first_img“That part of it will be taken care of early. Our defense is going to get there.” Every team that has played the Irish (0-5) has gotten to its quarterbacks. Notre Dame’s offensive line has allowed 29 sacks and paved the way for an embarrassing running game of 30.4 yards per game. Both statistics are the worst among 119 schools in Division I. Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis has said Clausen is the probable starting quarterback if he’s healthy. But it might not matter who’s behind center, according to Davis. “Jimmy Clausen is one of the better true freshman quarterbacks I’ve seen the whole time I’ve been here,” Davis said. “Unfortunately, his O-line is just falling apart. They can’t block a soul. “That’s going to hurt your team. That’s going to hurt your offense. That’s going to get you to 0-5.” Markey doubtful UCLA tailback Chris Markey was still wearing a protective boot and didn’t practice. He is looking “less than 50-50” according to Coach Karl Dorrell. The swelling has subsided, but he’s still not able to do anything because of turf toe. He would have to practice today in order to play at the Rose Bowl. Since Markey isn’t likely to play, Christian Ramirez and Chane Moline will share the backup tailback’s load. More battered Bruins Senior fullback Michael Pitre is definitely out for Saturday and maybe much longer. He experienced swelling in his knee after limited action against Oregon State. As for whether the Bruins would shut him down for the remainder of the year, Dorrell said: “I hope not, but I’m not encouraged.” … Receiver Marcus Everett did some work on the side and could play. … Defensive end Nikola Dragovic’s groin injury has puzzled coaches. He was limited in practice Wednesday but Dorrell hoped he would improve with a couple more days of rest. Around the nation Louisville: Running back George Stripling was suspended from Friday night’s game against Utah for violating team rules. Coach Steve Kragthorpe did not elaborate on why Stripling was disciplined. Oregon: Former Banning High standout A.J. Tuitele broke his foot during Oregon’s loss to California last weekend and will likely sit out six to eight weeks. Tuitele, a defensive captain, had surgery to insert a pin into his foot on Tuesday. Florida: Safety Tony Joiner practiced one day after he was charged with felony burglary for allegedly trying to take his girlfriend’s car out of a towing company’s impound lot. Coach Urban Meyer stripped Joiner of his captain’s status. Texas Tech: Linebacker Kellen Tillman was suspended after his arrest for marijuana possession. AP contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Jill Painter STAFF WRITER UCLA defensive end Bruce Davis has never met Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen, but he can’t wait to greet him on Saturday. “He’s a good kid, a good quarterback,” Davis said. “But I haven’t met a freshman that I wasn’t able to get inside their head yet. You should expect the first play of the game, whether it’s run, pass, whatever it is, you’ll see me in his face. I’m just going to give him a friendly hello and let him know that it’s going to be a long day for him. last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was delighted his team found a way to win against a Sunderland side that he did not feel were easy to play against.Christian Benteke’s solitary goal at the Stadium of Light handed the German manager’s side a final victory in 2015 and it leaves them just five points behind the top four. The Reds missed a series of good opportunities to finish the game off as they were largely the better team. Klopp told Sky Sports: “We were the better team and you could see that the pressure on both teams was big. “A little bit more for Sunderland because of the intensity of the last weeks and months.“You could help yourself if you got an early goal, we didn’t but we did not do too bad in situations against a very good defending team.“They were only defending so that makes it pretty hard for us because you don’t get space and you always have to go again and slow down the game.“Then we made the goal after half-time and we controlled something like the game.“They were waiting for set-plays, they are difficult to defend but we did it. We could have got made a second or third one, we didn’t, we had to wait until the final whistle.”Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce felt the Black Cats were unfortunate in the manner that Liverpool got their goal but praised his side’s effort, although he conceded a lack of killer instinct in the final third.“We didn’t really produce enough quality,” Allardyce commented.“When we did we got good chances, we couldn’t finish them off but we could have done more with the opportunities in terms of our final third quality – we need to try and get that a little better.“A resilient performance, one where Liverpool never really looked like creating too many clear-cut chances or opportunities and if we can build on that scenario and get a bit more luck then we’ll try to go up the other end, get a result and score a goal.“The injuries are a problem. We’re facing another centre-half who’s come off injured so we’ll have to wait and see how Seb (Coates) is.“I thought Wes (Brown) did great today. I thought the team did well overall, a good shape to the side.“They’re playing a Liverpool side that’s got a huge amount of money spent on it and often matched them.”last_img read more