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first_imgSouthampton manager Mauricio Pochettino’s future at the club was uncertain on Wednesday as key ally Nicola Cortese quit as executive chairman. Liebherr said in the statement on Southampton’s official website: ”With great regret we have accepted the resignation of Mr Cortese. ”He has done a wonderful job and we very much wanted him to stay. A search has now begun for a successor. ”It is business as usual and we will ensure that the manager, team and staff at the club have all the help and support they need.” Yet there was talk of Cortese considering his position in May, and at the time Pochettino warned he too would leave Southampton if his boss chose to do so. The Argentinian manager, who was appointed as successor to Nigel Adkins in January 2013, said last year: ”I would not understand staying in this role if Nicola was not here. ”The person that actually called me from the start, told me about the project and put their faith in me was Nicola. ”I have great respect as well for Southampton, the club and the supporters, but Nicola has been the one that has placed his trust and faith in me. ”I wouldn’t see myself in this club if it was not for him. We are on the same wavelength about the club and the future of the club so it really would not make any sense if I was at this club and he was not.” Southampton are currently ninth in the table. Defender Luke Shaw gave his reaction to Cortese’s departure in a message on Twitter, writing: “Gutted with that news, but would just like to thank Nicola Cortese for everything he has done for me and the club! All the best to him!” Italian Cortese was appointed as Southampton’s executive chairman in 2009 after being instrumental in German-born Swiss businessman Markus Liebherr’s purchase of the club earlier that year, and has since overseen their remarkable rise from League One to the top flight. It is understood Cortese had been contemplating quitting due to divisions between him and Katharina Liebherr, who took over as the south coast side’s owner following the death of her father Markus in 2010. Pochettino is scheduled to hold his regular pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon ahead of Southampton’s trip to Sunderland on Saturday. There have been reports claiming 45-year-old Cortese first handed in his resignation several weeks ago. His reasons are unclear, however Liebherr is planning to sell the club according to the BBC. Having entered administration just prior to the Liebherr takeover, Southampton began Cortese’s first season as executive chairman with a 10-point deduction but soon rose from the bottom of the third tier. They achieved back-to-back promotions in 2011 and 2012 as Adkins, brought in as a replacement for Alan Pardew, guided them to the Championship and then Premier League. And after the controversial sacking of Adkins, Pochettino led the Saints to a 14th-placed finish last term, with them ending their comeback top-flight campaign five points clear of the relegation zone. In a statement, the Barclays Premier League outfit announced club owner Katharina Liebherr had taken on the role of non-executive chairman following Cortese’s resignation. They also said a search had begun for a chief executive officer, who will take over Cortese’s executive duties. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgThe school announced guidelines Tuesday spelling out that the number of people allowed at Brooks Stadium includes teams, coaching staffs, game day staff, game day operations, working media, band, spirit teams and volunteers, along with spectators.The Chanticleers play in the Football Bowl Subdivision and open their home season against Campbell on Sept. 18.___Leaders of six state legislatures in the Big Ten footprint have sent a letter to Commissioner Kevin Warren asking the conference to reconsider its decision to cancel the fall football season.The letter is written on the letterhead of Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and also signed by statehouse leaders from Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. “Recent actions taken by other conferences around the country to start football and other fall sports have placed the Big Ten, its members and students at a disadvantage,” the letter said. “These athletes are losing a vital part of student life and are becoming less marketable to future employers with each passing week. Additionally, our local universities stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars that support vital student scholarships.“This is even more frustrating when we think of how our Big Ten athletic programs are leading the way by providing outstanding health and safety protocols. All of that unprecedented planning and teamwork was an unmitigated success, and yet somehow the conference has decided to cast it aside anyway.”The Big Ten, and Warren in particular, have received strong pushback since the conference announced that university presidents voted to push back football and other fall sports until the second semester because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields started a petition seeking a reversal, parents of players held a protest outside Big Ten headquarters and eight Nebraska players filed a lawsuit.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: Coastal Carolina gets OK to host reduced crowds Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Coastal Carolina of the Sun Belt Conference has gotten approval from the state of South Carolina to have up to 5,000 people at its home football games this fall.center_img September 8, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

first_img Published on February 19, 2019 at 5:09 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Syracuse (17-8, 8-4 Atlantic Coast) had a week off after a loss to North Carolina State to prepare for No. 18 Louisville (18-8, 9-4). The Cardinals are coming off a tight, 56-55, win over Clemson on Saturday. With the two teams side-by-side in the ACC standings, conference tournament seeding implications are on the line when they meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.Here’s what to know about the Cardinals. All-time series: Louisville leads, 18-9Last time they played: Syracuse played at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center on Feb. 5, 2018, and came away with a 78-73 road win. It was the usual trio for the Orange doing the scoring: Tyus Battle had 25 points, Frank Howard 22 and Oshae Brissett 16. Battle’s output included an 11 for 11 performance at the foul line.All three of the Cardinals who scored in double figures in that matchup are no longer on Louisville’s roster. The leading-returner from that game for UofL is Malik Williams, who had nine points in the Cardinals’ loss. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Louisville report: The Cardinals rank in the top-20 nationally in both adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency, per Kenpom.com. Their offense starts with Buffalo-native Jordan Nwora, who has raised his scoring average by almost 12 points from last season to 17.5. He makes more than 38 percent of his 3s and 53 percent of his 2s, posing as much a threat spotting up as he does attacking the basket. He’s joined in double-figure scoring by guard Christen Cunningham and forward Dwayne Sutton. The Cardinals often rely on the 3 ball, as more than 34 percent of their scoring output comes from distance. Aside from the above mentioned, 6-foot guard Ryan McMahon provides a shooting spark off the bench.Louisville brings a pressuring brand of man-to-man defense to the floor, one that’s put six Cardinals in the double-digit mark for steals this season. Nwora leads the way there, too, with more than a steal per game. Inside, the 6-foot-10 Steven Enoch and 6-foot-11 Williams anchor the paint.How Syracuse beats Louisville: When Syracuse played Virginia Tech and Florida State, stifling man-to-man defense with good rotations shut the SU offense down. The Orange will have to find a way to penetrate against the Cardinals. In those two prior losses, the Orange continually made moves to try and find an edge past their man but couldn’t gain any advantage. Whether it’s ball screens, ball movement, or just clearing out and letting Tyus Battle go to work, Syracuse needs to show it can attack a good man-to-man defense.Beyond that, SU needs to win the battle at the free-throw line. It’s unlikely the Orange blow the Cardinals out, so in a close game, foul shots could matter. UofL has attempted about 80 more free throws than its opponents this season, and shot them at 76.9 percent, 11th nationally. Syracuse knocks down its freebies at 68.1 percent, 268th nationally. Stat to know: 13 — The amount of turnovers Louisville averages per game. That’s more than they’ve forced, and if Syracuse hopes to stick around with a top team, the Orange will need to force the Cardinals into making mistakes. KenPom odds: KenPom predicts Louisville to win, 67-66, and gives the Cardinals a 56 percent chance at the victory.Player to watch: Steven Enoch, center, No. 23Enoch is an imposing presence inside: 6-foot-10, 260 pounds. And he finishes in the paint as well, shooting more than 57 percent from 2-point range. But where he adds a whole new dimension is beyond the arc: Enoch’s knocked down 12-of-26 from 3 this season. He’s got more than 30 pounds on Paschal Chukwu and 80 pounds on Marek Dolezaj. SU will need to find a way to stop Enoch inside to hang around on Wednesday.last_img read more