McClaren’s team confirmed

first_imgNewcastle have belatedly confirmed the make-up of Steve McClaren’s coaching team – in an e-mail to fans. The Magpies, who presented McClaren only to preferred media partners following his appointment, announced on their official website on Thursday evening that the former England boss had introduced his new-look staff to fans registered to receive communications from the club. The details come as no surprise – scot Ian Cathro and former Derby first team coach Paul Simpson have been appointed as assistant coaches, while Alessandro Schoenmaker will take over as fitness coach and Steve Black, who worked for the club during the 1990s, will help out on a consultancy basis. Goalkeeping Andy Woodman, who has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace, also remains on board. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse rebounds with 14-0 win against Binghamton

first_img Published on April 23, 2019 at 7:16 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ After a weekend of struggles at the plate, Syracuse bounced back with 14 runs and three home runs on Tuesday afternoon against Binghamton to win just its second game in seven tries.Neli Casares-Maher and Hannah Dossett became the first pair to hit back-to-back Syracuse home runs since April 13, 2016. After those two swings, SU’s lead ballooned from three to seven. The Orange dropped two of their three games last weekend against last-place Pittsburgh and entered Tuesday afternoon’s game at Binghamton (15-25, 4-10 America East) looking to find an offensive rhythm.SU scored just two runs in the last two games of the weekend series. In the first inning on Tuesday, Syracuse equaled that total. The Orange (20-25, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) jumped on the Bearcats early, scoring two in the first and cruising to a 14-0 blowout win in a five-inning shortened game.Instead of throwing ace Alexa Romero, SU head coach Shannon Doepking opted to start Miranda Hearn, who continued her success from the weekend with a complete-game shutout, her first at SU. While Hearn walked five batters, she allowed just three hits, and no Binghamton baserunners reached past second base.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEva Suppa | Contributing Digital DesignerThe Orange were stifled by the change-up in both Saturday and Sunday’s games, but they had no problem spraying hits across the entire field Tuesday. Gabby Teran led off with a base hit to left field, advancing to second on an error. Hitting second, since senior Bryce Holmgren dropped in the lineup, senior Alicia Hansen tripled in Teran. Then, Lailoni Mayfield hit a sacrifice fly to score the second run from third.In the third inning, SU had runners on the corners when Hansen took off for second. Teran, on third, was able to take home and both runners were safe. Then leading 3-0, Casares-Maher stepped to the plate with Alex Acevedo and Hansen on base. She hit her fourth home run of the season to deep center and was immediately followed by Dossett’s home run. The Orange took a 7-0 lead into the bottom of the third.Holmgren led off the fourth with a double and Hansen drove her in with a single two batters later. After AJ Kaiser walked and Acevedo singled, Casares-Maher again came up with two runners on. And again, she homered to give SU a 12-0 lead.In the top of the fifth, with SU already in position to clinch the game with the 10-run mercy rule, they added two more runs. Both Holmgren and Hansen recorded hits and runs, as they were two of three SU players to record three hits. Hansen, now back at center field with the return of Casares-Maher to the lineup, finished the afternoon with three runs, three hits and three RBIs.The Orange travel to Atlanta this weekend for a three-game set with Georgia Tech. The first game is Friday at 4 p.m.center_img Commentslast_img read more

Ballon d’Or the talk of the town

first_imgHe’s a good guy. He deserves to be rewarded with the Ballon d’Or: he’s had his best-ever season and won the lot with Bayern Munich. Football is a team game, but you have to admit that he’s played a decisive role in every match.” German tennis legend Boris Becker champions Franck Ribery’s claim“All things being equal, the trophy should definitely go to Franck Ribery. In my opinion, he’s the clear winner. […] For me, the winner should be first and foremost the player who does the most to help his team to win. It’s the same in the NBA: the best player of the season should be part of the best team and in 2013, the most dominant team in Europe was Bayern Munich.”French NBA star Nicolas Batum, of the Portland Trail Blazers“If I had to vote, I’d give it to Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s a player who always gives his all.”The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy“Messi has had a lot of injuries over the past year, which is why I think Cristiano should win the Ballon d’Or.”Argentina legend Diego Armando Maradona”They are all great players, huge names and top athletes. I’d find it a tall order to choose just one of them because they’re all fantastic players.” Greece and Olympiacos forward Kostas Mitroglou”Franck Ribery is my favourite. If he doesn’t win it this time around, he never will. He’s won practically everything there is to win with his club. He recently picked up the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award and he’s still in great form. In my opinion it should definitely go to Ribery.”Monaco midfielder Jeremy Toulalan “Cristiano and Messi are very good players, while Ribery has won the lot. They are three great players and this is the toughest Ballon d’Or to call in the history of the trophy.”UEFA President and former France player Michel Platini“You can never rule out Lionel [Messi]. A lot of people vote for the prize; he’s won it four times and is hugely popular all around the world. I’d laugh a lot if he won it.” Barcelona and Spain defender Gerard Pique“If the Ballon d’Or comes, I have room for it.” Cristiano Ronaldo during the official opening of his museum in his native Madeira”I voted for the Spanish players because they haven’t had as much recognition as they’ve deserved over the last few years and I didn’t want to get involved in a Real Madrid-Barcelona war – it’s as simple as that.”Spain coach Vicente del Bosque lifts the lid on his 2013 Ballon d’Or picks”My wife has already prepared a place for it above the fireplace in the living room. I try not to think about it too much, but she really believes [it’s my year].”2013 Ballon d’Or finalist Franck Ribery talks to L’Equipe about his chances of scooping the awardlast_img read more

Clippers’ Jamal Crawford happy to stay after NBA trading deadline

first_img“Yeah, I saw it,” Crawford said. “The fans are unbelievable. The fans truly are unbelievable. I mean, when I’m in the game and I see that one person that has No. 11 on and the one person that’s rooting for me, that’s the thing you kind of, not kind of, but … not that you necessarily play for it but, you know what I mean? It’s like, you really appreciate it.”Rivers candidly talks defenseClippers coach Doc Rivers typically practices diplomacy when talking about his team. Certainly, he’s no Phil Jackson, who was quite the opposite during his coaching days with the Lakers.But Rivers was very forthcoming this week when he was asked about the defensive play of his team. The Clippers in 2013-14 allowed 101 points per game, 14th in the league. This season they are allowing 100.7 points. That’s a tad less, but it ranks them 21st, tied with Toronto.Rivers believes his defense was superior in ‘13-’14. “I think we were better last year defensively,” he said. “I think we’re a better offensive team this year, but I think we’re worse defensively. And what I do like, in certain games, there has been proof that we can be a really good defensive team. And I just don’t like how inconsistent we’ve been defensively.“I don’t know if we’re overall worse or better, but I know we’re far more inconsistent defensively this year than we were last year.”Rivers pointed to the 110-95 victory on Feb. 11 over Houston as proof of his team’s defensive capabilities. The Rockets shot just 39.1 percent from the field. Even worse, the Clippers harassed them into a 9-for-45 (20 percent) performance from 3-point range. And that was without the services of the injured Blake Griffin.“They’re a great offensive team and we took their 3s away, so we’ve proven it,” Rivers said. “But we have not been consistent with it and that’s a concern.”Griffin: This is not an injuryGriffin sustained a broken left knee cap in the final game of the 2009-10 exhibition season and missed all of what was supposed to be his rookie season. He had played in all but four regular-season games the next four-plus seasons until missing the past three games with a staph infection in his right elbow that required surgery.Interestingly, Griffin doesn’t call this an injury.“That was an injury,” he said of the broken knee cap. “I wouldn’t really call this an injury. This is an unfortunate timing thing, an infection. I guess it’s a serious thing, like I said. But not really injured.“That’s kind of what hurts the most about it, having to miss time like this for that. But to miss eight, 10, 12 games is nothing compared to 82.”Griffin figures to a minimum of 12 games with this non-injury injury. When Jamal Crawford saw a group of reporters heading his way in the Clippers’ locker room before their game Thursday against San Antonio, he had some fun.“I thought I got traded,” he joked, alluding to the rush toward him as soon as the locker room was opened.Crawford, the Clippers’ valuable and popular sixth man, was again mentioned in trade rumors as the NBA trading deadline neared and passed Thursday afternoon without the Clippers making a move. It’s been a regular occurrence for Crawford during much of his fine career.More than anything, Crawford expressed appreciation at the outpouring of support he witnessed on Twitter from fans who were peeved that his name was even being mentioned.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Revealed! 13 big-name players that could move to the Chinese Super League

first_img 4. Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce) – The ex-Arsenal and Manchester United man has failed to settle in Turkey, and he could eagerly be eyeing an exit. With the Chinese Super League’s reputation rising, the striker could be an outstanding addition. The Times report that a number of clubs from China are interested in his signature. 13 13 13 2. Fernando Torres (on loan at Atletico Madrid from AC Milan) – During the January transfer window, the Spaniard was heavily linked with a move to China – before his team-mate Jackson Martinez jumped ship. Reports claimed that he could become the highest paid player in world football if he was to swap La Liga for the Chinese Super League. 13 12. Nikica Jelavic (West Ham United) – The 30-year-old’s time at Upton Park has not gone to plan, with Slaven Bilic using the striker only sparingly. With the Chinese window still open, there is still time for him to secure an exit. According to Sky Sports, Chinese second division side Beijing Renhe are chasing his signature and his transfer is ’95 per cent done’. 13 1. John Terry (Chelsea) – click the arrow above to see 12 more players who could soon move to China – Terry looks set to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer after revealing that the club informed him, as it stands, he will not be offered an extension on his deal which expires at the end of the season. He has said that he won’t play for another club in England, and those in the Chinese Super League may be on red alert over his situation. China has suddenly emerged as the go-to league outside of Europe, perhaps ahead of Major League Soccer.Ramires, Alex Texeira and Jackson Martinez have all jumped ship in the winter window, and with the Chinese market open until February 26, more could follow suit within the next week.With the recent furore over such transfers, talkSPORT took a look at 15 famous players and managers that you might not have known had gone to China, and now we’ve examined 13 players that could be considering a similar career path, including a certain Chelsea legend.Click the right arrow above to check out 13 players who may be eyeing a switch to the Chinese Super League… 13 13 13 3. Dani Alves (Barcelona) – Alves was tipped to join Manchester United last summer before agreeing a two-year contract extension with Barca. While his future for the next season and a half at the Camp Nou appears secure, he has, according to the Daily Mail, been offered a £9.2m a season contract to join an unnamed Chinese outfit. 7. Yaya Toure (Manchester City) – The Ivorian had been a key player for the Citizens, but for the last season and a half, his influence at the club has worryingly dwindled – dating back to his birthday cake outburst. Pep Guardiola is set to make notable changes when he takes over at the Etihad in the summer and offloading the midfielder, who often looks uninterested, could be a priority. 5. Radamel Falcao (on loan at Chelsea from Monaco) – After failing to impress at Manchester United, his attempt to salvage his reputation in the Premier League has gone no better. At Stamford Bridge, he’s made just one domestic start, with injury largely to blame, and he will surely want out of England in the summer. China could be an interesting option if he wants regular senior action. 13 13 6. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – At 30, despite his improved performances over the past few weeks, United may be planning for life without him and it might not be long before his future is assessed. He was reportedly offered an eye-watering £75m deal to Sven Goran Eriksson at Shanghai SIPG at the end of last year, and this could be at the back of his mind, even if it is hard to believe. 13 10. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Despite being club captain, Jedinak has made just five starts in the Premier League this season, leaving his future at Selhurst Park uncertain. The Mirror report that a whole host of sides from the Chinese Super League are considering a move in the summer, with it too late for Alan Pardew to sign his replacement if he leaves this month. 13 11. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain) – Laurent Blanc recently revealed that Lavezzi is ‘negotiating his departure’ from the Ligue 1 giants. While it was claimed that the Argentine had held talks with Chelsea over a transfer in the winter window, it seems China could be his first option, if reports are to be believed. 13. Emmanuel Adebayor (Crystal Palace) – Adebayor agreed a shock move to the Eagles in January, but having signed only a six-month deal, there’s no guarantee he’ll remain at the club beyond the summer. At this stage in his career, cash could be a priority, making China an inviting proposition. 8. Loic Remy (Chelsea) – Shanghai Shenhua have prised former Chelsea strikers Demba Ba and Didier Drogba away from the Premier League, and they could be prepared to do the same with Remy. According to reports, the same Chinese outfit are readying an £11m bid and a £5.5m salary package for the Frenchman. 9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) – The Sweden international is out of contract at the end of the season and is poised to leave behind the Parc des Princes after four seasons. He has been linked with a return to Serie A, though the financial lure of China could be tempting. Jiangsu were linked with a move at the end of last year. 13last_img read more