Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren hints at signing new striker in January

first_img Press Association Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has hinted the club could be in the market for a striker when the January transfer window opens. The Magpies always looked a frontman short when they added only £14.5million Serbia international Aleksandar Mitrovic to their pool of attackers during the summer with injury having deprived McClaren of Papiss Cisse and Emmanuel Riviere for long periods during the first half of the campaign. QPR’s Charlie Austin was among the men the club actively courted to no avail with his £15million price-tag way beyond what they would have been prepared to pay, but with goals having been at a premium to date, they need to do something to either increase firepower, or at least provide better service for Mitrovic. center_img McClaren has been reticent when quizzed on the subject of the winter window, but asked if he could understand the desperation of fans to know the club’s plans, he replied: “Absolutely. Absolutely. “I understand fully where you’re coming from, believe you me. I think I’ve said enough to say that we do need more goals and that we’re working behind the scenes to address that.” Mitrovic is likely to lead the line again at Arsenal on Saturday as Newcastle attempt to end a three-game winless run, although the former Anderlecht player has only three goals to his name so far this season. However, with Cisse visiting a London specialist for a second opinion on his groin injury and Riviere just back in training after a long-term knee problem, McClaren has little option. The former England boss’ assertion that the Frenchman will be like a new signing when he returns to the squad was greeted with scorn by fans who have seen him struggle to adapt to life in England’s top flight. But McClaren has simply not had a chance to watch Riviere in action yet and is keen to see what he has to offer. He said: “I’ve only seen a week of him training, that’s it. He’s been injured ever since (he was appointed) so I’ve not seen him. I’ve just seen a couple of videos from last season. “He seems a lad who gives 100 per cent, total effort and at the present moment we need to help Mitrovic. “We know we’re not scoring enough goals. We know, you know, everybody knows what we’re doing. We’re not scoring enough goals at the present moment.” last_img read more

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Frustrated Southampton boss Ronald Koeman recalls Jack Stephens from Boro loan

first_imgSouthampton have recalled defender Jack Stephens from his loan spell at Middlesbrough. “He wasn’t playing there and then why is he on loan if he doesn’t play? It’s better for him to come back.” Shortly before joining Middlesbrough, Stephens was given a two-year contract extension to keep him at St Mary’s until 2019. His return, incidentally, comes shortly after reports Koeman could prematurely terminate defender Steven Caulker’s season-long loan deal from parent club QPR. The 21-year-old joined the Sky Bet Championship leaders in July and had been expected to remain there for the duration of the season but, to the frustration of Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, he has made only five first-team appearances. Four of those five appearances came in the Capital One Cup, and Koeman told Southampton’s official club website: “Jack is back from Middlesbrough. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Germany Confident against Mexico

first_imgCONFEDERATIONS CUPGermany is the king of the penalty shoot-out – but the world champion hope to see off Mexico in wednesday’s Confederations Cup semifinal without needing dreaded spot kicks.The Germans have won all five penalty shoot-outs they have faced since 1976 at either World Cup finals or European championships. Joachim Loew’s team faces the Mexicans in Sochi for a place in Sunday’s Confed Cup final *** in St Petersburg against either Portugal or Chile, who meet later on Wednesday in Kazan’s other semifinal.Having won their Confed Cup group, Germany are on a 13-match unbeaten run, dating back just under a year to their Euro 2016 semifinal defeat to hosts France.Left-back Jonas Hector said Germany’s young guns have not yet practised spot-kicks and hope to beat Mexico over the 90 minutes.“We would like to avoid this situation (penalties),” admitted Hector.“We haven’t specifically trained for it and we’ll take it as it comes.”Nevertheless, the Germans seem to have penalty-taking in their blood.Their Under-21 team beat England 4-3 on penalties on Tuesday to book their place in Friday’s final at the European Under-21 championships in Poland.Loew said he does not have a list of his top five penalty takers.“Sometimes the players practise after training, but you can’t train for what will happen on the night,” the German coach said.“If it happens, I will look at the faces of my players after the final whistle, take into account who is ready and who has missed them in the past, then make a decision,” added Loew.The Germans expect a battle royal against Mexico’s come-back kings.The Mexicans came from behind in all three of their group matches, beating both New Zealand and Russia 2-1 after drawing 2-2 with Portugal, when they twice equalised.“It will be aggressive in a positive sense, it is how they have been playing for years,” said Loew.“They hunt the ball with all their players and when they have it, they play it deep quickly.”Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio, who has chopped and changed his side so far, will be without suspended captain Andres Guardado.Loew has promised changes with forward Lars Stindl, who has scored twice so far in Russia, expected to return along with left-back Hector.With Manuel Neuer missing the Confed Cup after foot surgery, Loew says Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen will be Germany’s goalkeeper for the rest of the tournament.Mexico’s all-time top-scorer Javier Hernandez knows all about German football after two seasons with Bayer Leverkusen.“We know them, we know about the things that could make them suffer, but we are going to focus on our team and our tactics,” said the ex-Manchester United striker.The Germans beat Mexico 4-3 when the teams last met in the third-place play-off at the 2005 Confed Cup in Germany.They make no secret of their confidence and expect to reach Sunday’s final.“I think in terms of gut feeling, we’re heading to St Petersburg,” said Loew.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Eaves remembers ‘Badger Bob’

first_imgEaves said sophomore goaltender Joel Rumpel has separated himself from Landon Peterson early in the year.[/media-credit]As the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department prepares to honor one of its most successful coaches, men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves remembered the life of “Badger Bob” Johnson.The ice sheet at the Kohl Center will be renamed “Bob Johnson Rink” Friday prior to the Badgers’ game against Colorado College. In his weekly press conference Monday, Eaves said Johnson had a widespread impact on himself, the program and the game itself.“He was cutting edge all through his career,” Eaves said. “Because of the type of mind he had, he would stay on top of things.”Johnson coached at Wisconsin for 15 seasons and won three national titles during his time in Madison. Eaves was a member of the 1977 NCAA Championship team coached by Johnson.Eaves and Johnson later reunited in the professional ranks. In 1983, Eaves joined the Calgary Flames, who Johnson coached at the time.“I wasn’t cognizant of what he was doing [in Madison]. I was just too young,” Eaves said. “Having a chance to play for him again in Calgary, I was in a more mature place in my life that I was able to appreciate.”Eaves recalled the night Johnson was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital after he suffered a brain aneurysm. UW’s current head coach learned of the news and traveled to Pittsburgh, describing that period as a “tough time” for everyone involved, including Johnson’s wife, Martha.Martha will be on hand Friday to drop the puck before the game.“I think it’s so apropos that she’s dropping the puck,” Eaves said. “She was right by his side the whole time.”When asked what characteristics of the current Badger team Johnson would appreciate, Eaves pointed to the competitiveness of his own team. Eaves also said Johnson was particularly fond of the power play.Eaves added that Johnson’s death at age 60 was a loss for hockey in the U.S., calling Johnson and former U.S. National team coach Herb Brooks, who also died at an early age, “icons” of the game. He lamented the loss of the two coaches and wondered how profound their influence on the game may have been had they lived longer.Wisconsin’s coach said he learned even more about Johnson after his playing days came to an end. In the early stages of his coaching career, Eaves discovered Johnson was a capable handyman, electrician and family man.“That’s something I never thought I would never hear about Coach,” Eaves said. “When I knew him, he was just all about hockey.”Reporters asked Eaves if Johnson would be capable of coaching in the modern era.“Without a doubt,” he said.Kerdiles suffers injuryFreshman forward Nic Kerdiles, currently serving a 10-game suspension, suffered a minor medial collateral ligament injury Saturday while playing for the United States under-18 team, Eaves said.Kerdiles’ injury won’t require surgery, but he will be out for a few weeks because of the injury.Eaves said he hopes to have Kerdiles back one week before the team begins a series with Denver on Nov. 30.The highly-touted freshman forward is in the midst of serving a suspension handed down by the NCAA less than two weeks ago. The NCAA ruled that Kerdiles violated its amateurism code by accepting an improper benefit from a professional hockey agent.The NCAA initially suspended Kerdiles for the entire season, but his suspension was reduced to 10 games after UW appealed the decision earlier this month.Rumpel winning battle in front of net Eaves addressed the play of two of his goaltenders and said one has “separated” himself from the other with his performance so far.Sophomore Joel Rumpel has been granted more time in the net because of his consistency this season, according to Eaves. Rumpel has been the goaltender for three of the Badgers’ four games this year. The other option between the pipes, sophomore Landon Peterson, saw his lone action in a 4-2 loss to Northern Michigan Oct. 13.Rumpel has boasted a higher save percentage and goals against average rate than Peterson so far this season.“There’s a little space now,” Eaves said. “It’d be silly to say anything less.”last_img read more

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Men’s water polo to face Stanford on the road

first_imgJunior driver Marin Dasic has scored 21 goals this season after scoring 29 last season. He earned NCAA All-Tournament team and All-MPSF Honorable Mention as a freshman. (Josh Dunst | Daily Trojan)After a sweep of all five matchups last weekend, No. 1 USC looks to boost its record to 18-0 as it travels to Palo Alto to face No. 3 Stanford on Saturday.Sophomore drivers Marco Vavic and Jacob Mercep lead the team in scoring with 39 and 31 goals, respectively. Freshman goalies Nic Porter and Sam Krutong anchor the defense with 50 and 47 saves, respectively.The Cardinal enter the game also undefeated with an 8-0 record, their best start to the season since 2015. Five of those victories have been over nationally-ranked teams, making them USC’s highest-ranked opponent so far in 2018. The Trojans have won eight straight games over Stanford.“It’ll be a bit of a daunting experience for some of the new guys on the team,” Porter said. “It’s going to be very exciting for us and we’ll do our best to make sure that … the younger guys are more than up to the task. We’ll get a win on the road.”After heavy conditioning last week in training for a five-game weekend, head coach Jovan Vavic has been focusing on tactical work to prepare for the Stanford match.The Trojans are looking to continue to work on building a cohesive dynamic on Saturday, a priority this season given so many young players on the roster. “We’re coming up against a strong group of players at Stanford, and we’re going to have to match that and be better,” Porter said. “There’s not really one thing in particular we’re looking to work on. [We’re] just trying to sort out every aspect of our game as a team and do everything we can to get that win.”Stanford junior driver Bennett Williams and sophomore driver Tyler Abramson with 25 and 24 goals, respectively, lead the Cardinal’s offense. Williams has scored in all eight matches this season, scoring multiple points in six of those games. Redshirt senior goalie Oliver Lewis mans the posts, averaging 12.5 saves and 4.7 goals against per game.  The game holds special meaning for sophomore transfer driver Sawyer Rhodes, who played for Stanford last season and has scored 9 goals in six games as a Trojan. “I mean there’s a lot of emotions,” Rhodes said. “It’ll be my first time back on campus at Stanford, so I’m really excited. [I’m as] nervous as I am before any big game, so I think that’s good. This is what we’ve been training hard for, and we’ve played 17 games but haven’t had a challenge yet. So this will be our first one so we’ll see how good we really are.”Rhodes scored 23 goals as a true freshman at Stanford last year, one of which came against USC in the pool that is now his home. On Sunday, the Trojans return to Uytengsu Aquatics Center for a matchup against No. 16 San Jose State at noon. San Jose State enters the matchup with a 4-4 record after losing to Stanford 16-3 last week. Mercep, who played for San Jose State last season was a scoring powerhouse with 93 goals for the Spartans last season. The loss of Mercep will be a hit to the Spartans, who are now led by top scorer sophomore Justin Pickering’s 13 goals and freshman goalie Yahav Fire’s 9.2 saves-per-game average. USC has won six straight matchups against San Jose State. The Stanford game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Los Angeles and Pac-12 Bay Area and will also be streamed online.last_img read more

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Syracuse downs Georgia Tech in straight sets, 3-0

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments On Sunday, Syracuse (16-7, 12-3 Atlantic Coast) continued its quest for its first-ever NCAA tournament berth by defeating Georgia Tech (16-12, 5-10) in straight sets, 3-0, on the road in Atlanta.Despite the quick ending, the first set was a seesaw affair. The set saw 19 ties and eight lead changes, with no team leading by more than three. The set was extended all the way to 28-27, Syracuse, before Kendra Lukacs’ serve prompted a return error by Georgia Tech’s Matti McKissock to end the set 29-27.The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 7-3 lead to start the second, but the Orange fired back with an 11-2 run, making it 14-9. Syracuse went up by as much as nine before a late push by Georgia Tech. It looked like Syracuse had won the set 25-20 when a Georgia Tech hit sailed out of bounds, but the call was challenged and overturned, with the referees ruling it had touched a Syracuse player first. The temporary change in momentum did not affect the Orange, however, as a kill by Santita Ebangwese on the next play ended the set at 25-21.In the third set, Syracuse never trailed despite Georgia Tech, tying it once at 14-14. An 11-4 run closed out the match for the Orange, winning the set 25-18.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was an efficient afternoon for SU, which finished with a hitting percentage of .333 while holding Georgia Tech to only .159. The Yellow Jackets committed 22 attack errors to Syracuse’s 13 and also committed two more service errors than the Orange. Once again it was freshman star Polina Shemanova leading the way for Syracuse with 16 kills and a .500 hitting percentage. Amber Witherspoon chipped in 12 kills of her own, hitting .556 and also contributing five blocks. Jalissa Trotter and Dana Valelly both had good days setting, finishing with 25 and 18 assists, respectively.The win helps Syracuse keep its tournament aspirations alive, as any loss now could leave Syracuse (currently ranked No. 33 in RPI) teetering on the wrong side of the bubble. SU will try to maintain its tournament resume when it next takes the court on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Virginia Tech in the Women’s Building.center_img Published on November 11, 2018 at 3:27 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edulast_img read more

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LeoVegas gets ready for Spanish market launch

first_img Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Gustaf Hagman – LeoVegas ABStockholm-listed LeoVegas AB has confirmed that it will launch its services for the regulated Spanish online gambling market, as the European operator prepares to enter its ‘7th locally regulated market’.Issuing an update, LeoVegas governance confirms that it has secured DGOJ approved licenses for both Spanish casino and sportsbook provisions, with the company moving to launch its initial Spanish domain shortly.Closing 2018 accounts, LeoVegas governance disclosed that it would enter the Spanish online gambling market, targeting a product launch by Q1 2019.Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO of LeoVegas AB, commented: “With LeoVegas’ position as ‘King of Casino’, we are now entering Spain with the ambition to take the mobile position and offer the ultimate gaming experience.“The Spanish online gambling market have strong underlying growth with over 20% per year. The Spanish license is an important step in our continued expansion, in other Spanish-speaking countries, where we have already conducted test launches in Peru and Chile.”As a key corporate directive, Hagman underlined that the Stockholm enterprise will generate +50% of revenues from its regulated market profile in 2019.Supporting its regulated market growth, Leo Vegas’ licensing make-up sees the European operator hold gaming licences in Malta (EU), the UK, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Ireland, the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, and now Spain. Share Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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Rugby Championship features battles for top honours

first_imgThe 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) is drawing to a close and will feature the top four teams who will battle for a place in the finals next week Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium.The semi finals to be played this Saturday at the same venue, will feature Conquerors SC, first placed on the log after the round robin phase, against Idas Sports RFC who ended fourth on the log. In the second semi final Cosmos Buffaloes RFC, last year’s Champion, who placed second on the 2015/16 log will face the third placed Dansoman Hurricanes RFC.The matches are scheduled for kickoff at 11am and 1pm and will be preceded by various development activities including a training session for kids, matches between boys and girls, a match between two women’s 7s teams and a match between two second division teams.The President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), Mr. Herbert Mensah, said that he was impressed with the quality and level of Rugby displayed at the 2015/16 GRCC matches.“My administration and I would like to firstly again express our sincere condolences to World Rugby and the family and loved ones of Mr. Jean-Luc Barthe, Rugby Services Manager (Africa), who sadly and untimely passed away yesterday  in his home near Castres in France. He has served Rugby on the continent of Africa for the last fourteen years and will be missed by all,” Mr. Mensah said.“Rugby in Ghana has made noticeable progress since the 2014/15 Championship and even though there is ample space for further improvement it is gratifying to see that there is movement in the right direction,” Mr. Mensah said. According to Mr. Mensah his administration has identified a set of key strategic priorities for Ghana Rugby that include Best practice governance, overcoming the development dilemma – funding and resources, improving technical capabilities, improving and extending domestic competitions, international match exposure, grassroots or “Get Into Rugby” development and Women’s Rugby.Mr. Mensah continued to say,“Ghana Rugby is in an embryonic phase if you consider that a country like England has been affiliated to World Rugby for 126 years while Ghana Rugby only affiliated in 2004 or 114 years after England. That is, however, no excuse as long as the whole Rugby Family in Ghana focuses on the priorities and in fact schedule the priorities instead of just prioritising schedules. We have to do the right things right the first time!”  The action of the Ghana Rugby Club Championship will continue this Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium with the semi finals featuring Conquerors SC, first placed on the log after the round robin phase, against Idas Sports RFC who ended fourth on the log. In the second semi final Cosmos Buffaloes RFC, last year’s Champion, who placed second on the 2015/16 log will face the third placed Dansoman Hurricanes RFC.   The GRCC matches are scheduled for kickoff at 11am and 1pm and will be preceded by various development activities including a training session for kids, matches between boys and girls, a match between two women’s 7s teams and a match between two second division teams.  Women’s Rugby is one of the strategic priorities of the Herbert Mensah led administration and will receive a lot of attention in the 2016/17 season.last_img read more

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Spinalators win 2016 Great Race over the Enchies in photo finish

first_imgSpinalators take the crown after a photo finish.by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Great Race lived up to its name Saturday at Woods Park in Wellington, with a photo finish and three teams within 10 seconds after the 13 events were completed.  After deliberating for awhile, looking at videos and photographs taken by area media and people at the event, race officials declared The Anders Spinalators the winners, and the Dore Enchies were second. SSB Bank Big Bucks were third, 10 seconds behind.The race was close throughout with those three teams close. The final leg is a 360 yard sprint in a straight line. At the start of that leg the Dore Enchies were about 100 feet or more behind. Sam McDaniel was in the lead but Vince DeGrado made up time fast down the stretch for the Dore Enchies. McDaniel managed to hold off DeGrado even though DeGrado used a “hook” move, trying to push McDaniel aside as they crossed the finish line together.Tammy Mansfield of Wellington rides a horse for Team Dad Bod.The two men fell to the ground, not knowing who had one. They congratulated each other, and waited for the results.The top three teams were neck and neck, providing for the closest finish in years.The Enchies and the Spinalators were within shouting distance of each other throughout the race.McDaniel said they were “both just in the moment at the finish line. That is just a part of racing.”Both of them ran for Southwestern College in Winfield. DeGrado graduated in 2004 and was an All American. McDaniel graduated in 2009. That made it a little more fun for McDaniel.DeGrado is a track coach, and he said he thought about how he yells at his runners as they approach the finish line.“Now I was on the other side of that. I just tried to man up and go,” DeGrado said.“I gave it my all. I tried that little hook move. I thought I might have caught him. It was a lot of fun and good competition,” he said.Race organizer Jack Potucek said it was the second closest race of the 25 that had been held previously. There was one once that had three teams finish within seven seconds, which had been the closest.He said according to the rules of track, it is the body crossing the finish line that counts most. Photos showed their feet at about a dead heat at the end.John Anders, captain of the Spinalators, being interviewed by race organizer Jack Potucket after big team win.Spinalator captain John Anders ran the bicycle portion of the race, and his team was in first at that time, but not by much.Enchies’ captain Kip Etter said it is a great event, He did not get to see the ending, but said it was a judgment call.“It was a great race. We appreciate all the people that put in the effort for this event,” he said.This makes two in a row for the Spinalators, who won last year but not in this dramatic way. Security State Bank was second last year and the Enchies were third after having some problems in the motorcross and coming back.Nine teams participated in the Great Race this year.Dane Leak, representing the Enchies, picks up the spike and heads to his bike.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? 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Derby Day 5K Fan Contest

first_imgThe 2020 Runhappy Santa Anita Derby will be run on June 6th – we wish you could run with us! For more information on the postponed Santa Anita Derby Day 5K Walk/Run (on Sept. 26), click here.Participate in the Derby Day 5k Fan ContestOn June 6, we want to encourage everyone to stay active by running or walking your own 5K or to keep training! Get a chance to win 2 entries to the next Derby Day 5K (2020 or 2021), a pair of Brooks Running Shoes, or a $100 Gift Card to “Run With Us Pasadena”.How to EnterPost a pic of you with past Derby Day 5K Medals, T-Shirts, or a Derby-themed prop (anything horse racing related!).Tag @santaanitapark, @derbyday5k, and use #SAderbyday5kcontest on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.Entries begin on June 6th. The deadline to enter is 5:00 pm PST.(June 6, 2020 from 1:00 am – 5:00 pm PST)How to WinThere will be 3 winners.Winners will be randomly drawn from all the entrants.Winners will be announced the following Wednesday, June 10.last_img read more

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