Graham Watson

  • Ohio State signee Mirko Jurkovic signs with Georgia after academic issue

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    Offensive lineman Mirko Jurkovic, a three-star prospect from IMG Academy, tweeted Monday that he was attending Georgia this fall after originally committing to Ohio State.

    According to the Columbus Dispatch, Jurkovic was denied admission to Ohio State because of academics, but apparently Georgia’s academic requirements aren’t nearly as stringent., citing a source, said it wasn’t academics, but rather the fact that Ohio State had exceeded its scholarship limit that left Jurkovic available.

    Either way, Ohio State’s loss is Georgia’s gain.

    Jurkovic had 22 offers out of high school and, shockingly, Georgia was not one of them. But once Jurkovic became a free agent, the Bulldogs pounced. Notre Dame also courted Jukovic, but wanted him to first attend nearby Holy Cross College.

    Jurkovic is the son of former Notre Dame All-American Mirko Jurkovic Sr., and the nephew of John Jurkovic who played nine years in the NFL.

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  • Abby Wambach unsure of her Olympic future with USWNT

    Graham Watson at FC Yahoo 8 hrs ago

    Abby Wambach looked tired.

    As she sat at the commentator’s desk on the Fox Women’s World Cup set in Vancouver (foreshadowing perhaps?), she admitted she’d had very little sleep following the U.S. women’s national team’s World Cup victory.

    So, as analyst Alexi Lalas aptly pointed out, it was the perfect time to ask Wambach about her future with U.S. Soccer. Wambach announced earlier this month that this would be her last World Cup, but she didn’t say anything about the 2016 Olympics.

    [FC Yahoo: Women's World Cup's winners and losers]

    “Right now, I’m gonna have to definitely re-evaluate in the coming weeks, the coming months,” Wambach said. “We’ve got the 10-game celebration tour that we’re gonna have a lot of fun with and we’ve got to qualify come January/February of next year for the Olympics. So, we’ll see how my body feels, we’ll see what’s going on with some of the other players on the team. It’s an 18-squad, so it’s a harder squad to make. And I just want to be happy and playing really good soccer.”

    And by then, we’ll all know Wambach’s decision.


  • BYU signee Charles West shot while playing basketball

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 11 hrs ago

    BYU signee Charles West was shot in the arm Sunday evening while playing pickup basketball at a middle school in Dallas.

    West, a three-star running back out of Coppell, Texas, was playing basketball with several people when a man walked up to him and shot him in the upper left arm.

    According to police, five or six shots were fired and West fled the scene. He got about a half mile before he knocked on a door and asked for help.

    West was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.

    Police said seven people witnessed the incident and a video also was circulating. Police were still trying to determine whether the video was authentic. Police have identified a person of interest, but have not yet released a name.

    For all who is concerned I'm fine. May the lord be with everyone.

    The case is still pending.


  • USWNT players share their World Cup celebration on social media (Photos)

    Graham Watson at FC Yahoo 22 hrs ago

    The U.S. women’s national team hoisted the World Cup trophy on Sunday and several players took to social media to commemorate the event. Here’s what you might have missed from the television coverage:

    Thankful for this one. WE DID IT. World Cup Champions!!!!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

    Ummm yeah, so that happened!

    World Champions!

    No big deal but we just won the World Cup.

    Wow. We did it. Years of blood, sweat and tears. World Cup Champions. Thank you for believing!


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  • Winners and losers from the 2015 Women's World Cup

    Graham Watson at FC Yahoo 1 day ago

    And just like that, it’s over.

    [FC Yahoo: USWNT players share their World Cup celebration (Photos)]

    The 2015 Women’s World Cup has come to an end and the United States became the first nation to win its third World Cup. Of course, the U.S. is the ultimate winner for hoisting its first golden trophy in 16 years, but here are a few other winners — and losers — from a month’s worth of women’s soccer.


    Carli Lloyd: Few players had a more dramatic turnaround. She made early headlines after former U.S. coach Pia Sunhage essentially called her an emotional head case in the New York Times, but she rallied, scored six goals in the Americans' final four games, including a hat trick in the final against Japan. For her effort she was awarded the Golden Ball, which is given to the best player of the tournament. Pretty sure Lloyd won’t be paying for anything anywhere in America for quite some time.



  • What to watch: The things the U.S. needs to do to hoist the trophy

    Graham Watson at FC Yahoo 1 day ago

    The final game of the Women’s World Cup is here.

    It seems like only yesterday we were all complaining about the United States and its poor midfield and its slim chances of getting into the final.

    [FC Yahoo: Women's World Cup Final Live – USA vs. Japan at 7 p.m. ET]

    Now, just a month later, here the U.S. women are, ready to avenge their finals defeat from four years ago against reigning champion Japan.

    [USA vs. Japan: Live match statistics and play-by-play]

    It really is poetic.

    But if the United States wants to hoist the trophy, here are a few things it needs to do in Sunday’s final.

    Keep the new formation

    Games are won and lost in the middle of the field. Not sure if the Americans have a better midfield than Japan, but they're definitely playing like it.

    Don’t get caught watching

    Do it for Abby, but don’t rely on Abby


  • England claims bronze medal after defeating Germany 1-0

    Graham Watson at FC Yahoo 2 days ago

    At least the England Women’s National Team can say it’s the champs of Europe.

    The English women rebounded from a heartbreaking loss in the semifinals to defeat Germany 1-0 in overtime and claim third in the World Cup.

    It was England’s first win against Germany and its highest-ever finish in the World Cup.

    The result was especially satisfying considering how England ended up in the third place game in the first place. An own goal in stoppage time in the semifinals against Japan broke a 1-1 tie and derailed what was a fairly dominant English effort.

    No one would have blamed England if it had come out flat and uninspired against Germany, but it did just the opposite and gave the Germans all they could handle for 120 minutes.

    “We said before the game, we said, life’s horrible, it’s really tough sometimes. You get a kick in the teeth just when you think you’ve made it and wow, we got a big kick in the teeth in that semifinal,” England coach mark Sampson said. “But we wanted to show the world today that, look, everyone has tough times but dust yourselves down, pick yourselves back up and go again.”


  • U.S. and Japan exchange mild trash talk ahead of World Cup final

    Graham Watson at FC Yahoo 3 days ago

    The United States and Japan have become unexpected rivals in the past five years, but that doesn’t mean they’ve become good at trash talk.

    On Thursday, Japanese midfielder and captain Aya Miyama tried her best to add fuel to the fire with her comments about playing the United Sates for yet another prize.

    “(The Americans) took the Olympic gold medal, but we aren’t going to hand over the World Cup. That is the kind of spirit we’ll play with.”

    Take that America!


    OK, so Miyama’s comments don’t even register on the Scoville scale compared to the not-so-nice things Colombian players had to say about the United States prior to their round-of-16 matchup, but that didn’t stop Fox analysts from trying to poke the bear a little bit by calling Miyama’s comments “pretty strong.”

    [Women's World Cup: Latest news | Scores and Schedule | Group standings]

    United States captain Carli Lloyd, however, wasn’t biting.

    “Love it. Bring it. We’ll be ready,” Lloyd said.

    What’s up now, Japan?


  • Alabama DC Kirby Smart said Alabama 'did not respect' Cardale Jones

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    In about a month, Alabama will open fall camp for the 2015 season, but it’s still working through the mistakes of 2014.

    Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart told Atlanta radio station 680 The Fan that he performed “exit interviews” with three departing defensive players — Landon Collins, Jarrick Williams and Nick Perry — and asked each what they felt went wrong in the College Football Playoff semifinal against Ohio State.

    All stated they didn’t feel prepared for the Buckeyes and specifically third-string quarterback Cardale Jones.

    Smart said while the staff knew Jones was a capable passer, they had no idea he had the ability to run the ball so well. Jones rushed for 43 yards and most were in an effort to escape the Alabama defensive pressure. He had a long run of 27 yards.

    Smart acknowledged that despite leading 21-6, he never felt like his defense was in control of the game.

    The ability to acknowledge shortcomings and seek out answers to rectify them is what has made Saban and Alabama so successful, and it will only make the team better in the future.


  • The World Cup final between the U.S. and Japan feels preordained

    Graham Watson at FC Yahoo 4 days ago

    It’s the final we all wanted.

    The United States and Japan will face off for the World Cup title on Sunday in a rematch of the 2011 final that saw Japan win on penalty kicks. The Americans were the favorites to win the tournament, Japan an unknown underdog, and since that game the U.S. hasn’t been shy about its desire for redemption.

    [Eric Adelson: Coach Jill Ellis deserves credit for U.S. success, but how much?]

    In the promos leading up to the World Cup, the catchphrase was a “score to settle.” The spots featured Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan looking back at their careers and the one thing that’s missing.

    It’s been 16 years since the Americans hoisted the World Cup trophy in one of the greatest moments in women’s soccer history. That championship essentially started the country’s love affair with women’s soccer and those loyal fans have been patiently waiting for the next moment that will reaffirm the USA's place as the world women’s soccer power.

    It’s almost like this rematch was preordained.