first_imgEverton 0 QPR 1Tommy Smith netted a first-half winner as QPR celebrated Tony Fernandes’ takeover with the Premier League victory their fans have waited 15 years for.New majority shareholder Fernandes was unable to be at Goodison Park, where Smith’s cool finish after being set up by Akos Buzsaky capped a momentous week for Rangers. The opening-day debacle at home to Bolton seems a lifetime away now.AdChoices广告What made this result – Everton’s first home league defeat since November – all the more remarkable was that Rangers’ preparations were wrecked by a virus in the camp.Patrick Agyemang, who was stretchered off with a leg injury in the second half, was not a name many expected to be on a QPR team sheet this season.But he started along with Buzsaky because summer signings Jay Bothroyd and DJ Campbell were both ill. Bothroyd was on the bench and replaced Agyemang when he went off, while Campbell missed out altogether.Rangers were also forced to make changes in defence, with Bradley Orr starting in place of the injured Kieron Dyer and Matt Connolly filling in at left-back for the suspended Clint Hill.Connolly has rarely looked comfortable in that position but it was Liverpudlian Orr who was under more pressure in the first half.Orr, a lifelong Liverpool fan despite being on Everton’s books as a youngster, had his hands full dealing with the marauding runs of England left-back Leighton Baines, who was the home side’s main attacking outlet.And Baines went close to putting Everton ahead with a 23rd-minute free-kick that crashed down off the underside of the bar with keeper Paddy Kenny well beaten.Eight minutes later, Neil Warnock’s men went ahead when Smith, who had fired wide in the early stages, etched his name into QPR folklore by scoring the club’s first goal back in the top flight.After Phil Jagielka sloppily gave the ball away, Buzsaky capitalised by threading the perfect pass through for Smith, and the forward took a touch before curling into the bottom corner of the net.The goal shocked Everton into life and Tim Cahill sent a diving header just wide before Kenny kept out Jermaine Beckford’s header from Phil Neville’s cross.Everton, who had impressive 17-year-old midfielder Ross Barkley making his debut, did not improve after the break and boss David Moyes sent on Mikel Arteta and then Marouane Fellaini in an attempt to galvanise his team.Barkley shot wide and Cahill had another header saved by Kenny, but with Shaun Derry superbly shielding their back four, Rangers never looked like letting this historic win slip from their grasp.last_img read more

By Shihar AneezCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Former Sri Lanka captains Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga were left out of the 15-man squad announced yesterday for the World Cup in England and Wales, while spin-bowling all-rounders Milinda Siriwardana and Jeevan Mendis were recalled.Chandimal was Sri Lanka’s one-day international captain as recently as October, while Tharanga led the side in 2017.Tharanga’s fellow opener Danushka Gunathilaka also failed to make the cut, while Lahiru Thirimanne, who last played in the format at the end of 2017, was drafted in.“We have an issue with opening batsmen. This is the reason why we went for experienced openers. We need that experience in England,” chief selector Ashantha de Mel told reporters. “The openers were not in form. They were not among the runs in the last 10 games and they had failed. So we had to take a decision on the openers.”Jeffrey Vandersay was picked over mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya as the only specialist slow bowler, with Sri Lanka’s selectors rewarding the leg-spinner’s strong performances in a recent domestic 50-over tournament. “We can’t take two off-spinners to the World Cup, and right now we are considering Dhananjaya de Silva as an off-spinner,” de Mel said.“Since Akila remodelled his action, Dhananjaya gets wickets at a much better strike rate than Akila, and he also turns the ball more than Akila.”Opening batsman Avishka Fernando, 21, survived the axe despite a below-par tour of South Africa recently. But regular wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella was dropped. The 1996 champions yesterday had appointed Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne as the skipper for the May 30-July 14 World Cup despite the left-handed batsman not playing an ODI since the 2015 tournament.Karunaratne’s leadership in Sri Lanka’s spectacular Test series win in South Africa tilted the scales in his favour.The selectors continued on that note by bringing back Jeevan Mendis, who also last played in the format at the World Cup four years back in Australia and New Zealand. Siriwardana and Vandersay last played ODIs in October 2017. Pace bowler Lasith Malinga, who led the side in a 5-0 ODI series thrashing at the hands of South Africa recently, kept his place alongside the injury-prone paceman Nuwan Pradeep.“We have tested him (Malinga). He is a world class player,” Sri Lanka Cricket president Shammi Silva said.“But sometimes, a world-class player may not be a good captain, and a good captain may not be a world-class player. Country comes first, not the names.” Former captain Angelo Mathews, who missed a lot of cricket recently due to injury and was also dropped last year due to fitness concerns, was part of the 15-man squad.Sri Lanka open their World Cup campaign against New Zealand on June 1. read more

first_img Comments Published on January 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_iseman Amir Garrett couldn’t stand it. Of all the seasons to be a freshman on St. John’s, this was the best one, and he was missing it.The Red Storm has no depth and no senior leadership. The door was open for the rookies to step up, take over and drive the program. But Garrett sat six hours north of the St. John’s campus at a prep school in Maine, feeling completely helpless.His spot with the Red Storm was solidified, but he couldn’t be there. Yet.‘It was very tough knowing I can’t be here to help my brothers out,’ Garrett said. ‘It was very frustrating. I was just — I can’t even explain how it felt for the first couple of months. I’m here now, so that’s all that matters.’Garrett was a part of the nation’s No. 3 recruiting class put together by second-year head coach Steve Lavin one season after taking SJU to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002. But one of the most highly touted recruiting classes in college basketball slowly became one of the biggest disappointments. Garrett, JaKarr Sampson and Norvel Pelle were all supposed to be with the team at the start of the season. Instead, all three were prohibited from participating due to academic ineligibility. They enrolled in prep schools while they improved their academic standing, but Garrett is the only one of the three to have joined the Red Storm after three months at the Bridgton Academy in Maine.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAll told, the Red Storm (9-12, 3-6 Big East) has somewhat maintained stability despite the misfortune. When No. 2 Syracuse (22-1, 9-1) travels to New York City this weekend to play SJU, it will face a talented group of freshmen capable of hanging with the Orange.The declaration by the NCAA that they were ineligible began a year of adversity for St. John’s, which has dealt with a depleted roster, a lack of experience and a head coach stricken with prostate cancer and has been unable to coach in games. Adding to the troubles, Nurideen Lindsey, a key part of the St. John’s offense at the start of the season, transferred to Rider in mid-January.It’s impossible to know how much better the Red Storm would have been if they had their full recruiting class. Brian Snow, a national recruiting analyst for, said the incoming class took a ‘tremendous hit’ and that it’s plausible St. John’s would have had more success had it not fallen apart.‘It’s certainly tough to say, but I certainly think they’d be at least a couple wins better because you’ve got more depth, more versatility, more athleticism, more bodies,’ Snow said. ‘I mean right now, if they’re in foul trouble, they’re in deep crap. Whereas you put those guys in there before, and you’ve got more bodies that make the plays.’It’s a group of freshmen guaranteed to see plenty of time on the floor, simply because assistant coach Mike Dunlap — who has filling in for Lavin while he recovers from cancer — and the Red Storm coaching staff have no other choice.‘We don’t have any depth, so we have to play them,’ special assistant and advisor Gene Keady said. ‘But they’re starting to learn, and they’re getting the techniques down and learning how to execute and play hard and do all those things like blocking out, sprinting back on defense and making the free throws. They’re starting to learn how to play right.’West Virginia saw SJU’s growth firsthand.Starting five freshmen for the first time since the 1927-28 season’s ‘Wonder Five,’ St. John’s beat the Mountaineers 78-62 on Jan. 25 behind standout Moe Harkless’ 23 points. In the Red Storm’s next game, St. John’s lost to powerhouse Duke by a mere seven points on the road at Cameron Indoor Stadium.Both games highlighted how talented the Red Storm’s freshmen are and displayed what Snow saw before the season: a group of freshmen that, with time, could be superior.‘I certainly think them having a huge impact on the team was certainly an expectation coming in,’ Snow said. ‘Not just because of their ability but because of their opportunity.’Harkless is averaging 16.6 points per game, D’Angelo Harrison is scoring 15.8 and junior transfer God’s Gift Achiuwa is adding 11.8. Perhaps more impressive, though, is that those three are also playing an average of 34.4 minutes per game.When Lavin and the Storm made its appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season, it did so with 10 seniors. This season, the team’s most experienced returning player is guard Malik Stith, who’s averaging a paltry 2.8 points per game. So experience and depth is replaced by a young group of developing players at the start of the season.‘Our focus right now is on playing a higher level of basketball, elevating our play at both ends of the floor,’ Lavin said during the Big East coaches’ teleconference Jan. 19. ‘The way we’ve got to do that as a staff is set out some attainable goals in terms of both sides of the ball and try to achieve those objectives.’Once Garrett arrived in Queens, he had no time to adjust. He wasn’t going to ride the bench. St. John’s needed players, and Garrett arrived at the right time.For Garrett, it was baptism by fire in the truest form. Garrett, who was initially the team’s sixth man, has started the last three games and is playing almost 22 minutes per game, scoring 5.3 points per contest. While he continues to develop, the 6-foot-6 forward is at least providing some relief for the Red Storm.Garrett said he is starting to find a comfort zone after some early struggles that resulted from overthinking and a constant conscious effort to avoid mistakes. Now, Garrett said, he simply focuses on playing basketball, just as all of his fellow freshmen are doing.‘It’s a young group of guys. It’s been pretty good,’ Garrett said. ‘We’re all coming together as a family. I like playing with them a lot. Playing in the Big East is a lot what I expected. It’s crazy playing in the Big East because everybody is so good and so athletic, and everybody is just as good as you or even better.’Though all of the Red Storm’s rookies have impressed league opponents, Harkless has been a source of stability in an otherwise up-and-down season. Playing at a level beyond his years, Harkless burst on to the Big East scene, scoring 32 points on 14-of-17 shooting and grabbing 13 rebounds against Providence on Dec. 27.At 6 feet 8 inches, Harkless has been a force, leading a young team in one of the toughest conferences in the nation as a freshman himself.‘I’m very impressed with him. I really like him,’ Keady said. ‘I think he’s long and lanky and can get above people with his shot. He rebounds well, too. He’s really growing up and learning how to play with a maturity that maybe juniors have.’That’s what’s keeping St. John’s hopeful for the future. After the youthful Red Storm beat a tough West Virginia team and gave Duke a run for its money, the program’s future appears bright.Before the season started, Keady and the Red Storm coaches saw the talent, but also the rawness of their young players. As the year has gone on, though, that talent has shined as they’ve matured.And this is only the start.‘We knew how talented they were, we just didn’t have them playing together like we liked,’ Keady said. ‘Now they’re starting to get that, so that’s going to be a great improvement for us if we can keep it going.’cjiseman@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 19, 2012 at 10:08 pm The Syracuse women’s soccer team opened its season in dramatic fashion Sunday, defeating Colgate 3-2 in overtime. Sophomore Alexis Koval scored her first two career goals in regulation, and senior Alyscha Mottershead scored the game-winner in overtime.It was the Orange’s first victory in a season opener since 2008.After an offside call disallowed an SU goal in the game’s opening moments, the Orange fell behind 1-0 when the Raiders’ Jillian Kinter scored in the sixth minute.Colgate took the one-goal lead into halftime and went up 2-0 early in the second half.SU found the back of the net in the 61st minute on Koval’s first career goal, cutting the deficit to 2-1. With 15 minutes to play in regulation, Koval struck again to tie the score 2-2.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNeither team scored again in regulation, forcing overtime.Mottershead scored the game-winner with 21 seconds remaining in the first overtime period.The Orange plays its home opener against Albany on Friday 4 p.m. SU then hosts Washington next Sunday at noon.—Compiled by Josh Hyber, staff writer, Commentslast_img read more

first_img Published on October 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse cornerback Keon Lyn will miss the rest of the season with a lower-body injury that requires surgery, SU Athletics announced on Monday.“Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his mom, Louise,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said on Orange All-Access. “It’s a tough deal. It’s the worst part of the sport are these injures. He’s given us a lot, and we’re going to sincerely miss him.”Lyn appeared to suffer the injury in the Orange’s 49-14 loss to No. 3 Clemson on Saturday. The senior will leave Syracuse with 89 career tackles and three interceptions. He had 16 tackles through five games this season.Lyn’s injury leaves the Orange without two of its top three cornerbacks. Brandon Reddish missed the Clemson game with a lower-body injury suffered against Tulane on Sept. 21.Reddish and Ri’Shard Anderson will now likely serve as the starting cornerbacks moving forward. Julian Whigham, who played as the Orange’s nickel corner against the Tigers, would likely step into the starting lineup, should Reddish also be unavailable against North Carolina State on Saturday. Wayne Morgan could also continue to see an expanded role at cornerback.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Minor setback for a major comeback. My college career at cuse is over but I enjoyed it. This won’t be the last thing yall hear of me,” Lyn said in a tweet on Monday.center_img Commentslast_img read more

first_imgNeeding just one more point to finish off a straight-set win, Ella Saada received the serve from over the net, passing it perfectly to setter Jalissa Trotter, who laid the ball up behind her head for Anastasiya Gorelina to smash into the floor for the final kill of the match.The ball control that head coach Leonid Yelin preaches to his team to improve on each and every practice and game was on full display in just those three shots. That one point is a microcosm for the reason the Orange have now won four consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference games. From handling serves to passing and finishing, Syracuse (13-6, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) played one of its cleanest games of the season Sunday afternoon, defeating Georgia Tech (7-10, 2-4), 3-0, in the Women’s Building, 25-18, 27-25, 25-19.“Today we had one of our highest serve receiving percentages, and this provides stability for the team,” Yelin said. “This season, our serve receive is better and our passing is better.”The turning point of the match was at the climax of the second set, when Syracuse was in danger of seeing its late lead evaporate. The Orange won six of seven points to take a 22-19 lead, then lost five of the next six and found itself down, facing set point. Thanks to clever attacking from Saada, who finished with a game-high 16 kills alongside Gorelina, the set was saved.The freshman took advice of teammate Annie Bozzo and gently flipped the ball up and over Georgia Tech’s blockers to tie the set.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I didn’t hear what Annie had told her, but you have to know when to be sure it’s going to work, and with the game on the line it takes a lot of guts to do it,” Yelin said. “Sometimes the difference between the set being over and not is thin.”To close out the second set, Gorelina recorded back to back kills, burying the Yellow Jackets and sending Syracuse into the locker room up, 2-0. For the Orange, a weight was lifted off of its shoulders, enabling SU to relax and play its game in the final set.“It takes a little bit more pressure off, knowing that while we still have to win another set,” middle blocker Santita Ebangwese said. “The game isn’t over, we have a lot more slack knowing that we have two games ahead.”Despite the success the Orange has had since entering ACC play, Yelin insists the game plan has not changed. But Sunday, the execution of the game plan made all the difference.“Our game plan is always the same,” Yelin said. “If it’s not broken, why change it?” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 8, 2017 at 5:59 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edulast_img read more

first_imgWhen Natrell Jamerson suffered an injury during the University of Wisconsin football team’s win over the University of Akron a week and a half ago that will keep him out four to six weeks, defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard challenged the reserves in his secondary to emerge as a solid replacement.“I expect the next guy to step up,” Leonhard said last week. “If they don’t, then we’ll have to go back to the drawing board.”That “next guy” appears to be Lubern Figaro. The junior cornerback has experienced an interesting career arc at UW, filled with ups-and-downs.The good times came early and often for Figaro. As a true freshman, he started four of his first career games in 2014, including the opener against Louisiana State University. He tallied an interception against Bowling Green State University and finished with 24 tackles and a fumble recovery in 13 games played.Aside from his removal from the starting lineup halfway through the season, Figaro hoped to be a mainstay in the secondary the following season. That never occurred. He played in 11 games, but recorded just one tackle, which came during the Badgers’ Holiday Bowl win over University of Southern California.“That’s just facing adversity,” Figaro said. “Everybody has to face adversity.”Figaro followed that statement by saying many people face a much worse adversity than playing the game of football. Also part of that adversity was a position change. The coaching staff decided to move Figaro from safety to corner this offseason.Leonhard now sees a much more comfortable player on the boundaries.“I think the biggest thing is just his confidence,” Leonhard said. “He’s more than athletic enough to go on the outside.”It has been a different story for Figaro this season. He has recorded seven tackles (five solo, two assisted) in 2016, playing in all three games. Against Georgia State University last Saturday, he made three solo tackles and assisted on another.“I thought he did a nice job,” UW defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox said. “I thought he came in and competed, tackled well. He’s a guy who’s played ball here before and it’s good to see him [out there].”With Jamerson out, Leonhard explained how his scheming has become slightly compromised.“With those three guys, I was able to pick and choose where I wanted them,” Leonhard said. “Now, you take that piece out of the puzzle. I’m not saying we can’t do that, but it might be a little bit difficult.”Leonhard’s goal is to make sure Figaro can still be as creative on the back end of the UW defense. Figaro said learning under Leonhard has been one of the best things to happen to his career, but still had to earn his trust throughout training camp.“Whatever he wants me to do,” Figaro said, “I’ll do.”last_img read more

first_imgFormer Notre Dame star quarterback, Malik Zaire, has made a final decision on where the graduate transfer will most likely spend his final year of eligibility and plans to announce it early next week, according to a report from Irishillustrated.comThat decision is between two finalists: the University of Wisconsin and the University of North Carolina, according to 247Sports’ Tom Loy. Zaire visited the Badgers in Madison last Wednesday before heading to Chapel Hill that Friday.The update in the former four-star recruit’s search came in an interview between’s Pete Sampson and Zaire’s father, Imani Zaire.“He likes them both,” Imani said. “He’s made a decision, but he’s not willing to share it until Monday or Tuesday next week.”Football: Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire reportedly set for Wisconsin visit this weekAfter announcing his intent to transfer upon an expected graduation from Notre Dame later this month, ex-Fighting Irish quarterback Malik Read…Though many initially believed North Carolina was the front-runner for Zaire’s impending choice, Loy believes the Badgers are instead now the more likely candidate.“I’ve been digging into this and from what I can gather, people connected with Wisconsin’s program are much more confident than North Carolina at this point,” Loy wrote.Hayes: Why Badger fans should reconsider Wisconsin’s ‘disappointing’ Cotton Bowl berthAfter a tough loss in the conference title with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line, many Wisconsin Read…After Zaire was officially released from Notre Dame University’s football team Nov. 30, he named the University of Florida, University of Pittsburgh, Michigan State University and Wisconsin as his “primary contenders” for next season.Due to his impending status as a graduate transfer, Zaire will not be ruled ineligible for the upcoming season as opposed to the policy that bars undergraduate transfers from playing for a single season.As a senior in high school, Zaire showed legitimate interest in coming to play for the Badgers after developing a personal relationship with then-offensive coordinator Paul Chryst.With the kind of explosive offense Chryst orchestrated with Russell Wilson — another graduate transfer — at the helm in 2011, Zaire and the Badger defense could take Wisconsin to the next level in 2017.last_img read more

first_imgThe Government of Antigua has written to the U.S. State Department, through its Embassy in Washington, pointing out glaring misrepresentations in the Department’s 2017 Human Rights Report as it relates to Antigua and Barbuda.“While it is not normal to release the content of its diplomatic communications with other governments, the State Department has publicly released its comments on Antigua and Barbuda and posted its report on the Internet,” said an Antigua government statement which added that a response was needed “lest not controverting them is construed as acceptance.”The statement noted a section of the US report concerning investigations into the Brazilian firm, Odebrecht, which stated  “representatives of  Odebrecht, a Brazilian international company, allegedly bribed the prime minister through an ambassador not to cooperate with Brazilian authorities in the Car Wash bribery investigation underway in Brazil.”he Antiguan government said while an employee of the Brazilian firm, Odebrecht, charged with wrong-doing and giving self-serving evidence in a U.S. Court, claimed he paid a bribe to a consular officer, and to a high-level government official in Antigua to withhold documents from Brazilian authorities who were investigating Odebrecht, the US State Department had information that discredited that claim.Antigua government was helping Brazil investigation“What is true and verifiable”, the government said, “is the Antigua and Barbuda authorities had been helping the Brazilian authorities with their investigation six months before the alleged bribery is said to have occurred, and the Brazilian law enforcement agencies officially complimented the Government of Antigua and Barbuda for its assistance.”“By withholding this information and crediting the allegations to unidentified and amorphous “media outlets”, the US Report distorts truth, tarnishes the reputation of the Prime Minister and misleads its audience, especially the members of the U.S. Congress for whom the Report is supposed to be intended”, the statement continued.PM was not bribed The Government also pointed out that: “It is also untrue that “several media outlets” reported that representatives of Odebrecht, “allegedly bribed the prime minister through an ambassador not to cooperate with Brazilian authorities in the Car Wash bribery investigation underway in Brazil.” This is either a deliberate misrepresentation by the authors of the 2017 Report or extremely loose writing, unworthy of the U.S. State Department.  In either case, the entire passage is false and damaging and warrants an apology at the very least”.The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has sent the full content of its Diplomatic Note to the State Department to the members of the US Congress in both the House of Representatives and the Senate who are concerned with oversight of US foreign relations.last_img read more

first_imgStriker Omar Al Somah scored a late equaliser from the penalty spot to give his side a creditable 1-1 draw against Australia in the first leg of their playoff tie.Australia had taken a first half lead through German-based striker Robbie Kruse before Al Somah’s late show five minutes from time gave Syria a little hope ahead of the second leg in Australia on Tuesday.Syria had been playing their home games in Malaysia but they didn’t let that bother them in what was a battling display against the Australians with the playoff winner expected to battle a CONCACAF team for a place in Russia next summer.Related2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (AFC): Ageless Cahill Ends Syria’s World Cup HopesOctober 10, 2017In “FIFA”Russia 2018 World Cup Playoff: Honduras, Australia Clash End In StalemateNovember 11, 2017In “FIFA”Denmark Thrash Ireland To Qualify For Russia 2018November 15, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more