Ralph Hasenhuttl stunned by Southampton’s potentially table-topping form | Football News

first_imgBut following a run of four victories from their last five outings, Hasenhuttl’s side are on the brink of a small piece of history.“If you told me this would happen before the season, I would say you are a little bit stupid,” said Hasenhuttl. “We are lucky that we play Friday evening because it gives us a great chance.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Friday 6th November 8:00pm It is 32 years, when Southampton were managed by Chris Nicholl, that they could last regard themselves as top-flight table-toppers. 3:09 Hasenhuttl will be without Danny Ings for the visit of Newcastle after the striker underwent surgery on a knee injury. The England international, who has scored five times this season, is set to be sidelined for at least one month.In his absence, Theo Walcott and Shane Long are in contention to spearhead Southampton’s attack alongside Che Adams.Hasenhuttl, 53, added: “Whoever gets the chance to play should know this is a big chance and grab it because we now have four to six weeks without Danny.“We need somebody who gives us alternatives, and who gives us the best opportunities for what we demand – we will take a decision from there.” Ralph Hasenhuttl admits he could have never predicted his Southampton side’s potentially table-topping form before the start of the season.Victory against Newcastle at St Mary’s Stadium on Friday Night Football, live on Sky Sports, will see the Saints spend at least a day at the top of the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.- Advertisement – FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Southampton’s win against Aston Villa in the Premier League Kick off 8:00pm preview image It caps a remarkable 12 months for Hasenhuttl after his side were thrashed 9-0 by Leicester last October and facing up to the prospect of a relegation dogfight.But they went on to finish a credible 11th and head into Friday’s fixture fifth in the division after their opening seven matches. However, Hasenhuttl is refusing to get carried away with his side’s encouraging early-season form.“I have seen so many teams in the beginning of the season being top of the table and near the top, and then relegated,” the former RB Leipzig manager added.“We know things can change so quickly – a few injuries or something like that – but at the moment we are a very strong side and we showed again we can have a high level of performing.“Before I came here, I worked at a team where losing was nearly not allowed because we wanted to be top in Germany, and this mentality I tried to implement from the first day that I’m here.“We have that mentality of, I sometimes call it, we like to be the pirate and it’s more fun than to join the navy. So it’s definitely something we can use every day and makes it fun to go and grab some points from the big teams.” 0:35 Danny Ings receives treatment for an injury late in the second half – Advertisement – Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard is confident the team can cope with the absence of Danny Ings as the striker recovers from injurylast_img read more

USC travels outside of comfort zone

first_imgNo Lexus Gauntlet, no problem in tonight’s early season match between two teams with no love lost between them. As the No. 1 USC men’s volleyball team (2-1) travels across town to legendary Pauley Pavilion to begin Mountain Sports Pacific Federation conference play against their heated rivals the UCLA Bruins (1-2) at 7 p.m.Different look · Outside hitter Tri Bourne and the Trojans meet a UCLA program that has traditionally been at the top of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference, but has a losing record on the season. – Nathaniel Gonzalez | Daily Trojan UCLA, arguably the most successful program in the history of the sport with 19 NCAA Championships, has fallen on hard times since claiming the title back in 2006. Last year, despite a below .500 record (14-16), the Bruins managed to claw their way to the first round of the NCAA Championships. However, UCLA head coach and AVCA Hall of Famer Al Scates was defeated by his former player John Speraw and the eventual champion UC Irvine Anteaters.This year the team finds themselves in a rare position in the MSPF. While USC received a preseason ranking of No. 1, UCLA will start their 2009-2010 campaign in unfamiliar territory: No. 8 in a conference of 15 teams. Led by senior outside hitter Garrett Muagututia — who led the team in assists per sets in 2009 — and redshirt sophomore opposite Jack Polales — who led the team in kills as a redshirt freshman in 2009 — the Bruins will look to bring back a 20th title to Westwood this season despite a lack of high expectations from outside the university.In early season play, UCLA finished fourth in last week’s 46th annual Santa Barbara Invitational, despite losing two of their three matches. Although USC players recognize a shift in the balance of power occurring between the two teams in recent years, team members said they understand how meaningful a win at Pauley Pavilion would be so early in the season.“Of course there is a huge rivalry, they have always been the big dogs in the MSPF,” said sophomore outside hitter Tony Ciarelli. “We want and need the game really bad.”The match will mark the fourth straight game the road-weary Trojans will be playing away from the Galen Center. The team feels, however, in order to adequately prepare for the level of competition they will likely face during the postseason, these road games are essential.“Although it may not seem desirable to play tough matches away from home, I feel that our team confidently faces any high-caliber competition out of our comfort zone,” said senior middle blocker Hunter Current. “The lofty expectations on us improve our level of play and prepare the team for a national championship-type environment.”last_img read more

Clippers’ Doc Rivers in discussion for NBA Coach of the Year

first_imgWith those conversations gaining steam as the regular season winds down, the Coach of the Year discussion is as weighty as any involving year-end awards.The field of candidates is crowded, including Mike Budenholzer, whose Milwaukee Bucks are the only team in the NBA in the top five in offensive and defensive efficiency; Mike Malone, who has led the Denver Nuggets from ninth place last year to a likely second-place finish in the West; and McMillan, who has the Indiana Pacers battling for the third seed in the East despite losing All-NBA guard Victor Oladipo for the season.Sacramento’s Dave Joerger, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Brooklyn’s Kenny Atkinson all have their teams exceeding expectations too.But for what it’s worth, Clippers players – including the new guys just getting to know Rivers – say they side with Boylen.“He should be considered for the award,” said center Ivica Zubac, the former Laker. “The way we are playing, I think for sure he should be considered for Coach of the Year. Especially because there’s a lot of teams that on paper look better than us and they’re not playing as good. Doc is a big part of that. LOS ANGELES — When ESPN invited Pat Beverley on air this week to speak his mind, one of the first questions he fielded from SportsCenter host Scott Van Pelt was simple: “How much credit goes to Doc?”Beverley’s response: “All of the credit.”Entering Friday’s game against the Chicago Bulls, the Clippers had the eighth-best record in the Western Conference, still proceeding steadily on their path to the playoffs despite preseason expectations otherwise, despite a roster stocked mostly with free agents and no superstar, despite a series of midseason trades that revamped almost half of the roster.“Doc’s done an unbelievable job, obviously losing some pieces and getting some pieces back,” Chicago coach Jim Boylen said before Friday’s game. “He’s got a team that’s bought into how he wants to play. He was a tough physical player, so gotta give him a lot of credit. He should be in the Coach of the Year conversation. Him and (Indiana’s) Nate McMillan, guys who have made trades or had injuries and done a heck of a job.” “I mean, I didn’t really know what to expect,” Zubac continued. “Only thing I knew, Rondo told me, ‘You’re gonna love Doc.’ And it’s been like that. I love how we play.”“One of the best things about playing for Doc is that he’s been in my shoes, and I think that gives him that much more credibility,” said rookie Landry Shamet, recently acquired from Philadelphia. “That’s why guys listen to him and like playing for him.”“(It’s) his experience,” said Garrett Temple, who arrived at the trade deadline from Memphis. “His demeanor, the way he interacts with the players, what he’s able to motivate, all the things that I’ve heard about, it’s good to actually see it.”Here, Woj calls Doc Rivers a “frontrunner” for Coach of the Year, praises Bev and Lou and Shai, and says the Clippers have set themselves up perfectly for years to come. https://t.co/mcPWkLKDZn— Garrett Chorpenning (@gachorpenning) March 14, 2019Of course, Rivers – who won the award for his job coaching the Orlando Magic to a 41-41 record in 1999–2000 – readily directs the credit elsewhere.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “Give them, like, all the credit,” he said of his players. “With a lot of free agents, they’ve chosen to play team basketball. That was a choice that they had to make and they’ve made that choice.”GALLO IS A GOAfter resting an ailing left foot kept Danilo Gallinari out of Tuesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, the 6-foot-10 forward was in the starting lineup Friday against the Bulls.JaMychal Green and Wilson Chandler – both of whom missed Thursday’s practice because they were ill, Rivers said – were feeling better and available Friday.“I think,” the coach joked, “they had the practice flu.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more