Spearing seals Wanderers return

first_imgJay Spearing has completed his move to Bolton from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee. The midfielder spent most of last season on loan with the Trotters, featuring in 37 games, and boss Dougie Freedman had made capturing him on a permanent basis one of his highest priorities this summer. Spearing, who signed a four-year deal, endeared himself to the Bolton faithful last year which led to many fans chanting his name during the draw with Burnley last Saturday. “Jay wanted to come here and wanted to play for the Bolton Wanderers jersey. He brings qualities to the football club both on and off the field,” Freedman told the club’s official website. “He turned down a few other clubs to come here and he knows and likes the style of our management team. “We really have to thank the board and owners on this one. The support we’ve had has been great in helping us to acquire such a fantastic young player.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Stock up/stock down: A look back at Syracuse’s win over Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse followed up its upset win over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech from last week with an ugly, up-and-down 28-20 victory over Boston College on Saturday. SU and quarterback Eric Dungey struggled, but they also strung together two wins for the first time since September of last year.Here’s how some of the players and units faired.Stock UpEric Dungey’s playEric Dungey completed 32 of his 38 passes for a career-high 434 yards and three touchdowns. The yardage was second best all-time for a Syracuse player in a game, as was his yards of total offense (488). He nearly had another touchdown pass (if not for a backward pass) and his interception came on a play he baited the defensive line to jump but it was not called.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s offense was spread out only through the air and Dungey was the distributor with almost three receivers having at least 100 yards. And he did it all through a rainy first half and while constantly getting chased out of the pocket.Steve IshmaelSteve Ishmael had his best game of the season with eight catches for 108 yards and a touchdown — his first score of the season. The eight receptions were a career high and it’s the second time in his career that Ishmael has gone for at least 100 yards. His touchdown catch was an acrobatic grab at the edge of the end zone that he jumped up to catch and barely got a foot in bounds.As more coverage has shifted Amba Etta-Tawo’s way, Ishmael has been able to pick up some of the load. He picked up a then-season-high 81 yards against Virginia Tech.Parris BennettParris Bennett led Syracuse with 11 tackles for his fourth double-digit tackle game in the last five weeks. He walloped BC running back Myles Willis on one play then ended the Eagles drive with an interception. A Boston College touchdown would have given BC a 17-14 lead with less than five minutes left in the third quarter. Instead, Bennett grabbed a pass that was dropped at the goal line. His play set up a Syracuse touchdown.Sterling HofrichterSterling Hofrichter seems to have put his days of shanking punts behind him. He booted four punts for an average of 38.8 yards. He pinned one inside the 20 and two went for more than 50 yards. Hofrichter’s shortest punt was his best one of the day. He picked up a poor snap, ran to his left and got off a 22-yard kick that was tipped. Hofrichter took a big hit on the play, but got the kick down the field and saved what could have been a disastrous play.Stock downEric Dungey’s off-the-field decision makingOn Syracuse’s first drive of the game, Dungey thought he drew Boston College offside, so he threw into dense coverage near the end zone, resulting in an interception — bad decision No. 1. Then as the pick was returned 64 yards by Williams Harris, Dungey slammed the Harris down late out of bounds, shoved another player that stood over him and then shoved Harris again — bad decision No. 2, 3 and 4. Dungey got a personal foul for his late hit out of bounds and started a scrum on the sideline.Cole MurphyCole Murphy had another rough game, despite the win. He line-drived a kickoff out of bounds and missed his only field goal attempt from 40 yards away. Murphy has now missed six of his last eight field goal attempts. The last time he made more than one field goal in a game was Week 3 against South Florida, when he went 2-for-2.Offensive lineSyracuse finished the game with nine false start penalties, most of which fell on the offensive line. Dino Babers and Dungey both said there were reasons for the false starts that will be corrected but didn’t elaborate. Dungey was also sacked five times and constantly scrambling around the pocket. The patchwork group has had Cody Conway back intermittently the last two games, but the interior has crumbled under increased pressure. Comments Published on October 23, 2016 at 5:14 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more

Mike Trout all in on Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl

first_imgMike Trout’s beloved Philadelphia Eagles had been one of the few subjects about which his Angels teammates could give him a hard time.So much for that.“A lot of people doubted,” Trout said. “A lot of players on the Angels doubted them. They gave me grief all the time. But they are all rooting for them now since they’re going against Tom Brady.”Trout said even teammate Tyler Skaggs, a Minnesota Vikings fan who watched the NFC Championship game with him Sunday in Philadelphia, had been swept up in the emotion of the Eagles’ win, which punched their ticket to the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. “Undecided,” he said. “I think we are (going to the game). It’s up in the air. I like watching it on TV and watching the commercials and spending it with my family and friends. I’m not sure yet.”He is sure, as you’d expect, the Eagles will win. He predicted a 31-24 final, with the Eagles picking off a Brady pass at the end to seal it.“It’s going to be a tough game, for anyone that goes against Tom Brady, obviously the greatest of all time,” Trout said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “He started cheering for the Eagles,” Trout said. “They turned him into a fan.”The Eagles have also turned Trout into a different kind of celebrity. He’s no longer just the Best Baseball Player in the World. In the wake of the Eagles’ victory, there were so many media requests to talk to Trout about his favorite football team that the Angels arranged a conference call Tuesday morning.Aside from the standard question about him one day playing for the Phillies — “I grew up a Philly sports fan, but I love playing in Anaheim” — Trout faced a wide range of questions about the Eagles.Trout grew up and still lives about an hour from Philadelphia, in southern New Jersey. He was asked about his all-time favorite Eagles players, games he attended as a kid, his friendship with injured Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and even the dog mask he donned during Sunday’s NFC Championship game.Trout said he got the mask from Eagles tackle Lane Johnson, who wore it to make light of the Eagles being underdogs. The mask will be back on Super Bowl Sunday, although Trout isn’t sure he’ll be wearing it at the game in Minneapolis or while watching on TV at home.last_img read more

Dodgers, Diamondbacks have a budding rivalry

first_imgWhen Mark Ellis was hit by a Patrick Corbin pitch two batters into the Dodgers’ first game against the Diamondbacks last year, it seemed innocent enough. By June 11, 2013, the teams were meeting for the eighth time. The Dodgers were 28-36 and sitting in last place in the National League West; the D-Backs were 36-29 and sitting in first. Not much of a rivalry there.Then, in the bottom of the sixth inning, a pitch from the Diamondbacks’ Ian Kennedy hit Yasiel Puig in the face. Puig stayed in the game, but the war had begun. Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke hit Miguel Montero in the back in the top of the seventh inning; both benches emptied but didn’t fight. Kennedy plunked Greinke in the helmet in the bottom of the seventh, leading to arguably the biggest brawl of the season and a bevy of YouTube “highlights.” (Don Mattingly throwing down Alan Trammell, anyone?)The ugly incident might have turned the Dodgers’ season around. By Sept. 19, the Dodgers had a 9 1/2-game lead on second-place Arizona in the National League West. By beating the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, the Dodgers could clinch the division title and celebrate on their rivals’ yard. When a Diamondbacks official reportedly told the Dodgers to confine their celebration to the clubhouse, several players sprinted across the field, past the outfield wall and jumped in a swimming pool. Adding to a near-unanimous chorus of Diamondbacks players, even Arizona Sen. John McCain was outraged. McCain used his Twitter account to call the Dodgers “a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant, spoiled brats.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Nine days earlier, the teams announced they were going to Sydney. The timing of events made for good showbusiness and talk of a rivalry. If it makes for good baseball too, the two-game series will be a success.last_img read more

MLB free agency news: Veteran Rockies slugger Mark Reynolds designated for assignment

first_imgColorado recalled right-hander Jeff Hoffman from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned Antonio Senzatela, as well. The Rockies also selected the contract of left-hander Sam Howard to try and get their pitching back on track.As for Reynolds, he said he isn’t upset about not reaching 300 homers this season, but isn’t pleased with how his hitting played out this year.“It would have been a cool milestone to get to, and I had plenty of opportunities to do it. I just couldn’t quite get consistent with my swing. It’s not disappointing … 298, 300. It is just a number, but it’s also a milestone,” Reynolds said. Mark Reynolds’ time in the majors could be over.The veteran first baseman was designated for assignment Sunday by the Rockies, and while Reynolds knew the move was a possibility, the reality of the situation still stings. TODAY’S TRANSACTIONS:• Jeff Hoffman – Recalled from Triple-A• Antonio Senzatela – Optioned to Triple-A• Sam Howard – Contract Selected from Triple-A• Mark Reynolds – Designated for Assignment pic.twitter.com/U9ArMIJcK9— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 21, 2019“I’ve been around a long time, and I kind of saw the writing on the wall, so I wasn’t surprised,” Reynolds said after the move became official, via The Denver Post. “Still, it’s kind of a punch in the gut.”Reynolds, 35, is on his second stint with the Rockies after he agreed to a one-year deal worth $1 million with the club in March. However, he’s hit just .170 with four home runs and 20 RBIs this season. Related News MLB trade rumors: Red Sox could pursue White Sox slugger Jose Abreu, Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudsoncenter_img “It’s tough to produce when you don’t get consistent at-bats, but I knew the role I signed up for,” Reynolds said. “It’s just one of those things where I could never get going. But as someone once said, ‘If you don’t like it, play better.’ I couldn’t play better.”Reynolds is two home runs shy of hitting the 300 career mark, which only 148 other players have done. However, the team has lost 13 of its last 15 games and manager Bud Black said a shakeup was needed.“We are going to miss Mark. He was a good Rockie for a couple of different years. But you guys all know that change in this game is inevitable, and we had to make a move for the present,” Black said. Indians’ Francisco Lindor pleads with MLB teams to extend netting after foul ball hits little boylast_img read more

BiH Expedition on the Top of Matterhorn!

first_imgA four-member BiH expedition, which includes the Minister of Transportation and Communications of BiH Ismir Jusko and the alpinist Tomislav Cvitanušić, yesterday won the peak of Matterhorn, located on the border between Switzerland and Italy.Minister Jusko published photographs from the top of Matterhorn on his Facebook profile. Matterhorn is one of the five most dangerous mountains in the world.“We made it, a small BiH expedition yesterday managed to climb to the top of Matterhorn. What is even better is the fact that a member of our expedition was Mima Vasić, officially the first female climber who got to the top of this mountain,” Jusko wrote.The highest peak of Matterhorn is at 4.478 meters above sea level and it is one of the highest peaks in Europe.In early 2015, Jusko, Cvitanušić and Ermin Lipović won the highest peak of South America – Aconcagua.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more