Poyet hails departing Gerrard

first_imgSunderland boss Gus Poyet has hailed the “unmissable” talents of Steven Gerrard ahead of the Black Cats’ home clash with Liverpool on Saturday. West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham stand between Liverpool and Southampton in fourth but Rodgers remains confident they can get there. “It’s going to be tough but I am looking forward to the challenge,” he said. “We have a great spirit at the moment and footballing ideas are returning to our game and will push very hard in the second half of the season to bring success here. “The players are improving and we can see how seven points may seem a lot but it certainly can be whittled away. “You just have to consistently win games and perform well and that is our idea.” Gerrard will be making potentially his final appearance as a player in the north east when he steps out at the Stadium of Light for the lunchtime kick-off – and he will do so with the glowing endorsement of Poyet. Poyet said: “If I was a football fan I would want to be at the stadium because I would not want to miss the chance to watch Steven Gerrard live for maybe the last time in the north east. “He is worth buying a ticket for because there are not many like him and he is going to be missed. He is different and it is great to get the opportunity to watch him live.” Poyet has told his players they must start turning their recent glut of draws into wins if they are to put breathing space between themselves and the bottom three in the new year. Last weekend’s FA Cup third-round win over Leeds provided signs of a turning point with Dutchman Patrick van Aanholt returning from injury to grab the only goal of the game. Poyet said: “We had a difficult month against lots of top teams and although I don’t think we did fantastic we did okay. “Now we go into the second part (of the season) knowing we need to win more games and we need to be more clinical at home. Everything starts against Liverpool and the challenge is clear.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will not have any of his injured players back. Midfielders Adam Lallana (thigh) and Joe Allen (knee), defenders Glen Johnson (thigh) and Jon Flanagan (knee) and goalkeeper Brad Jones (thigh) all remain sidelined. Striker Daniel Sturridge is back in the country but still a fortnight away from a long-awaited return from a thigh problem while defender Kolo Toure is on African Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast. Press Associationlast_img read more

Six MMA athletes earn NAC honors

first_img Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Six Maine Maritime Academy athletes were named to the North Atlantic Conference All-academic Team for the winter and spring seasons.Winter season honors went to senior basketball players Ben Russell of Farmington, Kari Jones of Nobleboro, Courtney Dufour of Augusta and Leah Jackson of Dedham.Spring season honors went to senior softball player Ashley Burnett of Danville, N.H., and junior lacrosse player Gavin Cote of Arundel.To be honored, student athletes must have reach junior academic standing, have completed at least two years of varsity competition and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Biocenter_img Fenceviewer Staff Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Latest Postslast_img read more

No. 1 USC aims to win second straight

first_imgAfter exorcising their past demons with a workman-like three-set win against a No. 12 Cal State Northridge team they had not beaten in 17 matches, the No. 1 USC men’s volleyball team returns to action tonight against No. 11 Long Beach State.Undoubtedly, the Trojans’ first conference win of the season against a team that unceremoniously knocked them out of the first round of the MPSF tournament last season should help the team’s psyche, allowing the players to move past last year’s unfulfilling postseason cameo.“We finally got the monkey off our backs,” said senior setter Riley McKibbin. “We haven’t beaten them in eight years, and I know it was a big win for juniors, seniors and the Trojan Family.”As the Trojans will face an opponent of similar caliber tonight, they cannot bask in this long overdue victory. In fact, Long Beach State edged out No. 3 Pepperdine in five sets to stun the Waves on Wednesday, putting the Trojans on upset alert.Long Beach State, led by junior opposite Jim Baughman who recorded a match-high 21 kills against Pepperdine, will run its offense at a fast tempo, featuring several players with various service repertoires.“They are going to try to run more back row stuff, and they are going to serve really well,” said coach Bill Ferguson. “We are going to have to really be on our game, and make a lot of adjustments as the match goes on.”Ferguson did not wish to dwell too much on scouting reports, however, as he is still in the process of configuring his lineups and refining his system. A common refrain among Ferguson and players alike is that the blocking needs to improve.“We need to continue to get better blocking the ball,” Ferguson said. “We can talk about scouting reports, but for the most part, the most important thing is us and if we’re improving.”If the Trojans continue to serve well, they can disrupt their opponents’ offenses and force them into predictable returns. They will also need to demonstrate the same fervor for digging tough shots that they did against Cal State Northridge.Paramount to that effort is freshman libero Henry Cassiday, who dug 13 shots in Wednesday’s game.“I think the most notable performance was by [Cassiday],” McKibbin said. “It was his first start, and he played really well. He’s really been working on his defense, and he passed really well. That’s one of our key success factors. If we can pass the ball, then we can run a really good offense.”First serve will be at the Galen Center at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Matches of semi-finals of BiH Basketball Cup will be played tomorrow

first_imgMatches of semi-finals of BiH Basketball Cup will be played tomorrow in Laktaši.  Organiser of final tournament is Basketball club Igokea, which is a team that which will most likely win BiH Cup and Cup of Regional ABA league.In the first match , which will be played at 5 p.m. Igokea will play against BC ”Čapljina Lasta”, while at 8 p.m. BC ”Posušje” will play against BC ”Široki Wwin”.Final match will be played on Sunday at 5 p.m.last_img

ISL 2019-20 HIGHLIGHTS, Chennaiyin FC vs Hyderabad FC: Schembri, Valskis Score in Late Drama as Chennai Win Thriller

first_imgThe win takes the two-time ISL champion to four points and ninth in the standings, pushing Hyderabad to the last place.In the 68th minute, Matthew Kilgallon blocked a fierce shot by Rafael Crivellaro to deny CFC a goal.Earlier, it was a goalless first half but not without excitement. The home team created a lot of chances but as has been the case this season so far, the finishing touch was missing. The best chance came in the 25th minute when an unmarked Lallianzuala Chhangte missed his header from close range.Hyderabad FC defence was caught off guard at times but skipper Kamaljit Singh led from the front and came up with a few good saves. A goalline clearance by Kilgallon in the 32nd minute was the closest Chennaiyin got.Crivellaro and Chhangte made their way past the HFC defence but couldn’t find the net. The Chennaiyin coach was left fuming after Chhangte sent a close-range header agonisingly wide.It was one-way traffic, but the opening goal continued to elude Chennaiyin. Some good work from Anirudh Thapa saw Chhangte get to the byline. His eventual cutback found Thapa but his shot on the turn was kept out by a combination of Kamaljit and Matthew Kilgallon.Despite the occasional forays forward by Hyderabad, the pattern of the game remained the same till the break with Chennaiyin squandering chances galore.last_img read more