“Every player creates value by being his best every time he gets the opportunity. The scoreboard shouldn’t matter. Who you’re playing shouldn’t matter. And where you’re ranked shouldn’t matter. And what somebody says on the internet shouldn’t matter. You should be playing because you want to get the self-satisfaction to know you did the best to be the best that you can be. Hopefully, that’s what we can get our players to focus on.”Being ranked No. 1 is an honor, but Saban is right, too. It doesn’t really matter where Alabama is ranked in the Coaches’ Poll or AP Poll.The poll that does matter, the College Football Playoff rankings, won’t be out until the end of the month. And, even then, the only rankings that truly matter are the final College Football Playoff rankings in December. NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Alabama head coach Nick Saban is known for calling any outside praise or hype “rat poison” for his program. He doesn’t want his players to buy into or be distracted by any outside noise.So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Saban had a brutally honest reaction to the Crimson Tide jumping Clemson for the No. 1 spot in the top 25 polls.Saban, of course, says it doesn’t matter right now.“I don’t think it really matters at all where you’re ranked or rated right now,” Saban told reporters on Wednesday night. “It only matters when it’s in January. When the season’s over, that’s all that matters. It can slip away very quickly. As it did last week, it wasn’t even because the team (Clemson) didn’t win. It must’ve been somebody’s perception of how they played. So it’s not even about winning, it’s about how you played.
The President’s message reads as follows: “On behalf of the people and the Government of Maldives I wish to convey my sincere congratulations to you and the United National Party (UNP) for the party’s victory in Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections. Allow me also to congratulate you on your impending re-election as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. The election results are a testament to the trust and confidence that Sri Lankans have in your leadership and commitment to foster the progress of your beloved nation.”“I look forward to working closely with you in further expanding the enduring ties of friendship between the Maldives and Sri Lanka. I am confident that the close bilateral relations between our two countries will reach new heights under your continued leadership.” “Spoke to Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe and congratulated him on his alliance’s wonderful performance in the elections. I am confident that under Mr. Wickremesinghe’s leadership, bilateral ties between India and Sri Lanka will get stronger. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the people of Sri Lanka on the peaceful conduct of polls”, the Prime Minister said. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he is confident ties with Sri Lanka will get stronger under the leadership of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.Modi congratulated Ranil Wickremesinghe, on the “wonderful performance” of his alliance in the elections in Sri Lanka, Modi’s office said. Meanwhile, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has sent a message of congratulations to Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, following the parliamentary elections held on Monday. “The people of the Maldives join me in wishing you success in your endeavour to bring prosperity and advancement to Sri Lanka.” (Colombo Gazette)
The Ontario Provincial Police is investigating after a woman was struck and killed by an out-of-control pickup truck in Cayuga.Police say around 7:50 a.m. Monday, a black Dodge Ram pickup truck was travelling on Concession 5 near Kohler Rd. when the 20-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle. The truck hit a 47-year-old woman who was jogging along the roadway. The woman was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the truck was also taken to hospital as a pre-cautionary measure. OPP have not yet released the victim’s identity. Police are continuing to investigate the collision and are seeking the public’s assistance. Anyone who may have information that could help police is asked to contact the Haldimand County OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122.