The U.S. men's national team needs a coach following its World Cup qualifying failure and the resignation of Bruce Arena, and it needs one quick. U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a conference call with media last week that the team will likely play two friendlies in Europe in November. So, who will guide them? There are many candidates for the long-term search, but the early favorite seems to be Tab Ramos. The Uruguay-born coach now leads the U.S. U-20 team. At Red Bull Arena this past weekend to see the Red Bulls face Atlanta United, Ramos told Metro that he'd be interested, but who wouldn't be? "If you'd ask everyone here at the Red Bulls game if they'd be interested in the national
"That buy-in was huge for him. ... It's a lot to take in. But he's just so athletic, he's so intelligent, and he competes. So now you take the information part and you take kind of the biomechanics part and just working on his bullpens and trying to have success in a major league game, which is tough. But he's been really diligent about trying to figure it out." Roberts said that after seeing the Dodgers' data on his wide variety of pitches "it was like a light bulb went on'' for Darvish. He simplified his repertoire. "When we first got him, he was a guy with a bunch of different toys and didn't really know what to do with them,'' Roberts said. "With (pitching coach Rick Honeycutt) and the information
Boxing faceoffs are all about mind games. Fighters try to look intimidating, they talk trash, and they get up in each other’s grills all in the name of mind games. Swedish professional boxer Mikaela Laurén took the theatrics to a whole other place during a press conference on Monday when she stood toe-to-toe with undefeated champion Cecilia Braekhus. As cameras clicked away, Lauren approached Braekhus, stared deeply into her eyes and planted a kiss on her lips.
It’s time for our weekly look at the top fantasy football adds and drops to be making on your waiver wire entering Week 7. ADD Arizona Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson AP is officially back. After being traded from the Saints to the Cardinals, it took all of one game for Peterson to show he’s still got it. On Sunday, Peterson rushed for 134 yards on 26 carries in the team's 38-33 victory over the Buccaneers. He looked like the old AP that was an RB1 every week, no matter the matchup. It remains to be seen if that will be the case in Arizona, but he’s at least the No. 1 pickup to make on your league’s waiver wire this week. Washington RB Samaje Perine Washington is finally making Samaje Perine the
Don’t despair, U.S. soccer fans. There is hope. Six days after the U.S. men’s national team was bounced from World Cup contention with an embarrassing 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago, the U.S. Under-17 team reached the quarterfinals of the U17 World Cup in India with a 5-0 victory over Paraguay. They will play the winner of Tuesday’s England vs. Japan game on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (FS2, Telemundo). It is the first U.S. appearance in the quarterfinals since 2005. Tim Weah, son of 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah, scored a hat trick to lead the U.S. team over Paraguay in front of 34,895 fans at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Monday. Weah grew up in New York City and signed
Four top-10 teams losing to unranked opponents in one week tends to shake things up a bit. For starters, Alabama is now unanimously viewed as the No. 1 team in the country. The Tide earned every available No. 1 vote in Sunday’s Coaches’ Poll and the companion AP poll, released Sunday. Penn State moved up to No. 2, the program’s highest ranking since 1999. Georgia followed behind at No. 3, while TCU and Wisconsin filled out the top five. A fifth straight blowout was enough for Ohio State to jump three spots forward to No. 6, putting the Buckeyes at the front of the 1-loss train, ahead of Clemson. LSU re-joined the poll after knocking off then-No. 10 Auburn, but remained three spots ahead of the