McIlroy plays down rift talk

first_img McIlroy denied speculation at the Players Championship that he would create his own team with his father, close friends and associates, but McDowell said during the World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria that the world number two had decided on his second management change since October 2011. The 24-year-old left International Sports Management just four months after winning his first major by eight shots in the US Open at Congressional, joining his good friend McDowell at Horizon. McIlroy told a press conference ahead of the BMW PGA Championship: “I’m here to try and stay on point and talk about golf. I can’t really comment on speculation at this point.” Press Association He added: “Obviously you guys know that something’s up. That’s fair enough. But at this point I can’t really say much more.” Asked about his apparent annoyance with McDowell – “Ask G-Mac. He knows more than me” he said to reporters on Tuesday – McIlroy added: “I spoke to Graeme yesterday afternoon. We got back to the hotel and we just had a chat. Everything’s good. “I’m great friends with Graeme. He’s been a real big brother to me on Tour. I remember playing practise rounds with him at the Dunhill Links, for example, back in 2007 when I got my card. “He really showed me the ropes out here for a couple years and it’s great to have good friends on Tour and he’s obviously somebody that I consider a very good friend.” McIlroy was less forthcoming when pressed to explain a comment he made in an interview with Sky Sports, when he was asked if he had been frustrated by the speculation and replied: “No, not at all. Someone very smart said to me a couple of weeks ago, if you want to be in the circus, you have to put up with the clowns.” Pushed to explain who he was referring to, McIlroy said: “I thought it was quite a good comment. Just think about it.” center_img Rory McIlroy is unable to clarify reports that he is leaving Horizon Sports Management to create his own management group, but revealed he has cleared the air with Graeme McDowell.last_img read more

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Delph wins thriller for Villa

first_img Having twice been pegged back after going ahead, it looked like Paul Lambert’s men would have to settle for a share of the spoils on the south coast. However, Delph’s wondrous strike 10 minutes from time saw Villa secure an impressive smash-and-grab 3-2 win at Southampton, becoming the first team to win at St Mary’s this season. Fabian Delph’s first Premier League goal was one to remember, rifling home from distance to secure Aston Villa a thrilling 3-2 victory at high-flying Southampton. Rodriguez’s right-wing cross was squared back across goal by Rickie Lambert for Lallana, who turned exquisitely in the box and looked set to strike home until Ron Vlaar fantastically flung himself in front of the ball. Moments later Lallana was proving a threat again, this time sending a cross in from the left that grazed Brad Guzan’s crossbar. Saints continued in the ascendancy and, after referee Jon Moss waved away claims that Guzan had handled outside his area, Rodriguez stung the Villa goalkeeper’s palms from distance. Villa had offered nothing of note in the opening exchanges yet caught the hosts cold after 15 minutes. Agbonlahor turned Maya Yoshida on the halfway line to latch on to a hopeful Delph through ball, burst forward and cut past the sliding Dejan Lovren before coolly slotting home. It was just the third goal Southampton have conceded at home this season and one they quickly attempted to make amends for. Rodriguez met a looped Nathaniel Clyne cross with an incredibly powerful header, but Guzan was alert to acrobatically turn the ball around the post and Lovren had a header blocked from the resulting corner. A great last-ditch Ciaran Clark interception denied Lallana another chance at goal as Saints continued to up the ante, with Pochettino bringing on Osvaldo for James Ward-Prowse after just 38 minutes in search of a change in fortunes. There were more changes at the break, with Jack Cork and Matthew Lowton replacing Victor Wanyama and Vlaar, as the second half began frantically. Delph did well to squeeze a ball through to karim El Ahmadi down the right, with the Villa midfielder’s low angled strike going just inches wide of Paulo Gazzaniga’s goal. It was a missed chance Paul Lambert’s side were made to rue immediately, with Clyne swinging in a fine cross from the right for Rodriguez to power a header past Guzan. Ricky Lambert tried an audacious 40-yard free-kick soon after and Rodriguez was blocked off at the near post, before Osvaldo was sloppily dispossessed before he could shoot. The Italy international soon showed his class, though, flicking a Lallana cross goalwards only for Guzan to save low to his left. Saints continued to press, now in a 3-4-3 formation after Clyne hobbled off, although Villa again caught them out. Cork was caught out by El Ahmadi on the right flank and the Morocco international’s cross was turned home by Kozak. It was the summer signing’s last action of note, replaced immediately by Benteke who saw penalty appeals waved away soon after. Saints were soon level again, though. Substitute Jose Fonte sent a fine right-wing cross to Lambert, whose knock back was bundled home by Osvaldo. Rodriguez came close to making it 3-2 moments later with a fine header, only for Villa to again go ahead and in some style. Again against the run of play, Delph was given space to voyage forwards and struck home an outstanding 22-yard effort into the top corner. Saints pushed for yet another leveller, but were unable to save their unbeaten home record. Osvaldo was involved in an altercation at the end of the match and was shown a yellow card. All three of Villa’s goals came against the run of play, as Saints were made to pay for their failure to turn their domination into goals. Having lost at Arsenal and Chelsea, this defeat saw Southampton fall to three defeats on the trot for the first time since Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival in January. Saints began brightly and captain Adam Lallana saw a cross clip the bar, before Gabriel Agbonlahor showed pace and composure to net the opener after 15 minutes. Karim El Ahmadi was inches away from shocking Saints again moments into the second half, only for Jay Rodriguez to head home at the other end shortly afterwards. It was no less than Saints deserved after dominating possession, but again Villa went ahead through Libor Kozak – starting in attack instead of Christian Benteke, dropped after seven scoreless matches. Again Southampton showed character to level through substitute Dani Osvaldo, only for Villa to snatch victory in the 80th minute. Delph was allowed time and space to rifle home a superb effort from distance, extending Villa’s unbeaten league run to five matches. Heavy traffic in and around Southampton meant a large number were not in their seats at the start of a match which began well for the hosts. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Okeechobee High School student tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgAccording to the school district, a Okeechobee High School student tested positive for coronavirus on just the third day back to school.The student was immediately isolated and sent home.The school district said it is working with the Department of Health for contact tracing.Only students who weren’t able to social distance from the student are being sent home. Those students include 11 students on a bus, 21 students from six classrooms and one teacher. They will do remote learning for 14 days.Students must wear masks, but without them, school officials said they would’ve likely needed to send over 100 students and six teachers home.If a student or staff member seeks a COVID-19 test, he/she must remain home while awaiting the results of the test. It is very important that any student or staff member who takes a COVID-19 test immediately notify the Human Resources Department at (863) 462-5000, Ext. 1022.last_img read more

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Brazil overrun Ecuador in World Cup qualifier

first_img(REUTERS)-A decisive performance from Gabriel Jesus, who scored twice and made another goal, gave Brazil a deserved 3-0 win over Ecuador yesterday and helped get their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia back on track.Neymar slotted home a penalty after Gabriel Jesus was brought down in 71 minutes.The Palmerias forward doubled their lead 17 minutes later when he cleverly flicked home a cross from full back Marcelo.He got his second and Brazil’s third in injury time when he completed a counter attack with a curling shot from the edge of the box.“You don’t get a better debut than that do you?” said Gabriel Jesus, the 19-year old who will join Manchester City at the end of the year. “I am very happy to score on my debut not just for the goals but for the debut and the team.”The win was Brazil’s first in Quito for 33 years.Although Ecuador started well, tormenting Brazil down the flanks, there were few chances for either side in a scrappy first half.Brazil came into the game in the second period and were helped when Juan Carlos Paredes got a red card just moments after the visitors had opened the scoring.The result lifts Brazil into fourth place in the 10-team South American group, though there were still two more games to come later yesterday.Group leaders Uruguay faced Argentina in Mendoza, while Copa America champions Chile play Paraguay in Asuncion.In earlier matches, Colombia overcame Venezuela 2-0 in Barranquilla, while Bolivia’s new coach Angel Guillermo Hoyos got his reign off to the perfect start with a 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Peru.James Rodriguez got Colombia’s opener just a minute into the second half before Macnelly Torres sealed the win 10 minutes from time.Wilker Angel and Rolf Feltscher were sent off for Venezuela but goalkeeper Daniel Hernandez saved his side from further embarrassment by stopping second-half penalties from both Carlos Bacca and Rodriguez.In La Paz, Bolivia’s Pablo Escobar put the home side ahead in 37 minutes with a spectacular free kick from long range and then Ronaldo Raldes doubled their lead with three minutes remaining when he headed home a corner kick.The top four teams in the group qualify automatically for Russia 2018 and the fifth-placed side goes into an intercontinental play off.last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPANTHERS-MCCAFFREYAP source: Panthers make McCaffrey highest-paid running backCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have rewarded Christian McCaffrey for his production and versatility, making him the highest-paid running in the NFL. Without funding from McDonald’s and Credit One Bank, Ganassi seemingly will be forced to dump Larson in favor of a different driver.McDonald’s has partnered with CGR for nearly a decade and sponsors the team’s No. 42 Chevrolet in the Cup Series. Ending its relationship with Larson would make it next to impossible for Ganassi to stick with Larson behind the wheel. NASCAR ordered Larson, who is half Japanese, to complete a sensitivity training course before he can be eligible for reinstatement.Larson apologized in a video posted on his social media accounts.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSGet ready for the Madrid Virtual Open —Washington State athletic director Pat Chun, head football coach Nick Rolovich and men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith are taking voluntary 5% pay cuts through the end of the 2020-21 academic year due to revenue reductions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Chun says all Washington State coaches will voluntarily forgo all bonuses or incentives through the end of the next academic year.— New York Post sports photographer Anthony Causi has died from the coronavirus at age 48. Causi was an exceedingly popular sports photographer who covered the city’s teams for 25 years. He was married with two young children. Many of New York’s professional teams and several players posted messages on Twitter expressing sadness, condolences and paying tribute to him.— The Cleveland Browns will donate net proceeds from sales of their new jerseys to a fund aiding health care professionals, first responders and others who have selflessly served during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team launched the Hats Off to Our Heroes Fund on Monday, two days before it will reveal the new uniforms. The Browns said the team will commit 100 percent of the proceeds “for a significant period of time” to the fund.— Spanish soccer club Real Sociedad (ray-AL’ soh-see-ay-DAHD’) is going back on its plan to resume practicing at the team’s training center during the coronavirus pandemic. The club says it made the decision after discussions with the Spanish government. Spain is starting to loosen some of its lockdown measures this week by allowing non-essential workers to return to their activities while observing social-distancing guidelines.— IOC President Thomas Bach tells a German newspaper that the Olympic body will face “several hundred million dollars” of added costs because of the postponement of the Tokyo Games. Estimates in Japan place the overall cost of the postponement at between $2 billion-$6 billion. All of those costs will be borne by the Japanese side except for the IOC portion. Bach says he is confident the Olympics could be held in 2021 despite the current pandemic caused by the coronavirus. In other NFL news:—Former NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has died in a one-car crash outside Montgomery, Alabama. He was 36. The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro that Jackson was driving went off the road, struck a tree and overturned at 8:50 p.m. Sunday. Jackson was hired as quarterbacks coach for Tennessee State last season after a 10-year NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills.—The NFL and its players union have agreed to conduct “virtual” offseason workout programs until every team is permitted to open its facilities. Teams can hold classroom instruction, workouts and non-football educational programs using online platforms. The three-week virtual offseason starts on April 20 and runs through May 15. Teams with a new head coach have the option to also hold a fourth week for a voluntary veterans minicamp.—ESPN and NFL Network will join forces for this year’s NFL draft. They will produce a broadcast that will air on both networks over all three days. The April 23-25 draft was originally scheduled to be in Las Vegas but has been moved due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will now originate from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.—The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed cornerbacks Dontae Johnson and Jason Verrett to one-year contracts. Johnson and Verrett played sparingly for San Francisco last season but were brought back for depth in the secondary. Update on the latest in sports: —The mother of Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has died due to complications from COVID-19. Jacqueline Cruz-Towns had been fighting the virus for more than a month. The native of the Dominican Republic was a fixture at Timberwolves games from the start of her son’s NBA career in 2015. Karl Towns Sr., the father of the two-time All-Star, was also hospitalized with the virus but has since recovered.—The NBA has been sending evaluations to players considering leaving college early and entering the draft. The league will do so for all underclassmen who ask before Thursday’s deadline. The task falls to the league’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee, which understands that what it says in these uncertain times may carry even more weight than usual. No date has been set for the draft.—Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook has donated 650 computers to children in need so they can continue learning with schools shut down because of the new coronavirus. Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation teamed with Comp-U-Dopt and Houston mayor Sylvester Turner’s office of education to provide computers to underprivileged children across the city.In NBA draft news:— Kansas guard Devon Dotson is entering the NBA draft after leading the Big 12 Conference in scoring his sophomore season. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.1 steals while helping Kansas go 28-3 and win its final 16 games. The WWE-backed XFL canceled the rest of its return season last month because of the coronavirus pandemic. It suspended operations and laid off its employees Friday.The XFL had eight franchises this season and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule. It drew decent TV ratings early on and had deals with ESPN and Fox.NBA-BULLS-FRONT OFFICEBulls fire Forman, announce Karnisovas hire, reassign PaxsonCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls fired general manager Gar Forman on Monday, while officially hiring Denver Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas as their executive vice president of basketball operations and moving John Paxson into an advisory role. UNDATED (AP) — Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are among 12 players confirmed to play in the virtual Madrid Open tennis tournament, April 27-30.The online competition will be played from players’ homes and is expected to be broadcast live on TV and social media channels.There will be 150,000 euros ($164,000) distributed in prize money for each of the men’s and women’s events. The winners then decide how much they want to donate to tennis players who are having a hard time financially without any tournaments to play.Another 50,000 euros ($55,000) will be donated to reduce the social impact of the pandemic.In other virus-related developments: April 13, 2020 Associated Press — Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley will enter the NBA draft and sign with an agent, leaving school after a breakout season in which he was an honorable mention All-America selection by The Associated Press. Southeastern Conference coaches voted the 6-foot-3 sophomore Player of the Year after he wasn’t picked for any preseason all-conference teams. Quickley averaged a team-high 16.1 points per game last season with double-figure efforts in his final 20 contests.NASCAR-LARSON SLURKyle Larson suspended for racial slur in virtual raceCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson’s racial slur cost him his two primary NASCAR supporters. It likely will cost him his job soon.McDonald’s and Credit One Bank ended their sponsorship of Larson on Monday, a day after he used the N-word during a live stream of a virtual race. The decision came hours after NASCAR and Chip Ganassi Racing suspended Larson indefinitely, his team doing so without pay. The Bulls handed the keys to the 48-year-old Karnisovas last week, hoping he can spark a struggling franchise.Paxson is moving into a background role after nearly two decades as the top basketball decision-maker. He took over as general manager for Jerry Krause in 2003 and was promoted to vice president of basketball operations in May 2009 with Forman — who joined the Bulls as a scout in 1998 — becoming GM.But now, Forman is out. And the future of coach Jim Boylen remains unclear.The Bulls thought they were ready to contend for a playoff spot after combining for just 49 wins the past two seasons. Instead, they were 11th in the Eastern Conference at 22-43 when the NBA suspended play because of the COVID-19 pandemic.In other NBA news: The team agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract extension with McCaffrey on Monday, a person familiar with the contract negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the Panthers have not announced the extension. Details on how much of the contract is fully guaranteed were unavailable.The $16-million-a-year deal eclipses Ezekiel Elliott’s contract with the Dallas Cowboys that is worth $15 million per season.The extension keeps McCaffrey, 23, tied to the Panthers through the 2025 season. The coming season would be the final year of his rookie contract, and Carolina had the option to pick up a fifth year in 2021.It appeared to a matter of when, not if, the extension was coming after Panthers coach Matt Rhule made it clear last week that he viewed McCaffrey as a vital part of the franchise moving forward. —The Los Angeles Rams have signed kickers Lirim Hajrullahu and Austin MacGinnis as potential replacements for longtime incumbent Greg Zuerlein. Hajrullahu has spent the past six seasons playing for three Canadian Football League teams. MacGinnis kicked in the defunct Alliance of American Football and in the defunct XFL over the past 14 months.XFL-BANKRUPTCYXFL files for bankruptcy, cites COVID-19 crisisUNDATED (AP) — The XFL has filed for bankruptcy, likely spelling the end of the second iteration of the league.The filing Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware estimates the organization has between $10 million and $50 million in both assets and liabilities. Former coaches Bob Stoops and Marc Trestman are among the creditors with the largest unsecured claims. — Athletes completing doping bans over the next year will be eligible to compete in the postponed Tokyo Olympics. It’s an unintended effect of the coronavirus pandemic that has some crying foul. Irish race walker Brendan Boyce says, “It doesn’t seem like a fair punishment.” The 2020 Olympics were officially postponed last month for one year, with the opening ceremony now set for July 23, 2021.— Premier League soccer club Tottenham has reversed a decision to use government money to fund some staff salaries during the coronavirus pandemic. Staff put on furlough during the pandemic receive 80% of their salaries up to a maximum of 2,500 pounds ($3,000) per month from the government. And Tottenham had said non-playing staff not being furloughed would have their pay cut 20%.— A lower-level German soccer team has sold more than 125,000 tickets to a fictional game. Fourth-division club Lokomotive Leipzig says it has set an “attendance record” by selling so many tickets for a “virtual game against an invisible opponent on May 8.” The former East German league club has been selling symbolic tickets for 1 euro ($1.10).,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Mikel Obi: Will He Retune

first_imgHowever, Rohr had always come to his defence, maintaining that he and Obi were in regular contact over the midfielder’s decision to regain full fitness before returning to international duty.With Obi also failing to fix any particular date on his much-expected return to the Eagles, the Franco-German gaffer had declared in a media chat in January that he does not know the former Teda star’s schedule.He also went on to dismiss the argument that the Super Eagles were lacking a natural number 10 in the centre of the pitch ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with the international future of Obi up in the air, the German tactician has stressed that he was not searching for a playmaker and had identified three players who could replace him if he was not available for selection“I am not worried about it because we have a lot of players who can be natural playmakers. You know we have players like Etebo who can be a playmaker, he can also be a good defensive midfielder,” Rohr had told national television.“We have Alex Iwobi who played in this position and did very well in Johannesburg; we have Ahmed Musa who is coming in from the left side and can give good balls and score himself. You know that it is not necessary to have this position of number 10 in modern football. Everybody must be able to make the play, to be a playmaker even the defensive midfielders or even the defenders have to give good balls and to construct the game.”Meanwhile, former Super Eagles winger, Finidi George has called on Rohr to have a one-on-one talk with Obi to enable them reach a mutual understanding before the three-time African champions head to Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations, stating that Obi’s experience would be of a huge advantage despite not featuring in any of the qualifiers.“Personally, I don’t know the situation concerning his availability, but he is a respected captain and if his current form is okay, then it’s a plus for the team. He doesn’t need to play all qualifiers for him to have the opportunity to join the team.“He could be with the team even if he doesn’t get 90 minutes in all games; he could just help them in team building because he is a player other colleagues respect and the young ones will learn from. But as a coach, you need to speak to him before the tournament and clarify his role in the tournament to avoid a possible burst up and if he agrees then for me it will be a massive boost for the country in Egypt,” Finidi told AOIFootball.com.Another former Super Eagles player, Emmanuel Okocha, the elder brother of Nigerian legend, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, had earlier warned Rohr that Obi still remained relevant to the national team, comparing him with current Ballon d’Or holder, Luka Modric, whom he faced at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.“Look at how he performed against one of the best midfielders the game has seen at the last World Cup, he stood his ground against Luka Modric and co. and it was just unfortunate he didn’t get enough quality support from his fellow midfield players for us to come away with a better result against Croatia; against Argentina, he did very well too,” Okocha said.“At present, we do not have many creative players in the team’s midfield and that is sad. Take a look at our midfield in that game without him. Against Seychelles, most of them were just there.”Rohr, however, still hang on a little hope that Obi could still turn up for the AFCON, saying he hopes the Middlesbrough midfielder could lead his country to Africa Cup of Nations success later this year.After leaving Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda earlier this year, Obi has dropped off the international scene, yet his move to Boro could trigger a recall.“We are happy to see our captain now playing for a big club. We hope to see him fit and playing regularly,” Rohr had said“That’s what we want for all players. They should keep playing well with their teams and keep doing well. With Mikel playing in a tough league, maybe he can help Nigeria win the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.”Meanwhile, while expressing his dissatisfaction with the doubts that surfaced over his Super Eagles future last year, Obi, speaking via his Nigerian intermediary Babawo Mohammed wondered how doubts over his commitments surfaced in the first place.“The doubts over his commitments got to him because he adores playing for the Super Eagles and as captain, he wants to be a shining light for the young players in the team,” Babawo said.“If Mikel is no longer interested playing for Nigeria he will make an official announcement but for now it’s due to injury. People should understand his commitment and love for the Super Eagles. He will no doubt support them to qualify for the Cup of Nations because he wants to play and lift it again with the Super Eagles,” he remarked.Obi surprised bookmakers when he joined Championship side, Middlesbrough on a short term deal till the end of the season after he became a free agent in November after a two-year spell with Tianjin Teda in China.“I spoke to a few clubs and I also spoke to Tony Pulis, had a good chat with him. He’s told me where he wants to go with it and it  “The club wants to get promoted so hopefully, I’m here to help in any way I can. ‘It’s a family club and this is what I want. I like stability and this is why I was at Chelsea for a very long time.”Pulis added: “I’m pleased to get him in. He is a man with a lot of experience and quality. He has a winning mentality and he wants to be here be a part of what we are looking to achieve.”It, however, remains to be seen if Obi will join the team for AFCON final in Egypt or not.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Mikel Obi Mikel Obi last don the colours of the national team in Nigeria’s 2-1 loss to Lionel Messi inspired Argentina in the last group stage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and asked to be excused from the team for a while, if the words of Nigeria national team Manager Gernot Rohr was anything to go by.All through Super Eagles Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, the former Chelsea midfielder was on ‘AWOL’, culminating insinuation in some quarters that he might have said goodbye to the team.last_img read more

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Comeback bid falls short as UW loses to Michigan

first_imgThings were finally looking up for the Badgers, but in what’s turning into the story of the season, they weren’t able to pull off a win.The Wisconsin men’s soccer team seemed like a strong attacking team Sunday, but after letting in two goals in the first half, the squad just couldn’t finish a comeback against Michigan, dropping the Big Ten home opener 3-2.Now sitting at 1-8-2 and 0-1-1 in the Big Ten, Wisconsin just can’t seem to dominate a full 90 minutes. However, UW started the game out strong, scoring first.With his first collegiate goal, junior midfielder Colin Mani put the Badgers on top 11:50 into the game.“It felt good to get my first collegiate goal,” Mani said. “Jon Rzepka was trying to attempt a cross and it got deflected and landed on me. I was just putting it back across the goal for an opportunity on goal and it just carried into the far post so it was fortunate.”Wisconsin continued to put up a good fight against Michigan, but only six minutes later Michigan’s Justin Meram dribbled past the defense to get Michigan’s momentum rolling.It looked like the teams were going to head into half time locked in a tie, but the Wolverines shot in a goal off a corner kick, taking the lead and stealing any momentum the Badgers had.“I think that affected the psyche more than anything,” head coach John Trask said. “If we could have gotten in it 1-1, then maybe it would have been a little bit different. If a player like [Meram] is going to beat two players and shoot it in the upper corner like he did, hats off to him. But for them to nonchalantly play a corner kick right out and have them take a touch and have them whack it at our goal, we’re just not locked in enough to the opposing players. We just didn’t do a good enough job of eliminating really good looks for them. We just didn’t get out to them quick enough.”Michigan didn’t wait to use their momentum in the second half. Only 13 minutes after the break Michigan’s Matt Schmitt knocked in a rebound off a penalty kick to give Michigan the two-goal advantage.For the first time all season Wisconsin was down by two goals, and with about 30 minutes left in the game the squad was already starting to look like a defeated team.“This is the first time we’ve been down two goals this year,” Trask said. “The dog’s been kicked at that point. The guys have been hanging in there very well. It’s tough on them. It’s not easy. I mean we had seven rookies on the field and believe me I’m not using that as an excuse. We’re halfway through a season, it’s just the facts. If I could do something different I would.”But with eight minutes left it was one of those rookies who seemed to give Wisconsin new life. Chris Prince kicked in the Badgers second goal on the day instantly turning the squad into a more aggressive team that looked like it could tie things up.“We started sending some more numbers forward because we needed to get a couple goals,” Mani said. “We were fortunate to get that goal – Prince had a great finish – a new energy came into us. We were able to put pressure on the keeper. He made a great save on a shot by Joey Tennyson most goalies wouldn’t have saved. Once again we just ended up falling short.”Despite a few close chances to push the game into overtime as the clock ran out, so did the Badgers’ hopes of getting another win.Losing another game is definitely getting frustrating for the young team, but Trask can’t ignore the fact his squad was creating scoring opportunities, which they haven’t been as successful at through the first part of the season.“We had a lot of good attack,” Trask said. “I think we finished with nine corner kicks and seven or eight shots on goal. When you’re playing in the Big Ten and you can create seven or eight shots on goal… I thought the first 15 or 18 minutes we played pretty well.“There were a couple bright spots. Joey Tennyson played very well today. He looks like he’s grown as a player and as a person within this team.”With the bright spots in mind, Wisconsin still can’t help but feel frustrated. Now sitting at the half-way point in the season, the Badgers need to find a way to turn things around and starting winning some games instead of always being beaten by that one goal that seems to get by.“It’s a reoccurring theme and we just haven’t been able to get over that,” Mani said. “It’s something that’s been plaguing us all year. Hopefully in the second half of the season we can get it turned around, especially in the Big Tens, and carry that into the Big Ten Tournament.”last_img read more

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WLAX : Holden, Jaquith seeing valuable time on field with Daley sidelined with injury

first_img Comments Bridget Daley’s injury came at a tough time for Syracuse. The Orange just completed its second game in a span of three days. SU had only one day to prepare for play without a starting midfielder.Fortunately for Syracuse, depth is far from an issue. The Orange has seven players with at least 10 goals this season. Two of those seven are backup midfielders.‘(The depth’s) been critical,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said. ‘We’ve had players that have been playing all year step up with that extra time that’s available without her in the lineup.’No. 2 Syracuse (11-2, 4-0 Big East) will likely be without Daley for the fourth straight game Friday when it takes on Louisville (3-10, 1-5 Big East) at 5 p.m. on the road. Filling her spot in the starting lineup will likely be Sarah Holden, with Gabby Jaquith occupying key minutes off the bench.Holden has no problem with not having a true home on the lacrosse field. The senior began the season as a midfielder expected to add some veteran leadership to a youthful attack. But when Kailah Kempney injured her knee against Northwestern, Holden shifted to attack as the team won the first three games of what is now a 10-game winning streak.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Kempney returned to the lineup against Harvard, Holden returned to her role as a reserve midfielder.Then Daley got hurt. Holden again stepped into the starting lineup.‘Last year, I kind of played a similar role, and it’s just great knowing that I can just be an asset wherever I’m needed, I guess,’ Holden said. ‘And the coaches see that as well.’Daley missed her third straight game Tuesday against No. 13 Cornell. With the midfielder absent from the starting lineup, Holden has gotten a chance to shine in a starting role, as has Jaquith with an expanded role herself. The midfielders have combined for eight goals and four assists in three games without Daley as Syracuse has ascended to become the nation’s top team in terms of RPI.Before the three games without Daley, Jaquith had just seven goals while lost in the shuffle of a deep SU offense. With three goals in her last three games, the freshman is becoming increasingly comfortable with her role in the offense.‘We’re starting to build a lot more chemistry,’ Jaquith said. ‘… We’re definitely starting to jell a lot more on the field, and everyone pretty much knows how everyone else plays.’Holden and Jaquith both add a different skill set on the field than Daley provided. Daley’s greatest asset is her defensive presence in the midfield. The sophomore has corralled 11 ground balls this season, and her five caused turnovers tie her for the fourth-highest on the team.Holden and Jaquith, on the other hand, are more offensive-minded midfielders. Holden scored the second-most goals on the team during her junior season and has scored 16 this season. Jaquith has added 10 of her own, plus five assists, while playing in all 13 games.‘I think what me and Sarah add is a little more dynamic with dodging and definitely feeding,’ Jaquith said. ‘My main thing is that I like to feed, so that’s something I like to do a lot.’Daley’s injury is the second major one the Orange has dealt with this season. In both instances, players have played key minutes at new positions.But it’s more than just getting time in new roles. Jaquith is getting more playing time than she anticipated for her freshman year. After some growing pains to start the season, Jaquith has improved exponentially with additional playing time.The team may be hurting with Daley out now, but it could reap the benefits of a more comfortable bench come May.‘The more depth you have, the better you are,’ Gait said. ‘Who knows what could happen. We’ve been missing players all year. … It’s never going to be a perfect lineup, and the depth will be critical. The more experience we have, the better we’ll be in playoff time.’dbwilson@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on April 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

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Cardiff Back in EPL

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Four seasons after going down to the English Championship, Cardiff City won its promotion back to the Premier League yesterday.It joins ailing Carl Ikeme’s Wolverhampton Wanderers (relegated from EPL in 2012), who had won the 2017/18 Championship title ahead of the final fixtures of the regular season yesterday.Fulham, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Derby County all qualify for the playoffs that will determine the third team to be promoted to the topflight.last_img

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Annual Broward & Beyond Business Conference was a record breaking success

first_imgBROWARD COUNTY, FL – More than 730 attendees comprised of startup, nonprofit, established and international business professionals, 50 speakers, 45 exhibitors and international representatives from Haiti and Canada participated in the day-long Broward & Beyond Business Conference, held in celebration of National Small Business Week and World Trade Month. The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) proudly presented this premier event hosting attendees representing eight states (California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania) plus the District of Columbia and three countries (Canada, Great Britain and Haiti). The robust slate of workshops highlighted five educational tracks: Startup, Human Services / Nonprofit, Creative / Cultural, Growth and International. Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen provided welcome remarks along with OESBD Director Sandy-Michael E. McDonald. Vice Mayor Dale Holness, Commissioner Dr. Barbara Sharief and Deputy County Administrator Monica Cepero also addressed attendees at the keynote luncheon featuring Beverly Kuykendall, President of Government Business, at Miramar’s American Medical Depot. The keynote luncheon included a presentation of appreciation awards to the mentor firms of the County’s Team UP Broward Mentor-Protégé Pilot Program. “This year’s Broward & Beyond Conference lived up to its ‘Level Up Your Business’ theme,” said McDonald, OESBD Director. “Our attendees were treated to a jam-packed agenda with multiple diverse speakers providing tools and tips that entrepreneurs and business owners can adapt to their own enterprises for successful outcomes.” 2019 conference sponsors included: Luncheon – FPL and The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship; and Breakfast and Break – the City of Fort Lauderdale, Gracious Care Recovery Center, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and T Mobile. The annual Broward & Beyond Business Conference supports the vision of the Broward County Commissioners of a vibrant economy with a diverse, skilled workforce, in a County offering unique advantages that attract all types of businesses to create equitable, countywide prosperity and the value of ensuring economic opportunities for all people and businesses in Broward.last_img read more

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