MADISON, WISCONSIN – OCTOBER 12: Jonathan Taylor #23 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates a touchdown with teammates during the second half of a game against the Michigan State Spartans at Camp Randall Stadium on October 12, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Wisconsin has been one of the most impressive teams in the country this season. A 6-0 record backs that up. Not to mention the Badgers have shut out four of their opponents this season.All-in-all, Wisconsin has given up a total of 29 points through six games. Yes, you read that right.Despite a dominant start to the season which includes blowout wins over Michigan and Michigan State, the Badgers haven’t cracked the top five yet. Wisconsin is currently No. 6 in the latest edition of the AP Top 25.What’s with the Wisconsin disrespect? One ESPN analyst is fed up with how national experts are ranking the Badgers.If Wisconsin wore Alabama or Ohio State jerseys they’d be a top 3 ranked team in the country.— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) October 13, 2019The frustration is understood. Though, Ohio State deserves its ranking due to its resume. But the Crimson Tide haven’t exactly beaten anyone noteworthy.Even a team like Clemson doesn’t have half the resume Wisconsin does. The Tigers also nearly lost to North Carolina a few weeks ago.Teams haven’t even come close to beating the Badgers. But make no doubt about it — if Wisconsin keeps winning, the team has nothing to worry about.The College Football Playoff committee would never keep out an undefeated Big Ten champion. If the Badgers are able to win out, they should get the respect they deserve.As for now, all Wisconsin can do is worry about what’s next — Saturday’s game vs. Illinois.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he would not have risked Paul Pogba on an artificial surface even if he was fit to face AZ in the Europa League.France international Pogba suffered an ankle injury in August and only returned to action in the EFL Cup tie with Rochdale last week.He featured in Monday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford, though was not among the travelling squad ahead of Thursday’s European fixture as his ankle “requires a period of further rest”. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career But even if he was able to play, Solskjaer does not think he would have picked the World Cup winner, as United – who won their Europa League opener against Astana 1-0 – travel to the home of ADO Den Haag after a section of AZ’s stadium roof collapsed last month.The change of location means United will play on artificial turf at the Kyocera Stadium.”He needs further treatment and rest on his ankle,” Solskjaer told reporters when asked about Pogba’s absence.”I probably wouldn’t risk him on astro turf anyway, even if he was available for this game. He needs a bit of a rest.”Solskjaer expressed his surprise at the choice of venue by AZ, while also criticising the condition of the surface. “Well I’m surprised they’ve chosen to play on this pitch when I look at it, I’m used to these pitches in Norway, it’s not the best I’ve seen,” he said.”It’s one of the worst ones I’ve seen for a long while, we’ve all got standards back home in Norway and they are all modern and new but it’s safe, I’m not saying that [it isn’t safe], it’s just not the newest.”It seems like it’s been used a lot. With my knees, I’ve not really enjoyed astro turf anyway, but these young boys are OK.”I’m surprised that in this climate [in the Netherlands] you have to use astro turf. It’s OK if you live in the North Pole more or less. You can’t play in March or December on grass, but I’m surprised.”You can’t force the Norwegian teams to have natural grass, so I don’t think it’s possible [to ban the surfaces], but if I was running a club here I wouldn’t have astro if you have the chance for natural grass.”Injury-hit United have again named a youthful squad, with Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes, Brandon Williams and James Garner all included.United’s young side struggled to take their chances against Astana and Solskjaer is hoping they can be more clinical this time around against AZ.”They are a young team as well, by the way, and an exciting team, and one or two of ours will get another chance to impress,” Solskjaer added.”They all want to be part of a long future here. We will have a mixture of experience and youth.”Football is about scoring goals. No one wants to miss chances. For us, it’s about grasping the moments and realising we’ve got [experienced] players here playing with these young boys.”I just hope they’re ready to run, run in behind and finish the chances.”
The wife of the policeman killed while giving protection to a judge in Jaffna, has been reinstated to the Police service.The National Police Commission said that it had recommended that the wife of policeman Sarath Premachandra be reinstated to the Police service. Mrs. Premachandra was in the police service earlier but was unemployed at the time her husband was killed.Premachandra was killed during a shooting incident in Jaffna when he was giving protection to Jaffna High Court judge M. Ilancheliyan. (Colombo Gazette)