English Premier League (EPL) giants Manchester City are close to selling Nigeria international Kelechi Iheanacho.This was confirmed by City Manager, Pep Guardiola, when speaking to the media about the 20-year-old marksman thursday.EPL outfit Leicester City is believed to have agreed a transfer fee with Iheanacho’s current club.â€œKelechi is close to a move, it should be done in 10 days,â€ said Guardiola on OwnGoal. Nigeria. â€œIt is an honour to work with him. Itâ€™s not easy for him as he didnâ€™t get a lot of chances (in the team), but his behaviour was good.â€œKelechiâ€™s a young player. He needs to play at that age and thatâ€™s why he, and the club decided, it was best for him (to leaveIheanacho battled for regular game time last season as Guardiola preferred Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus and Argentine front-man Sergio Aguero ahead of him.The talented forward went on to score 21 goals in 64 matches in all competitions after making his debut for the club in 2015.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Fourth-seeded Syracuse (19-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) will face top-seeded Maryland (21-0, 5-0 Big Ten) in the final four on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania. The Terrapins have ended the Orange’s season each of the past three years in either the final four or national championship. SU is winless in eight games against UMD over the last four years.Beat writers Sam Fortier, Tomer Langer and Liam Sullivan answer three questions prior to the semifinal matchup.1. What does Syracuse need to do to beat Maryland?Sam Fortier: Aside from the obvious physical facets of the game, Syracuse needs to adopt a winner’s mentality. As cliche as that is, Syracuse is 0-8 against Maryland in the last four years. The two leads the Orange held in the first meeting on March 12, lasted just one minute, 34 seconds. Every time SU gets an edge, it can’t hang on. Through the different games over the last four years, Syracuse has at one point held a statistical edge in every category except goals scored. There’s something that goes deeper than ground balls and defensive slides. For a Syracuse program defined by limited success, getting a lead and hanging on is what can finally push it over the hump.Tomer Langer: As Gary Gait said Monday on the NCAA coaches teleconference, Syracuse will need to play a near-perfect game. When top-level teams play against each other, it’s usually the team that makes fewest mistakes that comes away with the victory. When these two teams met in March, SU committed 18 turnovers, including 11 in the second half. That can’t happen on Friday if the Orange wants to come out with a victory. It would also help if SU got out to a fast start to avoid Maryland playing stall ball like it did last year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLiam Sullivan: SU needs to be able to respond to the pressure and inevitable hole it will find itself in. Maryland is as good, and probably better, than advertised. Great teams go on runs — as the Terrapins did with five straight second half goals in a 14-9 win over SU on March 12 in the Carrier Dome — and it’s up to Syracuse’s attack to answer those stretches of Maryland offensive dominance with scores of its own. SU has played well in close games all tournament long and it’ll need to continue to net timely goals to have a chance Friday. Daily Orange File Photo2. This matchup features two of the best players in college lacrosse in Kayla Treanor and Taylor Cummings. Will this game come down to them? Why or why not?S.F.: No. Cummings and Treanor will meet at the draw circle and certainly play huge roles in their team’s success, but the game will be decided by the help around them. Which Allie Murray will the Orange get? Can Syracuse’s second-highest goal-scorer, Nicole Levy, be effective with an injured rib? How will Syracuse’s defense — which allowed nine free position shots in the second half of the last meeting — limit Maryland’s chances? Those secondary factors will decide a game chock-full of front-line talent.T.L.: If the game is close down the stretch, and they’re both in the draw circle, then sure. But other than that, I wouldn’t say that the game really comes down to them. There are 10 other players on the field to contribute. Halle Majorana led Syracuse in points last week against Southern California. Against Stony Brook, Treanor wasn’t a factor at all when she got faceguarded the whole game and I wouldn’t be surprised if SU’s Alexa Radziewicz faceguards Cummings the whole game. Although Cummings and Treanor are both all-time greats, it’s going to take a total team effort for either to win.L.S.: As fun as it is to talk about, this won’t be the Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning or Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao matchup lacrosse fans want to see. With each team boasting depth at attack, in the midfield and on defense, to cheapen this matchup between two of the best college lacrosse programs in the nation wouldn’t be right. We’ve seen Treanor be completely neutralized on attack before and it would be unfair to say that it definitely won’t happen Friday. This matchup will come down to the supporting casts surrounding Treanor and Cummings. In March’s matchup, the Orange and the Terrapins combined for 23 goals — Treanor and Cummings accounted for three apiece. Obviously the impact each player has goes far beyond the number of goals scored — and both Treanor and Cummings will have a few spectacular plays Friday — but this won’t be a game decided by individuals.MORE COVERAGESyracuse women’s lacrosse beat writers predict Final Four matchup with MarylandSyracuse attempting to break from history in NCAA semifinal against MarylandNicole Levy battling rib injury ahead of Syracuse’s NCAA semifinalSyracuse women’s lacrosse opponent preview: What to know about Maryland3 things Cathy Reese said before Syracuse’s NCAA semifinal matchup against Maryland3 things Gary Gait said before Syracuse’s NCAA semifinal matchup against Maryland Facebook Twitter Google+ 3. If Maryland ends Syracuse’s season for the fourth straight time, how would you describe this senior class’s legacy?S.F.: Before the senior class arrived, Syracuse was a program that had made a few deep runs but was not considered a perennial national power. SU’s active streak of five straight trips to the season’s final weekend is largely due to the senior class. When SU star Michelle Tumolo tore her ACL in 2013, freshman Kayla Treanor carried her team to the final four. Syracuse is now firmly established as a national power, but one that has never been able to win it all. A class that entered ranked No. 1 in the nation has been to the Final Four every year, but a national championship — or even a single victory over Maryland — would justify that ranking. The legacy now is they were good, but never good enough.Courtesy of The DiamondbackT.L.: Win or lose, this senior class still goes down as one of the best classes in Syracuse history. Making four straight final fours, winning two conference championships and having the best player in program history will do that. This senior class might always be remembered for never beating Maryland, but a lot of teams are going to be remembered for that. Women’s lacrosse has a bevy of talent coming in, but for now it’s still a very top-heavy sport. And just because SU’s class couldn’t beat the most dominant team in the country doesn’t mean that all its accomplishments shouldn’t be praised.L.S.: Second-best. So much talent, so many great wins and tournament runs, but to consistently fall short to the Terrapins and for an almost unbelievable four straight years is a disappointment that will haunt this program for countless years. If Friday marks the last game of the 11 seniors’s and 2 graduate students’s careers then they leave their legacy incomplete. To be the best, you need to beat the best. Syracuse and this senior class just hasn’t done that. Comments Published on May 27, 2016 at 12:30 pm
The Wisconsin men’s hockey team clearly knows how to get things done at home, but playing on the road is by no means its forte.This week, Wisconsin (5-6-1, 4-5-1 WCHA) travels to No. 5 Colorado College (5-2-0, 3-2-0 WCHA), where some painful memories linger from last year.The Badgers finished their regular season by splitting a series at home against the Tigers, only to face them the following week in the first round of the WCHA playoffs – but this time in Colorado.After splitting the first two games, the two faced off in a tie-breaker game to decide who would continue its season. The Badgers lost and were forced to make the long trip home knowing their up-and-down season was over.Last weekend, the Badgers upset the No. 1 Gophers 3-1 Friday night and eventually split the series after a 4-1 loss Saturday. While UW has been able to come away with big upsets at home, the greatest success it’s had so far on the road was a tie with St. Cloud State two weeks ago.The tie is a marked improvement, considering the Badgers were 0-3 in road games before it. But head coach Mike Eaves attributes his team’s struggles on the road to its inexperience.“This is the first time in buildings for a lot of guys, and [they’re] a little awestruck,” Eaves said. “Up in [Michigan] Tech we came close, and now we’ve got an opportunity to go here. In St. Cloud, we got a tie, so maybe we’re getting closer every time we go on the road.”Sophomore forward Keegan Meuer believes consistency is the key in order to solve their road problems.“Consistency is the key in any sport,” Meuer said. “It doesn’t really matter; you’ve got to show up both nights. We’re lucky enough to play Friday, Saturday, so you get maybe a little shot at redemption if you go out and play bad the first night. The key to any good team, you’ve got to set the bar high, you’ve got to match those expectations, prove that you can beat those and then you’ve got to do the same thing over and over.”The Badgers’ wounds suffered at the hands of the Tigers have only slightly healed, as they have to head back to Colorado a month and a half into the season.“It’s definitely going to give us a little more motivation, ending our season there [last year],” sophomore defenseman Joe Faust said. “They have a lot of the same guys back. And seeing that their team has won a lot of games and is at the top of the rankings right now, it’s a good opportunity for us to step up and hopefully get a couple wins.”Eaves said in his weekly press conference Monday that despite losing last year, the Badgers still played some great hockey, but certain bounces just didn’t go their way.While Eaves acknowledges it’ll be a new environment yet again for his team, he appeared confident about the upcoming series.“We’re ready to go,” Eaves said. “We’ve done our homework this week and we’ve prepared, and now we have to go on the road and go into a tough environment to see if we can get some things done there. I’m excited because they’re a good team, a quality team. It’s a tough building to play in – the biggest rink in the conference – and playing at the altitude that is there, it’s all fun stuff. It’ll be interesting to see how our young squad handles it all.”For Meuer, who was there last year and had an assist on the game-winning goal in the Badgers’ lone postseason win, he’s set on revenge.“I want to get them back bad,” Meuer said. “We went on the road there; we won the first game. I’ll be honest, we played a lot of good hockey out there. The second and third game, it was just a couple bad bounces. It wasn’t our time, it wasn’t our week.“The returning guys – there’s a lot of us in there – want to avenge that because we definitely haven’t forgotten about it.”
After Carrie Urton McCaw’s freshman season at Syracuse, she had every reason to transfer. Her coach was fired during the 1994 season, and the replacement asked her to switch positions.David McCaw, who began dating the volleyball star in 1997, is glad she stayed. Shortly after she set multiple records as SU’s setter, the two got married and later raised four children in Louisville, Kentucky.“Her first love that she ever had in life was volleyball, but her greatest love was her kids,” David said. “She was able to help each one of her kids reach their dreams.”On Feb. 14, McCaw and her 12-year-old daughter, Kacey, died around 11:08 a.m. in a car crash on Interstate 64 outside of St. Louis. Lesley Prather, 40, and her daughter Rhyan Prather, 12, were also in the minivan; the four were on their way to a volleyball tournament. McCaw turned 44 years old a day before the crash.One of the most decorated volleyball players in Orange history, McCaw ranks second all-time for the most matches played and third in all-time assists. She was the “heart and the soul” of the team and played with fire, former teammate Hannah Picard said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSports remained in McCaw’s life after she became a mother. She supported all four of her kids wholeheartedly, no matter their differing interests, David said. One became an Eagle Scout, and others enjoyed everything from basketball and volleyball to acting and dancing. McCaw drove them wherever they needed while balancing her full-time job at a law firm, juggling those responsibilities in a “chill” and “seamless” way, Picard said. She always handled tough situations with “grace and maturity,” said Kacey Kopley, McCaw’s best friend and former roommate.“I’m a new mom, and that is just inspiring to me,” Picard said. “You just never felt stress on her.”Courtesy of David McCawIn particular, McCaw had a special relationship with her daughter Kacey. The daughter and mother were like “two peas in a pod,” and Kacey was always “right on her (mom’s) left hip,” David said. Kacey was named after Kopley.In youth volleyball, Kacey wore the number 22, partly because she was a twin, but also because it was half of 44, representing her mom’s love for Syracuse. Just like her mother, Kacey was a setter and a leader on the court. After she died last Friday, her team was lost without her leadership in a volleyball tournament.“(Her teammates) were like Kacey…is not here to tell us what to do,” David said. “They’ve rallied around the spirit that Carrie gave to Kacey.”The weekend before McCaw died, she reunited with a small group of Syracuse friends for a birthday celebration in Sea Girt, New Jersey.The group had a great time “kid-free,” but McCaw FaceTimed her boys at their swim meet to see how everything went, Kopley said. Then, she FaceTimed her daughter when the group was hanging out.“She was so involved in her kids’ lives,” Kopley said. “They confided in her, and she … would just say the right things. She was such a good mom. Such a good mom.”Courtesy of Kacey KopleyAt the party, McCaw brought a hat and a koozie covered in ‘44’s’ for a friend’s 44th birthday gift — a reference to 44’s Tavern, a Syracuse bar where they hung out. They spent the weekend laughing and reminiscing about old times and made plans to live in the same city when they grew old.McCaw’s friends and family described her as fun, caring, passionate, committed, confident, hard-working, loyal and encouraging. She was “the life of the party,” her husband said. She touched so many people in so many ways. There isn’t a positive word that doesn’t fit her persona, Picard said.“When she walked into a room, walked onto a court, she lit it up,” David said.McCaw was SU’s captain for three years, David said, and made the Athletics Director’s honor roll every semester. She was willing to “break through many walls” to make sure her team won, David said.After switching to a completely new position her sophomore year, she developed tendinitis in her hands from practicing setting so frequently, David said.Her favorite game came when the Orange defeated Pittsburgh on Nov. 7, 1997 in a five-set thriller in which she set two records. But it wasn’t about her, Picard said. It was about the team.“The first thing she did was jump into my arms,” Picard said. “That moment of her leading our team to a victory that we had believed and dreamed for was probably the most incredible moment.”Courtesy of Norm SutariaAfter she graduated, McCaw joined Rutgers as a coach and helped it make the Big East Tournament for the first time since joining the conference in 1995. McCaw even coached against her former teammates, beating SU in 1998. She’d coach for more than 20 years, mostly at the youth level.“She instilled confidence in so many people,” David said. “They did things that nobody would have thought they had been able to do.”As a friend, Kopley describes McCaw as her soulmate, where the two just “click like that” and “get each other.” When they learned their middle names rhymed on the first day they met, they began to go by “Carrie Ray and Kacey Faye.”McCaw loved to sing and dance, and Kopley remembers when her roommate replaced the lyrics to “Sweet Caroline” with “sweet Kacey Faye.” Kopley remembers the times McCaw went out of her way to visit Kopley’s kids, sitting and drawing with them in their Charlotte, North Carolina home. Kopley remembers the funny poems McCaw wrote in her annual Christmas card, and the poems from college, which always ended with the line “love you whole bunches.”Kopley called McCaw on the morning of the crash to wish her a belated happy birthday. At the end of the conversation, McCaw told Kopley that she “loved her whole bunches,” and Kopley the same. McCaw died about half-an-hour later.“I got the gift to tell her that I loved her one last time,” Kopley said. “I don’t take it lightly. It was a gift.”“I just hope everybody can find their Carrie Ray,” Kopley said. “When you have a friend like that, it makes going through life’s ups and downs and all of that a little bit easier.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 19, 2020 at 11:13 pm Contact Roshan: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Roshan_f16
The visitors lead for the majority of the game after James Milner’s first half penalty, and were five minutes from victory before Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s equaliser.The result leaves the Reds 7 points behind leaders Chelsea and level on points with Spurs.Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his side are out of the Premier League title race – after a 4-nil hammering at Everton. They’ve now fallen ten points behind leaders Chelsea.
Messi has won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues with his club, Spanish side Barcelona.But his only major international honour is Olympic gold at the 2008 Games.Defeat on Sunday was the second time in two years Argentina have lost the Copa America final to Chile on penalties, while they were beaten 1-0 by Germany in the 2014 World Cup final.Messi, who was been awarded the Ballon d’Or five times, was also on the losing side against Brazil in the 2007 Copa America final.Argentina are already six games into their qualification campaign for the 2018 World Cup. They are third in the table, two points behind leaders Uruguay.The top four teams progress to the finals in Russia, while the team finishing fifth qualifies for a two-legged play-off against the best team from Oceania.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lionel Messi has been urged to reconsider his international retirement by Argentina legend Diego Maradona and the country’s president.The forward, 29, quit after missing in a penalty shootout as Argentina were beaten by Chile in the Copa America – a fourth major final loss in nine years.“Those saying he should quit don’t want us to see what a disaster Argentinean football has become,” Maradona told La Nacion newspaper.Maradona, who captained Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup and managed the team at the 2010 World Cup, added: “Messi has to stay because he will reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia in conditions to become world champion.“The lads have to be supported more to help him take the team forward.”Messi said after Sunday’s defeat that for him, the national team was “over” and that “it hurts not to be a champion”.According to AFP news agency, Argentine President Mauricio Macri called Messi to tell him “how proud he feels of the national team’s performance and asked him not to listen to the criticism”.
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Ghana’s 2013 Tourism award winner, African Origin Travel and Tour is set to sign an incentive partnership agreement with telecommunication firms; MTN and Huawei for Ghanaian supporters travelling to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.The agreement which will be signed later this week will see supporters travelling on the ticket of African Origin to Brazil benefit from the provision of free roaming smart phones.The free Huawei smart phones will be enabled with MTN internet data which can be used while in Brazil to stay connected to friends and family back in Ghana and all over the world.The offer provides a low-cost communication avenue for Ghanaians travelling to Brazil where data issues are said to be a problem.The innovative package will also serve a source of unique identification and accessibility to all those travelling under the ambit of African Origin.The leading Ghanaian travel and tour outfit has built a reputable track record of transporting fans to various international sporting events over the years and currently has the best of package on the market.
After a monthlong search, the Lakers have agreed in principle to hire Frank Vogel as their next head coach.A team source confirmed that Vogel, a former head coach of the Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic, had come to terms with the team after a Thursday interview with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka. The 45-year-old will become the fifth head coach in the organization in the past eight years.The New Jersey native replaces Luke Walton (98-148 record), who parted ways on April 12 with the team before taking the head coaching job with the Sacramento Kings. Vogel will be charged with leading the Lakers back into the postseason for the first time since 2013, on the heels of a disappointing 37-45 season marred by an injury to star player LeBron James. He’ll also presumably be tasked with grooming the Lakers’ young talent, including Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, into a contention-worthy group.Vogel’s hiring, first reported by ESPN, came after an expedited second round of interviews, following breakdowns in talks between the Lakers and their presumptive favorite, former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue. Both Vogel and former Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff were interviewed after Wednesday, when Lue and the Lakers broke off negotiations, surprising most NBA observers. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersVogel brings experience: His best success came in a six-year term with the Indiana Pacers, during which he had a 250-181 record and reached the Eastern Conference Finals twice in 2013 and 2014. In both series, he was bested in at least six games by the Miami Heat and James, whom he will now coach for the Lakers. Vogel’s reputation is founded on his defenses, which consistently ranked in the top 10 in the NBA in Indiana (first twice).Vogel has been out of coaching for the past year since a forgettable stint with the Orlando Magic (54-110 record). But an ESPN report cited that Vogel had the backing of former Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who once considered him for the open New York Knicks job in 2016 when Jackson was president there.The hire answers at least one significant question of the Lakers’ pivotal and already tumultuous offseason. The team has been operating without an official president of basketball operations since April 9, when Magic Johnson left the organization reeling with a surprise resignation. Team owner Jeanie Buss empowered Pelinka to run the search, but multiple reports have cited other power brokers involved, including former Lakers player and assistant Kurt Rambis and director of special projects Linda Rambis, who is Buss’ close friend.Criticism rained down after the Lakers failed to secure Lue, who had been considered their favorite for nearly five days after the hire of another candidate, Monty Williams, by the Phoenix Suns. The pace of the search picked up significantly after Lue walked, following nearly a month in which the Lakers had interviewed just four candidates – none of them Vogel.A team source also confirmed that Jason Kidd, the former head coach of the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks, had agreed to become an assistant on Vogel’s staff. ESPN reported earlier in the week that the Lakers desired Kidd – who has relationships with James and Lonzo Ball – to be on Lue’s staff, which had become a point of contention in the negotiations. Kidd also interviewed for the head coaching role. Kidd, 46, has been out of coaching since being fired midseason by the Bucks last year. The Hall of Fame point guard, who notably won the 2011 championship with the Dallas Mavericks against James’ Miami Heat, has a 183-190 record as a head coach. Kidd also played with James with Team USA, including the 2008 gold medal-winning basketball team in Beijing.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions The length of Vogel’s contract – also a sticking point in talks with Lue – is reportedly just three years long, according to ESPN.Vogel began his coaching career at Kentucky and with the Boston Celtics under Rick Pitino. He first assumed the Pacers’ head coaching role in 2011.The Lakers, who are preparing for the upcoming draft lottery and combine in Chicago this week, were not prepared as of Saturday afternoon to officially announce Vogel’s or Kidd’s appointments. The Lakers also interviewed Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard during their coaching search.
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