West Ham fans back crest change

first_img “West Ham United are pleased to report that an independent supporter poll, conducted by SMG YouGov, shows that fans have voted in favour of adopting the Club’s updated crest design,” the club announced on their website. “Of the two supporter polls, SMG YouGov reported that 77 per cent of fans were supportive of evolving the Club’s crest. The Club therefore had a clear mandate for change. When presented with the new crest’s design, 72 per cent of West Ham fans who support change, also voted to adopt the new crest design. “SMG YouGov’s report confirmed that the second stage of the process attracted new respondents and new opinions, while the results showed that an overall 56 per cent majority of fans voted ‘yes’, in clear support of adopting the new crest. “The primary, full-colour flat and mono executions…will be the most widely used and will grace the playing shirt from 2016. We are also pleased to report that the popular blue shield with claret hammers will be adopted as a secondary colour-way.” The new crest is another step away from tradition for the east London club who will leave the Boleyn Ground, their home for the last 110 years, to take up anchor residency of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford. Co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold issued a statement thanking supporters for their input, which read: “As a board, we always put the fans’ feelings at the heart of our decision making. This is an emotive issue and we have said from the outset that if supporters did not vote for this crest then there would be no change. “From all the emails and tweets we have seen, there are clearly thousands of different opinions out there. But ultimately, the fans have spoken. We are pleased to have found a route that has been endorsed by the majority of fans so we now plan to follow that guidance.” Meanwhile vice-chairman Karren Brady, who played a major part in securing the Olympic Stadium move, believes the tie-in with a new crest is crucial to develop the club. Press Association West Ham will sport a newly-designed crest when they move to the Olympic Stadium from the start of the 2016-17 season. “Our priority now is to continue to work with supporters to ensure that when we make our momentous move in 2016, the Olympic Stadium looks and feels like home. “This has always been and remains a guiding principle for the board in the lead up to the move. Millions of pounds are being invested to make sure the stadium exceeds fans’ expectations come the first game of the 2016-17 season. “The approval of the new crest is a significant step forward in this process and I would like to reiterate my thanks to the thousands of supporters who played their part in helping to devise what will be the 16th crest in our 119-year history.” The Hammers conducted a number of online polls amongst supporters to garner opinions on a modern, simplistic design to coincide with the move away from Upton Park in two years’ time – with a slight majority voting in favour of the change. The new crest sees the castle removed from the current design, with ‘London’ added in an attempt to attract a wider market as the club made a number of small alterations following feedback from fans. last_img read more

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Andrew White improving on defense after early season struggles in zone

first_imgThe buzz around Syracuse three months ago was palpable. A No. 19 ranking floated next to SU’s name and phrases such as “Final Four” and “best team” were flung at Jim Boeheim in his season-opening press conference.Twenty-two games later, the number 19 remains relevant only as Frank Howard’s minutes per game. Now, “Final Four” and “best team” have been replaced by “inexperience” and “still learning.” Four first-year players shouldering significant minutes was bound to create some puzzles, even for a fifth-year senior like Andrew White, who considers himself a “high IQ guy.”No puzzle, however, presented a more complicated challenge than playing the zone. Earlier this season, White said he had second-guessed himself on defense. Four years of man-to-man college defense no longer applied.All season White has stressed the need for patience and belief that he’s all-in on learning Boeheim’s defense. Finally, in Saturday’s 82-72 win over then-No. 6 Florida State, White unveiled the defensive performance he’s been working toward. His nine rebounds and four steals didn’t set any season-highs for the veteran guard, but collectively it represented White’s maturation.Most important, he’s got a grip on how to better position himself in the zone and back down opponents contesting for rebounds. It’s taken longer than both he and Boeheim would have liked, but ahead of Syracuse’s (13-9, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) Wednesday night game at North Carolina State (14-8, 3-6), they’ll take it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“To be a one-dimensional player in this league doesn’t work,” White said on Saturday. “I have a reputation as a shooter, but I try to be a threat on defense. I try to rebound. My urgency and desperation level are so high right now.“I can’t sleep because I’m thinking about the opportunities.”Just last year he starred at Nebraska, both as the team’s leading scorer and rebounder. White wasn’t a defensive stalwart on a subpar Cornhuskers team, but he hauled in 199 rebounds in 2015-16, averaging 5.9 per game compared to 4.7 this year.In an effort to become steadier on the boards, White’s recently shifted his rebounding strategy. Instead of trying for rebounds with one hand, he’s now trying to tip the ball away toward open space on the floor where he can cleanly come away with possession.“He made a commitment to himself to get more rebounds and hold his own on the wing,” freshman forward Taurean Thompson said. “He’s just been a real presence defensively and it helps us out a lot.”Even before shot opportunities arose for the Seminoles, White appeared to be in perfect motion with the zone. Several times he flicked away passes. Sometimes out of bounds, sometimes back into FSU’s arms or sometimes into Syracuse’s possession. All of it a product of anticipation.That, perhaps more than any other sign exhibited Saturday, was encouraging for a player only known for his jump shot.“He was back, pushing, … battling with the big guys down there,” Boeheim said. “He had four steals, nine rebounds, eight defensive rebounds — that’s outstanding. Outstanding.”With the Orange clinging to a four-point lead and less than three minutes to go, FSU’s Jarquez Smith hoisted a deep 3. White positioned himself beneath the hoop with 6-foot-10 NBA hopeful Jonathan Isaac towering over his back. As the ball left Smith’s hands, White peaked over his shoulder and sealed off Isaac.When the ball ricocheted off the iron, the Seminoles’ freshman never had a chance. White’s box out afforded him enough space to cleanly snag the rebound and jumpstart one of SU’s final possessions.Rebounding, and defense, in general, has plagued the Orange all season. Its only redeeming quality at times has been scoring, spearheaded by White. Now Syracuse’s most reliable offensive presence is ready to mirror his production on the other side of the floor.“(White’s) so good offensively that the attention is taken away from his defense,” point guard John Gillon said. “I think people should start taking notice.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 1, 2017 at 12:12 am Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more

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Munster suffer Champions Cup blow

first_imgThe province lost their second Pool 4 fixture 31-19 against Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park.Anthony Foley’s side scored two tries – one a piece from James Cronin and Mike Sherry.Ian Keatley weighed in with three penalties. Tigers – who host Munster in the return fixture next Sunday – are now top of Pool 4.last_img

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