It’s unfair to compare Dhoni’s captaincy with Misbah: Shoaib Malik

first_imgBoth Dhoni and Misbah are under pressure following their team’s preformance recentlyPakistan’s former captain Shoaib Malik has said that it was absolutely unfair to make any comparisons between the captaincy of Misbah-ul-Haq and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.The seasoned batsman was asked what he thought about the pressure being exerted by critics and some former players to replace Misbah in Pakistan and Dhoni in India following their team’s defeats to Sri Lanka and England respectively.”Every captain has a bad series but I would not compare these two at all. There is no comparison because Dhoni has won every major ICC title which Misbah has not done, he said during a talk-show on Geo super channel.Malik said Misbah was a good captain and had performed well as a batsman but the Pakistan Cricket Board is needed to take a final decision on the captaincy for the World Cup 2015.”They need to identify from now who should lead the team in the World Cup including Misbah. Because a decision has to be taken now and this will also give the chosen captain a lot of confidence and boost,” he said.Malik, who has been sidelined by selectors after the World T20 in Bangladesh but emerged as a top player in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League for eventual champions Barbados, said the same principle should apply for the players.Asked if he was disappointed at not being part of the selector’s plans for the World Cup, Malik said obviously he wanted to play in the premier event.advertisement”What I say is whoever the selectors have in mind for the World Cup they should decide now and form a combination from now because they need to prepare now for this mega event which is not going to be easy,” he said.We need to have consistency in the team selection leading up to the World Cup because that is how we will be able to form a strong combination, Malik said.The former captain who also helped Hobart win the Big Bash T20 title in Australia said he had already “committed to playing for the Australian side” in the Champions League in India next month.”Malik said Pakistan had lost the Test series in Sri Lanka because they didn’t try to change their strategy against the bowlers.I think the same approach cost India in England. The Pakistani batsman failed to devise a proper strategy to play Rangana Herath in the test series, Malik said.”After failing against him in the first Test they should have changed their approach and played him more positively in the second Test.”Malik said perhaps the reason for his success as a batsman in the Caribbean Premier League was because he knew in advance which position he would be batting on. I am not blaming anyone but perhaps I think when I play for Pakistan my batting position or role in the team is not made clear to me, he said.last_img read more

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10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock demands Tottenham stay at Wembley for Premier League integrity

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock demands Tottenham stay at Wembley for Premier League integrityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock says Tottenham should be forced to play the season at Wembley.Warnock, whose Cardiff side lost to Tottenham in Wales on Tuesday having also been beaten by them at Wembley, believes it could hand his relegation rivals an advantage if they face Spurs at their new stadium.He said: “They have made so many cock-ups now with the timing the Premier League should enforce it that they play at Wembley for the rest of the season. “There should not be any chance of an advantage for our opponents really. It’s not our fault – we should have been playing Tottenham at their new stadium ourselves.”So I think the Premier League should step in now and make them stay at Wembley for the rest of the season. “They shouldn’t be able to play at their new stadium for six weeks or whatever it is. “It undermines the integrity of the competition.” last_img read more

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Video: Masked Arizona State Fans Distracted An Arizona Foul Shooter In Unique Fashion

first_imgArizona State Sun Devils mascot Sparky the Sun Devil stands on the court during the team's first-round game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament against the Colorado Buffaloes.LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 07: Arizona State Sun Devils mascot Sparky the Sun Devil stands on the court during the team’s first-round game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament against the Colorado Buffaloes at T-Mobile Arena on March 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Buffaloes won 97-85. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Distracting foul shooters in creative ways is a longstanding tradition for college basketball fans. Still. you don’t often see what you saw from two Arizona State fans during the Sun Devils’ loss to Arizona today. Late in the second half, with Arizona guard Gabe York at the line, the camera cut to two ASU fans clad in animal head (horse? goat? unicorn?) masks. What ensued was, interesting.  We’re not quite sure what that was. If you know, please hit us up at College Spun and explain the details.last_img read more

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Ohio State hockeys Ryan Dzingel tabbed to AllBig Ten First Team

Junior forward Ryan Dzingel (18) prepares to shoot the puck during a game against Michigan State Jan. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternWhen the Ohio State men’s hockey team takes the ice at the Big Ten Tournament Thursday as the No. 4 seed it will be with one of the top three forwards in the conference.Junior forward Ryan Dzingel has been named All-Big Ten First Team, as voted on by the conference’s coaches and a media panel, according to an OSU press release.Leading the Buckeyes to a 16-13-5 record, the Wheaton, Ill., native’s stats puts him among the best scorers in the country, finishing the regular season tied for ninth in the NCAA with 1.26 points per game and ninth in the NCAA with .59 goals per outing.Dzingel is first in the Big Ten in points (43), points during Big Ten play (23) and points per game. He is tied for first in the Big Ten in goals (20) and goals per outing and tied for third in assists (12).In 34 games this season Dzingel had points in 23 of them, including 12 multiple points games, earning him Big Ten Star of the Week honors on three different occasions. He is also the first OSU player since RJ Umberger in 2003 to reach 100 career points and the seventh player since 1998-99 to get 40 points in a season.The Big Ten conference also announced Monday that defenseman Drew Brevig, goalie Christian Frey and forward Nick Schilkey earned Big Ten all-freshman honors.Brevig wrapped up the regular season with 14 points, including 12 assists, which ties him for first in scoring among Big Ten freshman defensemen and 10th nationally. Frey joined OSU prior to the second half of the season, long enough to go 7-3-3 with a 2.29 goals-against average and .930 save percentage, ranking eighth in the NCAA and third in the league in save percentage. Schilkey had 13 points and six goals to tie for second in the league in both categories.The Buckeyes first game in the Big Ten Tournament is set for Thursday when they take on No. 5 seed Michigan State at 8 p.m. in Saint Paul, Minn. read more

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Football Moving past the loss to Iowa and more from Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer watches a Buckeye offensive possession from the sideline in the third quarter of the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 24-55. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe mood in the postgame press conference room following No. 6 Ohio State’s 55-24 loss to Iowa last Saturday was noticeably down. Head coach Urban Meyer and the two players — center Billy Price and defensive end Tyquan Lewis — were both clearly emotional about the loss they suffered that could prove to be the loss that wipes out its playoff hopes.Meyer spoke on the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday about what he said to the team after the game as he attempted to keep the morale up in the locker room. The message to the whole team — players and coaches alike — was simple. “Move forward,” Meyer said. “We have great trust, great confidence. I just had that discussion with our staff yesterday where we gave up an incredible amount of rushing yards and the week before we shut down Saquon Barkley, arguably the best back in the league or in the country. And then J.T. was 13-for-13 or 16-for-16, or whatever it was, and then it’s athletics and you’ve got to rebound and put that one behind you, which is hard, but you’ve got to move forward.”Meyer said his team knows what is at stake in the upcoming matchup against Michigan State and that the team still has plenty left for which to play.“They understand, they’re a very smart team, understand what’s at stake,” Meyer said. “Come back home and play against the other team that’s tied with us for first place. I’ll know more today, obviously we haven’t seen them yet. These meetings start here in a few minutes.”Here are some more topics he discussed Tuesday.Meyer on Michigan State’s improved season: “Their quarterback’s really starting to play well. Threw for 800 yards the last two games. Defense, they’re No. 1 in the league in rush defense. Playing typical Michigan State, very good defense. So they’ve just got some momentum right now.”Meyer on the linebackers’ performance this season: “This past week was not good at all. To this point, they’ve been playing very solid, at times very good. Especially when you have some new guys in there. Jerome Baker is really the only returning starter. At times, they’ve played very well. And like the week before, they played very, very well. And this week we did not.”Meyer on balancing quarterback and tailback rush attempts: “A lot of those are, when you run the read game, they’re a couple defenses that really tried to take the tailback out of the game. So we’ve been working on that hard this week.”Meyer on whether the inconsistent play is the result of a lack of leadership: “No I think this is one of the better groups that I’ve had. It’s perplexing at times because I know they care so much. The two ejections, one was a mistake by the official and one was in the heat of the moment, there wasn’t a purpose or intent to it.”Meyer on safety Damon Webb’s career and 2017 season: “A very good career. Obviously it remains to be seen how he plays these last few games out, but he’s a very good player for us. Good person … He’s done a pretty good job [this season]. Obviously, the taste in your mouth from last weekend was not good, but before that he’s been playing pretty good.” read more

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Football Jeff Hafley has chance to become special coach for Ryan Day

Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Jeff Hafley speaks to the media for the first time on National Signing Day on Feb. 6. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorWhen Jeff Hafley left his first press conference as Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach, he left with a bang.Hafley was asked if he will want his corners to turn around to look for the ball, an issue seen by Buckeyes’ cornerbacks on multiple big plays throughout the past season.Instead of brushing off the question, Hafley attacked it with an energy unseen in any other coach who spoke on National Signing Day.“Alright, so here’s the deal on that one, and if I ever see any of you guys tweet — do you think that we as [defensive back] coaches sit there and say, ‘Don’t look back for the ball?’” Hafley said. “My wife used to come up to me after games and be like, ‘Hey, why don’t our guys turn back and look for the ball?’ I’m like, ‘Do you want to see my individual tape?’ All we do is practice turning and looking for the ball.”He wasn’t finished.After being an Ohio State coach for less than a month, Hafley promised to “practice to teach,” work on getting players to turn and look in the right situations and have the media members come to practices and see for themselves.“This is awesome that you asked this because now no one can tweet this out or say this. We are going to work on turning and looking and trying to intercept the football when we’re in man,” Hafley said. “I promise you, come and watch individual. We’ll turn and look for the ball. I don’t know if you’re allowed to or not. Don’t trick me. I don’t know all the rules.”In 14 minutes, Hafley provided an energy with his answers that could be needed for an Ohio State secondary that allowed the 44th-most passing yards a season ago.Head coach Ryan Day knows this. For him, Hafley was a hire that needed to be made for his coaching staff consisting of five new faces — Hafley, co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, linebackers coach Al Washington, special teams coordinator Matt Barnes and passing game coordinator Mike Yurcich.“When I had an opportunity to get Jeff, that was a no-brainer to me,” Day said. “He’s really knowledgeable, understands how everything fits in the back end. I think he’s a special coach.”Hafley brings NFL experience from the past seven years, including three years with the San Francisco 49ers, when their pass defense finished as high as No. 11 in 2017.He returns to college from his time at the professional level with the same game plan: play the players that deserve the time.“The best guys are going to play, and I mean that. I’ve started free agents over first-round draft picks,” Hafley said. “If I see a guy outworking another guy, I mean, the whole room is going to see that. The whole defense is going to see it. So if that guy shows that he’s better, we’re going to get the best guys on the field, and I want guys to feel that way.”The season remains more than six months away, and time will tell if Hafley’s enthusiasm behind the lectern will translate to players like sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette, junior safety Jordan Fuller and sophomore safety Brendon White.But for Day and the Ohio State coaching staff, Hafley is already a key acquisition, and one that has a chance to turn around a flawed secondary from a season ago.“When I worked with Jeff, I saw a coach who was really good at what he did, understanding first off how to connect with the back-end guys,” Day said. “I think you’ll find as things move on, you get a chance to spend time with Jeff, he’s really bright.” read more

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