Martinez on familiar footing

first_img Wigan outplayed champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday but were beaten 1-0 after a flash of brilliance from Carlos Tevez seven minutes from time. The result left the Latics, who have staged dramatic late-season recoveries in each of the past two seasons, three points adrift of safety, albeit with a game in hand. Martinez said: “We have been in this position before and know what to expect but that doesn’t make it easier. It is going to be a really tough ending of the season and for me it is the hardest battle we have had for a few years but we are ready for it.” Wigan manager Roberto Martinez claims his team’s past experience of relegation battles counts for little in their latest – and toughest – fight against the drop. He added: “The performance was as good as it gets but sometimes getting the three points is out of your hands and that was the case. We have got things very clear. We need to perform exactly the same as we did here. If we do that the points will come, there are no two ways about it.” Wigan had not surprisingly gone into the game with confidence after reaching the FA Cup final and a run of six wins in eight games in all competitions. With their cup final opponents City weary after draining encounters against Manchester United and Chelsea, Wigan played the more enterprising football and created the better chances. Franco di Santo forced Joe Hart into a brilliant save, Shaun Maloney had an effort cleared off the line and Arouna Kone looked odds on to score before a fine challenge by Vincent Kompany. They were made to pay when Tevez slipped two players on a typically tricky run into the box and rifled into the top corner. Martinez said: “The plan was to accept we were facing one of the best teams in the world and even being perfect, we could concede a goal. Carlos Tevez invented that opportunity. We just had to play in a manner where we scored more goals than them. “The overall performance was complete, we just couldn’t find that clinical touch to score the goal. But if you assess the performance we were the better side and that is an incredible compliment to my players. “The manner in which we stood up, the manner we kept the ball and opened Man City up, it was very pleasing to see. Tactically the boys were fantastic but it was one of those days in football when you realise you can control everything apart from the result.” Wigan have six more league games to play, starting with this weekend’s trip to West Ham, as well as the cup final. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Allardyce enjoys Hammers victory

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce hailed a “massive victory” after Aaron Cresswell’s first goal for the club proved enough to end Newcastle’s winning streak at Upton Park. Allardyce said: “There is huge praise for Aaron for the quality of his finish. It was fantastic. “He is a full-back and showed more attacking players how to put the ball in the back of the net today.” The visitors lacked a cutting edge in the final third, and had to play the final 15 minutes with 10 men after Sissoko collected two needless cautions in the space of as many minutes. First the France midfielder kicked the ball away after a foul against him in the West Ham penalty area, and then had soon bundled into Carroll, who made the most of his reaction, as the referee reached for his pocket once again. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had few complaints with the sending off. “Moussa was frustrated he has not got the free-kick in the box, and then just lost his mind a bit, with kicking the ball away and then in the next incident is just a minute after,” he said. “It is not like Moussa, he has been outstanding for us. “He has to learn from this, but he is not a malicious player, although having seen it on the replay, it does not look good.” Pardew felt his team had worked hard enough, but just lacked their clinical touch of recent weeks. “We did not really create the great moment we needed, although we got into some good positions, we could not find the great pass we needed, which we have done in recent weeks,” he said. “The goal we conceded was disappointing, having defended superbly against a team who put us under a lot of pressure. “You kind of sensed that one goal was going to be important for both teams. “Unfortunately today, we have just come up short.” “It’s a massive victory for us,” said Allardyce. “Newcastle have had the best run in the Premier League in recent weeks, even better than Chelsea which is saying something. “I always thought it was going to be a tight match. I told the players it was about not conceding the first goal because if we did that it would have been difficult for us to get back into the game. “To go back into fifth with 21 points gives us a huge push ahead of a massive week with three games in seven or eight days. “At the moment we are achieving above expectations but it’s vital, going into December, that we sustain things. Historically December and January have been difficult months for us in recent years.” The first half was devoid of much incident, apart from a claim for handball when former Magpies forward Andy Carroll crashed the ball at Mike Williamson, which looked to hit him on the underside of the upper arm, but referee Mike Dean was not interested. The Irons, though, were ahead on 55 minutes. Stewart Downing fed Cheikhou Kouyate at the edge of the box. His scuffed shot fell straight into the path of the on-rushing full-back Cresswell, who guided the ball into the bottom corner. Press Association The Irons moved back up to fifth place in the Barclays Premier League after a neat finish from left-back Cresswell, signed from Ipswich in the summer, proved enough to beat Newcastle 1-0, a side which came to east London full of confidence having won six successive matches in all competitions. Any hopes of a comeback, though, disappeared after midfielder Moussa Sissoko was sent off late on for two needless quick cautions. last_img read more

Mom arrested after confronting son’s bullies

first_imgA mother from South Carolina says she was arrested for scolding her son’s bullies after she received little to no help from the school with the situation.Jamie Rathburn told reporters at CNN that her young son had been physically and verbally bullied all year at Greenbrier Elementary School and despite emailing with and speaking to school administrators and her son’s teacher, his situation became progressively worse.Rathburn told reporters that the last straw for her was when administrators told her that they were isolating her son from the other children for his own protection and that they now had a teacher follow him everywhere he went.That’s when she marched into the school and confronted the children:“I walked right in that school [and] told those children that bullying wasn’t okay,” she told CNN. “If they wanted to continue then I needed to talk to their mommas because the school wasn’t doing anything.”While the district communications director Elizabeth Brotherton told reporters that there were several reports of bullying filed with the school, if the mother was still unhappy with the way things were being handled, she should have spoken another adult in charge at the school:“The appropriate reaction to unhappiness with a school response is to have a conversation with the adults in charge,” district communications director Elizabeth Brotherton told CNN in an email. “Ms. Rathburn did not enter the school and confront a specific bully or bullies, she yelled at and threatened dozens of eight and nine-year-old boys and girls because she didn’t know who she was looking for.”In addition to that, the report detailed that Rathburn cursed out the teacher and a school administrator.Rathburn says she does regret breaking the law, however, she does not regret standing up for her child.“I don’t regret standing up for my child one bit,” she says. “I regret the way I did it.”Authorities say they became aware of the incident via a Facebook video that Rathburn posted to her account but later deleted. She was arrested four days after the incident for non-student interfering, disrupting or disturbing schools.If found guilty she could be jailed up to a year or face up to a $2,000 fine.last_img read more

Delray Beach residents say homes flooded after city took their sandbags

first_imgSome residents in Delray Beach are reporting that they experienced flooding in their homes after the city removed the sandbags they purchased and placed around their homes to help protect them from the rising waters during king tide.On resident in particular, CJ Johnson, told our news partners at CBS12 that he purchased $6,000 worth of sandbags to protect his and his neighbors’ homes. Johnson says he placed the bags in the roadway by the Intracoastal which is across the street from their homes.City officials later came out and removed the bags from the roadway“My sandbags would’ve stopped all of this and they took them away,” Johnson said.While Johnson and other residents believe the city is responsible the for damage because they removed the bags, City of Delray Beach spokeswoman Gina Carter says the sandbags caused damage to the road and would have not protected their homes from flooding.“The sandbags that were placed on the roadway by one of the residents caused a good deal of damage to the road which now needs to be repaired. It is not sound, from an engineering perspective, to put so much weight the edge of a older road. In short, the sandbags could not stay and were not providing any substantive protection to those residents from their most common flooding issue, namely ground water,” said  Carter.“Placing sandbags on a small section of roadway can not provide protection from flooding, especially if it is actually caused by ground water. In other to truly address their ground water flooding issue the homeowners would need to raise their homes,” said Carter.Eugenia DePonte, who has lived in the area for almost 30 years says he has noticed the flooding is getting worse, she continued.“It seems to be getting worse, particularly during a hurricane,”DePonte said.The city says they have plans to build a seawall to help prevent flooding, however, residents say they need a fix while that is in process.last_img read more

Windies in a ‘tough phase’, laments Holder

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Embattled West Indies captain Jason Holder conceded yesterday his inexperienced side were enduring a difficult period, after they suffered a seven-wicket thrashing at the hands of Pakistan on the last day of the opening Test at Sabina Park.Behind by 121 runs on first innings, the Windies started the second day on 93 for four but failed in their bid for survival, dismissed for a paltry 152, 37 minutes before the scheduled lunch break.Pakistan then scored the 32 runs required for victory to condemn West Indies to their 11th defeat in their last 15 Tests, with just one victory to show in that period.“It’s a tough phase. It is very tough but it is what it is,” Holder said moments following the Windies defeat.“We’ve got to work with what we have (in terms of players). I have full confidence in this young group. It’s just a matter of sticking together, but we’ve got to learn. It’s just not a matter of us coming in and playing cricket, we’ve got to learn and we’ve got to learn from our mistakes.”He added: “It’s a very inexperienced side basically in terms of our batting (but) it’s just a matter of them getting in and stamping their authority and there’s no better place to do it than in the next Test match.”West Indies entered the game with a batting line-up which included two debutants – Guyanese left-handers Vishal Singh and Shimron Hetmyer – and three other batsmen in the top seven with less than 10 Tests to their name.And the inexperience showed in the first innings as they slumped to 71 for five just after lunch on the opening day and needed half-centuries from Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich and Holder, to get up to 286.“We did not make enough runs in the first innings. We lost wickets early and then we had to consolidate and we never really got that partnership going in the middle,” Holder explained.“Credit must go to Shane Dowrich and Roston Chase (for) the way they batted. I came down at the end and tried to wag the tail a little bit but unfortunately that didn’t happen. We needed to get in excess of 300 runs but we didn’t.”West Indies were then sloppy in the field as Pakistan piled up 407 to carve out a 121-run lead and batting a second time, the Caribbean side slumped to 93 for four at the close of Monday’s final day.Tasked with surviving the final day, West Indies produced another sub-par display with the bat as leg-spinner Yasir Shah grabbed six wickets to help wreck the innings and earn Man-of-the-Match honours.“Obviously we lost early wickets again; we we’re able to get a good start,” Holder pointed out.“Yasir Shah did bowl well but I thought we could’ve batted a lot better. From the position we were in yesterday evening, it would have been difficult coming into a fifth day pitch trying to survive Yasir.”He said the twin failure of usually prolific opener Kraigg Brathwaite had hurt West Indies.“We definitely need to get off to a better start. A big key for us is Kraigg Brathwaite and he didn’t get off in this Test match,” the all-rounder said.“The last Test match which we won against Pakistan, he carried his bat in both innings. For him, he just needs to get in and stay in.”last_img read more

How Messi and Stuani Begin Race for the Pichichi

first_imgOne of football’s best league in the world, the Spanish LaLiga returned to DStv last week. The new season has been nothing short of thrilling as players continue to up the ante game after game.Barcelona’s Lionel Messi made an impressive comeback last week, which he continued by scoring against Girona, many footballs fans saw him as the lone candidate for this season’s Pichichi title. Uruguayan professional footballer Cristhian Stuani, who plays for Spanish club, Girona and the Uruguay national team as a striker, is giving Messi a run for the title of LaLiga’s best this season. He started out at Danubi and was bought by Reggina in 2008 and now he is placing himself in the race for the title when his second goal placed him in a tie with the Argentine footballer. Messi got his chance to score his fifth goal this season with an impressive pass by Arturo Vidal and true to form, Messi wasted no time bagging another goal. Messi scored two goals against Alaves and another two against Huesca. Messi had been tied with French footballer, Karim Benzema, at four goals, however, the Frenchman was unable to score a goal for Real Madrid during their match against Espanyol last Saturday.While Messi’s performance during the 2018/19 LaLiga Santander campaign has been nothing short of exceptional, Stuani has been able to place himself on five goals after a stupendous second-half effort.We will be watching to see which of the footballers inches closer to the prestigious Pichichi title on the world of champions, SuperSport on DStv.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Emma Russell sends Syracuse to ACC championship with game-winning overtime goal

first_imgAn overtime, game-winning goal from Emma Russell lofted No. 1-seed Syracuse (17-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast) over No. 5-seed Virginia (14-5, 3-4 ACC), 3-2, on Friday afternoon in the ACC tournament semifinal game. Russell scored twice in the match and Alma Fenne added one goal of her own to help the Orange remain undefeated.Syracuse will now play the winner of No. 3 North Carolina and No. 7 Boston College Sunday at 1 p.m. for the ACC championship in Charlottesville, Virginia.The postseason heroics are nothing new for Russell, who’s now notched nine goals and two assists in six-career ACC tournament games.“Emma loves the ACC tournament,” said head coach Ange Bradley. “… We talked yesterday at practice and it’s like this is Christmas time for (her) … I was so glad she was able to do that and really helped us through this day.”The Orange jumped out to an early lead behind Fenne’s goal 9:30 into the first half. She netted a back-handed chop from the left of the cage that catapulted into the top right corner of the goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOther than the score, Syracuse dominated the first half, taking 11 shots to Virginia’s one. Both teams managed two penalty-corner opportunities but were unable convert either in the opening 35 minutes.Russell scored a little over two minutes into the second half to give the Orange a comfortable two-goal cushion. Freshman Zoe Wilson assisted on the play with a baseline feed to give Russell an easy look.Virginia stormed back with two goals of its own in the second stanza to force overtime. Just more than 10 minutes into the latter 35 minutes, Virginia’s Caleigh Foust scored on an assist by Taylor Brown and Foust followed with an assist on the game-tying goal from Riley Tata.“We were up two at that point and I think we just got a little bit … relaxed,” Bradley said. “You can’t do that this time of year. You can’t relax until that final whistle blows.”Both teams traded blows in the waning minutes, pushing the ball up the field aggressively in last-ditch efforts to end the game in regulation, but nothing came of it.Headed into the 15-minute overtime period, Bradley’s message to her team was simple: Win. Syracuse started the period up a player for 40 seconds due to a Virginia yellow card and the emphasis was to notch a quick score.Virginia’s defense stifled the Orange’s advances until the game’s 77th minute. Laura Hurff ran the ball up the field 40 yards and forced Virginia’s goalkeeper Rebecca Holden out from the cage. Hurff fell to the turf directly in front of the goal where she would remain.Lies Lagerweij trailed the play to collect the rebound. She drove the baseline and found Russell on the backside of the goal for her second goal of the day.“It was awesome,” Bradley said. Published on November 6, 2015 at 4:51 pm Contact Liam: Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse’s backup faceoff specialist, Danny Varello, poised to assist Final Four push

first_img Published on May 19, 2017 at 6:05 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Syracuse assistant coach Kevin Donahue knelt over, reached toward his left foot and pinched the turf. Syracuse lost another faceoff, 10 of the first 11, and this one opened the second half. On the ensuing possession, Yale’s Jackson Morrill worked off a screen at the X. Nobody slid to him, leaving Morrill with an open look at the goal. The goal put the Bulldogs up three and as Syracuse neared to a potential season-ending loss.The No. 2 Orange compensated for a 4-of-22 faceoff performance — its worst since at least 2014, when SU’s most recent game-by-game statistics are available — to beat Yale and advance to the NCAA quarterfinals. But senior faceoff specialist Ben Williams struggled mightily, going a career-worst 1-for-12.Syracuse’s chances at winning the faceoff — and making its first Final Four since 2013 — may come down not to its two-time Tewaaraton Award nominee, but to a freshman with only one start on his resume. No. 2 SU (13-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) freshman Danny Varello, once the third string behind Cal Paduda, could slot into the faceoff X in big moments against No. 11 Towson (11-4, 4-1 Colonial Athletic), with a trip to the semifinals on the line.“It’s possible,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “He’s been doing a nice job this year in the times that he’s gotten in. He’s got some game experience but not a lot. He’s a very good changeup for us. He’s got quick hands.”Varello, a 5-foot-10, 199-pound, faceoff specialist has appeared in eight games. Though he’s only three for his last 16, he consistently has won a shade over half (52 percent) of his faceoffs this season. Should Williams struggle on Sunday against Tigers specialist Alex Woodall, who ranks ninth in the country in faceoff winning percentage (60.9 percent), Varello is poised to enter the game in what would be a heightened role.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe freshman won 10-of-17 faceoffs in February against Army, 6-of-8 against Duke and a key faceoff win at then-No. 1 Notre Dame. He impressed Desko and Donahue with his hand speed and reaction time, both of which, teammates said, is second-to-none. He can recognize when his opponents over-rotate, jump out of position too early or fail to finish their clears. His next step is to be shorter to the ball and tighter with his movements.Varello’s known as a “squash guy,” because he’s quick to clamp and screw the ball. That differs from a “power-clamp guy,” such as North Carolina’s Stephen Kelly, who grinds more and takes longer to wrestle at the faceoff X. Once winning the faceoff, Desko would like to see Varello improve his moves. “He just needs to pick it up and run with the ball,” Desko said.At Smithtown West (New York) High School on Long Island, Varello won 70 percent of his career faceoffs. He developed the hand speed that propelled him past Paduda on the Syracuse depth chart. Varello’s brother Joe, a junior faceoff specialist at Navy, and his faceoff coach, Matt Schomburg, helped groom him since he began to specialize on faceoffs around the ninth grade.“He’s not your typical stud athlete,” said Schomberg, who trains Division I college players out of his Fogolax Academy on Long Island. “He has a real artistic side to him. He can remember stuff from multiple faceoffs ago or years ago. He has a photographic memory. The intelligence level he has is pretty incredible.”Working alongside Williams in practice doesn’t hurt. Williams is SU’s all-time leader in faceoffs won and ground balls. This season, his third with the Orange after transferring from Holy Cross, nagging injuries have battered him. Since he recovered last month, Williams still has not found the groove that placed him on the Preseason All-ACC Team in February.Against Yale, Syracuse went to Varello early in the second half to stop the bleeding. It’s likely SU could call on its freshman just as early in the NCAA quarterfinals, should Williams get off to another slow start.“Danny has a natural ability to win clamps and I think he’s gotten a ton better since he first got here in the fall,” Williams said. “If he continues to work on his ability a bit, he could have a great career here. He’s helped us this year.”As a little kid, Varello hung the jersey of former SU All-American Mike Powell in his room. For years, he wanted to play for Syracuse and be the one whom SU depended on for possession time. What he does in his next opportunities may dictate the outcome of Syracuse’s season.“Whenever they need me,” Varello said, “I need to step up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Badgers experience will key performance in NCAA Regional

first_imgFollowing a solid sixth place finish last weekend at the Big Ten Championships, the Wisconsin women’s golf team earned a bid to the 2014 NCAA Regionals as the 16th seed.Despite an already impressive season in which the Badgers earned an overall record of 89-47-1, UW head coach Todd Oehrlein’s team does not appear to be satisfied just yet as it has its sights set on making a big splash at the NCAA Regional. Just like last season when the Badgers surprised many by conquering regionals and moving on to the NCAA Championships, this year’s team is looking to do the same.Despite being faced with the challenge of competing against some of the most dominant women’s golf powerhouses in the country such as top-seeded Southern California, Oehrlein isn’t phased by the tough competition.Instead he’s excited with the opportunity for every team to compete with a clean slate on a neutral, level playing field.“I told the team last night, once you make it, there’s 24 there, eight teams are going are going to advance. Everybody is number one in the country at this point,” Oehrlein said. “You play and you control what you can control.”The NCAA Regional will certainly be the biggest stage the Badgers have played on all year and will require them to be at the top of their game when the tournament kicks off a week from Thursday, May 8. Oehrlein believes that his team will be fine handling that added pressure if they get off to a good start and get comfortable early.“The nerves are going to be there. That’s the excitement, the energy, and so as a coach you just have to help your team settle in as quick as possible in that early round. Once you get settled in, it just becomes more like any other golf tournament.”Pivotal to helping the Badgers “settle in” will be senior Kris Yoo, who has been the top golfer for Wisconsin this year and a big reason for this year’s success. Posting an average round of 73.45 in the 2013-14 season and making her third career NCAA Regional appearance, Yoo will be expected to continue her strong play and leadership to help the Badgers reach the National Championships.“She drives the ball really well, very accurately, and just consistently, so she is always in great position,” Oehrlein said. “Kris is nationally ranked in the top 10 for total short game and in scoring situations and scoring shots, she’s very good”When asked how she is feeling heading into the tournament, Yoo did not seem worried about how her team would handle playing with so much on the line due to its familiarity with playing in the postseason as of late.“I don’t think we are that nervous because four of us have actually been [to regionals] before and it was our goal so we expected it,” Yoo said. “We definitely wanted to get back to the National Championship. We made it last year even though we were the underdog and no one thought we could get through, and I think we have even more potential this year.”While it will be the last time senior Yoo competes in an NCAA Regional Championship for the Badgers, one of the team’s best players for the Badgers this year will be making her first postseason appearance. Freshman Brooke Ferrell will try to help lead Wisconsin to a Regional Championship following an excellent rookie season that caught the attention and respect of many around the women’s collegiate game.Oehrlein has been amazed at how smoothly Ferrell has made the transition from high school to college in one year and believes it to be a result of both her mental and physical strengths.“[Ferrell] is a great student and because she’s a good student, she’s been able to handle that workload and the transition hasn’t been anything been anything that she isn’t capable of handling,” Oehrlein said. “As a player, she is physically very strong. She hits the ball really hard and length is one of the strengths of her game.”One might expect Ferrell to be a little nervous about making her first appearance in an NCAA Regional. However, it does not look like that is going to be troubling on her. Inspired after a tremendous performance at the Big Ten Championship, Ferrell refuses to believe that her team isn’t capable capturing the title and picking up where they left off after an incredible final round.“I am more excited than nervous because the Big Ten tournament went very well for me and for my team,” she said. “Now that we know we can do it, we’ll do it again.”“The biggest thing that we need to do is just for us to walk out with a little bit of swagger,” Ferrell said. “You have to look around you and say I’m here too. Not just them but me too. Why not me? Why can’t I shoot under par? Why can’t I break a course record like Kris Yoo did last year?”The 2013-14 season is already a success, but a victory at regionals would make this season extra special, as Wisconsin has never qualified for back to back regionals, much less moved onto the championships in consecutive seasons. Judging by the Badgers’ recent performance and history in the postseason, the team has to feel good about who leads them into battle.last_img read more

Former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian hired by Alabama as offensive analyst

first_imgFormer USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian is joining Alabama’s coaching staff as an offensive analyst, Alabama coach Nick Saban confirmed on Monday.Sarkisian was infamously fired at USC weeks into the 2015 season following a series of alcohol-related issues that began with a rant at the annual Salute to Troy event, where he appeared to be intoxicated. Then-Athletic Director Pat Haden gave him the axe in October after he showed up to a practice in poor condition.The 42-year-old was slated to join Fox Sports as a television analyst this season, but instead will take a job with the Crimson Tide.“We’re glad to have him as part of the organization,” Saban said to the media. “Hopefully he’ll be able to get back on his feet professionally and this will be beneficial to him.”Sarkisian will work with Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who was also fired from USC in less-then-amicable fashion. Both Sarkisian and Kiffin also coached under Pete Carroll with the Trojans.Due to NCAA rules on staff size, Sarkisian will not be able to coach players on the field. He is the fifth former head coach to join Alabama’s coaching staff.Saban said that he and Sarkisian had discussed the role “quite a while ago.”“He’s going through some personal things himself to get himself in a very positive position and wants to continue to do those things in the future and professionally,” Saban said. “He loves coaching. I’ve known him for a long time and he’s a very, very good coach.”Saban added that Sarkisian is aware of ramifications should concerns flare up again.“I think he understands the consequences that he deals with professionally if he has any issues or problems,” Saban said.Sarkisian is still in the midst of a legal battle with USC. He filed a wrongful terminal lawsuit against the University last December, claiming the school should have allowed him to seek treatment for alcoholism rather than dismissing him. The case is headed for arbitration; Sarkisian is seeking the $12.6 million remaining on his contract in addition to unspecified damages.last_img read more