McClaren said: “My swearing went right out of the window. But that’s football and that’s typical. Each week is different and you have to respond differently, and last week was definitely a different response. “It’s been a normal week after what was a very disappointing result and performance last Saturday, a bad weekend. But I would say I have had a great week on the training field. “I have thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s been feisty, it’s been competitive, intense, energetic – really all the things that we were lacking last Saturday, so it’s been a good week and I hope that preparation, we take into tomorrow’s game.” Newcastle were booed from the pitch by their own fans, who had seen them outplayed a fortnight earlier at Bournemouth, only to emerge with a 1-0 victory, and the club sits just a point above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace. McClaren said: “We didn’t do the basics last Saturday and we just talked about doing the basics. We had done that for four games, it had collected us seven points. “We had a setback. We are not there yet, we are going to have setbacks and we had one on Saturday. We understand the performance wasn’t up to our normal standard and we have to get back to that.” Skipper Fabricio Coloccini bore a sizeable share of the criticism thrown at the team, but McClaren refused to single him out and insisted he would remain as his captain. He said: “There were a lot of players last week who were disappointing.” Midfielder Jack Colback will return to the squad after a knee injury which has sidelined him for a month and keeper Karl Darlow is also fit after an ankle problem. However, full-back Massadio Haidara is set to be sidelined for four months as he prepares to undergo surgery to repair a damaged knee cartilage. McClaren confirmed there had been heated exchanges on and off the training pitches at the club’s Darsley Park headquarters this week amid a grisly post-mortem in the wake of a 3-0 home defeat which set the alarm bells ringing once again. The former England boss prohibited the use of foul language following his arrival during the summer, but that went out of the window as a few home truths were voiced. Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has admitted he flouted his own ban on swearing in the wake of Saturday’s humiliation by Leicester. Press Association
Eric says:The Packers really peaked in Week 5 with their monster win over the Saints. It’s really pretty sad, considering their high point came with a victory over a club that’s been displaced due to a natural disaster. Let’s be honest — you know your year is bad when you’re relegated to kicking a team when it’s down.But … it was a high point, and yes, it did take the Texans until last Sunday to rise to the Packers’ level.That said, with a bye week the following week, and having to use a running back that once dropped a deuce in a girl’s closet, the Green Bay Packers should have just high-tailed it out of town, forfeited their remaining games and ensured themselves the top pick in next year’s draft.Yes, they should have made their bye week into a bye “rest of the season.” If nothing less, it would have saved the veteran Brett Favre another 11 games for next season, and would have allowed his receivers to mend themselves for next year.Seriously, a 1-4 season, that’s not really so bad when you think about it. It’s much better than a 1-15 season. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll make it to 3-13, but what would be the point — then they would run the risk of losing the No. 1 pick to the Texans.Let’s face it, they went from a high point, through the bye week, to an all-new low. In Week , they lost on a last-second field goal to a team that had probably just got off the Good Ship Fornicate minutes before kickoff.Why risk the embarrassment of losing to that same team with Brad Johnson under center in a few weeks? Why risk falling twice to the Bears? Why continue to agonize their enormous fan base by coming out every week and coming up short?The Packers should just find a DeLorean the size of a bus, all jump in it, travel back two weeks and announce the end of their season.Tom says:OK, it was fun while it lasted — believing that the NFC North was just bad enough that the Green Bay Packers could still win the division title. True, the Vikings suck. And Detroit is a bad team, as well. There’s no way the Bears should have a chance at the playoffs.But the Packers have outdone all of them, finding new ways to lose, week in and week out.To start the year, the defense was abysmal (Steve Heiden, anyone?). Now, the offense is in the tank, and Brett Favre has lost so many receivers he thinks Deltha O’Neal is his go-to guy.Simply put, this team is done. Granted, the Pack is only three games in back of a squad that boasts Kyle Orton as its starting quarterback, which means anything is possible. Maybe another fumble is on the way … but still, this team has some gargantuan holes, and the No. 1 draft pick is looking even better than a 10-6 finish (assuming Green Bay could somehow rip off a nine-game winning streak to end the season) and another first-round playoff exit.Honestly, what good would that really do Green Bay? Mike Sherman would keep his job as head coach, but regardless of injuries, this is just not a good team. Even the staunchest of Packer fans (yes, I am talking to you, St. Vince) has to take a step back, take a deep breath and realize that at this point.Hopefully, now hopefully, Favre won’t go out on this sour note. But, seriously, would giving Aaron Rodgers some snaps be such a bad idea? Whoa, I know I’m playing with fire here, but I’m not saying Sherman should not start his living legend. Favre does not deserve that. But when he’s tossing pick after pick, would sending Rodgers out for a series really be any worse?So, at this point, it’s time to send in Taco Wallace at wideout, Rodgers under center and start dreaming of Reggie Bush coming to Lambeau. ‘Cause, honestly, Samkon Gado isn’t going to cut it in the backfield.
Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start An important question also persists: why keep going?“I want to finish what we started here,” Honeycutt said. “I love what I do, so it’s just a bump in the road, is the way I look at it. It probably would have been easier to take a few months away from it, but I didn’t really know. (Dr. Watkins) said in six weeks it’ll be better than it was the previous six weeks. It kind of goes in phases a little bit.”Honeycutt has a contract for next season, which would be his 15th in his current role. Among active pitching coaches, only the Padres’ Darren Balsley and the White Sox’s Don Cooper have held the job longer. Honeycutt’s contract does not require he serve as the Dodgers’ everyday pitching coach, however. The opportunity to transition into a less hands-on role is there if he wants it.Related Articles In February, Honeycutt had surgery in Marina del Rey to fuse two vertebrae in his lower back – the L5 and S1, the two segments that comprise the lumbosacral joint. Anyone who has experienced symptoms of sciatica is at least physically familiar with their lumbosacral joint. Within two weeks, Honeycutt was back at work at the Dodgers’ Camelback Ranch facility in Arizona.The work itself seems easy enough. Honeycutt now has a standing desk in his office adjoining the Dodger Stadium clubhouse. Watching pitchers pitch, pregame strategizing, walking to the mound from the dugout – Honeycutt can do all the things a pitching coach would list on his resumé.The travel is more difficult. The nadir was a late-April series at Wrigley Field in Chicago, with its low ceilings, sparse elevators, and meandering inner pathways laden with stairs. On team flights, Honeycutt must remind himself to get his legs moving every 15 or 20 minutes. The longest season in professional sports waits for no one.“He’s a pretty tough man,” pitcher Kenley Jansen said of Honeycutt. “That can take a beat out of you, especially the long plane rides that we take. I can see that he can’t sit most of the time, but he’s working hard recovering, getting on his feet, get that little jog out there.”The father-son surgical team of Dr. Robert Watkins III and Dr. Robert Watkins IV check in once a homestand to monitor their handiwork. About a month ago, Honeycutt said he underwent an MRI exam. The scan revealed bone growth in his lumbosacral joint, a positive sign. As his nerves recover from the procedure, Honeycutt said the dull aches in his legs have a chance to improve. He’ll continue to take prescription anti-inflammatory medications in the meantime. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “The last few years that I’ve been doing this, I almost take it a year at a time and try to throw my energy and effort into what I do, and try to do it the best I can, and hopefully help our guys the best I can,” Honeycutt said. “I don’t really worry about the future that much. I just worry about the present and all those things will be assessed after the season.”ALSODodgers shortstop Corey Seager was named National League Player of the Week on Monday. In five games last week, Seager went 10 for 20 with five runs scored, two doubles, a triple, two home runs and seven RBIs.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Rich Hill, 4-1, 2.68 ERA) at Padres (RHP Ronald Bolaños, 0-1, 5.79 ERA), Tuesday, 7 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM LOS ANGELES — The staircase leading from the third base dugout to the Dodgers’ clubhouse is, for some, a getaway. It’s a runway for athletes to bounce energetically onto a baseball field. It’s also a place for emotionally defeated men to hide their emotional defeat.For Rick Honeycutt, the staircase is an obstacle.The Dodgers’ 65-year-old pitching coach trudged up the steps Friday afternoon for a pregame interview. For 10 minutes Honeycutt stood, as he usually does at work, answering questions about the rods and screws and fake disk holding his back together.“I can sit if something’s the right height,” Honeycutt said. “The lower I sit … it’s just easier to stand.”