18 Oct

Jamie Carragher says Arsenal cannot keep a clean sheet against Liverpool so must go all-out attack

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 24 Aug 2019 7:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link343Shares Comment The former Liverpool defender believes Arsenal’s front two can hurt the Reds (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher has encouraged Unai Emery to take a more attacking approach when Arsenal travel to Anfield on Saturday and feels their only hope of a result is to out-score Liverpool.The Gunners have failed to win on their last six trips to Anfield, letting in 22 goals in the process, while they conceded five on their last visit despite Emery naming a cautious starting XI with just Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front.But Carragher believes Arsenal are extremely unlikely to keep a clean sheet and need to play with two up top and try to exploit a Liverpool defence that has looked vulnerable at the start of the season. Advertisement Emery lined up very defensively last time at Anfield but still shipped five goals (Picture: Getty)‘But if Liverpool are anywhere near their best, I fully expect them to go on and win the game, but it will just be interesting to see how Unai Emery sets up for the game.’He added: ‘I look at that back four and think it may not get the protection that it needs, so really when you look at the back four I think they’ll still concede goals it’s just whether they can actually hurt Liverpool.‘And that is the big thing. If Liverpool continue with the high line, will Arsenal be brave enough – or will Unai Emery be brave enough – to actually say, “I’m going with my attacking players, we want to get goals”.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Jamie Carragher says Arsenal cannot keep a clean sheet against Liverpool so must go all-out attack Carragher wants to see Aubameyang and Lacazette partnered together (Picture: Getty)Speaking on Sky Sports, he explained: ‘You have to respect Anfield of course and Arsenal’s record there is horrendous over the last six years, I think they’ve conceded 22 goals. They haven’t just lost games there, they’ve been completely rolled over.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘But when I’ve looked at Arsenal last season, I still look at the back four now. I think it’s improved from last season, but you still think you can’t see Arsenal keeping a clean sheet – I’d be very surprised if they do.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘So for Arsenal to get something from the game they’ve got to get a goal, a goal or two you’d expect, so [Nicolas] Pepe he’s still on the bench, but I’d like to see the Arsenal manager Unai Emery actually go with [Alexandre] Lacazette and Aubameyang.‘I was crying out for that at times last season at certain away games. I think they have got the firepower to actually damage Liverpool, certainly if Liverpool defend how they have done in the last two games.last_img read more

23 Sep

UWF Cross Country finishes 5th and 7th in the South Regional Competition

first_img Share Nov. 3, 2007HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In the Men’s 10k meet, the West Florida men finished in 5th place out of the 19 teams at the 2007 Division II South Region Championships in Huntsville, Alabama. Senior Brian Gowin earned a spot on the All-Regional team with his 9th place finish in a time of 33:10. In the Women’s 6k meet, West Florida finished tied for 7th place out of the 23 teams participating. Senior Diana Sitar was the top Argonaut runner in 16th place, finishing with a time of 22:59. “I was very proud of both teams, considering the injuries that several runners have had to fight through, and most of them still ran their best at the end of the season,” stated Head Coach Matt Dobson. “All the kids gave it their all today and many had their personal bests.”In the men’s event, Florida Southern College tallied 61 team points to claim first place, while Alabama-Huntsville tied for second with the Univerisity of Tampa. The top threee schools advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championship in Joplin, Mo. on November 17th. Both UAH and Tampa finished with a total of 103 points. Harding University was just outside of the qualifiers in fourth place with 106 points, and West Florida followed them with a team score of 154. “I was real proud of the guys. They were ranked 7th and they finished 5th,” exclaimed Coach Matt Dobson. “They ran very good as a unit. Justin (Gates) and all the freshmen had personal bests. This is a very young team and the future looks great. I was also very proud of Brian (Gowin), who made the All-regional team for the second straight year.”For the Argos, Junior Justin Gates finished 22nd in a time of 34:04, followed by Senior Jordan Theuerkauf, who finished 30th in a time of 34:24. Meanwhile, Emmanuel Kirwa of Benedict was the overall winner with a time of 31:53.9. James Cheruiyot of Harding was second at 31:58.4, with Abraham Kiprotich (Morhouse) in third place at 32:16. Other West Florida finishers included; Freshmen Nicholas Maedel (45th) in 34:41, Freshmen Josh McEachin (48th) in 34:49, Freshmen Andrew Maedel (59th) in 35:07, and Freshmen Jared Black (79th) in 35:55.In the women’s event, the University of Tampa had all five of their runners finish in the top 15 en route to the Championship. Tampa claimed first place with 40 points, earning a bid to the NCAA Division II National Championships. Harding finished second with a team total of 55 points, while Alabama Huntsville tallied 79 points. West Florida and Arkansas Tech tied for seventh place with a team total of 255 points.Coach Dobson commented on their performance, “The women had a good race, six of the seven runners had personal bests, and you can’t ask for more than that. I was very pleased with Diana (Sitar) and Margaret (Harter). They finished 16th and 22nd in a very competitive race. I believe that Diana set the school record for the 6k.” Sitar did break the UWF 6k record that was held by Lauren Brooks. Sitar was followed by Junior Margaret Harter, who finished 22nd in a time of 23:32, and by Senior Rebecca Thielemann, who finished 52nd in a time of 24:29.Janee Jones of Harding was the overall South Region champion, finishing first with a time of 21:17.4. Laura Woznicki (Tampa) was second at 21:19, while Caitlin Heider (UAH) was third at 21:37.2. Other finishers for UWF included Junior Katherine Ragia in 71st place with a 24:57, and Freshmen Kelli Midden with a 92nd place finish in 25:39. Freshmen Erika Anderson finished in 104th place with a time of 25:55, and Senior Lindsey Failing was 120th in a time of 26:26. Print Friendly Version UWF Cross Country finishes 5th and 7th in the South Regional Competitionlast_img read more

20 Sep

Pochettino: No one is safe from axe

first_imgMauricio Pochettino knows Tottenham need to learn from previous mistakes in the transfer market and warned not even his signings are safe at White Hart Lane this summer. “Always you need to analyse the last season and nobody is sure that they are staying at the club,” he said. “But this is my job – to analyse, to assess and to make a decision. “It is not because we brought some player in and we were sure, and he was poor during the season, now he stays. If not, why did you bring himin ? “Not only me, all managers act the same way in this situation. If you bring in a player and the performance was not good, it is not good. You make a decision.” Those decisions Pochettino makes without sentiment. The head coach may come across as warm and tactile, but when it comes to footballing decisions it is done without emotion. “You need to be professional when you make a decision,” Pochettino said. “My first speech with the players is that one thing is the human side, the other is the professional side. “I am very cold on my professional side because I need to make decisions. Maybe I love a player in the personal way and as a human being, but he was poor so I need to put him out of the starting 11. “If I have a good relationship with this player and he is poor, I have to be fair with the whole squad. I need to be professional and say ‘for the best of the team’. Sometimes you don’t like some people but this is the best. “If with (Lionel) Messi you don’t have a very good feeling with him on the human side, but he is the best, you need to be professional.” Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Vlad Chiriches and Etienne Capoue have all failed to live up to the billing after what increasingly looks like a foolhardy splurge of that £85million two years ago. “We need to look forward and we need to learn from the past,” Pochettino said. “We need to look forward and we have a plan for the development in the next few years and we need to deliver it.” The vast sums spent two years ago certainly appear to be a wasted opportunity by Spurs, given current Financial Fair Play constraints. It means the “good players,” with “great profiles” Pochettino wants to bring in this summer will need to be offset by departures. “I think always you need to deal with that,” the Spurs head coach said. “If you want to bring in some players, maybe you need to sell some players.” Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul and Andros Townsend are others potentially facing a Spurs exit, so too perhaps some of last year’s additions. Federico Fazio, Ben Davies and Benjamin Stambouli have struggled to make an impression since being brought in by Pochettino, who suggested even they are not immune from the chop. Champions League qualification has almost certainly eluded Spurs once again as the former Argentina international’s topsy-turvy first campaign at the helm draws to a close. A summer of change is expected in north London as they look to close the gap on the top four and a number of departures are expected, including those brought in to much fanfare after Gareth Bale’s world-record move to Real Madrid. Press Associationlast_img read more

17 Sep

No. 2 Syracuse fails to combat No. 6 Boston College’s slow pace in 10-9 home loss

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 28, 2015 at 5:55 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Boston College head coach Acacia Walker turned around, walked away and put both hands on her head. BC midfielder Mikaela Rix bobbled the ball and had nearly lost it. In the midst of a four-minute possession, it was crucial that BC kept holding the ball. Rix came down with the pass, though. The Eagles had stalled and Syracuse tried to pressure BC, but SU goalie Kelsey Richardson vacated the crease to guard an open player and the Eagles’ Caroline Margolis scored to make the game 10-8 with 1 minute and 28 seconds left. “When the team’s trying to stall and spread out the field and pass it around, that’s probably the hardest to play.” SU defender Mallory Vehar said. “You know last minute you know you need the ball back and busting your butt. Yeah, definitely frustrating.”BC’s possessions stretched minutes at a time throughout the game, and No. 2 SU (5-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) was unable to get the ball away from the Eagles in the final minutes. For the first time since March 30, 2013, Syracuse lost to a team other than Maryland, as No. 6 BC (4-0, 1-0) held on for the 10-9 win. 

Vehar said SU’s game plan was to allow BC to hold the ball and pack in the defense, and the Eagles obliged.“The game plan was to be really smart with our possessions and to try to lengthen the possession time, so we could wait for the right opportunity,” Walker said, “… if you get into a shootout with Syracuse, you’re going to lose every time.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith five minutes left in the game, SU head coach Gary Gait tried to get the ball back, so he deployed Syracuse’s backer defense, a zone defense designed to pressure ball-handlers. When that didn’t work, the Orange ran a matchup defense with defender Brenna Rainone face-guarding Rix. SU defender Kathy Rudkin also played one-on-one against Rix. “We practice a lot with Mikaela being shut off,” Walker said, “so we just told her to use her power and strength to not allow her to get shut out of the game.” Gait said he had thought about running a pressure defense earlier, but the game was tied, so SU only needed one stop. After Margolis’ goal, Syracuse did get a goal back. Riley Donahue took a shot on the right side of the crease and the ball trickled on the left side of the goalie and into the net. As she scored, it looked as if she had been pushed into the goalie, who fell on her side.Gait stormed down the side of the field, pointing and yelling at the referees, furious that there was no push called as Donahue was shooting. “They said it was a held flag,” Gait said. “I thought she got fouled on the shot, which would give you possession.” Despite the goal, SU lost the final draw and BC once again held the ball. Orange attack Kayla Treanor nearly got the ball back when she checked the ball out of Boston College defender Molly Erdle’s stick, but a referee deemed the check a dangerous check with 18 seconds left and BC kept the ball.Margolis held the ball until the final seconds when she overthrew a pass that rolled out of bounds in the corner with no time left on the clock. Boston College players spilled onto the field, running to goalie Zoe Ochoa and a celebratory mosh formed on the field. BC’s players eventually lined up facing the stands and ran from the far hash toward fans that had shown up for the game. “I think we had a good game plan, and it worked,” Vehar said, pausing. “For the most part,” she said, pausing again. “Until we lost.” Commentslast_img read more

16 Sep

Doping casts shadow over Putin’s hopes for sporting prestige

first_imgREAD | Bala Devi Scores A Brace; India Thrash Maldives 5-0 At South Asian Games’Athletes ‘betrayed’Denis Volkov, deputy director at pollster Levada, said authorities and state-controlled media would bill the ban as a new move by the West to humiliate Russia — and that the majority of Russians would accept that line. “The authorities will use this to their advantage,” Volkov told AFP.  “All of this will be interpreted in the sense of the West always against Russia.” The question will be whether Russia’s athletes buy it.Maria Lasitskene, a three-time world high jump champion, has already warned she would quit Russia and train elsewhere so as not to miss the Tokyo Olympics. Along with hurdler Sergey Shubenkov and pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova, the 26-year-old missed the Rio Olympics in 2016 because of the doping scandal. “I do not intend to miss a second Olympics in a row because of some strange people who cannot do their job honestly,” Lasitskene has said on Instagram.Russian rugby star Vasily Artemyev said the country’s athletes have been “betrayed”. The Russian men’s rugby sevens team is already out of contention for the Tokyo Games but the women’s team is still hoping to qualify. Artemyev, who became a darling of the Rugby World Cup in Japan this year, said Russia needed to dismantle its current sport management model and build a new one from scratch. “We have to look each other in the eye and develop a new strategic plan,” he told AFP.  “We need a new face for Russian sport and it should be sincere.”READ | Lewis Hamilton To Ferrari? If Yes, What’s Next For Sebastian Vettel 9 months ago Russian scientists present ancient puppy found in permafrost 9 months ago WADA moves crucial ExCo meeting to Lausanne from Paris A proposed four-year doping ban on Russian athletes would deal a huge new blow to President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to use sport to boost the country’s prestige and his own reputation. But experts say the Russian leader could also turn the ban to his advantage — by portraying it as a politically motivated attempt by the West to once again humiliate the country at the expense of its athletes. The executive committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency will meet in Paris on December 9 to consider a recommendation for the ban, which would exclude Russian athletes from major sports events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.A WADA review panel has accused Moscow of falsifying laboratory data handed over to investigators as part of a probe into the doping allegations that have plagued Russia for years. In power for nearly 20 years, Putin has made sport and healthy living a cornerstone of his popularity and is regularly shown on state television taking part in judo matches or on the ice for hockey games. His government poured enormous resources into Russia’s hosting of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics — the first Olympics in Russia since 1980 — but the Games were tainted by claims of widespread, state-sponsored doping. Russian athletes faced a series of bans over the next few years and were forced to participate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games as neutral competitors.READ | India Wins 10 Medals In Athletics In 2019 South Asian Games’Headed for catastrophe’Redemption seemed on the way with Russia’s successful hosting of the 2018 football World Cup, and the reinstatement the same year of its RUSADA anti-doping body. But if the allegations of tampering with laboratory data are true, Russian authorities have managed to re-ignite the scandal, observers say. “I fear that we’re headed for catastrophe, everything was done too cynically and grossly,” Sergei Medvedev, a professor at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, wrote in a Facebook post.READ | Nikhat Zareen Helps NE Rhinos Rally To Beat BrawlersThe avid sports enthusiast compared the doping scandal to Russia’s handling of the assassination attempt of defector Sergei Skripal in England and its denials of supplying separatists in eastern Ukraine with the missile that shot down flight MH17. In both instances Russia shifted blame with vehement denials and finger-pointing. But in this case, Medvedev said, Russia will not get away “with a smirk from Putin” and a generation of Russian athletes could be prevented from pursuing their dreams. Sports commentators were hard on Russian authorities in the wake of the potential ban being announced, with many blaming criminal investigators who were responsible for handling the data. “I am sure our officials will never recognise that they have disgraced themselves and will never ask for forgiveness,” sports commentator Alexei Durnovo told AFP. Press Trust Of India Popular sports commentator Vasily Utkin even urged athletes to sue Russian authorities, who he said “were genetically linked to the security services”. At the same time, analysts said the crisis was unlikely to seriously affect Putin’s personal popularity. Written By “We will never know the names” of those responsible, he added. LIVE TV 9 months ago FBI says Russian mobile apps a ‘potential counterintelligence threat’center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US 9 months ago WADA seeks four-year Russia ban over false doping data WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 4th December, 2019 10:03 IST Doping Casts Shadow Over Putin’s Hopes For Sporting Prestige A proposed four-year doping ban on Russian athletes would deal a huge new blow to President Putin’s efforts to use sport to boost the country’s prestige WE RECOMMEND COMMENT First Published: 4th December, 2019 10:03 IST 9 months ago Russian military cadets sing Mohammed Rafi’s Aye Watan, netizens get goosebumpslast_img read more