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Cristiano Ronaldo rejoins Manchester United in shocking twist as Man City pulls out

Cristiano Ronaldo is officially back with Manchester United, the club announced on Friday. Ronaldo previously spent six years with Manchester United between 2003 and 2009.

The reunion between Ronaldo and Manchester United comes as a shock after a week of rumors linking the Juventus forward to United’s crosstown rival Manchester City.

But according to reports on Friday, City pulled out of the race to sign the Portuguese superstar, opening the door for United to swoop in with an offer to Juventus to get Ronaldo back at Old Trafford.

According to The Guardian, United is sending a €25 million (US$29.5 million) transfer fee to Juventus plus add-ons and hopes to lock Ronaldo in for a two-year deal.

A decade ago, the Red Devils sent Ronaldo to Real Madrid for a then-record fee of €94 million. Now, the 36-year-old superstar looks set to return for his second stint with the club.

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Rams vs. Cardinals Week 4 Opening Odds: Point Spread, Over/Under, Moneyline

Rams vs. Cardinals Week 4 Opening Odds: Point Spread, Over/Under, Moneyline

After the Los Angeles Rams have gotten off to a notable 3-0 start, their counterpart, the Arizona Cardinals have also posted an undefeated record after three weeks of play.

An NFC West showdown that will determine who sits atop the division, this game will crystallize which team holds sole possession of first place after the conclusion of the first month of the season.

Here’s an early look at the betting odds ahead of Week 4:

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Rams vs. Cardinals Week 4

Point spread: Rams -6

Over/under point total: 54.5

Moneyline: Rams -250, Cardinals +205

Currently, the Rams hold the edge as six-point favorites despite Arizona entering the contest with a 3-0 record. From top to bottom, the Rams have displayed their transportive roster full of talent featuring All-Pro caliber players on both sides of the ball.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals who average more points per game than any team in the NFL, have shown the ability to score in bunches. Arizona added key reinforcements this offseason with the likes of defensive end J.J. Watt, wide receiver A.J. Green and center Rodney Hudson, who’ve had a major impact on the team through the early stages of the 2021 season.

Kickoff for this Week 4 matchup between the Rams and Cardinals is set for Sunday, Oct. 3 at 1:05 p.m. PT at SoFi Stadium.

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Pressure off: Denny Hamlin rides well-timed playoff surge after Vegas victory

Hand it to Denny Hamlin. If there was a formula for a reduced-pressure route to the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs’ promised land, Hamlin has hit on the right combination this year — 2-for-2.

After just missing out on the Regular Season Championship bouquet through a winless first 26 races, Hamlin’s two victories this season have come at ideal times. His Southern 500 triumph at Darlington Raceway helped him advance early in the Round of 16 opener. Sunday’s victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has saved Hamlin the torment of Talladega and the Charlotte Roval in the Round of 12’s remaining races, putting an automatic Round of 8 berth in his hands.

All according to plan, says Chris Gabehart, crew chief of Hamlin’s No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

“It really can’t be overstated,” Gabehart said of the edge provided by the newfound Round of 12 immunity. “Again, these race teams at this level, they’re all professionals. They deal with pressure so well. It’s just part of the job in pro sports. If there’s a competitor out there, a team out there, that’s not having to deal with that pressure, it’s a big advantage. I’m happy it’s the 11 car.”

The team’s timing so far might be impeccable, but the betterment of the No. 11 group with both rules packages that the Cup Series uses has been a months-long process. Hamlin said that the higher-downforce, 550-horsepower package used at Las Vegas and other intermediate tracks had been “our bread and butter,” but acknowledged that Hendrick Motorsports — notably led by Kyle Larson — had taken the lead performance-wise with that package in the earlier portions of the season.

Hamlin said Joe Gibbs Racing had made some 550-horsepower gains this summer, but that an offseason point of focus was also devoted to improvement on the lower-drag, 750-horsepower tracks. “Chris knows I don’t like to suck on short tracks,” Hamlin said, “so they put a lot of emphasis on that.” But that focus was also strategic: The last two races of the season — at Martinsville Speedway and the title race at Phoenix Raceway — both use the 750-horsepower package.

So far, the divided focus hasn’t made the team any weaker.

“It’s really hard to be great everywhere, but we try. We try the best we can to do that,” Hamlin said. “But (Hendrick has) just been really, really strong obviously. They’re able to do great things with their cars, especially in traffic, that is very, very hard to replicate. We’re still taking steps and strides forward I believe to try to match ’em. Again, it’s very, very close. I never thought that we’ve been worse than a third- to fourth-place car on these tracks all year long. It’s just today we kind of finished the deal.”

Closing out races was a trouble spot for Hamlin earlier in the season, but the source of any frustration from the win-column goose egg was offset by an otherwise strong start. After opening the year with eight top-five finishes in the first nine races, Hamlin said in April that he would not trade for a win at the expense of overall performance: “We’re smashing everyone. I’d still rather be where I’m at.”

Multiple victories are now paired with that on-track efficiency, and at just the right time. In four playoff races, Hamlin has led 545 of a possible 1534 laps — an impressive 35.5% clip.

“We knew that this is what we’re capable of,” Hamlin said. “Really we’ve shown this all year long. It shows in laps led, top fives, top 10s. For whatever reason, whether it be bad luck, mistakes on our own, we haven’t got all the bunches of wins that we’ve had in the past. Hopefully this is the start of a really good run.”

Source: Nascar

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Alabama vs. Florida live score, updates, highlights from Week 3 SEC football game

No. 11 Florida coach Dan Mullen is attempting to take down No. 1 Alabama for the first time in 10 meetings.

Alabama coach Nick Saban is making the trip down to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, popularly known as “The Swamp,” for the first time since 2011. The Crimson Tide will be looking to extend their 30-game winning streak against SEC opponents, including an undefeated 6-0 record in SEC championship games.

Bryce Young is an electric leader for the Crimson Tide, completing 46 of 65 passes for 571 with seven touchdowns through two games, and is expected to tear up the Gators’ defense. Anthony Richardson and Emory Jones are currently alternating in the quarterback position for Florida, but Jones is expected to make the start on Saturday. Through the Gators’ first couple of matchups, Jones completed 31 of 49 passes with two touchdowns and four interceptions.

Although Mullen is currently 5-6 against ranked teams with the Gators, he faces the familiar challenge of defeating Saban and the Crimson Tide. Florida previously faced Alabama in the 2020 SEC Championship game, but they allowed the Crimson Tide to escape with a 52-46 win and continue their journey towards becoming consecutive national champions.

Here’s all the information you need to follow along the Week 3 SEC football game.

Alabama vs. Florida score


Alabama vs. Florida live updates, highlights

Updates will be added around kickoff time, 3:30 p.m. ET.

Third Quarter: Alabama 28, Florida 23

6:10: TOUCHDOWN FLORIDA. Finishing off a 99-yard drive against the Crimson Tide defense, Emory Jones rushes past the endzone for five yards to give the Gators a touchdown with just under 30 seconds remining in the third quarter. Florida cut the Alabama lead 28-23.

6:09: Emory Jones completes a pass to Henderson to put the Gators inside the 10.

6:06: Nay’Quan Wright is driving the ball down the field for the Gators with gains of 18, 30 and 16 yards.

6:00: Florida gets our of their own endzone as Jones completes an 18-yard pass to Nay’Quan Wright to give the Gators a first down.

5:58: The Gators are forced to start at their own one-yard line because of an error from returner Ja’Markis Weston.

5:55: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Brian Robinson takes the direct snap and walks into the endzone for a three-yard touchdown. Kicker Will Reichard makes the extra point to extend the Crimson Tide lead 28-16.

5:53: Bryce Young escapes a sack from Cox and completes a pass to McClellan, and ruled a first down. After official review, the ruling is reversed to leave the Crimson Tide at fourth and inches.

5:50: Cameron Latu extends his arm out with the ball as he gets his knee down at the marker to give Alabama the first down at the Gators’ 12. The play went under review, and the ruling was confirmed.

5:48: Bryce Young throws consecutive incompletions to force a third down for Alabama.

5:43: Brian Robinson allows the Crimson Tide to move the chains for the first time since the first quarter.

5:42: Alabama gets called for a false start, pushing them back another five yards for second down. Bryce Young completes to Metchie for 12 yards.

5:40: Alabama returns the ball in the endzone to start the drive at their own 25.

5:38: TOUCHDOWN FLORIDA. On fourth and one, Flordia runningback Dameon Pierce rushes into the endzone for three yards to cut the Alabama lead. The Crimson Tide are ahead 21-16.

5:36: Malik Davis drives the ball down the field on consecutive plays for the Gators, third down inside the 10.

5:30: The Gators start with the ball at the 25 to open the second half. Alabama’s Josh Jobe gets his second pass interference penalty of the game, and gives Florida the first down at their own 40.

First Half: Alabama 21, Florida 9

5:00: Drew Sanders makes a big hit on Gamble to force the Gators back to third down and a long 23-yards. Florida can’t complete for the first down and punts to give Alabama the ball just inside the 10.

4:58: Jones completes to wide receiver Rick Wells for a completion and 26-yard run to put the Gators at midfield.

4:55: Gators’ Bretton Cox sacks Bryce Young to push the Crimson Tide back to third down and 12. The Gators’ defense makes another stop to force Alabama to punt again at the 31.

4:52: TOUCHDOWN FLORIDA. Runningback Malik Davis stumbles into the endzone with defenders cluching his feet to give the Gators their first touchdown with 6:34 remaining in the half. Alabama leads 21-9.

4:48: Emory Jones rushes the ball down the middle, but can’t complete the first down. The Gators are going for it on fourth down at the Alabama 41.

4:45: Gators’ CB Kaiir Elam went down and is apparently limping off of the field after blocking a pass intended to Alabama reciever John Metchie. The Crimson Tide punts following the play.

4:40: Gators are forced to punt, giving Alabama possession at their own 30 with just under 10 minutes remaining in the half.

4:35: Young attempts to get rid of the ball and is called for intentional grounding. Alabama punter James Burnip executes a 48-yard punt that lands the ball on the Gators’ 21.

4:33: Dan Mullen calls a timeout for the Gators ahead of fourth down. Jones’ pass is tipped and falls to force a turnover on downs at their own 37.

First Quarter: Alabama 21, Florida 3

4:22: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Young completes a pass to Brian Robinson to run into the endzone for a seven-yard touchdown. The extra kick gives the Crimson Tide a comfortable lead 21-3.

4:20: Young finds Jameson Williams to pick up a small gain, and puts Alabama at the seven.

4:16: Drew Sanders rushes Emory Jones as he releases the throw, and Jalyn Armour-Davis intercepts the attempted pass. Alabama takes over at the Gators’ 38.

4:12: Florida returns the kickoff in the endzone to start the drive at their own 25 with just over three minutes remaining in the first quarter.

4:10: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Young completes a 26-yard pass to Jahleel Billingsley, getting him out of the doghouse for a touchdown. Following the extra point, Alabama extends their lead 14-3.

4:08: Bryce Young makes consecutive completions to McClellan, giving the Crimson Tide another first down at the Florida 39.

4:05: Gators’ Jeremiah Moon executes a tackle for loss to push the Crimson Tide to third and seven. A pass interference call against Florida on the following play gives the Crimson Tide another first down.

4:02: Jameson Williams returns the kickoff in the endzone for the Crimson Tide, allowing Alabama to start their drive at their own 25.

4:00: FIELD GOAL FLORIDA. Florida kicker Chris Howard completes a 25-yard field goal to put the Gators on the board, but Alabama holds the lead 7-3.

3:58: Dan Mullen calls a timeout for the Gators at the Alabama eight-yard line, attempting to score on fourth down and six with just over seven minutes remaining in the first quarter.

3:54: Emory Jones throws to Kemore Gamble for a 21-yard completion, then takes off on a spin move for another gain of six. Alabama pass rushers are struggling to halt the offensive momentum.

3:50: Florida returns the kick to put Emory Jones and the Gators’ offense at their own 27 to start their opening drive.

3:43: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Gators’ Tre’Vez Johnson missed a critical tackled that allowed Jase McClellan to dive into the end zone for a touchdown. Alabama ends their opening drive with an early lead 7-0.

3:40: Delay of game is called against Alabama on third down, forcing a five-yard penalty. Young completes a pass to Anderson Williams to make the first down for the Crimson Tide.

3:36: Following a pass interference call against the Gators, the Crimson Tide continues their drive at the 40.

3:34: Bryce Young leads the Alabama offense to start at first down on their own 25.

3:32: Florida wins the coin toss and defers, Alabama is starting with possesion.

3:30: Florida’s backup quaterback Anthony Richardson is shown doing backflips during warmups ahead of kickoff.

Alabama vs. Florida start time

  • Date: Saturday, Sept. 18
  • Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET

Alabama vs. Florida is slated to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 18. The Gators will host the Crimson Tide at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, popularly known as “The Swamp.”

How to watch Alabama vs. Florida

  • TV channel (national): CBS
  • Live stream: CBS Sports, fuboTV

Brad Nessler (play-by-play) and Gary Danielson (analyst) will call the game from the booth, with Jamie Erdahl acting as the sideline reporter.

Alabama football schedule 2021

Sept. 4Alabama 44, Miami 13
Sept. 11Alabama 48, Mercer 14
Sept. 18at Florida3:30 p.m.
Sept. 25vs. Southern Miss7:30 p.m.
Oct. 2vs. Ole MissTBD
Oct. 9at Texas A&MTBD
Oct. 16at Mississippi StateTBD
Oct. 23vs. TennesseeTBD
Oct. 30ByeN/A
Nov. 6vs. LSUTBD
Nov. 13vs. New Mexico StateTBD
Nov. 20vs. ArkansasTBD
Nov. 27at AuburnTBD

Florida football schedule 2021

Sept. 4Florida 35, FAU 14
Sept. 11Florida 42, USF 20
Sept. 18vs. Alabama3:30 p.m.
Sept. 25vs. Tennessee7 p.m.
Oct. 2at KentuckyTBD
Oct. 9vs. VanderbiltTBD
Oct. 16at LSUTBD
Oct. 23ByeN/A
Oct. 30vs. GeorgiaTBD
Nov. 6at South CarolinaTBD
Nov. 13vs. SamfordTBD
Nov. 20at MissouriTBD
Nov. 27vs. Florida StateTBD

Source: Sportingnews

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