November 17, 2020

Losses force closure of top night spot at Star City

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Pablo Mari arrives in London ahead of Arsenal transfer

first_imgSpanish defender, Pablo Mari, has landed in London for a medical with Arsenal this weekend. Arsenal target Pablo Mari A tweet on Friday night showed Mari in conversation with Arsenal technical director Edu at Galeao Airport in Rio de Janeiro. Pablo Mari has just arrived at Heathrow with Edu and he tell me he is excited to be joining Arsenal. Medical to take place this weekend. And then the pair were filmed walking through Heathrow Airport together on Saturday. Asked if he is excited to sign for Arsenal, Mari replied: “Yes of course.” As reported by ESPN, the Flamengo centre-back, 26, is thought to be on the verge of completing a transfer to the Emirates. The Gunners are in need of another centre-back with Calum Chambers ruled out for the season and Shkodran Mustafi continuing to struggle. And it appears Mikel Arteta is ready to move for a familiar face. Mari spent three years on the books with Manchester City between 2016 and 2019 while Arteta was Pep Guardiola’s assistant. The defender did spend all three seasons out on loan – at Girona, NAC Breda and Deportivo La Coruna – and did not make a first-team appearance for City before joining Flamengo last summer. But he has made an instant impact in Brazil, winning the Brasilian Serie A and the Copa Libertadores by the end of 2019. Mari then featured for Flamengo at the Club World Cup and played the full 120 minutes as the South American champions were edged out 1-0 by Liverpool in the final. David Luiz has established himself as Arteta’s first-choice centre-back since the new manager came in – in part due to injuries elsewhere. Sokratis, meanwhile, missed the draws with Sheffield United and Chelsea due to illness. Rob Holding has returned to action after missing almost two months due to a knee problem. But the extra reinforcements at the back will no doubt be welcome news for Arsenal fans, who have seen their side concede 34 goals in 24 Premier League matches this season. Read Also:Arteta on the verge of signing Flamengo defender Arteta hinted that Arsenal may be going after more than just a defender in this January transfer window. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Throwback to when Pablo Mari pocketed Mane and Salah in Club World cup.— AfcVIP⁴⁹ (@VipArsenal) January 25, 2020 Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right Now11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body Loading… last_img read more

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Bid to replace Ndidi: Leicester battle Inter for Real Betis star

first_imgRead Also: Tottenham table €85m bid for Eagles forward linked to ChelseaInter on the other hand are midway through a reconstruction under Antonio Conte, and may be interested in midfield reinforcements as part of that.Betis will be reluctant to let one of their regular starters go, but may also accept that it’s a necessary next stage as they too look to regenerate in a post-coronavirus landscape.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Leicester are locked in battle with Serie A giants Inter Milan for Real Metis midfielder William Carvalho as a possible replacement for Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhich Celebrity Endorsement Deals Were Worth The Most?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Movies Where A Car Plays A Key Role6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading… According to Daily Mail report Carvalho is a target for Inter Milan and Leicester City in the summer. Other teams, such as Monaco, are also mentioned.The Foxes well stocked in central midfield, and their pursuit of Carvalho may indicate that they’re prepared to sell the in-demand Ndidi.Carvalho has impressed in Seville since moving there from Sporting in Portugal, and after years of Premier League links it looks like the move may finally come to pass.last_img read more

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Dodge City Raceway Park is back in action Saturday night

first_imgRacing action gets under way at 7:30 p.m. Following an idle weekend at the 3/8-mile clay oval, this Saturday’s tilt will be the final opportunity to get dialed in for the Hambelton Racing DCRP Sprint Cars before the Nationals that take place on Aug. 20-22 as the Sprint Cars have next Saturday, August 15 off in order to finalize preparations for the mega-event. By Lonnie Wheatley  Along with the Sprint Cars, this Saturday’s card includes a full slate of championship chase action including IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.  DODGE CITY, Kan. – Dodge City Raceway Park’s Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP Sprint Car Nationals is little more than two weeks away. last_img read more

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Gunners inspired by Bayern win – Bould

first_img Since dispatching Bayern 2-0 at the Allianz Arena the Gunners have swept aside Swansea and Reading to lift them within two points of the Champions League places. “The big thing for us was getting the big result at Bayern,” said assistant coach Steve Bould – filling in for Arsene Wenger who has lost his voice. “We’re only the second team to have won there this season so it’s given everybody a belief that we’re doing all right. It was an important game for us.” Press Association Arsenal assistant coach Steve Bould insists defeating Bayern Munich last month has given the Gunners the self-belief to step up their push for a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League.center_img The triumph against Bayern was a marvellous response to the 2-1 defeat at Tottenham 10 days earlier, a result that appeared to have struck a mortal blow to Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the top four. “I’m hoping that (the loss to Tottenham) is the big turning point. We played really well on the day and I think we absolutely deserved more than we got,” Bould said. “Two defensive errors and we got punished by good players and that’s what happens. Everybody has realised that clean sheets win games a lot of the time. We’ve improved.” Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott may feature against Norwich a week on Saturday after making encouraging progress in their rehabilitation. Wilshere, who only returned from a 17-month injury-enforced lay-off in October, has been out since the 2-1 defeat by Tottenham on March 3 because of an ankle problem. Walcott has been sidelined since incurring a hip/thigh injury while on England duty in the build up to last month’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro. The pair will miss Saturday’s trip to West Brom, but Bould revealed they could be back in action a week later. “We have good news with both of them. Jack and Theo are outside running and have an outside chance of being involved against Norwich a week on Saturday,” Bould told the club’s official website. last_img read more

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Wilson ready to impress Hughes

first_img Wilson added: “I haven’t met Mark yet, but in the past, he’s done a great job wherever he’s been and I’m looking forward to working with him.” Hughes’ reputation took something of a hammering after his ill-fated spell at QPR, which came to an end in November last year with the club in a tailspin which even renowned escapologist Harry Redknapp could not stop. But Wilson is confident the Welshman’s track record before his arrival at Loftus Road is a better indicator of his talents. He said: “He’s done a terrific job wherever he has been. At QPR, he could have been given a bit more time down there. But he’s a guy who likes to play football and that’s what I like to do anyway, so I am looking forward to it.” While Wilson has been on international duty, the Potters have replaced the departed Tony Pulis with Hughes, leaving him and his club-mates with a new man to impress. He said: “It doesn’t bother me in the least. That’s football, isn’t it? People come and go. I wish Tony all the best. He did a terrific job when he was there, but obviously we have got the new manager now and I think everyone will be trying to impress him.” Marc Wilson is ready to prove himself to new Stoke boss Mark Hughes when he returns from his latest Republic of Ireland mission.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Oakland looks to extend streak vs IUPUI

first_img February 26, 2020 Oakland looks to extend streak vs IUPUI TEAM LEADERS: IUPUI’s Marcus Burk has averaged 21.2 points while Jaylen Minnett has put up 16.4 points. For the Golden Grizzlies, Xavier Hill-Mais has averaged 16.8 points and 8.1 rebounds while Rashad Williams has put up 14.9 points.KEY CONTRIBUTIONS: Burk has been directly responsible for 47 percent of all IUPUI field goals over the last three games. Burk has 26 field goals and 10 assists in those games.STREAK STATS: IUPUI has scored 74.9 points per game and allowed 84.4 over its seven-game home losing streak.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Golden Grizzlies have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Jaguars. IUPUI has 41 assists on 76 field goals (53.9 percent) across its previous three outings while Oakland has assists on 49 of 80 field goals (61.3 percent) during its past three games.LAST FIVE: Oakland has scored 77.8 points while allowing 75.4 points over its last five games. IUPUI has averaged 74.4 points and given up 87.6 over its last five. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditOakland (12-17, 7-9) vs. IUPUI (6-23, 2-14)Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Oakland looks for its fifth straight conference win against IUPUI. Oakland’s last Horizon loss came against the Wright State Raiders 83-71 on Feb. 8. IUPUI has dropped its last seven games against conference opponents.center_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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Scrimmage an opportunity for Syracuse to play with new rules

first_imgFor a second straight season, Syracuse enters the upcoming campaign clouded in uncertainty. Last season, the question was how the Orange would replace one of the best recruiting classes in NCAA history.In September, the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee approved the implementation of a 30-second shot clock. How the 2013 season will play out, though, remains especially uncertain as every team in the country adjusts to the new rules.“There’s so much that’s put on the officials – from the early jump on the faceoff to when do you call stalling. They’re going to have to determine whether a team is stalling,” SU head coach John Desko said. “And then you’re going to have to look at what teams will do.”On Saturday, Syracuse will get its first real test run of how the new rules will affect the sport. The Orange plays host to a pair of opponents, Hofstra and Holy Cross, at 10 a.m. in the Carrier Dome for an exhibition doubleheader to open the season. For all three teams, it’s an opportunity to play under the new rules for the first time.SU’s regular season doesn’t kick off until Feb. 17. The Orange will get one more chance for game action after this weekend – a Feb. 2 exhibition doubleheader against Ohio State and Robert Morris in Columbus, Ohio.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe addition of the 30-second shot clock was the most talked-about rule change in the offseason. Lacrosse fans – Orange fans in particular – have clamored for some sort of a shot clock for years. Syracuse should especially benefit from the rule change.Under Desko, the Orange plays at a fast pace. SU has struggled against opponents like Maryland and Johns Hopkins, which have held the ball on offense to limit Syracuse’s possessions and force it out of its rhythm.Under the old rules, even after a stall warning, players could hold the ball for as long as they wanted so long as they didn’t leave the box. With the new rule, players have 30 seconds to shoot after a stall warning. Teams can no longer imitate the tactics of the Blue Jays or Terrapins. The Orange can get out and run.“There’s going to be a lot of goals in transition this year,” SU attack Derek Maltz said. “We’re a very athletic team. We have great, very athletic defensemen, very athletic midfielders, and our attack’s been moving the ball very well. So I’m very confident in these new rules, and they’re going to help us out a lot, especially in transition.”But the biggest change could be that substitutions are now on the fly. The horn that signaled substitutions no longer exists.Whereas the 30-second shot clock is still flexible – it only begins after the referee’s stall warning is called – the new substitution rules, as well as placing more balls on the sidelines and allowing for quick restarts, are more absolute and promise to speed up the game regardless of officials.“You can just pick up the ball and basically, if you step on the field fast enough with the balls on the sideline, you can go right away,” Syracuse midfielder JoJo Marasco said. “And we’ll get some transition goals pretty fast on that.”Perhaps the biggest surprise is how the new stringing rules have affected the game. Not everyone sees much of a change – both Marasco and Maltz will use extremely similar pockets to those they used last season – but other players’ slight modifications have made a world of difference.Steve Ianzito is one of several players using a new style of pocket. In past seasons, nearly every player utilized a hard-mesh pocket. Now, Ianzito estimates, at least 75 percent of the team is using a soft-mesh or traditional pocket.“It’s completely changed my style of play after five years,” the long-stick defensive midfielder said, “and I love it.”The changes will have an effect. Just how much of one, though, remains to be seen.Even in the fall, the Orange worked to get a leg up on the competition. As early as late September, SU brought NCAA officials to practice to play with the new rules.Syracuse won’t be caught off-guard.“We brought officials in earlier than we normally do,” Desko said. “ … That’s one of the reasons we’re getting into it earlier this year, also, is to see how the rules will actually play out. There’s still some unknown until you actually play by the rules.” Comments Published on January 23, 2013 at 10:47 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2 Related Stories Syracuse works to adjust to 30-second shot clock, other rule changes aimed at speeding pace of playSyracuse’s fast-paced style benefits from NCAA rule changescenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Syracuse defense shuts down lackluster NC State offense

first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. — The 48,961 fans that filled the Carrier Dome for Syracuse’s Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Clemson last Saturday were so loud that linebacker Marquis Spruill said the SU defense had trouble hearing play calls.But in its road debut against North Carolina State, the Orange defense was greeted with silence each time the Wolfpack offense trotted onto the field.It kept the 56,639 that filled Carter-Finley Stadium silent.“If we can communicate and get our checks down, we can play with anybody in the country,” safety Durell Eskridge said.Forced into playing 95 snaps — compared to the 61 its offense ran — the SU defense held North Carolina State (3-3, 0-3 Atlantic Coast) to just 3.7 yards per play and 7-of-23 third-down conversions in the team’s 24-10 win over the Wolfpack on Saturday. The Orange (3-3, 1-1) tightened its hinges playing for the first time without Keon Lyn, as well as linebacker Dyshawn Davis, who sprained his right ankle just before halftime.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEven the secondary, which head coach Scott Shafer called disappointing through the first five games of the season, appeared vastly improved.“It felt like everyone was clicking, everyone was on the same page and we were ready to go,” Eskridge said.After roughing the kicker penalty on Lewellyn Coker allowed N.C. State to drive the ball into the Orange red zone early in the second quarter, the defense clamped down. Facing a third-and-1 from the SU 7, Davis flattened 6-foot-5, 300-pound Wolfpack left guard Duran Christophe before wrapping up quarterback Pete Thomas in the backfield.Then the secondary held its cover as the Wolfpack went for it on fourth down and Thomas was unable to find an open receiver.“We always talk about 1. Sudden-change opportunities and 2. When we get within the 10 yard-line, your true character will be revealed,” Shafer said.The Orange defense flustered Thomas and Co. for the entire half. Two drives later, Robert Welsh batted away his second-down attempt. Then Eskridge intercepted his overthrow on the third down.“I saw the ball come right to me. It was like heaven,” he said.The Wolfpack was able to punch in a score with a short field before the break, but in eight second-half drives, it managed just three points.Josh Kirkland filled in for the injured Davis, and played a key part in the unit’s success. When he speared N.C. State wide receiver Quintin Payton on a crossing route to force the Wolfpack to punt early in the fourth quarter, the Syracuse sideline erupted.Kirkland said Shafer had been asking the defense for big hits all week.“During the week he was saying, ‘I want a lot of big hits this game. I want the defense flying around, making plays, effort always,’” Kirkland said.It did on Saturday. From Davis’ steamrolling of Christophe to Jay Bromley’s hope-sucking sack on Thomas with five minutes left, the Orange defense out-toughed N.C. State for all four quarters.Eskridge called the 52 points Syracuse allowed to Clemson last weekend “Christmas gifts.” He said the Tigers didn’t earn them. The Orange gave them to them.On Saturday, the Orange gave nothing. It forced 13 tackles for loss, moving the Wolfpack offense backward on more than one of every eight plays.It logged four sacks. And batted four passes.With a tough ACC schedule ahead, and a team in need of three more wins to become bowl eligible, the SU defense appears to be playing its best football of the season.“It was a letdown last week to lose,” linebacker Cameron Lynch said. “This week we came out and I just repeated ‘Let’s win this game. Let’s win this game.’“Watching film I knew we could win this game.” Comments Published on October 12, 2013 at 9:47 pm Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Alex Acevedo flourishes after transferring to Syracuse two years ago

first_imgDuring the winter of her senior season at Oakleaf (Florida) High School, Alex Acevedo was still searching for a place to play collegiate softball. She visited Duke, Florida Atlantic and Florida State, but one destination stood out.At a recruiting camp hosted by Dartmouth, Acevedo thought she found her fit. Not because of the campus, the team or the strong academics but because of the woman in charge — Shannon Doepking.“She knew that she wanted me,” Acevedo said. “I knew I wanted to go to school with her, I almost didn’t care which school it was.”Though Acevedo and Doepking instantly “hit it off,” the recruit didn’t commit to Dartmouth. Instead, Acevedo stayed closer to her home in Orange Park, Florida, her mother, Melissa, said. But when Doepking accepted the head coaching position for Syracuse, Acevedo followed.As a freshman, Acevedo started two games at FAU and hit .176, but she has flourished since transferring to Syracuse. Doepking gave her the opportunity to play, and she batted .258 while starting all but one game for the Orange in 2019. Acevedo has entrusted her future with Doepking, and the coach has shown her the same commitment.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When she got on the portal, it was a no-brainer that if I was going to build culture, I needed kids that were going to buy into me as a head coach,” Doepking said. “I mean, she is a kid that as a coach, you couldn’t ask for more. She is just a kid that will always have my back.”Roshan Fernandez | Asst. Digital EditorDuring Acevedo’s freshman year, Dartmouth took a trip to Boca Raton, Florida to play FAU, and Doepking was able to catch up with Acevedo. The infielder was frustrated after not receiving the playing time she wanted with the Owls. Acevedo wanted to find her worth, Doepking said, but the coach told her it would never be defined inside the foul lines.The two weren’t allowed to verbally communicate due to NCAA restrictions, but Acevedo would like all of Doepking’s Instagram photos and talked to one of her previous travel teammates who played for Dartmouth. When Doepking moved to Syracuse in September of 2018, Acevedo “slid in her DMs,” as Doepking puts it, and congratulated her on the new role. Doepking couldn’t respond, but she understood the sentiment. By the end of the year, Acevedo was a member of the Orange roster.“I knew that she was someone that I really wanted to coach me and to learn from,” Acevedo said. “So as soon as that happened, that is when I just wanted to do it. If she wasn’t here, I would not be here.”After transferring to Syracuse in December of 2018, Acevedo knew she had to be better than she was for FAU. Her freshman year came with some “jitters,” she said, but she took the necessary steps to earn playing time at a program like SU’s.Throughout the season, however, she accumulated injuries that plagued her. She strained her right leg, which forced her to move to first base, then dislocated her left shoulder reaching for a ball and hurt her wrist after being struck by a pitch from Florida State’s Megan King.The injuries set her back at the plate — she says her numbers weren’t indicative of her abilities — but Doepking saw enough value to play her over other healthy members of the team.“I would never want to be off the field,” Acevedo said. “They would have to break both my legs before I came off the field.”Doepking said that Acevedo was only 50%, but the trust they had built kept her on the field. Doepking needed Acevedo to “tough some of this out” for an underperforming Syracuse team. And Acevedo didn’t want to let her coach down.“I believe her and Doepking just have this bond of ‘I trust you, you trust me,’” Melissa said. Comments Published on February 26, 2020 at 10:41 pm Contact Eli: center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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