Martin: We lost our identity

first_img The Canaries were all but mathematically relegated following Sunderland’s win over West Brom in midweek, which saw the Black Cats complete a remarkable escape from the drop zone and made Norwich’s final home game against Arsenal on Sunday irrelevant. Norwich sacked manager Chris Hughton with just five matches to go, but were already in a negative downward spiral, with the goalless draw at Chelsea under caretaker boss Neil Adams restoring a little pride in halting five successive defeats. Club captain Russell Martin feels Norwich have “lost their identity” this season, but has vowed to help them find it again in the Sky Bet Championship next season. The Canaries look set to be without on-loan defender Joseph Yobo (calf) for the game while w inger Anthony Pilkington (hip) is sidelined. Midfielder David Fox (knee) is another absentee for the Canaries, who are all but relegated to the Sky Bet Championship, and so youngsters like Josh Murphy could be included. Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains the gap between his side and the Barclays Premier League champions is “nothing” and can be bridged with hard work rather than just big-money signings. The Gunners head to Norwich looking to maintain momentum ahead of the FA Cup final against Hull at Wembley, when they will aim to end the club’s long trophy drought. Arsenal led the top flight for 128 days following a fine opening half to the campaign, only to then see their championship challenge fall away in the wake of heavy defeats at rivals Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea as the squad was depleted by injuries to key men. Nevertheless, for all their shortcomings, Wenger’s side could end the season just seven points behind champions-elect City – or even fewer should the most unpredictable of seasons take another dramatic twist on the final day. It is a margin Wenger believes can be clawed back when the action kicks off again in August. “You know, seven points is nothing. It is two games,” said Wenger, who could have England midfielder Jack Wilshere back from a fractured foot. “But on the other hand, every team of the top four will be frustrated because you will think, ‘Ah, we could have got this point and if we had done it, we would win the league’. If you look at Chelsea or Liverpool, they will say the same. “We have to continue to develop as a team. We have bridged a big gap (from 2012/13) and we want to be better next season. “How can we do that? We have hard work in the summer to achieve that.” Wenger added: “My team has shown a remarkable mental stamina and consistency in their attitude and I am very proud of the way they responded. “We are looking at some aspects where we can improve internally and we will work very hard during the summer to do that.” Martin was part of the Canaries side which completed back-to-back promotions from League One under Paul Lambert, and then retained their hard-fought Premier League status before the manager left for Aston Villa in June 2012. The Scotland defender, signed from Peterborough, feels perhaps some of the players – several having arrived for big money this summer like club-record signing Rickie van Wolfswinkel, who managed only one goal – forgot the very things which had taken the Norfolk club so far. “As a club you try to improve and evolve, but I feel maybe we tried to do that a bit too quickly this season,” the 28-year-old said. “With the players we signed and those we already had, we should not have been in this position, but for too long we were an in-between team and lost a bit of our identity, and we need to get that back. “Some of the results away from home you can’t accept it, but maybe there was too much acceptance and we were too nice with each other at times, that needs to change for next year. “It is collective, for two years no-one liked playing against Norwich, because they knew they were in for a game, this season at times it has been too easy to play against us. “Maybe complacency set in. All the time the feeling was ‘we will be okay’, but at some point you have to make sure of that, and we have not done it. “The choice you have as a player now is simple – you can wallow in self-pity for yourself or you say this has happened, you learn and grow from it and you come back stronger next season.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Henri Saivet hopes to help Newcastle push further up Premier League table

first_img The 25-year-old Frenchman made his debut as a substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League victory over West Ham, which lifted the Magpies out of the relegation zone. However Saivet, who played twice against Newcastle for Bordeaux in the 2012-13 Europa League, knows there is still much work to be done not only to ease the club to safety, but to restore them to their former standing. New signing Henri Saivet has vowed to play his part in returning Newcastle to where they ought to be. Press Associationcenter_img He said: “The image people have in France of Newcastle is that it is a massive club, it is just struggling to get on track. “Everything we like about Newcastle. It is a good traditional English club. It is a little bit of a shame that they are not at the top of the Premier League where they deserve to be.” Saivet was introduced as a 57th-minute replacement for injured full-back Paul Dummett against the Hammers and formed a central midfielder partnership with fellow new boy Jonjo Shelvey. The pair will compete with Jack Colback for a regular starting berth, although it seems likely that Cheick Tiote will not fight the same battle as he closes in on a move to Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua. The Ivory Coast international was allowed to travel to China last week to talk to the Shenhua, although the deal is yet to be finalised. Whatever happens on that front, Saivet has insisted he is ready to be called upon as he attempts to establish himself in the team. He said: “The most important thing is I am ready and ready to play. If I am called upon, I will go out there and try to do my best. “What matters more than anything at the moment is the club. There’s no player bigger than the club, that’s all that is important. “But I am ready when called upon and I will make sure I give my best.” Meanwhile, Newcastle remain in talks with Tottenham over winger Andros Townsend, while Florian Thauvin’s hopes of a return on loan to former club Marseille are likely to depend on Newcastle’s success or otherwise in landing a replacement. last_img read more

MotoGP races cancelled in the wake of coronavirus pandemic

first_imgLondon: The British and Australian MotoGP races were cancelled on Friday in the wake of coronavirus pandemic that has hit the entire world hard. The two events take the total number of races called off due to COVID-19 crisis to five. The British MotoGP was scheduled to be held on August 30 at Silverstone while Philip Island was slated to host the Australian MotoGP on October 25. “We’re saddened to have to announce the cancellation of these iconic events after finding no way through the logistical and operational issues resulting from the pandemic and rearranged calendar,” Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, was quoted as saying by “Silverstone and Phillip Island are always two of the most thrilling race weekends of the season, with both tracks never failing in their promise to deliver some of the closest racing in our Championship. “On behalf of Dorna, I would like to once again extend my thanks to the fans for their understanding and patience as we wait for the situation to improve. We look forward to returning to Silverstone and Phillip Island next year for more incredible battles,” he added. Earlier, MotoGP races in Netherlands, Finland and Germany were also cancelled due to the outbreak of the virus while several other races were postponed. IANS Also watch: Ferry services stopped in Guwahati till May 31last_img read more

USC men’s basketball hosts Washington State in final homestand

first_imgThree nights removed from a gut-wrenching one-point loss to Arizona State in Tempe, the USC men’s basketball team (21-8, 8-8) takes the court at the Galen Center on Wednesday in search of its first win in 20 days. The Trojans’ opponent: the Washington State Cougars (13-15, 6-10).“We’ve been impressed with Washington State all season,” head coach Andy Enfield said after Tuesday’s practice. “Coach [Ernie] Kent’s done a great job with them, especially in Pac-12 play.”The two teams last met on Feb. 3 in frosty Pullman, Wash., where USC rode a hot offense to an 86-77 win. The Trojans shot 57 percent from the field in that contest and rallied from an 11-point deficit in the first half. Sophomore forward Chimezie Metu scored a career-high 29 points, and freshman guard Jonah Matthews added 18 off the bench. The Trojans left Washington with a sweep for the first time in 15 years, a healthy squad for the first time all season and a four-game win streak in tow.This time around, USC carries a four-game skid into Wednesday night’s game, which is threatening the Trojans’ postseason hopes. It’s their longest losing streak in two years.“It’s a different sort of feeling,” junior guard Elijah Stewart said. “We let a couple games go that we should’ve won. We’ve just got to finish out strong right now.”But morale is not down, and intensity has ratcheted up.“Practice has gotten a little chippy,” Stewart said. “We’re all competitors. We all enjoy the intensity. It’s going to make us better in games.”USC expects to earn a postseason berth, whereas Washington State knows it has two games left to play this year. That spells danger for USC, as the veteran Cougars may come into this contest ready to empty the tank. On Sunday — Senior Day in Pullman — all four Cougar seniors scored in double figures to beat favored in-state rival Washington, 79-71.“We have to play as hard as we can, and whatever happens happens,” Enfield said.Two seniors in particular, guard Ike Oroegbu and forward Josh Hawkinson, have paced the Cougars throughout the season. Oroegbu scored 22 versus the Trojans earlier this month, and he has scored at least 15 points in four of WSU’s last five contests. For the season, he is averaging 12.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.Hawkinson, meanwhile, has found his place in the annals of Cougar basketball. Last time versus USC, he became WSU’s second all-time rebounder — a testament to his four years of hard work in the paint. He finished that game with 17 points and 16 rebounds. On Wednesday night, he could set the school record with 11 more boards. Enfield called Hawkinson a “double-double machine.”On the other side of the court, USC will be significantly younger, playing no seniors and three freshmen.“Our freshmen have had terrific seasons,” Enfield said. “They’ve been a little streaky, but most freshmen are. We would not have 21 wins without our four freshmen contributing. They’ve got to play like sophomores the last week of the season and into the tournament.”For USC’s postseason aspirations to stay alive, those freshmen will have to help USC get at least a 22nd win Wednesday versus Washington State.“We’re taking it one game at a time,” freshman guard De’Anthony Melton said. “If we start looking too far forward, we might lose to a team we should beat.”last_img read more

After nearly quitting, Christina Oyawale uses volleyball to form legacy

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 22, 2018 at 11:06 pm Contact Andrew: | @CraneAndrew Christina Oyawale was minutes away from quitting volleyball her senior year of high school.She showed up to practice at Parkdale (Maryland) High School not dressed to play and told Christine Johnson and Madeline Sease, her two coaches, that she was leaving to interview for a job at Checkers.“College wasn’t really an option in my mind,” Oyawale said. “It was more of just graduating, getting a job, and then paying.”Johnson and Sease were shocked. They saw potential in her athletic frame and passion for the game that Oyawale didn’t, and were not going to put up with her decision to leave and flip hamburgers.“I’m looking at her [in that moment] and I’m like, ‘Girl, you’re going to get a scholarship to go to college,’” Sease said. “‘What are you talking about you’re going to quit and get a job at Checkers?’”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFive years later, Oyawale, now a redshirt senior at Syracuse, has become a mentor for both her teammates at SU and students at Parkdale. After missing time this season because of an ankle injury, Oyawale has put herself in position to cement her legacy at Parkdale and Syracuse by leading the Orange to their first NCAA tournament appearance in program history.But her career at SU almost never started. Prince George’s County, the Maryland county bordering the eastern side of Washington, D.C. where Oyawale grew up, isn’t a breeding place for Division I volleyball players. It’s a place where a “for fun” attitude exists, Johnson said, often resulting in mediocre results.“Coming to Parkdale, you didn’t have that winning mentality,” Johnson said. “Just to be on the team was fine with them.”Oyawale didn’t play volleyball until her freshman year of high school. When Johnson and Sease saw Oyawale play for the first time, there was no doubt in their minds that they would convince her to play volleyball.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorBut the path to college seemed unlikely. Her parents couldn’t afford it. The night Oyawale tried to quit, Johnson spoke to Oyawale’s father, Kunle Oyawale in Parkdale’s parking lot. Her message to him was that she wasn’t going to invest the time in his daughter if she couldn’t commit herself. The coach had instilled in Parkdale’s program a “no-nonsense, give all you have or nothing” attitude, but that night, the Oyawales saw a different side of the longtime coach.Johnson said it was a time that she didn’t have to be so mean. But she explained to Kunle he should see his daughter play.“Yes ma’am,” Johnson said Kunle responded, and he exited his car to watch Oyawale.“He hasn’t stopped (coming) since,” Johnson said. In order to get noticed by college coaches, Oyawale had to take the next step to club volleyball. Though money remained a problem, Kunle sold his car to afford to put Oyawale on a team.Oyawale led Parkdale to a 10-6 record in her senior year, and her raw talent and passion for the game made her a potential recruit. The night before she was supposed to visit Syracuse, Oyawale stood with her cousin in Parkdale’s hallway after watching a school basketball game. Outside, a snowstorm brewed, and Oyawale called Yelin to tell him that she wouldn’t be able to make her official visit. On the spot, she said, Yelin offered her a scholarship.“‘We believe this is something that you really want to do, and if you want it, it’s yours,’” Oyawale said Yelin told her.She accepted immediately. Oyawale chose the No. 9 because of her May 9 birthday, nine-pound birth weight, and way she drew stick figures as a child. M’kaela White, who Oyawale helped mentor at Parkdale and now plays volleyball at James Madison, also wears the No. 9.Oyawale is a first-generation Nigerian, with both of her parents born in Nigeria. At home, they don’t call their daughter “Christina,” and instead use her given name. Oyawale says that her life outside of Syracuse is surrounded by Nigerian culture, from the food she eats to the friends she hangs out with. Sometimes, in practice, she jokingly uses an accent to throw her teammates off.Seven of SU’s players are from outside of the United States, representing six different countries. Though Yelin said Oyawale’s play remains raw at times, the redshirt senior helped them adapt to the United States’ culture and college life. Yuliia Yastrub, a sophomore from Ukraine, said the toughest part for her is the language and how to act around others, but credits her teammates, such as Oyawale, for the transition.In the 2016 season, there were no seniors on the SU roster, and the then-redshirt sophomore found herself in a mentoring role despite her limited experience. Oyawale calls SU a family, and she’s the big sister.Oyawale took a visit to Sease last spring, and walked in during one of Sease’s health classes at Parkdale. Sease’s students all wanted to be professional athletes, she said, and Oyawale took the time to break down her routine to them, touching on everything from what her training and academic schedules are to how early she wakes up each morning.Many of Sease’s students don’t have the work ethic to make it past high school, she said. They have no idea what their dream career holds. Six years after she nearly quit volleyball, Oyawale stood in a leadership role and guided them.“I think skill is something you can work at, and anyone can get that,” Oyawale said, “but your heart and your passion for the game, that’s something you can’t just get overnight.” Commentslast_img read more

Transfer: Everton Signs Swansea Defender

first_imgEverton has signed Wales captain Ashley Williams from Premier League rivals Swansea for an undisclosed fee, thought to be £12m.The 31-year-old defender is new manager Ronald Koeman’s third summer purchase after Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye and goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. They are also in talks to sign Crystal Palace midfielder Yannick Bolasie and Sunderland defender Lamine Kone.“I believe the club is going in the right direction,” said Williams.The defender, who has agreed a three-year deal with the Merseyside club, said he was keen to work with former Netherlands international Koeman.“He’s been one of the greatest centre-halves to ever play the game, so I look forward to learning from him,” Williams told the club’s website.Swansea had rejected an earlier £10m bid from Everton.The signing comes a day after England defender John Stones left Goodison Park to join Manchester City for £47.5m.Williams featured in Wales’ run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and has not played any pre-season games following an extended break.He spent eight years with the Swans, playing more than 300 games after joining for £300,000 from Stockport in March 2008.As well as seeking deals for Ivory Coast international Kone and DR Congo’s Bolasie, both 27, Everton are also determined to keep Romelu Lukaku.The 27-year-old Belgium striker has three years remaining on his contract at Everton, and is reported to be interesting his former club Chelsea.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Med-View/NUJ Media Games 2016 Begins Today

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After several weeks of planning, the annual Med-View/NUJ Media games gets underway from today with the official ceremonial match past and football, all at the Legacy pitch inside National Stadium in Lagos.The annual event put together by Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalist will media practitioners from all the chapels competing for prestige for their respective media organisations.Speaking during the press conference held on Thursday to herald the Games at the auditorium of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Lagos Chapter, the Executive Director, Med-View Airline, Alhaji Naalah Isaq, said the management of the airline was pleased to sponsor the Games this year in spite of the economic recession in the country.He said: “Our relationship with the Lagos Council of the NUJ is a cordial one and we intend to keep the relationship, hence our decision to sponsor the Games for the third year running.“We’ve also resolved to continue with the sponsorship of the Games as long as the relationship keeps going,” he said.Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Lagos NUJ, Comrade Deji Elumoye, thanked the management of the airline for keeping the sponsorship going and promised that they will not regret the relationship.The games will begin today and end on Saturday at the same venue. Among the events billed for the games are athletics; table tennis; chess; draught; scrabble; ayo; tug-of-war and football (5-a-side).Already 16 media houses have drawn into four groups with only two teams to progress into the knockout stage and the defending champions, Defending champions, Lagos Information, The Nation; The Detective and Voice of Nigeria are in group A while The Sun; Vanguard’ The Champion and New Telegraph are in group B.In group C are Lagos Television; Correspondents; New Nigeria and Business Plus while group D has Daar Communications; Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria; Federal Information and The Source. All the indoor games will commence tomorrow.last_img read more

Fitness Friday: How Shakes Benefit Your Body and Helps With Weight loss

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIn today’s Fitness Friday we learned the benefits of protein shakes and what Shakeology could do for you. Trainer, Sarah Morrison revealed key benefits and how shakes can kick start and help with weight loss. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: fitness friday, Protein Shakes, ShakesContinue ReadingPrevious APS Board of Education Continues SearchNext UPDATE: TBJH Bomb Threatlast_img read more

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Nick Young say they’ve shaved last layers of rust

first_imgWalton pumped the brakes slightly, saying Randle’s play against Memphis had more to do than just numbers.“He can continue to get triple doubles, yes. Do I think he’ll get one all the time? No,” Walton said. “A lot has to go right for you. Guys need to make shots. Your own shot needs to go in. The rebounding thing should always be around (double digits). But if he plays with the alertness and focus he did last game, he’s going to fill up the stat sheet on most nights.”Staying focusedA loud commotion erupted, and Walton knew the excitement had nothing to do with how he drew up a play to open the fourth quarter against Memphis.Instead, Walton’s players became excited with Jerald Acoba of Tulare hitting a half-court shot to win $95,000.“I wasn’t paying attention,” Russell said, grinning. “I wasn’t in the game so I was watching the shot.”So were plenty of others, including reserve guard Marcelo Huertas who predicted Acoba would make the shot. As for Walton, he took the incident in stride. He admitted he rarely found it exciting watching former Lakers coach Phil Jackson drawing up a play.“When it was for me,” Walton said. “I was very excited.”Walton conceded that rarely happened.“A lot of times when he would call a play for me,” Walton said, “Kobe (Bryant) would just tell me to run the guard spot and he would take my spot.”Injury updateLakers forward Luol Deng missed Wednesday’s practice because of right biceps tendinitis. Although the Lakers listed Deng as questionable for Thursday’s game in Portland, Walton sounded optimistic Deng will play. EL SEGUNDO >> Every time that the Lakers’ Nick Young and D’Angelo Russell nailed a 3-pointer, it seemed as if the Lakers’ starting backcourt shed off the last remaining layers of rust.After Russell and Young combined for 38 points while shooting 12 of 20 from 3-point range in Tuesday’s win over Memphis, Lakers coach Luke Walton believed that marked “the best they played together” after missing a combined 20 games because of overlapping injuries.“When you have an injury of some sorts, you’re not allowed to be on the court,” Russell said. “You have to work in the weight room and do other things. So getting in the gym helped me knock off the rust.”The Lakers (13-25) enter Thursday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers (15-21) at Moda Center with Young and Russell becoming the first teammates in Lakers history to make at least six 3-pointers in consecutive games. “It takes time to find that rhythm. I’ve been finding it. I just got to continue to do it,” Young said. “When we got back, we were trying to rush in and be the man and got back to individual scoring. Now I think we’re sharing the ball now.”Making historyRegardless of how his NBA career turns out, Lakers forward Julius Randle will have his uniform enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. With Randle’s third career triple-double marking the first against Memphis in an NBA-record by giving Randle’s game-day jersey and shorts.“He’s going to rack up way more than that in years to come,” Russell said. “We know that he’s capable of doing that at a high level almost every night. It’s just up to him.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NFL free agency news: Demaryius Thomas signs with Patriots

first_img NFL Draft 2019: Eli Manning expecting Giants to select quarterback Welcome aboard, @DemaryiusT!— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 16, 2019According to NFL Media, the deal is for one year and worth up to $6 million.The #Patriots are giving former #Broncos and #Texans WR Demaryius Thomas a 1-year deal worth up $6M, source said. They discussed trading for him last year, signed him this year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 16, 2019Thomas will be reuniting with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who was the Broncos coach from 2009-10. The Patriots reportedly wanted Thomas last season, but he was traded to the Texans instead. Related News Thomas appeared in 15 games for the Broncos and Texans, notching 59 caught passes for 677 yards and five touchdowns. However, a torn Achilles derailed him for the rest of the season, and Houston released him after the season was over.Recently, Thomas made headlines off the field when he was involved in a single-car rollover crash that seriously injured one of his passengers.He pleaded guilty to reckless driving and, as part of a plea deal, had the felony charge of vehicular assault dropped.center_img NFL Draft 2019: Raiders likely won’t take Derek Carr’s replacement in the first round, report says The Patriots have a new receiver.New England is signing Demaryius Thomas after he spent last season with the Broncos and the Texans, the team announced Tuesday.last_img read more