Ulster boss Les Kiss: Toulouse tie is huge challenge but we’ll step up to plate

first_img “Connacht are a good side and are in a rich vein of form in the Guinness PRO12, even having lost at Cardiff Blues last Friday,” said Falcons rugby director Dean Richards, who has made 11 changes for the return to European action. “They will be a hard side to beat over there.” Cardiff Blues’ Pool Three home defeat against Harlequins last month means they cannot afford to come unstuck when Jake White’s Montpellier visit the Arms Park on Friday. “It’s fair to say we need to win both games,” said Blues head coach Danny Wilson, referencing home and away matches against Montpellier during the next week. “Montpellier are full of international-quality players right throughout their squad, and they have spent a huge amount of money on that squad. Whichever team is picked, you know it’s going to be a good side.” Ulster boss Les Kiss has described French heavyweights Toulouse as “predictably unpredictable” ahead of Friday’s European Champions Cup clash in Belfast. Both teams have already suffered at the hands of unbeaten Pool One leaders Saracens this season, and Ulster cannot afford a second successive home defeat if they are to retain serious quarter-final ambitions. “They are predictably unpredictable,” rugby director Kiss said, assessing four-time European champions Toulouse’s threat. “They have a massive squad that is full of internationals, so that gives them some really good options all over the park. “They are second in the Top 14, so it’s a huge challenge for us, but the boys have shown great character and we will step up to the plate. “Losing can put you on the back foot, but it would be remiss of anyone to define a competition after two games. I don’t think anyone’s has been defined after round two in this competition before.” Ulster have a game in hand on Toulouse and Saracens after their appointment with Oyonnax last month was postponed following the Paris terror attacks, with that match now rearranged for January 10. And Kiss added: “Toulouse know it’s a real battle for that second place, and you never know what could happen if we do win. “Saracens know we have that extra game up our sleeves. You don’t think they will take their eye off the ball, but it does put extra pressure on them.” Ulster’s preparations to face Toulouse, though, have been hit by a number of injuries, with Iain Henderson, Darren Cave and Dan Tuohy among those absent, but skipper Rory Best returns to the front-row, packing down alongside Kyle McCall and Wiehahn Herbst. The European Challenge Cup continues on Friday, meanwhile, with Newcastle hoping to bounce back from a 38-3 Aviva Premierahip home defeat against Saracens last time out when they tackle Pool One leaders Connacht in Galway. Press Associationlast_img read more

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12-year-old arrested after threatening to kill several fellow students

first_imgThe Broward County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a 12-year-old girl who reportedly used her social media account to threaten to kill several students at her middle school.The incident was reported Friday by a parent and a student of Falcon Cove Middle School.Officials say the young girl first posted a list of students who she would like to kill to her Snapchat. She then created a second post warning students that they would die on Monday.The child has since been arrested and faces two counts of making a written threat to kill and making a false report about a firearm.last_img read more

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Former Kenyan officials charged with theft, fraud

first_img(REUTERS) – Three former officials of Kenya’s disbanded Olympic committee were charged yesterday with theft and fraud offences relating to this year’s Games in Rio de Janeiro.The east African nation bagged its biggest-ever haul of medals in Brazil but doping allegations and organisational problems plagued preparations for the event.A charge sheet seen by Reuters showed two of the officials – Francis Paul and Pius Ochieng – are accused of failing to declare uniforms donated by sports goods manufacturer Nike between June and July.A third official, Stephen Arap Soi, was charged with two counts of theft involving more than $252 000 and other related offences.Part of the money was meant to meet accommodation costs for officials accompanying the Kenyan team in Rio de Janeiro.All the officials pleaded not guilty during a court session in Nairobi and were released on bail of 200 000 Kenyan shillings each.The trial will start on October 24.The officials were arrested on their return from Rio at the end of August over their roles in the alleged mismanagement of the Kenyan team’s preparations for the GamesThe National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) was disbanded on August 25 following public pressure and a directive from President Uhuru Kenyatta for the situation to be investigated.last_img read more

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AFCON 2019: Rohr Bars FG Delegation from Super Eagles’ Camp

first_imgSuper Eagles Head Coach Gernot Rohr (in the middle) passing instructions to his wards ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Cameroon With less than 24 hours to the second round knockout encounter between Nigeria and Cameroon, the Super Eagles’ Head Coach Gernot Rohr, has barred his players from all forms of activities that could distract the team from underperforming during the match tomorrow.The action which took effect from yesterday will most likely affect the large delegation of Federal Government entourage that will arrive Cairo today before heading to Alexandria for the epic clash tomorrow.On Wednesday night, the coach allowed his wards free reign to interact with the media, friends and relatives around at their hotel base lobby. However, begining from yesterday morning, the rhythm changed as the players were confined to regimented life style until after tomorrow’s match.But when the high-powered delegation from The Presidency that will include Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the governors of Lagos, Delta and political aides storm the coastal city of Alexandria before the match, there will be practically nobody to welcome them into the team’s camp except the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick and his board members who THISDAY learnt will be more diplomatic in handling the matter.Pinnick is likely to prevail on the government delegation to see reason with the Franco-German tactician’s de ision as his job could be on the line should the team fail to beat Cameroon and proceed to the quarter final.“Gernot Rohr wanted outright concentration and will not want anything to disrupt the calmness of his players and the tranquility of the environment.“He wants Eagles to be more focused than before for the match against Cameroon on Saturday,” a top official hinted THISDAY in Alexandria yesterday evening.The coach had insisted that the players must be in their rooms for their afternoon siesta which was between 2-4pm and no loitering, no visitors nor telephone activities are expected from the players until after the match on Saturday.The media had its own dose of the camp ethos last night as they were barred from the training arena as the team trained behind closed door for tactical reasons. Before now, the media were allowed to see the first 15 minutes before the cameras are shut down.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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MLAX : Syracuse fails to take advantage of man-up opportunities

first_imgJohn Desko doesn’t have an answer. At least not yet.While Syracuse fought its way to a 10-9 win over Army on Sunday in the Carrier Dome, the Orange head coach had no explanation as to why his man-up unit couldn’t capitalize on six opportunities. In a game in which goals were at a premium since the Black Knights thwarted any potential SU scoring run, coming through on any of those chances would’ve given Syracuse critical scores.Desko said he needs to look at the game film to see where his players were during the man-up opportunities, but he did say some of them weren’t carrying out their assignments.‘I’m not happy with that,’ Desko said. ‘I think we came out and we ran a play, and a couple of guys didn’t quite understand our looks on it. So we’ve got to go back and kind of redo what we’ve been doing and try to give those guys a better understanding of it.’At the end of the first half, a one-minute slashing penalty was called on Army defender Larry LoRusso. Syracuse attack Derek Maltz had what appeared to be a good look, but his shot from the right edge of the crease sailed past the front of the cage and out of bounds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange maintained possession as Bobby Eilers picked up the ground ball, and the midfielder took a shot that was saved by Black Knights’ goaltender Zach Palmieri. SU’s possession ended with a turnover from JoJo Marasco, giving Army the chance to score with nine seconds left in the half to hold a 5-4 halftime advantage.Syracuse’s lone man-up goal came just more than three minutes into the second half, after Larry and Brian LoRusso were both called for one-minute illegal body check penalties. SU attack Tommy Palasek fed Maltz a pass, and the attack shot from about 13 yards out into the upper right corner of the cage for the goal.Scoring only one goal out of six man-up opportunities leads to a bit of a concern for the Orange. The chances were there, but that’s not enough for Desko to feel content with his man-up unit.‘We had some good opportunities,’ Desko said, ‘but the bottom line is that it doesn’t count unless the ball is in the back of the net.’Turnovers plague SU offenseBefore Desko pointed out the positives after Syracuse’s victory over Army on Sunday, the head coach talked about one statistic that needs to change moving forward.‘A little unhappy with the number of turnovers that we had today,’ Desko said. ‘We talked about valuing the ball, especially against West Point that is a team that likes to control tempo. We gave up too many there.’Syracuse committed 25 turnovers in a sloppy performance. Desko said he knows the Orange won’t be able to escape with wins with so many mistakes in the future. And the head coach was disappointed to see SU make so many errors after stressing the importance of ball control against an Army team that likes to slow the pace of the game.Desko said the high number of turnovers could partly be attributed to poor communication for Syracuse. He said improvement starts at practice.Whether the team is outside or in the Dome, it forces players to communicate play calls to each other by ‘echoing’ the call until all six players on offense are on the same page.‘We always talk about what we call echoing it through our players, and once one player brings the play in he has to get it to the next player to the next player to all six guys on offense to know what we’re doing,’ Desko said. ‘And we didn’t do that a few times today, and that didn’t help with some of the turnovers.’Daddio establishes dominance at XFinally settling some worry over Syracuse’s futility in faceoffs, Chris Daddio controlled the faceoff X throughout the Orange’s win over Army. The sophomore took every faceoff for SU and won 16 of his 22 opportunities.Syracuse’s players on the wings, particularly long-stick midfielder Peter Macartney, picked up loose balls Daddio kicked out behind him time and again to greatly improve one the Orange’s weakest traits.‘We’ve been doing a lot more in practice,’ Daddio said. ‘A lot more drills with coach Donahue. Just working on, first of all, our own play, just the faceoff guys, of getting the ball and trying to get it ourselves before resorting to the wings.’After Army tied the game at 1-1 with just more than three minutes remaining in the first quarter, Daddio won the ensuing faceoff. SU midfielder Matt Pratt tried to score in transition, but Palmieri stopped it and the ball rolled out in front of the net. Macartney picked up the ground ball and flipped it into the net to answer right back to the Black Knights’ score.Between Daddio at the X and Macartney on the wing, Syracuse may have found the ingredients for consistent faceoff victories.‘Pete’s doing a great job, as you can see,’ Daddio said. ‘When I don’t even know where the ball comes out, he comes out and flies out of nowhere, so he’s been real physical lately. He’s been getting every ball that I can’t get myself.’rjgery@syr.educjiseman@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on February 26, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

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Tyndall settlement moves forward, agreement filed

first_imgThe class counsel said in a press release that the agreement is still subject to court approval. The settlement agreement obtained by the Daily Trojan states the University will be required to implement several reforms to ensure future student safety. Attorney Gloria Allred, who is serving as counsel for victims in the state class action against USC, expressed frustration with the settlement. The agreement, filed by USC students and alumni Tuesday, outlines the settlement distribution for an estimated 17,000 former patients of Tyndall, who was accused of sexual misconduct by approximately 400 women. It will require the University to implement new procedures for dealing with incidents of sexual assault and misconduct. “I am encouraged by today’s settlement filing, which takes another important step in healing our community,” Interim President Wanda Austin wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “Every affected individual is a member of the Trojan Family, and we care deeply about their well-being.” Tyndall also played with and made comments about Treadway’s vaginal piercing, saying she should keep it secret so that people would not discover “what kind of woman she was.” “USC must implement a series of reforms — with oversight from the court and class counsel — to ensure the safety of its students going forward,” the class counsel wrote. USC will also be required to staff a female physician, establish online and offline channels for anonymous patient feedback and adopt “sensitive exam” practices consistent with the policies outlined by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Students would also have to undergo mandatory training to prevent future campus sexual misconduct, according to the settlement. If the settlement is approved, the court will appoint an independent women’s health advocate to hold USC accountable and ensure that sexual or racial misconduct complaints are investigated. An independent consultant will also make recommendations — which will be released to the public — for the way the University addresses such issues. Editor’s note: A previous version of the article contained two errors. In the article, Shannon O’Conner’s name was misspelled. Attorney John Manly negotiated a settlement, not a class-action in the case against former doctor Larry Nassar. The Daily Trojan regrets these errors. This article was also updated to clarify that the press release was sent out on behalf of the plaintiff’s class counsel. The settlement also requires the University to hire an independent task force member, appointed by class counsel, onto the Survey Task Force for the Spring 2019 Campus Climate Survey, which will gather information regarding students’ experiences with sexual misconduct and harassment and their overall knowledge of resources. The University has already begun working toward this goal. Manly said, however, that the sum of money allocated to victims pales in comparison to the consequences of the Michigan State case, for which he negotiated a settlement for a sexual assault case against former doctor Larry Nassar that settled for $500 million. Manly said that for the 332 victims, the average compensation payment was nearly $1.25 million. “The $215 million in monetary compensation provided by the agreement recognizes all women who were patients of Tyndall, gives survivors a choice on how they want to participate and does so in a setting that is more private and immediate than would occur through litigation,” the class counsel wrote. The agreement outlines the compensation distribution plan for all former Tyndall patients treated for women’s health issues from Aug. 14, 1989, to June 21, 2016, who choose to participate in the settlement. O’Conner, a 1995 graduate, said she visited Tyndall in 1993 for birth control pills. During the examination, Tyndall thrust his fingers into her vagina without gloves, causing her to panic. The claim process for eligible students and alumni seeking compensation through the settlement is divided into a three-tiered plan, according to the settlement. Every class member in Tier 1 will receive an initial payment of $2,500, along with eligibility for Tier 2 or 3 payments. The $215 million class-action settlement agreement for former patients of former USC gynecologist George Tyndall is now moving forward. “I don’t hate USC,” O’Conner said. “It’s completely the opposite. I just hope that this lawsuit — I know it will — implement changes for years to come at the University that will protect women from this ever happening again. That is the most important.” “If you’re interested in protecting doctors who sexually assault their patients, it’s a great settlement,” Manly said. “It provides no insight on who knew what [and] when. It gives no real changes … provides no accountability, does not explain how this was allowed to go on for 30 years and, basically, it only guarantees someone who was sexually assaulted by their doctors $2,500.” “In addition to the monetary relief offered in this settlement, USC continues to make sweeping changes … including establishing an Office of Professionalism and Ethics and an Office of Ombuds Services,” the University wrote. “The University is also strengthening operating and oversight procedures at the Student Health Center, including making female physicians available to all patients, and engaging an independent women’s health advocate to ensure any complaints of improper conduct are investigated and resolved by appropriate university officials and authorities, among others.” “The most important thing here is that the women of the University [and] other universities are safe,” Treadway said. “I don’t hold USC as an institution accountable so much as I hold the people who knew accountable and Tyndall accountable. I fully believe there will be a criminal investigation and I would be more than happy to testify.” She said she expressed her discomfort multiple times and tried to pull away, but he grabbed her hip and held her down. After the appointment, she told a nurse at the front desk about her encounter, but her concerns were brushed away. Allred believes the payment victims will receive is a “wholly inadequate” sum of damage compensation. She also plans to object to the settlement. To implement the reform, the class counsel will rely on the Equitable Relief Committee, which will comprise one expert selected by the class counsel, a second individual selected by USC and a third individual chosen by the first two members of the committee. The committee will begin working Monday to create effective and attainable goals and discuss deadlines based on the listed reforms. It will provide an update 60 days from Monday. “Those who can be identified through USC’s existing health center records will be automatically mailed a … payment check … once the settlement is effective,” the suit read. “Those class members who could not be identified through USC’s records must submit a simple signed Statement of Class Membership Form to receive their … payment.” Treadway, who graduated from USC in 2001, had an appointment with Tyndall in 1997 when she was a sophomore. She said Tyndall did not allow her to be covered during the examination and touched her inappropriately as he diagnosed her with herpes. Alumnae Elisabeth Treadway and Shannon O’Conner, who both came forward as victims of Tyndall, expressed support for the settlement. “When we go to USC, we all talk about how we’re members of a family,” Manly said. “But, what family does that to their children? Or their mothers or their sisters? It’s just despicable, and it makes me embarrassed and ashamed.” Tier 2 and Tier 3 will compensate victims between $7,500 and $20,000, and $7,500 and $250,000, respectively. For both tiers, the suit claims that a team of gynecology, psychology, psychiatry and post-traumatic stress disorder experts will review and allocate the payments. The settlement states that Tier 2 class members who choose to provide additional information detailing their experiences with Tyndall may be eligible for Tier 3 payments. “It is offensive to me that he criticized how I choose to resolve this,” O’Conner said. “It’s my choice. If people want to make other choices, I support that. Everybody knows what’s best for themselves, but it doesn’t give me the right to criticize anybody else’s choice, and I don’t like having my choice criticized. It is very insensitive and selfish.” Treadway and O’Conner both plan to be part of the class settlement. O’Conner and Treadway said they are frustrated by Allred and Manly’s decision to object the settlement. Both of their experiences helped shape the class counsel’s settlement. The settlement is currently being evaluated by the court to ensure it is fair and meets federal rules. The court will call the class counsel to reconvene on April 1 to ask questions about the settlement. Once the judge rules that the settlement meets the criteria, a notice will be issued and packages will be sent to all women who attended USC from 1989 to 2016, the period during which Tyndall worked at the health center. Attorneys Gloria Allred and John Manly represent victims accusing former USC gynecologist George Tyndall of sexual assault. They believe the compensation laid out in the claim should be greater. (Daily Trojan file photo) The University wrote in a statement emailed to the Daily Trojan that USC has been implementing changes to prevent misconduct and promote student health on campus. Attorney John Manly, who is serving as counsel for 185 victims in the case, said the settlement is “horrible” and believes the agreement shows how USC does not care for its female students. After hearing from women who choose to step forward as part of the class, the settlement will be brought to the court again for final approval. The class counsel is aiming to reach final approval by Aug. 26. “We believe that it is extremely important for the victims to know what the USC administration knew and when they first discovered  the prior complaints made by some of the 17,000 USC students Dr. George Tyndall purportedly examined,” Allred wrote in a statement emailed to the Daily Trojan. “Until discovery (interrogatories and depositions) is conducted in the pending state cases, answers to the many questions posed about USC’s culpability and gross failure to supervise Dr. Tyndall will remain unanswered.” “Providing a fair and respectful resolution to as many former, impacted patients as possible, and making impactful changes that strengthen our university continue to be our top priorities,” Austin wrote. “We will be objecting to the Federal Court settlement as being … premature and recommending to our 58 clients to opt out of the settlement (which they have an absolute legal right to do) until discovery is conducted in the state court proceedings,” Allred wrote. “We will continue to litigate for them until the full extent of USC’s reckless and shameful conduct is determined.” last_img read more

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Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse football’s 28-9 loss to Wake Forest

first_img Published on October 8, 2016 at 10:46 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.— Syracuse (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) dropped its matchup with Wake Forest (5-1, 2-1 ACC), 28-9. The Orange has backed itself into a corner if it would like to be bowl eligible. SU needs at least three wins to get on the fringe and likely four to guarantee itself bowl eligibility.The Orange still has ranked teams Virginia Tech, Clemson and Florida State on its slate. SU’s matchups with the Hokies and Seminoles are home games.Here are three takeaways from Syracuse’s showing at BB&T Field.Rock me mama like the wind and the rainIt may not have been a full-force Hurricane Matthew, but Syracuse and Wake Forest both felt the full effects of the rain and wind, especially in the first half. The Orange and Demon Deacons combined for five fumbles and an interception. The only lost fumble between the teams in the first half came when SU linebacker Jonathan Thomas ripped the ball out of Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford’s hands as the latter tried to cross the goal line on a fourth-and-1.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCordell Hudson jumped on the fumble and SU got a touchback. Maybe the most telling sign of the weather’s effect was Syracuse’s lack of deep passing attempts. Eric Dungey launched just one deep pass and it came on a miscommunication with Steve Ishmael, who ran a short route and was open. Dungey’s pass flew toward the sidelines and out of bounds. Deep threat Amba Etta-Tawo was covered one-on-one for most of the first half with no extra safety help and was targeted only on underneath passes.Late in the game, Eric Dungey threw a short pass to runningback Jordan Fredericks, who fumbled the ball. Safety Cameron Glenn returned the fumble for 78 yards and a touchdown to put SU away for good. Etta-Tawo was also called for a personal foul at the end of the play to compound the problems for Syracuse.Red hot in the red zoneSyracuse has struggled defensively all year, but in its last three games, it has made three key red zone stands. At the end of the Orange’s matchup with Connecticut, Zaire Franklin stopped Huskies quarterback Bryant Shirreffs at the goal line. Then SU stopped Notre Dame on fourth down when Kielan Whitner zipped through the hole and stopped running back Josh Adams.On Saturday, Thomas stripped Wolford and got SU the ball back. When SU doesn’t give up big plays, it still lets teams drive on it sometimes. To win or stay in games, the Orange will likely need more goal-line stops against its future opponents. It’s not an ideal position for Syracuse to be in, but the occasional stop should prove beneficial.W(T)FHead coach Dino Babers and offensive coordinators Sean Lewis and Mike Lynch called a conservative game on Saturday. SU failed to throw the ball deep except for two passes by Dungey. Both targeted Ishmael. The second target to Ishmael was deep down the right sideline. The SU wide receiver leapt over the corner in front of him and brought the ball to his shoulder with one hand. He then bobbled it and gripped it with both hands before turning and running.The rain completely stopped in the second half and the American flag flown at the end of the field stopped whipping as hard as it had been. Even then, SU refused to throw the ball deep, opting for short chunk plays and screens. Dungey missed several of his throws underneath and SU had several drops. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Italy’s World Cup Qualification Failure Claims Other Casualties

first_imgRelated Italy’s failure to qualify for a first FIFA World Cup in 60 years has claimed other casualties after the trio of Daniele De Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli confirmed that they would retire from international duty.National team captain Gianlugi Buffon became the first casualty of Italy’s epic failure after he emotionally said his goodbyes to the Azzurris immediately after the match.Italy played out a goalless draw with Sweden on Monday night to miss out on Russia 2018 via 1-0 aggregate scoreline.De Rossi, 34, moved past Andrea Pirlo into fourth place on Italy’s all-time appearance list with 117 appearances on Monday. He said scored 21 goals in those games.Speaking with RAI after the game, De Rossi said: “It’s a dark moment for our football, very dark for those of us who were part of this two-year era.”“There will be the time to evaluate everything, but I think the only thing I can say now — which is banal — is to build on the spirit the lads showed today and the desire to take part in this adventure.“We will begin again, just as we did after other desperately disappointing moments. I don’t believe we deserved to go out considering the 180 minutes, Sweden deserve credit for their performance, but it was fairly even.“Now the next generation is ready to take flight and we must begin again from them. It was almost an absurd moment to associate with a football match. There was a funereal atmosphere in the locker room, yet nobody died.“I’ve been wandering around Coverciano [the training ground] and all over the world with this shirt for over a decade, so to take it off for the last time is a strange feeling. The material is there and we can build for the future.” he added.The AS Roma midfielder also addressed the rumoured argument with Ventura during the game. He said: “We have this tendency to warm up three at a time, then after five minutes we change and another three go.”“I just said we were near the end and had to win, so send the strikers to warm up! I pointed to Insigne too.“It wasn’t up to me whether it was a tactical issue and the prof is a lovely guy, so I’m sorry if I offended anyone. At the time I just thought perhaps it was better that Insigne come on instead.” he concluded.For Juventus defender Gorgio Chiellini, it is time to embrace the next generation of players. The 33-year old, who has made 96 appearances and scored 8 times said: “We have many young lads who over the next few years will need this same love and support.”“It’s a long road ahead and after a fall like this there is much work to be done.“Over the last three years or so we have asked for this love to never leave the Nazionale. Italy will begin again from Marco Verratti and many other lads born in the 1990s who will be mature for the next Euros, which fortunately we’ll have some games at home.“I am certain that if what we saw tonight can be built on, it will be seen as a Zero Hour. Italy hadn’t missed the World Cup in 60 years, so clearly it is a sea change. Football belongs to everyone and we all want to create a new era.” he added.36-year old Barzagli said it was an “end of an era” after he appeared in 73 international games for the Azzurris. He said: “In football terms, it’s the biggest disappointment of my life.”“The Italy side gives you unique sensations. It gives you goosebumps, creates friendships between all the Italy fans, they are finally united. It’s a real shame to end like this.“I don’t know what we missed, all I know is we’re out of the World Cup, it’s a unique disappointment and leaving this group of lads is painful. Everyone has their own feelings, but it’s really hard to accept right now.“At least at Euro 2016 we were crying because we came so close, but not even qualifying is a heavy blow for my whole career. With Gigi and Daniele we had the adventure in the 2006 World Cup, but also had many adventures with Giorgio.“It’s immensely disappointing. I hope the younger players can take the situation in hand and do better than us. The era of four or five veterans comes to a close, the one of the hungry young players coming through begins and that’s how it should be.” he concluded.last_img read more

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2016 Olympics qualifier: “Cameroon will be in trouble” – Queens coach

first_imgThe Black Queens are declaring war on Cameroon ahead of their second leg qualifier in Accra.It’s an Olympic qualifier on Saturday after the Black Queens held the Indomitable Lionesses – who only recently came from the Womens’ World Cup – 1-1 in Yaounde.Ahead of the match, the head coach of the Ghana side says his team will play an all-out attack style. “The draw in Yaounde two weeks ago is an advantage. Playing at home is also an added advantage and we will make use of both. It’s a golden opportunity we don’t want to slip by,” Yusif Basigi told the Graphic Sports.“No doubt, the Cameroonians are good side and they always use their physical strength to their advantage. After playing them on several occasions, we have found the antidote to that physical play and they will have a taste of their own bitter pill.”Basigi also went down memory lane.He recounted how the Cameroonians, in a similar position before the last Olympics, took advantage and qualified for the London Games. For him, that story tells the Queens that they have no excuse than to deliver this time.  “Four years ago, [Cameroon] held us to a 1-1 draw in Accra in the first leg and beat us 1-0 in the return leg to qualify for London Olympics. We also have a similar opportunity and we will utilize it to our advantage. “We’ve never been to the Olympics and this will be our time to also go to Brazil 2016.”Ghana will face neighbours Cote d’Ivoire when they win the second leg in the final round of the qualifiers. The Ivorians, who played in the Women’s World Cup, triumphed over Zimbabwe in the third round of qualifiers.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Purple & Bold: When it comes to going small, Lakers have options

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the Wednesday, March 11 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Unless the threat of coronavirus grows so great that NBA games are suddenly canceled for Thursday, the Lakers have a game to play – with or without fans.Assuming that’s the case (and for the sake of this newsletter, please let’s assume that’s the case), the Lakers will be pitted against the Houston Rockets, one of the more interesting test cases of small ball in the NBA.Even though the Lakers themselves have often prioritized size, particularly in the starting lineup with JaVale McGee and Anthony Davis playing side-by-side, they’ve gotten plenty of cracks at smaller lineups. This came to the forefront on Tuesday with Dwight Howard missing his first game because of an upset stomach: Aside from the roughly 17 minutes McGee played, the Lakers were mostly without a traditional center. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIn those minutes, they outscored the Nets by five points – a promising sign. And yet it wasn’t all good: Brooklyn also got 14 offensive rebounds, and Coach Frank Vogel later acknowledged that Howard would have helped.As Davis reviewed the smaller looks, he felt that there was a lot to build on, even though there were some disadvantages.“When we’re playing small ball, we’re able to switch or veer back to their bigs, it put them in the advantage,” he said. “DeAndre (Jordan) and Jarrett Allen got a couple offensive rebounds and kicked it out for some big-time shots. It’s the only thing that we kind of give up is the ability to rebound the ball, but other than that, I like the way we look.”The Lakers largely played a small lineup during their fourth-quarter comeback effort, in which they allowed just 17 points. Defensively, the smaller look allows them to stay connected to more guards, like Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert. It also helped when Davis was able to make 3-pointers – though he missed his last attempt, he had made two others in the fourth quarter that had forced Jordan to stretch out to the perimeter where he’s uncomfortable.What’s interesting is the Lakers’ haven’t settled on one small lineup, particularly now that they’ve changed some personnel and Markieff Morris is in that mix, but the small lineups have done well in small doses (no pun intended). Among lineups that have played at least 25 minutes together, five of the seven groups with the best net rating are smaller lineups. Howard is a part of many of the Lakers’ best lineups and has a profound impact on rebounding, but the net rating with him in (plus-6.8) versus out (plus-7.0) barely changes.center_img Most of those smaller looks have a combination of LeBron James, Davis and three wings or guards – either Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Alex Caruso, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope or Kyle Kuzma. One group that has a plus-18.0 net rating in 49 minutes has – get ready for it – Rajon Rondo in place of James. The critical factor is Davis, who as one of the league’s best shot-blockers with a power forward’s range, can empower smaller lineups to succeed defensively.“Well, A.D. at the five changes everything because you can still have an elite rim protector while playing small ball so to speak,” Vogel said. “It’s not like you’re going with five smalls to counter with them. You still have a big out there, like most teams do.”It’s long been anticipated that the Davis-at-center lineups will be needed against the likes of Western Conference powers, including the Rockets and Clippers. In a possible series with Boston, it might be necessary given how many talented wings the Celtics could put on the court. The Lakers have had a lot of success playing big obviously, but know they need flexibility for matchups.That’s a flexibility the Rockets don’t have: After trading Clint Capela, they’re small ball success or bust. James Harden and Russell Westbrook will have to carry them, and while there are worse duos in the league, Houston has cooled to 6-4 in its last 10 games after a very hot start.Still: The Rockets have more certainty about their postseason look, while the Lakers have worked on adding a bunch of pieces. Since joining the team, Morris has averaged almost 15 minutes per game, including looks at small-ball center, where Vogel has said he’s been a good enough pick-and-roll defender and spacer for five-out looks. Guard Dion Waiters has yet to play, but he figures to factor into some series when the Lakers could use his off-the-dribble scoring and play-making.Having options is a luxury, but as Thursday’s game could show, it’s also a challenge to find the right blend.— Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. 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