Ireland set for Oman date

first_img It will be manager Martin O’Neill’s last opportunity to run the rule over his players before the competitive games start with the Republic preparing for friendlies against Turkey, Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal later this month and into June. The Republic of Ireland will face Oman as part of their preparations for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Press Associationcenter_img Ireland will entertain Paul Le Guen’s men at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Wednesday, September 3, four days before their opening qualifier in Georgia. The two sides last met in September 2012 when goals from Robbie Brady, Alex Pearce, Shane Long and Kevin Doyle secured a 4-1 win at Craven Cottage. last_img read more

National : Ivy League race jam-packed as season enters stretch run

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm A year ago, Yale’s chance to qualify for the NCAA tournament all came down to a single game. After a regular season in which the Bulldogs faced just one ranked opponent outside of the Ivy League, Yale head coach Andy Shay thought his team’s only chance to qualify came in a matchup with Princeton in the semifinals of the Ivy League tournament.‘We feel like if we won our first Ivy League tournament game,’ Shay said, ‘that would have augmented our RPI and our strength of schedule, but we didn’t win that game.’The same scenario could be the case for nearly all of the Ivy League teams this season. The league has been thrown into a frenzy with a variety of upsets and close games. Yale alone has played four games decided by two goals, and had two games that were decided in at least overtime.With six of the league’s seven teams sitting tied in second or fourth place behind Cornell, the Ivy League is jam-packed with teams looking to separate themselves and make the NCAA tournament.‘The competition is very stiff,’ Cornell head coach Ben DeLuca said. ‘I feel like every team brings a wealth of talent to the table.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor Pennsylvania head coach Mike Murphy, there’s one simple motto his team follows as it enters its quest for its first NCAA tournament bid since 2006.Murphy keeps it simple. Murphy’s motto is to make sure to take care of the little things, and the little things will take care of the big things. He said little things have come from playing in close games — five of the Quakers’ games have been decided by a single goal.‘If we’re going to be considered for the NCAA tournament, we have two chances,’ Murphy said. ‘One is to win the Ivy League tournament, where coming out on top in those one-goal games will help us with that.‘In regards to the strength of the league overall relative to other teams, I think our success outside the league — Harvard beats Georgetown — those are the things that can help our league get a second or maybe a third team into the NCAA tournament.’No. 17 Penn’s strength of schedule may work wonders in enabling the team to secure a bid to the tournament. The Quakers have defeated strong opponents in then-No. 10 Duke and then-No. 17 Bucknell. Penn also played a strong game against Villanova, falling 9-8 in overtime.But Penn is relatively different from other Ivy League schools. For certain schools, the inability to schedule games against quality scholarship teams looms largely due to a difficult geographic location or prestige.Three Ivy League teams are currently ranked inside the top 20, with Harvard receiving votes.The challenge for teams in the Ivy League is often an inability to face quality scholarship school opponents. DeLuca said a lot of the challenge has to do with a lack of interest from major conference schools.‘I don’t think there’s a lot of interest by some of those top-tier programs,’ DeLuca said. ‘Especially working around our Ivy League schedule, which is set toward the end of the season. You’re really confined to your out-of-conference scheduling happening toward the early part of the season. And a lot of those teams, especially from down south, are not interested in coming up north in March or April.’Behind the Big Red, Yale and Penn hold a half-game lead over the rest of the field with a 2-2 mark in league play. The Bulldogs and Quakers are followed closely by Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth and Princeton, each with 1-2 records in conference play.The Ivy League tournament began a year ago with the champion receiving the automatic bid for the NCAA tournament. Since only four teams can qualify for the Ivy League tournament and a chance to vie for the league’s automatic bid, the home stretch is more crucial than ever for many teams to punch their tickets to the NCAA tournament for the first time in years.But the parity is advantageous for many of the schools within the league. Princeton, which hasn’t missed the NCAA tournament since 2008, is on the brink of not even qualifying for the Ivy League tournament. The Tigers are off to their worst start since 2005 after stumbling to a 2-6 record and winning just one conference game thus far.Even with Cornell, only one of the Big Red’s conference games was decided by more than two goals. DeLuca is well aware of the threat that teams pose this year more than every other season.‘Almost any game you can throw out the rankings and the numbers surrounding each program,’ DeLuca said, ‘there’s going to be battles between two pretty strong programs — for the most part — throughout the year.’For Penn head coach Murphy, it all comes back to the little things. At this juncture of the season, he said that’s what could define each team’s chance at a league title.‘At this point we’ve got a pretty good idea of who we are,’ Murphy said. ‘I think the challenge at this point is to stay healthy and keep things fresh and consistent. We’ve done an OK job at that stuff thus far, and we’re — knock on wood — pretty healthy right now. We’re still pretty excited about where we’re going with things.’adtredin@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Last time they played: Syracuse throttles Clemson in 1996 Gator Bowl

first_imgGator Bowl Jan. 1, 1996Syracuse 41, Clemson 0There were questions about how Donovan McNabb would fare as Syracuse’s starting quarterback.But after leading the Orangemen to the most lopsided bowl victory in program history, those questions were answered.“All season long, I continued to get better and we put it all together in the bowl game,” McNabb told reporters after the game.SU crushed then-No. 23 Clemson, a two-point favorite, 41-0 in the Gator Bowl in front of 67,940 fans in Jacksonville, Fla. McNabb took home MVP honors after throwing for 309 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for a score in a standout performance to cap his first season under center.With the victory, Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni tied Dick MacPherson with three bowl victories at SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the contest’s opening drive, SU running back Malcolm Thomas plunged into the end zone from 1 yard out for the first of his two rushing touchdowns and then McNabb ran one in himself for a 5-yard score.McNabb, who completed 6-of-7 passes for 108 yards in the first frame, then connected with wide receiver Marvin Harrison for a 38-yard touchdown.“It came so easy to us, especially in the first quarter,” Syracuse guard Cy Ellsworth told reporters after the game. “It broke their spirits, you could see it in their eyes and, in my opinion, they gave up.”In addition to breaking its own program record and the Gator Bowl record for biggest margin of victory, Syracuse produced a Gator Bowl record 20 points in the first quarter.From there, the Orangemen cruised.Thomas added a 2-yard score in the third quarter and McNabb again found Harrison for a touchdown, this time from 56 yards. Harrison finished with seven catches for 173 yards, despite breaking his thumb mid-game. In the fourth quarter, McNabb hit Kaseem Sinceno from 15 yards out for the quarterback’s third and final touchdown of the game.McNabb then left the game, having picked apart a Clemson defense that included future Philadelphia Eagles teammate Brian Dawkins. The redshirt freshman tied Syracuse’s bowl record with three passing touchdowns.The Orangemen nearly tripled the Tigers’ offensive output — 467 yards of total offense to Clemson’s 159 — and almost doubled Clemson’s count of first downs, 21 to 12.Defensively, Kevin Abrams picked off Tigers quarterback Nealon Greene twice and SU safety Donovin Darius racked up 10 tackles.“Some people felt we were in this game by default,” Pasqualoni said. “We showed we were worthy of it.”—Compiled by Phil D’Abbraccio, asst. copy editor, pmdabbra@syr.edu Comments Published on October 4, 2013 at 2:36 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC spoils Masi’s homecoming again

first_imgThe USC men’s tennis team welcomed a familiar face in former coach Brett Masi on Friday, and it wasted no time in showing how far they’ve come without him.The No. 2 Trojans (6-0) notched their sixth consecutive win to begin the season with a 6-1 victory over No. 47 San Diego.Youth served · Freshman Ray Sarmiento helped keep the Trojans’ undefeated streak alive by winning his sixth-straight singles match. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan Doubles play didn’t start off well, though, as freshman Ray Sarmiento and junior Steve Johnson, playing at the No. 1 spot for USC, was the only doubles pair to fall, losing to the Toreros’ Dean Jackson and Patrick Pohlmann, 8-3.But sophomore J.T. Sundling and senior Jaak Poldma were dominant in doubles at the No. 3 spot, grabbing a win against San Diego’s Clarke Spinosa and Thibaut Visy, 8-3 to even the score.“We started really quickly, which was nice,” Sundling said. “We were up 5-0, which really helped us, and it’s always good to start strong.”Although Sundling and Poldma easily won their doubles match, junior Daniel Nguyen and freshman Emilio Gomez eked out an 8-6 victory over San Diego’s Nikola Bubnic and Nils Schive.With a 7-6 advantage, Nguyen stepped up to the service line for the Trojans.Nguyen and Gomez fought off a push by the Toreros pair to deuce, as Nguyen held serve and grabbed the doubles point for USC with one last ace to give USC a 1-0 advantage.“We got up early in the break, but played really badly down the stretch,” Sarmiento said. “We need to work on better first serves and closing out the point.”The Trojans had a much tougher time in the doubles department, but their singles matches went smoother.“Steve [Johnson] and Jaak [Poldma] played so well and were in control,” said USC coach Peter Smith. “They really led the team, which was great to see, especially at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots.”Johnson defeated San Diego’s Jackson 6-3, 6-2 and Poldma beat Bubnic 7-5, 6-1.In an abbreviated third set, Nguyen, who lost the first set 2-6, came back with a 6-3 second set victory and pulled out a thrilling tiebreak deficit victory.Sarmiento came away with his sixth consecutive singles victory with a 6-2, 7-5 decision over San Diego’s Clarke Spinosa.Though the win might have seemed easy just looking at the stats, San Diego’s play told a whole different story. USC was challenged early in doubles play, before rattling off three-straight singles victories to close out the win at home.Sarmiento said he was not surprised by the level of competition San Diego brought, and that USC welcomes the challenge.“We have to expect that every match is going to be a battle,” he said. “We have to work hard and always have to prove ourselves.”USC welcomes Pepperdine to Marks Stadium on Friday at 1:30 p.m. for its next match.last_img read more

Sports Reform Committee in Abuja for Second Retreat

first_imgAs the guest speaker at an open session of the Sports Reform Committee at the boardroom of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, he said “we cannot use 20th century practices to solve 21st century problems.“The 21st century is a ‘no jobs’ century with information communication technology (ICT) wiping off most jobs as one computer can do the job of 30 persons working manually. Banks are retrenching because with ATM cards less desk cashiers are needed for example.“Therefore, sports which is one of the three competencies needed to survive must therefore be run by intelligent, knowledgeable business minds who know where the money is and can position and package their sports to attract capital.”Continuing, the renowned business consultant said: “to attract indigenous private and foreign investment, sports in Nigeria has to be democratised and taken out of the hands of the bureaucracy and glamourised.”The parley also featured a session with Lagos based sports editors from television, radio and newspaper houses who rubbed minds with the committee on the problems stalling sports development in Nigeria.However, the Abuja retreat, according to a statement from the committee “will have an open house on Thursday, April 28, featuring a presentation from a public sector individual and a parley with Abuja-based sports editors.”The Committee has seven terms of reference which are:i) Design a new architecture that will restructure Nigerian sports from a service oriented model to a development oriented one that will enhance effective and enduring sports development in Nigeria.ii) Identify the major obstacles to sports development in Nigeriaiii) Develop a sustainable framework for sports development which will build a strong base for the systematic discovery, identification, training and deployment of athletes into sporting activities.iv) Develop a holistic framework, including institutional, legal and other arrangements to professionalise sports and provide alternative career options for our teeming youth with clearly established career path for athletes in all sporting fields.v) Recommend ways of reconstituting the sports federations/associations in a way that all stake holders have a say and attract passionate, knowledgeable and resourceful leadership.vi) Identify, suggest and recommend alternative sources of revenue for the funding of sports development in Nigeria.vii) Come up with other considerations which in the opinion of the committee will lead to the repositioning of Nigerian sports for effective and enduring development.The committee which has until July 14 to submit its report has Godwin Kienka as chairman.Members are; Babatunde Fatayi-Williams, Prof. Florence Adeyanju, Chief Segun Odegbami, Col. Sam Ahmedu (rtd), Chief Mary Onyali, Bola Orodele, Yusuf Datti, Kayode Thomas, Ayo Olubato, Dr Ademola Aare, Waziri Laminu and Despan Kwardem.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Sports Reform Committee set up by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, to restructure Nigerian sports for effective development will begin a second retreat in Abuja starting today.The Abuja retreat is coming on the heels of the maiden edition in Lagos which featured presentations from the private sector led by the president and Chairman in Council of the Nigeria – British Chamber of Commerce, Prince Dapo Adelegan.Adelegan, had insisted at the weekend in Lagos said that sports development in the 21st century anywhere in the world, especially more so in Nigeria, should be driven by persons with a serious business mindset.last_img read more

Mark Heisler on the NBA: The Too Long Goodbye: Kobe goes out as only he can

first_imgIf you’re wondering what point there is in Kobe Bryant going on from here …That’s a really good question.I know the answer: He’s Kobe.This isn’t just a game, it has been his life in a way that it may not ever have been for any other player. Actually, with his legacy safe and the direction of the season set, there’s nothing important at stake, crazed as it is making everyone.“Yeah, I’ve seen him play and it’s disgusting,” an opposing player told the Los Angeles Times, quoting sources anonymously as if tracking the Watergate burglars back to Richard Nixon.In real life, for every Bill Russell who goes out on top, 100 Michael Jordans, Kareem Abdul-Jabbars, Magic Johnsons, Larry Birds, Wilt Chamberlains and Jerry Wests leave as imitations of themselves and are revered nonetheless.Kobe carved his legacy in stone years back: Not as great as MJ or as controversial as Wilt, but close.It’s a long season. Lakers fans, denuded of hope, need something to care about. Before, it was getting rid of Mike D’Antoni, the outsider.Soon, it’ll be getting rid of Byron Scott, who’s Lakers family.Unfortunately for the Lakers, Kobe, Byron and Jim Buss can join hands and walk out without helping.Does someone think Gregg Popovich takes this team to the playoffs?I know someone who doesn’t: Pop.There’s an important question and it’s not how long Kobe, Bryon and Jimbo stay:Will they tank to keep their No. 1 pick, which goes to Philadelphia unless it’s No. 1, 2 or 3?Actually, the real question is whether the Lakers are decisive enough to grasp that sad necessity.All they have in the meantime are the emerging futures of D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson, none of whom is the Next Kobe; their desperate hope of landing a big free agent and Bryant’s dead duck of a swan song.Now totally legacy-conscious, Bryant has been totally gracious, tortured as his explanations have become.The best was last week in Oakland after his marathon pre-game warmup, hoping to shock the world in the nationally televised game against the Warriors.Instead, the world got more of the same. The Lakes lost by 38. Kobe shot 1 for 14, dropping him to 31.1 percent, last in the NBA, as is his 19.5 percent on 3-pointers while taking seven, count ‘em, seven a game.Afterward, he said he got upset with how things were going, which “bothered me so I got out of my Zen.”He ran out of Zen a while back — April 12, 2013, when he tore his Achilles, ending a brilliant run (he averaged 30.5 with 7.0 rebounds and 7.5 assists that month) and the notion of he and Dwight Howard restoring the Lakers.Bryant hasn’t had his legs since. His shots are almost uniformly contested, flat and short.If it’s unseemly, he earned the right to go out this way. If he’s in denial, he earned that, too.No player may have been as devoted to the game. No one ever worked as hard at it.“It’s a game that he’s loved since he was able to talk,” said ESPN’s Bruce Bowen, his old San Antonio rival, “so who are we to say this player shouldn’t do this thing?“If that’s where his heart is, I think you have to respect that.”It’s true. Kobe once told me he realized he had a destiny to fulfill — when he was six.When he became a Laker at 17, weighing 165 pounds, he hired away Joe Carbone, the 76ers’ strength and conditioning coach whom he had worked with, and moved him across country as his personal trainer.At 29, Bryant’s work ethic awed young teammates on the 2007 U.S. national team like LeBron James, who didn’t know him — Kobe had been anything but chatty — and were leery of him until finding he was human, if forbidding.Several games into a qualifying tournament in Las Vegas, Coach Mike Krzyzewski gave his players a day off. They headed for golf courses, tables and high-end stores, except Kobe, who went back to the Thomas and Mack Center to work out.You don’t just switch off his kind of devotion and determination.This may be all he has left but it’s safe, too: Kobe is going out Kobe.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Los Angeles News Group print editions.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

The Young Bucks talk controversial decision to leave Twitter, early success of All Elite Wrestling

first_imgMatt and Nick Jackson, better known as The Young Bucks, are quite arguably the best tag team in all of professional wrestling.The brothers from California have competed all around the globe in promotions like New Japan Pro Wrestling, Ring of Honor and Impact Wrestling. When their contracts were coming up with New Japan and ROH, they had a big decision to make: Stick with the status quo, or go to WWE?  For me, it stifled me. You’d have a great match or great show, and I would read a comment, and I’d be hot rolling my eyes. But then again, like, maybe it did play a factor and certain ways I saw it and perhaps I misjudged it, and I’m like, “Wait, did we not have a good show?” I thought it was, and then I realized, “Wait a minute now, like, you’re never going to be able to make everybody happy. It’s absolutely impossible.” On the same breath, though, it’s also not good mentally to read the extreme good about yourself. It’s like this emotional roller-coaster ride, and you put yourself through it. It’s just not a healthy thing to sit there and read about yourself.We still are on social media. We do have a presence, and I still do have a Twitter account. I’m not controlling it anymore. I still have Instagram, and we still have “Being The Elite” (their hit YouTube show), which, in my eyes, is what truly brought us to the dance. That’s where I communicate with my fans the most, and that’s where I express myself the most. We’re still available to our fans. We’re the most accessible wrestlers in the world. We’re going to maintain that and be like that forever. After the success of All In, an independent show they helped set up with Cody Rhodes, the Jacksons remained united and took their talents to All Elite Wrestling. Along with being wrestlers in the upstart promotion, the Jacksons also serve as executive vice presidents of AEW.Days before their quest to become AEW tag team champions — they take on Kenny Omega and Adam Page at the Revolution pay-per-view event in Chicago — The Young Bucks sat down with Sporting News to discuss the match this weekend, the success of the company and the criticism they have received from wrestling fans after deleting their Twitter accounts.(Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.)Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearSporting News: I asked Kenny this question about the tag match at Revolution on Saturday, and talking to him, facing you guys means a lot to him because you guys are so close. He doesn’t want anything bad to happen to either one of you guys. How much does being in the ring with him mean to you on a personal level?Matt Jackson: We had one of the greatest tag matches in wrestling history when we faced Kenny and Kota Ibushi. A lot of people are already saying, “Hey, is it going to be as good as last time?” Maybe it’s not fair to even compare the two because that was a whole different story, and you had six months to build, and it was very emotional.Not to say that this one isn’t because it’s going to be just as good. The action is going to be maybe even better. And we’d have this new dynamic called Hangman Adam Page, who has this chip on his shoulder. This is a new character layout that he has going on, and he’s the wild-card factor in this whole story. I can’t wait to go out there. My expectations are high. Everybody else’s are, too. We want to have a great match and have the best tag match in the short history of AEW.SN: Does this surprise you guys? Is it surreal at all in the fact that you guys have only been on TNT since October? The first official show was last May at Double or Nothing. Now the TV deal has been renewed, and now we’re sitting here on a Saturday, and we’re talking about action figures.MJ: It’s incredible. The fact that everything is happening as fast as it’s happening, though, it’s like so much is happening so quickly, and we have so many different responsibilities. It’s really hard to read it all, breathe it in and take it all in, listen and enjoy it because I’m living on one event to the next. It’s really hard. It feels like time is evaporating and weeks just go by so fast.Nick and I, we’ve been in the wrestling business for about 16 years now and, and it took about 10 years to make any money in it and in the last five, six years, we’ve been on this slow climb. We’ve been doing this for a long time. There’s almost this feeling like we do belong. These big things happen like the Turner deals, the renewals and the toys. It’s crazy to me, like, I want to feel like this is all unbelievable. At the same time, though, I feel like, “Yeah, of course, this is happening. We’ve worked really hard.”We’re DIY guys who started from humble beginnings. We’re not second-generation wrestlers. We’re two California boys who just had this dream. We wrestled in the backyard. All of a sudden, we became this tag team. We decided to take the road less traveled and decided to carve out and create this brand new road that nobody’s ever traveled on. We’ve done all these things. We’ve worked hard for it. And of course, we’re on TNT doing a weekly cable television show. It feels poetic. We worked our asses off for so long, and these are the results, and this is what we deserve.SN: What’s been the biggest adjustment for you guys going from wrestling two, three days a week to now one day a week, but having extra added responsibility to go along with it?MJ: It’s a whole different beast. Being in charge of hosting an episodic television show, that is a job in its own right.On top of that, you got to do all this other stuff like conference calls and talking to the network, and on top of all that, you also have to perform and be a professional wrestler. It’s about a thousand times more work than I used to do. The in-ring stuff is last because it’s only, you know, I only wrestle once a week now. Sometimes I’m not even wrestling on that week.But still, it’s really a 24-7 job. Never stops. As you know, my wife is in charge of merchandising and marketing. We bring new meaning to the phrase, “Bringing your work home.” We’re in bed, and she’s like, “Show me the latest action figures or the new T-shirts that we’re coming out with.” It really never stops. Then when I get to get a word in edgewise, I start talking about the next three, four weeks worth of programming that I’m coming up for an angle.It’s just pro wrestling in our house non-stop, and now my boys talk about it all the time. It is an AEW household. Yeah, it is a job, but it is a job that I really do love, and I really do enjoy it.SN: After the last show of 2018, you got rid of your Twitter pages and caught a lot of flack for that. I thought it was a brilliant decision because of what it has become. What do you make of people saying the going got tough and they got criticized for a bad show, so The Young Bucks got off Twitter? What led to that decision?Nick Jackson: Things like that, the negativity — we’ve been getting it our whole career, and it’s funny that people pointed to that situation. That was far from the truth because we could care less. I had no clue there is even outrage about the Dark Order punch thing until Brandon Cutler told us at a Christmas party that Twitter was going nuts, and we’re like, “What? Really?” To that point, we were just about done with social media. We were done with it anyway. So one morning, Matt and I decided to delete it, and we had been talking about it forever. I was like, “You know what, since you want to delete it, that means I can delete it.” So we removed it at the same exact time, and we didn’t look back.That platform helped us get to where we were. But at this point, we didn’t need it anymore. We got what we needed out of it. And that that was it. Another reason was, we were spending too much time on it. While we were home, we would be reading things about us good or bad.There’s one particular moment where it hit me where I was reading stuff about the show, and my kids were playing, and they were like, “Daddy come play with me.” And I wasn’t listening to them. They had to shake me and said, “Daddy, come play with me.” And then I looked at my phone and was like, “What am I doing? I’m wasting time on this fake thing that doesn’t matter. It doesn’t affect my life. I’m taking time doing this instead of playing with my children at home. How selfish of a human being am I to do this?”It hit me. I was like, “You know what, that’s it. I’m done with it.” It’s been a few months now that I haven’t even looked at it. It’s really changed my life in that regard.MJ: I was going to add that it’s also helped spark our creativity. I think the shows have been a lot better since we got off because when you read something and whether you’re going to believe it or not, it’s still in the back of your mind, and maybe subconsciously, you’re thinking about it. It started to start changing the way you feel about the shows and your creativity.last_img read more

Latham’s super 67 leads senior championship

first_img Former English senior men’s champion Richard Latham took a step towards reclaiming his crown today with a superb 67 at Kirby Muxloe Golf Club in Leicestershire.Latham (image © Leaderboard Photography) won the title on his senior debut in 2013 and launched his current championship campaign with a four-under par round which put him three shots clear of the field.His closest challengers are two ‘new boys’ Nigel Chesters, from Shropshire, and Lancashire’s Trevor Foster, who both scored one-under par 70 at the championship’s other host venue, Rothley Park.Behind them on level par are Johnny Lawrence (Moor Allerton) and Keith Young (Ashridge), who also played at Rothley Park.Latham, the general manager at Woodhall Spa, made a dream start to his senior career. He quickly added the Scottish title to his English triumph and topped the England Golf senior order of merit. But last year, by his own admission, was poor – and he has arrived at this championship determined to revive his fortunes.He worked hard on his swing over the winter and was rewarded today, reaching the turn in one-under and coming home in three-under. “It was a relief,” he said after holing a 15-footer on the last for his seventh birdie of the day. “Funnily enough I didn’t hole a lot of putts because I hit a lot of iron shots close, so it was nice to hole a good one on the last.“I just kept going, aiming for fairways and greens, and I played really steadily.”Chesters and Foster are both making their first appearance in this event, but come armed with much experience.Chesters (Hawkstone Park) is a past winner of the English men’s mid-amateur championship for the Logan Trophy, while Foster (Accrington and District) played 108 times for Lancashire and was in the 1988 Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes.Chesters’ round marked his return to form after three years of nearly-but-not-quite results which have seen his handicap creep up from plus-two to scratch. Today, though, his short game was hot and he had a purple patch around the turn, with three birdies in four holes from the eighth.Foster had four birdies in his round, including one on the last to tie with Chesters. He’s enjoyed much success in Lancashire and he commented: “It’s nice to come here and see what I can do. I wanted to dig in and this is a nice opening round, but there’s still two rounds to go.”The 288 competitors had to contend with chilly temperatures and blustery winds and only five players in the field of 288 equalled or bettered par. Overall, the better scoring was at Rothley Park, where 10 players were among the top 15 on the leaderboard. The more penal rough at Kirby Muxloe was generally reckoned to be the difference between the two.Cheshire’s David Nelson (Northenden) had the second best score at Kirby Muxloe after returning one-over 72, despite a tweaked back. “Beware the injured golfer,” he joked.Nelson’s round had a dramatic start when he opened with an eagle two on the first, after holing an eight-iron, and followed up with birdie three on the fourth. He is another player in good form having won the recent West of England seniors, a scratch event at Wallasey and the Cheshire senior matchplay.The shot of the day belonged to Tony Croasdale of Stanton on the Wolds who had a hole in one on 183-yard 12th at Rothley Park.The championship is played over 54 holes of stroke play. All competitors play 18 holes on each of the two courses over the first two days. After tomorrow’s second round the field will be cut to the leading 80 competitors and ties who will play the final 18 holes at Kirby Muxloe on Friday.Click here for full scores 1 Jun 2016 Latham’s super 67 leads senior championship last_img read more

Serena Williams praises Heather Watson following three-set thriller

first_imgBrave Brit Heather came within a few points of one of the all-time great Centre Court shocks on Friday night by pushing odds-on tournament favourite Serena to the wire in a three-set third-round thriller.In a stunning display the British No 1 was two breaks up in the final set before finally losing 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.And Williams admitted: ‘That was definitely one of my toughest ever matches on Centre Court.’She absolutely has every chance to reach the top 20 in the world and beyond … she was playing so good at times, there was little I could do.’Heather played unbelievably. She gave her all.’Within minutes of the game ending Britain’s men’s No 1 Andy Murray had paid his own tribute to her brave performance, telling his Twitter followers the display had made him ‘really effing proud’. Despite the disappointment of coming so close to defeating the best player on the planet, Watson took heart from her pulsating display at SW19 while praising the mental fortitude of her opponent. ‘I’ve learnt I can compete with the best in the world,’ said Watson. ‘I feel like when she needs to hit the line or hit a winner, she can. And that’s what she did.’Williams, one of the greatest players the world has ever seen, has 20 Grand Slam singles titles to her name, including five singles titles at Wimbledon, and £45million in on-court earnings alone.She is the current holder of the US Open, the Australian Open, and the French Open and began the match on a 23-match running streak of wins in Slam singles events.Watson, aged 23, and ranked No 59 in the world, enthralled a packed Centre Court as she forced the 33-year-old to battle for two hours and 14 minutes before finally taking her place in the last 16.last_img read more

“Setién preaches, Bordalás does not, does what comes out of the ‘papo”

first_img“Bordalás should open the news” Withdrawal: “I had some chance to train before arriving at Deportivo. I wanted to retire actively, to be able to say goodbye to football.”Difficulty for older coaches: “I thought that with the years I have … In the Compostela, when I started, they called me” Profe “, like this in quotes, as a theoretician who lacked practice or experience. I had been training in Second B for years, now I was not a stranger. Now that I have that experience it turns out that what it takes is to deliver the equipment to very young trainers. They have no experience, but I suppose they have knowledge. I already valued knowledge more than experience. Now it seems that it is so, the opposite of before, and I seem to be going backwards. Now they ask me for youth. But it happens in football, in education, in professional life … How many unemployed 50 or 55 are there that nobody wants to hire. There is a prejudice about age, microviejismos, like micromachismos. If you are older, what? That is just an idea. You can be perfectly. “ Fernando Vázquez Fernando Vázquez, about Celta-Depor Case of Zozulia and Case Marega: “What cannot be is what happened in Vallecas. That is, What is a nazi? After all, it’s almost a political opinion, do not? With a more serious background, but it is still a bit. That is to say, that for a hobby that gives its opinion, it sings something observable, manageable, that even the kid himself… well, he didn’t write it, but… They suspend the match. Then, racist and xenophobic insults and nothing happens. We do something wrong“.Solution to the problem: “First, the Federation or the Professional Football League has to take things seriously. But seriously, seriously. And from there: coaches, players, clubs, presidents … but we meander because the subject is delicate. I don’t know, it seems to me that it is clear. It is in the Constitution. I don’t see many people protesting because these things happen that are unconstitutional. Discrimination by, by and by. Lighter water. I don’t know, it’s sad and I feel very sorry for the kid who had to suffer. ‘Stay, stay, stay’, instead of saying: ‘We are with you, that they give him in the ass and we go ‘. You lose a match, but let a club do it one day. Do you lose a match? The Porto? It goes second, right? Well, to see what would happen, to see who risks taking the first step. “The day he could sign for Manchester United: “Through Ferguson’s son, he addressed me to see if he was willing to leave. I went to talk to the president of Valladolid, Carlos Suarez, and he said no. Surely he would be misrepresented, or he was dumb. I thought I had a contract and I stayed. If I look back it is a big mistake in my career as it was to have stayed in Vigo. When you are a coach, more important than what you get at the sports level, is to direct your career correctly. That sometimes, when you are young, you do not give importance, I think it is key. Knowing how to stop you, for example. Know when to wait. I think my sports career was very poorly directed. “Fernando Vázquez and his possible destinations: “I never had too much interest in going outside. Training in England for example, which is where I would have liked to go … But I am Fernando Vázquez. I was not a UEFA champion, I was not an international player. It is very difficult. Even to go to China is very complicated. ‘Who is this Fernando Vázquez? Who did you train? If I had trained Real Madrid, or Atlético de Madrid, yes’. There is some palletism in China. If you are an international player but without a resume, they take you. But I carry my resume and they start thinking, ‘Who is this?’ What matters is glamor. Why is Gregorio Manzano training in China? Because he was at Atlético de Madrid. For another normal coach it is very difficult, and now even more. “ More people with a critical situation than with a good year: “Yes, that is a psychological effect that works. You are lost … I saw Oviedo with the field almost full in Third, and now in Second A they have half the fans. When you want to go up, everyone is going to support, but when you have expectations of ascent and do not meet them and you are in no man’s land, as happens to them … The public doubts, if they go down, the field may fill again. of this. If we were ninth, with the ascent away, there would possibly not be this effervescence of hobby. It is possible that we were not 28,000, but 20,000, as there were no aspirations of ascent or danger of going down. That is why people get carried away. “ “In Vallecas they suspend the game. Then, racist and xenophobic insults and nothing happens” Fernando Vázquez Fernando Vázquez Couldn’t we have the best derby in Spain? “United turned to me to see if he was willing to leave” Celtic-Depor comparison: “Celticism and sportsmanship are two very important social movements. I don’t understand the bad rivalry, the match. For Deportivo it is very important that Celta be in First when he is in First, and vice versa. What is difficult to understand is that the Galician derby is decaffeinated because a Corunna family does not want to go to Vigo and a Vigo does not want to come to A Coruña. But this was politicized. And there I leave it. Couldn’t we have the best derby in Spain? There are always problems. When you can defend your team and, at the same time, appreciate the opponent. No. Here, you want yours and the other you despise. “His vocation as a teacher: “In my beginnings I did not think about being professional. I was training here in Galicia and I worked in an institute and I knew that I would never leave teaching even if a Second B team came from outside Galicia, because I was not going to leave. according to working in the morning in the institute and training in the afternoon. When I leave Lalín and go to Racing I started to think that maybe I could go up there with him to Second Division. It was when I started thinking about it, although then I went to Lugo and I thought about teaching again. “Bad moments in Celta: “I suffered professionally and personally. When I say that the bicycle is my psychologist, it is because it is so. I did not want to see or hear the games on the weekend. I used to ride a bike when there were games. I suffered a crisis, say … An emotional shock. Because I was paralyzed by energy. The desire to train, to watch football … But I went out. “Possession football: “The matches are 90 minutes. And I tell them, midfield retreat. We have 40% average possession in all matches. 60-40% is not that different. Cádiz had 30% and took 12 points to the second, and nobody discusses Cádiz, the other day the team progressed at the ball level, but you will have opportunities, 90 minutes go a long way, I don’t think we will do … When I started training, this was normal. In the year 95, the clubs were waiting for you and you had to wait, everyone was doing the same, a fucking wall in front, not today, because football changed, and that started … Everyone has to play in the opposite field, travel fast, where is it written that you have to play football like this? There are many teams that play like that. The best example is Atlético de Madrid. He won because he played the opposite of everyone. And maybe the same thing happened to us. I don’t have to decide the strategies of others, but that’s a true story. Rich Simeone seems to be doing worse when … There is that runrun that “what a shit, we don’t play anything” … Well, they can hurt themselves. Simeone starts to doubt. They record better players … But in the year 95 it was never criticized how bad that team played. Before there was no play right or wrong. The press did not use it. “ Fernando Vázquez has granted an interview in La Voz de Galicia, leaving a dozen headlines. The coach of Deportivo has completely changed the situation of the club, which even dreams of getting into the Playoffs. He, on the contrary, remains cautious about what is to come. He also spoke of his words about the parental pin in Andalusia, about racist insults to Marega or about the moment of form of Getafe from Bordalás. Bordalás and Setién: “Absolutely, because it seems to me a coach like the cup of a pine. The other day, playing against Barcelona, ​​with combinatorial game, playing in the opposite field … He also preaches it. Bordalás does not preach anything. Play as it comes out of the papo … But the one who was in the opposite field except fifteen or twenty minutes was the Getafe. So, that team that they say kicks, defends I don’t know what … It’s an absurd contempt. But if you won the game clearly. He has no problem saying he is defensive, but goes to Camp Nou and tells him that with that style he goes and is in his field. He lost the game because he has no Messi and some more. Bordalás does not train to like. He does not train for I know that I am, my team is that I do not know what .. He trains within strategic possibilities, valuing his strength, that of others. He is a real coach. Last year near Champions and this in Champions. I would have to be the coach who is at the head of all the news. In addition, Bordalás is a good colleague. Good colleague is one who does not have to talk about the rival team to justify himself. Bordalás never does. Look at the ones that are justified talking about the rival. It used to happen a lot. Not so much now, but it’s still happening. “Marega: “I understand that the big clubs are not going to solve this. It will only be resolved when players decide to leave and miss matches. I think a little miserable the performance of Marega’s teammates, coach and referee. Grabbing the kid, I think they also got a yellow card, so he stayed. I think they should have had the opposite reaction. But this has to be fixed by who has to fix it. “ Have you regretted your words about the parental pin?: “Never. Sometimes a journalist asks you and … I didn’t want to get into that controversy. I released that and had to explain why. I talked about the teaching staff. I have my opinion on that and why I will not give it. I have every right to give my opinion about what I want. Everyone thinks about football and it seems that I have to be a coach only and, as if it were subnormal, abnormal or paranormal, I could not give my opinion. I understand why, I don’t have to create foolish enemies. But I say: Why do I think fools foolishly thinking? Don’t you think it’s from a society a little sick? I don’t know, I think my way, but I never regretted it. It went too far, then I repeated it in a few days, I thought we were among coaches and there is a journalist who puts it in networks. But I didn’t talk about the parental pin anymore, I made a joke to make them laugh a little and they laughed. But social networks are tremendous, it seems that I insisted on the subject.last_img read more