Advertisement Neville and United had an intense rivalry with United (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville has revealed he would have played for Arsenal if Manchester United had decided to offload him during his playing career.The Manchester native spend his entire career at United and is among a rare breed of one-man club in modern football.Neville and United had an intense rivalry with Arsenal in the Premier League, but the former defender revealed the Gunners would have been his No.1 choice had he left Old Trafford.‘I’m fortunate in the sense that, because I signed a five year deal or six year deal when I was 29, it ran out when I was 34, I’d made the decision that if Sir Alex came up to me at the end of that contract and said “Gary, your time’s up”, I was never going to go and play for another club,’ Neville told Sky Sports.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘I made that decision that I only wanted Manchester United next to my name.‘However, if he’d come to me at 28 and said, “Gary, your time’s up”, of course I would’ve gone and played for another Premier League club. I would have had to have done, because ultimately I’m a football player.‘If you said to me, in the perfect world, in my years of growing up in the Premier League, playing, which clubs would I say did I think had some real tradition, they’re a proper club? Gary Neville names Arsenal as the club he would have had joined had he left Manchester United Comment Neville won every major trophy with United (Picture: Getty)‘Arsenal would be number one. You used to go to Highbury, you could just feel the tradition of the place, and I just felt they always did things the right way.‘The clubs in Europe I always admired were Juventus and Bayern Munich because we played them a lot in the late 90s, early 2000s and I just respected them as football clubs in terms of the teams that they had.‘Bayern Munich always felt meticulous in their preparation, so for me, Bayern Munich would be the club I would choose internationally.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘In the Premier League, it would be Arsenal – not that Arsenal would ever want me or I’d ever want to go to Arsenal.‘But that would be the club, to be fair, that I’d say have got the most tradition in terms of history.‘I also like Aston Villa, Newcastle are another club – in fact I’d play for anybody!‘If at 28 or 29 Sir Alex had said to go I would’ve said Arsenal, Aston Villa, Newcastle, they are the three clubs I would’ve looked at.’MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will leave Arsenal this summer, predicts Kevin CampbellMORE: Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson responds to Chelsea and Manchester United interestFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Coral BarryThursday 2 Apr 2020 10:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link683Shares Advertisement
The Batesville Freshman and JV squads started of their respective seasons with wins over Jennings County.Batesville Freshman Football team opened the season with a 16-12 win at Jennings County.Trey Heidlage connected with Devin Scripture for a 2 yard pass with 6 minutes left in the 4th quarter to give the Bulldogs the lead including running in the 2 pt conversion. Heidlage also scored Batesville’s first TD with a 5 yard TD run as he also scored the 2 pt conversion by running the ball. Both touchdowns of the game came on 4th down.Stephanie Nobbe and Danny Aylor provided great runs to help the Bulldogs score on their scoring drives. Devin Scripture lead the team in receiving including over 60 yards receiving.Defensively, Heidlage and Luke Belter led the team. Alex Plemons recorded a sack and Austin Siefert did a great job in pass coverage. Siefert also did a great job returning punts to give Batesville great field position late in the game to set up their game game-winning scoring drive.Batesville will play at home next Monday at 5:30 against South Decatur’s JV.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Eric Feller.The Bulldogs JV squad blanked The Jennings County Panthers 38-0 to start off their season.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Terry Nobbe.
Press Association The Ulster loose-forward sees Ireland’s autumn international captaincy as a four-way fight between Paul O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll, Jamie Heaslip and Rory Best. New head coach Schmidt will confirm his skipper on Thursday, with Munster talisman O’Connell still the favourite despite continued calf trouble. O’Connell is expected to feature in Saturday’s opening autumn clash against Samoa in Dublin, but forwards coach John Plumtree admitted he may not last the full match. Henry admitted whoever Schmidt chooses will receive the squad’s full backing but he revealed the four men he feels best-placed to lead the side. “We as players don’t really know who the captain is yet,” said the eight-cap forward. “But look around: there are options all over the place and Paul (O’Connell) definitely is up there. “There’s a lot of inspirational characters there. I suppose sometimes when I’m running around training, you look at the circle of players and you still have to take a second glance sometimes, with Paulie, Drico and Jamie, and Rory as well. “Whoever gets the nod will be extremely proud of course but there are options all over the place, and the fact that we have so many leaders, whoever gets the nod will have a lot of experienced hands behind him as well. “I’m glad I don’t have to make the decision, but in my head the four candidates would be Paul, Drico, Jamie and Rory. “Any one of those boys will do exactly the right job and we’d all stick behind them exactly the way it should be.” Ireland boast four captaincy front-runners who could lead the squad into the Joe Schmidt era, believes flanker Chris Henry. Lock O’Connell, centre O’Driscoll, number eight Heaslip and hooker Best hold a combined 334 caps, with an average age of 32. Ireland’s need to usher in long-term successors in a host of positions underpins Schmidt’s accession. Henry expects big-hitting Samoa to provide a stern test of Ireland’s early credentials under former New Zealand schoolteacher Schmidt. But he warned the Pacific Islanders’ physical threat will be matched by their defence-splitting offloading game. Henry said: “The small bit of defence we have done so far has been about their offloading game; their continuity. “Once they get the ball, it’s about us trying to connect (tackle) as quickly as possible. “We want to keep the ball but there are going to be turnovers and whenever that happens we’ve got to respond very quickly. “They’ve got some serious ball carriers in their team and they always want to keep the ball alive. “We’ve got to focus on that ball and stop the offloads.”
Big opportunities don’t come around too often.Three weeks ago, the men’s basketball team, fresh off its first appearance in the AP Top 25 since 2008, headed to Oregon for weekend road contests against the Ducks and Beavers with a chance to solidify or even improve upon a robust No. 21 ranking.Instead, the Trojans fell flat, losing to both teams and dropping out of the rankings as quickly as they entered them.“We worked so hard to be a really good basketball team and to get the recognition that we deserve,” redshirt junior guard Katin Reinhardt said to the Los Angeles Daily News last month. “We saw that ranking and then we lost it.”Now, after sweeping a three-game homestand with strong wins over Washington State, Washington and UCLA, the Men of Troy find themselves back in the rankings and in a similar position as they were in mid-January.Ranked 23rd in the nation in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll, the Trojans once again will hit the road for a couple of games over the weekend, this time against Arizona State and No. 17 Arizona.Adding to the parallelism, the quality of the opponents is alike.Arizona State is a lot like Oregon State — a team that, on paper, the Trojans should beat. Arizona is comparable to Oregon as the more established ranked team against whom a road loss would be understandable, but the Trojans should be able to hang with.USC has already beaten both the Sun Devils and Wildcats at home on Jan. 7 and 9, a weekend capped off by the classic four-overtime win over then seventh-ranked Arizona that turned a lot of heads around college basketball.All they’re looking for this weekend is a repeat formula, except on the road. Here lies another massive opportunity not only for head coach Andy Enfield and the Men of Troy in their quest to become not just relevant but also to remain in the conversation as legitimate Pac-12 contenders.Because let’s be honest: nobody expected the Trojans to even sniff the rankings this season, much less be points behind perennial powerhouse Kentucky this deep into the campaign. The Trojans are even one spot ahead of Texas, which was one Buddy Hield spectacular buzzer-beater away from upsetting No. 3 Oklahoma on Monday. If USC were to play the Sooners today, the result would probably not be very pretty.But the thing about an up-and-coming team is that nobody — not even themselves — knows their true potential, and that should be very scary for any of the NCAA’s top dogs should the Trojans make it to March Madness.Speaking of which, the Trojans are picked to enter the NCAA Tournament as high as a No. 4 seed in the Midwest bracket in USA Today’s latest bracketology predictions updated on Thursday, while Duke and Arizona are both projected to be sixth seeds — a development that would not have even been plausible prior to the season.First, though, the Men of Troy must take care of business in their remaining eight conference games. Enfield has continuously stressed that his team should stay in the moment.“Now we’re ranked again, and we’re on the road again, so we will see if we have learned anything from last time,” Enfield said, according to The Register Guard. “You can easily lose on the road in this conference whether you’re ranked or not, whether you’re overconfident or not because the road is so hard in this league.”Multiple appearances in the rankings are yet another indication that the Trojans are moving rapidly in the right direction. This weekend presents a chance for the Men of Troy to take it a step further and stay in the Top 25 for consecutive weeks, stay ahead of Arizona and move closer to overtaking Oregon atop the Pac-12 and keep building their reputation as an up-and-coming program everybody wants to see come March.Opportunity is knocking for the Trojans, and they better grasp it before it’s in their rear view mirror.Eric He is a freshman majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Fridays.
Reddick understands much of this weekend is about the coaches throwing as much as they can at players in an effort to see who can learn quickly and improve their game.“To see who’s really going home and studying, who really wants to be here,” he said. “You get to weed out who’s just out here and who’s seriously trying to make a living.”Though his roster spot is not exactly up for debate, Reddick plants himself squarely in the latter group. He is trying to be a leader on the field because, as he said, it is his job, both as a middle linebacker and a first-round draft pick.He won’t get it all down in one practice, but with his first on-field experience as a Cardinal in the books, the former Temple star is pleased.“Very nice, just to see how things are going to go, what’s being expected of you, what’s the tempo like, what mistakes you’re making,” he said. “So that you can try to come back and correct them the next day.”Impressive startsOverall, Arians said on Friday he was very impressed with his group, with the team’s draft choices as well as some undrafted free agents and tryout players catching his eye. “Larry, from Colorado State Pueblo, wide receiver — I gotta get his last name yet — but I learned his first name already, so that’s a really good thing.“And Carlton, from Rutgers, looked really good; the two wideouts. A couple of the corners broke on balls really well. Budda (Baker) showed his ball skills.”The “Larry” Arians was referring to is Larry Clark (pictured), a 6-foot-3, 182-pound player who is in town on a tryout. In five games for the ThunderWolves last season, he caught 22 passes for 248 yards and four touchdowns.Taking a look for down the roadOne of the more interesting players in rookie camp is Air Force linebacker Ryan Watson.Practicing on a tryout basis, even if the coaches are impressed and the Cardinals would like to keep him around, he could not join the team for another two years.According to a rule handed down in late April by the United States Air Force to the Academy, all cadets must serve two years of active duty before they earn “ready reserve” status, at which point they could enter professional sports.“I think it’s dumb,” Arians said of the rule.Be that as it may, Watson, who notched 99 career tackles along with 16 sacks, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery, could not possibly suit up for the Cardinals — or any other team — until 2019. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Arizona Cardinals first round draft pick Haason Reddick works out during an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team’s training facility, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) TEMPE, Ariz. — About this time last year, Robert Nkemdiche’s first practice of rookie minicamp raised some eyebrows.As you might recall, afterwards Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the first-round pick “was killing people in walk-through” and was “bench-pressing linemen already.”For a variety of reasons, that did not foreshadow a dominant initial campaign for the defensive lineman. “Like always, I’ll only answer questions about guys on our team,” the coach said. “So you can put the pen away. If the guy’s not on our team, don’t ask me a question.”And that was that.Follow Adam Green on Twitter Comments Share As he told ESPN.com’s Josh Weinfuss, having to wait will be very tough, but he pointed out that he went to the United States Air Force Academy, so the easy road is not one he is familiar with anyway.“Oh, it’s definitely a tease,” he said. “But I’d rather be here than not be here, so I’m blessed to have the opportunity. I will never be upset coming in here and leaving.”At this point, Watson is trying to soak it all in while the Cardinals and their coach are just hoping to learn more about him.“Just give him a good look and give him the opportunity, he’s earned it,” Arians said. “I love working with the service guys and giving them that chance.“And you never know, they’ll impress you enough that you’ll think about them two years from now.”One final thought — sort of — on Daryl WashingtonYou knew it was going to come up.After the Cardinals surprisingly released recently-reinstated linebacker Daryl Washington on Thursday, Friday was the first chance to ask any of the team’s decisionmakers about what transpired.Expecting it, Arians pivoted mid-point while talking about players who impressed him in rookie camp with a quote most could have anticipated. And, on Friday, a similar occurrence happened with Arizona’s 2017 first-round pick, linebacker Haason Reddick.Playing middle linebacker after primarily being an edge rusher in college, the No. 13 overall pick in the draft caught Arians’ eye.“He tried to make a damn tackle,” Arians said. “And flying across the field and trying to get an interception.“But like I always say, I’d rather say ‘woah’ than ‘sick ’em,’ and he looked natural at the position.”This early, that’s a good sign.Because while pretty much every player on the field this weekend in Tempe is learning a new system, Reddick is at the disadvantage of doing so while at an unfamiliar role in the defense.“It’s very tough, it’s very tough,” he said of learning a new position at the same time as a different defense. “But I’m dedicated. I’m going to be in here watching film, getting in there with Coach (Larry) Foote, making sure that I’m learning.“I’m looking forward to being the biggest impact this season and getting out there and making some plays, so I’m definitely out here and I’m taking it seriously.”