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September 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche has no interest in building up this weekend’s crunch relegation battle with Leicester as a grudge match. The two clubs, both promoted from the Sky Bet Championship last season, meet in a game that could have huge implications for either side’s chances of surviving in the Barclays Premier League. Burnley go into the game bottom of the table but just two points from a safe position and two behind 18th-placed Leicester. “Every manager has the chance to say whatever they want to,” said Dyche when reminded of Pearson’s comments, which came after Burnley snatched a stoppage-time equaliser at the King Power Stadium in October. “I have no problem with that. “If you look in my history, I have very rarely – if ever – questioned the opposition or the manager. “I made a conscious decision that I would respect everyone and how difficult it is. Even before I was a manager I had a feeling of how tough it is. “But everyone to their own. They have the chance to say or do whatever they see fit.” Pearson felt Burnley were fortunate when substitute Ross Wallace struck in the sixth minute of stoppage time to claim a 2-2 draw the last time the sides met. Press Association Foxes boss Nigel Pearson described Burnley as “quite poor” earlier this season. But Dyche has no intention of dragging up that matter to add spice to what is already likely to be a highly-charged occasion at Turf Moor on Saturday. “It is a game we should have won,” he said at the time. “I don’t think they really deserved to get anything out of the game. I thought they were quite poor on the day.” His remarks attracted criticism but they never bothered Dyche, who crossed paths with Pearson as a player when third-tier Chesterfield took on then-Premier League Middlesbrough in the 1997 FA Cup semi-finals. Asked if he had spoken to Pearson, Dyche said: “No, but not because of any other reason than I don’t know him that well. “I know him from last season, saying ‘Well done Nigel, great job’, but I didn’t know him before. “Semi-final in the FA Cup? I didn’t know him, he didn’t know me. He could only just see me he was that high up the division and I was that far down!” At the time of the draw between the clubs last autumn, Leicester were playing confidently, having claimed a stunning 5-3 win over Manchester United in a positive start. That spirit has recently returned with three successive wins taking them off the bottom of the table, and Dyche is surprised they are in trouble. “I am not suggesting they should be top 10 but I thought they would win more,” said Dyche, whose side have scored just once in seven games. “When they got off to a good start I thought they would maintain that and be in good shape. “But they have had a few things go against them, like us. Maybe they have changed at the right time. “Everyone needs a scratch of luck and we need that as well, whether it is Leicester or the games after that – but mainly we need to build on performing properly.” last_img read more

September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgTuesday marked the beginning of a new era in Wisconsin men’s basketball with the official introduction of Greg Gard as head coach after serving as Bo Ryan’s assistant for 15 years.Here’s how some of the Badgers in attendance at Tuesday’s press conference reacted to Gard’s big day:Junior guard Bronson KoenigOn why Gard is such a good fit:“Just his comfort level with everyone, the players’ comfort level with him and just how he interacts with everyone on a day-to-day basis in practice and film sessions, where you guys don’t necessarily see it.”On his reaction when he heard the news:“I was very excited. I wasn’t very surprised, but he’s very deserving of a head coaching job, so I’m very happy for him.”[Updated] Men’s basketball: Greg Gard officially named new head coach of WisconsinWisconsin men’s basketball coach Greg Gard was not named Big Ten Coach of the Year Monday after he led the Read…Redshirt junior guard Zak ShowalterOn being a student athlete who is playing at his dream school and seeing Gard get his dream job:“I definitely can see what he’s feeling. It’s exciting. This is what I’ve dreamed of my whole career and to be able to do this is a dream come true. I think for him, every school has been kind of a dream come true, but I think this really has been in his mind since the day he’s started coaching and I couldn’t be more happy for him.”On what Gard means to him:“I got one year left, but going into the future, I’ll always have his back and he’s always someone I can look up to. It’s exciting for us to know that this program is in good hands.”Stand Gard: Badgers have found their leaderGreg Gard has been named head coach of University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team.  No more interim label, no more audition Read…Junior forward Nigel HayesOn the similarities between Gard and Ryan:“He’s an extension of Coach Ryan. He’s known him a long time. They pretty much have the same basketball principles, morals, values and things that they want their teams to do. He’s the same guy, different voice. Of course they have different philosophies and ways about that, but they have the same expectations in terms of what they want on the basketball court.”Assistant Coach Lamont ParisOn whether there was a sense of relief in the announcement of a head coach:“We were in the Big Ten race, so you’re not thinking about that. We were in a position where we had improved so much that we really had just dealt so much with developing the guys, developing the team, that it really was an afterthought. Otherwise, you’d go nuts thinking about that every day. Now, the finality of it is here, so there is a sense of excitement without question.”Assistant Coach Howard Moore:On why someone like Gard, or anyone, would decide to stick around for so long:“The people. To have an icon like [Bo Ryan] and Coach [Barry] Alvarez being the leader for all of us and giving us the resources and the support to be successful and put our programs in position where we can be successful coaches, it means a lot. Not every program is fortunate enough to have a guy of his stature to be the athletic director.”“This place is special because there are people that are here at Wisconsin that care about Wisconsin. It’s not just a job for them. It’s something that is very near and dear, and those are the type of people that Coach Alvarez wants to be around this program.”Head Football Coach Paul ChrystOn both football and basketball programs having Wisconsin natives as leaders:“You’re proud and appreciative of it, but if Greg wasn’t from Wisconsin, I’d still be real happy. It’s unique, but I’d be happy of who he is, not where he is from.”last_img read more

September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgAfter losing at home to Arizona last Saturday, UCLA (19-2, 6-2) fell outside the top five in the AP poll for the first time in eight weeks. Meanwhile, USC (17-4, 4-4) received votes for the ninth straight week. The two teams were part of an elite corps of six that finished non-conference play undefeated. With UCLA off to its best start since the 2006-07 season — which saw them reach the Final Four — and USC off to its best start since 1971-72, Angelenos have been anticipating Wednesday’s game for quite some time. In fact, tickets sold out nearly one month ago. The Trojans will need to feed off the home-crowd energy delivered by 10,000-plus fans, including 1,500 raucous students. USC has won 27 of its last 31 home contests, but UCLA excels on the road, and it will surely bring a sizeable contingent of fans to the Galen Center, too. The Bruins are 4-1 away from home this season, with their sole loss coming from a buzzer-beater miracle at Oregon.Katlyn Lee | Daily TrojanIn UCLA’s rare losses, it has allowed 92.5 points per game. USC has scored 93 points three times this season — once in an overtime victory — but the Trojans average 69.9 points per game in conference play. Basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy ranks UCLA 127th in defensive efficiency, as the team has allowed 80.6 points per game in Pac-12 play. However, the Bruins have hid their defensive deficiencies behind one of the best scoring offenses in the nation. UCLA head coach Steve Alford has a repertoire of skilled guards on his team, as well as six double-digit scorers.The Bruins share the ball better than all of their conference foes. Their 22.3 assists-per-game is the highest mark in the Pac-12. Freshman prodigy Lonzo Ball leads the conference with 8.0 assists-per-game, and the guard’s ball-handling skills are unparalleled. He has maintained a 3.58 assist/turnover ratio this season — a full-point better than all other point guards in the league. No one scores more prolifically on UCLA than the coach’s son, senior guard Bryce Alford. He leads the Pac-12 in 3-pointers (71), and four Bruins, including Alford, shoot better than 43 percent from beyond the arc. There aren’t many all-around threats like UCLA freshman T.J. Leaf, who is second in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage. The 6-foot-10 big man plays similarly to USC’s own, sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright. Leaf rebounds, passes and scores, averaging 16.7 points, 3.2 assists and 8.7 rebounds on the season. USC’s defense faces a tall order in slowing Leaf and company, especially without Boatwright and potentially redshirt senior forward Charles Buggs, who sat out Sunday night with a sore left knee. The Trojans will probably spend much of the game in their zone defense to solve the tricky individualmatchups UCLA poses. “We’re doing a good job defensively this year,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “We’ve been inconsistent this year, but we play hard. We block shots. We steal the ball. We play small. We play big. We’ve got a special group here.”Boatwright was originally expected to miss 6-8 weeks after injuring his knee against San Diego in November, but eight weeks later, he continues to sit. The coaching staff expects him to return to full practice soon — hopefully within a week or two.“Our coaching staff is thrilled to be 17-4 without Bennie,” Enfield said. “The 327th most experienced team in the country has played beyond its years.”last_img read more