Fans Cheer FLOTUS and POTUS at College Football Championship Game

first_imgU.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attended the College Football Championship game in New Orleans on Monday, with LSU and Clemson set to face off. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump were cheered by the crowd as they walked onto the field of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and stood for the national anthem.President Trump was met with chants of “USA” at the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday https://t.co/4HmN2A10Vv— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 14, 2020 LSU took down Clemson 42-25. LSU finishes the season 15-and-0 and claims its first national title since 2007. President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were greated with cheers and chants of USA and left before the end. LSU fans are not only celebrating their College Football Playoff National Championship Game victory, they’re also trolling Clemson fans with an online fundraiser aimed at helping the South Carolina school buy a better looking mascot costume. The head is tiny….A tale of two Tigers: How Clemson and LSU got their mascots https://t.co/RTuZMiUEwt— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 13, 2020 Images of the two school’s mascots flooded social media last night as fans seemed to favor the outfit worn by LSU’s Mike the Tiger when compared against the duds of Clemson’s mascot, which is simply known as The Tiger.last_img read more

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Borland embracing move to middle linebacker

first_imgChris Borland suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last year, but as he works his way back to full heath, he is preparing to man a new spot – middle linebacker – for the Badgers this year.[/media-credit]Chris Borland seemed to be in the middle of everything during the 2009 season when he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, forcing turnovers and recording sacks on a regular basis.Now, after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury last season, Borland is set to become the official man in the middle for the UW defense in 2011.Head coach Bret Bielema announced at the start of spring camp that Borland was making a position switch from outside to middle linebacker. Borland remains limited in spring camp as he works his way back to full health, but the transition to middle linebacker has already started in the film room.“I’ve just been familiarizing myself with the position,” Borland said. “It’s not too difficult really. And we’ve changed some things with our defense so everybody is learning. I played a little bit my freshman year and its been a pretty smooth transition so far.”But why the need for such a transition in the first place?Borland established himself as a defensive play maker in his first season on the outside, so why make a change?According to Borland, the move fits better with Wisconsin’s current linebacker depth.“I think it’s just a practical decision based on our personnel,” Borland said. “Mike [Taylor] and Clax [Kevin Claxton] are two great outside linebackers and I’m probably a better fit than both of those guys in the middle.“To get three of our better guys on the field – I think it makes the most sense.”In addition, Borland appears to have the skill set necessary to excel at the middle linebacker spot.The 5-foot-11, 242-pound player is stout enough to hold his ground against inside running plays, and he also has the quickness needed to shoot the gaps and make plays on the edges.With that in mind, Borland’s fellow linebackers are excited about the positive effect the move will have on their unit.“I think it’s a really good move,” senior linebacker Kevin Claxton said. “Chris is a very athletic, explosive guy who can go sideline to sideline. It’s a good thing for us to have him on the inside.”“In this defense having Chris in the middle keeps him in the box,” junior linebacker Mike Taylor added. “Chris is just great for fighting those linemen and using his quickness and strength to bully those guys. Having him always in the box where he can always make plays will be really helpful.”Offenses now won’t be able to run away from Borland’s side of the field in hopes of keeping him away from the action.In the middle, Borland can use his speed to track down plays on either side.But how does Borland’s unique pass rushing ability fit in? In his freshman season, Borland finished with five sacks and was constantly pressuring the quarterback with his trademark spin move off the edge.Opposing offensive tackles were simply no match for Borland’s quickness, and though he may be moving inside in UW’s base defense, don’t be surprised to see Borland lined up on the outside for that very role in specific third down packages.“We don’t know what we are going to do yet for our third down package but yeah, absolutely,” Borland said with a smile. “I think that will stay.”Borland says he expects to be back to 100 percent by June when the Badgers begin their summer workout program.He’ll continue to study his new position until camp resumes in the fall when he will presumably be able to return to full-contact action for the first time in months.So, how anxious is Borland to test out the middle linebacker spot and absorb that first collision?“Words really can’t describe,” he said.last_img read more

Amit Panghal: ‘Landed in more clean punches; Thought I’d won the Gold’

first_imgLast Updated: 24th September, 2019 02:56 IST Amit Panghal: ‘Landed In More Clean Punches; Thought I’d Won The Gold’ Amit Panghal felt that he had actually won the final showdown & clinched the World Boxing Championship gold, he revealed in an exclusive chat with Republic TV Amit Panghal felt that he had actually won the final showdown & clinched the World Boxing Championship gold as he had “landed in more clean punches in the right areas” but chose not to cry foul when his opponent was adjudged the winner as it would go against the “spirit of the game.”Amit Panghal in an exclusive chat with Republic TV”Yes, I had hit more clean punches. In the first round, it was seven clean hits while my opponent had five and in the second both of us had six each. So who was the winner? But anyway, its a part of life and its a part of sports. I did not lodge any protest nor my coach as we thought there might be some technical reasons that maybe we are unaware of. And it goes against the spirit of the game” Amit Panghal told Republic TV in an exclusive chat after his return from World Boxing Championship today.READ | Amit Panghal insists his former coach be considered for DronacharyaAmit said: “It is very tough to understand the scoring system. There should be some kind of clear cut transparency and objectivity. Unfortunately, it’s left to the subjective interpretation of the referees who sometimes can go wrong.” In fact, when Republic TV watched the final match along with Amit’s family from his village ‘Maina’ in Rohtak, his father Vijender & brother Ajay had alleged “foul play and cheating” by referee and bias of world wrestling body against India.READ | Amit Panghal wins World Silver in India’s best-ever campaign”Referees might go wrong. It’s part of the game”: Amit Panghal”Nothing like that. They are emotional. They love me too much. No cheating. No foul play. Referees might go wrong. It’s part of the game. Now, bygones are bygones. I am not thinking about it. I have to move on. I still feel proud of winning the silver medal. It feels nice to be the first Indian ever to achieve that,” Amit observed.READ | Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik ensure medals for India at WBCAmit also promised that he will beat the same opponent when they play again in the Olympics. “Yes now, my focus is to first qualify for the Olympics and win a medal there. Not thinking of Olympic gold from now. No need to take additional pressure from now. It’s better to take one step at a time,” he added.READ | Amit Panghal sails into pre-quarters at World Boxing Championships COMMENT 11 months ago World Boxing Championship: Brijesh Yadav beats Polish opponent 11 months ago Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik ensure medals for India at WBC Suman Ray SUBSCRIBE TO US WE RECOMMEND First Published: 24th September, 2019 02:56 ISTcenter_img FOLLOW US 11 months ago Amit Panghal insists his former coach be considered for Dronacharya LIVE TV 11 months ago Amit Panghal sails into pre-quarters at World Boxing Championships 11 months ago Amit Panghal wins World Silver in India’s best-ever campaign WATCH US LIVE Written Bylast_img read more

McIlroy says politics had nothing to do with Trump game

first_imgThe world number three says he was branded “a fascist and a bigot” for joining the American President for 18-holes and posing for a photo afterwards. McIlroy’s been speaking in Mexico and insists his decision had nothing to do with politicsThe world number 3 is back in action at the W-G-C Mexico Championship tomorrow – where he’s joined by Hideki Matsuyama and world number one Dustin Johnson for the opening two rounds.last_img

Hoornstra: Baseball’s designated hitter rule could benefit from compromise

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “I would not, not force the DH on the National League,” Angels manager Joe Maddon told me in spring training last year, the last time the universal DH suggestion was brought to life.“The National League game is much more thought-provoking,” Maddon said. “If you want more offense, don’t worry about getting one more guy in the lineup. Worry about teaching a different method of hitting a little bit.”“My desire is we don’t sanitize things in the game too much,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell told me around the same time. “I think strategic parts of the game are what makes it a great game.”Like Counsell and Maddon, I prefer a game with more strategy, not less. It helps if the fruits of these strategies are readily obvious to fans. Moves and countermoves translate better than launch angles and spin rates.There’s nothing wrong with a faster-paced game. Far from it, in fact. MLB’s pace-of-play initiatives (automatic intentional walks, limiting mound visits, futile attempts at reducing the time between pitches) have had little effect to this point. This year, relief pitchers must face a minimum of three batters, unless the inning ends first, and that might nudge the average time of game downward. The average game time reached 3 hours, 10 minutes last season, a record. It’s doubtful a universal DH rule would make much of a difference. Last season, the average AL game was less than two minutes shorter than the average NL game.Yet the National League game was better in 2019. It gave us more baseball. It gave us more strategy from the dugout. It also gave us more strategy from the batter’s box. Hitters set new single-season records for home runs and strikeouts in 2019. American League teams combined to hit 180 more homers than their NL counterparts. Despite having the benefit of the DH, American Leaguers struck out more in 2019, not less.So, no, I’m not eager to see the NL game disappear. Maybe the question of whether or not to allow the DH in both leagues is a false dichotomy. Could the two leagues forge a compromise? If so, what might that look like?Here are three options.Option 1.Let the home manager decide whether the DH is in effect on a game-by-game basis.This is my favorite idea, at least in theory. It restores some autonomy to the manager’s seat. It introduces an extra layer of pregame strategy. It gives the home team an advantage beyond batting last in every inning and hearing the roar of the crowd.The biggest implication: pitchers who fail to hit, and hitters who can’t play a position, would be more easily exploited, while a two-way talent would have an even more decisive advantage.Shohei Ohtani could hit on the days he starts for the Angels, and force the other team’s pitchers to bat for themselves at home. On the road, opposing managers might take the Angels’ DH away – but at the cost of forcing their own pitchers to hit. Would Nelson Cruz have to learn a position if he wants to start a game outside of Minnesota? That would be Rocco Baldelli’s problem.Option 2.Allow the DH to stay in the game as long as the starting pitcher remains in the game.If you miss a good starting pitchers’ duel, this option is for you. Say it’s the top of the fifth inning, the pitcher is struggling, and the home team’s DH is due up in the bottom of the inning. Now the manager has an extra decision to make: remove his starter for a fresh reliever and lose his DH, or let the starter try to work out of trouble?Related Articles Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros If you dislike “openers” – relievers who start the game, and only pitch one or two innings – this plan is not for you. Effectively, this option exchanges one layer of strategy for another. It also reduces the impact a DH can potentially have on each game. Cruz, arguably the Twins’ best hitter, would rarely bat in a late-game situation when he’s in the starting lineup. Teams would be incentivized to stash better hitters on the bench, perhaps at the expense of their starting DH.It’s imperfect, but another example of a possible compromise.Option 3.Mandate that starting pitchers bat for themselves, then allow managers to insert a DH once the starter is removed from the game.This is the opposite of Option 2, and it would likely elicit the opposite effect. Openers would be encouraged. The value in having a deep bench would evaporate. Double switches would die. Potentially, we’d see better hitters taking late-game at-bats, but essentially this is what we already see in the National League. Relief pitchers rarely bat as it is, so this change would merely allow the same pinch-hitter to bat for multiple relief pitchers in the same game.If MLB insists that messing with 47 years of tradition would better the game, so be it. But the DH doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. There’s a broad middle ground to be found, if the league wants to look for it. Think the designated hitter is coming to the National League?“The suggestion, often made, that the pitcher be denied a chance to bat, and a substitute player sent up to hit every time, has been brought to life again, and will come up for consideration when the American and National League Committees on rules get together.” Those words were printed in 1906. Even 114 years ago, the chatter around the DH rule was an old one.The National League has mandated pitchers hit for themselves in every non-interleague game since 1973. That might change a year from now, according to a report that surfaced this week. It’s hard to take any such report too seriously until the universal DH becomes part of the league’s official rules. The momentum behind the rule change is obvious: it would achieve one of Commissioner Rob Manfred’s explicit goals of lowering the average game time.It would also tick off some very interested parties. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

Coach Doc Rivers a ‘fan’ of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson from way back

first_imgCALL HIS NUMBERThe work hasn’t exactly been steady, but Patrick Patterson is OK with that.With 8.8 million viewers tuned in on Christmas Day, the 30-year-old forward joined the superstars on the court at the start of the high-profile proceedings, and he wound up playing 14 minutes and scoring four points in the Clippers’ victory over the Lakers.Patterson also started the previous game, a loss to Oklahoma City in which he logged 18 minutes and finished 5 for 7 from the floor. But before that, he hadn’t started since Dec. 9.In his first season with the Clippers, Patterson’s minutes have fluctuated from as many as 30 to fewer than three. There have been five games that he’s gotten just one shot and two games that he’s taken 10 or more. He’s started 11 games and been relegated to the bench on two other occasions.At shootaround Thursday, he described tapping into nine-plus NBA seasons to help him cope effectively with such an ever-shifting role.“From being a starter, being a guy who’s a focal point of a team, to being one of the guys who comes off the bench, to being a role player shooting 3s, I’ve just had different roles, different systems in my career and I’ve just been able to adapt,” Patterson said.“So credit to the coaches I’ve had, the players, the vets alongside who I’ve been able to talk to. It’s tough to accept certain roles — lesser roles — than what you want, but if the ultimate goal is to win and be successful, that should (be enough).”Patterson — who is averaging 5.5 points and 3.2 rebounds and shooting 40.4 percent from 3-point range, in 14.9 minutes per game — said he values straight talk from coaches to help him stay prepared for, well, anything.“The coaches are very black and white, which is something I appreciate,” he said. “If I’m not playing well, they tell me. If I need to work on something, they tell me. If I’m playing good, they tell me. So I think open communication is key, being able to accept and take constructive criticism and build off of that. We have that on this team.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For his part, Clarkson’s earliest recollections of Rivers are fuzzier, though they’re also fond: “My dad was coaching over there, so they used to come play, we used to go to their house, chill. He always been a good person, that’s all I can really remember.”He has a more concrete memory of working out for the Clippers before his rookie season, and that it was helpful to have an old family friend involved with the process.“It was crazy, I went to work out for them as a rookie coming into the league, he was talking all them stories and stuff,” Clarkson said. “It’s just cool being on this stage, being able to him see me grow into who I am today.”Rivers said he thinks Utah will suit Clarkson, who has never experienced a winning season in the NBA; his 40-41 mark — split between the Lakers and Cavaliers in 2017-18 — is the closest he’s come to breaking even.“I’ve been a big Clarkson fan for a long time,” said Rivers of the offensive-minded guard, who is averaging 14.4 points per game this season. “I think he’s a great pickup, I really do, he can add scoring. And we’ll see, ’cause he hasn’t been in a lot of winning situations, but I think he’s with the right group, a very serious group on the floor. I think that’ll help him.”center_img LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers is pulling for Jordan Clarkson.The Clippers coach has known Clarkson — who on Monday was traded from the Cleveland Cavalier to the Utah Jazz for Dante Exum and a pair of second-round draft picks — since he was 3 years old. He’s even got a photo somewhere to prove it, Rivers said.Mike Clarkson, Jordan’s dad, was active in the local sporting scene in San Antonio, where Doc Rivers played from 1994-96.“Just living in San Antonio, his dad would come over the house. His dad washed cars, did youth basketball and football. He was very popular in the San Antonio area, and I think he worked with some of my kids,” Rivers recalled before Saturday’s game against Clarkson’s new team.last_img read more

Nicholls Names Kallie Noble as Volleyball Head Coach

first_imgTHIBODAUX, La. – Nicholls State University Athletics Director Matt Roan announced Thursday that Kallie Noble has been selected to lead the Colonel volleyball program, pending approval from the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, and that Nicholls has added beach volleyball as an NCAA sport and will compete spring 2019.”We are fortunate and proud to be able to announce Kallie Noble as the newest member of the Colonel family and the head volleyball coach here at Nicholls,” Roan said. “We were intrigued with Kallie’s experience in the region and as a head coach, and we were impressed by her commitment to creating a ‘Championship Experience.’ At her core, Kallie is a teacher who will recruit, lead, and mentor the young women in our program to experience success on the court, in the classroom, and in their lives. I’m beyond excited to watch Kallie transform our program.”The 11th head coach in school history, Noble will also serve as the head beach volleyball coach. The beach volleyball squad will feature most of the indoor roster along with former indoor student-athlete Emily Weimer exhausting her final year of eligibility.”I am honored and humbled to be named the head volleyball coach at Nicholls State University,” Noble said. “I cannot thank Dr. Jay Clune, Matt Roan, Lindsey McKaskle and the entire search committee enough for this opportunity and for their commitment to building the Nicholls volleyball program. I am eager to get to know those in the Thibodaux community and share in the pride of their Colonels.”Noble had successful coaching stints at the University of Memphis (2014-17) and the University of St. Thomas (2012-14). With the Tigers she coached 17 AAC honor roll players, three defensive players of the week and two all-conference performers. As head coach of the Celts, a Division III NAIA university in Houston, Noble’s squads qualified for back-to-back Red River Athletic Conference Tournaments, including an appearance in the 2012 NAIA National Championship Tournament.  The Peru, Indiana, native is no stranger to the bayou region, having served as an assistant volleyball coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of New Orleans (2007-08) and Tulane University (2009-12). She coached two AVCA All-Americans and made an NCAA Tournament appearance with the Green Wave in 2009.Noble also owned Louisiana based volleyball clubs Cajun Wave and Cajun Beach Wave from 2010-13.Noble holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in education/counseling from Lincoln Memorial University, where she graduated in 2008.WHAT THEY’RE SAYING”Kallie is a proven success as a NCAA Division I assistant coach and a NAIA head coach. I am confident that she will have Nicholls moving in the right direction.”- David Rehr, Arkansas State head volleyball coach”Nicholls is not only getting a great coach, but a phenomenal person. Kallie is one of the most passionate, knowledgeable and relatable coaches I have ever worked with. I’m confident the Nicholls volleyball program is in good hands and I look forward to following their success.”- Jaye Loyd, UC San Diego assistant volleyball coachBEACH VOLLEYBALL BACKGROUNDApproved in 2009 as an emerging sport for women, sand volleyball exceeded the target goal of 40 NCAA varsity programs by October 2014 and was approved as the NCAA’s 90th Division I championship sport. The NCAA officially changed the name of the sport to beach volleyball in 2015, hosting the first NCAA Division I championship the following year.Opponents play five sets of doubles matches (best two-out-of-three) against each other, with the first to take three matches claiming the victory. Schools are required to play a minimum of eight matches over the course of 16 available playing dates. Most schools play multiple matches per weekend while participating in several tournaments.Southland Conference members Abilene Christian, Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi currently sponsor beach volleyball and the Southland plans to sponsor a beach volleyball championship event in 2020.last_img read more

NSL franchise clubs urged to manage funds properly

first_imgTNSL Board chairman Isaac Lupari said it is the responsibility for franchises to manage their funds so they can attract sponsors and last long in the competition.Lupari said many clubs have withdrawn from the competition because of lack of sponsorship.As advised by the TNSL Board with endorsement from PNG Football Association, all franchise teams will be responsible for travel and accommodation costs out of the normal regional competition.“Our policies drive clubs to take ownership.“The nomination fee of K40, 000 will enable TNSL to run the competition so we want the franchises to look after their own teams,” he said.Teams are urged to pay the nomination fee of K40, 000 by 30 October and K35 per player registration.Lupari confirmed that the board will announce the amount of prize money before the 2015-2016 season competition commences on 15 November.last_img read more

Chelsea asks about Guaita

first_imgThe Crystal Palace wants to renewBetween rumorology, Vicente Guaita remains focused on giving his best version with the Crystal Palace. Finished contract in 2021, but the club has already knocked on his door to try to tie his continuity. In fact, a meeting is expected to be held in the coming dates to talk openly about the possible renewal. It is not for less, since, beyond the great (Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester) and the amazing Sheffield United, there is no Premier League team that has conceded fewer goals than Hodgson’s (28). In fact, you have to subtract four from your personal account, when you miss day 9 before the City (0-2) and the duel against the Arsenal from j.10 (2-2). Despite the bad streak in which the Crystal Palace, remains one of the great revelations of the 2019-20 Premier League. And, in part, it’s thanks to Vicente Guaita, Spanish goalkeeper who is shining with saving stops and has become an idol in Selhurst Park. His performance, without a doubt, is contributing to his team being only four points from European positions after 24 contested days. At 33 years old, he is still growing as a goalkeeper and It has aroused the interest of great clubs in England. Among them, Chelsea.As AS has learned, Christophe Lovichon, scout of goalkeepers of the London club and the confidence of the board, has asked the Guaita environment about its situation and its economic conditions in order to seek its incorporation for next June. Willy Caballero ends the contract and will not continue and, above all, Frank Lampard wants an alternative of guarantees that he fights with Kepa for the position of holder. The current goal of Crystal Palace is an ideal candidate for it, although it will have to mediate negotiation between clubs so that the movement could take place.Chelsea, however, he is not the only major in England who has asked about the situation of Guaita. AS already informed at the end of December that the Manchester City It follows very closely. Like the blues, Guardiola has a staff member with an elite goalkeeper like Ederson Moraes and a veteran that could leave the entity (Claudio Bravo). Therefore, they follow the track of the Spanish goalkeeper who responds to two conditions: having sufficient level to earn the position and a veteran role that can respond to adverse moments. The West Ham also asked, looking forward to next summer.Guaita, in a Crystal Palace match. Statistics recognizes GuaitaThe goalkeeper is the one with the best percentage of stops of the entire Premier, with 74.4% and more than 60 interventions as a guarantee. A fact, at least, revealing, but not the only one. According to advanced statistics, Guaita is also the best of the English championship in the comparison between goals that should have fit with those he has finally received. This study measures the quality of chances of the opponent, accurate shots, positions, relationship with the middle level of other goalkeepers … A complex system that places Guaita with a +6.28. In other words, he receives six goals less than it would be normal for him to fit. No one shadows him. It’s more, Dubravka, Newcastle’s goal, is second in this record with +4.71. From Gea it has a -2.65; Log, a -1.33; Gazzaniga, a -2.88 …Guaita is already fully adapted to the Crystal Palace and the numbers endorse it. It was difficult for him to enter dynamics when he arrived at the club in the summer of 2018-19. It wasn’t until the day 17 when he settled in the post, encountering obstacles such as the early elimination of his team in the third round of EFL Cup. But remained constant in training and assumed the role of holder, which has not been downloaded so far. He has always considered that his style adapts to English football and the Premier League organization also considers it. On days 16 and 17 of the current campaign he was named as ‘Man of the Match’ and was part of the team of the week. More reasons for the greats to notice him. Maybe in summer it is time to decide between the Palace goal or make the leap to a great …last_img read more