Lyon boss Sylvinho confirmed Nabil Fekir is in negotiations for a transfer as rumours of the club captain’s impending move to Real Betis gather momentum.The France international, who turned 26 on Thursday, is expected to be announced as a Betis player soon, although a barrier to a reported €25 million (£22m/$28m) move could be Giovani Lo Celso’s unresolved future.Betis are believed to want Fekir as a direct, ready-made replacement for Tottenham target Lo Celso but the Seville-based outfit are also said to be demanding €75m (£67m/$84m) for the Argentina midfielder. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? That fee would require the usually frugal Spurs to shatter their club record expenditure for the second time in less than a month, having brought in Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for an initial fee of €60m (£54m/$68m).Ndombele’s former Les Gones team-mate Fekir, at least, appears likely to be playing in Spain next season.”We don’t control the situation,” Sylvinho told a news conference.”He is negotiating his transfer, we don’t know when it will be resolved but, for him and for the club, it would be best that it happens as quickly as possible.”Of course we will miss him if he leaves. Nabil is a wonderful player, his technical level is exemplary, and it’s beautiful to watch him play.”Fekir came close to joining the Liverpool last year after months of being linked with a move to Afield, but the deal fell through, reportedly because of a failed medical, and the France international remained to captain Lyon for another season.Fekir scored 12 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions last term as his side finished third in Ligue 1.As well as seeing Ndombele leave for Spurs, Lyon have already waved goodbye to left-back Ferland Mendy, who joined Real Madrid for €48m (£43m/$54m).And the club’s sporting director, Juninho Pernambucano, said last week that he believes Fekir will be the last one to leave this summer.”For now, the only possible departure is Fekir,” Juninho said.”I have spoken with him. It was about personal things, to know his life. I translated for the coach. [Sylvinho] likes him personally.”Betis, meanwhile, have signed Spain Under-20 goalkeeper Dani Martin from Sporting Gijon on a five-year deal.
MORGANTOWN, WV – NOVEMBER 04: Will Grier #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers takes the field against the Iowa State Cyclones at Mountaineer Field on November 04, 2017 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Don’t worry everyone, you didn’t accidentally go to work by on a Saturday. The weeknight college football slate has been kicked into high gear.There have been Thursday and Friday night games for most of the year, but this week features 10 games over the next two nights.Three ranked teams are in action during that stretch, and there are five match-ups between Power Five programs.Here’s what this week’s Thursday and Friday night college football schedule looks like.The first game tonight features the No. 13 team in the country.No. 13 West Virginia Mountaineers (5-1, 3-1 Big 12) vs. Baylor Bears (4-3, 2-2 Big 12) (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Time: 7:00 p.m. ETChannel: FS1Baylor’s taken a step forward, but a trip to Morgantown at night will be a tough ask for year two under Matt Rhule. The Mountaineers are 13.5-point favorites.Ohio Bobcats (4-3, 2-1 MAC) vs. Ball State Cardinals (3-5, 2-2 MAC) (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Time: 7:00 p.m. ETChannel: CBSSNVeteran coach Frank Solich has developed the Ohio Bobcats into one of the MAC’s most consistent programs. Ohio is -11 at home against the Cardinals.Western Michigan Broncos (6-2, 4-0 MAC) vs. Toledo Rockets (3-4, 1-2 MAC) (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Time: 7:00 p.m. ETChannel: ESPN2Western Michigan is already bowl eligible, and undefeated in the MAC. The Broncos look for win No. 7 against one of the league’s normal powers—Toledo—in a rare down season. Western Michigan is a 6.5-point favorite.Georgia Southern Eagles (6-1, 3-0 Sun Belt) vs. No. 25 Appalachian State Mountaineers (5-1, 3-0 Sun Belt) (Photo by Todd Bennett/Getty Images)Time: 7:30 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNUApp State is no stranger to the spotlight. Advanced metrics have loved the Mountaineers all year, and now they’ve broken into the Top 25. Georgia Southern is back to looking like Georgia Southern after some rough years, and are also sitting with just one loss and an undefeated Sun Belt record. App State is a 10-point favorite on the road.Virginia Tech Hokies (4-2, 3-0 ACC) vs. Georgia Tech (3-4, 1-3 ACC) (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Time: 7:30 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNVirginia Tech has had a roller coaster of a season, but still controls its own destiny to make it to the ACC Championship game. The Hokies are a three-point favorite at home against Georgia Tech.Friday night starts with a big Conference USA game…Florida Atlantic Owls (3-4, 1-2 CUSA) vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (5-2, 3-1 CUSA) (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Time: 6:30 p.m. ETChannel: CBSSNLane Kiffin’s second year in Boca Raton hasn’t gone nearly as well as his first, but the Owls have a chance for a huge conference win against a strong Louisiana Tech squad. FAU is a 3.5-point favorite.Boston College Eagles (5-2, 2-1 ACC) vs. Miami Hurricanes (5-2, 2-1 ACC) (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Time: 7:00 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNBoth of these teams are fighting to be one of the top non-Clemson teams in the morass that is the 2018 ACC. Despite recent struggles, Miami is a 3.5-point road favorite.Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-4, 0-4 Big Ten) vs. Indiana Hoosiers (4-4, 1-4 Big Ten) (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)Time: 8:00 p.m. ETChannel: FS1Two middling Big Ten programs get some prime time attention, and the chance to claw closer to bowl eligibility. Indiana is a 2.5-point road favorite.Colorado State Rams (3-5, 2-2 MW) vs. Wyoming Cowboys (2-6, 0-4 MW)Time: 10:00 p.m. ETChannel: CBSSNThis is a pretty disappointing team for both teams in the Border War. This rivalry dates all the back to 1899. CSU is a narrow 1.5-point home favorite.UCLA Bruins (2-5, 2-2 Pac-12) vs. No. 23 Utah Utes (5-2, 3-2 Pac-12) (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Time: 10:30 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNUCLA has some signs of life, and is riding a two-game conference winning streak after a brutal start under Chip Kelly. Utah may be the best team in a weak Pac-12 South, however, and is trying to solidify itself as the favorite to represent the division in the conference championship. The Utes are a 10.5-point favorite.
After beating Michigan State on the road, the Ohio State football team jumped six spots to No. 8 in the College Football Playoff standings, which were announced Tuesday night on ESPN.Before the Buckeyes’ 49-37 win against the Spartans on Saturday, OSU was ranked No. 14 while Michigan State was No. 8. OSU (8-1, 5-0) is also ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press top 25 and No. 7 in the USA Today coaches poll.OSU was No. 16 in the inaugural College Football Playoff rankings announced Oct. 28 before rising two spots last week.Mississippi State checked in at No. 1 for the third consecutive week with Oregon at No. 2 and Florida State and Texas Christian University rounding out the first four. At season’s end, the top four teams in College Football Playoff standings are set to compete in the first-ever College Football Playoff.OSU is one of five Big Ten teams in the top 25, with Michigan State falling to No. 12, Nebraska dropping to No. 16, Wisconsin checking in at No. 20 and Minnesota entering the poll at No. 25.Michigan State and Minnesota are the only teams in the College Football Playoff rankings on OSU’s schedule this season.The standings were decided by a panel of 12 members, including Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, Lt. Gen. Mike Gould and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In total, the panel is set to consist of 13 members, but former Mississippi and NFL quarterback Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence because of health concerns.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field on Saturday against Minnesota in Minneapolis. Kickoff is set for noon.Complete Standings:Mississippi StateOregonFlorida StateTexas Christian UniversityAlabamaArizona StateBaylorOhio StateAuburnMississippiUCLAMichigan StateKansas StateArizonaGeorgiaNebraskaLouisiana State UniversityNotre DameClemsonWisconsinDukeGeorgia TechUtahTexas A&MMinnesota