The Athletic Scene

first_imgThis is the time of the year that real high school basketball fans relish.  The girls’ season is winding down quickly.  Next week is their state finals.  The high school boys’ teams already know their sectional draw, and their tournament will begin the first of March.Next week March Madness begins for the college basketball system.  This 4-week bonanza for the NCAA and television revenue grows bigger and bigger every year.  If you are tired of basketball, at any point in March you can turn to baseball because they will be well into their spring training.How will the Indiana college teams do this year?  We won’t know yet this week, but Selection Sunday is also just around the corner.  We have talked about all of these things to follow, and we haven’t even mentioned the NBA yet.  They still have almost 2 full months of basketball regular season yet to play.last_img read more

Anfield record fuels Rodgers belief

first_img Press Association The Reds went top of the table with six matches to go after Sunday’s 4-0 win over Tottenham, when the famous old ground reverberated to a wall of noise generated by supporters who believe the club’s 24-year wait for a championship will soon be over. Liverpool have dropped just five points on home turf all season, winning 14 of 16 matches, and are on a run of eight successive league victories. “For us, our focus and composure and mentality is just to work hard, because there’s a process to dreaming. “You’ve got to get the work done, or else it doesn’t happen. “We just narrow our focus onto each game. It’s brilliant for the supporters to come to Anfield now to see their team win and see their team play dominating football.” Rodgers has continually stressed it is unprecedented for a side to leap from seventh, where Liverpool finished in May, to first in one season and insists they are currently ahead of where he expected them to be. He believes there is a way to go before they are at a level to consistently compete but thinks they are well on course to achieve that. “We’ve still got improvements to make,” he told LFCTV. “We’re looking to put something in place not just for now and this season but for the future. “The process started 18 months ago (when he was appointed successor to club icon Kenny Dalglish) and it’s continual.” Rivals Manchester City and Chelsea both have to visit this month and Rodgers hopes the Anfield factor will give them the necessary advantage. “It’s a swing in mentality,” he said. “When you have a home ground like Anfield, and you’ve got the army of supporters that we have, you’ve got to really own the field. “This is our pitch, our supporters, our ground, so our mentality is to own it. “We’ve got an aggressive mentality at home, to win, to score goals and equally to defend. “You put those things together, along with the supporters – who were immense (on Sunday), arguably the best atmosphere I’ve felt at Anfield – and it’s a really strong force that you have. “It’s great oxygen for us, as a team and management. “It’s great that the supporters have got that belief. That’s so important for them, it’s vital that they feel they can dream. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes their home fortress of Anfield may just give them the edge in the title race. last_img read more