Lewis Holtby is ready to again suffer the pain of rigorous training regimes devised by the man nicknamed ‘The Torturer’ in a bid to keep Fulham in the Barclays Premier League. Magath is renowned for his gruelling training sessions, acquiring other monikers such as ‘Saddam Hussein’ and ‘Medicine-ball Magath’. The latter refers to tales of Magath forcing his players to run up a hill with a medicine ball as part of their strength conditioning. As a teenager at the start of his career, Holtby worked under Magath for almost two seasons at Schalke prior to the latter’s sacking in March 2011, so knows only too well of the man and his methods. “I can’t say anything negative about him,” said Holtby, on loan to the Cottagers from Tottenham. “When I was at Schalke, for me it was very important to have him as a manager. “He built my character and made me grow up very quickly with the hard training, getting mentally and physically right. “He toughened me up as a person mentally. When you’re 18 you grow pretty quickly. That’s stayed with me until now. “I know lots of the press have called him very bad names and I don’t think it’s right to do that. That’s over the line. “It’s a bit of a disgrace if you call someone Saddam. It’s not like he killed anyone. He’s not a murderer. “Of course he trains hard, but everyone has his own philosophy. He has his own style of training and you have to respect that, along with the fact he won a couple of titles in Germany. “As a player it was really hard back in the day. I’ve witnessed a lot of things. I’m not saying we didn’t suffer, but I’m not complaining. “The thing is you have to graft through it. You have to be happy he makes you fit and mentally very strong.” With regard to tipping off his team-mates, Holtby said: “We talked about what could happen and that training is going to be very hard. “You have to be honest about that, but the most important thing is to be physically and mentally on the top level.” Holtby served as Magath’s intermediary during the game, passing on instructions because of his fluency in German despite Magath’s reasonable command of English. Despite the turbulence being felt at Fulham, and with Magath given little time to impress himself on the players, Holtby believes the club will stay up. “Of course, it’s difficult for a manager and players in the middle of a season. We’re in a dump,” said Holtby. “He has come in with a philosophy and it’s hard to adapt, but you have to do it as quickly as possible. “It’s going to be a tough challenge for both sides, but I think we can do it by getting our heads together and thinking about the situation where we have to stay up. “I have always said we have the quality needed to stay up.” Press Association New Fulham boss Felix Magath’s reign at Craven Cottage began with a 1-1 draw at West Brom, and following his arrival Holtby made his team-mates aware of the 60-year-old’s fearsome reputation. Magath managed eight clubs in his native Germany over a 17-year period, and whilst there were trophies and cups along the way, he also acquired a certain infamy.
The freshmen at the University of Wisconsin are here to play. All across the board, young Badgers are making immediate impacts in their respective sports. Jonathan Taylor, Sydney Hilley, Dana Rettke and Griffin Barela are each paving their own way, and making their own names here in Madison.Jonathan Taylor: FootballHaley Winckler/The Badger HeraldIn Camp Randall, running back Johnathan Taylor has taken the reins. Usually dominant, the Badgers struggled a bit with their run game last year, but Taylor is looking to change that.He already has 438 rushing yards in just three games, including one 128-yard game and a 223-yard game. He is currently averaging 8.3 yards per carry. Taylor follows a long succession of talented New Jersey running backs that have made a name for themselves in Wisconsin.Heisman winner Ron Dayne, and Badger star Corey Clement both grew up within an hour of Taylor’s hometown of Salem, New Jersey. Taylor originally committed to play for Rutgers, but ultimately decided Wisconsin would offer him the best chance to compete for Big Ten championships.It seems Taylor made the right decision. If he remains healthy, he and the Badgers will have the opportunities to accomplish their goals.Football: Wisconsin starts game strong, fails to continue momentumWhen the NCAA scheduled the University of Wisconsin football team to take on the Florida Atlantic Owls, everyone thought that Read…Sydney Hilley: VolleyballJason Chan/The Badger HeraldOver in the Field House, two freshman volleyball players are making waves. Setter Sydney Hilley and middle blocker Dana Rettke have thus far lead the Badgers to an impressive start to the season. Sydney Hilley was a highly touted recruit coming into Wisconsin.She was the No. 3 prospect in the nation and the No. 1 player at her position. Her commitment to the Badgers is in part what allowed Wisconsin to have the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation.Hilley has been described by head coach Kelly Sheffield and her teammates as one of those players who strives to make everyone around her better. Hilley had big shoes to fill at the setter position. The role was recently occupied by four-time All-American, Lauren Carlini who after spending the summer playing with the United States women’s national team, is playing professionally in Italy.Hilley graduated early from high school and enrolled at the university for spring semester to have the opportunity to train with Carlini. Ultimately, she is trying to be the best Sydney Hilley she can be, and so far, she seems to be doing a good job.Volleyball: Team remains strong despite losing best players from previous yearThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team had been a dream team in the Big Ten, but when four key seniors Read…Dana Rettke: VolleyballJason Chan/The Badger HeraldDana Rettke towers over most people at the university and on her team. Standing at 6-foot-8, she is the tallest female athlete in Wisconsin history. Rettke was the No. 8 recruit coming into college, and she is certainly making her presence known. Rettke also enrolled at Wisconsin a semester early so she and Hilley could work on the imperative connection between setters and middle blockers.Rettke also had big shoes to fill on the volleyball court. Haleigh Nelson was a four-year starter and All-American who is now spending her last year of academic eligibility playing sand volleyball at LSU. Before Rettke arrived at Wisconsin, Sheffield considered redshirting her, but that idea clearly went out the door when he realized how dominant she is on the court.Because of her size and athleticism, teams have a hard time slowing her down. Rettke has proved herself as an important part of the Wisconsin volleyball squad.Griffin Barela: Men’s golfGriffin Barela is a freshman golf player who came into Wisconsin as the No. 58 golfer in the country and the No. 1 golfer in his home state of Colorado. Before arriving in Madison he had six top-10 finishes and playing in the U.S. Junior, and head coach Michael Burin predicted Barela would have a smooth transition into colligate golf. Sure enough, he has.The men’s golf team opened their season for the Badger Invitational at University Ridge Golf Course where they finished fifth as a team. Barela finished eighth overall after shooting three subpar rounds, which earned him Big Ten golfer of the week. He was the first Badger to earn this award since Jack Watson in April 2015. Additionally, he is only the second Wisconsin freshman to accomplish this feat.Barela is just one of eight Wisconsin men’s golfers to do this. Thus far, Barela is off to a hot start, and his team will continue to look to him as a consistent source of success.The freshman class of 2021 came into UW ready to make an impact, and across the board they are putting on shows and giving impressive performances in each of their respective sports.
Indiana suspends guard Devonte Green for not meeting program standards No. 1 Tennessee barely avoided disaster Wednesday.The Volunteers trailed unranked Vanderbilt late in the second half but rallied to force overtime and eventually came away with a narrow 88-83 road win. The win was the Volunteers’ 13th in a row while the Commodores dropped to 0-6 in SEC play.Here are three takeaways from Tennessee’s victory Related News Schofield especially struggled as he missed all six of his long-range attempts and finished with six total points. He was a 45.1 percent 3-point shooter coming into the game.Tennessee, powered by Williams, overcame those struggles by shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 90.6 percent from the free throw line. Second assistant coach pleads guilty in federal college hoops recruiting case Grant Williams is a POY candidateGrant Williams was borderline unstoppable against the Commodores.The junior forward carried Tennessee on both ends of the floor for much of the night. He tallied 43 points on 10-of-15 shooting and added eight rebounds. He protected the basket on the other end, as well, chipping in four blocks.Williams also incredibly connected on all of his free-throw attempts, finishing 23 of 23 from the line.Grant Williams ended the game with 43 points, becoming the first #Vols player with 40+ points in a game since Allan Houston had 43 on February 10, 1990 vs. LSU.— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) January 24, 2019Williams is the best player on the top-ranked team in the country and should clearly be in the Naismith Player of the Year conversation. He entered Wednesday averaging 18.9 points and 7.5 rebounds.Vanderbilt missed a golden opportunityThe Commodores had a chance to pick up a program-building win in coach Bryce Drew’s third season. But, they came up just short.Vanderbilt fell behind by 13 in the game’s opening minutes yet fought back and cut its deficit to just one by halftime. It then appeared on its way to winning when it took a six-point lead with 1:32 to play on a pair of free throws by Saben Lee.The Commodores, however, had no answers for Williams as he tallied four straight points. Senior guard Admiral Schofield followed with a jumper to tie the score and force the extra period, where the Volunteers escaped with the victory.Vanderbilt registered a 19-16 record and reached the NCAA Tournament in Drew’s first season but are a combined 21-29 since. The loss drops the Commodores to 9-9 in 2018-19.Tennessee survives 3-point strugglesTennessee pulled out the win despite an uncharacteristically bad 3-point shooting performance. The Volunteers knocked down 25 percent of their 3-pointers and hit just five in the game. They entered the matchup shooting 36.4 percent from behind the arc.
There will be feelings of déjà vu at Super Bowl 53 as the Patriots and Rams prepare to battle for the Lombardi Trophy for the second time in 17 years.The last time these teams met in the championship game was Super Bowl 36 in 2002, when the Rams resided in St. Louis, Tom Brady was just a second-year quarterback and Jared Goff was a mere eight years old. Super Bowl 53: Tom Brady vs. Jared Goff Yet, Brady cemented himself as the starter going forward in the Patriots’ victory over the Rams, which was also the start of coach Bill Belichick’s legacy at the helm in New England. The Patriots have won five Super Bowl rings and eight AFC titles but are hungry for more as they enter their NFL-record 11th Super Bowl and ninth under the QB/coach duo.Here, we look back at the statistics from the fateful matchup which set the Brady-Belichick era into motion and how the two teams have fared in the 2018-19 season entering the big game.Super Bowl 36 statsTeamTotal YardsLeading PasserLeading RusherLeading ReceiverLeading TacklerNew England Patriots267Tom Brady (16-27-145 1-0)Antowain Smith (18-92 0)Troy Brown (6-89 0)Ty Law (7)St. Louis Rams427Kurt Warner (28-44 365 1-2)Marshall Faulk (17-76 0)Az-Zahir Hakeem (5-90 0)Tommy Polley (11)Super Bowl 36 scoring summaryQuarterTimeTeamDetail13:10RamsJeff Wilkins 50-yd FG (3-0)28:49PatriotsTy Law 47-yd Int return (3-7)20:31PatriotsDavid Patten 8-yd rec Td (Brady) (3-14)31:18PatriotsAdam Vinatieri 37-yd FG (3-17)49:31RamsKurt Warner 2-yd rush (10-17)41:30RamsRicky Proehl 26-yd rec (Kurt Warner) (17-17)40:00PatriotsAdam Vinatieri 48-yd FG (17-20)How they stack up entering Super Bowl 532002-2018New England PatriotsSt. Louis/ LA RamsWins209111Losses63160Playoff Appearances154Division Championships153Conference Championships81Super Bowl Wins40Head Coaches18*Quarterbacks (Min. 100 PA)2’14^* Mike Martz, Joe Vitt, Scott Linehan, Jim Haslett, Steve Spagnuolo, Jeff Fisher, Jim Fassel, Sean McVay Super Bowl 53: Rams RBs vs. Patriots RBs Since the 2001-02 season, there has been significantly more stability and success for the Patriots than the Rams. The Rams are returning to the championship game for the first time since that game, while the Patriots return for the eighth time in that span.On the other hand, four Rams players from Super Bowl 36 have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame (Marshall Faulk, Orlando Pace, Kurt Warner and Aeneas Williams). As of yet, no Patriots players have. Related News ‘Tom Brady, Matt Cassel^Marc Bulger, Sam Bradford, Jared Goff, Case Keenum, Jamie Martin, Nick Foles, Kellen Clemens, Kurt Warner, Austin Davis, Shaun Hill, Kyle Boller, Gus Frerotte, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Keith NullBrady vs. Goff’s first three seasonsQuarterbackSeasonsComp./GAtt./GYards/GTD/GInt./GTom Brady2000-200219.931.822.214.171.124Jared Goff2016-201820.332.7252.11.70.7The Patriots and Rams square off in the championship Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.