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first_img Maguire faces Chris Wilder’s stars in a crunch battle for a European place at Old Trafford on Wednesday. But while he admits he always looks for the Blades results first on match days after starting his career at Bramall lane, he hopes they finish below United.Advertisement Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire, is delighted for Sheffield United and their league success this season. Loading…center_img “It’s a fantastic football club and one I’m really proud of because of how well they’re doing at the moment. read also:Man Utd legend Keane blasts De Gea, Maguire after Spurs duel “I’m really thankful for the opportunity they gave me to start my professional career, and the faith and trust they showed in me at a young age. “I’m really happy with how they’re doing and theirs is the first result I look for after a game with United. Hopefully, they can finish one place below us!” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

first_imgBAR HARBOR — Presque Isle gave the Mount Desert Island boys’ basketball team its first defeat of the 2016-17 season when it beat the Trojans 60-53 on Friday.Riley Swanson led MDI in scoring with 14 points, and Derek Collin added 11 for the visitors. Griffin Guerrette and Eric Tompkins finished the game tied with a team-high 13 for the Panthers, who had four players in double figures.MDI (13-1) will stay in Aroostook County one more day and face the Caribou Vikings (4-10) at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 28. The Trojans’ next game after that will be on the road against the Houlton Shiretowners (7-5) at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – New India cricket coach Ravi Shastri plans to adopt a more hands-off approach to the role than his predecessor Anil Kumble, with the 55-year-old saying he has no intention of trying to act as a tutor to the players.Kumble stepped down last month citing a breakdown in his relationship with skipper Virat Kohli, who according to media reports, resented the former captain’s ‘headmasterly’ methods.Shastri was handed the coaching reins on Tuesday, a year after losing the job to Kumble, and the former all-rounder promised a fresh outlook to the job.“At the highest level, cricketers are more or less settled,” Shastri told the Times of India newspaper.“So it is more to do with working on their mental strength, helping build their confidence, helping them stay organised in their daily activities as against tinkering with their style of play.“It’s not about ‘tutoring’ them about everything and telling them what and what not to do. There’s very little coaching at the highest level. It’s about fine-tuning and mentoring, about effective communication.”Shastri, who has served as team director in the past, enjoys a good rapport with Kohli and said he had no issues with players having more freedom off the field.“Why should I change anyone’s style, or for that matter, why should anyone change his own style of doing things?“As long as there’s a level of commitment, the hard yards are being put in and results are showing, why shouldn’t there be fun?”The Indian cricket board has also named former seamer Zaheer Khan as the team’s bowling consultant, while Rahul Dravid was appointed as batting consultant for overseas Test series.The first challenge for the new coaching set-up will begin later this month when India tour Sri Lanka for three Tests, five one-dayers and a sole Twenty20 international.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With two key players out due to injury, Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin had to create a variety of lineups for Wednesday’s home opener against Binghamton.Sophomore setter Emily Betteridge, who leads the team with 363 assists, watched from the sidelines with her foot in a boot while senior middle blocker Lindsay McCabe was out with an ankle injury.The two injuries proved costly for the Orange (7-7) down the stretch of its 3-2 loss to Binghamton (3-12) at the Women’s Building. Syracuse jumped out to a two-set lead, but the Bearcats took advantage of McCabe and Betteridge being on the bench to win the final three sets.“You’re always going to struggle when you have to rearrange things,” assistant coach Stephanie Cantway said. “We tried multiple lineups tonight, so we’re still trying to find that niche.”Betteridge said she wanted to be on the court to help her team win a game that was in Syracuse’s favor. She believes the Orange lost as a result of more than just the injuries.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s definitely hard being on the bench,” she said. “You want to be in there every point and play for your team, but I don’t think that one person makes a team. I think all of us have worked so hard and we could have won it out there. But unfortunately it didn’t go the way we wanted it to go.”Freshman Monika Salkute played a vital role in filling in for the injured setters. McCabe said the team needed Salkute to step up when it matters most.Betteridge noted the depth of the bench, saying role players can be relied on when starters are sidelined with injuries.“I think that we have a deep bench and we’ll always have people that can go on the court,” Betteridge said. “So I don’t think it was just the two of us that could have made a difference. I think we could have done it together.”Cantway said the atmosphere for the team’s first home game was overwhelming. The nervous energy led to sloppy play that resulted in losing the final three sets.The assistant coach said the coaching staff is still trying to build a winning atmosphere in its first season leading the program.“We just have to believe that when we are up 2-0, the third game is to finish,” Cantway said. “It’s not that you got lucky. You won the first two, you’re ahead 2-0 and it’s time to finish the third.“I think it’s more of not being used to winning, and that’s what we are trying to develop. You’re up two games to zero and that’s your game to win.”With Betteridge and McCabe sitting on the bench, Syracuse was forced to test multiple lineups in order to find the best combination for winning. Cantway said the injuries were frustrating but the players must remain confident.After trying multiple lineups, Yelin said his team has to hang in until McCabe is back.“(McCabe) is the most talented middle blocker,” he said. “We will overcome this somehow.” Comments Published on September 20, 2012 at 2:32 am Contact Austin: arpollac@syr.edulast_img read more