Football Dwayne Haskins is the Heismancaliber quarterback he knew he was

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) pumps up the crowd after McLaurin scored a touchdown in the first half of the B1G Championship Game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins came into this season with big shoes to fill.Following behind J.T. Barrett, who held a handful of Ohio State records and was a part of the two teams that made the College Football Playoff, the redshirt sophomore was not expected to immediately become the next legend under center.But Haskins did that and more this season, and he hasn’t shown it in a more spectacular fashion than he did in Ohio State’s 45-24 victory against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship.For many, all this success from a first-year starter came as a surprise. But for Haskins, he knew he was going to win the job in the offseason.He knew he would be the star that he eventually became.“I knew I was gonna be the guy, just a matter of time before [Urban Meyer] made the decision,” Haskins said. “I always wanted to come to school here at 10 years old, I knew I was gonna be a quarterback here, knew we were gonna do great things this year, and that’s me birthing it into existence.”Haskins completed 34-of-41 passes for 499 yards and five touchdowns with one interception. The completions, yards and touchdown passes were all records for the Big Ten Championship.During the most impressive performance of his collegiate career, Haskins passed Barrett for the most total touchdowns in a single season in Big Ten history.He beat his own program record of 470 passing yards he set in the loss to Purdue, and earned his fifth game of 400 passing yards or more. Every other quarterback in Ohio State history has combined for one of those games.“I mean it is what it is, he be doing it all year,” redshirt junior wide receiver K.J. Hill said. “I feel like he should be in New York and win the Heisman.”The Heisman race has officially opened up after Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was injured in the third quarter after throwing 10-of-25 for 164 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.Tagovailoa, Haskins and Oklahoma redshirt junior quarterback Kyler Murray appear to be the lead candidates after Saturday’s games, and Haskins still may be the least likely of the trio to end up with the trophy.But the redshirt sophomore has found a way to win games like Saturday’s Big Ten Championship all season long.With the Ohio State run game regressing to 2.3 yards per carry, Haskins opened up Northwestern’s zone defense — designed to allow short-yardage plays, but stop deep balls — with touchdown passes of 29 and 42 yards, as well as another 63-yard throw to redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon.The 42-yard score was to redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin perfectly in stride over McLaurin’s shoulder on the right sideline.McLaurin said he often doesn’t have to do much because of his quarterback’s accuracy.“It makes my job a lot easier,” McLaurin said. “A lot of my passes this season have been right in my bread basket. All I gotta do is catch it.”Haskins’ day was not without errors.In the second quarter, Haskins had Hill open on the left side of the field, but the redshirt sophomore overthrew it, giving the Wildcats an easy interception.But for the crucial error in the first half, there were plenty of highlight moments to make up for it.Haskins showed his improved footwork with a 16-yard touchdown pass to McLaurin on a perfect throw to the corner of the end zone to get Ohio State up early. In the second half, Haskins found Dixon on the 63-yard throw, the entirety of the yards picked up through the air.Whether he is going to the College Football Playoff or, more likely, the Rose Bowl, Haskins is satisfied with the season his team has put together.“Any team would want to be 12-1 and win a conference championship, so whether that’s in the playoffs or the Rose Bowl, you know it’s just an opportunity to play for the university, play for each other,” Haskins said. “Regardless of whether you make the playoffs or not, and I’m just happy to be a part of this team.”Haskins, 13 starts later, now sits atop as one of the most prolific passers Ohio State has ever had.The redshirt sophomore who was once committed to Maryland, who knew the whole time he was going to be the guy, has become the guy who nearly threw for 500 yards in the Big Ten Championship.Only time will tell if Haskins has done enough to be invited as a Heisman trophy nominee. Haskins said he feels he has “a pretty good shot,” but to head coach Urban Meyer, there should be no doubt.“He’s without question a Heisman candidate. I’ve seen the statistics of the other two great players, and there’s no doubt. Dwayne Haskins is a Heisman candidate, and he should be in New York City.” read more

Mignolet to make decision on future after World Cup

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has admitted that his future at the club is uncertain and that a final decision will be made after the World CupThe Belgium international lost his place in as the number one goalkeeper to Loris Karius, after a short spell injured. His future at Anfield was thrown into further doubt when Jurgen Klopp admitted that Karius will now be the first-choice for the remainder of the season.Mignolet has revealed that he has held conversations with Klopp over his role at the club. The 30 year-old remains keen to regain his place in the team, but will hold off on any final decision until the World Cup is over.“I don’t know what the future holds for me,” said Mignolet, according to DHNET.“I have three years left on my contract at Liverpool.“Of course I want to play. The coach knows that, and I have talked about it with him. I will think about my future after the World Cup.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I keep focused, just in case. An injury, a suspension, anything can happen and change the course of a season. I stay professional in order to be ready.”Mignolet admitted his disappointment at being dropped by Klopp: “I was disappointed. In football, it’s rare to get a clear answer, but sometimes you have to let things go. I know that becoming number one again won’t be easy.“I mustn’t let my head drop. I have always worked and I continue to do so.“The boys in the squad even tell me to calm things down in terms of the amount of work I do, but it’s in my nature.”Mignolet played in goal for Belgium in their convincing 4-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Tuesday evening after Thibaut Courtois sustained an injury.last_img read more

Chelsea to target both Zidane Blanc

first_imgChelsea are preparing to make an informal approach for Zinedine Zidane, although Laurent Blanc is expected to take charge at the club after they pulled out of signing Maurizio SarriThe Blues are expected to release Antonio Conte from his post at Stamford Bridge this summer after a disappointing season which saw Chelsea fail to retain their Premier League and finish outside the top four in the league table.While aware that Zidane will very likely to be in high demand, the London club are prepared to make at least an informal approach for the Frenchman this summer as they seek to reclaim their Premier League crown next season.However, it is Zidane’s former France teammate Laurent Blanc who is now the new favourite to become the new manager at Chelsea after they withdrew their interest in Sarri due to his homophobic views.The former Napoli had in fact been involved in a big public row with former Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini, who now is the new head coach of Italy.“The confrontation on the touchline? You have to ask Sarri about that,” said Mancini, as reported on The Sun.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“He is a racist. People like him do not belong in football.“I stood up to ask about the five minutes being added on and Sarri shouted ‘p***’ and ‘f*****’ at me.“I wouldn’t be proud to be that, if he is what is considered a man.”Due to this, Chelsea have now decided to pursue a deal for Blanc.The 52-year-old was recently in charge of Paris Saint-Germain, where he won three Ligue titles.last_img read more

Eriksen admits Denmark should have beaten lucky Australia

first_imgWhile describing Australia’s penalty decision as “lucky”, Christian Eriksen was adamant that Denmark should have put the game beyond doubt beforehand after having to settle for a 1-1 drawThe Danish playmaker produced a sublime finish in the seventh minute of the game at the Samara Arena following Nicolai Jorgensen’s clever lay-off to hand Denmark an early lead.However, Yussuf Poulsen’s handball in the penalty area was penalised by VAR after protests by the Australian players had been initially waved off by the referee.Poulsen was also booked for the incident, after conceding his second penalty at Russia, and will now be unavailable for Denmark in their final Group C game.Australia captain Mile Jedinak then converted from the spot to level the score at 1-1.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.After enjoying a period of dominance, Denmark were unable to break through the Australia defence again and were denied the chance to qualify for the Round of 16.“If you look at the first 20 minutes, it should have been a win,” said Eriksen, according to ESPN.“But Australia had a bit more the upper hand after that, and of course they were lucky with the decision. That’s how it is.“There is a handball in the penalty area, but it’s not really an unnatural situation. If you go in for a duel, of course, you’re going to use your hands to jump. But the decision has to be correct — maybe it’s too correct.”Denmark with meet France for their final Group C match at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on 26 June (16:00 GMT+2)last_img read more

Coachella Goes AR With Immersive Stage Experience

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety And while there will be some filters available during performances, the experience really starts to shine during change-overs, with Goldenvoice’s spokesperson promising “space objects like planets, asteroids, and stars,” space stations and a life-size space shuttle, as well as tie-ins with a variety of on-site installations, including one that chronicles “the spacefaring attempt from a group of discombobulated hippos.”The AR-enabled stage is just a first step for Goldenvoice to bring these kinds of technologies to music festivals, according to the company’s spokesperson. “We always like to be on the cutting edge of technology in the space, and we’ll be nimble to change what we do depending on what is technically feasible,” he said.center_img Coachella is embracing augmented reality (AR) with an immersive stage experience that encourages the audience to take out their phones and participate with audio-reactive AR filters. The experience, which has been produced by Coachella’s digital innovation team, will debut this Friday, and will be available during both festival weekends.“We want to provide fun and cutting edge experiences for the people who attend the show,” said a spokesperson for Goldenvoice, the company behind Coachella. “During sets, attendees can use a number of different AR filters that react to the audio coming out of the speakers.”The AR experience will be available at the festival’s Sahara stage, where acts like Diplo, Jaden Smith, Kid Cudi, Whiz Califa and Gucci Gang are scheduled to play. Audience members can access the experience right from within the Coachella app via the Coachela Camera option. The app also offers the ability to capture and save photos and videos of the AR experience.last_img read more