Month: October 2019

10 months agoChesterfield boss Martin Allen: Loan system a lifesaver for clubs like ours

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chesterfield boss Martin Allen: Loan system a lifesaver for clubs like oursby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChesterfield boss Martin Allen says the loan system is good for clubs like his.The former West Ham midfielder wrote for the Daily Mail: “We know there are consequences when you drop out of the Football League. We’ve had to cut £21,000 a week from the wage bill since I arrived in the summer, but we have recently had to make six players on the periphery of the team available for transfer so we can bring new ones in. It’s at times like this that the loan system is particularly useful.”It’s got a bad name among those who only have eyes for the Premier League, because of the way that some of the biggest clubs stockpile players, to prevent competitors buying them, then farm them out on loan for years.”In our world, the loan system is a lifeline, giving players experience and adding quality to the team. As a manager, it’s where you look to build a reputation for coaching players and knowing how to help them make the next step.” last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Chelsea boss Conte rejects Boca Juniors in Man Utd hope

first_imgEx-Chelsea boss Conte rejects Boca Juniors in Man Utd hopeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has turned down an approach from Boca Juniors.The Sunday Express says the Italian fancies the opportunity to become Jose Mourinho’s permanent replacement at Manchester United.And it is claimed he has rejected the chance to become Boca Juniors’ new boss in a bid to remain available.Conte has been splitting his time between England and Italy since his departure from Chelsea.He reportedly expects to return to work next summer in preparation for the following campaign.The key to landing the job could be his relationship with Manchester United’s record signing Paul Pogba.Conte nurtured Pogba’s talents at Juventus following the Frenchman’s switch from United in 2012. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoBournemouth boss Howe unsure of Ake Chelsea clause

first_imgBournemouth boss Howe unsure of Ake Chelsea clauseby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe refused to discuss losing Nathan Ake after defeat at Everton on Sunday.In the morning, it was reported Chelsea were ready to buy back Ake.And Bournemouth would be powerless from preventing the deal due to a £40m clause in the Dutchman’s deal.But Howe claims he is unaware of a clause in Ake’s that would allow Chelsea to buy the defender back.“I know nothing about that, that’s for another day,” he said after Bournemouth’s defeat to Everton. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

24 days agoGianluigi Donnarumma rejects AC Milan contract offer

first_imgGianluigi Donnarumma rejects AC Milan contract offerby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe future of Gianluigi Donnarumma at AC Milan is again in doubt.The Corriere dello Sport reports the goalkeeper, 20, has rejected a new contract offer tabled by Milan.The deal is worth €6m-a-year and the decision to turn it down is being driven by agent Mino Raiola.Milan remain determined to secure Donnarumma to new terms, with a reluctance inside the club to cash in on the youngster.Raiola and Donnarumma, meanwhile, are playing a dicey game given the last time they refused new terms offered by the Rossonero led to a major breakdown in the goalkeeper’s relationship with the support. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Governor Of New Mexico Donates $10,000 To UNM Hoops Star’s Cancer Charity

first_imgTwo basketballs ahead of the Final Four.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 29: A detail of NCAA Official Wilson basketballs are seen racked up on the court prior to Oregon playing against Louisville during the Midwest Region Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Breast cancer is a very personal topic for University of New Mexico basketball star Hugh Greenwood. His mother is battling the disease, and just last week, Greenwood called out a Twitter troll who made horrific jokes about his mom’s illness as the source of motivation behind a 22-point, eight-rebound performance in a win over UNLV.Greenwood’s decision to admonish the Twitter user earned him plenty of support and generated some publicity for his charity, Pink Pack, which donates money to cancer research. In fact, New Mexico governor Susana Martinez was moved enough by Greenwood’s story that she donated $10,000 to his cause.Greenwood was touched by the gift, and acknowledged Martinez via Twitter:Absolutely Speechless! Words can’t even begin to describe how thankful I am to you @Gov_Martinez, and your $10,000 donation to @HGPinkPack!— Hugh Greenwood (@HGreenwood3) January 26, 2015What began as a cruel story about the ugly side of social media has transformed into a positive tale of human compassion. Hopefully there is a happy ending down the road for Greenwood’s mom.last_img read more

Video: Arizona’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson And Joseph Blair Had A Strange NCAA Tournament Poetry Slam

first_imgRondae Hollis-Jefferson performs some NCAA Tournament poetry.YouTube/Arizona WildcatsThe Arizona Wildcats, the two seed in the West Region, are one of the non-Kentucky favorites to win the NCAA Tournament. How is star forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson celebrating? By taking part in a very bizarre “poetry slam” with Wildcats’ graduate manager Joseph Blair. Luckily for Arizona fans, and unfortunately for those rooting for other teams in the West, Hollis-Jefferson is significantly better at basketball than he is a poetry…or whatever you want to call what he performed in that video. Arizona faces 15-seed Texas Southern at 2:10 p.m. on Thursday.last_img read more

Report: Mark May Booted From ESPN’s ‘College Football Final’

first_imgMark May talks before being laid off by ESPN.First, Rece Davis was named as Chris Fowler’s replacement for ESPN’s College GameDay. Next, Lou Holtz and the network reached a “mutual agreement” to part ways. Now, via Sports Business Journal, we’re learning that Mark May, the only on-air talent left from last year’s College Football Final roster, will be moving on as well. May will no longer be part of the show – instead, it’ll be hosted by Adnan Virk, with Joey Galloway and Danny Kanell in the analyst chairs. Yes, for those keeping score at home, an Ohio State alum has replaced possibly the biggest Buckeye-hater on the planet.Can confirm Joey Galloway is replacing Mark May on ESPN’s college football coverage. Big move for Galloway.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) June 1, 2015According to Awful Announcing, May isn’t being booted entirely from the network. He’ll reportedly be part of a different show that also features John Saunders and Mack Brown. May is one of the most criticized college football analysts in the sport. You can bet that this move will be met with applause from fans.last_img read more

Videos: The 10 Best Stadium Entrances In College Football

first_imgThe best part of a college football game might take place before the game even starts.  Where does Clemson's entrance rank?Where does Clemson’s entrance rank?We’re talking about that awesome moment before kickoff when the home team officially enters the stadium. Each college football program seems to have their own stadium entrance. They’ll play a certain song, run in from a special tunnel, be led out by a mascot or a live animal, etc. All of them are great and goose-bump inducing. Some, of course, are better than others. They’re more exciting, cooler to watch. We’ve decided to rank the best ones. Here are the top 10 entrances in college football. Start With No. 10 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11last_img read more

Dismal Dembele & woeful Wan-Bissaka fail Man Utd auditions

first_imgDean Henderson ended last season exhibiting as much confidence as David de Gea appeared to have lost. “Do I think I should be playing at Manchester United now? Yes, I do,” the 22-year-old declared, after helping Sheffield United secure promotion to the Premier League after a sensational season on loan at Bramall Lane. “I think I am good enough and I would help the team a lot, in a positive way.”  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? He proved his point again by walking away with the Man of the Match award in England’s European Under-21 Championship opener against France on Tuesday night. However, while Henderson strengthened his case despite finishing on the losing side, with France triumphing 2-1 thanks to a dramatic late comeback, two of his potential team-mates did dreadful damage to their prospects of a summer switch to Old Trafford. Manchester United have already had multi-million pound bids rejected for both Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Moussa Dembele. However, rather than increase their offers, they could now be considering lowering one, in the case of Wan-Bissaka, and even withdrawing the other, for Dembele. The pair were desperately poor in Cesena, as England slumped to a devastating defeat despite taking the lead early in the second half courtesy of an Iniesta-like jinking run and finish from Manchester City’s Phil Foden. Foden, Maddison, England U21Wan-Bissaka actually started strongly, putting in one solid tackle on fellow United target Dembele, but his distribution was atrocious and he played a number of misplaced passes.And then, in injury time, the Crystal Palace right-back put through his own net to gift France three precious points in a tournament where only the sides who top their groups are guaranteed a place in the semi-finals. Wan-Bissaka, England U21By that stage, Dembele must have been the most relieved man at the Dino Manuzzi stadium. He missed a succession of gilt-edged opportunities, including a first-half penalty, and France would have been punished for his profligacy had the excellent Jonathan Ikone not levelled for Les Espoirs with a fine finish with just over 60 seconds of normal time remaining. The two late goals were harsh on Henderson, whose heroics in between the sticks looked set to earn The Young Lions an unlikely win with just 10 men following Hamza Choudhury’s straight red card for a dreadful foul on Jonathan Bamba, which resulted in the winger being stretchered off the field. However, Henderson can take great comfort in the fact that United and their followers could not have been anything but impressed with his performance in Cesena. Sadly, the same cannot be said for either Wan-Bissaka or Dembele. This was a night of high drama but not a good one at all for two aspiring United starlets hoping to impress on the international stage.last_img read more

ESPN Reporter Pays Up On College Football Rivalry Bet

first_imgGeorgia's offense lined up against the Florida Gators defense.JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 29: Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators players line up before a snap during the first quarter of the game at EverBank Field on October 29, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)Florida-Georgia is one of the SEC’s top rivalries. The two teams usually battle it out yearly for SEC East supremacy, and the two fan bases aren’t particularly fond of each other.The rivalry extends off the gridiron as well. Even ESPN reporters are getting in on the act.It appears that Florida alum and ESPN reporter/host Laura Rutledge had a friendly wager with her colleague Maria Taylor. Taylor went to Georgia.Of course, Taylor was victorious, with Georgia dominating Florida in the second half on Saturday. That mean Rutledge had to pay up.She did today, posting a video on Instagram of her in a Georgia jersey, calling the ‘Dawgs.You can clearly tell it pained Rutledge to do that. Kudos to her though for following through.With the win over Florida, Georgia is still in the driver’s seat. The Bulldogs just need to win next week against Kentucky to essentially put a bow on things.Kentucky and Georgia will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS next Saturday.last_img read more

NFL Analyst: One Iowa Star Is Perfect Fit For Cowboys

first_imgIowa mascot pumps up the crowd.The University of Iowa mascot leads players onto the field prior to the start of the 2006 Alamo Bowl football game between the University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, December 30, 2006, at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas. Texas won 26 – 24. (Photo by Darren Abate/Getty Images)Iowa fans have been enjoying a productive season that could reward one of their top players a job in the NFL. With the college football season in its final stretch and the NFL season at the midway point, there is plenty of time for some draft analysis.Earlier today, Bleacher Report NFL analyst Maurice Moton published a list draft prospects that NFL teams should consider. His list featured one prized Iowa player.According to Moton, the Dallas Cowboys would be an ideal fit for Iowa TE Noah Fant.? Giants: Oregon QB Justin Herbert ? Raiders: Ohio State DE Nick BosaOne NFL draft prospect who should be on each team’s mind https://t.co/aGxJa6pKzq pic.twitter.com/9nhuyAgt0z— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) November 2, 2018Moton’s analysis:“Iowa’s Noah Fant flashed his red-zone potential with 11 touchdown catches to go with 494 yards last year. He’s showing consistency with six scores through eight games this season.“Cowboys tight end Geoff Swaim has 19 catches for 205 yards and a touchdown this season, but the team could attack defenses with two-tight end sets if it added Fant. Another red-zone option would also take some pressure off of running back Ezekiel Elliott in tight quarters.”Bleacher Report already has Fant listed as their top TE prospect in the 2019 NFL draft. Whether or not that results in a first-round selection for the Iowa star remains to be seen.The Cowboys have drafted just one Iowa Hawkeye in the last 30 years: LB Anthony Hitchens in 2014. Hitchens now plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.The highest drafted Hawkeye ever drafted by the Cowboys was OL John Niland in 1966. Niland went on to make six Pro Bowls and earned two First-Team All-Pro selections. He was a starter for the Cowboys in their Super Bowl VI win.[Bleacher Report]last_img read more

Joel Klatt Releases His New College Football Top 10

first_imgJoel Klatt speaks on FS1.With Week 10 of the college football season now done, analysts are giving their opinions on how the top 10 should shake out.FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt unveiled his top 10 ranking earlier today.The list had few surprises as his top four – the would-be College Football Playoff – remained the same as last week:AlabamaClemsonNotre DameMichiganThe remaining ten were as follows:My New Top 10 (11/5)1)@AlabamaFTBL2)@ClemsonFB3)@NDFootball4)@UMichFootball5)@OU_Football6)@FootballUGA7)@WVUfootball8)@OhioStateFB9)@WSUCougFB10)@LSUfootballAlmost: @TexasFootball @UW_Football @UKFootball @PennStateFball @FresnoStateFB @UCF_Football @HailStateFB— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) November 5, 2018Recent losses by LSU and Texas have allowed Oklahoma and West Virginia to climb into the top seven in his ranking.Despite beating a top ten team in their own right, Georgia remains on the outside looking in at No. 6.Ohio State managed to recover from their loss to Purdue with a win over Nebraska and are back at No. 8.The Washington State Cougars remain the leaders in the PAC-12 and have been rewarded with the No. 9 spot.LSU was blown out by Alabama on Saturday, but held on to the No. 10 spot on Klatt’s list.last_img read more

Photo: This Michigan Fan Is Going Viral At Ohio State

first_imgA general view of the Ohio State Buckeyes football field.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: The Ohio State Marching Band performs the Script Ohio before the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State fans inside Ohio Stadium are having one heck of a time this afternoon, as they’re watching the Buckeyes dominate No. 4 Michigan.It’s Ohio State 34, Michigan 19 late in the third quarter.Michigan fans…not so much.One Wolverines fan amid a sea of Scarlet and Gray is going viral on social media.Check it out:Welp.Ohio State is leading Michigan, 34-19.The game is on FOX.last_img read more

UCF Football Has Landed A Big Quarterback Recruiit

UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to pass in the second half against the Auburn Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)UCF’s football program has landed one of the most-important recruits of the early signing period, snagging a top quarterback prospect out of Hawaii.Dillon Gabriel, the all-time leading passer in Hawaii high school football history, was projected by most recruiting analysts to commit to USC.247Sports’ “Crystal Ball” had him projected to commit to the Trojans, too.Gabriel, though, surprised the experts this evening when he announced his commitment. He’ll be playing for UCF.The quarterback recruit attends the same high school that star UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton attended.“Me and McKenzie talk every day. Him being there is a big plus…UCF is a place I want to be,” Gabriel said.UCF announced the big signing on social media:The all-time leading passer in Hawaii high school football is officially a Knight! ? #KnighteenMililani ⏩ UCF x2https://t.co/A3DmMfH2sV pic.twitter.com/qgEo5f6F8X— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) December 19, 2018Gabriel was one of the fastest-rising quarterback recruits in the 2019 class, getting interest from several major programs in the closing weeks.The three-star prospect chose UCF over USC and Georgia, among other programs. read more

Houston Is Hiring Dana Holgorsen To A Record-Setting Contract

first_imgDana Holgorsen celebrating against the Texas Longhorns.AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 03: Head coach Dana Holgorsen of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrates after the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Houston is hiring West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen to a record-setting contract, according to multiple reports.Holgorsen, who’d been West Virginia’s head coach since 2011, is leaving the Mountaineers’ program to become the highest-paid head coach in Group of 5 history at Houston.SB Nation first reported the move was happening.Holgorsen and UH have an agreement in place on a five-year, $20 million deal that appears to make Holgorsen the highest-paid coach at any non-power conference school ever.As for the timing of the move, his contract in Morgantown called for him to pay WVU $2.5 million if he left before New Year’s Day 2019.That amount was slated to go down to $1 million at midnight on the first day of the year, causing Houston to wait before moving to officially hire him.You don’t see head coaches leave Power 5 jobs for non-Power 5 jobs very often (or ever, really) but this move actually makes a lot of sense.Holgorsen appeared to be growing tired of West Virginia and he’s a big fan of the state of Texas, specifically the Houston area.The Cougars are paying him like a Power 5 coach, too, and he’ll have the ability to schedule big games and win them (Tom Herman did at Houston, after all).The hiring of Holgorsen is expected to be announced at some point this week.last_img read more

Virginia Tech RB Announces He’s Transferring

first_imgVirginia Tech's Lane Stadium during game against Clemson.BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of Lane Stadium prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Clemson Tigers on September 30, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)The mass exodus continued for the Virginia Tech Hokies despite head coach Justin Fuente releasing a statement suggesting the status of the program is fine. After quarterback Josh Jackson put his name in the transfer portal, running back Deshawn McClease has reportedly decide to join Jackson.McClease took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to announce his transfer from the Hokies football program. The redshirt sophomore running back finished the 2018 season as the Hokies’ second-leading rusher behind Steven Peoples.Now he’s headed elsewhere.“After discussing with my family, we believe that it is best for me to transfer to another university following graduation this spring. I am very eager to continue my football journey and further my education. Thank you so much Hokie Nation for the unbelievable experience!” McClease said in a statement on Twitter.pic.twitter.com/2RYQQOA0tq— Deshawn McClease (@saicko_slim) January 23, 2019McClease finished the 2018 campaign with 433 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He also added 95 receiving yards on eight receptions.His best season with the Hokies came in 2017 when he finished the year with 530 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. McClease joins Jackson, Eric Kumah and Chris Cunningham as the latest Hokies players to announce their transfers away from Virginia Tech.First a losing season and now a mass exodus – Virginia Tech fans won’t be happy.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Has Reportedly Landed A New Job

first_imgohio state head coach urban meyer after his final gamePASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Former Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was believed to have interest in broadcasting once he entered retirement. The three-time national title-winning head coach has reportedly landed a major job.The New York Post is reporting that Meyer, who retired from college football coaching following the 2018 season, will be doing a pregame show in 2019. It won’t be for ESPN’s College GameDay, though.It’ll be for FOX.Andrew Marchand reports that FOX has landed Meyer for its College GameDay-style show.NEWS: Fox lands Urban Meyer: Inside their ‘Mount Rushmore’ run at ESPN https://t.co/6Xb5JFHwfW via @nypostsports— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) March 11, 2019Meyer, 54, will be joining a couple of other huge college football names on the pregame show.From the report:Fox has signed what it feels, as one source put it, is a “Mount Rushmore of college football over the last 15 years,” for its new, yet-to-be-named Saturday morning pregame show that will air on network TV.Sources say Fox has hired former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and one of the greatest running backs in the college game’s history, Reggie Bush, for its new team.Meyer and Bush will join Bush’s former USC teammate and fellow Heisman winner Matt Leinart, ex-Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn and host Rob Stone for the show that will air at 11 a.m. Saturdays on Fox, beginning in the fall.FOX’s pregame show will reportedly air from Los Angeles, though it could be taken on the road some weekends, too.Meyer is also serving as an assistant athletic director at Ohio State in retirement.last_img read more

Former NFL GM: Kyler Murray’s Not A ‘Go-Getter’

first_imgkyler murray looks to pass at the college football playoffMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners carries the ball in the third quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Kyler Murray might not be the greatest prospect over the past few years, but the dual-threat quarterback is certainly the most polarizing. There are certain people that find him to be an elite playmaker, yet the other side of the spectrum features a strong amount of skeptics.The biggest concern with Murray is his small frame, which could struggle to handle the brutality of the NFL. However, it’s worth noting that he didn’t suffer many hits in his only season as the starter at Oklahoma.Murray has the athleticism and arm strength that should excite general managers everywhere. Unfortunately, Scot McCloughan isn’t one of those executives that is completely sold on the Heisman Trophy winner.Sports Illustrated spoke to McCloughan for its feature on Murray, as the former GM of the 49ers and Redskins revealed that he doesn’t see him as a “go-getter.”On the flip side, McCloughan did go out of his way to explain that Murray’s lack of leadership shouldn’t affect his production on the gridiron.From Sports Illustrated:“To be a legit NFL quarterback you’ve got to have leadership qualities,” says Scot McCloughan, a former NFL GM who assisted the Browns in scouting Mayfield, their 2018 No. 1 pick. “Watching Kyler do an interview, it’s like, C’mon, guy, what do you got? Give me something. I’m sure they’re trying to train him up, but . . . he’s just not a go-getter. Doesn’t mean he can’t be a good QB. Just means he’s not gonna be the guy in the locker room.”The NFL Draft is set for next Thursday, where all signs point to Murray becoming the No. 1 overall pick.We’ll find out then if the Arizona Cardinals believe Murray can be the face of their franchise.[Sports Illustrated]last_img read more

Paul Finebaum: Jim Harbaugh “Has To” Win Against Wisconsin

first_imgA closeup of Jim Harbaugh wearing a Michigan hat and jacket.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines coaches against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the third quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)At 2-0 and coming off a bye week, Jim Harbaugh and Michigan will play their first critical Big Ten game of the season Saturday at Wisconsin.This fall, once again, the Wolverines entered a season with high expectations. They haven’t been overly impressive through two games, but with the meat of their schedule coming up, there is time to change the public perception of them.ESPN’s Paul Finebaum, a noted critic of Harbaugh, thinks Saturday’s game is of the utmost importance.In an appearance on SportsCenter this morning, Finebaum slapped the “must-win” label on the Wolverines’ matchup with the Badgers. “I hate to keep reading from the same script, but a lot of people are wondering if he’s a top coach anymore,” Finebaum said, via 247Sports. “I’ve always thought of him as that when he got this job a couple years ago. I really believed that and I thought he’d be as impactful as Urban Meyer at Ohio State, but so far, it hasn’t worked out.“Jim Harbaugh is a good coach. I’m not going to sit here and trash his resume. He has taken teams to Super Bowls and done wonders at Stanford, he just hasn’t turned the corner yet. He has to win this game, though. If he loses at Wisconsin on Saturday, the negativity is going to continue and the schedule is not going to be his friend.”Earlier this week, Finebaum said criticism of Harbaugh could become “suffocating” if Michigan loses Saturday.Given Finebaum’s past history of jabbing at Harbaugh, it is easy to dismiss his comments. However, there is more than a kernel of truth to the statement that Michigan needs this game.After Wisconsin, the Wolverines still have to play Iowa, Penn State, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State. That is a rather unforgiving path, and an early loss will make it even tougher.Michigan and Wisconsin will kick off at noon ET Saturday on FOX.last_img read more

Why India need MS Dhoni’s experience at 2019 World Cup: Former CSK teammate explains

first_imgWhy India need MS Dhoni’s experience at 2019 World Cup: Former CSK teammate explainsWith the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League being seen as a crucial tournament ahead of the World Cup, Lakshmipathy Balaji suggested MS Dhoni will continue batting at the top of the order for Chennai Super Kingsadvertisement Akshay Ramesh New DelhiFebruary 12, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 14:28 IST MS Dhoni has begun the World Cup year on a high, making some useful contributions to the team’s success in Australia and New Zealand (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLakshmipathy Balaji says MS Dhoni’s experience will help Team India at the World CupBalaji says MS Dhoni will continue to bat at the top of the order for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2019MS Dhoni has made a fine start to the World Cup year, hitting peak form in Australia and New ZealandFormer India fast bowler and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowling coach, Lakshmipathy Balaji has backed MS Dhoni to shine at the Cricket World Cup, starting May 30, saying the veteran wicketkeeper’s experience will come in handy to Virat Kohli’s men.Balaji, who has been closely working with Dhoni at the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, said a seasoned campaigner like Dhoni is crucial to India’s middle-order, which is relatively inexperienced when considering the top-order, which has three prolific run-scorers in Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Shikhar Dhawan.There were concerns, as conceded by selection committee chairman MSK Prasad, around MS Dhoni’s form with the bat last year wherein he had managed just 275 runs from 20 matches in the 50-over format. However, Dhoni, 37, has begun the World Cup year with a bang.After smashing three successive fifties in India’s first-ever bilateral ODI series in Australia, Dhoni carried his form into the limited-overs tour in New Zealand wherein he made handy contributions with the bat.”MS Dhoni’s experience can’t be questioned. There are not many better than him when it comes to handling situations with maturity. He has been a guiding force for the youngsters. India needs his experience to guide the middle-order batsmen,” Balaji told indiatoday.in.”Virat, Rohit, and Dhawan bring in experience to the top-order. What about the middle-order? MS Dhoni will be a big influence in this team,” he added.”MS Dhoni is a player who always takes every game seriously and makes sure he gives it his all.”With Dhoni being seen as one of the most important players for India at the World Cup not just for his batting skills but for his glovework and tactical brilliance, Team India would want their senior-most campaigner to be in fine form in England and Wales.advertisementBalaji expects Dhoni to shine in IPL 2019India are left with seven international matches a two-match T20I series followed by a five-match ODI series against Australia at home from February 24. All eyes will be on IPL 2019 as Dhoni will be hoping to get enough game time in order to keep himself in fine touch ahead of the World Cup.Lakshmipathy Balaji has said Dhoni will continue batting at the top for CSK but pointed out that one can expect a few surprises from Dhoni at the biggest cricketing event of the year.Notably, Dhoni showed glimpses of his vintage self in IPL 2018, smashing 455 runs at 150.66. He led CSK to glory in what was their first year on the comeback from suspension.”Last year, he played higher-up the order for Chennai Super Kings. His batting form was phenomenal. The way he batted, the way he hit the ball was phenomenal. But you never know with MS. He always comes up with a few surprises. We will wait and see the surprises at the World Cup,” Balaji added.Also Read | This is the MS Dhoni we know: MSK Prasad after Australia, New Zealand toursAlso Read | God bless my child Mahi, he is the true son of India: ex-VP of Dhoni’s schoolAlso Read | MS Dhoni in ICC’s version of John Lennon’s classic ImagineAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow Laxmipathy BalajiFollow India national cricket teamFollow IPL 2019Follow Chennai Super Kingslast_img read more