Sevilla star voted best La Liga signing for 2019-20 campaign

first_img Over 120,000 fans cast their votes to name the best arrival in Spanish football this season, with the Argentine collecting a whopping 38 percent of the vote. Sevilla star Lucas Ocampos has been comprehensively voted the best signing in La Liga for the 2019-20 season in a poll conducted by Marca.Advertisement Loading… Read Also: Chelsea ponder move for Barcelona shot-stopperHe also provided one of the moments of the season in Sevilla’s win over Eibar this month, as he scored the only goal of the game before ending the match as an emergency goalkeeper and saving from Eibar shot-stopper Marko Dmitrovic in a dramatic finale.Ocampos has already had somewhat of a nomadic playing career across River Plate, Monaco, Genoa, Milan and Marseille, but his form this season has exceeded that of any club beforehand in his career.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Ocampos romped to victory with Real Madrid left-back Ferland Mendy picking up 18 percent of the vote in second place, ranking ahead of his Sevilla teammates Diego Carlos and Jules Kounde and Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.The 26-year-old netted 14 goals and provided three assists in 33 La liga appearances for the Andalusian club this campaign and has thrived since joining from Marseille in a €15m deal last summer. Promoted ContentTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon6 Secret Origin Stories Of Modern Mouth-Watering MealCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWorld’s Most Delicious Foods7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldThis Nation Is Almost Impossible To InvadeThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The Worldlast_img read more

Dirt Defender designates awards for IMCA national champions, special events drivers

first_imgRED OAK, Texas – Dirt Defender has renewed awards for IMCA national champions while introducing a new slate of prizes for special events competitors this season.The Red Oak, Texas, manufacturer again gives a pair of vented mud covers to IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod national champions.A top five finisher at 30 designated specials for Modifieds, 15 designated specials for Stock Cars and 15 designated specials for the SportMods will receive a Dirt Defender product.“When we started this business, we made a promise that we would always give back to the racer and continue to help the sport in any way possible,” said Dirt Defender’s Billy Vest. “We are very blessed to have the customer loyalty throughout the years we have been in business and would like to thank each and every person who has ever purchased one of our products.”“The new slant to the Dirt Defender program this season focuses on IMCA special events across the country and getting products in the hands of racers having good runs at those events,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Dirt Defender has done a great job of reinventing their products and contingency awards to meet the demands and desires of IMCA racers.”Dirt Defender is in its third year of IMCA sponsorship. Information about the company product line is available by calling 469 556-4612 and on Facebook.last_img read more

Friday night rugby here to stay

first_img Press Association The 2015 tournament kicks off on Friday when Wales host England and the Millennium Stadium will again play host to Friday night rugby in the next two tournaments. France will visit Cardiff on Friday, February 26, 2016 and a year later Ireland are the visitors, on Friday, March 10, 2016, organisers announced on Wednesday. Friday night rugby is here to stay after the fixtures for the 2016 and 2017 RBS 6 Nations were announced. center_img The opening match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham, between England and Fiji, is also scheduled for a Friday night, September 18, 2015, but at present only Cardiff is scheduled to host Six Nations Friday night rugby. Matches between teams alternate annually on a home and away basis, so in 2016 England will host Wales on the tournament’s penultimate weekend, with the match taking place on Saturday, March 12. The opening weekend of the 2016 tournament, the first to follow the 2015 Rugby World Cup, takes place on February 6 and 7, 2016 and features a Calcutta Cup match at Murrayfield between Scotland and England. The pick of the matches on the final weekend sees England travel to France on March 19. All three matches on the concluding weekend take place on the same Saturday. The 2017 tournament begins with France visiting Twickenham on Saturday, February 4, 2017, and Wales host England the following weekend, Saturday, February 11, 2017. The concluding weekend, Saturday, March 18, 2017, sees Scotland play Italy in what has perennially been a Wooden Spoon decider, before Wales play France in Paris and England travel to Dublin to take on Ireland. last_img read more

Gordon Breaks Texas Jinx

first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) admin Latest Posts Biocenter_img State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 FORT WORTH, Texas — Jeff Gordon broke a 17-race winless jinx at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday in the 334-lap Sprint Cup Samsung 500.Ironically, it was Gordon’s pit crew that helped propel him to his first win since October 2007.“You guys gave me a win, I love you guys,” said Gordon after taking the checkered flag ahead of his teammate Jimmie Johnson.Gordon had lost the lead to Carl Edwards with 38 laps remaining. Two laps later, a caution came out after David Stremme spun in turn three. All the lead lap cars pitted.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textJohnson’s team gave him a super quick stop that put him back in the lead, while Edwards was mired back in 11th.It shaped up to be a 26-lap Texas Stampede, with Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle and Mark Martin right behind Gordon.But the action never happened. Johnson and Biffle were able to get by Stewart, but neither had anything for Gordon and his No. 24.Gordon pulled away from the other four front-runners, sometimes by as much as 1.85 seconds on his way to his first ever victory at Texas.“This is a place that has eluded us for so long,” said Gordon. “This was an incredible team effort. This whole year has been amazing. We’ve never had a car like this at Texas. We finally had one, and we put it in a position to win.”Could Jeff Gordon be poised for another championship?Johnson’s runner-up finish was his fourth straight top-10.“We never give up,” said Johnson. “We worked hard on this race car. It was off, but we made it really good. It just goes to show you how important track position is.”Biffle’s third-place finish moved him from 23rd in points to 15th.“This is probably the second time we should have won a race,” said Biffle. “Today, I’m not sure what happened. We lost a little bit of time on pit road.”Stewart finished fourth and moved up from seventh to fifth in the point standings.“When the track was at it’s warmest we were running old tires and were really fast,” said Stewart. “We just couldn’t take off on the short runs.”Polesitter, David Reutimann finished 11th, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 18th.Top 10 finishers: 1. Jeff Gordon, 2. Jimmie Johnson, 3. Greg Biffle, 4. Tony Stewart, 5. Matt Kenseth, 6. Mark Martin, 7. Juan Montoya, 8. Kurt Busch, 9. Jeff Burton, 10. Carl Edwards.Top 12 Chase contenders after 7 of 36: 1. J. Gordon-1,154, 2. Johnson-992, 3. Ku. Busch-974, 4. Bowyer-967, 5. Stewart-963, 6. Hamlin-938, 7. Ky. Busch-914, 8. Edwards-889, 9. Kenseth-864, 10. Kahne-851, 11. Reutimann-845, 12. Burton-835.Top 10 Nationwide Series leaders after 5 of 35: 1. Edwards-799, 2. Ky. Busch-761, 3. Ragan-653, 4. Leffler-612, 5. Allgaeir-600, 6. Harvick-576, 7. Keselowski-568, 8. Gaughan-564, 9. Keller-540, 10. Lagasse-538.Top 10 Camping World Truck Series leaders after 4 of 25: 1. Ky. Busch-682, 2. Bodine-644, 3. Hornaday-611, 4. Skinner-606, 5. Crafton-561, 6. Cook-528, 7. Benson-515, 8. McCumbee-505, 9. Peters-503, 10. Crawford-496.Weekend Racing ScheduleIt’s Easter weekend, a traditional off-week for the Sprint Cup teams. The Camping Series Trucks are also idle. The only major racing will be the Nationwide Series at the 1.333-mile Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, April 11. It will be televised on ESPN, beginning at 3 p.m. (EDT).Racing Trivia Question: How many Cup races did Kyle Busch win in 2008?Last Week’s Question: Where is the Sprint All-Star race held each year?Answer: Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte. This year it will be held May 16. House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

Barkley spurns Chelsea redemption

first_img(BBC) – Ross Barkley came off the bench to send Chelsea to Wembley as manager Frank Lampard’s half-time changes transformed this FA Cup quarter-final at Leicester City.The Foxes held sway in the first 45 minutes at the King Power Stadium, although it took a flying save from Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel to keep out Christian Pulisic’s powerful drive.Lampard’s discontent could be heard echoing around the virtually deserted arena – and he acted by introducing Barkley, Mateo Kovacic and Cesar Azpilicueta at the interval for Reece James, the subdued Billy Gilmour and Mason Mount.It had the desired effect as Chelsea improved markedly. Barkley, who was on target in the 2-0 win against Liverpool in the last round, scoring the winner after 63 minutes when he reacted to get in just ahead of Jonny Evans and sweep Willian’s clever cross past Schmeichel.Leicester, missing the injured James Maddison, were out of sorts after the break although they applied late pressure and defender Caglar Soyuncu was frustrated late on when his header struck Azpilicueta and flew over.Lampard’s reshuffle does the trickAn FA Cup quarter-final behind closed doors contains little of the passion and noise that usually accompanies these occasions, with a place in the last four at stake.It did, however, enable those few of us inside the ground to hear several loud blasts of “liven up, liven up” from Chelsea manager Lampard as he expressed his displeasure at his side’s early inability to cope with Leicester City’s bright start.Leicester failed to make the most of possession in the first 45 minutes and Lampard was able to make those substitutions that swung the game back in Chelsea’s favour.Talented youngster Billy Gilmour had one of those halves all young players can have, giving the ball away too much and having little impact – he will learn from this.Barkley came on and was Chelsea’s FA Cup talisman again, scoring the winner and almost adding a second in the last minute, forcing an unorthodox save from Schmeichel.It also demonstrated Chelsea’s squad strength as Lampard was able to introduce such experience and ability.Lampard and Chelsea have had an impressive re-start, winning at Aston Villa and getting a crucial three points at home to Manchester City in the Premier League. Those results kept them right on course for a top-four finish and now they are in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.Leicester’s lack of spark will worry RodgersLeicester’s City last game before the Premier League closed down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in early March was an impressive 4-0 demolition of troubled Aston Villa at the King Power.It has been different since the re-start as they have struggled to draws at Watford and at home to Brighton before this disappointing FA Cup defeat.Manager Brendan Rodgers will have held high hopes of cup success after falling to Villa at the semi-final stage in the Carabao Cup – and this result and performance will have increased a few anxieties around the club.Leicester have had a superb season in the Premier League but they will be looking over their shoulders at Chelsea, who are a point behind them in fourth, as well as Wolves, who are only three points adrift – although they have played a game more.There was no doubt Leicester missed Maddison, out with a knock, as his link-up play with Vardy was sorely missed, the striker making his trademark runs but getting very little quality service.Leicester will remain optimistic and there is hardly any need to get carried away, but they need to re-discover the spark that made them such a potent force in the first seven months of this interrupted season.last_img read more

Boeheim wins Naismith Men’s Coach of the Year

first_imgThe awards keep coming for the Syracuse men’s basketball team.Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim was announced today as the 2010 Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Boeheim, who led the Orange to the Big East Regular Season championship, beat out Steve Alford (New Mexico), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Frank Martin (Kansas State) to win the award. Boeheim also won the Associated Press Coach of the Year.‘This really is a tremendous honor,’ Boeheim said in a press release by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, a group of basketball journalists, coaches and administrators. ‘It is a reflection of the great team I was privileged to coach this year.’After being picked to finish sixth in the Big East preseason poll, Boeheim led the Orange to a 15-3 in the league to outright win the title. For the first time in 20 years, the Orange was ranked No. 1 in the country.Syracuse entered the Big East Tournament as the top seed, and also earned a No. 1 seed in West region of the NCAA Tournament. The Orange advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year, but fell to eventual runner-up Butler, 63-59. Syracuse finished with a 30-5 record overall.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoeheim won his 800th game this season in the Orange’s season-opening win over Albany, and is sixth all-time (second active) in Division I history with 829 wins. His teams have won 20 games for 32 consecutive seasons, the longest streak by any coach.‘This season clearly illustrated why Jim is one of the top coaches in the profession,’ said Gary Stokan, Atlanta Tipoff Club president. ‘His ability to take good teams and make them great is what he does best, and we congratulate him for winning this prestigious award.’ Comments Published on April 5, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Coach Kiffin’s apology tour far from sincere

first_img“Goal Line Stand” runs every Friday. If you would like to comment on this story, visit or email Michael Katz at I’ve been a little under the weather lately, to be quite honest. It’s flu season, and on a college campus that kind of stuff spreads pretty quickly. Everyone’s coughing or sneezing or chugging DayQuil. The flu can kind of get to your brain, too, and mash things up a little. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s what.So when I read USC head coach Lane Kiffin recently admitted to ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski that the 2012 football season debacle was his fault, I thought I was delirious. Kiffin, who never admits to having done anything wrong, would now come out and take blame. My flu must have reached a climax: It was playing tricks on me with regard to my university and its head football coach. I figured that when my sickness passed, the story wouldn’t exist and that it had been a figment of my imagination.Well, I’m feeling better now, and it’s still here on Kiffin actually held himself accountable.Kiffin told Wojciechowski, “You got to blame somebody, so you’re going to blame the head coach — and you should. I blame myself for this.”Wait, what?Is this the turning of a corner? Is this Lane Kiffin 2.0, reborn as a new man as suggested yesterday by fellow columnist Nick Selbe?No.Though I do believe Kiffin probably does feel a little bad for the travesty that was USC football this past season, I struggle to actually believe that Kiffin is turning over a new leaf here. Call me a cynic, but talk is cheap.Nothing in this interview really leads me to think that he actually takes the blame for this. Kiffin tells Wojciechowski about the gaffes he made this year, including the deflated ball and the jersey-changing scandal with Cody Kessler. Wojciechowski notes that Kiffin, “[Has] no anger in his voice. He speaks about the incidents as if they were clinical studies.” That’s the Kiffin we all know.If Kiffin were really sincere, maybe he’d show some emotion. If I had gone 7-6 with the most talented team in the country, I’d be pretty upset with myself as a coach. But again, it’s a stone-faced and monotone Kiffin that we get. College football is a game of emotion; you have to show some on occasion, even when you’re the figure at the center of the controversy. And again, it’s severely lacking.People were taken aback by this article, including Wojciechowski, because Kiffin admitted to mistakes. But until there’s action, I’m calling this a bluff.To truly show that he’s truly learned from his mistakes, the first thing that has to be done is a complete makeover. Kiffin must look in the mirror and take initiative. If he really wants to turn this ship around, he’d hire an offensive coordinator and actually coach this team.After the Sun Bowl, the ESPN article reported that Kiffin “‘lost the locker room.” It’s not hard to see why. He usually has his head buried in his play-calling chart, more concerned with what play to run on second-and-7 than about motivating his team as the game takes place just a few yards away from him.Step one, Lane, is to coach. Let someone else handle the play calling. Lead these young men. Because unless you do, no one else is going to. Players take on the identity of their coach, and if they see you acting nonchalantly about everything on the field, they’re going to act the exact same way.Hiring a new defensive coordinator was a step, and these “admissions” sound really nice. But, until a change occurs in the way that Kiffin actually coaches and handles himself, I’m not buying any of it. I’m not saying that Kiffin can’t change, and that he isn’t going to make these changes (though, knowing his track record, it seems doubtful). The bottom line is that to acknowledge faults is one thing, but to actually alter the way you handle things is another.He has step one down, but I don’t see step two happening. A tiger doesn’t change its stripes. Coaches tend not to change regardless of circumstance. So if fans are looking for a completely transformed Lane Kiffin, they probably aren’t going to find one. The only way to see such a change would be to imagine it in delirium. Maybe we should all get the flu.last_img read more

Big Ten Media Days: Wisconsin hockey picked as preseason favorite

first_imgST. PAUL, Minn. — There could not have been a more perfect backdrop for the first Big Ten hockey Media Day.As the Minnesota Wild practiced rows below, the coaches and players from the six member schools — Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State — got acquainted with one another and spoke to the media about the upcoming inaugural season.Between mingling and interviews, players and coaches alike stepped out from the small array of tables set up in the Xcel Energy Center (site of the Big Ten Tournament come March) concourse to look over a Wild practice that boasted a few alums from several veteran schools including Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.The coaches started the day with a round of press conferences and before long a common theme arose: the new division is an exciting change and the exposure it will provide via the Big Ten brand is only going to help the sport.“This is spreading our brand, the Big Ten brand for all of our schools across the country,” Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said, referring to the Big Ten Network. “You get into so many new markets, and I think that’s going to be a real win down the line too, even for recruiting.”And while many current or longstanding college hockey fans are finding it difficult to embrace the change, the coaches are confident that those begrudging feelings will disappear as Big Ten Hockey becomes the new norm over the next season.Wisconsin picked as preseason favoriteWhile each team certainly wants to make a splash in the inaugural season, Wisconsin will have to do so with a large target pinned squarely on its back.The Badgers return the most veteran roster of any team in the conference with nine seniors and seven juniors returning. The only early NHL departure the Badgers lost was center Brenden Woods who would have been a junior, one head coach Mike Eaves admits was a little bit of a shock.“Every young person that comes to your program has a different agenda, background, goals,” Eaves said. “For different reasons, each boy decided they wanted to stay for one year, to build their role, physically, mentally, emotionally. It’s something that we really don’t control.”This season will be the first time in several years Eaves’ has coached a veteran team. Senior and 2013-14 captain Frankie Simonelli said he and his teammates never talked about staying together the way they have — especially as winger Michael Mersch was one of the few expected to leave after last season — it was just something that happened individually.“It’s all personal decisions,” Simonelli said. “For each guy it’s different. … For our senior class, the guys thought it was the right decision to stay and hopefully we all get rewarded for it.As a result, Wisconsin will return 91 of its 112 goals from last season which amounts to 81.3 percent of its offense.After what can only be described as a chaotic season in 2012-13, going from a 1-7-2 start to Broadmoor Trophy Champions and a short-lived trip to the NCAA Tournament, the Badgers hope to learn from last year’s lessons and simply keep rolling through this year.“Looking at what we did last year, taking what we learned throughout the year and bringing it with us this year will be exciting,” Simonelli said.Not only will the Badgers carry over life lessons from last season, but also some impressive stats that only add to the threat they pose the rest of the Big Ten.Most notably, sophomore forward Nic Kerdiles — who is expected to move to center this season — ended last season on a four-game goal streak and a 12-game point streak, both of which are still active. After missing the first ten games of the season due to a suspension, Kerdiles finished the season with 33 points in 32 games played.Mersch returns as the Badgers leading goal-scorer with 23 goals, a mark that also ranks him as the second-leading returning goal-scorer in the nation. Mersch was also UW’s points leader last season with 36.Winger Tyler Barnes returns as the Badgers second-leading goal-scorer with 15 tallies on the season. Barnes ended the year on a streak of his own with 17 points in the last 14 games.Wisconsin also returns its starting center, Mark Zengerle. The senior needs just six more points to become the highest-scoring player under Eaves. He currently has 118 career points.While all this offense certainly sits well with Eaves & Co., Wisconsin returns a pair of netminders who will continue to battle each other for the starting spot, just as they’ve done the previous two years. Junior Joel Rumpel boasted a .929 save percentage last season and a 1.96 goals-against average which ranked second in Wisconsin history. Fellow junior Landon Peterson was right on his tail with a .926 save percentage and a 1.00 goals against average, ranking third in UW history.“They come in every day and they push each other,” Eaves said. “It’s a competitive situation every day in practices, and I think that’s what makes them better.”One new wrinkle: the shootoutNot only will fans get to enjoy watching the Big Ten opponents clash on the rink, but the conference is also introducing shootouts to help create a greater divide in points in the standings.“From the aspect of a fan, I think it’s tremendous,” Eaves said. “In the game of ice hockey now people get excited about, well in the old days fights, goals and shootouts. I mean, at the end of the game they’re all standing, watching it. I think it really appeals to the public.”last_img read more

Emily Hawryschuk’s game-winner lifts Syracuse over Northwestern 15-14 in overtime

first_imgEmily Hawryschuk told herself to be calm. She knew Gary Gait trusted her to shoot the first time — she just had to try one more time. So when she moved from her normal area, the left side of the net, to the middle of field, 25 yards from the net, Hawryschuk gathered for a brief moment.She looked off Nicole Levy on the right — the second scoring option of Gait’s play — and sprinted forward. She had 10 yards of space in front of her and made it halfway to the goal before Syracuse’s cutters on both edges stopped moving. It was Hawryschuk’s moment.Face guarding antics from Nell Copeland were lost. Standing still in the middle of field without a stick in the air was forgotten. Her lifeless second half didn’t matter anymore. A full wind up toward the top left corner of the net did, though. “Shot clock is going down,” Hawryschuk said. “I just put it away.”Her game-winning goal ended the thought of another opposition’s comeback over Syracuse. The team who couldn’t finish last year, Gait said, and blew a five-goal lead to No. 1 Boston College last Saturday, was a shot away from blowing another lead: this one, a 12-9 advantage midway through the second half. But, No. 7 Syracuse (4-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) rebounded over No. 5 Northwestern (3-1), 15-14, and picked up its first win over a ranked opponent.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnna Henderson | Digital Design EditorHawryschuk, Syracuse’s top attack, spent the first half face guarded by a rotation of Wildcat defenders. But after a hat trick in the opening 22 minutes, the junior was stationary after a change in defensive scheme. Her offense was quiet until SU’s lone possession in overtime — the only time it counted.“Em got that shot because she wanted it,” midfielder Sam Swart said. “I knew if I put the ball in Chuckie’s hands, she could finish it.”Before Sunday’s heroics, Hawryschuk still was the team’s leading goal-scorer (10), but with a balanced attack including five players with double-digit points, she wasn’t always the first option. But that’s not how Northwestern saw her.Copeland, a defender, pressed the SU junior, inching her face closer to Hawryschuk’s. She stuck her tongue out at her, tried to make Hawryschuk laugh and stared into her eyes while Northwestern was on offense.“She was definitely trying to get into my head,” Hawryschuk said. “But I didn’t let her get in my head.”TJ Shaw | Staff PhotographerSo when Hawryschuk was face-guarded on the Orange’s first two possessions, she shuffled her legs for picks offs — not trying to get the ball rather forcing two defenders to stick with her. Starting 20 yards from the net, the junior faked a routine pass right. Two NU defenders reacted with a double team. It didn’t stop Hawryschuk. She cut in between her defenders, shimmied right, broke the ankles of one and left the other in the rearview.  Hawryschuk got closer and swung a shot toward a crevice in the middle of two more NU defenders. It ripped the back of the net.“It was shooting to score,” Hawryschuk said, “and putting everything behind it.”Six minutes later, Copeland upped her antics. Her stare-downs and pressured started 60 yards from the net. It didn’t bother Hawryschuk, she said, but it did provide extra motivation. So off an out of bounds play, Hawryschuk waved her stick, beginning for the ball to start outside of the end zone. In the back of the end zone, she hesitated and made Copeland trip. Hawryschuk stormed to the net to score her third goal of the game on a one-hopper. Instead of jumping toward her teammates or celebrating immediately, she looked behind the net, right in the direction of Copeland.Syracuse entered the half just up a goal, 9-8, but Hawryschuk was dominating. Similar to last year, when Northwestern flipped from zone to man-to-man, the Wildcats did the opposite. Hawryschuk torched one-on-one and wasn’t fazed by Copeland and her pressure. But when the junior was stuck in the middle of the field surrounded by three defenders in her vicinity, she was stagnant.“She was sticking to game plan,” Gait said. “Knowing everything was going to fall into place. And slowly, the Wildcats fought back. SU’s offense operated right, the remnants of a pressured Hawryschuk in the first half still there. When she was open close to the net, she wasn’t found. When she picked up a ground ball, it was taken away from her. She played into Northwestern’s strategy. A 12-9 SU lead shrunk. Aside from Hawryschuk, SU’s offense couldn’t score — without a goal for over 18 minutes at one point in the second half. Northwestern slowly crushed Sarah Cooper and Kerry Defliese in the back, and rattled off five consecutive goals.Another Syracuse lead blown — a continuous trend of last year’s 9-10 team — was looming. But Northwestern fell into its own hole.  Sierra Cockerville scored with five minutes left, and after a jersey change to No. 10 on the team’s final possession in regulation, freshman Megan Carney drove half the length of the field to tie the game.Hawryschuk put No. 51 on her back once more, and headed to the 50 yard line for the draw. She struggled in the second half, she said, and thought about it going into overtime. The ball went to the Wildcats, who missed on an errant shot, and Gait called a timeout.His top attack hadn’t scored in almost 40 minutes. But he designed the play around Hawryschuk.“I trusted the team to play good offense,” Gait said. “Em was cutting hard and working hard all day.”He drew up a look for Hawryschuk on the left side — her side. If that wasn’t there, go to Levy. If Northwestern compromised both, at least one cutter would be open. On the ensuing possession, Hawryschuk bypassed her options and was squandered around the crease. She fell to the ground, stayed there and expected a foul. But it didn’t come.“It sort of fell through a little,” Hawryschuk said. “Not getting a foul and all.” Mary Rahal picked up Hawryschuk’s miss, and after two passes, it was back in the junior’s hands. Seconds later, it was in the back of the net. “People feel comfortable giving (Hawryschuk) the opportunity,” Gait said. “And we did. We gutted it out.” Published on February 24, 2019 at 2:43 pm Contact KJ: | @KJEdelman Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Chukwu Calls for Unity Amongst Rangers Coaches

first_imgCoach Christian Chukwu (Mfr) in white with coaches and officials of Rangers led by care-taker coach, Benedict Ugwu during a visit to the legend “I am indeed happy for you people for this opportunity to serve our great club, Rangers International F.C. I urge you all to work as a team. Support (Benedict) Ugwu who has been selected to lead so that we can achieve the needed result.“I also wish to thank you people for your prayers while I was away for treatment (in England) as I believe that your prayers went a long way in my recovery,” observed the ex international fondly called Chairman.Earlier, care-taker coach, Benedict Ugwu who led the coaching crew on the visit said, “We are here to celebrate your recovery and safe return from your medical trip abroad and to thank God for keeping you for us.“We pray for many more years with us so we can tap from your reservoir of knowledge.”The 1980 Africa Cup of Nations winning captain and technical director of Rangers International F.C recently returned from London where he went for treatment for a health challenge.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Green Eagles Captain and Coach, Christian Chukwu, has called on members of the care-taker coaching crew of Rangers International F.C of Enugu led by Benedict Ugwu to work in unity as they fashion out a winning team for the 2019/2020 NPFL season.Speaking in Enugu yesterday when Rangers coaching crew paid him a visit at his Enugu residence to welcome him back from his medical trip to England, Chukwu charged the coaches to work as a unit so as to achieve the expected result.The legend likened the current situation of a consortium of coaches for Rangers to how he came to limelight while also working as an assistant coach years back due to the departure of his immediate boss.last_img read more