ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Lee Corso looks on during the first quarter between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff race is complicated every year, but the 2018 version could be the most controversial yet. There are dozens of scenarios – mostly because there are only three undefeated teams in contention at the moment.Lee Corso had a bit of a controversial take on College GameDay Saturday morning. Corso argued that if Alabama, which is now undefeated, loses to Georgia in the SEC title game, the Crimson Tide should still be afforded an opportunity to play in the College Football Playoff.Kirk Herbstreit pressed him a bit – asking him which team he’d then leave out. Corso’s answer? Notre Dame.Why would a team need to be left out? Because Georgia, currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the Playoff field, would be bumped in if it won the SEC.”If Alabama loses to Georgia, I don’t care what the score is, Alabama’s in” –Lee Corso— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 10, 2018″I pick Notre Dame, to put ’em out, even if they’re undefeated.”–Corso— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 10, 2018If Corso is right, the Playoff would likely consist of Clemson, Georgia, Alabama and Michigan. Notre Dame fans would lose their minds, assuming the team went 12-0.Notre Dame still has three games to play – against Florida State, Syracuse and USC. Most believe that a 12-0 record gets them into the Playoff, no questions asked.In reality, it probably makes more sense to leave Michigan out in such a scenario. Notre Dame beat the Wolverines in the first game of the season, after all.We’ll know more in a few weeks. Notre Dame fans are obviously hoping Corso is wrong.
Reuters LondonAugust 25, 2019UPDATED: August 25, 2019 00:38 IST Mohamed Salah shone as Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLiverpool outplay Arsenal in top-of-the-table clashUnited miss second penalty of the week in defeat by PalaceFrank Lampard’s Chelsea enjoy first win of the seasonMohamed Salah-inspired Liverpool laid down an emphatic early-season marker as they outplayed Arsenal on Saturday to win 3-1 and ensure they are the only team left in the Premier League with a 100 percent record.The European champions were in full cry at their Anfield fortress with two second-half goals from Salah ensuring they have a maximum nine points from three matches while they also ended Arsenal’s own perfect league record.On another eventful afternoon in England’s top-flight, Manchester United suffered more woe from the penalty spot as they went down to a shock home defeat to Crystal Palace and Frank Lampard celebrated his first win as Chelsea manager at Norwich City.Attention, though, centred on the day’s late match between the two heavyweights who had won their first two games but it turned into a demonstration of Liverpool’s strength as they equalled a 29-year-old club record with a 12th straight league win.Liverpool dominated once Joel Matip headed home from a corner four minutes before halftime, with Salah, seeking to be the Premier League’s top scorer for the third successive year, then taking over after the break with a 10-minute double.After David Luiz desperately pulled his shirt in the area, the Egyptian converted from the spot before later producing a solo tour de force to spin and speed away from the hapless Brazilian and slot home a wonderful left-foot finish.Arsenal earned a late consolation through substitute Lucas Torreira but Juergen Klopp’s men opened up a three-point lead over the Gunners, who are second on six points.advertisementChampions Manchester City, who play at Bournemouth, and Tottenham Hotspur, who host Newcastle United, have the chance to move on to seven points if they win their matches on Sunday.First win for Lampard’s ChelseaLampard finally landed his first managerial victory for the Blues at the fourth attempt as Tammy Abraham’s double inspired a thrilling 3-2 win at Norwich City for his youthful side.Lampard, back at the club he graced for 13 years as a player, fielded the youngest Chelsea side in a league match for 25 years, with an average age of 24.Abraham struck in just the third minute, and after Norwich had twice fought back from a goal down, he also proved the match-winner at Carrow Road with another superb strike in the 68th minute.Another of Lampard’s starlets, Mason Mount, also scored while Teemu Pukki continued his dazzling start to the season for Norwich with a league-leading fifth goal.”Our performances haven’t given us what we deserved so far — but today it did,” said Lampard.Abraham, who became the youngest player to score twice in a Premier League match for Chelsea for 21 years, added: “It’s something I have always dreamed about, to score for my childhood club.”Leicester City moved up to third on five points after a first-half goal from Jamie Vardy and a thunderously struck winner from Harvey Barnes repelled a fightback from Sheffield United in a 2-1 win at Bramall Lane.Also Read | Crystal Palace hand Manchester United their 1st defeat of Premier League seasonAlso Read | Neymar can’t play for PSG until his future is clear: Thomas TuchelAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Premier leagueFollow LiverpoolFollow ChelseaFollow ArsenalFollow Manchester UnitedFollow Crystal PalaceFollow Mohamed SalahFollow Frank Lampard Next Premier League: Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1, Lampard’s Chelsea enjoy 1st winPremier League 2019-20: While Liverpool laid down an early-season marker by thrashing Arsenal 3-1, Fran Lampard’s Chelsea defeated Norwich City in a close contest to register their first league win. advertisement
Ashes: James Anderson has restarted the cycle of excuses, says Michael VaughanMichael Vaughan has come down hard on England fast bowler James Anderson for suggesting that it would suit the team’s interests better to have pitches prepared which help the home side more than the visitors.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 12, 2019 10:44 IST Anderson and Vaughan in a file photo (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSJames Anderson wants pitches in England to be better suited for the home attackMichael Vaughan has dismissed the notion by calling it part of a ‘cycle of excuses’Visitors Australia have retained the Ashes following a win in the 4th Test at Old TraffordFormer England captain Michael Vaughan has said that English cricket is stuck in ‘a circle of excuses’ after the hosts failed to stop Australia from retaining the Ashes after a long gap of 18 years. England are trailing 1-2 in the ongoing Ashes with the 5th and final Test due to start at The Oval on Thursday.Vaughan was referring to comments made by some English players – both past and present – including their highest Test wicket-taker James Anderson, who suggested that the pitches on offer during the Ashes have suited the visitors more than the hosts. Vaughan attacked this perception in a column for The Telegraph.”We always go through a cycle in English cricket when we win or lose. When we lose at home it’s because the pitches have been too flat and have not assisted our bowlers. When we win a series at home it is because we are really good and have played brilliant cricket,” wrote Vaughan.”When we lose a series away it is because the pitches at home offer too much assistance to bowlers and we cannot produce batsmen who can bat for long periods of time. It is just one big circle of excuses.”When our greatest ever bowler, James Anderson, said this week he was disappointed the pitches have not helped us more in this Ashes series it showed the cycle had started up again.”If we want to produce cricketers who can play the relentless style of cricket then we cannot be complaining about the pitches and the ball not swinging enough,” Vaughan wrote.advertisementWhile England have failed to win an overseas Test series since beating South Africa 2-1 in 2015-16, their record at home has been better with Sri Lanka being the last team to beat them in 2014.Anderson, while citing the examples of India, Australia and Sri Lanka, had complained that it might serve England interests better if the pitches at home were more biased towards the hosts.”When you go to Australia, go to India, go to Sri Lanka – they prepare pitches that suit them. I feel like we could just be a little bit more biased towards our own team,” he had said earlier.Whatever the pitch turns out to be at The Oval, one thing is for sure: Australia are going home with the coveted urn.Also Read | Ashes 2019: England bring in Sam Curran, Chris Woakes for 5th TestAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Justin Langer backs ‘world class’ David Warner to come good at The OvalFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Michael VaughanFollow James Anderson Next