Sherwood has faith in Soldado

first_img “He was all right (against Hull). His hold up play was good, he had a few volleys – sometimes they go in, sometimes they don’t. “I’m not putting pressure on him and he’s not putting pressure on himself.” With Soldado off target and Emmanuel Adebayor denied by goalkeeper Steve Harper with his best chance of the match, Tottenham relied on midfielder Paulinho for their equaliser. The Brazilian was back in the starting XI for the first time this year following ankle trouble, and Sherwood was happy to have him back. “He’s been out for a while and he did well. Jan Vertonghen was back as well and he grew into the game, getting better as the game went on. “We had Younes Kaboul back on the bench too, so with a few coming back to fitness by the time we play Everton next week we won’t be too far off full strength.” While the efforts of Long and Jelavic on their home debuts will have left the Hull faithful in buoyant spirits about the remainder of the campaign, manager Steve Bruce expects it to be tense. With his side two points above the relegation zone and three points off 10th, he said: “I’ve never known 10 teams stuck by three or four points. “It’s quite ridiculous. Usually you have one or two adrift by now. As I’ve said repeatedly, it’s a marathon this thing and it’s just about to get going. “When the daffodils come up it starts to get a bit tickly, so it’s all to play for.” Soldado arrived at White Hart in the summer with a £26million price tag and a hard-won reputation as one of La Liga’s most lethal finishers. But although he has found the net 10 times for Spurs in 24 appearances, just half of those goals have come in the Barclays Premier League. Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has no fears that Roberto Soldado will start scoring soon and had no intention of bringing in a new striker in the January transfer window. More worrying is the fact that all but one of his league goals have come from the penalty spot. The Spaniard drew a blank again in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Hull, who had threatened a shock win when £6.5million new boy Shane Long put the Tigers ahead having been teed up by fellow home debutant Nikica Jelavic. The boost Hull received from their January signings was palpable, but Sherwood’s faith in Soldado meant he never intended following them into the market. “We’re all right for strikers here. If we added more players to what we’ve got it would be impossible to train…too manic,” said Sherwood. “It’s just a matter of time before Robbie hits the target again, starts scoring and gets on a run. “He’s a good trainer and he’s just got to stick at it. We’ve all been professional footballers, so we know what it’s like. “What are you going to do? You have to keep training hard, working hard at it and it’ll turn around because it always does. “I’m sure it’s not the first barren spell he’s had. Press Associationlast_img read more

Eight Hancock County players advance to tennis Round of 48

first_imgELLSWORTH — Eight players from Hancock County high school tennis teams are among those advancing to the next round in the Maine Principals’ Association Tennis Singles Tournament.Eastern Maine regional preliminary and qualifying round competitions took place on Saturday at several locations in the Bangor area.Moving on to statewide competition Friday at Colby College in Waterville are Evan Toothaker, Alec Toothaker and Sarah Shelton of the Ellsworth Eagles; Luke Horton, Kaleb Payson, Sarah Phelps and Ivy Wallace of the Mount Desert Island Trojans; and Sophie Chen of the George Stevens Academy Eagles.Play for those seeded in the preliminary Round of 48 will get under way at 8:30 a.m. and first round play in the Round of 32 will commence at 1:15 p.m.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFollowing are the results for local players In Saturday’s regional preliminary matches.In boys’ competition:Evan Toothaker defeated Phillip Schnorfeil of Lee Academy 8-1 and downed Mitchel Noyes of Piscataquis 6-4, 6-3.Alec Toothaker bested Bram Dennis of Foxcroft Academy 8-0 and got past Sam Sheppard of Orono 7-5, 6-2.Horton never dropped a game in rolling over Tysen Libby of Mattanawcook Academy 8-0 and Zac Libby of Old Town 6-0, 6-0.Payson blanked Ethan King of Penobscot Valley 8-0 and outlasted Anthony Gardner of Ellsworth 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.Gardner eked out an 8-6 win over Tate Yoder of GSA 8-6 in his preliminary match.Lucas Theoharidis of GSA downed Rece Baker of Brewer 8-1 in preliminary play but fell to Ryan Wells of Orono in the first round, dropping a marathon first set 7-6 in a 13-11 tiebreak and falling 7-5 in the second set.In other preliminary matches, Eric Byers of Hermon bested Edward Geary of MDI 8-4, Nicholas Hallowell of Calais downed Matthew Duddy of the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners 8-2, Alex Marsh of Hermon defeated Matt Lamoreux of Sumner 8-2 and Michael Dunning of John Bapst edged Nathaniel Boechat of GSA 9-7.In girls’ action:Shelton rolled over Leah Susen of Mattanawcook Academy 8-0 and downed Hannah Flemming of Sumner 6-1, 6-2 in the qualifying round. Flemming defeated Abby Davis of Penobscot Valley 8-0 in the preliminary round and Sydney Hammond of Hermon 8-0 in the first round.Phelps cruised over Madison Pickering of Belfast 8-1 and bested Allison Cormier of DI-Stonington 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) in the qualifying round. Cormier defeated Molly Banks of Lee Academy 8-2 in the first round.Wallace defeated Hannah Green of Belfast 8-2 in preliminary play, then blanked Dana Webber of Dexter 8-0 and defeated Olivia Gower of Hampden Academy 7-5, 6-3 in the qualifying round.Chen downed Madison Bennett of Hampden Academy 8-2 and eliminated Isabelle Daigle of Bangor 6-1, 6-3 in the qualifying round.Tianah Johnson of Sumner downed Lindsay Wells of Orono 8-2 in preliminary play and Amy Hallet of Penobscot Valley 8-4 in the first round before falling to Claire Valley of Brewer 7-5, 6-1 in the qualifying round.Maeve Geary of MDI downed Amber Wilcoxson of Lee Academy 8-3 in preliminary play and Alexa Grant of Ellsworth 8-0 in the first round, but fell to Aidan Coyne of Bangor 6-2, 6-3 in the qualifying round.Lauren Hale of Ellsworth bested Cassie Cliff of DI-Stonington 8-1 in preliminary play and lost to Haley Donovan of Calais 8-3 in the first round.Jordyn Judkins of DI-Stonington defeated Libby Toothaker of Dexter 8-4 in preliminary play and fell to Nicole Chasse of Schenck 8-1 in the first round.Adrian Van der Eb of GSA fell to Catelyn Kimball of Brewer 8-0 in the first round.Abigail Frost of GSA lost to Ava Broderick of Mattanawcook Academy 8-4 in preliminary play.last_img read more

Harper lauds ‘white-ball batting’

first_img(CMC) – Convenor of selectors, Roger Harper, has hailed the improved batting of the white-ball unit as one of the positives for West Indies in recent months.The former Guyana and West Indies off-spinner said the return of “older, wiser heads” had also brought a new level of effectiveness to the bowling, especially at the death stages of the innings.“If you look for one thing that has been relatively consistent is the way the team has batted,” Harper told i95 FM here.“I think we’ve seen some consistency in the white-ball team both in the 50-over game and the T20 game and that of course is a plus.“We have identified that our bowling at times hasn’t been as sharp and smart as it needed to be but with the inclusion of some of the older, wiser heads – more experienced from a bowling perspective especially at the end of the innings – we’ve seen some improvement there as well.”“Just as we saw some gains, we have this break; so again we will have to regroup when this (coronavirus pandemic) is over and come again but I think generally we have seen some improvement, and it’s just a matter now of turning those improvements now in terms of performance into consistent positive results.”West Indies flopped spectacularly at last year’s 50-over World Cup in England, when they won just twice in nine outings to finish ninth of 10 teams and record their worst-ever performance at the showpiece.The performance prompted a shakeup in the white-ball team, with Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite being ditched as captain of the ODI and Twenty20 sides respectively and the previously exiled Kieron Pollard returning to take over as skipper.Since then, West Indies’ form has remained volatile, winning seven of 12 ODIs and just five of 11 Twenty20 Internationals.The Windies’ Test form has also seen inconsistency, winning three of their last six Tests inside the last 12 months.Harper, though, praised the victory over minnows Afghanistan last November, when the two teams met in the historic inaugural one-off Test in India.“We played one Test match and we managed to win that Test match and I think we shouldn’t underestimate that result,” he pointed out.“I know it was against Afghanistan but playing against Afghanistan in those conditions would not be easy and we must take some credit for that.”West Indies are preparing to defend their title at the T20 World Cup scheduled to be staged in Australia from October 18 to November 15.However, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has halted all cricket globally and put in doubt the showpiece.last_img read more

MLAX : REJUVENATED: Syracuse snaps 2-game losing streak with home win over No. 11 Princeton

first_img Comments The anticipation started to build. A three-goal scoring barrage late in the third period gave Syracuse its first lead of the game.The Orange sideline and Carrier Dome crowd came to life after Ryan Barber’s go-ahead goal. And they erupted when Kevin Drew drove down the right alley for another score 11 seconds later to cap a dominant SU run.Four goals in 92 seconds. And in the blink of an eye, a two-goal deficit turned into a two-goal lead.‘We kind of strive off everyone else on the team’s energy, and right when we got that first goal and then we got the next faceoff, it kept going back and forth,’ SU faceoff specialist Chris Daddio said. ‘And Kevin Drew came down with that big goal at the end where he literally just picked it up and ran, sprinted by everyone and scored.‘It’s just stuff like that. Every time it goes back and forth like that and we can get quick ones, it just really gets our team going.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse saw the momentum and energy from the scoring outburst disappear as its two-goal cushion was erased in the final period, but the No. 17 Orange (5-4, 2-1 Big East) regained the lead late and held on for a 10-9 victory over No. 10 Princeton (6-3) in front of 4,629 in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, snapping a two-game losing streak. SU earned quality opportunities on offense all day, but Princeton goaltender Tyler Fiorito kept the attack in check for most of the first three quarters. The senior made 13 saves before the Orange offense exploded in the final two minutes of the third period.The late charge started at the faceoff X with Daddio, who won the final four draws of the period. Syracuse held possession for the final two minutes of the quarter, and the Princeton offense could only watch as its lead turned into a hole going into the final 15 minutes of play.‘It’s just momentum. It was all on faceoffs. It was all early offense,’ Princeton head coach Chris Bates said. ‘And when the bright lights went on in that pressure situation, we didn’t rely on each other in terms of team defense where we needed to and they made plays.’Early on, Princeton made all the plays. The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead, beating freshman goaltender Bobby Wardwell with ease in his first career start.But SU battled back and Wardwell settled in between the pipes from there. Syracuse whittled the lead down to one going into halftime and tied it at 5 early in the second half. Still, the Orange could never pull ahead as Fiorito turned away shot after shot.‘They’ve got one of the better goalies in the country who, as you saw, stopped us a number of times one-on-one today kicking them out with his feet,’ SU head coach John Desko said. ‘And (SU) easily could have become frustrated with that.’But the Syracuse offense stayed aggressive and finally broke Fiorito with the late run in the third period.Bobby Eilers started it off with a hard shot into the top left corner. Tommy Palasek tied it on the next possession, slinging one into the bottom corner of the net. Then Barber worked down the right alley and fired one between Fiorito’s legs to give SU the lead.The Princeton goaltender fell to his knees and dropped his head after the miscue as the Orange displayed some excitement on the sideline. Drew’s bullet soon after set off celebrations all across the field.The offense met Drew around the goal as Brian Megill shared a chest bump with his defensive teammates. And the players on the bench jumped up and down, barely remaining on the sideline.With a two-goal lead, the defense simply had to keep the Tigers off the board to get the win.‘When our offense makes runs like that, we got to hold our own down on the defensive end and feed off their energy and hold teams to no goals for two or three possessions,’ Megill said.The defense faltered, though. Princeton tied the game at 9 with just less than nine minutes remaining.The energy on the sideline returned when Syracuse went up 10-9 with just more than four minutes left on Palasek’s fourth goal off a 25-yard pass from Tim Desko after a Princeton turnover at midfield.The goal sparked another roar in the Carrier Dome and became the difference between a thrilling win and a potential third straight loss.‘The past two games are the first times we put a 60-minute game together as far as effort goes,’ Palasek said. ‘But I’ll tell you what, it feels so much better to win than to lose, that’s for sure.’rjgery@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on April 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edulast_img read more

Arsenal – Liverpool preview: Will Wenger show a big-game mentality?

first_imgArsenal can take a significant step towards qualifying for the Champions League and simultaneously dampen Liverpool’s hopes with a victory on Saturday.Arsène Wenger and Olivier Giroud’s manager and player of the month awards for March are testament to how strong the Gunners have been.Liverpool will miss the experience of Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel but Brendan Rodgers will know his side still have the quality to secure a vital win.Arsenal kick off the first of their final three blockbusters of the season, with Chelsea and Manchester United to come.It’s a game that means a lot for both sides.At stake The prize for Arsenal is leading the charge for second place, while for Liverpool it’s all about staying in the race. Both teams will be eager not to drop points at this stage of the season, and both will be even keener not to lose momentum at a time when players are fatigued and running on empty.Arsene Wenger’s men go into this huge occasion on the back of an eight-match winning streak in all competitions. They’ve recorded only one loss at home in the league all season, and that was to United back in November. Wenger and Olivier Giroud have won manager and player of the month, respectively, while most of their squad are returning to full fitness.Things are looking bright.The major question that needs to be answered is whether Arsenal are still a team of big-game bottlers. Beating Manchester City 2-0 away in January was either a step in the right direction or an anomaly. The horror show against a very average Monaco side in the Champions League sits fresh in the memory. When the heat is on, Arsenal generally crumble.Liverpool are in a bit of a mess, though, with Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel both suspended. The club’s recent run of fabulous form came to a juddering halt as United beat them convincingly before the international break, and anything other than a win will put them at a huge disadvantage in their quest for a second successive top-four finish. The fear is they’ve peaked too early.Smash and grabIt’s difficult to see Wenger shutting up shop and playing the patient strategy. The pace in both sides should hopefully see an afternoon full of intricate passing and quick counterattacks.Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez should all be reunited in Arsenal’s starting XI. Coupled with an in-form Giroud, the league’s star striker of the moment, and that should be more than enough to shake Liverpool’s back line. In defence, Arsenal now have two fast, mobile defenders in Gabriel and Laurent Koscielny. That hopefully means the pace that Liverpool boast won’t cause the same issues it has when Per Mertesacker has been tracking runners.Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin will have an important job to do tracking darting runs from midfield. He’s been one of the most important cogs in the winning machine that has been 2015, and he reminds a few of former Arsenal man Gilberto Silva.The importance of the result on Saturday doesn’t just sit with the attack on the top four. It sets Arsenal up for next season. Are they truly contenders for the Premier League title next term? That’s the question Arsenal fans will want to see answered. The pressure is on.A major club is there to upset the party. Can Arsenal show that they’ve truly grown up?Over to you, Arsene. –last_img read more

Vincent Kompany out for a ‘minimum of one month’ after early injury

first_imgManchester City captain Vincent Kompany lasted less than five minutes of the Champions League last-16, second leg against Dynamo Kiev.Kompany picked up a muscular injury and immediately kicked the ball out of play before collapsing to the floor. He hobbled off the pitch to be replaced by Eliaquim Mangala.The Belgium international injured the calf which has given him persistent problems and City say he will be out for at least a month, ruling their captain and key defender out of a string of important Premier League and the Champions League quarter-finals.“Unfortunately for Kompany he has again a calf problem in his muscle, we will see how important it is tomorrow,” said Pellegrini.“Yes it is the same injury. It’s difficult for him as he came back very well, played six games in a row. Unfortunately for him he couldn’t continue.”Incredibly, City then lost their second starting centre-back after 20 minutes when Nicolas Otamendi suffered an impact injury in a challenge and was replaced by Martin Demichelis. However, his injury is not serious.”Otamendi has a kick,” said Pellegrini. “Hope he can recover in a couple of days.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Phoenix Open: Final pairing a familiar one; Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Justin Thomas to tee off together

first_imgBut, the match play format then is a lot different than how and what the trio will be playing for Sunday. In the final round, the three will likely go toe-to-toe for a chance to hoist the trophy on “The Greatest Show on Grass.”Fowler is playing to break a dreaded streak. He’s posted an over-par score in the final round following each of his previous six 54-hole leads or co-leads, and has only converted that lead into a win once. Kuchar wants to become the first player to win three times on the PGA Tour this season and Thomas is searching for his 10th tour championship. Related News SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and Justin Thomas all know each other well.Fowler and Thomas are best friends, neighbors and housemates while playing the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The two also helped the United States to a Presidents Cup win in 2017. They teamed up to give the U.S. a commanding lead over the international team and helped the States claim its seventh consecutive title — Kuchar was right there with them. Thomas started the tournament shooting 7-under 64, but each day since he’s scores have gotten higher and higher — instead of lower and lower. He’ll need to pull out all the stops and resist temptation to playfully sabotage his roommate.When asked if he was going o set Fowler’s alarm for 3:30 a.m. or something like that, Thomas said: “No, if I’m going to beat him, I want to do it the right way.”The final pairing will tee off at 10:45 a.m. local time. Phoenix Open: Rickie Fowler enters final round in charge; Matt Kuchar, Justin Thomas trail But, a win for any will be challenging.Fowler is happy with his play this week, especially after making adjustments to his swing, which is starting to pay off. His four-shot lead at 20 under was just two shy of the 54-hole record since the tournament moved to TPC Scottsdale in 1987.”(I’ve) done a good job of kind of everything this week,” Fowler said. “Nothing’s standing out as super special, just playing solid golf and when I’ve gotten into trouble been able to get the ball up-and-down most of the time, been putting well and hitting a lot of good putts as far as the ones that I miss they’re more just misreads, if anything.”A 7-under 64 on Saturday gave @RickieFowler his seventh career 54-hole lead/co-lead @WMPhoenixOpen.Rickie’s highlights from the third round: pic.twitter.com/TLpzculLkm— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 3, 2019While Fowler remains modest, his competition has noticed what’s been working well for the four-time tour winner.”He’s playing great golf, certainly he’s going to be the player to beat, especially if he keeps up on the form he’s on,” Kuchar said. “But however I feel like my form’s pretty good as well. And if I can try to make a run, I know that there’s nothing — I can’t control what Rickie’s going to do, I can only control what I can do and try to keep playing the golf I’ve been playing of late.”Kuchar used a bogey-free round to move into second place (16 under). But, he’ll have to hold off Thomas, who won twice in 2018, and defending Phoenix Open champion Gary Woodland and fan-favorite Bubba Watson, who are both tied for sixth (12 under).”It would be amazing to get three wins this early,” Kuchar said. “It had been a number of years since I found the winners circle, to have gotten two in this year has been amazing. My game’s been good, last year was frustrating … but I think the frustrating part was it felt like I was doing a lot of good things and not seeing results … but nice to see things have turned around and get rewarded with a couple wins.”Matt Kuchar is seeking to become the first three-time winner this season.Highlights from his 19th straight round at par or better: pic.twitter.com/oREFad7Txb— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 3, 2019Thomas’ win, he said, may take something special.”If [Rickie] keeps driving it like this he’s going to be tough to catch,” he added. “There’s a good chance it might take something special for me tomorrow, but I like the fact at least that I got my way in that final group and I’m going to know what he’s doing and hopefully I can get off to a hot start and maybe put a little bit of heat on him.”last_img read more

Blues’ Joel Edmundson awarded $3.1 million by arbitrator

first_imgPer @FriedgeHNIC , the arbitrator has awarded D Joel Edmundson a 1 year contract worth $3.1M. The 2019 walkaway minimum is $4,397,832, meaning #Blues must honour the contract awarded by the arbitrator.https://t.co/E9R2kGSwod— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) August 6, 2019A member of the 2019 Stanley Cup champion Blues, the contract is slightly more than the one-year, $3 million deal he signed just over a year ago. With the new deal, he will be an unrestricted free agent next season.Edmundson, 26, saw his production slip slightly in 2018-19. He skated in 64 regular season games, netting two goals and 11 points before posting seven points (one goal, six assists) in 22 postseason games. The Brandon, Manitoba, native was drafted in 2011 and has 52 points (13 goals, 39 assists) in 269 regular-season games.With the signing, the team’s cap space now sits at $2.7 million, per The Athletic’s Jeremy Rutherford. Still on their to-do list is the signing of restricted free agent Ivan Barbashev. The forward is coming off a career year that saw him score 14 goals and 28 points in 80 games, along with six points in 25 playoff games.Edmundson arb ruling leaves #stlblues with approximately $2.7 million in cap space and Barbashev left to sign. I’d guess Barbashev, who is RFA and didn’t have arb rights, will fall in the $1.3-$1.5 million range. That would leave the team with a little over $1 million in space.— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) August 6, 2019 Arbitration generally finds a happy medium.Following an arbitration meeting on Aug. 4, Blues restricted free agent defenseman Joel Edmundson was awarded a one-year contract worth $3.1 million on Tuesday. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Blues were looking for closer to $2.3 million, while Edmundson wanted $4.2 million. MORE: Complete list of all 31 teams’ UFA, RFA players”We are glad to have Joel under contract for next season,” noted Blues general manager Doug Armstrong in the team’s news release. “He is an important part of our defensive unit and we are looking forward to another successful year.”last_img read more

The Rock and Dany Garcia are here to save the XFL; partners buy league for $15 million

first_imgThe league was heading for another unfortunate end as it did in 2001, but Johnson, Garcia and RedBird Capital swooped in to purchase the Alpha Entertainment, parent company of the XFL, for $15 million, putting ownership in the capable hands of Johnson and Garcia — as long as the sale is approved over the coming weeks.MORE: Did one ex-NFL player signing bring about end of XFL?Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a long history with league founder Vince McMahon, as he was one of McMahon and WWF’s prized sports entertainment superstars in the ’90s and early 2000s. McMahon announced in 2018 that the league would restart, and it fielded a product in early 2020.Along with Johnson, Garcia is a co-founder of Seven Bucks Companies, a group that has hands in entertainment, marketing and brand industries.The football league founded and restarted by McMahon showed a decent level of success in its 2020 return, with TV ratings and attendance steady through the first several weeks of the season. If ya smell what The Rock is … buying.As he’s done in “Fast and Furious” movies so many times, The Rock is here to save the world once again — just a smaller world this time, as the former wrestling and current movie megastar has partnered with Dany Garcia and RedBird Capital to buy the XFL, saving it from shutdown. Unfortunately for fans of the league, the coronavirus pandemic shut down operations, sending it into a quick downward spiral resulting in the ceasing of operations and an uncertain future.For now, it looks like the XFL will live on with wrestler/movie star/football player Johnson. Playing at the University of Miami, Johnson was a member of the 1991 Hurricanes national championship team. Injuries derailed his college career, and he was eventually replaced by future Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp.last_img read more

Battling Annabel just misses out in Spain

first_img England international Annabel Dimmock underlined her fine form of 2014 by reaching the final of the Spanish women’s amateur championship at El Saler. The 17-year-old from Wentworth has already won this year on Florida’s Orange Blossom Tour – and, despite a battling performance, she just failed to secure her second victory of the new season, losing the Spanish title by 2/1 to Sweden’s Linnea Strom. The Swedish player was never behind during the match, but Annabel hung on tenaciously, despite twice trailing by three holes. Her fighting play reduced the deficit to just one hole after the 14th, but Annabel’s birdie on the 15th was bettered by an eagle from Strom who again took a two-up lead. It proved decisive when the 16th was halved in birdie threes and the short 17th in par. Annabel (image © Leaderboard Photography) had made her way into the final with victories over players from Spain, the Netherlands and two French opponents. Linnea Strom’s opponents on her way to the final included two other England internationals. She beat Gabriella Cowley (Hanbury Manor) in the second matchplay round and Alex Peters (Notts Ladies’) in the third. 2 Mar 2014 Battling Annabel just misses out in Spain last_img read more