefs (70%), Christian (20%), Muslim (10%) Government: republic under transition to multiparty democratic rule Head of State: President General GnassingbÃ© EyadÃ©ma Head of Government: Prime Minister Koffi Sama GDP: US$6.2 billion GDP per capita: US$1,300 Annual Growth: 4.8% Inflation: 15.7% Major Industries: Phosphate mining, agricultural processing, cement, handicrafts, textiles, beverages Major Trading Partners: Canada, US, Taiwan, Nigeria, Ghana, China, France, Cameroon * The latest media statistics are in…Touch has reached almost 30 million people Australia-wide via the newspapers, radio and television. This combined with nearly 14 million hits on ATA’s site this year, plus on-line journals and news articles, plus the websites of all local, regional and State Touch Associations is great news! Lets keep up the great work promoting our sport and its participants! * And we’re off and racing for the 2004 Melbourne Cup. The race that stops the nation takes place tomorrow (as if you didn’t know) and my money will be on Vinnie Roe, although Makybe Diva will be out for that back-to-back win and Elvstroem, Pacific Dancer and Media Puzzle will all be up there. (The way I figure it is that if I bet on at least half of the field I can’t look like I was wrong.) * A big mention has to go to the Wallsend Touch Association. Over the past few months Wallsend have been going to great lengths to develop their association website. It now includes heaps of information on competitions and draws, including downloadable fixtures. There is information on their sponsors, great biographies on their life members and also player and referee profiles. In addition, check out their photo gallery as well as a social calendar. As if that’s not impressive enough, you can check out the rules and by-laws, as well as media releases that have been issued! Check out www.wallsend.touch.asn.au * The NSWTA All Schools finals for year 7-8’s heats up this weekend. NSW Touch had a record 359 teams enter the year 7-8 competition this year, with the competition held at 24 venues around the State. Winners from each of those regions progressed through to the State finals. Keep an eye on the website next week for all the results of the finals. * Touch SA have continued to develop sponsorship programs for the sport, which is growing rapidly in the Aussie Rules dominated state. Their latest development is a sponsorship agreement with the Commonwealth Bank. Check out http://www.touch-sa.asn.au/main/index_news.html for the story. * Victoria Touch are looking to start a new junior Touch competition in November. With every junior competition that kicks off in the smaller Touch states, it’s a big plus for development. If you have any questions about their new competition, give Victoria Touch a call on (03) 9654 2866. * Monterey Keys Touch Association in South Queensland held their Cancer Cup on Sunday. The Cancer Cup was held to raise money for prostate cancer. 28 teams competed in mixed divisions; 11 years, 15 years, 35 years and Open. From all reports it was a great day of Touch, with former Olympian and Lord Mayor Ron Clark presenting the prizes from the Cup. It’s fantastic to see the sport of Touch supporting such a great cause! * Youth World Cup now just 2 Â½ months away! The 20’s sides and 18’s squads head to Runaway Bay next weekend, November 12-13. There the 20’s will be put through their paces in their first training as teams, while the final selections will be made for the 18’s sides. Keep watching the ATA site for all the latest news. * Just a quick note, after the winding forward of our clocks for daylight savings, Queensland are behind us…meaning their office opens at 10am our time. Not sure who’s luckier, the earlier starter or earlier finisher? * 8 weeks till Christmas! All story ideas or requests can be sent to Rachel Moyle, email@example.com
Touch Football Australia has announced the 2007 National Youth Development Squads encompassing the 20 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed, as well as the 18 Years Boys, Girls, and Mixed divisions.The squads will tour New Zealand in June to participant in a training camp and a series of games against high quality opposition from Australia’s closest and most competitive International rivals.The announcement of the 2007 National Youth Development Squads and the Coaching personnel in the 6 respective Youth divisions is the first step in Australia’s plan to regain Champion nation status at the 2009 Youth World Cup.The National Youth Squads are: 20 Years Women’s:Ali Brigginshaw, Alyce Hulbert, Amy Regal, Amanda Skwarko, Ashleigh Dobbins, Belinda Hammett, Belinda Hayes, Bianca Mounsey, Brianna Shaw, Charli Simpkins, Dearne Cooper, Emily Hopkin, Emma Haines, Jessica Absolum, Jessica Shaw, Kara Gleeson, Kate Le Broq, Kelly Basford, Kelly Pepper, Kirsty Beer, Melissa Tyack, Nicky Albery, Nicole Beck, Nicole Mc Hugh, Samantha Hopkin, Sharong Wong, Sophie Broadhead, Stephanie Jackson, Stephanie Halpin,Teneile Shaw, Toni Elthrington, Toni Tupuhi.20 Years Men’s:Jono Butt, Alan Cates, Michael Chapman, Dwayne Conlon, Anthony Cowan, Greg Dillon, Dane Evans, Matt Finemore, Alex Glenn, Dylan Hennessey, Luke Hume, Rhys Jacks, John Kennedy, Maurice Kennedy,Ezekeil Meares, Beau Montgomery, Ricky Morris, Ben Moylan, Scott Naughton, Steve Naughton, Justin Otto, Jack Reed, Jason Schmidt, Michael Singh, Chris Small, Nicholas Sward. 18 Years Girls:Alei Spence, Alicia Quirk, Candice Humm, Eliza Naseby, Emilee Cherry, Emily Reed, Genevieve La Caze, Jaya Callinan, Jayne Royle, Jenaya Quan, Jess Mc Call, Jordan Ah Sam, Kelly Jones, Kirsty Quince, Kristin Wiruki, Kristy Brennan, Laura Chivers, Leah Goodrich, Leah Opie, Lizzie Campbell, Marriki Watego, Natalie Stephan-Daylight, Rebecca Lapraik, Rebecca Mounsey, Samantha Hammond, Patricia Michaelopoulos, Lauren Simpson, Haylee Henderson, Kobi Ruzzene, Elin Mortimer.18 Years Boys:Aaron Farkas, Albert Kelly, Ben Hughes, Blane Edwards, Cameron Breust, Clargy Saltmere, Cody Green, Daniel O’Brien, Eddie Johnson, Jacob Kara, Jake Evans, Justin Smith , Kale Johnson, Knox Djjmang, Kyle Hiscox, Liam Ayoub, Malcolm J Webster, Matthew Moylan, Michael Hodge, Nicholas Good, Oscar Sanft, Peter Norman, Shaye Moran, Travis Shaw, Tyson Brough, Ben Antonio, David Farkas, Jordan Marshall, Matthew Yiangou, David Shaw. National Youth Squad members will be contacted by TFA with full details regarding the New Zealand tour in coming weeks.
The Awards are unique in the recognition of journalistic excellence in Australia, having multiple sport related categories and being the only dedicated sports media awards in Australia that allow different media to compete on their relative merits.In 2009, the Awards categories are:1. Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Sports Journalism 2. Best Reporting of an Issue in Australian Sport 3. Best Contribution to the Coverage of Sport – by an organisation 4. Best Contribution to the Coverage of Sport – by an individual 5. Best Profiling of an Athlete, Team or Coach – broadcast media 6. Best Profiling of an Athlete, Team or Coach – print media 7. Best Sports Journalism from Rural, Regional or Suburban Media 8. Best Journalism on Community Sport 9. Best Sports Photography 10. Best Sports Journalism by a Student Nominations for this year’s awards are now open. For more information and a copy of the nomination booklet please visit the ASC Media Awards website: www.ausport.gov.au/media_awardsThis year the ASC Media Awards presentation gala dinner will be at Crown Casino (Southbank, Melbourne) on Thursday 3 December 2009. Related Filesasc_-_media_awards-doc
The 2013 Wine Rules event will be held on Sunday, 17 November in Melbourne, raising much needed funds for St Mary’s House of Welcome. Leading Victorian wineries will take to the fields at Elwood Park, playing in a Touch Football event, while off the field there will over 50 latest release wines, gourmet food, plenty of entertainment for the kids and live music. The St Mary’s community provides support for people experiencing homelessness, disadvantage and mental illness. The Wine Rules event is in its fourth year, following its launch in 2010, following on from the successful Touch Wine event in Adelaide. For more information about the event please visit www.victouch.com.au or www.winerules.com.au. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news from the weekend, please visit the Touch Football Victoria social media pages: www.victouch.com.au www.facebook.com/touchfootballvictoria www.twitter.com/touchfootyvic Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Victoria’ Related Links2013 Wine Rules
Eveton boss Silva says McCarthy fully fit and readyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton midfielder James McCarthy is on the brink of a playing comeback after 11 months on the sidelines.Now fully recovered from a broken leg injury, McCarthy was involved with the squad for the visit of Newcastle earlier this month but did not make the bench.But with four matches in 212-and-a-half hours – the shortest time of all Premier League sides – from Boxing Day to New Year’s Day, he could be called upon.”James is progressing. He is getting better,” manager Marco Silva told evertontv when asked about his midfield options.”It is good to have all of them available. We will need all of them. It will be important in a busy month.”We have some games really close to each other, there is not the normal time to recover between games.”It is a matter of decisions. What I want is them working hard to be ready when the chance comes again.”I know games will give him a better condition, but we are playing tough, tough matches and it is not easy to give him what everybody knows will help him get better, which is minutes in those games.”But he is a worker and I really like him. He works really hard every day to achieve the best physical condition. He enjoys what he is doing.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal determined to find taker for Mesut Ozilby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal remain determined to find a taker for Mesut Ozil.The Sun says the Gunners are now considering offloading him in January and will contribute to his monster wages, much like Manchester United with Alexis Sanchez.United are thought to be paying £425,000 of the Chilean’s £505,00-a-week wages while he is at Inter Milan.Unai Emery has rarely used Ozil during his time at the Emirates.And the former Real Madrid star has started just one game in the Premier League this season – playing 71 minutes of the 2-2 draw with Watford.Emery had appeared set on flogging Ozil over the summer – either permanently or on loan.Turkish giants Fenerbahce expressed interest in taking the midfielder, but couldn’t come close to affording his outrageous wage demands.
Dutch pundit Derksen: No comparing Vilhena with Liverpool ace Wijnaldumby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDutch pundit Johan Derksen has slammed the Holland call of FK Krasnodar midfielder Tonny Vilhena.Comparing Vilhena with Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum, Derksen blasted Ronald Koeman’s selection.The former FC Cambuur star told Veronica Inside: “I don’t think Hateboer is international. I don’t think Vilhena is an international either. I think that is a run-your-rot show. He plays simple football running with the ball and then a bit wide. You can’t do it anymore. “A player like Georginio Wijnaldum is corrected by ten other players at Liverpool. Vilhena was able to run and fly at Feyenoord. People in the media said he was doing so well, so he started to believe in himself. You don’t have time for that at a club like Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Owen slams Man Utd: Worst team in decadesby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Michael Owen believes the club’s current squad is the worst in decades.United are suffering a miserable run of form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed permanent boss, after being successful during his caretaker spell.The Red Devils only have five wins in 22 games in all competitions spanning the tail end of last season.Their most recent result is a 0-0 draw against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League.”Yes, I’d say [Manchester United are now a mid-table team]. I don’t think they’ll be top six this season, personally,” Owen said on BT Sport.”Top half I think is likely, but just the fact we’re having this conversation is the worry, isn’t it?”This has got to be the worst Manchester United team for decades, hasn’t it? Since before Sir Alex Ferguson took over.”It’s been happening for a few years. For maybe five, six, seven, eight years you’ve been thinking ‘it can’t get any worse’, and it has.”The point that I’d like to make is that in many ways, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has knowingly weakened his team.”Getting rid of people like Lukaku, Herrera, [Matteo] Darmian, Sanchez, [Chris] Smalling. He knows he could improve his team with those players, but I think he’s taken the view that you’ve got to take a couple of steps backwards to then move forwards.”He’s done that on purpose thinking, ‘right, we’ve just got to rid ourselves of players that, OK they’re probably better than what we’ve got, but are they going to take us to where we want to go?'”That answer is no, then you’re almost starting from scratch and I think that’s what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done.”
England performance just the start for Chelsea whizkid Hudson-Odoiby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi promises that he can show much more quality in the coming weeks and months.Fans were delighted with his performance for the England under-21s in their 5-1 win against Austria.He scored a great brace and was a threat throughout the game.And the youngster thinks that he is just getting up to speed after fully recovering from the Achilles injury he suffered in April.”I thought to myself as soon as I come back that I just need to get up to speed and get my fitness back,” he told reporters.”I think once that happens gradually my dribbling and everything will come back to what it was.”Now I am feeling a bit more confident to get on the ball and do my stuff. As the games go on I will get fitter, get more opportunities to dribble at players and I already feel better now.”I definitely think I can improve. I am not a perfect player. No one is a perfect player, I think that every day when I go onto a pitch I want to try my best, work hard and keep improving. I say to myself, keep going, keep working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come.”I wouldn’t say it is my pre-season, I think it is back to normal. I think when I was training it was like my pre-season getting back to fitness.”Now, I am back in the mix, training and playing. Now everything is back to normal so I need to keep working hard and hopefully get fitter.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
YouTube/UNCTarHeelsAthleticsOnce the final buzzer sounded and UNC had officially closed out a 76-72 win at Duke, the ESPN cameras made a bee-line for Tar Heel seniors Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige. Johnson’s 18 points and 21 rebounds led the way, while Paige (11 points, six boards, three assists) hit four clutch free throws to seal the victory. This was the first win at Cameron Indoor Stadium for either player. Both guys talked about how much this win meant and what it means to be ACC regular season champs.
clemson new uniforms videoFriday night, Clemson dropped a short video to tease its new Nike Mach Speed uniforms for the 2016 season. Oddly enough, they quickly deleted it. Tuesday, it’s been re-released. In the clip, star quarterback Deshaun Watson models the news digs, which feature larger jersey numbers, Tigers Paws on the shoulder, sleeve numbers and a Tiger Paw outline on the side of the pants. Check it out:Tradition. Style. Championship Swagger.All at a @usnikefootball Mach Speed pace.Welcome to 2016 in Tiger Town.https://t.co/pVbB2WUMSE— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) April 12, 2016Clemson fans – do you like the slight changes? Or were you happy with what the team wore last year?
Twitter/zj76Baylor visited Texas with a perfect record, but that changed as the final horn sounded.Texas picked up a massive win at home over an unbeaten Baylor team on Saturday by a score of 35-34. Running back D’Onta Foreman carried the load for the Longhorns as he rushed for 250 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries.Baylor initially jumped ahead to a 7-0 lead, but the Longhorns answered right back on their first drive. The bears regained the lead midway through the third quarter and held it with less than a minute left in regulation.With the Bears up 34-32, it all came down to Texas kicker Trent Domingue from 39 yards out:4th (0:46): Trent Domingue is good, and Texas takes a 35-34 lead. Can the Longhorns hang out and beat No. 8 Baylor? pic.twitter.com/OYdeFsh4Vz— Danny Davis (@aasdanny) October 29, 2016Talk about a huge win for Charlie Strong. It’s crazy how the mood of the fans can change after one big win:Texas AD joins in with students chanting “Char-lie!” as he walks off field.— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) October 29, 2016Baylor falls to 6-1 on the season, and 3-1 in Big 12 play, while Texas improves to 4-4 (2-3). The loss drops the Bears from the ranks of the unbeatens. That full list:AlabamaBoise StateClemsonMichiganNebraskaWashingtonWestern MichiganWashington picked up a massive win on the road at Utah earlier on Saturday to remain unbeaten. Florida State plays host to Clemson on Saturday night looking to knock the Tigers off of that list. Boise State also has a tough test at Wyoming.How many unbeaten teams will we have at night’s end?
Schalke and Sporting are set for a £10 million ($12.6m) battle to sign Liverpool youngster Rafa Camacho.The Reds are ready to cash in on the 19-year-old this summer having been informed the player has no desire to extend his Anfield contract.Camacho is about to enter the final year of his current deal, and is desperate to secure first-team football in the coming season. 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? Sporting, his home-town club, were keen to sign the versatile teenager on loan in January but Liverpool vetoed that move, eager not to lose another potential full-back option following Nathaniel Clyne’s switch to Bournemouth.Now, the Portuguese giants are ready to put together a permanent deal for Camacho, but will face stiff competition from Schalke.The Bundesliga side have registered their interest, and hope to use the fact that their new manager, David Wagner, is close friends with Jurgen Klopp in order to push through a deal.Reports in Germany this week have claimed that Schalke have already agreed terms with Camacho and his camp, but sources close to the situation have told Goal that nothing is imminent at this stage.Camacho made his senior debut for Liverpool in January’s FA Cup third round defeat at Wolves, playing as a right back. He later appeared as a late substitute against Crystal Palace for his Premier League bow.Signed from Manchester City in 2016, he impressed initially as a winger in the Reds’ under-18 setup, but made his first-team impact as a full back after shining there for Steven Gerrard’s team in the 2017-18 campaign.RB Leipzig, Benfica and Wolves have also been monitoring his situation, but as yet have not firmed up their interest.Schalke are among a number of clubs keen on another Liverpool youngster, Taiwo Awoniyi, while 2.Bundesliga club Bochum are the latest club to have enquired about the availability of Colombian full-back Anderson Arroyo.Liverpool allowed winger Sheyi Ojo to complete a loan switch to Rangers earlier this week, and are expected to secure temporary deals for Kamil Grabara, Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn, among others, in the coming weeks. Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza is set to extend his stay at Fluminense until December. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)At Big Ten Media Days, Urban Meyer rejected some details of Brett McMurphy’s report about domestic violence allegations against former Florida and Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith.Today, McMurphy dropped an absolute bombshell of a report about Smith, complete with text messages provided by his ex-wife, Courtney Smith.At the center of report is a series of texts between Courtney and a number of people, including Zach Smith, Urban Meyer’s wife Shelley, and Lindsey Voltolini, the wife of Ohio State football operations director Brian Voltolini.Brett McMurphy’s lengthy report on the Zach Smith allegations is completely necessary reading.It features screenshots of many of the text conversations described, as well as photos showing injuries sustained during the alleged incidents.COLUMBUS, Ohio – Text messages I have obtained, an exclusive interview with the victim and other information I have…Posted by Brett McMurphy on Wednesday, August 1, 2018The conversation that most directly shows Urban Meyer’s knowledge of the situation is that with Lindsey Voltolini. From McMurphy’s report:Two weeks after the Oct. 25, 2015 incident, a Nov. 5, 2015 text exchange between Lindsey Voltolini and Courtney shows Meyer talked to Zach Smith about the incident.Lindsey is the wife of Brian Voltolini, considered one of Meyer’s most loyal staff members. Brian is Ohio State’s football operations director and has been part of Meyer’s staffs for 15 seasons at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State.Courtney: “(Zach’s) trying to make me look crazy bc that’s what Shelley is saying (he’s doing)” Lindsey: “He (Urban) just said he (Zach) denied everything” Courtney: “I hope urban is smarter than that” Lindsey: “He (Urban) doesn’t know what to think” Courtney: “I don’t really care. Ya know” Lindsey: “Yeah, don’t worry about urb”Courtney Smith also provided a number of texts with Shelley Meyer, which show that she was very concerned about the situation. Smith says that Meyer was aware of the first incident back in 2009, as well as the allegations from 2015.However, text messages I have obtained sent from Courtney Smith, Meyer’s wife Shelley; and other Ohio State coaches’ wives show Urban Meyer and a number of Ohio State assistant coaches were aware of Smith’s domestic violence issues for several years.Courtney said Shelley Meyer, Urban’s wife of nearly three decades, knew about the abuse that begin in 2009, continued in 2015 and culminated with Zach Smith being served a domestic violence civil protection order last week.Courtney said she and Shelly often discussed Zach’s domestic violence.“Shelly said she was going to have to tell Urban,” Courtney said. “I said: ‘That’s fine, you should tell Urban.’ I know Shelley did everything she could.”More text messages between Courtney Smith and Shelley Meyer:One 2015 text exchange between Courtney and Shelley Meyer shows the extent of Shelley’s knowledge of the alleged domestic abuse and that she was concerned for Courtney’s safety.Shelley: “I am with you! A lot of women stay hoping it will get better. I don’t blame you! But just want u to be safe. Do you have a restraining order? He scares me”Courtney: “Restraining orders don’t do anything in Ohio-I tried to get protection order which is what started this whole investigation. And that should go through soon finally. It’s hard bc you have to prove immediate danger. Legal system is tough. Basically you have to prove he will kill u to get protective order”Shelley: “Geesh! Even w the pics? Didn’t law enforcement come to your place ever??”Smith says that “every single” coach’s wife on Urban Meyer’s staff knew about the allegations. It will be very difficult for Meyer himself to prove that he was completely unaware, given the evidence presented by McMurphy.[Brett McMurphy]
The Florida State community is remembering a legend in the film industry and a former alum on Thursday. Burt Reynolds passed away early Thursday morning.He was 82. The legendary actor starred in films such as Deliverance and Boogie Nights – where he was nominated for an Oscar.However, he was most-known for his portrayal of a football star in The Longest Yard. He nearly became that football star after standout high school career.Reynolds accepted a scholarship to play for Florida State. Injuries, however, ended his football career and launched him into acting.The Seminoles football program paid tribute to Reynolds on Thursday.RIP Burt. ? pic.twitter.com/HbJU0xGMKm— FSU Football (@FSUFootball) September 6, 2018The message is simple, but the words are powerful.During his time at Florida State, Reynolds roomed with future head coach and beloved College GameDay analyst Lee Corso.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view before a game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Port Neches (Tex.) four-star offensive tackle Jaylen Garth is off the board. The 2020 standout will be playing his college football close to home.Garth announced his commitment to Texas on Twitter moments ago. The Longhorns offered the 6-foot-5, 285-pound prospect back in the summer.Garth chose UT over Arkansas, Baylor, Texas A&M and others. He is the fifth commitment for Texas in the class of 2020.Of those five commitments, three are four-star offensive linemen. There’s Garth, plus four-star offensive guard Logan Parr and four-star offensive tackle Jake Majors.All three of those recruits are from the Lone Star State.COMMITTED…✍? #HookEm ??? pic.twitter.com/pjhDLpDmXy— Jaylen (@JaylenGarth) February 17, 2019Garth is the 32nd-rated offensive tackle in the 2020 class and the No. 35 overall player in the state of Texas, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Currently, the Longhorns have the No. 10 class in the 2020 rankings. You can view the entire 2020 team recruiting rankings here.Texas is coming off a 10-4 season which included a Big 12 title game appearance and a win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.
MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts after losing to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Earlier this week, NFL Network’s Charley Casserly suggested Kyler Murray’s interviews at the combine left much to be desired.According to Casserly, Murray received “the worst comments” ever from a highly-rated quarterback.” He categorized Murray’s leadership and study habits as “not good” and his work on the white board as “below not good.”In the day following Casserly’s report, other reports have backed up Casserly’s comments, while other have balked at them.On Wednesday, Murray’s agent, Erik Burkhardt torched the NFL analyst for his “disgusting and embarrassing” comments.Here’s just a piece of Burkhardt’s comments from Pro Football Talk:The bottom line here is that it calls into question the motives of a man to get on national television and cite anonymous sources on things such as ‘leadership’ and ‘study habits’ about somebody he’s never met…But when you slander the character and work ethic of a young man who’s worked his ass off his entire life and done everything right to put himself in his current position, you’d better cite your sources and come with a better record than 18-46 as a G.M. of the Texans, and whose own leadership and accountability has been questioned by his old bosses and colleagues, as well as the greatest coach on the planet.Burkhardt clearly took exception to the report from Casserly pertaining to his client. But, that’s what any good agent should do. Hyping up your clients is part of the business, not that Murray needs any more hype coming off of his Heisman campaign.The Arizona Cardinals reportedly “love” Murray and hold the No. 1 pick in the draft. What they do with it is anyone’s guess, but it’s clear Murray is in play.NFL fans must wade through rumors and hot takes as they wait to see how the draft plays out.The NFL draft kicks off on April 25. Stay tuned.
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 21: Paris Ford #12 of the Pittsburgh Panthers reacts after a blocked punt by Aaron Mathews #6 in the second quarter during the game against the UCF Knights at Heinz Field on September 21, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)The Pittsburgh Panthers pulled off one of the best wins of the college football season last weekend, upsetting UCF, 35-34. This was the Knights’ first regular season loss in more than two seasons. UCF last lost in 2016.Fast forward to this weekend…and it’s not good.Pittsburgh is hosting the Delaware Blue Hens, an FCS program, this afternoon.And Pitt is losing. Delaware 14, Pitt 10 mid 3rd quarter— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 28, 2019🚨 Delaware is currently beating Pitt 🚨(via @FOXSportsSouth) pic.twitter.com/AizSySTeFs— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) September 28, 2019Pitt just tried a 57-yard field goal instead of going for it on 4th & 7 from the Delaware 39. No good. pic.twitter.com/C0agKxRUrE— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) September 28, 2019Checking that Pitt-Delaware score: pic.twitter.com/Cea0iIWAoN— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 28, 2019This would of course be a disastrous loss for a Pitt program that finally had some good momentum early in the season following the upset win over UCF.Pitt is trailing UCF, 14-10, late in the third quarter.