Keegan: Gerrard will be back

first_img “It’s not ended at Liverpool the way he would have liked,” said Keegan, who unlike Gerrard chose to leave Liverpool to test himself abroad with Hamburg while still at the height of his powers. “I’m sure he would have liked to have won something or finished better but he’s going to America now, which is another big challenge for him “I think one day he will come back and manage the club. “He will get offered the manager’s job. His time at Liverpool is not finished.” Having managed Gerrard at international level, Keegan is well-placed to assess the contribution he has made to English football. He is disappointed the midfielder did not achieve his ambition of winning the league title, and while Gerrard has managed to keep his emotions in check as his time has wound down, Keegan believes the enormity of what is about to happen will not sink in for some time. “You never realise what you have until it’s gone and that’s in life, not just in football,” he said. “You don’t realise how good times are sometimes. Like school for example, when you leave school you think ‘I’m glad to leave school’ and then about five years later you think ‘Wow they were the best years of my life and I didn’t realise it’. Former Liverpool favourite Kevin Keegan believes departing captain Steven Gerrard will return to manage the club when his playing days are over. The 34-year-old midfielder is preparing for his 710th and final appearance for the Reds at Stoke on Sunday before he moves to Major League Soccer with the Los Angeles Galaxy. He was given an emotional Anfield send-off last weekend but Keegan is adamant Gerrard will extend his 27-year association with the club at a later date. “It’s the same with Steven Gerrard. Liverpool fans and most football fans worldwide see him as an absolute legend of a player who has sadly not won as much as he should have done. He should have won more for his ability. “The unfortunate thing is that as Liverpool got better Steven was coming to the end of his career, so sometimes it’s just timing. Call it luck if you want. “I gave him his England debut as a kid and it was obvious he would play a lot of times for England. “It was obvious he would be captain of England, it was obvious he would become player of the year and footballer of the year and stuff like that because he had everything. “More importantly he’s a good guy. He had leadership qualities. The last year has been a struggle for him.” :: Kevin Keegan represented the League Manager’s Association (LMA) at the Prostate Cancer UK golf day at Wentworth recently. The LMA are proud partners of Prostate Cancer UK, and people are being urged to search Men United and do something great with their mates via www.prostatecanceruk.org/menunited. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Greensprings/Kanu Football Camp Offers Scholarships to Kids

first_imgThis year’s Greensprings/Kanu Football Camp (GKFC) promises to be an exciting one, as the organisers of the annual football fiesta are once again offering scholarships to outstanding participants.This year’s football camp is to hold from April 8 to 13 at the Lekki campus of Greensprings School.Participants are expected to be handled by top international coaches from The Netherlands and England. They are to be supported by the Lagos State Football Association. According to a statement issued by the Head of Corporate Strategy, Greensprings School Lagos, Uche Ogbu, after the four-day rigorous training, awards are going to be issued to participants based on their conduct during the camp, with the ultimate prize being the educational scholarship to the Most Promising Player(s).This year’s award will join the growing list of eight awardees that have benefited from the annual scheme with some of them making it to the Under-15 National Team of Nigeria.This annual football camp was established in 2012 to enable children between the ages of 5 and 17 years learn football skills from Nigerian and international coaches alike.“GKFC 2018 promises to be more exciting as our partnership with Nwankwo Kanu has led to a working relationship with STARS Football Academy – a United Kingdom based football academy, renowned for recruiting young players and aiding their progression into top English football league clubs.Team Scouts from STARS Football Academy will be on ground for this year’s camp to spot players that are eligible for trials and possible absorption into their academy,” Ogbu said.There will also be female coaches on ground to groom female stars that will step into the shoes of the likes of Asisat Oshoala, the current African Woman Footballer of the Year.For the 2018 edition, the football camp will feature other exciting activities such as movie night, inspirational presentations, swimming, penalty kick contests and a host of other team games.Former Super Eagles Captain, Nwankwo Kanu, will also be on ground to motivate participants during the camp training sessions.“Greensprings School is passionate about the development of young African children and therefore has introduced a SPONSOR-A-STAR Project this year, to ensure more children benefit from the GKFC. Corporate organisations are encouraged to sponsor children within their communities or from identified groups, in fulfillment of their corporate social responsibility.“Proceeds from this camp will sponsor at least one child to have a lifesaving heart surgery via the Kanu Heart Foundation.“To register, visit www.greenspringskanufootballcamp.org or pick up the registration forms from our Lekki or Anthony campus,” Ogbu concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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MSOC : Syracuse optimistic about future despite missing out on postseason again

first_img Comments Published on November 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: rnmarcus@syr.edu The talk at the start of the season in September surrounded the number of new players on Ian McIntyre’s Syracuse squad — all 19 of them.The group constitutes more than half of the team and was expected to fit in and help the Orange improve on its two-win season in 2010. The newcomers didn’t provide much of a boost for SU in the win column this season, but they made progress in McIntyre’s second season at the helm.‘I think everyone had a big impact,’ said Louis Clark, one of those new faces. ‘I came here with Phil Boerger last spring, and he was outstanding this year. The freshmen that have come in, they’re going to be the foundation of this program. They’re the ones that are going to take it to the next level.’Syracuse had another disappointing season, finishing 3-12-1 overall and 1-7-1 in Big East play — a slight improvement over last season’s winless conference record. The Orange’s inability to finish off games proved to be its Achilles’ heel in 2011, as the team lost six of its games in the last five minutes or in overtime. SU lost to DePaul on Saturday to end its season and missed the conference tournament for the sixth straight year.The team struggled again, but its young players gained valuable experience for the future.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSeven of SU’s top-10 scoring leaders were new to the team this year. Three were freshmen.The new players meshed with returning players like Nick Roydhouse and Mark Brode, providing chemistry on the field for the Orange. But the results did not follow.Roydhouse, SU’s senior captain, places much of the blame on himself.‘I think I was a letdown,’ Roydhouse said. ‘I could of done a lot better than what I did. Obviously how we performed and our results is a reflection of me as well. It wasn’t the best, so I hope that whoever takes over next year does a better job.’Roydhouse has a harsh critique of himself. He was arguably the Orange’s most reliable player. He scored three goals and added three assists, placing him second on the team in points only behind Clark. And he often got in the heads of opposing players, standing in front of them or making a statement to throw them off course.But as SU’s head coach McIntyre has said all season long, evaluations are based off of wins and losses. And Roydhouse knows that.‘In the end it turned out to be a disappointing season in terms of results,’ Roydhouse said. ‘That’s what it’s about. It’s about winning. That’s what you pretty much base everything off of.’In addition to the team’s struggle to finish games, the Orange also had trouble winning close games. SU lost all 12 of its games by one goal.If the Orange had put away opponents like Villanova and South Florida, it could have made the Big East tournament. But SU didn’t perform well enough to win those games.Still, McIntyre is optimistic about the program’s future. The head coach was happy to see his team competitive and in position to win games this season.‘We didn’t fulfill our goals to make the Big East tournament,’ McIntyre said. ‘But I do feel that we made some progress. The team scored twice as many goals as last year and we conceded fewer. Had some real tough losses along the way. We had a lot of new faces; I think seven freshmen played. So I think that sets us up if we continue to work, continue to strive for self-improvement. I think the future could be quite bright.’But even for Clark — who believed this team was better than its record all season long — this season is still one that got away. In arguably SU’s best game of the season against Cincinnati, it earned its only Big East win and showed a flash of greatness in a 4-2 win.So positives can come out of a losing season. But the overall sentiment of the team is that the Orange didn’t reach its goals.‘We didn’t do as well as I think we should have,’ Clark said. ‘We could have done so much better.’rnmarcus@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Hunt: ‘It won’t happen again. Plain and simple.’

first_imgTerrel Hunt watched the final 33:24 and the overtime periods of Syracuse’s season-opening win against Villanova with Omari Palmer and Josh Parris.They were injured. He had been ejected for punching Villanova linebacker Dillon Lucas in the face mask with his left hand.Speaking to the media Tuesday evening for the first time since the ejection on Aug. 29, Hunt said that his return on Saturday at noon against Central Michigan won’t be a do-over. His team beat the Wildcats with Austin Wilson playing the remainder of regulation and double overtime in the 27-26 SU win. After a week-plus of apologizing to his teammates, talking to Orange alumni and preparing for the Chippewas, the SU starting quarterback is eager just to play a competitive game again.“I want to stay in the game all four quarters and win,” Hunt said. “That’s all.”The punch was out of his character and a response to what he maintains was a late hit to the head. It was also a response to what he said were dirty plays earlier in the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn addition to his teammates, former SU stars Donovan McNabb and Floyd Little forgave Hunt, he said.“He told me exactly what I already knew,” Hunt said of his conversation with the former SU quarterback, McNabb. “I got to keep my cool, be composed. Whatever we said was between me and him. But the moral of it was, ‘Just be calm, you’re the leader of the team. You can’t let little things affect you.’“… We’re men. It’s a tough sport, it’s emotional,” Hunt said.When asked how he’ll prevent further outbursts from happening again, he responded, “It’s not going to happen again. Plain and simple.”While Hunt said the extended break was tough, it didn’t spawn any seminal reflections.“Nothing I didn’t already know about myself,” he said. “I’m the same person. I made a mistake. It’s simple. You make mistakes, you learn from them and you move forward. That’s all.”When offensive coordinator George McDonald was asked what he wants to improve on against from the Villanova game to the Central Michigan matchup, he said he just wants a complete game from Hunt.“I want to see Terrel Hunt not get thrown out of the game,” McDonald said. “I want to play a full game with our starting quarterback. I want to get in the flow and I want to see us just go out and execute.” Comments Published on September 9, 2014 at 8:27 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Carolin Bader transitions well from Germany to Syracuse

first_img Published on September 21, 2016 at 11:02 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ In the first twenty minutes against Notre Dame, Syracuse was embarrassed. Although the score read 0-0, Notre Dame controlled more possession, outshot the Orange, produced more corners, and challenged the Syracuse defense.In the 23rd minute, head coach Phil Wheddon decided to substitute freshman midfielder Carolin Bader into the game. Bader is from Germany, where the game is much different. Rather than pace and strength, fundamentals dominate the European game.“Her tactical understanding sets her apart from other players,” Wheddon said.Bader followed her substitution by not turning the ball over for the first 51 minutes she was in the game and finished with the least turnovers for SU, helping to guide it to a 1-1 draw against No. 20 UND.She has been key for Syracuse this season, and SU (7-1-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) will need her to execute against No. 11 Clemson (7-2, 1-0). In one of Syracuse’s best seasons since 2001, the Orange has relied on several of its international players. Bader is the only German player the team has had in that same time span.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHer growth as a player started in Gilching, a small town just outside of Munich, the hub of German soccer.The FC Bayern Munich men’s senior team has dominated the German landscape for the greater part of the last two decades with 13 titles. The soccer giant has won the most titles in Bundesliga history and cast its shadow across the culture of the country and the city.Despite the love for soccer that the city shared, Bader was the only girl in her town that played soccer at a young age. Instead of choosing a different path, Bader decided to test her skills in all boys’ leagues.She started playing soccer in 2004, when she was six years old. Her coach was her father, who was also the only coach in the league with a girl on his team. Bader’s father figured if the other boys were going to treat his daughter like a boy on the pitch, so was he.“On the field there wasn’t a difference between me and the other players,” Bader said. “But off the field, he would always help me and give extra tips to get better than them.”Bader grew up playing against larger boys. When other girls in her area adopted the game as well, she was ahead of the curve.In 2011, Bader was named to the Bayern Munich U-17 women’s squad and played some of the stiffest competition in the country. Bayern won the Bundesliga title, with Bader as one of its starting midfielders. Bayern then won another title in 2012-13.After her third season anchoring the junior team’s midfield, Bayern promoted Bader as a reserve for the senior women’s team. In her two years with Bayern, it won two Bundesliga titles.Her promotion to the senior team drew Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon’s attention.“We have a contact in Germany who said you need to take a look at this player,” Wheddon said. “I flew to Germany, and I liked what I saw. I thought that she possessed the qualities that would help us.”Bader’s decision to come to the U.S. was spontaneous. In Germany, she couldn’t combine school and soccer. She would attend university and play club, and the two often conflicted. Playing in the U.S. eliminated that, though.At SU, she’s playing more than she did in Germany. Before, she had four practices and one game per week. She is adjusting to only having one day off per week, something that she said intimidated her about coming to play in America.Bader had learned English in school for six years, but never spoke it at home. Her parents do not speak any English, only her sisters do. They also take English classes.But now, she takes classes where everything is done in English, goes to practice where everyone speaks mostly English and has assimilated into a new life where she is learning a new style of play.SU’s team trainer is learning German to quickly communicate with Bader in case of an injury. Since it is her natural language, the team wants her to be able to get as much help as fast as she can.All season, her English has improved. She’s still adjusting to a different playing style. Both have helped her go from a club player at FC Bayern to a key player at Syracuse. Commentslast_img read more

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Minnesota overcomes tough Wisconsin ‘D’

first_imgIt’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a thundering kill by one of the Wisconsin women’s volleyball team’s many talented hitters. However, those offensive moments begin with solid passing, digging and serve receiving from the Badger defense.Big Ten defensive leader, sophomore Annemarie Hickey, anchored her back row defense for Wisconsin in its match against the Minnesota Gophers on Wednesday evening. The Badgers got off to a strong start, winning the first set 25-22. Wisconsin lost momentum and fell in the following two sets but bounced back to take the fourth. In a final set to 15, Wisconsin was unable to hold off No. 14 Minnesota and lost 15-10.Hickey finished the night with 29 digs, and she currently leads the Big Ten, averaging 4.78 digs per set.“I just try to keep the balls off the ground,” Hickey said. “Also, on the easy balls, its just hitting them right to target so [senior Janelle Gabrielsen] and [freshman Courtney Thomas] can set our middles, which was really key for us.”Hickey and the Badgers were up against one of the top outside hitters in the Big Ten, sophomore Ashley Wittman, who leads the Gophers with 4.72 kills per set, yet they managed to outblock Minnesota 7-4.“I think our blockers did a great job,” Hickey said. “They took a lot of risks. … They do a really good job of communicating to me. Communicating with me really helped in the back row as well.”Hickey also stands out with her powerful jump serve. She leads the team in service aces this season with 24 and added three more to her total on Wednesday. One came in the second game when she powered a deep ball over to opposing libero, senior Jessica Granquist, who was unable to return it. Hickey forced two more service receive errors from Granquist and senior Hailey Cowles in the fourth set to fuel the Badger’s comeback.Hickey began her four-serve run late in the fourth set when a service error from Minnesota sophomore Steffi Sooter gave Wisconsin the lead and the ball. A kill from Thomas and back-to-back aces for Hickey brought the score to 22-19.Hickey served again, setting the stage for another Thomas kill. One more serve from the Badger’s libero resulted in a Gopher kill from Cowles, ending the run at 23-20. After a timeout taken by the home team, Dominique Thompson crushed a set up from Gabrielson in the middle.Chapman and Thompson earned the set point together by blocking sophomore Tori Dixon, resulting in a 25-21 victory.“They are all gaining so much experience on the court right now, and that’s phenomenal,” head coach Pete Waite said. “[Hickey’s] game is so much more solid than last year; she is so much stronger.”Another notable defensive effort came from the freshman outside hitter Ellen Chapman. Chapman consistently succeeds at the net and completely the match against the Gophers with a team high 13 kills. On the defensive end, Chapman earned a new career high of 11 digs and received the second highest amount of serves at 25, behind Hickey’s 40.“I think whenever I play back row, I just have to step it up because I’m given the chance to,” Chapman said. “I think that going for every ball is important and just calming myself before the serve because they always serve to me.”“I think she did a great job. She had a career high 11 digs, and some were not easy balls to pop up,” Waite said of Chapman’s defensive performance.Other career highs for the night came from Thompson with a career high seven blocks and Thomas with a new personal best of 22 digs. Wisconsin kept the errors low, but Chapman and the Badgers feel that cleaning up the little things is the difference between a win and a loss.“Sometimes on my part, I know I can get a dig then I miss it. I feel like if we get those plays in order then we can definitely beat any team when we are down by one or two like this game,” Chapman said.last_img read more

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Carter named world player of the year

first_imgThe out half was instrumental in New Zealand capturing the World cup.New Zealand were named Team of the Year after becoming the first nation to successfully defend the Webb Ellis Cup while former Leinster coach Michael Cheika was named coach of the year.Cheika led Australia to the final.last_img

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UNDER-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Spain Hero, Coll, Rides a Rollercoaster…

first_imgSpain goalkeeper Catalina ‘Cata’ Coll arrived in the mixed zone singing and dancing with her team-mates, shaking off the tension of a match that involved plenty of nervy moments for La Rojita. The suffering was all worth it, however, as the Spanish advanced to their first-ever FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup final, doing so courtesy of a 1-0 victory over tournament hosts France. This Friday night, they will fight it out with Japan for the title.Wearing a broad smile, half out of delight and half out of relief, the goalkeeper will surely remember Monday’s semi-final for a long, long time. First came an explosion of joy with Patri Guijarro’s goal, promptly dampened by Aitana Bonmati’s sending off. That was followed by Coll’s penalty save and a French siege, though fortunately for the goalkeeper and her team-mates, there was a happy ending.So how did she experience it all from between the posts? Picking up possession from a throw-in, Lucia Rodriguez sent in a cross that Guijarro nodded home after the French defenders had failed to clear. As is usually the case, Coll celebrated alone, not that she cared about that: “I saw the goal on the screen and I was super excited. I couldn’t believe it had gone in.”Things were going perfectly for La Rojita until the 69th minute, when Bonmati – one of the key cogs in the Spanish midfield – picked up a second yellow card and left the field in tears. Then, seven minutes later, the referee awarded France a penalty after Laia Aleixandri had handled the ball inside the Spain box.Coll could scarcely believe it. “I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding’, because everything was falling apart: we were 1-0 up, but we’d had Aitana sent off and now this penalty. I believed in myself, though, and it worked out.” She was not the only one who had faith in her abilities, as she went on to reveal: “(Carmen) Menayo came up and said she believed in me, that I was going to stop it, and I did stop it. I’ve always loved penalties and I felt sure of myself.”Though Coll kept out Marie-Antoinette Katoto’s spot-kick, the final whistle was still a good few minutes away. And France spent that time desperately searching for an equaliser. Coll maintained her concentration right to the very end, however. “It’s all a question of keeping a cool head. The team put in a fantastic shift defensively and that’s the reason why we won.”When the full-time whistle finally came, the Rojita outfield players all rushed to the centre circle to celebrate, while Coll, again in solitude, raised her arms in triumph. She was not alone for long, with Lucia Garcia and ‘Misa’ Rodriguez rushing from the bench to celebrate with her. “They’ve given me more support here than anyone else, and Misa’s especially important because she’s a keeper and encourages me and advises me more than anyone. I’m so grateful to her. She’s one of the best team-mates I’ve ever had.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Ngata misses practice, Grubbs limited on Wednesday

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens received potentially good news on Wednesday as left guard Ben Grubbs returned to the practice field for the first time since mid-October as he hopes to return to game action for the first time since the season opener.Grubbs practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday, but defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was noticeably absent from the workout and did not participate due to a thigh injury. Ngata appeared to get banged up in Sunday’s win over the Cardinals, but the Pro Bowl defensive lineman returned to action quickly without further incident.Despite optimism created by Grubbs returning to the practice field, there was no change to wide receiver Lee Evans’ status as the 30-year-old did not practice on Wednesday. Evans has not practiced since the week following the bye when he returned on a limited basis.Kick returner David Reed did not practice on Wednesday and was listed as having a knee injury.In addition to Grubbs, cornerback Danny Gorrer and running back Anthony Allen returned to the practice field after both players missed Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. The rookie Allen has missed the last two games with a thigh injury.The Steelers saw their three injured linebackers — James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, and James Farrior — practice on a limited basis despite major doubts whether any of the three will be available against the Ravens. Veteran receiver Hines Ward was also listed as a limited participant several hours after Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs appealed directly to him about returning to the field for Sunday night’s game.Speedy wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders did not practice as he battles a knee injury.BALTIMOREDID NOT PARTICIPATE – LB Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), WR Lee Evans (ankle), DT Haloti Ngata (thigh), WR/RS David Reed (knee)LIMITED – RB Anthony Allen (thigh), C Matt Birk (neck), CB Danny Gorrer (thigh), G Ben Grubbs (toe)PITTSBURGHDID NOT PARTICIPATE – G Doug Legursky (toe), WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee)LIMITED – LB James Farrior (calf), LB James Harrison (eye), T Jonathan Scott (ankle), WR Hines Ward (ankle), LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring)last_img read more

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Promising athlete urges authorities to show more commitment to the sport

first_imgPromising 100 meter sprinter Desmond Aryee, who has been tagged as Ghana’s next most talented sprinter says athletes in Ghana should be motivated enough to make them win laurels for the nation.The University of Ghana level 100 student attributed the inability of athletes in the country to perform at the highest level to lack of support from authorities in charge of the sport.Desmond Aryee told Asempa Sports, the lack of competitions is also one of the major reasons why athletics is not yielding good results in the country.“As an athlete you need to be active always. So you will need to be taking part in competitions to keep you in shape but here is the case we have very few competitions organized for us,’’ he lamented.Aryee also expressed disappointments in the switch of nationality by by former Ghanaian sprinter, Ignatius Gaisah, adding, athletes like him are role models to young and upcoming athletes including himself.The 21 year old who is an old student of St. Thomas Aquinas School, has been impressive for some time now and is looking forward to competing for Ghana at the World Youth Championships in the coming years.last_img read more

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