Maya Yoshida says keeping best players is vital for Southampton’s progress

first_imgMaya Yoshida believes “really great things” lie ahead at Southampton if they can head off interest in manager Ronald Koeman and their star players. Press Association Saints have been in the ascendancy since securing promotion from League One in 2011, with last season’s seventh-place finish the club’s best-ever Premier League campaign. That success saw the vultures once again swoop on St Mary’s, yet Koeman’s men appear to still be on track judging by the fact they sit eighth in the standings. center_img Reports suggest Sadio Mane, Victor Wanyama and Graziano Pelle could be the next batch to exit, while former Barcelona defender Koeman is understandably attracting interest – key figures that Yoshida believes can help Saints scale even greater heights. “It’s not easy to lose two or three of your best players every season and stay at the same, high level,” Yoshida told www.fifa.com. “But although Southampton is not a huge club, it is run very well and the academy system is fantastic. “That gives us a big foundation to build on. If we can keep the manager and maybe hold on to our best players going forward, I think we can do some really great things.” last_img read more

Man arrested for 3 sexual batteries in St. Lucie County

first_imgPolice have arrested a man for multiple sexual assaults in Fort Pierce over the last four years.29-year-old Kano Roen Demetrius Brown was arrested on Thursday in the 1900 block of S. 26th Street in Fort Pierce and has been charged with sexual battery, aggravated battery, and kidnapping charges.St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara called the details of the crimes “chilling.”Sheriff Mascara said that Brown is accused of multiple violent attacks on women dating back to 2016. The crimes occurred in 2016, 2019, and last month.“Every one of these victims experienced violence at the hands of this animal,” Sheriff Mascara said.Investigators were able to link Brown’s DNA to all three sexual assaults.Brown was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail, and is being held without bond.The sheriff’s office is urging anyone who may have been victimized by Brown to call 772-462-3230, or the Fort Pierce Police Department at 772-467-6800.WATCH NEWS CONFERENCE:last_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: [email protected] | @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