Carroll targets successive successes

first_img Press Association “You could see when I scored everyone was celebrating. And everyone was sliding in with last-ditch tackles at the end. We needed the three points. “It was good for us to get the win. It will be good for all the lads to get a rest in a rest now and hopefully we can get three points at the end of it.” Hammers boss Sam Allardyce was full of praise for Carroll following his typically bruising display against the Swans. He proved to be the perfect foil for Kevin Nolan, offering the forward two good goalscoring opportunities with knock-downs from long balls. Allardyce had been reluctant to start Carroll after such a long lay-off, but the striker had no qualms about playing the whole 90 minutes. “I’ve had eight weeks off and I’ve been working hard in the gym so my fitness is still high,” he added. “All the physios and backroom staff have been helping a lot to keep me fit in the gym when I couldn’t run. Obviously it showed with getting 90 minutes. It felt good. We got three points and I got the goal, so it was great.” Carroll made a successful return from a nine-week injury lay-off on Saturday, heading the Hammers to a much-needed 1-0 win over Swansea at Upton Park. “The points had dried up a bit so the lads are delighted with the win today,” Carroll told West Ham TV after the match. center_img Andy Carroll fired West Ham to their first victory since New Year’s Day and then targeted three more morale-boosting points against Aston Villa.last_img read more

Early Chance to Assess both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the Forthcoming La Liga Santander Season

first_imgEuropean Supercup:Tallin: Champions League winners Real Madrid and Europa League champions Atletico Madrid go head to head for the European Supercup in the Estonian capital of Tallin here on Wednesday night.The first Madrid football derby of the season promises to give an insight into both sides’ chances in the forthcoming La Liga Santander season which kicks off this weekend in Spain, reports Xinhua news agency.The clash also gives fans the chance to see what to expect of Real Madrid in the ‘post-Ronaldo’ era. Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus should give greater opportunities for both Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema and after being criticized last season, the signs are that both players have so far benefitted from the Portuguese’s move.Neither team is up to full speed this pre-season with players such as Luka Modric, Rafael Varane, and Antoine Griezmann only recently returning to full training after their World Cup exploits this summer. But the game will be a chance to see how Rodrigo Fernandez performs in the heart of the Atletico midfield and perhaps for Madrid’s young Brazilian winger, Vinicius Jr to try and stake a place in the first team squad.Real Madrid have travelled to Estonia with all 29 available players with only the injured right-back Alvaro Odriozola remaining in the capital as new coach Julen Lopetegui looks to avoid giving any hints over who could be cut from the squad before the end of August.Thibaut Courtois could add a dash of spice to a fixture which rarely needs any extra ingredients, if the former Atletico keeper makes his Real Madrid debut following his move from Chelsea. Moreover, his inclusion would put the Belgian in pole position to kick off the season in goal ahead of Keylor Navas when Real Madrid take on Getafe this weekend.Although it is still early days Wednesday promises to see sparks fly on the pitch and some conclusions to be drawn off it. IANSlast_img read more

Q&A with Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times

first_imgOne week after climbing back from a 22-point deficit only to fall short in the final minutes against Northwestern, Syracuse faces what could be its toughest challenge of the season when it takes on No. 2 Southern California at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, as part of New York’s College Classic.Last season, the Orange traveled out to California and lost to the Trojans 38-17, but this year, USC is far better and one of the favorites to win the national championship. The Daily Orange caught up with USC beat writer Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times to discuss some of the main storylines heading into the weekend and examine what to expect from either side.The D.O.: Doug Marrone has said that his team needs a perfect game to really keep up with Southern California this weekend. How has Lane Kiffin been billing this weekend’s game?Gary Klein: He has been building Syracuse up as a team that has obviously the leading passing offense in the nation after the first week, and I think, more than anything, he’s trying to guard against USC looking past Syracuse based on what happened last season having played them, and the fact that USC has been such a hyped team through the preseason. … I think he’s taking every chance to get his message out that Syracuse can be a formidable opponent and the Trojans better not look past them.The D.O.: If Syracuse does decide to sling the ball around like it did last week against Northwestern, how does that match up against the back seven of the USC defense? Is that a strength of the Trojans’ defense so far this season?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGK: USC’s back seven was regarded as a strength going into the season, but after one game, it’s hard to tell just how good they are. They faced a quarterback from Hawaii, Sean Schroeder, who had never thrown a pass in a college game, and they intercepted two passes. The big question for USC had been their defensive line and just how well it was going to play because there are so many new players, and one of their starters was out. They were able to get pressure, cause some turnovers and create some havoc, so they were encouraged by that.The D.O.: One of the ways Syracuse was tested last week was on special teams. The Orange’s punt coverage was not very good on multiple occasions, and USC has some of the most talented returners there are in college football. Is that an area where USC feels it has a distinct advantage?GK: I’m not sure that they necessarily feel they have an advantage, although it would certainly appear that way. Since Lane Kiffin has arrived, with John Baxter as his special teams coach, they spend as much time, it seems, working on special teams as they do working on offense and defense. Whereas before, special teams during the Pete Carroll era were more of an afterthought, if you will. This is something that is very, very important to them, and they work on it extremely hard. … They’ve obviously seen the film of what happened to Syracuse, and Syracuse is going to take pains to fix those mistakes, but I’m sure USC is looking forward to going up against those units and seeing if they can have some success.The D.O.: It wasn’t difficult for Doug Marrone to pick out players on USC that his team needs to focus on because they are the players that everyone has been talking about. But did Lane Kiffin identify any particular players he wanted his team to focus on?GK: Most of the talk at this point has been about Nassib, the quarterback, since he had such a big day. I know Syracuse has a receiver (Alec Lemon) that did not play in the last game who is a big part of his attack. They are thinking that he is probably going to come back or counting on the fact that they have to play against him. Those are the headline guys at this point. Comments Published on September 6, 2012 at 3:04 am Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories Q&A with Josh Walfish of The Daily Northwesternlast_img read more

Doheny features exhibit on civil rights

first_imgThe USC Libraries’ Special Collections Display in Doheny Memorial Library is featuring a small exhibit, Civil Rights: A View of the Struggle, throughout February in honor of Black History Month.Literary context · The collection includes newspaper clippings and a documentation of Yvonne Burke, a black Congresswoman in the 1970s. – Talia Taniela | Daily TrojanMelinda Hayes, the head of the special collections department, said the exhibit serves to commemorate the black civil rights movement and to give students an understanding of their rights.“Bringing attention to the things that happened [in] the past can relate to the things happening in the present,” Hayes said. “We wanted to honor Black History Month by taking out some of the materials we have in our collections. This shows how far we’ve come from where we were 40 years ago, where we are now and how far we still have to go.”The collection contains a series of newspaper clippings, including some from the Daily Trojan; books by acclaimed writers, such as James Baldwin and the Watts Writers Workshop that date back to 1965; and a thorough documentation of the political life of Yvonne Burke, one of the few black women to be elected to Congress in the 1970s.“It’s easier to get a sense of the importance of the materials when you can gauge them in a physical way rather than through the library catalogue,” said Hugh McHarg, executive director of communications and public planning for USC Libraries.“It’s much more dramatic, in a way, the impact of the kind of stories that exist in any kind of library collection once you see [the display] for yourself.”Cynthia Brass, president of the Black Staff and Faculty Caucus, said exhibits like Civil Rights remind students to reflect on the past.“Even though it’s labeled as the month of February, black history is every day of the year. The month itself gives everyone the change to get a better view and understanding and improve their knowledge about this history,” Brass said. “Getting people to gather as a whole to identify where they’ve gone, where they are and where they need to go — this month enhances all those things. Depending on who it is and their mentality of a recognition of a few great people, this is a month to look at everyone, even if you haven’t read about them in the history book.”last_img read more

Commission grants USC control of Coliseum

first_imgFollowing eight months of negotiations, USC obtained day-to-day control of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a vote by the Coliseum Commission on Monday.The stadium’s nine-member governing body, represented by officials from the state, county, and city, voted 8-1 to surrender control of the facility, along with the adjacent L.A. Sports Arena to the university for at least 20 years. The sole dissenting vote was cast by Los Angeles City Councilmember Bernard Parks, who has long opposed the amended lease as currently drafted.The lease has five renewal options beyond the initial 20 years that would allow USC to control the publicly owned stadium through 2054, although the commission will continue to oversee both facilities.“We look forward to restoring the Coliseum to its former glory and ensuring its viability for many generations to come,” said Thomas Sayles, USC’s senior vice president for university relations, in a statement. “We believe this agreement will once again make the Coliseum a proud landmark and gathering place for all Angelenos.”USC will be tasked with event scheduling, along with funding various improvements and restorations that are expected to total approximately $70 million. As a result, the university will be given control over revenue and will be allowed to negotiate the sale of the naming rights to the Coliseum.USC’s football team has been a tenant at the stadium since the Coliseum’s opening in May 1923.In June 2011, the commission acknowledged it would be unable to make nearly $60 million in necessary renovations to the Coliseum, breaking the terms of the original lease with USC signed in 2008, which led the university to seek day-to-day management of the venue and the neighboring Sports Arena.Negotiations began in September, and a terms sheet was released in January that outlined several modifications to the original lease.last_img read more

USC faces North Florida in first round of tournament

first_imgFor the No. 4 USC women’s sand volleyball team, its entire season has led up to this tournament.The team will finally be put to the ultimate test in the second-annual American Volleyball Coaches Association collegiate sand volleyball national championship in Gulf Shores, Ala., beginning Friday.This will be the Women of Troy’s second consecutive appearance in the tournament, making them two for two in their two years of eligibility as a varsity sport.“We are looking forward to going down to Alabama and playing our style of beach volleyball,” USC head coach Anna Collier said. “It should be challenging but we have prepared ourselves enough to do well through competing a lot this season.”USC will begin team play on Friday against No. 5-seeded North Florida at 7 a.m. The winner of that match will face undefeated and top-ranked Pepperdine, a team that has not lost a single match in its two-year-old program and is 18-0 this season.Pepperdine also defeated the Women of Troy twice earlier in the season and owns the title of defending national champion. That match would take place at 10 a.m.USC (14-6) will first have to take care of North Florida (16-3), who earned an automatic bid to the championship by winning the Atlantic Sun Conference championship.The Ospreys went a 8-0 in conference play this year, and the team’s only losses came out of conference to Georgia State, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Louisiana Monroe. Monroe is the No. 6 seed in the tournament. All of these losses came in five sets.USC will be joining a six-team field that includes many top teams in the nation. Defending national champion Pepperdine is set to participate, as is No. 2 seed Long Beach State and No. 3 seed Florida State.The two teams in the tournament that the Women of Troy have not faced this season are North Florida and No. 6-seeded Louisiana Monroe.In addition to the team tournament, there will also be a single-elimination, 16-team pairs championship featuring the top duos in the nation.Both the No. 1 pair, composed of junior Kirby Burnham and graduate student Stevi Robinson, and the No. 2-ranked pair, senior Katie Fuller and freshman Cinnamon Sary, will be representing USC.Burnham and Robinson are coming off an exhibition tournament win against the USA Junior National Team, which should prove beneficial to the pair’s momentum going into the championship.“Right now, we are trying to focus on our first match against North Florida,” Robinson said. “But we will worry about the two-on-two matches when the time comes.”The Women of Troy’s two pairs teams will begin play in the pairs championship on Sunday at  6 a.m. Portions of both the team and pairs competitions will also be available on the CBS Sports Network.USC’s exhibition against the USA Junior National Team was additionally beneficial in that it gave the Women of Troy a look at the same style employed by its future AVCA competition.“These games really gave us a look at the scrappy, beach-style games of teams like North Florida or Louisiana Monroe,” Collier said. “That should help us a lot for the AVCA [championships].”Whatever the results of the tournament are, USC has made an immediate impact in just two years of competition to become one of the top-ranked programs in the nation. Though the team has fared well at brand-new Merle Norman Stadium, it has yet to knock off a top-three-ranked team in the nation.This weekend’s tournament will provide USC with the opportunity it needs to join the nation’s upper echelon of elite programs.last_img read more

5 things Daniel French and Rick Burton said about hiring John Wildhack as Syracuse’s Director of Athletics

first_img Related Stories Watch: Daniel French and Rick Burton discuss hiring John Wildhack as Director of Athletics8 things to know about new Syracuse Director of Athletics John WildhackStorify: Syracuse community reacts to Syracuse naming John Wildhack its new ADStorify: ESPN employees react to Syracuse hiring John Wildhack as new ADSyracuse University hires former ESPN exec John Wildhack as new Director of Athletics Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on July 6, 2016 at 6:49 pm Contact Chris: | @ChrisLibonati Following the announcement of Syracuse’s new Director of Athletics John Wildhack, interim AD Daniel French and Rick Burton, Syracuse’s liaison to the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference, spoke about the hire. Here are five things they said. 1. Working at ESPN was a big factor in hiring WildhackWhile Wildhack may not have been on Syracuse’s side of the negotiating table at ESPN, he was negotiating media rights contracts for ‘The Worldwide Leader in Sports.’ That seemed to be a big selling point in his hire, since television contracts play a significant role in college athletics.“The job of an athletic director is a complicated job, it’s not just about who we play and when we play ’em and who the coaches are,” French said. “… Dealing with the media, dealing with television rights, all the things that John has done over his career, we think that’s the exact kind of leadership we need right now.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBurton said if an ACC Network (in a similar fashion to the SEC Network or Big Ten Network) came together, Wildhack would be an asset.2. Loyalty was a factorWhen Mark Coyle bolted for Minnesota, there were murmurs from the Syracuse community that SU should hire an “SU guy.” That’s exactly what Wildhack is: He grew up in Buffalo, New York and graduated from the university in 1980.“The chancellor was clear that it was always important,” French said, “… It was certainly a point that we were cognizant about, but it was not the deciding factor. It’s a strong factor for John … it was one of many factors.”Wildhack has served on the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics advisory board. Despite graduating from Syracuse 36 years ago, he has been involved with the university in that span.Given that Wildhack left ESPN at the time he did, Burton believes this is where Wildhack wants to be. Burton said he believes Wildhack will be at SU until the end of his business career.3. Syracuse wanted a swift processFrench reiterated that there was a winnowing process for choosing SU’s next athletic director. They reviewed resumes, cut the pool to people SU would interview and then cut the pool further into finalists.“(Chancellor Kent Syverud) indicated he wanted to move quickly. We knew there was a lot of talent out there. I think at the time I said we thought we’d look at 15-20 people. We’d narrow that down to five or six. That’s what we did … The process moved quickly, though. The chancellor led the search.”4. There’s a first time for everythingDespite his experience at ESPN, Wildhack has never been an athletic director anywhere before coming to Syracuse. French cited other schools who have hired first-time athletic directors, including Notre Dame and Alabama.French was also confident in the support group Wildhack will have when he enters the job in August.5. Started from the bottom, now he’s hereWildhack started his career at ESPN as a production assistant, working his way through the company during the last 36 years. The company has won more than 30 Emmy Awards in Wildhack’s time there.Burton cited George Bodenheimer, who started in the mail room, as another ESPN executive who started with the company from its early stages. Commentslast_img read more

Reggae Girlz Thrash Barbados 7-0 in Olympic Qualifier

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – After defeating Cuba 12-1 in their first Olympic qualifier, the Reggae Girlz continued their winning streak last night with a stunning 7-0 win over Barbados.With their star player, Khadija “Bunny” Shaw on the field after missing the first qualifier, Jamaica remained at the top of Group B with six points and 19 goals to their stats, while conceding only one.Cheyna Matthews continued her rich form with goals in the second and 23rd minutes. Sashana Campbell added a third goal in the 33rd minute, while Trudi Carter (34th and 36th) also had a brace.Chinyelu Asher (70th) and Shaw (90th) got one apiece with the other being a sixth-minute own goal by defender Tia Brigg-Thompson.Reggae Girlz assistant coach Hubert Busby said the team played well but the performance could have been better.“It was a good game but there were lows,” he said. “Goals change matches and we could have had some more. But their ‘keeper’ had a very good game.”In the other Concacaf Women’s Olympic Caribbean Qualifiers, Cuba hammered United States Virgin Islands 6-0 in the curtain-raiser, to take second place in Group B with six points from three games, while Barbados and St Lucia have three points each. Only the group winner will advance to the final round.The Reggae Girlz will face St Lucia on Sunday at the National Stadium in Kingston, followed by the US Virgin Islands on Tuesday.last_img read more

United World Wrestling Africa President Meskout To Visit Nigeria For Facilities’ Inspection

first_imgThe President of United World Wrestling Africa, Fouad Meskout will be on a visit to Nigeria between 25th-27th of July, to inspect facilities ahead of 2018 Africa Senior Wrestling Championship.President Meskout will be received by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Minister of Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung and the NOC President in Port Harcourt – proposed state for the championship next year.The wrestling president will inspect the standard of facilities at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, after which a decision will be taken about hosting rights. Nigeria Wrestling President, Daniel Igali expressed his optimism concerning the possibility of Nigeria winning the hosting rights for 2018, reiterating the benefits to be gained by hosting the championship.“Hosting the championship in February 2018, will help to develop our sporting facilities and as well, broaden the horizon of wrestling in Nigeria,” – IgaliAside vying to host the wrestling championship, Port Harcourt will also stage the 21st edition of the African Senior Athletics Championships, February 2018.Team Nigeria won a total of 8 medals at the 2017 Africa Senior Wrestling Championship held in April in Morocco.RelatedAUDIO: Wrestling Boss Meskout Satisfied With Facilities In Port Harcourt For African ChampionshipsJuly 27, 2017In “Sports”Athletic Bilbao vs Sporting GijonJune 30, 2017Similar postBREAKING: Port Harcourt Gets Hosting Right For 2018 Africa Senior Wrestling ChampionshipAugust 19, 2017In “Nigeria”last_img read more

GambleAware data finds stigma to be key barrier to treatment for women

first_img Related Articles Submit New research from GambleAware has highlighted that perceived stigma can be a barrier to accessing treatment for female gamblers.The research, which was commissioned by GambleAware and completed by YouGov, aims to develop a deeper understanding around the experiences of women and gambling.The study found that 39% of women ‘who would not want treatment, advice or support to help them cut down their gambling’ had cited ‘feeling embarrassed, or not wanting people to know about their gambling’ was a barrier. This was somewhat higher than the 22% of male problem gamblers.Increased awareness of confidential support and treatment services was cited as a particularly important factor for female gamblers, with 20% explaining that this would be a key motivating factor.Of those surveyed, 35% of female gamblers who experience high levels of gambling harm, and have a PGSI score of 8+, are from a BAME background, compared to 12% of the overall female population.This same pattern is also seen amongst male gamblers, with 29% of men with a PGSI score of 8+ coming from a BAME background, compared to 12% of men overall.Anna Hemmings, CEO of GamCare, explained: “This report has highlighted not only the challenges that need to be overcome, but also the opportunities available to service providers to help increase take-up of treatment and support to help reduce and prevent gambling harms among women.“Across our treatment network, in line with the National Gambling Treatment Service, we are working with women to better understand the barriers they may face when it comes to seeking advice or help for their gambling, or experience as an affected other, so that we can continue to ensure they have access the services they need, regardless of their gender or background.”GambleAware found that 8% of women were categorised as ‘affected others’, those who experience harm as a result of someone else’s gambling, and that 16% of these are from a BAME backgroundResearchers also found that women are more negatively impacted by the gambling of a close family member than men, with women constituting 35% of affected others, compared to just 9% of males.However men were found to be more likely to be affected by the gambling of a friend or flatmate than women, with 33% citing this, compared to just 9% of females. Among those affected by the gambling of a parent, 88% of women, in comparison to 75% of men, said this had a moderate or severe negative impact.Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware, concluded: “This research indicates that women, particularly in the capacity as an affected other, experience gambling harms in different ways to men and this report is an important first step in understanding those differences.“This research was commissioned to help treatment providers, such as those operating via the National Gambling Treatment Service, address any barriers people may face when it comes to accessing help and support for their gambling and it is essential that services are flexible and meet the needs of individuals.” StumbleUpon YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more