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Fans pleased with Bowl win

first_imgStudents celebrated Notre Dame’s 33-17 victory over Miami in the Sun Bowl. “The game was awesome,” senior Fred Jung said. “I had a really great time both at the game and around the city of El Paso.” Most students agreed the best part of the trip was seeing the overflowing support for the football team. “Although my friends and I did not go to the planned Notre Dame festivities, it was incredible to see the amount of Notre Dame supporters just at the tailgating scene,” Jung said. For senior Silvana Martinez and sophomore Walter Myers, both of whom are El Paso residents, the Sun Bowl was a unique opportunity for them to experience a major Notre Dame event in their hometown. “The whole weekend was great,” Martinez said. “There was a huge turnout of not only Notre Dame students, but also locals who embraced our school and became supporters. “One of the best parts about the game was the fact that all of the cheers and traditions associated with the student section at Notre Dame Stadium were brought to Sun Bowl Stadium. It was awesome to see students doing push-ups after Notre Dame scores.” Myers agreed with his fellow El Pasoan. “I have never seen this much hype surrounding the Sun Bowl. It was amazing,” he said. As a member of the Notre Dame Club of El Paso, Myers helped in the preparation for the game itself and the activities surrounding it. “We organized a canned food drive for a local homeless shelter, and anyone who brought a can was given ‘The Shirt,’” he said. “We also organized the battle of the bands event inside the El Paso Convention Center and the pep rally, which was unfortunately cancelled due to inclement weather.” The irony of the title of “Sun Bowl” was evident, as the kickoff temperature was 34 degrees and snow was on the ground. For many students, the weather was the sole letdown of the weekend. “I was expecting warm weather, so the sweatshirt and jeans I wore on game day were definitely not enough,” Jung said. “It felt like South Bend,” Martinez said. “I do not think any of us were expecting as much snow as we got.” Despite the weather, the Irish victory and time spent with friends over the New Year’s weekend made the Sun Bowl experience one to remember. “I think the best part of my weekend was seeing all of my school friends and having them meet my home friends,” Martinez said. “When I found out Notre Dame would be playing in the Sun Bowl, I was ecstatic because I knew my last Notre Dame football game as a student would be in my hometown. It was a great last hurrah.” “El Paso did a great job of keeping the environment both hospitable and safe,” Myers said. “I’m really proud of both my city and school.”last_img read more

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Barcelona are ‘a club of clowns’ with ‘no class’

first_imgFormer Barcelona forward Christophe Dugarry blasted the people in charge of the club following a turbulent week at Camp Nou. Barcelona have been branded “a club of clowns” by Christophe Dugarry after a dismal week for the club culminated in Copa del Rey elimination. Lionel Messi A 1-0 quarter-final loss to Athletic Bilbao at San Mames on Thursday was the latest blow for Barca in a turbulent period. After failing to sign an attacker before the end of the January transfer deadline, Ousmane Dembele suffered a hamstring tear that requires surgery and is expected to miss the rest of campaign. Sporting director Eric Abidal also gave an interview in which he cited a lack of effort being put in by some players as a motivating factor for the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde, which drew the ire of Lionel Messi. There have consequently been reports Messi could leave Camp Nou at the end of the season, and Dugarry – who spent six months at Barca in the 1997-98 season – was scathing in his criticism of the way the club has been run in recent years. “It’s a club of clowns. Everything is done backwards,” Dugarry said on RMC Sport. Promoted ContentThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson”Chronicles Of Narnia” Fans Were Bemused To See How She Looks NowNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The WorldWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?These TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway StationsPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyIncredible Discoveries That Puzzled The Whole WorldThe Untold Truth Of Sasha ObamaWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World “They buy [Philippe] Coutinho, Dembele, they buy guys and then sell them. You get the impression there is no project in this club. Loading… Read Also: Copa del Rey semi-final draw sets up possible Basque derby final “At every transfer window there is a problem. They’ve recruited very badly since the departures of Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta. They’ve spent loads. “And above all they have a very bad image. There are far too many people who do not have the elegance, the class that there should be at a club of this standing. “It’s really a club that has no class.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Texans rest several key players in 35-14 loss to Titans

first_img First Published: 30th December, 2019 10:47 IST FOLLOW US COMMENT Written By The Houston Texans decided that resting some banged-up players before next week’s playoff game was more important than winning on Sunday.Derrick Henry rushed for a season-high 211 yards and three touchdowns and the Tennessee Titans beat the Texans 35-14 to clinch a playoff spot. The Texans beat the Titans two weeks ago to take control of the AFC South and locked up the division last week, allowing Houston to sit quarterback Deshaun Watson and other key players.”Once we were getting closer to the beginning of the game, it was pretty obvious that our seeding wasn’t going to change,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “So we decided to do those things in the best interest of the team.”Watson was active on Sunday, but O’Brien started AJ McCarron instead. Watson was listed as questionable with a back injury this week but said he was OK. Receiver DeAndre Hopkins (illness) was also active, but did not play and several starters, including receiver Kenny Stills (knee), left tackle Laremy Tunsil (ankle) and nose tackle D.J. Reader, were inactive.“The most important thing when you get to this part of the season is the health of the team,” safety Justin Reid said. “So everybody that got a chance to get healthy and be back next week, that’s what’s most important.”McCarron threw for 225 yards with an interception and ran for a touchdown.Houston was locked into the AFC’s fourth seed after the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Los Angeles Chargers earlier Sunday. The Texans will host Buffalo next week.“I think we’re as healthy as we can possibly be at this time,” O’Brien said. “We need to come in here ready to go … and have a good week of preparation.”The Texans are expected to get three time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt back against the Bills. Watt, who tore a pectoral muscle in October, returned to practice last week, but couldn’t be added to the active roster until after Sunday’s game.It’s unclear how much Watt will be able to play next weekend, but regardless of his snap count, everyone is thrilled about his return after he was thought to be done for the season.“Anything he can give us from a playing standpoint will be great, but I just think that his presence alone is big,” veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph said. “Just going out there with a guy like that, rushing to get back, beating the timetable, putting it on the line for his team, anytime you have a guy doing that, it’s going to lift everybody else up, give them some extra juice and pump them up as well.”Joseph injured a hamstring in the first half and didn’t return, but said after the game that he is OK and expects to play next week.McCarron scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter that cut Tennessee’s lead to 21-14.“He made some good plays out there, made some good decisions,” O’Brien said. “It was tough sledding at time, but for a guy that had not played, this was a good opportunity for him to play.” SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 30th December, 2019 10:47 IST Texans Rest Several Key Players In 35-14 Loss To Titans The Houston Texans decided that resting some banged-up players before next week’s playoff game was more important than winning on Sunday. LIVE TV WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

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Final Four 2019: Virginia’s Tony Bennett coaches like a pro, but didn’t learn that in NBA

first_imgTony Bennett learned a lot about basketball playing in the NBA. He learned about coaching, though, with the time he spent as a college assistant coach.“When you come in and say: ‘This is going to happen; We’re going to be a Final Four team.’ Or, ‘We’re going to win the ACC.’ You believe it, and you hope it, and then you just go to work,” Bennett said.“Having gone through that as a player and a coach, that was an incredible advantage for me. It is: ‘Can you build a program and compete against the best, and then how far can you push it?’” MINNEAPOLIS — Occasionally, when he is in the home of a prospect he is trying to recruit, Virginia coach Tony Bennett will make the point — because it is effective and, most definitely, because it is the truth — that he has realized the dream that all young players are trying to reach: He has played in the NBA.Bennett spent two full seasons with the Charlotte Hornets in the early 1990s, and part of a third. He scored 36,870 fewer career points than Karl Malone, but 538 more than 99.999 percent of humans walking planet Earth. MORE: SN’s way-too-early top 25 for 2019-20This also separates him from nearly every other man who has coached in the Final Four over the past three decades. Bennett will attempt to become the third former NBA player to win an NCAA championship since 1990 in Monday night’s title game against Texas Tech.Only four other coaches who reached the Final Four played in the NBA or ABA. That’s a possible 120 coaching slots over 30 years, only eight of which were filled by former NBA players.Billy Donovan grabbed half of those, winning titles in 2006 and 2007 at Florida and reaching the Final Four in 2000 and 2014. Kevin Ollie won the championship with UConn in 2014. In 1999, former ABA point guard Jim O’Brien made it with Ohio State. In 1997, it was nine-year pro Clem Haskins with Minnesota.“Listen, I played about 15, 13 minutes a game. I was a backup point guard,” Bennett told Sporting News. “I don’t pretend like I was this big-time player, but I was in the rotation, and I played.“I think that helps guys say, ‘Hey, I had to work my way to get there. So I think maybe in some things recruiting-wise, it helps, and just things I learned from watching them. When you play against Michael Jordan 15 times in your career and get to play in the playoffs and go against the players, there’s just stuff you figure out.”On his way to becoming a Division I head coach, however, Bennett also spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at this level. He was at Wisconsin under his father, Dick, who got the Badgers to the 2000 Final Four. When Dick resigned early in the 2000-01 season, Tony stayed with interim coach Brad Soderberg, who now serves as his assistant coach. When Wisconsin chose to hire Bo Ryan in advance of 2001-02, Tony stayed with him for two seasons until his father decided to give coaching another go at Washington State.Tony had a broad background as a player and coach when his father retired, and Tony became the Cougars head coach in 2006.“One of the things that drew me to have a chance to coach in the ACC, because of the storied programs and the storied coaches, the Hall of Fame coaches: Can you go and take a team and build your program in a way that you think is best and compete against the best?” Tony Bennett told reporters Sunday. “There’s a way that I know works — or that I believe works.”MORE: Kyle Guy gives foul ending to Auburn’s dream seasonBennett’s achievement is interesting, considering the current experiments by some athletic departments with hiring coaches who had been working in the NBA and owned no college coaching experience, or no recent experience. Avery Johnson’s departure from Alabama represented another failure for this approach, but it was only the most recent. Johnson went 75-62 in four seasons and made one NCAA Tournament.Tulane took a shot with Mike Dunleavy, who had never worked as a college coach and had been out of the game entirely for a half-dozen years. He went 24-69 in three years and won four games in his final season. Rutgers gave Eddie Jordan three years at the start of its Big Ten membership, and he went 29-68.At St. John’s, Chris Mullin is 14 games under .500 and has made one NCAA Tournament, entering the 2019 First Four and losing to Arizona State. Mullin had not coached before taking over the Red Storm; he worked as a broadcaster and team executive. Patrick Ewing spent over a decade as an NBA assistant coach before taking over the Georgetown program. He has been in charge of the Hoyas just two seasons and is 34-29.Farther back, you had Clyde Drexler retire from the NBA to become head coach at Houston, his alma mater. He compiled a 19-39 record. Bob Hill hadn’t been a college assistant in 15 years when he began his tenure at Fordham in 1999. He went 36-78.Perhaps the only former player who broke this mold was Fred Hoiberg, recently hired as coach at Nebraska, who excelled in his five seasons at Iowa State. Although he had not coached after finishing his playing career and instead worked as an executive with the Minnesota Timberwolves, he made the NCAA Tournament four times in five seasons.This is the example Vanderbilt hopes new coach Jerry Stackhouse will resemble. He played 18 seasons in the league and twice appeared in the NBA All-Star Game. He spent two seasons as an NBA assistant, with Toronto and Memphis, and two as head coach of Toronto’s successful G League teams. He also sponsored a summer team for teenage basketball prospects.There are some doubts among college head coaches whether playing and coaching in the NBA is an ideal way to prepare to coach Division I.Coaching in the NBA is almost exclusively about basketball. There is strategy, player development and player psychology. But a college head coach is also his own general manager. He must devote time to scouting talent to determine who can help the team win, then sell those prospects on choosing his program over dozens of others.“Several things pop out. The first thing is the recruiting piece,” one NCAA Tournament coach told me on Sunday. “I don’t know how you recruit as a head coach if you haven’t recruited as an assistant. When you have those deep-rooted relationships and then you become head coach, that relationship becomes amplified. You may not have to call those contacts as much, but when you do, it means so much more. They want to help you.”MORE: Kihei Clark makes Final Four genius of BennettBeyond the basketball side of things, there is the “mentorship” angle, as the coach put it: dealing with young athletes going through the college experience, including social life and academic matters. And there is dealing with family members, donors and other constituencies that are not present or influential in the NBA environment.last_img read more

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