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first_imgNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – New India cricket coach Ravi Shastri plans to adopt a more hands-off approach to the role than his predecessor Anil Kumble, with the 55-year-old saying he has no intention of trying to act as a tutor to the players.Kumble stepped down last month citing a breakdown in his relationship with skipper Virat Kohli, who according to media reports, resented the former captain’s ‘headmasterly’ methods.Shastri was handed the coaching reins on Tuesday, a year after losing the job to Kumble, and the former all-rounder promised a fresh outlook to the job.“At the highest level, cricketers are more or less settled,” Shastri told the Times of India newspaper.“So it is more to do with working on their mental strength, helping build their confidence, helping them stay organised in their daily activities as against tinkering with their style of play.“It’s not about ‘tutoring’ them about everything and telling them what and what not to do. There’s very little coaching at the highest level. It’s about fine-tuning and mentoring, about effective communication.”Shastri, who has served as team director in the past, enjoys a good rapport with Kohli and said he had no issues with players having more freedom off the field.“Why should I change anyone’s style, or for that matter, why should anyone change his own style of doing things?“As long as there’s a level of commitment, the hard yards are being put in and results are showing, why shouldn’t there be fun?”The Indian cricket board has also named former seamer Zaheer Khan as the team’s bowling consultant, while Rahul Dravid was appointed as batting consultant for overseas Test series.The first challenge for the new coaching set-up will begin later this month when India tour Sri Lanka for three Tests, five one-dayers and a sole Twenty20 international.last_img read more

first_imgRon Dayne was one of the most talented college athletes to ever step foot on a football field.Though, even as he embarked upon his first season in the Wisconsin Cardinal and White that would culminate with an All-American selection, his freshman year began with uncertainty.He was adjusting to a completely new offense, and there was nowhere to hide to learn the ropes — he was to be the prized feature of Coach Barry Alvarez’ ground and pound offense.Coming out of the huddle, Dayne had some early issues knowing which gaps to hit — or even which direction to take the handoff. Thankfully, he had fullback Cecil Martin to rely on.Exemplifying the cliche about things that don’t show up on the stat sheet, Martin, who would line up in front of Dayne in many of the Badgers offensive sets, would stick his hand between his legs and signal to Dayne with his fingers which way he was to run. Then after the snap, Martin would take off, hitting his own marked man and aiding Dayne as he rushed his way to a 2,109 yard, 21 touchdown freshman season.I don’t know if there is a game that goes by at Camp Randall without some sort of Dayne highlight or honor.You can’t say the same of Cecil Martin._________________________________________________________________Football is a game of stereotypes.There’s the flashy receiver, unyielding in his never-ending quest to juke defenders out of their cleats or make highlight-reel catches — the cocky cornerback, trash-talking perpetually and exuding a prideful swagger matched by few, as well as the juiced-up strength and conditioning coach, whose emphasis is quite obviously on strength rather than conditioning.Fullbacks, despite (or maybe because of) their understated nature in most offensive schemes, are the blue-collar workhorse — doing what needs to be done in whatever capacity they are best suited.“You gotta be a gritty player to play fullback,” former Badger and current San Diego Chargers fullback Derek Watt said. “It’s not typically a glorious position.”Calling fullback “not typically a glorious position” is a bit like saying late-season games at Camp Randall aren’t usually balmy.The fullback is the ugly duckling of the football field. Nobody knows whether to associate them with the lineman, the backs or the receivers.Yet, it’s easy to romanticize the mentality of the workman-like, do-your-job fullback. Some of it could stem from all of their shared origins. Nobody is born a fullback these days and most who became great ones didn’t even play the position in high school.Current Badgers fullback Alec Ingold was a standout quarterback in high school and even had an offer to play at Northern Illinois State. Instead, he turned it down and came to University of Wisconsin as a running back, soon making the switch that so many others before him like Watt have made to fullback.Usually, those that are good enough to play fullback at the college level were the most athletic guys on their high school teams and were therefore placed in a more ball-dominant role, most often running back.“[Former Head Coach Bret Bielema] asked me to come over and ‘hit that guy on this play’. It wasn’t like we had meetings or anything. I just went over and did it and he said ‘alright we can work with that.’”Derek WattBut upon arrival on campus, those skills are transferred into the fullback position for various reasons.“If you’re Alec Ingold, you’re also a state championship caliber wrestler in high school, a big, strong guy who maybe couldn’t throw it strong enough at the college level,” longtime radio voice of the Badgers Matt Lepay said. “But he can hit people, he can block, he has good hands and can run the ball.”Watt’s story echoes much of the same.He was a highly-touted linebacker and running back recruit coming into college and soon after he came to Madison he was converted.“[Former Head Coach Bret Bielema] asked me to come over and ‘hit that guy on this play,’” Watt explained. “It wasn’t like we had meetings or anything. I just went over and did it and he said ‘alright we can work with that.’”The lack of high school players forces college teams intent on utilizing a fullback to become creative.Former Badger fullback and assistant strength and conditioning coach Bradie Ewing said that it’s incredibly difficult to recruit with the sole intent of placing the player at fullback and a lot of those that end up there do so thanks to pure chance.“If you look at myself, we had a fullback leave the program when I was a running back,” Ewing said. “Mickey Turner was playing a fullback-tight end role at the time, and it gave me the opportunity to develop under him.”He also stressed the importance of having a role model like Turner to watch and learn from. It’s rare for a fullback to have a perfect mentor because as time has gone on they have become rarer and rarer.For many offensive schemes across varying levels of football, the position has been all but relegated to little more than a more mobile auxiliary offensive lineman.“The fullback is a dying breed,” Ewing said. “It’s become something that is unique to a few professional teams and a few college teams.”One of those few teams is Wisconsin, who’ve become one of the last safe havens for fullbacks who are battling to stay off of the endangered species list.From Martin to Ewing to Watt and now Ingold, it’s become more than just a coincidence that fullbacks have thrived at Camp Randall.“It’s a tradition that they’re pretty proud of,” Lepay said. “They don’t apologize for it. They’ve been blessed through the years to have a lot of great fullbacks over the years.”This lineage is almost impossible to ignore.There seems to be a theme of solidarity among fullbacks, who have formed somewhat of a fraternity as a result of their shared experiences in the unique role, keeping tabs on their peers and feeling a vicarious sense of gratification when they see one of their own make a big play.“We’re all wired pretty similarly,” Ewing said. “It’s cool having been in that position, knowing those that have come before me and have come after.”And fans have begun to really take to the comparably significant role the position holds in the offense.There have been “Fullback-U” and “Fullback City” T-shirts printed in their honor.“Wisconsin definitely celebrates it more than most places,” Ewing noted.Simply a trip up to the press box during a game in Madison can shed plenty of light on its popularity. There is seldom a third-and-short that goes by that excited murmurs about a fullback dive cannot be overheard from journalists neglecting to preserve their supposed impartiality, instead rooting in low tones for each first down picked up by Ingold.They have good reason. It’s rare in the whole of sports for a team to be able to run a play the way the Badgers run the fullback dive. The other team almost surely knows what’s coming, and the Badgers are more often than not completely derelict in any presumed duty to throw them off the scent.Yet it works time and time again.“A lot of times, in general, the defense can know what play we can be running but we take it upon ourselves to be more prepared, more physical so we can win that play with them knowing what we have coming,” Ewing saidThere’s also an element of the strategy that no-doubt lies beyond its success on the field, but also in the mind of the opponent.It is humiliating for a defense to know what’s coming and be powerless to stop it. Being able to capitalize on a gut-punch like that will always give the Badgers an edge.“You wanna prove you’re tougher than your opponent, and that’s a great way to do it,” Lepay said.Twelve games into the 2018 season, Ingold is averaging a touchdown on slightly more than every four touches.Lepay credits some of Ingold’s success in particular to his wrestling background.“If you’re a wrestler you understand leverage and Alec gets that,” Lepay said. “If you need two yards, he’ll get you three or four.”But the success didn’t begin with Ingold, and I would be willing to wager that it won’t end with him either.Some of it must come from the myriad running threats the Badgers boast, particularly this season. They have arguably the best running back in the nation in Jonathan Taylor, a top-end power back in Taiwan Deal, a pleasantly productive Garrett Groshek as well as the option to use receivers like Danny Davis or Kendric Pryor for positive yardage in jet sweeps.“[Wisconsin fullbacks] would be the first to say that the incredibly gifted, talented running backs we have had contribute to the tradition and it all kind of snowballs and perpetuates itself,” Ewing said. “When you have weapons, when you have options out there — it’s only going to improve your opportunities.”Though the defense may know Ingold is getting the ball up the middle in some situations, they still must respect the talent surrounding him.While at Wisconsin the fullback cult is growing, elsewhere many are far more oblivious to the Badger’s quest to save the fullback.“People think a fullback from Wisconsin can’t jump over a phone book.”Matt LepayIt’s not at all uncommon to hear slanderous language with regard to the protagonists of our story. Many see the big guy in the backfield and immediately leap to maligned assertions that they must not be athletic, or that the position has no place in today’s game.Lepay thinks this comes from the multiple uses for the players, so they aren’t thought of as excellent in a specific area.“A lot of it is not very sexy,” Lepay said.“But it doesn’t mean that you can’t carry the ball or touch the ball out of the backfield.”The position has seen plenty of evolution and faced many threats over the years. Originally they were trusted with kicking duties — which is why the penalty “running into the kicker” was deemed “running into the fullback.” Then the kicker became its own specialized position and the fullback was assigned to run the ball along with the halfback, who eventually usurped their job as well, resulting in the tasks we know today that mainly focuses on run blocking. This is partially why the bond is so strong — if they don’t stick up for one another, nobody will.Last year’s Orange Bowl was as close to football heaven as it gets for the fullback community. It should really be honored as a holiday of sorts. I have faith that years from now fullbacks everywhere will gather around their shrine to Jim Brown and Mike Tolbert to commemorate the day Austin Ramesh changed the world.Dec. 30, 2017 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami was the backdrop to an event of biblical proportions.Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook dropped back to pass in the midst of the second quarter. Looking right, he hits Ramesh on a flat route.A Miami defender settles in a yard before the first-down marker, awaiting a chance to tackle the fleet-footed fullback.Much to the surprise of everyone, Ramesh did the unthinkable, leaping over the defender and gaining the new set of downs.It was the fullback equivalent of the moon landing: “One small step for a fullback, one giant leap for fullback kind.”“It shocks people,” Lepay said of the hurdle heard ‘round the world. “People think a fullback from Wisconsin can’t jump over a phone book.”There really is no way to classify the fullback in a grouping. They’re the Swiss Army knife. The jack-of-all-trades. They’re fullbacks, there just isn’t any other way to put it.“If you think of one position that is just football in general, you think of fullback,” Ewing said. “Though, I’m a little biased.”last_img read more

first_imgZach Randolph 17 points and seven rebounds for the Kings. Bogdan Bogdanovic and George Hill each had 10 points. Sacramento had won four of its previous five games at Golden 1 Arena. Hield made consecutive 3s to pull the Kings even at 95 with 15 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Griffin hit his fallaway jumper. Trailing by 18 early in the third quarter, the Clippers ran off 17 unanswered points, including three consecutive 3-pointers by Williams.Both Williams and Griffin had 12 points in the third, when the Clippers outscored the Kings 29-10. TIP-INS Clippers: Ex-Clipper Baron Davis was among the crowd. . LA was again without injured starters Danilo Gallinari (sore hip) and Milos Teodosic (foot injury). Patrick Beverley underwent season-ending microfracture surgery on his right knee. SACRAMENTO — Blake Griffin made a 10-foot jumper with 3.2 seconds remaining and had a season-high 33 points to lead the Clippers over the Sacramento Kings, 97-95 on Saturday night. The Clippers squandered a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead, but Griffin sent them home from their five-game road trip with a pair of victories.Lou Williams made four 3-pointers and had 18 points for the Clippers, who have beat the Kings 10 straight times in Sacramento. Austin Rivers added 14 points and DeAndre Jordan had 16 rebounds. PreviousSacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, left, walks off the the court as Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, celebrates the Clippers’ 97-95 win in an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. Griffin scored with 3.2 seconds left in the game. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Clippers’ Wesley Johnson, left, and DeAndre Jordan, right, stop the drive of Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, right, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, right, grabs a rebound against Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, goes up for the go-ahead shot over Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, right, in the closing moments of the Clippers’ 97-95 win in an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield goes up for a shot over Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, left, goes to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, rear, and Lou Williams, front right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, center, questions referee Rodney Mott about a call during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph, right, goes up for the shot against Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson, right, blocks the shot of Sacramento Kings guard Frank Mason III during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, center, drives to the basket against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, right, drives against Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, left, walks off the the court as Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, celebrates the Clippers’ 97-95 win in an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. Griffin scored with 3.2 seconds left in the game. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Clippers’ Wesley Johnson, left, and DeAndre Jordan, right, stop the drive of Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Clippers’ Wesley Johnson, left, and DeAndre Jordan, right, stop the drive of Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)ExpandBuddy Hield had career highs of seven 3-pointers and 35 points for the Kings. Hield missed a wild, running left-handed shot at the buzzer. Kings: The Sacramento bench had a 31-13 advantage in the opening half, when the Kings led 61-47. … The Kings shot 4 of 19 in the third quarter after shooting 58.5 percent in the first half. UP NEXT Clippers: Play the Lakers on Monday.Kings: Visit Golden State on Monday.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgJaime “Karma” Bickford was commentating a Rocket League matchup when suddenly she was shocked.During her broadcast, viewers could hear the sound of thunder followed immediately by a scream. What followed after was clearly sound of pain, leaving her viewers concerned as to what just happened. She went on to explain later that lightning struck in her neighborhood, and somehow went through her controller, burning her hands. View this post on Instagram MORE: Why is Dr Disrespect banned on Twitch? Here’s what we knowLater on in the stream, Karma explained what happened.”There are major thunderstorms going on right now in my area,” Karma said. “And the house next door to me got struck by lightning, it’s not on fire, I don’t know what happened. But lightning must have hit there and gone through, there’s like a metal thing that goes down the house, it must have gone down the house and somehow hit me. Not hit me, but it went into my controller. And my controller went, like, spark, really big spark and just burned my hand.”In updates on Twitter, Karma says she went to see a doctor afterwards and is fine following some precautions. UPDATE v2: Hands healed up after being iced all last night and were very minor burns, controller is melted near USB connection where I got flashbanged or w/e and I am COMPLETELY FINE.thanks for the outpouring of love https://t.co/X7ZbCh2Fmq— Karma (@KarmahTV) June 29, 2020In another update, Karma said she couldn’t compete in an upcoming tournament because her “hands are still a little sore.” Karma also provided evidence of the damage to her controller. Controller that shocked me by the lightening strike .. this is so weirdA post shared by Jaime (@karmahtv) on Jun 29, 2020 at 11:40am PDTlast_img read more