Chief executive Richard Masters has confirmed the Premier League will be “changing direction” away from pay-per-view matches.The decision to broadcast several games for a price of £14.95 has been criticised by MPs and fans’ groups and the Premier League will change its approach.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Speaking at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee hearing on Tuesday morning, Masters told MPs: “We took a decision to move to pay-per-view and now we are reviewing that decision.“We have listened to feedback, we will be changing direction and moving away from it and taking another step that will see us through lockdown, the Christmas period and into January. I can’t announce what it is.”More to follow…- Advertisement –
The No. 6-ranked Trojans followed up their season opening rout with a 59-9 blowout over the visiting Idaho Vandals at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night.Led by an explosive offense that had big plays in both the passing and running game, the Trojans racked up over 700 yards of total offense. Redshirt senior Cody Kessler set a career high, throwing for 410 yards to go along with three touchdown passes. True sophomore JuJu Smith-Schuster set career highs in both yards and receptions, catching 10 passes for 192 yards and two long touchdowns.“We came out with a good fire and jumped on them, which is what we should have done,” head coach Steve Sarkisian said.The USC defense put together another solid performance, holding their second straight opponent to under 10 points. While the team didn’t force any turnovers, they forced Idaho into multiple three-and-outs.The defense turned in a true team effort, with no one player standing out above the rest.Freshman linebacker Cameron Smith led the team with six tackles, and junior linebacker Su’a Cravens contributed a sack. The team maintained solid coverage throughout the night, and made adjustments to thwart the middle screen that was giving them issues in the first half.Offense was the real story of the evening, with the Trojans taking the opening kick and marching down the field 75 yards in just over two minutes, with junior running back Justin Davis punching the ball in for the first score.That drive set the tone for the rest of the game, with the Trojans scoring seemingly at will against a beleaguered Idaho Vandal defense.As a group, the Trojan tailbacks gave the Vandal defense headaches, repeatedly bursting for long runs that broke into the second level.Both Davis and redshirt senior Tre Madden scored two touchdowns and supplied the Trojans with a bevy of long runs.The USC running attack compiled 285 total yards, with seven backs running for more than 10 yards.No single back rushed the ball more than eight times, demonstrating a wealth of talent at back.Specifically, Madden and Davis had help from some younger players. Freshmen Ronald Jones II, Dominic Davis, and Aca’Cedric Ware all got into the game, putting up impressive yards per carry totals.Jones had a 40-yard plus run for his second straight game, flashing glimpses of his big play potential. He led the team with eight rushes for 84 yards and was the topic of a lot of post-game conversation.“He’s a unique guy,” Sarkisian said of Jones after the game.The game featured a lot of young and new talent, as multiple newcomers continued to shine for the Trojans. The Trojans linebacking corps was buoyed by young talent, with Smith and fellow freshmen Porter Gustin and Osa Masina making an impact.In the passing game, Kessler seemed to pick up right where he left off against Arkansas State, turning in another statistically impressive performance.Kessler went 26 for 31 with 410 yards and three touchdowns, statistics that are sure to get him mentioned in any early season Heisman conversation.His performance was highlighted by two deep ball touchdown throws to Smith-Schuster, who caught passes of 50 and 41 yards for scores.“Cody told me, ‘Every time you go deep, I’m gonna put the ball near you. You got to go get it’,” Smith-Schuster said.Kessler was able to distribute the ball effectively as 14 Trojans made receptions. One of those receptions was Adoree’ Jackson’s catch and run out of the backfield, which may have been the highlight of the evening.Jackson caught the ball in motion and started running right before reversing field. After picking up a block from Kessler, Jackson cut back to the middle of the field and made a few more guys miss before being brought down for a 30-yard gain.The play had the entire audience on its feet and harkened back to the days when former standout Reggie Bush was on the gridiron.The Trojans are now done with the Sun Belt portion of their non-conference schedule, after winning the two games by a combined score of 114-15.These early season blowout wins were highlighted by explosive plays on both sides of the ball and standout performances from a bevy of players.After a couple of days off, the Trojans will then get back to work on the practice field as they prepare to host their first Pac-12 opponent, Stanford.The increase in schedule rigor starts immediately as the Trojans dive right into Pac-12 play, facing two opponents who were both ranked to start the season.
MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly ramped up their transfer fee of Chris Smalling to £25m with Spurs, Arsenal and Everton all keen on the defender.Metro claim that Roma, who are looking to turn the England star’s loan into a permanent deal this summer, are said to be shocked by the Red Devils’ valuation.1 Chris Smalling has impressed during his time on loan at RomaCredit: Getty Images – GettyOle Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are keen to avoid losing another centre-back on the cheap after recouping just £6m for Jonny Evans’ departure in 2015.The Northern Irishman has starred for Leicester this season, and has also attracted £35m interest from Arsenal and Manchester City in recent years.MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newsRoma meanwhile had hoped to strike a deal for Smalling for less than £20m, yet United are mindful of other clubs keeping tabs on him.The 30-year-old is loving life in the Italian capital and has made no secret of his desire to end his time at Old Trafford after nine years at the club.However, the Fulham defender has also been offered a route back into English football with both Spurs and Everton keen on a move.Arsenal had been listed as another possible destination for Smalling, who has revived his career in Serie A.The star – dubbed ‘Smalldini’ after his fine form – has even been offered a chance at an England recall by Gareth Southgate.The Three Lions boss suggested that Smalling’s limitations in playing out from the back meant he was not suited to his blueprint back in 2017.But the England boss now admits he was “unfair” on Smalling and paved the way for a potential way back into the fold.Southgate said: “I’ve never ruled anybody out. I think that would be wrong.“I think I said I probably regretted the way the message came across if, by praising others for certain attributes, there was criticism for Chris. It was my fault and it was unfair on him.”Southgate and his assistant Steve Holland flew out to Italy to watch Smalling in action before Christmas.The England boss added: “I spoke to him when I left him out the squad and explained what I explained to everybody.Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokes“Of course because of the way it came out, there was little point – I wasn’t going to say anything that hadn’t already been said.“But I think he’s done well in Italy. He’s playing at another big club.“He was obviously playing at a big club before. We’re watching everybody because we’ve got to make sure we make the right decision.”Man United ace Chris Smalling ‘in talks with Tottenham and Everton over transfer’ as Woodward demands £16.5m