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

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: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Wayne Rooney catches fake T-shirt seller

first_imgKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Everton F.C player, Wayne Rooney recently helped investigators catch a conman who had made £1 million (Approx. Shs5 billion) selling dodgy football memorabilia.Fraudster David Rennie sold 4,500 autographed items to sports enthusiasts for as much as £700 each after buying replica items from sports shops and using Sharpie permanent markers to fake autographs of stars. He also faked memorabilia of Lionel Messi and Christian Ronaldo, and Brazil’s Pele. The faker supplied with his items a ‘certificate of authenticity’ that was also fake. One item he sold was a 2013/14 Liverpool FC shirt bearing 24 autographs including Gerrard and Luis Suarez.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Impressive CAF Champions League debuts for Nigerians, KCCA beaten

first_imgThe KCCA team that took on Cnaps in MadagascarJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Nigerian newcomers made impressive starts to the CAF Champions League Sunday with Plateau United winning convincingly at home and Mountain of Fire and Miracles (MFM) drawing on the road.Uganda’s KCCA had a false start to their campaign away in Madagascar where they took the lead through Derrick Nsibambi in the 53rd minute, lost the lead and then fell to an injury time goal by CNaPs Sport .In Nigeria, late goals from Sunday Ingbede and Joshua Obaje for Plateau completed a 3-0 victory over fellow African rookies Eding Sport of Cameroon in central city Jos.Elijah Ogene had put the Nigerian champions ahead midway through the opening half of a preliminary round first leg in the premier African club competition.The sides meet again later this month in Yaounde and it would be a shock if United surrendered a convincing aggregate advantage, particularly as they did not concede at home.Should Plateau advance, they will face 2007 champions Etoile Sahel of Tunisia for a place in the 16-club group draw.MFM, who are bankrolled by a popular pentecostal church, scored first during a 1-1 draw at Real Bamako of Mali that places them in pole position to reach the next round.The Nigerian league runners-up scored after 15 minutes through Nojeem Akinyemi only for Mohamed Camara to equalise just two minutes later.Real have upset several Nigerian clubs in CAF competitions, but they are on the backfoot this time as a goalless draw in Nigeria will suffice for MFM to progress.Overall success for MFM would pit them against Otoho of Congo Brazzaville or 1976 champions Mouloudia Alger of Algeria, who lost the first leg 2-0 in central Africa.Enyimba are the only Nigerian club to win the CAF Champions League or its forerunner, the African Cup of Champions Clubs.They won back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004, but no other Nigerian club has come close to matching the “Peoples Elephant”, who also lifted the CAF Super Cup twice.Nigerian clubs fared particularly poorly in the Champions League last season with Enugu Rangers and Rivers United bowing out before the mini-league stage.Mamane Cisse and Bersyl Obassi netted in the second half for newcomers Otoho in Congo Brazzaville against vastly experienced African campaigners Mouloudia.Entente Setif, the other title contenders from Algeria, fared much better as they hammered hapless Olympic Real Bangui of the Central African Republic 6-0 in north Africa.Zakaria Haddouche scored a hat-trick and Akram Djahnit bagged a brace for the club who were crowned African champions in 1988 and 2014.While the Algerian “Black Eagles” are virtually assured of a last-32 place, who they would face next is not obvious.Al Tahaddy of Libya, who cannot host matches in Benghazi because of ongoing post-Moamer Kadhafi era violence, built a 1-0 lead over Aduana Stars of Ghana in Cairo.Mahmoud Ali scored the only goal just past the half-hour as Tahaddy seek to make an impact 40 years after last appearing in the premier African club competition.Liberian outfit LISCR shocked twice runners-up Al Hilal of Sudan 1-0 in Monrovia through a Sheriff Sheku goal to complete a miserable weekend for the east African nation.Al Merrikh, the arch domestic rivals of Hilal, crashed 3-0 away to modest Township Rollers of Botswana in Gaborone Saturday. Share on: WhatsApp Otoho (CGO) 2 (Cisse 61, Obassi 79) Mouloudia Alger (ALG) 0Plateau Utd (NGR) 3 (Ogene 20, Ingbede 86, Obaje 90) Eding Sport (CMR) 0LISCR (LBR) 1 (Sheku 21) Al Hilal (SUD) 0Buffles Borgou (BEN) 1 (Koupkpo 64) ASEC Mimosas (CIV) 1 (Toure 65)Ngaya (COM) 1 (Ibouri 79) Songo (MOZ) 1 (Pelembe 5)V Club (COD) 3 (Moloko 17, Batezadio 29, Makusu 41) Be Forward Wanderers (MAW) 0Primeiro Agosto (ANG) 3 (Bokamba 12, Bitumba 51, 58) Platinum (ZIM) 0Saint George (ETH) v Al Salam Wau (SSD) – postponedPlayed SaturdayCNaPs Sport (MAD) 2 (Ratolojanahary 59, Rafaralahy 90+3) KCCA (UGA) 1 (Nsibambi 53)Zanaco (ZAM) 3 (Tembo 34, Phiri 35, 90) Armed Forces (GAM) 0Stade Malien (MLI) 1 (Samake 18-pen) Williamsville (CIV) 1 (Karidioula 90+3)Kadiogo (BUR) 1 (Sawadogo 22-pen) Mounana (GAB) 0AS FAN (NIG) 1 (Daniel 34) Horoya (GUI) 3 (Ocansey 15, Ouedraogo 18, Sankhon 22)Generation Foot (SEN) 2 (Sabaly 55, Ndiaye 75) Misr Lel-Makkasa (EGY) 0Young Africans (TAN) 1 (Mahadhi 67) Saint Louis (SEY) 0Township Rollers (BOT) 3 (Gaolaolwe 27, Moalosi 44, Boy 70) Al Merrikh (SUD) 0Gor Mahia (KEN) 2 (Omondi 22, Guikan 62) Leones Vegetarianos (GEQ) 0Concorde (MTN) 1 (El Id 25) Esperance (TUN) 1 (Jouini 67)AC Leopards (CGO) 2 (Masombo 49, Gandze 71) Togo-Port (TOG) 1 (Ayeba 68)JKU (ZAN) 0 Zesco Utd (ZAM) 0Difaa el Jadida (MAR) 10 (N’Diaye 4, Ahaddad 24-pen, 26, 37, 43, 47, Msuva 45, 73, 87, Magri 55) Benfica (GNB) 0Wits (RSA) 2 (Kodisang 24, Rodgers 37) Pamplemousses (MRI) 0Rayon Sports (RWA) 1 (Hussein 83) LLB Academic (BDI) 1 (Bazunza 75)Second legs: Feb 20-21center_img CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg results Sunday:Bantu (LES) 2 (Motseare 18, Kalake 42-pen) Mbabane Swallows (SWZ) 4 (Badenhorst 17, Tsabedze 22-pen, 66, Nhleko 55)Al Tahaddy (LBA) 1 (Ali 31) Aduana Stars (GHA) 0Entente Setif (ALG) 6 (Haddouche 13-pen, 58, 76, Djahnit 61, 89, Rebiai 79) Olympic Real Bangui (CAR) 0Real Bamako (MLI) 1 (Camara 17) MFM (NGR) 1 (Akinyemi 15)last_img read more