Although the Irish did not deliver the blowout debut many fans were hoping for, Notre Dame’s first game under the coaching of Brian Kelly left many students pleased with the improvement and optimistic about the upcoming season. They were cheering for a reenergized team, a possible return to glory and, more than all else, hope for the Brian Kelly era at Notre Dame. Regardless of students trying to not get their hopes up about the rest of the season, many say it is apparent Kelly and the revitalized team have awoken something within the student body. Statistically, the Fighting Irish did well. Junior quarterback Dayne Crist threw for 205 yards and one touchdown, while senior running back Armando Allen ran for 93 yards and a touchdown under Kelly’s newly installed spread offense. The new offensive style had many students worried that the team would not be able to adapt to a no-huddle approach, but after Saturday’s game, many of those doubts have been eliminated. “I was very impressed with Brian Kelly’s coaching,” junior Mike Cole said. “He definitely focused on the fundamentals that were lacking beforehand and it was obvious the team had improved.” Sophomore Natalie Baumann said she was “concerned” about the spread offense going into the season, but now she thinks it is working out well for the team if they continue to play to their potential. “Brian Kelly has brought a new spirit to this team and to this campus,” sophomore Christina Mezes said. “The energy from the team has fed into the student body and everyone is excited.” On the whole, Irish fans were pleased with the results of Saturday’s game and expressed hope that the victory is a signal of something momentous about the rest of the season. “The no-huddle really keeps all the players on their toes and keeps the momentum going,” she said. “I think it also allowed a lot of the new players to step up and be instrumental to the plays on the field.” Baumann said she is going to continue to be optimistic, but also realistic about what we can and cannot do. “We have a big game with Michigan this week and I think that’s going to be more of a test,” she said. “It was a good start to a hopefully good season,” Heinrich said. “Obviously the players are happy and want to work harder and play harder, but I think everyone needs to take it one game at a time.” The Irish defense, an area that has famously plagued the team for years, appeared solid. The Irish had four sacks and two interceptions against Purdue’s quarterback Robert Marve. Students said they were thrilled with the strength presented by the defensive linemen. “Kelly knows we’re going to have a good offense because of the spread and the talent we have on that line,” junior Jack Heinrich said. “It’s clear he’s been working with the defense because we’ve always had good defensive players, but he’s working with them and improving the talent we have on that line.” As the final seconds counted down Saturday in Notre Dame Stadium signaling a 23-12 victory for the Irish over the Purdue Boilermakers, students were cheering for more than the first win of the season. “The spread offense was very effective in opening up the field for the run, and it really allowed Armando Allen to be effective,” junior Maurice Baynard said.
On the Olympic mountain Bjelasnica, on the location Stinji Do, was completed the first day of the test races in snowboarding entitled “Road to EYOF 2019”.This is the sixth consecutive competition of Snowboard Europa Cup Sarajevo, which is successfully organized by Freestyle Ski Team and the Ski Union of BiH since 2010. In this two-day event participated about 35 contestants from Italy, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovenia, Australia, Serbia, and Macedonia.This is only one of the competitions in winter sports, which is the test of our organizational skills for the European Youth Olympic Games, which will be held in Sarajevo in 2019.There is a great interest for these types of sport in the region. The competition is the central event of the ski season on Bjelasnica, and it is the only European Cup in BiH.This competition has the international character of the highest rank in the sports on the snow in BiH, with international referees and international technical delegates.(Source: klix.ba)
Andreas Granqvist has missed the birth of his daughter in order to beat England.The Sweden captain, who will lead his country into battle against the Three Lions on Saturday, missed the birth of his second daughter after his wife Sofie forbade him from coming home.Baby Mika arrived on Thursday evening, and Granqvist took to Instagram to reassure fans both mother and child were fine.The Helsingborgs centre-half was set to return to his home country to help his wife, but she refused to let him leave Russia.Sofie Granqvist said: ” “I’m absolutely not letting him come home, I’m completely fine with my friends and family there and what could be more important than the World Cup right now?”One man who is likely to sympathise with Granqvist is talkSPORT’s very own Tony Cascarino, who could not believe Fabian Delph left Russia for the birth of his daughter! Check out the video below! “You’re going to spend the rest of your life with your kid!”Tony Cascarino says Fabian Delph would be making a mistake if he left the #ENG camp to be at the birth of his third child 👶 🏆 #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/0BUIUMQgfz— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 24, 2018The Manchester City star missed the nerve-wracking last-16 penalty shootout victory over Colombia to attend to the birth of his daughter.Boss Gareth Southgate excused the versatile midfielder, who returned for the crunch clash with the Swedes on Thursday.