South Africa spinner Tabraiz Shamsi on Sunday took to Twitter to introduce fans to "Kane Williamson of football". Likening Chelsea mid-fielder N'Golo Kante to New Zealand cricket team captain Kane Williamson , Shamsi said both the athletes have transcended all boundaries and are equally loved by fans irrespective of their affiliations. Kante won the Player of the Match as his side became the new European champions in Porto on Sunday. "This man is the Kane Williamson of football. Nobody can ever dislike him," Shamsi tweeted. This man is the Kane Williamson of football pic.twitter.com/94sdYOHafE — Tabraiz Shamsi (@shamsi90) May 30, 2021 Kai Havertz, the most expensive player in Chelsea's history, scored the solitary goal of the match as Thomas Tuchel's side defeated Premier League champions Manchester City 1-0 in the summit clash. This was Chelsea's first Champions League title since 2012 whey they had defeated German giants Bayern Munich in the penalty shoot-out. . . .
USATSI I'm not the Big Ten commissioner. Kevin Warren is. When it was announced Jim Delany was stepping down from the job in 2019, however, I did throw my hat in the ring as a candidate. Just because Warren was chosen over me, and my hat sits in that very same ring collecting dust or possibly being used as a bird's nest, doesn't mean I've stopped thinking about what's best for the Big Ten. So with Texas and Oklahoma officially telling the Big 12 to kick rocks while eyeing the SEC as their new home , I can't help but think of what steps the Big Ten should take and how I'd approach things if I were, in fact, commissioner. It's strange; I'm pretty sure conference realignment will end up being the death of college football as we know it (or, perhaps, knew it), but I enjoy kicking realignment scenarios around so much that I can't even be mad about it. Instead of being angry with Texas and Oklahoma for being selfish and jeopardizing the future of an entire conference, I'm . . .
Drake London might be the best college wide receiver the world hasn’t heard of yet. The USC Trojans wide receiver has a lot of potential and was productive in a shortened 2020 season. College football analyst David Pollack is ready to see London tear up the competition in 2021. USC head coach Clay Helton already compared London to the next version of Mike Evans . Pollack said he could see awards in London’s future at season’s end. " Drake London will set the college football world on fire next year," Pollack said on Tuesday’s College Football Live. "A lot of people don't know who he is, but he is a physical freak. Six foot five, over 200 pounds, was a basketball player but when you watch him run routes, he can run routes like a little guy and he can go up and get it like a big guy. In this USC offense and the way they throw it around, this guy could be up for the Biletnikoff at the end of the season, he's that kind of good." In just six . . .
ESPN senior writer Heather Dinich dropped what could be a bombshell on Tuesday. With Texas and Oklahoma set to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, the rest of the Big 12 is in limbo. But that could change rapidly according to Dinich. The American Athletic Conference is expected to be aggressive in pursuing Big 12 teams to add to their conference. This follows up a report from the Houston Chronicle on Sunday, saying the AAC was ready to pursue Big 12 teams. The AAC could expand to up to 16 teams, a ccording to Dinich’s report. “Well, the first step is for 11 of those 14 SEC presidents and chancellors to vote and formally invite them into the SEC,” Dinich said Tuesday afternoon on SportsCenter. “A source with knowledge of the process cautioned me that just because the presidents and chancellors are meeting on Thursday does not guarantee that they will take a vote, though it’s certainly possible. Now, there can also be legal maneuvering for Texas and Oklahoma to get out earlier . . .
The American Athletic Conference will be in "aggressive pursuit" of what's left of the Big 12 — including TCU, Texas Tech and Baylor — in the coming weeks, should Texas and Oklahoma successfully bolt for the SEC , the Houston Chronicle confirmed in a report published Saturday . The AAC is annually the most competitive Group of 5 league and has been represented in New Year's Six bowl games in recent years by Cincinnati, UCF and Memphis. "The source said it's unlikely the Big 12 survives the loss of its top two revenue-producing school, which would set off a scramble for the remaining schools to find a new home once the league’s grant-of-rights agreement ends in 2025," the Chronicle's Joseph Duarte writes . "However, if the Big 12 looks to expand, one source said there are no schools that would bring significant value." The Athletic first reported the development Saturday. Oklahoma and Texas have explored the idea of joining the SEC for months and would become the . . .
247Sports North Carolina's 2022 recruiting class received a major boost Wednesday when four-star linebacker Sebastian Cheeks committed to the Tar Heels over Texas , Wisconsin , Michigan and Oregon in an announcement broadcast live on CBS Sports HQ. Cheeks is ranked as the No. 15 linebacker and No. 131 overall prospect in the 2022 recruiting class by the 247Sports Composite. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect is UNC's seventh four-star commitment of the 2022 class and 12th total commitment as the Tar Heels continue to fare well on the recruiting trail amid a resurgence under head coach Mack Brown. Cheeks made the most of June, jumping on the opportunity to visit his top schools once the NCAA dead period was lifted before settling on the Tar Heels. "There was a lot that went into it, honestly," Cheeks said. "I want to play for Mack Brown. I see [co-defensive coordinator] Tommy Thigpen as like my second dad. I use the word family around them. They're everything I wanted . . .
The SEC has stolen college football headlines for the last week due to the league finding a way to lure Oklahoma and Texas away from the Big 12. ESPN college football analyst David Pollack praised the conference for flexing its muscles in front of the entire sport. On Monday’s edition of ‘College Football Live,’ Pollack gave the SEC a lot of credit for increasing its already monstrous presence within college athletics. Few college football programs have the name recognition of an Oklahoma or a Texas, and even fewer have had the recent success that the Sooners have. As the future of the NCAA gets even more uncertain, the SEC is positioning itself as the No. 1 authority in college athletics. “It’s a boss move. It’s an absolute boss move to expand your market,” Pollack said. “The league is already so lucrative and so successful, but now bringing in Oklahoma [and Texas]. Besides Oklahoma, who else could you bring in that that’s good and that dominant of late? The only teams that . . .
Chip Kelly may still be looking for a breakthrough season as the head football coach at UCLA, but his college football coaching resume is not without previous success within the Pac-12 Conference. College football fans watched the Oregon Ducks win 46 games under Kelly's watch when he was at the helm in Eugene from 2009-2012 -- that stretch included a run to the national title game in 2010 -- before Kelly made the jump to the NFL in time for the 2013 season. On Tuesday at Pac-12 Football Media Day, Kelly was asked to evaluate the impact that his rather innovative coaching style at Oregon had on the game of college football. And while the now Bruins head coach may like to take credit for popularizing offensive schemes with five wide receivers on the field, Kelly says his motives back then were more about trying to score more points than somehow reinventing the wheel. "When I was in Eugene, we were the only team that had shiny helmets and played with five wide receivers," Kelly . . .
Getty Images CBS Sports, Paramount+ and Infront are proud to announce the acquisition of the cinch Premiership and cinch Championship -- the top two levels of Scottish soccer -- as well as the Premier Sports Cup on a multiyear agreement until 2024-25. From July 31, there will be at least 85 matches annually aired across Paramount+ and CBS Sports with Rangers' clash with Livingston and Celtic's trip to Heart of Midlothian getting things underway. "This deal with CBS Sports will ensure that even more football fans across the world will have access to our competitions," said Neil Doncaster, SPFL chief executive. "This is great news for Scottish football and a strong indication of the continuing appeal that our game holds on the global stage. As part of a multi-platform deal, there will be a weekly highlight show from across the league and every Old Firm match between Rangers and Celtic -- the first meeting between the two giants will occur on Sunday, Aug. 29 on CBS Sports . . .
Anthony Russo had some options when choosing his final college destination. The former Temple quarterback ultimately chose Michigan State as a graduate transfer and for good reason. He highlighted head coach Mel Tucker as a key factor. Russo recently discussed why he chose the Spartans to continue his college career and doubled down on the family atmosphere. Plus, Russo was a fan of the NFL concepts in the offense to prepare him for the next level. “I had the opportunity, when I was in the portal, to sit down over Zoom and talk to coach Mel Tucker , the head coach,” Russo said on the Ace Podcast. “And one thing he really talked about was the family atmosphere. And I’ve never been away from home. This is the furthest I’ve been. At Temple, I was 45 minutes away from campus. Here, I’m 10 hours away. So I knew, if I was going to be going a good distance away from home, I needed to find me a family away from home — a home away from home, like people say. And . . .