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Russia 2018: We can't surprise Argentina again â" Rohr
Nigeriaâs manager, Gernot Rohr has admitted that the June 26 match with Argentina at Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg will be a difficult one. The Nigeria coach told an Argentine publication, OlÃ© that he anticipates that the encounter will be a classification match. The publication reported that Rohr spoke with Argentine radio station, Radio Rivadavia.
Rohr reportedly remarked that the match will determine who follows who. In essence, he is projecting that both Argentina and Nigeria will emerge from the Group D and the last match will only determine t he group leader and the runners-up.
The runners-up face a potentially difficult Round of 16 match with projected Group C leader, France. The French side eliminated Nigeria at that stage four years ago. Rohr has a link with the French, even though he was born a German.
A substantial part of his adult life has been in France; hence he is often described as Franco-German. His dream may be to be the Group leader as Nigeria did in 1994 in a group that also had Argentina.
On the South Americans, Rohr reportedly remarked: âYou know how we play, so we cannot surprise them like the last timeâ, referring to the 4-2 defeat Nigeria inflicted on Argentina two months ago.
He acknowledged that this time it will be more difficult to beat the Sampaoli as they did in the friendly at Krasnodar Stadium, Russia.
âIt will be more difficult this time than in the friendly because they know how we play, so we cannot surprise them like the last time.âSourc e: Google News Argentina | Netizen 24 Argentina
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Golden Globes 2018: Nominees on Sexism; Red Carpet Is Awash With Black
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Report: Brian Gutekunst staying in Green Bay
Brian Gutekunst was supposed to interview with the Texans today, but didnât.
The bigger news what that means back in Green Bay.
According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Packers director of player personnel came to Houston, but didnât interview with the Texans because he chose to stay with the Packers.
Whether that means heâs getting the vacant G.M. job there or has agreed to stay in a lesser role is unclear. McClain suggests heâll share G.M. duties there with fellow in-house candidate Russ Ball.
Gutekunst interviewed with the Packers Friday, and is one of a handful of internal candidates theyâre considering (along with a lot of big-name external candidates).
Either way, it seems like a significant domino to fall.
UPDATE 1:47 p.m. ET: Per multiple reports, the Packers job is Gutekunstâs alone. Which makes the next set of moves they make involving Ball and Eliot Wolf interesting.Source: Google News US Sports | Netizen 24 United States
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Ohio State blows out No. 1 Michigan State 80-64
Ohio State blows out No. 1 Michigan State 80-64
The No. 1 team in the nation faced a surprising test in just its second true road game of the season.
And Michigan State failed it.
Unranked Ohio State put together an electrifying 12-0 run to finish the first half and was never challenged in the second half on the way to beating the top-ranked Spartans 80-64 on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.
In his first season in Columbus, Chris Holtmann has the Buckeyes undefeated in the Big Ten (13-4, 4-0). And he has a signature win.
Keita Bates-Diop, the leading scorer in the conference, led the way for the Buckeyes with a career-high 32 points.
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Meanwhile, the Spartans's streak of 14 consecutive wins ca me to an end.
Michigan State (15-2, 3-1) was held to fewer than 86 points for the first time in eight games.
The Spartans, who came in leading the nation with a 53.3 field-goal percentage, shot just 39 percent for the game and committed a dozen turnovers. Joshua Langford and Miles Bridges each scored 17 points.
Bates-Diop hit 12 of 21 attempts from the floor, including 2-for-4 from the three-point line. His previous career high was 27 points against Iowa three days ago.
C.J. Jackson had 14 points for Ohio State, and JaeâSean Tate added 13.
With the exception of Bates-Diop, neither team shot particularly well in the first half.
Fans streamed onto the court afterward to celebrate the win with players.
Ohio State last beat the No. 1 team in the country in 2007, when the then-No. 2 Buckeyes beat Wisconsin 49-48.
Michigan State: The discombobulated Spartans let the game slip away at the end of the first half and couldnât adjust in the second.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes made the most of their momentum and played solid defense to shock the nationâs top team.
Michigan State: Hosts Rutgers on Wednesday.
Ohio State: Hosts Maryland on Thursday.
Contributing: The Detroit Free Press; and the Associated PressBest of 2017-18 men's college basketball: Jan. 1-7 Fullscreen
A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.Jan. 6: Auburn guard Jared Harper gets past Arkansas forward Daniel Gafford during the second half at Auburn (Ala.) Arena. Fullscreen Jan. 6: Auburn guard Bryce Brown blocks Arkansas guard Daryl Macon during the second half at Auburn (Ala.) Arena. Fullscreen Jan. 6: Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo dunks against Marquette during the second half at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Fullscreen Jan. 6: Villanova forward Eric Paschall saves the ball from going out of bounds against Marquette during the second half at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Fullscreen Jan. 6: Marquette guard Markus Howard, left, shoots against Villanova guard Mikal Bridges, right, during the second half at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Fullscreen Jan. 6: North Carolina State guard Torin Dorn is helped up by teammates after making a three-pointer and being fouled late in the second half against Duke at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. Fullscreen Jan. 6: North Carolina State center Omer Yurtseven shoots over Duke forward Wendell Carter Jr. (34) during the first half at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. Fullscreen Jan. 6: North Carolina State fans rush the court to celebrate the Wolfpack's win against Duke at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. Fullscreen Jan. 6: West Virginia forward Teddy Allen celebrates during the second half against Oklahoma at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va. Fullscreen Jan. 6: Oklahoma center Jamuni McNeace dunks during the first half against West Virginia at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va. Fullscreen Jan. 6: West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate celebrates the Mountaineers' victory against Oklahoma at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va. Fullscreen Jan. 6: West Virginia guard Daxter Miles Jr. shoots over Oklahoma center Jamuni McNeace during the second half at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va. Fullscreen Jan. 6: TCU guard Kenrich Williams (34) and forward Ahmed Hamdy-Mohamed (23) fight for a rebound against Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) during the first half at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. Fullscreen Jan. 6: TCU forward Vladimir Brodziansky grabs a rebound against Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk in the second half at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. Fullscreen Jan. 6: TCU guard Kenrich Williams rebounds with guard Alex Robinson (25) against Kansas guard Sam Cunliffe (3) during the second half at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas . Fullscreen Jan. 6: Kentucky forward PJ Washington goes to the basket against Tennessee during the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. Fullscreen Jan. 6: Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield reacts to a play against Kentucky during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. Fullscreen Jan. 6: Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield dunks against Kentucky during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. Fullscreen Purdue center Isaac Haas (44) grabs a rebound against Rutgers in the first half at Mackey Arena. Fullscreen North Carolina forward Garrison Brooks (15) guards against Florida Stat e forward Phil Cofer (0) during the first half at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Fullscreen Oklahoma guard Trae Young (11) drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma State guard Kendall Smith (1) during the second half at Lloyd Noble Center. Fullscreen Georgia Tech guard Jose Alvarado (10) celebrates with fans after a victory against Miami at McCamish Pavilion. Fullscreen Auburn Tigers guard Mustapha Heron (5) dunks the ball against Tennessee Volunteers forward John Fulkerson (10) during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Fullscreen Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Jarrett Culver (23) shoots against Kansas Jayhawks guard Sam Cunliffe (3) during the second half at Allen Fieldhouse. Fullscreen Florida Gators forward Kevarrius Hayes (13) dunks over Texas A&M Aggies guard Jay Jay Chandler (0) and center Tyler Davis (34) during the second half at Reed Arena. Fullscreen Auburn Tigers guard Bryce Brown (2) goes to the basket against the Tennessee Volunteers during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Fullscreen Xavier Musketeers guard Trevon Bluiett (5) drives to the basket during the second half against Butler Bulldogs guard Henry Baddley (20) at the Cintas Center. Fullscreen TCU Horned Frogs forward Vladimir Brodziansky (10) goes up to block the shot of Baylor Bears forward Terry Maston (31) during the second half at Ferrell Center. Fullscreen Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Xavian Stapleton (3) along with Arkansas Razorbacks guard Jaylen Barford (0) and Arkansas Razorbacks forward Adrio Bailey (2) reach for the loose ball during the second half at Humphrey Coliseum. Fullscreen Butler Bulldogs forward Kelan Martin (30) goes for the ball during the first half against Xavier Musketeers guard J.P. Macura (55) at the Cintas Center. Fullscreen Baylor Bears guard Jake Lindsey (3) goes up to block the shot of TCU Horned Frogs forward JD Miller (15) during the first half at Ferrell Center. Fullscreen Kansas Jayhawks guard Marcus Garrett (0) and Texas Tech Red Raiders guards Niem Stevenson (10) and Zhaire Smith (2) fight for a rebound during the first half at Allen Fieldhouse. Fullscreen Florida Gators forward Kevarrius Hayes (13) is blocked out by Texas A&M Aggies center Tonny Trocha-Morelos (10) during the first half at Reed Arena. Fullscreen Arkansas Razorbacks forward Daniel Gafford (10) dunks the ball against Mississippi State Bulldogs center E.J. Datcher (45) during the first half at Humphrey Coliseum. Fullscreen Kansas Jayhawks center Udoka Azubuike (35) dunks the ball during the first half against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Allen Fieldhouse. Fullscreen Texas Tech Red Raiders center Norense Odiase (32) dunks the ball as Kansas Jayhawks center Udoka Azubuike (35) looks on during the first half at Allen Fieldhouse. Fullscree n Iowa State Cyclones guard Lindell Wigginton (5) blocks the shot of Texas Longhorns guard Kerwin Roach II (12) in the second half at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Fullscreen Texas Longhorns guard Matt Coleman (2) passes the ball against the Iowa State Cyclones in the second half at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Fullscreen Texas Longhorns forward Mohamed Bamba (4) blocks the shot by Iowa State Cyclones forward Cameron Lard (2) in the second half at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Fullscreen Iowa State Cyclones guard Lindell Wigginton (5) shoots the ball over Texas Longhorns forward Mohamed Bamba (4) in the first half at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Fullscreen Iowa State Cyclone s guard Donovan Jackson (4) passes the ball to forward Cameron Lard (2) against the Texas Longhorns at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Fullscreen Texas Longhorns guard Matt Coleman (2) looks to pass against the Iowa State Cyclones in the first half at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Fullscreen Texas Longhorns forward Mohamed Bamba (4) grabs a rebound in the first half against the Iowa State Cyclones at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Fullscreen Jan. 1: Kansas State Wildcats forward Dean Wade (32) dribbles the ball as West Virginia Mountaineers guard Daxter Miles Jr. (4) defends at Bramlage Coliseum. Fullscreen Jan. 1: Kansas State Wildcats guard Kamau Stokes (3) dribbles the ball as West Virginia Mountaineers guar d James Bolden (3) defends at Bramlage Coliseum. Fullscreen Jan. 1: West Virginia Mountaineers forward Wesley Harris (21), Kansas State Wildcats forward Xavier Sneed (20) and Mountaineers forward Teddy Allen (13) block out for a rebound during second half at Bramlage Coliseum. Fullscreen Jan. 1: Kansas State Wildcats guard Cartier Diarra (2) attempts to shoot the ball as West Virginia Mountaineers forward Sagaba Konate (50) defends during first half at Bramlage Coliseum. Fullscreen Kansas State Wildcats guard Kamau Stokes (3) steals the ball away from West Virginia Mountaineers guard Daxter Miles Jr. (4) during the second half at Bramlage Coliseum. Fullscreen Kansas State Wildcats guard Barry Bro wn Jr. (5) passes the ball around West Virginia Mountaineers forward Sagaba Konate (50) during the second half at Bramlage Coliseum. Fullscreen Kansas State Wildcats forward Dean Wade (32) loses control of the ball in front of West Virginia Mountaineers forward Sagaba Konate (50) during the second half at Bramlage Coliseum. Fullscreen Kansas State Wildcats forward Makol Mawien (14) blocks the shot by West Virginia Mountaineers forward Teddy Allen (13) during the first half at Bramlage Coliseum. Fullscreen West Virginia Mountaineers forward Wesley Harris (21) steals the ball from Kansas State Wildcats forward Dean Wade (32) during first-half action at Bramlage Coliseum. FullscreenReplay
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The Latest: Newton's TD pass cuts deficit to 24-19
The Latest: Newton's TD pass cuts deficit to 24-19
The Latest on the NFL playoffs on wild-card weekend (all times EST):
A 14-yard touchdown pass from Carolina quarterback Cam Newton to tight end Greg Olsen has cut the Saints' lead to 24-19 early in the fourth quarter.
It was the first Panthers TD of the game on their fifth trip inside the Saints 22-yard line.
The other four drives deep into Saints territory ended with field-goal attempts, one of which missed.
The Saints led 21-6 in the final minute of the first half, but the Panthers have since rallied to pull within less than a touchdown with more than 12 minutes to go.
Wil Lutz's 57-yard field goal has given New Orleans a 24-12 lead in its NFC wild-card game against Carolina.
The Saints were threatening for more when the Panthers' pass rush forced Saints qua rterback Drew Brees to throw the ball away on third-and-5 from the Carolina 22.
Brees was called for intentional grounding, resulting in a 17-yard loss to the Carolina 39.
But Saints coach Sean Payton made the aggressive decision to try the field goal when a miss would have given the Panthers the ball near midfield with 6:05 to go in the third quarter.
Graham Gano's 29-yard field goal has trimmed New Orleans' lead over the Panthers to 21-12 early in the third quarter.
However, the possession also marked the fourth time in the game Carolina drove as far as the Saints 21-yard line, only to settle for a field goal attempt.
The Panthers do not have a touchdown in the game, despite gaining 254 yards.
The New Orleans Saints' ability to convert in the red zone has given them a 21-9 halftime lead over the Carolina Panthers in their NFC wild-card matchup.
But the Panthers, who'll receive the kickoff to open the second half, took some momentum into the locker room after Graham Gano narrowly made a 58-yard field-goal attempt as time expired in the second quarter.
Brees went 13 of 18 for 230 yards and two touchdowns in the half, including an 80-yard pass to Ted Ginn for the first points of the game late in the first quarter.
Brees' other scoring pass went to tight end Josh Hill from 9 yards.
Fullback Zach Line scored on a 1-yard run in the final minute of the half, but Carolina QB Cam Newton was able to drive the Panthers to the New Orleans 40 in about 40 seconds, setting up Gano's long field goal, which grazed the left upright.
Newton drove the Panthers inside the Saints 25 three times, but Gano pushed his first attempt wide from only 25 yards. It was an unusual miss for Gano, who went 29 of 30 during the regular season with his only miss from beyond 50 yards.
He made his next three attempts, including from 27 and 39 ya rds.
The Saints were unable to convert both of their third downs in the half, but had first down gains on eight straight second down plays, including four times from 10 yards.
Graham Gano's 39-yard field goal has cut the Saints' lead over the Panthers to 14-6 late in the second quarter of their NFC wild-card game.
Gano's kick capped a 12-play 54-yard drive that included quarterback Cam Newton's fourth-and-1 conversion on a keeper near midfield. The Panthers also converted on third-and-8 with a pass over the middle to Brenton Bersin before the drive stalled on the New Orleans 21-yard line.
The Panthers have been moving the ball, but struggling in the red zone, settling three times for Gano field goal attempts, the first of which sailed wide.
Drew Brees' 9-yard pass to wide open tight end Josh Hill has given the New Orleans Saints a 14-3 lead in the second quarter of their NFC wi ld-card game against the Carolina Panthers.
Brees completed all seven of his passes on the 75-yard drive, highlighted by a 19-yard completion to Michael Thomas, who also made a sudden move after a catch along the left sideline for a 13-yard gain to set up the score.
Brees is 9 of 12 for 163 yards and two touchdowns, nearly half of that coming on an 80-yard scoring pass to Ted Ginn on the previous drive.
The Saints appear to have lost starting left guard Andrus Peat to a lower left leg injury.
Peat went down while blocking on a short run by Alvin Kamara with 12:38 left in the second quarter.
Saints medical staff brought out a cart to take Peat off of the field as teammates gathered around him to show their support.
The 6-foot-7, 316-pound Peat was the Saints' first-round draft pick in 2015 out of Stanford, where he played left tackle. He has played both at guard and tackle as needed during his three-year NFL career.
Graham Gano's 27-yard field goal has given the Carolina Panthers their first points of their NFC wild-card game in New Orleans.
The kick, which trimmed the Saints' lead to 7-3 early in the second quarter, came after Carolina quarterback Cam Newton overthrew Greg Olsen near the right sideline on third down.
The Panthers got within striking distance thanks to Ken Crawley's 39-yard pass interference penalty on Kaelin Clay, giving Carolina a first down on the Saints 13-yard line.
New Orleans' defense held from there, however.
Two plays after Graham Gano surprisingly missed a 25-yard field-goal attempt for only his second miss this season, the Saints used a big play to take a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter of New Orleans' playoff matchup with Carolina.
Drew Brees found former Panther Ted Ginn deep down the middle for an 80-yard touchdown. Ginn had gotten behind cornerback Ja mes Bradberry and Brees unloaded the ball moments before the pocket collapsed behind him.
Once the speedy Ginn had the ball in his hands, he was able to sprint away from Bradberry.
That Ginn touchdown was the longest play from scrimmage by New Orleans this season as well as the longest play from scrimmage allowed by Carolina this season.
It was also the longest Saints touchdown in the playoffs since the 2009 divisional round when Reggie Bush had an 83-yard punt return.
It was a tough turn of events for Carolina, which had converted three third downs and nearly capped a 63-yard drive with a touchdown before Gano's missed kick.
Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles had more rushing yards than passing, but it was enough to help them advance from the wild-card round with a 10-3 victory over Buffalo.
Bortles, who directed the Jaguars to their first postseason appearance since 2007, had 88 yards rushing on 10 attempts and was 12 of 23 passing for 87 yards.
The game was tied 3-3 at halftime, but Jacksonville took the lead late in the third quarter with a 15-play drive covering 86 yards in 8:52. The drive culminated in Bortles' 1-yard touchdown pass to Ben Koyack with 49 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Buffalo, which was making its first postseason appearance since 1999, had one final chance after the two-minute warning, Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was injured with 1:27 remaining when his head hit the turf after being tackled by Dante Fowler following a 2-yard gain on third-and-5 at the Bills 42.
Nathan Peterman came in and scrambled for 4 yards to keep the drive alive. Three plays later, Peterman was intercepted by Ramsey at the Jaguars 47.
The Jaguars advanced to face the second-seeded Steelers on Jan. 14 in Pittsburgh.
Jacksonville's longest drive in its postseason history has given it a 10-3 lead over Buffalo after three quarte rs in an AFC wild-card game.
The Jaguars took the lead with a 15-play drive covering 86 yards in 8:52. The drive culminated in Blake Bortles' 1-yard touchdown pass to Ben Koyack with 49 seconds remaining in the quarter.
Jacksonville had seven first downs on that drive after having six on its first seven possessions. Leonard Fournette had eight carries for 35 yards on the drive while Bortles was 3 of 3 for 29 yards.
Bortles is 11 of 21 for 85 yards while Fournette has 55 yards on 14 carries.
Buffalo's Tyrod Taylor is 13 of 26 for 98 yards while LeSean McCoy has 15 carries for 66 yards.
Jacksonville, which had the ball for just 9:49 in the first half, had it for 10:43 in the third quarter.
Buffalo and Jacksonville traded field goals over the final 1:49 of the second quarter and are tied 3-3 at halftime in an AFC wild-card game.
Stephen Hauschka's 31-yard field goal gave the Bills a 3-0 lead. The kick ca me at the end of an 18-play, 71-yard drive that took 8:06.
Buffalo had first-and-goal at the Jaguars 1 after Telvin Smith was called for a neutral zone infraction on Hauschka's 21-yard field-goal attempt, but squandered it when Kelvin Benjamin was called for offensive pass interference in the end zone.
The Jaguars were finally able to move the ball on the final drive of the half. They took over at their 47 with 40 seconds remaining and got into field-goal range on Blake Bortles' scrambles of 20 and 12 yards. Josh Lambo tied it with 2 seconds remaining on a 44-yard field goal.
Bortles, who was 6 of 15 for 33 yards in the first half, also was Jacksonville's leading rusher with three carries for 35 yards.
Tyrod Taylor was 11 of 21 for 90 yards along with six carries for 25 yards. LeSean McCoy has 12 carries for 36 yards.
The Bills had the ball for 20:09 in the first half.
Buffalo and Jacksonville are scoreless after the first quarter.
Bills running back LeSean McCoy has 12 yards on seven carries while playing with a sprained right ankle. He could be without one of his starting offensive linemen the rest of the way. Guard Richie Incognito left the game with a shoulder injury and is questionable to return.
Buffalo tight end Charles Clay also is questionable to return with a hamstring injury.
Tyrod Taylor has completed 7 of 10 passes for 55 yards, hitting seven different receivers.
The Jaguars managed just 27 yards in the first quarter.
Commissioner Roger Goodell says it is good for the league that eight of the 12 teams in this year's playoffs are new.
Goodell was in Jacksonville for Sunday's AFC wild-card game between the Jaguars and Buffalo Bills after being in Los Angeles on Saturday night.
"The competition is great," Goodell said. "Two of those teams came from last to first (Jacksonville and Phi ladelphia). I think it brings hope for our fans and communities that their teams can turn it around."
Four teams that weren't in the playoffs last season are assured of playing next weekend â" Tennessee, Philadelphia and the winners of Jacksonville-Buffalo and Carolina-New Orleans.
The NFL playoffs continue Sunday with a doubleheader starting in Jacksonville, Florida, where the Jaguars and Buffalo Bills ended lengthy postseason droughts to make a wild-card game.
The third-seeded Jaguars (10-6) won the AFC South and earned their first home playoff game since January 2008. The sixth-seeded Bills (9-7) won three of their final four in the regular season and sneaked in when Cincinnati stunned Baltimore last Sunday.
The nightcap features the fourth-seeded New Orleans Saints (11-5) and the No. 5 seed Carolina Panthers (11-5) at the Superdome. It's the third time they've met this season.
If Jacksonville wins, it will play at No. 2 seed Pittsburgh next weekend. If Buffalo wins, it will play at top-seeded New England.
The Panthers-Saints winner will play at Minnesota next week.
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