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Senior Bowl: Sheldon Rankins is a Man on a Mission

For NFL owners, general managers and coaches, the Senior Bowl is a great opportunity to assess the field of talent ahead of the 2016 draft. For the fortunate seniors who received an invitation to play in the game, it’s a final opportunity to showcase their on field skills ahead of the NFL combine in March.

For a player like Sheldon Rankins, this game gives him the opportunity to further advance his reputation as an elite football player in hopes of being picked in the first round, earning him a life-changing contract in the process. For those who don’t know, Rankins is a big-time defensive lineman out of the University of Louisville where he played varsity ball for four years. At 6’2″ and 302 lbs., he has amazing speed and agility for a man his size. He’s big enough to overpower most offensive lineman and fast enough to wrangle running backs in the backfield.

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Previewing all the 2018 World Cup qualifiers

It is a top of the table clash that takes place this Thursday between the top two teams in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. It will make the halfway point of the qualifying stages and the winner will be well placed to get through. Australia are now on top without losing a single game and Jordan sits second place. They have won two and drawn one leaving them 2 points behind the leaders.

Jordan vs Australia Qualifying Match

The current champions of Asia team Australia are traveling to play away at Jordan. It is a vital fixture for group B. If Australia win they will go 5 points clear and have a home game to come against Jordan. For Jordan, it is a must win game to keep the pressure on. The last time the two teams met was during the last qualifying campaign for the world cup in Brazil. Australia lost that and the result nearly ended their campaign.

The Jordanians are high on confidence at the moment. They beat Iraq in a friendly 3-0 in their last game. They will also be boosted by news that their star goalkeeper Amer Shafi, is fully recovered from injury. Additionally one of their star midfield players, Hassan Abdulfattah is also making a recovery and will be back in the team. One player that will be missing though is Anas Bani Yaseen. The defender is current out through suspension.

Australia’s squad is one of if not the best one they have ever had. It includes 17 players based overseas. They are also boosted by news that players Tomi Juric, James Troisi and Trent Sainsbury are all back from injuries.

Other World Cup 2018 Qualifying News

Group A

Fiercest rivals UAE and Saudi Arabia meet again. It is the 6th time these side have met in World Cup qualifying. Going into this game the Saudis have the edge and are betting favorites. They have won two and drawn two from the past five games. Out of 31 games in total that they have played each other the Saudis have won 19 times.

Group C

China play Qatar and can not afford to drop any more points. Qatar are China`s bogey team though and they have beaten them in 1990, 1997 and 2010 qualifying rounds. Zheng Zhi is the main man for China and it will be up to the experienced captain to help guide them through. They are also boosted by the news that Sebastian Soria, their veteran striker is back from injury.

Group D

In Group D Oman take on Iran with a victory taking either side to the top of the group. Iran’s 20-year-old forward, Sardar Azmoun, will lead the charge. He is now the team’s leading goalscorer with four. Oman will need their goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi to be on great form to keep a clean sheet.

Group E

Japan have a big job on their hands as they face current leaders Syria. Only by securing a victory will it be enough to take top spot. Japan will be confident though as they have an undefeated record against their opponents.

Group F

Iraq are away from home in a must-win game against Vietnam. They are without their two top strikers, Ayman Hussein and Marwan Hussein due to injury.

Group G

In Group G, joint-leaders Korea Republic and Kuwait pay each other. So far this term, both side have perfect records.

Group H

Group H leader Korea are looking for a fourth straight win. They play the Philippines away from home.

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Trade for Christine Michael gives Dallas Cowboys depth at running back

As the Dallas Cowboys head into the 2015 season, the team has been seeking answers after the loss of All-Pro running back DeMarco Murray to free agency. The loss left a huge gap in the offense after he led the National Football League in rushing with over 1,800 yards and 13 touchdowns. Even more damaging was the fact he signed a multi-year contract with division foe and archrival the Philadelphia Eagles.

In an effort to shore up the running game and establish a little depth, the Cowboys acquired potential fantasy sleeper Christine Michael in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. The deal was announced two days before the start of the regular season as the Cowboys prepare for its season opener against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

The game was played on September 13 as part of NBC’s Sunday night primetime schedule, but Christine’s debut will unfortunately have to wait at least one more week.

In exchange for the services of Michael, the Seahawks will receive a conditional 2016 draft pick. Seattle felt compelled to make the trade after announcing they had come to terms with ex-Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson. Jackson was surprisingly released earlier in the preseason. He spent 10 years with the Bills after he went undrafted.

It should be noted that Jackson was one of the first NFL players to sign a contract and be allocated to the NFL Europe League where he started at running back for the Rhein Fire (2006). When the NFL Europe season concluded, he was officially added to the Bills’ active roster where he would eventually become the team’s leading rusher over several seasons.

As for Michael, he played his high school ball at West Brook Senior High School in Beaumont where he would go on to win the 2009 Walter Payton Trophy as the nation’s “Best High School Athlete.” He then signed to play his college ball in College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M Aggies. After earning 2009 Offensive Freshman of the Year honors in the Big 12 Conference, he had an abbreviated 2010 season due to a broken tibia. He finished his college career with two solid final seasons, including the 2012 season when he played in the same backfield as All-American and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

Michael was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft by the Seahawks. In his short career with Seattle, he played in a total of 14 games where he carried the ball 52 times for 254 yards (4.9 YPC) and no touchdowns. At this point in time, it is unclear how the Cowboys intend to use him on the field. Darren McFadden figures to be the starting halfback after signing as a free agent from the Oakland Raiders. Other running backs on the roster include Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Tyler Clutts at fullback.

After several disappointing seasons that have seen the Cowboys flirt with excellence only to show constant inconsistency, this year figures to be an important one for the most celebrated franchise in the history of the NFL. Owner Jerry Jones has never been one to show patience, but has been more than supportive of Head Coach Jason Garrett and QB Tony Romo. Of course, all of that is subject to change should the Cowboys struggle early in the season. The team avoided the first disaster of the season when they finally agreed to contract terms with All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant who was threatening to sit out the season if an agreement couldn’t be reached. He finally signed a $70 million contract earlier this summer and appears ready to as the season approaches.

This article is courtesy of sporting enthusiast Tony Samboras. As fan of football and many other sports Tony is always following the latest news surrounding his favorite sporting events. He is not just a writer he is also a sports analyst and currently provides football betting tips for simplythebetsus.com

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney on Los Angeles FC wish list

Every sporting circle has its share of rumours, but fans occasionally hear a whisper that holds a measure of truth. There have been many European superstars moving to play in the U.S and recent buzz has fans placing free bets on the possibility of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney heading to Los Angeles and the new Los Angeles FC.

If tabloid reports are correct, Los Angeles FC has a particularly sharp eye on Cristiano Ronaldo. Word is that Wayne Rooney also holds a place on the club’s wish list. Although Los Angeles FC is not scheduled to play until 2018, fans might have valid cause to believe in this round of rumors. There is also other evidence that Ronaldo is considering the move.

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Some of the talk circulating is that Ronaldo has expressed a wish to play in the Los Angeles area. Sports Illustrated has been reporting on Ronaldo’s preference since April of 2015, and that makes free betting on his arrival a real temptation. Less compelling evidence has been found regarding Rooney’s desire to play in Los Angeles. Articles have confirmed that he does enjoy the area as a vacation destination, but that is the extent of definitive proof about his inclinations.

Los Angeles FC preparations thus far include a new stadium, the location of which is currently home to the Los Angeles Sports Arena. When the arena is demolished, building of the new structure will begin. The land will feature the stadium, a conference centre, a museum, a training field and restaurants. The project is expected to come with a price tag of $250 million. The first real snag, however, was the bureaucratic entanglement that eventually pushed the scheduled 2017 debut to 2018. Fortunately, the delay seems to have done little to dampen excitement surrounding the formation of the club and the building of its infrastructure.

With plans for the stadium underway, fans will certainly be enthusiastic when it comes to news regarding the club’s roster. Free betting tips circulate with the same frequency as talk of the stellar accomplishments of superstars such as Ronaldo and Rooney. Interest in their talents will naturally reach a fever pitch, particularly as the time approaches for ending old contracts and signing new ones. Rooney’s current deal keeps him at Manchester United until June of 2019. With Ronaldo’s Real Madrid contract ending in 2018, though, murmurs are likely to evolve into rumbles.

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Combined with physical abilities that defy his height, Rooney’s versatility and energy make him as effective as he is exhilarating to watch. His stamina and dominance as a goal scorer are undeniable. But injuries have occasionally hampered his speed. His aggressive demeanor at times can be a cause of criticism from some fans, but it might be a point of interest for others.

Gifted with a strategic mind for the game, Ronaldo possesses skills that MLS fans are certain to covet. Game devotees in Los Angeles would naturally be appreciative of his talent. His height, agility, and stamina complement his tactical prowess. His work ethic allows him to harness his abilities and convert them to goals. Fans will be hesitant to ignore free bets that involve Ronaldo’s brilliant style of play.

The idea of either player coming to Los Angeles is enough to generate enthusiasm in the sport. The prospect of Los Angeles FC landing both of the stars should fuel imaginations for quite a while. Some of the more pessimistic chatter places these rumours in the realm of pure fantasy, the stuff of comic books and mythological creatures. With the reality of staggering profits at stake, however, it would be a mistake to dismiss the possibility outright.

This article was written by sports writer Tony Samboras. As a big fan of soccer, Tony is always interested in following the latest developments in his favourite sport. And he also gets to write about them as In his professional life Tony writes for several Australian free bets websites.

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