first_imgTipped as one for the future, he was involved in 14 goals (10 goals, four assists) from 35 matches for Kalev Tallinn, including a hat-trick against JK Volta II, and has already opened his goalscoring account for his Austrian club.According to a City scout, Alli possesses all the characteristics they are looking for in a winger and has been likened to England star Raheem Sterling due to his playing style and small stature.The 19-year-old is fast, strong, changes direction with ease, draws a lot of fouls and has excellent movement with or without the ball.Alli has a contract with SKU Amstetten until the end of the 2021-2022 season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram English Premier League side Manchester City are keeping tabs on highly-rated Nigerian winger Wale Musa Alli, with a view to a transfer in future.Alli currently plies his trade for Austrian 2.Liga side SKU Amstetten, whom he joined from Estonian outfit Kalev Tallinn in February 2020.Manchester City talent spotters scouted the promising teenager several times during his time in Estonia and have also asked for a second opinion on the player.last_img read more

first_img Published on November 5, 2013 at 12:14 am Contact Tyler: tfpiccot@syr.edu Sunday’s 1-0 victory over No. 3 North Carolina could be considered a happy ending to No. 2 Syracuse’s (15-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) first ACC season. After all, the Orange beat one of its biggest rivals and basically confirmed itself a top seed in the NCAA tournament, serving as a successful last stand for the senior class, which remained undefeated at J.S. Coyne Stadium.However, the players don’t see it that way. In their mind, the script won’t be completed until the end of postseason play.“Yeah, it was our last home game, which is really exciting,” said midfielder Leonie Geyer. “After that, though, you have to win each game to the end, and that’s always the more fun part.”At the beginning of the season, the Orange was an undeveloped team. Although it returned a number of key upperclassmen, the addition of nine freshmen meant the entire season would involve a learning curve. Syracuse still rattled off six wins to open the campaign, but team chemistry and confidence were clearly lacking.“I think it might have been a little more difficult just because we started out as such a young team,” midfielder Alyssa Manley said. “With so many new players, we were trying to get into the swing of things, so it was hard in that aspect.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut after 15 victories, including eight against ranked opponents, SU has reasserted itself as a major contender for the national championship.“They’ve come so far and grown so much,” head coach Ange Bradley said. “They just keep continuing to surprise me.”The turning point came once conference play began.From a chemistry perspective, Geyer said the first ACC game, a 6-3 shellacking at the hands of Boston College, was the jump-start the Orange needed.“The loss against BC was a defining moment for our team,” she said. “That opened it up for us, that we really have to go for it and work on things to get better.”They did. Manley said the team’s communication greatly improved and it began to capitalize on more opportunities. SU put together a second six-game winning streak and outscored its opponents 24-5 during that stretch.Ironically, however, the team’s confidence spiked following the 2-1 defeat against No. 1 Maryland in overtime that ended the hot spell.“Of course we were annoyed and pissed that we were really that close,” Geyer said of the loss. “At the end though, after watching the video, we did some really good things.”It didn’t matter that Syracuse lost the lead with only 49 seconds left in the game. The Orange had the best team in the country on the ropes, and knows it could do the same with any future opponent.“(Maryland’s) program is phenomenal, one of the best out there,” Bradley said. “That was a big morale builder, to compete like that.”Although the Orange responded with two victories the following weekend, everything finally came together against UNC. The offense maintained a constant attack and the defense thrived under the pressure of a tight game.Back in early September, the final result might have been different, but the daily grind of playing in the ACC has put Syracuse in position to write whatever ending it desires.“Our schedule was definitely stronger than last year,” Geyer said. “Consistently playing against really good teams and top-ranked teams the whole year really made us much stronger.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThe USC women’s sand volleyball team was voted the No. 2 team in the nation in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) preseason poll, which was released on Feb. 16. The only team to receive more votes than USC was Pepperdine, the defending national champion.The Women of Troy had the No. 1 ranking last season on their way to a third-place finish in the AVCA national championship semifinals. USC reached the national semifinals each of the past two seasons, and members of the team have also won the pairs’ championship. Kirby Burnham and Stevi Robinson, who have graduated, won the pairs’ title in 2013, followed by Burnham and current sophomore Sara Hughes in 2014.To complement their pairs championship, Burnham and Hughes also represented the Women of Troy as AVCA All-Americans.USC garnered another accolade as well last season. Head coach Anna Collier, a USC athletic legend and graduate, earned AVCA Sand Volleyball Coach of the Year honors.In addition to Pepperdine and USC, the preseason poll ranked Florida State No. 3 and Hawaii No. 4. Both teams were participants in last year’s national championship. Long Beach State rounded out the top five. Crosstown rival UCLA is ranked No. 7.The Women of Troy have a strong home schedule this season that consists of 10 matches, with seven of them being broadcast by the Pac-12 Networks. High-profile home matches include USC hosting No. 1 Pepperdine and No. 8 St. Mary’s. USC will also host the Pac-12 Invitational, which includes Arizona, Arizona State, California and UCLA. The team looks to qualify for the fourth annual AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championships, which will be held during the first three days of May in Alabama.The transition for sand volleyball from an emerging sport for women to an NCAA championship sport took a huge leap forward this offseason, as NCAA Division II and Division III membership approved the sport’s addition. A selection and bracketing committee will soon be established. In 2016, USC will be competing for an NCAA national sand volleyball championship. First, however, the Women of Troy seek their first AVCA national championship.The Women of Troy will play in the Cardinal and Gold Alumni Match on March 5 at Merle Norman Stadium, followed by a scrimmage with the USA Beach National Team on the March 7. USC opens the season with a home match against TCU on March 12.last_img read more

first_img Published on November 12, 2019 at 10:11 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+ Kendall Coleman picked up his head and scanned the field, looking around for the referees. To one side were a handful of his teammates, celebrating a stop they’d just made for a two-yard loss. Syracuse was trailing Florida State, 6-0, on Oct. 26 and SU’s defense had just set up a third down.Or so they thought. As Coleman rotated his head the opposite way, his eyes locked onto the yellow penalty flag that had been thrown in his direction. Roughing the passer. Fifteen yards. Instead of facing third down and four from their own 34-yard line, the Seminoles had a first down in SU territory. Five plays later, FSU scored a touchdown. Syracuse never came within 10 points the rest of the game.Penalties have been a constant for the Orange (3-6, 0-5 Atlantic Coast) all season long. Syracuse is tied with Cincinnati for the most penalties per game this season with 9.33, a program-high during the past 10 seasons. The Orange are also in the top 10 in total penalties, penalty yardage and penalty yardage per game. Sometimes the calls are innocent, coming on a physical mistake like a false start by a freshman offensive lineman. Others, like Coleman’s roughing the passer, are mental and disrupt the SU defense’s game plan.“It sucks because if it was a mental mistake,” SU cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu said, “you did everything right physically, you got a three-and-out or whatever and then a mental mistake could cost you seven points.”Melifonwu was also called for a personal foul penalty during Syracuse’s contest against the Seminoles, as he got into a skirmish after a Florida State touchdown. The Orange were called for 14 penalties as a team during the game, a season-high. It was the fourth different game this season that SU had been called for double-digit penalties. After doubling Boston College’s penalty total during its last game, Syracuse has now been called for more penalties than its opponent in every single game this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDino Babers doesn’t have a problem with penalties on SU’s younger, inexperienced offensive linemen. Due to the pace of its offense, he said, it’s natural for players to not catch up to the speed of the game immediately. True freshman Matthew Bergeron’s false start penalty in the second quarter against the Seminoles was understandable. But when upperclassmen are called for penalties, like Airon Servais was on back-to-back plays against Western Michigan earlier this season, it’s a different story.“That’s the thing that’s troubling,” Babers said. “We’ve got too many older guys having penalties, and we can’t have that with them.”Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorOn the offensive line, Evan Adams’ main priority is protecting Tommy DeVito, even if it means committing a holding penalty to keep DeVito upright. Babers categorizes those penalties as physical, whereas Coleman and Melifonwu’s penalties were mental. So was the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty called on Antwan Cordy against North Carolina State on Oct. 10, when SU’s defense made a stop on third down only for Cordy’s emotions to get the best of him and result in a flag and a Wolfpack first down.Syracuse’s struggles with mental mistakes began against Holy Cross on Sept. 28, when two SU players were ejected due to targeting penalties. While Babers implied after the game that one or both of the calls may have been wrong, the hits confirmed that one of Syracuse’s biggest issues this season has been its discipline.“Every team in the country has a tally (of penalties),” Adams said. “They’re all reported, they’re all on film, you watch them about 15 times. Every team in the country has a tally, who has what. You try to reduce them as much as possible but at the end of the day, penalties do happen.”Melifonwu said that cutting down on the physical penalties as a cornerback are easy. Keeping a level head is more difficult. Even when Babers brings up penalties and mental mistakes before games and in practice, or when a play is dead and a drive is seemingly over.Through nine games this season, Syracuse has proved that it can’t even do nothing right. Usually, its mistakes have resulted in penalties. Other times, it’s turned into points for its opponent. In a season that has been underwhelming in so many ways, SU’s lack of discipline hasn’t helped.“It’s frustrating when you lose momentum,” Melifonwu said. “It sucks when penalties keep the drive alive, especially if they score on that same drive. Penalties are a huge issue.” Commentslast_img read more

first_imgCampbell, who even worked out a bit behind the plate to be the Mets emergency catcher with Travis d’Arnaud on the 7-day concussion list, is ready.“I can handle it,” Campbell said of playing second and short. “Just fielding a groundball and throwing to first.”Jonathon Niese (3-3) hit an RBI double to provide himself some much-needed run support and pitched seven sharp innings for New York, which won for just the sixth time in 20 games this month and avoided a three-game sweep. Juan Lagares had a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh.The dynamic yet, at times, frustrating Puig made a sensational catch of his own on a sinking liner to right-center that was so good it elicited a warm ovation from the 23,416 in attendance. But he made two baserunning mistakes that could have cost the Dodgers runs.“That’s one of the best catches I’ve ever seen,” Campbell said. “That was crazy.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW YORK (AP) — Mets rookie Eric Campbell earned a start in left field because of his bat. He should be getting even more playing time because of his glove.In his first career major league game in the outfield, Campbell doubled Yasiel Puig off second base after making a spectacular diving catch in the eighth that helped preserve New York’s 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.“As it always goes, put a guy in for his offense and his defense saves the game,” manager Terry Collins said.Campbell had a sacrifice fly in the first inning and is hitting .368 in his first eight big league games. Collins said he is going to use the versatile 27 year old who plays mostly at the corner infield spots at second base and shortstop, too.center_img Zack Greinke’s stretch of 21 straight starts allowing two or fewer runs ended. A mark that hasn’t been matched since at least 1914 was done in by some sloppy play.“Just in my experience, we’ve played incredible defense when I’m pitching throughout the years,” Greinke said, “so, if someone makes one mistake in one game, you can’t really say too much.”Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp bobbled Curtis Granderson’s drive in the first inning to right-center, allowing Granderson to take third base on a double in a 12-pitch at-bat. Granderson then scored on Campbell’s sacrifice fly.In the fifth, third baseman Justin Turner failed to glove Daniel Murphy’s slow grounder that allowed Niese to score for a 3-1 lead.Niese reached on a well-struck RBI double to right-center following Anthony Recker’s double to a similar spot.Greinke was lifted after five, yielding four hits, three runs — one earned — two walks and four Ks. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 22 games.Niese then walked Chone Figgins, playing in place of Dee Gordon, to start the sixth. Figgins advanced to second on Puig’s grounder to third when Murphy, the second baseman, dropped Wright’s force attempt — the call was upheld by replay. But Niese escaped unscathed when Puig ran into an out on an infield fly gone awry.Hanley Ramirez hit a high popup to second base. Murphy backed up under the ball but appeared to lose it in the lights. When the ball fell, Murphy hesitated and Puig jogged into second. Apparently thinking he was forced out, Puig wandered off second and was tagged out for the double play.“I didn’t actually see the umpire give the signal,” Puig said through a translator. “I felt it was a little bit too late and, by that time, I was already off the base. I thought it was going to be a double play and I was already off in that situation.”The Dodgers tied it in the seventh, though, when Turner hit his first homer with the Dodgers after spending parts of four seasons with the Mets.“He’s welcome for that one,” Niese said, joking. “For that one, just a mistake that he punched.”Lagares’ RBI single off Chris Perez (0-2) s gave the Mets back the lead in the seventh. Granderson tripled in a run in the eighth for a 5-3 lead.Niese had received just five runs of support total in his previous four home starts. The left-hander has not allowed more than three earned runs in 12 starts.Jenrry Mejia pitched the ninth for his second save. He pitched a scoreless ninth Wednesday night making this his first back-to-back appearances since moving to the bullpen this month.NOTESD’Arnaud (7-day concussion DL) was scheduled to do some on-field work before the game. If all goes well he should take batting practice on the field Friday. … Up next: The Dodgers head to Philadelphia on Friday and the Mets play host to the Arizona Diamondbacks.last_img read more

first_imgAngels star Mike Trout, sidelined since Sunday with what’s been described as a “small strain” in his right calf, is expecting to return to LA’s lineup Thursday.“I feel good,” Trout told reporters before Wednesday’s 11-2 loss to the Astros (via the Orange County Register). “I feel fine. Just being cautious. I think I’ll be available to hit tonight, and I should be fine to play tomorrow.” MLB trade news: Athletics acquire pitcher Homer Bailey from Royals Noah Syndergaard addresses trade rumors, says he loves being with Mets Angels manager Brad Ausmus wouldn’t be quite as definitive Wednesday.“We’re going to get him evaluated again when the doctors get in here, and hopefully he’ll be able to go tomorrow full bore,” Ausmus told reporters. “But I can’t swear to that.” Related Newscenter_img Trout left Sunday’s game against the Mariners after the second inning and underwent an MRI exam Monday that showed a small strain in his right calf, the team announced. He has been listed as day-to-day since. Mike Trout underwent an MRI this afternoon that revealed a small strain of his right calf. He remains day-to-day.— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 16, 2019″Calves are tough,” he said of treating the issue with caution. “You want it to be one or two days and not six weeks.”Trout, 27, has an AL-best 30 home runs as well as 73 RBIs while slashing .306/.456/.668 in building a case to win his third MVP award. He entered Sunday’s game on a tear, even by his elevated standards: He was hitting .429 with eight homers and 18 RBIs over his last seven games.Mike Trout of the @Angels has 8 HR & 18 RBI over his last 7 games including today.He’s the 6th player in AL history to reach those numbers over a 7-game span, along with Babe Ruth (1930), Hank Greenberg (1938), Don Mattingly (1987), Manny Ramirez (1998) & Josh Hamilton (2012).— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) July 14, 2019The Angels are 50-47 after Wednesday’s loss to the Astros. Los Angeles, which closes a four-game set against Houston (60-37) on Thursday, is 5 1/2 games out of the second AL wild card and 10 games back of the first-place Astros in the AL West.last_img read more

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first_imgNeymar and Kylian Mbappe celebrateParis, France | AFP | Kylian Mbappe was singled out for praise despite being the only member of Paris Saint-Germain’s superstar attack who didn’t score in Wednesday’s big Champions League win over German giants Bayern Munich.Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar netted as PSG eased to a 3-0 victory at Parc des Princes to make it two wins from two games in Group B and take a huge step towards progressing to the last 16.But Mbappe, with his frightening pace and skill, set up Cavani’s magnificent strike that made it 2-0 and left David Alaba for dead as he created Neymar’s goal in the second half. “Kylian is progressing well. He has great talent and great desire to help the team grow,” said coach Unai Emery of the 18-year-old, who got the biggest roar of the night from the 45,000 home fans in the French capital when he made way for Angel di Maria late on.“The idea when we signed him was that he would help the team grow and the team would help him grow too. His was a complete performance.”The French teenager was making just his second appearance at Parc des Princes since arriving from Monaco on an initial loan deal that will become permanent next year, for a fee rising to 180 million euros ($211 million) with bonuses.Only Neymar, at 222 million euros, will have cost more in the history of football and along with Cavani, PSG look to have a potentially Champions League-winning strike force.But they will need to remain in this form and avoid the kind of tensions that marred the recent win over Lyon, when Cavani and Neymar argued over who should take a penalty.“The expectations on us were big, which is normal after the transfer window,” Mbappe told Canal Plus. “It’s just the beginning. We wanted to put in a big performance against a great team and we did it.” – Bayern going backwards –The ‘MCN’ attack have now scored 18 goals between them this season and they have also made PSG more adaptable, able to transform into a side that soaks up pressure before destroying opponents on the break.“Normally we control games with possession against deep-lying defences. Today they defended higher and had the ball but we controlled the game without it,” said Emery, whose side have scored eight goals and conceded none in two European outings.“In the Champions League we must never think we are the best because we are not. There are lots of strong sides, and Bayern came here to impose themselves,” said midfielder Marco Verratti.“I think the way we played, defending well and not conceding, (title-holders) Real Madrid have played very well like that in the last two years.”While PSG move forwards, on this evidence Bayern are heading in the opposite direction after suffering worst group-stage defeat in the Champions League in 16 years.center_img Javi Martinez came close to equalising for the Bundesliga champions in the first half but they were not up to their usual standards, in keeping with a below-par start to the season.“I thought before the game that they were very strong, very dangerous. We prepared to have good control of the match and we did, but we didn’t have the necessary balance and that was the key,” admitted under-pressure coach Carlo Ancelotti.Ancelotti also dismissed questions from German media over his decision to leave Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Mats Hummels on the bench at kick-off.“I have no regrets,” said the Italian, whose team host Celtic next.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_img Lancashire golfers Karen Dunkeld and Vicki Heap teamed up to win the national final of England Golf’s Australian Spoons competition.They saw off the challenge of five other pairs – each representing an England Golf region – and won the stableford foursomes competition at their first attempt.Karen and Vicki, from Lancaster Golf Club, (Image © Leaderboard Photography) came through club and regional rounds to reach the final at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire where they scored 31 points.Second place went to Hilly Armitage and Sandra Bruce from Donnington Valley in Berkshire, while Angie Odera-Patel and Maritza Stitcher of Stanmore, Middlesex, were third. The competition is contested with pairs with handicaps of 15 and over.“We are well chuffed,” said Karen, while Vicki added: “We’re so thrilled. We came with no expectations but the more we got into it the more we realised how good it would be to win.”Karen, who plays off 30 and Vicki, a 27-handicapper, both took up golf about five years ago – following their husbands. “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” said Vicki while Karen added: “My husband used to go on a lot of golf holidays with his mates and I was left at home!” Now, the two couples are planning a golfing weekend together.The pair play together quite regularly and have found they can keep each other calm. “We don’t panic, we are quite chilled,” Karen while Vicki added: “We just think every game of golf is different. We just give it a good try and do our best.”The Australian Spoons finalists, who were the overnight guests of England Golf, were:Karen Dunkeld and Vicki Heap of Lancaster Golf Club, Lancashire, representing the NorthHilly Armitage and Sandra Bruce of Donnington Valley Golf Club, Berkshire, representing Midlands SouthAngie Odera-Patel and Maritza Stitcher of Stanmore Golf Club, Middlesex, representing the SouthFrances Johnson and Susan Filby of Ryston Park Golf Club, Norfolk, representing the EastLinda Short and Jane Sugar of Portmore, Devon, representing the South WestAileen Kynoch and Abigail Chambers of The Nottinghamshire Golf Club, representing Midlands NorthClick here for the championship webpageCaption:  Karen Dunkeld and Vicki Heap with the Australian Spoons 18 Sep 2015 Lancashire pair triumph in ‘Spoons’ final last_img read more

first_imgThe 7s team touched  down on PNG soil this morning with the full Nauru contingent after a four hours flight.Team manager Darrius Deteramo said his troops are here to gain experience.He said that the sport was introduced there three years ago and it is an opportunity to expose his players to an organized competition on the Games level.Nauru will also field teams in seven other sports.last_img