O’Shea extends Sunderland stay

first_img Press Association Sunderland skipper John O’Shea has capped a memorable week by signing a two-year contract extension. “To captain a club like this and to play in front of our fantastic supporters is a huge honour and I look forward to showing my commitment to the club on the pitch in the years to come.” O’Shea joined Sunderland during the summer of 2011 and has been a fixture in the team under successive managers. Current head coach Gus Poyet is an unashamed admirer and was thrilled to have retained the services of one of his most dependable performers. Poyet said: “I am delighted that John has agreed to stay with us for at least another two years. He is our captain, one of our leaders and I am sure he will continue to help us get better and stronger as a team. “I really look forward to continuing to work with John.” O’Shea became just the sixth man to complete a century of caps for Ireland, and his goal was his third in a green shirt. center_img The 33-year-old defender marked his 100th senior cap for the Republic of Ireland with a stoppage-time equaliser to snatch a Euro 2016 qualifying draw with world champions Germany in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday, and he has committed his future to the Black Cats on his return. A delighted O’Shea said: “Since I arrived at Sunderland, I have enjoyed every minute and I’m really happy that I can continue here for another two years. last_img read more

Ryan Newman ‘awake’ following major car crash at Daytona 500

first_imgThe statement confirmed that Newman was able to speak with doctors and his family.Before the horrific crash, Newman approached the finish line of the Daytona 500 on Monday, and was expected to win his first Daytona 500 in 12 years. The update from Roush Fenway Racing is the first update since last night saying that Newman was hospitalized, and in serious condition.Ryan Newman hospitalized after terrifying crash at Daytona 500 NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is “awake” at the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Tuesday, following a finish-line crash at the Daytona 500, Roush Fenway Racing said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.last_img read more

Pendulum swings Badgers way

first_imgPrior to last night’s matchup against Michigan, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team was 0-5 in games in which it trailed at the half. Now, the Badgers are 1-5 in that category after defeating the Wolverines by a final score of 73-60, completing the season series sweep.UW junior guard Janese Banks led all scorers with 20 points, on only 4-of-13 shooting from the field. It was her 10 free throws on 12 attempts that helped the Badgers slide past the Wolverines. She was particularly good down the stretch.”I’ve actually lately been practicing free-throw shooting,” Banks said. “The free-throw line is just about being confident and relaxing and knowing that you’ve shot that shot a thousand times in a week.”Banks wasn’t the only Badger guard to score in double figures Thursday night. In fact, both of her backcourt mates, junior Jolene Anderson and freshman Rae Lin D’Alie, reached double digits, scoring 19 and 11 points respectively.Momentum was the name of the game as the Badgers jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, but Michigan responded with 12 unanswered points to take a 12-4 lead. Not to be outdone, Wisconsin went on its own 12-point run midway through the first half to regain the four-point advantage. But the final eleven-and-a-half minutes of the first half belonged to the maize and blue, as Michigan took a 32-28 lead into the locker room.Whatever UW head coach Lisa Stone said at halftime seemed to work, because her squad came out firing on all cylinders; they started the second half on a 15-2 run.”I think every coach will say that your players will do whatever you emphasize,” Stone said after the win. “We really emphasized rebounding at halftime and we got on the glass. [Anderson, D’Alie and Banks] all had six-plus rebounds. That’s a lot of boards coming out of our [backcourt]. It’s not just your [post players] that rebound, and I think people forget that.”UW won the battle of the boards by a 46-37 margin even after being out-rebounded by Michigan 20-15 in the first half. Stone attributed much of that turnaround to sophomore center Caitlin Gibson, who crashed the boards, nabbing eight of her nine rebounds after intermission. Wolverine center Krista Phillips, who is a staggering 6-foot-6, had nine first-half points on a few easy buckets for the Wolverines. After Gibson and UW’s post game stepped up, she got almost nothing after that, scoring just one point after halftime.”I think the way Gibson came out of the gates in the second half really caused Phillips to be a non-factor,” Stone said. “I thought [Gibson] did a great job on post defense.”Stone was also pleased with her team’s overall defense throughout the contest. Her Badgers held the Wolverines to just 24 percent shooting from the field and 17 percent from beyond the arc in the second half.With 6:02 left on the clock, D’Alie hit a jump shot while falling away on the baseline as the shot clock was winding down. It was a shot that seemed to take the wind out of Michigan’s sails. And it pushed Wisconsin’s lead to five.”I don’t know how it went in,” D’Alie said with a smile. “But it did.””I taught her that shot this summer,” Banks joked.Michigan guard Janelle Cooper performed well in a losing effort. In 40 minutes, she scored a team-high 19 points, collected eight rebounds and was 4-4 from the free throw line.With the win, the Badgers improve to 15-6 on the season, and stand alone in sixth place in the Big Ten at an even 4-4.Stone’s club will have a chance to immediately improve that standing as they will take on their archrival and fourth-place Minnesota in front of a sold out Kohl Center Sunday afternoon, as part of Stone’s “Raise the Roof” charity event. All proceeds will benefit Gilda’s Club Madison, a local support center for those affected by cancer.last_img read more

Men’s hockey signs 7 recruits

first_imgWisconsin freshman Justin Schultz has provided scoring and steady play in the Badgers\’ D-zone.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin men’s hockey team announced the seven student athlete recruits committed to UW will most likely sign early in the signing period. Although none of the signees were much of a surprise, UW head coach Mike Eaves was enthusiastic about the class as a whole.Among the recruits are forwards Jefferson Dahl, Sean Little, Tyler Barnes and Michael Mersch. The Badgers also committed defensemen Chase Drake and Frankie Simonelli.Brother of current Badger defenseman Eric Little, Eaves was quick to compare Sean to a different current UW player.“Sean Little will be an energetic, physical force for us. If you want to make a comparison, we see him as someone like Ben Grotting — great on the forecheck and great energy from his physical play,” he said.Matching up with legendsWisconsin (7-4-1) will take part in the 17th annual College Hockey Showcase this weekend where Eaves’ squad will face off against teams headed by two highly experienced coaches in Rick Comley for Michigan State and Red Berenson for Michigan. First, the Badgers head to East Lansing, Mich., Friday to face the No. 6 Spartans (9-3-2), and then they will take on No. 15 Michigan (5-7) in Ann Arbor Saturday.Even with 150 wins of his own, Eaves is impressed by how long both Berenson and Comley have remained current with the game and their ability to constantly adjust their styles of coaching.“It is amazing,” Eaves said. “It amazes me as to the longevity and how they have done things over their career to keep their interest and energy up. It was fun to talk to them because Red is going to be 70 — think about it. Not having talked with him — and having talked with people around him — it’s a fact that he loves being around the game and loves being around the kids.”While being a couple of decades ahead of Eaves in experience may appear to make Comley and Berenson outdated, Eaves affirmed these coaches’ endurance and ability to adapt has been their greatest achievement in contributing to the growth of the game.“On a personal level, having coached over 25 years, I’ve been in the game a while, but not at the same level or doing the same type of thing. The thing is — with those gentlemen I just mentioned a moment ago — is the fact they have changed.“They’ve changed the way they play, they’ve changed the way they recruit, they’ve been adaptable to the times, and I think that’s why they’re still doing what they’re doing — still enjoying what they’re doing — and I think it’s a lesson for life: if we don’t adapt and change as we grow older, then life becomes a little bit of a bugaboo and we fight it rather than enjoy it,” Eaves continued.Freshmen Coming Through In the ClutchAfter splitting a two-game series with St. Cloud State this past weekend, Eaves praised freshmen defensemen John Ramage and Justin Schultz on their performances Saturday and on their growth over the course of the season.“I would have to say the young freshmen — both Ramage and Schultz — have adapted to the college game faster than we anticipated,” Eaves said. “They don’t play like first-semester freshmen right now.”Thus far, Ramage has scored two goals and three assists for the team. He also won gold for the USA National Team Development Program 2008 at the IIHF World Under-18 Championships before skating for Eaves as a Badger.Schultz has recorded one goal and four assists so far this season and was named Interior Conference’s top defenseman back-to-back years for the British Columbia Hockey League in 2007-08 and 2008-09.Eaves deemed these skaters’ improvement this season as the most evident among all his players and saw their contribution to successfully kill nine, almost-consecutive minutes of Huskies’ power plays as the turning point for the Badgers in Saturday’s game.“Without question, [Saturday’s game’s turning point] was the five-minute kill,” Eaves said. “I think that what it did for us was give us energy, and on the other side of the coin, it took energy away from them.”last_img read more

USC honors Haden with $4 million hall

first_imgPresident C. L. Max Nikias and the athletic department announced the Hall of Champions in the new Heritage Hall will be renamed the Pat C. Haden Hall of Champions after athletic director Pat Haden to honor his 60th birthday.The athletic department received $4 million in donations from Haden’s close friends, colleagues and university trustees. Toward the end of the fall 2012 semester, the administration and athletic department made plans to rename the Hall of Champions, which houses the university’s trophies, including the Heisman trophies.Winning tradition · The Hall of Champions in Heritage Hall will be named after Pat Haden. Renovation on the hall began last year. – Sean Roth | Daily TrojanThe renaming of the Hall of Champions was unveiled at a private celebration hosted at Nikias’ house earlier this month.Among the donors was CEO of Guthy-Renker and UCLA alumnus Ben Vandebunt, making it the largest gift to USC from a former UCLA student-body president.Many tributes to other legendary USC athletic figures stand in Heritage Hall, such as busts to honor former athletic coaches Willis O. Hunter and Jess Hill.In a similar vein, the fundraisers noted that Haden is a valuable and integral part of the university’s sports tradition.“A prominent place in the building that honors the greatest achievements in Trojan history will carry the name of one of the greatest Trojans of all time,” Nikias said in a statement on the athletic department’s website. “Your legacy as a student-athlete, as an academic leader and as a person will forever be connected to the storied legacy of USC.”The renovation of the Hall of Champions is part of the larger athletic department’s $300 million Heritage Initiative. The Heritage Initiative is an effort to modernize the athletic facilities, with a particular focus on re-designing the public showcase of the university’s athletic accomplishments in the 40-year-old Heritage Hall building.The renovation, which is scheduled for completion by late 2013, costs $35 million; The fundraising campaign began in August 2012. More than half of the anticipated monetary goal has been raised, said sports information director of the athletic department Tim Tessalone.Groundbreaking for the new Heritage Hall began in December 2012. Other projects include the construction of the Merle Norman Stadium for sand volleyball and renovation of the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.last_img read more

Offensive struggles have doomed Syracuse over last 8 games

first_img Published on October 16, 2017 at 11:12 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Facebook Twitter Google+ Nineteen seconds into Syracuse’s game against Akron, Mamadou Balde intercepted the ball and hit a chip shot through ball to a streaking Tajon Buchanan. The ball bounced on the ground and Buchanan took a few steps before one-timing the ball off the post. The aggressive play didn’t work, but Syracuse attacked early and often.Syracuse’s aggressive offense has the ability to dictate play and control possession. It’s been done before and will occur at some point in SU’s next game, Wednesday at Ohio State. But that aggressiveness has only led to possession. Scoring the ball has come sparingly.For a team that lost 64 percent of its offensive production from last year, Syracuse (5-7-2, 0-5-1 Atlantic Coast) has struggled to jump out to early leads this season. Early in games, individual mistakes have translated to opposing goals. Battling back from a one- or two-goal deficit has proven to be too much, as the Orange has dropped seven of its last eight games. In that stretch, SU has been outscored by five goals and has only one multi-goal game — a 2-0 win over Colgate.“Not enough quality in the final third,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said of his team’s finishing. “That’s something we’ll continue to work on.”Three of the Orange’s top four scorers from a season ago are gone. Forward Kenny Lassiter, who was expected to see an increased role, transferred to La Salle. That led to McIntyre having to resort to using younger players right away.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe team’s main forward, freshman Tajon Buchanan, has just two goals on 24 shots and hasn’t found the back of the net since the fourth game of the season. His backup, freshman Petter Stangeland, has scored just once, in the second game of the year.Because of their struggles, the strikers come out at least once a week 15-20 minutes before practice to work on finishing with associate head coach Jukka Masalin. Simple drills like finishing on one-touch, two-touches and on crosses are included. The two forwards also work on communication and movement together, trying to find what works.“I don’t think we’re clinical enough,” sophomore captain Mo Adams said. “… We outshoot teams most of the time, but again, you’re looking for one goal.”Most of the scoring has come from midfielder Jonathan Hagman and reserve forward Johannes Pieles, who’ve scored five and four goals, respectively, almost 50 percent of the Orange’s production. Pieles has been productive as of late, scoring in three of past five games, but Hagman hasn’t scored since Sept. 22.Hagman had a wide open shot that struck post on what would’ve been a game winner against Cornell, a game SU dropped in overtime. In the team’s last two home games, the Orange have shot on net within the first four minutes. Both times the attack was stopped short.The first was Buchanan’s wide-open post shot against Akron. The volley was off his weak foot, but he couldn’t put the ball away.The next game, three days later, John-Austin Ricks sent a similar deep ball to Buchanan. He beat two defenders before crossing to Hugo Delhommelle. He had a quick touch shot but a diving save from North Carolina State’s Leon Krapf neutralized the early opportunity.In both games, the opposition scored later that half. Despite outshooting its opponents, Syracuse couldn’t capitalize on its few opportunities and lost both games.“Sometimes when you miss a good chance early on, it has a psychological effect on you,” Adams said. “But like the best strikers do, when you get a chance, you make sure you put it away.”Syracuse’s production has seen a big decrease since 2016, when the Orange made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament. On a per game basis, SU has scored only 1.43 goals to 1.65 the year prior. The Orange ranks 63rd in the nation in goals with 20, a mark it only took nine games to eclipse last season.But while overall production is down, the Orange is creating more shots and accuracy has increased from last year. SU takes 3.3 more shots per game and shoot on goal 6.4 more percent of the time.Despite the increase in offensive chances, the Orange has largely been unable to find any success in the final third. Adams has said multiple times that giving up two goals in ACC play guarantees a loss.“That’s the beauty of this game,” Hagman said. “Sometimes it doesn’t work, then it sucks. But when it works, it’s fantastic.” Commentslast_img read more

Wakaso: Retirement from Black Stars not an option

first_imgDeportivo Alaves and Black Stars midfielder Mubarak Wakaso has ruled out any possibility of hanging up his boots with the national team despite the early exit from AFCON 2019.Wakaso was named man of the match in Ghana’s round of 16 defeat against Tunisia where he broke down in tears at the post match conference,claiming that it hurt to be eliminated after putting in maximum effort.Prior to the start of the Afcon, Ghana and Newcastle winger Christian Atsu mentioned that a good chunk of the current crop of players in the national team would call it quits if the Black Stars failed to win the competition.Wakaso, however ,holds a completely different opinion.“I can’t complete my time with the Black Stars without winning something.“I need to win something before I stop.The combative midfielder explains that the current crop must leave a winning culture and legacy behind that the next generation can learn from.“To be honest there are young ones coming up and we have to make way for them to also continue but we must set an example for them to come and continue,” he revealed on Face to Face on Citi TV.last_img read more

Owusu Bempah hails ‘fantastic’ Sam Yeboah

first_imgHearts deputy captain Joseph Owusu Bempah has heaped praises on striker Sam Yeboah after he made a goal scoring debut for the Phobians.The former Heart of Lions striker made his debut for the Phobians replacing Selasi Adjei and within 15 minutes of his introduction, Yeboah netted the all-important goal to fetch Hearts all three points.The goal calmed the nerves of fans in the stadium at a point the Phobians began to be twitchy after a series of missed opportunities.And Bempah was full of praise for his teammate following his exploits“He is one of the fantastic strikers in the Ghana league. I have known him for years because he always gave me a tough time at when he was ay Heart of Lions,” Bempah told Adom FM Sports“I am happy that he bagged a goal on his debut and our opening goal.” “We are grateful for the victory but it is team work so we hope he will continue to help us win game after game,” Bempah added.Yeboah will be hoping to make Kenichi Yatsuhashi’s starting lineup when the Phobians play away to Medeama this weekend.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw records 2,000th career strikeout

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error MILWAUKEE >> Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw got his 2,000th career strikeout when he fanned Jonathan Villar on an 0-2 fastball with one out in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers. Coming into Friday night’s game, Kershaw needed four strikeouts to reach 2,000. The left-hander achieved the milestone in 1,837 2/3 career innings. The Dodgers say he was the third-fastest pitcher in major league history to compile 2,000 strikeouts. Pedro Martinez reached the plateau in 1,715 1/3 innings, and Randy Johnson was next at 1,734 innings. Kershaw is in his 10th year with the Dodgers. The three-time Cy Young Award winner was 7-2 with a 2.37 ERA entering Friday’s start.last_img read more

Cubs’ All-Stars Baez and Contreras provide spark despite off-field challenges

first_img“Honestly, that energy I’ve had since I was a little kid, but it’s just how I am, how I play,” he said. “God gave me the gift of being able to play baseball at this high level. He gave me this path, he put me on this path. I didn’t go to school, I didn’t study because I was working on my craft as a baseball player. I think that’s one of the main reasons for why I’ve had success in this game.”For both players, their play has an added layer of meaning, and even though what they carry can be heavy, Baez and Contreras still bring a spark to the field that’s a big part of showcasing why baseball can be fun. And the All-Star game is a great stage for them to do that.“When you’re out there, everyone’s looking at you and paying attention to what you do, so I think for the kids you gotta have fun,” Baez said, “and play as you as a kid, you know? When you were a kid, you still had fun and played the game.” MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThere’s a lot that’s unique about what those two have accomplished. And they’re headed to the All-Star stage as two of the more dynamic players in the league.“They’re very charismatic,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “I think Javy’s one of the most watchable guys in the game, and if you’re around Willson enough, you don’t see that kind of performance behind the plate every day.”The All-Star Game is a yearly showcase of baseball’s best and most exciting players, and Baez and Contreras both fit the bill. “That’s what you’re looking for. You’re looking for highly skilled, young major league players that can represent you in the All-Star Game and appeal to a wide audience,” Maddon said. “I think they both appeal to a wide audience.”Both players bring joy and energy to the game, and in both cases they’ve drawn some ire for how they play. But baseball has always been a game of myriad personalities, and to focus just on the perceived negatives of Baez and Contreras is to miss what’s behind the two players. Baez and Contreras both project flair and, at times, downright cockiness. But on closer look, there’s also humility and a strong sense of purpose because of where they have come from.Baez had a gun pointed to his chest during a robbery when he was 11 and lost a sister in 2015. His homeland of Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria two years ago and has yet to fully recover, and he still chooses to approach his job with almost childlike joy and enthusiasm even while it might make the old-school baseball types bristle.“The way that I play the game, not everybody is going to like it, but there’s going to be more people that like it than the ones that don’t,” Baez told SN.Baez said he knows that a lot of eyes are on him when he plays, and he sees that as an opportunity to reward that attention and play with enthusiasm, even if it means that some won’t like how it comes across.“Everybody sees the game differently, and I think they see the business side first, and you know, everybody’s got their point. But I think it’s our job to have fun out there and just play the game,” Baez said. “The way I see it, I see it like I’m playing back home like I was a kid. You know, just having fun and doing these crazy things on the bases.”MORE: MLB Power Rankings: Dodgers finish first half on topContreras has also been criticized for his style of play, but like Baez it’s a part of his game that’s not going to change. And like his teammate, playing with zeal requires setting aside some off-the-field heaviness. When Contreras got the news on June 27 that he was on the All-Star starting roster for the second year in a row, he was emotional, dedicating the honor to his family and his home that is in the middle of years-long strife.“I am dedicating it to my country, I am doing this for the people of my country,” Contreras told SN. “And I just hope that one day in the near future Venezuela is able to get back to what it once was because it truly was one of the greatest countries.”Socioeconomic and political crises have hobbled the country, leaving Venezuela with horrible inflation, hunger, and crime rates. Many have left, and for the ones who remain the future of the country is uncertain. During the offseason, Contreras has returned home and driven around handing out food to kids, and here in the United States he’s selling “Freedom for Venezuela” shirts through obviousshirts.com, with proceeds going back to help his home country. All of this and he’s putting together the strongest season of his career. Through the first half, he’s slashing .289/.383/.563. But that doesn’t mean he’s not playing some games under added weight.“It’s no secret what’s going on in Venezuela,” Contreras said. “It is hard a lot of the time to come to the park and try to forget about what’s going on there, but it’s my job and that’s what I have to do.” Despite what Contreras is going through off of the field, Maddon has said that he’s like the wall socket that the rest of the team often plugs into for energy, and his All-Star teammate agrees.“What Willson brings to the team is huge because when he’s down, everybody’s down,” Baez said. “And when he’s doing all these electric and crazy things on the field, it kind of gets us into the game.”MORE: Reds prospect Taylor Trammell almost steals show at Futures GameContreras attributes his on-the-field style to a lifelong devotion to baseball. CHICAGO — The All-Star Game on Tuesday night will be a special night for all the players involved, and especially so for the Cubs’ Javy Baez and Willson Contreras.They will both start for the National League for the second year in a row; the last Cubs player to start consecutive All-Star games was Sammy Sosa close to two decades ago, and they have not had two players in the starting lineup in back-to-back years since Andre Dawson and Ryne Sandberg in 1990 and 1991. The Cubs have not had a catcher start consecutive times since Gabby Hartnett in 1936 and 1937. Last year, Baez started at second base, and this year he’s the starting shortstop. He is just the fourth player in major league history to start the All-Star game in back-to-back years at different positions. last_img read more