Big Ten: Pressure time

first_imgAs November rolls in the pressure is on.With just three weeks remaining in the Big Ten season, the conference frontrunners –particularly No. 15 Michigan — feel the weight of the trap games ahead, as the rest of the conference feels the heat of trying to move up in the standings or gain a bowl game bid with that elusive sixth win.The situation at hand is a game between in-state rivals: Michigan versus Michigan State. “I think that pressure is something that young people in college football deal with every single week, whether you’re an undefeated football team right now playing, whether you’re looking for your sixth win or whether you’re trying to move in that direction such as Michigan is,” Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said during Tuesday’s Big Ten Teleconference.Michigan State has the No. 3 scoring offense, third-leading rusher in Javon Ringer and top receiver in Devin Thomas. Despite all this, the Spartans are losers of two straight and sit at 1-4 in the Big Ten and 5-4 overall.“What we have to do is make sure our players stay together and we come out and continue to work throughout the week and be emotionally prepared Saturday,” Dantonio said.The problem for Michigan State has been its inability to come through in close games. As frustrating as it may be, Dantonio wants to make sure that his players don’t beat themselves.“We need to build up our young people, not tear them down, and we’ll continue to do that, and I think we’ll learn from these things,” Dantonio said. “And ultimately when we start to win these games, we’ll begin to believe that when it comes down to crunch time we’ll win it.”After missing the past two weeks and a combined five games this season due to injury, quarterback Chad Henne and running back Mike Hart are practicing again this week. Still, Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr won’t know until later in the week whether his two offensive stars will be available Saturday.In order to remain neck-and-neck in the battle with Ohio State for the Big Ten title, Michigan will likely need those two players healthy.Northwestern failed in its quest last week to secure a bowl bid, losing 35-17 against Purdue. After finishing 4-8, 2-6 Big Ten last season, the Wildcats are 5-4, 2-3 this season. Running back Tyrell Sutton returned last week for Northwestern. The Wildcats will need Sutton to play to his potential as they make a push for their first Bowl game in two years. “It was just great to get him back out there,” Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “He just adds some more fuel to our fire.”Northwestern will face an Iowa team which pulled off an overtime win over Michigan State last week to also remain in the hunt for a bowl berth with a 4-5 record.For three straight weeks, Indiana has tried and failed to win a sixth game. Given that the program hasn’t appeared in a bowl game since 1993, and it dedicated the season to the late Terry Hoeppner, people may think that the Hoosiers and quarterback Kellen Lewis are playing a little anxious right now. But that’s just not the case.“Just because we’ve gotten beat in the last couple of weeks, I don’t think it changed our kids,” Indiana head coach Bill Lynch said. “I think the reality of it is we’ve played three pretty good football teams and we didn’t play well enough to win.”So unlike Michigan State or some of the other teams on the brink, Indiana isn’t getting bogged down.“I don’t think it has been a case where our kids feel pressured in anyway,” Lynch added.Indiana will go out of conference this weekend to face Ball State.Adding more conference gamesA thought has come up in the conference of removing two nonconference games out of the regular season schedule and adding two more Big Ten games. This would allow each team to face the entire conference.“I think there’s the advantage that the Big Ten Championship would be determined on the field and it would impact your home schedule, and that’s really the reason for the 12th game anyway — trying to get an additional home game to generate revenue,” Carr said.While it certainly would help the top teams separate themselves from the middle of the pack, it would also affect BCS standings as each team would face a higher chance of picking up a loss along the way, so the odds are that the notion won’t come to fruitionlast_img read more

Australian Open | Thiem knocks down Nadal and the one is at the mercy of Djokovic

first_img“It takes a bit of luck to win somebody like him,” he informed Jim Courier at the foot of the observe. The Cristiano Ronaldo of tennis, with an unlimited hitting energy and a multiplied pace after his pre-season coaching, of navy courtroom, in Miami, might with an earthly Nadal, who didn’t play badly but it surely was throughout most of the recreation in tow and When he dominated, he collided together with his adversary’s Herculean defenses. He goes in the quarter, with 840 factors much less as a result of final yr he fell in the penultimate spherical. Damage after a demanding begin to the season that adopted an finish of the earlier yr no much less demanding. With the feeling that he might have gone additional with somewhat extra fortune. He had by no means traced two units towards the arduous observe and this time couldn’t be both (0-13). The historical past of the second half was similar to that of the first. Rafa improved his providers, received two clean video games and that allowed him to subtract extra calmly. It got here in a breath of the Austrian pylon hammer, which helped with a double foul, and once more the Manacor was in command. Nonetheless, a penalty for delaying the service dropped him (“It is unimaginable that you simply ask me for a warning after the level now we have performed, you don’t like good tennis, you don’t like good tennis,” he informed the chair decide) . Then he complained that the bench’s chilly air tube didn’t work for him … In these video games he misplaced three straight video games and though he saved a set level when he went 6-5 down, in the second tiebreaker of the crash once more Thiem put earth in between and to the Crew Nadal field in DEFCON 2 scenario.Nadal performed to rebato and with caste he threw himself for an not possible. He continued superb to serve and pressed the relaxation with every little thing he had towards the unimaginable defenses of his adversary. He inspired himself extra and extra insistently. “Come on!”. One step after the different. So to scratch the break at the proper time. This time he had no association for Thiem. There was no margin.The fourth set was twisted to Rafa after having had a 15-40 and two benefits. He didn’t add the break and instantly match one. Dom saved operating as if there was no tomorrow and hit the ball with the identical pressure as at the starting, neither extra nor much less. Little did it matter that they each took greater than three hours to offer him that I hit you. With 5-4, the Austrian took Nadal to win at final in an amazing event, after 5 failed makes an attempt. The primary service nailed him and received the level with the second affect. Then made a easy drive, he made a painful double foul and crashed one other proper in the internet. With an ace he shortened, however then threw the ball very far together with his proper hand and got here 5-5. Great. Wiener Neustadt’s machine shook her pulse. Rafa took the lead with a way of dominance for the first time in the whole recreation. In the subsequent recreation he appeared for the match, however didn’t discover it. You needed to play one other much more dramatic tiebreaker.It began bizarre, with 5 minibreaks in a row. Thiem positioned a definitive 5-2 and with 6-Four didn’t take benefit of his first recreation level. He snapped it towards the internet. Later Nadal didn’t reply to a balloon as a result of he noticed the boat exterior and requested for the overview. You needed to have many flats to do it. It went nicely. Though Thiem put an incredible reverse move that didn’t cease the internet. And at last, Rafa threw a drive to the tape. Ultimate epic Dom had simply shot down a large.Outcomes of the males’s workforce of the Australian Open. The primary set was given by Nadal, though it is true that Thiem deserved it. The assault would have received him to the factors; it was higher, extra aggressive and intense, extra concerned in the observe, particularly at the starting of a frantic recreation, with lengthy exchanges, by which the Spaniard was not in a position to do the relaxation a bit till his third serve, after saving A break ball. Rafa tuned and the partial appeared his when with a masterful maneuver of modifications in heights and pace the first break was pointed and clean, buckled with an impressive globe. However then got here a blur. Nadal obtained caught together with his service and wasted a set level that will have given him the benefit and life. Dominic broke it up and in the subsequent tiebreaker it was feline. Nice boot on a Rod Laver Enviornment coated by an attractive purple sky at nightfall.center_img Sometime it needed to occur and it occurred this Wednesday at the Australian Open. Dominic Thiem, who had misplaced two finals in Roland Garros, two different video games in that very same large and one other in the US Open towards Rafa Nadal, might lastly with world quantity one, which after his defeat might stop to be if Novak Djokovic Increase the trophy once more subsequent Sunday. For that he should win Roger Federer first Thursday in the semifinals. The Austrian, who received the Balearic by successful three playoffs (7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6 and 7-6 (8) in 4 hours and 10 minutes), may also play them, however on Friday towards Alexander Zverev, who appealed to Stan Wawrinka. It is already assured {that a} participant underneath 27 will face one other of the Huge Three in the closing. If anybody had proven that he may very well be near the three large stars on the circuit, it was Thiem.last_img read more

Former Charlton midfielder Darren Pitcher dies, aged 49

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade The club are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former player Darren Pitcher at the age of 49 👉https://t.co/g2cwQLdSnt #cafc pic.twitter.com/7GJRqmJY8s— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) November 26, 2018The midfielder was part of the Charlton team which returned to their home stadium at The Valley on December 5, 1992, and helped set up the goal in the 1-0 win over Portsmouth.Pitcher moved across south London to Palace and the Eagles went on to reach the semi-finals of both the League Cup and FA Cup in his first season.The midfielder, though, saw his playing career eventually come to a premature end in the wake of a serious knee injury suffered against Huddersfield following a challenge from Paul Reid during a First Division match on August 31, 1996.Pitcher had a brief spell with Leyton Orient during 1998, but never played professionally again afterwards.In 2001, Pitcher lost his case of alleged negligence against Huddersfield at the High Court, in which he was seeking damages of more than £1million. Latest Football News Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow MONEY no dice Former midfielder Darren Pitcher has died aged 49, Charlton Athletic confirmed on Monday.Pitcher came through Charlton’s youth ranks, joining them at 13, and went on to make 214 appearances, scoring 12 goals before joining Crystal Palace in 1994. REPLY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won So so sad to hear about Darren, my thoughts and the thoughts of everyone at Crystal Palace are with his family and friends. Darren Pitcher – 1969-2018 – News – Crystal Palace FC https://t.co/poGIlHZ835— Steve Parish (@CEO4TAG) November 26, 2018 BEST OF Since leaving professional football, Pitcher had been working in the building trade.Charlton historian Colin Cameron had reflected on Pitcher’s time with the Addicks in his book ‘Valiant 500’. He wrote: “What was admirable about Pitcher was his attitude, patience and determination to improve his game.”Pitcher made 83 appearances for Palace, scoring two goals before his retirement, including a long-range effort in the 1994-95 FA Cup quarter-final win over Wolves.“Crystal Palace are saddened to hear of the passing of former midfielder Darren Pitcher at the age of 49,” the Eagles said on their official website.“Everyone at the club would like to pass on their condolences to Darren’s family and friends.” shining last_img read more