Monday night, we asked our Michigan fan base – which is over 50,000 strong on Facebook – to send us photos of their coolest Wolverines gear ahead of the 2016 season. The response has been above and beyond what we could have ever expected. It turns out there are some seriously creative UM fans out there.We’re going to highlight the best 21 items we were sent. Warning – if you’re a Michigan supporter, you may feel a bit inferior after scrolling through the list. Let’s get started:1. This 1988 Chevy Caprice, decked out in Michigan colors and logos. Sent over by a fan named Lee. 2. This Wolverines-themed mailbox, complete with goal posts. Sent over by a fan named Michelle.3. This Ford Mustang, painted with Michigan’s color scheme. Sent in by a fan named Jeff.4. This Michigan-themed SeaDoo. Sent over by a fan named David.5. This Michigan-colored ice fishing sled. Sent over by a fan named Allen.6. These Michigan helmet-themed surfboards. Sent over by a fan named Tim.7. This Ohio-shaped Michigan carving. Sent over by a fan named Shannon.8. This Michigan-themed Dodge Ram 1300, which even has the Michigan state outline near the tail. Sent over by a fan named Benji.9. These Michigan-themed Converse shoes, sent over by a fan named Patti.10. This old-school automobile, which looks like a 1930 Ford Model A, decked out in Michigan colors and logos. Sent over by a fan named Bob. 11. These Michigan colored booties, sent over by a fan named John.12. This Michigan-themed toilet, complete with Ohio State’s logo in the proper spot. Sent over by an anonymous fan.13. This Michigan-themed camper, called the Schembechler Shack – which you can actually rent. Sent over by a fan named Adam.14. This Michigan lamp, which features an aerial of the team’s stadium. Sent over by a fan named Yvonne.15. This awesome Michigan fan cave, which even features yard lines along the walls. Sent in by a fan named Jake.16. This Michigan wood carving, which features the program logo. Sent over by a fan named John.17. This Michigan-themed motorcycle, sent over by a fan named Troy.18. This accent wall, dedicated to Michigan’s stadium – The Big House. Sent in by a fan named Dennis.19. This hilarious birdhouse combo, which shows a clean Michigan house and a crapped-on Michigan State house. Sent in by a fan named Sherry.20. This metal 360-degree lawn decoration, which features Michigan’s “M” logo. Sent in by a fan named Dan.21. This 1950-era Chevy Stepside, with Michigan logos on the body and the spare tire case. Sent over by a fan named Jim.Think you’ve got these people beat? Let us know!
“It is not easy to stay at the top,” Fernandinho mused after Manchester City cut the gap to Premier League leaders Liverpool last Thursday week, “The pressure is so high.”The Brazilian midfielder may well have been mischievously engaging in some mind games but he had a point.Even Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admitted after his team’s first defeat of the season, at the Etihad, “It’s all about the reaction now.” 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? The subsequent FA Cup loss to Wolves was unsurprisingly dismissed as a blessing in disguise, with elimination giving the Reds one less tournament to worry about. However, there was no way dropping points at Brighton on Saturday could have been glossed over. It felt like a must-win game; an unmissable opportunity to silence those gleefully claiming that the City loss would precipitate the collapse of Liverpool’s title challenge.Not to mention put seven points between themselves and City again, ahead of the champions’ meeting with Wolves on Monday night.In the end, Liverpool got the job done, but only just, with Mohamed Salah’s spot-kick the only difference between the two sides at the Amex.The identity of the match-winner was obviously no surprise – only Lionel Messi (16) has scored more goals than the Egyptian (14) in any of Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues this season.However, Salah had been almost anonymous during a strangely subdued first-half performance by Liverpool.Perhaps it was the length of the grass, or even the strength of the wind – regardless, Liverpool offered little going forward in the opening 45 minutes. After the City setback, one would have envisaged a spirited showing from Liverpool in their next Premier League outing but they were limp and lethargic, with only left-back Andy Robertson offering any dynamism.Consequently, the lacklustre visitors failed to register a single shot on target, and just four in total, with a header from Xherdan Shaqiri – of all players – the closest they came to scoring.At least, defensively, they were largely solid. There were a few hairy moments in injury time when Brighton poured forward, while Gross saw a goal-bound effort brilliantly blocked by Fabinho, who couldn’t have hoped for a more comfortable afternoon filling in at centre-half alongside Virgil van Dijk.However, the midfield’s worrying lack of invention – a worryingly recurring theme at this stage – meant little quality ball for the forwards. Indeed, Salah didn’t get a single sight of goal, touching the ball just 13 times – only twice more than goalkeeper Alisson. However, Liverpool, no doubt stung by some harsh words from Jurgen Klopp, were far more vivacious after the restart and, in the 50th minute, got Salah into the kind of space he loves to attack, resulting in his now almost customary penalty.Indeed, the Reds have now been awarded four penalties since Christmas Day – no other Premier League side has received more than one – and Salah is responsible for three of them.Still, while there was some controversy surrounding the spot-kicks he earned against Newcastle and Arsenal, there was no doubt about this one, with Pascal Gross guilty of stupidly hauling the winger to the ground.Salah’s conversion was as emphatic as it was crucial. Not only did it decide the game in Liverpool’s favour, it underlined that the Reds have retained the very useful knack of winning ugly, encouraging evidence of their newfound mental strength and maturity.As Klopp told Match of the Day afterwards, “We know we can control the game and we are not that childish anymore. We could have done better but I am fine because the target was too win here. We had to perform and deliver, and we did that.”Which is just as well, really, with free-scoring City having ramped up the pressure on the leaders. And, as Fernandinho pointed out, it’s not easy to stay at the top when everyone wants to knock you off your perch.Then again, this win at Brighton served as a most timely reminder for City that catching this resilient and dogged Liverpool side won’t be easy either.Not when they have a proven match-winner like Mohamed Salah still within their ranks. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says their winning run has built team spirit at Old Trafford.United have won eight games in a row in all competitions since Solskjaer was installed as the temporary replacement for Jose Mourinho last month.An FA Cup win at Arsenal on Friday was the latest victory to bolster Solskjaer’s claims for the job on a permanent basis, with United also back in the hunt for Champions League qualification. 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? Beating Burnley at home on Tuesday would make Solskjaer the first manager ever to win his first seven Premier League games in charge of a club, surpassing Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola’s record of six at Chelsea and Manchester City respectively.And while team spirit at Old Trafford appeared to slump during Mourinho’s reign, Solskjaer is clear in his view that results are the main reason for an improved atmosphere around the club, rather than his own personal impact.”When you’re winning games of football, you’re always going to have a good team spirit around the place,” he told United’s official website. “But that doesn’t just apply to the players, it’s the staff as well.”When you come in on Monday morning, it’s well done and on to the next one. Don’t dwell too much on what’s happened because the focus is on the next one. I feel the whole club is thinking ‘next game, next game’ but of course you always enjoy winning.”Solskjaer started Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku against Arsenal, with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford – who has scored in four consecutive Premier League matches – coming off the bench.But the United boss does not envisage it becoming an issue keeping his four forwards happy with the return of the Champions League on the horizon, where his side are set to face Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.”Well, so far, there has been no problem because we’ve got so many games,” he added. “As soon as it becomes just one game a week, it might be a problem but we rotate even during the games.”When we can put Anthony and Rashy [Rashford] on for Alexis and Rom [Lukaku], who did a fantastic job [against Arsenal], it is only going to help us. The players have been very, very good at staying ready and being ready when they get on.”Burnley captain Tom Heaton will be charged with keeping out Solskjaer’s strikers on Tuesday, the former United goalkeeper having worked with the Norwegian during his time in charge of the club’s reserves.”He’s a very good guy in terms of how he is, and he was excellent with me on a personal note,” Heaton told Burnley’s official website. “But there’s certainly a strength in there that’s required for the job and he’s probably got that. I am absolutely delighted to see him doing so well.”I think he’s brought that little bit of history and United tradition to it, that fresh impetus and a bit of positivity and it looks like the players have responded to it. Sometimes that change can have that effect. They are on a great run, but we are looking forward to the game.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Denis Suarez has posted a farewell message to Barcelona ahead of his anticipated loan switch to Arsenal.The 25-year-old is expected to be announced as an Arsenal player on Thursday, a day after Barca confirmed the deal before removing the statement from their website.In the announcement Barca stated Suarez would spend the rest of the season on loan in the Premier League, while also revealing he had penned a contract extension until 2021. 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? That update was swiftly taken down and official confirmation has yet to come from Arsenal.However, Suarez’s latest Twitter post hints there will be no doubt about the switch after Thursday’s deadline.Sois un grupo increíble! Gracias por tanto, hasta pronto. Sort y Força Barça SempreYou’re a group of amazing people! Thank you for everything, see you soon. Good luck and Força Barça pic.twitter.com/3n9BkBRv3S — Denis Suarez (@DenisSuarez6) January 31, 2019 Alongside an image of the Barcelona squad, Suarez wrote: “You’re a group of amazing people!”Thank you for everything, see you soon. Good luck and Forca Barca.”Suarez, who has played 71 times after signing from Villarreal in 2016, will link up with Unai Emery for a second time after working with the Gunners boss at Sevilla.The deal taking him to England includes the option for a permanent transfer to be completed in the summer.Arsenal will hope to be put in a position where triggering that clause is a formality.They are acquiring Suarez in the hope of seeing him add more attacking creativity to a squad which already boasts plenty of international performers in that area.Emery said of his desire to get fresh faces on board after a 2-1 victory over Cardiff on Tuesday: “We need wingers.”Suarez, who I know, has this quality.”Asked whether the 25-year-old Spaniard would handle the physicality of the Premier League, Emery replied: “I don’t know now.”It’s a challenge for him, and also [it is a challenge for him] to help us.”
Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, James Rodriguez, Mats Hummels and Rafinha have all walked out of Bayern Munich this summer. That’s a hell of a lot of experience and a hell of a lot of success to lose in one window. Very soon you will be probably adding the names of Jerome Boateng and Renato Sanches to that list.It would be one thing if Bayern and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic were getting much in return. But as it stands, they are not.So far they have added Jann-Fiete Arp as a back-up to Robert Lewandowski from Hamburg, Benjamin Pavard to cover right-back and centre-back and Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid, their only blockbuster signing. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Hernandez won the World Cup alongside Pavard but will be a much more important player. He will add some much-needed technique and aggression in a defensive line now without Hummels and very soon to be without Boateng too.To get him, Bayern had to activate an €80 million release clause and had to send the defender immediately for knee surgery. Bayern did not intend to splash a world record fee on a fixer-upper but that’s exactly what’s transpired.And elsewhere in the market there has been frustration and failure; Salihamidzic – or Brazzo as he is commonly known – has questions to answer.The now-retired Robben and Ribery were past their sell-by dates but nonetheless need replacing. Player of the year Serge Gnabry is dependable but needs more support than he gets from Kingsley Coman, electric when fit but woefully injury-prone.That is why there was such interest in Callum Hudson-Odoi stretching back to the winter transfer window. Bayern have thus far been unable to get that deal done and the combination of his big injury, Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid and a Chelsea transfer ban means it is unlikely to happen now or in the near future.The other main option for the wide attacking positions has been Leroy Sane. While Lewandowski put the feelers out in an interview a few weeks back, Bayern’s publicly-acknowledged pursuit of the Manchester City wide man is at a standstill. There was a time not so long ago that prime German talents would jump at the chance to play for Bayern but Sane at this stage would prefer to tough it out under Pep Guardiola.And while the Spaniard was a chief draw for players like Mario Gotze, Thiago Alcantara, Xabi Alonso and Lewandowski during his time at the club, Bayern are having a hard time of it recruiting elite talent these days.Whether it’s a question of finances or attractiveness, top players appear to be turning Bayern down in their droves; no queue is forming to work with Niko Kovac, a much-maligned coach who was lucky to hang onto his job having been pushed so close in the Bundesliga by Dortmund and eliminated by Liverpool in the Champions League.“It’s no longer the case that FC Bayern calls a player and then he climbs right on board the plane,” the former Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Reiner Calmund told Bild this week.“Today, the really big stars have more opportunities to sign attractive contracts with top clubs.“In economic terms, Bayern Munich has to fight with clubs in Europe that are even stronger financially.”They have been linked with prime talents like Nicolas Pepe – the Ivorian winger who is taking Ligue 1 by storm with Lille – and Ousmane Dembele but the Barcelona winger has as yet given little to no indication of any willingness to return to Germany.It is known that Bayern were also interested in recruiting Rodri from Atletico but he delivered the ultimate snub by opting for City and Pep instead.Matthijs de Ligt, meanwhile, will probably opt for Juventus and there is a whole host of players who Bayern have either missed out on or are unable to convince.Ozan Kabak – a promising Stuttgart defender – went to Schalke. Timo Werner of RB Leipzig is staying put as is Kai Havertz, the promising young German international at Bayer Leverkusen. There was a time when these pick-ups were Bayern’s bread and butter but it appears that these players are content to wait it out these days and see what else materialises.Instead they have been linked with Bundesliga filler like Hoffenheim’s Kevin Vogt and Niklas Stark of Hertha BSC. These are not superstar signings and by no means game changers. To get back to the top level requires an awful lot more. But Brazzo has been unable – throughout his two years in charge of Bayern’s transfers – to conduct anything like a successful market assault.His record is mixed; Leon Goretzka has been a bright spot having been recruited for free from Schalke but elsewhere the squad has been allowed to stagnate.The only attacking signing of note that they’ve managed this summer is a 20-year-old New Zealand international by the name of Sarpreet Singh. He will go first to the B team. Their landmark winter arrival – the Canadian teenager Alphonso Davies – has looked off the pace and provides more ammo for those who remain sceptical of Salihamidzic’s ability to get good deals done.And, worryingly, it’s not like they have an academy graduate or two to fall back on. The German run to the UEFA Under-21 European Championship final was notable for the fact that not a single Bayern player made the squad.These are difficult days for Bayern, whose progress on the European scene was measured in runs to the Champions League final in 2010, 2012 and 2013 – the latter of which they won – and to the semi-finals in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. There was a quarterfinal appearance in 2017 but last season Bayern were nowhere.They have been unable – in the post-Neymar, post-Mbappe landscape to go out and rectify things by landing massive signings in the market. Since the summer they broke their transfer record to sign Corentin Tolisso for €41.5m from Lyon, that sum has been bettered in no fewer than 42 deals.It’s no secret that their revenues are beneath those of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United, for example, but Bayern would appear to be in the process of being usurped. How long will it erode? How far down will they slide? Will there ever again be the kind of investment needed to remain at the top table of European football?
Former Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard attended Michigan, so he’s a bit biased when it comes to how he covers the Wolverines. That was on display again this preseason, as Howard picked Michigan to make the College Football Playoff and win it all.Howard, Saturday morning, also picked Michigan to upset Notre Dame on the road. But through two quarters of football, things haven’t been going well for the Wolverines.Michigan trails 21-10 and scored its lone touchdown on a kick return. The Wolverines have gained just 90 yards and surrendered 233.Fans are mocking Howard on Twitter for picking Michigan to win it all this season. The team looks pretty far from being a national title contender right now.But Desmond Howard predicted Michigan would win the College Football Championship…. ????— SageD87 (@GutsyAssBroad) September 2, [email protected] lol Michigan winning the natty .. good one— Hunter Jackson (@Huntjacksonn) September 2, [email protected] predicted ttun to win the natty…maybe you should’ve picked #OSU instead #GoBucks #BuckeyeNation— Zach (@TheZach14) September 2, 2018Hey @DesmondHoward, care to comment on this game? No? Ok.. lmao at saying they were going to win it all this season..— TheGhost (@BuckeyesFan47) September 2, [email protected] might wanna rethink your natl champ pic ?— Retland (@MhawkRetland) September 2, 2018Of course, there’s still time – in both this game and this season for the team to turn it all around. Perhaps Shea Patterson, who transferred in from Ole Miss, will just need some time to figure out how to run Jim Harbaugh’s offense.The second half is about to kick off. We’ll see if Michigan can let Howard off the hook.
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: Players for the Iowa Hawkeyes line up to take the field against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Iowa vs. Nebraska football is set to kick off at 12 p.m. ET on Friday afternoon.The Hawkeyes snapped a losing streak with a huge 63-0 win over Illinois last week.Nebraska had its own well-publicized losing streak to start the season. The Huskers are winners of four of their last five though, and have really turned things around to finish the first year under Scott Frost.The Iowa vs. Nebraska football betting line opened at Hawkeyes -7, and it has moved farther in that direction.Iowa is now a 10-point favorite at home on Friday afternoon.OddsShark‘s Super Computer has crunched the numbers, and it has a prediction that is pretty close to what odds makers have the line at.The predicted score is in at 36.8-25.4, which rounds to a narrow Iowa cover. It also puts the game at an over with the total score line at 53.5.That would be a lot of points for this game, especially if Iowa wins. It looks like the game will be played in pretty rainy conditions, based on the current forecast.Both teams do score over 30 points per game though, so there’s a chance that we could get some fireworks in this one.[OddsShark]
Check it out.GameDay is a family thing 🧡@KirkHerbstreit talks about what it means to see his sons Tye and Jake play for @ClemsonFB. pic.twitter.com/sPQUHU3IBy— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 30, 2019Dabo Swinney and company preach family and football and Kirk Herbstreit and his sons made that a reality on Thursday night.Herbstreit can’t feel young watching his sons take the field for the first time, but his sense of pride can be seen through the screen.As for the action on the field, Clemson had no trouble dispatching Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets couldn’t stop Travis Etienne, who racked up over 200 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries.New head coach Geoff Collins has a massive rebuild project on his hands.Next up for Clemson is a huge non-conference contest against No. 12 Texas A&M. NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)On Thursday night, the reigning national champions were back on the field for their season-opener against Georgia Tech.Clemson made short work of the Yellow Jackets, opening a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Star running back Travis Etienne ripped off a 90-yard touchdown run to match the school record.All of the action on the field, however, paled in comparison to watching Kirk Herbstreit see his sons suit up for Clemson for the very first time.The ESPN college football analyst got emotional seeing his sons, Tye and Jake wear the Tigers uniform.
Next Reuters LondonMarch 8, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 09:52 IST Silverstone circuit is yet to sign a contract extension with Formula One beyond 2019 season (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFormula One could look to London if Silverstone fails to secure a deal for the British GP after this yearRoss Brawn said that F1 was determined to race in Britain and Silverstone was the preferred optionSilverstone hosted the first championship Grand Prix in 1950Formula One could look to London if Silverstone fails to secure a deal for the British Grand Prix after this year, according to the sport’s managing director Ross Brawn.Brawn told reporters that Formula One was determined to race in Britain and Silverstone, which hosted the first championship Grand Prix in 1950, was the preferred option.”We’re differing in our views of what’s reasonable and what’s not,” the Briton said of negotiations.”Not a massive amount apart but it’s frustrating that we can’t find a solution.”Asked about London, which will host a Formula E race next year in the city’s Docklands, Brawn said a race nearby might be possible.”I don’t think its feasible to have a race in the middle of London, unfortunately, because the chaos and impact it would have would be too severe,” he said.”But on the peripheries of London there’s a number of areas that could work. So I think the question’s open. I don’t see that London would necessarily replace the British Grand Prix, it would be the London Grand Prix.”Brands Hatch, south of London, hosted 12 British Grands Prix between 1964 and 1986 as well as the European Grand Prix in 1983 and 1985.”It didn’t seem that strange (then) that we had a race at Brands Hatch one year and Silverstone the next,” said Brawn.He also played down fears that Britain’s impending departure from the European Union could be a threat to the sport.Seven of the 10 teams are based in Britain and Toto Wolff, boss of champions Mercedes, recently said a no-deal Brexit would be “the mother of all messes”.advertisementBrawn was less concerned about the impact.”There will be some bureaucracy that will come with Brexit that will be a bit painful, but apart from that I’m sure we can make lots of arguments for the negatives and positives as well,” he said.”Formula One teams are pretty resourceful and capable and this is not going to stop them racing.”The season starts in Australia on March 17 with following races in Bahrain, China and Azerbaijan in late April before returning to Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix in May.Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, although Prime Minister Theresa May has opened up the possibility of a delay.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Ross BrawnFollow Formula One Ross Brawn suggests London Grand Prix could still be a possibilityRoss Brawn said that Formula One was determined to race in Britain and Silverstone, which hosted the first championship Grand Prix in 1950, was the preferred option.advertisement