Press Association The German was welcomed to Anfield with much fanfare having been announced as Brendan Rodgers’ successor and he guided the Reds to a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane. While injuries to Christian Benteke, Danny Ings and now Daniel Sturridge have limited Klopp’s attacking options, the former Borussia Dortmund boss saw Liverpool keep their first clean sheet since August. “When I came here and thought about Liverpool, I thought four strikers with quality and now I have one. That is not the best situation but I like Divock, young (Jerome) Sinclair was on the bench and he was close to coming on. “I don’t think about players I don’t have, it doesn’t make sense. Danny Ings of course needs time, Benteke doesn’t need the same time and could be back next week. The best situation is when all the players are at 100 per cent but it doesn’t happen so often. “Danny (Sturridge) had a one-on-one situation with Jordon Ibe in training and afterwards he had a little pain in the muscle – I’m not a specialist for this but we screened him only to be sure. There is a little bit of swelling but nothing serious so we will have to see. I hope on Thursday he will be ready to play.” Spurs started slowly but came close through substitute Clinton Njie and Harry Kane, only for Simon Mignolet to keep both of them at bay as the goalkeeper enjoyed a strong outing for the visitors. Head coach Mauricio Pochettino felt that his side deserved to win the game having created more chances than Liverpool and praised Kane as the England forward looks to add to his solitary league goal so far this season. “I think of course,” Pochettino replied when asked if he felt his side should have taken all three points. “We only concede one clear chance, from the corner where we have only 10 players on the pitch with (Nacer) Chadli injured. Then I think we had four clear chances in the first half, Mignolet saved Liverpool and I’m very happy, very pleased with the players. “Harry was good. He had two clear chances to score – we had four chances and two from Harry. “How many chances had Origi, not to criticise another player but you expect Harry should score every time he touches he ball but he worked a lot and there was great effort, the goal is coming.” Divock Origi was named as the lone striker and hit the crossbar early on – but it was Tottenham who then created the better chances as both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils. “I’m satisfied,” Klopp said of the draw. “This is not the worst sign as I hadn’t got the biggest expectations for the game as we only had three days together and Tottenham are a strong and tuned team. “It could have been difficult yet I’m really satisfied. The start was brilliant and we surprised them a little bit. “Football is a result sport. We need all the results, we have to try and improve, work together and do the things together we want to see. The nil on the right side is okay, the nil on the other side doesn’t give you the same feeling.” Klopp revealed he had attempted to sign Origi while at Dortmund only for Liverpool to beat them to the punch – but he is now pleased to be working with the Belgium international having lost Ings for the season and with Sturridge sitting out this game as a precaution. “I wanted to take him to Dortmund when Liverpool bought him,” Klopp said of Origi. “We could not because he went to Liverpool and on loan to Lille. He is a very good player. Fast and a good technician, at this moment not full of experience in the game because he didn’t play so often but we will have fun with this player, I’m sure. Jurgen Klopp insists he was satisfied with his introduction to English football as his Liverpool side left Tottenham with a point.
In a record-setting performance, junior Ivy Martin was impressive during the Big Ten Championships for the Wisconsin women’s swimming and diving team.In the 100-yard freestyle preliminary rounds, she raced a 48.05, beating the original Big Ten record by .03 seconds and advancing to the finals. Her performance in the finals was even more remarkable, as she crushed that new record with a time of 47.78, earning her the individual Big Ten title in the process.One of the reasons for Martin’s great success is her competitive mindset that sets her apart from other swimmers. Because of this, women’s swimming and diving head coach Whitney Hite has high expectations for Martin.“She’s hungry, and I keep calling her a cheetah,” Hite said in his Monday press conference. “She’ll run them down, and she’s super competitive. So my expectation is to be the best ever.”Although those expectations may seem high, her performances have put her in elite company.In the 50-yard freestyle, she swam a 21.58 in the prelims and a 21.68 in the finals, good enough for another Big Ten title. Hite believes the 21.58 time is good enough to put her among the top 10 American women swimmers.Along with her teammates Aja Van Hout, Chase Kinney and Rebecka Palm, Martin also helped the 400-yard freestyle relay team take home a Big Ten title. Their time of 3:15.65 automatically qualified them for the NCAA meet as well.Hite complimented Martin’s ability in the pool, which helps her overcome physical disadvantages to bigger, stronger swimmers.“She’s got some talent that can’t really be taught. But the way she attacks things and does some pretty technical things that you can’t necessarily teach, it’s talent,” Hite said. “So it’s fun to watch.”Outside of the individual and relay victories, the Badgers finished sixth in the Big Ten Conference meet thanks in large part to the improvements of the diving competition.Ashley Peterson earned points on two platforms in the diving competition, which bumped the Badgers up into sixth.The qualifying individuals for the women’s swim and dive team will continue their season at the NCAA meet on March 20-22.Badgers set for conference meetOn the men’s side, the men’s swimming and diving team is preparing for their upcoming conference meet that begins Wednesday in Ann Arbor.There are big expectations for the Wisconsin freshman to do well, even if it is only their first time competing in the Big Ten Conference meet.“They swam well all year. At this point, they’re seasoned veterans, and, yeah, we’re expecting them to step up and be key contributors,” Hite said.As an upperclassman on a relatively young team, junior Drew teDuits also needs to compete well in the Big Ten meet, almost a year removed from winning the NCAA title last season in the 200-yard backstroke.The men’s team has traveled the country and teDuits has swam against some of the best 200-yard backstroke racers in the country, experiences which Hite believes will help him in the upcoming races.“When the lights are brightest, Drew’s at his best, and he’ll step up, and I know that he’ll be very, very good,” Hite said.About three hours after teDuits won the NCAA title for the 200-yard backstroke last year, Hite was thinking of ways to make him faster transitioning into this season to help him defend the title.“I think that he can get stronger and train at a higher level, which he’s doing compared to last year,” Hite said.The results of Hite’s solution will be seen when teDuits competes against some of the best swimmers in the Big Ten this weekend.The men’s team is also improving in the diving competition. Hite expects the divers to become a strength of the team, something exciting for the program.Martin and teDuits were both named to the 2013-2014 U.S. National Swim Team roster, which puts them in the top six in the country at that event.Hite hopes the growth and success of the team continues after having two of his elite athletes grow up in Madison, and he hopes the Badgers can continue to keep that homegrown talent in Madison.With the women’s performance last weekend and his expectations for this upcoming weekend for the men’s team, Hite cannot help but be excited about the future of the Wisconsin swimming and diving teams.
Greg Olsen concussion statusOlsen missed Week 14 after getting concussed in Week 13. Ian Thomas saw 10 targets and scored a touchdown in Olsen’s absence. A return for Olsen will depend on clearing the NFL’s concussion protocol.WEEK 15 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | Y! Cash | Y! GPPThe Panthers take on the Seahawks in Week 15, who just allowed a 100-yard game to Tyler Higbee, so whichever of Olsen or Thomas gets the start should be considered a back-end fantasy starter. If Evan Engram can make it back for Week 15, the tight end rankings will be nearly back to full strength (although Mark Andrews’ injury means that might not be totally true). We’re also looking for the latest updates on Gerald Everett and Greg Olsen, who each missed Week 14, as well. If they remain out, Tyler Higbee and Ian Thomas would once again serve as priority waiver pickups and sleepers.For updates on injured QBs Patrick Mahomes, Jameis Winston, and Tom Brady, click here; for news on banged-up WRs Calvin Ridley, Mike Evans, DJ Chark, and DeVante Parker, go here; for the latest on injured RBs Derrius Guice, Derrick Henry, and more, go here; for the latest on ailing TEs Noah Fant, Ryan Griffin, Mark Andrews, and Jared Cook, click here; for updates on WRs Adam Thielen, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Will Fuller, and T.Y. Hilton, go here; for news on RBs James Conner, Josh Jacobs, Le’Veon Bell, and more, click here. Follow us on Twitter for more news and updates @ SN_Fantasy. WEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerEvan Engram injury updateAfter there was some speculation that Engram (foot) would return for Week 14, he was ruled out Saturday ahead of the Giants’ Monday night game. He’s missed four-straight contests due to a foot injury, allowing Kaden Smith to continue to start. New York takes on the Dolphins on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Week 15.Engram gets plugged right back into fantasy lineups if he’s active, while Smith remains a deep-league option if he gets the start against the Dolphins.WEEK 15: Top Waiver PickupsGerald Everett injury newsEverett (knee) has missed two straight games while Tyler Higbee has topped 100 yards in both. Sean McVay told reporters Monday that Everett is progressing but will likely be held out of practice early in the week.Considering Higbee had already leapfrogged Everett before the injury, anyone who’s relying on Higbee at this point shouldn’t be worried. Higbee proved his 100-yard game against the Cardinals wasn’t a fluke by doing it again, so he’s a borderline fantasy starter for Week 15 against the Cowboys. WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end