Tim Sherwood: Aston Villa new boy Adama Traore is already a marked man

first_img However, Traore hobbled off after an hour – a result of one too many heavy challenges throughout the evening – and is a doubt for the visit of Sunderland on Saturday. Sherwood believes the 19-year-old’s trickery means defenders have little choice but to resort to foul means to counter him. “The negative is that Adama got injured. The only way you are going to stop him at the minute is to kick him. He’s a marked man and he will have to get used to it,” said Sherwood. “You don’t want to play against him. He’s a real talent but he needs to mix his game up so he doesn’t give people the opportunity to kick him. “He’s a marked man out there because the only way to stop him is to put him down and he needs to be protected. But he’s a strong robust guy with a big heart and he wants to carry on, so he’s going to be an excellent signing for this football club.” On Traore’s injury, Sherwood added: ” It’s too soon to tell how serious but he’s packed in ice and hobbling around. “But it doesn’t look good to be honest. He took a heavy knock – I thought it was a bad tackle. It was his ankle.” Last week Sherwood tried to temper the hype surrounding the £7.1million signing from Barcelona but the following day Traore displayed his potential with a cameo appearance from the bench in Villa’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Crystal Palace, with his pace and power leading to the equalising goal for Sherwood’s side. On Tuesday night, the talented teenager shone on his full home debut, albeit against League Two club Notts County, in the Capital One Cup, marking his first start with a goal as Villa progressed to round three 5-3 winners after extra-time. Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood thinks Adama Traore is already a “marked man” and should continue to expect rough treatment after suffering an ankle injury against Notts County.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Two errors behind T&T defeat, says head coach Lawrence

first_imgST PAUL, Minnesota (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago head coach Dennis Lawrence has lamented the two errors which cost his side in their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener against Panama last Tuesday.Following a goalless first half at Allianz Field, T&T conceded through Armando Cooper in the 53rd minute and Edgar Barcenas in the 69th minute, to fall to a 2-0 defeat.I didn’t feel it was much in the game,” Lawrence said following the encounter.“The two critical moments in the game (were) one, our error – we gave the ball and we got caught and the second one was we almost scoring and then getting done in transition, so two soft goals to give away.“We have dug ourselves in a bit of a hole now which means we have to start thinking about getting two wins from the next two games. That’s international football. If you don’t take your chances and you give away sloppy possession you can get hurt.“Panama have got quality players that can do that to you. We now need to recover very quickly, pull away from all the negatives and go onto the next game.”For the first goal, captain Khaleem Hyland failed to close down Cooper who slid in his low shot from a tight angle at point blank range, with goalkeeper Marvin Phillips beaten after rushing off his line.T&T’s defence were in disarray for the second goal as Phillips made two saves in quick succession but could not keep out the third shot from Barcenas.Lawrence said T&T had enjoyed the better of the exchanges in the first half but let themselves down in the second.“I actually thought in the first half we had the better of the chances in better situations without putting the ball in the back of the net,” he said.“We changed our shape a bit (for the game) and tried to be a bit more offensive. We put in a number 10 to try and see if we can create more chances which we got in good situations (but) never took the chances we created.”T&T face a massive challenge in their second game when they clash with powerhouse United States in Cleveland tomorrow.last_img read more

`ICC Board set to discuss fate of  next three World tournaments today

first_imgBy Nagraj GollapudiTHE fate of the women’s ODI World Cup in 2021 and the choice of venues for the next two men’s T20 World Cups are the two key issues that the ICC’s Board is set to discuss today.This is the second time the ICC Board is meeting in the past three weeks, having given the nod on July 20 to defer the men’s T20 World Cup, which was originally scheduled for October-November 2020 in Australia.At that meeting the ICC Board agreed to fresh windows for three men’s events: T20 World Cups in October-November 2021 and October-November 2022, and the ODI World Cup in October-November 2023, pushed back from its original March-April window.The ICC Board, though, did not announce who would host the next two editions of the T20 World Cup: would it be India in 2021, as per the original schedule, or Australia who were forced to hold back the 2020 event due to the Covid-19 pandemic?After the July 20 meeting, the ICC said it would take in the “rapidly changing” environment during the pandemic and would take a “considered decision” before determining the hosts for the next two editions of the T20 World Cup.It is understood that although there is no cut-off point, the ICC is under pressure to not delay the decision on the host venues for two reasons: taking a quick decision would provide clarity to all commercial partners including the host broadcasters who would be planning their budgets for the next calendar year, and it would also allow member boards to plan windows for bilateral cricket.While Cricket Australia(CA) had raised concerns over its inability to host the event this year, its chairman Earl Eddings had written recently to the ICC, proposing that India swap hosting rights with Australia for the 2021 edition.Doing that, Eddings suggested, would financially help all members. If not, Eddings said it would be “detrimental to cricket” in case the “cancellation” of the World Cup in Australia this year was “replaced by award of” the tournament in October-November 2022.CA has reiterated at ICC meetings that it was halfway through creating the structure for the event, so it would be easier for them to complete the process if they get the rights for the 2021 edition.The BCCI has not revealed its position. Board president Sourav Ganguly has been attending ICC Board calls since March, and is understood to have empathised with CA during ICC Board meetings. Internally, however, the BCCI is understood to still be keen on retaining its right to host the T20 World Cup in 2021. At least that was the BCCI position at the July 20 meeting.One key determining factor, an intangible, would be how the host country has dealt with the pandemic. Currently both Australia and India remain seriously affected, with the latter among the top five countries in terms of official number of cases, which as on Thursday was approaching 2 million, with over 40,000 dead.Doubts linger over Women’s World CupThe women’s event, comprising eight countries, is currently scheduled between February 6 and March 7 in New Zealand, a country that has kept Covid-19 cases in check. The New Zealand government was also the first to remove restrictions on spectators at sporting events.Greg Barclay, the New Zealand Cricket chairman, recently said a final decision on whether the Women’s World Cup would go ahead as scheduled was imminent. Qualifiers for the event, however, have not been conducted yet. It is understood that if the World Cup is given the go-ahead, the plan will be to stage the qualifiers in the UAE at the end of November.Currently New Zealand has kept its borders closed – anyone entering the country would need to undergo a two-week quarantine. It is understood that teams would not be allowed to train if that norm remains in place and would need to isolate in their hotel rooms.Add to that a week-long preparation period which would mean at least 21 days before the event starts. It is understood that the ICC is also concerned about who would bear the costs. The member boards would assume it would be the ICC, since it is a global event.Since the 2017 World Cup in England, women’s cricket has gradually gained global recognition with the T20 World Cup final in March 2020, between Australia and India, witnessed by a record crowd of 86,000-plus at the MCG. Commercially, though, women’s cricket does not fetch ICC big money.Either way the ICC Board will be hard pressed to make a decision sooner rather than later. If it postpones the Women’s World Cup, the ICC would go without organising a global event for 18 months until the men’s T20 World Cup in October 2021.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Belmadi Continues Spat with Egypt after Algeria’s AFCON Triumph

first_imgDemola Ojo in CairoAlgeria national team manager Djamel Belmadi said that he hasn’t seen any Egyptian fans supporting them during the 2019 AFCON final.The Desert Foxes lifted their second-ever AFCON trophy after narrowly beating Senegal 1-0 in the final on Friday night with striker Baghdad Bounedjah scoring the fastest goal in an AFCON final after just 79 seconds. Following the win, Belmadi was asked what he thought about Egyptian fans who supported his team but he responded: “I’m going to have to go to the eye and ear doctor when I get back home, because I didn’t see that.”Both fans had already clashed during the semi-final game between Algeria and Nigeria when Algerian fans attacked some Egyptians supporters who celebrated the Super Eagles’ goal.According to CAF officials, Algerian fans in Category 3 threw water bottles at some Egyptian supporters staying in the East Stand and tried to climb the barrier to attack them in the 72nd minute after some of them celebrated Odion Ighalo’s penalty equalizer for Nigeria.Following the incident CAF decided to fine the Algerian FA $10.000 before retracting the punishment.Many Egyptians here in Cairo would have wanted some other team but fierce Arab rivals Algeria to win the tournament.Nigeria’s Super Eagles became the adopted team of most Egyptians after the Pharaohs crashed out in the second round.Belmadi took charge of the Algerian national team in August 2018 after they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and were eliminated from the 2017 AFCON group stages, under several managers including legend Rabah Madjer.In his 16 games in charge, the 45-year-old guided them to 12 wins, three draws and just one defeat against Benin in October 2018 in the AFCON qualifiers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

F-M tops Auburn, rolls to boys lacrosse sectional Class B title

first_img Tags: boys lacrosseF-M Even if the path to a Section III boys lacrosse championship proved easier for Fayetteville-Manlius in Class B than when it was part of the Class A ranks, achieving a championship is always something to savor.And for this group of Hornets, the feeling of joyfully sprinting onto the field as sectional champions was new to them, since the last sectional title for the program came in 2016.The program’s sixth overall sectional crown was attained Friday night at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium, where top-seeded F-M was challenged for a while by no. 2 seed Auburn, but steadily got away and beat the Maroons 13-4. When Zach Nestor converted twice in the second quarter and F-M’s defense continued to confound Auburn, all looked fine – but then Joey Leonti and Lucas Hogan found the net in the last 90 seconds of the half.Suddenly, a comfortable margin was only 6-2 going into the break, and when F-M’s drought stretched deep into the second half, it was vulnerable to a Maroons charge, should one ever take place.It did not, though, and Mike Howe struck midway through the third quarter. Hogan answered it, but Pratt Reynolds got a crucial goal with 28 seconds left in the third quarter, it proved a back-breaker to Auburn.Howe converted just 23 seconds into the final period to make it 10-4, and three more goals followed as the Hornets blanked Auburn the rest of the way.F-M now could look ahead to the state tournament, which commences next Saturday at 12:30 when the Hornets meet Section IV champion Vestal in the Class B regional final at Corning.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Auburn was trying to get back on top, too, having not earned a sectional championship since 2001 and having taken defeats to East Syracuse Minoa each of the last two years in this same Class B title game.Yet the Maroons, who lost to the Hornets by that same 13-4 margin when these teams met April 27, were never going to have a chance if it didn’t get the ball, which F-M, led by face-off specialist Logan Wilkinson, was able to accomplish throughout the game’s early stages.It took nearly four minutes for Jordan Leuze to put the Hornets on the board, but Jack Shanley followed with a goal, followed by back-to-back tallies from Vince Cogliandro that stretched the margin to 4-0 before the first quarter ended.last_img read more

LaCombe looks to carry crunch-time scoring into Lindenwood game

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Allie LaCombe embraces the big moment. She seizes the moment when the time comes to attack opposing defenses in the closing seconds, propelling her team to crucial victories.The junior from Eden Prairie, Minn., has three game-winning goals for Syracuse this season. But LaCombe isn’t satisfied with taking the credit for all of her late-game success. “I give a lot of credit to my teammates,” she said. “Some of my goals have been a result of rebounds that they made and I shot or simply being in the right position. “I’m not the most skilled or fastest player on the ice. But I like to work hard and think that’s where the goals come from.”LaCombe will get a chance to continue her scoring prowess when the Orange plays Lindenwood on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at Tennity Ice Pavilion. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHer late-game heroics aren’t new. It’s been a position she is accustomed to dating back to her time at Eden Prairie High School. Eden Prairie was the gold standard for women’s ice hockey, as they play in the highest division in Class Double-A. In LaCombe’s first season, Eden Prairie finished 29-1-1 and won the state championship.“We were one of the biggest schools in the state,” LaCombe said. “My freshman year we had 12 recruited seniors. It was a dream team. You’ll never find that again.”She fought hard to gain playing time in her first season, and it proved to pay dividends for the state powerhouse later that year. The run to a state title was in jeopardy, as Minnetonka High School gave Eden Prairie a legitimate scare in the semifinals.But it was not one of the 12 seniors who saved their dominant season from coming to an abrupt end. Instead it was the freshman that executed the most important shot of their season.High school coach Tim Morris remembered that signature moment like it was yesterday. “She scored in the state semi-final against Minnetonka High School in the third period to tie the game at 1-1,” he said. “We won the game 2-1 with a goal by former (University of Minnesota) Gopher Kelly Seeler on the power play. Allie’s goal was the spark that got the team going.”When asked about Allie’s best trait, there was no hesitation from her former coach.“Her ability to win face-offs,” Morris said. “She won a ton for us.”LaCombe has never intended to be a passive player on the ice, which Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan views as an impressive trait.“I think she’s one of our few players that will drive and take the puck to the net and look to shoot first,” Flanagan said. “A lot of girls in women’s hockey look to pass first. Allie kind of separates herself as having the gun-slinger mentality.”Flanagan attested to LaCombe’s passion for the sport that she has played since she was 4 years old. Her love for the game goes beyond the grind of playing and practicing on the ice every week. Her focus is for Syracuse to sustain momentum heading into the second half of the season.“As coach says, we are kind of a roller coaster team,” she said. “I think if we can smooth it out and finish the first half of the season strong, we’ll be good going into the second half of the year.“I think it’s a great program and I’m proud to be a part of it.” Comments Published on December 5, 2013 at 2:18 amlast_img read more

Syracuse blanks Cornell, 3-0, for third victory of the season

first_imgWhen Phil Wheddon sat by the Syracuse bench, notebook in hand, it didn’t take long for him to see shades of the win over Army and the loss to No. 7 Florida from last week. He jumped up from his seat, paced toward the sideline and stressed, “Move it quicker,” as his defenders spent the early minutes booting balls back and forth in their own zone.Five minutes into the game, the offense opened up. Georgia Allen slipped the ball to Eva Gordon, who was ahead of two defenders but lost control. Syracuse didn’t convert, but SU (3-1-1) topped Cornell (0-1-0), 3-0, Thursday night at SU Soccer Stadium. Spreading out two wing backs on the far side of the field and moving up players appositionally keyed the three goals, two of which were scored by freshman Kate Donovan. Defender Taylor Bennett netted a penalty kick as well.“We played Army this past week and we were dominating Army for the early portion of the game,” Wheddon said. “We scored an early goal and we sort of sat back and allowed them to get back into the game. I didn’t want the same thing to happen tonight.”Within the first 10 minutes, Syracuse implemented Wheddon’s plan. Gordon and Sydney Brackett spread to the far corners and set up diagonal, floating shots from midfield feeds. They fumbled balls at first, then gained poise in the Big Red zone and 22 minutes in were on the board.Bennett continued to deploy Wheddon’s strategy of speeding up the game and playing the long ball to the opposite side of the field. With just over two minutes left in the half, she stole the ball from Cornell’s Naomi Jaffe. She dumped it to Shannon Aviza, who quickly followed to Alex Lamontagne, then sophomore Opal Curless dribbled toward the box and spotted Donovan squeezing ahead of two defenders.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I was trying to make runs through their defenders,” Donovan said. “Opal ended up seeing me right in one of the slots, so it worked out nicely that I was there at the right time.”Donovan was in the clear on the receiving end of the pass. She blew the ball by Cornell keeper Meghan Kennedy. Two minutes later, up 2-0 at the half, she was swarmed by Gordon, then a barrage of three other teammates in celebration. Assistant coach Kelly Lawrence followed, giving her additional hand-gestures of advice and a fist bump, as Donovan says she has all year.Eight into the second half, Donovan was on the board again. In the 54th minute, a Syracuse corner blasted into the box, Carolin Bader bumped it upward with her body and Donovan slammed it by Kennedy with her head.The 3-0 lead in the second half gave Wheddon the chance to get the entire team in the game, including freshman goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx, who relieved Courtney Brosnan with 27 minutes left. The Orange required zero saves from her and only one from Brosnan.“It’s important to get her time as well,” Wheddon said. “It’s no disrespect to Courtney, obviously Courtney is one of the best goalkeepers in the country … it’s important that we get (Lysianne) time as well because at the end of Courtney’s time, it’s going to be Lysianne’s time.”Wheddon said looking for the weak side defense on long balls won’t always work, but it was an effective approach Thursday in SU’s convincing win.“We have to keep connecting passes and keep playing quick one-two passes and keeping the ball,” Bennett said. Comments Published on August 31, 2017 at 11:52 pm Contact Bobby: rpmannin@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

UW defense dominates in 37-0 shutout of Rutgers

first_imgThe Wisconsin football team needed a boost in order to pick up its first Big Ten road win of the season Saturday.Against conference newcomer Rutgers, the Wisconsin offense managed only six total yards on their first three drives of the game and needed a spark.That spark came midway through the first quarter when UW’s A.J. Jordan blocked a Rutgers punt that set up a Melvin Gordon 13-yard touchdown run, and the Badgers would dominate the rest of the way en route to a 37-0 drudging of the Scarlet Knights.“The special teams play by A.J. Jordan on the blocked punt was a tremendous play and schemed up by the coaches and executed very well,” Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen said. “That kind of flipped the game and gave us an opportunity to get the first points up there and keep moving forward.”And keep moving forward is what the Badgers did.Two possessions after the Gordon touchdown, fellow running back Corey Clement, who returned to his home state of New Jersey Saturday, bounced off a 43-yard touchdown run that put UW on top of the Scarlet Knights, 14-0.Kicker Rafael Gaglianone added two field goals in the second quarter, from 32 and 27 yards away, to give the Badgers a 20-0 lead over Rutgers at the half.The Wisconsin rushing attack continued to exploit the Scarlet Knights’ defense right away in the second half when Gordon took his first carry of the half 51 yards for his second touchdown of the day. Clement added the final touchdown for the Badgers early in the fourth quarter when he scored on a 36-yard run that put UW up 37-0.Clement led the Badgers in rushing Saturday with 131 yards on 14 carries, while Gordon added 128 yards on 19 attempts.Meanwhile, the quarterback duo of Joel Stave (7-16) and Tanner McEvoy (1-4) struggled in their third game of split reps, combining for only 87 yards passing and one interception, which was thrown by McEvoy.However, while the offense did their fair share in putting up 37 points, it was the defensive effort from the Badgers that was instrumental in giving UW its third-straight conference win and first road win of the season.In the first half, the Wisconsin defense carried over their dominant performance against Maryland to hold Rutgers to only 52 total yards and just three first downs.Overall, UW’s defense held the Scarlet Knights to only 139 total yards, with 76 of those coming on the ground and 63 through the air. Rutgers managed only eight total first downs and punted on 11 of their 15 drives.It was a rewarding performance for the Badgers’ defense who was one last possession touchdown away from posting a shutout last weekend against Maryland. Saturday’s game was also Wisconsin’s first road shutout since 1998.“It’s very rewarding as a defense to get a shutout,” Andersen said. “Last week [against Maryland], they didn’t get that, but they did this week. It’s always fun to play when you are at that high of level, which doesn’t happen very often.”“We had a great game plan going into this weekend,” UW linebacker Vince Biegel, who had five total tackles including a sack and tackle for loss, said. “We felt solid. We competed at a high level. The separation and execution really paid off for us today in the victory.”Rutgers’ starting quarterback Gary Nova, who was a game-time decision, played the majority of the game for the Scarlet Knights at quarterback but struggled mightily, going only 5-for-15 with 46 passing yards and an interception.Rutger’s wide receiver Leonte Carroo entered Saturday’s game as the Big Ten’s second-leading receiver in yards per game, but was held to only two catches for 33 yards. It was the second-straight week that UW has held a premier receiver in check, as it limited Maryland’s star wide receiver Stefon Diggs to only one catch last week.Wisconsin’s defense has given up only seven points combined to two teams in Maryland and Rutgers who they’ve never faced before.“It’s just been a whole team effort,” Wisconsin outside linebacker Joe Schobert said of the defense’s success. “I think definitely with getting guys like Warren [Herring] and Marcus [Trotter] back two weeks ago for Maryland was a big key to setting the tone. Everybody’s doing their jobs, responsibilities and executing them at a high level.”The win for the Badgers moved their overall record to 6-2 with a 3-1 mark in the Big Ten while pushing them back into the top 25 in both the coaches and AP polls. UW currently sits at a tie for second place with Iowa and Minnesota in the Big Ten West, while Nebraska leads the division with a 3-1 record.Wisconsin will head to West Lafayette next weekend to battle Purdue before gearing up for a grueling three-game stretch to close out the season against Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota, respectively.While there is certainly room for improvement for UW, especially with the passing game, the players and coaches will gladly take a dominating road win in the Big Ten.“I thought the team’s performance was good,” inside linebacker Derek Landisch said. “Winning on the road is tough to do, so I am proud of how we came out defensively. I think we are starting to gain momentum. We always have room for improvement, but I am pretty happy with how we played.”Badgernation.com contributed to this article.last_img read more

Former Arsenal Defender has Joined FC Olimpic Sarajevo

first_imgFormer Arsenal defender Daniel Jesse Boateng has joined Bosnian side FK Olimpic Sarajevo on a two-season-contract as a free agent, GHANAsoccernet.com can confirm.The 22-year-old center-back officially signed the deal and completed his move to the Bosnia Premier League side last week.Olimpic have confirmed the signing of the former versatile defender with head coach Mirza Varešanovi? expressing satisfaction with his signing.“I think it’s a great thing for our club and in general for BiH football player to come to us who passed school Arsenal. We have to get him a good recommendation, we reviewed video footage and decided to engage,” he said after the defender was officially unveiled by the club.We believe that it is a reinforcement, which he of course has yet to be proven. I believe that we made a mistake and I sincerely hope that it will demonstrate why Daniel was brought in Olimpic.”The Islanders are keen on Boateng’s talent and believe he could help them improve their status in the Bosnian top-flight.Boateng has had spells Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League and his other experiences include Swindon Town and Oxford United.During his time at Arsenal, he failed to make a Premier League appearance for the first team despite captaining the reserves squad at some point.by Akyereko Frimpong Manson(Source: ghanasoccernet)last_img read more

Technical Staff of Bosnian Football Federation discussed Strategic Goals in the Nations League

first_imgAfter UEFA made decisions on the calendar for its competitions two days ago, the head coach of the “A” national team, Dušan Bajević, held another video meeting with his technical staff today.In addition to the head coach, assistants Slaven Musa, Rusmir Cviko, Adnan Ćustović and Eldin Jelešković were present, and the tasks for the next period were discussed.Topics on the agenda related to technical details related to the organization of the Nations League matches and the play-offs. The strategic goals were discussed, especially in the Nations League, and how to use those matches in the best way and with the best possible quality in preparation for the duel with Northern Ireland in the play-offs.Everyone agrees that the schedule of the competition is very tight, and that a list of potential national team players will have to be formed with special care. Certain criteria must exist in the selection of players, so that the technical staff will have the task in this period to monitor their individual performances as well as the physical condition of all potential national team players .The focus is on play-off matches; however, the head coach and his associates emphasize that no less important is the competition in the Nations League, i.e. monitoring the national teams with which we are in the group.“Now that the new match-dates are known, it is easier for us to make concrete plans and set deadlines by which certain obligations should be completed. In any case, my associates and I are enthusiastically waiting for the first gathering”, said head coach Bajević after today’s meeting.last_img read more