20 Sep

Gerrard calls for Sterling to sign

first_img Despite his current deal having two and a half seasons to run, Sterling has seen his contract situation at Anfield become a talking point. Sterling’s versatility in being able to operate as a striker has provided under-pressure boss Brendan Rodgers with a welcome boost, and Gerrard hopes to see the 20-year-old stick around for a lot longer. He told a number of national newspapers: “I hope he signs a new contract at the club because I think this club is perfect for him, certainly for the next few years. “He’s going to play most weeks, the fans love him here. He can progress here and become a top, top player here so I hope the people around him give him the right advice because he should stay here. “He’s great to watch, great to play with, he’s got that pace. When you look up he’s always giving you an option and that’s what I’ve thrived on throughout my career at Liverpool with the likes of Fernando Torres, Michael Owen. “There’s nothing better as a midfielder when you look up and see pace running in behind. I saw it on numerous occasions [against Bournemouth in midweek] and hopefully it will continue because it stretches teams and creates chances.” Sterling’s brace in a 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Wednesday was a real pressure reliever after a run of poor results. His finishing was also impressive, having squandered a number of clear-cut chances at Manchester United on Sunday. “You’ve got to be able to have that [versatility] in your locker if you want to be top drawer,” added Gerrard. “Raheem’s got potential to be top drawer for sure. He took a lot of stick after the weekend but I thought his all-round performance was magnificent, the only thing that was missing was a finish and that came [against Bournemouth]. “The exciting thing for all of us is that he’s English and going to be a top, top player. I think he can play anywhere along the front, he’s that intelligent. He’s got to keep learning, he’s got to keep wanting it.” Press Associationcenter_img Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has told team-mate Raheem Sterling to commit his future to the club.last_img read more

19 Sep

Wiggins, Rose headline IGG Basketball team

first_img… Hamid named head coachANDREW Wiggins and Stanton Rose, two of Guyana’s brightest stars in Youth basketball, were named in Guyana’s 12-man squad, for this year’s Inter-Guiana Games (IGG) basketball championship in neighbouring Suriname.Abdullah Hamid was named head coach of the team that will represent the ‘Land of Many Waters’ at the August 24-28 games, with their aim being to reclaim the title from the host nation.Rose and Wiggins, both guards, are known for their ball-handling ability and also their marksman-like aim, making them Hamid’s primary pieces in the backcourt.The Guyana team is made up primarily of players, who featured at the recently concluded FIFA Centrobasket U-17 Championship in the Dominican Republic, where Wiggins finished as the tournament’s highest scorer.Kevon WigginsAccording to a release from the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF), Hamid will have Kirk Fraser as his assistant, and Troy Green was named manager.Apart from Rose and Wiggins, team Guyana is made up of Jermain King, Akeem Crandon, Timothy Thompson, Shamar France, Nigel Bowen, Jaheel Young, Aton Fileen, Jamal Gilkes, Andrew Johnson and Akil Vaughn.The team will be encamped from August 16 to 23 at the National Gymnasium, with daily practice sessions from 08:00hrs to 11:00hrs and 15:00hrs to 18:00hrs at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.last_img read more

18 Sep

FG Urges State House Team to Defend World Handball Championship Title

first_img‘‘You are going to come under intense pressure from other teams as the defending champions of the 2015 World Handball Youth Championship, but you must remember the spirit of sportsmanship. I have watched your training today, and from what I can see you have justified the two weeks you have spent in camp. More importantly, you have to work very hard to retain the trophy you won last year,’’ he said.The Permanent Secretary commended the handball team for setting a good precedence of winning an international trophy last year, pointing out that the administration would encourage all the other sports to move into the spotlight through more training and competitions.In his remarks, the Coach of the State House handball team, Aminu Ibrahim, said the team had gained lots of experience by participating three times in the same international tournament and winning the gold trophy last year.He promised that the team would put in their best to retain the trophy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tobi Soniyi in AbujaThe Federal Government Tuesday in Abuja urged athletes participating in the forthcoming 2016 World Handball Youth Championship in Granollers, Spain to defend their current title with diligence, maturity and integrity.The State House handball team, Aso Rock Kings, will be representing Nigeria at the 2016 World Handball Youth Championship, which will be held in Spain, June 28th -July 4th, 2016.Speaking to the team, which had a training session at the National Stadium, the State House Permanent Secretary, Jalal Arabi, told the athletes to remain focus, committed and unwavering in defending the gold trophy they won in Spain last year.last_img read more

17 Sep

Q & A with Michael Hay

Published on October 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Syracuse right tackle Michael Hay is one of the bookends to a relatively inexperienced SU offensive line that has gone through some ups and downs this season. The line struggled last week, giving up four sacks to the South Florida defense and committing several penalties that stalled Orange drives. The Daily Orange caught up with the 6-foot-4 junior Hay to talk about the line’s performance last week and the adjustments going into Saturday’s contest with Pittsburgh: The Daily Orange: Last week, you faced a disruptive front seven at USF, and it got four sacks on Ryan Nassib. It’s a similar situation against Pittsburgh — three players on the Panthers have more than four sacks. How is the offensive line planning to stop Pittsburgh? Hay: We’re going to approach it the same way. We know both teams are both very physical teams, on defense especially. So we’re just going to go out there and be physical with them. We’re just going to try to play our game. We’re going to do the same thing — we’re going to practice the same way we do every week, the same thing — and see what happens on Saturday. We’ll be out there and ready to play. Last week, the offensive line had a few penalties that killed SU drives. Why do you think so many little, simple mistakes like that happened, and how do you plan to fix that? If there weren’t little mistakes, there would be nothing to get better on. There are just things that we have to get better on. Nobody plays a perfect game. There’s no such thing as a perfect game. Those are little things — you’re caught up in the moment. It’s a game of football. The crowd, everything. There’s everything involved. They’re just mistakes. It’s better that they’re mistakes that can be fixed than mistakes that are long gone.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text So how do you work to fix those mistakes? We’ll just concentrate on it a lot more during practice. The people who committed (the penalties), the people who had little mental errors, who had little problems, as a player you’re always going to keep that in the back of your head. And you know that when you step out on that field, that’s something you have to get better at. Last week, the only drive the offense did not have a penalty was on the last 98-yard drive that won the game. What do you think that says about the need for more drives like that one? If anything, it says to where we should be. It’s something we have to practice. Every time we go out on that field, we should play like that. And I know it’s not always going to be like that. There is always going to be little stuff — little stuff that we have to get over. False stars, hands to the face, legs are out, offside, whatever, anything like that. But we always have to get better. That (98-yard drive) was one case of us doing what we can. There were still mistakes on that drive, but it was a taste of something we can be doing — as good as that. How do you try to keep having drives like that, where you have near perfection every single timeout? That was just everybody on all cylinders clicking right there. The coaches, the players, the running backs, the offensive (line), the guards, the centers — everything. Quarterbacks. It’s something we have to practice. We have to watch the film, watch what we did right and what we did wrong. Again there were still some mistakes on that drive that we could have executed better. But we just have to keep up the intensity and keep up the practice — keep up the practice like it has been the past couple of games. bplogiur@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ read more

16 Sep

Volleyball: Wisconsin pummels Georgia in Badger Classic opener

first_imgIn hindsight, University of Wisconsin volleyball’s opening match was just a hiccup.That’s how the Badgers are viewing that opening loss to Western Kentucky after pummeling Georgia in three straight sets en route to a victory Thursday night at the Field House.The convincing performance to open the Badger Classic brought Wisconsin’s win streak to five straight games as the No. 11 Badgers look to continue improving.“I thought we passed well,” UW head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “But even more so than that … I thought we transitioned really, really well. I thought we came up with some really nice defensive plays and played scrappy and controlled.”The Badgers and Bulldogs combined for some very entertaining and long rallies in front of a packed crowd, complete with the impressive transitions Sheffield mentioned.Wisconsin infuriated and frazzled Georgia’s attack with 47 digs and 21 total blocks in the match.Seemingly everywhere on the court, the Badgers’ defense smothered Georgia the entire night. Most notably in the second set when they held the Bulldogs to only six points.Wisconsin’s ability to keep the ball in play was only doubled by their ability to end rallies with super-efficient attacking play.In that same second set, the Badgers hit at an attacking percentage of 60 percent and recorded 17 kills.Sophomore Kelli Bates spearheaded the attack with 14 kills and an attacking percentage of 40.7 percent on the night. Aided by fellow sophomore Lauryn Gillis who was just behind with 12 kills of her own.Freshman Tionna Williams stepped into her own as well, starting the match and hitting at 100 percent with seven kills until her next attempt was kept alive late in the third set.While junior Lauren Carlini again worked her usual magic and provided 33 assists on the night.But possibly the most impressive performance all night was that of Taylor Morey, who went on a 14-point service run early in the second set.“It’s something that we work on in practice all the time,” Morey said. “It’s just being able to go back to the service line and clear your mind, whether you’ve served one ball, five balls or 10. We work a lot on our in percentage and that’s something that I try to take pride with, that my serve is serve confident and in the court.”Players pointed to the overall energy of the student section as a major driving force in their performance.“We’ve been looking for ways to find momentum,” sophomore Kelli Bates said. “So when we have a crowd as big as our student section was tonight, it’s really easy to find momentum and find that energy just because of the crowd’s feedback … the fans make it a lot easier on us to find that momentum.”With hefty momentum on their side, the Badgers look forward to Kent State team tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at the UW Field House.last_img read more

16 Sep

Alton Robinson named ACC defensive lineman of the week

first_img Published on October 8, 2018 at 2:36 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Alton Robinson was named the Atlantic Coast Conference defensive lineman of the week on Monday.The nod comes after two sacks, four more tackles for loss and two forced fumbles against Pittsburgh on Saturday. The junior also recorded a career-high eight tackles.On the season, Robinson, SU teammate Kendall Coleman and Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell are all tied for second in the ACC with six sacks each. Those six sacks are good for sixth in the country.After a bye this weekend, Syracuse (4-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) hosts North Carolina at 12:20 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Oct. 20.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

9 Sep

Munster and Leinster Under 21 football titles to be decided

first_imgCork won a thrilling decider between the teams by a point – 3-9 to 1-14 – in Tralee last year. Kerry have named 8 of the players that started that final for tonight’s game. Meanwhile Dublin aim to win a record fourth Leinster Under 21 title in-a-row when they take on Offaly at O’Moore Park.  Throw-in in both finals is at 7.30pm.last_img

14 Aug

NBA trade rumors: Magic expressing interest in Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan

first_imgWill DeMar DeRozan finish out the season in San Antonio?The Spurs shooting guard could be moved ahead of the 2020 trade deadline, according to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, who reports that executives around the league would not be surprised if the Spurs make a DeRozan deal. Despite the fact that he has performed ably since arriving in Texas from Canada, DeRozan might not be in town for that much longer. He could even be traded ahead of the deadline. DeRozan can become a free agent in 2020 by declining his $27.7 million player option; he was far apart from the team on extension talks before the season, according to The Athletic’s Sam Amick. The Spurs could always deal him sooner rather than let him walk for nothing.TRADE RUMORS: Heat might be stuck with Dion WaitersIn terms of possible suitors, the Magic are searching for “scoring help” and interested in trading for DeRozan, per O’Connor. While it seems odd at first glance, a Magic-Spurs deal could be beneficial for both sides.Despite having a top-five defensive rating (101.1), Orlando finds itself in the bottom three of the Eastern Conference standings because of an absolutely disgusting offense. The Magic own the second-worst offensive rating in the league (99.8), only slightly ahead of the Knicks (99.3), and the worst effective field goal (46.8) and true shooting (50.6) percentages in the NBA.DeRozan has his limitations, but he is capable of getting buckets. He is averaging 19.4 points per game while shooting 49.3 percent from the field through 10 games with the Spurs. He is the definition of a guy who raises a team’s floor without boosting its ceiling — and that might be good enough for a Magic team hoping to return to the playoffs. As for the Spurs, they have a bit of a logjam in the backcourt. Coach Gregg Popovich is tasked with dividing minutes among veterans like DeRozan, Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli as well as rising guards like Dejounte Murray, Bryn Forbes, Derrick White and Lonnie Walker. Trading DeRozan would give those younger players more opportunities to shine and allow San Antonio to fill out a frontcourt lacking depth.The big issue here: What are the Magic willing to give up? As O’Connor notes, DeRozan could enter free agency next summer if he declines his player option. That means Orlando would be giving up assets for potentially half a season of DeRozan. A talented forward like Aaron Gordon or Jonathan Isaac should be off-limits, but that might be the only type of player the Spurs find interesting.The Spurs haven’t placed DeRozan firmly on the trade block just yet. Still, it’s worth monitoring the guard rotation in San Antonio as the season progresses.last_img read more

14 Aug

Ruby Long, 74, Wellington: May 8, 1941 – Oct. 20, 2015

first_imgRuby Long, 74, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 at her sister’s home in Wellington where she has resided for the past six weeks, while under Encompass Hospice Care.Memorial Services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, November 7 at the London Heights Baptist Church in Kansas City. Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington is in charge of arrangements. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.Ruby Laura Long was born May 8, 1941 the daughter of Gus and Ella (Reiss) Stark in Newton, Kansas. She grew up in Newton and graduated from Newton High School in 1959. She attended a year at Bethany Nazarene College and then moved to Kansas City, Kansas. She graduated from Kansas City Business College in 1984 with a secretary certificate. Ruby worked as a secretary and file clerk in various businesses in Kansas City. She enjoyed her dogs and was an active participant in kennel club dog shows. She liked gospel music and was faithful to her church.Ruby is survived by her sisters: Norma Gooch and husband John of Wellington, KS, and Ruth Goecks and husband Dennis of McMinnville, OR; and a brother, Lewis Stark and wife Judy of Newton, KS; as well as several nieces and nephews.She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Carl Long and a brother, Arnold Stark.last_img read more

13 Aug

King Tweets at critics, emails ‘No Abortion, No Exceptions’ pledge

first_imgDES MOINES — Republican Congressman Steve King has taken to Twitter to lash out at critics of his recent comments on abortion — and he’s sending fundraising email about the uproar.King backs an abortion ban that does not include exceptions for rape and incest. On Wednesday, King mused out loud at that given the pillaging of centuries past, there might not be any population of the world left if all the products of rape and incest were removed from family trees.Iowa Republican Party chairman Jeff Kaufmann said the party platform opposes all abortion and aligns with King’s policy position, but King’s line of reasoning was offensive. “It’s the implications and how he put that,” Kaufmann said, “in terms of where our populations come from.”Four other Republicans have announced they plan to challenge King in next year’s primary. The Iowa GOP’s chairman said the party is neutral in the primary – and it’s up to voters in the fourth congressional district to decide.“It is not up to the chair of the party to determine who should or shouldn’t be in congress,” Kaufmann said. “The fourth district is going to determine what they think of the congressman and what they don’t think of the congressman.”Liz Cheney, the top-ranking woman among Republicans in the U.S. House, called on King to resign this week. King, on Twitter is demanding on apology from Cheney. King has also tweeted at several of the Democratic presidential candidates who condemned his remarks. King accused Cory Booker of supporting the “killing of little black babies” and King tweeted at Joe Biden, saying: “Don’t look now, but Elizabeth Warren just passed you up in Iowa.”An email King sent to supporters today asks them to make a “No Abortions, No Exceptions” pledge.last_img read more