Oosthuizen warning for McIlroy

first_imgFormer Open champion Louis Oosthuizen has warned world number one Rory McIlroy of the risks of rushing back from injury. The 32-year-old South African said: “Rehab is the most important thing after any injury. I came back in 2010. I tore my ankle ligaments on the left ankle and I came back probably too soon, so that put me back a few months more. “It’s something you and your team need to take care of just to make sure that, whenever you’re back, you’re fully fit. A lot of times you’re very anxious to come back a bit earlier to get back to it. You miss being part of the action, you miss playing in tournaments, and sometimes that can be costly.” But Oostuizen, who returned to form with a tied second-place finish at last month’s US Open, has no doubt McIlroy is in good hands. “Rory will be fine,” he said. “I’m sure he’ll take care of that injury pretty good.” Former world number one Tiger Woods, who won two of his three Open titles at St Andrews, has had plenty of injury problems himself in recent years and believes McIlroy will feel his absence keenly. Woods said: “He won this championship last year and played awesome coming in. This is a championship that means a lot to him and to be back here at the home course, it’s a little tough to take sometimes. “But we all get injured out here and no-one is immune to it. We all have to go through knick-knack injuries here and there and I hope he comes back, but also hope he comes back healthy and ready to go.” McIlroy will not be defending the Claret Jug at St Andrews this week after rupturing an ankle ligament playing football with friends. Oostuizen, who won the last time the championship was played at the ‘home of golf’ in 2010, can empathise having suffered a similar problem among the numerous injuries that have hampered his career. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse wins physical 4-2 game over RIT

first_img Published on December 6, 2014 at 11:28 pm Contact Liam: [email protected] Syracuse’s Laurence Porlier fell on the ice in the third period with Rochester Institute of Technology’s Christa Vuglar on top of her. Both players were down and tangled up when the RIT defender raised her right arm and delivered a blow right to Porlier’s helmet.Referees soon separated the two players, but the damage was done.The punch was a culmination of the physical play throughout the game between two conference opponents as Syracuse (5-8-7, 4-2-3 College Hockey America) beat RIT (7-9-3, 1-5-1 CHA) 4-2 on Saturday night at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The Orange and the Tigers combined for 16 penalties, which amounted to 35 minutes in the box between the two teams.“It was pretty chippy out there. The refs were calling some things and letting other stuff go,” goalkeeper Jenn Gilligan said. “It’s not easy to take slash after slash and sit there without giving anything back.”Other than two empty-netters to seal the game toward the end, Syracuse’s goals both came on one of the many power plays. SU converted on two of its seven power play opportunities for goals, and forward Alysha Burriss scored three goals in the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter RIT scored the game’s first goal just 3:30 into the first period, senior forward Julie Knerr charged up the ice with the puck on a Syracuse power play looking to even the score in the first period. She found Burriss in the middle of the ice, who found the top of the net for the score.SU’s second goal came on a power play in the third period when Nicole Renault fired a shot from the right wing and Burriss again found the net. This time, she took Renault’s rebound and scooped it over RIT goalie Jetta Rackleff’s pads.“All we were trying to do as a unit was to get the puck to the net and get shots for each other,” Burriss said. “It just clicked.”Burriss wasn’t originally on the power play and had come on to replace an injured Jessica Sibley. Renault said that both of the power play goals were the result of moving the puck quickly around the ice and executing crisp passes.Syracuse forward Eleanor Haines added an empty net insurance goal in the game’s final minute that looked like it was going to seal the game before RIT scored its second goal of the night less than twenty seconds later.Burriss took advantage of another empty net and converted on her third goal of the night, the third goal of the game in its final minute.Despite its success on the power play, SU struggled at times to get shots off. Head coach Paul Flanagan said that the team should have gotten more opportunities, but had a hard time putting the puck on net.The team only had seven shots in 17 minutes of advantage.“We really struggled at times,” Flanagan said. “We didn’t even know what to do there at times. I think the girls were overthinking it.”Flanagan pointed to the absence of Sibley on the power play following an injury she sustained in the first period for the lack of opportunities at times. The coach said the team is trying to develop more depth and the substitution of Burriss into the power play unit exemplifies just that.“It’s a big two points for us as we finish the semester,” Flanagan said. “… But we’ve got a long way to go though.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari cleared to play against Congo

first_imgGhana midfielder Sulley Muntari has been cleared to play in Sunday’s crucial 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo.Muntari hurt his calf last Sunday against Liverpool and will undertake recovery and treatment with the Black Stars’ medical team at their training camp in Nairobi.The Inter Milan loanee limped off after 19 minutes in which Sunderland lost 0-2 at the Stadium of Light.The 26-year-old will miss Tuesday’s first training session ahead of the qualifier to be played in Brazzaville.Muntari should be fully fit before Ghana play England at the new Wembley on 29 March.Source: Ghanasoccernetlast_img