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#1 James Rodríguez • FC Bayern Munich • VfB Stuttgart • Bundesliga • Niko Kovač

 

Daily Schmankerl: A prediction for Bayern-Stuttgart; more on James Rodriguez; AS Roma bests Bayern for Italian defender; and MORE!

It’s GAME DAY!

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Bayern vs. Stuttgart: A prediction (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich has returned to its juggernaut form, while VfB Stuttgart is banged up and struggling to retain a spot in the first division for next season. Simply put, this is bad timing for Die Schwaben to take the pitch at the Allianz Arena.

Stuttgart has lost seven of their nine Bundesliga away games (one win, one draw) and was shutout in six of those games. Meanwhile, Bayern is undefeated in its last seven Bundesliga games (six wins, one draw) and looks like it has found its stride under Niko Kovac.

One “x-factor” in the game will be how Niko Kovac decides to handle James Rodriguez. The Colombian show up late to training yesterday, which was just the latest issue that the former Real Madrid man has found himself involved in since last summer. Regardless, if Thomas MullerThiago Alcantara, and Leon Goretzka keep performing to the standard they have been of late, James might not need to be late to earn a permanent seat on pine. How Kovac deals with James today will certainly be interesting to see. We already know he’s not starting, but will Kovac use him off the bench?

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In addition, Benjamin Pavard is not taking the field against his future club, as the injured Frenchman will have to wait until summer to hit the pitch in Munich (or possibly sooner if Brazzo get his way?).

It likely wouldn’t matter either way, though. Expect a big game from the attack featuring Robert Lewandowski and friends.

A report out of London states that both Bayern and Real Madrid would okay with James Rodriguez spending the rest of the season in the Premier League, but the logistics of making happen are a bit too daunting.

There have been some talks over a potential move for Rodriguez, but it is highly unlikely anything will happen before deadline day. The forward is on loan at Bayern from Real Madrid and any deal would be very complicated to make happen.

Both Bayern and Real would be open to the 27-year-old spending the second half of the season in the Premier League, but he would prefer to return to the Bernabeu should he cut short his loan spell in Germany.

Per Bleacher Report, James won’t be so eager to return to Madrid should Jose Mourinho take the helm, however.

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says he doesn’t think James Rodriguez has a future at the Santiago Bernabeu if Jose Mourinho returns to their helm in the summer. Calderon spoke to Bild (h/t Jose Carlos Menzel of AS) and gave short shrift to the chances of Mourinho linking up with Rodriguez if he did move back to Madrid: “There’ll be a lot of changes [at Madrid] this summer. There are many rumours about Jose Mourinho being re-appointed, and if that happens I don’t think James will o back.”

Given his repeated issues this season, it could be assumed that the Colombian star is either already set on bolting Bavaria after the season or not entirely sure what he wants to do. Publicly, neither James, not Bayern will ever say anything negative...both are far too PR savvy.

Roma reportedly beats out Bayern for Italian defender (Football-Italia)

It’s always tough to learn about a rumor after its already really no longer a rumor. This was the first we had heard of Bayern’s “stealth” interest in Atalanta defender Gianluca Mancini, but it looks like he’s headed to AS Roma.

There is an initial agreement for Roma to sign Atalanta defender Gianluca Mancini for €25m, it’s reported, but not before the summer. Atalanta Coach Gian Piero Gasperini confirmed to Tuttosport that Roma “are the club that have shown the most interest in signing Mancini, but they are not the only ones, as there are also sides in Italy and abroad.” These are believed to include Inter, Everton, Bayern Munich, Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Bayern youth commits to Ireland for international play (Independent)

Bayern Munich youth player Ryan Johansson has decided to play internationally for Ireland. Johansson also had the opportunity to play for Sweden and Luxembourg because of unique lineage and background.

Johansson’s decision is also sure to be welcomed by U21 manager Stephen Kenny as he faces into the qualifiers for Euro ‘21 and next summer’s Toulon Tournament. ”Ryan is very happy to have pledged his international future to Ireland. He really enjoyed his time in Tom Mohan’s underage squads,” Johansson’s mother Christine told Independent.ie.

Johansson qualifies for Ireland through his grandparents with Christine’s mother and father hailing from Clare and Westmeath respectively. ”Our summers and Easter holidays growing up were always spent in Ireland,” Christine continued. ”We have great memories and Ryan is really looking forward to continuing to represent the country at international level.”

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#2 Lady Gaga • Bradley Cooper • Shallow • A Star Is Born • Las Vegas Lady Gaga look on Instagram: “#LadyGaga and Bradley tonight! #ENIGMA 💫 #GagaVegas”

#LadyGaga and Bradley tonight! #ENIGMA 💫 #GagaVegas

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Watch Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Reunite Onstage to Perform 'Shallow'

Jackson and Ally are together again and we're not crying, you're crying.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper sing a duet in'A Star Is Born.'
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Bradley Cooper was probably pretty bummed earlier this week when the Oscar nominations were announced and his name was not on the list of those contending for Best Director. Frankly, I'm not sure what the Academy was thinking because, to me, A Star Is Born is pretty darn perfect. (He did pick up nominations in the acting and screenplay categories, so that does help.)

But over the weekend, Cooper received what many might call an even greater honor: He performed live with his ASIB co-star and fellow Oscar nominee Lady Gaga at her Las Vegas show, Enigma. Gaga brought Cooper onstage to perform their mega-hit "Shallow," and the crowd obviously went nuts over seeing Jackson and Ally Maine reunited on stage once again.

While I might personally have been disappointed that Cooper wasn't hiding long, greasy Jackson hair under his baseball cap, he seemed pretty comfortable on stage save a few sound glitches. Ever the pro, Gaga said, "I even got you in-ears," referring to the monitors that many performers wear during live performances to hear the music. Cooper couldn't hear anything at first, but once the sound crew got things sorted, he launched into those famous first lyrics, "Tell me something, girl..." and I was instantly transported back to the fictional love story of Jackson and Ally. He certainly hasn't lost his voice since they finished the film, and Gaga, of course, sounds incredible. Cooper even busted out some vintage Jackson Maine guitar moves as Gaga moved into that iconic "Shallow" wail.

Honestly, I got chills and maybe a little misty-eyed. The chemistry is so real, y'all. Watch for yourselves below and try not to cry.

Here's hoping these two hit the stage together again at the Oscars on February 24—"Shallow" is nominated for Best Song, after all.

Be still my A Star Is Born-loving heart. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga finally performed "Shallow" for a lucky Las Vegas audience during Gaga's Enigma residency on Jan. 26, and it's every bit as magical live.

While Gaga usually closes her Vegas show with the Oscar-nominated song, Cooper's appearance was an exciting surprise for fans. He started off the emotional serenade as Gaga knelt by his legs and listened intently. She appeared to tear up after his verse, and quickly moved to the piano to belt out her own part, eventually finishing the song with Cooper sitting at her side.

It's plain to see Gaga and Cooper share a tight-knit bond. The duo have frequently raved about each other in acceptance speeches and interviews. Perhaps this passionate and energetic duet was just a trial run before their much-anticipated Oscars performance? Watch a full video of the song above, and then dive in fully by checking out other angles of their duet below.

#3 Lionel Messi • FC Barcelona • Girona FC • La Liga

 

Girona 0-1 Barcelona, LIVE – Nelson Semedo fires La Liga leaders into an early lead at Estadi Montilivi

  • Nelson Semedo fired Barcelona into an early lead with a clinical finish in the box
  •  Girona XI: Bono, Bernardo, Alcala, Pedro Porro,, Juanpe, Pere Pons, Granell, Alex Garcia, Portu, Valery, Stuani;
  • Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Busquets, Vidal, Rakitic, Coutinho, Messi, Suarez;
  • Follow all the action as it happens from Estadi Montilivi here with Sportsmail 

Atletico's win over Getafe at the weekend has closed the gap to just two points at the top of La Liga and Ernesto Valverde's men will be desperate to take full advantage of their game in hand.

Barcelona are set to name a full strengthened side with Lionel Messi returning to the line-up, having been rested for their Copa del Rey defeat midweek against Sevilla while a result here would do wonders for Girona as they look to move clear of the relegation scrap.

Follow all the action from Barcelona's clash with Girona at the Estadi Montilivi here with Sportsmail's JORDAN SEWARD.

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Barcelona v Girona LIVE STREAM: How to watch La Liga football live online

BARCELONA VS GIRONA LIVE STREAM: Barcelona will travel to Girona this evening and the Spanish giants will be hoping to cement their dominance in La Liga so far this season with a vital victory. Here is Express.co.uk's guide to streaming all the action live online.

PUBLISHED: 15:30, Sun, Jan 27, 2019 | UPDATED: 15:37, Sun, Jan 27, 2019

Barcelona vs Girona live stream

Barcelona are currently top of La Liga with 46 points (Image: Getty)

BARCELONA VS GIRONA LIVE STREAM

Barcelona are currently top of La Liga with 46 points.

The Spanish outfit have only lost two of their first 20 matches and will be hoping to come home with all three points this afternoon.

Although Barcelona are top of the Spanish league, they recently suffered a 2-0 defeat to Sevilla in the Copa del Rey quarter-final.

Following the defeat, manager Ernesto Valverde declared he did not "regret" resting star striker Lionel Messi for the contest.

He said: "I do not regret it. It is what I had to do.

"We have to wait. Today I made changes. I thought it was the best and when you change, you know that you risk.

"And when you win you're right and when you lose you're not."

Valverde expressed the importance of winning against Girona in order to regain team momentum.

He went on: "There is an important game on Sunday that we want to win and we will think about the return."

Girona are currently twelfth in current La Liga standings after only having won five of their first 20 ties.

How to watch Barcelona vs Girona

Girona will host Barcelona at the Estadi Montilivi stadium this afternoon.

You can watch all of today's action live and on demand via Eleven Sports 1 with the match kicking off at 3.15pm UK time.

This service is available online at elevensports.uk and via the Eleven Sports iOS and Android apps.

A monthly content subscription costs just £5.99.

Barcelona vs Girona live stream

Girona will host Barcelona at the Estadi Montilivi stadium this afternoon (Image: Getty)

Barcelona vs Girona live stream

Ernesto Valverde's side recently lost to Sevilla in the Copa del Rey quarter-final (Image: Getty)

Eleven Sports says it will be showing five top-flight domestic leagues live and exclusive in the UK and Ireland.

These include La Liga, Serie A, Eredivisie, Chinese Super League and Allsvenskan.

At least one match per week from both La Liga and Serie A will be shown live and free of charge on Eleven Sports’ UK Facebook Page.

A selection of games from the other top-flight football leagues available on Eleven Sports will also be shown on Facebook across the season.

#4 Jens Stoltenberg • NATO • Donald Trump

 

NATO chief: Trump calls for increased spending 'is having an impact'

NATO chief: Trump calls for increased spending'is having an impact'
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The secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Sunday credited President Trump with encouraging other countries to spend more on defense, and downplayed critics' concerns that the president's rhetoric and actions have threatened to undermine the alliance.

"President Trump has been very clear. He is committed to NATO… but at the same time he has clearly stated that NATO allies need to invest more," Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on "Fox News Sunday."

"So we see some real money and real results, and we see that a clear message from President Trump is having an impact," Stoltenberg said. "NATO allies have heard the president loud and clear."

Trump took note of Stoltenberg's comments, tweeting shortly after the interview aired that burden sharing has made the alliance "more united."

"Dems & Fake News like to portray the opposite!" the president tweetedThe president has been openly critical of NATO, arguing that the U.S. contributes a disproportionate amount to fund the group and protects other countries that pay less. Members do not pay into NATO, but rather contribute toward defense spending in their respective budgets.

NATO member nations agreed in 2014 to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic products on defense by 2024. But only four of the alliance’s 29 countries have already met that target. NATO has said 15 are on pace to reach the goal.

The New York Times reported earlier this month that Trump privately indicated multiple times in 2018 that he wanted the U.S. to withdraw from the NATO alliance.

The White House ripped the report as "meaningless," and cited the president's past statements that the U.S. has a "strong" commitment to NATO.

The House last week overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislationexpressing congressional support for NATO. Democrats and many Republicans have expressed concerns that Trump's rhetoric toward NATO could embolden Russia and other adversaries.

Saving NATO

The House voted overwhelmingly to block President Trump’s threat to quit the Atlantic alliance. The Senate should promptly follow suit.

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The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.

  • Jan. 26, 2019
President Trump with Mike Pompeo and John Bolton at a NATO summit in 2018.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

President Trump with Mike Pompeo and John Bolton at a NATO summit in 2018.CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

The idea that the United States could withdraw from NATO is surreal.

The alliance, now numbering 29 countries, has been the foundation of trans-Atlantic stability and prosperity for seven decades. It continues to keep a predatory Russia at bay and diminish the danger that American soldiers might once again have to fight on European soil.

Yet in Donald Trump’s go-it-alone presidency, the possibility of America’s withdrawal has become such a concern that Congress is taking steps to prevent it.

The Democratic-led House on Jan. 22 voted 357-22 for a bipartisan bill that would tie Mr. Trump’s hands by refusing him any federal money to pay the costs of leaving the alliance.

The Republican-led Senate should quickly follow, either approving the House measure or a separate bill proposed by a bipartisan group of senators that requires Mr. Trump to obtain approval from two-thirds of the Senate to “suspend, terminate or withdraw U.S. membership in NATO.” If the president refused to abide by a Senate vote preserving NATO membership, the bill would then prohibit the use of federal funds for withdrawal.

It seems obvious that leaving NATO would be a foreign policy debacle, eroding American influence in Europe and emboldening Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader, who wants to weaken NATO so he can expand his political and military sway.

Despite all that, there is no sign that Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, would stop such a move if Mr. Trump were to make it, as he has repeatedly threatened to do.

Mr. Trump’s own skepticism has long been apparent. He has questioned the alliance’s purpose and hectored the allies to pay more for defense. Spending has risen, but it also rose under Mr. Trump’s predecessors, who urged greater military spending but never wavered in their commitment to NATO.

Now the threat is growing: Several times last year, the president privately told senior administration officials that he wanted to withdraw from NATO, viewing it as a drain on the United States.

Wisely, his national security team, especially then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, stopped him. But Mr. Mattis recently resigned with a parting rebuke about the importance of alliances. While Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, the national security adviser, are viewed as NATO supporters, neither has shown the sort of backbone Mr. Mattis did.

Can the Trump administration be counted on or not? The president has already pulled out of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, and he is threatening to ditch the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Whether lawmakers have the power or the spine to override or prevent a decision by Mr. Trump to end the nation’s NATO commitments remains an open question. Many legal scholars say he can pull out of treaties unilaterally without Congress’s consent, but others say Congress has made clear that NATO is different. It’s time for Congress to pre-empt any possible debate about this question.

#5 Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic Fan on Instagram: "1st Grand Slam Vs 15th Grand Slam 🏆 1st Australian Open 🏆 vs 7th Australian Open 🏆 I remember cheering for you the same way i did today..."

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Everything you need to know about Novak Djokovic's record-setting seventh Australian Open title

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Who saw that coming? Yes, most of us thought Novak Djokovic was a slight favorite to win another Australian Open title, but the manner in which he beat down Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in Sunday's final was stunning.

So what does it mean? Who's saying what? Here's what you need to know about Djokovic's record seventh title Down Under:Social reaction

Billie Jean King

@BillieJeanKing

Congratulations to the 7x champ, @DjokerNole. Absolutely incredible!

#AusOpen

@AustralianOpen

Magnificent Seven!@DjokerNole is the #AusOpen 2019 men’s singles champion def. Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-2 6-3.#AOChampion #AusOpenFinal

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Rod Laver

@rodlaver

Congratulations @DjokerNole - King of AO and lots, lots more to come. You make it look easy, it’s not. Your dedication and hard work is there for all to see. More records await. Rocket.

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Jelena Djokovic

@jelenadjokovic

Sending love all the way down under!!! 🌞🥰❤️🙏@DjokerNole @AustralianOpen

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Chris Evert

@ChrissieEvert

Beautiful, thoughtful speech by a great champion @RafaelNadal

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Mahesh Bhupathi

@Maheshbhupathi

Haven’t since that kind of dominant hitting off the ground since ..... we’ll ever actually.. that was a next level performance from the Djoker ..

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Pat Cash

@TheRealPatCash

Like I've said before, when @DjokerNole plays like this he's virtually unbeatable. 9 errors in 3 sets vs Nadal... Unbelievable.

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Kafelnikov Yevgeny

@KYevgeni

That was mighty impressive mr. Novak Djokovic @DjokerNole 👏👏🏆1️⃣5️⃣👍

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Chris Evert

@ChrissieEvert

I have never seen @DjokerNole play a better match... Mastery at it’s finest.... 👏👏

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Matt Ebden

@mattebden

Big question is, when these 3 have all retired, who will have the most grand slam singles titles?

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Vicky Duval

@vicky_duval95

Djokovic masterclass. Taking notes 😮

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GOAT talk

We can't have one of the Big Three, Djokovic, Nadal or Roger Federer, win a Grand Slam without revisiting the GOAT discussion. It's just the way it goes.

Everyone has an opinion, and there's plenty of gray area when it comes to these often contentious debates, but strictly sticking to the stats, here are some notable numbers, starting with a list of the players with the most Grand Slam titles.

But it's important to note that Djokovic, who has won the past three majors, is only 31, almost a full year younger than Nadal. Federer is 37, and for what it's worth, he has won four Slams since turning 31.

As Djokovic -- and to a larger extent, Nadal -- said after the match, health is the overarching concern to the future of their success. Nadal has a long history of injuries but said he's "happy that I'm healthy."

Toward the end of 2017, Djokovic took six months off to mend an elbow injury that had plagued him for some time. When he came back, it was a struggle. Djokovic lost in the first round of both Indian Wells and Miami before going on his latest tear. His record since the beginning of Wimbledon last year is 38-4, and that includes two wins each against Federer and Nadal.

Speaking of his rivalry against his biggest challengers, Djokovic has the edge against them all.

SportsCenter

@SportsCenter

Not bad, @DjokerNole.

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And then there's this stat against Nadal:

If Djokovic can win another couple of majors, those numbers should carry a lot of weight in the GOAT discourse.

Aussie Open dominance

There's something about the Australian Open for Djokovic. Here is a quick look at his reign of dominance Down Under:

Five more things to know

  • This final took 2 hours, 4 minutes, the shortest completed Grand Slam match between Nadal and Djokovic.
  • Djokovic is only the second man at age 30 or older in the Open era to win three consecutive majors, joining Rod Laver, who achieved the feat when he completed the Calendar Slam in 1969.
  • Djokovic became the first man in history to record three separate winning streaks of three or more consecutive major titles.
  • Against Nadal on Sunday, Djokovic dropped only three points on his second serve (16-of-19).
  • This marks the first major final Nadal has ever lost in straight sets.

The final word

Djokovic: "I do want to definitely focus myself on continuing to improve my game and maintaining the overall well-being that I have, mental, physical, emotional, so I would be able to compete at such a high level for the years to come, and have a shot at eventually getting closer to Roger's record."

Nadal: "[Djokovic] was better than me tonight. That's the sport. We can talk a lot, but when the player did almost everything better than you, you can't complain much. The only thing that you can say is congrats to the opponent, well done."

The final, final word

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@DjokerNole

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#6 Trevor Bates

 

NFL linebacker charged with attacking NYPD sergeant in Queens after allegedly dodging cab fare

Sunday, January 27, 2019 08:33AM

Detroit Lions linebacker Trevor Bates was charged Saturday with attacking an NYPD sergeant in a Queens police precinct after he allegedly refused to pay for his taxi ride, the Queens District Attorney's Office said in a statement.

A yellow cab driver called police around 1:30 a.m. and said the NFL player, who was staying at a Hampton Inn near LaGuardia Airport, refused to pay his $32 fare.

Police arrested 25-year-old Bates and took him to the 115th Precinct. Police told Bates he would receive a desk appearance ticket before he was allowed to leave, but the DA's office said Bates became increasingly agitated.

As NYPD Sergeant James O'Brien attempted to calm him down, Bates allegedly punched him in the face, the DA said. Police then used a Taser in order to subdue him.

Sgt. O'Brien was transported to a local Queens hospital, where he was treated for a concussion. He also needed three stitches over his left eye.

Bates was charged with second-degree assault, obstructing governmental administration, theft of services and resisting arrest.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Bates was taken to a hospital in Queens for evaluation.

The Lions' general manager, Bob Quinn, said in a statement that the team is aware of Bates' arrest but has no further comment for now.

If convicted, Bates faces between probation and up to seven years in prison.

Bates is in his first season with the Lions, appearing in nine games.

Former UMaine standout Trevor Bates accused of skipping cab fare, punching cop in New York


Trevor Bates

A former star University of Maine football linebacker who now plays for the Detroit Lions allegedly punched a cop in the face after being arrested in New York City early Saturday.

Trevor Bates, 25, of Westbrook is being held at a hospital for psychiatric evaluation after he hit a police sergeant who was trying to fingerprint him after he had been arrested for skipping a cab fare outside a LaGuardia Airport hotel at about 3 a.m., according to a New York City police spokesman. A fraternal group that represents New York City police sergeants said officers who came to the sergeant’s aid tried to use a Taser on Bates, but he ripped the prongs out.

“It happened out of the clear blue sky,” Ed Mullins of the Sergeants Benevolent Association told the New York Post. “He just wailed on the sergeant. The sergeant said he never saw it coming.”

Bates was charged with assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and theft of service and will be held at Elmhurst Hospital until he goes in front of a judge, most likely on Monday, according to the department spokesman. The officer whom Bates allegedly hit suffered a concussion and cuts that required stitches.

Bates’ former Black Bears coach, Jack Cosgrove, was shocked by the arrest. He described Bates as a committed, competitive man of the highest moral standards.

Advertisement“This is not the Trevor I ever knew or saw,” Cosgrove said in a telephone interview Saturday. “He’s one of those great self-made man stories. He came to UMaine out of a program that was not really that good and earned himself a spot on the team, a scholarship, a captaincy, and a seventh-round pick in the NFL draft. He won a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots. He’s exactly what a coach wants out of a player. He’s the success story we all want and not many get to have.”

The two men have remained in touch since Bates graduated from the University of Maine, talking several times a year and exchanging holiday greetings, he said.

Cosgrove, who now is the football coach at Colby College, said he knew he wanted the Westbrook High School senior to play for him at UMaine as soon as he looked him in the eye.

“He was very determined,” Cosgrove said. “He looked me in the eye and said, ‘I’m better than you think I am and I’m going to prove it.’ And he did.”

While on the team, Bates was a leader in its voluntary prayer group, Cosgrove said. He was a good student, too, despite the demands of a Division 1 sports program.

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The New York Post tracked her and a friend down Saturday morning. They said the last time they’d seen Bates he was tired, frayed from the season and “out of it.”

“I’m shocked because he’s not a fighter,” Christy Bates told the Post. “He’s a great guy. … I’m waiting to hear back from the doctors.”

Bates has moved from team to team during his three NFL seasons, Cosgrove said. He started with the Indianapolis Colts, which drafted him as the 239th overall pick in 2016. He then went to the New England Patriots and was on the practice squad for the team that won the Super Bowl after the 2016 season; had a brief stint with the New York Giants; and most recently landed with the Detroit Lions. Lions coach Matt Patricia knew of Bates’ skill from their time together at the Patriots, Cosgrove said.

The early years of an NFL player can be hard, Cosgrove said.

In a statement released Saturday afternoon, Detroit Lions General Manager Bob Quinn said team officials have yet to talk to Bates, were still gathering information, and had no additional comment.

According to the team website, Bates is a special-teams player who made three tackles and played in nine games this season. Bates has a contract to play for Detroit in the upcoming season, Cosgrove said.

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