North Face BorealisMade from 100 percent recycled fleece, the Borealis is one of the softest performance jackets on the market, but still manages to wick moisture and keep winter at bay. The thumbholes are a nice touch, and the Borealis is one of the fastest drying garments we tested. $75. thenorthface.com.Brooks HVAC Hat and Vapor Dry GloveBoth the glove and hat wick moisture away from your extremities, but our wear-tester liked the glove’s rubber finger prints, which allow you to scroll through your Ipod without exposing your digits. Hat, $20. Glove, $28. brooksrunning.com.Merrell Stature STWhat’s the difference between a running shoe and a winter running shoe? Moisture and temperature control. A waterproof vamp and a snazzy gator collar on the Stature ST keep water out of your socks, and the foot bed absorbs heat so your feet don’t sweat. It’s a bit burlier than your standard trail/road hybrid, but during a four-mile run in near-freezing rain, our wear-tester’s toes stayed dry and toasty. $120. merrell.com.Skins SportPeople have been using compression tights to help increase circulation for years, so why not runners? Studies show Skins may help reduce lactic acid buildup, boost muscle oxygenation, and speed recovery. During a series of cold winter runs, our tester noticed the amount of time it took to warm up his legs was reduced significantly when wearing the Skins Sport, enabling him to start each session without the difficult early-run stiffness. $115 leggings, $100 long sleeve top. skins.net.
Liverpool are on the cusp of winning their first-ever English Premier League trophy and their stellar run has highlighted their transformation.It is a story of how manager Juergen Klopp transformed a club struggling to mount consistent title challenges into one of the best teams in the world. With 27 wins and 82 points under their belt after only one defeat all season, red-hot Liverpool have set a record-breaking pace to leave teams behind them in their wake.They are now six points shy of ending a 30-year wait for the top-flight title.Compared to Klopp’s predecessor, Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool have vastly improved at both ends of the pitch: creating more chances, converting chances more effectively and conceding fewer shots on goal.In 173 matches after adopting Klopp’s aggressive “heavy metal” approach, Liverpool have scored 2.15 goals per game compared to 1.9 under Rodgers.Their shot conversion rate has also gone up from 11.09 per cent to 13.24 per cent, according to Gracenote data. “Liverpool have improved the quality of their chances under Klopp’s leadership,” said Simon Gleave, head of sports analysis at Gracenote.During the 2015/2016 season in which Klopp took over, the average chance of a Liverpool goal attempt going in was 9.5 per cent, according to Gracenote’s statistical modelling.This season, that critical number sits at 12.8 per cent.Much of that is down to Klopp’s lethal front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.They scored 38 goals and grabbed 20 assists to push Liverpool a whopping 22 points clear at the top. Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold has redefined the role of a full-back with 12 assists – second only to Manchester City’s playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who has 16.In defence, Liverpool now concede 8.26 shots per match compared to 10.7 under Rodgers.The drastic improvement is largely due to the club record 75 million pound (92.85 million pounds) signing of centre-back Virgil van Dijk in 2018.In 83 games since the Dutchman’s arrival at Anfield, Liverpool have lost only five times and conceded 56 goals.RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel This is compared to 24 defeats and 100 goals conceded in the same period prior to the club securing his services.“Since his debut in January 2018, the club have almost cut the number of goals they concede by half and have taken a third more points in comparison to the same number of matches prior to his arrival,” Gleave added.As things stand, the European champions are on course to eclipse league records for most points in a season (100), most points at home (55) and most wins (32).Reuters/NAN.Tags: English Premier LeagueJurgen KloppLiverpoolTransformation
The 2017 Kwara Open Golf Championship has been confirmed to tee-off from Tuesday November 7 to Sunday November 12, at Ilorin Golf Club in Kwara State.The eventâ€™s confirmation followed the assurance given by the Executive Governor of the State, Gov. Abdufattah Ahmed to the golfing community that the government was working to restore some key golf events that the state was popular for.Â According to the Chief Executive Officer of Sluqfort Nigeria Limited, the consulting firm managing the event, Luqman Owolewa, the event has been prioritised by the government, hence its coming soon after the governor gave the his words to the Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (PGAN) on seeing the state return as the golf hub of the country.Kwara State Government, BUA Group, Sterling Bank Plc, Medview Airlines and Airtel are sponsors of the tournament.Â Over 300 golfers would be at the six-day championship which will attract professional players from different countries of the West African sub-region, including, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Equatorial Guinea and Senegal.Â According to him: â€œWe had over 300 golfers from within and outside the country who participated at the last event, the same arrangement have been put in place but with plans to accommodate more players because of the positive reviews the last event got.â€The event would tee-off with 72 holes professional round from Tuesday November 7th to Friday November 10th while amateur players will jostle for honours on November 11th and 12th.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
New Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen is already setting the foundation for next year\’s season.New Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen is starting off his coaching career with words that harken back to his identity as a players-first coach.Andersen repeatedly stressed when meeting with the media Thursday afternoon the most important goal for him before the start of spring football was his entire staff and himself earning the trust of and getting to know the team.“Getting to know the kids is number one,” Andersen said of his priorities at this point of the offseason.With his staff almost assembled, Andersen cited the newly hired assistant coaches on his staff have contacted most of their returning players for the 2013 season, with the lone exception being the wide receiver spot – no hire has yet been made to replace the departing Zach Azzani, who took the same job at Tennessee.Andersen had an opportunity to watch the Badgers practice in Madison and Los Angeles during their preparation leading up to the 2013 Rose Bowl and came away impressed with the team’s chemistry and their love for the game.“They just like to be around each other,” Andersen said. “This is just a group that loves football.”Andersen talks new hiresWisconsin’s new offensive and defensive coordinators both share strong ties to Andersen. Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig spent time at the same position under now-head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes Urban Meyer from 2005-2008, the same time Andersen was with the program as the defensive coordinator.On the defensive side of the ball, coordinator Dave Aranda served 2012 at the same position at Utah State under Andersen. A 2012 nominee for the Broyles Award, given to the best assistant coach in college football, Aranda led an Aggies defense ranked in the top 10 nationally for touchdowns allowed and points allowed per game.“The biggest thing with [offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig] and with [defensive coordinator Dave Aranda] is they do a tremendous job of identifying the talent. They’re tremendous teachers, I think they’re on the cutting edge with scheme both offensively and defensively.”On top of that, Andersen brings offensive line coach T.J. Woods to Wisconsin from Utah State, joining Aranda and safeties coach Bill Busch as Aggie transplants with their head coach.The Wisconsin offensive line job is largely considered one of the best in the nation, but the players went through quite a bit of adversity the past few years as far as coaching. After the departure of long-time coach Bob Bostad for Pittsburgh and eventually the NFL, former head coach Bret Bielema hired Mike Markuson, whom he promptly fired after two games when the Badgers struggled to produce a push up front.Bart Miller took over as the interim line coach, helping turn around the struggling group and was considered a key component in the Badgers making it to a third-straight Rose Bowl. Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez endorsed Miller as a candidate for the opening on Andersen’s staff as the tight end coach, but Andersen decided to go a different direction, hiring Auburn University’s Jay Boulware.“What Bart did was impressive, there’s no question about it,” Andersen said. “It came down to there was a special teams part of that that was a big factor. And the way this staff is broken down there’s nine coaches, there’s five on one side, there’s four on the other. We have four on defense and five on offense and we needed that special teams coordinator to be on that side of the football and that fell in the hands of the tight end position at this go-around.”Besides serving as the tight ends coach at Auburn, Boulware was the special teams coordinator, a position he will also hold at Wisconsin, leading a group in 2012 that only allowed four punt return yards on 70 punts and allowed just 16.6 yards per kickoff return.A New Recruiting OutlookAfter a few years at Utah State, Andersen began to win recruiting battles against traditional state powers Utah and BYU, something that was unheard of in Logan, Utah.But with a 2013 signing day approaching rapidly with recruits brought in by the departing coaching staff, Andersen and his assistants face the challenge of reaching out to each individual commit and reassuring them that their right choice remains at Wisconsin.Andersen cited a preference to be honest with each recruit as to where he thinks they sit in the future of Wisconsin football with him at the helm and already has created a needs list based on his evaluation so far of the returning roster for 2013.“The important part for us right now is to let them know who we are,” Andersen said. “Plans for the program, let them understand who we’re going to be as a coaching staff, kind of put our money where our mouth is if you will as far as what we’ve presented to them so far.”“A chance for their mentors, their parents, their grandmothers or their grandfathers to sit in a room and look us in the eye and ultimately, me, to be able look them in the eye and walk out of the room and say, ‘I’m here to turn this young man into a man and with his help and your help I believe we can get this done and five years from now, hopefully that’s the case, with a quality degree. And he’s ready to move on into life and be successful.”