Fonte backs Bertrand for England

first_img Press Association The on-loan Chelsea full-back blasted his first Saints goal as Ronald Koeman’s men saw off QPR 2-1 at St Mary’s on Saturday. Bertrand has two England caps and a Champions League winners’ medal, but his season-long switch to Southampton is his ninth loan stint away from Chelsea. Captain Fonte believes Southampton can now help 25-year-old Bertrand force his way back into Roy Hodgson’s England plans. “I’ve been telling him a lot he needs to get forward, that he needs to start scoring goals to get in the England squad,” said Fonte. “He has the ability for that. He’s a great player and he’s been great for us so far. “He came and he gelled very well. Also, we want to keep pushing him so he can be better and better. “He’s a player with a great pedigree. “I think he’s enjoying it here: we gave him a lot of confidence, a lot of self-belief. “He’s matured now, he’s a little bit older and everything’s getting together for him. “I just hope he can keep pushing on, and I hope he can get in the England squad.” Southampton manager Koeman won 78 caps for Holland as a defender packing a goal threat, and he can see a kindred attacking spirit in Bertrand. The former Ajax and Barcelona defender said Bertrand now needs regular football to reach his potential. “We spoke about the possibilities after (Luke) Shaw went to United because we needed a player in that position,” said Koeman. “If you are a Chelsea player that means you have good quality but he missed playing regular games. “I like him as a player because he’s an offensive left full-back. “He has shown his qualities from the first day, but I expected this kind of quality. “All he needed was to play every weekend, and now he’s doing that it makes him stronger and more confident.” Ryan Bertrand can develop the goal threat to break back into the England squad, according to Southampton team-mate Jose Fonte. last_img read more

Off-duty officers shoot man who attempted to rob them during sale

first_imgTwo Hernando County officers are reporting that they were forced to shoot a suspect who attempted to rob them when they responded to an advertisement for the sale of jet skies.The incident occurred at a home in Wildwood Sunday.According to the report, after responding to the advertisement, the off-duty officers met up with 19-year-old Terrance Jones Jr.Officials say Jones Jr. pulled out a gun on them and attempted to rob them. At that point, the officer identified themselves and pulled out their own weapons but Jones Jr. reportedly refused to drop his weapon. They then reported that Jones Jr. fired several shots in their direction and that’s when the officers fired back, striking him in the leg.During the investigation of the incident, the homeowner told authorities that he did not recognize Jones Jr. nor did he put up the jet skies for sale.Jones Jr. has since been taken into custody and charged with robbery, assault and other felonies. He is currently being held without bail.last_img read more

GFSCA retain Masters crown with crushing win over Regal

first_imgBy Frederick HalleyDEFENDING champions Guyana Softball Cricket Association(GFSCA) made it two in a row with a crushing nine-wicket victory over archrivals Regal All Stars Masters when the seventh edition of the Guyana Softball Cup climaxed at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) ground last evening.Set a moderate 102 for victory after restricting Regal for 101 for nine in their allotted 20 overs, GFSCA rushed to their target in 12.3 overs with opener Yunis Usuf unbeaten with an attractive 61, decorated with six fours and two sixes. Regal’s lone wicket was that of Ravi Lutchman who was bowled for five in the fourth over.Thereafter, it was the Usuf show as he singlehandedly took his team to victory and the coveted $600,000 first prize. Usuf shared an unbeaten stand of 76 with veteran Ramesh Narine (12) as the GFSCA players and supporters celebrated yet another victory over Regal after also defeating them in New York earlier this year.Earlier, Regal innings started disastrously after they were asked to take first strike, losing the wickets of the in-form Mahase Chunilall ((0), bowled by Clyde Canterbury and then Mahendra Hardyal (0), run out at the non-striker’s end without facing a delivery.Things got even worse when David Harper and skipper Mahendra Arjune ended up in the same crease as the former became the second run out victim with just four runs on the board in the second over.Arjune and Eon Abel (18) tried desperately to repair the innings, adding 45 for the fourth wicket before Abel departed. Thereafter, wickets fell at regular intervals as GFSCA kept a tight rein on the proceedings.Arjune eventually went, stumped for a top score of 30, the ball richocheting off the wicketkeeper’s foot unto the stumps. Raymond Harper (15) and Eric Thomas (11) had starts but failed to build on them as Regal were restricted to 101 for 9, a total that proved inadequate at the end.The game was marred by an injury to Regals’ David Harper, who was trying to retrieve a ball from the boundary and injured his shoulder and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment.Karibee girls started the day’s action by winning from Trophy Stall Angels by 12 runs, while Blairmont made it a double for Berbice by inflicting a crushing 88-run win over Georgetown Cricket Club in the Under-13 final, the first of its kind since the commencement of the tournament seven years ago.last_img read more

Loyalty Bonus Refusal May Force Neymar to Report Barca to FIFA

first_imgHowever, Barca Spokesperson, Josep Vives, has since announced that the club won’t be paying any such fee as the player’s talks with PSG meant that he was in breach of certain stipulations.The club had previously revealed that a cheque in the aforementioned amount had been handed to a notary until the matter was resolved, but Vives says it’s now back at Barca.“The cheque is no longer with the notary, it’s at the club,” he said at a news conference“There were three conditions: one, that the player does not negotiate with another club in the last three months before July 31.“Two, that he will express publicly his commitment to fulfill his contract.“Three, the collection was to be made on September 1, to ensure that he did not go to another club.“Given these breaches, the club is not going to liquidate the cheque for his renewal.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ​New Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is considering taking former club Barcelona to task over money he believes is rightfully his.The Brazilian departed the Camp Nou for Paris last week, with Barca receiving the sum of £198m in exchange. But so far, the Catalan side has refused to pay the €26m loyalty bonus that the player and his camp were expecting to rake in.Neymar considering FIFA complaint against Barcelona over the unpaid £23m loyalty bonus told reporters on Tuesday that he feels “very bad” over withheld payment.Reports suggest that Neymar and his father delayed his move to PSG in order to trigger said bonus, which would be owed after July 31.last_img read more

Skaneateles swimmers repeat as sectional Class C champions

first_imgBuchholz, King, Springer and Lili Winkelman went 1:54.90 to post the only time under two minutes in the meet-opening 200 medley relay, and following it up Buchholz won the 200 freestyle in 1:58.40, besting the field by nearly 13 seconds.A second title for Buchholz was earned in the 100 backstroke as, in 1:01.66, she inched closer to the state qualifying meet standard of 1:00.42, with Sophia Withey improving her best time of the fall by more than six seconds to 1:12.29 for eighth place.King got a victory of her own in the 100 butterfly, needing a season-best 1:02.84 to hold off South Lewis’ Kayley Walsh (1:03.35) as Amelia Musso gained fourth place in 1:06.60 and Hope Azzam was seventh in 1:11.78. Then, in the 500 freestyle, King set another season mark, winning in 5:39.99 as Marcella Buchholz took third place in 5:59.52. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Claiming the Section III Class C championship was sweet enough for the Skaneateles girls swim team. Doing so in front of a home crowd at the Community Center YMCA was even better.That’s what the Lakers did last Friday night, picking up 467 points, well clear of Lowville, who with 296 points claimed the runner-up spot as Cooperstown (256 points) edged Holland Patent (252 points) for third place.If there was a peak moment, it came in the 200-yard freestyle relay, where Skaneateles’ quartet of Elizabeth Springer, Caitlin Comer, Lily Buchholz and Grace King went one minute, 42.85 seconds to set a pool, school and sectional Class C meet record, more than eight seconds ahead of second-place Thousand Islands (1:51.44). Skaneateles went 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke, where Winkelman, in a clocking of 1:10.91, prevailed and Comer got second place in 1:13.03. Lilly Marquardt finished eighth in 1:20 flat. Winkelman went 2:26.95 in the 200 individual medley, second to Lowville’s Meredith Lovenduski (2:22.65). Winkelman, Comer, Musso and Sophia Soprano were third in the 400 freestyle relay in 4:07.89.Right after, in the 50 freestyle, Springer took second place in 25.48 seconds, right behind Holland Patent’s Maggie McGuire (25.31) as Lexis Cottrill was sixth in 27.49 seconds. Moving to the 100 freestyle, Springer went 56.95 seconds and Comer posted 57.53 to finish second and third, respectively, behind McGuire’s winning 55.78.Cottrill had competed the day before in the Class C sectional diving competition at Nottingham High School, where she finished fifth as Carlee Pitman, with 340.05 points, was second to the 354 points from Beaver River’s Emma Dicob.For West Genesee, the big story of sectional championship weekend was seeing its 200 freestyle relay team qualify for the Nov. 22-23 state championships at Ithaca College.It came in Sunday’s overall sectional meet. Competing in the race before the finals, Hannah Murdock, Anna Ivery, Victoria Senus and Adriana Gill tore to a time of 1:41.60 which beat the state qualifying standard by nine-hundredths of a second.Two days earlier, in the sectional Class A meet, Murdock, a freshman, finished third in the 500 freestyle, her time of 5:40.43 improving by more than six seconds her 5:47.06 from the fall. She was also seventh in the 50 freestyle.Devon Burnside got to fourth place in the 100 breaststroke in a season-best 1:12.88 as Gill finished ninth in 1:20.13. Allison Putnam was eighth in the 100 backstroke.In the 200 medley relay, Murdock, Ivery, Burnside and Taylor McFadden and went 1:57.63 to get fourth place in Class A, improving to 1:56.27 at the state qualifier to get sixth place in that race.Gill, McFadden, Senus and Putnam would finish fourth in Class A in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:59.39, then improve to 3:57.36 in the overall meet to take ninth place.As for Skaneateles at the state qualifier, Lily Buchholz rose to third place in the 200 freestyle in 1:58.66 and finished fifth in the 100 backstroke in 1:03.47.King was eighth in the 100 butterfly in 1:06.11 and also took eighth in the 500 freestyle in 5:44.85. She also helped Buchholz, Comer and Springer finish sixth in the 200 freestyle relay in 1;44.55 as Winkelman got eighth place in the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.57.In the Class B sectional meet at Nottingham, Westhill had Allison Lyons take 10th place in the 500 freestyle in 5:58.95. Lauren Lyons finished 10th in the 100 backstroke in 1:10.12 and was 11th in the 50 freestyle in 27.40 seconds. The Lyons sisters, along with Alexis Johnson and Annie Fitzgerald, were ninth in the 200 medley relay in 2:10.74 and ninth in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:56.03.At that same meet, Marcellus swimmer Grace Femano was seventh in the 100 backstroke in 1:07.36, took eighth place in the 50 freestyle in 26.69 seconds. Tags: girls swimmingskaneatelesWest Geneseelast_img read more

Shafer publicly introduces new coordinators, assistants from past jobs at Northern Illinois, Western Michigan

first_imgScott Shafer reached into his coaching past to build his new staff at Syracuse. The Orange’s new head coach hired coaches who share his football values and philosophies, but also on-field systems and schemes.Shafer introduced the bulk of his staff at a press conference Monday in the Iocolano-Petty Football Wing of Manley Field House. He hired George McDonald as his offensive coordinator and Chuck Bullough as his defensive coordinator. Shafer also named DeAndre Smith as his running backs coach, Tim Lester his quarterbacks coach and Clark Lea his linebackers coach.“It’s great to get the band back together with people that have the same philosophical view on how you develop a young man through this great sport,” Shafer said.McDonald worked with Shafer at Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. McDonald was hired as Arkansas’ wide receivers coach in December after spending two seasons at Miami (Fla.) in the same role, but left the Razorbacks only a few weeks later to join Shafer.“I’ve been chasing this dream for a long time. I’m very excited to be here,” McDonald said. “This has been my dream, to be an offensive coordinator.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFormer Syracuse offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett left the Orange early this month to join Doug Marrone and the Buffalo Bills, but his system will remain in place. McDonald and Hackett worked together at Stanford and developed a philosophy together on how to learn offense.McDonald said Hackett was in town last night to visit his family, and they had a chance to speak. But McDonald said they’ve always spoken about once a month.While he’ll have a new-look offense with the Orange, McDonald said Hackett brought the assistants here for a reason.“There’s really good wide receivers here, maybe some that nobody knows about. There’s really good quarterbacks here, maybe some that nobody knows about,” McDonald said. “I think this is exciting to me because you actually get to come in on the ground floor and develop a quarterback, develop a receiver.”McDonald said he’ll keep the up-tempo offensive approach, but will also build an offense that’s physical.McDonald also brings a strong recruiting background to Syracuse. With his coaching at Miami, he knows the coveted South Florida area well, a place where the Orange has recruited in the past. McDonald was also named a top-25 recruiter by Rivals.com, and Miami’s Class of 2012 was ranked eighth nationally by ESPN.com.Bullough spent the last two seasons as a defensive assistant with the Cleveland Browns. He was the linebackers coach at UCLA from 2006-2008 and the Bruins’ defensive coordinator in 2009 and 2010.The Bruins’ defense struggled in 2010, giving up an average of 30 points per game in UCLA’s 4-8 season. Rick Neuheisel fired Bullough after the season, and told reporters he wanted the Bruins to use a 3-4 scheme, not Bullough’s 4-3.Bullough was also the linebackers coach at Western Michigan in 2005, when Shafer was the Broncos’ defensive coordinator. He said his defensive scheme will look a lot like the one Shafer has run for the last four seasons.“It’ll be very familiar. We’re both 4-3. We both have the third-down package, it’s going to look very familiar,” Bullough said. “ … It’ll look the same, but there will be little things in there obviously.”Lester, Syracuse’s new quarterbacks coach, spent the last five seasons as the head coach at Division-III Elmhurst College in Illinois. Lester was the quarterbacks coach at Western Michigan in 2005 and 2006.He said Monday he hasn’t seen much of the quarterbacks already on the roster, but is planning on calling Hackett to get more information about them.One of Lester’s first tasks will be to develop the Orange’s next starting quarterback, with Ryan Nassib graduating after a record-breaking season.“Playing a first-time starter is not easy, but it can be done. It can be done successfully. You see it in the NFL, you see it in college,” Lester said. “I’m excited to get to work with those guys physically and mentally as soon as we get done with recruiting.”Shafer and his new coaches have been on the road recruiting, which will wrap up with signing day Feb. 6. They’ll get to know their players better after that, and perhaps most importantly, learn the Atlantic Coast Conference.“Obviously, going into the ACC, we’re going to have our work cut out for us,” Bullough said, “but we’re going to be ready for that.” Comments Published on January 22, 2013 at 2:00 am Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

ACC Roundup Week 12: North Carolina spoils coach’s sendoff, football in Fenway Park and more

first_imgNo. 12 North Carolina (10-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast) upended Virginia Tech (5-6, 3-4). Frank Beamer coached his final home game on the sidelines. The Hokies lost in overtime, but carried the 29-year coach from the field.No. 4 Notre Dame (9-1) narrowly skated by Boston College (3-8, 0-7) in a football-converted Fenway Park by a score of 19-16.No. 1 Clemson (11-0, 8-0) kept winning as quarterback Deshaun Watson led the team to its seventh consecutive game of 500 or more yards. CU beat Wake Forest (3-8, 1-6) 33-13 on Saturday.No. 14 Florida State (9-2, 6-2) took a break from conference play to wallop FCS opponent Chattanooga (8-3), 52-13.Miami (7-4, 4-3) won on senior day 38-21 over Georgia Tech (3-8, 1-7) ensuring that the Hurricanes won’t have consecutive losing seasons, which last happened in 1976 and 1977.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVirginia (4-7, 3-4) won by a score of 42-34 over Duke (6-5, 3-4). Pittsburgh (8-3, 6-1) nearly lost a 25-point lead, but managed to fend off a second-half spurt by Louisville (6-5, 5-3) to hang on and win, 45-34.North Carolina State (7-4, 3-4) ended the bowl hopes of Syracuse (3-8, 1-6). Zack Mahoney struggled to throw the deep ball, two SU receivers were ejected and later suspended.There are pictures you can see and game stories you can read.You can read everything else about Syracuse football here. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 21, 2015 at 11:45 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TRlast_img read more

Ghana U-20 coach Yaw Preko names final 18-man squad for Africa Games

first_imgThe coach of the Black Satellites, Yaw Preko has called-up 18 players to represent the country in the All Africa GamesThe team is expected to depart from Ghana on Tuesday alongside four other disciplines for the Games.The squad is mainly dominated by local-based players. Source: ghanasoccernet Ghana has been drawn alongside Burundi, Mali, and Senegal for the tournament.center_img Below is the full list of the players for the tournament.*Names does not include the positions they play.1.Adjetey Daniel Adrian2.Awudu Tahiru3.Ibrahim Danlad4.Baffour Elvis Kyei5.Umar Basit Abdul Rahman6.Asare Frederick7.Toku Emmanuel8.Abubakar Haruna9.Adams Mohammed10.Amoah Kobina11.Opoku Kwadwo12.Anim Mathew13.Gyamfi Isaac14.Issah Ibrahim15.Sulley Mohammed16.Yakubu Najeed17.Osei Philip18.Kubi Appiahlast_img read more

Fans of HSV told the Leaders of the Club: Bring Duljevic

first_imgThe Transfermarkt announced that HSV is interested in Andrea Schurrle, while fans of this famous club are not satisfied with that transfer since it would be just another typical transfer for this club, and they told the leaders of their club to bring BH football player, Haris Duljevic.He played 16 matches for Dresden in the 2nd Bundesliga and the German Cup since the beginning of the season, and he recorded three assists and managed to score one goal. He played a total of 1,106 minutes for his new club. Before Dresden, he played for Celik, Olimpik and Sarajevo.HSV is again in trouble and missing several team members. In case of Duljevic’s transfer, the competition for his place in the team would be Sejad Salihovic.(Source: fokus.ba)last_img read more

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