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Rose being kept in left-back loop

first_img Rose made his comeback from a three-month injury lay-off in Thursday’s 4-1 win over Anzhi Makhachkala. As Tottenham do not have an abundance of cover at left-back, Villas-Boas shifted Jan Vertonghen out into that position during Rose’s absence – a move which did not go down too well with the Belgian, who prefers to play centre-half. That has led to suggestions that Villas-Boas could make a move for another left-back in the January transfer window. After spending the majority of the last five seasons out on loan, Rose wants to make the position his own now at Tottenham and he feels has to prove to the manager that he does not need to recruit another body in January. “That is my job (to persuade Villas-Boas signing another left-back is not necessary),” Rose said. “And I would be the first one to find out if the club were looking to do that. “I thought the club were going to do that in August, I went to see the manager, I sat down with him and he told me it was not true and if the club was going to do that he would come and speak to me first hand.” Villas-Boas challenged Rose to secure his position as first-choice left-back in the summer following a successful loan spell at Sunderland. Rose, 23, grew frustrated with life under Harry Redknapp. He felt he did not get a fair chance under the former Tottenham boss, but he has nothing but praise for the man who replaced him. “I have a lot of respect for the manager and he has got a lot of respect for me,” Rose added. “He treats me as one of the big players here and it’s the first time I have had that at this club.” Rose gave Villas-Boas no reason to seek a new left-back at the start of the campaign as the Englishman slotted in nicely to the starting XI following the departure of Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Rose’s season then hit an abrupt halt following a bizarre injury during Spurs’ home win over Tromso in September. A Tromso player stood on the defender’s foot deep inside the away half. Initially it seemed only a minor injury, but Rose ended up needing specialist treatment and was out for almost three months. “At first thought I had broken my foot but I had torn something underneath it,” he said. “I had a lot of bone bruising but we couldn’t see the bone bruising until the swelling had gone down. “I did my foot against Tbilisi and we were trying to get fit for the Chelsea game, which was about 10 days afterwards, and I have made it even worse trying to get fit for that game. “It set me back a long time. The manager tried everything he could to get me fit. “He flew me out to Portugal to see a doctor out there and I did some rehab out there. “It has been very frustrating. I have missed some important games. “It has been quite hard to watch at times, especially with it being such a soft injury that I have had. I am just glad I am back now. There are a lot of games coming up and I hope I can stay fit.” With Vertonghen now out until the new year because of an ankle injury, Villas-Boas only has right-back Kyle Naughton and the untested Zeki Fryers as cover if Rose breaks down again. Rose will not demand a place in the team for Sunday’s game against Liverpool, however, as he does not want to suffer a relapse. “I am not sure (about playing on Sunday),” Rose added. “No disrespect to Anzhi, but it is totally different to playing a top-class team like Liverpool. “I wouldn’t want to mug myself off and say I could play, and not do myself or the team any justice.” Danny Rose expects Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas to inform him if he intends to sign a new left-back in January. Press Associationlast_img read more

USC releases Coliseum renovation plans Thursday

first_imgUSC unveiled a $270 million renovation plan for the Coliseum Thursday. The renovation, the first in 20 years, will be finished in time for the 2019 season.The Coliseum has been a defining feature of USC and the greater Los Angeles Area since its construction in 1923.In the summer of 2013, the Coliseum Commission and the Board of Directors for the California Science Center gave approval for the renovations.Noteworthy renovations include entirely new seating, which will feature increased legroom and widened seats, handrails throughout the stadium, a new press box, suites, loge boxes, club seats, concourse, a club box, a Wi-Fi update and two additional large screens.“This needed renovation to a stadium built in 1923 will ensure that the gameday experience gives all fans options to enjoy the stadium’s new amenities while recognizing the loyalty of our long-time fans,” said Athletic Director Pat Haden in a press release. “It also will provide our football team with a first-class facility and a home field advantage.”Athletics will fund the renovations with capital gifts, events not affiliated with USC, donor-naming and sponsorship revenue.By completing these renovations, USC is obligating its lease agreement with the state, Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles in which USC must invest $100 million by 2054.With new, widened seats and increased legroom, the Coliseum’s capacity will decrease from 93,607 to 77,500.This is not the first time in USC history that the Coliseum has been renovated. In 1993, the field was lowered; in 1994, the stadium was repaired following an earthquake; and in 1995, the press box was added.“The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a treasure not just for Los Angeles but for the state of California, and its renovation is long overdue,” said President C. L. Max Nikias in a press release. “We believe these renovations will strengthen the Coliseum’s reputation as one of the world’s great venues, and also will enhance our world-class athletic programs that utilize the Coliseum.”last_img read more

Eric Dungey will miss his third straight game against Boston College

first_img Published on November 26, 2015 at 8:27 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse freshman quarterback Eric Dungey will not play against Boston College on Saturday because of an upper-body injury, according to SU’s injury report, which was released Thursday night.The quarterback is one of eight players that will be out for Syracuse (3-8, 1-6 Atlantic Coast). That list includes defensive end Luke Arciniega (upper body), wide receiver Sean Avant (lower body), linebacker Parris Bennett (upper body), safety Daivon Ellison (upper body), wide receiver Brisly Estime (lower body), H-back Ben Lewis (upper body) and tight end Kendall Moore (upper body). Cornerback Corey Winfield (lower body) is doubtful for the matchup with the Eagles (3-8, 0-7).Dungey suffered a hit against Louisville to his head, which whipped back against the ground. He left the game and hasn’t played since. That hit was just one of several he’s taken to the head this season. Dungey was hit against Central Michigan in Week 3 by Mitch Stanitzek, who was thrown out for targeting, and the quarterback left the game. He was also hit high against Virginia in the end zone after leaping a defender for a touchdown.He has missed games against Louisiana State, Clemson and North Carolina State. The hit against Louisville came when Syracuse was down 31 points in the fourth quarter and now-fired head coach Scott Shafer said he was left in because the Cardinals muffed a punt that gave him hope SU might come back. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Defender Clarke Brown’s development into one of SU’s top players hinges on her offensive abilities

first_imgClarke Brown stood alone near the right sideline, an arm’s length away from her teammates on the bench. There were 10 minutes remaining in the first half of Syracuse’s season opener against Colgate, and Brown was five feet from head coach Nicky Adams, who repeatedly encouraged her to get up the field.“We’re going to talk with Clarke at halftime about [using the space on the right side of the field],” Adams said in a mid-game interview on the ACC Network broadcast 15 minutes prior. “The ability and space she has can make us very dangerous.”The ball had been on the opposite side of the field, but Georgia Allen’s switch of play to Mackenzie Vlachos brought it to the right side. In an instant, Brown swiftly darted up the sideline, flew past two Colgate players on the way to becoming SU’s furthest player forward. Seconds later, she was back in position at midfield.In one 20-second stretch, Brown showed the ability that Adams is trying to squeeze out of her. Brown’s speed has always been her signature trait, but her new head coach knows there’s greater potential to unlock. After an average 2018 season defensively and zero goals or assists, Brown is expected to defend, attack and lead in her new role. Adams wants her “meek” junior defender to develop into one of the team’s vocal leaders, too. If she does, Adams believes Brown can be one of SU’s top players.“As an outside back, she’s very dangerous,” junior left back Shannon Aviza said. “She is going to be a lot going forward, people haven’t gotten to see that much. But then she’s so reliable getting back on defense. She always makes an impact.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textElizabeth Billman | Asst. Photo EditorAlthough she’s in the process of becoming one of SU’s leaders, Brown has a history of being quiet. For the first few years of her life, she recalls “not talking to anybody but her cousin.” Growing up, her club teammates branded her the “silent killer.” The Los Angeles native admitted she isn’t confrontational and “never, ever comes off strong” like most leaders are expected to be. Coaches have screamed at her to be louder, and senior backline partner Taylor Bennett “always” tells her she talks like a little girl.The SU coaching staff is trying to “get it out of her,” Adams said.Brown does not consider herself quiet, but she knows there’s times where she should be more assertive. The junior doesn’t want to scream directions at her teammates, though, and feels she can lead in a calmer way.“Even telling someone constructively what to do, that’s leading,” Brown said. “I feel like that is where my leadership is at right now and that’s what I’m comfortable with.”There were just two seniors and five juniors on the SU roster last season, giving then-head coach Phil Wheddon no choice but to start and give significant minutes to underclassmen. In the Orange’s 2018 season opening 1-0 loss to La Salle, eight underclassmen started and two more, including Brown, came off the bench.Adams has stressed the importance of a defense having experience together, saying an established backline is a team’s foundation. Adams, who was announced as Syracuse’s new head coach in February 2019, became impressed with several of SU’s defenders during her time as head coach at Rice University, including Brown.“I had watched her play,” Adams said about Brown. “So I was very familiar with her and so excited that I was going to be able to work with her here.”Amy Nakamura | Co-Digital EditorBrown became Syracuse’s starting right back in the Orange’s second game last year and finished the season as one of six players and five underclassmen to start at least 16 of the Orange’s 18 games. The entire starting backline — Brown, Aviza, sophomore Jenna Tivnan and Bennett — is back in 2019 after bracing a 13-game losing streak to end their season.“At this point, we know each other and how we all play,” Brown said. “We have a rhythm back there. That understanding has grown over the past two years and I think it’s at its best now.”Adams said she immediately noticed Brown’s athleticism and liked her ability to recover quickly, track runs and get into position to make clearances. Despite Brown’s talent, though, Adams knew there was room to improve. SU’s defense conceded three or more goals 11 times in 2018, including six-straight games to finish the season.From Syracuse’s first preseason practice under Adams, Syracuse’s defenders have taken a new approach. Adams emphasized one-on-one defending and holding a high line, Aviza said, and the backline drills these concepts each session.“Our biggest problem was we dropped off a lot,” Brown said of the defense last season. “This season, the coaches are having us keep the line high and be confident and go get it. We can always drop and get the ball if it goes over us, but the key is to stay high and keep the ball forward rather than dropping back and playing really defensively.”Adams’ new tactics aren’t the only switches she wants to make to the Orange’s defense. The next step for the wingbacks — Brown and Aviza —  is becoming more involved in the attack, Adams said.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorIn Wheddon’s defense-centric system last season, Brown’s role as right back did not involve much advancement forward. While the backline sat back, the stress was on SU’s midfielders, particularly the wingers, to get back and assist the defense. Now, under Adams, Brown is tasked with covering all 120 yards of their respective flanks.“I think that (Clarke) was missing an attacking presence before we got here, so we’ve really been working on trying to get her higher up the field,” Adams said. “We’re trying to get her some stats as well.”Three games into the season, Brown’s play is indicative that Adams’ system is working. The right back has used her newfound freedom to get involved in the attack while still remaining a key piece of a much improved defensive unit. The Orange have kept two clean sheets already, matching last season’s total.When the Orange notched their first shutout against Colgate on Aug. 25, it had almost been a full year since they last achieved what every defense aims for each game.“It was just amazing, I can’t really describe it. We all just jumped on each other,” Brown said. “We played as one, not four.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 3, 2019 at 11:04 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edulast_img read more

Korean Centre Graduates 70 Kids in Taekwondo

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan and Udora Orizu in AbujaThe Korean Cultural Centre in Nigeria (KCCN), Abuja has graduated 70 kids into their next ranks in Taekwondo as the first semester comes to an end.Aisha Jelilove, Chizea Chisom and Chizea Ikechukwu received the Excellence Award in the under-8 beginners, under-8 coloured belt and over-8 coloured belt categories respectively. Speaking during the graduation ceremony in Abuja, the Director of Korean Cultural Centre, Lee Jin-Su said at KCCN, they want to develop the game rapidly in Nigeria and make it a Taekwando nation.Lee expressed optimism that the kids will make the dreams of KCCN come to pass in the future.He said: “KCCN has produced so many students. The students have come a long way but still have a long way to go. I urge them to continuously develop their skills. For us to become greater as a team in Taekwondo, there is a long way to go.”The Taekwondo coach, Abdulmalik Mohammed said during the promotion test about 10 were absent, while 58 of the remaining 60 passed.“In the under 8 category sometimes we don’t promote because of their ages, we wanted them to have fun and not think so much about the belt. In the under 8 colored belt category almost all of them passed except for one.“In over 8 beginners category only one passed, the remaining travelled to their various countries for vacation and missed their promotion test. Then in the coloured belt over 8 category they all passed, ” Mohammad said.The coach explained that emerging the best student is determined by performance in the grading test and character in class.“Taekwondo doesn’t just improve you physically but also mentally. We want to promote future good leaders of this country.” He added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Rooney freekick saves mediocre England against Estonia

first_imgEngland laboured to victory over Estonia in Tallinn as Wayne Rooney’s late free-kick made it three wins out of three in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.Rooney curled his shot in from just outside the area 17 minutes from the end of a mediocre encounter to give England’s captain his 43rd goal for his country – six behind all-time record holder Sir Bobby Charlton.It rescued England as they struggled to break down the stubborn Estonians, who stood firm even after captain Ragnar Klavan had been sent off for a second yellow card three minutes into the second half.And it spared manager Roy Hodgson some awkward questions over the omission of Raheem Sterling after Liverpool’s teenager admitted he was tired following the 5-0 win against San Marino at Wembley.England monopolised possession but the lack of end product was alarming against opponents who were dogged but hardly an upgrade into the European elite after the stroll against San Marino on Thursday.Rooney’s winner, a rare touch of class, also lifted his own performance after the 28-year-old struggled to apply his usual high standards. Indeed he was in danger of being replaced by Rickie Lambert just before his decisive contribution. Hodgson was buoyant after his side maintained their 100% record against San Marino on ThursdayThe Manchester United captain had opportunities before and after his goal to move closer to history but his display was in keeping with England’s night – largely frustrating and salvaged only by a single moment.Hodgson used the diamond formation, as he had in the opening 2-0 win against Switzerland in Basel, but whereas there – with Sterling at its point – it looked effective, here it left England lacking in pace, creation and width. It was only when Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the Liverpool youngster were introduced that England looked like getting behind the hosts.They can justifiably point to a job done, and nine points out of nine, but this largely uninspired fare did little to warm fans who turned out in plummeting temperatures in Tallinn. There should be few obstacles in England’s way on the route to Euro 2016  – the possibility of 10 wins remains a strong one – but it is to be hoped the level of excitement is greater than that witnessed here in a group not exactly sprinkled with stardust.After a minor scare in the opening seconds, England dominated the first period to such an extent that one point they enjoyed an 82% share of possession – the more telling statistic was that they did not muster a shot on target until the dying moments of the half.This had much to do with Rooney’s failure to accept chances, volleying over from Jack Wilshere’s pass and showing an uncharacteristic lack of control and sharpness in the area when given other opportunities.The visitors were looking for any advantage they could get and one arrived three minutes into the second half when Klavan departed after a cynical barge on Fabian Delph.Hodgson made two changes in quick succession just after the hour as Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sterling replaced Delph and Jordan Henderson. And Sterling was involved as England finally broke Estonia down after 73 minutes. He was fouled on the angle of the penalty area and Rooney weighed his options up carefully before curling in a low, right-foot effort from the set-piece.last_img read more

Recognition of BH Goalkeeper: Benjamin Buric was invited to “All Star” Bundesliga

first_img(Source: radiosarajevo.ba) Benjamin Buric, the goalkeeper of the handball national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Wetzlar team, played at the “All Star” match of the German Bundesliga, where a selection made from the players all over the world and a national team of Germany met.This year’s “All Star” match was played last night in Leipzig, and in the world team Buric’s colleagues at the goal were a player from the recently completed European Championship – Swede Mikael Appelgren (Rhein-Neckar Loewen) and his compatriot veteran – Mattias Andersson (Flensburg). BH gatekeeper will replace Andersson in the next season of the former European champion from the north of Germany.Buric has obviously already gained a great reputation in the Bundesliga, probably the strongest handball league of the world.His quality was confirmed at the “All Star” match, which included handball giants such as: Andreas Wolff, Steffen Weinhold, Patrick Groetzki, Uwe Gensheimer, Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson, Mads Mensah Larsen, Lukas Nilsson, Andy Schmid, Hans Lindberg, Holger Glandorf…last_img read more

Annual Farm Toy Show in Dyersville canceled, virtual show planned

first_imgDYERSVILLE — Dyersville’s Summer Farm Toy Show that is held every year on the first weekend in June has been canceled.Thousands of people usually attend the event and National Farm Toy Museum Director Amanda Schwartz says they will switch to an online show.  “We want to promote all things farm toy related and especially support our farm toy vendors who are really missing those toy shows and do a virtual show,” Schwartz says. “And that’s going to be on our Facebook page on June 6th. We are going to have all our vendors put together a little promo for their business.”You can still purchase the 2020 Summer Farm Toy Show tractors – the 1/16th scale Minneapolis Moline 445 with New Idea Loader and the 1/64th scale White 288 with New Idea Loader. You can order the toy tractors online at nationalfarmtoymuseum.com.Schwartz says they’ve also decided to make a change for next year’s Summer Farm Toy Show — pushing back the date to June 26th and 27th of 2021. “The board thought this was a good pause, a good time to make some maybe a little more drastic change with our dates. Just with farming — maybe pushing it back might be more beneficial to the event,” she explains.And she says it will allow them to adjust to any other changes that come next year. Schwartz says the school calendar might be a little different next year and this would help with that. “Just a little more flexibility and change things up,” according to Schwartz. “And then this would also change it to a Saturday and Sunday show as well. A lot of people had to take Friday off to attend, so we are hoping that this way a lot of people can make a weekend of it.”She encourages every to visit the Virtual Summer Farm Toy Show beginning June 6th. The National Farm Toy Museum in Dyersville remains closed to the public for now.last_img read more

Five things we learned in European football this weekend

first_imgLiverpool, Bayern Munich clash in the next Champions League fixture. Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain all extended their respective league leads in Spain, Italy and France, while Bayern Munich warmed up for their Champions League clash at Liverpool with a narrow win.As Kylian Mbappe continued his remarkable goalscoring form and Mauro Icardi watched Inter Milan from the stands, AFP Sport looks at some of the main talking points from the weekend in Europe:Inter ‘reborn’ without Icardi“I think something new has been born this evening,” said Inter coach Luciano Spalletti after his side got their first home win of 2019 with a 2-1 victory over his former club Sampdoria.Icardi watched from the stands after being stripped of the captain’s armband and replaced by goalkeeper Samir Handanovic amid speculation about this future.“It frustrating that we keep having to get tied up in all this talk around Inter,” said Spalletti as Icardi’s contract negotiations have been played out on social media by the player’s wife and agent Wanda Nara.“I’ve had some situations in my career with a lot of attention, but never like this,” added former Roma and Zenit Saint Petersburg coach Spalletti.Real resurgence haltedReal Madrid’s resurgence was dealt a reality check on Sunday as they were beaten at home by a Girona side that were winless in 13 games and without a league victory since November.They ended that run at the Santiago Bernabeu by coming from a goal behind, with Madrid throwing away their lead and perhaps any realistic chance of catching Barcelona in La Liga.The gap now stands at nine points between Spain’s most established pair, despite Madrid threatening a comeback in recent weeks with a home Clasico also to come at the end of the month.That game looks far less significant now, with Atletico again Barca’s closest challengers, seven points back in second.Mbappe steps up againWhen PSG headed to Old Trafford to face Manchester United last week, there were fears the injuries suffered by Neymar and Edinson Cavani would prove costly.center_img But Mbappe scored in an impressive 2-0 win, and he backed it up with a magnificent volley to grab a hard-fought victory at Saint-Etienne on Sunday, leading Les Verts coach Jean-Louis Gasset to say the 20-year-old will be “the best player in the world soon”.The French striker has now scored 19 goals in just 18 Ligue 1 appearances this term — only Lionel Messi has scored more times in one of Europe’s top five leagues with 22.“He (Mbappe) shows his quality every day in training, he has this hunger to score, score, score,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel. “It’s his quality. He is a special player.”Pizarro continues to defy yearsDespite being four years older than his coach, Claudio Pizarro proved once again that age is no obstacle after becoming the Bundesliga’s oldest scorer on Saturday.Aged 40 years and 136 days, the Peruvian smacked in his 195th Bundesliga goal, equalising with the last kick of the game to steal a point in Werder Bremen’s 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin.The ex-Chelsea and Bayern Munich striker drove his 96th-minute free-kick low under the Hertha wall and the ball was deflected twice on its way into the net.Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt, 36, says it is a “privilege to be able to bring on someone like him” after introducing Pizarro with half an hour left.Mourinho open to working in FranceJose Mourinho said he could see himself working in France after attending Lille’s 0-0 draw with Montpellier to watch in-form Ivorian forward Nicolas Pepe.“I can imagine (coaching) in France one day,” Mourinho said. “I’m a man who’s worked in four different countries, who likes that, who likes to know other cultures.”The Portuguese coach has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United in December and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.last_img read more