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Postby Cl11234566 » February 22nd, 2020, 12:42 am

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Florida cornerback Quincy Wilsons unusual reference to predict the Gators will beat Tennessee for a 12th straight time hasnt riled up the Vols.Have you ever seen a duck pull a truck? Wilson said while referring to Floridas winning streak over Tennessee. Ducks dont pull trucks. Nobody has ever seen a duck pull a truck. Florida Gators are going to win, simple as that.Gators coach Jim McElwain said Wednesday hed only heard bits and pieces of Wilsons comment. The 19th-ranked Gators (3-0, 1-0 SEC) are 6 +-point underdogs in Saturdays game at No. 14 Tennessee (3-0, 0-0).Hey, look, these guys are who they are, McElwain said during the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference. Im not into, you know, censorship. And you know, he better go back it up, I guess, whatever he said.McElwain was asked if hed ever seen a duck pull a truck.Thats a classic right there, McElwain said of Wilsons comment Ive got to find out what the heck that means. But I guess I have watched an Aflac commercial, but Ive never seen that duck do it, so I dont know.Tennessee coach Butch Jones says he didnt plan on saying much to his team about Wilsons comment.I dont pay attention to it, Jones said. Thats just clutter and distractions. Im more concerned about preparation. They have a lot of confidence, and very deservedly so. ... In todays world of social media, I dont have to blow that up.NOTE: Jones said offensive tackle Chance Hall is good to go for Saturdays game. Hall, who started Tennessees final seven games at right tackle last season, hasnt played all season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery last month. ... Jones also said he anticipates linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin will play Saturday. 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"It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race.Gloom hung about Sri Lankan cricket before this tour. The question was not if they would lose, but by how much. Somehow, in three winding weeks, the dark clouds have come to be banished. Bloomed in their place: unexpected, rapturous joy.No Sri Lankan series is complete without a collapse, of course, but on this occasion, the trough was hit nice and early. It is that glum 117 all out that gives the subsequent triumphs meaning. It is when Graham Ford called Kusal Mendis The Prince, following his 176, that a team-wide scramble for hyperbolic praise really began.In Galle, Australia came upon Sri Lankan crickets more sinister side. They were faced with a pitch that would wear if so much as a shadow fell upon it; a surface so dry it inspired their top order to spectacularly combust. On day two their hopes for the series went up in flames, and by the third afternoon, Sri Lankas spinners had frolicking merrily around the pyre.The home side had three SSC centurions to Australias two. Dhananjaya de Silva made a velvet hundred, after his team had been 26 for 5. Dinesh Chandimal slow-cooked a supporting ton. Kaushal Silva battled pain in his left hand and his own bad form, to set off like a spinning firework upon reaching triple figures, and leave the series with a smirk.But it fit that Sri Lankas slow bowlers defined the final, triumphant day. All through the series they had beaten both edges of the bat. They had Australia lunging at turning balls, and leaving straight ones. They had had batsmen running down the pitch to deliveries they should have played from the crease; having scrambled the oppositions footwork, as well as their minds.In the last innings of the series, theirs was a catalogue of spinners dream dismissals. An aggressive opening batsman was bowled around his legs. Edges were taken by keeper and slip. One batsman was bowled trying to cut. There was a skied slog, a stumping, all adding up to a 9 for 60 slump.Even the pitch-markings appeared to be in thrall of Sri Lankan spin. When Moises Henriques and Josh Hazlewood were deemed out of their ground by a hair, in the second session, close-ups of the popping crease revealed it to be chunkier and wonkier than a crease should generally be.dddddddddddd. What better way to pay tribute to the thicker-than-average Man of the Series? Just like the champion spinner, these creases had their curves.Angelo Mathews dropped one of the simplest slip chances he is ever likely to get, burned two reviews in successive balls, and made an over-cautious declaration, and yet, the victory almost came too easy. His is one of the zanier captaincy records. Having failed to oversee a single win over a Test-playing nation until the end of June, he has Sri Lankas most famous whitewash on his resume now, to go with the 2014 series win in England.When the SSC dust settles, maybe the narrative that takes grip around the cricket world will fixate on Australias shortcomings with and against spin. Nine Asian failures in a row is difficult to ignore. Their slow bowlers were modest on turning tracks. The top order fell in such heaps, batsmen tripped over each other on their way back to the pavilion.But let not that narrative drown out the triumphant cries of one of crickets quieter voices. Let it not edge out the story of a team that draws on a smaller population than Australia, whose finances are in worse shape New Zealands; a team that still only taps about a third of their island for top-end talent, for reasons involving a finished conflict, and ongoing gross mismanagement. A country which, still, produces batsmen who stroke effortless sixes to begin promising Test careers; which unveils mystery spinners who turn their first games; whose youngest guns second first-class hundred is one of the great Test innings; and a team, whose heart-and-soul is a 38-year-old with grey-flecked hair, and maybe crickets gentlest spirit.When they play like they have this series, Sri Lanka are the shock of lime in crickets sambol. They are the cashew in its dodol, and the murunga leaf in its odiyal kool.Cricket would still go on without Sri Lanka, but would it be anywhere near as good? ' ' '
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