Best to come from Mahrez – Ranieri

first_img In a largely forgettable game in which both teams lacked a cutting edge in the final third, Mahrez was relatively quiet for much of the afternoon, although most of the good things that Leicester did went through the 24-year-old. His attacking qualities are there for all to see but it is going the other way where Ranieri believes Mahrez must work to improve his all-round game. “Mahrez is important but all the team is very important. In this moment he is in great condition and he is very good for the team,” said Ranieri. “His passing is good, his shooting is good and his ideas are good – that is important for all the team. ” But I am an Italian manager and I am interested also in how he defends, and he is getting better. “He will improve and at the end he could be a very, very complete player.” After beginning the season with back-to-back victories against Sunderland and West Ham, the visit of Tottenham was the most difficult assignment yet for Ranieri’s men. And the Italian was interested to see how his team compared to those challenging at the upper echelons of the Barclays Premier League. He said: “I wanted to see the gap between us and to reach the Champions League, because Tottenham have been challenging for that. The level of the Tottenham players is very high. “I see a lot of spirit in the team when we come back 25 seconds after conceding the goal. “We played very well tactically and I am very satisfied. I think the draw was right. “The whole team has started well and is doing a very good job and is taking confidence.” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was angered by the way his side conceded an equaliser so quickly after going in front at the King Power Stadium. Substitute Alli, a £5million signing from MK Dons last season, stooped to head Spurs into the lead from a Nacer Chadli cross after 81 minutes. But the advantage was extremely short-lived as Leicester went straight up the other end and equalised through Mahrez. The draw means Spurs are without a win in their first three games – letting leads slip in the last two – prompting Pochettino to call for more focus from his players. “It was 50/50, a very difficult game for both teams,“ he said. “In the second half we played much better. I am disappointed with the draw. Last game against Stoke we lost a 2-0 lead and we did it again. We deserved more again but it is a shame. “We need to compete better to the end because against Stoke we conceded late also – two goals. “I am angry and disappointed, not frustrated. The mistake we made today is difficult to explain. “My concern and my focus this week will be to compete much better.“ Press Association Mahrez maintained his sparkling start to the season with another goal on Saturday – his fourth of the campaign – as the Foxes came from behind to draw 1-1 with Tottenham and preserve their unbeaten record. The Algeria international curled a lovely left-foot shot past Hugo Lloris from the right-hand side of the penalty area less than a minute after Dele Alli had headed Spurs in front. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri is working on making Riyad Mahrez a more complete player.last_img read more

Miami’s soft sanctions another dagger to USC

first_imgHere’s the way I see it. If I’m wrong, let me know.USC had one player accept a significant amount of money — perhaps as much as $100,000 — from agents unconnected with and unbeknownst to the school. The team had 30 scholarships revoked as punishment by the NCAA.Ohio State had at least 10 players, under the direct knowledge of the head coach, take approximately $15,000 and some tattoos in exchange for their gear and other paraphernalia. They got nine scholarships revoked.Oregon was proven to have paid a man upwards of $25,000 to illegally pay for countless recruits’ visits to the school. They got two scholarships taken.And that brings us to Miami. It’s hard to describe the extent of Miami’s infractions. When Yahoo! Sports first broke the story back in 2011, there were cries for the Hurricanes to be given the death penalty. Booster Nevin Shapiro, currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for money laundering in a Ponzi scheme, estimates he provided more than $2 million in impermissible benefits to Miami football players in the 2000s.Shapiro provided players with strippers, prostitutes and even cocaine both in hotel rooms and on his own yacht. He even paid for an abortion when a player got one of the prostitutes pregnant. On Tuesday, the NCAA finally announced their sanctions against Miami: In addition to the school’s self-imposed two-year bowl ban the Hurricanes had already served, they would forfeit a total of nine scholarships.Each of these, progressively, sent Trojan fans through the roof. It was hard to rationalize the relative severity of the crimes — but then again, what was ever rational about the NCAA? They even went so far as to say that they are not a court of law and not bound by precedent.But what about logic? How can anyone say that what happened at USC is worse than what went on at Miami? You can’t. What happened at USC is a gross travesty of justice. But you know what? It would have also been a travesty of justice had Miami (or Oregon or Ohio State) been saddled with the same restrictions.Bowl bans hurt recruiting, of course. And they hurt the bottom line of the athletic department. But they do not hurt like scholarship reductions do.Sometime during the fourth quarter of USC’s loss to Notre Dame on Saturday I noticed 5-foot-11, 175-pound walk-on wide receiver Robby Kolanz jog to his position. In my line of sight, he passed right past 6-foot-3, 340-lb. Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III. I was scared. If Nix tackles Kolanz, I thought, that poor kid is going to the hospital for sure.Of course, that’s stupid. Kolanz has taken his fair share of football hits before and earned his spot on the team. He’s only an inch shorter and 10 pounds lighter than receivers Nelson Agholor and De’Von Flournoy. Plus, given the relative positions of Kolanz and Nix, it was unlikely they would come in contact.But still, it reinforced the true impact of the NCAA’s sanctions on USC, now more than three years old: lower numbers aren’t just a detriment to the win column, they are a legitimate danger to players.And I’m not talking about players who are not D-I athletes in the “athlete” sense, being thrust onto the field with Louis Nix (which, for the record, would absolutely terrify me, and I am more or less Kolanz’ exact height and weight). What I mean is just how thin a team gets stretched.It becomes a vicious cycle. The low numbers lead to the necessity for players to take more repetitions. More reps lead to more injuries, which lead to even lower numbers and so on. Not only is it unfair, it is dangerous.So Trojan fans, don’t be upset because the NCAA didn’t drop the hammer on Miami (or Oregon or Ohio State or Auburn or Michigan or North Carolina or … You get the picture). They might have been wrong with USC, but that doesn’t mean they also need to be wrong with every decision they make in the future. One school being impacted the way USC has is more than enough.Be happy that the NCAA appears to have come to its senses. Do you really want to revel in the wrongful demise of another school? (OK maybe a little bit, but think about it). A two-year bowl ban and nine scholarships for Miami are no joke.But a two-year bowl ban and 30 scholarships? At this point, it’s hard to call it anything else. “Any Given Saturday” runs on Thursdays, ironically. To explain to Nick how this makes no sense, or comment on this column, email him at or visit read more

Syracuse fans in Houston react to men’s basketball Final Four loss

first_imgHOUSTON — As the Syracuse fans made their way out of sections 103 and 104 at NRG Stadium on Saturday night, they all heard the same questions.“Tickets? Got any tickets for Monday?”Monday, when the NCAA Division I men’s basketball national championship will be held. It’s a game the Orange won’t be participating in, thanks to its 83-66 loss to North Carolina in the Final Four on Saturday.The ticket-seekers were hoping to find Orange fans who had pre-purchased tickets to the championship — tickets they would no longer need. A few fans began to cut deals, but most either ignored the requests or politely declined. It represented what was largely a somber mood inside and outside of the stadium among SU fans following the Orange’s loss.The fans began to file out of NRG Stadium with a few minutes left in the game, when the Orange faced a seemingly insurmountable 77-64 deficit. Decked in Syracuse gear, most fans wore looks of disappointment on their faces.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTears filled the eyes of a few young fans. One middle-aged man ripped the orange bead necklace he was wearing and threw it into a nearby trashcan.“The walk of shame, man,” another fan said. “The walk of shame.”Not far away, Juli Boeheim, the wife of Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, made her way through the lower concourse. After a few moments, an older woman approached her.“I’m so sorry, sweetie,” the woman, who appeared to be a friend, said to Boeheim as she offered a hug.To those around her, Boeheim reflected on the loss — particularly the rebounds and the loose balls that always seemed to fall into the hands of a North Carolina player, rather than a Syracuse one.“They got every break,” she said. “Everything.”She wondered aloud when they would be able to leave in the morning, given that the weather was supposed to be “really bad” in Syracuse.Moments later, Boeheim and a swarm of others found their way outside.That’s where, for North Carolina fans, it was the start of a celebration. For Syracuse fans, though, it was quite the opposite.One UNC fan approached a group of sad Syracuse ones to boast over the game, which he reminded the SU fans was the third time this season the Tar Heels have topped the Orange.“Go Tar Heels, all day baby. All freakin’ day,” he said, before promptly dabbing in front of the Syracuse fans.Several feet away, more Syracuse fans were getting asked if they had tickets to sell.One, unlike most of those who were inside, pulled two tickets out of his back pocket and began to negotiate with the ticket-seeker.“$375,” the Syracuse fan said, offering a price.“$325.”“$370.”A look of exasperation spread across the ticket-seeker’s face.“My team just lost,” the Syracuse fan said with a slight grin. “I need to get my money’s worth.”Eventually, they settled on a price.“Thanks for the tickets, but sorry about the loss,” the ticket-seeker said to the Syracuse fan. “Great season though, good run.”“Not good enough,” the Syracuse fan replied, before walking away from NRG Stadium, away from the Final Four and away from the Syracuse men’s basketball team’s 2015-16 season. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 3, 2016 at 3:01 am Contact Michael: mdburk01@syr.edulast_img read more

Gordon wins B1G Running Back of the Year, four selected to Big Ten First-Team

first_imgWisconsin running back Melvin Gordon earned his first award of the season Monday night — and it’s not expected to be his last.The Big Ten announced their All-Conference Teams and select individual awards Monday, which included the Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year award that went to Gordon.Gordon, who is considered one of two players along with Oregon’s Marcus Mariota to be in contention for the Heisman trophy, has already set the Big Ten record for rushing yards in a season with 2,318. He’s also scored 26 touchdowns this season while averaging eight yards per carry and 188.3 yards per game. It is the third time in the last four seasons that a Wisconsin running back has won the award, as Montee Ball won the award in both 2011 and 2012.In addition to the Heisman trophy, Gordon is a finalist for the Maxwell Award — awarded to the nation’s top collegiate football player — and the Doak Walker Award, which is given to the nation’s top running back. Gordon was also named First-Team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media.Joining Gordon with First-Team All-Big Ten honors is senior inside linebacker Derek Landisch, who was named to the first-team by the coaches. Landisch has excelled in his first season as a starter for UW with 70 tackles, 14.5 for loss and a team-high eight sacks. Landisch was voted Second-Team All-Big Ten by the media.Wisconsin offensive linemen Kyle Costigan and Rob Havenstein were unanimous First-Team All-Big Ten selections in addition to Gordon and Landisch.Earning Second-Team All-Big Ten selections for the Badgers was defensive back Michael Caputo (coaches and media), defensive back Darius Hillary (coaches), offensive lineman Dan Voltz (media) and linebacker Vince Biegel (media).last_img read more

Seven race card in Kilbeggan

first_imgKilbeggan plays host to a seven-race all jumps card this evening with the first going to post at the Westmeath venue at half-five.Last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup and Irish Grand National hero Robbie Power returns from facial and dental damage and will be on the Jessica Harrington’s A Sizing Network in the Handicap Chase.The going this morning is good. Photo: © In Britain they go at Ascot, Ayr, Haydock, Lingfield, Newmarket and Redcar.last_img

Uganda aims for perfect record against Singapore

first_imgUSA22042.12 TeamPlayedWonLostPointsNNR Remaining matches15 November: Singapore v Uganda (Oman Club Turf 1); Denmark v USA (Oman Club Turf 2) 8.30am16 November: Oman v USA (Oman Club Turf 1); Kenya v Singapore (Oman Club Turf 2)18 November: Kenya v Denmark (Oman Club Turf 1); Oman v Uganda (Oman Club Turf 2)19 November: Singapore v USA (Oman Club Turf 1)SOURCE:********RELATED STORIES FILE PHOTO: Ugandan cricketers, now playing for prideUPDATE #WCL3  Uganda ?? To bat vs  Singapore ?? 204/10 in 49.4 USA ?? 230/7 in 50 vs Denmark ?? To batKampala, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG | Uganda will hope to maintain their perfect record against Singapore when they play their penultimate match of the World Cricket League Division Three in Oman today.The Cricket Cranes’ hopes of making a return to the World Cricket League Division Two were virtually extinguished Tuesday by neighbors Kenya, leaving them to jostle for a favorable table placing in their final two games. Victory over Singapore today will ensure Uganda does not end bottom of the table.Uganda will go into this match confident, as they have won all two games they have ever played against Singapore at this level.The most exciting was at the 2014 edition, where Uganda snatched a one-run win.  Set 196 to win, Singapore got stuck at 195/9 after the very last ball.It was much easier last year, with hosts Uganda (217/9 ) securing a 66 runs victory.This time round, Uganda has struggled getting close to the 200 run mark. Opener Arnold Otwani has given a good account of himself with two great scores of of 88 and 52, but all around him, wickets have consistently fallen cheaply.Only Dinesh Nakrani (50) in the last game against Kenya, has been put up a fight with the bat.If Singapore win today, they could well still be in contention for a top two place themselves, or determine the fortunes of two other contenders USA and Kenya, who they face in their next games.Oman are favourites to bounce back to Division two, but meanwhile, USA can move back to the top of the standings on Thursday when they take on bottom placed Denmark. A victory for USA will also confirm them as only one of three remaining to contend for the top two places.Uganda won the bat and chose to field, but will go into today’s game again minus key bowler Irfan Afridi, who has been suspended from bowling in international cricket.In a statement early this week, ICC said, “Per Article 3.6.2 of the ICC Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions, video footage of Irfan’s bowling spells were provided to the Expert Panel of Mark King and Andrea Cutti, who are members of the ICC Panel of Human Movement Specialists, for their analysis and assessment. The assessment revealed that the amount of elbow extension in Irfan’s bowling action was above the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.”In Uganda’s second game, USA complained about Afridi’s action to the umpire, alleging chucking, and he was withdrawn before he could complete his spell. Oman33060.613 Uganda3122-0.104 LIVE SCORES (click)All eyes on 2023 World CupThe 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Three is an international cricket tournament that is currently taking place in Oman between 9 and 19 November 2018. It forms part of the 2017–22 cycle of the World Cricket League (WCL) which determines the qualification for the 2023 Cricket World Cup.The top two teams will be promoted to the 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament, and the other four teams will play in the 2019–21 ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League.The 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two is scheduled to take place in April 2019 in Namibia.center_img Singapore21120.443 Kenya3122-1.176 Denmark3030-1.116 Six teams will qualify for the tournament:Papua New Guinea (9th in the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier)Hong Kong (10th in the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier)Canada (3rd in 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two)Namibia (4th in 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two)TO BE DETERMINED (1st in 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Three)TO BE DETERMINED (2nd in 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Three)Standings so far Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Stephen F. Austin Earns Both Men’s Indoor Weekly Awards

first_imgSouthland Indoor Track & Field Weekly RecapFRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin juniors Drake Murphy and Antonio Ruiz were named the Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. The Lumberjacks return to Lubbock for the second straight weekend, competing at the Texas Tech Classic and Multis on Friday and Saturday. Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Drake Murphy, Stephen F. Austin – Jr. – Galveston, TexasMurphy ran the 800m for the first time this season and won the event with a time of 1:55.37 out of 13 competitors at the Texas Tech Invitational, a mark which is second best in the Southland this season. He also anchored the 4x400m relay, which took fifth at the event. Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Antonio Ruiz, Stephen F. Austin – Jr. – Tomball, TexasRuiz took second in the pole vault in Lubbock out of 17 finishers, tying his Southland-best mark of 5.22m (17-1.50). Honorable Mention: James Manders, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Jamarkese Williams, UIW. Honorable Mention: Darion Dunn, McNeese; Terrion Spivey, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.last_img read more

Guti, the ‘mirror’ of Camavinga

first_imgGuti’s name has slipped in more than one occasion in the occasional emotional talk Julien tells his pupils. “The last pass and his handling of the left leg is similar to Guti’s,” reveal some of his teammates. Now, it remains to be seen if the French player can wear the same shirt that Guti wore in his day: the white of Real Madrid.The best advice Julien gives to the sensation of Ligue 1 is to continue for another year: “I think he has to consolidate himself in another full season. He must be prepared to play 40 consecutive games in a top team and another year of better is essential. This is the place where he grew up and they love him very much.” Camavinga is one of the great revelations of Europe thanks in large part to Julien Stéphan. His current coach was in charge of uploading him from Sub 17 to the subsidiary with only 15 years old. In those trainings both made a great duo to the point that when Julien was promoted one of his first decisions was to debut the 16-year-old midfielder against PSG. A bet that came out like gold in cloth. “We had no doubt that it would be a success. At no time did I look at his age, but at the quality he had,” the coach assured ACE.There is no doubt that Julien is Camavinga’s mentor, but both have a secret: his admiration for Guti as a player. The midfielder could only enjoy his last stage. But Stéphan always noticed him: “I cannot speak of idols, but when I was young I looked at Guti attentively. I adored his elegance, he was very strong, efficient and very beautiful to watch playing, he marked me a lot.”last_img read more

South Africa survive early scare to beat Afghanistan in World T20

first_imgMUMBAI, India (AP):South Africa avoided another bowling nightmare to revive their World Twenty20 campaign and beat inexperienced Afghanistan by 37 runs in the Group One match yesterday.Chasing South Africa’s daunting 209-5, opener Mohammad Shahzad smashed 44 off just 19 balls before medium-fast Chris Morris grabbed 4-27 to dismiss Afghanistan for 172 in 20 overs.”We need to be a lot better, it’s as simple as that,” said South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who won the toss and chose to bat. “It’s a big challenge for the bowlers … I guess we are a bit soft in our execution which we need to improve on.”AB de Villiers had earlier capitalised on two dropped catches to hit 64 off 29 balls. Left-handed opener Quinton de Kock made 45 and du Plessis contributed 41.South Africa lost the first match against England, which chased down a WT20 record 230-8 at the same venue on Friday to win by two wickets. It was Afghanistan’s second loss in succession after they were beaten by defending champions Sri Lanka at Kolkata.Shahzad followed the England-style run rampage when he smashed five sixes and three fours in the first three overs from fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott as South Africa rested their front-line fast bowler Dale Steyn and included David Wiese, who went for 0-47.Morris cut short the cricketing carnage and knocked back the middle stump of Shahzad, before following it up with the wicket of captain Asghar Stanikzai. He returned to clean- bowl Rashid Khan and Dawlat Zadran in his last over.The South African pace proved too much for Afghanistan’s middle-order batsmen as they kept losing wickets, with wicketkeeper de Kock holding on to four catches and also stumping Noor Ali Zadran.”This experience will be good for us,” Stanikzai said. “Shahzad started well but, unfortunately, we gave some quick wickets and that’s why we lost the match.”Earlier, de Kock and du Plessis set the pace of the South Africa innings by adding 65 off 42 balls after Hashim Amla was dismissed in the third over.Afghanistan came back briefly when du Plessis was run out in the 10th over and two overs later de Kock was caught behind.last_img read more

MoU signed to address issues facing poor farmers in Guyana

first_imgFood for the Poor (Guyana) and the World University of Service of Canada Caribbean (WUSC Caribbean) have signed a memorandum of understanding to address and secure more lasting sustainable solutions for issues facing poor farmers in Guyana.Signed on December 4, the agreement looks at the specific areas of cooperation between WUSC Caribbean and FFP as lie within their mandates and involve supporting the contribution and distribution of seeds, simple tools and equipment to farmers, agro-processing, and farming groups and learning institutions.In addition, the agreement seeks to promote the adaptation of climate smart agricultural practices through establishment of shade houses, while supporting small-scale farmers to pursue crop diversification and adopt new technologies to boost efficiency and productivity.Chief Executive Officer of FFP, Kent Vincent, and Deputy Project Director of WUSC Caribbean, Munish Persaud (centre), with other executives of FFP and WUSCFinally, the agreement is geared at supporting agro-processing and farming groups by the establishment/upgrading of agro-processing centres.Deputy Project Director of WUSC Caribbean, Munish Persaud, and Chief Executive Officer of FFP, Kent Vincent, inked the agreement.Persaud has said the WUSC Caribbean is pleased to have signed the partnership, which provides a great opportunity for both entities to utilize their resources to get more lasting, sustainable solutions for the issues facing poor farmers in Guyana.Meanwhile, CEO of the FFP, Vincent, indicated the pleasure of FTP to be signing with another entity that promotes agricultural initiatives.last_img read more