Tardelli scared by Ibrahimovic

first_imgMarco Tardelli has admitted he is “scared” by what Zlatan Ibrahimovic could do to Ireland’s World Cup dreams. Ireland welcome Sweden and their enigmatic striker to the Aviva Stadium on Friday evening for a game which could go a long way towards determining which, if either, of the sides has a chance of making it to the finals in Brazil next summer. Ireland drew 0-0 in Stockholm in March on a night when the Paris St Germain star largely failed to live up to his billing. However, Tardelli, manager Giovanni Trapattoni’s assistant, knows only too well what Ibrahimovic can do and fears the consequences of failing to contain him. Asked if a series of injury problems for the Swedes would benefit Ireland, he said: “I hope so – but the best player is on the pitch and I am very scared about him because he is a very good player. “He is the first player in Sweden. Ibrahimovic, for us, I would prefer to stay out. “Ibrahimovic is a player who, if he decides to play, he plays very well and scores goals. “Sometimes it can happen that he doesn’t play very well, but I would prefer to have him in my team, very much. He is in the top 10 players in the world, he can do everything.” Ireland, Sweden and Tuesday night’s opponents Austria are currently locked in a tooth and nail battle for second place in Group C with leaders Germany five points clear of the developing scramble beneath them. In the circumstances, defeat in Dublin is unthinkable for Trapattoni’s men if they are to keep alive their hopes of qualification with a tough trip to Vienna to come. Tardelli acknowledged that the double-header could make or break their campaign. He said: “Yes, it’s normal. I think we need to get four points. It’s very important to keep our qualification hopes alive.” However, asked by a Swedish journalist how he expected those points to be delivered, he said: “Three against Sweden and three against Austria.” Trapattoni and his players began work in earnest in Malahide on Tuesday morning with the squad now fully assembled following the arrivals of skipper Robbie Keane and defender Darren O’Dea from America and Canada respectively, with James McCarthy also arriving following his big-money deadline day move to Everton from Wigan. Shane Long was back in training too after he made a late, but ultimately unsuccessful, dash back across the Irish Sea as Hull attempted to lure him from West Brom. Asked if the collapse of the proposed deal would adversely affect the striker, Tardelli said: “I don’t think so. I think he will be fit for the match in his mind. “He is happy. That’s football. Sometimes it happens, sometimes not.” Tardelli was adamant too that experienced defender John O’Shea would suffer no ill-effects of a mauling by club manager Paolo Di Canio after Sunderland’s 3-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Crystal Palace. The 32-year-old, who conceded a penalty and was sent off for a mistimed tackle, was singled out for particular attention as the Italian publicly tore into his team after the game. Tardelli said: “John O’Shea is a good boy and a good player. “I don’t know why Di Canio spoke badly about him, but John O’Shea played for many years for Manchester United. Manchester United was a good school for him.” O’Shea seems a certain starter against Sweden, and he could be partnered in central defence by Richard Dunne, who is in line to make his first competitive appearance for his country since the Euro 2012 finals after missing all of last season through injury. However, Trapattoni still has a doubt over left-back Marc Wilson, who sat out training once again on Tuesday with an ankle problem, while goalkeeper David Forde had only a partial involvement. The Italian must also come up with a solution to winger Aiden McGeady’s absence with Tardelli hinting that strikers Jon Walters and Simon Cox, who have played previously in wide midfield berths for Ireland, could be candidates to plug the gap. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Oscar and Chelsea pay the penalty as Guus Hiddink starts with a point

first_img At one point in the second half that run looked likely to be extended to five. Ighalo was dribbling away from goal and had already waited too long to shot when he sent the ball goalwards as his options ran out. It should have posed little threat, but instead took a heavy deflection off Cahill and went sailing in beyond Courtois’ reach in the 56th minute. Chelsea levelled nine minutes later, when Costa encouragingly produced another fine close-range finish after running onto Willian’s exceptional through-ball, but victory escaped them when Oscar sent his penalty, awarded following Valon Behrami’s clumsy challenge on Eden Hazard, over the bar. TWEET OF THE MATCH @GullitR: ” It’s a #chelsea thing to slip when they kick a penalty” former Chelsea player and manager Ruud Gullit remembers John Terry’s slip in Moscow. https://twitter.com/GullitR/status/680789605797490688 PLAYER RATINGS CHELSEA Thibaut Courtois: 6 Branislav Ivanovic: 5 Gary Cahill: 6 John Terry: 6 Cesar Azpilicueta: 6 Pedro: 6 Nemanja Matic: 6 Willian: 7 Cesc Fabregas: 4 Oscar: 6 Diego Costa: 8 Substitutes Jon Obi Mikel: 6 Eden Hazard: 6 WATFORD Heurelho Gomes: 7 Allan Nyom: 6 Miguel Britos: 7 Craig Cathcart: 7 Jose Holebas: 6 Etienne Capoue: 7 Ben Watson: 7 Almen Abdi: 6 Jose Manuel Jurado: 6 Troy Deeney: 7 Odion Ighalo: 7 Substitutes Ikechi Anya: 6 Valon Behrami: 4 Adlene Guedioura: 5 STAR PLAYER Diego Costa. The striker has been one of Chelsea’s biggest under-performers this season, but with two classy goals and a consistently hard-working performance all over the pitch, he again resembled the player who contributed so much to their success last season. If he maintains this form, he still has a future in London. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Oscar’s penalty miss. It initially surprised that Costa was not given the chance to score his hat-trick, but that would not have mattered had Oscar scored. It was difficult to blame him given he slipped, but it was a chance to secure victory and he wasted it. A win could have done so much for Chelsea’s confidence. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Guus Hiddink was overseeing the first game of his second spell as Chelsea’s interim manager, and while he still has much work to do, the early signs were encouraging and bode well for the remainder of the season. The reigning champions will continue to improve. Quique Sanchez Flores had again impressively organised his team and was largely responsible for another good point for his team. They have drawn one and won four of their past five fixtures. The Spaniard simply does not get enough credit for the job he is doing. MOAN OF THE MATCH What on earth was Valon Behrami thinking with that foul on Eden Hazard? That tackle was among the worst of this season. The Swiss was comically clumsy in fouling Hazard to concede a penalty, when he should have stayed on his feet, and was simply fortunate that Oscar then slipped instead of scoring from the resultant penalty. WHO’S UP NEXT Manchester United v Chelsea (Barclays Premier League, Monday, December 28) Watford v Tottenham (Barclays Premier League, Monday, December 28) Diego Costa had already scored both of Chelsea’s goals, first giving his team the lead and then equalising after Watford went in front through Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, when they were awarded a penalty in the 78th minute. Oscar unexpectedly wasted his effort, and in doing so allowed in-form Watford to secure a 2-2 draw, to remain in seventh place, and to leave Chelsea with much work to do from 15th. Oscar slipped to send a penalty over the crossbar and blow a vital Chelsea victory against Watford in interim manager Guus Hiddink’s first match in charge. Hiddink was overseeing the first fixture of his second reign as Chelsea’s interim manager, having succeeded the recently-sacked Jose Mourinho. His first, when he replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari, went so well that many of the club’s fans wanted him to stay on a permanent basis, but there is little question the circumstances this time are more difficult. Inheriting a team just two places off the relegation zone – no matter how misleading that may seem – will have made him aware of that, and though Chelsea possess the talent to finish considerably higher, his players’ confidence remains fragile. If it had been Hiddink’s plan to boost that, it rarely showed, because his playmakers were again largely reluctant to express themselves. Beyond Costa’s fourth-minute header, from Pedro’s cross, a goalscoring threat was minimal until they took the lead. Watford possess one of the division’s most organised defences, and as on so many occasions this season they again deserved credit for nullifying a multi-talented attack which only succeeded for the first time with their 32nd-minute goal because of reasonable fortune. Costa, who again demonstrated a more-familiar desire with a consistently-industrious performance, showed his quality with a classy left-footed finish when John Terry had headed Willian’s right-wing corner off Gary Cahill and into the striker’s path. The expectation was Chelsea would respond to scoring by playing with greater confidence but, though Oscar soon threatened by shooting over at the near-post, Watford swiftly equalised. Inexplicably, Nemanja Matic, under little pressure, fully-stretched his arm to handball in the area, leaving referee Andre Marriner with little option to award the penalty. Deeney calmly placed his effort down the middle as Thibaut Courtois dived to the bottom left, and Watford assumed the momentum. Their impressive start to the season has often been overlooked amid the collective struggles of Chelsea and Manchester United, but with four consecutive victories prior to Saturday’s trip to Stamford Bridge they will soon be given greater attention. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Other Sports Mercedes boss rages at ‘poor preparation’ after Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas fail to score points

first_imgLewis Hamilton finished 11th while Valtteri Bottas crashed out.Hamilton failed to score points for the first time in 23 races.Max Verstappen won the German Grand Prix for the first time. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Hockenheim: Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff was critical of his team’s preparations and reactions after both drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas crashed out of contention in a chaotic rain-hit German Grand Prix. Wolff, wearing braces and ‘baggies’ as part of champions Mercedes’ decision to revert to ‘retro’ 1950s outfits in celebration of 125 years of motorsport, on Sunday said the team was not prepared and made the “wrong calls”. The Austrian team boss seemed frustrated and angry that the team were distracted from their jobs by a need to dress in old overalls and flat caps.     Dutchman Max Verstappen claimed his second victory of the season for Red Bull, making five pit-stops on the way, to finish ahead of Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari and Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso. Defending five-time champion Hamilton, who had been feeling poorly with a sore throat, finished 11th after two mistakes and six pit-stops while Bottas crashed out in the closing laps.     He was later promoted to ninth after Alfa Romeo drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi were penalised 30 seconds each for infringements on the start line. It was the team’s 200th Formula One race start as a constructor, another cause for their celebrations in advance at their home race where their parent company was the event’s main sponsor.     “Many drivers crashed,” said Wolff. “Overall, for us, it was a bad day and, for the drivers, it was a bad day, it cannot go much worse. This shows that you shouldn’t fool around with the staff. You should concentrate on the job. We are not superstitious, but we believe in karma and it’s a day to learn.” He added: “I think we had a decent start with good pace. Then you had incidents, crashing out in tricky conditions, the wrong calls.”      Asked about Hamilton’s crash and pit-stop, he said: “It was unfortunate, crashing right at the entry of the pit lane.  You are not prepared. We made the wrong calls afterwards — it was all coming together.     “Many others made the same mistake. Leclerc crashed and many others crashed.” Hamilton, speaking before being promoted in the standings, said: “It was my worst day in the office for a long, long time. You live and you learn. I don’t know what happened today, but I’m glad it’s over and there are more races ahead so we can focus on regrouping and coming back strong.”      He accepted his share of the blame for the team’s worst result since Hamilton and Nico Rosberg collided on the first lap of the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix when Verstappen won on his debut with Red Bull.     “Me hitting the wall not helpful and them putting on the slick tyres not helpful either,” he said.center_img highlightslast_img read more

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The Latest: After NBA suspends, Euroleague considering same

first_imgThe cancellations mean Henrik Kristoffersen, another Norwegian, becomes the season champion in both disciplines by tiny margins.A four-race finals week in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, was canceled last week by the International Ski Federation.“The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders,” the governing body said Thursday.Kilde’s runner-up finish in what proved to be the season-ending race — a downhill last Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway — lifted him to the overall title above French rival Alexis Pinturault.Pinturault also finished runner-up to Kristoffersen in giant slalom. Another Frenchman, Clement Noel, was runner-up to Kristoffersen for the season-long slalom title by only two points, 552-550. March 12, 2020 Associated Press Rugani is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the virus.___9:55 a.m.The season-ending men’s World Cup ski races were canceled Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, giving Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde his first overall title.Giant slalom and slalom races were scheduled for this weekend in Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia’s border with Italy. The Latest: After NBA suspends, Euroleague considering same 10 a.m.The Juventus player who tested positive for the coronavirus says he’s “OK” and wants “to reassure everyone who is worrying about me.” Juventus announced late Wednesday that defender Daniele Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease.Rugani sent a post on Twitter overnight in Italian.“You’ll have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure everyone who is worrying about me. I’m OK. I want to remind everyone to respect the rules, because this virus doesn’t make distinctions! Let’s do it four ourselves, for those dear to us and for those around us,” he wrote. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times local):___10:05 a.m. After the NBA suspended its season, the Euroleague is considering doing the same.The league says it is consulting with clubs about a suspension, something which its players are demanding.“Euroleague and the participating clubs cannot ask from players to put their health and that of their families at risk,” the Euroleague Players Association said.The players’ union asked for the season to be suspended “until health, safety and freedom of movement can be guaranteed.”___ Kristoffersen had an outside chance of winning the overall title if the final two races had gone ahead.Kilde succeeds Austrian great Marcel Hirscher, who won eight straight overall titles before retiring in the offseason.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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The Latest: Patriots Dont’a Hightower opting out of season

first_imgHightower’s decision was made out of concern for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month, the person said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Patriots have not announced the decision. ESPN was the first to report the move. Two other people told the AP that starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and fullback Danny Vitale have also chosen to sit out the season, citing health concerns.Cannon is a cancer survivor and Vitale has a young family and doesn’t want to risk exposing them, according to the sources. ___ Ball State is still scheduled to host Wyoming on Sept. 26 in its second game of the season before heading into Mid-American Conference play.___Real Madrid says forward Mariano has tested positive for the coronavirus.The announcement came as the team returned to practice ahead of its Champions League match against Manchester City on Aug. 7. Real Madrid lost at home 2-1 in the first leg of the round-of-16 series.Madrid says Mariano was in “perfect health condition” and was following health protocols. Two people with direct knowledge of the decision have confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is voluntarily opting out from playing this season.The people spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed this information as players reported for the start of training camp Tuesday. The NFL Network first reported Lotulelei’s decision earlier in the day.The 30-year-old Lotulelei has seven years of NFL experience and was entering his third season with the Bills. He has two years remaining on his contract, which will now run through 2022.— John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo. New York.___ Iowa has paused its men’s basketball workouts for 14 days after two players tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Tuesday.Iowa’s protocol requires individuals who test positive to be in isolation and for people who might have been exposed to someone with the virus to be quarantined.Last week, Michigan State suspended football workouts and players began a 14-day quarantine after a staff member and player tested positive.___ Ohio State will limit home crowds to about 20,000 and prohibit tailgating if the football season is played this fall. Fans inside Ohio Stadium will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing to help stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Concessions will be limited.The traditional “Skull Session” pregame pep rallies at St. John’s Arena will not be held.Athletic director Gene Smith informed season-ticket holders of the new rules in a letter Tuesday, first reported by Cleveland.com.The guidelines limit capacity of the 105,000-seat stadium to 20%.-Mitch Stacy reporting from Columbus, Ohio ___The Atlanta Falcons have selected their 40-member cheerleaders squad following their first virtual tryouts.Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 38 women and two men earned their spots in online tryouts. The results were announced on Monday night on a livestream on the Falcons website.Chato Hendrix, director of the cheerleaders, said the group was disheartened at first to have to go completely virtual, but like the rest of the world had to adapt.Hendrix says the virtual tryouts made it possible for out-of-state applicants to compete for spots without having to travel to Atlanta. This is the first time since 1989 the Falcons have had male cheerleaders.___Ball State has filled one of three open dates on its football schedule by announcing plans to open the season Sept. 12 at Iowa State of the Big 12.The game replaces a previously scheduled date for the Cardinals at Michigan and the annual rivalry game at Iowa for the Cyclones. Both games were wiped out when Big Ten officials said they would play a conference-only schedule.Ball State also had its Sept. 3 season opener against Maine and a Sept. 19 trip to Indiana canceled earlier this month. The Big Ten games reportedly cost the Cardinals about $1.7 million in guaranteed money. Only 2,805 fans attended the French Cup final between Paris Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne last Friday but the number was low because Saint-Etienne fans did not use their allocation of 900 seats at Stade de France.PSG faces Lyon in the League Cup final at the same stadium on Friday.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Brazilian TV host Rodrigo Rodrigues has died at age 45, two weeks after contracting COVID-19. A fan favorite for his humorous style leading sports programs, Rodrigues was hospitalized on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro after feeling nausea and disorientation. Doctors found he had a cerebral venous blood clot, one of the possible bodily responses to an infection by the new coronavirus. Rodrigues had surgery on Sunday and was in an induced coma. He worked at TV Globo and its cable channel Sportv, which confirmed his death during one of the programs he hosted. Rodrigues also worked in several other Brazilian networks, including ESPN. Associated Press The Latest: Patriots Dont’a Hightower opting out of season ___The New Jersey Athletic Conference announced the suspension of all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference of Division III schools will explore the possibility of playing fall sports in the spring. The fall sports include football, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s cross country, and men’s cross country. The member schools are Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, Stockton, The College of New Jersey, and William Paterson.___ July 28, 2020 The entire Madrid squad was tested for COVID-19 on Monday. The players had been on a break of almost 10 days after winning the Spanish league title.___The French government has maintained a maximum capacity of 5,000 fans in stadiums until the end of August amid the coronavirus pandemic.French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says the decision was taken because France has seen an increase in coronavirus cases recently.But Maracineanu adds that local officials will have the authority to increase the capacity at some events from Aug. 15 if they can obtain special dispensation and observe strict health and safety protocol. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to opt out of the 2020 season. last_img read more

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Dunga Sacked as Brazil Coach

first_imgDunga has been relieved of his duties at the head of the Brazil national team, after a disastrous showing at the Copa America Centenario.The coach was summoned to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) headquarters yesterday, along with coordinator Gilmar Rinaldi.Following a brief meeting, the CBF meeting announced that Dunga, Rinaldi and the rest of their coaching team had been removed from their posts, having taken over from Luiz Felipe Scolari at the end of the 2014 World Cup. “The Brazilian Football Confederation informs that it has decided this Tuesday to dissolve the coaching staff of the Brazilian national football team. Coordinator Gilmar Rinaldi, coach Dunga and all their will leave their positions,” the body confirmed in a statement.“The decision was made in mutual agreement in this afternoon’s meeting and the CBF will now start its selection process for a new Brazil coaching staff.“The CBF thanks the dedication, professionalism and commitment of the team in its work.”A first-round elimination in the Copa sealed Dunga’s fate, while a disappointing start to World Cup qualifying also hurt the 1994 World Cup winner’s position.Brazil won just one game in the United States, against Haiti, with a goalless draw against Ecuador and defeat to Peru rounding off the tournament for the Selecao.Corinthians boss, Tite, is tipped as the next man to take over the Selecao after the World Cup winner’s unhappy second spell was cut short by the CBF.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Skaneateles, Solvay track teams get sweeps

first_imgFour of the area’s high school track and field teams had OHSL Liberty division matches last week, with Skaneateles and Solvay able to earn sweeps.Skaneateles hosted Altmar-Parish-Williamstown last Tuesday afternoon, and the Lakers prevailed 97-42 on the girls side as Emme Conan, Graeson Landsberg and Lyda Buck each won twice.Conan was first in the 100 (13.2 seconds) and 200 (27.6 seconds) meter sprints, with Landsberg going 1:05.5 in the 400-meter dash before a top triple jump of 30 feet 8 inches. Buck cleared 4’6” in the high jump and 7 feet in the pole vault. Sophia Casler went 14’6” in the long jump, Sharia Dart threw the shot put 29’7 ¼” and Edan Howard threw the discus 81’9”. Liliana Arias won the 3,000-meter run in 13:07.0 and the Lakers won the 4×100 (54.2 seconds), 4×400 (4:54.9) and 4×800 (11:41.6) relays.The Skaneateles boys handled APW 102.5-37.5 as Nicola Kunz won three events, clearing 11 feet in the pole vault and 5’8” in the high jump while also edging Nick Paciorek, 17.9 seconds to 18.0, in the 110 hurdles.Joe Norris ran the 800 in 2:10 flat and the mile in 4:54.0, while Ben Euto threw the shot put 33’6” and the discus 76’4”. Caleb Bender was first in the 3,200-meter run as Paciorek tore to a time of 1:01.2 in the 400 hurdles. A day later, it was Solvay prevailing at Phoenix 85-56 on the girls side and seeing the boys Bearcats beat the Firebirds 81.5-59.5,Leading the Solvay girls, Kyra Crossett finished first in the 100 hurdles in 18.1 seconds and ran the 400 hurdles in 1:17 flat to edge the Firebirds’ Emma Allers (1:17.1).Crossett also cleared 4’10” to win the high jump as Brielle Bagozzi topped 8 feet in the pole vault. Sabrina Garnett and Shareese Pierce both threw the shot put 26’3” as Sophia Guadagnolo won the discus with 77’3”.Carly Devereaux not only won the 1,500 in 5:46.9, she helped the Bearcats finish first in the 4×800 relay in 11:39.2 as Solvay also won the 4×100 (53.8 seconds) and 4×400 (4:53.9) relays, Crossett running a leg in the latter event.In the boys meet, Solvay had Justice Shirley go 1:05.6 in the 400 hurdles and clear 5’6” in the high jump. Justin Scott prevailed in the 100 in 11.5 seconds and the 200 in 24.4 seconds.Max Melynk went 12:02 to beat the field in the 3,200 and added a winning triple jump of 31’8”. Danil Gromov won the long jump, going 17’8”, with Luke Draper claiming the 800. Allen Cawthon (400 sprint) and Luke Dwyer (mile) also won races as the Bearcats claimed the 4×100 in 46.6 seconds and the 4×800 in 10:03.0.Marcellus lost both sides of last Wednesday’s meet with Christian Brothers Academy, even though the boys Mustangs had plenty of success in the field events during an 82-55 defeat to the Brothers.Dan Balman threw the discus 107’8” and Kyle Brown 101’3”, with Brown taking the shot put with 37’4 ½” as Jonah Kwasknowski cleared 5’2” in the high jump and Peter McCaffrey went 35’3” in the triple jump.On the track, Mason Grieb and Ryan McCormick both went 18.2 seconds in the 110 hurdles, with Grieb able to prevail in the 400 hurdles in 1:02.3.In the girls meet, Marcellus fell 90-51 to CBA, though Delaney Manahan won all three sprints, taking the 100 (13.6 seconds), 200 (28.0 seconds) and 400 (1:01.9). Sophia Shaw cleared 4’8” to win the high jump.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: MarcellusskaneatelesSolvaytrack and fieldlast_img read more

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Number of immigrants in L.A. falls

first_imgAfter four decades of rapid illegal immigration growth in Los Angeles, the city is now approaching a more stable future according to a study conducted by a USC professor.Dowell Myers, a professor in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development, conducted a study that shows the number of new arrivals in Los Angeles is about half of what it was in 1990.The ratio of immigrants well-acclimated in Los Angeles to immigrants new to the area is about six times greater than it was in 1990 and three times greater than it was in 2000, making it easier for newcomers to have assistance, Myers said.“This means that there are fewer newcomers and the immigrants who have lived here longer have put down their roots and have been more economically productive,” Myers said. “Also, an advantage for the newcomers is that there are more old timers to help them find jobs, housing and adjust to everyday life.”A consensus survey helped determine where people are from and whether they are new to Los Angeles or have arrived in the last five years, Myers said.According to the Pew Hispanic Center, the amount of immigrants entering Los Angeles averaged 800,000 per year from 2000 to 2004, which dropped to about 500,000 per year from 2005 to 2008.“The children of immigrants have been growing and the big revolution that happened in the last few years is that the majority of the people in California are born in California,” Myers said. “Now we have a home grown generation that is positive for the state.”In the Los Angeles area, the number of Mexican immigrants is decreasing, Myers said, but the numbers are still higher when compared to other cities.Myers said he believes that the immigrants will help pull the nation out of recession in the next few years.“For things to get moving again, you need more spending and more consumers,” Myers said. “It all has to be restarted. Immigrants are a strong force that will be pushing forth because they have more spending. While older people have bought their houses and are spending less and less, immigrants will spend more, making it a positive boon for all businesses in California.”last_img read more

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MSOC : Syracuse motivated to break losing streak against Rutgers

first_imgIan McIntyre gathered his troops after Syracuse’s crushing 3-2 overtime loss to South Florida last weekend. The SU head coach told them that, at times, they don’t fully appreciate the positive moments. Games like Saturday, he said, will make the team stronger.‘As difficult as it is,’ McIntyre said, ‘no team has ever succeeded, has ever got there, without failing. Because without that, ultimately you don’t appreciate those good times.’SU has found itself on the losing end of seven of its last eight games, so McIntyre’s words of advice to his team provide a lesson that the Orange (2-9-1, 0-4-1 Big East) must keep in mind during its final four games of the season. And it starts at Rutgers (7-5-1, 4-1-0 Big East) on Wednesday at 7 p.m., in a game that provides SU with another opportunity to start fast and finish with a win this time.McIntyre’s refusal to look at the USF game as just another loss provides motivation for the Orange as it looks to build off encouraging performances in three straight games against ranked teams. Even though SU tied one match and lost the other two, blowing a two-goal lead against South Florida, McIntyre said it’s part of a process toward success.‘We take a tremendous amount (from the USF game),’ McIntyre said. ‘It can be a cruel game as it was on Saturday night. It’s in the past now and we move on to the next one.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFollowing three straight games against ranked opponents, SU finally faces an unranked opponent, though the Scarlet Knights are second in the Big East’s Red Division. And to beat RU, the Orange must find a way to close out games, something it was unable to do against USF.SU must remember its first-half performance against USF, when it took a 2-0 lead going into halftime. Forward Louis Clark doubled his goal production against the Bulls with those two first-half goals.His first came off a corner kick, as he sent a strike in the goal off the assist from midfielder Nick Roydhouse. Just nine minutes later, Clark took a pass from midfielder Ted Cribley and tapped the ball in the goal for the 2-0 advantage. But it wouldn’t last, and USF’s three straight goals prevented the Orange from closing out the game.‘We’ve just got to get everybody’s head back into the game,’ Roydhouse said. ‘I feel like we maybe lost it a little bit toward the end. But that’s going to happen when you’re down.’The Orange defense doesn’t need to look any further than the Louisville game for inspiration following its three-goal letdown. The Orange held the then-No. 11 Cardinals scoreless through all 110 minutes of the double-overtime scoreless tie.With 3,587 fans cheering against the Orange at Louisville, the players didn’t let the atmosphere affect their play.‘I was really happy with our performance on the road going to Louisville,’ defender Ryan Tessler said. ‘We weren’t going to let them score no matter what the outcome was.’Playing on the road presents different challenges from home games, McIntyre said, and his team is prepared to ignore the distractions and keep its focus on the task at hand come game time — an experienced, athletic Rutgers squad.The Scarlet Knights have an advantage over the younger players on SU, but McIntyre believes his team is closer to being good than what the losses in the standings say. The team will focus on the positive parts of the USF game when it faces Rutgers. And this time, he said, SU will be sure not to blow any leads if it’s lucky enough to be in that position again.‘We’ll be looking to show the same intensity that we showed against USF,’ McIntyre said. ‘If we keep playing well, we’ll get chances. And if we’re fortunate enough to be up, it’s just playing every play and ensuring that we finish the job.’rnmarcus@syr.edu Published on October 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: rnmarcus@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Syracuse defense holds Canisius to 1 goal in first half, sends message after Villanova struggles

first_img Published on March 29, 2013 at 11:56 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Related Stories CLOCKWORK ORANGE: Syracuse makes quick work of Canisius, 17-5 with 2nd-quarter offensive explosionRice’s 3-goal, 3-assist performance paces Syracuse’s offense in rout of Canisius Brian Megill wasn’t happy with his defense’s performance against Villanova. Syracuse was often backed up without possession because of a lack of faceoff wins and a surplus of giveaways, but the 11 goals allowed were still too many.He and his defense wanted to avenge last week’s defeat at the hands of a lesser opponent with a statement against Canisius.On Friday, the defense delivered.“I don’t think we did a good job pressuring against Villanova and we weren’t really dictating at all,” the SU defender said. “I think today as a defensive group we wanted to work on our individual defense and our one-on-ones and I think we did a great job staying on their hands, forcing bad passes, forcing them to rush things and causing turnovers left and right.”The No. 9 Orange forced the Golden Griffins into 22 turnovers and held them to just five goals in a 17-5 blowout victory. In a game that was decided by halftime, Syracuse forced 13 turnovers over the first two quarters and held Canisius scoreless for nearly half an hour of game time spanning from early in the first quarter to early in the third.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile the offense was busy scoring on nearly every possession, it was the defense that assured the blowout. The Griffins got off just five shots, two on goal, in the first quarter and one overall in the second, partly due to the offense’s control of the game, but largely thanks to the stalwart play of Megill and the defense.“We held them to one goal for quite a while and I thought we did what the game plan was,” SU head coach John Desko said, “dial in a little bit and not let them get comfortable in their offensive situations, play good individual ‘D.’”The Orange had two primary players to focus in on Friday: Tim Edwards and Vince Gravino. The duo has been part of a group of underclassmen that has accounted for 83 percent of Canisius’ points. Stop those two, and the Griffins would struggle.The film Megill watched, the preparation he did, it primarily came down to figuring out a way to stop the dynamic forwards.Desko wouldn’t say whether he was more impressed with the offense or defense — both units were too good — but the defense performed as well as possible, holding Edwards and Gravino to just two goals and pitching a near-shutout until the game was firmly in hand.“We’ve been preparing for them all week,” Megill said, “we watched a ton of film, and we almost knew what they were going to do coming in and I think we did a great job communicating.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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