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Will the Jets go 0-16 with Adam Gase? Breaking down New York’s chances to avoid winless season

The Jets found a new low for their embarrassing 2020 NFL season with head coach Adam Gase. In falling to 0-6 in Week 6 on Sunday, the Jets were shut out, 24-0, by Gase’s former team, the Dolphins.

With the Giants and Falcons cracking goose eggs with their first wins of the season earlier in the day, the Jets are the only NFL team still in danger of a dubious distinction this season: Finishing 0-16. Since the NFL schedule expanded, only two teams, the 2008 Lions and 2017 Browns, have failed to record a victory.

The Jets’ current average margin of defeat is more than 18 points. This is the worst Jets team in 24 seasons. That 1996 version, in the second and final year under coach Rich Kotite, started 0-9 and finished 1-15, with only a win over the Cardinals in Week 9. In contrast, that team’s average margin of defeat was “only” 10.9 points. That also was more expected, following a 3-13 effort in 1995.

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New York finished 7-9 under Gase last season, a mark they won’t come close to reaching again this season. Playing in Miami looked like a reasonable winning shot a few weeks ago, but now the Dolphins (3-3) are in second place, with a better record than the Patriots (2-3).

Now it’s looking like the only week of the season in which the Jets won’t lose is their Week 10 bye a month from now. Here’s a look at their chances to win just one of their 10 remaining games.

Week 7 vs. Bills, Oct. 25

Before Buffalo steps on to the field vs. Kansas City on Monday night, the Jets’ next home opponent is an 11-point initial favorite, according to BetOnline. The Jets lost to the Bills 27-17 in Week 1, despite showing some life in the second half with 14 points. It’s a rivalry game and the Bills might be coming off a couple letdowns against the Titans and the Chiefs, but that gives them every reason to rebound big in the division. Chances of Jets winning: 2 percent

Week 8 at Chiefs, Nov. 1

The Jets’ defense is going up against Patrick Mahomes and Gase is coaching against Andy Reid. Chances of Jets winning: 0 percent.

Week 9 vs. Patriots, Nov. 9

Normally, this would be a no-chance home game, but the transitive property says the Broncos beat both the Jets and Patriots in tight, ugly games. Plus, there is the Monday night major underdog factor in play here and New England is looking less impressive by the week. That said, it’s Bill Belichick vs. Gase. Chances of Jets winning: 3 percent

Week 10 bye, Nov. 15

Chances of Jets losing: 0 percent | Chances of Jets winning: 0 percent

Week 11 at Chargers, Nov. 22

The Jets looked awful playing in this window on the East Coast in Miami in Week 6. Going on a long road trip from New York to Los Angeles doesn’t sound inspiring. But if the Jets somehow can make it a close, one-possession game against the Chargers, you know the Chargers will lose, so there’s that. Chances of Jets winning: 10 percent

Week 12 vs. Dolphins, Nov. 29

The way Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing and winning games, it’s hard to see the Dolphins turning to Tua Tagovailoa full-time anytime soon. But they could easily get cold and need to make a change, this time Tagovailoa seeing significant snaps against the Jets. Still, we won’t shake 24-0 from our brain anytime soon. Chances of Jets winning: 5 percent

Week 13 vs. Raiders, Dec. 6

The Raiders look like a serious wild-card contender and Derek Carr, Josh Jacobs and Darren Waller are leading an offense the Jets’ defense cannot stop. This is a tricky trip and Las Vegas didn’t look good at New England. But the Raiders will be motivated playing for something and Jon Gruden won’t let them lose to Gase. Chances of Jets winning: 3 percent

Week 14 at Seahawks, Dec. 13

The Seahawks’ quarterback is Russell Wilson. It’s also a Pete Carroll and Brian Schottenheimer revenge game. And a Jamal Adams revenge game. Chances of Jets winning: 0 percent

Week 15 at Rams, Dec. 20

The Rams are coached by Sean McVay. Wll the Jets still be coached by Gase at this point? You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. Chances of Jets winning: 0 percent.

Week 16 vs. Browns, Dec. 27

These Browns aren’t those Browns, just like the Raiders aren’t those Raiders. Odell Beckham Jr. back-to-back back in New York? Cool. Chances of Jets winning: 3 percent

Week 17 at Patriots, Jan. 3

The Patriots won’t be in that full resting player mode like they typically are and be willing to give away a victory in Week 17. In fact, it’s more likely they will need to win to have any chance to sneak into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season. Chances of Jets winning: 0 percent.

So unless they get some big breaks against former Jets assistant Anthony Lynn and can steal one against the Chargers, the Jets have a better chance of arriving at 0-16 than Gase departing before the end of the season. That sums up exactly why the Jets are on a direct, non-stop flight to winless history.

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Teignmouth toasts the Simmonds after their Champions Cup triumph

Teignmouth toasts to the Simmonds brothers with their Champions Cup triumph helping proud local club raise £1,500 behind the bar

  • The exploits of the Simmonds brothers on Saturday made their home club proud 
  • Both were heavily involved as Exeter lifted the Champions Cup at Ashton Gate 
  • Teignmouth toasted their local heroes and raised £1,500 in total behind the bar 

The Simmonds brothers had the whole of Teignmouth RFC toasting them on Saturday night – and helped the club make £1,500 behind the bar after Exeter’s sensational European Cup win.

Captain Joe, 23, lifted the continental trophy just six years after secretly running out for his home club’s first team.

And Sam, 25, is now European Player of the Year having started his rugby down on the Devon coast too. 

The whole of Teignmouth RFC were toasting the Simmonds brothers after their Cup success

The pair’s exploits at Ashton Gate had all at Bitton Park roaring and chairman Russell Sowden spoke of his pride in the Teignmouth tyros.

‘We were at our maximum capacity with all the COVID controls, so had 55 people in the clubhouse, and it was absolutely manic,’ said Sowden.

‘We managed to take £1,500 over the bar on Saturday, which helps in these times. Unfortunately we had to kick everyone out at 10pm, but we will have a proper celebration with them soon!

‘Some of the boys who know him well put a load of posters up of Sam and Joe together in different eras, and one of them with their dad, David, down at the club. 

The two siblings’ superb exploits at Ashton Gate saw everyone at Bitton Park feeling pride

‘We had a Simmonds themed day and it was mad – particularly when Joe decided to take that penalty at the end.

‘I was there thinking “go for touch and run the clock down!” but he went for it and backed himself.

‘Everyone was cheering, and we’re all made up for them.’ Teignmouth can now say they have developed two European Cup winners and are in celebratory mood.

‘We managed to get Joe to play senior rugby for us for two season without Exeter realising,’ revealed Sowden.

‘He was 17. As soon as we could get him in we did as he was absolutely class. 

Joe had kicked a last-minute penalty in Exeter’s dramatic triumph over Racing 92 on Saturday

‘It’s so typical of Rob Baxter to back him as a quiet leader. At 17 he was quiet too, but commanded respect because of the quality of his work.

‘Sam’s old coach Graham Pattison is not one to take the limelight, but is a solid life-time rugby player and fan. Sam was a centre for us then!

‘The Chiefs have built such a good relationship with the local clubs – it’s just great how they back us and we support them by giving them our top talent!

‘All of this coming so early, so young for them, and seeing Sam so happy for his brother is brilliant to see.

‘Any opportunity when they’re not playing and we’ve got senior rugby on, they come down. They come to junior prize-givings and are very generous with their time. 

Teignmouth RFC is fully booked for Exeter’s Premiership final clash with Wasps this weekend

‘It would be brilliant for them to do the Double, and I’ve got some ideas to do a fund-raiser down here with them down the line.’ 

Teignmouth RFC is already fully booked for round two – this Saturday’s Premiership Final against Wasps – as they look for their boys to complete the Double.

‘I can only imagine how surreal it is for those lads, as they are such well-grounded local boys,’ Sowden said.

‘All their Christmases have come in one go, and they still have another final to play!’




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The Latest: Browns will have Beckham vs. Steelers


The Latest on Week 6 in the NFL (all times EDT):

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Star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is active and expected to be available when the surprising Cleveland Browns travel to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Beckham Jr. had his second negative COVID-19 test in 24 hours on Saturday, clearing him to rejoin his teammates. The receiver was kept away from Cleveland’s facility and didn’t practice for two days after feeling ill on Thursday and being sent home

The league has instructed teams to remove anyone showing symptoms similar to COVID-19 even if they are caused by a cold or the flu. The Browns are off to a 4-1 start and trying to earn their first win in Pittsburgh since 2003. The Steelers (4-0) are one of four undefeated teams remaining in the league.

Beckham has had a good start in his second season with the Browns, who acquired the star in a blockbuster trade with the New York Giants. He has 21 catches for 294 yards and three touchdowns and also had an electrifying 50-yard TD run that sealed a win in Dallas.

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Gareth Bale 'was the ONLY Real Madrid player to REJECT a pay-cut'

Gareth Bale ‘was the ONLY Real Madrid player to REJECT a pay-cut’ to his £500,000-a-week wages at the height of the coronavirus pandemic… with rest of the dressing room ‘accepting 10% cut without hesitation’

  • Gareth Bale was the only Real Madrid player to refuse to take a pay cut this year
  • The club asked the players and staff to take a 10 per cent cut due to coronavirus
  • Welsh star was unwilling to forfeit 10 per cent of his £500,000-a-week salary
  • Those that did accept a pay cut helped the club save a total of 50million euros 

Gareth Bale was reportedly the only Real Madrid player that refused to take a pay cut earlier this year as the club struggled with the financial ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic.

With the club losing revenue due to the suspension of football, the staff and players were asked to accept a 10 per cent cut to their annual salaries, with that rising to 20 per cent if the league was unable to continue.

It is believed that the entire first-team were in agreement over the wage reduction, except Bale. The Welshman was advised by his representatives to refuse the cut on his mammoth £500,000-a-week wages.

Gareth Bale was the only Real Madrid player to refuse to take a pay cut amid the pandemic

Sergio Ramos was responsible for liaising between Real Madrid chiefs and the squad but it was Zinedine Zidane who helped the players recognise the importance of helping the club, according the Cadena Ser via Marca.  

Bale, who had a difficult relationship with Zidane and the club’s fans, is reported to have been the only Madrid player who wanted to keep getting paid his full salary.

The players and staff who did forfeit 10 per cent of their wages helped the club save just under 50million euros (£45m). 

Zinedine Zidane had helped the other players recognise the importance of helping the club

Bale, who earns £500,000-a-week, was unwilling to part ways with 10 per cent of that cash

Bale, who became the most expensive footballer in history upon signing for Real Madrid seven years ago, was pocketing £24million a year at Madrid – and would have saved the club £50,000 a week if he agreed to the reduction. 

The Welsh forward has always been a controversial figure in the Spanish capital and following a turbulent time at Real Madrid, Bale was finally offloaded as he returned to Tottenham in the summer. 

Bale will likely make his second debut with Spurs against their London rivals West Ham on Sunday.




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Lachie Neale dominates the field to win 2020 Brownlow Medal

Brisbane Lions midfielder Lachie Neale won the 2020 Brownlow Medal in a canter on Sunday evening, one of the very few things that has happened as expected in this most unpredictable year of football.

Neale finished the count on 31 votes with Port Adelaide's Travis Boak in second (21) and Melbourne's Christian Petracca and St Kilda's Jack Steele tied for third (20).

Fairest and best: 2020 Brownlow Medal winner Lachie Neale on the run for Brisbane during the Lions’ preliminary final loss to the Cats on Saturday night.Credit:Getty Images

His Brownlow triumph caps off a stellar campaign for the midfielder, who also won the Leigh Matthews Trophy for players’ player of the season and the best player award as judged by the coaches.

The 27-year-old shared the lead of the count in round four, went ahead clear in round five and blasted the field for the rest of the evening.

A four point lead in the count in round eight extended to a lead of seven votes (round nine), nine votes (round 11) and 11 votes (round 12), Neale winning the medal with two rounds to spare.

Neale polled three votes in consecutive games from rounds two to five, then again in round eight, nine, 11, 12, 16 and 18.

Soaking up the atmosphere: Lachie Neale (left) speaks to Rory Laird of the Crows during the 2020 Brownlow Medal count in Brisbane. Credit:Getty Images

He was an integral ingredient in Brisbane's run to the preliminary final, the club's first since 2004.

Born in Naracoorte in South Australia near the Victorian border, Neale played his junior footy at Kybybolite. He then played for Glenelg in the SANFL before being drafted to Fremantle at pick 58 in the 2011 draft.

That surprisingly lowly position in the draft was so because recruiters considered him small and a little slow to go higher.

Neale requested a trade from Fremantle to Brisbane at the end of 2018 and got there for pick six, 19 and 55, with Freo’s pick 30 and Neale heading to the Lions.

Meanwhile, if anyone needed anymore of a reminder of the precocious talent that is Matt Rowell, they got it on Friday night.

The 2019 no.1 draft pick from the Gold Coast Suns polled three votes in his second, third and fourth games to lead the race tied with Lachie Neale.

He was injured in round five and missed the rest of the season.

The count, conducted at Gold Coast's Metricon Stadium by AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan, was unusual given the pandemic.

Glitz and glamour: Lachie Neale and his wife Julie arrive at The Gabba stadium in Brisbane for the AFL’s virtual best and fairest count.Credit:Getty Images

McLachlan and the AFL opted to avoid a gala evening on the Gold Coast with the majority of the league, instead just grand final teams Richmond and Geelong were there, as well as a few Gold Coast and St Kilda players.

Other players gathered at the Gabba, where Neale was, and Optus Stadium in Perth, Adelaide Oval, the Sydney Cricket Ground and television studios in Melbourne.

Players in Melbourne sat socially distanced in masks and suits, a far cry from the usual affair at Crown Casino.

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The Nuggets gave Carmelo Anthony the cold shoulder and got roasted by NBA Twitter

It looks like there isn’t much love for Carmelo Anthony in Denver.

The future Hall of Famer played the first 7 1/2 seasons of his NBA career with the Nuggets after being selected with the third overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft. Denver had failed to reach the playoffs in each of the eight seasons prior to drafting Anthony; he led the team to seven consecutive postseason appearances, including the Western Conference finals in 2009 where they fell to Kobe Bryant and the eventual champion Lakers.

Still, in spite of his contributions to the franchise, Anthony was noticeably absent from a tweet Friday in which the team asked fans: “Who is your favorite Nugget of all time?”

In lieu of Anthony, pictured in the graphic are team legends Nick Van Exel, Dikembe Mutombo and Alex English, current superstar Nikola Jokic and newly named Clippers assistant coach Chauncey Billups.

It’s understandable that Nuggets fans may have conflicting feelings about Anthony, who refused to sign a contract extension ahead of the 2010-11 season. There were rumors that he had requested a trade prior to the start of the season, but he continued playing in Denver until he was finally traded on Feb. 22, 2011, to the Knicks, along with Billups. 

Perhaps there’s some bad blood because Anthony wanted to move on, but isn’t that a little childish? It’s nothing new for stars to leave the teams that drafted them in search of more, whether it be title aspirations or money.

As far as credentials go, Anthony certainly belongs on the list. He averaged 24.8 points per game in his time with the Nuggets, including a career-best 28.9 per game during his first All-Star season in 2006-07. He received First Team All-Rookie honors, made four All-Star teams, and was named All-NBA Second Team once and All-NBA Third Team three times while in Denver. He scored 13,970 points during his Nuggets tenure, good for third all time in franchise history behind English (1979-90: 21,645 points) and Dan Issel (1975-85: 16,589), another notable snub.

The most questionable inclusions have to be Van Exel and Billups. Van Exel only played 3 1/2 seasons in Denver. Even if he did average 17.7 points and 8.4 assists as a Nugget, those teams were awful and never achieved a winning record. Not only that, but Van Exel himself requested a trade, which he later regretted.

Billups played 4 1/2 seasons between two stints in Denver. He played just 58 games in his first two seasons from 1998-2000. His return was much more successful, as he used his experience from winning two NBA championships with the Pistons to help Anthony lead the Nuggets to the West finals in ’09. He made two All-Star appearances, was an All-NBA Third Team selection and received the 2009 NBA Sportsmanship Award. That’s a solid resume, but it doesn’t even begin to touch what Anthony did.

Mutombo is a pretty safe call to make the shortlist. Although he only played five seasons in Denver (1991-96), he won his first of four NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards in 1994-95 and was deeply loved by Nuggets fans for his 31 blocks in the five-game playoff series win over the SuperSonics in 1994. Jokic has firmly planted himself in franchise history by leading Denver to another Western Conference finals appearance after overcoming 3-1 series deficits to the Jazz and the Clippers in the 2020 playoffs.

Fans on Twitter made sure to let the Nuggets know who was missing from the list (primarily it was Anthony, though others made sure to shout out David Thompson, Fat Lever and . . . JR Smith?).

Even the Premier League got in the action. You know you’ve messed up when other sports are calling you out.

The fact that Anthony was left out over Billups and Van Exel was too ridiculous to be ignored. 

Of course, we’d all be remiss if we didn’t pay respect to true Nuggets legends Lever and Smith.

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What makes Justin Gaethje the 'most violent man in the UFC'?

Justin Gaethje has been branded ‘the most violent man in the most violent sport’ with good reason… he wants Khabib Nurmagomedov to ‘see blood’, creates ‘car crashes’ in fights and can make it EIGHT $50,000 bonuses in a row at UFC 254

  • Justin Gaethje has built reputation as one of the most punishing fighters in MMA
  • He pushes a relentless pace, will take a shot to land one and is very durable   
  • Joe Rogan game him the moniker ‘the most violent man in the most violent sport’
  • Gaethje takes a ‘kill or be killed’ attitude into his fights and will do so at UFC 254 

Justin Gaethje may not have any legitimate UFC gold wrapped around his waist just yet but he has a tag most MMA fighters would long for. 

‘The most violent man in the most violent sport in the world’, were the words of long-time UFC colour commentator Joe Rogan after Gaethje’s KO of Edson Barboza last year. 

Rogan has been cage-side to witness every rival fighter who could lay claim to that commendation and his words have stuck ever since. 

Justin Gaethje has a reputation for violence and lived up to it in the win over Tony Ferguson

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Gaethje is now regularly referred to as ‘the most violent fighter in MMA’ and his performance against Tony Ferguson earlier this summer only enhanced that reputation. 

For five rounds he bludgeoned El Cucuy mercilessly, winning the the battle of skill and will in typically uncompromising fashion. 

He’ll be gunning for exactly the same at UFC 254 in his lightweight title shot against Khabib Nurmagomedov on October 24 and has given an insight into the kind of gruelling scrap he seeks. 

‘I know I’m going to see his blood. I want him to see his blood and I want to see his reaction,’ he told ESPN. 

‘He isn’t as crazy as me, that’s the thing.

‘I think he is crazy and loves competition but he isn’t quite as crazy as me. He also hasn’t seen his blood many times, I’m sure. 

‘His style of fighting is not something where you are looking for blood. I bet that doesn’t even cross his mind that he will see his own blood. That has never been a factor for him.’

Gaethje is not one for a flashy spinning heel-kick knockout or a technical move to send social media into meltdown. It is the way he relishes getting his hands dirty, the pain of a fight and the sacrifice it takes to win that chimes with fans. 

There’s an honesty to his performances and pure burning desire to take everything dished out to him and come back over and over again. He has spoken many times about his ‘kill or be killed’ philosophy.

Of course he wants to beat Khabib but it is the physical challenge and confrontation that he thrives on rather than tangible rewards. 

He is the only fighter in UFC history to have won either a Performance of the Night or Fight of the Night bonus for every one of his first seven match-ups for the promotion. 

A $50,000-a-time, that’s a healthy boost to his bank balance as well as reputation. 

The American has become a must-watch fighter and consistently delivers entertainment 

Donald Cerrone is another of Gaethje’s recent victims, losing by first round knockout

There were two defeats along the way, against Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier, where Gaethje went out on his shield. Both were awarded Fight of the Night by Dana White and whenever the 31-year-old makes the walk to the octagon it has become compulsive viewing. 

He’s won a fight by slamming an opponent (Kevin Croom) to the mat so aggressively that it knocked him out. 

On three separate occasions, his method of victory has simply been put down in the record books as leg kicks.  

Khabib has never been beaten and looked sensational in almost every fight with relentless mauling wrestling proving too much for all comers. 

Gaethje presents an entirely different challenge and perhaps the Russian has never fought someone with the mentality of his challenger. 

‘I win by being more aggressive and just tougher. The way I think, when I’m fighting you don’t get one minute rest, you don’t get to make a decision,’ he told Below the Belt.

Gaethje dominated Ferguson at UFC 249 earlier this year to earn his shot at Khabib

The 31-year-old has fought from a young age and has a wealth of experience behind him

‘I create car crashes. I want to be the object with the most mass, the most force, who gets there first.

‘I’m the last guy you want to stand across the cage from when you’re tired. It doesn’t sound the same when I hit people, I see it in their faces, even I can hear it.’

You would think the UFC’s most violent man would have a striking background but like many converted wrestlers, Gaethje fell in love with striking. 

The stats support just how bruising a style the American fights with. Of all his victories (22), 86 per cent of them have come by KO or TKO and he averages 7.74 significant strikes landed per minute, absorbing 8.37 of the same.

The fact that he can be so successful while consuming more strikes than he dishes out is testament not only to sturdy chin but also ability to take punishment. 

A breakdown of Gaethje’s attacks shows just how much he relies on those scything leg kicks. 

In total, 60 per cent of his shots are directed at the head, 31 per cent at the legs and just nine towards the body. 

He likes to immobilise his opponent by taking out their base. The Ferguson fight was a perfect example of it. There is only so much punishment calves can take and once he has someone on wobbly legs, the end usually follows. 

Michael Johnson and Gaethje went toe-to-toe and it was Gaethje who came out on top

One of the fights that captured everything Gaethje is about was his UFC debut against Michael Johnson. 

Both men landed sickly blows on one another and at one stage Gaethje was badly hurt, swaying wildly and struggling to stay upright. But he summoned extra reserves of energy from somewhere and marched forward to stamp his authority back on the fight. 

Eventually a flying knee put Johnson up against a cage and another knee prompted the referee to step in. 

First round knockouts of James Vick, Edson Barboza and Donald Cerrone set up the Ferguson fight, the best performance of Gaethje’s career to date. 

If Khabib can do what Khabib always does and drags his challenger to the mat, Gaethje’s violence will be suffocated. But if he holds off the Russian, then all bets are off and the UFC’s most violent man will smell the blood he craves.     




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Meet Arch Manning, the latest high school QB prodigy following Peyton, Eli in the Manning family tree

Football recruiters have long known Arch Manning’s name. A national audience will get familiar with the latest quarterback out of the Manning family tree on Thursday night on ESPN2.

That’s when Arch, the son of Cooper and nephew of Peyton and Eli, and his Isidore Newman (Louisiana) team will take on Booker T. Washington (La.). Arch is a sophomore and regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in the Class of 2023 after a standout freshman year at the same high school attended by Cooper, Peyton and Eli. Arch’s high school coach told ESPN they just want to “let Arch be Arch.”

“Arch is his own entity,” Isidore Newman football coach Nelson Stewart told ESPN. “That’s one thing we tell him is, you be yourself. What a great resource he has with his uncles, grandfather and dad that can work with him and help, but as a sophomore, I would hope no one would put that label on him because there’s so much growth still to happen. We let Arch be Arch, let him be a sophomore.”

Soon enough, it seems Arch will be on national broadcasts every weekend as a college quarterback. For now, this is what you need to know about Arch Manning.

Where does Arch Manning go to high school?

Manning attends the Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana. It’s a private, nondenominational school that educates all the way from pre-K through high school. 

Arch’s father, Cooper, and his uncles, Peyton and Eli, all attended Isidore Newman. The New York Times has described Isidore Newman as “one of Louisiana’s elite private schools.” In addition to the Mannings, Cleveland Browns star Odell Beckham Jr. also attended Isidore Newman.

Isidore Newman head coach Nelson Stewart told ESPN that he believes the Manning brothers helped advance high school football in New Orleans. Louisiana has grown into one of the country’s major recruiting hot beds. 

Arch Manning high school stats

Note: Freshman stats via MaxPreps, sophomore stats via ESPN. Stats through Oct. 14, 2020.

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Manning football family tree

Archie Manning

The father of Cooper, Peyton and Eli, Archie played his college football at Ole Miss before playing in the NFL from 1971-1984. Archie started 139 games in his NFL career, mostly for the Saints, before finishing his career as a backup in Houston and Minnesota. 

Archie was a career 55.2 percent passer who threw 125 touchdowns and 173 interceptions. Ironically, his best season statistically may have come in 1980, when the Saints went 1-15. Archie threw for a career-best 3,716 yards in 1980 with 23 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions.

Cooper Manning

The oldest Manning brother, Cooper was a wide receiver with Division I aspirations. In his senior year, Cooper caught passes from Peyton and surpassed 1,000 receiving yards, a mark that wouldn’t be reached at Isidore Newman again until Beckham did it.

Cooper signed a scholarship to Ole Miss but eventually was diagnosed with spinal stenosis that ended his football career before he could play in college. The condition forced Cooper to learn to walk again. Peyton wore the No. 18 after his brother’s career was ended, because Cooper had previously worn 18. 

Peyton Manning

A future Hall of Famer, Peyton went to Tennessee out of high school before being the No. 1 selection in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He made 14 Pro Bowls, won five MVPS and emerged victorious in two Super Bowls, one with the Colts and one with the Denver Broncos.

Peyton set records first in 2004 and again in 2013 when he threw 49 touchdowns and then 55 touchdowns. He finished his career with 539 passing touchdowns and a completion percentage of 65.3 percent.

Eli Manning

Eli followed in his father’s footsteps and played at Ole Miss. He was the No. 1 pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, but he helped orchestrate a trade to land him with the New York Giants. 

Twice, Eli led the Giants to upsets of the New England Patriots for Super Bowl victories. To beat the undefeated 2007 Patriots, Manning needed help from a miracle catch by David Tyree, who used his helmet to secure a prayer tossed up by Eli. Eli finished his career as an NFL starter with an even 117-117 record, and he threw 366 touchdowns.

Arch Manning

Arch, the son of Cooper and nephew of Peyton and Eli, is a sophomore in 2020 at Isidore Newman high school. He’s already 6-3 and has the eyes of recruiters across the country on him. As a freshman, Arch threw 34 touchdowns compared to only six interceptions, according to MaxPreps.

Arch Manning recruiting rankings

Arch was never going to be able to avoid recruiters for long as he threw dimes with the Manning name on the stat sheet. Recruiting services have already taken notice.

The recruiting website 247Sports lists Arch as its No. 5 player nationally in the Class of 2023. He’s the highest-ranked QB, according to 247Sports. Another service, QB Hit List, ranks Arch as its No. 5 quarterback in the Class of 2023.

You can get a good look at Arch’s talent with these highlights from the second game of his sophomore season.

Isidore Newman also features one highly sought after recruit: A.J. Johnson, a wide receiver. He’s a top-300 junior in the country, according to ESPN, and is Arch’s top target.

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Football has the capacity to welcome back fans, claims Brighton manager Graham Potter

“We’re allowed to go into pubs, we’re allowed to go indoors, we’re allowed to be at events, and I think football has the capacity to socially distance, to organise themselves, to allow supporters back in.

“I can see where he’s coming from. I tend to agree.

“This derby is a great one for the supporters. It generates a wonderful atmosphere. I thought the game last year at Selhurst Park was really good, it was a really good atmosphere – it was hostile but not too hostile, it was on the right level.

“I think the longer it (no fans) goes on, it’s very upsetting to see. The quicker that we can get supporters back, the better.”

Photographs taken inside the London Palladium, where former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was holding an event, showed audiences wearing masks and separated by empty seats.

The continued absence of football fans is due to be debated by MPs on November 9 after a petition to allow their return received more than 196,000 signatures.

Potter is sweating on the fitness of Aaron Connolly ahead of the trip to south-east London.

Seagulls striker Connolly, who has started each of the club’s last three top-flight fixtures, picked up a couple of problems during the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 defeat to Finland on Wednesday evening.

“Aaron Connolly had a heavy knock in the first half last night, had a nasty fall, so he’s just checking out his wrist and a bit of a jarred neck,” said Potter.

“We are just seeing how he recovers.”

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Meet the six key players in Project Big Picture, from Henry to Glazer

Meet the six key players in Project Big Picture: From John W Henry and Joel Glazer to the FA chief who can stop it… these are the men with the future of English football in their hands

  • Project Big Picture threatens to totally change the landscape of English football
  • The plans have caused huge controversy and anger across the Premier League
  • Here, Sportsmail takes a look at six of the key players, from owners to executives
  • John W Henry, Joel Glazer and Rick Parry are the men who were first involved 

The emergence of Manchester United and Liverpool’s Project Big Picture has sent shockwaves through the world of football this week.

The plans, which threaten to completely change the entire landscape of English football, have been met with plenty of scepticism – with EFL clubs split over whether to support the proposals – and even more anger.

But who are the men trying to enforce change at the very top of the game? Here, Sportsmail takes a look at the major players to see who they are, what their role is, and what they will get out of it… 

The controversial Project Big Picture has sent shockwaves across English football this week 

Let’s start with the man who is reported to have come up with the idea in the first place. John W Henry is the head of Fenway Sports Group, the company who have owned Liverpool since October 2010.  

He also owns the Boston Red Sox and has been at the helm through all of Liverpool’s recent Champions League and Premier League success. Needless to say, that has made he and his fellow owners keen to secure more riches at the top of the game.

Henry set up the meeting in Boston that set the ball rolling, bringing to fruition an idea that he had been harbouring for a number of years. Along with Joel Glazer and Rick Parry – more on them later – the plans were devised, and are now at the stage where they want to move forward with their project.

Liverpool, and therefore Henry, would be huge beneficiaries of the plans. It would give them more opportunities to play games in an expanded Champions League and, ultimately – and most importantly – significantly increase the wealth of the club. 

John W Henry is one of the major players, first bringing the idea to the table back in 2017

Joel Glazer – Manchester United owner

Much like Henry, Joel Glazer’s reasons for getting involved in the scheme are purely financial. Unlike Henry, though, United’s recent performances on the pitch have left a lot to be desired and the opportunity to consolidate United’s place among the big players in the Premier League is a big draw.

The Glazer family began their part-ownership of Manchester United in March 2003 and by June 2005 Joel and Bryan were on the board of directors and the takeover was complete. Since then they have overseen an incredible amount of success, but in the last few years – post Sir Alex Ferguson – it is fair to say there has been a steady decline.

Glazer was involved in the talks with Henry and Parry from the very start and is among those really pushing to get Project Big Picture over the line. Like Liverpool, United will benefit financially and it will give them the opportunity to play more games in an extended Champions League.  

Joel Glazer (left) has teamed up with his rival at Liverpool to put forward the huge plans

Rick Parry – EFL chairman

The current EFL chairman has been involved in talks since the very beginning, first meeting up with Glazer and Henry in America to discuss the initial plans. He has become the face of the project over the last few days too, speaking out in a number of high-profile interviews.

Although he doesn’t currently have anything to do with the Premier League, he was heavily involved in its formation back in 1992 and was its first chief executive. He brokered the then-biggest TV deal in the history of UK sport during his time in the role, and has since also been chief executive of his boyhood club Liverpool.

Now at the EFL, Parry has a vested interest in the plans as it will affect his member clubs. He is also keen to secure a way out of the coronavirus pandemic, with many EFL sides edging closer to oblivion with no fans able to return to their stadia.

Rick Parry is currently EFL chief but has held top jobs in the Premier League and at Liverpool

Greg Clarke – FA chairman

Although Greg Clarke has so far only played a very small role in proceedings, his say could yet become the most important. As chairman of the FA, it has been reported that he has been privy to the project’s discussions at a minor level.

It has now emerged that the FA – and therefore, Clarke – hold all the cards with their ‘Golden Share’, enabling them to block any plans if they feel the need. They were granted that power back in 1991 during talks over the Premier League’s inception. 

The FA haven’t ever exercised their right in the entire 29-season history of the Premier League… but now could well be the time if they are worried about the plans changing the landscape of English football in a negative way. 

Greg Clarke and the FA’s ‘Golden Share’ could be the undoing of Glazer, Henry and Parry’s plan

Oliver Dowden – Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

One of the more outspoken men against the project is Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and therefore essentially the Government spokesman on the issue.

He has come out strongly against the plans, calling it a ‘backroom deal’, and has warned that the Government could launch a fan-led review into proceedings.

There are also questions about the effect the coronavirus pandemic is having on the sport, and Dowden has warned that he will step in if the Premier League and EFL fail to reach an agreement on how to proceed.

For now, Dowden will not get involved, but he will be keeping a keen eye on where the talks go next to see whether he needs to step in. 

Oliver Dowden has already spoken out against Project Big Picture and could have more of a say

Richard Masters – Premier League chief executive  

Spare a thought for the Premier League chief executive Richard Masters, who is set to have quite a bumpy road ahead of him. Since taking over at the helm in November, he has had to steer the ship through the coronavirus pandemic and a failed Newcastle United takeover… and now this.

He has not been involved in talks so far, but will chair what is set to be a very feisty meeting between the 20 clubs this week.

He is tasked with fending off a brutal civil war between his 20 member clubs, while also trying to navigate through the rest of the pandemic and the return of fans to stadia as early as Government rules allow. 

Richard Masters has endured an incredibly difficult start to life as Premier League chief exec




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