Mike Leach, columnist snipe at each other after Washington State loses again in the Apple Cup

first_imgAs for on-field issues, Blanchette faulted Leach for not making adjustments to counter the Huskies’ defensive schemes.The closing paragraphs of the column, which played off Blanchette’s opening paragraphs about an unhappy couple in the stands at the game, tried for the knockout.Not that many weeks ago, Leach assailed the leaders on his football team as “frauds.” But when it comes to the Apple Cup, that’s not quite the case.It’s not them, Mike. It’s you.Washington State (6-6) will now wait for word on its bowl-game destination. Wherever it is, it will be warmer than the interview room in Seattle’s Husky Stadium. Washington State coach Mike Leach pushed back, hard, against a newspaper columnist’s follow-up question about recruiting after the Cougars suffered a seventh consecutive loss to Washington in the Apple Cup rivalry Friday. The columnist, of course, had the last word(s).Leach first tried to take analysts to task for rating Washington’s classes so highly every year and then acting surprised when the Huskies keep winning. John Blanchette, working for the (Spokane, Wash.) Spokesman-Review, came back with, “So, you’re not supposed to beat teams that have a higher-ranked recruiting class?” That got to Leach, who grew more annoyed as he went from dismissive to claiming the writer held a grudge against the program to straight name-calling.CFB150: SN’s top 10 college football rivalries of all time Mike Leach didn’t care to get into a conversation with @JPBlanchette about why #WSU can’t beat #UW despite having success against other teams with top-10 recruiting classes. Leach gets pretty fiery here. pic.twitter.com/fLa17dLJI0— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) November 30, 2019In his postgame commentary for the Spokesman-Review, Blanchette wrote that Washington coach Chris Petersen, who is 6-0 against Leach in Apple Cups, hasn’t had a top-10 class. He also accused Leach of having a double standard when it comes to using recruiting as an excuse, and that Leach doesn’t care about the Apple Cup.last_img read more

Rams defense plays tough but can’t overcome only lapse

first_img1 of 7Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald (99) hits New England Patriots’ Tom Brady (12) during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald (99) hits New England Patriots’ Tom Brady (12) during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) ATLANTA (AP) — After keeping Tom Brady out of the end zone for three and a half quarters, the Los Angeles Rams’ defense finally blinked.In this Super Bowl, that one brief lapse was too much to overcome. Even holding the New England Patriots to one field goal until midway through the fourth quarter wasn’t good enough.For the sixth time in his career, Brady found a way to win the Super Bowl. The Rams defense had done enough to win most games, but the Los Angeles offense didn’t do its part.That gave Brady a chance for one touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, and he delivered.“That’s our role, to disrupt the passer and disrupt the running game,” said Rams defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh following New England’s 13-3 win on Sunday night. “For the most part we did that, but we just didn’t close it out. That’s on us.”The low scoring total in any game with the powerful Patriots was a surprise.“They hardly scored and we were in this game until the end of the fourth quarter,” said linebacker Cory Littleton. “We were doing everything just fine and we just made mistakes at the end and they capitalized.”Littleton helped set the tone for the Rams’ strong defensive game with his first-quarter interception after Brady’s first pass was deflected.“We were in a zone defense,” Littleton said. “I’m a hustle player. I’m reading the quarterback … (Nickell) Robey-Coleman makes a great deflection, ball is in the air and I pick it off.”After being contained most of the game, Brady struck quickly when he suddenly solved the Rams’ defense in the decisive fourth-quarter touchdown drive.Brady completed four straight passes, including 18- and 29-yard strikes to Rob Gronkowski. The last catch set up Sony Michel’s 2-yard scoring run. The game’s only touchdown left the Rams with a deficit they wouldn’t overcome.“It was a hell of a game,” said Rams cornerback Marcus Peters. “We just didn’t get it done.”Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was frustrated by Brady’s crucial 29-yard pass to Gronkowski.“I had an opportunity there on a one-on-one,” Donald said. “I got off my one-on-one clean. (Brady) was sitting back there and had time to make a good pass. He made a good play.”The Rams held New England to 13 points despite giving up 407 total yards and 22 first downs.“I thought our defense did a nice job, but they were able to make some plays here and there,” said Rams coach Sean McVay, who gave credit to Brady and the Patriots. “You see why they are a great football team.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Inzy: Indian batsmen were better than us on paper but played for themselves, not…

first_imgAdvertisement 7m9mgrNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsgxg7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eta2e5w( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5s6vraWould you ever consider trying this?😱2oaqdCan your students do this? 🌚58a0v4Roller skating! Powered by Firework Inzamam-ul-Haq, the former Pakistani skipper-turned-chief selector has declared that the difference between his country and India two-three decades ago, was that the Indian batsmen would only play for individual records and not for the team. Speaking to his once colleague and now commentator Ramiz Raja, ul-Haq went on to adding that unlike their neighbours, Pakistani batsmen played for their team with the complete support from the captain, especially under Imran Khan’s reign.Advertisement In a talk show on Ramiz Raja’s YouTube channel, Inzamam opened up on Imran Khan’s captaincy and how the latter wouldn’t drop any player after a series of bad patches which led Pakistan to glory, back in his days.Advertisement “Imran (bhai) was not a very technical captain, but he knew how to get the most out of his players. He backed the young players, he backed the players he believed in and this made him a great captain,” said the 50-year-old.“He would not drop any player if he failed in one series as he believed in giving the player a long rope and this the biggest reason why everyone in the side respected him so much.”Advertisement He then shifted his focus to the Indian team and made the bold statement that they only played for themselves and not for the team.“During our time, India had a very strong batting line-up than us on paper. Our record as batsmen was not better than theirs. But if one of us made even 30-40 runs, we made it for the team. If an Indian player scored a century, it wouldn’t be for the team, he would be playing for himself. That made a difference.”When asked about the current situation of Pakistan Cricket, Inzamam said that the players are talented but are too afraid of failure; leading the team to frequent disastrous situations.“Now our players are scared of losing their place. They think they only have one or two innings to make their mark, so they don’t realize what the team needs,” “That is why, if the captain and coach are on the same page, they can give players the sense of security and confidence to play according to the team’s needs,” he added.  If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.comAlso follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.com You may also like:Commitment to Resurgence: Imran Khan vows to reform Pakistan cricketPakistani legend wants Indo-Pak bilateral series to raise funds for Coronavirus  Advertisementlast_img read more