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Arsene Wenger demands urgency from Arsenal

first_img The Gunners resume domestic action at Vicarage Road for the late televised kick-off looking to maintain momentum from their demolition of the Red Devils, who were taken apart with three goals inside the first 20 minutes. Wenger, though, knows that stunning performance will quickly be forgotten should they fail to deliver against the Hornets. Wenger believes this season’s title race could prove to be the most open of recent years and refused to rule out champions Chelsea – already 10 points adrift – mounting a recovery. “At the moment the top eight can mathematically compete,” said Wenger. “(Realistically), I would say five or six teams (can win the title).” The Gunners boss added: “(Chelsea) have some ground to make up. Of course when you have many teams in front of you it is difficult to catch up, but they have the quality.” Wenger, though, is not about to lose any sleep over the challenges ahead for Jose Mourinho’s squad if the Blues are to haul themselves back into contention. “I don’t care too much about that. My worry is about my team and what we can do,” said the Gunners boss. “We are two points behind the league leaders and what all the other teams do is up to them. “I just want to say mathematically you cannot rule anybody out at the moment.” While there is the small matter of a Champions League showdown with Bayern Munich next Tuesday night, Wenger insists that European tie will have no bearing on how he sets his team up at Vicarage Road. “Not at all. For me the most important game is Watford,” said Wenger, who could have centre-back Laurent Koscielny fit again from a hamstring injury. “I would say the Premier League is the most important competition for us.” Press Association “It can increase the belief and the hunger of the team (to win convincingly). On the other hand you have to show that you can come in to every game with that focus,” said Wenger, who is hoping Alexis Sanchez returns fit from international duty with Chile having been carrying a hip problem. “The level of champions and people who want to fight at the top is urgency – and urgency is something that keeps you alert, so we know what will be expected of us. “We have to be conscious that it will be a different game at Watford, but the level of urgency is a big part of success and that is what we work on.” Wenger accepts such little time to regroup following the international break is not ideal, especially with the players having been on a high following the manner of their win over United. “It was difficult, we separated on a positive vibe. After, the task is to reconnect quickly because everybody goes to their national teams and has different worries,” said Wenger. “The target now is to refocus on what we want to achieve. “Watford are a very difficult team to play against, so we have to focus to get a positive result on Saturday.” Arsenal’s win over United moved them to within two points of Manchester City. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his side to recapture the hunger which saw them blow away Manchester United when they head to Watford on Saturday. last_img read more

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Volleyball: Ellsworth wins quarterfinal with “scrappy” performance

first_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest Posts Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth volleyball coach Whitney Ranger knew just the word to describe her team’s performance in Saturday’s Class B quarterfinal game against Woodland.“They played scrappy,” Ranger said. “The other team was actually pretty scrappy, too.”After four sets filled with back-and-forth action, the fourth-ranked Ellsworth Eagles (11-4) prevailed over fifth-ranked Woodland (7-8) 3-1 with individual set scores of 25-22, 21-25, 25-21 and 25-20.The Eagles, who were forced to play without their starting setter, turned to freshman Olivia Dyer to fill the position.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“She did amazing,” Ranger said of Dyer, who finished with eight assists.Rachel Bunker led the Eagles with her serving, notching nine aces as well as 12 kills and three solo blocks.“The biggest improvement I’ve noticed with this team is their blocking at the net,” Ranger said. “They played pretty well today.”Also for Ellsworth, Delaney Sargent contributed 19 digs; Avery Jester had three solo blocks; and Lexi Hennigan had 10 assists.The win advanced the Eagles to the semifinals at first-ranked Calais (12-3) on Wednesday.Ellsworth and Calais faced off earlier this month. Calais won 3-2.“They have one girl from Texas who is really good,” Ranger said, referring to sophomore Kelly Delaney. “We’re probably going to work on a lot of drills that involve covering her.”In other Hancock County news, Mount Desert Island’s season came to an end Saturday with a 3-0 loss to Greely in the Class A quarterfinals.Find more pictures from Ellsworth’s quarterfinal win here.Sammy Mason taps the ball over the net in Ellsworth’s 3-1 win over Woodland in the quarterfinals on Saturday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSRachel Bunker jumps up for the spike in Ellsworth’s 3-1 win over Woodland in the quarterfinals on Saturday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSFreshman Olivia Dyer sets the ball in Ellsworth’s 3-1 win over Woodland in the quarterfinals on Saturday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSDelaney Sargent hits the ball in Ellsworth’s 3-1 win over Woodland in the quarterfinals on Saturday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMScenter_img Bio Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.last_img read more

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The Latest: Clemson cancels athletic and academic camps

first_imgOther meets on the tentative national schedule include the Toyota U.S. Open in Atlanta from Dec. 2-5, as well as the Speedo Juniors East and West short-course meets from Dec. 9-12, which will be held in Atlanta and Austin, Texas, respectively.___UEFA is paying 236.5 million euros ($255 million) in advance to its national federations and easing requirements on how they spend it during the pandemic.UEFA says each of its 55 members is getting up to 4.3 million euros ($4.7 million) they are due in central funding through next season.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the money “can be used as our members see fit to rebuild the football community.” ___A group of professional tennis players led by Dustin Brown will meet in a series of exhibition tournaments in Germany starting Friday.The live-streamed event will take place at an academy near the small town of Höhr-Grenzhausen.The men’s and women’s professional tours are currently suspended until July because of the coronavirus pandemic.Brown is from Germany and his father is Jamaican. He upset Rafal Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon in 2015. ___British Grand Prix organizers say they are talking to the government about the viability of holding the Formula One race on July 19 with no fans amid the coronavirus pandemic.The season was due to begin in March but no races have been possible so far.Silverstone circuit managing director Stuart Pringle wrote an email to ticket buyers saying he is “extremely disappointed to tell you that we are unable to stage this year’s British Grand Prix in front of the fans.”Pringle says organizers left the decision for as long as possible “but it is abundantly clear given the current conditions … that a Grand Prix under normal conditions is just not going to be possible.“ ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The plan is then to race in “Eurasia, Asia and the Americas, finishing the season in the Gulf in December with Bahrain before the traditional finale in Abu Dhabi.”Carey expects the early races to be without fans but hopes they “will be part of our events as we move further into the schedule.”___The French Grand Prix has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision further pushes back the start of the Formula One season. Associated Press The Latest: Clemson cancels athletic and academic camps April 27, 2020 USA Swimming has announced its plans for a return to competition, beginning with a series of regional events in August before the national schedule begins in early November at Richmond, Virginia.The governing body is canceling all national events in July and early August because of the coronavirus pandemic. The regional events will be held in August, with an eye toward limiting the need for travel and promoting a safer environment for athletes, coaches, officials and families.USA Swimming said it will announce further scheduling details in the coming weeks, subject to local health guidelines.A tentative national schedule has been released, leading up to the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, in June 2021.The first meet of the TYR Pro Swim Series is set for Richmond from Nov. 5-8, followed by Knoxville, Tennessee (Jan. 13-16, 2021), San Antonio (March 3-6), Mission Viejo, California (April 8-11, 2021), and Indianapolis (May 12-15). Ceferin says “this is a responsible decision to help as much as we can.”European officials are usually required to spend certain amounts in areas such as youth and women’s soccer, referee training, and operating costs. They are not subject to mandatory UEFA audits.UEFA’s funding program, called Hat-Trick, is worth twice as much to European federations as they get from FIFA. The program is worth more than 11 million euros ($12 million) in the current 4-year cycle compared to $6 million in basic funding from FIFA for 2019-22.___ Brown says on the event’s website he is “happy to have the chance to compete again. … I am looking forward to going out there doing what I love.”The shortened matches will be best of three with four games to win a set. Tiebreakers will be played at 3-3.___The Russian soccer league says it is hoping to resume play in late June and wants to complete its season by Aug. 2.The league says it is discussing June 21 and 28 with clubs as possible dates to resume the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Each club has eight more league games to play.center_img The AVP tour has created a public service announcement to urge its fans to stay home to help fight the spread of the disease. Olympic medalists April Ross and Todd Rogers and a handful of the tour’s other stars recorded videos at home that were assembled for the spot that debuted on Monday.The U.S. tour for the quintessentially outdoors sport has postponed all of its events at least until the Hermosa Beach Open in late July. The international beach volleyball tour has also come to a halt, along with qualifying for the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics.“Together, we can overcome this opponent,” says Ross, who won a silver medal in London and a bronze in Rio de Janiero.___The title sponsor of New Orleans’ canceled PGA Tour event is donating $1.5 million to the tournament’s primary charitable foundation. The race was scheduled for June 28 on the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet in southern France. The French government has banned public gatherings until mid-July and race organizers decided not to try to postpone the race or try holding it without fans.French GP managing director Eric Boullier says their plans are “already turning towards the summer of 2021 in order to offer our spectators an even more original event.”F1 chairman Chase Carey says “while it is disappointing for our fans and the F1 community that the French Grand Prix will not take place we fully support the decision.”The first 10 races this season have either been rescheduled or canceled.The Austrian Grand Prix on July 5 is now the earliest potential date to start the season. The league says it would keep promotion and relegation if the season can be completed.The league could expand from 16 to 18 teams for next season with the addition of the two best-placed teams from the second division if the season can’t be finished. It would then shrink back to its current size for the 2021-22 season. The Russian Cup could also be removed from the calendar for next season only.Players in Russia are currently training on their own at home during a nationwide lockdown and some foreign players have left the country. The league says it has discussed a return to training but didn’t announce any dates for that.___FIFA wants to let soccer teams use five substitutes to cope with expected schedule congestion caused by the coronavirus pandemic. ___Formula One chairman Chase Carey says he is “increasingly confident” the season can start in July despite the first 10 races being canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The French Grand Prix decided to call off its race on June 28 rather than postponing it. That means the earliest start date is now the Austrian GP on July 5.Carey says “we are now increasingly confident with the progress of our plans to begin our season this summer” and that 15-18 races can take place.F1 plans to start racing in Europe “through July, August and beginning of September, with the first race taking place in Austria.” FIFA says the temporary plan could help prevent more injuries due to “potential player overload” as soccer competitions catch up with a backlog.The proposal gives competition organizers the option of letting teams use five substitutes in 90 minutes and a sixth in knockout games that go to extra time.Teams would still be limited to three stoppages of play to make the changes.FIFA says the rule could be used by all competitions finishing this year and next and all national team games through 2021.FIFA’s proposal must be formally approved by rule-making panel IFAB. Organizers of the Catalonia Vuelta cycling race say this year’s edition will take place next year.The 100th edition of the race had already been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was originally scheduled for March 23-29.Organizers say the cycling calendar has been significantly reduced because of the pandemic and they didn’t want the Catalonia Vuelta competing with other major events. They also did not want to change the race’s format.Organizers say they want “to celebrate a 100th edition with the maximum guarantees and with the best world cyclists.”They say the race will be held next year in the last week of March. The donation matches the amount raised during the 2019 Zurich Classic, which was played in a team format and won by the tandem of Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm.Before the PGA began canceling events due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Zurich Classic had been scheduled to take place last week at TPC Louisiana, which recently completed $1.9 million in course renovations that entailed digging up and re-sodding fairways, as well as restoring greens and bunkers, and improving drainage.For more than six decades, the New Orleans-area PGA Tour event’s primary charity has been The Fore!Kids Foundation, which raises money through golf events and distributes funds to area children’s service organizations.Zurich became the event’s title sponsor in 2005 and since has helped raise more than $21 million for community charities, tournament officials said. Those charities’ missions include providing food, housing and holiday gift cards, as well as educational and recreational opportunities, for children. Beneficiaries also include organizations that assist patients with cancer or other serious ailments and disabilities.___ That includes two weeks of coach Dabo Swinney’s football camps where the Tigers coaches have the chance to meet and watch prep athletes work out each summer. The university announced its decision on Monday. It said the school will remain closed until May 8. Late spring and summer camps are popular stops for young people eager to gain instruction and contacts with Clemson coaches in all sports. Swinney and his staff have done well in attracting some of the nation’s top players, in part because they came to work out at the school’s facilities. Clemson finished with the No. 1 recruiting class for this upcoming football season, according to ESPN.com.___There won’t be any sun or sand for beach volleyball pros amid the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Clemson has canceled all its in-person, on-campus athletic and academic camps due to the coronavirus pandemic. last_img read more

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The Latest: Kyle Larson to race in World of Outlaws event

first_imgThe theme throughout the event will be the effect the coronavirus pandemic is having on youth sports.The virtual conference will be streamed on NBA.com and most of the league’s social network platforms.___The Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers are set to offer refunds or credits for unplayed regular-season games at their shared arena because of the coronavirus pandemic. While neither the NHL or NBA has officially canceled the remainder of the season, or decided when and where the season may resume, both organizations on Tuesday decided to address the ticket status for games scheduled for the Wells Fargo Center. They demand “guarantees” and “responsibility” and say the return to action should only happen when everyone’s health is prioritized.The club itself did not appear to be involved with the statement.Players from Spanish league clubs are expected to resume practicing this week and matches could restart sometime in June. All players, coaches and club employees must be tested for COVID-19 before training resumes.___The European swimming championships have been pushed back to next year because of the coronavirus pandemic and will be used as preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. Associated Press There were 10 positive tests from coronavirus samples taken last week from the 36 clubs in the top two divisions.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 All players must arrive alone and in their tennis gear and with their own rackets. Players will have a maximum of six balls and must serve only with their marked balls. All participants must keep their towels inside a bag throughout their stay.___Second-division German soccer club Erzgebirge Aue has put its entire squad in home isolation after a member of staff tested positive for the coronavirus.It’s the first confirmed case in the German league’s second round of testing. It comes a day before a government meeting on loosening lockdown measures to pave the way for soccer to return in empty stadiums.Aue didn’t name the staff member involved. All players, coaches and backroom staff will stay at home ahead of more coronavirus testing on Thursday. Ten people tested positive last week from the 36 clubs in the top two men’s divisions. That included two Cologne players and a staff member. The club did not put its squad in isolation.___Belgian soccer players and their fans are engaging in a virtual wave to support health care workers and raise money for the Red Cross amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Belgian soccer association is encouraging fans to upload short videos of themselves doing the wave. Just like Belgium internationals Dries Mertens, Thomas Meunier and Jan Vertonghen.The association is giving fans the opportunity to upload videos until June 13. That is the date Belgium was set to play its first game at the European Championship. The tournament was postponed by a year because of the pandemic. The UCI says the dates “remain subject to the lifting … of the restrictions relating to the organization of events put in place by the authorities in the concerned territories.”___The players and coaches on Spanish soccer club Eibar have released a statement expressing their concerns about restarting the season.They say they are “afraid of starting an activity” in which they will not be able to comply with physical distancing.They say they are concerned about getting infected and infecting their family members and friends and worry about the risk of another coronavirus outbreak because of soccer’s return. Players’ eligibility will be determined based on the rankings and past prize money earnings.Most professional tennis players rely on playing in tournaments for income and all sanctioned events have been scrapped since early March because of the COVID-19 outbreak.___The tennis club where Novak Djokovic broke confinement rules in Spain says it mistakenly authorized the player to practice.The top-ranked Djokovic published a video of himself training in Marbella on Monday, in apparent violation of Spain’s current rules amid the coronavirus pandemic. Spain has eased some of the lockdown measures that have been in place since mid-March, allowing professional athletes to start training again individually. But most training centers and sports facilities must remain closed until next week. The Spanish tennis federation says players are not yet allowed to practice on courts. The club says it was “sorry that our interpretation of the regulation could have been erroneous.”___LeBron James promised the Class of 2020 something special for their virtual commencement celebrations, and he delivered.James revealed Tuesday that former President Barack Obama will speak during the one-hour special, “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020.” It will air simultaneously on NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox on May 16 at 8 p.m. EDT. May 5, 2020 ___Health Minister Jens Spahn has defended German soccer’s plans to resume the season with regular coronavirus testing after Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou posted a video flouting social distancing measures.Spahn tells Germany’s Deutschlandfunk radio that “the basic concept makes sense and can also be an example for other pro sports.”Hertha suspended Kalou on Monday after he live-streamed a video of himself greeting teammates with physical contact and bursting in on a teammate’s coronavirus test.Germany’s top two soccer divisions are planning to return this month with a program of regular testing for players. The clubs have also asked players to train in small groups until now and to observe social distancing. Flyers’ season ticket holders will receive a credit for the six unplayed home games, to be applied to their 2020-21 season payment due in June. They may also opt to receive a refund. Fans who bought single-game tickets will receive an automatic refund. All fans who purchased tickets through a secondary website, such as Stubhub, will need to contact that site for refund options. The Flyers policy is on their website.The Sixers outlined a similar process for their 10 unplayed games. There are rollover and refund options for season ticket holders and single-game holders can request a refund. The Sixers had suspended season-ticket payments during the pandemic and will resume payments on June 12. The team will work with any ticket holders affected with financial difficulties.___The three biggest races in cycling will take place in a 72-day span and there will be an overlap of the Spanish Vuelta and the Giro d’Italia if competition resumes in August amid the coronavirus pandemic.center_img The head of the three English professional soccer leagues below the Premier League appealed for a “rescue package” during questioning at a parliamentary select committee hearing.English Football League chairman Rick Parry says clubs are facing a shortfall of about $250 million because of the coronavirus pandemic.Parry says “we are heading for a financial hole of about 200 million pounds … by the end of September.”Parry also advocated for salary caps. He told legislators that clubs are spending too much of their turnover on salaries as they chase promotion.Clubs are preparing for the loss of ticket revenue with crowds potentially not allowed back into stadiums in 2020. The dirt track in Iowa will not have spectators at the event because of the coronavirus pandemic.Larson was fired three weeks ago by Chip Ganassi Racing for using s racial slur while competing in an iRacing event. The slur was publicly heard on a gaming app and went viral. Most of Larson’s sponsors bailed on him and Ganassi had to fire his star NASCAR driver.The 27-year-old Larson is half-Japanese and rose through NASCAR’s ranks in its diversity program. He was suspended by NASCAR and ordered to complete a sensitivity training course.Larson immediately left North Carolina and returned to home state California. He raced dirt tracks across the West Coast when he began his career.Larson said he’d be driving the No. 57 at Knoxville, a car that is listed as owned by Sacramento-based Paul Silva. Larson is from nearby Elk Grove. The Tour de France’s start remains slated for Aug. 29 in the Riviera city of Nice. The season is now expected to end after the Spanish Vuelta on Nov. 8.The Giro d’Italia will run from Oct. 3-25 and overlap with the Spanish Vuelta and prestigious one-day races Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the Amstel Gold Race, Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders.The Spanish Vuelta has already been cut short to 18 stages and will start on Oct. 20. That is five days before Paris-Roubaix.The International Cycling Union says racing will resume on Aug. 1 with the Strade Bianche in Italy and be followed by the postponed Milan San Remo classic on Aug. 8.Racing was suspended in March because of the pandemic. The governing body of the sport in Europe says the championships have been postponed by exactly one year to May 10-23, 2021. They will stay in Budapest, Hungary.The final day is two months before the scheduled opening ceremony of the postponed Tokyo Olympics.The European event had been provisionally pushed back to August when the original dates were not possible because of the pandemic.The championships include swimming, diving, open water swimming and synchronised swimming.___ The Latest: Kyle Larson to race in World of Outlaws event “You all worked so hard the past four years and deserve the best commencement we can bring to you and your family,” James tweeted Tuesday when making the announcement.The event will pay tribute to high schoolers graduating this year. “Graduate Together” will also air on TikTok, Facebook, YouTube, Complex Networks, PeopleTV and other digital platforms.___The NBA will hold its fourth annual Jr. NBA Leadership Summit on May 15, a three-hour event headlined by a conversation between three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Basketball Hall of Fame honoree Doris Burke of ESPN.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will also take part, along with NBA coaches Doc Rivers and Rick Carlisle, Hall of Famer Dawn Staley, and former surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy. Jay Bilas will host. ___More than $6 million has been raised by the governing bodies of tennis for a relief fund aimed at lessening the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic on about 800 players.The WTA and ATP tours, the International Tennis Federation and the groups that run the four Grand Slam tournaments announced the formation of what they’re calling the “Player Relief Programme” on Tuesday.They say the money will go to women and men in singles and doubles.The WTA and ATP will oversee the distribution of the money. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Kyle Larson plans to race again Friday night in a World of Outlaws event at Knoxville Raceway. ___The French Tennis Federation hopes professional players can resume individual training if the lockdown ends as planned on Monday.FFT president Bernard Giudicelli says the protocol proposed was “favorably received by the sports ministry” and could lead to the resumption of training and other amateur activities.Professional players would train on outside courts only at the national training center in western Paris or other approved training centers if approved. The national training center was made available for COVID-19 patients at the height of the virus outbreak.Social distancing will remain in place with all staff on site obliged to wear protective masks. Players will not be required to wear them under the proposed guidelines. Also scheduled to compete in the Knoxville event is retired NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne.___The Miami Dolphins say their stadium has committed to becoming the first to receive accreditation from a cleaning industry association for infectious disease prevention efforts.The Global Biorisk Advisory Council will ensure the stadium establishes and maintains a cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risk associated with such diseases as COVID-19, the Dolphins said.“We wanted to be accountable to the most credible third-party standard that exists,” team president Tom Garfinkel said in a statement. “Working with GBAC ensures compliance with critical guidelines for the highest standard of cleanliness, and it is our hope that other venues will follow suit as we navigate through these unprecedented times.”last_img read more

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Shafer hasn’t changed approach leading up to Clemson

first_imgAs of now, Clemson is the biggest game on Syracuse’s schedule.The Tigers are the No. 3 team in the country, the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason favorite and one of the most legitimate national title contenders to come through Central New York in years.The Orange players are excited — as they’ve expressed on Twitter and during interviews throughout the season. The SU fan base is excited — there’s a reason this is the most expensive Carrier Dome ticket of the season. But head coach Scott Shafer is a bit more subdued. He’s taking this week like any other one.“I haven’t changed and our staff hasn’t changed,” he said in his weekly teleconference. “We’ve gone to work and gone about our business the same way we would any other week.”In each of the past two seasons, when Shafer was Syracuse’s defensive coordinator, the Orange toppled the toughest opponent that entered the Dome. In 2011, SU shocked Geno Smith and then-No. 11 West Virginia. Last year, Syracuse stunned Teddy Bridgewater and then-No. 11 Louisville.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn 2013, it will be Tajh Boyd and Clemson that come to a fired up Dome atmosphere.Shafer’s defenses were able to rattle the opponent’s star quarterback in each of those games, but the head coach doesn’t treat these any different than other games.He focuses on the clichés that he truly believes. “Don’t you change.” “Control the controllables.” Follow those principles against an elite opponent, and the rest should come naturally.“It’s going to sound crazy, but really just take care of yourself and look at the process of being the same process it is in every game,” Shafer said. “Big games take care of themselves as far as getting kids emotionally ready. They’ll be as ready as you want them to be without trying to get them to that point.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 1, 2013 at 2:28 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

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Piacentini combines lighthearted demeanor with tenacious play, looks to match Syracuse goal-scoring record

first_imgLooking at Melissa Piacentini, one might not see a dominant goal scorer.At 5 feet, 2 inches, the forward is one of the shortest players on the Syracuse team. And with a never-ending smile, Piacentini more closely resembles the team’s cheerleader than the program’s all-time leading scorer.But with one more shot in the back of the net, the junior will tie the Syracuse (8-13-9, 6-5-5 College Hockey America) career goals record with 41. Piacentini leads the Orange in goals with 14 and is tied for first nationally in power-play goals, but hasn’t scored in three games and feels she may be due for one this weekend. Piacentini will likely break the record before she graduates and gets her next chance to do so this weekend when the Orange takes on Lindenwood (9-17-1, 6-9-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m., both in Tennity Ice Pavilion.“She’s so tenacious that that’s one of her greatest attributes,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “She just kind of has that little edge about her when she gets the puck on her stick.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s not that she doesn’t have skill, Flanagan said, but her strategy is to out-work the opponent to get her goals.Though she’s fast and a good skater, she’s not a flashy player who is going to take defenders one-on-one. Instead, she relies on her effort and knowledge of game.“The way she sees things developing before they happen, it’s un-teachable,” forward Allie LaCombe said. “It’s just a natural hockey skill to be able to watch plays develop in front of you and know where to be at the right time.”On power-play opportunities, Piacentini uses that sense to her advantage. Always quick to credit her teammates, she often finds herself in front of the net, tipping another’s shot into the goal.Her tenacity is the reason she gets loose pucks around the net and further down the ice. Even on defense and up against the boards, Flanagan said, Piacentini is always going hard after the puck.“I don’t think I’ve ever scored any goal from the circles,” Piacentini said. “So I think the biggest thing for me is being a gritty, hard-working player and getting after those loose pucks in the crease.”On the bench and off the ice, though, she’s always smiling. Though they don’t play on the same line right now, LaCombe said Piacentini is always a positive, calming presence for her linemates after finishing a shift.The senior watched Piacentini mature into an adult that she looks up to, despite her age. Piacentini always knows how to make someone laugh and when a teammate needs a little extra motivation, LaCombe said.“She brings just that infectious smile and laughter and has a lot of fun,” Flanagan said. “Teams, whether it’s us or anybody, you need more athletes like that.”But she may not smile any more than usual when she scores her next goal. Piacentini said she probably wouldn’t even realize that she’s scoring a record-tying goal. She didn’t even know she was so close to breaking the record.On a team that’s struggled for wins this season, Piacentini and LaCombe said they’re too focused on trying to win to think about individual accomplishments.And in this tough season, Piacentini helps keep it lighthearted. Whether she’s laughing at an embarrassing moment in practice or turning her helmet the wrong way, she has an ability to make everyone else around her happy.Said Flanagan: “She competes her ass off, day and in and day out, so that’s a pretty good recipe. Compete, she’s got some good talent and she has fun.” Comments Published on February 12, 2015 at 12:10 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Best Odds Marketing enters MintBet partnership

first_img Related Articles Best Odds Marketing has entered a partnership with McBride Racing, the Irish operator of online sports betting brand MintBet.The UK based digital marketing consultancy, which focuses on the iGaming and retail betting sectors, are to manage MintBet’s online marketing and affiliate programme promotions, ahead of its official launch.Thomas McBride, Head of Marketing at MintBet, said: “We’ve partnered with Best Odds Marketing because they know this space, and have years of proven award-winning experience in acquisition within the iGaming sector. “We will leverage their knowledge and expertise to create a competitive offering and actively promote our sports-betting and casino brand in the UK.”Under the terms of the agreement Best Odds Marketing will be installed as the official marketing partner for MintBet, with the two companies working in partnership to acquire new customers and promote the MintBet brand to the wider market within the UK, all under its current regulated licence.Lee-Ann Johnstone, founder and CEO of Best Odds Marketing, said: “Partnering with MintBet to help launch this exciting new brand and provide strategic marketing support is a great challenge for our team.  “It’s very exciting to work alongside an organisation that is focused, open to trying innovative marketing techniques and dedicated to building strong affiliate relationships. We look forward to being part of their brand journey online and helping them launch their affiliate programme soon.” Kenneth Alexander: Industry’s regulatory future is in-play as live sport resumes June 15, 2020 Share HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit UK greyhound racing fast-tracks unlimited races June 9, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Bruno Fernandes eager to play with Paul Pogba

first_imgThe suspension of the Premier League has allowed Pogba to recover from ankle surgery, and Fernandes is looking forward to linking up with him when the season resumes on June 17.‘Yes, of course, I think Paul is one of the best players in Manchester and in the world,’ he said in an Instagram Live chat with former Macedonian international striker Mario Djurovski.‘He was injured for a lot of time. The opportunity to play side to side with him is fantastic because you want to play with the best players you can.’ Dimitar Berbatov believes that Pogba can help Manchester United reach the top four Dimitar Berbatov believes that Pogba’s return from injury will help Manchester United finish in the top four.He told Betfair: ‘United have had a huge boost in Paul Pogba returning to fitness. It is great news for the team.‘The dangerous thing is that he hasn’t played for so long, so hopefully he has prepared well and he will be ready to play at 100% again. Is he going to start?‘I’m not too sure, coming back from a long injury may impact him starting, it will be interesting to see if Solskjaer puts him straight into the battle.‘I’m sure if the manager asks Pogba how he feels and if he is ready, then Paul will say “of course I am ready”.’ Bruno Fernandes says he can’t wait to play with ‘one of the best players in the world’ in Paul Pogba The suspension of the Premier League has allowed Paul Pogba to work towards full fitness Bruno Fernandes says he can’t wait to play with ‘one of the best players in the world’ in Paul Pogba at Manchester United.Fernandes made a big impression following his £47million move from Sporting Lisbon in January before the coronavirus shutdown.But the Portuguese star has yet to link up with Pogba as the Frenchman has been out of action since Boxing Day. Source: Daily Mail Tags: Bruno FernandesManchester UnitedPaul Pogba The former United striker is excited to see Fernandes and Pogba play together for Unitedlast_img read more

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Ghana’s Professional Golfers demand share of YEA COVID-19 stimulus package

first_imgDirector of Operations for the Professional Golfers Association of Ghana (PGA) has urged the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) to consider professional golfers in its stimulus package for athletes.Ahmed Padori in an interview with Power FM Sports noted that “PGA members are not rich”, stressing that they have to play or train golfers to earn a living.The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Sports Authority (NSA) to provide monthly stimulus packages for athletes for the next six months, following the outbreak of COVID-19 which has led to the halt of all sporting activities in the country.Per the agreement, GH¢500 monthly allowance would be offered by YEA to support 1,000 able and disabled athletes in the country.500 slots out of the module would go to the Ghana Football Association (GFA), with 400 and 100 going to the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) and the National Paralympic Committee (NPC), respectively, according to the CEO of YEA, Justin Kodua.But PGA has tabled its proposal to the YEA through National Sports Authority to extend the package to cover about 75 of its members who are mostly youth and unemployed and have also been hit by the impact of COVID-19.“People are of the view that golfers are rich but that isn’t the case of Professional Golfers. The amateur golfers may be well to do but PGA members have to play tournaments, not just playing but have to win, or sometimes train amateur golfers to earn income,” Padori told Power Sports Editor Nana Prempeh (British Man).He added, “We are yet to meet the Director General of NSA to explain issues to him to recognize our members.”Padori believes any help from the YEA will be judiciously utilized to support the professional golfers.“Although we have 75 members who need help at this moment, we would appreciate whatever help we receive from the government to support these unemployed youth,” Padori said in Akan.The PGA leadership is expected to meet the NSA Chief to put across their case why the PGA should be supported.last_img read more

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OPINION: The importance of AshGold’s journey into Africa for their growth

first_imgAshanti Gold SC popularly known as the Miners ended a 19 year trophy drought after claiming their fourth premiership title at the expense of their regional rivals Kumasi Asante Kotoko who won the elite league for three consecutive seasons. The football club, comprising management, technical team and the playing body was led by the Chief Executive Officer Kudjoe Fianoo. Key players players such Nathaniel Asamoah, Yakubu Moro, Fatau Dauda, Lawrence Lartey etc played an important role in helping the Miners win the league.AshGold were the first Ghanaian club to reach the finals of the maiden Caf Champions League in 1977. Thereafter they have struggled to find their feet in the domestic league going trophy less for most seasons until they broke the jinx last season. The road to Africa started when they were crown champions of the First Capital Plus League. The club have stepped up efforts with an improved regimen and motivation for the team to help push the club to greater heights in their endeavors. Though the commencement of the league is unknown by all including the GFA, it hasn’t affected their preparation. They have signed players such as Alhassan Nuhu, Dauda Mohammed, Hudu Yakubu, Nuhu Fusieni and Prince Amoah to beef up the squad ahead of their upcoming Champions League quest. This is actually the true mark of champions The CAF Champions League is an exciting and competitive league every team in Africa will like to participate in. Teams prepare vigorously for this tournament and our dear Ash gold have already taken the necessary steps  involved. They are involved in friendly matches to keep their players as fit as fiddle to be able to compete with some of the best players in Africa. The GHALCA Top six will be commerce soon  which will help the coach Bash to try other  tactics he intend to before he prepares his team to face the Algerian side MO Bejaia in the first qualifying round. Though history is not on our side any time we meet Algerian clubs, we’ve met them 11 times winning once but we hope this time around Ash gold will be able to beat them and qualify for the next round.Money maybe a hindrance when it comes to such tournament. AshGold are one of the richest clubs in Ghana therefore money shouldn’t be a problem because they have done themselves good by winning a sponsorship package from Don Simon.  It will add to their revenue and it will help enable them cater for the players well. The team can succeed were many other Ghanaian teams failed.Fianoo has given the coach a target in the CAF Champions League stating that “AshGold is going to Africa and our target for Bash is the money zone. It has been a long time since we played in Africa and because of our lost four slots, we want to mastermind a brilliant performance by leading us to the group stages. With this I am sure we shall reclaim our four slots back. “For now this our target for him.” Well spoken by the CEO, but they need to be ready for the challengers ahead. Stats from last season show that they scored 35 goals and conceded 26 goals. For a team to qualify they must work hard to improve the stats.The sky is the limit for the team and we hope they qualify to the money zone and aim  for the trophy thereafter as TP Mazembe have done in recent years. The Count down begins for their first match in the CAF Champions League. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more