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Labouring Liverpool and City head into crucial month

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Premier League leaders Liverpool and champions Manchester City are heading into an intense month of fixtures with neither looking close to their best.Liverpool laboured to a 1-1 draw with Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday, lacking the intensity and attacking potency that has been at the heart of their success under manager Juergen Klopp.City stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in the same competition, with no sign of the zip and verve that has characterised Pep Guardiola’s team over the past two title-winning seasons. Both looked like sides who could do with a rest, a nice week in a warm-weather resort recharging their batteries, but the price of competing at the highest level — at home and abroad — is a gruelling December that offers no respite and plenty of potential bumps in the road.City need no reminders of the dangers that lie in wait for them in Newcastle on Saturday — one of their four defeats last season came in a 2-1 reverse at St James’ Park in January. With their all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero sidelined by injury, Guardiola is banking on his only other striker, Gabriel Jesus, delivering goals and keeping fit through the coming month.He also needs his team to rediscover the slick passing game and dominance of midfield that has been their hallmark but has been sorely missing in recent weeks.Injuries are part of the process at this time of year especially and Liverpool suffered a blow with their key holding midfielder Fabinho picking up an ankle injury against Napoli. It is unclear how long the Brazilian will be sidelined for but they will probably be without him at home to Brighton on Saturday.Against Napoli, only Roberto Firmino looked in top form and that will be a concern for Klopp as he heads into a month in which his team also have to contend with two games in Qatar in the Club World Cup. To add to the workload, both teams have derby matches on the horizon with Liverpool hosting Everton on Wednesday and City taking on Manchester United on Dec. 7.It looks the ideal moment for second-placed Leicester City to take advantage and push themselves into the race.Brendan Rodgers’ side are a point ahead of City and eight behind Liverpool and on Sunday they face an Everton team whose manager Marco Silva will be worrying he might not even survive to Wednesday’s Merseyside derby. Another manager under intense pressure is West Ham’s Manuel Pellegrini who won’t be looking forward to Saturday’s visit to in-form fourth-placed Chelsea.Manchester United host Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Sunday with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in need of a convincing performance after struggling for large parts of their 3-3 draw at Sheffield United.Jose Mourinho will look to make it three wins out of three since taking over at Tottenham Hotspur when Bournemouth visit North London on Saturday.last_img read more

Hendrix College finds success after restarting football program

first_img Published on September 6, 2016 at 10:28 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu The Hendrix College Warriors were down 44-43 to Westminster College with just one second left in the fourth quarter. The first game of the 2013 season would come down to a last-second field goal attempt, as freshman kicker Steve Crenshaw drove his right foot through the ball from the 15-yard line. The ball sailed through the uprights and nearly 3,000 fans at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium saw what no person had seen since 1960 — a Hendrix football victory.The Warriors program was revived in 2013 after a 53-year dormancy that began when the team was discontinued from Hendrix College in 1960. Since 2013, the Warriors program has transformed from the lowest-ranked Division III football squad to a trip to the playoffs in 2015. “A lot of people expect new programs to not even fight for a win,” running back Dayton Winn said. “Our coaches said that we’re trying to win, and we were gonna do that from the start.”In the 1940s, schools in Arkansas began giving players scholarships for tuition and even reportedly paid some players directly for their participation in athletics, according to “Hendrix College: A Centennial History” by James E. Lester Jr. By 1955, Hendrix had only 22 players on its roster as the university prioritized academics. And then in 1960, it was gone for good.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThen, in 2013, the school decided that football would bring more students to the school and make money, it said in a release.Hendrix, located 35 miles north of Little Rock, Arkansas, hired Buck Buchanan to lead the program. It became Buchanan’s full-time job to revive a team left dormant for so long. He had helped restart the football program at Louisiana College in 1999 as an assistant coach, and it was time for him to do it again at Hendrix.His first task was to recruit a team of just 52 players. Winn, a part of the initial 2013 recruiting class, said the small team made it a lot easier for the program to transition.“It was really the student part first,” Buchanan said. “That’s what was most important to us, especially as the program was starting out. We wanted to build small and grow from there.”With the transition came challenges for the small team, so in order to help build cohesiveness, the players would go over to quarterback Seth Peters’ house on Thursday nights, Winn said. Peters’ parents would cook the team dinner, and the players would sit around the house and watch Thursday Night Football.“We would do activities like bowling, team bonding, go watch a movie, that kind of stuff,” Winn said. “That would definitely be the most memorable stuff off the field.”The 2013 Hendrix team wasn’t initially well received by other Division III coaches — the Warriors were ranked dead last in the 2013 Division III poll. It was a ranking that Buchanan said the team didn’t necessarily deserve, but a ranking that made sense for the new program.But with the poor ranking to its name and a roster half the size of most collegiate programs, Hendrix won its first game. Buchanan called it “the best moment” in the past four years.“That was an unbelievable experience, so yeah, that’s the top,” Buchanan said. In 2015, two years after posting a 3-7 record, the Warriors rose up again, blazing an 8-2 regular season record and winning the Southern Athletic Association title. With the conference title, Hendrix received a bid to the Division III playoffs. It was the first time Hendrix was given a playoff invitation in school history, and even though the Warriors lost the opening game, Buchanan still said the postseason run “was very special” for his young Warriors squad.As the program grew, the small recruiting class from 2013 grew as well. Winn went on to lead all of Division III with 2,732 all-purpose yards in 2015. He also led the country with 248.2 all-purpose yards per game. Peters earned first team all-SAA honors and threw for 2,811 yards, which ranked No. 16 in the country. “(Winn and Peters) are two of the best players in Division III, and they automatically give us recognition,” Buchanan said. “They’re showing that Division III is real football, and that was crucial to get us started. That’s increasing (Hendrix’s) brand as a college.”The Warriors roster that started with 52 players in 2013 now sits at 101 players, and the team that was once ranked last out of over 200 Division III teams at the beginning of the 2013 season is now ranked No. 32, receiving 29 votes in the D3football.com 2016 preseason poll.“I’m looking at these guys (who started the program), and they’re not freshmen anymore,” Buchanan said. “I told them four years ago that they would look up one day and be seniors, and here we are. It’s hard to believe that all of this has happened so fast.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

What we learned from No. 11 Kansas’ loss to Texas

first_img Dewan Hernandez leaving Miami, turning pro after NCAA ruling The loss to Texas dropped the Jayhawks to 5-3 in conference play. They are still in contention to finish on top of the standings but are now tied for third with No. 16 Texas Tech. Kansas State and Baylor are tied for first with a 5-2 record.Kansas will face Texas Tech on Saturday before playing Kansas State on the road next Tuesday. Forward Dylan Osetkowski led the way for Texas with 16 points while Jaxson Hayes chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Ochai Agbaji tallied a career-high 24 points for Kansas in the losing effort.Jay Bilas just left the set, Shaka Smart about to join.You can join us on LHN for Texas GameDay Final. pic.twitter.com/HvhMZyox9b— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) January 30, 2019Here’s what we learned from the Jayhawks’ latest loss: Related News Memphis’ Penny Hardaway says his NBA background is creating ‘jealousy’ among other college coachescenter_img No. 11 Kansas continues to struggleThe Jayhawks fell to Texas 73-63 at the Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center on Tuesday. Kansas opened the season 15-2 but has since lost three of its last four games. Kansas can’t overcome off game from Dedric LawsonKansas star Dedric Lawson struggled against Texas.The Memphis transfer, in his first season with Kansas, could be an All-American and is in the conversation for the Naismith Player of the Year award. But, he had a rare off game Tuesday, shooting just 4-of-15 from the field and finishing with 13 points, along with seven rebounds.If the Jayhawks want to get back on track, they’ll need Lawson to rebound and carry their offense. He entered the matchup averaging 19.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.Udoka Azubuike’s loss continues to hurt KansasThe Jayhawks have not looked the same since starting center Udoka Azubuike suffered a season-ending hand injury earlier this month.Azubuike is a solid rebounder and secondary scorer in the paint, which Kansas has not been able to replace. He also provided protection around the rim.Kansas is just 4-4 since Azubuike — who will finish 2018-19 averaging 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in nine appearances — was lost for the season.Jayhawks’ Big 12 streak in jeopardyKansas has won at least a share of the Big 12 regular-season title for 14 straight years. But, that streak is in jeopardy this season.last_img read more

Edin Visca declared the best Player of the Turkish Super League

first_imgEdin Visca, Bosnian, was declared the best player of the Turkish Super League in 2018/19 season in the selection of one of the world’s most famous sports media, channel beIN SPORTS.The choice is supported by the Superliga itself, and Visca, who plays for Turkish Istanbul Basaksehir, celebrates in competition with famous footballers such as Burak Yilmaz, Fernando Musler, Henry Onyekuro, Younes Bellande, Sofhiane Feghouli.With this award, Visca became the first player from Bosnia and Herzegovina to be declared the season’s footballer in Turkey.In addition, Visca was awarded the prize for the best midfielder of the season in which he has scored 12 goals with 13 assists, so he certainly deserved the place in the ideal team of the season, Vijesti.ba news portal reports.Visca is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays for Süper Lig club İstanbul Başakşehir and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.Visca started his professional career at Budućnost Banovici, before joining Zeljeznicar in 2009. Two years later, he moved to İstanbul Başakşehir.A former youth international for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Višća made his senior international debut in 2010, earning over 40 caps and scoring 9 goals since. He represented the nation at their first major tournament, the 2014 FIFA World Cup.last_img read more

Governor Reynolds live on KGLO and KRIB starting at 12:10 this afternoon

first_imgGovernor Kim Reynolds will sit down for an exclusive interview with Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson this afternoon. You can hear this program starting at 12:10 PM on AM-1300 KGLO, AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB, as well as online at kgloam.com and kribam.comlast_img

Klopp admits Liverpool got ‘lucky’ against Fulham

first_img“Robertson didn’t sufficiently squeeze up and my player is onside and scored a goal. In one moment, a crucial moment, we go from one goal up to one goal down,” said Jokanovic.“In this country you normally can’t show some disrespect to referees but it’s a problem (when they) show disrespect to my team, myself, and the Fulham supporters.“The situation can be a little complicated but you must be sure to take this kind of decision.”Jokanovic admitted his team could have reacted better to Liverpool’s swift break but said it shouldn’t have existed in the first place.“We didn’t defend well this counter-attack but this counter-attack shouldn’t exist. It’s a completely absurd situation we have to defend.”Liverpool had created several reasonable chances before the opening goal — Sadio Mane, Salah and the influential Shaqiri all going close — but Fulham had almost scored first when Ryan Sessegnon capitalised on Joe Gomez’s mistake to close in on goal only to drag his shot wide.Klopp’s men went to the top of the Premier League, albeit they might be there for just a matter of hours depending on the results of matches involving champions Manchester City and Chelsea later Sunday.He was happy enough with Liverpool’s display, even though they were still far from their fluent best.“They played football but a lot of long balls and Mitrovic did outstandingly well in these situations,” said Klopp. “So that was tricky but apart from that I thought the boys did really well.“We created, we passed, we accelerated in the right moments and had big chances early with Sadio, with Shaq, with Mo in the box, when they blocked it last second, when the goalkeeper could make a save.“Apart from scoring more goals, it was a really good performance.”Share on: WhatsApp Liverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp accepted his Liverpool side got “a bit lucky” after a controversial offside flag denied Fulham the lead in their 2-0 defeat at Anfield on Sunday.Under-pressure Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic hit out at what he described as an “absurd” situation after Aleksandar Mitrovic appeared to have headed the bottom-of-the-table visitors into the lead five minutes before the break.Celebrations were cut short by the offside flag, however, and a quick restart from Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson allowed Trent Alexander-Arnold to play in Mohamed Salah for his eighth goal of the season and his 34th in his last 36 games at Anfield.Just 14 seconds separated the flag and the Liverpool opener and when Xherdan Shaqiri stretched the lead with a delightful volley eight minutes into the second half the game was beyond the visitors.Klopp was unsure of whether the officials had been right to deny Fulham a goal but hailed the “brilliant” reaction of his Premier League title-chasers in turning the situation to their advantage.“I saw it once, I’m not sure if it was offside or not,” said the Liverpool manager. “We didn’t get a goal against Arsenal when we scored a clearer goal. I don’t want to compare it but you cannot change it.“The most important thing is reacting in a situation like that and that was brilliant. Ally, Trent, Mo and done, it was a fantastic situation.”The German boss also felt Andy Robertson had been impeded in the run up to Fulham’s disallowed goal and it was the Scottish full-back who could have played Mitrovic onside.“Good routine. At the end we were a bit lucky,” admitted Klopp.– ‘Disrespect’ annoys Jokanovic –For Jokanovic, there was no doubt that his side’s possible opening goal should have stood.last_img read more

2018-19 Women’s Golf Season in Full Swing

first_imgThe 2018 Southland runner-up Sugar Bears squad lost All-Conference First Team member Fernanda Lira to graduation but return three-time first team honoree Emma Svensson. The two were both selected for the 2018 NCAA Regionals, marking the first time in program history that the team has sent a pair of individuals to the tournament. The UIW Cardinals fly under the direction of first-year head coach Allison Howarth, who was named to the post this summer after serving as the graduate assistant last season. UCA starts its season at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational, hosted by New Mexico, while UIW begins its season at the Hobble Creek Fall Classic hosted by Utah Valley. Both tournaments begin Monday.  FRISCO, Texas – While two Southland Conference women’s golf teams – Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin got an early start to the 2018-19 season, Central Arkansas and Incarnate Word tee off Monday to start the new year.  The remaining four league teams – Houston Baptist, Lamar, McNeese and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – will take the course the week of Sept. 15. The Southland Conference Championship moves to High Meadows Ranch Country Club in Magnolia, Texas, this season after two years at Woodforest Golf Club. The tournament is set for April 22-24, 2019.center_img The Bearkats and Ladyjacks competed at the Lady Maxwell Cup, hosted by Oral Roberts, Aug. 31-Sept. 2 to open the new year. Sam Houston senior Jenna Phillips shot a final round 70 to win medalist honors by a stroke, leading the team to a second-place finish. SFA placed seventh with senior Erica Lautensack posting a top-10 finish. Joni Stephens enters her first year at the helm for the Islanders. The former ULM head coach takes her team to Yorktown, Ind., for the Ball State Cardinal Classic on Sept. 17-18.  HBU, LU and McNeese commence their seasons at the University of South Alabama Intercollegiate on Sept. 15 for a three-day tournament in Mobile, Ala. The Huskies, who are two-time defending Southland champions, return the 2018 individual winner at the 2018 Southland Championship in senior Kaity Cummings and the 2017 victor in senior Lexi Brooks. Elodie Chapelet, a two-time All-Southland First Team selection, heads into her junior season for the Cardinals. The Cowgirls turn to the new year coming off a seventh-place showing at the conference championship.last_img read more

School of Nations likely to increase fees

first_imgThe administration of School of Nations has revealed that fees are likely to be increased in the near future. This would make School of Nations the second privately run school to hike its fees, after Mae’s Schools recently announced a similar move.This announcement was made by the Director of the institution, Dr Brian O’Toole, who explained that with the growing economy and increased costs of production and services, the need has arisen to implement the increase. The fees currently been charged are also considered very low when compared to other institutions.School of Nations“It’s likely that we will review the fees, because if we want the best possible education, we charge at the moment $1200 (US). In international terms, that’s a very low figure. We want to make sure we offer it to as wide a cross section as possible,” he stated.Dr O’Toole further explained that the fees would not be hiked to an extent that would force students of the institution to leave. If the fees are increased, the director assured, students will still be able to complete their studies.Dr O’Toole added, “We’re going to look at making it a balance between ensuring we can get the best quality and making sure that we respect the reality of the pockets of Guyana.”Recently, Mae’s Schools hiked their fees by 40 percent, despite the Government’s removal of the 14% Value Added Tax (VAT) on education during the 2018 budget. As such, parents are in disapproval of this sudden increase.Dr O’Toole has reiterated that the fees being requested at the School of the Nations will certainly not be as much as 40 percent, as consideration must be given to not only the individuals from whose pockets the monies are extracted, but also the school’s perspective that approximately 60 students are presently studying through a scholarship.“Nations is looking at it. We will not increase fees by the extent. We will not increase our fees by 40 percent. For all the fancy cars you see in the car park, we have other people that walk here, people that come by bicycle, and they have enriched the school and we want to make sure that they stay, so we certainly aren’t going to price them out of coming,” the director said.The institution has revealed that with the growing population of over 3000 students, the school is looking to establish other centres in the North West District and in the Rupununi, to assist the other regions.last_img read more

NLC installs three additional videoconference rooms

first_imgNorthern Lights College students and staff will have three additional videoconference rooms linking the College’s three largest campuses. The three new videoconference rooms – one on each of the Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson and Fort St. John campuses – have increased to eight the number of videoconference facilities the College uses for delivering classes throughout the region.  Presenters can send video and audio, PowerPoint presentations, images from a document camera, computer screens, and DVD and VHS video over the systems. Course materials are available inside the College’s online course delivery system (D2L), which is accessible from anywhere in the world. Funding for the videoconference rooms was approved by the College’s Board of Governors. The decision supports the College’s strategic plan initiatives of expanding delivery models for programming, and modeling environmental stewardship. NLC’s videoconference facilities are maintained by the Education Technology (Ed Tech) department. Two members of that department, John Royer and Mark Hanen, were nominated for a provincial award in 2008 for their efforts in promoting the use of educational technologies, such as videoconference, at NLC. Teaching over videoconference systems has been an incredible success at the College. NLC started using videoconference technology in 2004, delivering one class between the Fort St. John and Dawson Creek campuses.  Today, NLC offers more than 20 classes by videoconference between Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, and Fort Nelson. Four rooms can be connected simultaneously. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Benzema double sends Madrid into Copa del Rey semis

first_imgPedro Porro pulled one back for Girona but any hopes of a comeback were extinguished when Marcos Llorente drove in for a 7-3 win on aggregate.Madrid join Barcelona, Real Betis and Valencia in the draw for the last four on Friday.Barca, who are chasing a record fifth cup success in a row, will be the ones to avoid but Santiago Solari’s team are gaining momentum, having won six out of their last seven games, with the resumption of the Champions League just around the corner.Benzema has been key to that run, the Frenchman scoring five goals now in three matches and even casting doubt on Gareth Bale’s place in the side.“I am sorry for those who only discovered Benzema last week,” Solari said afterwards.“Karim has been doing this for many years, he has great talent and is a team player. Although it’s true, he’s in a great run of form.”Bale has only just returned from a calf injury but was left out of the starting line-up, instead having to wait until the 67th minute to replace the in-form Vinicius Junior.Perhaps Solari was keen not to rush Bale back but Vinicius and Benzema combined well again for the second goal and there might be a reluctance to break up a burgeoning partnership.If Alex Granell’s free-kick had dropped into the far corner in the second minute, perhaps the contest would have been different but it clipped the crossbar and stayed out, much to the relief of Keylor Navas.The opening half an hour was lacking in spark but came to life when Benzema darted in from the right, used Dani Carvajal as a wall and drove a left-footed shot past Gorka Iraizoz.Marcelo should have doubled the lead after a brilliant Brazilian combination with Vinicius, who dragged the ball one way then the other into the full-back’s path. Marcelo nutmegged Marc Muniesa but failed to finish.Vinicius was involved in Benzema’s second too, weaving in from the left and rolling inside. Benzema took one touch and curled it low, inside the far post.Lucas Vazquez should have made it three after half-time but somehow managed to slice onto the post with the goal gaping.Bale came on and tested Iraizoz from range but Girona pulled one back when Porro nipped in behind and slid a finish under Navas with 19 minutes left.Porro rushed to collect the ball out of the net but the revival was short-lived. Llorente drilled a shot into the corner from 25 yards to keep Madrid’s resurgence rolling on.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Karim Benzema on his way to scoring twice in Thursday’s 3-1 win © AFP / PAU BARRENAGIRONA, Spain, Feb 1 – Karim Benzema fired Real Madrid into the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey on Thursday by scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Girona.Benzema was on target in the first leg too, a 4-2 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu last week, and he continued his brilliant burst of form with another pair at Montilivi.last_img read more