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Dynasties

first_imgYou hear the work “Dynasty” thrown around all the time in sports.  These teams or schools come to mind.  They are The New England Patriots in pro football, Warren Central in Indiana High School football, and Caramel High School in swimming.A dynasty is really something in the eye of the beholder.  There are no rules on when you become a dynasty.  The only sure thing is that you win a lot.  Becoming a dynasty usually starts with a coach selling his/her system to a group of athletes.  This is easier in high school–not because they are teenagers–but because they will work extremely hard if you show them a way to succeed. This means the coach not only sells his/her idea to them, but backs it up with results.last_img read more

Wenger channels ‘Invincibles’ run

first_img Aaron Ramsey’s 12th minute goal secured a 1-0 win over battling Burnley at Turf Moor and Wenger sees no reason why his side cannot draw on that illustrious chapter in their history by extending that streak until the end of the season. With injury problems easing and the emergence of a new generation of talent encapsulated by French midfielder Francis Coquelin, Wenger’s men have emerged as the most likely title challengers to Chelsea, to whom this win narrowed the gap to four points. Press Association Giroud said: “You can’t play your best football in every game. We tried to be focused on not conceding and we kept calm because they played really tough against us – it was a big fight. “It’s really good for us and I’m really proud to take part in this performance but we don’t want to stop here. We want to carry on and keep this good run going until the end.” Wenger’s post-match words of praise for Burnley will have come as scant consolation but the Clarets are still only two points from safety and focus on a relatively favourable run-in having come through a series of daunting fixtures against the big guns relatively unscathed. And for midfielder Kieran Trippier the fact that many outside east Lancashire have been writing his side off all season can only work in their favour in what promises to be a nail-biting last six games. Trippier said: “We knew it was going to be difficult moving into this league and people were writing us off but we’re still there, we’re still fighting and we’ve got six massive games to come now. “We give everything and that’s the thing about our team – we’ve got a spirit and our belief is so strong, and every game we play we give everything. “We’re disappointed we didn’t come out with a point in the end. We gave a bad goal away but that’s the difference in this league – you give chances to Arsenal and they will put them away.” Wenger said: “I always hope for the best of my team but no manager in the world if he is serious can predict a run like that. “(But) I would just remind you that we won a championship without losing a game. We are only one who has done that – nobody else has done it. “We are already in a position that nobody believed possible one month ago for us, so we just focus on ourselves and see where we stand at the end of the season.” What pleased Wenger most at Turf Moor was the way his side shrugged off assertions that have clung to them in recent seasons that there are sporadic occasions when they are not up for the fight. If ever there was an afternoon when previous Gunners sides might have buckled it was surely this one, with Burnley fighting for their top-flight lives in difficult, swirling conditions. Ramsey’s poked opener after the home side failed to deal with the threat of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the box gave Wenger some breathing space, but the home side hit back with an excellent period early in the second half. George Boyd was inches from connecting with a Ben Mee cross and an audacious Danny Ings bicycle kick flashed just wide as the visitors were forced to ride their luck. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud endured a frustrating afternoon as he was well shackled by the Burnley rearguard but admitted his own pride in the performance – and believes it proved they can maintain their current run until the end of the campaign. Arsene Wenger believes the spirit of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ is alive and kicking within his current squad after the Gunners claimed their eighth straight Premier League win for the first time since that unbeaten 2004 campaign. last_img read more

Last-gasp Izzy Noel-Smith try secures England Women a narrow win over Ireland

first_img Press Association The hosts elected to go for touch rather than kick a penalty as time wound down and were rewarded when Noel-Smith crossed after Abbie Scott had won the line-out from five metres out. Lauren Cattell had slotted over a first-half penalty to put England in front and Ireland had levelled through a 73rd-minute penalty from their captain Niamh Briggs before the hosts scored the game’s only try late on. Izzy Noel-Smith’s 79th-minute try earned England Women an 8-3 win over Ireland at Twickenham Stoop.last_img read more

India pursue series victory in St Lucia

first_img… but West Indies out to stop them in today’s third TestIT was the fightback the West Indies team desperately needed. It was the fightback the series needed, too. India were on course to another thumping win against West Indies in Jamaica before a Roston Chase-led fightback helped the hosts stave off defeat and keep the series alive.Now, in St Lucia’s Darren Sammy Stadium for the third Test starting today, West Indies start off with the belief that they can make something special happen.India, still going into the game as strong favourites, will know that West Indies aren’t the mere pushovers they seemed to be in the inaugural Test.India currently lead the four-Test series 1-0, and with two games remaining, the Test at St Lucia takes a lot of significance.A win for India will seal the series for the visitors and allow them to go for the jugular at Port of Spain, while a win for the home side will give them a shot at winning the series in the final Test.India look a well-oiled machine with most departments working their way they want it to. None of the batsmen appear to be struggling for form, while the bowlers, despite the struggle on Day 5 in Jamaica, have been on top for most of the time. In fact, India face a problem of plenty leading up to the third Test.Murali Vijay, if fit, will fight for a spot along with KL Rahul, who hit a fine hundred in Jamaica, and Shikhar Dhawan. Ravindra Jadeja has been warming the benches for both Tests, and could be a viable option should Virat Kohli decide he wants the extra spinner.West Indies, on the other hand, have dropped the out-of-form Rajendra Chandrika and picked Shai Hope in his place. Hope, however, will stay on the sidelines, with Leon Johnson coming in to open.The young and promising Alzarri Joseph is also waiting in the wings and will be raring to go if handed his Test debut.The pitch at St Lucia seems to have an even grass cover on it, but the reading of it has been contrasting. While Virat Kohli reckons that the pitch is very similar to the one in Antigua and should thus help the batters, Jason Holder feels the pitch is one of the best in the Caribbean for the pacers and they should revel on such a track.Today will prove who is right, or if both are wrong.Ravichandran Ashwin needs 11 more wickets to become the 11th Indian bowler to take 200 Test wickets. If he gets there in this Test, he will be the fastest ever to the landmark, breaking the 80-year-old record held by Clarrie Grimmett, who achieved the feat in 36 Tests.– Darren Bravo has just one fifty in his last ten innings at home. His scores read 9, 82, 19, 5, 14, 11, 11, 10, 0 and 20 (most recent).– West Indies have never lost a Test in Gros Islet – winning one and drawing three. They drew their only Test played against India here in 2006 after conceding a first-innings lead of 373.– India will be playing their 250th Test match away from home, the fourth team to the mark after England, Australia and West Indies.last_img read more

Harbhajan Singh reveals exactly how Greg Chappell destroyed the Indian team

first_imgImage Courtesy: Reuters/HT PhotoAdvertisement iykdNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsqvudWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3t( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6hi1Would you ever consider trying this?😱d02Can your students do this? 🌚rcbqRoller skating! Powered by Firework In the history of head coaches of the Indian cricket team, the one name that has been associated with the most disputes and detested by the country’s cricket fandom is Greg Chappell. In just two years of his stint with Team India, the controversial figure earned much detest following his spat with former captain Sourav Ganguly, and a number of players who were dissatisfied with the former Aussie cricketer’s management. Such one name is Harbhajan Singh, as the iconic spinner recently opened up on how Chappell did the damage to the squad.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Reuters/HT PhotoFollowing the departure of New Zealand hall of fame John Wright, Greg Chappell joined as India’s head coach in 2005. In addition to his falling out with Ganguly, Chappell also earned slack for India’s poor performance at the 2007 Cricket World Cup, the same tournament that Harbhajan Singh dubs as ‘the lowest point’ of his career.In a recent chat in his former teammate Aakash Chopra’s official YouTube channel, Harbhajan opened up on the former Men in Blue gaffer, accusing him of damaging the squad during his tenure.Advertisement “When Greg Chappell came as the coach of our side, he disrupted the entire team, no one knows what was his motive when he came to coach us, no one knows how to disrupt a solid team better than him, he used to do whatever he wanted,” Bhajji said in the video.India were eliminated in the first round of the 2007 World Cup, followed by Chappell’s rift with Ganguly, which made him a detesting figure in the Indian sports media and the cricket fans. In addition to Harbhajan himself, senior faces of the team such as Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan spoke against Chappell and his coaching method.Advertisement “2007 50-over World Cup has to be the lowest point of my career, I thought we are going through such a difficult time and I also thought that maybe it is not right time to play for India, wrong people were at the helm of Indian cricket, Greg Chappell was trying to divide and lead, he used to do such things,” the 39 year old added.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Cricketers and Indian athletes mourn the passing of Sushant Singh RajputWatch: Christian Eriksen scores screamer directly from a corner in Coppa Italia semis Advertisementlast_img read more

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