“Lloyd has shown a great deal of potential during his early years with the club, and he deserves this new contract in recognition of the hard work he puts in,” manager Mauricio Pochettino told Southampton’s official website. “He has impressed me in his performances for the Under-21s and with his attitude on the training ground, having taken part in first-team sessions regularly last season. “He now has the chance to demonstrate at senior level the qualities he has shown during his time with the academy and development squad.” A breakthrough season last time out earned him many plaudits and a call-up to the Under-21 European Championship, although injury ruled him out. He was linked with a move away as a result of his form, but the club celebrated Shaw’s 18th birthday by announcing the deal with 29 first-team appearances already to his name. “I’m very pleased to have finally signed it,” Shaw told his club’s official website tonight. “I committed myself back in January, and I’m glad everything has been sorted out. “I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my future, but all of the Saints fans will have known that I committed my future in January. “I’ve been here since I was eight and I’ve loved every single moment of it. I want to stay at this club, and signing this contract means I’m here for another five years.” Like Shaw, Isgrove also broke through last season after making his debut in the Capital One Cup at Leeds. The 20-year-old was named in the squad for the final two Barclays Premier League games of last season and has today signed a fresh contract. Saints have announced the news on their official Twitter feed, making the 18-year-old the second of their players to pen a new deal on Friday. Lloyd Isgrove earlier signed a one-year extension, but it is the renewal of Shaw which will please the club’s fans all the more. Southampton’s highly-rated full-back Luke Shaw has signed a new five-year deal with the club. Press Association
BANGOR — They go by a motto: “Business as usual.”From Blue Hill to Bangor and anywhere else they go, members of the George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team approach every matchup this way. Whether it’s a home game against a conference opponent or a do-or-die playoff game on the biggest stage, the Eagles have the mentality it takes to rise up to the challenge every step along the way.“‘Business as usual,’ that’s what Coach [head coach Dwayne Carter] always tells us,” junior Percy Zentz said. “It’s just about going into every game with the same mentality and treating no game as bigger than any other. That’s what we’ve done every time, and it’s worked for us.”It takes that sort of mental fortitude to have such consistent success on a stage as large as the state basketball tournament, but GSA has proved over and over again to have such a mindset. The result has been a tournament that’s seen trophy after trophy handed to the boys from the Blue Hill Peninsula.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA won its third straight Class C North championship over the weekend by beating Fort Kent in the regional semifinals Friday and Fort Fairfield in the Class C North championship. The decisive victories marked yet another milestone for a program that’s made winning look easy over the past three years.George Stevens Academy’s Caden Mattson (second from left) and Andrew Szwez defend against Fort Kent’s Jace Rocheleau (left) and Caleb Delisle during the first half of a boys’ basketball playoff game Feb. 23 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. GSA beat Fort Kent 76-53. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLEven after struggling to open the game against fifth-seeded Fort Kent in the semis, GSA turned an early deficit into a double-digit lead in a matter of minutes with clutch baskets from seniors Taylor Schildroth, Stefan Simmons and Max Mattson. After eight straight points to start the fourth quarter, the Eagles cruised to a 76-53 win.Carter said the top-ranked Eagles were more tense than usual in the buildup to the game. That resulted in Fort Kent (16-5) leading for much of the first half before GSA was able to take control.“The vibe was a little stressful early on, and it took us a little bit to get into a rhythm,” Carter said after the win. “I think we’ll come out tomorrow and play a lot better.”Against Fort Fairfield, that was exactly what happened. From the moment the Eagles took the floor, Saturday’s outcome was never in doubt.After winning the opening tip, GSA got off to a flying start to the game. In the opening minute, the Eagles got a 3-pointer from Caden Mattson and layups from Percy Zentz and Taylor Schildroth to take a 7-0 lead early. Fort Fairfield called a timeout to regroup, but GSA continued to overpower the Tigers throughout the first quarter and took a 24-11 lead into the second with the help of 14 points from Schildroth.GSA’s Taylor Schildroth prepares to shoot as Fort Fairfield’s Malcolm Langner rushes on to defend during the first half of the Class C North boys’ basketball championship game Feb. 24 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Eagles defeated Fort Fairfield 62-39 to win the regional title for the third season in a row. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThe Eagles continued their run in the eight minutes before halftime with stout defense. Fort Fairfield didn’t score for the first 6 minute, 46 seconds of the second quarter, and Max Mattson’s post presence on the offensive end sparked the Eagles to a 12-0 run en route to a 38-15 advantage at the break.A barrage of 3-pointers in the second half brought second-seeded Fort Fairfield (18-3) to within 16 points, but that was as close as the Tigers would get the rest of the way. GSA responded with a 9-0 run of its own that put any hint of a comeback out of reach and coasted from there to claim another regional title.As well as the Eagles (20-1) played offensively, it was their performance on the other end of the floor that made the difference. GSA’s 62-39 win marked the lowest offensive output of the season for Fort Fairfield, which hadn’t scored fewer than 50 points all year.“It all starts with defense,” said Schildroth, who led all scorers with 30 points against Fort Kent and 29 against Fort Fairfield. “We mix it up well. We go through half-court, full-court, zone and man [defenses], and we just try to get people to turn it over. … We get a lot of fast-break layups off of good defense.”GSA’s Caden Mattson defends against Fort Fairfield’s Isaac Cyr during the second half of the Class C North boys’ basketball championship game Feb. 24 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Mattson held Cyr, who had scored a combined 51 points in Fort Fairfield’s tournament wins against Piscataquis and Mattanawcook Academy, to just 14 in the Eagles’ 62-39 victory. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLA major part of that defensive effort came with the help of Caden Mattson. The sophomore guard held Fort Fairfield leading scorer Isaac Cyr, who had scored a combined 51 points in the Tigers’ quarterfinal and semifinal victories, to just 14.“I just knew I had to not let him touch the ball or at least let him touch it as little as possible,” Mattson said. “If he can’t have the ball in his hands, he can’t score.”Even as GSA players, coaches and fans celebrated after the win, the words “one more” could also be heard reverberating throughout the arena. The Eagles will face Class C South champion and No. 1 seed Hall-Dale (20-1) in the state title game at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Augusta Civic Center.Adding one more Gold Ball would make GSA only the second Class C boys’ team to win three in a row. Win or lose, the legacy the team has left over the past three seasons will be a lasting one all across the state.“The success we’ve had, that sort of thing just doesn’t happen,” Carter said. “It’s been amazing for the players, the school and all the fans, and I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet. Maybe that will happen when it’s over, but for now, we have to enjoy it while it lasts.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bio Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Ben Stokes and his mother have reportedly launched legal action against ‘The Sun’ after the UK newspaper published a front-page story with sensitive information about the all-rounder’s family. The Sun had last month published a story which described in detail events of more than 30 years ago involving the deaths of members of Stokes’ New Zealand-based family. Over a month after the incident, Stokes and his mother Deborah have filed proceedings against ‘The Sun’ for invasion of privacy. Their lawyers will argue that the story breached the family’s privacy by bringing up an issue that had been largely forgotten, The Guardian reported.Stokes had slammed The Sun, an English daily, for a report on the cricketer’s “secret family tragedy”. The newspaper’s report claims that his mother’s two children were killed by her ex in 1988, a few year’s before the cricketer’s birth.Also Read | WATCH – After Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes takes ‘catch of the tournament’ in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash vs Pakistan”Today The Sun has seen fit to publish extremely painful, sensitive and personal details concerning events in the private lives of my family, going back more than 31 years,” the cricketer’s statement read. The all-rounder called the publication “heartless and immoral” for their reportage and stated that their reporter went down to New Zealand to question his parents about this “incredibly upsetting topic.”Also Read | ‘That wasn’t my best catch’: Modest Stokes produces World Cup gem”For more than three decades, my family has worked hard to deal with the private trauma inevitably associated with these events and has taken great care to keep private what were deeply personal and traumatic events. On Saturday, the Sun sent a ‘reporter’ to my parents’ home in New Zealand to question them, out of the blue, on this incredibly upsetting topic. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Sun thinks it is acceptable to sensationalise our personal tragedy for their front page,” the statement added.Stokes said that it is not acceptable to use his name as a public figure to dismantle the privacy of his family. “To use my name as an excuse to shatter the privacy and private lives of – in particular- my parents, is utterly disgusting. I am aware that my public profile brings with its consequences for me that I accept entirely. But I will not allow my public profile to be used as an excuse to invade the rights of my parents, my wife, my children or other family members,” Stokes said.”This is the lowest form of journalism, focussed only on chasing sales with absolutely no regard for the devastation caused to lives as a consequence. It is totally out of order. The article also contains serious inaccuracies which have compounded the damage caused. We need to take a serious look at how we allow our press to behave,” the statement adds.
… Ninvalle says the largest amount under his watchBy Faizool DeoTHE Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) has contributed a whopping US$15 000 (over G$3.1M) to the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) to offset expenses of four boxers and two coaches who are scheduled to leave this Sunday for a three-month training stint in Cuba, with the ultimate hope of qualifying for next year’s Olympics.Although a Guyanese boxer has not qualified for the Olympics since 2006, all parties involved are optimistic that this current crop will lead Guyana to glory.The boxers are Keevin Allicock (a two-time current Caribbean champion), Desmond Amsterdam and Colin Lewis (former Caribbean champions) and Dennis Thomas (a Caribbean two-time silver medallist).The quartet will display their skills learnt from Cuba at the Olympic Qualifiers, which is scheduled from March 26 to April 3, 2020, in Argentina.To send the four boxers and two officials (Terrence Poole and Sebert Blake – awaiting release from GPL) on the three-month spell, the GBA had to raise approximately US$31 000 (over G$6.4M). Fortunately, GOA and National Sports Commission were fully on board with the venture. Earlier this month, NSC, through its Director of Sport Christopher Jones, handed over a cheque of $1M to the boxing association with the promise of a further $1.5M either in January or February, while president of the GBA, Steve Ninvalle, noted that the boxing association would contribute the rest of funds needed.At a simple press conference yesterday, at the Law Offices of K.A. Juman-Yassin, the GOA president noted that he was impressed with Allicock’s improvement after his time in Cuba earlier this year and he and his executives felt that it was the correct move to assist in sending the four boxers for training. “In going to Cuba, the exposure will be immense, the range and variety of sparring partners; we don’t have that in Guyana. The discipline, the medical checkups, everything about the programme is much better than what we have here.”Yassin added that he is confident that the three-month training stint would help the boxers. He noted that from the inception he was supportive of local coaches travelling with the boxers. He said that the coaches would be able to enhance their skills and hopefully implement what they have learnt, which in the long-run should enhance the sport locally. “In this exercise for three months, two of our senior coaches will benefit and no doubt that benefit will pass on to the youngsters … Once they (the four boxers) work hard and make that sacrifice, I sincerely believe that they will be successful.”According to Ninvalle, the cheque of US$15 000 is the largest contribution received under his watch as GBA head.“In my tenure, it would have been the largest contribution that we would have received from anyone, from any entity, any supporter. I want to say heartfelt thanks to Mr Yassin.”Ninvalle also indicated that the GOA president, through his insightfulness and knowledge of the sport, has been instrumental in bringing the Caribbean Developmental Championships to fruition – an event that has evolved into the Caribbean Championships.“It is through his initiative, through his support, his urging and his pushing that we have been able not only in Guyana, but also in the Caribbean, to see boxing move to higher heights of development.”Yassin, who has served as head of the GOA for over two decades, highlighted the importance of collaboration and thanked the NSC for its support. “It has to be a combination of resources, resources from the government, resources from the private sector, resources from the GOA and resources from individuals … it is also the aim for the GOA to work with the government, regardless of which government is in power….”Vice-president of the GOA, Dr Karen Pilgrim and Technical Director of the GOA Poole also spoke of the importance of the venture and their confidence in the boxers.Guyana has been outstanding in boxing at the regional level, but Michael Parris’s 1980 bronze medal at the Moscow Olympics remains our only medal to date at the top sporting event.
Caleb Smith earned winning points in the high jump, clearing 5’8″ to match Clinton’s Andrew Weider. In the 3,200-meter run, Kaleel Boykins and Brian Hulbert paired up to win in 21:32.10, with Remsen second (21:46.99), more than 14 seconds behind.Joe Staples, Nick Dekaney, Haberle Conlon and Nate DiDomenico earned second place in the 4×200 relay in 1:37.78, with Staples helping Smith finish fourth in the long jump, Smith fourth among individuals with 19’8″.Conlon and DiDomenico were second (1:19.64) to Canastota (1:18.41) in the 300-meter dash, while Renaldo Colon was second in the 600-meter run in 1:33.64 and paired with Gabriel Cuello to finish second on the team side with 3:12.52. Starting 2020 on top, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys indoor track and field team changed venues and ventured to Utica College’s Hutton Dome last Friday night to win the fourth Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association meet of the winter.All told, the Red Rams earned 75 points, well clear of runner-up Utica Proctor’s 50 points in the second spot in this relay-format event.James Richer unleashed a winning shot put throw of 43 feet 4 1/4 inches, which was matched by West Canada Valley’s Chase Youngs as Richer and Ben Staples were third in the team event with 82’4 1/4″. Staples and Jason Pritts finished fifth in the weight throw. Sam Smith and Ahviere Reese were third in the 1,000-meter run in 5:44.57. J-D also finished third in the 4×800 relay in 8:49.07 as Jacob Cottet and Alex Pomeroy took fourth place in the 1,600-meter run in 10:30.99.The J-D girls earned 13.5 points, but Laetticia Bazile won the high jump as the lone athlete to clear 5 feet as Rainer Yaeger had a second-place triple jump of 35’5 1/2″.The Red Rams finished fourth in the 4×200 relay in 1:58.40 and seventh in the 4×400 relay. Janna VanVraken and Theresa Grosso were eighth in the 300-meter dash.A day later, at SRC Arena, Fayetteville-Manlius had its girls team win the afternoon portion of the John Arcaro Memorial Invitational, earning 124 points as Westhill (104 points) was second. The boys Hornets, with 70 points, finished second to Cazenovia.Claire Walters ran the 1,000 in 2:58.62 to beat out Hannah Kaercher’s 3:03,28. Walters, Grace Kaercher, Hannah Kaercher and Fiona Mejico went 9:26.35 to dominate the 4×800 before Mejico won the 600 in 1:42.66 and took team honors with Elizabeth Bansbach in 3:38.11.Ani Sydorowych and Alexa Bolton paired to win the 3,000 in 23:11.59 as Phoebe White, in 4:54.45, topped Amelia Amack (5:13.49) in the 1,500. Arianna Caron and Brennan Jolly joined the Kaercher sisters to win the 4×400 in 4:24.13.Samantha Pynn beat the field in the 300 in 45.60 seconds as she and Natalee Barber took the team event in 1:34.32. Barber won the 55 hurdles in 9.33 seconds as she and Elina Cabrera were third in the team event.Isabel Zuber went 16’6 1/2″ in the long jump to win it as she and Cabrera took team honors with 31’3 1/2″, followed by a triple jump that Zuber claimed in 35’5″ and won with Pynn by going 66’4″ between them.Harper Stoppacher, clearing 5’4″, won the high jump ahead of Katie Berge’s 4’6″. Zuber and Brigid Teaken were third in the 55 sprint and F-M took third in the 4×200 as Wren Usiatynski cleared 8’6″ in the pole vault.Peyton Geehrer and Sam Otis went 1-2 in the 3,200, Geehrer prevailing in 9:28.37 as Geoff Howles won the 1,600 in 4:33.01. Owen Snyder, Ian Brown, Ben Hutz and Corey Gallagher won the 4×400 in 3:40.47, with the Hornets second in the 4×200 in 1:42.10.Dan Sokolovic had a winning shot put throw of 44’6 1/2″ and, with Hashim Naeem, was first on the team side with 71’8 1/2″ as Sokolovic added a winning weight throw of 48’3″. Snyder was third in the 55 hurdles and F-M was third in the 4×800.Earlier, in the morning session, East Syracuse Minoa tied for seventh in the boys event and 11th in the girls event, with Christian Brothers Academy ninth in the boys event.ESM’s Logan Cowell and Kevin Hasty were second in the boys shot put with throws of 75’4 3/4″ and second in the weight throw with 78’11 1/2″, with Michael Parks third in the 55 hurdles adn tying for third in the high jump. Bennett Ferrari cleared 9’6″ in the pole vault.On the girls side, the Spartans’ Rhianno Butchko and Mia DiPietro were third in the high jump with 8’10” as Kaleigh Maloof and Karley Burton were fourth in the 55 hurdles.CBA’s Zach Medicis and Joel Gaffney paired to win the 1,600 in 9:33.25, with Gaffney winning the 600 in 1:29.20 as he and Medicis got the team victory in 3:02.98. Riley Nash and Cooper Groat were second in the 3,200, while on the girls side Olivia Morganti and Julia Medicis were fourth in the 1,000.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: CBAESMF-Mindoor trackJ-D
Thursday night’s Valentine’s Day match-up between No. 18 Purdue and Wisconsin was not exactly a tale with a romantic ending.After clinging to a 28-20 halftime lead, Wisconsin (11-14, 3-9) was outscored 38-20 in the second half by Purdue (19-5, 8-3) en route to a Boilermakers’ 58-48 win at the Kohl Center.Wisconsin shot 43 percent from the field in the first half, but was shut down by a resilient Purdue defense in the second, as the Boilermakers held the Badgers to just 26.9 percent shooting from the field in the first half. Purdue, on the other hand, shot 50 percent in the second half after woefully shooting 25.7 percent in the first.“I thought we played a great first half,” Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “But, unfortunately the game is not played just in the first half. If it was 20 minutes we would have won, but it’s not, so we have to learn how to close out games.”There were two players who factored into the Boilermakers’ second half comeback after trailing 28-20 at the break. Badger guard Jacki Gulczynski had 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting (finished with 19 on 6-of-10 shooting); and only one foul in the first half. With 10:51 left in the game, however, Gulczynski had to sit on the bench after she picked up her fourth foul.With Gulcyznski off the court, Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp felt a noticeable shift in the momentum of the game that allowed her team to take hold of the contest.“Oh, absolutely,” Versyp said. “[Jacki] is a key player and is so tough to guard because she’s a post player and it’s hard for our post players to guard her because she can shoot the three so well.“It was huge because against their zone we were trying to attack her quite a bit because we know how valuable she is.”The Boilermakers outscored the Badgers by 11 the rest of the way en route to the victory, breaking a two-game skid.“This is the first time that someone’s gotten their fourth this early in the game,” Kelsey said. “Maybe next time I’ll take [Jacki] out [when she has 3 fouls] because I have to build that trust back.”The second player who factored into the Boilermaker’s second half comeback was Purdue guard, KK Houser.Houser was 1-of-8 from the field for only 3 points in the first half, but exploded in the second half and ended the game with 20 points (one shy of her career high) and only missed one shot in the final 20 minutes.“I felt like a lot of my threes were forced [in the first half],” Houser said, “but the confidence I got from my teammates and from my coaches really got me going.”Houser was not a focus of the Badgers going into the game, but rather the Boilermaker’s leading scorer, Courtney Moses, who finished with just two points (12 off her season average).“We took care of Moses,” Kelsey said, “but KK gets going and there you go, that’s the game.”Houser’s hot shooting cleared up the paint for Drey Mingo who scored nine of her 12 points in the second half.“[Houser’s shooting] made it really hard for her guard person to double down on me,” Mingo explained, “so it opened up the paint for me.”Houser said part of the reason why the Boilermakers were able to explode for 38 points in the second half was because they benefited from an inside-out game, helping to stretch the Badgers defense and open up some open shots by making their opponent respect their balance.The Boilermakers only committed 10 turnovers – compared to their season average of 19 – and outscored Wisconsin’s bench 12-0 (making them 11-3 on the season when winning the battle of the bench).For the Badgers, it’s back to the drawing board.“Towards the end of the game we didn’t execute the way that we wanted to,” Gulczynski said, “but we’re going to keep working in practice and make sure everyone knows where they’re supposed to be and when they’re supposed to be there.”One bright spot for the Badgers was junior forward Cassie Rochel, who had a career high seven blocks to go along with 13 rebounds and nine points.Wisconsin hits the road against Illinois Monday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — With a first down needed to ensure Iowa would not get the ball back, Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave dropped back to pass. After all, that’s what he’s in there for in this two-quarterback system, to throw the ball.Except he ran.Stave, who completed 11 of his 14 passes for 139 yards, tucked the ball after finding no open receivers, and picked up 12 yards on the scramble with 1:55 remaining in the fourth quarter to seal the 26-24 win for the Badgers (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) over the Hawkeyes (7-4, 4-3) Saturday.“It was really, really well-covered downfield,” Stave said of his run. “They did a very good job covering everything up. So I just tried to work through my progression to the field and nothing was there.“At some point that clock in your head goes off and says ‘I can’t stand here anymore,’ so I just took it down.”Stave banged up his knee on the play and was visibly limping after the game, but insisted he was fine.The victory means Wisconsin will play Minnesota Saturday at Camp Randall not only for Paul Bunyan’s Axe, but for the Big Ten West title and a trip to Indianapolis for the conference championship game.The Badgers had a couple of opportunities to finish off Iowa before that final drive but were unable to do so. With 8:20 to go in the third quarter and UW up 16-3, Melvin Gordon broke his first big rush of the day from Wisconsin’s own eight-yard line. He bounced to the far sideline after right guard Kyle Costigan pulled and sealed off a defender, and Gordon took it to the Iowa three-yard line for an 88-yard gain.Wisconsin couldn’t capitalize though. Gordon picked up a yard on first and goal, and quarterback Tanner McEvoy was stuffed on second down before Gordon was dropped for a loss the next play. Kicker Rafael Gaglianone booted a 23-yard field goal game to make it 19-3 with 5:33 to go in the third.With circumstances looking bleak for the Hawkeyes, quarterback Jake Rudock led his team on a seven play, 78-yard touchdown drive and two-point conversion to make it a one-score game at 19-11. After running back Mark Weisman spun for a crucial fourth-down pickup, Rudock hooked up with wideout Taveaun Smith behind Wisconsin cornerback Darius Hillary for a 31-yard completion to the Wisconsin 28.Following a Jordan Canzeri eight-yard rush, Rudock delivered a perfectly thrown ball to Kevonte Martin-Malley, who made a diving catch in the end zone for a 20-yard score. On the ensuing two-point attempt, a strong second effort from Canzeri cut Wisconsin’s lead to eight at 19-11.With the Wisconsin defense on its heels, Rudock picked up right where he left off on the next Iowa possession. He found wideout Matt VandeBerg over the middle for a 28-yard gain, and on the next play, a wide-open tight end Jake Duzey on the right sideline for a 33-yard pickup to the Wisconsin 21.A questionable defensive pass interference call on Hillary in the end zone set up a designed run for Rudock from three yards out, which made it 19-17. Iowa went for two in an effort to tie the ballgame, but UW linebacker Derek Landisch pressured Rudock as he rolled to his right, and his pass was knocked down by linebacker Joe Schobert, preserving a two-point Wisconsin lead.“It feels good that the team could seal the deal, offense and defense,” safety Michael Caputo, who finished with a team-high 11 tackles, said. “We feed off each other’s momentum and energy. The way it swung today it just so happened that the offense came up and made some big plays that the defense kind of struggled to make.”It was the Melvin Gordon show when Wisconsin got the ball back after Iowa’s failed two-point conversion. On a critical 3rd-and-12, Gordon slipped past a safety and Stave found him for a 35-yard completion that momentarily shifted the momentum.Gordon finished with a career-high 64 receiving yards on the day, one week removed from a record-setting 408-yard performance against Nebraska.“He made a huge play today at the end there,” UW head coach Gary Andersen said. “He caught a couple of balls that were big difference makers for us. He’s another weapon in the throw game, which is tough to deal with.”Two plays later, Gordon rushed for the second of his two touchdowns from 23 yards out, and Gaglianone’s extra point made it a two-score game again at 26-17 with 7:44 left in the game.But once again Rudock responded, leading his team to its third touchdown in as many drives on the next drive, this time on a nine-yard pass to Duzey. Wisconsin killed the final five minutes of clock thanks to the rushing heroics of Stave and Gordon, and sent the majority of the Kinnick Stadium crowd home disappointed.Rudock finsished the day 20-for-30 and threw for 311 yards. The two squads had similar team numbers, as Iowa outgained Wisconsin 412-405 and the Hawkeyes ran two more plays than UW (58-56).“We still got a lot of work to do, especially for the defensive side,” senior linebacker Marcus Trotter, who had eight tackles, said. “We really pride ourselves as the number one defense in the country, and today we do not show that.”Wisconsin’s first touchdown of the game came with the score tied 3-3 in the beginning of the second quarter. UW trotted out McEvoy in a full-house shotgun formation, with Gordon to his right, Corey Clement on his left and Kenzel Doe as the tailback. McEvoy faked it to Gordon, and a band of Hawkeyes dropped Gordon in the backfield, unleashing a roar from the crowd.Problem for Iowa was, Gordon didn’t have the ball.Instead, McEvoy had kept the ball and was well on his way to the end zone for a 45-yard touchdown run before the majority of the Iowa defense realized what had happened. Gaglianone missed his extra point attempt though, only extending UW’s lead to 9-3.“We needed a touchdown, we needed a score of some sort,” McEvoy said. “My number’s called, and we executed. Honestly it’s not like I made a spectacular play, it was pretty well blocked.”In a close game, Gaglianone’s miss could’ve proved costly.“My head came out too quick,” Gaglianone said. “It was a little mistake that was easily corrected and already went through with my coach.”But it was his big boot that proved to be the difference maker between a win and a loss for the Badgers.The freshman kicker drilled a 50-yard field goal attempt on UW’s first drive, which came after Caputo forced and recovered a fumble on Iowa’s second play from scrimmage, setting the tone for the hard-hitting, defensive battle the first half would be.Gaglianone thanked his teammates and coaches for supporting him despite the missed extra-point.“It definitely feels good knowing that the team has your back,” he said.Wisconsin increased it’s 9-3 lead just before halftime, when Gordon scored for the first time on a six-yard run to cap off a 12-play, 73-yard drive, and the Badgers took a 16-3 lead into the half.Gordon became the fastest player to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark in a single-season, as he needed only 241 attempts reach the feat. With his 200 yards on 31 carries Saturday, he tied Ron Dayne’s Big Ten single-season record of 2,109 but said it was a real battle against Iowa’s front seven.“It’s a war. A bloodbath, man. Those guys are physical,” Gordon said. “Not only are they physical, they’re smart as well. They contained. They made plays today. We just made more.”The victory marked the first time in more than two years Wisconsin has won a game by less than 10 points, and Andersen commended his players for pulling out the win.“They found a way to get it done,” Andersen said. “Winning close games is maybe not so good for a coach’s health, but it’s good for a team to get in that situation and battle and fight. I never doubted that they were gonna be there.”
Former Black Stars midfielder Yusif Chibsah has shockingly revealed that he and four others who aided the team to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany are still owed 10,000 USD in appearance fees.This was their entitlement after several rounds of negotiations between the playing body and management.After a lot of back and forth it was agreed that members of the original squad would receive 50,000 USD while the five on standby would get 10,000 USD.There was a meeting with the management to discuss bonuses and at that point we raised the issue of appearance fees.It was myself and Otto Addo that raised that issue because we had information from our other colleagues from other countries.I went to Stephen Appiah and told him that there is some amount of money paid to us for qualifying for the world cup and we think that as its been done for other countries we also deserve to get some appearance fees.We raised that issue and Otto Addo also made some calls to his friends from the German team who confirmed.That was when the issue with appearance fees started,” he disclosed on The Tracker on Citi TV.According to him,the standby playing body were separated from the main team after the agitations over money and have still not received their quota despite assurances from then GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi.We bargained for it and as a result of that the standby players were separated from the main 23 man squad.We were promised 10 thousand dollars with those in the 23 man squad promised fifty thousand but we the standby players are yet to receive the money.There were five of us Baffour Gyan, Baba Amando, Philemon McCarthy Aziz Ansah and myself.A couple of years after the incident a couple of the players inquired so we got in touch with the FA through then Prez Kwesi Nyantakyi who admitted that he remembered but FA was in financial difficulty and that the would pay when they got money.That was all but we have still not received our money.
Manchester City have announced the appointment of Spaniard Txiki Begiristain as their new director of football.The Premier League champions have appointed the 48-year-old, who has held the same position at Barcelona, as part of their plan to make the club world leaders in developing and recruiting players.Begiristain worked at Barcelona from 2008 to 2010 and City confirmed he would “take responsibility for supporting the first-team manager, Roberto Mancini, in first-team recruitment and operations”.City also confirmed Brian Marwood, currently the club’s football administrator, would take on the role of managing director of the new City Football Academy when it opens at the start of the 2013/14 season.He will be responsible for the recruitment, development, training and management of up to 400 players.Both men will report to chief executive Ferran Soriano. Begiristain, who played for Real Sociedad and Barcelona during his playing career, told the club’s official website: “I am very pleased indeed to have been offered such an exciting opportunity.“The progress and on field achievements at Manchester City are plain for all to see and I am honoured to have been asked to contribute to its future success.“I am very much looking forward to working with Brian Marwood, Roberto Mancini and Ferran Soriano in continuing to build a football team and philosophy which will serve Manchester City well in the near and long term future.”Soriano added: “Sustainability has always been central to Sheikh Mansour’s investment in Manchester City Football Club.“The long term future of the football club is dependent upon our ability to recruit and develop young players all the way through to the first team squad. The focus must be on both academy and first Team and the close co-ordination between them. “Given the scale and importance of this challenge, we want to commit our very best people to it. I am delighted that Brian Marwood will take leadership of the CFA initiative and I am equally very pleased to welcome an individual of Txiki Begiristain’s calibre to the club.“I have no doubt that together, and in support of Roberto Mancini and the wider football club, they will be a formidable team. ”Marwood added: “The club’s new football operations structure is a hallmark of our hard work to date and the two leadership roles are a necessity borne of both success and ambition.“Txiki and I have a shared philosophy when it comes to football operations and I very much look forward to the work that we will carry out together.“The leadership of CFA allows me to take up an incredibly challenging role. We have a shared expectation that CFA will shape the footballing future of MCFC and as a result it is a role through which I feel I can make a major contribution to the club.” City lie second in the table following yesterday’s win over Swansea, one point behind leaders Chelsea, who have a game in hand.They look to be on their way out of the Champions League at the group stage for the second season running, though, as they have taken just one point from their opening three games.
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan says issues about the team’s bonus package for the Africa Cup of Nations have been resolved and the players are ready to die for the nation in Equatorial Guinea.The Sports Ministry announced late last year announced a new “take it or leave it” bonus structure.Per the new proposal, the Black Stars players will pocket a flat amount of US$ 5,000 for every match played at the tournament whether lose, win or draw.This was silently watered down by the players with Gyan himself going public to express his disagreement.It would be recalled that Ghana players at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals threatened to boycott their final Group G clash against Portugal if their appearance fees were not paid.But Gyan has confirmed both parties have reached a common ground and assured Ghanaians that Brazil scenario will not be repeated at the Nations Cup. “Before we didn’t know before we heard it in the press. During these holidays, we had to sit down with the board members and then trash out some issues and talking about the bonuses because we don’t want the Brazil issue to get in our heads right now,” Gyan said.“I think everything went on successfully. We are happy everything has been resolved. We are not thinking about any money issues now. What we are thinking about is the Africa Cup of Nations.“We want to prove to people it is not about the money. We are just here to die for the nation as we’re Ghanaians.“We are just playing with our hearts and make sure we die for the nation. So far, the players are happy with the money and everything has been resolved.“What we’re thinking now, is to going to Equatorial Guinea and to die for the nation.”