Players need winter break – Mancini

first_imgManchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revived calls for a winter break after England boss Roy Hodgson criticised club attitudes towards internationals. Press Association Hodgson has suggested current international breaks are not being treated seriously by some clubs because they use them as an opportunity to rest players. Hodgson’s remarks came after Rio Ferdinand controversially withdrew from the England squad for last month’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro. Mancini thinks such scenarios might not occur if players were given some time off during the winter. The Italian said: “I think in England you need to have a break in December for the national team because we play a lot of games. The moment that they decide to give players one week off in December it will be good for the teams and national team.” center_img Hodgson is also concerned that City and Chelsea are travelling to the United States after their domestic season ends in May to play two friendlies against each other. Mancini is worried about the workload of his players, many of whom will have to report for international duty on return from America. He said: “It is incredible. These players don’t have the time to recover very well. When we finish the championship, we go for one week in New York and after they come back there are some players that play in the Confederations Cup and qualification for World Cup. I think that is incredible.” Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: “International football interferes with the clubs’ ambitions. Friendly games for a start. They have been doing it for the last decade, playing a friendly in the week before the season starts. Tell me the sense of that. “It doesn’t matter what way you look at it. Club managers are always in disagreement with international football, particularly in friendly situations. I have no issues at all about the competitive part. The players should always be available for the European Championship and the World Cup. But you can’t tell me that should apply itself in friendly games.” Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez said: “There are too many games in a season. I will not say international or what kind of games. Too many games, though. Reduce the number of games: simple.” QPR manager Harry Redknapp feels Hodgson does not have much of a case to argue when it comes to clubs resting players. “I don’t know what Roy is saying there,” he said. “International friendlies are quite often meaningless games.” Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has assured Hodgson he will have no problems with him resting players during international breaks. Hodgson said: “We have only got Steven Taylor, so he hasn’t really got to worry about us – and there’s no way I am going to be able to rest him. He would crawl to the England camp if he could.” last_img read more

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NASA Test Abort System Launch Successful

first_imgNASA made a move toward putting astronauts back on the moon.The space agency successfully tested the launch abort system from the Orion spacecraft this morning at Cape Canaveral.That’s the capsule designed to carry astronauts to orbit around the moon.The unmanned, three-minute test flight did not leave the Earth’s atmosphere. The window for the launch began at 7-11 a.m. Eastern Time.last_img

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Ellsworth boys’ basketball team tops MDI for 6th straight win

first_imgELLSWORTH — Looking up at the Katsiaficas Gymnasium scoreboard, Austin Harris knew his team was about to win a big one.Twenty-three seconds still remained in the Ellsworth boys’ basketball team’s clash with Mount Desert Island, but with his team possessing the ball and an 11-point lead, the senior guard let out a smile. He then turned to high-five teammate Jackson Curtis, who waved his arms to pump up the home crowd.“We’re feeling really good right now,” Harris said after Ellsworth’s 59-48 win over the Trojans. “Everyone is contributing, and we’re all on the same page. … It’s a lot of fun.”With six games plus tournament play still to go, Ellsworth is by no means about to rest on the laurels of what it’s accomplished thus far. Yet the Eagles are starting to establish themselves as the team they knew they could be, and as the tests get tougher down the stretch, Harris and his teammates continue to pass them.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth took the first of the two regular season battles against MDI with a workmanlike win Tuesday night at Ellsworth High School. The victory was the sixth in a row for the Eagles, who are in second place in Class B North two-thirds of the way through the regular season.Ellsworth’s Austin Harris drives on MDI’s Nate Philbrook during the first half of a high school boys’ basketball game Jan. 21 at Ellsworth High School. Ellsworth (10-2) is in second place with two-thirds of the regular season complete. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLAfter both teams got off to slow starts on offense over the first three minutes, MDI got into a rhythm as it used a 9-4 run to take an 11-7 lead. The two teams then exchanged baskets twice before the Trojans (6-7) hit a layup as time expired in the first quarter to make the score 17-12.J’Von James began the second quarter with a corner 3-pointer to get Ellsworth (10-2) back within a basket, but MDI scored six of the next nine points to push its lead back to five. Yet the Eagles would soon pull ahead with a three-point play and layup from Curtis and a jumper from Harris and ultimately went to the locker room with a 33-29 advantage.Although MDI scored the first four points of the second half to tie the game at 33, Connor Crawford responded with his third 3-pointer of the game to put Ellsworth back on top. That began a 7-0 run for the Eagles, who took a 44-37 lead into the fourth quarter.“A lot of times, I’m a little hesitant when I shoot, but with the big crowd out here tonight, I really wanted to come through,” Crawford said. “I felt good early, and it worked out.”A series of hustle plays — a stolen inbound pass by Hunter Curtis and diving saves by Crawford and Jackson Curtis — and clinical offensive possessions pushed Ellsworth’s lead to 12 late in the fourth quarter. MDI used back-to-back baskets from Brady Renault to pull back within seven, but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles earned a home win over the Trojans for the first time since Feb. 7, 2015.Harris and Jackson Curtis had 12 points apiece for Ellsworth, which got 11 points from Hunter Curtis, nine apiece from Crawford and Darby Barry, four from James and two from Adam Inman in a balanced scoring effort. Porter Isaacs had a game-high 15 points for MDI, and Jack DaCorte added 12.The win was largely a product of an improved defensive effort from Ellsworth after the Eagles gave up 17 points in the first quarter. Crawford noted that MDI beat the Eagles on backdoor cuts several times in the opening period, but Peter Austin’s team stifled the Trojans over the final three with timely adjustments and improved rebounding.Ellsworth’s J’Von James passes as MDI’s Charlie Parker defends during the second half of a high school boys’ basketball game Jan. 21 at Ellsworth High School. Ellsworth will be back in action against No. 1 Caribou at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“Our rebounding was big for us tonight,” Austin said. “There were a few possessions in the third or fourth where they got too many offensive rebounds, but other than that, I was really happy with how we rebounded.”The 11-point win marked the fifth time Ellsworth has won by double digits amidst its six-game winning streak. The team’s only single-digit win during that stretch came last Wednesday as the Eagles pulled out a 50-49 thriller over Hermon to hand the Hawks only their third loss in the past 55 games.“There a lot of things [going right for us] right now, but the biggest thing is that we’re playing together as a team,” Harris said. “We still have a lot of room to get better and a lot of things to improve on, but when we play as a team, we can be great.”Although MDI failed to pull out the win, the Trojans didn’t let the Eagles turn the game into a rout. Entering this showdown seven places below Ellsworth in the standings was an unusual spot for an MDI squad that’s been one of the region’s top contenders in recent years, but Justin Norwood’s team wasn’t about to go down without a fight.“One thing we talk about in our program is to never quit,” Norwood said. “Even when we were down 11 or 12, our kids kept their heads in the game and refused to give in.”Ellsworth is set to host No. 1 Caribou at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, before hosting Presque Isle at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. MDI will host Presque Isle at 8 p.m. Friday before hosting Caribou at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.Friday’s contest against Caribou will provide Ellsworth with one of its biggest tests of the season. The defending state champion Vikings beat the Eagles 74-42 when the teams met Jan. 1 in Aroostook County, and if Ellsworth is to have any chance at the No. 1 seed, they’ll likely need to beat a Caribou team that will is 12-1 ahead of tomorrow’s game against Houlton.“We’re hoping to kick it up even more,” Harris said. “We know we can play even better defense, and we’ve got to hit our shots more. I think we’re ready to do that.” Latest Posts Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.center_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more

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Pooran has eyes fixed on representing Windies in Test cricket

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Nicholas Pooran’s dream of playing Test cricket for West Indies is still very much alive, with the regular in the regional side’s T20I and ODI squads saying he is ready and just waiting for the call-up.The talented left-hander, who has so far only represented the regional side in white ball cricket, suffered nearly career-ending injury in a car crash five years ago, and he says while he was forced to focus on the shorter formats in recent years, he believes he is back on track to achieving his ultimate goal in the red-ball format.“Growing up, I always watched Test cricket and I’ve always wanted to play. I had an unfortunate accident; I had to make decisions and had to live with the consequences.But now everything is alright with me and whenever I am called to play Test cricket, I am ready to play,” the 24-year-old Trinidadian said during a recent Windies Hangout on the @windiescricket Instagram page.The rising star sustained ankle and knee injuries in the accident in January 2015. His left patellar tendon was ruptured and his right ankle was fractured.Despite the setback, he said he remained focus on getting back to the game.“Sitting down at the hospital and sitting at home, I knew my dream was to be a professional cricketer. Mentally, I was so strong. I decided that anything that happened to me, happened for a reason and I just started to believe,” Pooran recalled.“Every time I saw improvement in myself, I started to believe that it was possible I will play cricket again. I didn’t believe I would be down forever. Every time I went to sleep and woke up, I just decided that today was going to be a better day.”After two surgeries and several months of physiotherapy, he was able to walk again and eventually made his cricketing comeback.“My girlfriend and her family, they came and prayed for me; started to teach me about the Bible and religion. They just told me to believe. I started to believe and I saw for myself that every day I was seeing improvement.“I believe it’s because of my belief and trust in the Lord. That changed everything for me, to be honest,” added Pooran who has played in several T20 franchise leagues around the world, including the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the India Premier League (IPL), the Pakistan Super League (PSL), and the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).The aggressive middle-order batsman made his T20I debut for the West Indies, less than two years after his accident. He played for the regional side against Pakistan in September 2016.Pooran made his ODI debut against England in February 2019.He then went on to secure a place in the West Indies squad in the 2019 Cricket World Cup which he ended as the leading run-scorer for the regional squad, amassing 367 runs in nine matches, which included his first ODI century.last_img read more

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Costly turnovers continue to frustrate Marrone; Defense keeps Syracuse in games

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 16, 2012 at 12:56 am Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Two days after his team’s sloppy, turnover-filled loss, Doug Marrone’s frustration is still high. That’s not likely to change until Syracuse starts to protect the football and reverse its propensity to toss away opportunities.The Orange committed four costly turnovers Saturday in its 23-15 loss to No. 19 Rutgers. In a game where Syracuse had a shot at winning thanks to a strong defensive effort, the Orange’s offense surrendered its chances. Marrone made it clear after the game he wasn’t happy and then repeated that message on Monday during the Big East coaches’ teleconference.“It’s what’s hurting this team. It doesn’t give you a chance,” Marrone said during the teleconference. “We’ve got to have a heightened intensity or whatever the words to make sure we protect that football.”The SU head coach said turnovers have been a problem since he arrived four years ago. The glaring issue continues to restrain the program from advancing. Marrone said in his 24 losses, the Orange’s turnover margin is minus-30. In his 19 wins, it’s plus-12.That stat alone proves how much turnovers have hurt the team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t think it’s rocket science,” Marrone said.One way to respond to turnovers is for the SU defense and special teams to force some on Syracuse’s opponents. Marrone said all three phases have to contribute in correcting the turnover discrepancy.The Orange is tied for 101st in the country in turnovers lost with 15, and tied for 115th in turnover margin at minus-1.67. Whether they’re interceptions thrown right in the hands of defenders, blocked field goals or fumbles, Syracuse’s offense is struggling mightily.It hasn’t helped matters that quarterback Ryan Nassib has thrown eight interceptions in his third season as a starter. He threw nine interceptions all of last season, and eight the year before.Still, Marrone said the team’s problem doesn’t fall on one player, but on all of them because it’s a team category. If Syracuse can become more adept at protecting the football, the wins should follow.“I think when we can correct that, I think we’ll win a whole lot more than we’ll lose,” Marrone said. “And I believe that with my heart.”Defensive dominationIf there’s been a bright spot for SU through six games, it’s that the team’s defense has stopped some of the country’s best running backs dead in their tracks.That continued Saturday when the Orange’s defense held the Big East’s leading rusher, Jawan Jamison, to just 64 yards on 28 carries.“Our kids have been playing hard. I think that’s, for me, it’s always been the makeup of this program,” Marrone said. “Our kids go out there and play hard no matter what adversity they’re facing, whether it’s our record or turnovers, or whether it’s adversity that strikes during the course of the game.”Syracuse struggled with its tackling in the early part of the season as opposing backs repeatedly broke free to gain extra yardage. Correcting that has been a weekly focus and now the results are becoming clear.Even though the Orange’s defense has smothered opponents, Marrone said there’s still work to be done on that side of the ball. Not surprisingly, it all centers on turnovers.“Now we’re tackling better,” Marrone said. “And we’ve got to continue to work to get turnovers on that side of the ball.” Commentslast_img read more

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USC is prepared for season’s longest road trip

first_imgThe USC football team continued to prepare for its long road trip to Boston at practice on Wednesday. Head coach Steve Sarkisian called it a productive day and  praised the Trojans’ execution and energy.Step right up · Sophomore linebacker Michael Hutchings will start in the place of suspended senior captain Hayes Pullard in Saturday’s game at Boston College. Hutchings has four total tackles this season. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanNo Campfire SongsUSC will face another tough test on Saturday as they travel more than 3,000 miles to play the Boston College Eagles in an attempt to improve their record to 3-0. Though the team will be making quite a trek, Sarkisian stressed the importance of focusing more on the game than the location.“We [need to] keep doing things the way we do them regardless of who the opponent is or where we’re headed,” Sarkisian said. “Ultimately, it’s going to be about how we play Saturday night.”The Trojans understand that it is always a challenge to play on the road, but coming off a huge conference win at Stanford, the team is prepared to deal with adversity and rally around the challenges that a road game entails.“It wasn’t us sitting around a campfire and singing songs together,” Sarkisian said in reference to the Stanford trip. “It was hard. It was grueling. It was guys potentially wanting to tap out, coaches included … [But] you rely on the people around you to keep building you back up and [motivate you].”Sarkisian did not seem worried about a letdown following such an emotional victory against Stanford. He emphasized the focus and preparation of the team and hopes to see even more improvement as the week goes on.Fighting through the painAfter winning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts against Stanford, junior defensive end Leonard Williams is still dealing with an ankle injury that nearly kept him from playing last week and has limited his availability in practice. Though his injury might prove to be bothersome, the defensive captain is determined to play in Boston.“The reason I go out there and try to fight through all these games is because I want to have a good season this year … I want to take this team as far as possible,” Williams said. “I’d never want to sit on the sideline and watch them fight through a tough game knowing I can’t help out.”Williams made it clear that his ankle feels better than it did in the week of practice leading up to the Stanford game, and when asked if there was a chance that he might not be able to play on Saturday, Williams responded, “No, I’m going to play.”Williams should get the opportunity to repeat his dominant performance from Saturday against the Eagles as long as he remains healthy, and after Wednesday’s practice, he appears to be ready.“Obviously we got more work out of Leonard today than we did yesterday, which is a positive,” Sarkisian said. “Our goal is to go win the game. If Leonard is healthy enough to play, he’s going to play.”Time to step upDue to his ejection in the second half of the Stanford game, redshirt senior linebacker Hayes Pullard is required to sit out the first half of Saturday’s game. Stepping into his starting role will be sophomore Michael Hutchings, who seemed prepared and excited to contribute on the defensive end.“I feel like I’ve played well. I study Hayes’ every move,” Hutchings said. “I feel like I’m ready to take on this moment.”While Hutchings will not have to stop the struggling Eagles’ offense on his own, he will be called upon to be a leader for the defensive unit at the strong side inside linebacker position. Other members of the defensive unit have expressed their support for the inexperienced Antioch, California native.“The team lets him know that we count on him and we trust him,” Williams said. “We let him know that he can handle it.”last_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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Transfer News :Hearts include defender Kwabena Edusei In recruitment list

first_imgHearts of Oak sources have revealed to sportscrusader.com that the Phobians have included Kumasi Asante Kotoko centre back, Kwabena Edusei in the recruitment wish list.With growing possibility that Hearts of Oak could lose central defender, Nuru Sule to a Moldovan club, the Phobians are eager to find a suitable replacement in the shortest possible time hence the decision to include Edusei  in their recruitment wish list.Sportscrusader.com can confirm that Hearts will however officially make the move for the defenderafter whoever steps in as Manager of the side approves for Kwabena Edusei to be brought in.With only weeks for his contract to run out at Kotoko, Hearts are hoping to take advantage of the situation and is said to be prepared to entice him with a lucrative deal.“Kwabena Edusei is one of the best central defenders in the local league so it will be great to bring him on board because we need only the best in the team to help us achieve our aims for next season. Though we are yet to officially write to Kotoko about him, we see him as one of our recruitment targets” the Hearts source said.last_img read more

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MLB trade rumors: Mets may want Andrew Benintendi from Red Sox for Edwin Diaz

first_img“There’s a lot of stuff going on,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said about the trade deadline, via the Boston Globe. “Let’s see what happens. … every team is looking to improve. … Teams are going to make trades. We just have to be patient and see what happens.”The Red Sox acquired starter Andrew Cashner from the Orioles earlier this month. MLB trade rumors: Dodgers ‘still in play’ to land Mets’ Edwin Diaz The Mets appear to have set a high asking price for Edwin Diaz.New York may want outfielder Andrew Benintendi from the Red Sox in exchange for the 25-year-old right-hander, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Tuesday during an appearance on “Get Up!” MLB trade rumors: Padres’ offer for Noah Syndergaard includes multiple major-league players Olney added (via NBC Sports Boston):“I think the Red Sox, knowing the Mets are looking to add players who can help them in 2020, they may have to make a decision: Do we give up Andrew Benintendi, who is a true centerfielder, in a deal for Edwin Diaz? It’d be fascinating to see if the Mets were to get Benintendi and if the Red Sox can get Diaz.”But, a deal between the two teams is unlikely, according to multiple reports, including The Athletic. Related News Sources echo what @alexspeier reported earlier: #Mets ’ Díaz unlikely for #RedSox . Team focused on lesser names in quest for bullpen help.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2019The Mets acquired Diaz, along with Robinson Cano, in exchange for two top prospects — Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn — and other pieces in the offseason. Diaz, however, has struggled with New York so far and holds a 1-6 record with a 4.95 ERA in 44 appearances.“When I was in the minors back in Seattle, I would always come up in rumors that they were going to trade me,” Diaz recently told reporters, via MLB.com. “But now, I’m just calm with whatever happens, happens.”Diaz was an All-Star with the Mariners in 2018 when he finished with a 1.96 ERA and recorded 57 saves.The Red Sox, meanwhile, entered play Tuesday nine games back of the Yankees in the American League East and one game out of the second wild-card spot. MLB trade rumors: Are the Astros targeting Mets starter Zack Wheeler?last_img read more

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Panthers flex muscles to extend Eels winless streak

first_imgThe match featured some fairly stilted attack and low completion rates – plus high penalty counts – from both teams.The Eels had no shortage of attacking opportunities and enjoyed the lion’s share of the ball but asked very few questions of the Penrith defence, which regularly rushed up to shut down the time Eels halves Corey Norman and Mitch Moses had to look for options.However the Panthers themselves also looked a shadow of the team that completely dominated the Cowboys in Townsville last week; while the likes of Reagan Campbell-Gillard and James Fisher-Harris made a huge statement through the middle, halfback James Maloney wasn’t able to exert the same dominance.While the Eels showed an almost complete refusal to look for second-phase play or off-the-cuff football, a change in approach in the closing stages helped them look more threatening. Penrith had got on the board in just the fifth minute through a Maloney penalty goal but a Dylan Edwards error from the restart handed the ball back to the Eels.It was from that set the Panthers conceded a penalty that allowed a Kaysa Pritchard quick tap to catch Merrin offside. Referee Henry Perenara had no hesitation in sending the prop to the sin-bin for a professional foul.Tim Mannah repaid the favour in almost identical circumstances shortly after Merrin’s return and unlike Penrith – who held their line for the 10 minutes they were down to 12 men – the Eels cracked almost immediately.James Maloney caught Michael Jennings out of position to put in a perfect chip kick for Josh Mansour to score in the 20th minute.While Parramatta looked largely bereft of ideas in their regular journeys into Penrith’s red zone, they did create one gilt-edged chance in the 27th minute through a left-edge overlap only for Josh Hoffman to drop the ball with the line begging.Michael Jennings went close on the opposite flank five minutes later while James Maloney looked to have scored five minutes from half-time only to be denied by an obstruction from James Tamou taking out Will Smith.Maloney added a second penalty goal on the stroke of half-time for a 10-0 lead at the break.The Eels desperately needed to be next to score and they got their wish shortly after the resumption as a mix up between Dylan Edwards and Josh Mansour from a Mitch Moses grubber handed George Jennings his second try in his second game for the club.The 10-6 scoreline held firm through almost the entire second half as each team’s defence proved more than up to the task of handling their opponent’s attacking plays.With Penrith turning away a few late attacking raids, a late Maloney penalty goal sealed the 12-6 result.last_img read more

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