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first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini played down a nasty looking facial injury to Joe Hart after an inspirational display from the England goalkeeper against Crystal Palace. Press Association His man-of-the-match performance in the second half, as Palace grew in confidence, made light of the injury and fully justified his recent recall to the side after being dropped for a spell. Pellegrini, who had been unaware stitches were needed as he gave his post-match press conference, said: “It was not a serious problem. The doctors said he doesn’t have (a) serious problem. There isn’t a problem with his sight.” Hart was dropped by Pellegrini at the end of October after a series of high-profile errors for club and country. Costel Pantilimon took his place for seven Premier League games and Pellegrini believes the break has done Hart good. He said: “I repeat what I said last week, it was very good for Joe Hart to have a rest. “He needed a rest and he is playing at his normal performance level, as the good goalkeeper he is. “He worked very hard but he was always confident he would return to his position.” Pellegrini made six changes for the fixture, which came just two days after the Boxing Day win over Liverpool, and the intensity level appeared to drop. Hart played on after suffering a cut close to his left eye to make a number of crucial saves as City claimed top spot in the Barclays Premier League with a hard-fought 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium. A club official later confirmed Hart had needed five stitches after being hurt in a collision with Palace striker Cameron Jerome during the first half. It took until the 66th minute for Edin Dzeko to break the deadlock against a resilient Palace side who might feel unfortunate not to have claimed a point. But Pellegrini claimed the approach of Palace had blunted his side’s normally free-flowing attack. He said: “I don’t think we were fortunate to win the game today. “Just one team wanted to play the 90 minutes and the other wanted to stay in their own goal. “I was absolutely sure before it would be a very difficult game. “It is impossible to play 44 hours after the tough game we played against Liverpool and I knew our team was not fresh so it would be a very difficult game. “That’s why it is so important to know how to win 1-0.” Palace boss Tony Pulis disagreed with Pellegrini’s assessment, believing his side acquitted themselves well. “Did they give Joe Hart man of the match? There you go,” said Pulis, when asked his opinion of Pellegrini’s comments. “We are disappointed. It was always going to be a tough game, playing the second away game in a few days, and coming to Man City who are the form team in the Premier League, it was always going to be a tough ask and a tough challenge. “The players went about their business very well. “We looked very solid, the shape was good and we looked dangerous on the break. “It is just about picking that final pass or finishing off the opportunities.” After pinching a 1-0 win with an injury-time Dwight Gayle strike at Aston Villa, Pulis admitted his side needed to squeeze as many points from close games as they can to avoid the drop. He said: “We have gone away and done well. What we need to do is turn 1-0 defeats into draws if we can or even victories. “It will be tight but we are in the group now which is something we weren’t when I came. “If we can bring a few players in and strengthen it up a little bit we can give it a good blast when the year turns round.” Pulis confirmed Jerome suffered an ankle injury in the clash with Hart – which ended his involvement – and will be assessed in the coming days. last_img read more

first_imgOfficials in Marion County have arrested a 64-year-old man who reportedly housed a 13-year-old boy for sex trafficking.Frank Calabria was arrested earlier this week after an investigation found he “hired” a 13-year-old boy for sexual deeds after giving him a place to stay.Detectives also found that Calabria provided the minor with drugs such as Xanax and eventually asked for sexual activity in return.Calabria was previously arrested last month after he brought minors to his room and supplied them with drugs.He now faces additional charges of Human Trafficking, sexual battery, Attempted sexual battery and Lewd and Lascivious battery.last_img read more

first_img State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Bio DEER ISLE — The DI-Stonington Mariner girls saw their record evened at 2-2 with losses this week to GSA and Orono and the Mariner boys are 0-4.In the Class C standings, the DI-Stonington Mariners fourth and the winless Deer Isle-Stonington Mariner boys are at the bottom. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest Posts adminlast_img read more

first_img… Botofago lose againCOOMACKA continued their good showing to reach the semi-finals with another upset win, this time over Silver Shattas 4-3, while Amelia’s Ward Panthers dealt Botofago a virtual knockout blow Wednesday night in day four action, when the Upper Demerara Football Association’s (UDFA) yearend football championship continued at Mackenzie Sports Club ground.On another night of unlikely victories Coomacka from the Mines in Linden shattered the hopes of number one seed in this tournament, Net Rockers, by scoring a thrilling 4-3 win over Silver Shattas, thus earning a safe passage after topping Group A.Coomacka started out well by getting the lead in the 26th minute through Lionel Peters (Jr) and that lead was doubled when Wheatano Thom found the back of the net in the 34th minute.Shattas responded and cut that lead when Felix Inniss nudged home for them. When the first half ended Coomacka were leading 2-1 and they extended that lead through Keron Charles in the 52nd minute. When Gary Savory made it 4-1 with a 59th minute strike, it seems over bar the shouting for a Coomacka win.However, Shattas rebounded and reduced that advantage when Jermaine Samuels scored in the 61st minute making it 4-2. Andy Norville got his name on the scorers’ sheet in the 90th minute but it was not enough to force additional time, and Coomacka prevailed 4-3 to reach the final four.It left top seed Net Rockers to play one game against Shattas for academic interest because neither can advance ahead of Coomacka.In the other game of the double-header after losing their opening matches Amelia’s Ward Panthers and Botofago met in a battle to see who would come out on top.In the end it was Panthers who inflicted another loss on Botofago who now face elimination in Group C. Panthers took the lead through Dellon Luke in the 26th minute and led at half time 1-0.In the 61st minute Romeo Allen sent them up 2-0 then Bevon Hinds closed out Botofago with his 78th minute strike for a 3-0 win.Tonight, two more matches are down for the MSC ground. In game one Hi Stars meet Capital FC from 09:00hrs to be followed at 21:00hrs by Topp XX versus Aroiama.last_img read more

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoORLANDO, Fla. — John Stocco didn’t look like a winning quarterback after four quarters of dealing with Auburn’s harassing defensive front. Sizable grass stains adorned his right shoulder and each of his hips. His left bicep was marked with a raspberry. What gave away Stocco’s role in No. 22 Wisconsin’s 24-10 upset win over No. 7 Auburn in the Capital One Bowl, though, was the broad smile on his face.The junior passed for 301 yards and two touchdowns while completing 15-of-27 attempts to lead the Badgers — along with running back Brian Calhoun and wide receiver Brandon Williams — to a victory over the Tigers at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in head coach Barry Alvarez’s final game on the sidelines.”This feels unbelievable,” Stocco said on the field after the win. “I’m so proud of coach (Alvarez).”Calhoun rushed for 213 yards and a touchdown to earn game Most Valuable Player honors and Williams caught six passes for 173 yards and a touchdown to go along with 35 yards on the ground. But it was Stocco who led Wisconsin in building a 17-0 halftime lead, throwing for both of his touchdowns and directing another scoring drive that ended with a 19-yard field goal from Taylor Mehlhaff in the opening stanza.”He played very well,” said wide receiver Jonathan Orr, who was on the receiving end of four passes from Stocco for 74 yards. “Words can’t even express how well he played. Ever since the last game, ever since Hawaii, just his focus and his will to get a victory in this game was showing, and it rubbed off on the rest of us in practice. He played exceptionally well.”Stocco and the Badgers started fast, jumping out to a 10-0 lead at the end of the first quarter courtesy of a 30-yard catch-and-run from Stocco to Williams. Auburn, by contrast, looked like a team that hadn’t played since Nov. 19. Quarterback Brandon Cox had his first pass of the game intercepted by Levonne Rowan on the contest’s second snap, and standout running back Kenny Irons fumbled to halt the Tigers’ next possession. Irons finished with 88 yards on 22 carries, the first time he failed to reach the 100-yard barrier since Auburn’s matchup with South Carolina on Oct. 1.”What you try to do on defense is try to take away the other team’s strength, which is our running game,” Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville said. “And they pretty much did that.”On the other side of the ball, the Tigers struggled mightily to contain Calhoun, who broke runs of 27, 60 and 33 yards against a defense that entered the matchup having allowed an average of just 104.4 yards per game on the ground.His 33-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter pushed the Wisconsin advantage back to 14 points after Cox had connected with Courtney Taylor to cut the lead to 17-10.But it was Stocco who came up with the clincher. With the Badgers facing a third-and-seven from their own four-yard line, Stocco hit Williams for a 36-yard completion despite throwing from the end zone with defenders at his feet.”I guess it was by far his best game,” Williams said. “He didn’t throw any picks, he had that one little fumble, he didn’t make too many mistakes, his balls were on target most of the game. He was doing a great job of managing the game, and I just give big props to him. He’s just really grown this year as a player, and I’m looking for big things out of him next year.”The completion extended what would prove to be the final drive of the game, ending any hopes of an Auburn comeback. And for a player who has taken his fair share of criticism from the public, the smile Stocco was flashing following the win provided perhaps the biggest answer to those skeptics.”He happens to play the toughest position in sports,” Alvarez said. “Everybody always wants the backup to play, and if you don’t complete a pass, there’s something wrong with you. John Stocco’s tough, he is a competitor … the stage, the magnitude of the game, the quality of the opposition and how well he performed today should squelch any further criticism. I thought he was fantastic.”last_img read more

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoAlthough it wasn’t a perfect 10, the Wisconsin football team found a way to win when other top-ranked teams from around the country could not. The Badgers, despite an utter disregard toward containing the Spartans, survived 564 yards of total offense and numerous big gains to win 37-34 Saturday. “We don’t get any style points for doing things pretty,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said. “We are not a pretty football team. We’re not a sexy school. We just go out and play Wisconsin football, and fortunately for us, it has translated into a lot of wins.”The victory extends Wisconsin’s nation-long winning streak to 14 games. Both teams matched each other punch for punch throughout the first half. Two players took the expression literally, getting into a scuffle that led to their ejections.”I thought that it was going to be a very good football game, close football game,” Bielema said. Building a 10-point lead in the third quarter with the ball, Wisconsin (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) appeared to be pulling away. But the offense stalled on one drive and an underthrown ball by UW quarterback Tyler Donovan on the ensuing possession fell into the waiting hands of safety Travis Key. Michigan State’s Brett Swenson kicked a 35-yard field goal to knot things up at 34. The Badgers used yet another fourth-quarter drive to win a tightly contested game. Starting from their own 31 yard line, UW took advantage of several costly MSU penalties, including a roughing the passer infraction on third down that could have forced the Badgers into a three-and-out. The drive ran seven plays, capped by a 28-yard run from backup running back Lance Smith, who finished with six carries for 54 yards to set up first and goal from the Spartans’ 4 yard line. Michigan State (4-1, 0-1 Big Ten) was called for a defensive holding penalty on third down, but the infringement didn’t result in a first down because, according to Bielema, Donovan didn’t throw the ball. “If we had thrown the ball, it would have been a first down,” he said. “He held Luke (Swan), which took away the pass, which is kind of disturbing to me because we had to run because he was held so we couldn’t throw the football.” Instead of it being first-and-goal from the 1, Wisconsin faced third-and-goal. P.J. Hill, who has had success in his career in such situations, received no line surge and was tackled for a 4-yard loss. Taylor Mehlhaff split the uprights for the third time during the game and seventh time this season to give the Badgers the 37-34 advantage. After finding success all game on bubble routes and rushes to the outside, the Spartans questionably handed the ball off to running back Javon Ringer, who finished with 233 total yards on 17 touches, on a third and long from the Badgers’ 37 yard line. He was stopped after a short pickup, forcing Swenson into a 53-yard field goal attempt that missed wide left. Given one more chance with just over two minutes remaining, MSU drove down to UW’s 38, before getting stopped on third-and-2 on a perfectly timed pass breakup by cornerback Ben Strickland and fourth-and-2 when quarterback Brian Hoyer was flushed out of the pocket and sailed a pass just out of the reach of a diving Ringer to end the game. “It has been two weeks now that we were in a fourth-quarter game and found ways to win,” said Donovan, who finished 17-of-24 for 247 yards and two touchdowns. “That’s what we’re about — finding ways to win when it matters most. The defense stepped up on the last play of the game to get it done.”Wisconsin’s offense clicked in the first half, compiling touchdown drives of 85, 91 and 80 yards. Tight end Travis Beckum was Donovan’s target of choice, snaring nine balls for 121 yards and a touchdown. But it was the pass-play to freshman Kyle Jefferson that brought the biggest stir. Donovan found Jefferson on a fly route to give Wisconsin a 21-14 lead. The 64-yard strike was the first touchdown of Jefferson’s collegiate career and the longest play from scrimmage this season.”We knew we had to take some shots and capitalize,” Bielema said. “It took a good pass and a good catch.” “When we had our chance, we had to capitalize,” Donovan added. “We made the most of our opportunities.”Michigan State’s offense had no difficulty putting up points either. On the next play MSU’s Devin Thomas took the ball 80 yards — one of three plays that went for more than 50 yards during the game — untouched on a swing pass to re-tie the score. “I thought that we couldn’t get off blocks,” Bielema said. “Some of those one-on-one blocks, we were actually [getting] outside leverage, and we just couldn’t get off the bubble screen.”Throughout the game, the Badgers had difficulty covering the bubble screen, and their susceptibility to getting caught on their blockers downfield was evident during the play.”We didn’t do our jobs,” cornerback Allen Langford said. “We didn’t go out there and execute like we should have. We didn’t defend the ball.”Take away their big plays, and we’re right in the thick of things.” Thomas finished with 61 yards on the ground and 111 through the air. Already without the services of senior wide receiver Paul Hubbard, Wisconsin lost Marcus Randle-El after the junior wideout exchanged several punches with Michigan State’s corner Chris Rucker early in the second quarter. The Badgers lost Jefferson near the end of the half after Spartans safety Nehemiah Warrick put a spine-tingling helmet-to-helmet hit on the freshman.Hill finished with 2 touchdowns and 155 rushing yards on 34 carries to give him four consecutive 100-yard games. Wisconsin’s defense finished with a season-high five sacks and forced its first fumble of the season. “We definitely gave up too many yards today, and we have a lot of stuff to fix,” senior defensive tackle Nick Hayden said.last_img read more

first_imgWhile the quarterback situation continues to steal the spotlight in the early going this fall, it’s not the only position on the field, and certainly not the only thing Badger fans should be worried about as Wisconsin gets the ball rolling on its 2013 season.Yes, the quarterback position is a crucial one, and yes neither redshirt sophomore Joel Stave or sixth-year senior Curt Phillips seem poised for a Russell Wilson-esque season, but both are still comfortable and capable of executing the offense that Wisconsin’s offense requires.What I mean to say is, the quarterback position may not be the biggest headache head coach Gary Andersen has as he tackles his first season in the competitive Big Ten Conference.Besides, it has already received enough attention this summer as Badger fans across the country agonized each week, hanging on Andersen’s every word for a clue as to who would be the man at the helm.Instead, I’d like to turn your attention to what may actually be the biggest question mark (call me crazy) as the season “kicks” off: the kicker.An oft forgotten part of the game, the kicking game is usually one of the most predictable aspects in the sport.Kickers work long and hard at practice to make each field goal attempt more or less a routine, something that (within a certain range of course) the coach can count on when fourth down comes around. The three points they earn their teams can become a set of gimme points of sorts when the offense can’t make it all the way to the endzone.In a close game, these points can become the difference maker between a clutch win and a disappointing defeat.But what if your kicker isn’t so routine?Enter Kyle French, a redshirt junior, with his name listed as the No. 1 kicker on the Wisconsin depth chart this year.Now beginning his third year this fall, French owns a career field goal percentage of just more than 60 percent through his first two years.To give you an idea of where that stat falls against Wisconsin’s biggest competition this fall, Ohio State kicker Drew Basil owns a 75 percent field goal percentage over the last two years, accompanied by a monster 52-yard field goal completion in 2012. Meanwhile, French’s inconsistency is made worse by the fact that he has a fairly limited range in which he can regularly make field goals. In 2013, French missed four of his six attempts from 40 yards or greater.Even from a reasonable range, French is still no guarantee, something that Andersen will already know since his former team, Utah State, battled the Badgers in a close game just a year ago.A 36-yard miss by French in the third quarter gave Utah State a chance to win the game in the waning seconds before its own kicker missed a field goal to gift the Badgers a much-needed 16-14 win.While you might expect some of these misses as a result of nerves from a young kicker, things don’t seem to have changed this season.After showing signs of consistency in the early stages, and leading many to believe that French had finally turned the corner in his Badger career, the final open scrimmage of fall camp Aug. 19 happened.Playing in front of a few thousand fans who made the trek to Camp Randall, French made one of three attempts, hitting a 30-yarder, while missing two kicks from more than 40 yards.Unfortunately, unlike the quarterback situation, Andersen’s hands are tied when it comes to his kicker. Behind French sits just one other, sophomore Jack Russell, who has yet to make a field goal in a regular season game – missing both of his attempts in 2012.While Wisconsin’s schedule doesn’t boast a bevy of teams that will be within three points of the lead very often this season, in the few situations where that does occur, do they have a kicker that can clinch a game or steal it as the clock expires?My point in addressing this kicking situation is not to destroy the spirits of Badger fans everywhere (dream big!), but instead to ground their expectations in reality. After all, a team is only as strong as its weakest link, right?So when Wisconsin heads to Ohio State Sept. 28 for a night game with the No. 2 team in the country or Iowa Nov. 2 in a battle for the Heartland Trophy, only time will tell if French is the man for the job.If last year is any indication, Badger fans everywhere may not have any nails left to bite when the season finally comes to a close.Nick is a senior majoring in journalism and political science. Think French has what it takes to win a close game for the Badgers this fall? Let him know on twitter @np_daniels or shoot him an email at ndaniels@badgerherald.com.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

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM Toomevara recorded a 0-26 to 2-18 win over North Tipp neighbours Templederry while Mullinahone beat South rivals Killenaule 4-17 to 1-19 in County League action last nightDrom-Inch beat Kilruane-McDonaghs 3-22 to 1-15 and Borrisoleigh recorded a three point win over Eire Og Annacarty 0-20 1-14.In the final two games played Roscrea scored 3-10 to Golden Kilfeacle’s 2-08 and finally Carrick Davins were three point winners over Arravale Rovers on a 1-20 to 1-17 scorelinelast_img read more

first_img Source: Sky Sports Former Arsenal manager, Unai Emery has been appointed as head coach of La Liga side Villarreal on a three-year deal.The Spaniard has been out of work since being sacked by Arsenal in November last year.Former Villarreal boss Javier Calleja left the club last week after leading them to a fifth-place finish in La Liga, ensuring qualification for next season’s Europa League.Emery replaced Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager in May 2018 and led the club to the Europa League final and a fifth-place finish in the Premier League.Prior to spells in charge at Paris Saint-Germain, Sevilla and Spartak Moscow, Emery managed Villarreal’s local rivals Valencia from 2008-2012.Emery also guided Sevilla to three consecutive Europa League titles.last_img read more