Everton boss Roberto Martinez excited by lengthy run of fixtures

first_img Press Association Everton, who have finished fifth and then 11th in their two seasons under the Spaniard so far, are currently ninth in the table after 12 games. And asked ahead of the Villa contest what his team could achieve this term, Martinez said: “I think that’s the theme of this period – from now until the next international break, that is exactly the answer we need to find. “Now is our time to show what we can do and how good we can be, and clearly the next 19 league games are going to give us that answer.” Martinez insists he has no targets in mind at this stage in terms of either points or final position, with his sole focus for now the visit of Villa, the league’s bottom club. “It’s such an incredible block of fixtures now – a really, really important period starting with the game on Saturday,” he said. “It is a block of football where we are going to be trying to forge our best possible (performance). “It’s impossible to set targets now – the only target is to win the next game. “Then, when you get into March and are ready for the final few games of the season, that is when you have that dream or final target.” The international break just concluded was the third so far in 2015-16, but the next one is not until March. And between now and then, Martinez’s men are scheduled to play 19 Barclays Premier League matches – beginning with this weekend’s home clash with Aston Villa – as well as ties in the Capital One Cup and FA Cup. Everton boss Roberto Martinez is relishing his side tackling the “incredible block of fixtures” ahead that starts on Saturday and will go a long way towards determining how their season pans out. Everton’s last home outing was a 6-2 thumping of Sunderland and Martinez has called on the Toffees to replicate the attacking threat showed then on Saturday, while at the same time stressing the need for better defensive work. He has also suggested he has a good idea of what to expect from Villa, despite them having only had one game so far – a 0-0 home draw with league leaders Manchester City – under new boss Remi Garde. “I don’t think it’s difficult at all (to assess Villa at the moment),” Martinez said. “They were very impressive against City. The new manager has come in with a very clear idea of the way he wants Villa playing, and he has a really good experience of the British game from his time as a player (with Arsenal). “I think – if you follow a little bit the success he had with (previous club) Lyon – you are going to see a team based on attacking football. “And I think the togetherness and the fighting spirit they had against Manchester City is a really good starting point for this new chapter in his career.” last_img read more

Pink ball visibility easier than red ball: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgKolkata: Former India captain and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly feels sighting the pink ball is easier than its traditional red avatar.Visibility of the heavily-lacquered ball especially during the twilight period has been a talking point ahead of the country’s first Day-Night Test.Kohli, who slammed his 27th Test ton on Day 2 and was dismissed for 136, batted throughout the “twilight zone” on the first day without facing any difficulty although against a weak Bangladesh bowling attack.Asked how the Indian captain aced the pink ball challenge, Ganguly said: “He is a run machine.”On the visibility, he said: “It’s actually easier than the red ball.”Ganguly thanked Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her presence on Friday and promised to be present at the two T20Is between Asian all-star XI and World XI next year to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.“I will go. I know you have gala plans for the event,” he said.Ganguly, who was the man behind India agreeing to play a pink ball test after initial resistance, said the success of the first day lay in the fact that 60,000 spectators watched the action.“So many watched the match that is most important. I was not under any tension but I was busy.”Bangladesh was shot out for 106 in their first innings in a sorry display of batting. Ganguly said they don’t have key players. Bangladesh is without regular captain Shakib Al Hasan and experienced opener Tamim Iqbal.“They don’t have 4-5 main players,” he said.Ganguly remained non-committal on whether India will play a pink-ball Test in Australia next year. IANSAlso Read: D/N Test: The pitch looks good, I am very excited: Sourav GangulyAlso Watch: Actress Amrita Gogoi promotes ‘Pratighat’ at Namti in Sivasagarlast_img read more

UW looks for second straight win

first_imgTara Steinbauer and the Badgers will have their hands full Monday at the Kohl Center in facing Whitney Thomas and Amber Jackson of the Indiana Hoosiers.[/media-credit]After ending their five-game losing streak with a 58-52 victory over Penn State, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team will look to make it two wins in a row against Indiana Monday night.The last time they met on Jan. 15, the Hoosiers squeaked out a 64-61 win at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Whitney Thomas led Indiana with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Jori Davis and Jamie Braun chipped in 18 and 14 points, respectively. Lin Zastrow also had 13 points to lead the Badgers.Wisconsin (15-10, 5-9) turned the ball over 20 times and got into major foul trouble in the game, which resulted in both Alyssa Karel and Tara Steinbauer fouling out and only playing 13 and 10 minutes each.“I think I got a few bad breaks [with fouls],” Karel said. “There were just a few things that some refs call that others don’t. I got called for two quick fouls right away, and when that happens, it’s just hard to get going. I just have to be smarter.”With Mariah Dunham’s dismissal, Steinbauer is especially key for the Badgers because of their shortage of post players.“It’s unfortunate that I fouled out last time,” Steinbauer said. “I’m a very aggressive player. That was just a tough game all around, and this time I’ll definitely work to keep my hands off them and work more with my feet. Hopefully, I can stay in a little longer.”Along with Thomas, Indiana also has forward Amber Jackson. Jackson leads the team in scoring, averaging 13 points per game, with Thomas averaging another 12.5 points. Thus, post play will be important for Wisconsin.“We’ve definitely been talking about them all week,” Steinbauer said. “We know they are both all-around players. They can both shoot from the outside, take it off the dribble and post up inside, so I think it’s just a matter of mentally preparing ourselves. We have to bring our ‘A’ game to defend them.” Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone also realizes the importance of containing Jackson and Thomas.“We have to keep them off the glass,” Stone said. “Indiana is a very good offensive rebounding team. In my opinion, Whitney Thomas is one of the best players in the conference. She’s a threat from everywhere on the floor and is probably one of the best rebounders in the conference.”Another aspect that hurt Wisconsin in the last meeting was the 15 offensive rebounds Indiana collected that led to 13 points.“Last time, it came down to rebounds,” Karel said. “I think we would have been able to win if we had gotten one or two more defensive rebounds, and those second-chance points really hurt us.”“We have to rebound the basketball,” Stone added. “When we get offensive and defensive rebounds we are a much better team.”As with most games, Wisconsin knows that to have success, its defense will be the deciding factor.“We know they are a penetrating team, so we’ll have to work on being in the gaps,” Steinbauer said. “We want them to have to shoot the outside jumper. If we can take away the post game from them too, that would obviously be really good, too.”“We really have to get back on transition defense,” Stone said. “We get back on defense, our defense is much better because it’s set.”For a team that prides itself on rarely turning the ball over, 20 turnovers wasn’t something the Badgers were accustomed to. Those turnovers led to 25 Indiana points.“We can’t have turnovers,” Stone said. “When we take care of the ball, we get really good shots. This all sounds pretty simple, but if we can play transition defense, rebound and value the basketball, we’re in pretty good shape.”last_img read more

Women’s golf takes to the road for Mason Rudolph Championship

first_imgThe No. 1 USC women’s golf team travels to Franklin, Tenn., to defend its title at the Mason Rudolph Championship this weekend.The Women of Troy won last year’s tournament, held at the Legends Golf Club, by two strokes, and set a tournament record in the first round with a score of ten-under par 278.“Obviously it would be nice to make a run to defend our title,” coach Andrea Gaston said. “I think it’s just a matter of getting off to a good start and staying in there.”Last year, however, the Women of Troy were led by tournament winner Jennifer Song, who left the school after last season and recently earned her LPGA tour card for next season. Song opened the last tournament with a six-under 66, and, as Gaston acknowledged, “it would certainly help to have a few low rounds to start us off.”Leading the team this week is three-time All-American senior Lizette Salas, who is fresh off a third-place finish at the NCAA Fall Preview. Salas has never finished lower than 25th at the Mason Rudolph, highlighted by a tenth place finish in 2009. Salas, the only senior on the six-person team, is responsible for filling the void left by Song and three-time All-American Belen Mozo. Assisting Salas in leading the young team is junior transfer Lisa McCloskey, a two-time All-American. McCloskey finished fourth at the Fall Preview in her USC debut. She and Salas were both named to Golf World’s “Top Ten Women’s Golf Collegiate Players to Watch” list before the season.Also returning for the Women of Troy is junior Inah Park, who will be making her season debut this weekend. Park was a member of last season’s NCAA runner-up team, and looks to be a key part of the team’s run for another title. She finished 30th at the Mason Rudolph last year. Sophomore Cyna Rodriguez, the only other remaining member of last season’s team, tied for 30th at the Fall Preview. She dropped out of the top 20 after an uncharacteristic final round 80, and looks to rebound this week. Rounding out the roster is freshman Rachel Morris, who finished 18th at the Fall Preview in her USC debut.In addition to winning last year’s tournament, the Women of Troy finished second in the 2009 Mason Rudolph. A history of success at this juncture is very important to the team, which will be hosting the 2011 Fall Preview and 2012 NCAA Championship next season.“A lot of teams wanted to get in there this year,” Gaston said.For this week, the team is concentrating on playing a course that has survived a brutal summer. The floods in Tennessee and the natural Southern heat and humidity have left the course a little beaten up. That said, “Everyone is playing under the same conditions, so you have to have a good attitude about it,” Gaston said.The tournament runs Friday through Sunday.last_img read more

Kiara Lewis named to All-ACC 1st team

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 2, 2020 at 3:59 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Syracuse’s point guard and leading scorer Kiara Lewis has been named to the All-Atlantic Coast first team. All 15 ACC head coaches and the conference’s Blue Ribbon Panel voted on the annual awards, which the league announced Monday afternoon.During the regular season, Lewis averaged 17.9 points and five assists per game, both the highest marks on the team. The redshirt junior scored in double figures in all but two of Syracuse’s 29 games, recording at least 20 points in nine contests.Lewis entered the season as an unproven commodity, expected to replace Tiana Mangakahia. Last season, she came off the bench in each of SU’s games. But at media day, head coach Quentin Hillsman said he wasn’t concerned at all. “We have Kiara Lewis,” he said reassuringly.The Chicago native has started every game this year and leads the conference in minutes played. SU’s offense revolves around her running high pick-and-rolls, getting downhill and finishing in the paint or finding open teammates.This is the fifth-consecutive season the Orange have had at least one All-ACC first team selection. Lewis is the fourth player in program history to earn the distinction, joining Tiana Mangakahia, Brittney Sykes and Alexis Peterson.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLewis was honored in Syracuse’s most recent game on senior night because she’s graduating, though she still has a year of eligibility left. In that game, an 88-81 loss to Boston College, Lewis registered 18 points, eight assists and four rebounds, playing all 40 minutes.The Orange, who may be without freshman guard Teisha Hyman, will have to lean on Lewis even more in the upcoming ACC tournament. Eight-seeded Syracuse’s postseason begins on March 5 against nine-seeded Virginia in Greensboro, North Carolina. Commentslast_img read more

Leinster Council defend Walsh Cup

first_imgMidlanders boss and Tipperary native Eamon Kelly told Midlands says he’s glad to have another competitive game before the league gets underway. Provincial Chairman John Horan says the competition is invaluable for teams as they prepare for the league and outlines that the revenue  generated from  the games is used to address issues of hardship suffered by players, and by ordinary members of the GAA in Leinster.Eddie Brennan who oversaw Kilkenny in the competition this season has called for an end to the tournament.Offaly are through to the semi finals of the Walsh cup following their win against the Cats at Birr yesterday.last_img read more

Esportsbetting.com launches, and joins ESIC

first_imgBenjamin Bradtke, esportsbetting.comEsportsbetting.com, the ‘first Malta-built and Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) licensed esports betting platform’, has today announced its official launch and a partnership with the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC). The betting platform has become the latest in a host of ESIC partners, and they join an esteemed list which also includes Betway, Unikrn, SkyBet, BlinkPool, ESL, Dreamhack and Sportradar to name but a few. The platform has been ‘designed to deliver a clean and simple betting experience at its core’, and through 2018, the team behind it will be adding additional features including gamification items.Benjamin Bradtke is co-founder and the one heading up esportsbetting.com. He’s formerly Head of Marketing at DOJO Madness, an esports big data startup. Frontloop Media, an igaming company, are also involved in the project. The site will offer a ‘wide range of pre-match and in-play betting opportunities across all major titles’, which will initially include League of Legends, CS:GO, Dota2, Overwatch, and PUBG.Bradtke said of the launch: “Esportsbetting.com is aimed at providing the most secure, integrity-driven esports-first betting experience in the market. By only offering markets where integrity checks can be provided, adhering to the highest level of customer and data protections, and implementing tools to verify ages, we have no doubt that esportsbetting.com will provide the safest and most reputable platform to place your esports bets.”ESIC Commissioner Ian Smith stated: “ESIC is very pleased to partner with esportsbetting.com. They will contribute to and benefit from our suspicious betting alert network and help sustain our vital anti-corruption education work. Most importantly, the more integrity-conscious betting operators like esportsbetting.com we partner with, the less opportunity there is for unscrupulous illegal operators to get a foothold in the market.”Esports Insider says: We are always vocally supportive of the good and important work being done over at ESIC. In our view it’s a sensible move by esportsbetting.com, and one indicative of their plans going forward. There’ll be plenty of competition in the esports betting space this year, and we can all expect plenty more as 2018 progresses. ESIC can expect to be kept rather busy.last_img read more

Marseille release crocked Andre Ayew for 2013 AFCON

first_imgOlympique Marseille have released Andre Ayew to join the Ghana national team for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, GHANAsoccernet.com can confirm.The 23-year-old picked up a hamstring injury on Wednesday and is expected to be out for an initial five days.The French club had made a request to the Ghana FA to hold on to the midfielder as they begin treatment of the injury.Their request was however rejected by the GFA who insisted on having the player in the Black Stars camp by Saturday’s deadline.As a result, Marseille on Friday gave permission to Ayew to join the rest of his national teammates in Abu Dhabi.It is however unclear at this point whether the son of Ghana legend Abedi Pele has set off for the Black Stars camp in the UAE. Ayew is expected to continue with his treatment while in the UAE and would hopefully join full scale training if his recovery keeps to schedule.The news comes as a massive boost to Ghana who have already lost Yahaya Mohammed to injury days towards the start of the Nations Cup in South Africa.last_img read more

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The snowstorm question

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments So what answer below best described your mood during the snowstorms of 2013? I was elated. I love, love snow and the chaos that comes with it. I liked it at first, but after awhile it became annoying. I hate the snow and the cancelations and everything about it. Just get me to a beach. View Results  Loading …last_img read more

María José, the scorer of the month: has five goals in January

first_imgTo his 35 years, the footballer of Santa Cruz de Tenerife shows us that he has rope for a while. Before the Depor made it clear that the boots have quality, with three goals. A fact that is not surprising to everyone who knows her. And is that football runs through his veins. His father, Christ, was a Betis player in the 60s, and Ayoze Pérez, of Leicester, is his cousin. A fact that led him to always grow up with a ball on his feet. His passion led him to go through several teams such as Sabadell, Sporting Huelva, Extremadura, Tacuense, Levante or Granadilla, with which he achieved promotion in 2013-14. In 2016 he went to Levante, but returned home in the following season to continue making history in the ranks of the Canarian team. For now, he is getting it … Maria Jose could not start better the year 2020. The front of the Passion fruit, who scored a hat-trick this weekend against Deportivo (5-3), has picked up scoring speed and adds five goals in the last four games. A figure that no player in the category approaches. The Canarian footballer has met again with the goal this year, after four long months of drought. “The team was very good and personally, very happy to help with goals,” he said after the match against the Galician. To these five targets is added one scored on September 14 to Logroño (1-1). A fact that is noted in the future of the team in recent days, with three consecutive games without losing, with two wins and one draw. A streak that ends the four straight defeats they put in a hurry to the canaries, now in the ninth place of the classification. The truth is that María José Pérez (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 19-3-84), better known as María José She has been one of the most decisive players for Granadilla in the last two seasons. Last year he signed fourteen targets, which contributed to classifying the team in fifth position. Two campaigns ago, his performance was also decisive. The Granadilla finished fourth, the best record of the club in Primera, with 12 goals from the Canarian attacker. last_img read more