Smiles all round at St Mary’s

first_img He added: “We had some really good chances that we didn’t convert and then they went 1-0 up through a pretty lucky goal. But it was a really good comeback, Andy has got another goal for us so in the end a point is very satisfying when you have gone a goal down and haven’t scored as many away from home as we have. “I think that was only our 10th goal away from home. It has brought us a point and one nearer to the magic 40. We have six games to go, with four at home and two away, so we will see where we will finish.” Saints boss Pochettino cut a slightly more frustrated figure than Allardyce, although was pleased by his side’s performance in wet and windy conditions. “We had a feeling we could win the game, but were not able to,” the Argentinian said. “We put in a big effort to get the three points and conceded very quickly after we scored. “It was hard to play on a pitch that was so wet against an opponent that are physically very strong, so overall I think we did a very good job against them. I congratulate my players because they did quite well in conditions that actually favoured the rivals’ style of play. “Even though the conditions favoured them, we actually played well. I think we played the game as we wanted and should have. We imposed our brand of football. “I think we defended well, nullified their style of play and cancelled them out. It is just a shame about the result because our performance was really good.” Press Association West Ham manager Sam Allardyce and Southampton counterpart Mauricio Pochettino were both satisfied by the way in which their sides earned a point in a 1-1 draw in wretched conditions.center_img The Saints were on course for victory when Gaston Ramirez fired them ahead in the second half. That lead lasted just seven minutes, though, as Andy Carroll struck home via a slight deflection off Steven Davis to earn a share of the spoils. “I am happy with a point in the end,” visiting boss Allardyce said. “I thought we were more than comfortable. Our away goals have been our big problem all season and I think the chances we created today, it looked like we wouldn’t score again.” last_img read more

Cahill grateful to Villa

first_imgGary Cahill has seen off one of his former clubs with Chelsea this week and hopes the Barclays Premier League leaders can beat another on Saturday. “Any player will tell you that when you’re playing against your old club there’s that added bit of emotion,” he said. “You try not to let it affect you and play your normal game but I’m a professional and the most important thing is that we won the game. They made it tough for us but thankfully we won.” Kurt Zouma’s debut goal was cancelled out by Matt Mills before Oscar netted what proved to be the winner on a night when victory should have been more convincing and Andre Schurrle, in particular, should have scored. Cahill added: “Schurrle created a lot for himself, I thought he played well, cutting inside and firing shots at goal. “People expect you to win the game and it’s not that easy. There have already been a few shocks and thankfully we weren’t one of them.” Filipe Luis started in defence alongside Cahill, the left-back signed from Atletico Madrid making his second start after beginning the Schalke match a week earlier. The Brazilian is happy to bide his time, believing the team is what is most important. He told the London Evening Standard: “Everyone wants to play. If you don’t, normally you’re not happy. “But when I came here, I spoke with (manager Jose) Mourinho and I knew I’d come to Chelsea to be a champion, not to be the best left-back or best crosser or something. “When you work with Mourinho, you have to know that the group, the collective is above the individual. I don’t think about myself right now. “The team are doing a great job. We won the first four league games and drew the fifth one. “I have nothing to complain about. I have to wait for my chance and when it comes I must make sure I don’t go out of the first 11.” “I had a great time at Villa, more than anything with the youth team,” Cahill said on “I owe a lot to them, they brought me through and I had a great time, so I’m looking forward to it. “They’ve had a great start to the season, apart from their last result, so it’s going to be another tough test for us.” Villa are three points behind Chelsea in third place in the table after a 3-0 defeat at home to Arsenal followed their win at Liverpool in the previous game. Chelsea’s win over Sky Bet Championship strugglers Bolton should have been more emphatic, but for some wasteful finishing, but Cahill was satisfied with a fifth win in an unbeaten seven matches at the start of the season. “It’s great to have a winning mentality,” he added. “If you have a couple of sticky results it puts the pressure on going into games but at the moment we’re unbeaten, we’re going well and we should have confidence, especially playing in front of our own fans at Stamford Bridge.” Cahill was one of only two players retained from the starting line-up which drew 1-1 at Manchester City, alongside Cesar Azpilicueta, and enjoyed featuring against Wanderers. Press Association Cahill, who joined Chelsea from Bolton in January 2012, helped the Blues to a 2-1 Capital One Cup win on Wednesday night to set up a fourth-round tie at Shrewsbury. Now the 28-year-old central defender, whose influence at Stamford Bridge is growing by the game, faces Aston Villa, the side where he began his career. last_img read more

Dominant Wiggins named Student Athlete-of-the-Week at Munroe College

first_img… makes career-high steals ALTHOUGH he is a freshman, Guyana’s senior basketball player Kevon Wiggins is turning heads at Munroe College (Bronx Campus). For his recent dominant performance on the court, he was named Male Student Athlete-of-the-Week on Wednesday. On Tuesday night, Wiggins stormed to a career-high nine steals to help his team to their fourth consecutive victory when they tackled the Bronx Community College in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) league.The guard was all over the court and proved extremely important to the side in their victory.Along with his steals, he scored 13 points (three shots from downtown), pulled down seven rebounds and made five assists in the close 78-76 win.The 19-year-old told the Guyana Chronicle that he was focussed on the defensive aspect of his game and making stops, since his opponents were up to the challenge.In his 16 games so far this season (since November), the Berbician has constantly improved. Overall, he is averaging 16.1 points. He is shooting 42.4 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from the three-point line.For 2020, the youngster has had seven consecutive games with 10 or more points. His three 30-plus games have helped to push his average for this year to 22.8 points per game.The 6’3” sharp shooter had shot 37 threes this season – 26 of them have been scored in 2020.Overall, he has scored 257 points, 27 steals, 28 assists and 58 rebounds.Last night he was expected to play again for his college.last_img read more

With H-back Broyld out, Syracuse receivers will be tested against Notre Dame’s man-to-man coverage

first_img Published on September 25, 2014 at 12:07 am Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ Every three plays in practice, Syracuse subs in a new set of wide receivers.Six to eight of them form the core of a position group that’s without a clear target and star. It’s too early in the season, the players’ development or both for one to be established. Instead, the Orange (2-1) brings a set of matured and interchangeable receivers into its matchup with No. 8 Notre Dame (3-0) at MetLife Stadium at 8 p.m. in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Saturday.The Fighting Irish’s man-to-man coverage is likely to give SU receivers their most direct test of the season so far as they shuffle with the loss of Ashton Broyld, the team’s second-leading receiver.“I wouldn’t say there’s a clear target now, just because the offense is so spread out,” senior wide receiver Adrian Flemming said. “… I think that’s better for the team.”It’s a more long-term change from Syracuse’s previous receiving corps. In 2012, Marcus Sales and Alec Lemon were the Orange’s top targets and most opponents knew it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSales and Lemon accounted for 52 percent of SU’s receiving yards, 46.1 percent of receptions and 57.7 percent of receiving touchdowns. Broyld and Jarrod West were SU’s top targets last season, combining for 36 percent of Syracuse’s receiving yards, 32.2 percent of receptions and 7.6 percent of receiving touchdowns.The transition to a hurry-up spread offense has produced the need for a deep group, Flemming said, but players have also forced their way and grown into roles on and off the field. Younger receivers used to miss classes and tutoring sessions, prompting coaches to call them out for 6 a.m. workouts as punishment.“So if guys aren’t getting called for that, they’re obviously doing the right thing,” Flemming said.Senior receiver Jarrod West said freshman Steve Ishmael frequently comes to him seeking pointers. Breakdowns of opposing safeties’ roles and cornerbacks’ techniques follow.For a lot of defenses, man-to-man is the fifth- or sixth-most frequently used coverage, SU quarterbacks coach Tim Lester said, but it’s Notre Dame’s third. That’s what teams with great athletes do, he said.The SU receiver group that’s predominantly played against zones this season now faces a more personal test without Broyld.“You always want to beat the man over you,” Flemming said. “So if somebody’s playing man on me, obviously I’m going to want to beat him, no matter if it’s going down the field running by route or blocking for one of my team, for one of my running backs. I’m always going to want to win that whole fight.”Brisly Estime will start in place of Broyld at H-back and Ben Lewis will sub in for him. Lewis played the position against Maryland when Estime needed a break and moved inside the set on Syracuse’s no-tight end, “10 personnel” formations.During the practice week, all of the Orange’s core receivers take reps with Terrel Hunt and the first-string offense, Lewis said. They’re mostly just refining their routes, everyone’s getting starting reps and it doesn’t matter so much who goes out first, he added.Those same receivers cheered each other on against SU defensive backs in offseason conditioning games of ultimate frisbee. On Saturday, they’ll be swapping out every four or five plays, then cheering each other on again against the Fighting Irish.“It keeps everyone fresh, everyone playing,” Lewis said. “No one’s worried about being out there too long, getting tired. That’s usually when interceptions and missed plays will happen. So usually everyone’s out there fresh.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Oregon hands USC first loss of season

first_imgThe USC women’s volleyball team saw its remarkable season-opening winning streak come to an abrupt end Friday, as Pac-12 rival Oregon recorded a 3-0 victory at the Galen Center to hand the Women of Troy their first loss of the season.Not enough · Junior outside hitter Sara Shaw had five kills and seven digs in Friday’s loss to Oregon. USC now stands at 13-1 overall. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanThe No. 2 Women of Troy, who entered the match having won their first 13 matched and swept nine of them, couldn’t muster enough strength to overcome the No. 8 Ducks, who took the match 25-19, 25-15, 25-23 and extended their own season-opening winning streak to 11. The loss marked the first time USC fell to Oregon at home since 1990.Senior opposite hitter Katie Fuller, one of the team’s most steady contributors thus far, led the Women of Troy with nine kills at a hitting percentage of .318. Freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio recorded seven kills to back up Fuller.The Women of Troy faced the Ducks just two nights after a resounding 3-1 victory over No. 1 UCLA Wednesday night, but struggled to maintain consistency throughout the match.Oregon began the match with a strong attack and never looked back, holding the lead the entire way to capture the first set 25-19. The Women of Troy tied the score at four different points throughout the set, but were unable to penetrate the Oregon defense.The Ducks posted an impressive .486 hitting percentage in the first frame, logging 19 kills on 35 swings. Meanwhile, the Women of Troy, for whom attacking has been a point of concern for USC coach Mick Haley, hit at a .235 clip, but could not generate any momentum as Oregon went up 24-17. A kill by Bricio failed to start a rally, as senior Katherine Fischer knocked down her sixth kill of the set to give the Ducks the win. More importantly, the Ducks recorded two errors in the set, a statistic that has plagued Haley’s team as well.Before the TCU Molten Invitational on Sept. 14 and 15, Haley was adamant about consistent offensive improvement, saying, “We need to work on individual improvement so that we have options in our rotation.”The second set, however, saw even more dominance by Oregon, as they registered 16 kills and compiled a steady .414 hitting percentage. The Women of Troy struggled to develop offense, hitting at a clip of just .036. The Ducks maintained a strong push, overcoming an early 4-3 deficit to take a 13-7 lead. The Women of Troy again failed to rally, and Oregon closed out a 10-point victory to take the middle frame.In an attempt to salvage the match, the Women of Troy put forth their best effort in the third set, but once again came up short. The set was by far the most competitive of the match, as the teams exchanged leads six times and registered 14 ties throughout the frame. A kill by junior outside hitter Sara Shaw gave USC a 9-7 lead, but Oregon came back to take a 14-13 lead on a kill by senior Alaina Bergsma. The Ducks overcame eight errors to take the set 25-23, handing the Women of Troy their first sweep of the season.Statistically, the Women of Troy were done in by their offensive woes, as only two other players (junior middle blocker Alexis Olgard and Shaw) recorded five kills. By contrast, Oregon received double-digit kills from three players and hit at a clip of .357, while the Women of Troy attacked at a rate of .189.Haley insists the loss won’t mean much to the team in the long run.“We can’t afford to lose our confidence if we lose a match or two,” Haley said. “We can’t think so much about wins or losses, but instead about improvement. We need to stay hydrated, practice and focus on winning each rotation.”The Women of Troy will head north next weekend for two Pac-12 matches, taking on Washington on Friday night before a matchup against Washington State on Sunday night.last_img read more

Williams suffers surprise loss in US Open

first_imgMeanwhile, Novak Djokovic will look to continue the defence of his US Open title tonight. The top seed faces tenth seed Gael Monfils. While Andy Murray’s conqueror Kei Nishikori goes up against Stan Wawrinka. Serena Williams will lose her number one spot in the world rankings – after a surprise defeat in the US Open semi-finals.The top seed lost in straight sets to Czech Karolina Plishkova.Germany’s Angelique Kerber will take over as world number one after making the final at Flushing Meadows.last_img read more

#AFCONonCiti: Heartbreak for Namibia as late own goal gives Morocco 1-0 win

first_imgAn 89th-minute own goal by Namibia’s Keimuine gave Morocco all three points in a close game on Day Three at the African Cup of Nations on Sunday.Morocco, one of the favourites to win the competition, were stifled for close to 90 minutes by the minnows but were gifted the win by a comical own goal.The North Africans had dominated the entire game with Namibia defending deep and attacking on the counter.Morocco will feel that this was a game they should have won much easier as they had 17 shots on goal with 9 of them on target.However, they were let down by their finishing, something coach Herve Renard will be looking to work on as he bids for a third African crown.Namibia, on the other hand, will be disappointed at having let the game slip but more so in their performance as they failed to significantly test Morocco, taking only two shots in the entire game.last_img read more

Draw to determine FA Cup semi-final venues

first_imgA draw will be conducted to determine the match venues for the semi-final matches of the MTN FA Cup, the FA Cup Committee has confirmed.Friday’s draw will decide which sides play in Accra and Kumasi in the last four stage of the Cup competition on June 2.The Cup organizers in statement said: Article 9(6)(b) of the Ghana Football Association Rules and Regulations states as follows: “The Semi-Finals shall be played in Accra and Kumasi.”Asante Kotoko will meet Amidaus Professionals while Medeama host Hearts of Oak in the other game as all the four sides compete for the two slots in the final.Also, the all premiership semi-final matches which will be played on the same day will not kick off simultaneously.The fixture in Accra will be played at 3:00pm while the other game comes off at 6:15pm in Kumasi. Semi-final fixtures on June 2Asante Kotoko v Amidaus – Accra/KumasiMedeama v Heart of Oak – Accra/Kumasilast_img read more

Rene Rivera’s long and winding road finally led him to the disabled list

first_imgANAHEIM – The long and winding career of Angels catcher Rene Rivera includes 1,613 games for nine major league organizations. He was unemployed at one point in 2010 and played 22 games in an independent league. He’s played 10 seasons of winter ball, and his former teammates include Edgar Martinez, Clayton Kershaw, Yadier Molina and Andruw Jones.Until May, Rivera had seen it all and done it all – except go on the disabled list.Rivera, who turns 35 in July, said he never even had a close call since being drafted out of high school by the Seattle Mariners in 2001. He’s played through bumps and bruises, but never needed surgery until an MRI last month revealed a tear in his right meniscus. The surgery was performed May 25 by Dr. Brian Schultz.“He was surprised how my knee looked,” Rivera said on Sunday. “It looked like an 8-year-old kid. He was surprised I’d been playing for 18 years on my knee.” Rivera caught all 12 innings of the Angels’ loss to the Minnesota Twins on May 12. He remembered feeling unusually sore after that game, but tried playing through the pain as usual. When Rivera caught another nine innings three days later, the pain didn’t let up.“When I went to squat down, that’s when it felt like there was a lot of fluid down there,” he said. “I couldn’t squat. That’s when it felt like there was something we had to look at.”Angels manager Mike Scioscia cited “wear and tear” as the cause of injury. Rivera said Sunday that he couldn’t be sure.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Angels initially said Rivera would need 4-6 weeks to recover. Rivera hasn’t resumed swinging a bat since the surgery, so there’s little reason to think that timetable will accelerate.In the meantime, Rivera is sitting in on the Angels’ pitcher-catcher meetings as he usually would. He ‘s become a de facto mentor to Jose Briceño, the rookie catcher who was recalled from Triple-A to back up starter Martin Maldonado. Rivera said he will not travel on the Angels’ road trip next week to Minnesota, Seattle and Oakland. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img In a sport that forces many of its participants down the rehab path before they reach legal drinking age, Rivera is a unicorn. What’s his secret to staying on the field?“I really don’t know,” he said. “I would say just take care of your body, rest, eat, know what 100 percent is for you. Just play the game right, I think. I never think that doing this I’m going to get hurt. I always do it with confidence and that’s pretty much why, I guess, it’s taken me all the way to now.“This is the first time. It’s something that you cannot control.”FEELING A DRAFTMajor League Baseball’s annual amateur draft begins Monday. The Angels will draft twice on the first day, 17th overall and 57th overall. Tim Salmon will be the team’s representative at the MLB Network studio in Secaucus, N.J.MLB Network and will provide video coverage beginning with a preview show at 3 p.m. The Detroit Tigers will be on the clock for the No. 1 about an hour later.Beginning with the first pick in Round 2 and continuing through the end of the second round of compensation picks, the draft will air live exclusively on 3 through 10 of the draft will be held Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m. Rounds 11 through 40 will be held Wednesday beginning at 9 a.m.ALSOAndrelton Simmons was not in the Angels’ starting lineup Sunday, putting a temporary hold on his 11-game hitting streak. Scioscia said it was a previously scheduled day off for Simmons, who had appeared in every game since April 28. … Zack Cozart started at shortstop in Simmons’ place. He had not played since last Tuesday because of a strained left forearm. … Ian Kinsler’s six-game hitting streak came to an end Sunday. He finished 0 for 4. … Mike Trout was shaken up after hitting the wall in left-center field catching a fly ball in the fifth inning. Scioscia said that Trout’s knee bore the brunt of that hit but the center fielder isn’t expected to miss any time.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Nick Tropeano, 3-3, 3.80 ERA) vs. Kansas City (LHP Danny Duffy, 2-6, 5.71 ERA), 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, ESPN+last_img read more

Turnovers turn the tide against Clippers in loss to Bucks

first_img“I have nothing for right now,” he said.The Clippers (36-25) committed a season-high 23 turnovers, including 16 in the first half which led to 30 of Milwaukee’s 66 points before halftime.To put it in perspective, the Clippers trailed by 19 at halftime despite shooting better than 57 percent from the field.“I don’t’ think I’ve ever seen those two things,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.Novelty aside, the Clippers need to make some adjustments. “We’ve got to get out of this rut, because we’re in one right now,” Rivers said. “There’s no doubt about that.”They have lost four of five since the All-Star. While losses to Golden State, San Antonio and Houston – titans of the West – could be explained, Friday’s was a head-scratcher. Milwaukee (27-33) is on the outside looking in of the playoff race in the less competitive Eastern Conference.They didn’t look it against the reeling Lakers.The Bucks forced nine turnovers in the first quarter, terrorizing the Clippers – who average 13 turnovers per game – with their length and athleticism. It wasn’t a surprise. Rivers emphasized the need to protect the ball against the Bucks.“There’s nights where you’re throwing the ball everywhere and you’re dribbling off your foot,” Redick said. “It wasn’t one of those nights. It was just that a lot of it had more to do with them than us.”Take away the turnovers and the night didn’t look all that terrible for the Clippers. They shot 56.3 percent from the field, and Blake Griffin nearly recorded a triple-double, leading the charge with 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.Rivers actually praised the Clippers energy at the start of the third quarter, when they rallied to cut the Bucks lead to three at 77-74.Paul, who received a technical foul in the second quarter for his reaction to the offensive foul call, carried the Clippers in the third, scoring 14 of his 21 points in the period.He left the game with 1:41 left in the quarter after appearing to reinjure his left thumb. Any fear that he had reinjured the thumb, in which a torn ligament cost him 14 games in January and February, quickly subsided.He was hit on the joint, which Rivers – who suffered the same injury as a player – warned would be painful.“If someone hits it, it hurts like you’re dying,” Rivers said. “It hurts. That was the first time someone hit it and it lasts for 10 or 15 minutes.”In the 94 seconds Paul was out of the game, however, the Clippers committed two more turnovers and were outscored 8-2, swinging momentum back the Clippers way entering the fourth quarter.“They say winning cures all,” Paul said. “I hope that’s the solution for us, because right now we look bad.”The Clippers will have a quick turnaround, playing Friday night in Chicago.Asked how the seasoned Clippers reacted to such a slump, Griffin said, “Guys are frustrated for sure. Disappointed, angry you could kind of use a variation of all those.” MILWAUKEE >> Blake Griffin stepped out of bounds, Jamal Crawford lost the ball. Chris Paul threw the ball to a defender, threw it out of bounds, threw a fit after getting called for a charge.Turnovers were the problem Friday night in a 112-101 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, but lately with the Clippers, it’s something new every night.“We’re all searching for answers,” said J.J. Redick, the one Clipper who can usually be counted on to explain why things are the way they are.After the latest loss?center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more