September 20

Rodgers bench warning for Balotelli

first_img The Italy international has scored just twice in 15 appearances since his £16million summer move from AC Milan but has yet to find the net in the Premier League. With the injured Daniel Sturridge not set to return from a thigh injury for a few weeks, Raheem Sterling has been pressed into action as a central forward and although Balotelli is available again after a ban for posting a racist and anti-semitic image on social media, the best he can hope for is a place on the bench at Burnley on Boxing Day. Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli returns from suspension with a warning he may have to get used to life on the bench at Anfield. “It is something he will have to (get used to),” said Rodgers “If the team needs him from the bench then it is something he will need to become adjusted to – that is the same for every single player, not just him. “When called upon, whether starting or off the bench, you ask your players to be ready.” Performances this season have shown Balotelli is not comfortable in the lone striker role, and he does not possess the pace and intensity which Sterling and Sturridge both have when it comes to pressurising opponents on the ball. That is something which has been one of the positives in their last three performances and was evident throughout their run to second place in the league last season. “We’ve seen it isn’t really his game,” added Rodgers. “Working with Mario, we see he is someone who is better in and around the box so that level of intensity and pressing isn’t part of his game. “But you try to get the best out of the players you have and the qualities you have. That is something we will focus on. “The most important thing is Mario is available after his ban. It adds another player to our squad and another player who is available, especially with (the suspended) Fabio Borini unavailable.” A forward line of Sterling, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho harried the life out of Arsenal in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Anfield, and Rodgers believes his recent switch to 3-4-3 has helped restore something which has been lacking all season. “We are at our best when our game is aggressive,” he said. “We have had to adapt in terms of how we have played because of the personnel and it has taken the period after the Crystal Palace game (when they lost four in a row in November) when we needed to steady the ship with some solid performances. “I have always known longer-term it wouldn’t take us where we wanted to go and certainly it wouldn’t have taken us to nearly winning the league, so it was trying to find a solution in terms of regaining that intensity and tempo. “That real aggressive pressure at the top end of the field is key for us, it gives us the platform to dominate the ball. “We haven’t stumbled across a system, a lot of hours have gone into looking how we maximise the players we have and in the last three games in terms of performances we have been much closer and hopefully it will continue in that vein.” Press Associationlast_img read more

September 17

UW’s championship celebration continues at rally

first_imgAJ MACLEAN/Herald photoAfter a night of celebrating the national championship out on the town in Madison, everyone was at the Kohl Center Sunday night to join in the festivities on the day Gov. Jim Doyle proclaimed UW Men’s Hockey Team Day.The Badgers defeated Boston College 2-1 Saturday to earn the school’s sixth national championship and first since 1990.Not only was the entire men’s hockey team — players and staff — on hand for the celebration Sunday, but the women’s hockey team joined in as well, along with a variety of local celebrities.”To Coach [Mike] Eaves, congratulations on a job fantastically done,” UW Chancellor John Wiley said. “Two championships in one year is over the top.””You brought this trophy back where it belongs,” Doyle added.But the event remained light-hearted, including a moment after Doyle finished his speech when UW junior defenseman Jeff Likens stepped up to the microphone and proclaimed “Doyle rules!” Later, junior goaltender Brian Elliott let out one more moose call, Ross Carlson sported a handlebar mustache, and Eaves — yes, Eaves — busted out in song.And the celebration would not have been complete without an appearance by UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez.”It’s hard to win national championships. There are so many pieces to the puzzle,” said Alvarez, the former UW football head coach. “We own college hockey.”It is a hard statement to argue now, seeing as both the Wisconsin men’s and women’s hockey teams claimed national championships. It is the first time in history that one school has garnered both titles in the same year.”Coming from Minnesota, [Wisconsin] is the state of hockey,” senior assistant captain Tom Gilbert said.The night included a dual interview with the head coaches, Eaves and Mark Johnson. The two who won a national title together as players in 1977 both won titles as coaches for their alma mater in 2006.Robbie Earl took time out to thank the senior class, a group of five players who were pivotal in turning the program around. He also said he hopes to be back in the same place next year.Earl, whose NHL Draft rights are owned by the Toronto Maple Leafs, said that, as of right now, he plans to return.Two weeks after the women’s team held its own celebration, it was back to do it again, as the two teams shared in the revelry. And Adam and Nikki Burish — Madison natives who grew up going to Badger games — tried to settle the debate over whose trophy was better. Adam, the captain of the men’s team, and Nikki, an assistant captain on the women’s, are the first brother-sister combination to play hockey for the Badgers, and now they both have national championships to boot.Everyone who spoke made sure to thank the UW fan base, which turned out in droves for the celebration.”We were out there an hour after the game and not one of them has left,” Burish said after Saturday’s game. “I want to celebrate with those people because they are what makes Wisconsin such a special place to play. They deserve it as much as we do.”Burish said Sunday that not only could the Badgers repeat as national champions next year, but that he could see them winning three in a row.But the fans and the future will have to wait. For now, the celebration continues.The men’s team picked up a hefty police escort on its way back into town after Saturday’s game, and it was clear the players did not go straight to bed.It’s obvious: the Badgers are not ready to let the celebration end.”Let’s keep this party goin’,” Burish said.last_img read more

August 26

Fabio Turchi vs. Jacques Olivier: fight date, price, how to watch, live stream

first_img• Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year Where can I stream DAZN online?DAZN can be live-streamed via smartphone, computers/laptops, tablets, smart TVs, set-top boxes and video game consoles, as well as DAZN.com Join DAZN and watch Turchi vs. Olivier on April 26, plus more than 100 fight nights a yearTurchi (16-0, 12KOs) defended his WBC International silver belt with a seventh-round stoppage win over former Commonwealth champion Tony Conquest in November and now the “Stone Crusher” has the opportunity to fight for the full title when he faces off against Frenchman, Olivier (10-2, 7KOs).Also fighting on the night is Orlando Fiordigiglio (30-2, 13 KOs) who takes on the former WBO European champion Stephrn Danyo (15-2-3, 6 KOs) for the IBF super welterweight title. A win for Fiordigiglio would put the Italian in line for a future showdown with current world title holder Jarrett Hurd (23-0, 16 KOs).“I’m excited to return to Florence after another sell-out show in Milan,” Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn said in a official press release statement. “We’ve already seen the huge potential that Italy has to offer with our first two shows and I’m expecting another sellout in Florence. Local hero Fabio Turchi is quickly establishing himself as a star of Italian boxing and on April 26 he takes another step towards a shot at the cruiserweight championship of the world.”Here’s everything you need to know about the Turchi-Olivier fight.(All times Eastern.)When is the Turchi vs. Olivier fight?Fabio Turchi and Jacques Olivier will fight on April 26, live and exclusively on DAZN.Where is the Turchi vs. Olivier fight?The Fabio Turchi vs. Jacques Olivier fight will take place at the Teatro Tuscanyhall in Florence, Italy. The venue was built in 1978 and has a capacity of 2,920. What time does Turchi vs. Olivier start?The Turchi vs. Olivier fight undercard is set to begin at 2 p.m., with the main card slated for a 5 p.m. start, both on DAZN.How to watch Turchi vs. OlivierFabio Turchi vs. Jacques Olivier is available on DAZN, the global live-sports streaming service.A new subscriber to DAZN can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the fight. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — is $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month. For those who want a monthly-plan instead of the longer-term value, fight fans can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99.For current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan.Fabio Turchi record and bioName: Fabio TurchiNationality: ItalianBorn: 07-24-1993Height: 6’2”Reach: 70”Total fights: 16Record: 16-0 with 12 knockouts.Jacques Olivier record and bioName: Jean Jacques OlivierNationality: FrenchBorn: 01-11-1988Height: N/AReach: N/A Total fights: 13Record: 11-2 with 8 knockouts.Turchi vs. Olivier fight cardMain cardFabio Turchi vs. Jacques Olivier for the WBC International silver cruiserweight titleAlessandro Riguccini vs. Ivan Alvarez for the interim WBC silver welterweight tileOrlando Fiordigiglio vs. Stephen Danyo for the vacant IBF International super welterweight titleUndercardEmanuele Felice Blandamura vs. TBA; MiddleweightsDevis Boschiero vs. TBA; Super featherweightsMatteo Signani vs, TBA; MiddleweightsMohammed Obbadi vs. TBA; FlyweightsMirko Natalizi vs. TBA; Super welterweights What other sports are on DAZN?In addition to boxing, DAZN also live-streams MMA, offering over 100 fight nights per year between the two sports in the United States. MMA includes Bellator MMA and Combate Americas events.The sports streaming service also live-streams soccer and cricket matches and “ChangeUp,” a live whip-round MLB show.Globally, DAZN has rights to other major sports, depending on the region. For example, in Canada, DAZN offers the NFL, Champions League, MLS and MLB Network, along with other sports. MORE ABOUT DAZN• Meet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming service Boxing is back in Italy on April 26 with the third instalment of the historic eight-year joint venture between Matchroom Boxing Italy, Opi Since 82 and DAZN.Fabio Turchi headlines the event when he takes on Jacques Olivier for the WBC International cruiserweight crown at the Teatro Tuscanyhall in Florence, Italy, live and exclusively on DAZN.last_img read more

January 10

Croatia beat Denmark in dramatic shoot-out

first_imgThe Barcelona midfielder’s winner came after Milan Badelj and Josip Pivaric saw their penalties saved by Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who also saved an extra time penalty from Luka Modric.But Danes Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schone and Nicolai Jorgensen were thwarted by Subasic in the shootout to ensure Croatia won 3-2 and advanced to their first quarter-finals since the 1998 World Cup in France.The dramatic ending followed early excitement — but little in between.In an astonishing start to the match, both teams scored within four minutes via their first attacks.First, Mathias Jorgensen turned home in the second minute after Croatia failed to clear a long throw-in from Jonas Knudsen, the defender’s shot creeping under Subasic to give Denmark the perfect start.But any hopes they could hold onto their lead vanished within 90 seconds.With the Nizhny Novgorod stadium still rocking from the frantic start, Croatia went upfield and promptly equalised.Action between Croatia and Denmark in the World Cup last 16Again, the goal owed more than a little to bad defending when a Sime Vrsaljko cross was hammered by Henrik Dalsgaard into fellow Dane Andreas Christensen and the ball fell obligingly in the penalty area to Mario Mandzukic who scored.The explosive start — both sides hit the back of the net within three minutes and thirty seven seconds — was officially the quickest two teams have ever scored in a World Cup finals match.The following 116 minutes though largely failed to live up to the first four, fireworks giving way to a damp squib of an encounter as the game edged inexorably towards extra time and penalties.Billed as a clash between the opposing number 10s, Modric and Eriksen, it instead became increasingly attritional and tactical, with both playmakers unable to find any space.Instead the player who created most chances was Knudsen with his long throws.Few clear chances were created by either side until Modric’s late penalty miss.That came after Ante Rebic was fouled in the 116th minute Mathias Jorgensen, with the goal at his mercy.Modric stepped up but side-footed weakly and Schmeichel made the first of his three penalty saves on the night, all in vain, as his legendary goalkeeping father Peter punched the air in delight as he watched on in the stands.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Croatia players leap off in celebration after Ivan Rakitic’s penalty sent them to the World Cup quarter finals. PHOTO/FIFANIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russia, Jul 1- Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was the hero as Croatia squeezed into the World Cup quarter-finals with a penalty shoot-out victory over Denmark here Sunday.On a night of late, late drama Ivan Rakitic stroked home the decisive spotkick to ensure the Croats advanced to a last eight meeting with Russia after the two sides finished locked at 1-1 following extra-time.last_img read more

January 6

Aurier, Son strike as Spurs down Brighton

first_imgMauricio Pochettino’s side hit the woodwork twice before South Korea forward Son’s glancing header in the 87th minute was deflected in to seal the three points.Tottenham remain unbeaten in the league at Wembley since the opening game of the season and, after so much talk of a curse at their temporary home, have now won five of their past six games there.Brighton, managed by former Tottenham defender Chris Hughton, have hit a rocky patch, taking only one point from a possible 15 to leave them firmly in the relegation fight.After only three minutes Son had beaten Ezequiel Schelotto on the left and seen a well-hit shot towards the near post blocked by Shane Duffy, and it looked like being an uncomfortable evening for the visitors.Anthony Knockaert cut in from the right and set off on an ambitious diagonal run that lifted Brighton spirits but when the ball eventually reached Jose Izquierdo, their record signing, his shot looped well over the crossbar.But they soon found themselves under pressure. Gaetan Bong failed to pick up Aurier as he ran onto a cross and although the Brighton defender blocked the Ivorian’s shot at the expense of a corner, it was a warning that the promoted side could not afford to relax.In the 25th minute, Erik Lamela, on his first start of the season, just failed to reach a cross from Aurier, and Son scooped the ball high over the bar from a yard or so out after Lewis Dunk and Harry Kane had both missed Harry Winks’s cross from the left.Brighton had little to offer at that point except dogged defending and some blatant time-wasting.– Fluke goal –Tottenham, though, were not as incisive as they can be and shots from Kane and Moussa Sissoko, although on target, caused Ryan few problems.In the end, it was a fluke goal that broke Brighton’s resistance five minutes before half-time.Aurier crossed from the right just as he was fouled by Izquierdo, and the impact may have affected the fullback’s aim, as the ball’s flight seemed to be too close to goal.The referee’s assistant flagged furiously, which may have distracted Ryan, who was unable to prevent the ball dipping past his outstretched hand and into the top corner of the net.Brighton’s lack of firepower suggested that it would be difficult for them to get back into the game, and they could have been 2-0 behind and down to 10 men after 51 minutes.Kane’s low shot was parried by Ryan into the path of Son, whose follow-up effort appeared to be blocked by the arm of Duffy, but Son had strayed offside.Almost immediately a shot by Lamela was deflected onto the foot of the post by Duffy, and the Argentina winger was unlucky again on the hour when flagged offside as a pass from Kane reached him.Brighton might have equalised with 20 minutes left when a blocked pass fell for Tomer Hemed to hit a volley on the turn but it was too close to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.Ryan then turned Kane’s 25-yard free-kick onto the post.But he could not keep the ball out when Son’s diving header from Christian Eriksen’s free-kick bounced in off Brighton midfielder Davy Propper.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-Min (R) celebrates scoring with his teammate Serge Aurier during their match against BVB Borussia Dortmund at the BVB Stadion in Dortmund, Germany on November 21, 2017 © AFP / John MACDOUGALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 14 – Goals from Serge Aurier and Son Heung-Min fired Tottenham to a 2-0 victory against Brighton that moved them into fourth place in the Premier League on Wednesday.Although nowhere near their best, Tottenham led thanks to Ivory Coast right-back Aurier, who scored a freak first goal for the club after 40 minutes with a cross that deceived Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.last_img read more

December 28

MORE THAN €2M ANNOUNCED FOR FINN VALLEY FLOODING REPAIRS

first_imgCastlefinn floodingA total of €2.2 Million in Storm Damage Funding which has been allocated to the Stranorlar Municpal District.The funding will be used to upgrade the roads network in the area.The news has been welcomed by local County Councillor Gary Doherty. Cllr Doherty said “This funding is extremely welcome as it will be put to good use in upgrading many of the roads in the District which are in a very poor state of repair.“It has long been acknowledged that the roads in the Stranorlar District are the worst in Donegal, and the heavy rain and poor weather conditions that we experienced this past winter have exacerbated the problem, with some of our roads being left in an un-driveable condition.“This much needed funding from the Department will ensure that these roads are returned to safe and normal use and that other projects, such as the replacement of the traffic lights at Castlefinn Bridge and the subsiding footpath between Doneyloop and Clady are completed.“It is important to state that this funding will not fix all of the problems we have with the roads network in this District, but it is nevertheless very welcome and I commend the Council staff who submitted a comprehensive application to the Department.” MORE THAN €2M ANNOUNCED FOR FINN VALLEY FLOODING REPAIRS was last modified: March 31st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLLR GARY DOHERTYfinn valleyFLOODINGlast_img read more