Roy Keane rates Arsenal and Man Utd’s top-four chances after Old Trafford stalemate

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 30 Sep 2019 11:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Aubameyang are currently sitting in fourth place after their point at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)The result sees Arsenal move up to fourth in the table, behind league leaders Liverpool, reigning champions Manchester City and Leicester City.United, meanwhile, sit in 10th place with nine points from their first seven Premier League matches – their lowest haul at this stage of the season in any top-flight campaign since 1989/90.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Keane did not think much of either side in Monday night’s game (Picture: Sky Sports)Asked whether Arsenal or United are more likely to claim a top-four berth, Keane said on Sky Sports: ‘On tonight’s performance, none of them.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We spoke about United and how they have to invest in January, they probably will do, whether top players are available in January.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘On tonight’s performance, and from what I’ve seen recently of United, and Arsenal, if you’re these over teams out there, West Ham, Leicester, Chelsea, if there’s ever a chance for them to get in the top four it’ll be this season.’Asked if they could miss out on the top six entirely, Keane added: ‘Top six will be okay, but I don’t think that will satisfy these clubs with the money they’ve spent. It’s got to be top four.’center_img Roy Keane rates Arsenal and Man Utd’s top-four chances after Old Trafford stalemate Both teams struggled to reach their top level in Monday night’s clash (Picture: Getty)Roy Keane believes both Manchester United and Arsenal will struggle to finish in the top four this season on the basis of their respective performances on Monday night.United took the lead in a low-quality game at Old Trafford through Scott McTominay’s bullet strike just before half-time, though Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang levelled the scores in the second period after the linesman had initially – and wrongly – flagged for offside, with VAR correcting the decision.Neither side impressed in a largely scrappy affair and Keane feels there are a number of teams who could finish above them this time around. Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces “It’s On Us PA” Grant Opportunity to Combat Sexual Violence on Campus

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter It’s On Us PA,  Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today the “It’s On Us PA” program is accepting grant applications to combat sexual violence at colleges and universities. The Department of Education will award grants up to $30,000. Applications must be submitted by the end of January 31, 2018.“Since Pennsylvania joined the national “It’s On Us” campaign two years ago, more brave men and women have come forward with allegations of harassment and assault, and we must do all we can to prevent these attacks,” said Governor Wolf. “The #MeToo movement is another reminder of the seriousness of sexual assault in our society and these grants will help colleges and universities to partner with us to make campuses safer.”Programs or activities eligible for funding include campus-wide training for students, faculty and staff; institutional campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process and resources available to and rights of survivors of sexual violence; programs that enhance awareness of available resources and students’ rights or seek to increase mechanisms for anonymous reporting; and efforts to improve capacity to collect federal- or state-required data.Grant applications are available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.Last year nearly $1 million in grants was awarded to 36 postsecondary institutions across the state – including community colleges, and independent and public 2- year and 4-year colleges and universities.The It’s On Us campaign is a national initiative to raise awareness about sexual assault; teaching participants that assault includes non-consensual sex, advising them on how to identify dangerous situations, empowering them to intervene, and urging them to create an environment of support for victims and survivors.Pennsylvanians are invited to join the thousands of people, including superintendents and university and college presidents, who have signed the “It’s On Us” Pledge, which encourages everyone to help end sexual assault. The It’s On Us PA website has more information about the campaign and pre-written tweets users can share on Twitter to encourage others to take the pledge. January 08, 2018center_img Governor Wolf Announces “It’s On Us PA” Grant Opportunity to Combat Sexual Violence on Campuslast_img read more

USC dismantles Cal for third straight win

first_imgWith Stanford looming on the schedule next week and California possessing a powerful passing attack, Saturday’s matchup between USC and the Golden Bears seemed like it might be a potential “trap game” for the Trojans. But an explosive first half that featured two punt returns for touchdowns from sophomore wideout Nelson Agholor quickly dispelled that notion, as USC (7-3, 4-2) rolled to a 62-28 victory over the hapless Bears (1-9, 0-7).Before USC’s offense could get on the field,  Agholor set the tone for the Trojans by returning a punt 75 yards for a touchdown, USC’s first non-blocked punt return touchdown since 2010.“I got under it with some space and got some blocks down the field,” Agholor said. “That’s how you return, when a lot of guys put in a lot of effort so one guy can run.”He added another in the second quarter to tie a conference record, becoming the first USC player to accomplish the feat since Mike Garrett did against Cal in 1965. Redshirt junior safety Josh Shaw also returned a blocked punt for six points to give USC a NCAA record-tying three touchdowns off punt returns.When the offense did get to match up against Cal’s defense, the latter unit showed just how much they miss former defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, who now holds the same title for the Trojans.USC drove 79 yards in 15 plays before reaching paydirt on a slip screen pass from redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler to senior tailback Silas Redd, who rumbled 12 yards into the end zone to make their lead 14-0.That was just the beginning of a nearly flawless game for the Trojans that saw them brush off several of the bad habits that had hampered them throughout the season.Overall, a unit that hadn’t been explosive most of the season seemed to find an extra gear in NorCal. The Trojans averaged 9.8 yards per play and had eight plays that gained more than 20 yards.“That’s pretty good right there,” redshirt senior offensive tackle Kevin Graf said after hearing the team’s offensive statistics. “You feel really good, and you feel as an offensive line that you really did your job.”Kessler was 14 of 17 for 170 yards and two touchdowns, with completions to eight different receivers. Redshirt sophomore Javorius “Buck” Allen had 135 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just six carries, and tacked on a 57-yard touchdown reception to continue his sudden emergence. Allen now leads the team in rushing touchdowns (7).“I want to give credit to the line and the fullbacks because without them I wouldn’t even be in [this position],” Allen said. “We have a great offense and a great game plan and we executed.”Agholor had 215 all-purpose yards, all of which came in the first half. Senior receiver De’Von Flournoy led USC in receiving yards (63) on three receptions.Cal freshman quarterback Jared Goff performed admirably in defeat while carrying the Bears’ offense, completing 34 of 48 attempts for 255 yards and three touchdowns. The Bears were only outgained 499-483 offensively by the Trojans, but shoddy special teams play and a porous defense doomed them to their seventh Pac-12 loss and 14th consecutive defeat to FBS competition.“I think they got a lot of talent on that offense,” redshirt senior linebacker Devon Kennard said. “They can get over the top on you and make plays in space. We just wanted to contain them all day and make them uncomfortable pass-rush wise.”The only bad news of the day for USC came when Redd was sidelined for the remainder of the game with a minor right knee injury after his touchdown run. But Allen stepped right into his place and sparked the Trojans to another score on his first series in the backfield.With a scamper reminiscent of his 52-yard score against Oregon State last week, Allen took an outside handoff down the right sideline and showed off a vicious cutback move before crossing the goal line to extend USC’s lead to 21 with just over a minute left in the first quarter.After Cal responded with two touchdowns to cut the deficit to seven points, Allen caught another slip screen pass from Kessler on 2nd and 18 and ran 57 yards into the end zone to add to his impressive highlight reel.The Bears’ ensuing possession resulted in a three-and-out, and Cole Leininger’s punt was blocked by sophomore fullback Soma Vainuku. The ball spun in the air before landing in the arms of junior cornerback Josh Shaw, who returned it 14 yards for a touchdown to make the score 35-14.Leininger got off the punt on his next attempt following another stalled Bears drive, but Agholor returned it 93 yards for his second touchdown to make the score 41-14 and tie USC’s season-high point total with 3:47 still left in the first half.The onslaught continued in the second half with a 79-yard dash from Allen, marking his second consecutive game with three touchdowns. Kessler and Allen were benched for the rest of the game to protect the star players from injury — but the second-stringers simply picked up where the starters left off.Redshirt sophomore quarterback Max Wittek’s first pass attempt of the game resulted in a 26-yard completion to redshirt junior tight end Xavier Grimble. Freshman tailback Ty Isaac gained 18 yards on his first rushing attempt of the game, then punched it into the end zone on the next play for his first career touchdown and a 55-14 USC lead.From there, the Trojans cruised to victory and gave hope to their fans that they might just have a chance to pull off an upset against Pac-12 frontrunner Stanford next Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.“It shows how close these guys are getting as a family and focusing on the task at hand,” Orgeron said. “Because we all know what’s coming up next week.” Follow Will on Twitter @WillLawslast_img read more

Ryan Day explains the bucketing concept that he uses to simplify

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Ryan Day’s impact calling the Buckeye offense was felt immediately upon his arrival in Columbus two-plus years ago. During that time, he and the offensive staff have been able to put together game plans that have taken some of the nation’s best defenses to task – none of those more memorable than their dismantling of rival Michigan last season when they put up 62 points.According to Eleven Warriors, who profiled some advice on game planning Day gave to coaches in attendance at the annual Ohio State Coaches clinic earlier this month, Day has very interesting and organized approach to structuring the installation and teaching progression of what they do offensively. It starts with something he calls “bucket organization.”“I believe with all my heart in bucket organization. We have certain buckets on offense. They are concepts that our players will learn,” Day shared with the coaches in attendance.Day says that they spend their off season working on variations of their gap and zone scheme stuff, meaning that a responsibility may change for a player or two, but the variations can largely fit in one of a few “buckets”. Spring is the time for players to familiarize themselves with those, and by fall they’re rolling with the game plan and picking and choosing the variations they feel work best for that particular week. “It’s a Monday or Tuesday morning and somebody wants to put in a new run play. Bad news. That going to be a long day at the office on Saturday. It’s very, very difficult to put in a new scheme for a high school or college kid in three days. We all know that’s not going to happen. It might look good against one look, but the minute they bring the WILL, or they bring some sort of stunt or change the front we’re in trouble.”That’s why they decide to keep things simple and in the bucket system. It’s not a new scheme, but rather a minor tweak for a guy or two, or the backfield action looks a bit different.While Day’s call sheet obviously includes calls for situational stuff like third and long and other situations like we all have worked into the plan as coaches on game day, the bucket concept continues in the pass game with categories for short passes / screens / RPOs, mid-range passes, crossing routes, isolations, deep shots down the field, and passes specific to game situations.Lastly, and perhaps the most interesting nugget in Day’s entire talk, is that he believes your quarterback needs to practice a play over 100 times before running it in a game in order to get the end result you want.Head here to read the full article, including more valuable thoughts from Day.last_img read more