City make most of Mignolet mishap

first_img Press Association Manuel Pellegrini’s side made it an impressive nine out of nine – with 37 goals scored – to move into second place behind Arsenal as the Reds slipped to fourth after a 2-1 defeat. However, had Raheem Sterling’s effort not been wrongly ruled out for offside before either side had scored – and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet not made a hash of Alvaro Negredo’s winner – Brendan Rodgers’ side could well have got much more out of this game. Kompany’s header wide from a corner gave Liverpool a warning which they later failed to heed as City continued to probe and press. By the time Negredo fired wide Suarez had already aimed a low free-kick straight at Joe Hart as the tide started to turn. Sterling’s diagonal run from the right had already been picked out once by Suarez without success but when the Uruguay international found the youngster again and he did not make the same mistake, going around Hart to score into an empty net. Play was brought back by an offside flag but television replays showed Sterling was at least two yards behind the last defender when he was played through. The same pair combined for the opening goal in the 24th minute when Suarez’s ball over the top was destined for Sterling only for Coutinho to come in from the left and score from a narrow angle. City’s response was instantaneous as Yaya Toure went past three defenders with one turn only to be denied by the outstretched leg of Martin Skrtel. The Slovakia defender has been singled out recently as the weak link at defensive set-pieces and while he was busy trying to grapple with Kompany the City captain had eyes only for David Silva’s corner and glanced a header past Mignolet. With City now holding the upper hand again Liverpool fire them a warning after a brilliant move via Suarez and Sterling saw Coutinho forced Hart into a smart save. But City often catch opponents napping on the counter-attack and so it proved on the stroke of half-time when Mignolet failed to deal with Negredo’s shot with outside of his left foot from Navas’ through ball as the visitors were cut wide open. Negredo tried a similar effort early in the second half but this time the goalkeeper was better positioned. The attacks continued at both ends with Sterling coming the closest with 17 minutes remaining when he diverted Suarez’s inviting cross over from seven yards. Late on Suarez appealed for a penalty with Lescott pulling at his shirt but as Skrtel had spent most of the match doing that to Kompany there was almost an argument for it being the same for both sides. As it was they contributed much to an enthralling match which was billed as a test of their title credentials. That may still be something of a distant dream, considering Rodgers was forced to name 19-year-old reserve team defender Brad Smith in his squad for the first time, but it did plenty to suggest their top-four challenge is alive and well. City, of course, remain favourites for the title and their home form will be a major factor in achieving that but for all their goals what was just as impressive about this performance was the way Kompany and Joleon Lescott kept the Premier League’s top scorer Luis Suarez on a tight leash in terms of chances. Philippe Coutinho’s opener sparked the home side into life and after Kompany had equalised from a corner Negredo’s 14th goal of the season ultimately clinched another three points. No team have scored more at home in the Premier League than City this season while Liverpool were the top flight’s top scorers on the road so the signs were good and the first half did not disappoint as both sides attacked each other freely. City had the better of the first and last 15 minutes with their visitors enjoying the middle third. The home side set out trying to exploit the weakness on Liverpool’s left where Aly Cissokho, the unconvincing on-loan Valencia defender, was making his first appearance since November 9 because of makeshift left-back Jon Flanagan’s hamstring injury. Jesus Navas almost made that pay when his looping header hit the outside of the post after he nipped in front of the Frenchman to meet a left-wing cross. Manchester City retained their imperious 100 per cent home record as they denied Liverpool the chance to regain top spot in the Barclays Premier League in an entertaining encounter at the Etihad Stadium.last_img read more

Sherwood hopes Benteke will stay

first_img Benteke is likely to be a transfer target for big clubs in the coming months, with Liverpool the latest to be linked after his run of nine goals in eight games. Sherwood has no intention of selling the big Belgian but concedes if Benteke wanted to go and the money was right, he would be allowed to leave. Press Association “Every player and staff member is concentrated on avoiding relegation, anything else is just a distraction. “I know everyone wants the same thing because I watch the games and I think Aston Villa are playing the best football in England right now.” Villa face Everton this weekend just two points clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. He said: “I haven’t heard anything about that, but it’s good news that people are talking about Christian again because he’s scoring goals and if he’s scoring goals for us, we’re happy. “I’ve no idea what he’d cost, because I don’t want to sell him. It would have to be a lot of money for anyone to take him from us. “He’d be too expensive for a great deal of clubs in the Premier League. But we’re not looking to sell our assets and he’s certainly one of those. “If a player doesn’t want to play for the club anymore and the club he wants to go to meet the valuation then I think it’s always best to let them go.” The former Tottenham boss added: “It would be about the market value of what’s out there but I have no intention of selling Christian. “He’s enjoying his football and I saw some positive things said by his agent, saying he had not talked to other clubs or seen any interest from other clubs and that Aston Villa were playing the best football out of any team in the league. I think he was spot on there.” Indeed, the 24-year-old’s agent Eris Kismet said this week his client was focused solely on Villa, where the forward has hit a purple patch after managing only three goals this season under Sherwood’s predecessor Paul Lambert. “At the moment, there is no interest,” Kismet told Sky Sports News HQ. Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood will not stand in Christian Benteke’s way if the striker wants a lucrative move to another club this summer. last_img read more

Golson picks apart shorthanded Syracuse secondary

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Julian Whigham didn’t realize Everett Golson threw 25 straight completions.“He had 20 straight completions?” the SU cornerback said when asked about them. “… Wow. Good for him.”They came quick. And while the Syracuse (2-2) secondary largely limited No. 8 Notre Dame’s (4-0) passing attack to short passes to the outside, time on the field with Golson took its toll. Being shorthanded in Wayne Morgan’s absence and the defensive line not getting enough pressure on Golson tore at the SU secondary enough for Notre Dame to get 362 yards and four touchdowns through the air.“That’s going to happen if you don’t get consistent pressure on the quarterback,” SU defensive line coach Tim Daoust said.Brandon Reddish had an interception in the first quarter and recovered a fumble, but he also got beat by Corey Robinson for a touchdown, despite tugging the Fighting Irish wide receiver’s jersey off his shoulder pads.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWill Fuller torched Corey Winfield for 72 yards and a score in the second quarter. Winfield converted from wideout to cornerback in training camp and slid into the No. 3 corner spot as Morgan missed the game with a knee injury.“The depth part was difficult,” Whigham said. “Obviously me and (Reddish) took a few more plays and that took a toll.”UND’s next longest pass was a 23-yarder, but the consistent stream of short passes was potent enough for the Fighting Irish. Whigham said the Irish simply took what they could get against SU’s softer zone.And when Notre Dame did go deep it was against tired defensive backs, contributing to three defensive holding penalties and two pass interference calls.Whigham said the Orange is up for the short turnaround for Friday’s game against Louisville. But as it prepares for the Cardinals, it’ll be looking to reinforce the secondary.“I think Corey (Winfield) did a good job, got his feet wet,” Whigham paused, laughing. “He got his feet wet and I think he’s confident though. He’s feeling good. He finally got some game action and that’ll really be beneficial to us going down the road.” Comments Published on September 29, 2014 at 12:15 am Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Social Work students petition changes

first_imgPart-time School of Social Work students are currently petitioning the administration in reaction to new curriculum implemented this year. Amanda Armoogam, the Master of Social Work student heading the petition, met with administrative leaders last weekend to discuss the effects of the new curriculum on part-time students.Armoogam’s concerns involve students who were displaced from their original campuses and who will now struggle to finish their coursework in time for certification. But she is also concerned with the fact that the administration made these changes without consulting students, and without informing them in advance. The School of Social Work held several town hall meetings last year to inform students that the curriculum would be changing, but the specific changes were never announced.It wasn’t until August that Armoogam found out the specific changes. Many of her classmates remained unaware for months into the semester, only discovering the issues when they went to enroll for spring classes. After reaching out to her own classmates, Armoogam created a Facebook page to bring together students who are affected. Since then, she’s been contacted by students from every campus who are concerned about the effects of the new curriculum.“I was kind of shocked,” Armoogam said. “I knew it was 300 students being affected, but I didn’t realize that at every campus there were students being affected by it.”The new curriculum creates several problems for current students. A major program was cut in San Diego, meaning that some students must commute from their homes in San Diego to the Orange County campus, or take their classes online. Additionally, two classes that used to be part of the core MSW curriculum have been merged. For students who already took them, the classes are now counted as two of the three electives that each student is allowed to take.These changes mean that some students are commuting for around four hours a day, a cost in both time and money that was unexpected up until this year. They also mean that some students will have to take extra classes after graduation, since the electives they previously planned to take are unavailable to them with only one elective slot left. For these reasons, Armoogam has created a petition and begun talking to administrators over the last few months in order to make the voices of the MSW students heard.The petition includes four main requests from the administration. One is for travel stipends and free parking spaces to be granted to displaced students who must travel to a different campus for their studies. This request was agreed upon during the meeting on Saturday. However, Armoogam believes there are still important measures to take to ensure fair treatment for MSW students.“The big question here is, as a private college, do they have to answer to the students?” Armoogam said. “Are administrators really allowed to make major changes without even informing the students, not to mention asking their opinions?”Armoogam said she hopes to secure a scholarship for students whose elective options were diminished or altered by the change. The new curriculum cut $3 million in electives funding, and many of the elective options were altered. This means that students don’t have the same access to the electives necessary for graduation. The petition asks for scholarships to offset the added classes that students might have to take due to this change.The petition also requests that students on the Orange County campus are allowed a semester of weekend courses. These courses give more flexibility to students who are part-time and work jobs during the week. The request includes lowering the minimum student enrollment to 10 students, in order to make the class more available.The final request involves the Pupil Personnel Services Credential, a type of authorization that allows students to specialize in school counseling, school social work, school psychology and child welfare in schools. Armoogam wants a Virtual Academic Center option for the students working toward this program. This virtual option would also make it easier for students who are part-time and can’t add a third class.Each of these requests would help students in a different way, but Armoogam believes that each is an important part of supporting MSW students in light of the new curriculum. With the first request already met, Armagoom hopes this will be an ongoing discussion that will result in a curriculum that more closely mirrors the old one. Her main concern, however, is making sure that all students can take the classes they need the most and still graduate on time.“My hope is that they recognize that students are participants in the program,” Armoogam said. “For us to not have a say in our organization and how it’s run is a shame.”Corrections: This article previously mispelled Amanda Armoogam’s name as Armagoom. It also stated Provost Michael Quick was present at the meeting. He was not. The Daily Trojan regrets the errors.last_img read more

Syracuse ice hockey routs Penn State, 5-1

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 24, 2017 at 7:28 pm Contact Jake: jafalk@syr.edu Syracuse (14-12-5, 13-4-2 College Hockey America) continued its strong push towards the CHA playoffs with a 5-1 rout of Penn State (9-19-5, 8-9-2) Friday afternoon at Pegula Ice Arena in University Park.Five minutes into the second frame, Syracuse’s Savannah Rennie scored the first goal of the game — her seventh of the year. With under two minutes left in the period, Rennie scored again to give SU a 2-0 lead after two periods.Penn State answered quickly, scoring its only goal 25 seconds into the third. The Orange answered five minutes later with a goal by Allie Munroe.Then Sarah Stuehr scored her first career goal — her first point of the season — to put the game out of reach. Stephanie Grossi scored with under five minutes remaining to make it 5-1.Senior starters Jessica Sibley and Heather Schwarz did not play in the game. Sibley was out with an undisclosed injury and Schwarz is in Connecticut for a family matter and did not travel with the team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEmily Costales led the team with three points on three assists and Abbey Miller saved 16 out of the 17 shots she faced.Syracuse faces Penn State tomorrow at 2 p.m. in University Park in both teams’ regular-season finales. Commentslast_img read more

Casumo expands into the UK with sportsbook launch

first_img Related Articles UKGC launches public awareness campaign on gambling controls, rights and safeguards August 3, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Malta-based online operator Casumo has confirmed that it will be expanding into the UK betting market after launching its new sportsbook which will be made available on mobile, desktop and via the Casumo Sports app.The new launch will allow punters to personalise their betting experience upfront by selecting their favourite sports and leagues.“I am excited to be able to bring Casumo’s approach to UK sports fans,” stated Greg Tatton-Brown, country manager for the UK. “We have put the player front and centre in the development of a sportsbook product that is approachable and user-friendly.”The news of a UK expansion comes at a time when Casumo has revealed how its partnership with Championship-side Reading FC has helped benefit a number of causes.In addition to dedicating more than half of its messaging to responsible gambling via its Casumocares.com initiative, the company has worked with Reading FC to support special events such as Remembrance Day and the Rainbow Laces Campaign.Adorning the from of the Reading shirts, as well as LEDs, programme adverts and posters across the stadium, during the 3-2 home defeat by Birmingham, an auction of the strips subsequently raised over £3,000 for GamCare’s BigDeal Programme.Mike Kenward, development director at GamCare, commented: “This donation towards our important work with young people is very much appreciated. Our BigDeal programme gives young people the facts about gambling so that they can go on to make safe and informed choices about gambling should they choose to participate in the future.”Furthermore, Casumo also changed their front-of-shirt logo in support of the Rainbow Laces campaign last year, and donated their shirts to the local LGBT charity, Support U.“Its commendable to see a gambling brand using a sponsorship for good causes,” said Nigel Howe, chief executive at Reading Football Club.“I hope that others will follow suit to drive positive change for the gambling industry. We’re thrilled to be partnered with Casumo in all its efforts to support our team, its fans and the Reading community.” GambleAware forms ‘Lived Experience Group’ supporting treatment research July 23, 2020 GambleAware data finds stigma to be key barrier to treatment for women July 16, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

The Irish will host the Dragons at the beautiful Stadium Aviva in Dublin

first_imgFootball national team of Ireland will host the national team of B&H at the stadium Aviva for the second match of the playoffs which is to be played on November 16. Aviva is a truly beautiful football temple with an always great sports atmosphere.Stadium Aviva is located in Dublin, Ireland. Its capacity is 51.700 seating places. The stadium was constructed at the site of the former stadium Lansdowne Road which was demolished in 2007. Stadium Aviva became home of the rugby national team and the football national team of Ireland. Decision on the construction of the new stadium was reached after the failure of plans for the construction of the stadium Ireland and the stadium Eircom Park. Aviva Group signed a ten-year contract in 2009, according to which the stadium is to bear its name.(Source: klix.ba/ photo sport1)last_img read more

Michigan, Jim Harbaugh left with more questions than answers after Ohio State blowout

first_img“Is this a talent gap? Is it a preparation gap? Is it a coaching gap? What is the biggest difference between you and Ohio State at this point?”MORE: OSU crushes Michigan again to show Big Ten talent gapOhio State (12-0, 9-0 Big Ten) is off to another conference championship game in Indianapolis. No. 13 Michigan (9-3, 6-3) is headed to a second-tier bowl game. Harbaugh fired back with the viral response that will be branded on the program for the next 364 days.”I’ll answer your questions,” he said. “Not your insults.”Those four questions are the all-encompassing questions that have dogged the Michigan program in the 21st century in a rivalry that is in danger of being on life-support. The Buckeyes are 17-3 in the last 20 meetings and now have an immutable eight-game win streak that called attention to that gap one more time. Ohio State rolled up 577 yards — Justin Fields threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns, and J.K. Dobbins added 211 more yards and four scores.Fields then lobbed the insult from the other news conference room.”It just means more at Ohio State,” Fields said. “That’s pretty much the big reason.”There is a big difference between the two Big Ten rivals. That much is clear. Michigan needs to address the other three questions in reverse order.Is it a coaching gap? Harbaugh is now 0-5 against the Buckeyes, a scarlet-and-gray-letter that follows what to this point has been a solid five-year stint. If Michigan wins its bowl game, then that will be four 10-win seasons in five years.Yet, Michigan’s coaching decisions have been motivated by failures against the Buckeyes. Don Brown was brought in to fix the defense. It worked for a year in 2016, but the Wolverines have allowed 118 points and 1,144 yards in the last two meetings. Josh Gattis was brought on to fix the offense. Shea Patterson was 14 of 19 for 250 yards in the first half. He completed 4 of 24 passes after halftime. Ohio State’s coaches made better half-time adjustments.Is it a preparation gap? Michigan trailed 28-16 after two quarters, but it was a pile of self-inflicted mistakes that created that difference. Patterson lost a fumble in the red zone. Khaleke Hudson jumped offsides on a punt on fourth-and-4, which the Buckeyes turned into a touchdown in two plays. Donovan Peoples-Jones dropped a pass in the end zone. That three-score swing in points made a difference.The Wolverines trimmed the lead to 42-27 in the second half and had the ball, but Hassan Haskins was stuffed out of a Wildcat play on fourth-and-1. Ohio State, however, simply rolled through Michigan’s defense for the second straight season, which means Brown will feel the brunt of that criticism after getting torched for the second straight season. Ohio State coach Ryan Day, the offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer the last two seasons, had the better game plan.”Their defensive staff does an excellent job, but you have to be aggressive against them,” Day said. “You have to set the tone. Once it’s the other way around, you are battling uphill.”Is this a talent gap? This is the easiest answer. Ohio State has a pick-your-Heisman-candidate trio out of Fields, Dobbins and defensive end Chase Young, who could be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Meyer’s recruiting class have given the Buckeyes NFL difference-makers at every position group that have the program impervious to the upsets that dogged the John Cooper teams of the 1990s. The millennial generation has no concept of that now, because it’s been two decades and the dominance has taken away from the lore of the rivalry.MORE: Harbaugh in bad mood after latest loss to OSUThere were whispers of 1969 — the legendary 24-12 Michigan upset that launched the Ten Year War between Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler — leading up to this game. Instead, it was 1968 all over again, when the Buckeyes won 50-14. Or even 2018, when Ohio State won 62-39. Michigan, in five years of Harbaugh, has not fired a shot to resuscitate the rivalry.There is a gap, and the question now becomes whether Harbaugh will be around for the next five years to fix it. No, Harbaugh will not be fired. Would he consider a parachute to the NFL at some point, knowing how much ground is left to cover? That remains an open-ended question.Michigan is 47-17 since his arrival, and this was Patterson’s first home loss as a starter the last two seasons. Only Clemson (67-4), Alabama (65-5), Ohio State (60-6), Oklahoma (56-9), Georgia (53-14), Wisconsin (51-14) and LSU (47-14) have better records among Power 5 schools. The Wolverines are tied with Penn State (47-17), and those two programs have taken turns chasing Ohio State the last three years.Harbaugh, however, was brought to Michigan to close that gap and push the program into the elite class of college football. That hasn’t been done with a five-, 10- or even 20-year plan since Jim Tressel took over at Ohio State.Harbaugh addressed the follow ups in the simplest of terms about those gaps. ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A reporter asked a four-part question to Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh in the aftermath of a 56-27 loss to No. 1 Ohio State at Michigan Stadium on Saturday.It was teed up as follows: “They played really good,” Harbaugh said. “They played better today.”Anybody with two eyes can see that. There’s a big difference at Ohio State, and it is a combination of talent, coaching and preparation. Insults hurt the most when they are laced with the truth.The Wolverines, once again, left those questions unanswered.last_img read more

Red Cross in critical need for blood donors

first_imgDES MOINES — The Fourth of July holiday left American Red Cross chapters in Iowa with a critical need for blood.“Donate if you can, all types are needed right now,” says Red Cross spokeswoman Sue Thesenga. She says the agency tries to make it as easy as possible for Iowans to help out as there are blood drives around the state daily.“So if you visit our website or our app,” Thesenga says, “all you have to do is put your ZIP code in and you can find a blood drive that’s conveniently located.” During the long holiday, many routine blood donors took some time off for vacations, which left supplies strapped.“The Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types, and less than a two day supply of type O,” she says. “We really strive to keep a five-day supply on hand at all times.” Search for blood drives in your area by visiting redcross.org.last_img read more

Musobo set for Seoul marathon

first_imgKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda’s Fred Musobo will take part in the 2018 Seoul Marathon slated for November 4th in South Korea.Three-time winner in the Seoul Marathon and the course record-holder Wilson Erupe Loyanae from Kenya will also take part in the race. Musobo will also face stiff competition from other Kenyan, Ethiopia and Eritrean runners.“I am glad that I have this chance to go and compete in South Korea. I have trained so hard for this marathon and I think I will perform well,” Musobo told URN.Dominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) told URN that he is glad Musobo will travel for the Seoul Marathon where he will gain more exposure running with other top runners. “It is always good when our runners compete against other international opposition because it makes a big difference in-terms of the experience gained,” explained Otuchet.Two weeks ago former Ugandan Olympic gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich only managed to finish 7th in the 2018 Toronto Marathon over a week ago.****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more