Sunderland claim derby honours

first_img Where Newcastle were porous at the back and an ineffective in front of goal, with ring-rusty loan signing Luuk de Jong ponderous after his half-time introduction, the Black Cats were solid in their own half and clinical in the other. It had not been a good week for Pardew, who went into the game with the repercussions of the Cabaye saga still echoing on Tyneside, leading scorer Loic Remy suspended after a senseless clash with Norwich’s Bradley Johnson and Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse joining Fabricio Coloccini on the injured list. But it was to get far, far worse long before he headed back into the dressing room with the boos of a furious home crowd ringing in his ears. Newcastle were utterly shambolic before the break as Sunderland took the game to their hosts after the early skirmishes. Lone striker Jozy Altidore, who was made to look pedestrian by non-league Kidderminster in the FA Cup last Saturday, terrorised Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor. And with Borini and Johnson running riot out wide and Ki Sung-yueng dominant in front of quietly impressive debutant Liam Bridcutt in the middle, the visitors were a constant threat. It might have been very different for the home side had full-back Mathieu Debuchy blasted a second-minute shot inside the post rather than past it, but things started to turn sour shortly afterwards. An unmarked Marcos Alonso flashed a fifth-minute header over Tim Krul’s crossbar and Borini only just failed to connect with Johnson’s long ball three minutes later. Fans incensed by the club’s decision to sell Yohan Cabaye and not replace him vented their anger on the 52-year-old, with owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear nowhere to be seen as the Black Cats cruised to a second successive 3-0 victory at St James’ Park. Sunderland’s third derby victory on the trot – for the first time since 1923 – was secured by first-half goals from Fabio Borini and Adam Johnson, who struck for the seventh time in as many games, and Jack Colback’s late strike, and it was no more than the visitors deserved. But the Black Cats went ahead with 19 minutes gone when Phil Bardsley went down under Vurnon Anita’s clumsy challenge inside the box and referee Phil Dowd immediately pointed to the spot. Borini smashed the ball high to Krul’s right and was promptly booked for his delirious celebration, and worse was to follow for both Krul and Newcastle. Only four more minutes had elapsed when the Dutchman had to claw Jack Colback’s deflected shot away, but Johnson was on hand to tap home with the keeper berating full-back Davide Santon afterwards. The Magpies were bereft creatively without Cabaye’s influence and with Sunderland denying Hatem Ben Arfa and Sammy Ameobi time and space to run at them, lone striker Shola Ameobi was seeing little of the game. His only real contribution during the opening 45 minutes was an aimless header and two equally wayward shots, but he was not alone with both Santon, handed the responsibility for set-pieces in the post-Cabaye era, and Moussa Sissoko wasting promising opportunities. Pardew made his move at the break when he handed De Jong a debut in place of Sammy Ameobi, and the newcomer forced a 52nd-minute save from Vito Mannone after Sissoko, Anita and Ben Arfa had linked well. The Magpies had a better look about them as the second half unfolded, with Sissoko running at Sunderland and Ben Arfa seeing more of the ball. But with Bardsley and Johnson doubling up when the latter was in possession, he was struggling to make an impact. Cheick Tiote had a tame side-footed effort from distance comfortably saved by Mannone, but Colback came close to making it 3-0 with a 61st-minute effort which went just wide after Altidore’s shot had been deflected into his path. But the home side were starting to find a momentum and Mannone had to pull off a fine save to keep Tiote’s 64th-minute effort out of his top corner, and Shola Ameobi sent a towering header wide from the resulting corner. However, Sunderland continued to threaten and Johnson was unfortunate to see his shot come back off the foot of the post with Krul beaten seconds later. Ameobi might have done better after being played in over the top by Krul with 72 minutes gone, but Mannone blocked his toe-poke and Borini cleared his header from the corner which followed off the line. Altidore should have killed the game off when he found himself in on Krul seconds later and failed to round the keeper, but Colback was not so wasteful 10 minutes from time to wrap up the win. Alan Pardew was left alone to face a furious backlash as Newcastle succumbed to another humbling derby defeat by Sunderland. Press Associationlast_img read more

TRACK : Hehir, Lowry look to conclude infoor campaign on high note

first_img Published on February 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Jacob: jspramuk@syr.edu Comments With two laps remaining in the 5,000-meter run at the Big East Indoor Track and Field Championships, Martin Hehir slipped ahead of his pack of teammates, with Jace Lowry following close behind. The freshmen runners vied for position until Lowry darted ahead of Hehir, who tailed closely behind but failed to catch up on the final lap. The pair finished four-tenths of a second apart, good enough for third and fourth place in the Big East.‘He went right by me. I was feeling pretty horrible,’ Hehir said. ‘Then I just stuck right on him, but he still got me.’The success in the Big East came as a surprise to the newcomers, but they’ll attempt to carry that momentum into the outdoor season. Before that starts, though, both Hehir and Lowry will likely wrap up their indoor seasons with a mile run at the Columbia Last Chance meet in New York City on Saturday. While the meet gives them a final opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, Hehir and Lowry both said their times are well off the automatic NCAA qualifying mark. But whatever the outcome, the indoor season saw both runners improve considerably in their first collegiate season after early struggles and setbacks.At the beginning of the season, Hehir couldn’t keep up with workouts. Lowry wasn’t running due to an injury. As the year progressed, they fought their way back to competition and started their rebound season. Hehir and Lowry, who are roommates, used each other and the tight-knit group of freshmen runners to motivate themselves to turn difficulties into success.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘(Being roommates) has worked out great,’ Hehir said. ‘We just ended up making each other want to work harder and go faster.’Head coach Chris Fox said he wasn’t surprised by their performance in the Big East championships because of their recent progress. Lowry won the U.S. Cross Country Junior Championships three weeks ago. Hehir ran a 3,000-meter time before the Big East championships that was among the top freshmen distance runners in the country. Those two performances alone show the turnaround Hehir and Lowry have made, contributing to Fox’s optimism heading into the indoor championships.‘I’ve seen them develop faster than any freshmen we’ve had here,’ Fox said.Fox said the dynamic between Hehir and Lowry has pushed them to improve. They train hard together, and each one motivates the other with competition. But they also help each other when the time comes. Fox said that relationship is important to the success of a team.‘They’re pretty competitive with each other, but they help each other out,’ Fox said. ‘That’s exactly what you need to have a great team.’As the indoor season winds down and the outdoor season begins, Hehir and Lowry both hope to improve even more. The pair will continue to rely on each other for an extra push in competition. The prospect of beating a friend will continue to serve as a motivator for both of them.Said Lowry: ‘In every race, I want to beat him, and he wants to beat me.’jspramuk@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Gallery: No. 7 Louisville blows out Syracuse, 88-68

first_img Published on February 26, 2017 at 8:34 pm Syracuse lost, 88-68, to No. 7 Louisville (23-6, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) Sunday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center. Syracuse’s (17-13, 9-8) most reliable 3-point threats — Tyler Lydon, John Gillon and Andrew White — combined to shoot 4-for-18 from deep. Syracuse had entered Sunday ranking third in the ACC in 3-pointers made this season. It’s SU’s largest margin of defeat in ACC play. Eighty-eight is the most points SU has given up since Jan. 1. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Badgers’ Third line of scorers not to be forgotten

first_imgListed as the third line in the Wisconsin hockey lineup, it’s not hard to figure out why junior center Jefferson Dahl, junior winger Sean Little and senior winger Ryan Little get lost in the confusion.After all, the two lines before them are a tough act to follow.The top two lines boast some of most dynamic point-scoring talent on the team for UW – including junior center Mark Zengerle, who has scored eight points in his last four games, freshman winger Nic Kerdiles, who is riding a seven-game point-scoring streak, and junior winger Michael Mersch, who leads the team with 23 goals this season.Still, while they may not be the flashiest players on the ice for Wisconsin, Dahl and the Little brothers are the vital glue-guys who have helped anchor the Badgers’ revival from a disappointing 1-7-2 start to the season.When the top line of Zengerle, Kerdiles and junior winger Tyler Barnes struggled to provide goals for much of the early part of the 2012-13 campaign, it was Dahl’s line that remained consistent, always keeping the team in the game with its never-say-die mentality and gritty defense.“[We try] to outwork the other team,” Dahl said. “When we get it down low in the corners, especially the Littles – they’re tough to beat out of the corner – just protecting it down low and trying to play more minutes in their zone than ours.”Not known for its goal-scoring prowess – Dahl and Ryan Little each have five goals, which ranks them tied for seventh on the team in scoring, while Sean Little has two goals – UW’s third line has relied on determination and hard work to help the team win this year.And their teammates and fans have taken notice.“You always kind of notice the energetic pests and hard-working guys,” Zengerle said. “Maybe they don’t get enough credit as far as having the skill set to score, but I think people definitely do notice the hard work that they put in.”No game is a better example of this than the Badgers’ 3-1 win over Minnesota-Duluth in the opening round of the WCHA Playoffs at the Kohl Center Friday.From the moment Dahl and Co. stepped on the ice for their first shift, they out-hustled their opponents, forcing the Bulldogs deep into their own defensive zone for much of the shift, while creating a number of good scoring chances for Wisconsin as well.“They really work well together, and they really play our system to an absolute T,” senior defenseman John Ramage said. “When you’re out there as a defenseman, you know they are going to be in the right spot every time and that makes it a lot [easier].”Also on duty for the Badgers during UW’s penalty kill – Dahl and the Little brothers didn’t give up a single goal in five power-play attempts for UMD over the weekend.After the game, the solid performance was even noted by head coach Mike Eaves.“I truly hope they get rewarded at some point for their efforts,” Eaves said. “When the other team has to play in their own zone like that, it’s not fun. It wears you out.”And rewarded they were.Saturday, within the first three minutes of the game, Dahl received the puck in the slot from Sean Little with his back to the goal and spun around while launching the puck into the back of the net.The goal was the first one for the line since March 2 – Dahl’s first goal since Jan. 26 – and while the burden of scoring will never be put on solely on the third line, Dahl believes it could be a sign that they are peaking in confidence at just the right time this season.“It was definitely nice to get on the board there and help the team any way we can,” Dahl said. “Friday night, we thought we were doing good things and we just couldn’t find the net, but it was nice to get one on Saturday.”Thanks to their unrelenting effort, which is just beginning to pay dividends for Wisconsin, Dahl’s line personifies the team’s postseason motto of “keep on rolling.” And that’s exactly what the group has done, as the third line’s consistency in the depth chart helped kick start UW’s ascension back to the top over the last month of games.Now with the top three lines firing on all cylinders over the last few weeks, each line’s success has provided motivation for the others to push harder – creating a sort of friendly competition between lines as they fight to keep their dream of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament alive.“It kind of just motivates you a little bit. You see the other guys bringing it, especially in big games,” Zengerle said. “To see other people going, it gets the bench up a little bit, and it kind of forces you to get going too.”last_img read more

Arsene Wenger bemoans ‘naive’ Arsenal performance in Barcelona defeat

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger branded his side ‘naive’, ‘disappointing’ and ‘technically average’ as they succumbed to a 2-0 home defeat to Barcelona on Tuesday night.Looking to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in six years, the Gunners had a number of chances early on in their game against the tournament’s defending champions, but were ultimately pegged back as two goals from Lionel Messi – one from a sweeping counter-attack, the second from the penalty spot – but Barcelona in a commanding position in the tie.And Wenger admitted afterwards that the tie was probably now beyond Arsenal – but insisted his side had created chances to win the game on the night, but had let themselves down at key moments.”Barcelona is a great team, we knew that before the game,” Wenger told BT Sport. “We put a lot of energy in the game and I believe technically we were very average overall.”The regret I have is once we looked like we dominate the game in the last 20 minutes we give the goal away. Similar to Monaco [last season]. Naive.”That is what is frustrating: When we look like we could win this game, we give it away.” Speaking subsequently in his press conference, Wenger expanded on his comments.”We gave absolutely everything tonight so it’s a shame we have nothing to show for it,” Wenger said.”Our finishing was a problem tonight. We missed it in the final third.”Of course I’m disappointed because we lost in a way we knew we could not afford. We are extremely guilty.”Maybe we felt that we could win the game and then we lost our cautiousness to defend. They’re so dangerous on the break.” Acknowledged Barcelona’s strength, he subsequently added: “They’re better than us, there is no shame. They are European champions and that is no coincidence.”Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker said that the team would go into the second leg with the same “courage” as before, but acknowledged they would concentrate on the Premier League in the interim.last_img read more

Angels’ road winning streak snapped by Justin Verlander, Astros

first_imgAfter the fourth-inning hiccup, Tropeano said he was “battling” to get his release point back. He gave up a hit in the fifth but escaped by picking off Derek Fisher. In the sixth, he gave up a leadoff homer to José Altuve, then a double to Correa and a walk to Gurriel.That ended his day, with the Angels facing a 4-0 deficit against Verlander.Although the Angels weren’t able to come back to get the sweep, they nonetheless won a series at a time they badly needed to stop the bleeding from a 1-5 homestand. They are off on Thursday, before hosting the New York Yankees over the weekend.“When you take two of three from a division opponent, that’s still a morale boost,” Tropeano said. “Obviously we want to sweep. We all want to win every game. We’ll just take this one and go on to the Yankees and take it from there.” They could not beat Verlander, who has been one of the best pitchers of his generation.Verlander did not allow a baserunner until Zack Cozart’s single in the fifth, and the Angels didn’t score until Albert Pujols hit a homer in the seventh.Pujols’ homer – the 2,994th hit of his career – preceded an Andrelton Simmons single and a Cozart RBI double, which was only good enough to cut the deficit to 4-2. That was all Verlander gave up in his seven innings.“He was tough, needless to say,” Manager Mike Scioscia said of Verlander. “As the game went on we got some better looks at him. Albert got us going. … He pitched a good game, no doubt.”So did Nick Tropeano … for a while anyway. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield PreviousHouston Astros’ first baseman Yuli Gurriel (10) scores on a three run hit by Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman (2) during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Los Angeles Angels’ third baseman Luis Valbuena (18) tags out Houston Astros’ Derek Fisher (21) on a return to the bag for the out to end the fifth inning during a baseball game Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Los Angeles Angels’ starting pitcher Nick Tropeano (35) throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ starting pitcher Nick Tropeano (35) throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Houston Astros’ starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Houston Astros’ starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 25: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a home run in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 25, 2018 in Houston, Texas. This puts him six hits away from 3,000. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 25: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is congratulatd by Mike Trout #27 after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 25, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ left fielder Derek Fisher (21) reacts to striking out to end the second inning as Los Angeles Angels’ catcher Rene Rivera (44) fields a throw during a baseball game Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 25: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fields a hard hit ball by Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros in the second inning at Minute Maid Park on April 25, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 25: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fields a hard hit ball by Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros in the second inning at Minute Maid Park on April 25, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman (2) signals gestures at third base after his three run triple on a line drive to left field during the fourth inning as Los Angeles Angels’ third baseman Zack Cozart (7) walks away during a baseball game Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Houston Astros’ third baseman Alex Bregman (2) watches his line drive to left field for a three run triple against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Houston Astros’ first baseman Yuli Gurriel (10) scores on a three run hit by Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman (2) during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Los Angeles Angels’ third baseman Luis Valbuena (18) tags out Houston Astros’ Derek Fisher (21) on a return to the bag for the out to end the fifth inning during a baseball game Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)NextShow Caption1 of 13Los Angeles Angels’ third baseman Luis Valbuena (18) tags out Houston Astros’ Derek Fisher (21) on a return to the bag for the out to end the fifth inning during a baseball game Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)ExpandHOUSTON — All that stood between the Angels and a sweep of the Houston Astros was Justin Verlander.And he was enough.The Angels did little against Verlander until it was too late, and their 11-game road winning streak came to an end with a 5-2 loss to the Astros on Wednesday afternoon.In the first two games of the series, the Angels won games started by Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton, who had been two of the best pitchers in baseball in the season’s first month.center_img Over the first three innings, Tropeano and Verlander were both perfect, and Tropeano actually sliced through the first nine Houston hitters with six strikeouts.In the fourth, Tropeano got two quick outs, but then he walked Carlos Correa, walked Josh Reddick and hit Yuli Gurriel with a pitch to load the bases.Tropeano fell behind Alex Bregman 2-and-0 with a pair of sliders, and then he left a fastball over the plate. Bregman rocketed it down the left-field line for a three-run double.“That fourth inning came around and I kind of lost my arm slot a little bit,” Tropeano said. “It’s a matter of me just being too fine with my pitches, not ‘letting it eat’ as much as I did in the first three. When you walk the bases loaded that’s a recipe for disaster.”Scioscia suggested pitchers can sometimes have problems like that when their counterpart is pitching such a good game, as Verlander was.“You know it’s going to be a tight game and maybe subconsciously you try to do a little too much,” Scioscia said. “You have to really fight that and just go out and pitch your game. If that means they get a run, they get a run, but don’t make it more than it has to be.”Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Rory McIlroy continues to be the man to beat

first_imgBranden Grace (40) vs. Sergio Garcia (26) Marc Leishman (17) vs. Louis Oosthuizen (19) Tiger Woods advances to WGC Match Play Round of 16 to face Rory McIlroy Matt Kuchar (23) vs. Tyrrell Hatton (35) However, no one was as compelling as Rory McIlroy.The Irish professional continues his hot streak at the Austin Country Club in Texas. McIlroy has only lost three holes through three matches. He breezed to the Round of 16 and will now face Woods, who was full of fist pumps Friday. Related News “It’s exciting for the tournament,” McIlroy said when asked about his Saturday match with Woods. “I’m sure it’s going to be exciting for us. I feel good about my game. I played well all year. I’ve continued to do that this week. So it will be exciting. It’s definitely going to be one of those ones where I need to go out there and stick to my game plan, and not really look at what he does until I maybe have to towards the end.”It will be the first time since 2008 that Woods moved into the weekend and the last time he did, he won the tournament.Woods used an impressive eagle on the par-4 13th hole to help hold his lead over Patrick Cantlay. Woods won the match, 4 & 2. TIGER. WOODS. #LiveUnderPar 🦅 pic.twitter.com/SfxpoBROoe— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 29, 2019The battles continued throughout the day.Matt Kuchar went toe-to-toe with Jon Rahm before eventually advancing with a 2-1-0 record. The two halved their round but fortune favored the 2013 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship winner. After surviving their playoff matches, Li and Kisner will face off in the next round. Lucas Bjerregaard will also be playing into the weekend after narrowly defeating Matt Wallace, 1 UP. Justin Rose was able to advance after defeating Gary Woodland on the back nine. Woodland tried to make a late push with a birdie on the par-4 15th hole but it wasn’t enough to steal a win from Rose.Bubba Watson, who had nothing to play for except bragging rights, defeated Jordan Spieth who was also eliminated from the event.  HaoTong Li (36) vs. Kevin Kisner (48) Justin Rose (2) vs. Kevin Na (57) WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Rory McIlroy in great position after second dominating win There were a lot of storylines from the third day at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event.Francesco Molinari advanced to the knockout round for the first time under the new match-play format, HaoTong Li survived the event’s first sudden-death playoff hole and Kevin Kisner followed in a playoff with Ian Poulter, and Tiger Woods was Tiger Woods — one of the best match-play golfers ever. Rory McIlroy (4) vs. Tiger Woods (13) Francesco Molinari (7) vs. Paul Casey (10) Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas also had early exits. Johnson moved to 1-2-0 after Hideki Matsuyama won their match, 3 & 2. Thomas halved his round with Keegan Bradley but it was enough to advance the 1-1-1 golfer. Here’s a full list of the knockout round matches: Lucas Bjerregaard (50) vs. Henrik Stenson (37)last_img read more

Judge Woodruff inspires student athletes at All-City luncheon

first_imgGIVING SUPPORT—Judge Dwayne Woodruff with wife Joy. The luncheon, which was re-established in 2008 at the behest of Assistant to the Publisher Stephan Broadus, honored inner-city high school athletes and their coaches for outstanding performances in football and basketball. Courier Managing Editor, Ulish Carter, Advertising Manager Eric Gaines, and Editor and Publisher, Rod Doss, joined Broadus to hand out trophies and medals; Gaines also gave the invocation.The event was organized by Save the Date Creative Services, which does all of the Courier’s events, and the trophies were provided by H.J. Heinz Co.“These kids are important in the city schools and it’s up to us to recognize their achievements,” said Broadus, “so I think it’s the most important event that we do.”“There’s been no coverage given to the city teams. The Courier, I think, is still the only [newspaper] that provides week to week coverage of all these high school athletes and their accomplishments. So we thought it was time to…celebrate them, bring them out and showcase them with awards and give them their moment in the sun,” asserted Doss. “Competition is good, it’s healthy…life is competitive. So as a consequence, the training that they get, the exposure, and the teaching they get from their coaches helps them [develop] a competitive spirit that helps them succeed in life…very important.”Delayed by half an hour because of the Pittsburgh Marathon, the luncheon was emceed by Pittsburgh native and lifetime sports enthusiast, Brian Cook, producer and national sports reporter for the American Urban Radio Networks.“I love to reach back to the youth of Pittsburgh. So, it’s just my way of giving back to the community, being emcee for…young athletes,” said Cook, who broadcasts from Pittsburgh.Student nominees were selected by their coaches and all nominees—including Coach of the Year—were voted on by the coaches, the reporter who covered the beat, and the photographer who covered the beat, explained Carter. Once all the votes were in, he tabulated them and compiled the lists of first and second teams, offense and defense; the All-City special team; MVP, offense and defense; and Coach of the Year for football; and lists of first, second and third teams; honorable mentions; MVP’s; and coaches of the year, for boys and girls basketball.“We deal with academics all the time, but athletes need to be recognized as well,” said Carter. “Some people look down on athletics but name me a school that doesn’t benefit from having an athletic program. And (participating in athletics) helps you be a better leader because you learn to work as part of a team instead of as an individual. And it helps you to relate to other people,” added the former sports reporter.Guest speaker, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge and retired Steelers great, Dwayne Woodruff, gave an inspirational speech about optimism, character and perseverance, among other things, drawing on his experiences as a Steeler and student at Duquesne University where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree. “Hard work, commitment, loyalty to each other…those are the things that make up championship teams; those are the things that make up championship partnerships,” said Woodruff in his speech.Later in his speech, he offered this advice, “Don’t let anybody tell you you cannot achieve something that’s worthwhile. Any goal that you have that’s worthwhile, you can achieve it. Just because no one has done it, just because they don’t think you’re smart enough, just because they don’t think you’re good enough…you can still do it. Don’t let anybody tell you you can’t succeed.”After Woodruff’s speech, it was time to start handing out the awards. The 2009 All-City coaches of the year were Jason Bell of Schenley High School for football, Andre McDonald of Allderdice High School for boys basketball, and Ed Allison of Perry High School for girls basketball. The season’s most valuable players were Andre Irish of Schenley High School, defensive MVP and Manasseh Garner of Brashear High School—not in attendance—offensive MVP for football. Ishmael Swain of Allderdice High School and Dashawna Carey of Perry High School were MVP’s for boys and girls basketball, respectively.Bell not only felt honored to receive his award, but he was proud of those players who were honored that afternoon, too. “They deserve it. They’ve worked hard all year round,” he said. Except for DeAndre Black, all are seniors and all will attend college, some on full scholarships. “There’s a lot of kids that are getting a chance to get outside of the city…and become good citizens for Pittsburgh.”Irish, who will attend Saint Francis University, though undecided about his major, felt especially honored. “It’s big, you know, to be the first [defensive] tackle to win this award; it’s big because it’s hard for us d-tackles to win this award…but it feels great and I’m going to keep it up in my future.”Ed Allison was very proud of himself and of his players. “It’s very exciting; I’m very excited [this] being my first time [receiving this award as a head coach]. I had a great team around me that worked hard and we peaked at the right time of the year.” Except for Marritta Gillcrease, all of Allison’s honored players are college bound seniors. One of them is the girls basketball MVP.“It felt good,” said Carey about being selected as MVP. “I worked hard, and I have my team and my coach to thank.” Though undecided about what school she wants to attend, she’s certain about wanting to major in business management.“It feels great,” said Swain, who will attend Miami Dade University as a nursing major. “I’m very proud of myself!”Westinghouse High School basketball coach, Kenneth Roebuck, attended to show his support for all Westinghouse honorees but, particularly for players Fleming Davis and Deaundre Epperson, who won awards for first team and third team, respectively, and two players who were honorable mentioned in boys’ basketball.“Sports are very good for our society today because it keeps [students] out of trouble, but also because it teaches them that you’re going to win some, but you’re also going to lose some,” said Roebuck.“It’s a beautiful thing,” said Anthony Cosby, whose son, Darrell, won an award for second team, offense in football and an honorable mention for men’s basketball. “They put all the hard work in it and then at the end when it’s over, they get recognized for it, which gives them the incentive to do more…so this is a nice thing they have.” The younger Cosby, who also plays baseball and soccer, will be attending Cheney University.Allison Pryor, whose son, David, won an award for second team, offense in football, said she was very excited for and proud of her son, who’s been playing sports since third grade. “I think it is [important to recognize student athletes] just to give them some kind of inspiration, to make them feel like they’re accomplishing something.You know, give them some excitement in life,” she smiled. On a soggy Sunday afternoon in May, Pittsburgh residents gathered at the Westin Convention Center Hotel Downtown to attend the third annual New Pittsburgh Courier All-City Awards Luncheon, honoring the best players and coaches in football and basketball.last_img read more

Sevilla’s wardrobe is already excited about the return of Rakitic

first_imgThe Covid-19 crisis announces a market with very few movements and still less investment. TO Rakitic will hardly fit one year contract in Barcelona with an important chip. Sevilla’s challenge is to get him out of the Camp Nou for the least possible investment, since the footballer he is 32 years old, and content him with a contract that may be the last of his career. In addition, the Croatian will find in Nervión the best possible environment: a hobby that mostly wishes your return and a wardrobe that sees him from the beginning as a luxury reinforcement, even as a probable captain. Precisely the captain of the Sevilla squad Jesus Navas applaud the possible movement: “Ivan is a great friend of mine. I appreciate you very much. As a companion is also a excellent person. Socceristically little more can be said about him … he is a magnificent soccer player. I always I wish him well and take the opportunity to send him a big hug him and his family. He has the affection of all the sevillismo “, he affirmed in Nervion Pride. Rakitic and Los Palacios they coincided in the Sánchez Pizjuán locker room for two seasons and a half from January 2011 to June 2013, when Navas left for Manchester City. “Right now talk of transfers does not apply“he said these days the sports director Monchi, in another of the movements (this one forced) of the slow chess game that Sevilla will play for sign Ivan Rakitic. The Croatian himself He did not want to raise the hare a few days ago, when in a telematic interview For Movistar he affirmed, smiling, that nobody of the Nervión club I had still called him. “I don’t know if Monchi has lost my phone or blocked me,” he joked. But that is not entirely accurate: your communication with the sports director, if only because they are good friends, is usual. To serbian Nemanja Gudelj, who arrived last summer in Nervión, also would love to have a partner to the midfielder Croatian: “Ivan Rakitic is a great player. Everyone knows how good it is. With his experience, in addition, it could mean a lot for Sevilla again. He is an important footballer and from the references I have, I also know that he is a very good person and companion. Would a huge plus for Sevilla if they could finally come. “ LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 23, 2020last_img read more

Taylor cameo in vain as Storm lose in final

first_imgLONDON (CMC): West Indies Women’s captain Stafanie Taylor struck a cameo, but her efforts were in vain as Western Storm went down by seven wickets to Southern Vipers in the final of the Women’s Super League here on Sunday. Sent in at Chelmsford, Storm rallied to 140 for five off their 20 overs, with New Zealand opener Rachel Priest top-scoring with 57 from 55 deliveries and partner Taylor getting 35 from 28 balls. The pair featured in an opening stand of 74, with Priest slamming eight fours and a six and Taylor striking three fours and a six. Taylor seemed to be moving into high gear when she drove seamer Arran Brindle to mid-off in the 11th over and captain Heather Knight (6) added a further 28 for the second wicket with Priest before falling to Brindle in the 15th over, caught at deep backward square. Brindle finished with two for 15 from her four overs while medium pacer Suzie Bates picked up two for 37. In reply, a 78-run, first-wicket stand between Suzie Bates and captain Charlotte Edwards, virtually ended the game as a contest. Bates stroked 52 off 46 balls with seven fours, while Edwards weighed in with 24 from 18 deliveries with three fours and a six. By the time both fell in the space of 12 deliveries to leave Vipers on 84 for two in the 12th over, only 57 runs were required and Sara McGlashan’s unbeaten 21 from 19 deliveries put the result out of question. Taylor was ineffective from her four overs, finishing wicketless and conceding 24 runs. The right-handed Taylor had a successful tournament, scoring 289 runs at an average of 57 while claiming 11 wickets.last_img read more