Pellegrini looking for improvement

first_img Press Association “In football you never know but the normal thing is to continue improving.” City, with the experience of their 2012 title win behind them, their talented squad and financial muscle, head into 2014 as the league favourites. The club have bold ambitions to build on that and not only win more silverware, but establish themselves as England’s dominant footballing force. Pellegrini hopes to be the man to oversee that progression, but knows in such a tight competition that will not be straightforward. He said: “I think we must try at least. It is very difficult to be the dominant club here in England. “Chelsea is a very strong team, Manchester United is, Arsenal is, Tottenham, Liverpool – it is very important to be fighting to be the best team.” Pellegrini is also hoping striker Stevan Jovetic’s luck will finally turn in the second half of the season. The Montenegro striker was signed for £22million from Fiorentina in the summer but has made just five appearances due to various disorders. Jovetic had niggling injuries soon after his arrival and then had a long lay-off with a calf problem. His potential return in December was scuppered by illness and he is now out again with a hamstring injury. Pellegrini said: “I hope this will be the last time he is out and he can start playing normally. He is a very important player and we need him. “I suppose he has had very bad luck in his first part of the year. I hope that the second half will be very good for him.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is happy with his first six months in the job – but knows things must still improve. Yet the Chilean was also set the challenging task of winning five trophies in the next five seasons when he was appointed in the summer, and he knows further improvement is expected. Pellegrini, lured from Malaga after the sacking of Roberto Mancini, said: “It is unbelievable how fast the time goes. “Six months here is a lot of time, but it was very short for me. “Playing every few days the time runs, but after six months I am very happy and very settled here in England. “It is a good club. Working with the team, I always think the first months are the most difficult for a manager, or the players starting a new job. “To be in the position that we are now already, I think it is a very good start for the season. “But the important thing is to continue learning, always, not just this year but every year and not always in the Premier League, everything. “It is very important to be improving, always. City head into the second half of the 2013-14 season well placed, a point off the top of the Barclays Premier League and still involved in the Champions League and Capital One Cup. Pellegrini also appears to have fulfilled the stated requirement of the club’s hierarchy to improve the team’s style of football, with 82 goals scored across all competitions. last_img read more


Lewis Hamilton makes a statement as F1 gets back on track

first_imgSPIELBERG: Formula One got back on track in changed circumstances but familiar fashion at the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix on Friday, with Mercedes and six times World champion Lewis Hamilton picking up where they left off last year.The Briton and team mate Valtteri Bottas responded to the ‘new normal’ resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic by finishing one-two in both free practice sessions on the sport’s latest start to a campaign. Hamilton, wearing a ‘Black Lives Matter’ helmet in a black Mercedes with ‘End Racism’ written on it, set a best time of one minute 04.304 after also going fastest in opening practice with a time of 1:04.816. Bottas was 0.356 adrift in the morning but cut the gap to 0.197 in the afternoon. Racing Point, whose Mercedes-powered RP20 has been dubbed the ‘Pink Mercedes’ because of its striking similarity to Hamilton’s title-winning 2019 car, were third fastest with Mexican Sergio Perez. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, starting his last season in the Italian team’s red colours, was fourth fastest on his 33rd birthday with Australian Daniel Ricciardo fifth for Renault and McLaren’s Lando Norris sixth. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, winner of the last two races at his team’s home track, was third in the first session but spun twice and finished up eighth after lunch. Sunday’s race, the first of two in Austria on successive weekends, became the opener after the coronavirus pandemic laid waste to the calendar and forced the cancellation of the scheduled Australian opener on March 15 before a wheel had turned. Friday marked the first time all the drivers had been on track together since the end of pre-season testing in Barcelona last February. The last time any of them raced was in Abu Dhabi in December last year, when Hamilton won from pole position and set the fastest lap. “Motor Sport is back!,” said International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt on Twitter, moments after the cars left the Spielberg pitlane. “It’s good to hear the engines and see cars again and almost get back to some phase of normality,” Red Bull team boss Christian Horner told Sky F1 television. “We all look like we’re in some kind of hospital programme, with all the face masks and the PPE (personal protective equipment)… but other than that working practices are very much as normal.” Agencies Also Watch: Flood Affects 100 Families in Samgurilast_img read more


After Mumbai spanking, Kohli sees need to rethink batting order

first_imgNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – India captain Virat Kohli acknowledged the need to rethink the team’s batting order after being steamrolled by Australia in Mumbai on Tuesday, but said there was no cause to panic after losing the first one-day international of a three-match series.India were subjected to a 10-wicket thrashing for only the fifth time in their history after scoring a modest 255, a total overhauled by Australia in the 38th over.India packed three openers in their playing XI in a bid to give more game-time to in-form players, rejigging the top order with Kohli dropping down to number four to accommodate KL Rahul at three, but the plan came unstuck against a fired-up Australian attack.“Because of the way KL has been batting, we have tried to fit him in the batting line-up,” Kohli told Star Sports about his batting position at the Wankhede Stadium. “Having said that, I don’t think it’s quite gone our way whenever I’ve batted number four, so we’ll probably have to rethink about that one.”Rohit Sharma made 10, while fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan forged a century-partnership with Rahul before India lost four wickets, including Kohli, for 30 runs before being bowled out in the final over.“All in all it’s about giving some guys opportunities and you’ll never know if this works or not if you don’t try,” Kohli said. “It’s very easy to just go with one template and just follow it non-stop. I think people need to relax and not panic with one game, I’m allowed to experiment a little bit and fail as well at times. You lose games here and there but today was one of the days when it didn’t come off.”Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch smashed unbeaten hundreds and stitched together the largest partnership against India in one-day cricket to help the tourists romp home with 12.2 overs to spare.The two sides will meet in Rajkot for the second ODI tomorrow.last_img read more


Iseman: Syracuse can’t be counted out yet after displaying resolve in comeback win against South Florida

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ TAMPA, Fla. — Doug Marrone stood outside Syracuse’s locker room at Raymond James Stadium wearing a gray T-shirt and drinking an orange Gatorade as beads of sweat dripped down his forehead. The blue sweater and white turtleneck he wore during the game were gone, both too much for the SU head coach to wear in the muggy stadium tunnel.He had just coached the Orange’s most intense and dramatic game of the season — a come-from-behind 37-36 victory for Syracuse on the road against a South Florida team that always had the Orange’s number.SU put its resolve on display in the second half, making a valiant comeback before losing the lead, only to get it back again — for good — in a near-miraculous comeback. The Orange’s season also took on a much different tone.“I feel like this could turn it around. This is a huge win like this against a great team,” said wide receiver Alec Lemon, who caught the game-winning touchdown pass.Syracuse came into the game off a 30-point win over a struggling Connecticut team. Then, in the first half of Saturday night’s game, the Orange looked nothing like the team that blew the Huskies out of the Carrier Dome a week ago.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThere were dropped passes and potential interceptions that could’ve easily been caught. A missed 22-yard field goal. Five penalties for a loss of 50 yards. All of this against the Bulls, who were winless in three conference games and had lost 10 of their last 11 games.After the opening two quarters, Syracuse’s chances at a win looked bleak, if not almost nonexistent. B.J. Daniels was running all over the Orange defense, and a USF defense that ranks last in the Big East was putting up its best effort of the season to hold SU to a mere three points at halftime.That’s when Marrone had to rally his team together with a halftime speech. He said afterward that screaming and yelling wouldn’t do anything. He had to get his players to believe they could still win despite how the first half went.“Hopefully we learned from it, we’re going to come out here, we’re going to get the ball first. I’m not going to say we need to go right down the field and score, but whatever happens, happens,” Marrone said he told his team. “The defense will get us right back on the field and bail us out; if not, special teams will bail us out and three units need to work together.”That’s exactly what ended up happening.The win evened the Orange’s record at 4-4. It’s been an up-and-down year for Syracuse, and the season is still hinging between a success and another year without a postseason appearance.But on Saturday, the Orange showed a resolve it hadn’t shown so far this season.While the players spoke about their belief in the team during the year, it seemed as if that optimism stemmed more from hope than reality. Turnovers plagued the team all season.And then on Saturday, Syracuse had to put its hope and belief to the test. After Marrone’s halftime speech, the Orange put together the program’s biggest comeback win on record, dating back to 1942.All of a sudden, it seems SU has a new season. It now sits two wins away from a bowl berth. The road ahead is still a difficult one for Syracuse. Of its final four games, three are on the road.The win over the Bulls proved the Orange can’t be counted out quite yet. Syracuse showed it can execute when the pressure is at its peak, and for SU, that’ll be the situation until the end of the year.After Saturday night, Syracuse’s season took on a much different appearance.“We learned how important it was to finish and what it takes to play a full 60 minutes and realize it’s never over,” quarterback Ryan Nassib said. “You’ve got to keep fighting. We can always come back.”Chris Iseman is an asst. sports editor at The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at cjiseman@syr.edu or on Twitter @chris_iseman.  Comments Related Stories UNBELIEVABLE: Syracuse completes 2nd-half comeback with late scoring drive to shock South FloridaSyracuse defense struggles to contain South Florida’s Daniels in victoryEskridge’s blocked punt spurs Syracuse comeback; Offense continues to struggle in the red zonecenter_img Published on October 29, 2012 at 2:57 amlast_img read more


Tipperary has secured 11 All Star Hurling nominations.

first_imgShane McGrath gets the nod in midfield while three Tipp players are included in the half forwards – Noel McGrath, Patrick Maher and John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer.Séamus Callanan brings the Premier County’s tally of nominations to 11 while the Drom and Inch clubman has also been shortlisted for Player of the Year. He is up against Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan and TJ Reid.Tipperary has not been forgotten in the All Star for the Young Player of the Year either – Cathal Barrett, along with Limerick’s Shane Dowling and Wexford’s Conor McDonald will vie for that title.The winners will be announced at the All Star Banquet on the 24th of October in Dublin. Out of the 45 places on the list, the Premier County commands an impressive tally of 11.The nominations stretch across the pitch, starting in goals with Darren Gleeson shortlisted among Eoin Murphy from Kilkenny and Dublin’s Alan Nolan.Cathal Barrett and Paddy Stapleton have been nominated in the full back line while the half back list includes three Tipperary players: Kieran Bergin, captain of the Senior Hurling Team Brendan Maher and Pádraic Maher.last_img read more


Shark Week 2019: Comparing the San Jose Sharks to… well… actual Sharks

first_imgMarc-Edouard Vlasic: Nurse sharkHow can a non-migratory shark not be stay-at-home defenseman? While nurse sharks are sedentary, Vlasic actually makes his opponents take a seat with big hits and a shutdown defensive game. Quick reminder: don’t let the name fool you; nurse sharks can attack when provoked which is equivalent to this veteran’s offensive game, as he had eight points in 18 playoff games this year. Kevin Labanc: Blacktip reef sharkThis may be the flashiest of sharks which makes it a fair equivalent to Labanc; have you seen his filthy goal against the Avalanche? (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/55/c0/brent-burns-shark-072419-getty-ftrjpeg_1auvbpm9ji6nz17eaxogeju40a.jpeg?t=638873540&w=500&quality=80 Logan Couture: Bull sharkEver hear the term, ‘like a bull in a china shop?’Well, meet the bull shark aka Logan Couture. Aggressive, powerful and can handle the muddy waters of tributaries, Couture can do all that — except his mud is puck battles along the boards and in front of the net. This shark is not afraid to put his body on the line, and the San Jose center has definitely done just that — usually with his mouth. (Getty Images/Google) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/df/9a/timo-meier-sharks-072619-getty-ftrjpeg_1qawj97637ftv1sqoe47po7tf1.jpeg?t=797013092&w=500&quality=80 Erik Karlsson: Blue sharkWith a long, slender body, blue sharks are known to be graceful swimmers and let’s be honest, there are not many players in the NHL who are more graceful on two blades than Karlsson. This shark is a global predator, and the two-time Norris Trophy winner is also a world traveler as he dominates at both ends of the ice. Pretty excited to have captured a #blueshark on our #trollpro ! As a pelagic sharks, these animals have to make the best of every food opportunity. By the end of this 30 minute troll, our baits were picked clean and we had a very happy shark. #sharkweek #sharks #updog pic.twitter.com/YNcBvWmgdi— Dr. Craig O’Connell (@TheSharkDoctor) July 24, 2019Highly prized for its fins (Editors note: We do not agree with ‘shark finning’ at all), Karlsson could have been one of the hottest commodities on the market had he not signed a mega-deal with San Jose in June.  Tomas Hertl: Grey reef sharkHertl has had an up-and-down career thus far; he’s shown flashes of brilliance — hello, who can forget his four goals including a between-the-legs one against the New York Ranger back in 2013 — but has sputtered at times.A grey reef #shark glides over the #reef. These beautiful predators are really inquisitive and often come and check out what we’re up to whilst working. Sadly many sharks such as these are now threatened and need big protected areas like this to flourish. #BIOTscience pic.twitter.com/0wVreBAgY5— Daniel Bayley (@DTIBayley) May 4, 2019Grey reef sharks are curious, strong, generally harmless but can be aggressive when provoked. San Jose definitely wants to see Hertl, who has the essential mix of size and soft hands, step up his game — i.e. be more aggressive — which he has done since Jan. 1, netting the most goals (21) on the team. It’s time for everyone’s favorite summer activity — sitting with the air conditioning on, in front of the television and watching Shark Week on Discovery Channel.An eight-day affair, the series brings the ocean’s top predator right into your home. Now, let’s be honest the San Jose Sharks are one of the NHL’s top predatory teams. This past season, they glided through the NHL and pounced at a moment’s notice on countless opponents before falling in the Western Conference Final to the eventual Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. (Getty Images/Google) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/69/14/joe-thornton-hammerhead-072719-getty-ftrjpeg_ifhhx44w75ig1txjvoxxgozlo.jpeg?t=913739916&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images/Google) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/19/96/marc-edoard-vlasic-nurse-shark-072619-getty-ftrjpeg_1hz4exon39r071c4mdbrfs4qyh.jpeg?t=799653092&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images/Google) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/73/34/logan-couture-bull-shark-072519-getty-ftrjpeg_1s992ilvre4mc1e6i7ntweph8b.jpeg?t=720906900&w=500&quality=80 Joe Thornton: Hammerhead sharkYes, we know, Joe Thornton is not technically on the Sharks roster for next season but this grizzled veteran is expected to be there come opening night.Much like the hammerhead in Hawaiian culture, Thornton is highly respected among teammates and foes alike. A feared fish with enhanced vision, this 40-year-old uses his hockey sense and experience to still make the big play and put up numbers. Last season. he had 51 points in 73 regular-season games and 10 points in 19 playoff games. Timo Meier: American pocket sharkEver hear of the American pocket shark? No worries, it was only discovered recently — so call it a shark on the rise — much like Meier.Having signed a new four-year deal this offseason, San Jose is expecting a lot from this emerging power forward. He broke out last season with 66 points in 78 regular-season games and 20 points in the playoffs while showcasing quickness and grit when driving to the net.Side note: The American pocket shark squirts glow-in-the-dark liquid. Now, wouldn’t that be pretty darn cool at the Shark Tank this season? (Getty Images/Google) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c6/5c/evander-kane-tiger-shark-072519-getty-ftrjpeg_1takg441o82ec197cu2tmnl0md.jpeg?t=714016900&w=500&quality=80 Evander Kane: Tiger sharkJust like a tiger shark who loses its stripes as it matures, Kane has certainly done that since the start of his career. Once considered a “problem child,” the now-fierce predator has turned into a top winger who plays on the edge. Known to bang in a garbage goal or two — in case you didn’t know, tigers are the garbage eaters of the ocean — Kane isn’t afraid to drive to the net and has a keen sense of smell when it comes to burying the puck. Brent Burns: Great white sharkApex predator, meet apex predator. Great white sharks are the tip of the ocean triangle and Burns is just that in the NHL.The perennial Norris Trophy finalist can smell blood in the water and knows when to pounce. He can propel himself through the neutral zone and rip off a power slapshot or, like Carcharodon carcharias, who can leap out of the water when attacking prey, Burns is known to mimic the same devastating impact on an opponent.  Both have quickness and the ability to twist and turn while finishing in the biggest of moments. Blacktip reef sharks propel themselves out of the water and rotate their bodies when feeding, similarly how Labanc uses his 5-11 stature, quick feet and soft hands to find the back of the net. Not a top maneater, this shark can still attack when provoked, much like this New York native who has some bite to him as well. (Getty Images/Google) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/9/43/erik-karlsson-blue-shark-072719-getty-ftrjpeg_83u65ttsbadr1b5glcra1zua3.jpeg?t=910125476&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images/Google) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/77/9b/kevin-labanc-blacktip-reef-shark-072719-getty-ftrjpeg_1jqmiz9depoee10v4l2ygk37i5.jpeg?t=913346492&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images/Google) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/dd/2c/martin-jones-basking-shark-072719-getty-ftrjpeg_ksyzy194lo9r1dlxpyb2fhnjd.jpeg?t=911724428&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images/Google) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/a7/2/tomas-hertl-grey-reef-sharks-072719-getty-ftrjpeg_13h0pknl1t57z1kgat9z1vlzgw.jpeg?t=912716964&w=500&quality=80 Martin Jones: Basking sharkNot the prettiest, not the most graceful but envelops everything around them — yes we’re talking about basking sharks and Martin Jones. The actual shark opens its jaws up and swallows whatever is in their path, and while Jones may have struggled in the regular season and the start of the playoffs, he did a better job of recreating this in in the later rounds. Britain could be home to its first native shark, experts believe – the basking shark pic.twitter.com/4hIuNAhRLi— ITV News (@itvnews) August 3, 2017Also of note, this shark is the second largest next to a whale shark and let’s be frank: goalies are big with all that equipment on. So obviously, we had to take a look at the Sharks roster and compare some of the franchise’s key players to, well, actual sharks.last_img read more


Boris Miljević and Sarah Delić entered Red Bull F1 talent search program

first_imgOne of the most successful car racers in BiH has attracted the attention of Red Bull scout which applied him for Red Bull F1 talents, confirmed Dino Čolaković, manager of communications for BiH and Croatia to PunGas.com and announced big Red Bull event in Banja Luka at Zalužani track, and confirmed that Red Bull is especially interested in Sarah Delić.‘After success of Vettel which was discovered in a similar program, Red Bull started investing in this program of search for F1 talents. So far we didn’t searched for talents in BiH, but after writing of PunGas.com on Sarah Delić and Boris Miljević we’ve seen that there are talents that need to be included in this program. If they show good results, they might have a career in one of Red Bull F1 teams’, said Dino Čolaković.He confirmed that the trainings will be held on Zalužani track this summer in Banjaluka, and after Sarah Delić and Boris Miljević go through the test, all interested will have the opportunity to drive GP 2 model if they pass the karting with good time.last_img read more


Amel Tuka running for a Medal today!

first_img(Source: nap.ba) The best B&H athlete, Amel Tuka, today will run the final race at 800 meters for the first medal from the World Championship in Athletics held in Beijing.You can watch the race at Face TV at 2:55 p.m., and in some cities in B&H will be organized public watching of the race.Good luck Amel!last_img


Florida Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez Explains ‘Safe-at-home’

first_imgListen to entire interview with Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez here.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Lt-Gov-Nunez-interview-3-31-20.mp3What is the difference between a “safe at home” and “stay at home order”? Monday Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordered south Florida residents to stay “safe at home.” What does this order mean? Are residents of Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties ordered to “stay and home?” No, according to Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez who told 850WFTL that the “safe at home order” still allows residents to leave their homes to make essential trips to the pharmacy, grocery store and gas station without facing any legal consequences. People can also go outside to exercise or walk as long as they don’t do it in groups.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Lt-Governor-Safer-at-Home.mp3The order also means that non-essential businesses must close displacing thousands of workers. Nuñez stresses that residents must adhere to the safe at home order because this is a serious health crisis. Nuñez adds that those 65 and older are definitely safer at home.In fact, now the CDC is now considering suggesting that everyone wear a protective mask when leaving home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Earlier, the CDC suggested that only the sick should wear a mask, but it is believed that thousands of people are shedding the virus, but have no symptoms. These people especially need to wear a protective mask.last_img read more


West Virginia tries to bounce from awful 2013

first_imgPitt transfer Rushel Shell should help the Mountaineers running attack. (Courier File Photo)Coach Dana Holgorsen needs no reminder about the lack of success he’s seen on the field since ushering in West Virginia’s move to the Big 12.Hired to make the Mountaineers a national fixture, Holgorsen brought immediate success with a Big East title and resounding Orange Bowl win over Clemson in the 2011 season. But the last two years mostly have been a disappointment and Holgorsen is hoping some changes to his defensive staff can help bring immediate results.West Virginia is 11-14 since moving to the Big 12 in 2012. The Mountaineers must show significant improvement on both sides of the ball to bounce back from a 4-8 finish — the school’s first losing season since 2001 — that included November losses to lowly Kansas and Iowa State.“We need to stay the course, continue to develop our talent, continue to recruit better, and then we’ll win those games,” said Holgorsen, who is entering the third year of a six-year contract that pays him at least $2.7 million in salary and bonuses. “Hopefully we can put a season together that everybody will be proud of.”He’ll have to do that by withstanding a tough early schedule, score points with no consistent returning playmakers on offense and get more out of a defense that’s been simply porous for two straight seasons.Athletic director Oliver Luck said last December that while he believed in the abilities of the coaching staff, he expects better results. Holgorsen is aiming for that in part by shoring up the number of players who will be ready at each position.“The chemistry and the continuity right now is better than it’s been since I’ve been here,” Holgorsen said.___Here are 5 things to watch for from the Mountaineers in 2014:BANKING ON TRICKETT: Holgorsen anointed Clint Trickett as starting quarterback in June. Holgorsen said Trickett, who had offseason shoulder surgery, “is light years ahead of where he was last year” after transferring from Florida State and becoming eligible to play immediately. Although he was mediocre at times in seven starts and threw just seven touchdown passes with seven interceptions, Trickett led the Mountaineers to a 30-21 win over Oklahoma State. His backups are Paul Millard, who started three games last year, and junior college transfer Skyler Howard.CROWDED BACKFIELD: Five running backs are looking to replace departed 1,000-yard rusher Charles Sims. Pittsburgh transfer Rushel Shell sat out last season after rushing for 641 yards as a freshman for the Panthers in 2012. Junior Andrew Buie, who left school last fall and re-enrolled in January, led the Mountaineers in rushing in 2012. Junior Dustin Garrison, the top ball carrier in 2011, is back after two injury-plagued seasons. Dreamius Smith was the second-leading rusher behind Sims with 494 yards. Wendell Smallwood, who ran for 221 yards as a freshman, is focused on football again after witness tampering charges against him were dropped last month in a case in Delaware.CHALLENGING START: West Virginia’s schedule is front-loaded with tough tests against Alabama on Aug. 30 in Atlanta, the Sept. 6 home opener against FCS runner-up Towson, a Sept. 13 road game against a Maryland team that beat West Virginia 37-0 last year, and the Big 12 opener at home Sept. 20 against Oklahoma.SHORE UP THAT DEFENSE: West Virginia surrendered 33 points per game last season, ranking 99th in the Bowl Subdivision. Tony Gibson was promoted to defensive coordinator after Keith Patterson left for Arizona State and the Mountaineers hired former longtime Penn State assistant Tom Bradley to oversee the defensive line. West Virginia must replace six starters from the unit that allowed 455 yards per game and surrendered four second-half leads in its final six games.UNHAPPY RETURNS: West Virginia will try to infuse some life in its return game. The Mountaineers averaged a league-low 3 yards on punt returns and 18.6 yards on kickoff returns in 2013. Freshman quarterback William Crest is among those who could get some special teams work, although for now Holgorsen is looking at wide receivers Jordan Thompson and Mario Alford for returning punts, and running back Wendell Smallwood, Alford and Thompson on kickoffs.last_img read more