Pietersen, a former national team captain, got caught in the chaos that broke out after England's loss to Italy in the penalty shootout of the summit showdown at Wembley. The cricketer joined British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Football Association (FA) in slamming those who abused the three players of colour after they failed to score in the shootout. "The walk I took with Dylan to get our car home last night was scary absolutely HORRENDOUS! This behaviour in 2021?? The abuse of the players who gave us so much joy?? Do we actually deserve the 2030 World Cup?," Pietersen tweeted. Earlier in the day, the PM said on twitter the players "deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media." "Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves," Johnson tweeted. The FA, the country's apex football body, also condemned the racial abuse of its players. FA pointed out that this England team has been highlighting the issue of racism . . .
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Indian Football Association (IFA) will not interfere in the ongoing tussle between East Bengal executive committee and its investor Shree Cement, AIFF Secretary-General Kushal Das confirmed on Wednesday. Hundreds of East Bengal fans took to the streets of Kolkata on Wednesday in protest as the club's Executive Committee refused to sign the final agreement with Shree Cement. "Yeah, I have heard that there was violence today. It is certainly not good. There is no question of AIFF or IFA getting into it. There is an agreement that is signed between an investor and the club. There is no locus standi of anybody to come in," Das told ANI. He also confirmed that the eighth edition of the Indian Super League will get underway on November 19 in Goa. He further said that the situation looks grim for East Bengal if the club does not solve the issue at the earliest. "Yes, there is no other option, we have to play the ISL in a similar environment . . .
Getty Images With four straight league titles in hand and two straight College Football Playoff appearances, Ohio State has clearly established itself as the class of the Big Ten, and media who cover the league unanimously expect that dominance to continue in the 2021 season. In the annual cleveland.com Big Ten preseason media poll released Wednesday, the Buckeyes finished as the unanimous pick to win the league with all 34 voters projecting OSU to knock off the Big Ten West champion in the league title game. As for who that Big Ten West champion will be, there was a bit of disagreement, although Wisconsin emerged as the favorite with 29 of the 34 votes. The other five votes went to an Iowa squad that won its final six games in the 2020 season. The Badgers host Iowa on Oct. 30. as they will seek to avenge last season's 28-7 loss to the Hawkeyes. As for the league's preseason players of the year, Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave received the most votes from the . . .
On Wednesday, the college football world was struck by a somber moment when legendary Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden announced that he has a terminal condition. Shortly after that news broke, Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach spoke about Bowden’s impact on the sport. During his turn at the podium in Hoover, Leach was asked about Bowden and what he has meant to college football. Leach began by praising Bowden for who he was as a person. When it comes to his coaching career, Leach believes that Bowden helped revolutionize offenses around the country. Bowden opened the door for Air Raid coaches like Leach by embracing the passing game much more than others. “I know Coach Bowden,” Leach said. “First of all, he’s a tremendous person. He’s a great person and a great example as far as a person and has a tremendous family. Coach Bowden has been an example to all of us. He’s one of those guys who made us want to coach when we were younger. He made it exciting. Coach . . .
France's bid for men's Olympic football glory got off to a nightmare start with a 4-1 defeat by Mexico on Thursday, while Richarlison scored a hat-trick as reigning champions Brazil beat Germany in a six-goal thriller. Sylvain Ripoll's France are looking for a first Olympic medal since winning gold in 1984, but collapsed in the second half at Tokyo Stadium. "We're obviously disappointed with the result but also with the balance of our play," said former Lorient boss Ripoll. "To compete, we would've needed a big performance, but that wasn't the case." Mexico took the lead less than two minutes after the break through Alexis Vega, before Sebastian Cordova doubled their advantage in the 55th minute. The 35-year-old captain Andre-Pierre Gignac, whose last game for the French senior team was the Euro 2016 final loss to Portugal, pulled one back from the penalty spot with 21 minutes remaining. But any thoughts of a comeback were quashed as Uriel Antuna and Eduardo Aguirre . . .
South Africa's Olympic football coach hit out at "stigmatisation" of his Covid-hit squad, after they were forced to isolate before their 1-0 defeat to Japan on Thursday. David Notoane said he had seen "people running away" from his team, after two players and a video analyst tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday. Twenty-one members of the team contingent were forced to isolate in the build-up to their tournament opener, after being named close contacts on Monday. South Africa eventually lost against the hosts after a 71st-minute Takefusa Kubo goal, but the build-up to the match left a sour taste in Notoane's mouth. "One thing that I think one has to mention is the issue of stigmatisation," he said. "Often, when people come across us, you see people running away. I think that's a little disrespectful." South Africa were forced to miss two training sessions, with players confined to their rooms after being named close contacts. Notoane refused to use the disruptions . . .
247Sports North Carolina's 2022 football recruiting class picked up its highest-rated commitment yet Thursday, when four-star running back Omarion Hampton announced the Tar Heels as his college choice live on CBS Sports HQ. The four-star prospect from Clayton, North Carolina, chose coach Mack Brown's program over Penn State and Florida. Hampton is one of the best remaining running backs in the class. 247Sports Composite rankings list the 6-foot, 215-pound runner as the No. 4 player in North Carolina, the No. 12 running back and a top-150 overall player for 2022. Also a track star, Hampton played five games of his junior spring season, averaging 137 yards rushing per game at a whopping 11.81 yards per carry with 13 touchdowns. With UNC's offense exploding during Brown's tenure, it's no surprise to see talented playmakers considering the Tar Heels. Hampton is the program's sixth four-star pledge out of 11 commitments in the 2022 class so far. Here is the full scouting . . .
Manchester United have signed England winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, the Premier League club announced Friday. No fee for the five-year contract was disclosed but British media reports said Sancho had moved from Germany in a deal worth 73 million pounds ($100 million) -- which would make him the second-most expensive English player of all time behind new United team-mate Harry Maguire. "I'll always be grateful to Dortmund for giving me the opportunity to play first team football, although I always knew that I would return to England one day," Sancho told manutd.com. "The chance to join Manchester United is a dream come true and I just cannot wait to perform in the Premier League," the 21-year-old added. "This is a young and exciting squad and I know, together, we can develop into something special to bring the success that the fans deserve." His move to Old Trafford follows a year-long pursuit by United, who were reportedly put off at first by Dortmund's 100m pound . . .
One of the biggest topics of conversation regarding the future of college football is the expansion of the College Football Playoff. Currently a four-team format, the most likely outcome in the next few years is expanding to a 12-team playoff. During Clemson’s media day on Thursday, head coach Dabo Swinney had some strong words regarding the possible expansion. "Ah shoot, I'd go back to the BCS,” Swinney said, via 247Sports' Chris Hummer . “I thought they got it right. It was all about your season, your team, your journey being the best team you could be. You didn't worry about that stuff too much. When we expanded to four it became all about the playoff. Nobody was opting out of games before we went to four. Now you're going to 12 you basically become the NFL. Now it's truly all about the playoff. I think you'll have kids opted out of the playoff to be honest with you. I'm more tradition in that way. “I love the game of college football. It's the most unique regular . . .
After the passing of name, image and likeness rules earlier this month, many were quick to call out Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney for comments he previously made about players being paid at the collegiate level. But on Tuesday during Clemson’s annual media day, Swinney clarified his official stance on NIL rules for student-athletes. “We live in a world now where not everybody does much research. You go in the bathroom and hear somebody on the phone in the third stall and that’s your source. Just calling it like it is,” Swinney said. “And that’s the headline. I think people hear what they want to hear, and then unfortunately a lot of people write what they want to write to fit the story that they need. And it’s just not accurate. I’ve never had a problem with name, image and likeness. I think it should have been more. If I’d have been the czar, I’d have done it differently, because I don’t think everybody’s gonna have much opportunity with it. Some will. But not everybody will . . .