Swansea also revealed they were hoping to get permission from the Premier League to allow Ngog to play in the home game against Fulham on Tuesday night. Ngog arrives at the Liberty Stadium having scored three goals in his final four appearances for Bolton, whom he joined from Liverpool in 2011. However, Dougie Freedman’s side have been keen to trim their wage bill as they adjust to life in the Sky Bet Championship after last year’s accounts showed their net debt surpassing £160million. Ngog could be followed to Swansea by Tom Ince, who is set to hold talks with the Premier League club over an initial loan move from Blackpool, Press Association Sport understands. The winger is expected to arrive in south Wales on Monday afternoon after the Seasiders gave the England Under-21 international permission to discuss a switch to the Liberty Stadium. Other clubs are also keen to sign Ince, with Crystal Palace believed to be among them, who is out of contract in the summer. Any deal would see a fee paid to take Ince on loan until the end of the season, when a permanent switch could be completed once his Blackpool contract comes to an end. Ince, whose father Paul was sacked as Blackpool manager last week, had been reportedly set to join Monaco earlier in the January transfer window, but a move to the Ligue 1 club did not materialise. Swansea have confirmed the signing of Bolton striker David Ngog for an undisclosed fee. Press Association The 24-year-old, whose contract at the Reebok Stadium was due to expire in the summer, missed Wanderers’ FA Cup clash with Cardiff at the weekend and completed a medical in south Wales on Monday afternoon before penning terms until the end of the season. Swans boss Michael Laudrup has been keen to add more attacking options to ease the burden on Wilfried Bony with last season’s top scorer Michu still nursing an ankle problem. The Seasiders had confirmed Ince would hold talks over a move to the top-flight in a club statement which read: “Blackpool Football Club can confirm that, following discussions with Thomas Ince and his representative, permission has been given for Thomas to discuss a loan move to a Premier League club. “Thomas has expressed his ambition to play in the Premier League for the remainder of the season, a decision that the club fully understands and supports.” Swansea’s Welsh rivals Cardiff agreed an £8million fee for Ince last summer, but the player eventually turned down a move to Cardiff City Stadium.
QPR manager Chris Ramsey is convinced he is the right man to bring long-term success to Loftus Road – whether Rangers are relegated or not. Press Association Ramsey has overseen just one victory since he was appointed permanent manager in February but four points from games against Aston Villa and West Brom, and a narrow defeat to Chelsea, have revived hopes of survival. West Ham’s Sam Allardyce and Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe have both been linked with Ramsey’s job in the summer but the former Tottenham coach believes it would be unfair for his future to depend on Rangers avoiding the drop. “I wouldn’t say I’m expecting the sack (if QPR are relegated) but I’ve been in the game a long time and you have to be realistic about what generally happens, whether it’s fair or not fair,” Ramsey said. “I’m going to say it would be unfair because I’ll be shopping in Lidl instead of Waitrose, I’ll have a different shopping basket. “I have to look at it from my personal point of view. The club have to do the best for their long term and if it’s not me, I’d fully support whatever they decided to do. “But I think it is me. “I think the club long-term needs someone like me to have a holistic approach of building the club.” Ramsey worked with Tim Sherwood at Tottenham’s academy, nurturing the likes of Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb – all of whom have thrived at White Hart Lane this season. Rangers have hung their survival hopes on experienced, and often expensive, signings but Ramsey believes he can carry out the club’s wish for a more joined-up strategy. “I think the chairman wants to go that way because we need to keep that stability at the club for the long term,” Ramsey said. “At Tottenham, it took us nearly a decade to get them where they are, where you could churn out player after player after player to have loads more ready to bolster the squad even if they weren’t quite ready. “At the moment we might only have three or four that could bolster the squad. “In order to get that correct development you need to be patient but if you do get it right you set the club up for a long time.” Rangers are two points adrift of safety having played a game more than the three teams above them and Saturday’s game at home to West Ham looks crucial given the club’s next two fixtures are away to Manchester City and Liverpool. Ramsey, however, insists he is not feeling the pressure. “I had more sleepless nights at Tottenham,” Ramsey said. “Sometimes it’s harder when you’re the number two, you want the number one to do so well and you’re trying your best to help them. “At the moment it is just myself and I know exactly what I want. “The only thing here is the fans are so fantastic, they have travelled away with us and been brilliant, and I’ve had quite good dialogue with the owners. “It’s not about sleepless nights, it’s more trying to make sure the people around the club have well-deserved success.” West Ham have endured a disappointing second half to the campaign, winning just twice since the turn of the year and slipping to 10th in the table. Allardyce, whose contract expires in the summer, is not expected to remain at Upton Park next season but Ramsey issued a warning to Hammers fans. “Sam made a comment if he was called Allerdici he’d get more plaudits and I agree with him,” Ramsey said. “He’d be called a fantastic tactician. They were top half of the table for the first half of the season. “If it was the other way round and they’d only moved into the top half now, they’d say he’d been brilliant. So it’s only perception. “At the end of the day, you have to be careful what you wish for.”
ICC World Cup West Indies need to follow England’s footsteps to build team for 2023 World Cup: Carlos Brathwaite
London: Swashbuckling all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite believes West Indies need to follow in the footsteps of England and rebuild the team over the next four years after failing to make the semi-finals at the ongoing World Cup. After starting with a bang against Pakistan, West Indies ended their campaign with a 23-run win over minnows Afghanistan to register only their second win in the tournament.”As a team, we need to regroup. We have some time off, some aching bodies will get time to recuperate and then it’s about finding ways and combinations to compete and win series,” Brathwaite said.”Hopefully we can take that winning mentality into the next World Cup. If you look at 2015 and what England did after the World Cup, they have built straight up to the 2019 World Cup and it’s paying dividends.”I don’t know off the field what the plans are for the 2023 World Cup but I think it’s something we need to look at and build towards that.”West Indies came close to winning against New Zealand when Brathwaite had hit a brilliant century, but fell short by five runs. They also suffered a narrow defeat against Australia.”There is disappointment in the changing rooms at not making the final four but we’re thankful for the good performances,” said Brathwaite, who returned with a four-wicket haul at Headingley.”Sheldon Cottrell had a fantastic tournament and at times like these it’s easy to let those things go missing. But as a team we came together, we highlighted the guys that we thought had good performances and the guys that didn’t will take the lessons and come back from it so we can start to win bilateral series leading up to the next World Cup.”Meanwhile, Shai Hope, who was adjudged player-of-the-match for his 77 in West Indies’ 23-run win on Thursday, said the tournament was definitely a learning experience for his side after registering just two wins from nine games.”It was definitely a learning experience, something I will never forget. Playing each game in this format you obviously have to be the better team on the day to progress in the tournament,” Hope said.”Regardless of what happens in any team we have to go out there and play cricket.”Hope too agreed with Barthwaite that it is now time for West Indies to rebuild the team for the next World Cup.”We’ve got to improve from this experience, I’m sure we are going to use this is as a platform for the next four years so we can have something stronger and build more momentum,” he said.”In a tournament like this you have to play your best game each game. If you muck up you are basically out of the tournament.”Hope, who scored a century in each innings when West Indies defeated England by five wickets in Leeds two years ago, said he loved batting at Headingley.”Two years ago I had some fun batting and it’s just nice to get out and perform again here. I’m not sure what it is, the wicket, the atmosphere. Whatever the case may be, I’m happy to bat here,” the wicket-keeper said. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Still, the short-handed Lakers took an early lead 3-0 lead before CBA erased it with Geiss earning an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth and Emily Hall drilling a two-run home run an inning later.That set up the bottom of the sixth, where a pair of infield hits set up Geiss for a go-ahead two-run single. Two more runs raced home on Victoria Hall’s flubbed grounder, and Grace DelPino delivered a two-run single of her own.Battling to the end, Cazenovia notched two runs in the top of the seventh, but Geiss was able to record the final outs, having allowed nine hits overall while recording four strikeouts. Tags: CBAF-MSoftball Fayetteville-Manlius returned to action Thursday, against Baldwinsville, and the Hornets led early, but could not hold on to that advantage as it took a 10-8 defeat to the Bees.Each side produced plenty in the early going, but a six-run second inning had F-M in front 7-4 as Sophie Woodridge hit a home run and got four RBIs, while Patricia Boltman, Lily Fish, Paige Murphy and Annaliese OuYang also drove in runs.The Hornets still led 7-5 when B’ville used a three-run sixth inning and two runs in the seventh to pull out the win, led by Kayla Young’s home run and three RBIs and helped by F-M committing three errors.But F-M got even with B’ville in a wild 14-10 decision a day later, coming back from a 9-6 deficit with four runs in the sixth inning.Then, after the Bees tied it 10-10 in the sixth, the Hornets settled down and kept it that way until the top of the ninth, when it struck for four more runs that B’ville could not answer.Fish had a career-best performance at the plate, twice belting home runs and finishing with six RBIs. Woodridge and Gracie Bishop also went deep, combining to drive in five runs as Katrina Rivera got a pair of RBIs. Murphy pitched four innings of relief to earn the win.Bishop Grimes lost, 17-2, to Weedsport last Thursday afternoon, only getting single runs in the third and sixth innings as Sarah Falgiatano had a double and RBI, with Tori Sikorski and Mary Kate Tweedale scoring the runs and Emma Maher earning two hits.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Before it could gear up for its move to Class A for the Section III playoffs, the Christian Brothers Academy softball team earned some regular-season honors.The Brothers clinched first place in the OSHL Liberty National division last Wednesday when it knocked off unbeaten, state Class B no. 19-ranked Cazenovia 9-5 as second-place Solvay was taking a 2-1 defeat to Mexico.Both teams came into this game short-handed. CBA did not have pitcher Maddy Tallman, replaced by Maya Geiss, while Cazenovia was without catcher Maddie Waite.
Janelle Gabrielson (6) and the Wisconsin volleyball team hopes to find success this weekend at the Oregon State Invitational.[/media-credit]After hosting its own tournament last week, the Wisconsin volleyball team will play in the Oregon State Invitational this weekend.During their own InnTowner Invitational — which took place at the Field House last weekend — the Badgers went 1-2, sweeping South Dakota, but losing to Duke and Ohio. While the outcome of the tournament was less than ideal, head coach Pete Waite saw improvement throughout the course of the weekend.“I was really pleased with their mental toughness and desire on the court,” Waite said. “I think the people in the stands saw a real improvement and saw that they really were fighting for every point.”Now, the Badgers will head to Oregon State to take on Seattle, Cal State Fullerton and Oregon State. Last year, UW swept Cal State Fullerton at the UNLV Classic at the beginning of the season. However, the Badgers lost to Oregon State in the Marquette Cheese Bowl last season. The loss still lingers in some players’ minds.“I think it’s in some of the returning players’ minds,” sophomore setter Janelle Gabrielsen said. “We would really like to beat them on their home turf. I think if we keep playing like we have been in practice, and we play as a team, then we’ll have a good shot.”For senior outside hitter Brittney Dolgner, though, playing Oregon State means matching up with one of the Pac-10’s top outside hitters, Rachel Rourke. In last year’s match, Rourke overpowered the Badgers, which Dolgner credits to much of the Beavers’ success.“I take it personally because their left side was just killing us,” Dolgner said. “I really just want to get in there and stuff [Rourke] a few times. I just think that if we shut her down, we’ll shut their whole team down.”But with those strong words aside, Dolgner noted that practice has been focusing mostly on defense over the past week, which was one of the Badgers’ weaker points during the tournament last weekend.“We’ve mostly been focusing on blocking,” Dolgner said. “We got beat a lot on the block last weekend so that was one of our main focuses.”“I think they’re really going to bring it to us again,” she continued. “Oregon [State] beat us with a couple good hitters last year, and I think we’ve been working on defending them all week.”But while the Badgers are confident in their attempt to upset Oregon State on its home court, they will have to face a Beavers squad with five returning starters.Wisconsin, on the other hand, has eight new players who have not yet been fully acclimated to the college game. Nevertheless, Dolgner has seen the team improve immensely over the past week, and she feels that the team’s improvement, coupled with a win in the upcoming tournament, would be a huge step for the Badgers.“A win would definitely be great, and just the steps we’ve taken to get to where we are is really great,” Dolgner said. “A lot of people can’t tell the difference between the freshmen and the seniors, and that just shows how much we’ve improved.”Going on the road for the first time this season, the Badgers will enter an environment other than the friendly confines of the Field House. While that may be a daunting task to the younger players on the team, according to Waite, many times a team’s goal can be much stronger on the road when entering a more hostile atmosphere.
Published on September 20, 2013 at 2:18 am Oct. 8, 2011Ryan Nassib wasn’t fazed.Even though Tulane had just tied the game with less than three minutes remaining in regulation, the Syracuse quarterback’s mind was clear as he returned to the field for the Orange’s next drive.“It’s time to win,” Nassib said after the game. “It’s time to breathe and focus. It wasn’t our first rodeo. All we had to do is just move the ball, get that first first down and just keep chugging.”Nassib led the SU offense 66 yards down the field, setting up Ross Krautman’s game-winning 21-yard field goal as time expired as the Orange came back to beat the Green Wave, 37-34.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Syracuse defense blew a lead that was once as wide as 17 points, and the offense mustered just two second-half field goals after a 31-point first half, but the Orange managed to leave the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans with a victory.“The biggest thought is always the win,” then-head coach Doug Marrone said. “There’s no doubt about it. It’s winning. That’s it.”In the first quarter, a 5-yard run by Antwon Bailey knotted the score at 7-7, and a 29-yard field goal from Krautman gave SU the edge going into the second quarter.That’s when the SU offense exploded.Nassib found wide receiver Dorian Graham for two touchdown passes, then ran one into the end zone from 4 yards out. With 2:58 left in the half, the Orange had a comfortable 31-14 lead.But it didn’t last.Forty-seven seconds later, Tulane’s Ryan Griffin connected with Xavier Rush for a 60-yard score, and a last-second field goal as the half ended brought the Green Wave within a touchdown.“We got down early, but our team never gave up,” Rush said at the time. “We always thought we could come out here and win.”The Orange defense clamped down in the second half after allowing Tulane 312 yards in the first half. A 49-yard field goal was all the home team scored in the third quarter.“We got that 17-point lead and we just kind of relaxed,” SU cornerback Kevyn Scott said. “It was like we just took things for granted. We just focused in and locked in and played our game.”Yet the Green Wave’s defensive unit was just as resistant, holding SU scoreless well into the fourth quarter.After a Krautman field goal put the Orange up 34-27 with 4:19 left on the clock, the Syracuse defense collapsed – literally. Syracuse cornerback Keon Lyn fell to the ground and Rush easily took a 58-yard pass to the house to tie the game.That’s when Nassib took the field.Thanks in part to a third-down personal foul on Tulane, Syracuse marched down the field. Nassib went to Bailey twice for 21 yards and gave him six carries for 24 yards on the drive, as Syracuse brought the ball inside the 5-yard line. Then Krautman lined up his kick and booted it through the uprights.“We’re going home happy,” Nassib said. “I’ve played this game long enough, and I’ve lost enough games to know that a win is not easy to come by.”— compiled by Phil D’Abbracio, asst. copy editor, email@example.com Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
PITTSBURGH — Fourteen words buried in Jim Boeheim’s 16-minute press conference could have more bearing on Syracuse’s success this season than any other statement he made — or even any play that was made on the court in No. 1 SU’s (24-0, 11-0 Atlantic Coast) 58-56 win over No. 25 Pittsburgh (20-5, 8-4) on Wednesday night.“Baye (Moussa Keita)’s getting better,” Boeheim said. “We’re hopeful that he could come back, but we won’t know.”On Tuesday, SU Athletics spokesman Pete Moore said the senior center was expected to return this season. But ever since Keita sprained his right knee in the first half of SU’s win against Clemson on Sunday, Syracuse fans have pondered personally and publicly on Twitter whether his day-to-day status really means he’ll be back soon.Last month, starting center DaJuan Coleman went from day-to-day with a left knee contusion directly to season-ending surgery. And in the 2009-10 season, Arinze Onuaku suffered a similar fate. The No. 1-seed Orange lost to fifth-seeded Butler in the Sweet 16 that year.Keita missed practices on Monday and Tuesday to receive treatment and didn’t dress for the Pitt game. He wore long warm-ups and never broke more than a walk until Tyler Ennis’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer sent the whole Orange bench spilling onto the court.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn his place, Jerami Grant played about five minutes at center. Luckily for SU, junior Rakeem Christmas avoided foul trouble against an aggressive Panthers frontcourt.Said Grant: “A lot of people are going to have to play out of position with him and DaJuan out.” Comments Published on February 13, 2014 at 1:52 am Contact Stephen: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+
Center Peter Konz (66) has been constantly peppering Ryan Groy, a utility man of sorts for the Badger offense, with questions regarding the Illini’s defense all week in preparation.[/media-credit]The first time Ryan Groy stepped into a starting role on Wisconsin’s starting offensive line, he might have had an excuse for a mistake.This time, with starting center Peter Konz sidelined two to four weeks with a dislocated ankle? There’s little margin for error.Wisconsin, now ranked No. 17 in the BCS, controls its postseason destiny after the losses by Ohio State and Penn State this past weekend. Should the Badgers win out, they’ll represent the Big Ten Leaders division in the conference’s inaugural championship game Dec. 3. After that, a BCS bowl berth is beyond feasible.Konz suffered his injury in Saturday’s 42-13 win at Minnesota when running back Montee Ball was tackled into Konz’ left leg as the 6-foot-5, 315-pound junior center was making a block on the edge. Konz immediately crumpled to the ground, and after several minutes without much movement, was carted off the field. Fortunately for the Badgers, x-rays found no surgical damage anywhere in Konz’ ankle.So with a road game at Illinois looming Saturday and the season finale at home against Penn State the week after, Groy slides into a role he’s well accustomed to. Earlier this season, Groy filled in for left guard Travis Frederick when he sprained his MCL in Wisconsin’s season-opener against Nevada-Las Vegas. That was after spending the majority of last season as a fullback where he started two games, with some spot duty along the offensive line mixed in.“It’s hard, but it’s also very, very beneficial,” Frederick said, who’s bounced between guard and center himself. “When you have a position like that where you know three [different] positions, that’s just more that you know about the game in general. You see a look, you can see it from a center standpoint and you can see it from a guard standpoint. Even from [Groy’s] standpoint, you can see it from a fullback standpoint. You know where people are going and the way the things move better as a whole.”At 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, Groy’s figure bellows “center.” But as evidenced by his experience as a fullback, the Middleton native boasts stunning mobility for one of the biggest linemen on one of the nation’s biggest offensive lines.When he was thrust into the forefront of the offense following Frederick’s injury, both Konz and left tackle Ricky Wagner, unprovoked, labeled him the team’s quickest offensive lineman.“I’ve seen a huge change between last year and this year in just his ability to understand the defenses,” Konz said of Groy, with clear emphasis on “huge.” “It’s one thing to memorize plays, but it’s another to change those plays in the middle of the game or practice. That’s something he’s going to be able to do.”Indeed, when Groy suited up for his first start along the offensive line in Week 2 against Oregon State, the Badgers missed nary a step in a 35-0 shutout that saw UW gain 397 yards of total offense, 208 of which came on the ground. The offensive line cleared gaping holes for Wisconsin’s running backs, who together averaged 5.1 yards per carry.Saturday against the Illini, however, Groy will be charged with proving he’s more than an athletically gifted big man – he’ll need to set Wisconsin’s offense against Illinois’ 12th-ranked scoring defense.“Right now, I’ve been a center for the last couple of weeks,” Groy said. “I’ve been in this position; instead of going in and having to know three positions, I’m going in knowing I’m just center. I’m just preparing for that.”Lying behind Konz on Wisconsin’s depth chart for most of the season, Groy has witnessed a lineman widely perceived to be one of the nation’s best centers. Konz is on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation’s top center, and he very well could be a high NFL draft pick if he chooses to leave UW after this season.“He’s just very aware of the game and the defense he’s going against,” Groy said of Konz. “He’s a really athletic guy, and his knowledge of the game is really something that I admire and I’d like to follow.”The first step in doing so comes in this week’s preparation, as Groy said that Konz, Frederick and several other linemen have put in extra film sessions to prepare for Illinois. Konz admitted to peppering Groy relentlessly over how to handle whatever Illinois might throw at him, from run blocking to zone schemes and safety blitzes. When Groy didn’t hesitate on any answers, Konz knew he had found the key to prepping his substitute.“The biggest thing was comfort. At this point, for me, there’s telling him every single in and out of what I’ve learned. It’s not going to sink in, and I know that. You’ve really got to go through some experiences, you’ve go to go through some losses and personal hard times in the game, on the field, to be able to pick up some of these,” he said. “But as far as him feeling comfortable – because I know he can play as good as anybody in the Big Ten if he’s feeling comfortable – just him knowing it in his own mind is the key to this week.”
In its first true test of the early 2018 season, the USC women’s water polo squad took down each of its four opponents in the UCSD Triton Invitational in La Jolla over the weekend.Photo by Emily Smith | Daily TrojanWhile the Women of Troy had already racked up three impressive wins — the team outscored opponents 59-3, including two shutout wins — on the season heading into this tournament, they knew that this performance would truly set the tone for their 2018 campaign.“What is the most impressive about this team so far is their unity,” head coach Jovan Vavic said. “Leadership is the key and our captains are leading in and out of the water.”Through the first day of group play, it was business as usual for USC. Taking down Sonoma State and No. 18 San Diego State 13-1 and 14-2 respectively, the Trojans remained a dominant force just as they had been through three games. In both games, the USC defense was absolutely spectacular, holding both teams scoreless until late in the fourth period. Thanks to an impressive combined effort from goaltenders senior Victória Chamorro and junior Amanda Longan, who both notched double digit save outings, the Trojans allowed only 3 goals on the day. Offensively, freshman driver Paige Hauschild led the way for the squad, picking up 4 goals in both games including a first half hat trick against Sonoma State.“She’s one of the best young players, not only in the country, but in the entire world,” Vavic said. “For [Hauschild], the sky is the limit”.While USC found smooth sailing through its first two matches, they were tested greatly in Sunday’s elimination round matches against No. 7 UC Irvine and No. 4 UCLA.With Chamorro back in net for the Trojans, the team fought an up and down battle against the Anteaters. Fighting on with only a slight lead throughout the match, Chamorro helped close the door with 13 saves. Building off her first two games, Hauschild again led the squad with two goals while captain Brianna Daboub picked up her 100th career goal on a critical first-half strike. Senior utility player Annika Jensen notched the seventh and final goal for USC, clinching a 7-5 victory and a date with crosstown rival UCLA in the finals.In the championship match late Sunday, USC never once fell behind the Bruins. Putting the cherry on top of an incredible tournament, Hauschild again led the Trojans with two more goals while Daboub had a couple key scores of her own. The turning points of the game came on penalty tries both teams earned in the second and third periods respectively. While Longan came up huge in stopping UCLA’s attempts late in the first half, USC’s sophomore driver Denise Mammolito was successful in her attempts in the third. This 2-goal swing gave the Trojans all the momentum they needed to finish off the Bruins and take home their fifth-straight Triton Invitational Championship.
United defeated West Ham 2-1 in lasat night’s sixth round replay at Upton Park. Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini got the goals for Man United. They now face a trip to Wembley to face Everton on Saturday-week. United manager Louis van Gaal says that he’s desperate to bring some silverware to Old Trafford.Also last night, Crystal Palace and Everton played-out a scoreless draw in their Premier League clash at Selhurst Park.Irish international James McCarthy saw red for Everton after picking-up a second yellow card at the start of the second-half.Later tonight, Liverpool go in search of a Europa League semi-final spot.The Reds will play host to Jurgen Klopp’s former Borussia Dortmund charged in the second-leg of their quarter-final after it finished one-all last week in Germany.Kick-off at Anfield is at five-past eight.