Sporting Lisbon Slam £60million on Man Utd Target, Fernandes

first_imgSporting Lisbon have slapped a ‘take it or leave it’ £60million price tag on their star midfielder Bruno Fernandes amid interest from Manchester United.The Red Devils have been frustrated in their pursuit of the Portuguese international and are refusing to pay the asking price as things stand.It is thought the player is keen on a move to Old Trafford, but his club are said to be standing firm on their valuation, according to Portuguese outlet Record. Any stalling in negotiations between the two clubs could present itself as an opportunity for rivals Manchester City to swoop in and steal the player from under United’s noses, the report claims.City want to be kept informed about talks between the two sides, it says, and wish to be updated with their latest valuations of the player.Man United have reportedly put in a £42m bid, with £17m in incentives, although one of the variables included the midfielder winning the Ballon D’or – and was swiftly vetoed, the report adds.The Portuguese outfit came back saying they would accept no less than £51m with £8.5m coming in add ons. United also proposed the idea of a cash-plus-player deal, but that offer was rejected too.While negotiations continue for the in-demand star, Fernandes is set to feature for the team in the Portuguese League Cup against Braga tonight.The 25-year-old also played the full 90 minutes on Friday as Sporting lost 2-0 to their rivals Benfica in the Primeira Liga.Fernandes is believed to be unhappy with his club at their refusal to let him join United and feels he has shown loyalty and deserves the chance to make the move.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

More special teams blunders

first_imgWhen Bret Bielema was preparing to begin his initial campaign as head coach, one of the first orders of business was to put together his new coaching staff. Bielema excelled, bringing in top-flight coaches that mirrored his signature fire and enthusiasm. However, there was one notable omission: no special teams coach, as Bielema stated that the staff would work together to mold the unit. It might be time to rethink that strategy.Wisconsin’s offense was suburb, the defense: suffocating. But once again the Badger special teams unit was the weak link, continuing a disappointing trend. For the third time this season, the Wisconsin special teams unit cost UW points, as an extra point went awry early in the third quarter.After P.J. Hill plunged in for his second touchdown of the day from two yards out, Wisconsin botched the snap to holder Ken DeBauche. DeBauche picked the ball up and attempted to throw it across the field to kicker Taylor Mehlhaff who had run out toward the left sideline, but the toss was a slow, high arcing floater that was snatched by Minnesota’s Mario Reese and returned to the house, for a rare defensive two-point conversion. “I think Kenny actually was a former quarterback,” Bielema said. “Didn’t look too good on that one.” In the context of a 41-5 rout, the bizarre play was actually somewhat comical and amusing, but it was no laughing matter to DeBauche.”I don’t think I was in any position to make a joke then [after it happened],” said a sullen DeBauche, who also struggled as a punter, failing to punt the ball any farther than 38 yards on his two attempts. “I was pretty upset with myself, and I think Taylor and the rest of the PAT team were upset with me, which is understandable. I shouldn’t have made that throw in the first place.” “It really kind of put the damper on my mood for the rest of the game, it’s hard to let something like that go. I’m just lucky it wasn’t a [close] game, not that this wasn’t a big game. It wasn’t a big moment at that point in the game. I just got to make sure I don’t do something like that again.”Meanwhile, punt returner Zach Hampton had a tough day, eventually getting benched in favor of wide receiver Luke Swan. It was an adventure for Hampton every time out, as the fifth-year senior looked like he was fighting the ball and struggled to make a clean play, muffing catches twice.”Yeah, Zach kind of gave me the heebie-jeebies there a little bit,” Bielema stated, also adding that he is unsure of whether Hampton or Swan will continue as the return man next week at Purdue. “I just wanted to field the ball at that point in the ballgame. I didn’t want to give them a cheap turnover and put ourselves in a position to have to play defense down there.”Beck-to-BeckOn the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Wisconsin went for the jugular and quarterback John Stocco found Travis Beckum free over the middle. Beckum had nothing but green in front of him, and looked like he might take it to the house. However, Trumaine Banks tripped up Beckum, cutting his romp short to only 41 yards. Beckum was visibly upset at not taking it the distance slamming the ball and the turf while getting up.But on the next play, Beckum was allowed a chance to finish what he started, catching a 40-yard touchdown strike.”That felt good,” Beckum said. “A lot of the guys gave me stuff, saying I should’ve scored and maybe Coach Chryst did too.”The play highlighted the sophomore’s second consecutive 100-yard receiving game, as the former defensive end from a year ago continues to develop into a major receiving threat. “He just makes plays,” Stocco said. “I think he’s caught just about everything I’ve thrown him, pretty much. He’s just been doing a hell of a job for us.”last_img read more

Damage repair: SU defense prepares to face high-scoring Cincinnati team one week after being shredded by USF playmakers

first_img Published on November 1, 2012 at 1:53 am Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+ Marquis Spruill bit on the fake and incorrectly pursued the running back. He stepped to the middle of the field on a zone-read play by South Florida, only to watch quarterback B.J. Daniels keep the ball himself and break free to the outside.By the time Spruill planted his left foot in the ground to change direction back toward the outside, Daniels had already turned the corner and reached full speed on what would become a 53-yard gain.“There were a couple times I had missed an assignment and B.J. broke for like long,” Spruill, the outside linebacker, said with a chuckle, stretching out the word long to convey the negative result of his mistake.And he wasn’t alone. The Syracuse defense had statistically its worst game of the season in last week’s thrilling victory over South Florida, giving up 552 yards of offense — 317 of which Daniels accounted for — before a last-second touchdown pass by Ryan Nassib salvaged a win.Saturday brings an eerily similar challenge as the Orange (4-4, 2-1 Big East) travels to Cincinnati (5-2, 1-1 Big East) with the goal of containing another dual-threat quarterback and inching closer to bowl eligibility. A week of repairs designed to patch last week’s leaks has renewed the defense’s self-confidence as it prepares to face Munchie Legaux and the highest-scoring offense in the league at noon Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs he did last week, John Kinder once again drew the assignment of simulating the opposing quarterback. Kinder, a backup quarterback himself, is a run-first player whose tendencies are akin to those of Daniels and Legaux. It’s a role he played last season as well, doing such an admirable job in his mimicry that linebackers coach Steve Morrison said he was often the team’s most valuable player in practice.And in facing dual-threat quarterbacks in consecutive games, the Orange had the opportunity to dissect its mistakes against Daniels and revise its plans for Legaux.“There’s some carryover, certainly, from this week to last week,” Morrison said. “I’m sure that’s a good thing in our favor. We have to shore up some areas, but we’re certainly looking forward to getting another opportunity.”First and foremost, Syracuse must improve its tackling. Safeties Shamarko Thomas and Durell Eskridge joined Spruill and Morrison in pointing out the poor tackling that allowed the Bulls to rush for 369 yards, which is 133 yards more than SU allowed in any game last season.When asked what letter grade he would give to the Orange’s tackling last week, Spruill said somewhere between a D and a C-.“At the end of the day, you’ve got to stop them and we didn’t,” Eskridge said. “But I feel like going into this Cincinnati game, it will be hard for them to run because of the mistakes we corrected.”Another area of concern for Syracuse was tempo. Eskridge and Morrison both said that the SU defenders struggled with South Florida’s brisk pace last weekend, something they hadn’t faced in several weeks. Eskridge even said there were plays where the defense was not in the proper alignment, and by the time he looked up, the Bulls were running another play.The Cincinnati offense operates at a similar pace, but the SU defenders have noticed several differences between Daniels and Legaux. While Daniels often looks to run whenever the chance presents itself, Spruill said Legaux uses his foot speed as more of a last resort.That was evident in the Bearcats’ 27-24 win over Virginia Tech in September, when Legaux threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns while only rushing for 27.“Against Virginia Tech he had a hell of a game throwing the football, so obviously he is capable of that,” Morrison said. “I think every time in football, you want to try to make a team one-dimensional. I’m not sure if that’s ever fully possible, but first and foremost, we’ve got to try and stop their running game.”Behind Legaux and tailbacks George Winn and Ralph David Abernathy IV, Cincinnati leads the Big East in rushing at 221.4 yards per game, using the same zone-read system that South Florida employs.It’s when the run game is limited that opponents have had success, and Louisville’s come-from-behind victory last week speaks to that. The Cardinals allowed just three rushes longer than 10 yards in the second half.And while stopping the Bearcats is certainly easier said than done, having Daniels shred the Syracuse defense could actually be a blessing in disguise. He probed the wall and found its leaks; all the Orange has to do now is patch it.“We just know we have to get stronger at this point,” Eskridge said. “Around this time last year we slipped, so we know this is where outsiders think we’re going to slip. And that’s why we have to tighten up our screws.” Commentslast_img read more

John Gillon turns defense into offense and proves he can dunk against South Carolina State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 23, 2016 at 1:44 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman “He’s capable of going in and scoring points, you know, that’s what he does,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’s very good at it I think.”Gillon hit a pair of 3-pointers, his fourth straight game with a triple. Albeit against inferior competition, he’s now shooting at a 42.9-percent clip from long range, which would’ve been the best mark on last year’s SU team.Where Gillon impacts the game most, though, may be in turning defense to offense by himself. Quick to disrupt the Bulldogs’ offense atop the zone, Gillon’s speed allows the Orange to push out in transition.“He has real good instincts and getting steals, so I think he’ll have a lot of opportunities this year to get out on the break and initiate offense,” fifth-year senior Andrew White said, “just being that he knows how to shoot the gaps and passing lanes.”Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo EditorAnd when Gillon’s steal led to him streaking toward the hoop in the second half with a chance at dunking redemption, there was only one way the play could end.The Instagram and Twitter videos and pregame and practice evidence apparently weren’t enough for Syracuse. And even after Gillon’s two-handed flush, it still doesn’t seem to suffice.“It was a little weak,” White said. “He talk about the 40-inch vertical. It was a rim-grazer.” Commentscenter_img John Gillon has proven time and time again that he can dunk. Yet the fifth-year senior point guard still absorbs the flak from his teammates despite the pogo-stick bounce he brought to Syracuse from Colorado State.When Gillon took off on a fast break with about nine minutes left in the second half Tuesday night, he softy rolled the ball in off the backboard. The anticipation on the Syracuse bench turned to disappointment, and freshman redshirt Matthew Moyer threw his hands in joking disgust.“I mean I could dunk pretty easily,” Gillon said. “When I see people running under me I get nervous because a team like that, they don’t really have that much to lose so they’ll run in and try to make a play on something that they can’t make a play on … and I have to jump pretty high to get to that point so I just laid it up.”Even though the point guard threw down his second fast-break attempt three minutes later, Orange players still chided the team’s smallest scholarship player after the game. They could afford to after No. 18 Syracuse’s (4-0) 101-59 drubbing of South Carolina State (1-3) in the Carrier Dome, in which Gillon’s dunking skills, or occasional lack thereof, masked his efficient 14 points and four assists in 20 minutes.MORE COVERAGE:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat we learned from SU’s 101-59 winTaurean Thompson posts 12-point game after foot injuryTyler Lydon breaks out from 3 in win over South Carolina Statelast_img read more

Jason Smyth confident of a sprint double in London

first_imgJason Smyth will be confident of completing a sprint double at the World Para-Athletic Championships in London this evening. He ran a season’s best time to reach the final of the T-13 200-metres.That final is underway at 5-to-8 this evening, with Smyth looking to add to his T13 100-metre gold. Photo © Twenty minutes later, Paul Keogan will go in the final of the T-37 200-metres. Last night, Orla Comerford placed sixth in the final of the women’s T-13 100-metres.last_img

Mintbet freshens marketing approach

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Bristol Rovers Football Club has revealed that online betting company, Mintbet, will feature as the Club’s brand new back of shirt sponsor for the upcoming League 1 season. As one of the fastest growing new online betting companies Mintbet has expressed delight at securing a deal to be the official back of shirt sponsor with Bristol Rovers. The Mintbet team are supporting Bristol Rovers all the way in pursuits on and off the pitch for the upcoming Sky Bet League One season.Mintbet Founder Thomas McBride commented on the new sponsorship venture for the group: “Mintbet is a brand built on responsible gambling and focussed on offering value odds and excellent service for UK sports bettors. We have supported the shirt sponsorship at Bristol Rovers to engage on a deeper level with local audiences and promote our new online brand in a wider UK market. “We are thrilled to be working with an established football club who have a community of engaged fans and look forward to bringing Mintbet to local audiences as a trusted online betting partner.”Owen Lyle, Marketing Director for Mintbet added: “We hope this is the start of a great working relationship together between Mintbet and Bristol Rovers and we wish the club every success for the upcoming season.“Bristol Rovers are a long-standing football club with a loyal and passionate fan base, and we see the partnership as a great fit for our UK brand. We aim to engage with the large fan base and community surrounding the club.” Tom Gorringe, Commercial Director of Bristol Rovers F.C stated: “We are delighted to welcome Mintbet to our growing list of partners for the upcoming season.“Mintbet’s commitment to the club and our vision has enabled us to continue to develop our partnership portfolio to support our on-field ambitions for the coming campaign and beyond.”As part of their agreement, Mintbet will have their logo on the back of all first team adult replica home and away shirts for the 18/19 season.The deal marks the continued expansion of Bristol Rovers sports betting sponsorship portfolio, after it also revealed a record deal, unveiling Football INDEX as the its new front of shirt sponsor for the 18/19 season. ASA brandish red card to Football Index ads August 21, 2019 QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Share Football Index selects beBettor to lead customer affordability demands July 30, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant was partly motivated to score 62 vs Dallas because of Del Harris

first_imgHarris worked as a Mavericks assistant from 2000 to 2007. But before that, Harris coached the Lakers from 1994-1999 through Bryant’s first two NBA seasons. The Lakers then fired Harris after a 6-6 start in the 1999 lockout-shortened season. Bryant became frustrated playing for Harris, who featured him off the bench in 15.5 minutes per game his rookie season.“When I was a rookie, I hated Del,” Bryant said. “I always said if I get a chance to get revenge, I’m going to get it.”Bryant sought his revenge on Dec. 20, 2005 in the Lakers’ 112-90 victory over the Mavericks at Staples Center. He shot 18 of 31 from the field and converted on 22 of 25 foul shots in 32 minutes. He scored 30 points in the third quarter, including a 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds remaining in the period to eclipse the Mavericks’ point total (61). Yet, Bryant argued that his career-high 81-point performance on Jan. 22, 2006 against Toronto became more difficult because “my knee was killing me.” When Bryant reported feeling “fantastic” against Dallas with both his health and for sticking it to Harris. “That being said, he pushed me back then to try to be as efficient as possible to get some minutes on the floor,” Bryant said. “I had to earn everything I got. I’m very appreciative now. But I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t part of the motivation.” Back to basicsThe question made Lakers coach Byron Scott offer a hearty laugh. What kind of students are his players?“We’ll leave that question alone,” Scott said, chuckling. “Very young students. Let’s put it that way.”That prompted Scott to conduct longer practices similar to the ones he had in training camp. That prompted Bryant to lead a timeout huddle in Saturday’s loss in Portland, criticizing the team’s defensive efforts against guards Damian Lillard (36 points) and CJ McCollum (26 points). That prompted Bryant to critique his team in the locker room, including calling rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell and second-year forward Julius Randle out by name.“We can’t move on until they learn it,” Scott said. “It’s not punishment. But until you can prove to me you’re ready to move on and you can do those things on a consistent basis, I have to go to the basics.”That likely won’t stop until the Lakers show significant improvement in total defense. They rank 26th out of 30 NBA teams in total points allowed (106) per game. “We just don’t do a good job of executing it,” Randle said. “At the same time, you have to go back to the film and see why. Part of it is maybe effort. But part of it is maybe something else. We have to figure out why.” The shots dropped into the basket with remarkable efficiency. So much so that Kobe Bryant initially outscored the entire Dallas Mavericks team. So much so that Bryant scored 62 points through three quarters, giving the Lakers enough cushion that he felt no need to play in the final period. So much so that Bryant became the sixth player in Lakers history to score at least 60 points in a regular-season game. And with the Lakers (9-37) facing the Dallas Mavericks (25-20) for the final time on Tuesday at Staples Center, Bryant narrowed in on one specific source that fueled his outburst.“Del Harris,” Bryant said, sparking laughter both from himself and reporters. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Ibišević: We have the best fans

first_imgIt is no secret that BiH national team has excellent fan, and BiH striker Vedad Ibišević thinks that with their help BiH can go to Brazil, reports sportsport.baBiH National team will play tonight their six qualifying match for the World Cup 2014 in Riga in Skonto stadium against Latvia, and as usual, several hundreds of BiH fans went to Latvia who will cheer for BiH.‘With fans like this, we can go to Brazil’, said Ibišević via his twitter profile.last_img

Uganda to take on Senegal next, DRC advance in AFCON

first_imgGuinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo have already taken two of the spots allocated to the four best third-place countries.With Algeria having qualified and Tanzania eliminated before the final group matches, the focus was on the battle for second place between Senegal and Kenya.– War of words –A war of words between the coaches preceded the game with France-born Kenya handler Sebastien Migne suggesting Senegal lacked the mental strength to become African champions.Senegal coach Aliou Cisse responded by reminding Migne that his side were ranked 82 places higher in the world and the loss to Algeria was the first in four years in Africa.Kenya were lucky to reach half-time level with Senegal at the June 30 Stadium as apart from the Mane penalty miss, captain Victor Wanyama was not punished for handling in the box.Patrick Matasi also made two great saves, blocking an Idrissa Gueye close-range shot and tipping a Sarr header over via the top of the crossbar.Kenya came close to snatching the lead against the run of play just past the hour when a Dennis Omino snap shot was brilliantly parried by Alfred Gomis.A minute later and Senegal were ahead as Matasi fell while trying to clear a cross and Sarr turned to fire superbly into the corner of the net.Mane atoned for his penalty blunder by adding a second on 71 minutes, taking advantage of poor defending from Mohamed Musa off a long ball to run through and score.Given a second penalty chance, Mane made no mistake, tucking the ball into the corner despite a brave attempt by the outstanding Matasi to reach it.At the Al Salam Stadium, Tanzania contained Algeria for 35 minutes before conceding three goals by half-time with Islam Slimani opening the scoring before Adam Ounas added two. 4C Kenya310237−43 3D South Africa310212−13 PosGrpTeam Okwi goals have secured Cranes qualification.PHOTO AFPCairo, Egypt | AFP | Senegal humiliated Kenya 3-0, to advance as second team in their group and book a July 5 Africa Cup of Nations last-16 date with Uganda Cranes.Uganda Cranes qualified as 2nd in Group A despite a 2-0 loss to Egypt, but the Senegal result ensured DRC secured a place as one of the top four third placed finishers.Four third-placed teams qualify, and DRC is already better than two of the other candidates.On Monday, Liverpool star Sadio Mane scored twice after having a penalty saved as Senegal defeated Kenya 3-0 in Cairo.The Champions League-winning forward had a timidly-struck first half penalty saved by Patrick Matasi before making amends with a brace after a goalless opening 45 minutes.Ismaila Sarr put Senegal ahead on 63 minutes and Mane netted on 71 and 78 minutes, his second goal coming from another penalty.Kenya were reduced to 10 men just before the second penalty was taken with Philemon Otieno sent off for a second yellow card.Ranking of third-placed teams 6E Angola20201102 5F Benin20202202center_img 2A DR Congo (A)31024403 Share on: WhatsApp Algeria made 11 changes to the team that beat Senegal last week and still beat Tanzania 3-0 in Cairo to top Group C with nine points.Senegal were runners-up with six points, Kenya third with three and Tanzania, back at the tournament after 39 years, ended pointless.The qualification of Senegal raised to 12 the number of teams who have secured places in the second round, which kicks off Friday.Hosts Egypt, surprise side Madagascar, Algeria and Morocco advanced as group winners and Uganda, Nigeria, Senegal and the Ivory Coast as runners-up.Defending champions Cameroon and Mali play Tuesday and will finish third at worst in their groups, which would secure two of four places reserved for teams filling that position. 1B Guinea (A)311143+14Advance to knockout stage PldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualificationlast_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetSahylah is a darling 14-year-old Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix who is looking for a forever home where she can enjoy the love and warmth of a family. Shaylah is pretty active when she is out in the yard playing. She is very sweet and enjoys a warm sofa and a fluffy blanket, too. If you’ve been looking for a companion to help you with your cross word puzzle or help you pick your TV programming, Shaylah is highly qualified!Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit, Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, contact us at or 360-432-3091.last_img read more