Monthly Archive: October 2019

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Oct
2019

10 months agoReal Madrid fear Man City (& Pep) advantage in Junior Firpo race

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid fear Man City (& Pep) advantage in Junior Firpo raceby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid face competition for the signing of Real Betis defender Junior Firpo.Real see Firpo as a long-term successor for veteran wing-back Marcelo and are willing to pay his €50m buyout clause.However, El Confidencial says Manchester City are also keen, where manager Pep Guardiola is a fan.And concerning for Real Madrid is City’s advantage as Firpo’s agent is Pere Guardiola, the manager’s brother.The situation could lead to Real president Florentino Perez moving immediately to meet Firpo’s clause and close a deal before City have time to act. last_img read more

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Oct
2019

10 months ago​Stuttgart register interest in Liverpool striker Solanke

first_img​Stuttgart register interest in Liverpool striker Solankeby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveStuttgart have entered the race to sign Liverpool youngster Dominic Solanke.The 21-year-old has been unable to see any action for the Reds this season in the Premier League.He is wanted by a number of clubs, but Stuttgart have the most serious interest.The news comes from German outlet Kicker.Stuttgart are third from bottom in the Bundesliga, with one of the lowest goals scored figures in the division.They are desperate to add a quality striker in the January transfer window. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

27
Oct
2019

Video: Jalen Hurd’s Fumble Recovery Allows Tennessee To Survive Appalachian State

first_imgJalen Hurd of Tennessee gets tackled.KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 15: Jalen Hurd #1 of the Tennessee Volunteers is tackled by Joshua Frazier #69 of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tennessee survived Appalachian State on Thursday night, but it took a timely fumble recovery from Jalen Hurd to make it happen.Tennessee struggled with Appalachian State all night – generating just 319 yards of offense. But the Vols made just enough plays to push the game to overtime. The winning score will be talked about at the water cooler on Friday.Tied at 13-13, quarterback Joshua Dobbs, facing a 3rd-and-goal from the Mountaineers’ 2-year-line, took off for the end zone, but was speared right before reaching the goal line. As he was hit, he dropped the ball – leading to a scramble in the end zone. Running back Jalen Hurd emerged with the football, putting the Vols up a score.sportznow1: Joshua Dobbs fumbles on the one. Jalen Hurd recovers it in t… SEC Netwo… SEC Now https://t.co/wSMnBBG6Zw pic.twitter.com/G9u3cwHm4W— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) September 2, 2016WOW! Josh Dobbs fumbles the ball just before the end zone but Tennessee catches a break as Vols recover for a TD. pic.twitter.com/8BJiEbQTBf— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 2, 2016The Mountaineers were unable to convert on their ensuing possession.No, it wasn’t a pretty win for Tennessee – but in college football, it doesn’t really matter. Tennessee next gets Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway.last_img read more

27
Oct
2019

Lamar Jackson Establishes Himself As Heisman Favorite Through 3 Games

first_imgLamar Jackson hugging dalvin cookTwitter/@ESPNCFBLamar Jackson Heisman hype is at an all-time high after his five-touchdown performance vs. Florida State.Lamar Jackson entered the year with plenty of hype, coming off of a promising freshman campaign and a huge bowl performance against Texas A&M.Some even thought he could be a sneaky Heisman contender, although he was well behind guys like Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey, and Deshaun Watson entering the season.We’ve seen early Heisman favorites fall off by mid-season plenty of times. Last year, until LSU played Alabama, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Fournette would take home the hardware. There’s plenty of time left in this season, but after today’s game against a blue-chip laden Florida State, there is no other choice for the sport’s most prestigious award than Louisville’s Lamar Jackson.Louisville absolutely bludgeoned the No. 2 ranked Seminoles this afternoon, and once again, Jackson was the best player on the field. Despite Florida State having one of the most talented rosters in the nation, it wasn’t particularly close. Jackson completed 13-of-20 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 146 yards and four scores. He’s thrown for over 200 yards and rushed for over 100 in every game this year. He has 18 total touchdowns on the season, which dwarfs most full teams’ output.Lamar Jackson has accounted for 18 TDs (10 rushing/8 passing) in his first 3 games. That’s as many or more than 3 teams had in all of 2015.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) September 17, 2016The numbers are impressive, and Jackson has highlights to match.Heisman candidates are aided by national exposure, and having Jackson appear on SportsCenter every week with eight, five, and five touchdown games is huge. Doing it against Charlotte and Syracuse was nice, but doing it in a mild upset of the nation’s No. 2 team on ABC after hosting College GameDay really kicks things into high gear.[Humor] Lamar Jackson was running all over FSU ??? pic.twitter.com/mlux7kUYLu— HIPHOPPOST (@HHPST) September 17, 2016INCREDIBLE showing from Lamar Jackson for @UofLFootball ?EVERYTHING you need to see here: pic.twitter.com/Xa0u2shf9F— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) September 17, 2016Lamar Jackson is good at football.But let’s talk about the FORM on that hurdle ? ?? ? #AirJackson #L1C4 pic.twitter.com/RuuufVAiPj— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) September 12, 2016As we’ve learned through so many college football seasons, and with Fournette just last year, Jackson’s work is far from over. Louisville has a huge trip to Clemson on October 1, and travel to Houston on November 17. As of now, however, he’s off to a faster start than anyone could’ve envisioned.Entering the day, Lamar Jackson Heisman odds were listed at +600 per OddsShark, tied with Deondre Francois and J.T. Barrett, and behind McCaffrey and Watson. Don’t expect to see him at that number for long.last_img read more

26
Oct
2019

Sanchez’s golden Copa ticket to escape Man Utd hell

first_imgWhen Alexis Sanchez packed his suitcases, bade farewell to his Manchester United team-mates for the summer and flew back across the Atlantic Ocean to his native Chile, he did so in the hope that a significant amount of baggage would stay behind.The forward endured a nightmare season in 2018-19, beyond his worst fears. But now he has the chance to turn the page and deliver with his beloved Roja, those United woes the furthest thing from his mind as he gears up for what will be a crucial Copa America from his perspective.It is difficult to put into words just how disappointing the past season was for a man who, lest we forget, little more than 18 months ago was one of the transfer window’s hottest properties and subject of a bidding war between the two Manchester giants. Bare statistics, however, can tell part of the story. 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? Sanchez scored just two goals in all competitions, the lowest haul in his entire professional career (even in his very first season as a 16-year-old with Cobreloa he managed three). Ignored by both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for large swathes of the campaign, the Chilean was restricted to nine Premier League starts and rarely looked likely to make an impact when he did get the opportunity.He is the butt of all jokes at Old Trafford, an outrageously expensive failure. With Chile, however, things are different. Sanchez is a living idol in his home country, the inspiration behind two consecutive Copa America triumphs and the symbol of the fight and tenacity synonymous with the Roja’s football.As he prepares to lead from the front again in Brazil at the Copa, he knows that this will be his chance to prove to the world he still has something to offer as an elite player – and to any watching scouts as well.Just like their star, Chile have not exactly been firing on all cylinders as of late. The euphoria of back-to-back Copas America under Jorge Sampaoli and Juan Antonio Pizzi was followed by the disappointment of failure to reach the following World Cup, a bitter blow after two relatively comfortable qualification campaigns in 2010 and 2014.Results since under coach Reinaldo Rueda have been distinctly underwhelming, including defeats at the hands of Mexico, Peru and Costa Rica. But the bulk of the squad that fought to Copa glory in 2015 and 2016 remains intact, led by Sanchez, who is battling an ankle injury he has carried since May.Alexis Sanchez PS“In the Copa America he has the chance to show all that he is capable of,” Rueda signalled to Lance in the build-up to Chile’s debut in the competition against Japan. “The presence of [Arturo] Vidal, [Gary] Medel and Alexis is crucial.“They are players who already know the demands and intensity of a championship of this nature. They have already tasted success in the competition and they know how to transmit calm and maturity to their team-mates.”With 124 games and 41 goals under his belt, not to mention those two Copa medals, Sanchez certainly knows how to deliver at international level and will not shirk the challenge in Brazil. Whether a sterling performance at this year’s tournament will be enough to earn him a move is another story.Alexis Sanchez Manchester United 2018-19The star’s £390,000-a-week wages are positively prohibitive to any potential suitor, of which there have been few so far in the transfer window. With United apparently equally determined to dispense with his services, something will have to give in the coming weeks to make a sale, be it an initial loan move or a permanent deal, acceptable to buyer and player alike.Sanchez, a fiercely motivated, proud competitor who has never been content with merely sitting on the sidelines and picking up pay cheques, knows that a strong showing at this Copa would go a long way towards ending that impasse and proving to Europe’s elite that at 30 and despite recent woes he still has what it takes to excel at the top level.A repeat of those heroics in 2015 and 2016 looks unlikely given Chile’s own weaknesses. The Roja will nevertheless be hoping to escape from a group completed by Uruguay and Ecuador – with Sanchez additionally playing for his own future as he looks to forget a catastrophic club season and lead his nation to glory once more.last_img read more

26
Oct
2019

Guyana’s Gold Cup already historic before USMNT match

first_imgIts name doesn’t exactly lend itself to elegies or poetry, but everyone at the Synthetic Track and Field Facility in Leonora, Guyana, on March 23 remembers the beautiful scene.Built to contain 3,000 spectators, the crowd swelled in the venue sometimes simply called National Track and Field Centre.The Golden Jaguars could lock up their first-ever place at the Gold Cup with a victory over Belize on the final day of qualification. A penalty put them on top of the Central American side early, but the visitors hit back in the 25th minute. Emery Welshman had the hosts back in front ahead of the halftime break. But the minutes in the second half felt like they were taking forever to pass. 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? Finally, the whistle blew. The Guyana players came together in a dogpile. Soon they were joined on the field by fans celebrating their national team’s first-ever berth to the Concacaf championship.”It was an amazing moment for everybody involved – staff, players, the fans, the country. It was a surreal moment,” Guyana coach Michael Johnson told Goal this month. “When the whistle blew, the stadium usually holds maximum 2,000-3,000. There were 5,000 in the stadium, and still more coming in on the final whistle.”What was so emotional was at the end, everybody ran onto the pitch and in front of you there were grown men, women, children crying because this is a moment they’d waited for all their lives – to see their men’s team qualify for a major tournament, obviously with all the trappings that brings.”Geographically in South America but long a member of Concacaf and its sub-confederation in the Caribbean, fans in Guyana have seen their teams achieve some success before. There were decent results in the Caribbean Cups of 1991 and 2007. But federation trouble saw the team suspended from World Cup qualification in 2002, and further issues meant the Golden Jaguars were totally inactive from late 2012 until October 2014.Guyana needed a reboot. It got started with former Leeds United youth coach Ian Greenwood’s appointment as technical director in fall 2016. The restart coincided with Concacaf’s efforts to give teams like Guyana more rhythm with competitions like the Concacaf Nations League. Ahead of qualification for that tournament kicking off, Guyana looked for a coach. Former Grenada international Jason Roberts put Johnson’s name in the mix, and the former Jamaica international emerged as the top candidate. He took over in June 2018.Now, Guyana players like midfielder Neil Danns, an England-born player who started representing the country of his grandparents in 2015, are crossing the Atlantic more often and seeing the same staff each time they travel for matches.”I think it’s that regularity, just really getting to know each other and implementing stuff in team that has helped us to prosper,” Danns told Goal. “I’ve personally had five years. We’ve had a lot of people come in and out. I think it’s just nice to have someone come in and give us regularity.”While things are on an upward trajectory for Guyana, the debutants may be in for a rude welcome to the top tournament. The first match of group play is against the United States, the current Gold Cup holder. Johnson says he’s ready for a challenge against the U.S., even after the Americans’ friendly defeats leading into the competition. Yet, he noted, the obligation that comes with being a regional power and the atmosphere surrounding Gregg Berhalter’s team may work in his side’s favor.”We’re under no illusion. It’s a fantastic team we’re going up against,” the coach said. “But the pressure is on them. We have no pressure whatsoever. “Everybody says we’re fortunate to be here, I’ve heard people say they’ll be looking to score a goal and might win a game. So, all the pressure is on the States. That’s what makes it such a beautiful game is the unpredictability of it, is that on any given day we can beat them. If they have an off day, then there’s an opportunity for us to really capture it and do something special.”Even if the U.S. is on its game Tuesday night, and even it’s a quick three games and a flight home, players like Danns, long-time captain Sam Cox and domestic-based regular Daniel Wilson, already have set down a foundation for the nation to build on.”It means so much,” said Danns, who at 36 is set to discuss his future with League One side Bury after the tournament. “From where the structure of everything was when I first came to where it is now is just night and day. It’s completely different.”To be a part of that is something you can always take with you. Hopefully, this is just the first stepping stone on the road to improving Guyana’s future and inspiring the next generation. You can always look back, and you would like to think that you played a good part in it.”If Guyana, The Land of Many Waters, pulls an upset in Minnesota, The Land of 10,000 Lakes, it would have to spark celebrations similar to those that took place in March when the Gold Cup place was secured. Who knows, it might even call for an even higher honor. Sam Cox Field at Synthetic Track and Field Facility has a nice ring to it.last_img read more

26
Oct
2019

Morocco 1 Benin 1 (1-4 on pens)

first_imgHakim Ziyech’s missed spot-kick at the end of normal time proved costly as Morocco suffered a shock 4-1 penalty shoot-out defeat to Benin in Friday’s action-packed opening Africa Cup of Nations last-16 tie, which ended 1-1.Much-fancied Morocco won all three of their group matches by a 1-0 scoreline and were overwhelming favourites to overcome a Benin side who progressed with three successive draws, and were debutants in the knockout rounds.But Ziyech missed a penalty six minutes into added time after Youssef En-Nesyri had scored late on to cancel out Moise Adilehou’s opener against the run of play. 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 And despite having Khaled Adenon sent off in extra time, Benin came out on top in the shoot-out, with Sofiane Boufal and En-Nesyri the players to miss.WE HAVE OUR FIRST QUARTER FINALISTS: #LesÉcureuils! #MARBEN #TotalAFCON2019 pic.twitter.com/DQM7c5rzJy— CAF (@CAF_Online) July 5, 2019En-Nesyri and Ziyech were denied by Saturnin Allagbe in the best of the first-half opportunities.Morocco managed to inject some urgency into their game early in the second half and Younes Belhanda skied another good chance over the crossbar.They were punished for their profligacy with 53 minutes played as Benin defender Adilehou made the most of some lacklustre defending to send a controlled volley past Yassine Bounou.Boufal missed the target with his free header but, just when Morocco looked to have run out of ideas, Jordan Adeoti was caught in possession by Moubarak Boussoufa high up the pitch and En-Nesyri made no mistake when played in on goal.Ziyech then struck the post with his last-gasp penalty after Stephane Sessegnon had brought down Achraf Hakimi in the box, before Adenon was shown a second yellow for dissent seven minutes into extra time.But Herve Renard’s men failed to find a way through and they were second best in the shoot-out, with Mama Seibou converting the decisive penalty for jubilant Benin.Benin’s first-ever AFCON quarter-final will be against either Senegal or Uganda.Key Opta Facts:- Morocco have not won a knockout stage game in the Africa Cup of Nations since February 2004, a semi-final victory over Mali (4-0).- Boufal is the player who has completed the most dribbles (14) in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.- En-Nesyri has been directly involved in four of Morocco’s last six goals in the Africa Cup of Nations (three goals, one assist).- Adilehou is the first defender to score a goal for Benin in the Africa Cup of Nations.  read morelast_img read more

26
Oct
2019

Rapinoe backs Serena on equal pay

first_imgUnited States forward Megan Rapinoe has echoed Serena Williams’ comments on equal pay amid the Women’s World Cup winners’ ongoing fight for parity with the men’s team.Rapinoe scored the opening goal as USA beat Netherlands 2-0 in the World Cup final to retain their title during a tournament where the 34-year-old became a global icon.The attacker also had a war of words with US president Donald Trump during the tournament in France after saying she was “not going to the f****** White House”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? American players have been embroiled in an argument over equal pay with governing body U.S. Soccer for many years.After losing the Wimbledon final to Simona Halep on Saturday, tennis great Williams bristled at a suggestion she should scale back her efforts to fight equal pay in order to concentrate on matching Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam singles titles.And Rapinoe, speaking in an interview on NBC on Sunday, backed her fellow American and insisted she will also not be changing her outspoken approach.”You know what? I’m gonna fight for equal pay every day, for myself, for my team, and for every single person out there,” said Rapinoe.”Man, woman, immigrant, US citizen, person of colour, whatever it may be. ‘Equal pay,’ as the great Serena Williams said, ’til I’m in my grave’.”Rapinoe, whose partner is basketball player Sue Bird, also defended her previous comments on Trump when asked what she would say to her fans who support the president and believe she should go to the White House.She added: “I would try to share our message. Do you believe that all people are created equal? Do you believe that equal pay should be mandated?”Do you believe that everyone should have health care? Do you believe that we should treat everyone with respect? Those are the basics of what we’re talking about.”I understand people feel upset or uncomfortable. There’s feelings of disrespect about the anthem protest or things that I’ve said in the past. Ultimately, I am here, open and honest.”I’ve admitted mistakes. I will continue to do that. I’ll continue to be vulnerable and be honest and open and have that conversation.”last_img read more

26
Oct
2019

ESPN Makes Decision On Paul Finebaum’s Future With Company

first_imgESPN's Paul Finebaum.Twitter/@MikeAndMikeThe future of SEC coverage for ESPN has been locked down. Paul Finebaum, a name synonymous with the SEC, has reached a multi-year deal with the company to remain a key contributor for the SEC Network and ESPN.The Worldwide Leader had some competition, but landed one of the biggest free agents in the media landscape this summer. Finebaum isn’t going anywhere.The details of his deal were not released. However, ESPN is calling this a “multiyear contract extension” that will see Finebaum continue as host of The Paul Finebaum Show and as an analyst on SEC Nation.Finebaum spoke with ESPN about the news.“I’m thrilled to be a member of the ESPN family and look forward to continuing our show on SEC Network,” Finebaum said. “I consider myself incredibly blessed to do this every day, and I’d like to thank everyone at ESPN, as well as all of our loyal listeners and viewers, for their support.”Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network in the running to land Finebaum. Of course, hearing Finebaum call anything other than the SEC just seems wrong at this point in his career.He belong in the SEC. What would his daily callers do without him?[ESPN]last_img read more

26
Oct
2019

ESPN Releases Its Prediction For Michigan-Notre Dame

first_imgNotre Dame's mascot running with a flag.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish rally performs September 17, 2011at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Michigan State 31-13. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)Michigan at Notre Dame is one of the premier match-ups of College Football Week 1. The two rivals square off at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday night.Michigan is looking to get the offense on track, with Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson set to start after being granted immediate eligibility.Notre Dame is a talented team once again, with a sturdy defense, but once again has questions in the passing game. Incumbent starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush gets the nod, but Ian Book waits in the wings if he struggles to improve, and true freshman Phil Jurkovec has impressed in camp.The Fighting Irish are a narrow favorite to win at home. Brian Kelly’s team is currently a one-point favorite in the game.That would indicate that Michigan would be a slight favorite on a neutral site. Home field advantage is generally worth about three points on a line.What does ESPN think about the contest right now?Here’s the early prediction:ESPN’s FPI gives Notre Dame a 68.3 percent chance to win this weekend’s game, giving Michigan a 31.7 percent chance to take the W.ESPN's FPI prediction for Michigan at Notre Dame.The two teams will square off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday night. The game will be broadcast on NBC.Who are you taking?[ESPN]last_img read more

26
Oct
2019

Tom Herman Discusses 2 Texas Quarterbacks Who Are Looking At Transfer Options

first_imgTexas Longhorns coach Tom Herman holding a whistle in his mouth.AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 07: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns watches players warm up before the game against the Kansas State Wildcats at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Texas football’s quarterback depth for 2019 is in a bit of peril, with young QBs Cameron Rising and Casey Thompson both exploring their transfer options.Within days of each other, it was reported that Rising and Thompson were in the NCAA’s transfer portal.That doesn’t mean either is leaving Texas. It does allow both to explore the possibility.Rising and Thompson were both four-star members of Texas football’s 2018 recruiting class.247Sports ranked Rising as the No. 247 player, and No. 11 pro style quarterback in the country that year.Thompson was just behind him, at No. 291 overall and No. 14 among dual-threat QBs.Tom Herman says he has made it clear that he wants both Cameron Rising and Casey Thompson back.He says he’s communicated as much to the players and their families. From Burnt Orange Nation:“We’ve been very communicative with both families and both young men — they’re happy to be here, they’re happy to be a part of their team. I think this is the way of the world now. Guys that want to explore their options have that right to do so, but we also have the opportunity to communicate to them how important they are to our program.”Both players are taking redshirts this season as true freshmen. The bigger problem may lie ahead of them on the depth chart.Sam Ehlinger emerged as a legitimate star for Texas this year. That could mean that veteran Shane Buechele, the former UT starter who has a good amount of playing time under his belt, could explore his options as a graduate transfer.The team is bringing in highly-touted four-star Roschon Johnson as a member of the 2019 class, but they’d definitely rather not be limited to that little depth at the position in 2019.[Burnt Orange Nation]last_img read more

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Oct
2019

Luke Fickell Has Fired Back At Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh

first_img “Here’s what I believe in the whole waiver process: the number one, most important thing, and all the power, comes from the school that a kid is leaving. No matter what,” Fickell told The Athletic. “(Michigan) didn’t back the waiver. They can say what they want to say, but the only thing they said that was positive was that if the NCAA chooses to make (Hudson) eligible, then they would accept it — that they didn’t have an angle. They are just trying to cover their ass. And I’m really, completely disappointed in it.“They can say they didn’t undermine it, but they didn’t work to help the kid out.”Harbaugh responded to that criticism earlier this week, saying Fickell doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He alleged that Fickell tried to get Harbaugh to tell the NCAA that things were worse with Hudson than they really were.“Coach Fickell tried to coach me on how to say it differently,” he said on Tuesday night. “Not saying it in that way. I told him, ‘I’m not gonna lie.’”Fickell has since responded to those allegations, speaking to the media after practice.Fickell on the spring phone call with Harbaugh: “It was kind of cold. It was short. It wasn’t a long conversation. It wasn’t hard to figure out what their stance was. They supposedly weren’t going to hold (James Hudson’s waiver) up, but they weren’t going to help him.”— Fletcher Page (@FletcherPage) August 15, 2019More on the phone call: “I’ve got notes if you want them. Nothing more than asking, ‘hey, what’s your stance on James? Are you going to help the kid?'”— Fletcher Page (@FletcherPage) August 15, 2019″… Just like I called coach Day at Ohio State and Coach Saban at Alabama. I did nothing different than what I did with those guys and the results are different.”— Fletcher Page (@FletcherPage) August 15, 2019Fickell, a former Ohio State player and assistant coach, is no longer an official rival of Michigan, though he’s clearly helping one develop at Cincinnati. A closeup of Jim Harbaugh wearing a Michigan hat and jacket.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines coaches against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the third quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh continue to trade barbs over the James Hudson transfer waiver saga.Hudson, a former Wolverines player, transferred into the Bearcats’ program, and hoped to get a waiver to play right away from the NCAA, citing mental health reasons.The NCAA denied Hudson’s waiver this spring, saying that Cincinnati was more than 100 miles from his hometown, while stating that he had no record of mental health issues at Michigan. The NCAA has since denied another appeal from Hudson, making him ineligible until 2020.Fickell has blamed Harbaugh for essentially blocking Hudson’s waiver.last_img read more

26
Oct
2019

Notre Dame Sends Congratulatory Message To Brandon Wimbush

first_imgBrandon Wimbush passing the ball for Notre Dame.CHESTNUT HILL, MA – SEPTEMBER 16: Brandon Wimbush #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks to pass during the first half against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Earlier today, UCF named Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush its starting quarterback. Wimbush will make his debut for the Knights next week against Florida A&M.Wimbush announced his decision to leave Notre Dame shortly after last season. Even though he’s no longer with the Fighting Irish, his former program hasn’t forgotten him.The official Notre Dame football Twitter account sent Wimbush a congratulatory tweet this afternoon.“Congrats, @WimbushB7! We’re rooting for you. #GoIrish,” it said. Congrats, @WimbushB7!We’re rooting for you. #GoIrish ☘️ https://t.co/JEdSJRqkNA— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 22, 2019Wimbush arrived at Notre Dame in 2015 as one of the top quarterback prospects in the country. His tenure in South Bend was an up-and-down one.After waiting his turn for two years, Wimbush was named the starter for the 2017 season, but he struggled with accuracy despite producing 30 total touchdowns and nine wins in 12 starts.Wimbush began last season as the starter but was replaced by Ian Book in Week 4. Still, he never complained and remained a well-respected member of the team.When Notre Dame needed Wimbush to start against Florida State because Book was injured, he stepped up and provided a strong performance on Senior Night in his final home game. All things considered, it is great to see the Irish continuing to support him.Hopefully he can finish his college career on a high note with the Knights.last_img read more

25
Oct
2019

Wasim Jaffer 1st batsman to score 1000 runs in a Ranji Trophy season twice

first_img Rajarshi Gupta WayanadJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 15:56 IST Ranji Trophy Semifinals: Wasim Jaffer had previously scored 1260 runs for Mumbai in a single season. (@vinodkambli349 Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIn 2008-09, Wasim Jaffer had scored 1260 runs for Mumbai in the Ranji TrophyThis season, Jaffer has scored over 1000 runs for VidarbhaJaffer is the only Asian batsman to score 2 first-class double hundreds after turning 40Wasim Jaffer became the first batmsan in history to score 1000 runs in a season twice in Ranji Trophy. The 40-year-old Jaffer had scored 1260 runs from 16 innings at an average of 84 for Mumbai in 2008-09. This year, playing for Vidarbha, Jaffer needed 31 before the semi-final against Kerala.After Umesh Yadav’s seven-wicket haul blew Kerala away for 106 in their first innings on the opening day, Jaffer scored 34. Already the highest-scorer in Ranji Trophy history, Jaffer, last week, become the first rst Indian and the first Asian batsman to score two double centuries after turning 40 in first-class cricket.In Vidarbha’s Ranji Trophy quarterfinal against Uttarakhand, Jaffer had made 206 off 296 balls in a 304-run partnership with Sanjay Ramasamy.Ranji Trophy Semifinals Day 1 Live Score: Vidarbha vs KeralaWasim Jaffer played 31 Tests for India between 2000 and 2008. However, his peak co-incided with the emergence of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. One of Mumbai’s finesh talents, Jaffer 1944 Test runs including five hundreds with a best of 212.Jaffer had made his debut against South Africa in Mumbai in 2000 and over the next few years, became a crucial member of the Indian team. On the tour of the West Indies in 2002, Jaffer scored two gritty half-centuries before a memorable Test against England in Nagpur where he made 81 and 100.Jaffer, in his days as India opener, took a special liking for the West Indies. In 2006, he made scores of 212, 43, 60 and 54. India, under Rahul Dravid won the four-Test series 1-0.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 Tags :Follow Wasim JafferFollow Ranji TrophyFollow Vidarbha vs Kerala Wasim Jaffer 1st batsman to score 1000 runs in a Ranji Trophy season twiceRanji Trophy: Wasim Jaffer went past 1000 runs this season for Vidarbha a decade after scoring 1260 runs for Mumbai. He is the first batsman in Ranji Trophy history to score over 1000 runs in a season twice.advertisementlast_img read more

25
Oct
2019

Tata Altroz’s side profile revealed in latest teaser

first_imgTata Altroz’s side profile revealed in latest teaserThe teaser shows the side profile of Altroz and it seems that the rear door handle is located on the C-pillar, similar to the positioning of the rear door handle in Maruti Suzuki Swift.advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 15:45 IST Tata Altroz teaserHIGHLIGHTSTata Altroz was first showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 as the 45X Concept.It will be the second vehicle from the company to sport the Impact 2.0 Design Language.It is being claimed that Altroz might feature the engines that are available with Nexon.Tata Altroz will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show, which begins next week. The upcoming premium hatchback has already been spied testing in India. Tata Motors has now released a teaser of the car, ahead of its premier at the show. Upon its launch in India, Altroz will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz.The teaser shows the side profile of Altroz and it seems that the rear door handle is located on the C-pillar, similar to the positioning of the rear door handle on Maruti Suzuki Swift. It can also be gauged that the hatchback will have a rising window line and quite a large boot.First showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 as the 45X Concept, the hatchback was officially named as Altroz after a seabird known as Albatross, on February 25 by Tata Motors. It will be commercially launched in mid-2019.Tata Altroz will be the second vehicle from the company to sport the Impact 2.0 Design Language, after the recently launched Harrier. It will be engineered on the new ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) Architecture. With lightweight, modular and flexible characteristics, the ALFA architecture has the ability to evolve into a range of modern and youthful vehicles within a short development cycle, the company claims.Several spy-photographs of Tata Altroz available online indicate that the hatchback will get a bold look upfront and the company might take a cue from Harrier while designing the headlamps. A sporty grille is expected to add to the overall styling. The tail lamps might also be Harrier-inspired. Inside the cabin, there will be ample space. Plush seat upholstery, along with floating touchscreen infotainment system and premium multi information display, is expected to add to the luxury quotient of the hatchback.advertisementIt is being claimed that Tata Altroz might feature the engines that are available with Nexon. The compact SUV comes in with two powertrains — a 1.2-litre turbocharged revotron petrol and a 1.5-litre turbocharged revotorq diesel. The revotron mill is good for 110 PS of power and 170 Nm of torque, while the revotorq motor churns out 110 PS of power and 260 Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with an option for a six-speed automatic transmission as well. However, one will have to wait for an official announcement to get clarity about the technical specifications of the upcoming hatchback.Tata Nexon gets safety features like driver and co-driver airbags, ABS with EBD, driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder, ISOFIX child-seat anchorage, park assist with rear sensors, park assist with camera, day and night IRVM, front fog lamps with cornering assistance and rear defogger. These features can be expected in Tata Altroz as well.ALSO READ | Honda CR-V scores five stars at Euro NCAP crash testsALSO READ | Ferrari F8 Tributo revealed, new sports car to be more powerful than Ferrari 488 GTBALSO READ | 2019 Ford Figo expected to be launched in MarchGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Upcoming carFollow new carFollow 2019 car launchFollow New car launchFollow 2019 carFollow 2019 motor show Nextlast_img read more

25
Oct
2019

Working with ISL, I-League clubs will be key: Igor Stimac

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 24, 2019UPDATED: May 24, 2019 19:58 IST India’s new football coach Igor Stimac. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIgor Stimac said ISL and I-league offer a talent pool for the Indian football teamFormer Croatian player Igor Stimac was appointed India’s new football coach earlier in MayStimac’s first assignment as coach will be in the King’s Cup from June 5 in ThailandIndia’s newly appointed men’s football coach Igor Stimac on Friday said finding a balance between I-League clubs and Indian Super League franchises and using the resources both sides possess will be key to furthering football in the country. “We need to work together,” said Stimac in his first interaction with the media since his appointment.Stating that the ISL is a privately owned league and it’s normal if investors are looking to make gains, Stimac said: “But I-League has something that the ISL cannot buy — tradition.”Stimac said the presence of the two leagues was good for him because of the talent pool they offered. “The ISL is most of the competitive stuff is while most of the young players are developing in the I-League and that is good for me. I will be here to help managers of clubs from both leagues and to give my opinions,” he said.With speculation being rife of Indian Super League set to be made the top flight of the Indian football, I-League clubs in a letter demanded clarity from the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on their future. When they received no response, the clubs pulled out of the Super Cup that was held in April. It has since emerged that the AIFF has imposed fines on the I-League clubs for their action and the tussle has taken the spotlight since the end of the season.Technical director Isac Doru however feels that he doesn’t view the situation as a conflict. “When I looked at this situation from the outside, it did not look good. But since coming here I have realised that it is not a conflict. It is not war. We are together. I don’t see if a club is from the ISL or I-League. It is all Indian football,” he said.advertisementDoru said that the effort should be on improving the quality of games played in the country. “It is not the quantity but the quality of the games that is important. That is when we can have a comparitive approach with all the other leagues in the world,” said the 56-year-old.Stimac’s first assignment as coach will be to lead the team in the King’s Cup that starts on June 5 in Thailand.Also Read | Igor Stimac should be demanding: Sunil ChhetriAlso Read | Will give our 100 per cent: Sunil Chhetri on Igor Stimac’s appointmentAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Indian Super LeagueFollow i-leagueFollow Igor Stimac Working with ISL, I-League clubs will be key: Igor StimacIndia’s recently appointed football coach Igor Stimac said the ongoing rift between the two clubs of India- ISL and I-League- is not serious and that these clubs offer a good talent pool for the national team.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

25
Oct
2019

Saravana Bhavan founder Rajagopal sports oxygen mask to surrender in murder case

first_imgSaravana Bhavan founder Rajagopal sports oxygen mask to surrender in murder caseP Rajagopal, founder of famous South Indian food chain Saravana Bhavan, surrendered on Tuesday before a sessions court to serve life term in a murder case. He arrived in an ambulance and was wearing an oxygen mask.advertisement Akshaya Nath ChennaiJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 17:41 IST P Rajagopal arrives at the court to surrender.HIGHLIGHTSFounder of popular South Indian food chain Saravana Bhavan P Rajagopal surrendered on TuesdayRajagopal surrendered in a murder case hours after the Supreme Court rejected his pleaHe was to surrender on July 7 to serve life imprisonment for murdering an employee of his hotel groupDressed in a white shirt and dhoti and wearing an oxygen mask, Saravana Bhavan owner P Rajagopal arrived at a sessions court in Chennai on Tuesday to surrender to serve life term in the murder case that he has been convicted in.Earlier the Supreme Court rejected Rajagopal’s plea seeking more time.Rajagopal, who moved the apex court citing health reasons, was brought to the premises of the Fourth Additional Sessions Court in an ambulance.Another convict Janardhanan was also brought to the court in an ambulance.Following submissions of the counsel for the convicts in connection with the surrender, both of them are expected to be shifted to the Puzhal Central Prison here.Earlier in the day, a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice NV Ramana dismissed the plea of Rajagopal seeking more time on medical grounds to surrender, saying his illness was not raised before the court during the hearing of the appeal in the case.Rajagopal was to surrender on July 7 to serve life imprisonment for murdering the husband of an employee’s daughter in October 2001.His appeal against the Madras High Court order upholding the trial court’s judgement convicting him was rejected by the apex court in March this year.In October 2001, the daughter of a Saravana Bhavan employee and her husband were kidnapped. Jeevajothi was the daughter of an assistant manager at one of Saravana Bhavan’s Chennai branches. Rajagopal wanted to marry Jeevajothi as an astrologer had told him to marry one Jeevajothi to become one of the richest in the country.advertisementRajagopal then was already married with two wives.Despite Rajagopal’s advances and threats, Jeevajothi went on to marry one Prince Santhakumar, a man she loved. In 2001, after the kidnapping, Jeevajothi’s husband Santhakumar’s body was found by the forest department officials from inside the Tiger Chola forests in Kodaikanal on October 31.His post-mortem report had said the cause of death was asphyxia due to throttling. Soon after, police found the cloth used for the murder.In 2004, a sessions court found Rajagopal guilty of the crime and sentenced him to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment.Rajagopal challenged the sessions court verdict in the Madras High Court but was given life imprisonment in 2009.Rajagopal once again appealed against the verdict in the Supreme court, which upheld the Madras High Court order in March 2019.Rajgopal was asked to surrender on July 7, but he appealed again, asking for more time owing to his ill health. This was rejected by the SC.(With PTI inputs)ALSO READ | SC refuses to give more time to Saravana Bhavan owner to surrender for serving life termALSO WATCH | Saravana Bhavan founder gets life termFor 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 byPrakriti Sharmalast_img read more

24
Oct
2019

Catching up with Kasper Hostrup, founder of Goods

first_img 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make As the world seems a little saturated with concept stores these days, we like to think we scour the globe in search of the really good ones, just for you. Here’s a really good one. Goods launched in 2008 in one of Copenhagen’s hippest neighbourhoods, Østerbro. Since then, founder Kasper Hostrup has been refining his basement store, which now boasts it own awesome collection. We caught up with Kasper to talk exciting brands and VW wheels.I read that you launched during the financial crisis. You must be so proud of what you’ve built?That’s correct, it was not intentionally to start during, but it just snuck up on me like it did everybody else and the first couple of years was extremely tough. For the last couple of years business has been very good and looking back, I can say yes I’m proud.Most of our readers are based in the US. How would you describe the store to them?A personally curated selection of quality goods. But it is difficult to describe and that’s why we just launched a new online site in December 2014 which contains some new content oriented features. We do Q&A’s with founders and designers of the brands we work with, our own Neighbourhood guide to our area of Østerbro in Copenhagen and Customer portraits. We do this for all our online customers so that they get a better understanding of who we are and what we represent as a store. The new Spring/Summer collections and content will be online as of next week.What boxes do brands need to tick for you to stock them in store?Design and quality are key, none without the other. I also like to see consistency in the collection as we are a quality menswear store not a fashion store.Are there any brands you’re particularly excited about right now?Besides Capital Goods, the two newcommers this season which both represent design and quality, but are very different – Italian brand Incotex which is part of the Slowear group and Stone Island´s Shadow Project collection.Tell us about Capital Goods.Capital Goods is my own brand which I make with my two partners and co-owners Hannes Wellander and Jakob Pedersen. Capital Goods is essentially an offspring of the store – We are making everything we consider to be essential and not available on the market today.What essentials should every guy own?A great pair of white leather tennis shoes, khaki chino´s, seersucker shirt, light nylon car coat and a white polo shirt.What’s on your shopping list for Summer?New tyre’s for my 1962 VW Beetle – great wine and food – ceramics from our own collaboration with a female basque Artisan named Idoia. How to Make a Whiskey Sour The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States Ready and Rare-ing to Go: How to Make Steak Tartare Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee last_img read more

24
Oct
2019

TGIF Shopping: Wimbledon Inspired All-Whites

first_img Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world, kicked off at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London on Monday, June 29, and will extend through to July 12.For those unfamiliar, Wimbledon is one of four Grand Slams, the only tournaments that can reach five sets, thus earning them the nickname: the methamphetamine of sports.Related: Get Your Royal Warrior Fantasy on at Dromoland CastleThe longest match ever was 11-hour, 5-minute affair back in 2010.Of equal importance: It’s the only tournament players HAVE to wear white. No exceptions. Not even for Roger Federer, who in 2013 was dinged for the orange soles of his Nike shoes which were deemed to be in violation of this code.“Any undergarments that either are or can be visible during play (including due to perspiration) must also be completely white except for a single trim of color no wider than one centimeter,” Wimbledon’s rules state.Never one to break such strict rules, we thought in solidarity to the great players competing (Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova), we’d put together a round-up of Wimbledon whites to keep you looking fresh and clean.Whether they inspire you to live out your tennis player aspirations… well, that’s on you.Pique Polo Shirt, Handvaerk​, $125Wax and Wool Henley Shirt, ​Woolrich, $66Gavin Slip On, Frye Company, $83White Oxford, Buck Mason, $88Bison Pocket Tee, Welcome Stranger, $42Hopper, Barton Perreira, $470 (available in-store only at Saks)The Director’s Cap, Gents, $38Oxford Jagg Shirt, Maison Kitsune, $122Double Stitch Belt, Florsheim, $30Janson Crewneck Sweatshirt, Jake Spade, $69 (available at Gilt.com)​Vanas​ Suede Wingtip, Esquivel, $715Day Shorts, Solid & Striped, $49 (available at Gilt.com)White Emmett Shorts, Unis New York, $178Hooded Jacket, Costume N Costume, $299 (available at Gilt.com) Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers 1. Pique Polo Shirt, Handvaerk 2. Wax and Wool Henley Shirt, ​Woolrich 3. Gavin Slip On, Frye Company 4. White Oxford, Buck Mason 5. Bison Pocket Tee, Welcome Stranger 6. Hopper, Barton Perreira 7. The Director’s Cap, Gents 8. Oxford Jagg Shirt, Maison Kitsune 9. Double Stitch Belt, Florsheim 10. Janson Crewneck Sweatshirt, Jake Spade 11. Vanas​ Suede Wingtip, Esquivel 12. Day Shorts, Solid & Striped 13. White Emmett Shorts, Unis New York 14. Hooded Jacket, Costume N Costumecenter_img Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Homelast_img read more

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Oct
2019

Trekking: The Summer 2015 Outdoor Gear Guide

first_img1. Osprey Atmos AG 65 2. Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman 3. NEMO Tango Solo 4. Owyhee Rod 5. REI Half Dome 2 6. Keen Durand Mid WP 7. Sea to Summit X-Pot 8. Rab Ignition 3 9. SportsTek Lightwear 4-in-1 10. The Kniper Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.Summer is the time for many things — i.e. BBQ, beer, beach balls — but above all, it’s a time to get outside. It’s the time when the wildflowers are in bloom and the high peaks have begun to shed their snowpack (or lack thereof); when the alpine streams are actually bearable and the skies are relatively clear. It’s also, conveniently, a three-month span when we often have enough time off to properly act upon John Muir’s most infamous line, “the mountains are calling and I must go.”Related: Pack it in with the best daypacks for every adventure | The boots of summerThat said, below are a few of our favorite pieces of summer gear, from telescoping fishing rods and utility axes to lightweight backpacks and a terrific sleeping bag that’s perfect for those warm summer nights when a traditional mummy bag is just too hot to handle. Now, if only our window of opportunity wasn’t already fading with the sunset…Osprey Atmos AG 65 ($260)Sometimes the long haul requires more than a simply daypack. Thankfully, the Osprey Atmos AG 65 is primed for such an occasion, outfitted with a continuous panel of torso-conforming mesh that extends from top of the backpanel to the hipbelt. Four compression straps let you balance heavy loads, too, while various straps and loops provide a quick means for attaching gear on the move.Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman ($80)The Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman is the Swiss Army knife of handaxes — one aimed at the car-camping enthusiast looking for versatility without excess weight. The axe quickly converts to a bow saw when you need of clear limbs up to 4 inches in diameter, and more importantly, the back of the 5-inch blade features a mallet and stake puller for quickly assembling and dismantling your tent with ease.NEMO Tango Solo ($330)There’s a healthy assortment of summer-centric sleeping bags on the market, but nothing quite like NEMO’s Tango Solo. It’s backless design uses a removable hood and built-in elastic to keep any 20 or 25-inch pad beneath you, allowing you to stretch out unrestricted beneath what is essentially a 700-fill down blanket. It’s also light enough for quick backcountry jaunts and rated for 30°.Owyhee Rod ($160)Bigger isn’t always better, but in the case of Tenkara Rod Co.’s fishing lineup, sometimes it is. The company’s ultra-light, telescoping Owyhee is its biggest yet, outfitted with a walnut spool, swivel tips, and a green-and-gold color scheme reflective of its namesake. It offers 13 feet of length when fully extended, and when closed, the rod packs down to a mere 21 inches for ultimate portability.REI Half Dome 2 ($219)The Half Dome 2 has long been REI’s flagship tent, and frankly, it’s only gotten better with time. The roomy, three-season tent accommodates two campers with plenty of space to spare, while capitalizing on 40 and 70-denier nylon that’s as durable as it is reliable. The intuitive fly design even lets roll up the sides and ends for maximum airflow and a stunning view of the stars above.Keen Durand Mid WP ($180)Keen’s Durand Mid WP is as about as versatile as it comes when talking hiking boots. They’re both light and extremely comfortable, weighing a mere 1.3 pounds and equipped with ample padding. The nubuck leather and polyurethane midsole add to their ruggedness and stability, while grippy outsole ensures you stay grounded on the beaten path, regardless of the water at your feet.Sea to Summit X-Pot ($45)Sea to Summit’s X-Pot is not the lightest or sexiest piece of cookware around, but most others don’t conveniently fold into a disc that’s an inch thick. The cooking pot’s silicone walls quickly collapse for travel, but when propped up at camp, the anodized aluminum base allows you to heat your food within minutes. The translucent lid and integrated strainer only add to its space-saving appeal.Rab Ignition 3 ($145)There’s nothing more iconic to camping than a traditional mummy bag. That said, the Rab Ignition 3 remains one of the best we tested this year for the price, offering considerable comfort when the temperature hovers just shy of 30°. The synthetic fill also renders it both packable and warm, while the 30D ripstop outer fabric allows it to dry quickly and last among the elements.SportsTek Lightwear 4-in-1 ($40)For most tasks, 220 lumens of light can go a long way. SportsTek’s Lightwear 4-in-1 headlamp is designed for such occasions, providing you with an easy method to light your way from the top of your head, your hip, or the front of your bicycle. The durable, water-resistant lamp also features adjustable straps and lighting modes to boot, so you can tone it up when spelunking and down at dawn.The Kniper ($145)The Kniper isn’t your average knife. The lime-green piece of tech is milled from a single piece of 420 high-carbon stainless steel that totes 22 different functions, whether you’re in desperate need of a bottle opener, saw, fork, ruler, wrench, sundial, tobacco pipe, or blade. It’s even a solid throwing knife if need be, though, we anticipate you’ll use that aspect of the blade more for fun than anything else. Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather center_img How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more