11 days agoReal Madrid veteran Luka Modric eases injury fears

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid veteran Luka Modric eases injury fearsby Carlos Volcano11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid veteran Luka Modric has played down an injury suffered in action for Croatia last night.He left the Wales clash injured with two minutes remaining. Modric collided with Harry Wilson while attempting to halt a counter-attack by the hosts.The Madrid midfielder was able to get back onto his feet and after receiving treatment from Croatia’s medical team, asked to be taken off. He limped off the field without hardly being able to walk on his right leg.But he has since stated this morning: “I have a bruise, which hurts a little and is swelling. It’s big, but I think it’s not serious and I’ll be fine in a few days.”It is an injury that Dr. Jankovic (the Croatian national doctor) said was unpleasant, but should not be long. He immediately communicated it to the doctors of Real Madrid.” last_img read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball targets Illinois upset

Beating No. 21 Illinois Friday at Huff Hall won’t break open any bottles of champagne, but getting a victory against an opponent that swept them last year in the regular season and in the NCAA Tournament would be a good start to this weekend’s Big Ten games for the No. 19 Ohio State women’s volleyball team. For the second consecutive weekend, OSU will face another daunting challenge on the road, as they travel to Illinois Saturday and then to Northwestern on Saturday. The Buckeyes will try to improve their 11-5 overall record. Instead of a game plan more focused on their defense and how to stop their opponents this weekend, the Buckeyes are switching their mentality to what they can do to become a better unit on the court. “Well, for this week, I feel like a lot of times in preseason and in previous game plans, we have always been focusing on how we can stop the other team, such as what can we do to put up like a strategic block, or what can we do for defense,” said freshman middle blocker Andrea Kacsits. “This time, I feel like this weekend is more revolving around what can we do to make our game better, on our side of the court no matter what happens on the other side of the court. I feel like our game plan focuses more on us and less on them.” While Illinois boasts just an 8-6 record, the Illini defeated the Buckeyes three times last season and could present a similar challenge this weekend. Illinois features a potent offense that is led by redshirt freshman outside hitter Jocelynn Birks and sophomore outside hitter Liz McMahon, while their defense is anchored by senior middle blocker Erin Johnson, who notched her 400th career block in a lost against then-No. 13 Purdue. Patience will be a key, coach Geoff Carlston said, in how to slow down a high-octane offense that Illinois likes to run. “They run a very pragmatic, controlled offense, so our group needs to be patient and be ready for long rallies,” Carlston said. “(Birks) is solid for sure. We need to be aware where she is at all times and be disciplined in our digging lanes.” Defense will also play a huge factor for the Buckeyes, but players feel that they are ready for the big, physical lineup Illinois will present. “I feel like we’re going to be really prepared. It’s going to be our second away weekend in the Big Ten, so I think were ready,” said junior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo. “Illinois is always a huge team, so they have, like, big pin hitters and our back rows are going to be ready for that.” Specifically for those two hitters in Birks and McMahon, Mandolfo further explained on the preparations they have worked on to make sure they keep them in check. “We have been preparing with the pins, like you said with two hitters, and basically just all-out defense,” Mandolfo said. “With our front row block and our back row picking up the lanes behind.” The Buckeyes will also be playing against Northwestern, who are 12-3 overall, at Welsh-Ryan Arena. One of the concerns Carlston has for this matchup is how different this team is from Illinois. “The second night is challenging when you have two teams that are so different,” Carlston said. “Our focus has to be on Illinois, but we will be ready for the Wildcats on Saturday.” While Illinois’ offense is led by their two outside hitters, Northwestern is different, as they are lead by their senior setter Madalyn Shalter. According to Mandolfo, the game plan against the Wildcats will stay relatively the same, but with a new twist. “Just working mostly on our offense, and for Northwestern, we’re going to get our offense involved a lot, try some new players and new people in the front row,” Mandolfo said. Whether it is against ranked or unranked opponents, conference or non-conference games, one of the most important things is to be mentally prepared, Kacsits said. “Being mentally prepared I feel like is our biggest thing because a lot of times, and for me specifically, I can get so caught up in the game that it’s chaos for me,” Kacsits said. “My coaches have been working really hard to make sure that I slow things down. I think that can go for all of my teammates as well, that we need to keep the game slow. We need to figure out what they’re doing on the other side, so we can make the right decisions.” With the team’s focus and energy mostly geared toward this weekend, players still had some time to think about how it felt to move up three spots in the latest NCAA women’s volleyball rankings to No. 19 in the country. “It feels really exciting,” Mandolfo said. “I have never been on a team that has been in the top 20, so right now we need to maintain it. Every game is a huge game, so if we keep winning than were going to keep moving up.” For Carlston, his team moving up in the rankings goes back to how tough their schedule is. “It says a great deal about the strength of our schedule so far,” Carlston said. “We have played five matches against top 10 opponents, and 10 of our 16 have been against Top 25 teams in the nation.” Kacsits reflected her coach’s answer and really elaborated that records don’t tell the whole story. “Well, honestly, I feel like the record doesn’t even matter,” Kacsits said. “It’s like, of course it matters, but it’s the game that we lost, we didn’t lose by much. To the teams we lost to, like Minnesota for instance, we made maybe five or six unforced errors and we lost to them 25-23 in every set.” Kacsists said she knows this team has potential, and it is up to them to realize what they can accomplish as a team. “So it’s like we have the potential to be in the top 10, we just have to work through that thing,” she said. “That is what the season is for, that is what this is for and that’s what we are working for. Hopefully, we can be in the top 10 soon.” read more

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Mildmannered Braxton Miller for 2012 Heisman Trophy

Campaign season isn’t over yet – not as far as college football is concerned, anyway. Americans are digging political lawn signage out of their front lawns, but college football fans are digging in for what could be a contentious and heated Heisman Trophy debate. Many pundits claim that Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein is the frontrunner for college football’s top honor. Others are riding the wave of positive momentum that Oregon senior running back Kenjon Barner provided after his 321-yard, five-touchdown performance last Saturday against USC. I propose a new deal. America needs an Ohio State player back on stage at the New York Downtown Athletic Club hoisting the Heisman Trophy. Buckeye sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller is the man to do it. Just look at Miller’s record, err, statistics. The quarterback has served Buckeye Nation admirably, completing 124-of-218 passes for 1,753 passing yards and 14 touchdowns. Diversity is important for any candidate in an election – candidates must be well-versed in many different subjects and issues. Miller is as diverse as it gets in college football – after the ball is snapped to him in the shotgun formation, can anyone really say for sure what he’ll do with the ball? He’s as likely to zip a pinpoint-accurate pass into a receiver (like he did during Saturday’s 52-22 win against Illinois) as he is to take over the game with his feet (such as he did against Nebraska on Oct. 6 when he ran for a career-best 186 yards). Favorable rankings based on his statistics are surely a sign of Miller’s zeal for country – he ranks 15th in America with more than 116 rushing yards per game. He’s also just the third quarterback in the history of the Big Ten Conference – the conference of America’s heartland – to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Miller’s well-rounded: He ranks 22nd nationally in total offense with 291.9 yards per game. He’s modest, too. During a Tuesday teleconference, OSU football’s humble signal-caller said he tried to avoid thinking about personal accolades. “I really don’t pay attention to that,” Miller said. “I try not to talk about it, I don’t really like talking about myself.” Shy though he may be, Miller will lead, and said as much on Monday. “(I think it’s my) leadership,” Miller said of his improvement from the 2011 season to present day. “Coming from last year, I didn’t really know how to take that role. But this year I’m building on it and getting better at it each and every week.” His leadership shines through in his rushing ability. Compared to his opponents, Miller is a responsible rusher whereas players like Klein are wasteful. Miller has rushed for 468 more yards than Klein on just 45 more carries. Miller takes the ball for 6.3 yards per carry. Barner has run for more yards on fewer carries than Miller – 1,295 yards on 179 carries – but he isn’t versatile like OSU’s fearless leader. Miller has accounted for 27 touchdowns through the air and on the ground. A pundit’s “logic” might suggest that a quarterback whose team is banned from the postseason is a pariah, that no Heisman voter would touch him. Minus the chance to pad his stats in a conference championship game, they say, Miller’s resume will be lacking. Defy that logic at every turn and, with clear eyes and full hearts, give credit to this most deserving Heisman candidate. As former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt might say, Miller is the man in the arena, in a literal sense as well as the way which he originally intended when he spoke the words on April 23, 1910. As Roosevelt said, the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena -a man who spends himself in a worthy cause. The 2012 season is Miller’s worthy cause, and his performance is more than worthy of the Heisman. If Miller fails, he’ll do so daring greatly, but his daring should be recognized by voters and rewarded. The choice for the 2012 Heisman Trophy is simple: It’s Miller, stupid. read more

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Ohio State football outlasts Buffalo 4020

The Ohio State football team started its 2013 season in winning fashion Saturday, defeating Buffalo by a score of 40-20.The Buckeyes got off to a fast start, scoring the first 23 points of the game on their first three drives.Less than five minutes into the game, junior quarterback Braxton Miller connected with teammate Devin Smith on a 47-yard touchdown pass. OSU wasted no time getting its special teams unit on the field, and backup senior quarterback Kenny Guiton took a direct snap and scored a two-point conversion by running into the end zone.OSU coach Urban Meyer said that the play calls in the first quarter were scripted, and that he was happy with the results.“You can’t play much better than our guys did (in the first quarter),” Meyer said. “We’re pushing the ball down the field, guys making plays. Special teams, I thought our kickoff was outstanding.”Guiton said that running two-point conversion plays are “pretty cool,” and that he enjoys being the head of the unit that runs them. Having coaches that are willing to make decisions like going for two are something that he said the players enjoy.“We love that. That’s something you do in a video game,” Guiton said. “So being able to do it out here is a lot of fun.“Senior wide receiver Chris Fields was the beneficiary of OSU’s next drive, scoring on a wide open seven yard pass from Miller. Guiton rushed the special teams unit on the field again, completing a screen pass to redshirt-senior Jordan Hall who ran into the end zone untouched.Just before the end of the opening quarter, Hall struck again but this time from the ground. A 49-yard burst through the middle coupled with an extra point from senior kicker Drew Basil gave OSU a 23-0 lead.A fast start was something that Meyer said was important, because it was something that his team struggled with last year.“Momentum is an amazing thing in college football,” Meyer said. “A lot of new young guys that I saw a little bit of hyperventilating out there, but I thought they came out of the chute fast.”Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said the way the first quarter went was “really close” to the way he wanted it to.“I think we did a heck of a job coming out of the gates, which was something that plagued us last year,” Herman said.Despite the fast start, turnovers on OSU’s next three drives changed the momentum and kept Buffalo in the game.A fumble by freshman Dontre Wilson gave the Bulls a short field, and quarterback Joe Licata found tight end Matt Weiserfor a score on the ensuing drive. Buffalo’s star linebacker Khalil Mack then intercepted a screen pass from Miller on OSU’s next drive, returning it for a touchdown. OSU led 23-13 after a failed two-point conversion pass attempt by Licata.After Wilson’s turnover, Meyer said his team did not respond to the adversity the way he wanted. “The players must learn from mistakes that are made and how to deal with such things,” he said.“We’ve gotta learn to fight through those momentum shifts,” Meyer said, adding that being able to work through those problems reflects on a team’s maturity level.“The more mature your team is, momentum’s only about seven points, I consider it,” Meyer said. “But if you’re immature, especially at certain areas, momentum is a 14-point shift.”Wilson was able to bounce back from the fumble though, returning the ensuing kickoff 51 yards to Buffalo’s 37. On the very next play, Hall broke through for his second touchdown run of the day, giving OSU a 30-13 lead at halftime.Hall, who ran for a career-high 159 yards, said he does not remember ever having a game quite like this one. Theredshirt-senior said he was surprised with how big the hole was on his 37-yard scamper.“I was just like, wow,” Hall said. “I don’t know if they (Buffalo) messed up or the O-line just did what they do but I just (saw) it and took it.”Hall added that with the way the Buckeyes came out in the first quarter, he thought they were going to score 100 points, but that they need to do a better job of putting teams away.“We probably got a little complacent,” Hall said. “We probably thought that Buffalo was going to slow down. But give them credit, they fought ’til the end of the game.”On Buffalo’s opening drive of the second half, Licata found senior receiver Alex Neutz in the end zone. The extra point cut the lead to 10 again midway through the third quarter. That was when the heat of the August day started getting to some players.With temperatures in the upper-80s throughout the game, multiple OSU players suffered from cramping. That prompted Meyer to say “It was a hot mother out there” on the field, and that he was worried about how much his players cramped.“It’s a concern, yeah,” Meyer said. “I know our strength staff and training staff work hard on the hydration, and I’m not sure if Buffalo cramped. That’s the thing I keep asking myself.”Miller was unable to avoid having his legs tighten up, and with the Buckeyes only leading by 10 had to be replaced byGuiton near the end of the third quarter. Guiton responded like he has in the past, leading OSU to a score on that drive, finding Fields for a 21-yard score to give the Buckeyes a 37-20 lead.Guiton said he is “always ready” to step in if Miller goes down, and that his preparation on the sideline is key in case he has to relieve him.“I try to make sure I know everything that the defense is doing throughout the game and I try to make sure I know what the game plan is and what the like to do in certain situations,” Guiton said, adding that it helps him once he’s on the field because he is able to tell what the defense is doing when they move.“It’s a lot easier if you know where their guys are going to be,” he said.The teams traded possessions for the rest of the game, save for a 39-yard field goal by Basil midway through the fourth.Miller finished the day with 178 yards on 15-22 passing with two touchdowns and an interception. He also finished with 78 yards on the ground.Even though his team is now 1-0 on the 2013 season, Meyer said there are still things that “gotta get fixed,” but the good thing is that the season is just barely underway.“When you score 40 points out of almost 500 (yards), 460 or something like that and you’re disappointed, that’s a good sign,” Meyer said. “The bad sign is we’ve got a long way to go.”OSU is scheduled to take on San Diego State Sept. 7 at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Hodgson praises Palaces Schlupp

first_imgThe 26-year-old winger has been playing very well recently with Crystal Palace, and the team’s manager wanted to recognize that.Winger Jeffrey Schlupp scored in Crystal Palace’s 2-0 win over Doncaster Rovers in the FA Cup Fifth Round.And thanks to his goal, the team will play in the Quarterfinals for the second time in 23 years.This is why Palace boss Roy Hodgson took some time off to praise his footballer.“He’s been fantastic this season, especially these last games,” the manager was quoted by The Standard.“It was another important goal, his fifth and that’s not bad coming from midfield, playing in a position where he has to do a lot of defending.”“It was a cracking goal, to run from two yards in your own half, hold the ball that long, hold off challenges then strike it as well as he did was a great start for us,” he added.Schlupp is a German-born Ghanian footballer who came out of the Leicester City youth system.He played for the Foxes from 2010 to 2017, with a small loan to Brentford in 2011.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But he was bought by Crystal Palace on the summer of 2017, where he is enjoying good progress.“We obviously knew if we got past this round, we’d be in a good position to get to Wembley,” Schlupp added.“Of course this is a special tournament and hopefully with the luck of the draw we might get a ‘lesser’ team, if that’s what you want to call it, to have a better chance of getting through.”“But obviously any trip to Wembley is special and hopefully we can do that,” the winger concluded.That winning feeling! 🎉Our Crystal Palace hospitality ticket winner @twitisme had a blast being shown around the ground, having a fabulous meal at Speroni’s restaurant along with the best seats in the house 👍We hope you enjoyed it Wayne! 😃#CPFC pic.twitter.com/WMIuWwsXlZ— Otto Van (@ottovanuk) February 15, 2019last_img read more

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Farmers Urged To Produce More Sorrel

first_img Related Items:Bethel Town Sorrel Factory, farmers, Lenworth Fulton, sorrel Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Strides for Agriculture in TCIcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 16 (JIS): Farmers in St. James, Westmoreland, Hanover and St. Elizabeth are being urged to increase their cultivation of sorrel to supply the Bethel Town Sorrel Factory in Westmoreland.In an interview with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Lenworth Fulton, said the plant, which was opened in 2014, has not been producing at its optimum of 1,000 kilogrammes of sorrel pulp per week, because of an under supply of the commodity.“The farmers did not produce enough sorrel to make the factory fully viable. We are now working with them to produce enough sorrel and to put the correct management at that factory,” Mr. Fulton said.He also attributed the low sorrel production to the prolonged drought, which affected sections of the country in 2015.Mr. Fulton said RADA will be assisting farmers across the island to boost sorrel production to supply the Bethel Town processing plant, through a major sorrel-planting programme.He informed that RADA extension officers will also be undertaking a public education and training programme on best practices in sorrel cultivation. The Bethel Town Sorrel Factory was constructed at a cost of $27.8 million with funding from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI), in partnership with the Bethel Town Sorrel Value Chain Improvement Project.The JSIF provided $23.2 million of the project cost, with the community contributing $4.6 million through its agricultural cooperative society. North Caicos Farmers like new Agriculture Director for TCIlast_img read more

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Heskey believes Puel deserves more time

first_imgEmile Heskey believes Claude Puel is the right man for the Leicester City job and rightly deserves more time.The Foxes were closing in on a point at Molineux when the game was locked on 3-3 on 87 minutes. But hat-trick hero Diogo Jota capitalised on defensive mistakes to seal the win.“Puel is under a lot of pressure [to keep his job] because every single week it seems to be he is getting sacked,” former Foxes striker Heskey told Sky Sports.“There is no smoke without fire, so I’m guessing there will be rumblings at the top of the club to see if it is the time.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Asked whether he thought Puel’s time at Leicester was up, Heskey added: “I don’t see why it should be time.“I don’t think they will go down. If you told me at the start of the season they would have around 30 point halfway through the season, I’d have been happy with that.“He’s ticked the boxes I think he should be ticking. It’s about the style of play now and he’s trying to take the club to the next level and advance us.”last_img read more

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