Edgar Davids has insisted Juventus’ current squad, led by record signing Cristiano Ronaldo, cannot be labelled the club’s best ever until they at least reach the Champions League final.The Italian giants finished top of Serie A last season for the eighth year running, ending up a comfortable 11 points clear of nearest rivals Napoli.However, despite last year’s addition of superstar forward Ronaldo to an already star-studded group, Juventus exited both the Champions League and Coppa Italia in the last eight. 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 Davids, who enjoyed a seven-year spell at the club which saw him win three Serie A crowns, claimed his former side must improve on last season’s showing in Europe in particular if they are to go down as the best in club history. Asked if Ronaldo’s Juventus is the greatest crop of players seen at the Bianconeri through the years, Davids replied: “Did he reach the Champions league final? No. But I hope they can make it next year.”It is becoming an obsession for Juventus. When you want to be the best it has to be an obsession.”Juventus have added free agents Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and Gianluigi Buffon, as well as bringing in Merih Demiral and Luca Pellegrini during the close season.Ajax’s in-demand skipper Matthijs de Ligt has been tipped to make the switch to the Allianz Stadium too, following a successful season at the Eredivisie side which saw him lead them to the Champions League semi-finals, knocking out Juventus in the process at the quarter-final stage.De Ligt was not quite able to match Davids, who claimed a Champions League crown with Ajax in 1995, but could find himself on a similar path to the former Netherlands star if he makes the move to Turin.Davids made the move from Ajax to Serie A following that Champions League triumph, first to Milan for a season and then to Juventus midway through the following campaign.However, Davids has his reservations about annointing his countryman De Ligt as one of the best in the game just yet. “He has only played one season at the highest level,” Davids said at the Operazione Nostalgia 2019 event. “I don’t think we have to exaggerate his evaluation.”Juventus have reached the final five times since their last triumph in the Champions League, twice with Davids, and most recently going down 4-1 to Real Madrid in 2017.
Valencia centre-back Jeison Murillo has cut short his stay in La Liga after Sampdoria agreed a deal for the Colombia international.The 27-year-old, who only moved to Mestalla on a permanent basis last year following a loan deal with an obligation to buy from Inter, made only seven appearances across the 2018-19 campaign, split between his parent club and a half-season loan spell with Barcelona.The Colombia international’s limited opportunities saw him lose his place in his nation’s squad following his World Cup exploits in Russia, missing out on selection for this year’s Copa America. 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? Now, he will initially link up with the Serie A outfit on loan before joining for a reported €15m (£13.5m/$16.9m) fee, having agreed to a four-year deal.Initially contracted to Udinese as a teenager, Murillo never made a senior appearance for the Italian team, instead spending the early stages of his career on loan with Cadiz and Las Palmas on loan.He subsequently established himself as a regular for Granada in 2013 before making the move to Inter two years later, on the back of an international breakout performance for Colombia that saw him named in the Team of the Tournament at the 2015 Copa America.He found his chances somewhat reduced in his second season at San Siro, and ultimately sealed a return on an initial loan to Spain to join Valencia, only for that to also falter over the past 12 months.Murillo becomes the latest in a line of off-season recruits at Sampdoria as the club seek to build upon last season’s ninth-place finish.Having lost highly-rated defender Joachim Anderson to Lyon, they have raided fellow domestic rivals Juventus and Udinese among others for goalkeeper Emil Audero and midfielder Jakub Jankto.Valencia meanwhile have effectively swapped goalkeepers with Murillo’s former club Barca bringing Jasper Cillessen on board with Neto heading in the opposite direction.They have also brought on-board Villarreal winger Denis Cheryshev, and have lost striker Simone Zaza to Torino.The La Liga outfit will be one of four Spanish teams competing in the Champions League this coming season after they beat out Getafe and Sevilla by two points to finish fourth.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant, who’s transferred out of the Tigers’ program, took his first transfer visit over the weekend.Bryant, who’s expected to have interest from several major programs, visited another ACC team on Saturday afternoon.The Tigers’ former starting QB was spotted at North Carolina’s game on Saturday.Former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant visiting UNC today. pic.twitter.com/mMS8Ht1zyc— Jonathan M Alexander (@jonmalexander) October 13, 2018North Carolina and Arkansas have both been mentioned as options for Bryant. He reportedly has a visit scheduled to the Razorbacks’ program later this season.West Virginia is another potential option, per reports.According to Matt Connolly of The State, former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant has interest in #WVU— Schuyler Callihan (@DVNCallihan) October 12, 2018Stay tuned.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Chase Winovich #15 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field celebrating a 38-13 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Two hours before kickoff for Michigan vs. Michigan State, Wolverines linebacker Devin Bush, after an altercation with a few Spartans, attempted to tear up his opponent’s midfield logo with his cleats. After the game, the whole team headed to that same spot to celebrate.Michigan knocked off Michigan State 21-7 on Saturday in a defensive battle that saw the Spartans wind up benching their starting quarterback. The Wolverines, behind a nice performance from Shea Patterson, had just enough offense to get out of East Lansing with the win.After the game, Michigan’s players grabbed the Paul Bunyan Trophy and eventually headed to midfield to celebrate.According to reporters on scene, Michigan State’s players initially guarded midfield. But the Wolverines waited them out.As soon as MSU goes to the locker room, Michigan gathers at midfield and bounces up and down on the Spartan logo. https://t.co/d5oQGBvTTX— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) October 20, 2018Michigan celebrates right on the logo pic.twitter.com/YwpqoONGky— Max Marcovitch (@Max_Marcovitch) October 20, 2018Michigan celebrating on the Spartan logo with Paul Bunyan. pic.twitter.com/LlLUtN1N5a— Brandon Justice (@BrandonBJustice) October 20, 2018In the below clips, you can see Michigan’s players jumping up and down and stomping on the Spartans’ logo.Jim Harbaugh, with his team’s win, now moves to 2-2 against his main in-state rival.Michigan vs. Michigan State is great every year, and the 2019 version is already shaping up to be a great one.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 16: James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions prepare to take the field against the Georgia State Panthers at Beaver Stadium on September 16, 2017 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Penn State tight end Danny Dalton is one of several Nittany Lions who explored a transfer this offseason. Today, he announced a new destination.Dalton will cap off his career at Boston College. The Marshfield (Mass.) native was once committed to the Eagles for a short time in 2015, before he backed off that pledge and eventually chose PSU.“It’s funny how things come full circle in life, and I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity,” Dalton wrote on Twitter.pic.twitter.com/iyCuuyoRDI— Danny Dalton (@danny_dalton22) January 20, 2019After redshirting in 2016, Dalton didn’t see game action in 2017. He made his debut in 2018, appearing in three games.He caught three passes for 19 yards on the season, including a pair of receptions for 17 yards against Pitt in Week 2.As a graduate transfer, Dalton will be immediately eligible for Boston College this fall. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.Since the end of the season, 11 Penn State players have entered the NCAA’s new transfer portal, by far the highest number in the Big Ten. Entering the portal doesn’t guarantee that a player will transfer, but it allows them to be in contact with other programs.Linebacker Jarvis Miller has announced a transfer to UMass, while Dalton is BC-bound. Safety Isaiah Humphries (Cal), linebacker Brelin Faison-Walden (Charlotte) and offensive tackle offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins (Duquesne) have also revealed their new homes.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The Alabama Crimson Tide fell short of their ultimate goal last year, but in 2019, it’s fair to say they’ll be back in the national championship picture. Let’s take a look at the 12 games on their slate for the upcoming campaign.Alabama’s non-conference schedule, per usual, will be dissected by college football fans. The Crimson Tide don’t really have a marquee opponent they’ll be playing that doesn’t reside in the SEC.Alabama’s four games out of its league will come against Duke, New Mexico State, Southern Miss and Western Carolina. The contest against the Blue Devils, which will take place in Atlanta, is the only game of the four that won’t be played at Bryant-Denny Stadium.In the SEC, Alabama will have home games against Ole Miss, Tennessee, Arkansas and LSU. They’ll be on the road against South Carolina, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and rival Auburn.Here’s a look at the entire slate. It’s not the hardest schedule we’ve seen Alabama take on in recent years:August 31: vs. Duke (in Atlanta)September 7: New Mexico StateSeptember 14: at South CarolinaSeptember 21: Southern MissSeptember 28: Ole MissOctober 5: ByeOctober 12: at Texas A&MOctober 19: TennesseeOctober 26: ArkansasNovember 2: ByeNovember 9: LSUNovember 16: at Mississippi StateNovember 23: Western CarolinaNovember 30: at AuburnIf Alabama can win the SEC West again, it’ll take on the SEC East champion on December 7 in Atlanta.The team’s toughest games, undoubtedly, will come against Texas A&M, LSU and Auburn. If they can survive those three, they’ll likely have a good shot at being back in the College Football Playoff.
B L E S S E D 🙏 pic.twitter.com/dyLrFSNSjo— L8 (@L8thanRansom) June 4, 2019The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Ransom has been compared to Arizona Cardinals defensive back Marcus Williams, according to his 247Sports profile.He is the No. 5 rising senior in the state of Arizona and the fifth-ranked safety in the country, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Ransom is the 72nd-overall recruit in the 2020 class. NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 1: A general view of the game football taken during the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas State Wildcats on October 1, 2005 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners won 43-21. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic four-star safety Lathan Ransom owns more than two dozen scholarship offers. As of today, he is focusing on five schools.Ransom named his top five moments ago on Twitter. He’s down to LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas.Ransom already officially visited LSU and Oklahoma in April and unofficially visited Texas last weekend. He has official visits to Notre Dame and Ohio State coming up this month.For an in-depth breakdown of Ransom’s top five via 247Sports, click here.