Fletcher puts himself in exile

first_img The Scotland skipper has played just 13 games since announcing he was taking an extended break from football in November 2011 when he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. The 29-year-old has undergone numerous operations and been put on a strict dietary regime in a bid to correct his stomach condition and allow him to resume playing duties. Press Association But a definitive date for his comeback still eludes him and his medical advisors. Now Fletcher – who will miss the start of the Barclays Premier League campaign, including United’s first match against away to Swansea on August 17 – has made the decision to stay away from David Moyes’ squad until he is ready to rejoin them on a permanent basis. He said: “I’m staying away from the training ground right now just because it is difficult being there when you are not actually training. “I’ve spoken to the manager, he seems great and we have discussed the plan going forward. I just can’t wait to go back when I’m ready to get back training, not just plodding around no use to anyone.” Fletcher last went under the surgeon’s knife in January but while a timescale has not yet been placed on his return to action, he believes there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. “It’s been very frustrating,” he said. “I’ve struggled for three years. But knowing that it is hopefully coming to an end and that I can get back playing football to the level I expect to be playing is exciting. “I’ve got to believe that will be the case and I do. I’ve not been told there is a reason why that won’t be the case, so positive thinking is the only way I can get through these situations. “I’m still in the hands of the surgeons at the moment – I’ve not actually started training yet. Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has banned himself from entering the club’s Carrington training ground until he has beaten the illness which has blighted him for the past three years. “I’ve been doing my own little bit in the gym, which is keeping me ticking along nicely and I’m waiting for the surgeon to give me the go ahead to join in training. “I don’t have a timescale for when I will be back playing really. Hopefully it is not going to be too far away in the distant future. I just need to be patient. After all I’ve gone through I think it’s important that I’m patient. “If it means a few extra weeks to get myself right, then so be it.” Moyes took over as United boss this summer following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. Fletcher has already had discussions with the former Everton manager about how best to manage his condition and has also held similar talks with new Scotland boss Gordon Strachan. And the player stressed both men are giving him their full support. He said: “I’ve had a chat with the new manager at United that will remain between the two of us. It was a positive conversation and he’s been very much in favour of letting me get on with my recovery. When I’m ready to come back, that’s when he will look at me in terms of the playing side. “It’s the same with Gordon Strachan. I’ve been in touch with him. He’s been very positive and enthusiastic.” Fletcher’s last appearance for Scotland was in the 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Belgium last October. Since then the two defeats in the three Group 1 fixtures that followed his last outing have counted the Dark Blues out of the race for next year’s finals in Brazil. The side travel south to face England at Wembley on August 14 and the national side’s captain admits missing out on that match is just as painful as watching his team-mates suffer on the international stage. He said: “It’s always difficult watching the team lose – but it’s difficult watching them win because you want to be part of it. “I wish I was going to Wembley playing but in these circumstances I’ve just had to think about myself and try and get back to where I want to be.” last_img read more

Cahill enjoying life under Mourinho

first_img Press Association One of the reasons for Mata’s omission is the new demands Mourinho is making of the World Cup-winning Spain playmaker. He wants all of his players to defend and is deploying a higher line at the back. Cahill added: “He really expects you to defend and know where to be. Not just the back four, but everybody when we lose the ball. “I don’t mind playing higher. It’s difficult to play high against people with real, real pace. “(But) I’m quite comfortable with playing high and I think the lads are.” One player who will not be in the Chelsea line-up is Marco van Ginkel. The Holland midfielder has made just two appearances following his £8million move from Vitesse Arnhem and now faces six months of rehabilitation on a knee injury. The 20-year-old underwent surgery on Thursday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. If events on the touchline provide intrigue, so too will the team sheet submitted by Mourinho, who rather disingenuously suggested Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup encounter at Swindon was a chance for fringe players to win a first-team place. Mourinho has admitted he is uncertain of his best team, but whether Juan Mata has done enough to earn a place in the starting XI at White Hart Lane remains to be seen. It is likely the Portuguese will field what he considers to be his best side against a Spurs squad he believes are one of five teams who could challenge the Blues for the Barclays Premier League title. Fernando Torres, who scored one and made another at the County Ground to set up a fourth-round tie at Arsenal, could continue at striker, ahead of Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba. Gary Cahill is likely to remain at the heart of the defence, a position he has played in seven of Chelsea’s eight matches this term; the only one he did not start was the loss at Everton. Following successive losses at Goodison Park and to Basle in the Champions League, Cahill believes Chelsea have bounced back strongly. “It was a tough week, especially when we lost back to back,” Cahill told Chelsea TV. “But we’ve responded really well. Two wins, two clean sheets. Happy days at the minute.” In a master-versus-apprentice contest, Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea take on Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham in Saturday’s London derby. Much of the attention will be on Mourinho and his opposite number as Villas-Boas is not only a former Chelsea manager, but also worked with his fellow Portuguese at Porto, Stamford Bridge and Inter Milan. It will be the first time the pair have encountered each other in opposing dugouts after their relationship broke down in 2009. last_img read more

Welsh fans urged to stay sensible

first_imgThe respective supporters’ trusts of Cardiff and Swansea have issued an early call for fans of the rival clubs to behave themselves at next month’s south Wales derby. Press Association The derby has previously seen trouble between the rival sets of supporters and, at one point, the Football Association of Wales banned away fans from attending. Rival fans clashed with police after a League Cup encounter in 2008, while later in the same season referee Mike Dean was struck by a coin at Ninian Park. However, the two supporters’ trusts hope this season’s meetings will be remembered for the action on the field. Phil Sumbler, chairman of Swansea City Supporters’ Trust, said: “It will be a passionate and noisy encounter and a chance for fans on both sides to showcase what is best about south Wales’ two Premier League clubs. “It is important to ensure all post-match discussions are about the action on the football pitch and I hope all in the stadium enjoy what will be a fantastic occasion.” Tim Hartley, chairman of the Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust, added: “These are exciting days for Welsh football. “We have been looking forward to this fixture for years and the match will be a showcase for the two cities and also for Wales. “Cardiff v Swansea has always been a passionate encounter with plenty of banter between supporters. In the past this has sometimes gone too far so it is important that fans do not overstep the mark and show each other respect. “We want the derby to be remembered for all the right reasons – plenty of thrills and high quality football between two great rivals played in the right spirit. “So we are saying to fans, support your team, but please ensure at all times you do it in the right way.” center_img The November 3 meeting at Cardiff City Stadium will be the first time the club’s have clashed in the top flight. Even though the fixture has always attracted attention, this time the glare of a global Premier League television audience of millions around the world will put the Swans and Bluebirds in the spotlight like never before. last_img read more

Graham expected to miss three weeks

first_img Graham suffered severe bruising to his knee during Saturday’s game with Everton following a first-half challenge by Gareth Barry. The 28-year-old forward, who is on loan from struggling Sunderland, looks likely to be sidelined until next month. Hull striker Danny Graham looks set to be ruled out for three weeks, the Barclays Premier League club have confirmed. A statement on Hull’s website said: “Although scans have revealed the striker escaped serious injury following a first half challenge by Gareth Barry, severe bone bruising around the knee will keep the on-loan Sunderland man out of action until next month with a return to action in our away game against Southampton a possibility.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Bennett hails Norwich unity

first_img The Canaries had not won in eight games but a 1-0 victory over Steve Bruce’s side moved them to 12th in the table and eased the pressure on manager Chris Hughton. It was a game Norwich dominated, arguably more than any other this season, but they failed to create enough clear chances and relied on a Bennett header three minutes from time. “Some people, the fans especially, seem to think you can’t have fun any more if the results aren’t going well. You take it and it feels terrible when you aren’t winning games. “You are so low and you need something to pick you up and that is why I talk about strength in character and leaders in the team and we had that all week leading into the game.” The Scotland international, recently linked with a move to Celtic, has now called on the squad to continue their upturn in form. “It is a big weight off everyone’s shoulders,” added Snodgrass. “For us as players we need to try to take that level of performance into each game and the chances will come.” Former Norwich defender Bruce, whose side have taken just five points on the road since returning to the top flight, said the manner of the defeat was hard to stomach – even if his side did not deserve anything more. “It is always hard to take when you lose in the last few minutes, as it is equally as ecstatic when one of those goes for your team,” he said. “It was frustrating for all of us. In truth we didn’t really play well enough, particularly in the second half, to go and win the game but I thought we looked comfortable. “They had a few corners and free-kicks but we defended well. Then we conceded late and that is always annoying.” Nikica Jelavic made his Hull debut while fellow new recruit Shane Long was not risked after injuring an ankle on his last outing for former club West Brom. Croatia international Jelavic hit a post inside two minutes at Carrow Road but that was as good as it got for the Tigers, with Bruce anticipating better things to come from the 28-year-old. “That was the one bit of quality that we showed all day,” said Bruce. “It was a great move down the left, (Robert) Koren cut it back and you’d expect him to stick it in the net but he’s hit the post. But make no mistake, when we get it right he’s going to be a big acquisition for us.” It was only the 23-year-old’s second Barclays Premier League goal and Bennett felt the team’s celebratory huddle was a sign to the fans that they have all been working hard to address the recent slump in form. “It [the goal] is more important for the team,” he said. “I think we deserved it overall over the 90 minutes. Hopefully now we can push on. We had a few chances and we restricted them to hardly anything so it is always on your mind that we have found it difficult to score this year. “We knew how big the game was. The lads are really close here and we were getting some stick from the fans. “We have a solidarity between ourselves, we wanted to get together off the cuff and we said how important the goal was and to keep concentrated, it is something we carried into the dressing room after the game.” Bennett’s goal came from Norwich’s 10th corner of the game as Robert Snodgrass, who was a constant threat down the right flank all afternoon, delivered a set-piece that allowed the former England Under-21 international to power a header home. Snodgrass praised the character of the team to bounce back after disappointing results at Everton and Fulham. “It does hurt,” he said. Press Association Norwich’s new goalscoring hero has praised the unity among the squad after the whole team joined Ryan Bennett in celebrating his late winner in Saturday’s vital victory over Hull.last_img read more

Djourou keen on Hamburg switch

first_imgSwitzerland defender Johan Djourou would be open to a permanent move from Arsenal to Hamburg in the summer. “I know the coach, I love the club, I love the city. HSV (Hamburg) is incredible,” Djourou said in German newspaper Bild. “The club has so much potential. We have to go way up. “The fans are great. The mood is different than in England. If all goes well and the club also want to, I would stay.” The 27-year-old first moved to the Bundesliga side on loan in January 2013, with the deal extended for this season. Djourou, who came through the Arsenal youth system, would be keen to stay on. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Pulis plots misery for Mourinho

first_img And, after his side went down to a closely-fought 2-1 loss at Stamford Bridge, Pulis is hoping to get his own back on Blues manager Mourinho, who he holds in high regard having only come up against him for the first time last year. “For me Jose is one of the elite managers in the world,” Pulis said. “If you look at his record he has managed the great teams and the great teams need to win and he does that for them. He doesn’t just do it on home soil, but does that away as well. “I met him after the game at Stamford Bridge and he’s interesting. “Whether you like him or dislike him for what he is, there is no doubting he is a top manager. The time I had with him was charming, but they had just beaten us. It would be nice to see on Saturday if he’s charming.” With three wins in his first six league games in charge at Selhurst Park, Pulis’ approach gave Palace fresh impetus following his initial appointment. Other impressive results, particularly at home, have followed but a lack of consistency means the Eagles remain only three points from safety and sit precariously in 17th place in the table. “It was always going to be tough,” Pulis said. Palace welcome Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea to Selhurst Park on Saturday, with their own top-flight status still in the balance. Pulis, who was appointed as Ian Holloway’s replacement in November, is looking to become the first man to keep a Palace side in the Premier League beyond a single season. Tony Pulis was charmed by Jose Mourinho when the Portuguese led his Chelsea side to victory over Crystal Palace in December – but the Eagles boss is aiming to send him home miserable this weekend. Press Association “But it’s not about 10 games. The Premier League is from start to finish, as we will see this year. It is not just about a run of 10 games. You have to keep going and working hard and the lads have been brilliant. “In the last eight we have four at home and four away. It’s all evened up and we’re still three points out of the relegation zone which is not too bad.” Having scored just once in their last five league games, accruing just one point in the process, Palace continue to suffer from a lack of fire-power in front of goal as both Marouane Chamakh and Dwight Gayle remain sidelined with injuries. That means the burden for goals falls heavily on the fit-again Glenn Murray and Stoke loanee Cameron Jerome, but Pulis wants to see his whole side chipping in with the goals that could stave off relegation. “We’ve got Gayle out and Chamakh, but Cameron and Murray have done smashing when we have played them,” Pulis said. “We need goals from everyone in the team. I think it’s more confidence and good fortune. We need a break – we need things to go for you and at the moment one or two things aren’t. When we create chances we have to take them.” last_img read more

Players know the script – Sherwood

first_img Following a touchline tete-a-tete with Benfica coach Jorge Jesus, the Spurs boss has preferred to watch matches from the stands, claiming it is for the good of the team. However, a section of Tottenham fans audibly disagreed with that last weekend, chanting “where’s our manager?” during the 4-0 trouncing at Liverpool. “We will play the same way between now and the end of the season and it’s up to them to try to entertain. “I’ll be there at the forefront with them and hopefully we can get a positive result together.” Monday certainly looks a decent opportunity for Tottenham to put a smile back on their fans’ faces, although Sherwood is wary of the threat posed by Sunderland. Managed by former Spurs team-mate Gus Poyet, the Black Cats are in relegation trouble and need positive results quickly. “If their spirit can mirror their manager, then they will certainly be going until they have no breath left in them,” Sherwood said. “That gives them a real opportunity. They haven’t been fantastic – their results have suggested that. “But we really have to worry about ourselves. It is all about pride now and getting the maximum points possible between now and the end of the season. “We’ve got to play with the shackles off. We are not coming up against a technical mismatch now, against teams in the top four. “We’re playing against teams who are in and around mid-table or below that, so we really have to play with a lot of freedom and try to entertain these great fans we have.” Sherwood will be able to call upon top scorer Emmanuel Adebayor against Sunderland after a spell on the sidelines, while Vlad Chiriches and Paulinho are also back in contention. However, Kyle Walker, Etienne Capoue and Erik Lamela remain unavailable and are joined in the sidelines by Roberto Soldado and Jan Vertonghen after they were injured in the defeat at Anfield. Poyet admits Sunderland are going to have to do something unexpected to get themselves out of relegation trouble. The Black Cats head for Tottenham on Monday night lying seven points adrift of safety and knowing they will need to win at least three of their remaining eight games if they are to stand any chance of remaining a Barclays Premier League club. Given the fact that they have only six league wins to their name to date this season, and that their four away fixtures take them to Spurs, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United, that may be a tall order. However, Poyet knows from experience that strange things happen as seasons draw to a close, and he is hoping that will be the case for his struggling team. Asked if they may have to do something unexpected to survive, Poyet said: “Yes, yes – but I think it is possible. “I remember clubs in the past – I am not going to talk about names – they have played five or six games at the end of the season against teams who were playing for nothing and they won four or five. “People say it’s incredible, a miracle, but it depends what the there teams put on the pitch and what you do. But it can happen. “I suppose I would try as a professional not to alter the end of the season, but if a team goes down early and they make seven changes to try things for the following year, I wouldn’t blame them because they are trying for themselves. “Now that can affect the result of that game and then everybody is blaming somebody else. But a the end of the day, you have got 38 games, it’s you. “You cannot blame the rest for what they do because it happens during the season when someone is playing in the Champions League and chooses to make five changes in midweek. “Nobody remembers those, they only remember the last three or four when people are already out of any possibility.” Poyet has no fresh injury concerns. T he Uruguayan’s biggest problem will be to find the best XI to attempt to return from White Hart Lane with something to show for their efforts, after admitting he may have made a mistake in starting Monday’s 2-1 home defeat by West Ham with leading scorer Adam Johnson sitting on the bench. Tim Sherwood will return to the Tottenham dugout when Sunderland visit on Monday – a decision the head coach insists is nothing to do with the fans’ irritation at him watching recent matches from the stands. Those supporters will no doubt be pleased to hear he will be back in the dugout on Monday, although he continues to defend his decision to watch from the directors’ box. “I’ll be on the touchline on Monday – I’ll be knocking out as many people as I can,” Sherwood said with a smile. “I’ve had a lot of time to prepare this week. If they don’t know what it’s all about this week, then they ain’t going to know. “When you’re playing against Liverpool and teams like that, I feel there was a technical mismatch between the two teams. “We have to try to worry about them and they might need some adjusting during the game – they certainly did after 20 minutes. “There was nothing we could do to turn it around, unfortunately. “I can learn more about my players sitting up top for the future than going down there to the touchline. “I would’ve had to have no effect on that game. Against teams we’ve got left to play, the players know the script now. Press Associationlast_img read more

Spurs urged to stick with Sherwood

first_imgRay Clemence believes Tottenham should stick with Tim Sherwood as their manager. “I’m going to think about this possibility after the last league fixture on May 3,” De Boer told nos.nl. “I’m going to talk and listen. “I would like to add something to a club, that people can say they see the hand of Frank de Boer. “There is a beautiful example at Liverpool. That is what Brendan Rodgers is doing now [making his mark].” Clemence feels it would be a shame for English coaches around the country if Spurs sacked their manager 12 months before the end of his contract. “That would not be good for English football,” Clemence said. “All of us that have been involved want to see as many English coaches and managers being involved at the top clubs. “There is an obsession at the moment that foreign is better. “But you just have to look at someone like Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool… he has done a fantastic job.” :: Vauxhall are giving England fans the chance to “Enter the Lions Den” and send them off in style before the trip to Brazil this summer. Win the chance to watch England train at St. George’s Park on May 27th go to www.vauxhallfootball.co.uk/stgeorge ends Clemence, who made 330 appearances for Spurs, has been dismayed by talk of Sherwood getting the sack. The former England goalkeeper, who was speaking at the CV Show on behalf of Vauxhall, the England Team Sponsor, said: “I would hope he would be given a bit more time. “Tim has a good record compared to (Arsenal manager) Arsene Wenger, and (Everton boss) Roberto Martinez. “Wenger has been offered a new contract, everyone talks about how well Martinez has done, but everyone is talking about Tim, who has nearly done as well as they have towards the back end of the season, getting the sack. “It really is a strange world we live in.” Bookmakers have made De Boer the clear favourite to succeed Sherwood this summer. The former Holland international has followed an illustrious playing career with a fine start to managerial life at Ajax, winning four successive titles with the famous club. The former Barcelona defender has said he is open to speaking to Spurs. Ajax claimed on Tuesday that Tottenham had contacted them with a view to speaking to their manager Frank de Boer. Spurs said in a statement released on Wednesday that any talk of an approach for De Boer was “wholly inaccurate”, although the club have said in recent weeks that they will review Sherwood’s position as head coach at the end of the year. Press Associationlast_img read more

Adams to face Walsh in final

first_img Adams said: “It’s going to be exciting boxing in front of such a big crowd but I know what it’s like and I will be taking that experience into the ring with me. “The first time round it was all new to me but now I’m a lot more experienced and I’m prepared for it.” Walsh edged a tight and absorbing contest against India’s Pinki Jangra to realise her long-held dream of a gold medal clash with Adams. The Belfast 21-year-old struggled initially to get to grips with her opponent’s come-forward style but looked more at ease in the later stages and did just enough to deserve her victory. Walsh said: “Months ago I said my dream was to fight Nicola Adams in the Commonwealth final and when I go to bed tonight I will dream of that gold medal hanging round my neck. “I know if I perform to the best of my ability I can beat her. She is the golden girl and I’m only a baby but in the ring it’s a different story.” England boxer Joe Joyce is guaranteed at least a silver medal after being given a walkover into the men’s super-heavyweight final. Londoner Joyce’s Ugandan opponent Mike Sekabembe failed a pre-fight medical meaning Joyce will progress straight into the gold medal match on Saturday. Press Association Adams served up a classy display to comprehensively outpoint Mandy Bujold of Canada and is one win away from being crowned the Games’ first women’s boxing champion. Adams will take on Northern Ireland’s Michaela Walsh at the 10,000 capacity Hydro Arena on Saturday – a venue twice the size as the one in which she claimed Olympic glory at London 2012. Nicola Adams is one fight away from making more women’s boxing history after cruising into the final of the flyweight competition at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Reece McFadden’s shock run in the men’s flyweight division came to an end at the hands of slick Australian Andrew Moloney, who triumphed via a split decision. Motherwell teenager McFadden had delighted the home fans with wins over world number one Andrew Selby and England’s Charlie Edwards. But he was forced to settle for a bronze medal after Moloney stepped up in the pace in the final round to claim victory by the narrowest of margins. And Welshman Sean McGoldrick saw the defence of his title slip away after an accidental head clash brought a premature end to his clash with Michael Conlan. The Northern Ireland man was ruled unfit to continue after sustaining a bloody gash above his right eye and the contest was sent to the scorecards. Conlan was handed victory by virtue of his stronger first round and McGoldrick said: “It is not the outcome I would have wanted. “I would rather have gone the three rounds and lost all three rounds to him, he’s a world-class fighter.” England bantamweight Qais Ashfaq booked his place in the bantamweight final against Conlan after easily outpointing Benson Njangiru of Kenya. His team-mate Sam Maxwell was forced to settle for a bronze medal after being outpointed by Great Britain squad team-mate Josh Taylor. Maxwell’s better first round was not rewarded on the scorecards and Taylor’s sharper, back-foot style saw him reach Saturday’s light-welterweight final. A gold medal for Taylor in front of his home fans will come in sharp contrast to his early exit from London 2012 but the Prestonpans fighter insisted his Olympic disappointment is in the past. Taylor said: “I’ve been dreaming of this moment for four years and I can’t wait to win a gold medal in front of the Scottish fans. “The Olympics have been and gone and I’ve been looking forward since then. I’ve put all my losses right and my form has been improving all the time.” Welshman Nathan Thorley was outclassed by Kennedy St Pierre of Mauritius, who won when Thorley’s corner threw in the towel midway through the final round. last_img read more

Pearson targets three new additions

first_img He is available after leaving Inter following 10 years at the San Siro and Pearson remains upbeat over the deal. Pearson said: “Cambiasso is still a possibility. There’s been progress over the weekend so I’m more hopeful than I was on Friday and Saturday but until there is a definitive answer I’m loath to talk too much. But I am hopeful it can be done in the next couple of days. “We’ve been trying to do business and it has not materialised so far. But hopefully this week we can still do business and bring players in that we want to bring in. “I recognise there is a need for added numbers and we have to do that in this window. There are subtle differences this year to last year. “We’ve been very positive but it is nice to have different options. “Two or three hopefully is the aim. It would be nice to be able to achieve that.” Leicester host Shrewsbury, where Pearson started his career, in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday without Danny Drinkwater (hamstring), Jamie Vardy (thigh) and Matty James (shin). Pearson added: “Danny will be introduced back into training this week so may be available for the week. Matty’s shin is still sore so we will have to take that one at the right pace especially with a break coming up.” Manager Pearson confirmed talks have progressed with the former Inter Milan midfielder, who is available on a free transfer. The ex-Argentina international could be in before Leicester host Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline. Press Associationcenter_img Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is eyeing three new players before the end of the transfer window as the Foxes close in on Esteban Cambiasso.last_img read more

QPR urged to comply with FFP rules

first_img Press Association The London club have vowed to fight any fine, which could be around £40million, but if QPR are relegated from the Premier League their very future could be under threat. QPR are expected to have made losses of around £60m last season, when they were promoted from the Championship, which would incur a fine of £40m from the Football League. Harvey insisted the Football League’s rules still applied to the club even if they had been promoted, and said it was theoretically possible they could be refused entry back into the second tier if they did not comply with a December 1 deadline to submit accounts or pay any fine. Asked if exclusion was the ‘nuclear option’, Harvey, speaking at the Soccerex conference in Manchester, said: “Theoretically that is the position, but I would hope there would be resolution long before that option even had to be considered. “We are satisfied we still have the ability under our regulations to charge them for a breach of our rules whilst they were in membership. “The one thing for certain is that most clubs [in the Premier League] will become a Football League club again. “Now QPR will of course be hoping it does not happen for some considerable number of seasons. But the chances are they will need to return to the Football League fold at some point in the future. Certainly, three of the current 20 clubs that are in the Premier League will be in the Football League next season.” Clubs who were in the Championship last season have until December 1 to submit their accounts for last season, with the Football League announcing any action a month later. Clubs who breach the rules – and have losses greater than £8m – and are still in the Championship or League One will have a transfer embargo imposed at least for the January window. Katrien Meire, chief executive of Charlton, said it was vital for the FFP rules that QPR were forced to comply. QPR risk being refused entry back into the Championship if the club refuse to comply with a huge expected fine for breaching financial fair play rules, Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey has warned. She told Press Association Sport: “It’s going to be a legal battle, which nobody is looking for. The Premier League together with the Football League should enforce this. “Everything at UEFA level was enforced, so if this will fail in the English competition then why would the other Championship clubs comply?” Asked if QPR should be excluded for refusing to comply, she said: “You can ban them but that might be worse from a legal perspective. I think they should deduct money from the parachute payments.” All money from FFP fines will go to charity after the Premier League blocked a move to redistribute it among the rest of the Championship. Harvey added: “It was the intention that those clubs that didn’t breach the regulations would share the fines but that principle did not find favour with the Premier League, which was disappointing because that was what the 24 member clubs wanted, but they agreed that the money would be distributed instead to charity.” In May, QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said the club would fight any fine. He said then: “”Will we fight the fine? What do you think? After all we’ve been through, it’s my middle name – ‘Fight It’ Fernandes. “My view has been consistent, that it is very unfair for a club that has been relegated as the wage difference ­between the Premier League and ­Championship is impossible. There should be a time period for clubs to rectify their salaries. “If we were in the Championship in two years with that wage bill it wouldn’t be right. I’m in favour of FFP but it is unfair for a club coming down.” QPR recorded losses of £65.4m during the 2012/13 season and are expected to have lost a similar figure last season. last_img read more

Toure hits back at criticism

first_img Press Association Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure insisted the criticism was not bothering him after underlining his class with the decisive strike at Aston Villa. Toure, who was the driving force for City’s Barclays Premier League title triumph last season, has been below his best in the opening two months of the new campaign and his performances have been highlighted. And coming after an unsettled summer in which he voiced some complaints about the club – including a bizarre gripe about how his birthday was celebrated – and lost his brother to cancer, there also has been speculation over his future. “For me we are just in the beginning. We have to concentrate and be strong. The most important thing is for me to help the team. My job is to control the team, try to balance the team, shift the ball side to side. My job is not to score the goals.” City were frustrated by a hard-working Villa side who defended superbly. Aleksandar Kolarov and Aguero also struck the woodwork. Villa had some bright moments too but City had the better chances throughout, particularly in the second half, and Toure’s precise left-foot finish from the edge of the area finally rewarded their efforts. Toure had been quiet but the second-half introductions of Fernando and Frank Lampard, and the switch to a three-man midfield, saw him grow in influence. Aguero wrapped up victory with an equally impressive strike from distance two minutes from time. Toure believes City can now be satisfied with the start to their title defence, as they head into the international break with 14 points from seven games. The Ivory Coast international said: “It was great, after a difficult week with the game against Roma. “I think we played very well, with good concentration and experience as well. We know the Premier League is tough but we know how to manage those games. I am delighted for the team. “It was important to win.” Defeat was Villa’s third in succession, coming after previous losses to two other title challengers in Arsenal and Chelsea. But with five successive fixtures against last season’s top five, manager Paul Lambert was not too disappointed. The Scot said: “I am pleased with them. We have just come through four gruelling games against Champions League teams. “There are no easy games but we’ve been up against teams that are going to be there or thereabouts. “It’s been a really good start for us and there are a lot of positives. “Nobody could say we didn’t give it a good go for 82 minutes. We are in a good place.” But the former Barcelona player claims such negativity is not new to him and he is focused only on delivering on the pitch. The 31-year-old proved his value when he broke the deadlock with a fine 82nd-minute strike at Villa Park on Saturday, setting up a 2-0 win which was later completed by Sergio Aguero. Toure, who scored 20 Premier League goals last season, said: “Sometimes people are forgetting I am a midfielder. My job is not to score all the goals. My job is to try to keep the team playing well, give the good pass. “If I get the opportunity to score it is fantastic. Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free-kicks and some penalties as well. “Now the criticism is coming because I am not scoring but, for me, to not score is normal because I am midfielder. “The teams are playing well. The attention is on us. When they play against us, they all prepare, the people have learned about you very well. When you play against them it is quite difficult. “For me I am one of the guys who has experience. I have played for a big side in Europe and I know what criticism is. For me it doesn’t matter. If they want, they can continue. “The most important thing, at the end of the day, if we have won the Premier League or won something, I think they will try to shut (up) a little bit. last_img read more

‘Focused’ Easterby the right fit

first_img Press Association Former Gloucester boss Davies has tipped Ireland’s new forwards coach to handle his quickfire transition to the international arena. Easterby left his head coach post at the Scarlets after just two years at the helm to replace John Plumtree in boss Schmidt’s backroom staff in July. “Joe Schmidt is similarly single-minded, so I think it will work well. “When I was defence coach at the Scarlets Simon was struggling with a couple of long-term injuries, so he started to work a little bit alongside me. “It was very clear, very early on that he had all the qualities and abilities to make a top coach. “He’s passionate about success and he always drives himself hard. “So he’s used those qualities to help motivate and develop players under his watch.” Former British and Irish Lions flanker Easterby won 65 caps before switching to coaching with the Scarlets, eventually succeeding Davies as head coach at the Welsh region. Just two years into his stint as boss in west Wales, Ireland and head coach Schmidt came calling, but Davies said any inexperience will not hinder the 39-year-old’s progress. Easterby faces his first serious international challenge next month as Ireland take on South Africa, Georgia and Australia in the autumn’s Guinness Test series. Former Wales attack coach Davies said the meticulous Schmidt will not have taken any gamble in adding Easterby to his staff. “Simon’s still very young and relatively inexperienced, so it’s a great opportunity for him, he’ll learn a lot at the real sharp-end of the game,” said Davies. “But he’s capable. He’ll manage it, deal with it and learn quickly. “And I’m sure his career will blossom even further. “Joe is very much a thinking coach, he doesn’t always come at things head-on – he thinks laterally. “He’s very bright and I think this is exactly the kind of decision I would expect him to make, he’s thought laterally about who can do the job, who is respected within Ireland, who can he maybe help develop a little bit further, and who will he have trust in. “And when he’s looked at all those qualities Simon fits the bill very well. “And I think he’ll work hard with Simon to turn him very quickly into a top coach. “It has come early in his career, but when you’ve got someone who thinks as laterally as Joe, then it makes perfect sense.” Davies handed Easterby his first steps into coaching at the Scarlets and believes the ex-Ireland flanker exudes the same qualities that have marked out Schmidt’s own impressive career. “I was just starting my own coaching period when Simon joined us from Leeds,” Davies told Press Association Sport. “He was a very dedicated young man, very focused and ruthless in his pursuit of being the best. “Simon was an exceptional player for the Scarlets and Ireland and very, very disruptive; very much the modern-day rugby player, especially in the contact area. “And he would do anything for his team-mates. “He was very effective in what he did. “So he always had that and he’s always had that mentality. “He’s taken that ruthless focus forward and used it in his transition to coaching. Simon Easterby boasts the “ruthless focus” to thrive in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland set-up, according to his Scarlets coaching mentor Nigel Davies.last_img read more

Carroll injury woe continues

first_img The 26-year-old has struggled for fitness ever since he moved to Upton Park, initially on loan, in the summer of 2012 and now requires surgery on a ligament injury suffered in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at Southampton. The operation is likely to take place on Tuesday but the club confirmed the recovery period is likely to extend beyond the end of the current campaign. Andy Carroll’s recent injury nightmares show no sign of abating with the West Ham striker now expected to miss the remainder of the season with a knee problem. Speaking to the press on Friday morning before the full extent of the injury was known, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce was hopeful to have had the forward back in his squad inside two months. However, t he blow has only increased in size after the club announced the outcome of a meeting with a specialist, with Carroll now set for his second surgery of the season. “Andy Carroll will have surgery on his injured knee on Tuesday following assessment by a specialist on Friday afternoon,” a brief statement on West Ham’s official website read. “The England international injured his left knee during the second half of Wednesday night’s 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw at Southampton. The recovery phase is expected to keep Carroll out for the remainder of the 2014/15 season.” Allardyce confirmed that this is a new issue and has said Carroll must remain strong to overcome another spell on the sidelines: ” It is a completely new injury,” he explained. “We thought it might be a recurrence but we have analysed it, unfortunately it is a new one and looks more serious than the original one. “It is traumatic when someone is going through a period where you overcome one injury and another occurs. We thought we were there and then (he was injured against) Liverpool and now this one in a short period of time. “It is very depressing for Andy but he knows the process and he has to be strong to overcome this injury as quickly as possible.” The latest injury for Carroll comes following a history of fitness problems since he first moved to Upton Park, initially on a season-long loan from Liverpool, in 2012. No-one could have foreseen what would become a regular occurrence when Carroll was injured on his debut, missing a month with a hamstring issue. A twisted knee later in the year left him sidelined for two further months and then he suffered a serious heel injury on the final day of the season before he completed a permanent transfer in the summer of 2013. Despite becoming the Hammers’ record signing, Carroll missed seven months as he worked back to fitness – but his issues would return last summer when he required ankle surgery after suffering a problem before the opening pre-season game on a tour of New Zealand. Carroll returned in November and his latest setback comes after he had scored five goals in 16 appearances and leaves Allardyce with Carlton Cole, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho as his three available options in attack. But one piece of good news for the club came when the Football Association confirmed they had upheld an appeal against Adrian’s red card in the Southampton stalemate – with the Spaniard now available for Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at West Brom. However, the club now face a fresh battle after the FA confirmed they have been charged for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion following referee Craig Pawson’s decision to show a red card to Adrian. The 28-year-old was dismissed by Pawson after he fell onto the loose ball outside of his penalty area under heavy pressure from Saints’ forward Sadio Mane, with Allardyce revealing after the game that the club would appeal immediately as he felt his goalkeeper had been fouled in the lead-up to the incident – something he reiterated during Friday’s press briefing. “Was it a goal-scoring opportunity? Clearly we don’t think it was,” said Allardyce. “As far as I am concerned, in the way we have looked at it, it’s a handball and you don’t get sent off for that. “You get sent off if it is denying a goal-scoring opportunity. And if you look at the situation, even though we think it was a foul, it wasn’t denying a goal-scoring opportunity.” And the club’s decision has since been vindicated, with an FA statement issued on Friday afternoon confirming the appeal had been upheld, whilst Adrian tweeted his pleasure with the decision to allow him to play at the Hawthorns: “Great work by the club winning the appeal against my red card on Wednesday game (sic). Ready for tomorrow,” he wrote. Press Associationlast_img read more

Wenger coy on Fabregas

first_img Fabregas, 27, has been integral to the Blues’ Barclays Premier League title challenge this season after joining from Barcelona ahead of the 2014 World Cup. Arsenal had reluctantly sold the Spain midfielder back to his boyhood club for £30million in June 2011, and were understood to have first option should the player come back onto the market. A potential deal, though, never materialised as Fabregas – who played more than 300 games for Arsenal since breaking into the first-team as a 16-year-old – instead opted to join up with Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. When the matter was raised earlier this season, Wenger insisted he had not spoken to Fabregas directly about the possibility of a transfer, with Arsenal already set on recruiting Chile forward Alexis Sanchez and with plenty of other options in the Spaniard’s preferred position, The Frenchman said he felt the “deal was done a long time ago, early 2014”. The Arsenal manager refused to be drawn further on the saga when pressed at Thursday’s pre-match media conference ahead of this weekend’s showdown with Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, but indicated all was perhaps not as cut and dry as it appeared from the outside. “We will have to discuss that one day, with all the terms… it is not as clean as that,” said Wenger when asked why he chose not to bring Fabregas back to the club, when it was his decision rather than the player’s. “I cannot speak to you about that (reasons) now because that will not help us to win the game on Sunday.” Put to Wenger that it was then Fabregas who chose not to come back, the Arsenal boss replied: “I don’t know, I don’t know.” Whatever transpired behind the scenes last summer, it remains to be seen what sort of reaction the former crowd favourite will receive from home supporters on Sunday. Wenger maintains it should not be hostile. He said: “I want every player to be respected, and Cesc Fabregas when he comes to the Emirates on Sunday to be respected like he deserves. Manager Arsene Wenger insists a potential move for former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas to return to the club in the summer before he joined Chelsea was not as ‘clean cut’ as it might have seemed. “The regret I have is that he wanted to leave here. This club and myself had a very positive influence on Cesc’s life, so I would be a bit uncomfortable to have to justify today why he is not here. “I believe I would rather it was the other way around.” Wenger accepts even if his side win on Sunday, then it would remain a bit ask to overhaul the leaders’ advantaged in the closing six matches. “Mathematically it will be possible, but Chelsea have their future and the championship in their hands,” said Wenger, who rates centre-back Per Mertesacker as only “50/50” to be fit on Sunday. “What we can do is get closer to them and we have an opportunity to that at home. We want to take it.” Do reduce the deficit, Wenger must get the better of Mourinho for the first time in 13 attempts. Arsenal were thumped 6-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wenger’s 1,000th match in charge last season, and the pair had to be separated when they went toe-to-toe in the touchline when Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners in the Barclays Premier League in October. The Arsenal manager was branded a “specialist in failure” by Mourinho, but played down suggestions it was all about the men in the dugout. “It is not a confrontation (between managers), it is a confrontation of two teams,” he said. “Football is down to the fact that the performance on the day will decide the game and the result, so let’s focus on that.” Wenger continued: “We have not always lost, first of all, in 12 attempts. We have come close to beating them a few times and they have always had very strong teams. “We are on a good run and we have an opportunity to beat them at home, and we want to take it.” Chelsea locked down their 1-0 win against United last weekend to move 10 points clear, but Wenger feels it will be Arsenal’s responsibility to deal with whatever tactics are deployed by the opposition at Emirates Stadium. “We will adapt to what they do and try to find a solution. The challenge for us in top-level sport is to find solutions to every problem you meet,” he said. Press Associationlast_img read more

Lukaku: It’s time to win trophies

first_img Press Association “I want to win titles, not just be shadowing at the top,” he told Sport/Voetbal magazine. “I want to know how it feels to play in the big games. I’m 22. It’s time to win trophies.” Lukaku has scored 36 goals in 73 appearances for Everton but believes he would have had more had he played in a central role throughout those two seasons. He was regularly the Toffees’ lone front man, but on occasions he was utilised in a wider position as part of manager Roberto Martinez’s tactical plan. However, when the goals dried up as a result, Lukaku felt the need to speak to the manager about his form. “The coach is the boss but when I notice that something is not right then I say so simply,” he said. “I am a striker. At one point I went to the coach and I said to him ‘With all due respect, as winger I’m hopeless. I will only score goals if you put me up front’. “That was true. The games that I did not score I was on the flank. I played in the middle, then I scored.” Martinez has said often Lukaku has all the capabilities to be a world-class striker and has been impressed by how he has matured during his two years at Goodison Park. The 22-year-old’s first season at Goodison Park after a £28million move from Chelsea fell well short of the previous campaign he spent on loan with the Toffees when they challenged for Champions League qualification. And despite 20 goals, including being the joint-top scorer in the Europa League, the Belgium international wants to be involved in big games. center_img Everton striker Romelu Lukaku’s insistence he wants to win trophies and will not settle for “shadowing” the top sides is likely to put a number of clubs on alert. last_img read more

McIlroy misery as Open dreams die

first_img ” After much consideration, I have decided not to play in the Open Championship at St Andrews,” McIlroy wrote on Instagram. “I’m taking a long term view of this injury and, although rehab is progressing well, I want to come back to tournament play when I feel 100% healthy and 100% competitive. “Thank you for all your support and best wishes. I hope to be back on the course as soon as I can…. In the mean time, come on Andy!!!” That was a reference to McIlroy’s friend Andy Murray, who could be seen in the Instagram post on television playing his Wimbledon quarter-final as McIlroy watched with his foot in what appeared to be a soft brace, but out of the protective boot he was pictured wearing on Monday. The clash between McIlroy and Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth had been eagerly anticipated and McDowell said: “I t’s hugely disappointing, especially with him and Jordan and everything that’s going on. It was looking a really exciting Open for all involved. ” I was reading between the lines as to what the description of his injury was. I wasn’t expecting him to play in the Open, so I’m not surprised he’s pulled out. But it’s a massive blow for the tournament, he’s the world’s number one player. We hope for a speedy recovery. “No one would love to stop Jordan in his tracks next week more than Rory. With the fun rivalry going on and everything, he’s going to be gutted. I saw the golf course last Saturday and I believed that Rory was rightly a favourite. I thought he’d get it done round there.” Former US Open champion Justin Rose added: ” I would have been surprised if he was there given the initial diagnosis but it’s a big shame for him and the tournament.” McIlroy’s defence of the Bridgestone Invitational in a month’s time and the following week’s US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits is also in serious jeopardy as he 26-year-old could face months on the sidelines. World number one Rory McIlroy will be “gutted” to miss out on the defence of his Open Championship title next week, according to Ryder Cup team-mate Graeme McDowell. Andrew Roche, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at The Lister Hospital in London, told Press Association Sport on Monday: ”If it is a high-grade injury, a complete rupture, there would almost certainly be a lot of swelling, a lot of bruising and it would be painful. ”Everyone is different and it very much depends on the severity but it could mean three months out of action.” McIlroy is the first player not to defend his Open title since Ben Hogan in 1954 – Hogan won the Claret Jug at Carnoustie in 1953 in his only appearance in the event. A statement on the Open Championship Twitter account read: “We are naturally very disappointed that Rory will be unable to defend his title at St Andrews next week. “Rory will play in many more Open Championships and our primary concern is for his complete recovery. Everyone associated with The Open wishes Rory the very best as he looks to return to full fitness.” Florida-based Scot Russell Knox, who was first reserve, replaces McIlroy in the field at St Andrews. The 30-year-old’s wife told him the news via text message while he was playing in the pro-am at Gullane. “Everyone is gutted for Rory,” Knox said. “He is in the prime of his career and would have had a great chance. Nobody wants to get in because someone got injured but I am happy I am in the field and can’t wait to give it a blast. “What Scot does not want to play in the Open, let alone an Open at St Andrews.? I’m going to go all John Daly on it, get in the last minute and go and win.” Daly famously won the 1991 US PGA at Crooked Stick after initially being ninth reserve and driving through the night to reach Indiana in time for the first round. McIlroy revealed on Monday that he had suffered a ”total rupture” of the anterior talofibular ligament in his left ankle while playing football with friends. The 26-year-old pulled out of this week’s Scottish Open at Gullane and although he initially did not rule himself out of competing at St Andrews, the four-time major winner said on Wednesday he was taking a “long-term view” of the injury. Press Associationlast_img read more

Welbeck sits out Arsenal trip

first_imgEngland forward Danny Welbeck will not travel with Arsenal to the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore as he continues to recover from the ankle problem which ruled him out of the end of last season, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed. The Chile forward enjoyed a stand-out first campaign in English football following his move from Barcelona after the World Cup, but there remains concerns over player burnout. Before the Copa America, Wenger indicated t he 26-year-old could well be eased back into action this season following his exploits in Santiago, so just like with Arsenal’s World Cup winning Germans, Sanchez may not be involved in the first few domestic matches. However, the Gunners boss revealed no sooner had the Chile forward chipped in the decisive spot-kick with a Panenka penalty, then his attentions turned back to club matters and ambitions for 2015-16. “He has shown again that he is scared of nothing. He took the ball and chipped the keeper. It was quite audacious, but I was of course over the moon to see him bring the trophy to a country that has waited for such a long time,” Wenger said to Arsenal Player. “It is an historic achievement and when you’re a football player, you want to do that, so I’m very happy for him.” The Arsenal manager added: “I texted him [after the final] and he texted me back. He was already focused on next season with Arsenal and wants to win everything with us. He was thrilled and very happy.” Wenger sai d on the club’s official website, www.arsenal.com: “Welbeck isn’t completely recovered from the problem he had. He is not back in full training, so he will stay behind.” Speaking last month, Welbeck indicated there was no serious issue, just needing more time to recover. He said: ”It was worse than we first thought it was, but it is just a natural healing period and usually I heal faster than others.” Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky, who along with captain Mikel Arteta has signed a contract extension, is also not part of the squad for Singapore because of what Wenger describes as a small injury picked up on international duty. Goalkeeper David Ospina, linked with a move away from the club following Cech’s arrival, has been given extra holiday following the Copa America, as has key man Alexis Sanchez, whose penalty in the shoot-out won the final for hosts Chile. While the likes of Calum Chambers, who has cut short his time off after the European Under-21s Championships, Chuba Akpom and 18-year-old American Gedion Zelalem will all hope to get some game time on the Asia tour, Carl Jenkinson, Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell were not included in the group and appear likely to be sent out on loan for next season. Arsenal play a Singapore XI on July 15, then are scheduled to face either Everton or Stoke. The Gunners return to England to host the Emirates Cup on July 25/26 ahead of the FA Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley on August 2 and will open the new Barclays Premier League campaign with a televised home game against West Ham on Sunday, August 9. Sanchez is not expected back from holiday until August 3, so would not normally be involved in the Community Shield. Press Association The Gunners will take a 27-man squad to the Far East in the first leg of their pre-season preparations, with summer signing Petr Cech joining up with his new team-mates for the first time since a £10million switch from Chelsea. Welbeck, though, is to remain in London as he looks to shake off the knee problem which kept him out of the final few weeks of the season, missing both the FA Cup final win over Aston Villa and England’s June internationals. last_img read more

Simon Zebo backs Ian Madigan to succeed if needed at scrum-half for Ireland

first_img Press Association Head coach Joe Schmidt has gambled on selecting just two scrum-halves in his final 31-man squad, opting to retrain fly-half Madigan as back-up to Conor Murray and Eoin Reddan. Versatile playmaker Madigan can comfortably operate at 10, 12 and 15, but has never yet worn nine on his back. Madigan’s jinking feint and cute switch-pass sent Zebo in for an astute try in Ireland’s 28-22 Dublin win over Scotland last month. Zebo believes it is in those defence-unlocking moments where Madigan outlines the natural aptitude for subbing in at nine. “I haven’t seen him train there too much to be honest. He’s probably been doing his own thing,” said Zebo. “He’ll love it if he’s called to go in at nine, he’ll have no issues. “He’s just a natural footballer: he goes out and expresses himself. “He’s very talented and no matter where he is, as long as he has his hands on the ball he’s dangerous and effective.” Schmidt spent Sunday night calling the unlucky players who had missed the World Cup cut, with Zebo relieved not to see the head coach’s number light up on his phone. The 25-year-old wing has made Ireland’s final squad at the expense of close friend Felix Jones, but Zebo has been at pains not to console his Munster team-mate. “I haven’t spoken to Felix, I’ve left it alone,” said Zebo. “He’s one of my best friends up here. I know what he’s like as a person, I know he doesn’t want any sympathy, he just wants to put his head down now and work hard for Munster. “I don’t think I’ve ever refreshed my email so much in my life, just hoping for something to pop up, but Sunday was a long old day. “I spent it wisely by chilling out with my family, trying to get them to take my mind off things, and thankfully it worked out well.” An injury to one of Ireland’s regular scrum-halves 48 hours or less away from a World Cup clash could change all that though, with Madigan then stepping up to break new ground. “I’m sure Ian will be well up for it, he’s a talented boy,” said Munster wing Zebo of Madigan’s positional switch. “You could put him in anywhere and he’d go through it with ease and confidence. “You’d have no fears of him going in there.” Ireland face England at Twickenham on Saturday in their final World Cup warm-up clash, before opening their Pool D campaign against Canada in Cardiff on September 19. Schmidt has hedged the risk of selecting two scrum-halves against the ease and speed with which either Isaac Boss or Kieran Marmion could arrive at the World Cup in the event of injury. That theory runs into trouble when set against the regulation that teams are not permitted to make injury replacements 48 hours or less away from a match. Should one of Murray or Reddan run into trouble one training session away from action then, Madigan will be thrust into scrum-half deputy duty. Ireland have “no fears” of facing Rugby World Cup action with Ian Madigan as a makeshift scrum-half, according to Simon Zebo. last_img read more

Shaneshill fails to shine in Lightning at Doncaster

first_imgShaneshill, the 11-8 favourite, was very disappointing for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend in the grand-national2016.co.uk Novices’ Chase at Doncaster. The Irish raider could only finish fourth as Vaniteux ran out a very willing and very able winner. Arzal set a fair clip for a long way in the Grade Two over two miles until the Nicky Henderson-trained winner edged into the lead at the third-last. Press Associationcenter_img The long-term leader laudably kept going, but Vaniteux had flown under Nico de Boinville, whose partner was three and a quarter lengths in the clear at the line. De Boinville said: “He’s a very nice horse. “He was slightly taken off his feet early but we went a really good clip and it was a strong trial. “He idled a bit after the last but it’s a very strong headwind. “We’re just where we want to be.” last_img read more

Teen kills grandparents and threatens school

first_imgAuthorities have arrested a 17-year-old who reportedly shot and killed his grandparents.The incident occurred Sunday around 11:30 a.m at the couple’s home in Grand Chute, Milwaukee.Officers reported that they responded to a call and arrived at the home to find the bodies of  74-year-old Dennis Kraus and 73-year-old Letha Kraus.Authorities also found the couple’s grandson, Alexander M. Kraus at the home and began questioning him about the incident. Kraus eventually admitted that he shot his grandparents and told officials that he had plans to cause harm at a school.Kraus was taken into custody and is now being held in the Outagamie County Jail but has not yet been charged.Authorities did not say what prompted Kraus to shoot his grandparents nor did they report on the severity of the threat towards the school.last_img read more

Fishermen Catch 13-Foot, 1,000-Pound Great White Shark Off Broward Coast

first_imgIronbound, the Great White Shark, Spotted Near South Florida A few charter boat fishermen looking to start the year with a good catch got quite the surprise on Wednesday.They snagged a great white shark off the coast of Broward.“We didn’t know what it was gonna be, but when we finally laid eyes on it, it was like seeing a unicorn,” says Josh Bieber. “We were just all blown away.”The group says they felt the boat starting to pull. Soon thereafter, they noticed a 13-foot great white shark that weighed over 1,000 pounds pulling on the other end of the line.“We were out there for probably a good three hours with not much activity, so we were just kind of floundering around, enjoying the sun,” Bieber adds. “Then, all of a sudden, pretty much the entire boat just started yanking, so we knew we hooked a big one.”The shark, which was about two miles off the coast, took nearly an hour to reel in. The fishermen took video and pictures and then let the shark go. They also placed a tag on the great white, so that others who catch the shark may will be able to follow its journey.Another great white shark, named Ironbound, has been spotted off the South Florida coast in recent days.last_img read more

Florida high school holds graduation ceremony on jet skis

first_imgOnly in Florida!A high school in the Florida Keys held a special graduation ceremony for its students.Like most high schools, Somerset Island Prepatory was not able to have a normal commencement ceremony for their students due to COVID-19.Instead, they graduated on jet skis, the school said in a press release. Officials said students were given jet ski lessons prior to their graduation day.last_img

Tampa Twitter Hacker’s Virtual bail hearing Hacked by Porn Bombs

first_imgA bail hearing by Zoom for the 17-year-old who hacked some of the world’s highest-profile Twitter accounts last month was interrupted Wednesday by pornographic video and music.Graham Ivan Clark’s lawyers were asking a Florida court to lower their client’s bail, saying the $725,000 he’s required to post to get out of jail is disproportionate to the alleged amount of the loss in the case, when the raunchy images were broadcast into the hearing.The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Fla., released the photo Graham Ivan Clark, 17, after his arrest Friday, July 31, 2020. Clark is accused of hacking Twitter, gaining access to the account of Bill Gates, Elon Musk and many others. Clark was able to scam people around the globe of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin. He remains in jail on the $725,000 bond.Clark later agreed to forfeit 100 Bitcoins from that account as part of an agreement with authorities in Florida and California under which he wasn’t prosecuted and admitted no wrongdoing, Weisbrod said.Prosecutor Darrell Dirks urged the judge to keep Clark in jail, saying authorities are still investigating the extent of the hack and that the loss may be greater than $117,000. The judge hadn’t ruled on the bail request when he was forced to cancel the hearing because of the porn bombs.“The defendant’s conduct regarding the stealing of the identities of famous people and his attempt to hijack the funds of innocent individuals in less than four hours, that occurred 20 days ago,” Dirks said. “We are still discovering the breadth and depth of the defendant’s criminal conduct.”In the end, the judge kept the bond as it is but granted the request to remove the condition that Clark prove the source of his funds, Weisbrod said after the hearing.last_img read more

Ellsworth’s Talor Hamilton sets new school swimming record

first_img Latest Posts Bio Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016center_img Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. ELLSWORTH — Talor Hamilton set a new Ellsworth High School record in the 100-meter backstroke at Friday night’s swim meet against George Stevens Academy.At the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA, Hamilton finished with a time of 53.60 seconds to break the previous record of 53.97 seconds set by Keith Chandler in 2012.“He is a fantastic all-around swimmer,” Ellsworth coach Jim Goodman said of Hamilton. “He is a team leader, a fine scholar and the epitome of the student-athlete.”Last season, Hamilton won two state championships in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle. He also was selected as the boys’ Maine State Class B Swimmer of the Year.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“He’s a fine example of determination, sportsmanship, teamwork and mentorship others emulate,” Goodman said. “He is only getting faster and better in his sport.”Goodman said Hamilton, a junior, has already qualified for States in every stroke but one, which Goodman expects he will qualify for on Saturday when Ellsworth and GSA compete at Washington Academy in Machias.Goodman also noted that he expects other Ellsworth swimmers, including Cooper Holmes and Sam Alvarado, to break records this season.“Talor is one of several on the team who make up a dedicated and eager group of super swimmers,” Goodman said. “I am pleased to have him, plus all my swimmers on the team.”The Ellsworth boys beat GSA 96-35, and the GSA girls beat Ellsworth 104-56.For the boys, Ellsworth took first in all 11 events:200-yard medley relay: Hamilton, Cooper Holmes, Sam Alvarado and Brian Whalley, 1:48.26200-yard freestyle: Alvarado, 1:54.68200-yard IM: Holmes, 2:06.3650-yard freestyle: Austin Baron, 25.18100-yard butterfly: Holmes, 56.18100-yard freestyle: Whalley, 1:00.71500-yard freestyle: Hamilton, 5:07.37200-yard freestyle relay: Whalley, Valter Moller, Jack McKechnie and Baron, 1:52.17100-yard backstroke: Hamilton, 53.60100-yard breaststroke: Hayden Sattler, 1:05.90400-yard freestyle relay: Holmes, Alvarado, Sattler and Hamilton, 3:34.62.For the girls, GSA won all but two events. Winners included:200-yard medley relay: GSA’s Emma Larson-Whittaker, Maya Pelletier, Ava Sealander and Karina Steenberg, 2:15.30200-yard freestyle: GSA’s Pelletier, 2:20.00200-yard IM: GSA’s Sealander, 2:24.4650-yard freestyle: GSA’s Ellie Gellerson, 31.68100-yard butterfly: GSA’s Sealander, 1:04.52100-yard freestyle: GSA’s Larson-Whittaker, 1:05.88500-yard freestyle: GSA’s Pelletier, 6:14.73200-yard freestyle relay: GSA’s Cedar Slagle, Montana VanDuijn, Gellerson and Steenberg, 2:12.82100-yard backstroke: Ellsworth’s Leah Stevens, 1:22.36100-yard breaststroke: Ellsworth’s Katie Walton; 1:30.39400-yard freestyle relay: GSA’s Sealander, Pelletier, Larson-Whittaker and VanDuijn, 4:28.39. Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)last_img read more

Ellsworth boxer wins charity match

first_imgEllsworth boxer Chris Sarro won his May Melee match on May 13 in Manhattan. Sarro won by unanimous decision after notching a big knockdown in the first round that gave him the edge over James “The Jet” Ling of Manhattan.Sarro said the event raised $100,000 for the Give a Kid a Dream program, a charity that provides children from disadvantaged backgrounds both mentorship and a place to develop both physically and mentally through the sport of boxing.“It was awesome meeting the children this foundation helps,” Sarro said. “It was a really good cause.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Ride for Life raises $22,000

first_imgBLUE HILL — The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center raised $22,000 at its 11th annual Ride for Life — the most ever raised from the event.Ninety-two participated in either one of the rides (100, 50, 20, 8-mile) or the hike up Blue Hill Mountain — a new addition to the event.The Blue Hill Heritage Trust allowed the center to guide hikers up Blue Hill Mountain, and Chrissy Allen, Outreach Coordinator for BHHT, and Samantha Haskell, Board Member for BHHT, greeted hikers and handed out maps before the hike.The Surry Elementary School allowed use of their grounds for the day.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Dominant Dauk leads GSA girls past Bucksport

first_img Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 BLUE HILL — Morgan Dauk had the ball in her hands, but there wasn’t much time.It was late in the first quarter of the George Stevens Academy girls’ basketball team’s game against visiting Bucksport, but the Eagles were starting to take control. With her team ahead 14-8, Dauk looked up at the rim and prepared to box out as a Bucksport player received a pass and got ready to shoot.The shot grazed off the front of the rim, and Dauk got the rebound and took two dribbles toward midcourt. Right before she reached it, she dribbled again — this time behind her back. As she drove to the basket, she sidestepped a defender and sank a 3-point shot just before the buzzer sounded.The gymnasium erupted in celebration, but Dauk and her GSA teammates went straight to their head coach. There were three quarters left to play, and the Eagles were deter,omed to ride that excitement and momentum as much as possible.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFrom the start of the second quarter, the Eagles did so — and they ran away with it.Dauk’s 29 points and 16 rebounds propelled the GSA girls to a 69-27 win over the Golden Bucks on Friday. It was the team’s second-biggest margin of victory this season.“We needed a win like this,” Dauk said. “Our entire team played well, and we showed we can bounce back from those two losses we’ve had.”Both teams started the game off slowly, but GSA’s offense gave it a bit of breathing room as the first quarter progressed. Dauk’s 3-pointer at the end, though, was the start of something much better.“That shot just got the whole team revved up,” GSA head coach Bill Case said. “I though we were much better on both ends of the floor after that.”GSA outscored Bucksport (7-7) 20-4 in the second quarter to take a 37-12 lead into halftime. The team continued to dominate on both ends of the floor in the second half and extended its lead to 59-18 after three quarters.The game was different from the previous encounter between GSA and Bucksport. When the two teams met in Bucksport back in December, it took four overtimes for the Eagles to prevail in a game Case said was one of the most remarkable he’s experienced in his coaching career.“The last time we played them was wild, but we didn’t play as well defensively and had 23 turnovers,” Case said. “They press hard, and if you let your guard down, that defense of theirs can really wear you out and cause issues. I thought we responded better this time around.”GSA also got a double-double from Mazie Smallidge, who finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Bree Coombs led the Golden Bucks with 15 points.GSA’s next game will be on the road against the Narraguagus Knights (11-4) at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30. Both teams are contenders in Class C, but a victory over Narraguagus, which won the state championship last season, would all but assure GSA of a first-round bye to the quarterfinals at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.As soon as the clock hit zero against Bucksport,  Narraguagus was all Dauk could think about. In each of her previous three years in high school, GSA has made the playoffs but lost the play-in game to fall one win short of a trip to Bangor. A win Monday could go a long way toward ending that hex.“We’ve been so close to the Cross Center the past few years, and it’s been heartbreaking not to get there,” Dauk said. “None of us want to go through that again. We want to finish this thing.”Bucksport faces Stearns (13-0) on the road at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb.2.last_img read more

Local soccer teams advance to regional quarterfinals

first_imgELLSWORTH — An action-packed weekend of high school sports saw Hancock County’s four remaining volleyball teams eliminated from the playoffs, but five local soccer teams are still alive.The Ellsworth boys and Bucksport and George Stevens Academy girls advanced to Tuesday’s quarterfinals with wins in their respective preliminary games over the weekend. Those three will be joined there by the Bucksport and GSA boys, which received byes after finishing among the top-six teams in Class C North.Senior Jack Lee led the Ellsworth boys’ team (6-7-2) to victory by scoring all three goals in the No. 7 Eagles’ shutout win Saturday over No. 10 Old Town (4-10-1) in the Class B North prelims. Ellsworth’s No. 7 volleyball team (7-8) was beaten 3-0 in its road contest against second-seeded Yarmouth (14-1) in the Class B quarterfinals later that day.Bucksport’s volleyball team (7-8) fell to Woodland (14-1) 3-0 in the Class C quarterfinals at the University of Maine at Machias, but the school’s eighth-seeded girls’ soccer team won its prelim showdown with No. 9 Calais (7-6-2) 2-1 Friday. The Golden Bucks (7-6-2) will play their quarterfinal match on the road against prolific scorer Kolleen Bouchard and the top-seeded Houlton Shiretowners (13-1) on Tuesday, Oct. 24.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAll three Mount Desert Island teams in action were eliminated with losses Saturday afternoon. MDI’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams lost prelim games by scores of 7-1 and 7-0 on the road against Winslow and John Bapst, respectively, and the school’s fourth-seeded volleyball team (9-6) fell to a 3-0 defeat at home against Greely (8-7) in the Class B quarterfinals.In volleyball, the No. 8 Sumner Tigers (3-12) marked their first playoff appearance with a 3-0 defeat against top-seeded Washington Academy (10-5) at UMaine-Machias. The ninth-seeded Sumner boys’ soccer team (9-5-1) saw an excellent season come to an end Saturday with a 2-0 road loss against No. 8 Piscataquis (8-6-1) in Guilford.In other Class C soccer action, the third-seeded George Stevens Academy (9-1-4) and sixth-seeded Bucksport (7-7) boys will face one another in the quarterfinals Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Blue Hill. GSA’s 10th-seeded girls’ team (4-8-3) recorded an upset over No. 7 Narraguagus (8-3-2) when it topped the Knights 5-2 in the prelims Friday in Harrington.Below are times and dates for soccer quarterfinal games to be played Tuesday and Wednesday. A list of semifinal soccer and quarterfinal football games will be posted Thursday, Oct. 26. Road teams are listed first.Tuesday, Oct. 24Boys’ soccer playoffs, Class B North: (7) Ellsworth vs. (2) Washington Academy, 5 p.m.Girls’ soccer playoffs, Class C North: (8) Bucksport vs. (1) Houlton, 4 p.m.Girls’ soccer playoffs, Class C North: (10) George Stevens Academy vs. (2) Dexter, 2 p.m.Wednesday, Oct. 25Boys’ soccer playoffs, Class C North: (6) Bucksport vs. (3) GSA, 2:30 p.m. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Biocenter_img Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Ellsworth tennis sweeps Mount Desert Island

first_imgELLSWORTH — Tuesday was a good day for Ellsworth tennis as the boys’ and girls’ tams both earned home wins over Mount Desert Island.The Ellsworth girls started the day with a 4-1 victory to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Eagles’ Brianna Abbott and Bailey Clarke won their singles matches 8-2 and 8-3, respectively, and the teams of Faith Bradley and Grace High and Kaitlin McCullough and Emma Whitney finished with doubles wins over their counterparts at MDI (1-1).On the boys’ side, Ellsworth (1-1) got singles wins from Norman Jodrey and Keegan Gray to start the match with a 2-1 lead through three contests. Ryan White and Lucas Wheeler then defeated MDI’s Trevor Morrison and Fernando Avalos to seal the team win over the Trojans (0-2).The Eagles will be on the road against Hermon at 4:30 p.m. today, May 1. They will host George Stevens Academy at 4 p.m. tomorrow, May 2.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Ellsworth Little League 11-12 softball team wins District 1 title

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Little League 11-12 softball team is off to the state tournament after going undefeated in last week’s district tournament.Ellsworth beat Machias Little League 4-1 on Friday at Demeyer Field to finish the District 1 tournament with a 3-0 record. The result followed a win against the same Machias team in Monday’s opening game and a mercy-rule victory over Calais Little League the following day.In its first showdown with Machias, Ellsworth earned an 11-6 victory to get off to a good start in the double-elimination tournament. That set up a showdown against Calais on Tuesday, and Ellsworth won 15-0 as pitcher Anna Stevens threw four perfect innings.Starting 2-0 meant Ellsworth needed to win just one more game to be crowned tournament champions, and the team came through Friday night with a 4-1 win in a rematch against Machias to advance to the state tournament. The win came as Ellsworth scored three runs in extra innings to clinch at the first opportunity.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textPlayers on this year’s Ellsworth team were Lily Bean, Callie Chase, Savannah Edgecomb, Brielle Grindle, Natalie Jagels, Kelsie Lambert, Sophia Lynch, Anna Stevens and Jayden Sullivan. The team was coached by Josh Stevens and Steve Sullivan.Ellsworth’s first state tournament game will be played at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 7, in Glenburn. As of late Friday night, District 4’s Kennebunk-Kennebunkport/Wells-Ogunquit Little League was the only other All-Star team to have qualified for the state tournament.last_img read more

11th Veteran Inter District T-20 Cricket Tournament Rescheduled

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The 11th Veteran Inter District T-20 Cricket Tournament in memory of Madhurjya Prasad Barooah and Badan Chandra Saikia is rescheduled and will now start from March 30 at Mangaldoi.As per the earlier schedule the championship was supposed to start from March 16. Altogether 16 teams will take part in the meet and it will be inaugurated by former Ranji Cricketer Rajib (Raju) Phukan.Also read: Local Sportslast_img

Children Sports Association Formed as New Sports Body

first_imgGUWAHATI: With an aim to encourage children to join sports a new association named Children Sports Association (CSA) was formed at Badarpur today. Nirmal Bhattacharjee. and Md Taz Uddin will be the president and the secretary of the association.Nirmal Bhattacharjee said: The association will work to promote different sports at the basic level. Also Read: New Body of Assam Sports Journalists Association (ASJA) formed in GuwahatiAlso Watch: Borpani Forest Range in Nagaon’s Kampur on the verge of destruction!last_img read more

Third hat-trick that I have missed: Poonam Yadav

first_imgSydney: Poonam Yadav led the way as India downed defending champions Australia by 17 runs in the opening match of the 2020 ICC Women’s World Cup. Poonam almost completed a hat-trick and took four wickets for 19 runs to help India succesfully defend a low target of 133.Poonam was suffering from injuries in the buildup to the tournament and she thanked her physio and teammates to help her get back to match fitness in time for the World Cup.“My physio and my teammates supported me a lot when I was injured. I bowled well against Australia here in the past so I wanted to continue that,” she said in the post-match presentation ceremony.Poonam dismissed Rachael Haynes and Australia’s star all-rounder Elysse Perry off consecutive balls and would have got the hat-trick had it not been for Taniya Bhatia dropping Jess Jonassen in what was a rare mistake from the wicketkeeper. “This is the third time that I didn’t get a hat-trick. I am thankful to my teammates as it is not easy to come back after an injury,” she said. IANSAlso Read: Poonam Yadav spins India to win over Australia in openerAlso Watch: Oil India Ltd (OIL) confers Shikshya Ratna Puraskar 2019 to Teachers in Duliajanlast_img read more

Chinese wrestlers denied visas for Asian Championships

first_imgNew Delhi: Chinese wrestlers have been denied visas for the upcoming Asian Championships that will begin from Tuesday. Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) secretary Vinod Tomar confirmed to IANS that the 40-strong Chinese contingent, that was supposed to travel to the national capital for the continental tournament, have been denied visas.“They have not got the visas and there are no chances of them being able to participate in the tournament now,” Tomar said.India stopped issuing visas to Chinese nationals from January 15 in the wake of the crisis in the country that has arisen from the deadly and highly contagious coronavirus.Fearing repercussions for denying visas to wrestlers from certain countries in an Olympic year from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) or the wrestling world body United World Wrestling (UWW), the WFI had said on February 5 that it hopes Chinese and Pakistani wrestlers get visas for the Asian Championships.While the six-member contingent from Pakistan has got visas, doubts over the participation of the Chinese contingent increased when UWW staffer Li Ling was denied an Indian visa for the championships.On Sunday, the WFI secretary had said that any decision on the Chinese will be confirmed only on Monday but chances of them getting visas looked bleak. “Health is the priority and this virus is very dangerous. It is something that poses a danger to a lot of people because of which it has gained such international prominence,” he said. IANS Also Read: Pakistan wrestlers granted visas, wait and watch for China: WFIAlso Watch: Burglars breaks into a house in Lumding, steal 21-tola Gold and cash of Rs 45,000last_img read more

‘Most venues for 2022 Asian Games to be completed this year’ Says organiser

first_imgHangzhou: Construction on 42 of the 58 venues and auxiliary facilities for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020, organiser have said. A total of 53 competition venues, five Asian Games villages and 31 training venues are needed for the 2022 Asian Games. 40 of them were already under construction in 2019 and construction on the remaining competition venues will begin this year.“Our target is to complete the construction of 42 competition venues and auxiliary facilities by the end of this year, which accounts for more than 85 percent of the total construction work,” said the organising committee. With “smart” a key theme of the 2022 Games, a slew of high technologies will be highlighted in the construction work by taking advantage of Hangzhou’s strengths in intelligent systems. All competition venues are expected to be completed by March 2021. IANSAlso Read: Robot triplets unveiled as Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games mascotsAlso Watch: Hagrama Mohilary organizes a press-meet on Coronavirus situation and distribution of Rationslast_img read more

Nand Persaud & Co. Ltd Sprint Classic set for tomorrow

first_imgIN light of the success of the first sprint classic event held by the entity, the principals of the Nand Persaud and Company Limited, known for its signature Karibee Rice Brand, in association with their Sky Plus Incorporated Promotion Company, will be holding their second Sprint Classic event tomorrow at the company’s racing facility at No 36 Village, Macedonia Estate, Corentyne Berbice. Starting time is 13:00 hrs.To make sure things are well go well once again, the activity will be coordinated by the Sky Plus Incorporated.The event, will once again see the horses run in a straight line from start to finish and is dubbed as the ‘Nand Persaud Karibee Sprint Classic’.Distances to be contested will be between 880 and 440 yards.Eight races are listed on the day’s card, with cash, trophies and other incentives totalling close to $4M up for the taking.The main event will be an open affair with all horses allowed to participate over 880 yards for a winning purse of $400 000 and trophy.The once-vaunted Score Even is back to try at the shorter distance but will have to compete against the likes of Honey Flow, Brave Sky, Golden Blue Echo, Perfect Windstorm, Score’s Even and Tiza Holiday.The `G’ class horses will be galloping over 660 yards for a winning take of $250 000 and trophy. There is an event for horses classified `H’ and Lower also over 660 yards with the winner set to receive $300 000 and trophy.Two-year-old Guyana-bred maiden animals will be racing over 660 yards for a $200 000 winning purse and trophy. Animals classified `J’ and Lower will also be catered for, as they will be running over 440 yards for a winner’s take of $240 000 and trophy.The `K’ and Lower animals will have their opportunity to compete for $200 000 and trophy over 440 yards.There are two `L’ class events over 440 yards. The first will be for a purse of $110 000 and trophy.The `L’ class non-winners will also be galloping over 440 yards for a pole position reward of $100 000 and trophy.last_img

UDFA/GT Beer Christmas football: Hi Stars fly over Blueberry Hill 3-2, Shattas shoot past Rockers 2-0

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanHI STARS beat Blueberry Hill 3-2, while Silver Shattas remained unbeaten with a 2-0 victory over Net Rockers when the Upper Demerara Football Association’s (UDFA)/GT Beer 4th annual Christmas football championship continued at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground on Sunday night.The win by Hi Stars came after they had taken a 2-0 advantage in the first half of play through their reliable striker Tony ‘Spirit’ Adams who netted their first goal in the 37th minute.This was developed after a cross from the left flank saw a free ball that was pounced on by Adams who slammed home to score.This was followed when Michael Peters came through the left side into the middle before hitting past Blueberry Hill custodian Dillon Hopkinson in the 44th minute.But the Blueberry Hill side recovered and reduced the deficit by one after Oral Peters slot home his team’s first reply one minute after play resumed, in the 46th minute, and within an hour’s play in the 59th minute it was 2-2 as Blueberry Hill’s Rondell Arthur scored.This made the game very interesting and it took the deciding goal in the 69th minute from Kwesi Martin, who collected a square ball from the left side, and headed it past the out of position Hopkinson, for a 3-2 score, which was the eventual score in this game.The second game of the night was one where neither side dominated on the wet outfield but Silver Shattas, through strikes on either side of play, registered by forward Colwyn Drakes in the 23rd and 88th minutes, saw them home against Net Rockers.Tonight, Botofago play champions Federal Winners Connection in the first game at 18:00hrs and the second pits Kwakwani Strikers against Eagles United, in two interesting matches in the two group preliminary rounds to decide the final four going through to the semifinals.last_img read more

Football News India U-23 team bows out of AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The Indian U-23 national team ended its AFC U-23 Championship qualifying campaign with a 2-0 loss.Daler Yodgorov’s 30th-minute strike and Solehov’s 85th-minute goal.India tried to keep Tajikistan on the defence and score the equaliser but could not find the decisive goal. After a nervy start, the Indian team found themselves some bright spots and in the 27th minute, Rahim Ali found Komal Thatal inside the box. With defenders closing in, Komal could only launch the ball over the woodwork in an attempt to give India the lead. India’s attacking momentum was short-lived as Tajikistan took the lead in the 30th minute with Daler finding the back of the India net from inside the box.Attempting to find the equalizer before half-time, Rahim Ali went on a run down the middle and found Anirudh Thapa, whose shot was blocked by the Tajik defence line. India’s quest for the equaliser kept them on their toes and soon after the second half restarted, India cajoled an opportunity in the 48th minute. Rahim Ali brought the ball down inside the box and passed it to an onrushing Abdul Sahal, who failed to hit the target from outside the box.Restricting the opponents in the half for much of the second half, India had a chance in the 60th minute and once again it fell to Sarthak Golui, who headed wide a Vinit Rai free-kick. India tried to keep Tajikistan on the defence and score the equaliser but could not find the decisive goal. Tajikistan held on to their slender lead and committed bodies in defence. New Delhi: The Indian U-23 national team ended its AFC U-23 Championship qualifying campaign with a 2-0 loss to Tajikistan in its second match of the group stage here Sunday. Daler Yodgorov’s 30th-minute strike and Solehov’s 85th-minute goal proved to be the difference between the two sides as India succumbed to their second defeat of the qualifying campaign, ending without a point out of a maximum six. The opponents had mounted a barrage of attacks in the early minutes of the match, trying to unsettle the Indian defence but some astute goalkeeping by Dheeraj Singh kept them at bay. In the 10th minute, the custodian made a fine save to deny the opponents an early breakthrough at the Pakhtakor Stadium. India could have surged ahead into a lead in the 12th minute but Sarthak Golub’s header off a Komal Thatal free-kick failed to find the net, leaving the Tajik goalkeeper to scramble to clear his lines; courtesy of an onrushing Anwar Ali in pursuit of the rebound.last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2019: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians clash marred by no-ball controversy

first_imghighlights New Delhi: First, the Mankading controversy and now no-balls. The IPL 2019 tournament is fast being remembered for these events and it has raised questions on the standard of umpiring in the event. The match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians was poised on a knife-edge with AB de Villiers batting brilliantly. Jasprit Bumrah bowled two brilliant death overs, conceding just five runs in two overs while Lasith Malinga conceded a six in the first ball of the last over. With seven runs needed off one ball, Malinga bowled a low full toss and Shivam Dube, the batsman missed out and Mumbai Indians won the game by six runs to register their first win in this tournament.However, when the players were shaking hands, replays showed that Malinga had overstepped and this led to sharp criticism regarding the standard of umpiring from both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the captains of both the franchises. Kohli was furious when he said, “We are playing at the IPL level. It’s not club level, the umpires should have their eyes open. That was a big no-ball. We should have done a better job with the ball after they were seven down. The last few overs were brutal for us. Bit of a mistake from me to take Bumrah on at that time. Bumrah makes a hell of a difference in any team,” Kohli said. Even Rohit criticised the umpiring in the game. “I just got to know when we crossed the rope. Somebody just told me it was a no-ball. These kind of mistakes are not good for the game of cricket, it’s pretty simple, the over before that. Bumrah bowled a ball which wasn’t a wide ball. Those are game-changers,” Rohit said.In the previous game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab at the Eden Gardens, Mohammed Shami bowled Andre Russell with a perfect yorker but that was declared a no-ball as there were only three fielders inside the circle for Kings XI Punjab. Russell made Kings XI Punjab pay and in the end, Kolkata Knight Riders emerged victors by 28 runs.The Mankading controversy erupted in the IPL clash in Jaipur and this time, it involved Kings XI Punjab again. Jos Buttler was guiding Rajasthan Royals towards victory but Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin mankaded Buttler who was out of the crease and that led to a huge uproar. With these two no-balls and especially the umpiring in the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians game, IPL 2019 has suddenly come alive. Mumbai Indians won the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore by six runs.The no-ball was not spotted by the umpire which led to criticism.Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their second game in IPL 2019. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Virat Kohli creates history by going past 11000 runs, India decimate Pakistan in World Cup

first_imgVirat Kohli achieved 10000 runs in 205 innings.Kohli has taken 54 innings quicker than Sachin Tendulkar in reaching 11000 runs.Kohli took 222 innings for the feat while Tendulkar took 276 innings. highlights New Delhi: Rohit Sharma stole the show in the ICC Cricket World Cup clash against Pakistan in Manchester with a brilliant century, his 24th overall and second in the 2019 edition of the tournament. However, trust Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper and the number one batsman in world cricket to deliver a performance which was simply out of this world. Kohli is known to a freak when it comes to batting and in Manchester, he displayed his brilliance as he notched up not only a fifty but he broke a very special record.When Kohli went past 57 with a flick off Hasan Ali to the long leg fence, the right-hander reached 11000 runs in ODIs. Sachin Tendulkar had held the previous record by scoring 11000 runs in just 276 innings during the Kanpur ODI against England in 2002. Consider the enormity of Kohli’s feat.  Tendulkar took 276 innings while Kohli achieved it in just 222 innings, 54 innings quicker. The average of Kohli is over 60 while Tendulkar had an average of close to 45 at this stage. Kohli joined the likes of Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Sourav Ganguly and Jacques Kallis to reach 11000 runs in under 300 innings.The consistency of Kohli is remarkable. In October 2018, when he had played 205 innings, he had reached 10000 runs during the series against West Indies. Eight months later and 17 innings later, Kohli blasted a further 1000 runs as he continued to enhance his reputation as the ultimate run-making machine in the world.Kohli is already the fastest to 8000, 9000 and 10,000 runs in ODIs and he added yet another feather to his cap with his entry into the 11000. Rohit reached his milestone by cutting Shadab to the deep point fence for a single to bring up his century off just 85 balls. Rohit continued to rake in the records as he broke Virat Kohli’s mark of the highest individual score in World Cups against Pakistan, which was 107 in the 2015 World Cup in Adelaide.Pakistan has never won a World Cup contests against India ever since both teams started playing in 1992. In Sydney, India won their first encounter while they knocked Pakistan out in the quarterfinal of the 1996 World Cup. In 1999, they defeated Pakistan in the super six stages while in 2003, they registered a win in the league stages. In 2011, they knocked Pakistan out of the tournament with a win in the semi-final while in 2015, they won by a big margin in Adelaide.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Chris Gayle beats Brian Lara’s historic record in special 300th ODI

first_imghighlights New Delhi : The Port of Spain ODI between West Indies and India was historic for Chris Gayle. The self-proclaimed Universe Boss, who missed the Twenty20 International series, struggled in the first ODI when he managed just four runs off 31 balls. However, in the second ODI, Gayle created two historic records. The match against India was his 300th for the West Indies, making him the first player from the Caribbean to achieve this feat. However, in their chase of 280, Gayle created history when he became the leading run-getter for West Indies in ODIs, breaking the record set by Brian Lara and has been in place since his retirement in the 2007 World Cup. In one over bowled by Khaleel Ahmed, Gayle sent the Queens Park Oval crowd to raptures.In the first ball of the ninth over, Gayle steered a short and wide ball to third man to break Lara’s tally of 10348 runs for West Indies. The left-hander realised the magnitude of the feat and raised his bat to the entire Queens Park Oval as the crowd acknowledged the historic achievement. Lara had scored 57 runs for the ICC World XI while Gayle had 55 runs for the World XI during their respective playing careers. Gayle still had to overtake Lara’s tally of 10405 runs and he achieved it duly in the same over when he cracked Khaleel for a cut shot over cover point to break Lara’s overall tally of 10405 runs. However, Gayle could not carry on after he had crossed the record and was trapped plumb in front for 11 by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and even the review could not save him. Gayle was widely expected to retire from international cricket at the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 but reversed his decision and made himself available for the three-match series against India. However, his return has not forced the selectors to consider him for the upcoming two-Test series which begins on August 22.Gayle has not played a Test since 2014 and it could be a sad end on August 14 when he could potentially play his final international match in the Caribbean at the same venue. However, Port of Spain witnessed a new world record as Brian Lara finally came second-best to Gayle. The Universe Boss would be hoping to create more records in Twenty20 Internationals and in various T20 leagues all over the world as his career comes to an end.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img Chris Gayle became the leading run-getter for Windies in ODIs.Chris Gayle is the leading run-getter in ODIs overall for Windies.Chris Gayle became the first Windies player to play 300 ODIs.last_img read more

Boise State, UNLV meet in MWC quarters

first_img.FUELING THE OFFENSE: Amauri Hardy has either made or assisted on 41 percent of all UNLV field goals over the last three games. Hardy has 21 field goals and 14 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Boise State is 0-5 when scoring fewer than 61 points and 19-6 when scoring at least 61.UNBEATEN WHEN: Boise State is a perfect 14-0 when it holds an opponent to 68 points or fewer. The Broncos are 5-11 when opponents score more than 68.DID YOU KNOW: UNLV has posted an excellent offensive rebound percentage of 34 percent this year. That figure is the 27th-highest in Division 1. The offensive rebound percentage for Boise State stands at just 25.2 percent (ranked 276th). Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 5 seed Boise State (19-11, 11-7) vs. No. 4 seed UNLV (17-14, 12-6)Mountain West Conference Tournament Quarterfinals, Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas; Thursday, 5 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: A spot in the MWC semifinals is up for grabs as Boise State and UNLV match up. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 26, when the Runnin’ Rebels shot 50.9 percent from the field while holding Boise State to just 31.3 percent en route to a 76-66 victory. March 3, 2020 Boise State, UNLV meet in MWC quarterscenter_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img March 5, 2020 Shiffrin last raced on Jan. 26 when she won a super-G in Bansko, Bulgaria.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORAbuse allegations, calls for state inquiry build in MichiganYPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — More men came forward Thursday with allegations of sexual abuse by a late doctor at the University of Michigan in lawsuits and personal statements.The new allegations include three former athletes who filed lawsuits against the school alleging that Dr. Robert Anderson sexually assaulted them while the men were members of the football and hockey teams in the 1980s. At a separate news conference, two men said Anderson sexually assaulted them during medical exams. Sale has a flexor strainUNDATED (AP) — Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale has a flexor strain near his left elbow and will not be scheduled for Tommy John surgery — for now.The 30-year-old left-hander felt discomfort in his pitching elbow Monday, a day after throwing his first batting practice of spring training. He had an MRI that was reviewed by team physicians and Drs. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Sale’s ulnar collateral ligament, which was treated with a platelet-rich plasma injection last Aug. 19, did not sustain additional damage.In other MLB news:— Right-hander Collin McHugh has agreed to a $600,000, one-year contract with the Red Sox, a deal that allows him earn up to $4.25 million. The 32-year-old McHugh can earn $3 million in performance bonuses and $650,000 in roster bonuses. His base salary is guaranteed. The American Gaming Association on Thursday launched its “Have A Game Plan” campaign in hockey arenas in Washington and Las Vegas.The campaign will soon expand to other states where sports betting is legal. Fourteen states currently offer sports betting, and many others are considering it.The gaming association says Americans have bet more than $19 billion on sports with licensed sports books since the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for it in May 2018, ruling in a case brought by New Jersey. Shiffrin returns to World Cup ski circuit amid family griefVAIL, Colo. (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin is returning to the World Cup ski circuit in Europe, even though she might not be ready to race after a month-long absence following the death of her father.The American skier announced in a video posted on Instagram that she is flying to Scandinavia on Thursday. A three-race meet starts one week later in Are, Sweden.Shiffrin says in a six-minute video message that “I have no promises if I’ll actually be able to race.” The two-time Olympic gold medalist says she has trained a little but struggled to maintain focus. During her absence from racing the three-time overall World Cup champion lost her lead in the standings to Italy’s Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay).Seven points-scoring events are left on the schedule in Sweden and Italy. However, the World Cup Finals races in Cortina d’Ampezzo are threatened by the virus outbreak in northern Italy. Update on the latest sports The university revealed last month that it was investigating multiple allegations of abuse against Anderson, who died in 2008. Last week, it said it had received more than 100 complaints about Anderson.The lawsuits filed Thursday mirror allegations in one filed on Wednesday, the first suit against the university over Anderson. The lawsuits all accuse the university of failing to remove Anderson despite multiple complaints about him. All identify the men only as John Doe.RESPONSIBLE SPORTS BETTINGGambling industry urges sports bettors to wager responsiblyATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The gambling industry is launching a campaign to urge sports bettors to wager responsibly, including setting and sticking to a budget, and learning thoroughly about anything on which they make a bet. — Gerrit Cole gave up homers on consecutive pitches to Detroit’s Travis Demeritte and Miguel Cabrera in the first inning on Thursday. Then Demeritte and Cabrera went deep against the New York Yankees ace on back-to-back pitches in the second. Cole, who signed a $324 million, nine-year contract as a free agent, allowed six runs, six hits and one walk in two innings with three strikeouts. Cole said afterward, “It’s not my favorite day of 2020 so far, but it is just spring training.” The 29-year-old right-hander threw 33 of 44 pitches for strikes.— Aaron Judge hasn’t given up on being ready for the New York Yankees’ opener at Baltimore on March 26, but still doesn’t know the cause of soreness in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder. The star right fielder has undergone more than half a dozen tests, and more are scheduled. Judge stopped workouts about a week before spring training after experiencing soreness while swinging. Then he felt soreness on Feb. 28 while hitting in an indoor cage for the second consecutive day.— The Chicago Cubs have scratched pitcher Yu Darvish and second baseman Jason Kipnis because of illness. In a series of tweets in Japanese, Darvish said he had a cough yesterday and expressed reluctance about entering the clubhouse amid the coronavirus outbreak. He posted that he didn’t have a fever or the flu. Theo Epstein, the president of baseball operations for the Cubs, said he didn’t have “full information right now,” but said it was his understanding Darvish had a daily illness and should be fine by tomorrow.— Jerry Koosman’s No. 36 is being retired by the New York Mets, more than four decades after he threw his final pitch for the team. Koosman will be honored before the June 13 game against Washington. His will be the third player number retired by the Mets after Tom Seaver’s No. 41 in 1988 and Mike Piazza’s No. 31 in 2016. New York has retired the numbers of two managers: Casey Stengel’s No. 37 in 1965 and Gil Hodges’ No. 14 in 173. Koosman’s five-hitter beat Baltimore in the 1969 World Series for the Mets’ first title.WORLD CUP-SHIFFRIN’S RETURN Associated Press The Warriors announced Wednesday night that Curry had been medically cleared to play and would be in the lineup Thursday in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals won in six games by Toronto. The two-time NBA MVP missed 58 games after falling on his left hand Oct. 30 versus Phoenix.He practiced Monday with the G League Santa Cruz Warriors, then was recalled back to the NBA team later in the day in a most expected promotion.Curry says he is comfortable enough to play, though it may be months before his hand feels completely “normal” again. He still plans to play in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.Curry, who turns 32 on March 14, is averaging 20.3 points, 6.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds over just four games this season.MLB-NEWS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-WARRIORS-CURRYStephen Curry set to return for Warriors on Thursday nightSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry is scheduled to return from a more than four-month absence with a broken hand to play for Golden State against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night.last_img read more

The Latest: UEFA again postpones Euro 2020 playoffs

first_imgThe games were originally scheduled for March 26-31 and have now lost their June 4-9 dates.Europe’s priority will be completing club competitions if games resume in June. That will include national leagues and the Champions League and Europa League.UEFA says the next available Euro 2020 playoff dates are Sept. 3-8. The September dates had been allocated to start the next Nations League groups.The decision was made in a conference call with officials from the 55 UEFA member federations.The playoffs will decide the last four places in the 24-nation lineup for the postponed European Championship. ___A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus.The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur leagues.The ministry says regional funding earmarked for professional sports will instead go into an anti-coronavirus fund.Many Russian sports team rely heavily on regional governments and state-owned companies for much of their funding. Primorsky Krai is the first region to impose such drastic cuts. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___UEFA has postponed the Euro 2020 playoffs for the second time because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___English soccer authorities say there are “no quick answers” to the question of when play can resume following the coronavirus outbreak.The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association say in a joint statement there will be play “only when it is safe to do so.”They say clubs and supporters have a role to play in the meantime “in supporting the government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity.”The most recent update from soccer authorities said there will be no play until April 30 at the earliest. April 1, 2020 Associated Press All major sporting events in Russia are currently suspended.___The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus. The Latest: UEFA again postpones Euro 2020 playoffs The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday’s event merely ceremonial.The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors.Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Ming’s dominance continues in Monterrey

first_imgOVERSEAS-based Guyanese,Calvin Ming showcased a brilliant display of race-craft to pick up back-to-back podium spots when the formula 4 NACAM Championship rolled into Monterrey, Mexico.Ming and his teammate Manuel Sulaiman were both quick in the practice sessions on Friday and Saturday morning, with Calvin setting the fastest times.However, on the last lap of Saturday’s practice session, Ming’s car developed an electrical problem causing the engine to shut down.He was unable to drive in the qualifying session, since the technicians had to replace the entire wire loom and some solenoids which took several hours, and was only completed just before the start of race #1.Speaking exclusively to Chronicle Sport, Ming said, “All in all, it was a good weekend. We showed we had the pace and we were able to pick up podium spots which is always what we are looking for. Big thanks to the RAM racing team.”Starting at the back of the pack due to not qualifying,he proceeded to charge through the field and by about midway through the 21st lap he took over the lead.He ultimately finished seven seconds ahead of his teammate Manuel around the 3.2 km ‘Autodromo de Monterrey’ circuit in the 30-minute affair.He returned to be the quickest on Sunday morning before the 50% inverted grid meant that he had to start fifth by virtue of finishing the earlier race in first.Ming carried Saturday’s momentum into Sunday by getting off to a good start and moving up to P2 by the end of the first lap. He encountered some difficulty with gear changing, but managed to hold on to finish the race in P2.Race-three was determined by the second fastest qualifying time and having not qualified, Ming again had to start at the back of the pack.Immediately after the race started the gear selection issue became a major problem causing him to return to the paddock at the end of lap #2.However, it could not be rectified, so the technician manually put it into fifth gear and sent him back out so that he could complete the race and pick up valuable points toward his championship, which he lead heading into the round.Ming returns to Miami tomorrow, before heading out on Wednesday to Indianapolis for the next round of the USF2000 series.last_img read more

Stokes, Wood help England snatch win from South Africa

first_img(REUTERS)- Ben Stokes smashed a blistering century and Mark Wood bowled an excellent final over as England beat South Africa by two runs in the second one-day international in Southampton on Saturday for an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.After Stokes’s heroics with the bat had helped England score 330 for six in their 50 overs, South Africa needed 10 runs from the last 10 balls of their innings with five wickets remaining, but an excellent final over from Wood that cost just four runs sealed victory.One worry for England ahead of the looming Champions Trophy starting on Friday is that Stokes managed to bowl only three overs in the South African innings having injured his knee in the first ODI win, but he remained on the field.“Those are the sorts of games you really want to win,” England captain Eoin Morgan said at the post-match presentation at the Rose Bowl. “You learn a lot more. The game got away from us quite a lot. Woody was awesome.”The visitors won the toss and elected to field, reducing England to 80 for three in the 16th over when Joe Root (39) was run out at the non-strikers’ end.But Stokes (101 from 79 balls) put on 95 for the fourth wicket with Morgan (45) and 77 for the fifth with Jos Buttler (65 not out) before he became a maiden ODI wicket on debut for South African left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.Opener Quinton de Kock (98 from 103 balls) led the South African reply before he was caught by wicketkeeper Buttler off Moeen Ali.Captain AB de Villiers pitched in with a fluent 52, but the innings looked to be faltering until Chris Morris (36 not out from 22 balls) joined David Miller (71 not out from 51 balls) in the 44th over.The pair added 62 in 39 balls for the sixth wicket and looked as though they had won the game when they needed seven off the final over bowled by Wood (0-48 in 10 overs).But the England seamer produced an excellent over of short-pitched slower balls and the pair could only manage four singles to see victory slip away.“I can’t be unhappy, we fought right to the end and probably had it in the bag for most of that last half hour,” De Villiers said.ENGLAND InningsJ. Roy b Rabada 8A. Hales c de Kock b Pretorius 24J. Root run out (Pretorius) 39E. Morgan c de Kock b Rabada 45B. Stokes c Miller b Maharaj 101J. Buttler not out 65M. Ali c de Kock b Phehlukwayo 33Extras (b-1 lb-6 w-8) 15Total (for 6 wickets, 50 overs) 330Fall of wickets: 1-12 J. Roy,2-70 A. Hales,3-80 J. Root,4-175 E. Morgan,5-252 B. Stokes,6-330 M. AliDid not bat: A. Rashid, L. Plunkett, M. Wood, J. BallBowling: K. Rabada 10 – 0 – 50 – 2(w-4), C. Morris 10 – 0 – 66 – 0(w-2),D. Pretorius 10 – 0 – 61 – 1,K. Maharaj 10 – 0 – 72 – 1, A. Phehlukwayo 10 – 1 – 74 – 1(w-2)SOUTH AFRICA InningsQ. de Kock c Buttler b Ali 98H. Amla c Morgan b Stokes 24F. du Plessis c Buttler b Plunkett 16A. de Villiers c Buttler b Plunkett 52D. Miller not out 71F. Behardien c Ali b Plunkett 17C. Morris not out 36Extras (lb-5 w-9) 14Total (for 5 wickets, 50 overs) 328Fall of wickets: 1-56 H. Amla,2-93 F. du Plessis,3-189 A. de Villiers,4-211 Q. de Kock,5-266 F. BehardienDid not bat: D. Pretorius, K. Rabada, A. Phehlukwayo, K. MaharajBowling: M. Wood 10 – 0 – 48 – 0(w-1), J. Ball 10 – 0 – 81 – 0(w-2), B. Stokes 3 – 0 – 12 – 1(w-2)L. Plunkett 10 – 0 – 64 – 3(w-3), A. Rashid 6 – 0 – 41 – 0(w-1),M. Ali 8 – 0 – 59 – 1, J. Root 3 – 0 – 18 – 0.last_img read more

Bairstow celebrates Ashes ton with helmet head butt

first_imgPERTH, Australia (Reuters) – Tales of Jonny Bairstow’s head-butting incident left Australia captain Steve Smith giggling like a schoolboy just weeks ago, but the wicketkeeper batsman’s maiden Ashes century in Perth yesterday allowed England skipper Joe Root the last laugh.Bairstow gently tapped his helmet against his head upon reaching the milestone to the delight of Root and his team mates who jubilantly roared their support in the dressing room.The wicketkeeper’s 119 helped push England to 403 on day three of the third Test, their highest first-innings total in Australia since January 2011.Bairstow said his celebration was a bit of “light-hearted, fun” in reference to the October night out where he greeted Australia opener Cameron Bancroft with a head butt at a bar.It took nearly a month for the incident to be revealed, however, when Australia’s fielders were heard trying to get inside the Yorkshireman’s head when he was batting during the series-opener in Brisbane.Bancroft recalled the incident in a news conference with his captain Smith sitting beside him laughing heartily, following England’s 10-wicket first Test defeat at the Gabba.Bairstow felt he had been “stitched up” by Australia and that the event had been blown completely out of proportion.So he celebrated emotionally at the WACA after pulling Mitchell Marsh behind square for a single to reach his ton.“The hundred, in many ways, was my favourite one,” the 28-year-old told reporters.”I’ve played in a few Ashes series so far now and to score an Ashes hundred is something you dream about as a kid.“It was really good fun out there, I absolutely loved every single minute of it.”Bairstow was unable to truly cash in, with his batting partners crumbling around him as England lost their last six wickets for 35 runs.He was bowled by a full inswinger from fast bowler Mitchell Starc which clipped the inside edge and uprooted middle stump.But his first Test hundred in 18 months helped tweak the narrative of England’s Ashes tour, which up to Perth had been blighted by a string of off-field incidents.It was also a part of an England record fifth wicket stand of 237 runs with Dawid Malan, who scored a fine 140.Anchored by 92 not out, captain Steve Smith Australia moved to 203 for three at stumps, having trimmed England’s lead to 200 runs.Bairstow felt England remained well-placed in the match, despite the late batting collapse in the morning session.“You can look at it both ways and say: look, it was a fantastic recovery from being 100 for four and we’ve got 400 on the board,” he said.”Or you can look at it and go: ‘yeah, well, we’ve let the position slip.“But at the same time … we’ve got the capabilities of taking five-six wickets in a session. We’ve shown that previously so there’s no reason why we can’t now.”last_img read more

Smith, Khawaja lead Aussie charge in Sydney

first_imgENGLAND 1st innings (o/n 233-5)A. Cook lbw b Hazlewood 39M. Stoneman c †Paine b Cummins 24J. Vince c Paine b Cummins 25J. Root (c) c MR Marsh b Starc 83D. Malan c Smith b Starc 62J. Bairstow c Paine b Hazlewood 5M. Ali c Paine b Cummins 30T. Curran c Bancroft b Cummins 39S. Broad c Smith b Lyon 31M. Crane run-out 4J. Anderson not out 0Extras: (lb-2, w-2) 4Total: (all out, 112.3 overs) 346Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-88, 3-95, 4-228, 5-233, 6-251, 7-294, 8-335, 9-346.Bowling: M. Starc 21-6-80-2, J. Hazlewood 23-4-65-2, J. Cummins 24.3-5-80-4, N. Lyon 37-5-86-1, M. Marsh 7-0-33-0 .AUSTRALIA 1st inningsC. Bancroft b Broad 0D. Warner c Bairstow b Anderson 56U. Khawaja not out 91S. Smith (c) not out 44Extras: (b-1, nb-1) 2Total: (67 overs) 193Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-86Bowling: J. Anderson 14-4-25-1, S. Broad 10-2-28-1, M. Ali 17-3-51-0, T. Curran 8-2-26-0, M. Crane 17-0-58-0, J. Root 1-0-4-0. By Nick MulvenneySYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) – Australia captain Steve Smith continued to be England’s Ashes nemesis yesterday as he passed 6 000 Test runs in an unbeaten knock of 44 to help his team to 193 for two at close of play on the second day of the fifth Test.The world’s top-ranked batsman and Usman Khawaja batted through the final session in a 107-run partnership after openers Cameron Bancroft and David Warner had departed earlier in Australia’s reply to England’s 346.Khawaja notched a stylish 91 not out on the same ground where he made his Test debut in the corresponding fixture seven years ago but it was the wicket of Smith that England most desperately wanted.They were to be disappointed with only a couple of half chances presenting themselves as Smith sent a couple of early edges fizzing through the slips.The 28-year-old was soon looking comfortable and nonchalantly swatted a single to backward square to pass the 6 000 career runs mark in his 111th Test innings. Only the great Donald Bradman reached the milestone in fewer knocks.Having started the day with a brilliant diving catch in the slips to dismiss Dawid Malan, Smith walked off his home ground in the brilliant afternoon sunshine with 648 runs to his name in the series so far.“We’re stoked that he’s on our team so we don’t have to bowl at him,” Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins said of his captain.“You lose a couple of wickets and he comes out to bat. He’s just incredible; I think he’s been the real difference between the two sides.”The tourists, 3-0 down in the series with the urn already relinquished, earlier posted a competitive tally in the face of some fearsome pace bowling on the back of a hard wagging tail and some poor Australian catching.PACKED HOUSE Australia came out after lunch to begin their innings in front of another packed house only for Stuart Broad to clean bowl Bancroft for a duck in the second over.Warner scored a measured 56 by his standards in a 85-run stand with Khawaja before he was caught behind when James Anderson got the ball to move away from him.Broad’s 31 had earlier been integral to a bright morning for the tourists after the hammer blow of losing two wickets in the last couple of overs of day one.Malan (62) lasted less than half an hour after they had resumed on 233 for five, Mitchell Starc eliciting an outside edge which Smith caught brilliantly to make some amends for three spills in his otherwise impeccable series.His fast bowlers then proceeded to produce a couple of howlers with Cummins dropping Tom Curran on 21 off Nathan Lyon and, in the next over, Josh Hazlewood letting Moeen Ali off the hook with the all-rounder on 22.England’s tail made the most of the reprieves with Curran hitting a confident 39 and Moeen 30 before both fell victim to the pace of Cummins (4-80).Broad braved the short bowling almost until the scheduled lunch break before becoming spinner Lyon’s first victim of the match and the innings ended in a mix-up that resulted in Mason Crane being run-out for four in his maiden Test innings.The leg-spinner later made a reasonably solid start to his Test career with the ball, returning figures of 0-58.“It’s awesome to be bowling to the best players in the world,” the 20-year-old said.“(Smith)’s a key player for them, if we can get him and two or three others, hopefully we can get a first-innings lead.”last_img read more

Seventh Annual Trophy Stall Doubles winners awarded

first_imgTHE 7th Annual Trophy Stall Doubles Championships showcased a grand closure one week ago during the Guyana Lawn Tennis Association’s (GLTA) 2017 Annual Awards Ceremony.According to past president of the GLTA, Grace McLennon, It was a fitting environment to display the most attractive trophies for the tournament to date.Players were awarded from four categories which featured 32 matches played over the span of one month.These were Men’s Doubles, Ladies Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Mens Over-45 Doubles.The tournament which started early December was once again delayed because of bad weather and a shortage of tennis facilities.But this did not dampen the spirits of the players who passionately completed their matches at the Le Ressouvenir Tennis Club.Trophies were handed over by Trophy Stall representative, Eshwar Bharrat.The GLTA intends to bring this tournament forward in 2018 to escape the inclement weather that usually plagues the smooth scheduling of matches during the tournament.Men’s Doubles: Winners Phillip Squires/Joseph DeJonge, Runners up Heimraj Resaul and Jordon Beaton. Women’s Doubles: Winners Afruica Gentle/Cristy Campbell, Runners up Shelly Ramdyhan/Fiona Bushell. Mixed Doubles: Winner Shelly Ramdyhan/Phillip Squires, Runners Up Afruica Gentle/Devon Gonsalves. Men’s 45 and over: Winner Godfrey Lowden and Anthony Ameerally, Runners up Dr. Steve Surujbally and Robin Singh.last_img read more

The Latest: Vikings owners give $5M+ to virus-related causes

first_imgNew York and New Jersey residents Zygi, Mark and Lenny Wilf announced Monday that the bulk of the money has been earmarked to support health care workers, the elderly, food banks, social service organizations and Jewish philanthropic causes in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota and Israel.Among the organizations receiving help are United Way Worldwide, the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, RWJBarnabas Health, Jewish Federations of North America, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Second Harvest Heartland, Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for Coronavirus and Vikings.1rmg.com.“We are focused on trying to provide as many resources as possible to meet their needs and assist some of the most vulnerable populations during this unprecedented time,” Vikings owner/chairman Zygi Wilf said.The family made an initial donation of $500,000 last month.United Way Worldwide is one of six national charitable organizations recommended by the NFL as part of its Draft-A-Thon fundraising campaign tied to this week’s NFL draft. Government officials and the presidents of the league and the federation met for nearly eight hours this weekend.The government says the league and the federation have agreed to use part of the money from soccer television rights to help other sports in Spain. It says they will also create a contingency fund of 10 million euros ($10.8 million) to aid more vulnerable athletes.___Contingency planning for the men’s Twenty20 World Cup will be among the topics for discussion when the heads of the top cricketing nations hold a specially convened meeting this week about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the sport.The chief executives of the International Cricket Council’s 12 full members and three associate representatives also will discuss the rescheduling of series, the program of future tours and the key factors behind the resumption of international cricket on Thursday’s conference call. Associated Press April 20, 2020 ___The Professional Fighters League has canceled its upcoming season because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to resume in spring 2021.The mixed martial arts promotion was expected to begin competition in May. The competition format includes a regular season, a postseason and a championship event, making it unique in MMA. Last year, the promotion staged six regular-season events, three playoff events and a championship event on New Year’s Eve.CEO Peter Murray says the PFL will pay its fighters a monthly cash stipend to help support them and their families throughout 2020.The 2021 season will be distributed on ESPN platforms in the U.S. and to 160 countries by the league’s international media partners. The PFL said it will produce new programming across ESPN and PFL platforms for the rest of this year. The Latest: Vikings owners give $5M+ to virus-related causes The T20 World Cup is scheduled for Oct. 18-Nov. 15 in Australia. It is cricket’s biggest global tournament this year and hasn’t yet been called off.ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney says the organization is continuing to “take advice from experts and authorities” about the T20 tournament.Sawhney says there is a need to “share knowledge and … build a deep understanding of what it will take to resume international cricket.”___The president of the German soccer federation says resuming league play will not mean taking resources away from healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.center_img ___The Spanish government says it has reached a deal with the country’s soccer league and federation for teams to return to practice.The government has not provided a timetable or given any other detail about when practice would resume. It says it will depend on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and on decisions by health authorities.The government says strict protocols will have to be followed when teams begin training again. The Spanish league and the federation have created health protocols for the return to training.The league says the competition is not expected to resume until the end of May at the earliest and games will be in empty stadiums at first. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The family that owns the Minnesota Vikings has increased its donations to COVID-19-related causes to more than $5 million. Fritz Keller writes in Kicker magazine “we guarantee that resuming play … will not cause a burden for the healthcare system.”He adds that “there will be no use by sportspeople of testing capacity which would be missed elsewhere.”No top league games have been played since March 11.The German league has been more bullish than other major European competitions about the chances of resuming in May or June with widespread coronavirus tests for players. That push is partly driven by fears that several clubs face financial collapse without TV and sponsorship money.German state and local officials could potentially veto games in their areas. Keller says unified rules for soccer around the country would help clubs “quickly and without bureaucracy.” ___Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been using some of his spare time in lockdown to teach British kids how to speak Spanish.The Argentina international has been signed up by the BBC as part of its home-schooling initiative while educational establishments are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.Aguero is teaching kids how to count in Spanish. His lessons became available on a day kids in Britain would have usually returned to school after the Easter holidays.Aguero says “it’s a tough time for children at the moment, and also for parents trying to keep them focused on their education from home.” Aguero hasn’t played a competitive match since March 8 because soccer is shut down in England and across most of the world during the outbreak.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

The Latest: Italy sets May 18 return for soccer training

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has announced that professional sports teams can resume training on May 18. April 26, 2020 The Latest: Italy sets May 18 return for soccer training Premier League club Everton says it is “appalled” striker Moise Kean flouted the British coronavirus pandemic lockdown restrictions by partying at home with guests.The Italian filmed himself breaching social distancing regulations and is set to face disciplinary action. The Daily Mirror newspaper says the video was posted to friends on social networking site Snapchat.Everton says it was “appalled to learn of an incident in which a first team player ignored government guidance and club policy in relation to the coronavirus crisis. The club has strongly expressed its disappointment to the player and made it clear that such actions are completely unacceptable.”The northwest England club says it has been stressing to staff the importance of following government rules to help the National Health Service deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.The 20-year-old Kean has failed to impress in his debut season in England, scoring just once in 26 games for Everton. The Premier League has been suspended since last month.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The move means that the Serie A soccer league could resume playing games in June.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.Twelve rounds remain in Serie A, plus four other games that were postponed from the 25th round. The Italian Cup was suspended after the first leg of the semifinals.Conte also said that athletes in individual sports can resume training on May 4.___last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— The president of the Spanish soccer league says its schedule could restart as early as June 11 with the Seville derby (DAHR’-bee) between Sevilla and Real Betis. The announcement comes a day after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said that the league would be allowed to resume from June 8 provided the country continued to keep the coronavirus outbreak in check.— A Bournemouth soccer club player is one of two positive tests for COVID-19 to emerge from the Premier League’s second round of testing. The club says “medical confidentiality means the player’s name will not be disclosed.” The team says the player will self-isolate for seven days before being tested again at a later date. The league tested 996 players and club staff on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.— English soccer’s Hull has announced it is the League Championship club with two personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 1,014 players and staff from all 24 clubs in England’s second tier were tested for the coronavirus over the last 72 hours. The results reflect an almost identical ratio of positive results to that found in the Premier League’s second wave of testing. It had been announced that the two individuals were from the same club, without naming Hull.— BATE Borisov has won the Belarusian Cup with thousands of fans watching in a rare case of a soccer trophy being decided during the coronavirus pandemic. The Belarus soccer federation said that 5,761 tickets were sold for the game. That was only a fraction of the stadium’s capacity so that fans would be spaced around the arena. Many supporters ignored the seating arrangements to sit in groups and most did not wear masks. BATE beat Dynamo Brest 1-0.— The coach of one of Florida’s top high school football programs has been suspended, and an investigation has been launched into whether the team that has won state championships in each of the past three seasons broke policies by practicing during the pandemic. Miami Northwestern High coach Max Edwards has been suspended, pending the result of the investigation, according to a school district official who spoke to The Miami Herald. The district says football practice at this time would be an “unauthorized athletic activity” and parents of players who may have taken part were being interviewed by school officials as part of the investigation. Update on the latest sports Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-COCA-COLA 600Keselowski wins 600 to extend Johnson’s losing streakCONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski extended Jimmie Johnson’s losing streak to 102 races, holding off the seven-time NASCAR champion in overtime early today in the Coca-Cola 600. Keselowski started in the back of the field, worked his way to the front at Charlotte Motor Speedway and gambled in not pitting when caution stopped Chase Elliott from winning with two laps remaining.Elliott pitted and Keselowski led a train of eight cars that stayed on the track. He lined up in front of Alex Bowman on the inside line with Johnson on the bottom ahead of Keselowski teammate Ryan Blaney.Keselowski got the push to get into clean air and denied Johnson a victory.GOLF-CHARITY MATCHWoods-Manning edge Mickelson-Brady UNDATED (AP) — Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning were the winners at Medalist Golf Club in Florida, as were the benefactors of “The Match: Champions for Charity.”Woods and Manning took the lead on the third hole and never trailed, once building a 3-up lead in fourballs on the front nine. Manning making two birdies before the turn, although one was a net par.Woods lagged a long birdie putt on 18 that was close enough that Manning didn’t have to putt. That secured a 1-up victory over Mickelson and Brady.Brady took plenty of teasing from TV analysts Charles Barkley and Justin Thomas. Brooks Koepka (KOEHP’-kuh) offered $100,000 to the cause if Brady could just make a par. Brady quieted his critics on the par-5 seventh as his fourth shot landed beyond the pin and spun back into the cup.The goal was to raise $10 million or more for COVID-19 relief funds, and online donations sent money climbing toward about twice that much.center_img — Youth sports organizations across the United States have come together to form the PLAY Sports Coalition to push for federal help with the coronavirus crisis. The leaders of the coalition are trumpeting the importance of youth sports and sounding the alarm about the future of their organizations. The fate of providers in low-income communities is of particular concern. Nearly 60% of local sports leaders expect to lose at least 50% of their revenue over the next year, according to an Aspen Institute for Sports poll.— Formula One driver George Russell has won the virtual Monaco Grand Prix on the day the iconic race would have been held if not for the pandemic. Russell finished 39 seconds ahead of former F1 driver Esteban Gutiérrez of Mexico. Formula One’s first 10 races have been either postponed or canceled.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-EDDIE SUTTONEddie Sutton, Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies at 84UNDATED (AP) — Hall of Fame basketball coach Eddie Sutton has died of natural causes at 84. That word from Sutton’s family. May 25, 2020 Sutton led Kentucky, Arkansas and Oklahoma State to the Final Four and was the first coach to take four schools to the NCAA tournament. He was 806-328 in 37 seasons as a Division I head coach, not counting vacated victories or forfeited games.Sutton won two SEC titles with Kentucky but had to resign in 1989 after the NCAA announced 18 allegations against the program. Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 3, Sutton fell short as a finalist six times before finally being selected. He had said he believed that the scandal that ended his stint at Kentucky was likely the culprit for his lengthy wait.He was Associated Press Coach of the Year in 1978 at Arkansas and in 1986 at Kentucky.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 SPORTS-PANDEMICCuomo welcoming back pro sports teamsUNDATED (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says teams in his state can return to their facilities for training after a pause of more than two months. The New York City area was one of the hardest-hit parts of the U.S. by the coronavirus pandemic, but COVID-19 deaths and new infections in the state have been trending downward. Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL are discussing the resumption of their seasons with their players’ unions.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19 under a plan that excludes fans. The season was to have begun on March 20 but the start was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Japan joins South Korea and Taiwan in Asia whose leagues are open and playing largely without fans. Japan has reported about 850 deaths from COVID-19. last_img read more

The Latest: Indians’ DeShields Jr. tests positive for virus

first_imgLafayette informed the Naval Academy that it cannot bring its football team back to campus in time to meet medical advisory guidelines established by the FBS.Navy is seeking to fill the date with another opponent.___The Green Bay Packers are optimistic they will have fans at Lambeau Field this season, but they note that seating capacity would be cut significantly and spectators must wear face coverings.The NFL club also acknowledges the “possibility that Lambeau Field will be unable to host fans for games this season” because of the pandemic. Training camps across the league are to begin in mid-July. The Latest: Indians’ DeShields Jr. tests positive for virus Chris Antonetti, the team’s president of baseball operations, said DeShields tested positive before coming to Cleveland. The Indians held their first workout at Progressive Field on Friday.Antonetti said DeShields is doing well and has only had “very mild symptoms” at this point. He’ll have to twice test negative before he’s permitted to re-join the ballclub.The 27-year-old DeShields spent the past five seasons with Texas. He was acquired by the Indians in the offseason trade that sent two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Rangers.___The Sept. 12 football game between Lafayette College and Navy has been canceled. July 3, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus and is being quarantined from his teammates.center_img Reduced seating capacity means the Packers can’t guarantee that ticket holders in the general bowl and club seats will be able to reserve tickets. Season-ticket holders will be asked if they want to be part of a process allowing them a chance to reserve tickets. Those who opt out can have their 2020 payment refunded in full or credited to 2021. If they opt out, their status as season-ticket holders and their existing seats and ticket packages will remain in place for next season.___The Latvian soccer federation says its national team will play a postponed friendly at Montenegro on Oct. 7.The match in Podgorica was originally scheduled to be played March 26 but was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press The Baltic News Service reported the new date.Soccer has resumed around much of Europe in empty stadiums. The Champions League is scheduled to be completed in August at a mini-tournament in Portugal.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSSigns ominous and hopeful as college sports hangs in balanceUNDATED (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert tells The Associated Press that whether college sports — and more specifically major college football — can play through the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be determined not by the association or even conferences but on school-by-school basis. Another hectic day in college sports news started with UConn canceling its football season before the Big Ten released its revised schedule for the coming season. Games are just a month away. The NCAA Board of Governors handed off any decision on whether to hold championships for fall sports such as soccer and lower-level football to each division. Divisions II and III quickly pulled the plug. As for Division I, plans for a season are methodically falling into place but with tempered optimism. Update on the latest sports Tretter weighed the risks and elected to play in 2020 as his wife expects their first child. In other NFL news:— The NFL is beginning a second phase of reopening its Midtown Manhattan offices and is requiring all employees returning to league headquarters to take a saliva COVID-19 test every two weeks. The NFL says any employees who have health concerns or child-care issues will be allowed to continue working remotely.— Cleveland Browns guard Colby Gossett has opted out of the 2020 season, becoming the fourth player on the team — and third offensive lineman — to decide not to play because of the coronavirus pandemic. Gossett qualifies for the high-risk opt-out agreed to by the NFLPA and will receive a $350,000 stipend for not playing. He was due to make $675,00 this season. The deadline for players opting out is Thursday at 4 p.m.— The Arizona Cardinals have signed safety Kentrell Brice and receiver Andre Patton. The 25-year-old Brice was recently released by the Chicago Bears. Patton played in 13 games last season, including five starts, for the Los Angeles Chargers. Associated Press St. Louis also put pitcher Carlos Martinez on the injured list and activated reliever Brad Miller from the injured list. The St. Louis Cardinals have returned to the field for light workouts nearly a week after an outbreak of COVID-19 forced the club and its staff members to quarantine in Milwaukee. In other MLB news:— Cleveland manager Terry Francona remains absent from the team to get rest while dealing with a gastrointestinal issue that he’s battled for months. Francona is expected to be away for a few more days. Until Francona’s back, third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh will move into the dugout to assist first-base coach Sandy Alomar, who is filling in as manager. — The Atlanta Braves are facing lineup changes after placing second baseman Ozzie Albies and designated hitter Matt Adams on the 10-day injured list. Also, outfielder Nick Markakis was reinstated from the restricted list. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFSGarland, Hall each score in 3rd as Coyotes beat Preds 4-1EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Conor Garland and Taylor Hall each scored in the third period and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 Wednesday. Now the Coyotes can eliminate the sixth-seeded Predators in Game 4 on Friday in this best-of-five qualifying series. Christian Dvorak scored on Arizona’s first shot, and the Coyotes scored three in the third for the victory capped by Carl Soderberg’s empty-netter. The Predators thought they had a 2-1 lead 1:13 into the third period on a goal by Kyle Turris, but the Coyotes won their challenge of offside with Nashville center Matt Duchene found over the blue line on review. Elsewhere in the playoffs:— Mike Hoffman and Brian Boyle scored 2:07 apart in the opening minutes of the third period, and the Florida Panthers avoided elimination with a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders Wednesday in Game 3 of their preliminary round playoff series. Erik Haula also scored and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 20 shots. The 10th-seeded Panthers trail the best-of-five series 2-1 with Game 4 at the NHL’s Eastern Conference hub city of Toronto on Friday. Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders, the East’s seventh seed. Semyon Varlamov stopped 19 shots and made a costly error leading to Hoffman’s go-ahead goal 41 seconds into the third period.— Tyler Johnson scored the tiebreaking goal with 87 seconds left to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory over Boston. The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins fell to their second straight loss in the NHL’s playoff seeding round. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 25 shots for the Lightning, who improved to 2-0 in the three-game round-robin. Tampa Bay would earn the top seed in the East with a victory over Philadelphia on Saturday. Tuukka Rask made 32 saves for the Bruins. They led the NHL with 100 points in the pandemic-shortened regular season but can now finish no higher than No. 3. NBA-SCHEDULEIngles, Jazz keep Grizzlies winless in bubble, 124-115 — The NBA board of governors and the National Basketball Players Association have finalized plans to create the first-ever NBA Foundation that will work to spur economic growth in the Black community, announcing Wednesday that the initial contribution will be $300 million over the next decade. Each team will donate $1 million annually, or $30 million collectively, over those 10 years. MLB-SCHEDULEVisiting Phils beat Yankees 11-7 at home to open twin billPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto homered to back Zack Wheeler and lead the “visiting” Phillies to an 11-7 victory over the Yankees, snapping New York’s seven-game winning streak in the opener of a seven-inning doubleheader in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Wheeler allowed two earned runs in six innings in his second start with the Phillies. Aaron Judge hit his seventh homer in just the 10th game of the season for the Yankees. New York beat the Phillies 6-3 Monday night in the Bronx but rain postponed Tuesday’s game, forcing the teams to play a home-and-home twinbill in Philly.Elsewhere in the majors:center_img — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Washington Nationals against the New York Mets after just one inning. Washington did not immediately announce why Scherzer was taken out of the game after merely 27 pitches. He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde. Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other. — Brian Anderson hit a fourth-inning homer off Alex Cobb and the Miami Marlins won their second straight since returning, beating the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 in the opener of a doubleheader. Miami improved to 4-1 with its second successive shutout win over the Orioles. MLB-NEWSCOVID-stricken Cards shuffle rosterUNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus-ridden Cardinals are expected to make more transactions after placing six players on the injured list, including confirmed COVID-19 cases Yadier Molina, Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa, Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley. No players confirmed positiveLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA’s bubble is still working. The league released its latest results Wednesday for coronavirus tests performed on players participating in the restarted season at Walt Disney World and the numbers are still perfect.Of the 343 players tested since results were last announced July 29, none has been confirmed positive. That means no player has tested positive since entering the so-called bubble last month. In other hoop news: In other college sports news:— Texas Tech women’s basketball players have accused coach Marlene Stollings and her staff of fostering a culture of abuse that led to an exodus from the program, according to a report published Wednesday. Players dreaded a heart monitoring system they said was misused in punitive ways, had to endure demeaning and threatening comments and were subject to sexually suggestive behavior from a strength coach who has since resigned, according to the report. Players said the coaching staff demanded that they maintain a heart rate of at least 90% of capacity during games and that they faced loss of playing time or more conditioning work if they didn’t. A pediatric sports medicine director said maintaining a heart rate that high would be “very difficult” to do. NFL-NEWSNFLPA president, Browns center Tretter wants daily COVID testingUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns center and NFLPA President JC Tretter will push for daily COVID-19 testing during training camp as the NFL moves toward the start of the season. He says testing players every day would eliminate some of the lag time in waiting for results that has led to problems during Major League’s Baseball’s start to its season. Currently the agreement is testing would be done on a daily basis for the first two weeks of camp and revert to every other day so long as teams kept their positive rates low. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Utah Jazz kept the Memphis Grizzlies winless in the NBA bubble with a 124-115 victory. Joe Ingles scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and Mike Conley had 23 points and seven assists against his former team as the Jazz improved to 2-2 in the seeding round and nudged ahead of Houston for the fourth spot in the Western Conference standings. Dillon Brooks scored 23 points, while Grayson Allen had a career-high 20 points and six 3-pointers as the Grizzlies dropped to 0-4 in the seeding round.Elsewhere in hoop action:— Philadelphia guard Ben Simmons left the 76ers’ game against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter with a left knee injury and won’t return. Simmons grabbed a rebound Wednesday and appeared to tweak his knee. He left the game and hobbled toward the locker room. Simmons had eight points on 2-of-10 shooting before his departure. — Michael Porter Jr. scored 30 points and had 15 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs 132-126. Nikola Jokic added 25 points and 11 assists. Jerami Grant finished with 22 points. San Antonio, which started the day two games behind Memphis for the final playoff spot in the West, dropped to 2-2 since the restart. Derrick White had 23 points and seven assists.NBA-NEWS August 5, 2020 — As the Chiefs wait to hear whether cornerback Bashaud Breeland will be suspended to start the season following his arrested in South Carolina in April, the Chiefs signed have special teams ace Antonio Hamilton and used a pair of draft picks on cornerbacks. L’Jarius Sneed was picked in the fourth round and Bopete Keyes was chosen in the seventh.— Training camp is underway, and the Dolphins believe veteran newcomers Jordan Howard and Matt Breida represent a significant upgrade at running back. They’re expected to provide more punch and versatility for an offense that last year averaged 72 yards rushing per game, worst in the NFL since 2006. — Titans coach Mike Vrabel wants to start coaching Vic Beasley Jr. A week after rookies and other players got started, Tennessee still is waiting for Beasley to report. The Titans put Beasley on the Reserve/Did Not Report list on July 28, and the general manager said last week that Beasley’s absence was unexcused with the linebacker planning to report to Tennessee.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img—The short-handed Mavericks rallied from a 22-point deficit in the second half to stun the Jazz 122-114. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Mavericks with 27 points and Seth Curry added 22. The Mavericks’ biggest comeback since 2016 means they still have a slim shot at earning the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.NHL-PANTHERS-TALLON OUTTallon, Panthers part waysUNDATED (AP) — The Florida Panthers will have a new general manager next season, making the announcement that Dale Tallon is leaving the franchise after 10 years.Tallon’s contract as president of hockey operations and general manager expired July 1. It was extended by Panthers owner Vincent Viola to get through the remainder of a season that was stretched out by the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press — Diamondbacks ace Madison Bumgarner has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain. The left-hander allowed six runs on five hits in two innings against the Padres on Sunday to remain winless since signing a five-year, $85 million deal. The four-time All-Star has a 9.35 ERA after Sunday’s start.— Indians starter Mike Clevinger will be quarantined and undergo testing after violating COVID-19 protocols during the team’s weekend trip to Chicago. On Sunday, Indians right-hander Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) was sent home from Chicago in a rental car after he went out with friends following his start on Saturday, a violation of the team’s code of conduct.— The Rays have placed right-hander Charlie Morton on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder. The move comes one day after Morton was removed from a start against the New York Yankees in the third inning. Morton is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts this season. — Mets hurler Marcus Stroman has opted out of the rest of the season due to concerns over the pandemic. Stroman was recovering from a torn calf muscle and was in line to possibly make his season debut next week against the Marlins in Miami. He is scheduled to become a free agent after the season and is the second Met to opt out of the season, joining outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH’-nehs SEHS’-peh-dehs).— Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. Kelly hasn’t allowed a run over 6 1/3 innings in seven games this season, allowing five hits and five walks. Lefty Adam Kolarek was recalled from the alternate training site to replace Kelly. The Mountain West has become the second FBS conference to postpone its football season, punting on the fall with an eye toward playing in the spring.A person involved in the decision told The Associated Press the Mountain West would not play any sports in the fall. The 12-team Mountain West joins the Mid-American Conference as leagues from the highest tier of NCAA Division I football to bail on the fall season and hope to make a go of it in the spring. The Mountain West features Boise State, Air Force and San Diego State, each of which were ranked at some point last year.A Big Ten spokesman said no votes on fall sports had been taken by its presidents and chancellors as of Monday afternoon, and the powerful Southeastern Conference made clear it was not yet ready to shutter its fall season. However, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey posted on Twitter that he doesn’t know if college football can be played during the COVID-19 pandemic. In other college sports developments: Update on the latest sports Phoenix was 26-39 when the season was halted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Suns now find themselves within 1 1/2 games of a Western Conference playoff berth.In Monday’s other NBA action:— Chris Boucher scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Raptors defeat the Bucks, 114-106. Rookie Matt Thomas scored a season-high 22 points and Norman Powell added 21 for Toronto. Bucks forward and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) missed the game after undergoing oral surgery. — The Lakers’ three-game losing streak is over after Kyle Kuzma (KOOZ’-muh) drained a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds in a 124-121 thriller over the Nuggets. LeBron James pumped in 29 points, dished out 12 assists and hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Anthony Davis had 27 points and Kuzma 25 for Los Angeles.— Jimmy Butler returned from a foot injury and contributed 19 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals in guiding the Heat to a 114-92 romp over the Pacers. Derrick Jones scored 18 off the Miami bench and the Heat kept T.J. Warren to 12 points on 5 for 14 shooting in 29 minutes. — President Donald Trump has joined Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse (sas) and a number of coaches in the push to save the college football season from a pandemic-forced shutdown. A growing number of athletes have spoken out in support of saving the season. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says the Wolverines have shown players can be safe after they return to school. Sasse wrote a letter to Big Ten school presidents and chancellors saying that players will likely be safer with football than without, because of the “structure and discipline of football programs.”— Old Dominion is canceling its fall sports season because of the coronavirus pandemic. President John Broderick said he knows student-athletes and fans will be disappointed, but playing “posed too great a risk.” MLB-SCHEDULENats batter Matz and MetsUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals entered Monday’s action with a .236 batting average and were ranked next-to-last in the majors with 10 home runs. The defending World Series champs broke out in a big way by pummeling Steven Matz and the New York Mets. Elsewhere around the majors:— Lance McCullers carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the Astros’ 6-4 win over the Giants. The no-hit bid ended when Donovan Solano hit a two-out double to run his hitting streak to 15 games. Michael Brantley laced a two-run double, Carlos Correa drove in a pair and Martin Maldonado (mahr-TEEN’ mal-doh-NAH’-doh) smacked a solo homer for Houston.— Six pitchers combined on a four-hitter to carry the Padres past the Dodgers, 2-1. Austin Hedges tied it with a fifth-inning homer and Eric Hosmer singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth.— Didi Gregorius (greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) launched a grand slam and Bryce Harper blasted a three-run shot in the Phillies’ 13-8 pounding of the Braves. Aaon Nola allowed one run and two hits while striking out 10 in eight innings of his first victory since last August.— Kole Calhoun cracked a solo homer and had three RBIs as part of the Diamondbacks’ 12-8 pounding of the Rockies. Ketel (keh-TEHL’) Marte and David Peralta (peh-RAHL’-tah) each had four of Arizona’s 18 hits. August 10, 2020 More cancellations for the CardinalsST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals continue to have their schedule altered after eight players tested positive for the coronavirus.Major League Baseball has announced that the Cardinals’ scheduled Thursday doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers has been postponed. MLB and the Cards believe it is prudent to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. MLB has seen 29 games postponed by the coronavirus, 15 involving the Cardinals. All-Star catcher Yadier (YAH’-dee-ehr) Molina is among the Redbirds who have tested positive for COVID-19.MLB-INDIANS-FRANCONAcenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSMountain West delays football seasonUNDATED (AP) — Will there be any college football this season? Francona returns to Indians bench TuesdayUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will return to the team Tuesday against the Cubs after missing more than a week so he could deal with a gastrointestinal condition. Francona has missed Cleveland’s past eight games with the gastrointestinal issue, which has bothered him since spring training. The 61-year-old skipped the Indians’ weekend trip to Chicago to get extra rest. In other MLB news:— Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano says Astros hitting coach Álex Cintrón made a crude remark about his mother that prompted a benches-clearing incident Sunday. Laureano said Cintrón began jawing at him when Laureano reacted angrily after being hit by a pitch from Houston rookie Humberto Castellanos. Athletics manager Bob Melvin wants Cintrón punished harshly by Major League Baseball. — Nico Goodrum was 4-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored in the Tigers’ fourth consecutive win, 5-1 against the White Sox. JaCoby Jones smacked a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the seventh to cap the scoring.— Kevin Kiermaier hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning and Manuel Margot (mahn-WEHL’ mahr-GOH’) had four of the Rays’ 16 hits in an 8-7 decision over the Red Sox. Kiermaier had three RBIs as Tampa Bay won for the fourth time in five games.— Eddie Rosario belted a grand slam in the third inning and the Twins stopped a four-game skid by downing the Brewers, 4-2. Randy Dobnak allowed a run and four hits over five innings to move to 3-1.— The Mariners rolled to a 10-2 win at Texas as Kyle Seager crushed a grand slam and Kyle Lewis added a three-run shot. Dylan Moore added a solo shot and three RBIs to back winning pitcher Justin Dunn, who gave up two runs over six innings.MLB-CARDINALS POSTPONEMENTS The Panthers were eliminated from the playoffs on Friday, falling to the New York Islanders in four games. In other NHL news:— The Rangers won the second phase of the NHL draft lottery and will have the first overall pick, giving them a shot at selecting Alexis Lafreniere. The Rangers were among eight teams that lost in the qualifying round of the playoffs with a chance to claim quite a consolation prize. The league’s bottom seven teams ended up not winning the first phase of the lottery in June. — The Hockey Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction because of the pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place Nov. 16 in Toronto. The 2020 class was announced in June and featured forward Jarome Iginla, winger Marian Hossa (HOH’-sah), defensemen Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson, Canadian women’s goaltender Kim St. Pierre and longtime general manager Ken Holland.TENNIS-US OPEN WITHDRAWALS Asdrubal (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera homered twice as part of the Nats’ 17-hit attack in a 16-4 thrashing of the Mets. Cabrera was 4-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored for the Nationals, who had scored just four runs in dropping their previous three completed games.Trea Turner and Juan Soto also homered for Washington.Matz was reached for eight runs over 4 1/3 innings, six days after the Nats tagged him for five runs in just three innings.Winning pitcher Patrick Corbin held New York to one earned run over six innings.Mets infielder Luis Guillorme (gee-OHR’-may) worked a perfect ninth. NBA-SCHEDULEBooker’s 35 help Suns top Thunder, remain perfect in restartLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have continued their stunning winning streak since the NBA restart.The Suns are 6-0 at Lake Buena Vista following a convincing 128-101 thumping of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Devin Booker dropped in 35 points and Phoenix center Deandre Ayton finished with 10 points and six rebounds in just over 17 minutes. Ayton sat out the first quarter after missing his coronavirus test on Sunday. He tested negative on Monday and helped the Suns dominate after they carried a 37-23 deficit into the second quarter. Former champ pulls out of US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova is adding her name to the growing group of players withdrawing from the Grand Slam tennis tournament because of the coronavirus pandemic.Three of the top seven women in the rankings, including No. 1 Ash Barty, have pulled out of the U.S. Open. So has defending men’s champion Rafael Nadal.PRESIDENTS CUPRoyal Montreal Golf Club to host 2024 Presidents Cup. MONTREAL (AP) — The oldest golf club in North America will host the 2024 Presidents Cup.Royal Montreal Golf Club was founded in 1873 and held the Presidents Cup in 2007. The U.S. won that edition in which Canada’s Mike Weir beat Tiger Woods in a Sunday singles match.Royal Montreal will become the second international venue to host the Presidents Cup more than once, joining The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia.last_img read more

The Latest: Southern Cal pauses football workouts

first_img August 26, 2020 Associated Press All fans will be required to wear masks and there will be a four-quadrant system in the 65,000-seat stadium to keep fans safely separated. The Browns will have pregame health screenings and fans will enter through a dedicated gate close to their seats before sitting in pods of 1 to 10 people.Several NFL teams already have they won’t have fans at their early season games.The Bengals announced Tuesday they won’t have fans for their season opener at Paul Brown Stadium on Sept. 13. They applied for an exemption to the state’s ban on large public gatherings, but it was turned down.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Southern California has paused the workouts of its football and men’s water polo teams until at least Monday after a combined eight positive COVID-19 tests in the programs. The Louisville track says it administered 1,823 tests to staff, horsemen and vendors from Aug. 19-24. From that group, there were 47 positive tests for a positivity rate of 2.58%.The track requires any individual allowed entrance to the stable area to take a COVID-19 test. Those who don’t pass the test or medical screening are denied entry and asked to isolate or quarantine.___Vanderbilt’s football team is back at practice after a coronavirus-caused stoppage, and coach Derek Mason says a couple of players remain in quarantine.Mason says the team had to stop practicing because a couple of Commodores tested positive for COVID-19. Vanderbilt canceled a practice Friday and wound up missing two practices before resuming work on the field Wednesday.center_img The Latest: Southern Cal pauses football workouts The school claims it determined through contact tracing that all eight athletes contracted the virus off campus. The athletes have been isolated.USC will conduct another round of COVID-19 testing for both programs this week. During the school’s previous five weeks of testing, the football, men’s water polo, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball programs had returned just one combined positive test.___Ahead of next week’s Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs says there have been 47 positive tests for COVID-19. The coach says that allowed them to do contact tracing and check what areas they can be better at when dealing with a pandemic. Mason says the stoppage offered a good reminder for players to take care of one another, a message he believes they got loud and clear. Vanderbilt is scheduled to open the season on Sept. 26 with a game at Texas A&M.___The Cleveland Browns still don’t know if they’ll have fans at games due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But in case they do, the team sent a letter to season ticket holders outlining plans and protocols that will be in place at FirstEnergy Stadium.There is still a chance the Browns will have a “limited amount of fans” when they open at home on Sept. 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals. The team recently presented its “Responsible Restart Plan” to the city and Ohio state health departments and is awaiting approval.last_img read more

Russell wins Pandya duel as Knight Riders end losing streak

first_imgANDRE Russell was in the runs again as Kolkata Knight Riders overcame Hardik Pandya’s onslaught for Mumbai Indians to end a six-game losing streak in the Indian Premier League.West Indies all-rounder Russell blasted 80 from just 40 deliveries to help the Knight Riders reach 232-2 – the highest score posted by any team in this season’s competition so far.Shubman Gill made 76 as he combined with opening partner Chris Lynn (54) to put on 96 for the first wicket, laying the ideal platform for Russell, who came out to bat at number three.Kolkata smashed 75 runs from the final five overs of their innings and appeared set for a comfortable victory when they reduced their opponents to 58-4 in reply.Pandya made them work for the win by plundering 91 in a hurry – hitting nine sixes in his 36-ball knock – before he was caught by Russell, who capped a fine display by also taking 2-25 with the ball.Sunil Narine and Harry Gurney also claimed two wickets apiece as Mumbai finished up on a respectable 198-7, leaving the final margin of victory at 34 runs.ANDRE’S GIANT HITTINGRussell had called for Kolkata’s management team to be flexible when it came to his batting position and he was duly given the chance to impress with a promotion up the order.After managing a single from his first four deliveries, the Jamaican blasted back-to-back sixes at the end of Rahul Chahar’s spell as he quickly moved through the gears.He also took a liking to Lasith Malinga in the closing stages, smashing the Sri Lankan paceman for 20 runs in the final over of the innings to post his best score in a highly productive campaign.Russell has now reached the landmark of 50 IPL sixes in 2019, while his tally of 486 runs means he sits only behind David Warner (611) in the top-scorers list.Mumbai lost Quinton de Kock for a four-ball duck as they struggled in pursuit of such a huge target. Gurney trapped Rohit Sharma lbw for 12 and Russell won the battle with West Indies team-mate Evin Lewis, who edged behind to depart for 15.Pandya arrived at the crease following the dismissal of Suryakumar Yadav (26) and, together with Kieron Pollard (20), added 63 for the fifth wicket.last_img read more

Bonner’s patient 73 guides Scorpions to easy win over Canada

first_imgJAMAICA Scorpions overcame Canada with steady bowling led by Dennis Bulli and purposeful batting led by Nkrumah Bonner to clinch their third successive win in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup on Monday.Entering the game needing a win to intensify their bid for a place in the Final Four in Trinidad at month-end, the Scorpions simply outlasted their opponents in a daytime, Group A game at the Conaree Cricket Centre.In pursuit of 245 to win, Bonner showed his class in an organised, unbeaten 73 from 79 balls that included eight boundaries to lead a successful run chase for the Scorpions on another batting paradise at the ground adjacent to the Robert Bradshaw International Airport in the St. Kitts capital.The Scorpions were 81 for three in the 20th over when Bonner arrived at the crease and anchored a succession of partnerships that got the Scorpions over the finish line to complete the tournament sweep of the Canadians, following a four-wicket win last Saturday in a day/night game at Warner Park.Bonner shared 85 for the fifth wicket with his captain Rovman Powell that changed the course of the innings and stayed until the end, which came with 13 balls remaining when Bulli lofted a delivery from Nitish Kumar to the deep cover boundary for four.The result kept the Scorpions in third place, behind group leaders Barbados Pride and hosts Leeward Islands Hurricanes, against whom they play in their final two matches this coming Wednesday and Sunday respectively, at Conaree.Bulli had earlier ripped out the Canada top-order batting with 4-40 from his allotted 10 overs and later earned the Player of the Match award.But the Canadians, on the back of a half-century from Harsh Thaker, fought to reach 244 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs, after they chose to bat.Thaker struck four fours and one six in 60 from 85 balls and led strong top-order batting. Kumar scored 42, Rayyankhan Pathan made 33, Jeet Metha got 32 before Shreyas Movva coming late in the order added 21.Pathan and Metha shared an opening stand of 69 before Canada stumbled to 92 for three in the 20th over, and Thaker led the recovery in a 56-run partnership with Kumar and a couple of small stands with his captain Kanwarpal Tathgur and Shahid Ahmadzai.Canada subsided to 212 for eight, after three wickets – two to rugged West Indies fast bowler Oshane Thomas – fell in the space of seven balls, but Movva and Kanwar Mann frustrated the Scorpions with a stand of 32 in the final five overs.Group “A” games continue today, when hosts Leeward Islands Hurricanes face last year’s champions Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners in a daytime contest, starting at 9 .00hrs. at Conaree. This game will be webcast “live” on the CWI website, www.windiescricket.com, and the Windies Cricket YouTube channel. Group “B” play also resumes today with Guyana Jaguars and Windward Islands Volcanoes in a day/night, feature game, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Queen’s Park Oval in the Trinidad & Tobago capital of Port of Spain. This game will be televised “live” on ESPN Caribbean in the region.A few miles due south, the United States and group leaders West Indies Emerging Players lock horns in another day/night contest, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba.This game will also be webcast “live” on the CWI website, www.windiescricket.com and the Windies Cricket YouTube channel.(Sportsmax)last_img read more

UK defends allowing major sports events just before lockdown

first_img(REUTERS) – THE UK government was following scientific advice by allowing major sporting events such as the Liverpool-Atletico Madrid soccer match and Cheltenham horse racing festival to go ahead days before the coronavirus lockdown, a senior minister said.“At every stage in this crisis we have been guided by the scientific advice and have been making the right decisions at the right time,” finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Monday during the government’s daily news conference.“There is often a wrong time to put certain measures in place, thinking about sustainability and everything else. At all parts of this we have been guided by that science, we have been guided by making the right decisions at the right time, and I stand by that.”The government’s deputy chief scientific adviser Angela McLean said the suggestion, made by a reporter, that allowing the soccer game to go ahead in the north-west English city of Liverpool on March 11 contributed to the spread of the coronavirus was “certainly an interesting hypothesis”.“It will be very interesting to see in the future when all the science is done what relationship there is between the viruses that have circulated in Liverpool and the viruses that have circulated in Spain,” she said.last_img read more

Broad frustrated, angry at non-selection

first_img(ESPNCricinfo) – Stuart Broad has described himself as “frustrated” and “angry” at having been left out of England’s side for the first Test of the series against West Indies.Broad, the second highest wicket-taker in England’s Test history, said he found the decision “difficult to understand” and suggested he had sought clarification on his future from Ed Smith, national selector.“I’m not a particularly emotional person but I’ve found the last couple of days quite tough,” Broad told Sky Sports shortly before play resumed on the third day. “To say I was disappointed would be an understatement; you’re disappointed if you drop your phone and the screen breaks.“I’m frustrated, angry and gutted. It’s difficult to understand. I’ve probably bowled the best I’ve ever bowled the last couple years, I felt it was my shirt. I was in the team for the Ashes and going to South Africa and winning there.”Broad was England’s leading wicket-taker in their previous Test series – he claimed 14 wickets at a cost of 19.42 apiece in South Africa – and in the Ashes series of 2019, when he claimed 23 wickets at 26.65.“I spoke to Ed Smith (the national selector) last night. He said he was involved in picking the 13 and this side was picked purely for this pitch,” Broad continued. “I wanted clarification on my future going forward, and I was given pretty positive feedback going forward.“So yes, I was frustrated in the fact that I felt like I deserved a spot in the team.”Despite that frustration Broad accepted the bowlers picked in front of him also deserved their places and accepted that the current competition for places was probably a healthy thing for England.“You can’t argue the bowlers walking on that field don’t deserve to play,” Broad said. “Everyone deserves to play. Chris Woakes, Sam Curran were bowling really well and probably deserve to be in the XI. It’s just annoying when it’s not you that’s in that XI. Very rarely do you get guys fit and available for each Test match. That’s where selection has been tricky.“It’s great to see strength and depth in the fast bowling ranks. It’s the only way that England cricket moves forward and gets better. And with high competition in squads it keeps the standard high. Everyone is under pressure for his spot.”Broad’s omission broke a run of 51 consecutive home Tests dating back to 2012.last_img read more

UEFA set to decide on possible Nations League venue switches

first_imgBy Simon EvansLISBON (Reuters) – The lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to some UEFA Nations League matches being held at neutral grounds, with any decisions on venue switches likely to come before the Champions League final on Aug. 23, sources have told Reuters.The opening two rounds of Nations League games are scheduled for Sept. 3-8 during the international break with all of the continent’s national teams in action.UEFA would normally hold meetings around the finals of the Champions League and Europa League and a conference call could take place within the next 10 days.With the health situation variable across the continent and restrictions changing, UEFA will be keen to avoid any circumstances where games are cancelled at the last minute. “Close cooperation between all teams and UEFA will be needed to ensure the regular staging of all matches. The possibility of playing international matches at neutral venues cannot be discounted at this stage,” UEFA said last week.On Thursday, UEFA cancelled its women’s Under-17 tournament and postponed the men’s Under-19 competition as well as a number of other youth national team matches.Currently, UEFA is insisting that all games in its competitions be played behind closed doors but there is pressure from some countries where the health situation has improved significantly to allow some supporters into matches. Hungary and Poland are among those countries who have allowed fans into stadiums for some games while small numbers have also attended matches in Switzerland and France.The already complex situation of needing to finish the delayed 2019-20 Champions League and Europa League season, with mini-tournaments in Lisbon and Germany, is compounded by the start of qualification for next season’s campaigns.A reminder of the problems that can still affect fixtures came this week with Kosovar champions KF Drita forced to forfeit their Champions League preliminary round tie with Northern Irish club Linfield after two players tested positive for COVID-19. The opening two rounds of Nations League games are scheduled for Sept. 3-8 during the international break with all of the continent’s national teams in action.UEFA would normally hold meetings around the finals of the Champions League and Europa League and a conference call could take place within the next 10 days.With the health situation variable across the continent and restrictions changing, UEFA will be keen to avoid any circumstances where games are cancelled at the last minute. “Close cooperation between all teams and UEFA will be needed to ensure the regular staging of all matches. The possibility of playing international matches at neutral venues cannot be discounted at this stage,” UEFA said last week.On Thursday, UEFA cancelled its women’s Under-17 tournament and postponed the men’s Under-19 competition as well as a number of other youth national team matches.Currently, UEFA is insisting that all games in its competitions be played behind closed doors but there is pressure from some countries where the health situation has improved significantly to allow some supporters into matches. Hungary and Poland are among those countries who have allowed fans into stadiums for some games while small numbers have also attended matches in Switzerland and France.The already complex situation of needing to finish the delayed 2019-20 Champions League and Europa League season, with mini-tournaments in Lisbon and Germany, is compounded by the start of qualification for next season’s campaigns.A reminder of the problems that can still affect fixtures came this week with Kosovar champions KF Drita forced to forfeit their Champions League preliminary round tie with Northern Irish club Linfield after two players tested positive for COVID-19.last_img read more

Iheanacho, Iwobi, Others Arrive for World Cup Cracker

first_imgFemi SolajaIn-form strikers, Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi, are among the early birds to arrive Super Eagles camp yesterday for the all-important FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying match against Fennecs of Algeria in Uyo on Saturday.Super Eagles Spokesman, Toyin Ibitoye, confirmed the arrivals monday in a telephone interview.He said all hands are on deck to ensure smooth camp programme ahead of the match in the refurbished Uyo Stadium. A win for the Super Eagles against the Maghreb nation will put Nigeria in firm control of Group B in the race for Russia 2018 ticket.It will be the first time since France ’98 qualifying series that Nigeria will not need any permutation as a parameter for qualification in a round-robin continental event.A hard fought 2-1 win against Zambia in Ndola on Match-day 1 had put the team in cruise control ahead of the remaining five matches to be played.Other players in the Eagles’ camp as at last night include goalkeepers Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa. Ibitoye also confirmed that almost all the players including skipper John Mikel Obi and his deputy, Ahmed Musa were expected to join on-form Chelsea’s Victor Moses, Watford striker Odion Ighalo and Germany-based defender Leon Balogun in camp last night.Super Eagles will be without first choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.“We have confirmation from the technical crew that the rest of the players will arrive today after playing for their respective clubs over the weekend,” Ibitoye responded last night.Although training camp in Abuja officially opened yesterday and the squad is expected to depart for match venue Uyo on Thursday. Incidentally, the Algerians are also scheduled to arrive via a charted flight to the venue of the match same day.Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr, has admitted his lads face a very daunting task at home against the Algerian side on Saturday.In an interview with cafonline.com monday, Rohr expressed hope that Nigeria will win to consolidate the leadership of the World Cup qualifying series.“It will be difficult against Algeria because they are number one in Africa but we will try to beat them to have a good position in our qualifying group.”“I believe all the games in this group will be difficult to win because all the four teams are very strong,” he told cafonline.com.“Algeria which is the number one team in Africa must be disappointed for dropping points at home against Cameroun.“They will come to Uyo very well prepared against us. So mathematically, it was a good operation for us that we won in Ndola; and we are the only teams that have three points after the first round of matches.”“The preparation has been to look at our players in their clubs because we cannot play any friendly match,” he continued.“We have to analyse the matches and we also have to keep eyes on our players because we have started building a new team with many young players.“It was good we have two wins after two matches (Tanzania and Zambia) which is good for our confidence but there is still a lot of work to do.”Meanwhile, an injury crisis has hit Algeria with no fewer than four key players doubtful for Saturday’s World Cup showdown.Faouzi Ghoulam, Ryad Boudebouz, Hilal Soudani and Rachid Ghezzal are all uncertain for the match due to injuries.Ghoulam and Boudebouz played for their clubs Napoli and Montpellier respectively this past weekend, but joined the training camp Sunday with abductor problems.Incidentally, Boudebouz was man of the match after he netted a brace for French club Montpellier.Dynamo Zagbreb striker Soudani and Ghezzal from Lyon did not even feature for their clubs this past weekend on account of injury.Last-minute call-up and Angers of France defender Mehdi Tahrat is also nursing a groin problem and so did not feature for his club in their last game.Top stars Islam Slimani and Nabil Bentaleb have also endured injury scares most recently.Leicester City striker Slimani missed two matches due to injury, while Bentaleb hurt his knee in action for German club Schalke 04 before he recovered in time on Sunday to fire his fifth goal in six matches on loan from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NASCO Group Partners PACA to Host Cycling Awareness in Jos

first_imgSeriki Adinoyi in JosNASCO Group Nigeria has said it will partner Plateau State Amateur Cycling Association (PACA) to host the first-ever cycling awareness campaign in the state on Saturday.According to Group Marketing Communications Advisor to NASCO, Mallam Haroun Harry Audu, the event will feature all cycling enthusiasts within Jos and its environs. Audu pointed out that the NASCO cycling awareness campaign is aimed at reviving and strengthening public interest and participations in cycling as an award winning sport for health and recreational purposes and for the promotion of peace and tourism.He also noted that this effort by NASCO Group therefore signals a deliberate intervention by the group to support committed amateur cyclists in the state adding that it is also expected to advance and promote the benefit of cycling as a sporting and healthy enterprise.According to him, the event will provide the good life to the good people of Plateau State via entertaining cycling displays by athletes and other cycling members of the public.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Djokovic Beats Federer to Win Fifth Wimbledon Title

first_imgAs the clock ticked to four hours 57 minutes, Federer hit a ball high to hand the Serb victory.The world number one has won 16 Grand Slams – and four of the last five.“It’s quite unreal,” Djokovic said after winning his fifth Wimbledon title.Federer, who at 37 was chasing a record-equalling ninth Wimbledon singles title, added: “It was a great match, it was long, it had everything. Novak, congratulations, man, that was crazy.”A highly anticipated final between two of the sport’s greats always had the potential to go the distance – and this did that and more.With fans unable to watch at times, while leaping to their feet and chanting at others, a nerve-jangling final set turned this into a classic.When Federer had two championship points at 8-7, Djokovic held his nerve to save both and then break back, eventually taking it to the new tie-break at 12-12.The Serb – who for extended periods of the match had been second best – had won the match’s previous two tie-breaks and he did so again, snatching victory when Federer scooped a return high.The Swiss had been seeking to become the oldest Grand Slam champion of the Open era but instead found himself part of a different record as the match time surpassed Wimbledon’s longest game – the four hours 48 minutes of play of the 2008 final he lost to Rafael Nadal.“Like similar to ’08 maybe, I will look back at it and think, ‘well, it’s not that bad after all’. For now it hurts, and it should, like every loss does here at Wimbledon,” Federer said.“Epic ending, so close, so many moments. Yeah, I mean, sure there’s similarities (between this and 2008). I’m the loser both times, so that’s the only similarity I see.” Novak Djokovic saved two championship points in Wimbledon’s longest singles final to retain his title in a thrilling win over Roger Federer.On a Centre Court, with an atmosphere that felt at times more akin to football than tennis, Djokovic won 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 13-12 (7-3). Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Lawal Charges Iheanacho on Consistency

first_imgThe ex-Roda winger, however, believes pre-season is not a yardstick to measure the performance of any player and wants the former Manchester City striker to replicate the form when the new season commences.“I think he has to prepare well for the new season. Pre-season cannot show what a player is capable of doing until the season starts. The season is long, he needs to take his chances and be consistent,” Lawal told Goal.“As a striker, your responsibility is scoring goals, it does not matter if you play badly what is important is scoring. He was scoring very well in Manchester City. He has to play the same way for Leicester City.”Iheanacho’s failure to impress with the Foxes last season cost him a chance to make Nigeria’s squad to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where the Super Eagles finished third.“If he is playing well for Leicester, I believe the Super Eagles coach will recall him back to the squad,” he continued.“The other players who were selected by the coach were playing well for their clubs that’s why they made the squad. If he does the same he will get his chance.”Iheanacho will hope to hit the ground running when Leicester take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in their opening 2019-20 Premier League game on August 11.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Nigeria international Garba Lawal has advised Kelechi Iheanacho to be consistent in scoring goals for Leicester City when the 2019-20 season gets underway.The 22-year-old delivered underwhelming performances last term, scoring only two goals in 35 appearances across all competitions for the Foxes.The forward, has, however, been impressive in the pre-season, having scored three goals in two games for the King Power Stadium outfit.last_img read more

Nigerians on Parade as Lagos Opens Begins Today

first_imgNo fewer than 16 local players will be at the centre stage to compete in the 2019 Lagos Opens Tennis Championship which serves off today at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.The Nigerian players will compete against other emerging tennis players from 56 countries. These players have registered for the International Tennis Federation (ITF) approved tournament. The tournament will begin with qualifying matches this morning, while winners in the qualifiers will join the players in the Main Draw of the singles and doubles events from tomorrow. The Nigerian players comprised of nine women and seven men. Joseph Imeh Ubon is the highest ranked local players and had a straight slot to play in the Main Draw of the Men’s Singles.Uboh is ranked 1537 in world. Other six men players are Sylvester Emmanuel, Mohammed Mohammed, Paul Emmanuel, Boluwaji Alepaye, Nsikan Friday and Jamiu Bolaji Suliamon.In the women’s category, Barakat Oyinlomo Quadre is leading the Nigerian ladies. She will be playing in the Main Draw courtesy of one of the wild cards giving by the Local Organising Committee in conjunction with the Nigeria Tennis Federation.Other Nigerian ladies on parade include; Sarah Adegoke, Blessing Anuna, Aanu Ayegbusi, Blessing Samuel, Ozi-Oiza Josephine Yakubu, Rachael Olamide Adunloye, Omolade Aderemi and Osariemen Airhumwunde.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Tough Time Awaits Hooligans, Vandals at Edo 2020

first_img“ Both the Close Circuit Television (CCTV) and the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) installed here (Ogbemudia Stadium) are capable of pinpointing any particular person or area inside and around the stadium complex. Anyone thinking of coming to the stadium to foment trouble will be fished out,” stressed the chief electrical engineer.While demonstrating the working of the CCTV at the control room during a recent inspection of the complex, two workers busy with their jobs in the extreme end of the stadium were given close shots to the point that prints on their uniforms were clearly legible to be read by the operators.“We have eight cameras installed at this stadium. All of them will be recording at the same time with our operators watching from the control room. We can do a playback to check any area of interest.“Similarly, we are capable of seeing clearly any place or thing five kilometers radius of the stadium from here. With these measures, we can beat our chest to say that everyone coming to Ogbemudia Stadium during the National Sports Festival is assured of his or her safety,” he noted.Interestingly, a police post has been built at the entrance to the stadium to handle cases of infractions at the complex.Yesterday, carpenters were busy with the roofing of the police post while other workers were putting finishing touches to the remaining minor jobs ahead of the opening ceremony to be done by President Muhammadu Buhari.Meanwhile, the Edo State Government has allayed fears concerning the risk of contracting the Coronavirus (COVID 19) during Edo 2020 National Sports Festival.A statement from the Chief Press Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Mr. Ebomhiana Musa, said that despite the present outbreak of the virus worldwide, with the scare of it taking on an epidemic scale if left unchecked, only two confirmed case so far in Nigeria with none in Edo State.He stated that based on a risk assessment on the threat of COVID 19, the government has put in place measures to prevent the spread of this viral disease through screening of participants, deployment of well-trained health personnel at all venues, and collaboration with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).It also said that in collaboration with the Rapid Response Team of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) with Emergency Operation Centre in the State there was no need to worry.Musa also revealed that the state government has made available hand washing facilities to shore up personal hygiene backed with enlightenment and dissemination of adequate information to the populace to help them identify and report any suspected case of COVID 19.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *State govt says no fear over coronavirusEdo State, host of the 20th National Sports Festival starting March 22 have put measures in place to ensure safety of athletes, officials and spectators at the newly refurbished Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.According to the Chief Electrical Engineer of the contracting firm handling the almost completed complex, Engr. Ben Tobrise, the CCTV and Video Assistant Referee (VAR) measures installed at the Ogbemudia Stadium are capable of fishing out any hooligan from the stands or anywhere around it.last_img read more

Don’t panic yet Brewers fans

first_imgWe’re just a little over an eighth of the way through theMLB season and Brewer fans are already panicking and criticizing their team,even though they have been over .500 the entire season so far.Yes, the Brewers haven’t been hitting to what they arecapable of as their .240 team batting average indicates, but they have shownsigns of coming out of it this last home stand, especially Prince Fielder andRyan Braun. Fielder hit three long balls last week and Braun hit .300 duringthe seven-game home stand.And despite the lack of hitting, Milwaukee has been prettymuch in every game, as they have only lost by three or more runs twice and havealready been in eight extra-inning games.The pitching has been pretty good so far this year with ateam ERA under four. Yes, Eric Gagne hasn’t been perfect with four blown saves(although his last one wasn’t his fault as he got the double play ball heneeded to end the game, it just was a bad throw by Rickie Weeks), but he hasstarted to pitch better and the bullpen is the main reason the Brew Crew hasbeen able to have a shot in pretty much every game this season.But with Ben Sheets missing a start last week and Mike Cameronserving a 25-game suspension, Ned Yost hasn’t had all the weapons to hisdisposal.So even though the Brewers have played 25 games, in my mind,their season truly starts today when they take on the Cubs at Wrigley Field.The reason I see the Brewers season officially startingtoday is because today is the first day that the team general manager DougMelvin and Yost envisioned will be complete as Mike Cameron ends his 25-gamesuspension. Ben Sheets will also avoid a stint on the DL when he takes themound tonight.So give it time Brewer fans. Let’s see if the addition ofCameron in the two-hole makes the impacted Melvin thought it would when hesigned the centerfielder to a deal this offseason.Is Cameron going to come in and change the entire team aroundimmediately? Probably not. But he might just be the spark the Brew Crew needsat the top of the order.Is Cameron going to be the savior for the season? No, butthe Brewers’ season doesn’t need to be saved. It is still early and a lot canstill happen.Look at last year when Milwaukee started the year out 24-10and had and eight-game lead but ended the year two games back and only twogames above .500. The Brewers are three games over .500 now and they have faceda lot tougher competition to start the year than last year (Carlos Zambrano,Johan Santana, and Aaron Harang twice, to name a few).If we are going to judge this team and the job that Melvinand Yost are doing, we can only judge when they have all the pieces theybelieved they needed to win. Well, starting tonight, the Brewers will have all thepieces so the judging can start now.If after 50 games, the team is still not hitting; if theyare falling further back in the division race and the pitching isn’t holding upanymore, then start to get worried that this season might be a waste.Until then, sit back and relax and let’s see if the teamMelvin thought the Brewers would win with turns it around now that it iscompletely together.?Greg is a seniormajoring in communication arts. Lethim know when you think it is time to start worrying about the Brew Crew at gschmitz@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Wisconsin still searching for 1st conference win

first_imgAfter 11 straight wins to start the season, the Wisconsin volleyball team is experiencing the other end of the spectrum. Wisconsin volleyball lost its fourth consecutive conference match Friday night, ending a four-game home stand for the team.The Badgers (11-4, 0-4) were defeated by the No. 25 ranked Northwestern Wildcats (13-1, 3-0) in three sets (20-25, 24-26, 24-26).On the strength of excellent blocking, scrappy all-around defense, and strong serving, the Wildcats swept the Badgers and remained undefeated in conference play.Blocking had been an issue plaguing the team throughout the year, but Northwestern exploited the weakness, out blocking the Badgers 13.5 to two.“We need to fight harder to get our hands around the net and slow the opponent down,” head coach Pete Waite said. “For the blocking stats to have 13.5 for them and two for us is pretty anemic, that’s something that we really have to shore up, we have to be real animals at the night.”Leading the frontcourt attack for the Wildcats was middle blocker Sabel Moffet, who led the team with seven blocks and finished second with 11 kills.“Moffet’s one of the fastest middles in the Big Ten and one of the fastest in the country so you just try to slow her down a little bit,” Waite said. “Again, you have to serve well to keep them out of that, but when you’re passing well, and [they are] very good passing team, it lets them run just about anything they want. We had our block and our defense set up to try to slow her down, but they had a pretty balanced attack. That’s what usually wins you a match.”The Wildcats balance was apparent, with four hitters totaling eight kills or more.While the box score shows a sweep, Wisconsin certainly had their chances, leading both sets two and three 24-23 before surrendering three consecutive points and losing 26-23.The long volleys, especially late in the game, proved to be a difficult endeavor for the Badgers to recover from.“Especially when you win those [points], it’s a big momentum [swing], whether you’re down or up,” senior libero Kim Kumza said. “When you win on those points you can get two at least after that because you’re so excited and the reverse too.”Unfortunately for Badger fans, the success the team enjoyed was never sustained.Despite the loss, the Badgers two outstanding freshman, Elise Walch and Julie Mikaelsen continued their strong play on the outside.Walch looked unstoppable at times, finishing with match-high 16 kills.Even more impressive was the effort by Mikaelsen. Despite being replaced in the starting lineup by Mary Ording, she was inserted midway through the Friday’s match accumulating nine kills in 11 attempts.“We didn’t start her tonight and she came off the bench to get those numbers, which is really fantastic,” Waite said. “Mary had been doing a good job in practice and she deserved to start a couple matches, but we needed a momentum change and Julie came in to give us energy and a lot of great kills. Hitting .727 and not playing the whole match is phenomenal.”Successful hitting by Walch and Mikaelsen did not translate to great team hitting for Wisconsin, as senior Allison Wack continued her struggles.Wack finished with only six kills in 27 attempts as the Wildcats focused much of their blocking attention to her side, and made some great digs on the shots that did get through.“I think that part of that is our passing was a little off, especially early,” Wack said. “They definitely were digging a ton of balls too, the balls I was getting through the blocks, they would come up with these huge digs and that’s momentum for them. I think they just did a great job defending on all angles.”Following a string of six consecutive home matches, the Badgers will hit the road and take on Michigan State and Michigan this week.Although the team has struggled so far in conference play, Waite feels confident the team can turn things around.“The Big Ten is tough and we knew that, but we’re very capable and we definitely have the talent, we just have to have the execution.”last_img read more

Miscues, poor execution cost Syracuse in Big East home finale

first_imgJustin Pugh felt he personally let his teammates down. Ryan Nassib said there was a direct correlation between his play and Syracuse’s. Doug Marrone claimed SU’s 23-6 loss to Connecticut was his fault. They all put the blame on themselves in a loss that resulted from startling mistakes from the Orange on offense, defense and even special teams. But in a game where each unit slipped up at the most inopportune times, Antwon Bailey summed up how the entire team attributed the loss. ‘It was us,’ Bailey said. Us, as in the Orange’s three units all making simple, costly errors. Marrone has preached the importance of the ‘little things’ this season, and that is exactly where SU failed in its loss to UConn. From fumbles at the doorstep of the Husky endzone, to costly defensive penalties to an immaculate interception, Syracuse didn’t do the ‘little things’ Saturday in the Carrier Dome. It was a loss where, without the mounting errors of every unit, the game would have been much closer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text It all wouldn’t have piled on. ‘Dropped passes, missed blocks, missed hot reads,’ Pugh said, ‘just all of these things adding up.’ The pent-up frustration began with the first quirky mistake. It came because of a Nassib pass at the knee of SU tight end Nick Provo. With the Orange trailing 7-3 at the 2:30 mark of the second quarter, the errant pass deflected off Provo’s knee into the waiting hands of Reyes. Instead of continuing a half-ending drive to tie or take the lead, the deflection led to another Husky field goal. But more so, it led to the brewing frustration. Case in point: At the end of the half, Pugh jawed with several UConn players after Nassib was sacked. The trash-talking occurred while Marrone sprinted onto the field. The coach did so to catch up with SU left tackle Michael Hay and ream him out for the missed block that led to the sack. After letting off the fumes, Marrone kneeled over with his hands on his knees, staring at the turf for 10 seconds, before jetting for the locker room. Meanwhile, Pugh exchanged the words that, after the game, he said were all for naught. ‘It’s an emotional game, so I kind of got caught up in it,’ Pugh said. ‘I guess they can talk now, because we didn’t come out and do much.’ Marrone chalked up the performance not to emotion, but execution. He refused to call the loss the most frustrating game of the year. The fact that SU didn’t score a touchdown despite having three more first downs than UConn didn’t matter. The only reason for the frustration was because it was another loss. Everybody felt it. ‘I think there is a level of frustration in all of us,’ Marrone said. ‘What you do with that level of frustration, if it becomes overwhelming, then you can have some issues.’ In the second half, those issues reached new lows on select plays. The quirkiness continued as Reyes forced a Nassib fumble which was recovered by the Huskies at the SU four-yard line. With UConn up 10-6 at the 1:31 mark of the third quarter, the game was in the balance. It then rested on a crew that hadn’t failed all day: the defense. Doug Hogue and the unit then trotted onto the field to try to make a big stop again. From the sidelines, SU linebackers coach Dan Conley flexed his biceps in order to send in the signal for the goal line defense. But it wasn’t about brawn on this day for Syracuse. Rather, a lack of brains at times. SU defensive tackle Jay Bromley was whistled for an offsides — one of nine SU penalties — that put the ball on the two. A play later, Jordan Todman was in the endzone. From there, it unraveled further. The reliable punter who gave SU its biggest offensive play of the game (thanks to a 36-yard SU gain when UConn’s Nick Williams fumbled on a punt return) soon failed too. Rob Long shanked a 14-yard punt. The specialists were in on the little mistakes as well. And the ‘we’, not the ‘I’, had to take the brunt of the blame. Said Pugh: ‘That’s not how we should be playing football.’ aolivero@syr.edu Published on November 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

TENNIS : Orange looks to fix road struggles as 8-game away swing looms on slate

first_imgAlessondra Parra symbolizes the collective struggles of the Syracuse tennis team playing at home compared to on the road.Parra, SU’s former No. 1 singles player who is now slotted at the No. 2 position, is 5-2 in singles play in the friendly confines of the Drumlins Tennis Center. Compare that to an unimpressive 1-3 on the road.‘Whenever I play an away match — or even home match for that matter — but particularly an away match,’ Parra said, ‘I have to do things better.’Though Syracuse has impressed in home matches this season, it struggles on the road. The Orange is 7-0 at Drumlins but just 2-2 elsewhere.As a team, the Orange has won 19 consecutive matches at Drumlins. However, SU coach Luke Jensen knows for his team to achieve its goal of winning the Big East tournament, the Orange must learn to win on the road.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘There really isn’t a change of mindset,’ Jensen said of preparing for road matches. ‘It’s a change of scenery. It’s so much easier when you can roll out of bed, and you’re a bicycle ride away from where you’re competing.’The Big East tournament takes place in South Bend, Ind., nearly 600 miles from SU.The junior Parra recognizes her team needs to improve on the road. She believes the team must not let all the complications of a road match get in the way of the team’s goal: returning to Syracuse with a victory.And that starts with her individual preparation.‘I have to plan ahead,’ she said. ‘I have to get everything in line, so that I know that I’m ready to walk onto the court and win.’The Orange clearly did not have everything in line on Jan. 29 when it lost to Maryland 0-7. SU also struggled on Feb. 20 when it fell to Boston 1-6.Parra was adamant those matches were lost due to tactical and executional inefficiencies. She said SU would have lost regardless of location.Jensen disagreed and said the two results would have been different if the Orange played at home.‘It definitely would’ve been different,’ Jensen said. ‘No doubt about it. The road is the problem. We’ve got to go out there and (win away matches).’Jensen’s squad knows it has only a little time to solve this problem. Syracuse begins an eight-game road trip on March 15, when it takes on Southern California. It will also face formidable opponents in San Diego State and William & Mary.For junior Emily Harman, the road stretch is crucial. Excluding Thursday’s home match against Cornell and an April 22 bout with Connecticut, these eight matches will be SU’s last before the Big East tournament.‘Whether we win or lose, it’s definitely going to build our confidence going into the tournament,’ Harman said. ‘It’ll give us really good experience and set us up for what we will see at the tournament.’For Jensen, the trip will be telling. If the Orange can string together some wins away from home, Jensen believes his team has a legitimate chance of winning the Big East tournament.This road trip will be the last of a series of challenges Jensen scheduled for his team. It will push the team toward peaking for the Big East tournament, one of Jensen’s goals.Earlier in the season, SU played a doubleheader. The weekend after, the Orange played matches in three consecutive days.‘It’s all designed (for the players) to be challenged before the big matches really start,’ Jensen said. ‘Before the Big East tournament and the NCAA tournament.’Even if it is physically prepared, the Orange won’t be at its finest if it isn’t in the right mindset.Harman knows if the team wants to make a run at the title, it must be confident playing away from home. As of Wednesday, Jensen’s squad has 50 days until the tournament begins to gain that confidence.‘Tennis is all about confidence,’ Harman said. ‘You have to have it. And if you don’t have it, you might as well walk off the court.’sebail01@syr.edu Published on March 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Legendary Oakland Raiders owner, SU alumnus Davis passes away at age 82

first_imgAl Davis, member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, owner of the Oakland Raiders and a 1950 graduate of Syracuse University, died Saturday. He was 82. The Raiders said he died at his home in Oakland, Calif. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed. Before Davis made his legacy in helping shape pro football as the outspoken owner of the Raiders, he played junior varsity football, basketball and baseball at SU while pursuing an English degree. Throughout the years, Davis was a quiet supporter of Syracuse football. He donated money for new locker facilities for SU athletes, according to a 1992 article in The Post-Standard. ‘We have lost a Syracuse legend and pioneer with the passing of Al Davis. We are all deeply saddened,’ SU Athletics Director Daryl Gross said in a statement. ‘His impact on the NFL is unmatched and was obvious. His standard for excellence has been copied by many. We will miss his communication with us and his love for Syracuse. We will memorialize his legacy, as he will never be forgotten in the Syracuse community.’ Davis’ passion for football was evident at Syracuse when he went to varsity practices and spent every Saturday at the top of Hendricks Hill watching the team play in Archbold Stadium. Davis took notes on each play the Orangemen ran and then compared them to head coach Ben Schwartzwalder’s after the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text It served as an introduction to coaching in football for Davis, who would go on to coach at a variety of college programs and professional franchises before finally landing in Oakland as the head coach and general manager of the Raiders in 1963. In 48 years as a coach, general manager and owner of the Raiders, Davis led the franchise to 28 winnings seasons and three Super Bowls in the 1970s and 1980s. He built the Raiders into a winner, stressing his famous mottos ‘Commitment to Excellence’ and ‘Just win, baby!’ ‘The Oakland Raiders are deeply saddened by the passing of Al Davis,’ the team said in a statement Saturday. ‘Al Davis was unique — a maverick, a giant among giants, a true legend among legends, the brightest star among stars, a hero, a mentor, a friend.’ In addition to leading the Raiders to success, Davis served as the commissioner of the American Football League in 1966 and played a key role in the NFL-AFL merger. He aggressively pursued NFL players to jump to the AFL, which helped the leagues combine in 1970 to form the modern-day NFL. ‘Al Davis’s passion for football and his influence on the game were extraordinary. He defined the Raiders and contributed to pro football at every level,’ NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. ‘The respect he commanded was evident in the way that people listened carefully every time he spoke. He is a true legend of the game whose impact and legacy will forever be part of the NFL.’ After graduating from SU, Davis landed his first coaching job as the offensive line coach at Adelphi College in 1950. Davis would later work as an assistant coach for the Baltimore Colts and as the offensive line coach at The Citadel for two seasons and at Southern California for three seasons. In 1960, Davis returned to professional football, this time as offensive end coach for the Los Angeles Chargers, a new AFL franchise. After three seasons with the Chargers, Davis became the youngest head coach and general manager in professional football when the Raiders hired him at age 33. It was the start of a legendary career as the leader of the Raiders that culminated in Davis’ induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992. Though Davis will be largely known as the face of the Raiders, he will be remembered as a classmate and friend by those who attended SU with him. Gordon Hensley, a 1951 SU graduate who played football, was good friends with Davis during their college years. Hensley knew Davis before his rise to fame as a fearless owner, and he saw a different side of him. ‘As tough as he seemed on the outside, which I think was on purpose, he was just a very nice individual on the inside, very charitable and very caring,’ Hensley said Sunday. ‘So I think that was Al as far as I’m concerned.’ rjgery@syr.edu Published on October 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

MBB : Boeheim, university respond to academic performance criticism

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Dara: dkmcbrid@syr.edu | @daramcbride Commentscenter_img After the Syracuse men’s basketball team was called out for poor academic performance during a Wednesday press conference with the U.S. Secretary of Education, head coach Jim Boeheim disagreed, saying Syracuse is academically fit.‘We are qualified. We are over 930. Under this year’s rules or last year’s rules, we would be eligible to play in the tournament,’ Boeheim said Thursday during a press conference after Syracuse’s 72-65 win over UNC Asheville in the NCAA Tournament in Pittsburgh.Boeheim was referring to Syracuse’s academic progress rate, or APR. It is a four-year average of academic performance that rewards student athletes for remaining eligible and continuing their education at the same school. Institutions with an APR lower than 930 have 50 percent or fewer players graduate. Syracuse’s men’s basketball most recent APR score was 928 for the 2009-10 academic year.The NCAA Division I Board of Directors passed a rule in October requiring that all teams have an APR of 930 or higher to participate in any sports’ postseason competition. The rule will be phased in over the next 24 months starting in the 2012-13 academic year.In a press conference Wednesday, Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, praised the decision to raise the bar for postseason eligibility and criticized UConn, Syracuse and Florida State for having APRs lower than 930.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoeheim said Duncan was wrong to mention Syracuse, which would be fully eligible to play in the tournament this year, although the most recent APR statistics have not been released. He said he was happy to talk about the team’s APR and expressed dissatisfaction with the APR policy changing to penalize a school for players who leave to play professionally.‘I really think, although in self-interest I try to talk the guy into staying and finishing his schoolwork, but if he thinks he can go to Chicago and work out with pro players, with a workout coach, work to get better for the draft, who am I to say, ‘You can’t do that, you got to help us?” Boeheim said.After Boeheim’s press conference Thursday, SU Athletics also released a statement that the men’s basketball team is eligible for postseason competition and projects the team will meet the guidelines for postseason competition in 2012-13.Last year, during a similar press conference, Duncan said college basketball teams not on track to graduate at least half their players should be punished and not have the opportunity to play in the postseason. Of the 68 teams that began in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, Duncan said 10 – including Syracuse – should have been disqualified for its players’ poor academic performance.For the 2008-09 season, Syracuse had an APR of 912 and was penalized with two scholarship reductions. Syracuse University administrators attributed the low APR to basketball players Jonny Flynn, Paul Harris and Eric Devendorf leaving mid-semester during the 2008-09 season to pursue professional careers. Boeheim referenced their departure during his press conference Thursday.‘We had three guys leave one year,’ he said. ‘That’s why we fell below the 930 for one year. We made it up with two perfect scores. But that low score stays with us for four years.’In this year’s NCAA men’s tournament, 13 teams have an APR below 930. Three years ago, 21 teams had APRs below the then-acceptable 925. Seventy-nine percent of teams in the NCAA Tournament are graduating 50 percent or more of their student-athletes for 2012, a three-percent increase since last year.Richard Lapchick, author of the annual study on APR and graduation success rates which was released Monday from the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida, emphasized that more attention is still needed for student-athletes. He said a 60 percent graduation rate needs to become the acceptable standard for APR, and raising the minimum score from 925 to 930 is a step in the right direction.dkmcbrid@syr.edu last_img read more

Syracuse receives verbal commitment from juco defensive end Trejo

first_imgDefensive end Trevon Trejo gave his verbal commitment to Syracuse on Sunday, according to Scout.com. His commitment comes one day after the Orange received one from offensive lineman John Miller.The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Trejo, who’s from Long Beach, Calif., played two seasons at Golden West College. Along with Miller, Trejo visited Syracuse last weekend. Trejo made 18 total tackles in nine games this season, and he finished up with three sacks.Trejo is the 11th member of the class of 2013 to commit to Syracuse.The Orange’s defensive line performed well for much of the season. Syracuse finished fifth in the Big East in rushing defense. Defensive end Brandon Sharpe is the only member of the defensive line the Orange will lose to graduation. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on December 10, 2012 at 12:13 am Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Treanor’s 7-point performance leads Syracuse to win over Georgetown, Big East tournament championship

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 4, 2013 at 11:50 pm No. 5 Syracuse (16-3) defeated No. 6 Georgetown (13-5) 14-7 in the championship game of the Big East women’s lacrosse tournament on Saturday at Multi-Sport Field in Washington, D.C. Kayla Treanor led the Orange with seven points on six goals and one assist and Kailah Kempney added three goals.The Orange earned its third Big East tournament title in program history.Georgetown, though, took an early lead. The Hoyas scored the only two goals of the game’s opening 12 minutes. Attack Dina Jackson scored just 69 seconds into the game to get the Hoyas on the board. Midfielder Hannah Franklin scored at the 21:39 mark to make it 2-0.Syracuse responded four minutes later with two goals in a 49 second span. Devon Collins and Kailah Kempney scored at 17:27 and 16:38, respectively, to even the score at two.Georgetown’s Ashley Hunter scored at 13:25 give the Hoyas a 3-2 advantage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU then scored the final four goals of the first half. Kelly Cross scored for the Orange at 11:41 to tie the score at three. Alyssa Murray then scored at 4:07 to regain the lead for the Orange at 4-3.Attack Kayla Treanor, who set the SU record for most points by a freshman in SU history, scored twice in a minute to give Syracuse a 6-3 lead.Goalkeeper Kelsey Richardson had three saves in the first half. Alyssa Costantino came in to replace her in the second half.Treanor completed her hat trick to open the second half, scoring on a free-position shot to make the score 7-3.Georgetown scored its first goal in 20:25 on a Franklin free-position shot, cutting SU’s lead to 7-4SU responded yet again, continuing what was a 9-1 scoring streak over 23 minutes. Katie Webster and Kempney scored two quick goals forty seconds apart to extend the Orange lead to 9-4. Treanor intercepted a pass on a Hoya clearing attempt and scored on an empty net to make it 10-4 with 19:29 to go.Murray then scored for SU to extend the lead to 11-4 at 18:29.Georgetown then made it 11-5 on a goal by Jackson.SU responded with a Kempney goal sandwiched between two Treanor goals. It brought SU’s lead from 11-5 to 14-5.Hoyas attack Meghan Farrell closed off the game with two straight goals with 6:33 and 1:30 left in the game.The Orange defeated the Hoyas 13-7 in the last game of the regular season and added to that today, defeating them 14-7 in the Big East championship game. Costantino made four saves in the second half.SU now awaits its draw for the NCAA tournament. The Final Four will be held May 24 and 26 in Philadelphia, Pa.– Compiled by Josh Hyber, staff writer, jmhyber@syr.edu Commentslast_img read more

Porlier looks to contribute early as a freshman

first_imgOne of the new faces on this year’s Syracuse team is Maria, Quebec native Laurence Porlier.A freshman forward on this year’s squad, Porlier played all four years of her high school career at Brewster Academy, a U.S. preparatory school in Wolfeboro, N.H. She played three of those years for Team Quebec, one of Canada’s premier national women’s under-18 teams. Both experiences gave her a leg up on the competition to help ease her transition into the SU style of play.“The play is a lot faster,” Porlier said. “There are a lot of more players on the team, so there’s a lot of competition. It’s pretty different from high school.”She said she’s adjusted well to the faster pace and the coaching style. Both are much easier than she expected, and she’s been very comfortable working with head coach Paul Flanagan.Porlier said playing just one tournament a year with Team Quebec was both exciting and challenging because it was hard to connect with the girls she was playing with in such a short time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow on Syracuse, Porlier said that she gets along well with her teammates.“I love them,” Porlier said. “They’re all friends of mine and there’re no (cliques). We have a lot of fun and they’re funny.”Despite the tribulations of being a part of a Division I program, fellow forward Margot Scharfe said, the team does its best to remain close and supportive of each other.“We have a big team, so sometimes it’s hard to keep the social cohesion,” Scharfe said. “But we definitely are a really close team this year.”She went on to say that Porlier has adjusted well, as the other freshmen have, to playing for Flanagan’s team.Scharfe, a senior, has been through the ropes and knows that adjustment can be hard. With that, she is particularly impressed with SU’s newest skaters.“It’s awesome to see the freshmen grow because we were all there at one point,” Scharfe said, “so we know it’s a tough transition, but I think they’re all making the transition pretty smoothly.”As far as this season goes, the co-captain sees Porlier making a solid contribution.Scharfe said that Porlier has a big body, so she’ll be able to play physically, be a force around the other team’s net and make her mark on offense and defense.Flanagan agreed. He believes Porlier has a lot of potential coming into the season.“One of the reasons we looked at her during recruiting is she has good size,” Flanagan said. “She’s a good offensive player.”Games are not nearly as rough as in the men’s leagues Porlier played in, but they’re not that far off.“In women’s hockey, there’re not a lot of 5-4 games, there are a lot of 2-1 games,” Flanagan said. “I see her really helping our offensive game and giving us depth.”For Porlier, having the coaches’ and players’ confidences is certainly a great start.Although she’s just a freshman, her experience with Brewster and Team Quebec sets her apart. Playing at a high level isn’t new to her, so her goals for the season are simple.Said Porlier: “Perform as much as I can and every game give 100 percent and play hard all the time.” Comments Published on October 21, 2013 at 10:04 pm Contact Claudia: ctceva@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

SECOND WIND: Syracuse uses final push to hold off Miami, remain unbeaten

first_imgAn hour before Syracuse faced off against Hofstra, a large contingent of SU players gathered in a tunnel adjacent to the Carrier Dome field and watched a scrimmage between Hofstra and Le Moyne.The SU players weren’t just scouting the two teams they would face later in the day; they were eager to take the field themselves. Eager to begin the process of erasing memories of last season’s heart-breaking national title game loss to Duke.On Saturday — almost eight months to the day since the title game – the Orange began its rehabilitation process with scrimmage wins over Hofstra and Le Moyne. Despite struggling mightily at the faceoff X — which SU did so famously against Duke last May — the Orange defeated Hofstra 12-8 and Le Moyne 15-4.“We spent more time on faceoffs this fall and spring than ever before,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “I wish we would have done a little better versus Hofstra … It was good to see us improve and get better against Le Moyne.”The Orange lost a staggering 27-of-46 total draws, allowing two inferior teams to remain in striking distance.Desko said the Orange has seven players who work on faceoffs at practice. On Saturday, the team used five.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textChris Daddio won 10 of the 19 draws he took on the day, but won only 3-of-8 against Hofstra. Mike Iacono won 2-of-11 against Hofstra and 2-of-6 against Le Moyne.Daddio struggled to begin the Hofstra game before giving way to Iacono with SU ahead 4-2. But the junior transfer from Nassau Community College didn’t fare much better.Daddio credited the slow start to his mentality going into the game. Iacono said it might have been first-game jitters. Desko credited Hofstra freshman Kris Clark, who won 14 of the 19 draws he took.“We knew about him coming off of Long Island as a high school player,” Desko said. “ … Some of it, too, we changed our guys up when we were losing a few, and it’s hard to get into a rhythm when we change our people.”Against Hofstra, the Orange lost 17-of-23 draws.But despite not having the ball to begin possessions, Syracuse was able to capitalize when it did. Kevin Rice recorded five points — one goal and four assists — while Dylan Donahue put up four goals and assisted on Scott Loy’s first-quarter goal.Four different players scored for the Orange in the second half: Billy Ward, Hakeem Lecky, Donahue and Tom Grimm. The team thwarted any chance of a comeback upset.Against Le Moyne, Syracuse fared much better at the X. The Orange won 13-of-23 draws and cruised to an easier victory against its cross-town rival.Iacono began the game at the X, and was better than he was against Hofstra.“My wing help was tremendous,” he said. “They held down for me. I’m completely confident in my wings. Today was the beginning point to working toward the whole season.”Winning more faceoffs resulted in more goals. The Orange won 5-of-7 draws in the first quarter and took a 5-1 lead.In the second half, the Orange won 5-of-8 and allowed just one goal while scoring five.Despite the two victories, the faceoff X will continue to be a topic of discussion for Syracuse as it prepares for its regular-season opener against Siena on Feb. 10.Said Daddio: “We’ve been working a lot this season already, and I think we’ll be fine. We picked it up in the second game and toward the end of the first game, but we can’t start slow like we did. We’ve just got to get into a rhythm.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

Syracuse shakes slow start to blow out Adrian, 84-35, in final scrimmage

first_imgBy the time Adrian guards took their eyes off Syracuse defenders and the ball they were flinging around the perimeter, the final seconds of the shot clock were ticking away.It wasn’t that the Bulldogs forgot to shoot, just that too often scoring was an afterthought to not losing possession. SU’s poor shooting allowed its Division III opponent to stay within striking distance of the Orange in the first half. But No. 23 Syracuse’s final preseason game ultimately devolved into a full-court physical mismatch and learning experience, which SU won 84-35 in front of 7,680 in the Carrier Dome on Monday night.“It doesn’t get frustrating to go on the court and think we’re better than anybody because that’s the mindset that we should have when we play against this team, Duke, North Carolina, it doesn’t mater who we play against,” freshman point guard Kaleb Joseph said. “We should always go in thinking that we’re going to win and that we are the best team.”Rakeem Christmas didn’t have to jump to block shots. Adrian’s tallest player was 6 feet, 5 inches. Open shots were easy to come by for the Orange. Simple perimeter passing stretched the Adrian defense. But for much of the game, Syracuse simply wasn’t making its shots.In a two-minute span of the first half, five Syracuse players combined to take and miss seven shots, including a Ron Patterson layup, and five SU players also combined to snag six offensive rebounds. The Orange scored just three points in that time but led 15-6 after a pair of Chris McCullough free throws. Monday’s test was mental more than anything.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We knew that we were bigger than them and more skilled,” junior guard Trevor Cooney said. “But you got to come out and you got to come ready to play, no matter who you’re playing you got to come out ready. And if not it could be a close game and you never know what’s going to happen.”SU’s shooting struggles were reflected in Cooney’s game. At halftime, he was shooting 2-of-7, 28.6 percent from the field. The Orange led 37-24 and it was after shooting 12-of-41, 29.3 percent, from the field.But 58 seconds into the second half, Christmas punched away a Curtis Gordon shot. Seconds later, Adrian was whistled for its fourth of sixth shot clock violations in the game. Cooney hit his first of two 3s in the game on the next possession from just inside the right wing to give SU a 41-24 lead.Two more Adrian shot clock violations, 10 minutes and 19 more Syracuse points followed before Adrian got a point. It was a free throw.“Well we made a couple shots, we had a couple improvements,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “… Second half we just made some more shots. That’s all.”Boeheim continued to shuffle through his nine-deep lineup. Chinonso Obokoh, recovering from a right thigh tear, was the only SU player who played less than 20 minutes, playing 11. And no one other than Joseph and Tyler Roberson — who played 27 — played more than 25.The uncontested shots that the Orange had clanked in the first half began to fall. When they didn’t, SU could count on breakaways against a team that barely had time to spot the rim.As the game drained away, the Carrier Dome crowd stopped celebrating blocks. Syracuse finished with 10 and the blocks more closely resembled kills in a volleyball match. In the final five minutes, as a game that Adrian never led ticked away, the loudest cheers went up for McCullough’s layup with 4:24 remaining. Syracuse led 76-29. There was nothing left for SU to win in the game — besides free tacos for anyone with a ticket.“I think it wasn’t too hard to manage the game tonight,” Jospeh said. “I think we got a lot of great shots and guys were aggressive, so this wasn’t really too tough.” Comments Published on November 10, 2014 at 9:07 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse turns to top scorer Peterson to lead way against No. 9 Florida State

first_imgAnytime Syracuse has needed a spark this season, it’s turned to Alexis Peterson. Momentum-swinging 3s, powerful and-ones and deadly pull-up jumpers have been the trademark of her game.While teammates say her biggest contribution to the Orange is her energy, it’s also Peterson’s tangible ability to score points that has been key, as shown by her team-leading 15.2 points per game.But in games against Top 25 teams, SU is 0-6 and Peterson has never led Syracuse in scoring in any of those games. She said she never feels pressure to score the big baskets in big games, but when her teammates score more in those spots, the Orange loses.“If it’s meant for me to score, it’ll happen,” Peterson said. “Or if it’s meant for me to set up someone else, that’ll be what I do.”Peterson also tops the No. 23 Orange (15-6, 5-3 Atlantic Coast) in steals and assists, but it’s the sophomore point guard’s scoring that has boosted SU this year. Syracuse will look to Peterson, who is the 10th leading scorer in the conference, to lead the way once again Monday when it takes on No. 9 Florida State (20-2, 7-1) at 7 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHer role as the team’s go-to scorer is a new one this season. Peterson averaged just three points per game as a freshman. This year, head coach Quentin Hillsman doesn’t run any plays designed for her, but she still draws attention from defenses.“She’s your biggest threat with the ball in her hands. So you’d like to get it out of her hands as much as possible,” Wake Forest head coach Jen Hoover said after Peterson scored 32 points against her team on Jan. 15. “… I think everybody’s noticed what she’s doing this year.”Peterson is Syracuse’s most dynamic player and in losses, she’s averaging 13.3 points, compared to 16 points in wins. The drop-off isn’t huge, but on Dec. 19 against Baylor, she missed a potential game-tying layup with four seconds left and the Orange lost by two.In SU’s most recent game, a 78-58 road loss against No. 8 Louisville on Thursday, Peterson scored nine points and only two in the first half. She shot 3-of-15 overall, and by time she started producing, the game was already out of reach.In all six losses, the Orange was led in scoring by either Diamond Henderson or Brianna Butler — two players who shoot far less efficiently than Peterson does. Butler and Henderson are shooting 28.3 percent and 36 percent from the field, respectively, as Peterson is shooting 46.3 percent.Though Peterson is the team’s leading scorer and is needed in games against top teams, Hillsman said she’s done enough in other ways outside of scoring to help her team.“I don’t know if it does or not (hurt the team when Peterson’s not scoring) because she’s really good on defense and she really does a very good job of keeping her teammates involved,” Hillsman said. “So I don’t know if it’s a negative of her not scoring.”SU’s next two games are against ranked teams — the Orange will play No. 16 North Carolina on Thursday — and Peterson’s role in big games will continue to be defined.Center Briana Day said in order for Syracuse to be successful, it shouldn’t rely just on Peterson against top teams.“It makes others step up,” Day said. “I mean people have to step up regardless but it makes other people step up when we need points or we need scoring.”CORRECTION: In an original version of this story, the day of Syracuse’s loss to Louisville was incorrect. SU lost to Louisville on Thursday. The Daily Orange regrets this error.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 1, 2015 at 11:10 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse to beat Virginia Tech

first_imgPhil D’Abbraccio (17-4): Syracuse 71, Virginia Tech 61No more freebiesVirginia Tech still strokes it well from 3-point range — to the tune of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s third-best percentage — so its success from deep against SU the first time was no fluke. But the only reason the Hokies were a buzzer-beating 3 away from topping the Orange was because SU missed 10 second-half free throws. With the exception of Syracuse’s loss to Miami, SU’s been better than that from the charity stripe. No breakdown from that spot this time around will outweigh the fits Rakeem Christmas and Co. are going to cause for VT.Jesse Dougherty (17-4): Syracuse 72, Virginia Tech 58Not this time aroundThis is the same Virginia Tech team that Syracuse met in Blacksburg earlier in its conference schedule — unable to guard Rakeem Christmas and do much else but shoot the 3. Except this Orange team, which lost by 10 to North Carolina despite scoring 82 points eight days ago, has come a long way on the offensive end. That said, the Hokies won’t have a shot to come back in this one, even if it gets hot late in the second. This time, SU has a cushion worthy of sleeping on down the stretch.Jacob Klinger (18-3): Syracuse 67, Virginia Tech 58Technically poorVirginia Tech can and will rain some 3s. They do it to the best teams in the conference and the country. But the Carrier Dome air isn’t kind to perimeter-dependent teams and the Hokies’ relationship with the 3-ball is like that of a freshman desperately hanging onto their long-distance significant other. VT’s bound to make the game close and uncomfortable before ultimately ending in heartbreak. Good for Syracuse, though. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 3, 2015 at 8:32 pmlast_img read more

Volleyball lessons for men’s basketball

first_imgThe USC men’s basketball team is struggling. The USC men’s volleyball team is not.Yes, the top-ranked men’s volleyball team lost its first game of what was a perfect season over the weekend, a five-set heartbreaker to Pepperdine. But the mild setback didn’t shake the college volleyball world.The Trojans are still the No. 1 team in the land.The USC men’s basketball team had an equally disappointing and even more costly weekend. USC coach Kevin O’Neill’s boys split two home games, sputtering out badly Saturday in an ugly loss to Oregon. The Trojans were already a long shot to make the Big Dance. Now, they’d be lucky to make the National Invitational Tournament.When you look at the two programs, it’s like looking at two houses in disparate conditions. One, nearly pristine, has been meticulously improved year after year and is the envy of the neighborhood.The other house was bought after a foreclosure. Although it’s not rundown, the roof is leaking. And as soon as you plug one hole, another keeps popping up.I don’t think I have to tell you which house represents which program.The two teams are on different tracks. The volleyball team is headed straight to the top, national championship or bust. The basketball team is just trying to move in a positive direction, to finish out an up-and-down season on a high note.Volleyball and basketball aren’t so different after all. Both are games made up of runs. Both rely on a certain rhythm and flow. Spacing is crucial, teamwork essential. Point is, a lesson from one is easily transferable to the other.So what cues can the men’s basketball team take from the success of senior opposite hitter Murphy Troy and the men’s volleyball team? If there’s one word, it’s consistency.I was the volleyball beat writer two years ago. After moving on to other sports, I popped my head into volleyball practice last week, and it was as if I were in a time warp.Very little had changed. The atmosphere was more intense, but the faces were practically the same.Troy is still the power hitter on the outside. Senior setter Riley McKibbin still quarterbacks the offense. Senior middle blocker Austin Zahn is still a presence at the net. Senior outside Tri Bourne is still making teams pay when they forget about him on the other side.Those four seniors form the core of the team that has been steadily building since 2007. They were USC coach Bill Ferguson’s golden recruiting class and they are living up to expectations. They came in together as freshmen and the only direction to go was up. They were a few points away from winning the national title in 2009 and still have one last crack at it.Compare that with O’Neill’s basketball squad. A very capable coach, O’Neill came in two years ago after Tim Floyd’s abrupt resignation and an exodus of recruits that would have impressed Moses. The program was nearing disarray, and O’Neill helped to stabilize it.But consistency continues to elude the Trojans on the basketball court. They have nothing that approaches the consistency of the volleyball team.Junior forward Nikola Vucevic is really the only player remaining who had any impact in the Tim Floyd days. Senior forward Alex Stepheson had to sit out that year because he transferred in and senior guard Donte Smith had not discovered his jump shot yet.Meanwhile, new players like freshmen guard Maurice Jones and forward Garrett Jackson were thrown into the mix early and are still struggling to find their way.So the basketball team takes two steps backward as soon as it takes one step forward, while the volleyball team steadily climbs.Players on both teams work equally hard. Both coaching staffs are just as dedicated. But Ferguson’s starters are four seniors and two juniors, all of whom have been at USC their entire college careers, learning the offense, buying into the system.Meanwhile, O’Neill must go with what he has, which is a group of guys who, with the exception of a few, haven’t logged a whole lot of games together.Any rebuilding program struggles with these issues. This is part of the process. Progress is often slow. Fans get impatient and players get frustrated.The only way to have lasting success is to stay the course. It is a valuable lesson the basketball team would be wise to heed.“Middle Ground” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Josh at jjovanel@usc.edu.last_img read more

Vucevic declares for draft

first_imgFreshman Curtis Washington sat patiently at Friday’s press conference in the Galen Center, waiting for junior forward Nikola Vucevic to announce if he would return for his senior season.“We would ask [Vucevic] and he would never tell us,” Washington said.Big shoes to fill · With Vucevic declaring for the NBA draft, USC will need to replace its leading scorer and rebounder from this season. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan Vucevic’s announcement that he will declare for the NBA draft and sign with an agent, forfeiting his final season of collegiate eligibility, means Washington’s minutes for next season will significantly increase.“Of course I always want to work hard, but it makes me work that much harder knowing that I will have a larger role,” Washington said. “It is going to be difficult to fill Nikola’s role, so we are going to have to work hard.”With Vucevic (34.9 minutes per game) and senior forward Alex Stepheson (32.9 minutes per game) departing, USC will rely heavily on an inexperienced frontcourt next season. The Trojans’ post rotation will include transfers James Blasczyk, DeWayne Dedmon and Aaron Fuller, in addition to Washington, who did not score last season.“Curtis is a lot like me when I was a freshman,” Vucevic said. “He is a young guy who works really hard every day. He is one of the guys who works the hardest on the team.”USC coach Kevin O’Neill said he plans to recruit one or possibly two new players.“We are not going to take anybody that cannot come and help immediately, because that is just wasting a scholarship,” O’Neill said. “If we can find another big, we would be interested, and if we found the right wing player, we might be interested in both, but we are not going to rush into taking somebody for the sake of it.”Only two of USC’s top seven scorers from last season, guards Jio Fontan and Maurice Jones, are expected to return next season.“When you lose a guy like [Vucevic], obviously it is going to be a blow to you,” O’Neill said. “It is our job with the guys coming in, and whoever else we end up signing in the late period, to make sure that we have a team that can be competitive in the Pac-10 and get into the postseason.”After deciding to declare for the NBA draft, Vucevic signed with agent Rade Filipovich of BDA Sports Management.“It was a tough decision,” Vucevic said. “I thought that if I came back we could have done a lot of good stuff, but at the same time, I wanted to take the next step in my life.”Had Vucevic not signed with an agent, he would have had until May 8 to withdraw his name and return to college for his senior season.“I feel like if you do something, you have to go into it 100 percent,” Vucevic said. “It is a lot easier when you have somebody who can take care of the scheduling part.”Vucevic said he plans to continue taking classes this semester while preparing for the NBA draft, and to take summer school so that he can eventually graduate.This past season, the 6-foot-10 Vucevic averaged 17.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, and was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team. He had a double-double in his final eight regular season Pac-10 games.Vucevic was the leading scorer and rebounder for the Trojans, who lost to VCU in the first round of the NCAA tournament.“Nikola’s great advantage is that he is going to be able to guard [NBA power forwards and centers], which very few people can do,” O’Neill said.last_img read more

Johnson wins NCAA singles championship

first_imgAfter leading the USC men’s tennis team to an NCAA title for the third year in a row, junior Steve Johnson claimed his own title as the 2011 NCAA singles champion.Winner · Junior Steve Johnson defeated Tennesse’s Rhyne Williams to capture his first NCAA individual title. Johnson became the first Trojan to capture the singles crown since Cecil Mamiit in 1996 and the 12th in USC history to do so. – Summer Trojan file photo Johnson defeated Tennessee’s Rhyne Williams on Monday at Stanford’s Taube Stadium, his 35th consecutive singles win.The first set was close, with Williams taking the lead, pulling away during the first game after a strong start.By the second set, Johnson took charge and dominated the final two sets, leaving no doubt who the best player on the court was.“When I got off that game to go up 2-0 in the third, I was going to do anything it took to hold on,” Johnson said. “I was fortunate enough to hold and hold on the sunny side [of the court] which has been tough all day. Then I was fortunate enough to get that break at 4-1.”Williams had defeated Johnson 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 during the ITA National Indoor Championship in November.The final match marked Johnson’s fourth title match this month.“I still [have] no words to describe this week and the team and now this individual [title],” Johnson said. “It hasn’t sunk in yet and I don’t think it’ll sink in for a while.”The last Trojan to win the NCAA singles title was Cecil Mamiit in 1996. Johnson became the 12th Trojan to win the title.“That court was good to us this week,” said USC coach Peter Smith. “It’s indescribable.”Johnson became USC’s first to win both the team and singles championships in the same year since Joaquin Loyo-Mayo in 1969, and the first player to do so since 2004.last_img read more

Women of Troy fall to Utes on the road

first_imgA little over a week ago, the USC Women of Troy were riding a five-game winning streak, looking like legitimate contenders for the Pac-12 crown.Just off the mark · Freshman forward Alexyz Vaioletama was held to just four points and seven rebounds against Utah. The Women of Troy shot just under 38 percent for the game and shot only six free throws. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanNow they are looking for answers.After their 55-63 road loss to Utah (10-10, 3-6) on Saturday, the Women of Troy (10-9, 5-4) have lost three consecutive games. USC now sits at fourth in the conference after being in second place earlier this month.In a game dominated by runs from both teams, the Utes pulled away in the final minute of action to steal what seemed to be a sure USC victory when the Women of Troy began the game with a 17-0 run.After USC sophomore forward Cassie Harberts’ free throws cut Utah’s late lead to three with 1:08 remaining, the Women of Troy misfired four times while the Utes sank five free throws to put the game out of reach.To counter a slow first half, Utah scored 42 points on 54 percent shooting in the latter 20 minutes behind forward Michelle Plouffe’s game-high 21 points, which all came in the second half.“We need to lock down on defense and get out on shooters,” Harberts said. “Plouffe had too many wide open shots, and she was one of the main reasons for their runs.”After USC pieced together a 9-2 run for a nine-point lead following halftime, Plouffe dropped eight points in two and a half minutes, followed by three consecutive layups by forward Taryn Wicijowski to give Utah a five-point advantage.The Women of Troy responded with a quick 7-2 run, highlighted by junior forward Christina Marinacci’s four-point play. The teams were deadlocked at 43 apiece with 9:29 remaining, but that was the closest USC would get for the rest of the game.USC had hoped that a matchup against a team with the weakest record in the conference would help them bounce back from two narrow losses against Oregon State and Colorado in the past week.“We feel like we need something to get us back up on our feet and to get our identity back, and we thought this game was going to be it,” Harberts said.For the first nine and a half minutes of the game, it looked like a win was certain. USC held Utah scoreless on 0-for-12 shooting to start the game with an early 17-point lead.Freshman guard Ariya Crook, who replaced injured senior guard Briana Gilbreath in the starting lineup, scored eight of her career-high 17 points during the run.“Briana was out, so I had to step up,” Crook said. “I attacked the basket and tried to bring energy to the team.”Nevertheless, Crook and her teammates could not stop Utah’s rapid turnaround.Utah guard Iwalani Rodrigues ended her team’s early drought with an and-one layup, which sparked a 16-2 run that cut the Utes’ deficit to three.The rest of the game featured similar Utah runs that USC’s premier defender Gilbreath could have helped slowed down.Gilbreath, the team’s leader in blocks and steals per game, sat out with a knee injury sustained in the second half of USC’s 67-69 loss to Colorado last Thursday.“In the second half, all of our energy just went down. We tried to catch up but it was too late,” Crook said. “We just have to improve on that and keep our energy up the whole game.”With their two-game road trip wrapped up, the Women of Troy return home to face non-conference opponent UC Santa Barbara (8-11, 3-5) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Competition continues for left tackle spot

first_imgNo. 9 USC’s battle with No. 4 Oregon is two weeks away, and USC coach Lane Kiffin still wants to make sure that USC is focused on its game with Arizona this weekend. In fact, Kiffin hinted that this could be USC’s most daunting game yet.“These guys very easily could only have one loss,” Kiffin said. “Ask Washington, ask Stanford, ask anybody who’s been playing them. They’re really good and they’re very dangerous.”Open battle · Sophomore left tackle Aundrey Walker left Saturday’s game with an injury. With his status unknown for this weekend, freshman Max Tuerk might start in his place. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanWhile first-year Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez has transformed an offense that’s now averaging 39 points a game, it’s Arizona’s defense that truly presents a challenge. Senior quarterback Matt Barkley and the USC offense have yet to face a 3-3-5 base defense like Arizona’s.“It’s something new and we obviously have to prepare for it,” Kiffin said. Senior quarterback Matt Barkley chimed in about the defense as well.“They play downhill, they play fast,” Barkley said. “They play really hard [on defense].”—The big positional battle for the Trojans this weekend is at left tackle. Sophomore Aundrey Walker suffered an unspecified injury against Colorado. Kiffin, however, has no update on his status for this upcoming game. The other left tackle, freshman Max Tuerk, continues to impress.“Max took a lot of reps today, just like he did last week and just like he did in the game,” Kiffin said. “He played half the game last week and did a really good job.”—One of the biggest problems for USC this season has been the penalties it has racked up. USC currently is the most penalized team in the country, and they had 10 against Colorado last weekend.“Because of what happened in the first half and the way that it went, Leonard [Williams] getting kicked out, I think their eyes are open to [the penalties] and the leaders are stepping up today,” Kiffin said. He did not comment on Williams’ status for next game.—In a somewhat controversial moment of the game, backup quarterback Cody Kessler wore punter Kyle Negrete’s No. 35 jersey for holding duties during an extra point attempt. Kessler said he had no idea why he was asked by coach John Baxter to wear that jersey.“We change jerseys all the time with our guys,” Kiffin said. “Everything’s within college rules.”last_img read more

Trojans look to stay disciplined on road

first_imgFollow Aubrey on Twitter @aubreykragen USC faces a new challenge this week as it travels to Corvallis, Ore. to take on Oregon State in its third Friday night game since 1999.Throwing it out there · Redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler will have to work with a limited group of options, as many of his top tight ends and receivers are not expected to play against Oregon State. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe Beavers (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) just dropped out of the top 25 after a 20-12 loss to then-No. 6 Stanford, but boast the No. 1 passing offense in the country behind junior quarterback Sean Mannion.Quarterback comparisonRedshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler is coming off one of his best performances of the year with 230 yards, one touchdown and no turnovers against Utah. But Kessler has yet to put up numbers anywhere close to Mannion’s.Mannion leads the nation with 407.9 yards per game, with 30 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions.Conditions in CorvallisMuch has been made of the hostile atmosphere of Oregon State’s Reser Stadium. Last time USC traveled to Corvallis in what ended up being the most recent of three straight losses at Oregon State, the Trojans fell 36-7 after backup Mitch Mustain replaced an injured Matt Barkley.Though the players insist they’re not focusing on the recent record against the Beavers, the team is doing everything it can to prepare for the atmosphere, especially considering the result of its last away game: a 14-10 loss at Notre Dame.“We’re gonna address some of the mistakes on the road against Notre Dame,” interim head coach Ed Orgeron said. “Maybe the crowd affected us. Maybe it didn’t. But I’m gonna do a better job as head coach of simulating some of that in practice.”Orgeron was true to his word, as chainsaw noises rung from the speakers at Monday’s practice, mimicking Oregon State’s common celebratory sound.Some of the Trojans who have never traveled to Corvallis before have been greatly anticipating this game.“I’ve heard a lot of things [about playing at Reser Stadium]: Loud. Crazy,” redshirt junior tight end Xavier Grimble said. “But that’s what I came to college football to do is play in those type of environments … That’s what makes the game fun for me.”Stepping upAgainst Utah, several Trojans were forced to replace the bevy of injured first-team players.Junior defensive end J.R. Tavai filled in admirably for the injured senior linebacker Morgan Breslin, leading the team with six tackles and two sacks. Tavai will need to step up again this Friday, as Orgeron announced at Monday’s practice that Breslin would be out again this week with a hip injury.Also out for the Trojans this Friday are redshirt junior cornerback Anthony Brown and redshirt junior tight end Randall Telfer.Injuries at the tight end and wide receiver positions have allowed a number of new Trojans to make catches in the past few weeks.Against the Utes, redshirt senior wide receiver De’Von Flournoy hauled in a 31-yard pass, the longest of his career. Entering his season, Flournoy only had one catch as a Trojan, so he has greatly appreciated his recent success.“It’s the greatest feeling in the world,” Flournoy said. “You have your parents in the stands and you actually get on the field and make plays for your team. It’s a great feeling.”With both Grimble and Telfer out against Utah, sophomore tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick and redshirt junior Chris Willson, who switched from quarterback to tight end, were forced to make some big plays. Though Orgeron listed Grimble as questionable, Grimble said he expects to play on Friday. Cope-Fitzpatrick was also injured against Utah and is questionable for the Oregon State game, but Grimble promised the tight ends will not disappoint.“We have one big tight end family and we’ve got a lot of talented guys in the room,” Grimble said.Other players Orgeron listed as questionable include freshman safety Su’a Cravens (groin), redshirt senior offensive lineman Kevin Graf (ankle) and junior wide receiver Marqise Lee (knee).last_img read more

Syracuse, Miami Friday matchup postponed due to Hurricane Irma

first_img Published on September 12, 2017 at 1:03 am Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Syracuse’s match with Miami on Friday at SU Soccer Stadium has been postponed due to Hurricane Irma. The game will be rescheduled at a later date.Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their Florida homes because of Irma. Miami is among several cities on the coast suffering from the hurricane.SU’s next game will be at home against No. 18 Wake Forest on Sept. 21. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse football recruiting: Class of 2018 4-star offensive lineman Tyrone Sampson Jr. decommits from Syracuse

first_imgTrack the rest of the Class of 2018 here. Comments Class of 2018 four-star offensive lineman Tyrone Sampson Jr. “reopened his recruitment” and will not sign a national letter of intent with Syracuse on Wednesday, he announced in a Tweet. Reopening my recruitment all schools are welcome to talk & communicate with me. pic.twitter.com/G6Rs70FnEh— T. Sampson (@TSamp_51) December 20, 2017 Published on December 20, 2017 at 11:21 am Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamcenter_img Sampson originally committed to SU in April. At the time of his commitment, he was the highest-ranked player in Dino Babers’ 2018 class. Currently, Sampson has offers from Indiana, Minnesota and Louisville, among others. 247sports.com predicts the Detroit native to sign with Michigan or Michigan State, although he has not received a scholarship offer from either school.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlso to decommit from SU’s 2018 class is running back Hassan Hall, who said in his Tweet announcing his decommitment that SU would stay in the mix. It is unclear whether Sampson will continue to consider Syracuse.Sampson was one of two four-star offensive lineman committed to SU, the other being Qadir White, who has signed with the Orange. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Three former UW women’s hockey players honored in ESPN’s annual body issue

first_imgIn this year’s Body Issue, ESPN featured three former University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team members in recognizing their fight for equal pay for all women who played on United States national teams.Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan and Alex Rigsby were part of a six-woman team, all of whom were honored for their courageous efforts this year when it came to achieving fair compensation for both men and women’s national team members.Following a strike back in March, which almost resulted in the United States national hockey team missing the World Championship tournament, USA Hockey agreed to meet their players demands. Women’s hockey members would finally receive the same compensation as their male counterparts for their national team performances.A moe than two days later, the women won gold at the World Championships, which would be their fourth consecutive title, and their eight gold medal overall.Women’s hockey: Badgers fall short but leave impressive legacyEven though the season came to a bitter end, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team still has so much Read…Before Duggan, Decker and Rigsby — who are all currently on the roster to compete in the 2018 Olympic games — took a stand for equal pay, women’s hockey players were only compensated for the six-months prior to the Olympic Games. Any other games or tournaments that they participated in were usually funded by the athletes themselves.Decker admitted to ESPN that one of their biggest focuses with the boycott was how it would impact future generations of players. The U.S. team wanted to ensure that girls could continue to play the sport they loved after college, without having a financial burden over their head.“What we were doing had a bigger purpose,” Decker told ESPN. “Not only for our team, but for young girls around the country.”It was thanks to not only the national team members, but also to all of the players who refused to take their place in the World Championships, that women’s national team members will finally earn the same compensation as their male counterparts.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin begins march to NCAA Frozen FourThe University of Wisconsin’s women’s hockey team returns home for the WCHA Playoff after a weekend of gridlock with border rival Read…The interview with ESPN also contained other information, such as misconceptions that the athletes face on a daily basis, and details on Duggan’s strict diet, which she started during her time at Wisconsin.Duggan, who is a firm believer in eating healthy ingredients, admitted that she has not eaten fast food since 2011. It all started with a dare Duggan made with her team, saying that if they won both an NCAA championship and a World Championship, she would eat McDonald’s.It wasn’t until Duggan and fellow teammate showed up for their NCAA win parade that she noticed her teammates carrying a McDonald’s bag.Duggan claimed to ESPN’s Morty Ain that one of the reason’s she chooses to eat to healthy is to heighten her athletic ability.“I take so much pride in my body,” Duggan said to ESPN’s Morty Ain. “We’re certainly shaping our body in a certain way, but, at the same time, it’s propelling us through our sport. And that just makes me really proud.”The full interview is available on ESPN’s website.last_img read more

Two USC players line up for the NBA draft

first_imgWith the NBA Draft taking place on Thursday, the Trojans have two players who hope to take the next step and play in the NBA.Guard Julian Jacobs and forward Nikola Jovanovic will forego their final years of eligibility and pursue a spot on a professional roster, though both appear to be late second round selections at best after neither received an invitation to the draft combine last month.Jacobs averaged 11.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists last season, starting every game for the Trojans, who will miss his athleticism, defensive prowess and ability to run the offense. As of Sunday, Jacobs, who has worked out with the Indiana Pacers, ranked 94th on DraftExpress’ list of Top 100 Prospects.Jovanovic appears to be lower on the rung than Jacobs, though he did work out with the Detroit Pistons, according to the Detroit Free Press. The forward averaged 12.1 points and seven rebounds as a starter. A big man who can stretch the floor with his jump shot, Jovanovic’s strengths are well-suited for today’s NBA game.Jacobs and Jovanovic will hope to become the first Trojans selected in the draft since 2011, when Nikola Vucevic was chosen in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers.The draft will be Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and it will be broadcast on ESPN starting at 4 p.m.last_img read more

COLUMN: NBA can’t use title as an excuse for resting

first_imgLast Saturday’s primetime NBA game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers was overshadowed. No, the culprit wasn’t the NCAA Tournament. It was the fact that a game that — on paper — featured the likes of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love duking it out against Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan … well, didn’t.As a sold-out Staples Center and nationwide audience on ABC tuned into the game, Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue rested his Big Three of James, Irving and Love, setting the stage for a 30-point Clippers blowout. By the fourth quarter, fans expecting a clash of Eastern and Western Conference titans were stuck watching the likes of Kay Felder and Raymond Felton run out the clock.This was the second consecutive Saturday night game (the marquee NBA matchup of the week) that suffered from resting superstars. On March 13, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr sat Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, and the star-less Warriors rolled over versus San Antonio in an 85-107 drubbing. The game fell 12 percent in ratings and 5 percent in viewership from the same Warriors-Spurs matchup in 2016. The tilt in Los Angeles seven days later was even worse, tying the record for lowest-rated NBA game ever on broadcast television. So, on Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo out to league owners.“Decisions of this kind do not merely implicate issues of player health and team performance on the court,” the memo said. “They also can affect fans and business partners, impact our reputation and damage the perception of our game. With so much at stake, it is simply not acceptable for Governors to be uninvolved or to defer decision-making authority on these matters to others in their organizations.”Silver essentially asked owners to step in and make sure coaches and players can’t hurt the NBA’s product by periodically resting superstars en masse. The response to the memo was predictable. Cleveland general manager David Griffin insisted it wasn’t his responsibility to prioritize television partners.“They’re paying me to win a championship,” Griffin said. “I’m not overly concerned about the perception of it. We literally had one guy rest tonight, and everybody else was reasonably injured, so I don’t feel like we did anything terribly egregious.”As a sports fan, my knee-jerk reaction was to side with Griffin in this debate. After all, we gripe when our favorite teams don’t trade for a player or don’t spend enough money in free agency because we want that championship. We get angry over hirings and firings because we say it doesn’t give the team the best chance to win. So then how can we complain about preserving star players for the playoff run, when they will be needed most? Sure, it stinks to see James or Curry on the bench in March, but does it really matter as long as they’re playing every minute come May and June? It shouldn’t.And though I stand by that principle, I also can’t bring myself to agree with Griffin’s words. Because history shows that NBA championships aren’t won by taking a handful of games off during the regular season; in fact, many all-time greats have lifted the Larry O’Brien Trophy after being iron men from October through June. Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant combined for 11 rings during their careers, and they started the full 82-game regular season slate in five of those championship-winning seasons, starting 80 games or more in seven. Jordan actually played all 246 regular-season tilts from 1995-1998 while winning three championships in three seasons — and this run began when Jordan was 32.The 32-year-old James, meanwhile, has only reached the 80-game threshold twice in his career, last in 2009: the penultimate year of his first stint with the Cavaliers. He also hasn’t logged a 3,000-minute season since his debut season in Miami in 2010, while Jordan only failed to do so in three of his 15 NBA seasons— even completing a 2,709-minute campaign in his age-39 campaign.Why does James require more rest than Jordan did? It’s ludicrous to say James is physically inferior (I mean, just look at the guy), and one player’s injury history doesn’t stand out over the other’s. It simply doesn’t make sense that Jordan was able to endure that much wear and tear in a more primitive era of sports medicine while James — and his fellow NBA superstars — can’t do so today.At the end of the day, it boils down to this: James and other stars demand the occasional day off. And hey, who am I to judge? Basketball is a job for these people, and you can’t blame them for calling in sick every once in a while to sit around all day watching sports.It is frustrating, though, to hear selfish decisions framed as selfless ones. Reports after Saturday’s game suggested James had been irked at being benched but accepted his coach’s decision. Considering James pushed former coach David Blatt out of Cleveland last season, it seems unlikely he lets Lue call his shots, especially when it comes to his spot in the lineup.Griffin was right: Teams’ personnel decisions should be based on winning, not the whims of TV stations. But he is also wrong: The Cavaliers’ decision to rest their stars on Saturday was not based on winning. If it had been, James and company would have likely taken a seat on Sunday against the Lakers, who Cleveland would have a better chance of beating without its stars. And with the Cavs nursing just a two-game lead over Boston atop the Eastern Conference, they could have used an extra win in Los Angeles. Alas, Cleveland’s stars chose to rest, and to be honest, that doesn’t really matter to fans (it doesn’t take much effort to flip the channel). But don’t pop a squat on the bench and tell us you’re ultimately doing it for a championship — that is simply false. Just relax and enjoy your day off.Ollie Jung is a junior studying print and digital journalism. He is also a sports editor for the Daily Trojan. His column, “Jung Money,” runs on Thursdays.last_img read more

Men’s tennis goes deep at ITA Southwest Regionals

first_imgDespite making a quarterfinal run in singles and reaching the semifinals in doubles, junior Jack Jaede ultimately fell short last week. Photo by Emily Smith | Daily TrojanThe men’s tennis team sent a host of players to Malibu, Calif., over the weekend for the ITA Southwest Regional Championships at Pepperdine University, and though the Trojans played well, they couldn’t capture any titles at the tournament.USC started with six singles and three doubles teams: Three singles players advanced through the round of 32, and two of those went even further, into the quarterfinals. On the doubles side, two Trojan duos advanced to the quarterfinals. Juniors Jack Jaede, Logan Smith and Laurens Verboven all advanced in both singles and doubles, with Smith and Verboven tackling doubles together.Smith and Jaede were the Trojans’ standouts in the singles bracket. Smith earned his spot in the quarterfinals with straight-set wins in all three rounds after receiving a bye in the opening round of 128. Jaede also made easy work of his first two competitors after a first-round bye, but he had to fight back to earn his quarterfinal berth after dropping the opening set.In the quarterfinals, both Trojans faced opponents from Pac-12 rival Arizona State, but neither was able to prevail. Top-seeded Smith was upset in two sets, 6-4, 6-3, by unseeded Benjamin Hannestad, who went on to win the tournament. Meanwhile,No. 3 seed Jaede fought to three sets with No. 11 Michael Geerts, but could not finish him off, falling 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.In the doubles bracket, Jaede and redshirt junior Tanner Smith advanced to the quarterfinals along with Verboven and Logan Smith. There, Verboven and Smith fell to San Diego’s Joel Gamerov and August Holmgren in an 8-5 decision. On the flip side, Jaede and Smith were able to defeat UC Santa Barbara duo Anders Holm and Nicolas Moreno de Alboran to break through into the semifinals.Jaede and Smith held their own against the top-seeded pair of Benjamin Hannestad and Tim Ruehl of Arizona State, taking them to three sets. The match was decided by a tiebreaker after the third set, but the Men of Troy couldn’t conquer their opponents, falling with a final score of 6-7 (4), 6-4, 1-0 (10-6). Hannestad and Ruehl went on to take home the doubles title.This Thursday, the Trojans will continue the fall season with their first home tournament of the year, hosting the 61st annual SoCal Intercollegiate Championships. In the 2016 event, Trojan freshman Brandon Holt took home the singles title, and he looks to repeat the feat in his sophomore season. The doubles final went unplayed due to a rain delay, though Holt had also won a spot in that title match. This year’s tournament will run from Thursday to Monday at Marks Stadium.last_img read more

Volleyball tops Cal Sunday

first_imgJunior outside hitter Khalia Lanier posted 18 kills Saturday in USC’s Cal victory over Cal. (Sinead Chang | Daily Trojan)After a three-set loss to No. 2 Stanford Friday, the women’s volleyball team returned to Galen Center Sunday to edge out Cal in a four-set thriller (35-33, 25-20, 18-25, 25-14).The first set against Cal was a battle, setting the tone for the rest of the game. The two teams exchanged points for the majority of the match, with neither team pulling far enough ahead. The first set was tied 24 different times, but a Trojan ace from senior libero Victoria Garrick after a kill by junior outside hitter Khalia Lanier brought the set to an end at 35-33.“A lot of the time when we’re up in games, teams usually come back,” Lanier said after the match. “The first set was kind of a testament to that, but I’m happy that we did pull it out and stick in there.”Head coach Brent Crouch commended his team for siding well during the first set.  “Then we were competing with [Cal] well, and that’s the part that stayed the same with the exception of the beginning,” Crouch said.The second set started out similarly, but would end much sooner than the last.When USC was only holding a 1-point lead at 15-14, the Golden Bears committed three errors in a row to give the Trojans the advantage they needed to finish the set 25-20.Crouch attributed the Trojans’ second set success to a Cal coaching mistake.“Their best server is [sophomore setter Isabel Potter] and she usually starts the game serving,” Crouch said. “They had her serve last in the rotation in the second set. They usually score points when she’s serving, so we just were able to get a lead and maintain it.” While Cal seemed to lose steam at the end of the second set, the team came out of the locker room with new energy that translated into a 7-0 run.The Trojans played from behind the entire set. Ultimately, the Bears finished the set at 25-18 and forced the Trojans to play another set. “The energy tonight was really good,” Lanier said. “We really did work on announcing ourselves, which was [Crouch]’s phrase this week. I think we did a good job with … establishing a team chemistry out of the gate.”Despite losing to Stanford on Friday, the Women of Troy finished out the weekend strong. The team looks to improve its 8-4 conference record on the road against No. 16 Oregon on Friday and Oregon State Sunday.last_img read more

Women’s basketball travels to Arizona for two-game trip

first_imgThe USC women’s basketball team is headed to the Grand Canyon State to face off against No. 19 Arizona State Friday and No. 16 Arizona Sunday. The Trojans are looking to avenge earlier losses to both rival Pac-12 South teams on the road after winning their last three games at home. On Sunday the Trojans will head to Tucson for their matchup with the Wildcats. Besides the offensive threat McDonald poses, USC will have to handle sophomore center Semaj Smith who posted a career-high 12 rebounds in Arizona’s last game against the Trojans. Rogers now joins forward Alissa Pili as the second USC player to receive the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award for women’s basketball this year. Their home performances have cemented their leadership roles for the young team and show the level of competition they are capable of. Senior forward and captain Kayla Overbeck will look to lead her talented freshmen to two road wins. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) Since these two games in the middle of the Trojans’ early five-game losing streak, USC has turned around its defense and adjusted offensively. Against Washington State, USC never allowed a lead change and logged 44 rebounds. In last Sunday’s overtime win over Washington, the Trojans shot 43.3% from the field with freshman guard Endyia Rogers tallying a career-high 29 points. Look out for senior guard Robbi Ryan, who shot a career-high 25 points against Arizona and is now averaging 42% from the field. Pili and senior forward Kayla Overbeck will also have to stop senior forward Ja’Tavia Tapley, who transferred from USC in April and is now averaging seven rebounds per game.  “[We] just gotta compete,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “Since we’ve got a really young team, we’re like, we just gotta go play, we got nothing to lose.” Arizona State converted 27 points off of turnovers for a 63-54 win two days later. To prepare for ASU, USC should anticipate a Sun Devil team hungry for another conference win. Their five-game winning streak that propelled them to the No. 16 spot in the national rankings was snapped by Arizona in a 59-53 loss last week.  Washington ran out to an early 19-point lead on the Wildcats on Jan. 19 that took Arizona three quarters to erase. The Trojans took on a similar deficit and took over the lead in the third in their first Arizona game this season. Maintaining consistency for all 40 minutes could help solidify a win for USC. The Trojans will have to maintain a competitive fire if they want to finish this revenge trip with wins under their belt. “It’s pretty exciting because we’re very young, to win three big wins back-to-back — UCLA, Washington State, Washington — that’s a pretty big accomplishment,” Rogers said. “But we have to keep on working to get more wins.” The Sun Devils and Wildcats have experience on their upperclassmen-heavy rosters that powered over the young Trojan team at the beginning of conference play. Led by junior guard Aari McDonald’s 24-point performance, Arizona delivered a 65-57 win at Galen Center Jan. 3. Currently 11-8 on the season, USC did not have much success on the road in its early matchups, going 2-4 away from Galen Center. This weekend the Trojans will have the chance to reverse those struggles and further improve their No. 8 conference standing. Freshman guard Endyia Rogers will match up against top guards during USC’s road trip to Arizona. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) The Trojans will tip off against ASU Friday at 10 a.m. and against Arizona Sunday at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Syracuse mixes up formations to keep opponents ‘on their toes’

first_img Published on October 3, 2018 at 12:28 am Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ When starting setter Jalissa Trotter suffered an injury early last season, Syracuse heavily utilized a 5-1 formation, in which five players are hitters and only one acts as a setter. Upon her return, the Orange switched back to using more of their 6-2 formation, where all six players can hit and two also act as setters.This season, currently at full-strength, SU (8-4, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) SU alternates between the two, helping the Orange through their current five game win streak that includes starting 4-0 in ACC play.“I think switching back from the 5-1 and 6-2 is something that can also keep teams on their toes where they have to worry, ‘Oh, they’re going from here to here to here, so we have to be prepared for it,’” Trotter said. “So if they think we’re running the 6-2 they have to prepare, and if we switch mid-game and they’re like, ‘Oh, we didn’t go over this’ or ‘How do we change?’”The 5-1 formation is considered to be the standard in volleyball as each player only has one responsibility and with one setter, one player runs the offense. When Trotter is in the 5-1, however, she stays on the court the whole time and doesn’t get a chance to sub out and take a “mental break.”The 6-2 formation allows for more substitutions as the setters typically play three rotations and then sub out. The system is both offensive and defensive, associate head coach Erin Little said. Every player can hit, but there are also two players who can set. A 6-2 formation also allows for a setter in both the front and back rows, normally playing opposite each other on SU’s side of the court.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Really it’s based on what’s going to make us the best team that night,” Little said. “So whether that is based on injuries or who’s performing well, we want to put those players that are performing well on the floor.”This year Syracuse has a lot of options to choose from, making switches between formations easier, Trotter said. Ten players have played 28 or more sets this season. On the offensive side, seven players have more than 40 points.Trotter has remained the main setter, accounting for a team high 397 assists. Elena Karakasi is the only other player in triple digits, with 145.“We have a really strong team this year,” SU libero Aliah Bowllan said. “I’d say every player, whether they’re on the bench or on the court is pretty equal, it’s just figuring out what six players gel the best.”Most teams SU plays usually commit to one system or the other, Little said. However, some teams switch throughout the season or, like Syracuse, will do so in-game. To prepare for how other teams will play, the Orange normally watch tape from at least three of their upcoming opponent’s most recent games.The different formations can “keep teams on their toes,” Trotter said. But SU knows not all opponents will be flustered, just as the Orange try not to be affected by other team’s formations.“I think you want to focus on your team first, what are your strengths and making sure you’re not changing your strengths all the time based on what someone else is doing,” Little said.What Syracuse runs all depends on the situation, both Trotter and Bowllan said. If an opponent is shorter, for example, Trotter said running a 6-2 can be more effective with three or four hitters up all the time. Sometimes, a 5-1 is better so that middle hitters have an open lane to run plays behind the setter, making slide hits easier.But often the formation being used is simply whichever plays to the Syracuse players’ strengths.“We want to put the players that can help us on the floor,” Little said. “If that means bringing in somebody to serve, if that’s defensively, if that’s adding a hitter or a blocker, whatever will make us the best team, we want to put them on the floor. It kind of forms into the systems we’ll play.”center_img Commentslast_img read more

Alexa Romero fans 7 batters in 9-1 win over Notre Dame

first_img Published on March 29, 2019 at 7:52 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman With the bases loaded and two outs, Alexa Romero twisted her hips, brought her hands together above her head and delivered a 1-2 fastball on the outside corner of the plate.“In that moment,” Romero said, “I was just like, ‘Let’s go at her.’”Notre Dame’s MK Bonamy swung and tipped the pitch, but Syracuse catcher Gianna Carideo squeezed the foul ball for the final out of the third inning. Romero released a scream and pointed her glove toward her catcher before they high-fived and returned to the dugout.After escaping the bases-loaded jam, Romero retired the next eight Notre Dame batters to stave off the Fighting Irish long enough for the SU offense to produce. Syracuse (13-18, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) fed off of Romero’s emotion in the circle and rallied to score seven runs in the sixth inning to run-rule Notre Dame (19-11, 3-4), 9-1.“All we ask is that Lex (Romero) gives the offense a chance,” head coach Shannon Doepking said after calling Romero one of the best pitchers in the ACC.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHitters didn’t even swing on three of Romero’s seven strikeouts. Romero locked up batters with her curveball, which moves toward right-handed hitters and away from lefties. To end the second inning, Romero got Payton Tidd to bite on an elevated rising fastball, another pitch she had command of, Romero and Carideo said.Carideo caught all seven of Romero’s strikeouts, including the foul tip that stranded three base-runners in the third inning. Before that out, Romero allowed her only run of the game off an RBI single from Cait Brooks. At the time, SU had only one hit and trailed 1-0.After several of Romero’s strikeouts, she screamed, which invigorated Syracuse at the plate. She yelled after striking out Katie Marino in the top of the fifth, and again the next inning.“We see her heart and we want to reciprocate it for her,” third baseman Lailoni Mayfield (2-for-3, RBI) said.Syracuse turned the motivation from Romero into runs. In the fifth inning, Alicia Hansen drove a line drive down the third base line to score Gabby Teran from first. SU took a 2-1 later in the inning when Hansen scored from third by blazing down the base path after a groundout to the pitcher.“Basically,” first baseman Alex Acevedo said, “whenever we’re hitting, we know that we need to produce for Lex since she does so much for us.”Pitching with a lead for the first time, Romero took care of the middle of Notre Dame’s lineup in the top of the sixth, fist-pumping after striking out Bonamy for a second time.Then in the bottom of the sixth, Syracuse’s offense exploded for seven runs, which extended its lead to 9-1 and prematurely ended the game. Acevedo, Mayfield, Hansen and Gabby Teran all recorded RBIs.By keeping Notre Dame off the base paths, Romero bought her team enough time to time up Fighting Irish’s pitchers, Doepking said. In total, Romero limited the Fighting Irish — who entered Friday’s game winning 13 of 16 of its previous games — to one run on four hits in six innings.“I think what you got to see is a leader leading this program and stepping up until we could figure it out offensively,” Doepking said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Iliass Aouani finishes 20th in 10k at NCAA Track and Field Championships

first_img Published on June 5, 2019 at 11:57 pm Contact Tim: tnolan@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Iliass Aouani was crowned the top male runner in the northeast region this past Friday, but he needed to shave roughly two minutes off his time to be the best in the country. The senior finished 20th in the NCAA Division I Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Wednesday night in Austin, Texas. By virtue of his place, Aouani received an All-American honorable mention. For the first time this decade, no men’s outdoor runner from Syracuse made first- or second-team All-American. BYU’s Clayton Young won the event with a time of 29:16.60, one of three Cougars who finished in the top five.SU senior Paige Stoner and sophomore Laura Dickinson will have their chance at All-American status in the women’s event tomorrow night. Stoner was recognized as the top female runner in the northeast in last week’s regional awards. She also made first-team All-American last year in the steeplechase. Dickinson is making her first ever NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships appearance after a breakout sophomore season. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

Much changed Munster side head to Glasgow

first_imgTries in either half from Shane Jennings and Zane Kirchner saw Matt O’Connor’s side run out 21-11 winners against Connacht at the RDS. Winger Michael Allen and loosehead prop, Andrew Warwick come into the Ulster side that takes on the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium later. Leaders Munster is also away from home today – a much-changed side have travelled to Glasgow to take on the Warriors with kick off at 2.40. Despite epic back-to-back battles with Clermont in the Champions Cup, winger Andrew Conway says there’s no chance of the squad treating today’s game a lesser challenge.last_img read more

Day four at Wimbledon

first_imgFederer will face American Sam Querrey in his second round match at Centre Court, while Nadal will take-on Germany’s Dustin Brown.Andy Murray will be involved in the opening game on Court No.1 when he play’s Robin Haase of the Netherlands.Defending women’s champion Petra Kvitova, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Caroline Wozniacki are among the other big names in action.last_img

Irish look for semi final places

first_imgFirst into the ring is light flyweight Brendan Irvine who faces a Cuban fighterFollowing that, team captain Michael Conlon goes up against Azerbaijan’s Tayfur Aliyev in the bantamweight class. Middleweight Michael O’Reilly is up against a Kazakh opponent today,  While light heavyweight Joe Ward goes up against a Belarussian.last_img

Brock Lesnar vs Daniel Cormier: Will there be a UFC fight ever?

first_imgLast Updated: 23rd September, 2019 23:35 IST Brock Lesnar Vs Daniel Cormier: Will There Be A UFC Fight Ever? Brock Lesnar is an American wrestler who has been a great influence on the WWE universe. Read more about the challenge to Daniel Cormier, after UFC 226 event Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US 11 months ago Brock Lesnar: UFC records of the MMA Star, Upcoming Fights and more WATCH US LIVE COMMENT WE RECOMMEND FOLLOW US First Published: 23rd September, 2019 21:13 IST 11 months ago Ken Shamrock expresses desire to share ring with Brock Lesnar ALSO READ | Brock Lesnar: UFC Records Of The MMA Star, Upcoming Fights And More Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White announced that Brock Lesnar, who is the current WWE Universal Champion, wants to fight against Daniel Cormier, UFC Heavyweight Champion. White also said in an interview that both the contenders want the match really bad and it would be a good one. The clash between Brock Lesnar and Daniel Cormier was first introduced at UFC 226 in July 2018 after Cormier beat Stipe Miocic for the title. Lesnar has also pushed Cormier while exchanging words in the Octagon. Brock Lesnar has managed to win the Universal title at Crown Jewel and has maintained it. UFC’s Megan Olivi confirmed that both Lesnar and Cormier want the fight and so does the UFC.ALSO READ | Brock Lesnar: Interesting And Unknown Facts About ‘Beast Incarnate’Brock Lesnar back with WWEALSO READ | Ken Shamrock Expresses Desire To Share Ring With Brock LesnarBrock Lesnar had signed a contract with WWE which will make the fight against Daniel Cormier very difficult to happen. However, the contract with WWE has already expired after WrestleMania 34. Lesnar has also not competed in the UFC since 2016. Daniel Cormier has said that he wants to retire after hitting the 40-year mark and if he sticks to his statement, many dream matches won’t be possible. Brock had defeated Mark Hunt by a unanimous decision but was later changed to no-contest when Lesnar was tested positive for a banned drug, which led to his suspension. He took the drug test again and is now eligible to fight whenever he wants. It might be difficult for the American wrestler as he has not won a fight inside the Octagon since 2010. Fighting the former two-division world champion, who has held the heavyweight and light heavyweight world championships simultaneously will not be an easy task.ALSO READ | Brock Lesnar Returns To SmackDown, Decimates WWE Champ Kofi KingstonUFC President Dana White posts a picture with Brock Lesnar on Twitter 11 months ago WWE SmackDown: History, Controversy, Everything You Need To Know 11 months ago Brock Lesnar returns to SmackDown, decimates WWE Champ Kofi Kingston LIVE TV 11 months ago Brock Lesnar: Interesting and unknown facts about ‘Beast Incarnate’ Sahil Mirani last_img read more

Islanders get three goals in 3rd period, beat Wild 3-1

first_img Ryan Pulock and Matt Martin scored less than 2 minutes apart early in the third period and the struggling New York Islanders rallied to beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 Sunday.Tom Kuhnhackl scored late and Semyon Varlamov stopped 25 shots for New York, which won for the second time in its past six games.Suggesting his team may have become a bit complacent after winning 22 of its first 31 games, Islanders coach Barry Trotz ran a back-to-the-basics practice Saturday. It paid off on Sunday as New York carried the play much of the night.Ryan Donato scored for the Wild, looking to make a division charge with a long stretch of home games.Minnesota, which has played a league-high 24 road games, began a stretch of 18 of 23 contests at Xcel Energy Center, where it is 10-3-3. The Wild are 13-5-4 overall since starting the season 6-11-1.WIth the Islanders trailing 1-0 entering the third, Pulock’s shot from the top of the slot hit Devan Dubnyk, who thought he stopped the puck, but it trickled across the line as players were pushing and shoving in front.Martin, a fourth-line wing, put New York up 2-1 just 97 seconds later with his first goal in 18 games. Leo Komarov poked the puck past defenseman Brad Hunt at the Wild blue line, won the race to the puck in the right circle, and, while falling, sent a backhand across to Martin for a redirect.Kuhnhackl added an insurance goal with 2:31 to play.Dubnyk finished with 25 saves. He made four on a New York power play late in the second period, and the Wild nearly scored in period’s final seconds but a shot by Hunt clanked off the post. Marcus Foligno hit a post earlier in the period.Varlamov struggled to control the puck early, and it cost him with 4:17 left in the first when he couldn’t control a bad-angle shot from Ryan Suter. Donato scored off a scramble in front.The Islanders have allowed a league-low 97 goals through 37 games.NOTES: New York D Nick Leddy had an assist for his 300th career point. Leddy was Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey in 2009, an award given to the state’s top high school hockey player. … Suter’s assist on Donato’s goal gave him nine points in his past nine games. … Wild C Mikko Koivu (lower-body) practiced Saturday, but missed his 12th straight game.UP NEXTIslanders: At Washington on Tuesday.Wild: Host Toronto on Tuesday. Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT First Published: 30th December, 2019 10:41 IST LIVE TVcenter_img Written By WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 30th December, 2019 10:41 IST Islanders Get Three Goals In 3rd Period, Beat Wild 3-1 Ryan Pulock and Matt Martin scored less than 2 minutes apart early in the third period and the struggling New York Islanders rallied to beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 Sunday. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Republic to ring the changes for Iceland friendly

first_imgSeamus Coleman continues to rest in hospital following his operation on a double leg fracture on Saturday. The squad train at Abbottstown this morning, with three of the players who featured in Friday’s scoreless draw against Wales not involved.John O’Shea, Jonathan Walters and Glenn Whelan have returned to the clubs and won’t feature in the game, while James McCarthy has also returned to Everton.Ireland’s already lengthy injury list means a number of fringe players could be given the chance to impress.last_img read more

Throw in times confirmed for this weekends action

first_imgAs Tipp’s senior hurlers and footballers are preparing for this weekends double header in Semple Stadium against Cork and Louth, respectively – the throw in times have been confirmed for the Munster Senior Hurling Championship round-robin stages.It sees a potential clash of fixtures for the Premier on the 3rd of June. Tipperary GAA supporters could be forced to choose between the hurlers and footballers this season as the throw in times for the Munster Senior Hurling Championship round-robin stages have been confirmed.The first two weekends show no issues with the Premier’s hurlers traveling to Limerick on May 20th, nor on the following Sunday the 27th of May when Cork come to Thurles. Both games throw in at 2pm.Sunday June 3rd could cause an issue for some supporters, with Tipp’s potential semi final of the Munster football championship pencilled in for that day.The footballers, should they come through their quarter final pairing with Waterford, would be facing Cork in Semple Stadium at 2pm.However, this game is just two hours before, and about 90km away from Walsh Park – where the senior hurlers play Waterford in their third round-robin game at 4.00pm.The Munster Council could have chosen to play the Waterford – Tipperary match on the Saturday but due to live TV coverage that wasn’t possible.Finally for the hurlers – on June 10th a 2pm throw in in Thurles sees Tipp face Clare.last_img read more