Ndidi: Leicester ready for EPL restart

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says The Leicester City squad are ready to face whatever the Premier League throws at them as they prepare for the restart of the season, midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has declared.After more than two months training alone, City have been back at Belvoir Drive as a team for the past fortnight, resuming contact sessions last week. And while they only have three more weeks to prepare before the campaign resumes on the weekend of June 20-21, Ndidi is confident he and his team-mates are already in the right physical and mental state for their remaining nine league games and push to secure qualification to the Champions League.“I would say we’re ready because even during the lockdown, everyone was working at home,” the 23-year-old, who became a first-time dad during the break, told LCFC TV. “So, we’re always ready and we’ll just see what comes next.“We’re just working hard. Everyone is keeping fit, working hard and the mentality is great, so we’ll just see what comes.”Manager Brendan Rodgers backed up that statement, and said he has been impressed with what he has seen from his squad on the training ground.“This early feeling has been about getting back into some sort of normality, getting into contact again, and I have to say, the players have been superb,” the manager said. “They’ve gone away and done a lot of work in their lockdown, come back and we tested them and they’re at a really high level, which is testament to the work they’ve done while we’ve been giving them programmes.”What the City players have not had for the past two months is the camaraderie of being with their teammates.That has changed now, and Ndidi believes it will spur the squad on.“I’m so glad because after staying home for so long, training alone, I’m so happy to see to see the boys, to see everyone in the training ground,” he said.“It has been amazing because seeing these guys, everyone is okay. So, we’re really happy to be back. I’m really, really happy to see these boys and see the manager and everyone. “The work I was doing in the garden, it was more difficult because I was alone. There was no push.“But training with the other guys now, you see some guys faster than you, so you try to push and try to catch up because you follow the pace of someone even better than you. You have to give 100 per cent.”Tags: Leicester City FCPremier LeagueWilfred Ndidilast_img read more

Why Syracuse can’t make a bowl game even with 5 wins

first_img Published on November 24, 2017 at 2:13 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtbloss Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (4-7, 2-5 Atlantic Coast) will play Boston College (6-5, 3-4) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday with a chance to earn its fifth win. Five wins, sometimes, can be enough to get a team to a bowl game. For SU, it certainly won’t.Here’s why:There are 128 teams in the FBS and 78 available slots in 39 bowl games. For the first time in four years, it appears enough of those slots will be filled by teams that have met the standard requirement of six wins and a .500 record needed to earn a bowl bid. Seventy teams have met that threshold already, including eight from the ACC.That leaves eight spots still available, with 18 teams boasting five wins heading into the weekend. There are four head-to-head matchups between those 18 teams, meaning at least four more have to emerge with a sixth win, bringing the total to a minimum of 74 bowl-eligible teams. And that’s just the minimum — more can and likely will win to make five-win teams irrelevant.But let’s say the minimum happens and we only have 74 teams automatically eligible. Five-win teams would be considered next — a group SU can join by beating BC on Saturday. These teams would be selected in order of their Academic Progress Rating, or APR, a metric the NCAA defines as such:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEach student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate.In addition to a team’s current-year APR, its rolling four-year APR is also used to determine accountability.Here’s where SU’s hopes sink: of the five-win teams already sitting above SU, 11 have a better APR than SU’s 968. So unless some of them decline bowl invitations — a rare decision that also turns down both a financial and recruiting boost — SU will be watching bowl games from its collective couch for the fourth straight year. Commentslast_img read more