Steven Davis believes Southampton’s growing self-belief is behind their superb start to the season. The numbers are compelling, with Saturday’s 1-0 win at Hull leaving them on seven wins from 10 games, with six clean sheets and the meanest defence in the league by five goals. And Northern Ireland captain Davis thinks the positivity in the Saints dressing room is a big factor in their early success. “There’s a lot of belief here and winning games breeds that confidence,” he said. “We have a lot of belief in ourselves because we know we have quality and that we’re capable of beating any team on any given day. “It’s all about consistency now and we’ve had that since the start of the season. Whether we can keep that going until the end of the campaign is the question we need to answer. “To be honest we’re following the old cliche, just taking every game as it comes. We approach every match on its own merit but we’re desperate to keep the momentum we’ve built up and keep that winning mentality.” At 29 former Rangers skipper Davis is enjoying his best run of form in English football, putting spells at Aston Villa and Fulham in the shade with his high energy displays. He has also had a wonderful start to Euro 2016 qualifying with Northern Ireland, who top Group F after three successive wins. Saints were widely tipped for a season of struggle after losing leading lights Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren in the summer, as well as manager Mauricio Pochettino. But things have veered wildly from the predicted script, with Ronald Koeman taking a revamped squad to the dizzy heights of second in the Barclays Premier League. Press Association “It’s been an unbelievable start to the season for myself and you can’t often say that in football,” he said. “I’m enjoying every moment and long may it continue.” European football with Southampton now appears a very real possibility as does the once improbable notion of experiencing a first European Championships with his country. And if he does reach France, he may not be the only one to be making the journey from St Mary’s. Fraser Forster seems a good bet to travel as one of three England goalkeepers, while Roy Hodgson cannot fail to have been impressed by Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand on a rare visit to the KC Stadium at the weekend. “I think all the English lads that are playing for us are doing well,” said Davis. “I’m sure Roy has to be looking at them because we’re playing well as a team and individually they’re doing well too. Nathaniel and Ryan are in with a shout hopefully and I’d be delighted if they got a call.” Hull have had a mixed campaign to date and have won just once in eight matches since the start of September. Three points against strugglers Burnley on Saturday would send them into the international break in good spirits, but boss Steve Bruce admits it has been a tough run. “We knew it was a difficult October for us and it’s a difficult November too,” he said. “We’ve got Burnley, then it’s Tottenham then Manchester United. It’s a difficult period for us. “We’ve picked up a couple of points but we’ve gifted one or two points away as well. “They’re all big but the huge wins are the teams around you. We did particularly well against those teams last year so let’s hope we can do the same again.”
PERTH Scorchers won the Big Bash League(BBL) for the third time in four years as they thrashed Sydney Sixers by nine wickets in the final at the WACA.Australian Jhye Richardson and Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan took three wickets apiece as the Sixers were restricted to 141-9 in Perth.Michael Klinger hit 71 not out and England batsman Ian Bell added an unbeaten 31 as the Scorchers reached the target in 15.5 overs.Perth won the title in 2014 and 2015.The Sixers had earlier beaten the Scorchers by seven runs in the Women’s Big Bash League final.
(REUTERS) – Indian police arrested three people in Kanpur suspected of illegal betting on cricket matches, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said yesterday, a day after the city hosted its first Indian Premier League (IPL) game of the season.“The Anti-Corruption Unit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been tracking activities of certain individuals, as a result of which, three suspects were arrested,” BCCI said in a statement.“Following this operation, the Uttar Pradesh Police Crime Branch could successfully foil the alleged betting attempts of the accused.Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium on Wednesday hosted the Delhi Daredevils who defeated Gujarat Lions by two wickets.The same venue is also scheduled to host the final game of the season between defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Lions on May 13.Betting controversies have blighted the lucrative Twenty20 league in recent years with former Indian paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth handed a life ban by the BCCI for involvement in a spot-fixing scandal in the 2013 season.The Chennai and Rajasthan franchises were also subsequently suspended from the IPL for two years after key officials from both teams were found guilty of illegal betting.
– Calvert takes Guyana NRA 150th ShootGUYANA copped the 2017 Milex/Crown Mining Long range title by outclassing the competition at the Timheri Rifle Ranges yesterday.The team amassed 712 points and 31 V Bulls to take the top accolade with Captain Mahendra Persaud marking 95 with 5 V’s as the top shooter in the class.Leo Romalho (92, 5V’s) was also a top contributor to the side, with newcomer Roberto Tiwari shooting 4 V Bulls in his score of 92.Other members of the Guyana team were Sherwin Felicien, Peter Persaud, Vice Captain Dylan Fields, Ransford Goodluck and Lennox Brathwaithe.Second place was picked up by Barbados who lost by 5 V’s after also scoring 712, but with only 27 V’s.Jason Wood, Lancelot Trotman and Marlon King each shot in the 93’s but the Bajan team could not score as many V’s.Third place went to Ireland with fourth place going to England.Meanwhile, the Guyana NRA 150th anniversary Shoot was won by David Calvert who closed off the shoot at 198 and 18 V’s.Local ace Ransford Goodluck was good enough for second with two points and 6Vs short but will still share the spotlight. Today will feature the WIFBSC short range championship which begins at 09:00hrs
The seven master of fine arts students that make up the Roski School of Art and Design’s class of 2016 announced on Friday that they are leaving the university as a result of grievances they have with the program’s funding and curriculum.“Because the University refused to honor its promises to us, we are returning to the workforce degree-less and debt-full,” the students wrote in a statement published online.The MFA program at Roski is a full-time, two-year interdisciplinary program. The seven master’s candidates — Julie Beaufils, Sid Duenas, George Egerton-Warburton, Edie Fake, Lauren Davis Fisher, Lee Relvas and Ellen Schafer — announced that they are dissolving their candidacies as a result of what they feel were false promises made by the university.According to the students, upon admittance, the Roski administration promised them a partial scholarship for first-year tuition, and upon completing their first year, the students would receive full-tuition for their second year, benefits, a stipend and a teaching assistantship. The former students said they were the first class since 2011 to acquire debt to attend Roski and the first group of students since 2006 that did not have teaching experience after their first year in the program.The students blamed Roski Dean Erica Muhl, appointed to the position in May 2013, for the cuts to program funding.“At every single turn, the dean and every other administrator we interacted with tried to delegitimize and belittle our real concerns, repeatedly framing us as ‘demanding’ simply for advocating for those things the School had already promised us,” the students wrote.In response to the allegations that Muhl and other administrators were stripping the master’s program of funding to finance more well-known programs with greater name value, Muhl said that the program has and continues to financially support its students as promised upon admission.“The USC Roski MFA program remains one of the most generously funded programs in the country,” Muhl wrote in a statement. “These students would have received a financial package worth at least 90 percent of tuition costs in scholarships and teaching assistantships.”Muhl was criticized by the students in the written statement for her lack of experience with visual arts.“She, along with Roski’s various vice and assistant deans, made it clear to our class that they did not value the program’s faculty structure, pedagogy or standing in the arts community, the very same elements that had attracted us as potential students,” the students wrote.Aside from the students that have decided to leave, several Roski faculty members have also opted to leave the university in recent months including the former program director A.L. Steiner, who stepped down in November as director and whose contract was not renewed by USC as of May 15. Additionally, in February, the graduate coordinator Dwayne Moser left the university, and in December, tenured Roski professor of painting and drawing Frances Stark left the university for unknown reasons.Though she would not discuss the reasons for her parting ways with the university, Stark wrote in a statement to the Los Angeles Times that she supported the students in their decision to withdraw from the program.“The students are correct in terms of funding, curriculum, and faculty structure,” she wrote in the statement. “All changed in relation to the program they agreed to enter.”Though the students are no longer enrolled in the program, they wrote in their statement that they plan to continue to collaborate artistically.“The MFA Program we entered in August 2014 did one great thing: it threw us all together, when we might not have crossed paths on our own,” they wrote.Correction: A previous version of this story stated that former program director A.L. Steiner is currently still employed at USC. She is actually not employed at USC. The university did not renew his contract as of May 15. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.
Sean Riley transitioned from running back to wide receiver during his freshman year at Syracuse. He returned kicks and punts but didn’t have as many catches as games played. His reception total dropped by three in his sophomore season.While the SU offense churned out two 1000-yard receivers, Riley watched and learned.“I kind of had to wait my turn,” Riley said.But the two years weren’t wasted. Riley learned head coach Dino Babers’ intricate playbook back to front, studied defenses and refined the necessary skills for a 5-foot-8 receiver. Syracuse (2-0) is starting to lean on the inexperienced, yet veteran, Riley — who caught his first career touchdown pass against Wagner last weekend — as Florida State (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) visits the Carrier Dome on Saturday.“Really just have to run good routes,” Riley said. “My position, they go to that a lot. Just good route running and getting open.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRiley’s potential emergence can provide more balance to the offense by complementing No. 1 Jamal Custis and the run game.The harmony isn’t just in production but in play style and size, too. Custis stands nine inches taller and weighs 43 pounds more than Riley. Without the size so coveted at the wide receiver position, Riley has learned to maximize other parts of his game, namely his speed, route running and vision.“Sometimes when you’re in a big man’s game, to be the small guy can be an advantage,” Babers said on Wednesday’s Atlantic Coast Conference coaches teleconference.Straight-line speed has been a constant in Riley’s game since high school, where he reportedly ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. That speed, coupled with injuries to Antwan Cordy, landed Riley as SU’s primary kick and punt returner the past two seasons.Now, Riley said, he applies speed in different ways, whether it’s winning a foot race with a defensive back on a deep ball or taking a sweep around the edge.With time, he’s learned speed isn’t enough. Riley credits his field vision to his high school days of playing running back. He’d read the whole field coming out of the backfield, to prevent against getting blindsided coming through the hole or missing a blitzer in pass protection. When split out wide or back deep trying to evade a kickoff unit, he reads the field like a runner, gunning for a seam and calculating where the 11 defenders might go.Riley’s route running has developed steadily. He played some wide receiver in high school and ran routes out of the backfield, but never encountered a route tree as complex as Syracuse’s.He figured it out by combining his vision and speed, Riley said. He ran fine routes, but he excelled once he started studying and understanding defenses.“He brings a lot of speed, he brings a lot of savviness with him,” starting quarterback Eric Dungey said of Riley. “He’s very witty with his routes. What he lacks in height, he makes up for with the quickness and the speed that he gets open.”Defensive film study wasn’t new to Riley at SU, but the level of detail and wealth of film available changed. As years went by, he grew more confident in recognizing defenses on tape — fronts, coverages, even the occasional blitz.“When you know your defenses and who you’re going up against,” Riley said, “It’s not that hard to find those spots to get open, and Eric is good at finding me.”With his insights into opposing defenses, Riley dissects the opposing team defense, then runs countless reps against that defense in practice. By game time, the looks, and what to do against them, are muscle memory.The trio of vision, speed and defensive knowledge leads Riley into good routes and open spots on the field.Against a zone, he has studied that defense well enough to run his route directly into a soft spot. Against man defense, he knows his defenders’ tendencies and has a reserve of speed to fall back on.“I gotta be perfect,” Riley said, “Because guys that are bigger than me, (they) can probably make more mistakes than me.”On a team searching for its most consistent options at wide receiver and trying to defeat the Seminoles for the first time since joining the ACC, Riley has a chance to make his patience pay off. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 12, 2018 at 10:53 pm Contact Andrew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @A_E_Graham
Jordan Ayew is having arguably his best season ever in the Premier League.The Ghanaian striker has seven goals so far this season for Crystal Palace, scoring the seventh in the Eagles’ 1-0 win at Brighton on Saturday.With ten matches still to go for Palace, Jordan has equalled his best-ever goalscoring tally in the English top-flight and could finally surpass the tally.The forward has scored seven goals in the Premier League twice before – for Aston Villa and for Swansea.He scored seven goals in his first season in the Premier League with Villa before netting once in the 2016-17 season while at Swansea.The next season he scored seven more for the Welsh club.He earned a loan move to Palace after Swansea went down to the Championship but endured a difficult goalscoring season, finding the net just once in 20 appearances.However, this season he has already scored seven times in 27 starts including today’s winner.He has already scored home and away against both Arsenal and West Ham and at Old Trafford against Manchester United as well.Jordan Ayew’s career in the Premier League2015-16 – 30 appearances – 7 goals (Aston Villa)2016-17 – 14 appearances – 1 goal (Swansea)2017-18 – 36 appearances – 7 goals (Swansea)2018-19 – 20 appearances – 1 goal (Crystal Palace [loan])2019-20 – 27 appearances – 7 goals (Crystal Palace) – **current seasonGames Ayew has scored in this seasonMan United 1-2 Crystal PalaceWest Ham 1-2 Crystal PalaceArsenal 2-2 Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace 2-1 West HamCrystal Palace 1-1 ArsenalBrighton 0-1 Crystal PalaceAyew and Crystal Palace’s remaining Premier League gamesSaturday 7 March 2020 – vs Watford (H)Saturday 14 March 2020 – vs Bournemouth (A)Saturday 21 March 2020 – vs Liverpool (A)Saturday 4 April 2020 – vs Burnley (H)Saturday 11 April 2020 – vs Leicester City (A)Saturday 18 April 2020 – vs Chelsea (H)Monday 27 April 2020 – vs Aston Villa (A)Saturday 2 May 2020 – vs Manchester United (H)Saturday 9 May 2020 – vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)Sunday 17 May 2020 – vs Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Jonathan Mensah believes Ghana will win their next game against Algeria following an opening African Cup of Nations (AFCON) defeat to Senegal.The Black Stars surrendered a first-half lead to be beaten 2-1 at the Estadio de Mongomo and must now win their remaining games or at least secure four points against Algeria and South Africa to stand the chance of advancing from Group C.Algeria defeated South Africa 3-1 in the other opening group game and will now face Ghana on Friday.The stalwart defender admits the difficulty of the task ahead but demands the team must work hard to remain in the competition.”Algeria is a really good team and we need to work hard in order to get all six points from the next two games,” Mensah played the entire duration against Senegal. The Evian Thonon Gillard defender also acknowledged the absence of malaria-hit captain and reliable scorer Asamoah Gyan. “Gyan’s absence affected us of course and also the change of formation affected us; we’re now getting used to the 3-5-2 system,” he added.The Black Stars will have to record favourable results against Algeria and South Africa on January 23 and 27 respectively to advance to the quarterfinals of the AFCON.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How do you do that?“You look at their track record, their recent workload, and some other things that are proprietary,” Eppler said with a smile.Eppler is likely talking about elements of a pitcher’s delivery, of his physical build, that they believe will lead to health.“Durability is built in several different ways,” Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said. “Delivery is an imprint aspect. Physicality is important. What type of arm action he has. What type of effort does he use when he throws. All those things you evaluate and put into the picture and you give yourself a risk rating of how vulnerable they are to get hurt.”Based on the recent history of avoiding injury, the best durable free agents are pitchers like Dallas Keuchel, J.A. Happ and Gio Gonzalez. Potential trade candidates with relatively clean injury histories include Kyle Gibson or Julio Teheran. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros CARLSBAD — The Angels’ need for pitching goes beyond simply needing good pitchers.They need healthy pitchers.After three years worth of season-shattering injuries to their pitching staff, the Angels are looking for durability, particularly among starters, this winter.Although General Manager Billy Eppler wouldn’t say on Wednesday at the GM meetings how much the Angels weigh durability vs. upside, it’s clear that a large part of the equation is finding pitchers who won’t get hurt. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield There are other pitchers, like Lance Lynn, Patrick Corbin and Nathan Eovaldi, who have come back from Tommy John surgery.While there might be some sentiment that a pitcher who has had the surgery is now safer, Eppler said he doesn’t view it that way.“A reconstructed elbow is not a new elbow,” Eppler said. “It’s a reconstructed elbow. A 1990 Camaro with a new engine is not a new Camaro. It’s just a 1990 Camaro with a new engine.”CATCHER SEARCHAmong position players, the only spot at which Eppler even hints at a need is catcher. He has said repeatedly they have the in-house options to fill the holes in the infield and outfield.Currently, the Angels have José Briceño and waiver-claim Kevan Smith as their two catchers.“We’re open-minded to upgrading there to see where we can be better,” Eppler said. “It’s a need. I think we can supplement it and be better.”Eppler said he’s had talks with clubs about trades and with agents about free agent catchers.The top available catcher is J.T. Realmuto of the Miami Marlins, who has two years left before free agency. He will be in high demand, and thus require a large prospect bounty.“I’m very open-minded to bringing in a catcher if the acquisition cost (is right), the finances and/or the prospect yield in terms of a trade,” he said. “I’m open-minded to it, but I’m not going to jeopardize the health of the organization to make sure I check a box.”The top free agent catchers are Yasmani Grandal and Wilson Ramos, although neither are strong defensively, and the Angels have tended to lean toward good defensive catchers.They could also go for a free agent like Kurt Suzuki, a veteran who could certainly be had on a one-year deal in the neighborhood of $3 million. He could share the job with Briceño or Smith. Martín Maldonado, who the Angels traded to the Astros in July, is also a free agent.“We don’t need a catcher at all costs,” Eppler said, “but if we can do it, we’ll be open to it.”ALSOAndrelton Simmons was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year at shortstop. It’s a less prestigious honor than the Gold Glove, which Simmons won on Sunday. However, it’s also a major league honor, as opposed to an American League award. …Prospect Jahmai Jones has continued to impress the Angels with his adjustment to second base. He was drafted as an outfielder and moved to second this year, his fourth season. Jones is currently playing in the Arizona Fall League. “He’s doing really well at second,” Eppler said. “He’s caught on quicker than we were anticipating.”Related Articles
Oakland RaidersIn addition to the Jets, King listed the Raiders as one of four potential trade spots for Brown. As King points out, Oakland has “four first-round picks in the next two drafts and a coach who won’t fear the distraction.” The team recently dealt away Amari Cooper and could use a new No. 1 wideout.The Raiders have the fifth-most cap space (projected $73.4 million) available for 2019, and Gruden has praised Brown in the past. Below are the coach’s comments from December:”They move him around everywhere. You don’t know where he’s going to be. He can run every route you dream up. I say that about other receivers, but he can run double moves, he can run by you, he can run crossing routes, he’s very good after the catch. What’s the greatest thing about this man, I’ve told all of our receivers, if you get a chance to watch him practice, you’ll see what unlocks the greatness in him. He’s the hardest working man, I think, in football. Hardest working player I’ve ever seen practice. I’ve seen Jerry Rice, I’ve seen a lot of good ones, but I put Antonio Brown at the top. If there are any young wideouts out there, I’d go watch him practice. You figure out yourself why he’s such a good player.”That seems like a quote from a coach who would be willing to trade for Brown. And Oakland has the assets to do it. But it does seem likely the Steelers move on from him at some point this offseason. Team owner Art Rooney II has said he will not release the receiver, but “all other options are on the table.” It seems the best move for both parties is to move on, but to where?Only a handful of options make sense. Here we break down each potential team for Brown; why each could land one of the best receivers in the NFL.MORE: Breaking down Steelers’ options with Brown(Salary cap numbers via Spotrac.)Where will Antonio Brown play in 2019?San Francisco 49ersBrown has publicly indicated San Francisco is a place where he wants to play, and he apparently told Jerry Rice something similar: “He wants to come here really badly,” Rice said of Brown’s desire to play for the 49ers.The Niners have $46.4 million in projected cap space for 2019, plenty to add Brown, and their current roster makeup suggests he would be a fit. San Francisco invested in quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo last year, and Brown could pair nicely with George Kittle, who just set the NFL record for receiving yards by a tight end in a single season.Denver BroncosThe Broncos reportedly are one of the teams interested in trading for Brown. They will have a projected $37 million in salary cap space next season, again plenty to bring in Brown, but acquiring the receiver would limit Denver in other areas (such as getting a better quarterback).Denver has Emmanuel Sanders on the roster, but the veteran tore his Achilles late in the season, and his 2019 salary is not guaranteed. The Broncos could release Sanders and free up $10.15 million in cap space. So their moving on from Sanders would be the likely scenario if they want to explore a trade for Brown.Indianapolis ColtsIndianapolis in 2018 ranked seventh in yards per game (386.2) and fifth in points per game (27.1), so for the Colts, Brown would be a luxury. But they also have the most projected cap room available in 2019 ($122.4 million).But unlike the situations with the 49ers and the Broncos, there have been no reports or social media activity linking Brown with the Colts. The only loose relation is Brown’s (former?) teammate Le’Veon Bell reportedly wanting to join the Colts, something the running back has hinted on social media, as well.New York JetsIn the report about the Broncos’ interest in a Brown trade, NFL Network also mentions the Jets as a possibility. New York has the second-most projected cap space available ($98.1 million) for 2019, and according to Bet Online, the Jets are the odds-on favorites to land the receiver.Also, like 49ers players, Jets players have been openly recruiting Brown.There’s also the following from Peter King, who listed the Jets as one of four trade destinations:An idea? Jets trade (Robby) Anderson and a second-round pick to the Steelers for Brown. Jets sign Le’Veon Bell. And the (Steelers East) Jets finally have the weapons to be a potent NFL offense for the next two or three years.New York would be taking a risk in bringing in a wide receiver who appears to want out of his current situation because of a dispute with his QB. That might not be a good situation for a developing young QB like Sam Darnold.Also, Brown has had some issues with the Pittsburgh media, so imagine the trouble he could have with the press in New York.Arizona CardinalsBrown to Arizona, and Patrick Peterson to Pittsburgh? The veteran cornerback reportedly asked Arizona to trade him back in October, and the Steelers could be a good fit for him. Likewise, Arizona could use a receiver to support Josh Rosen (or, potentially, Kyler Murray?) if Larry Fitzgerald retires. Even if Fitz returns, he won’t be there for much longer, and Brown would be a nice transition, talent-wise. Arizona also has the cap space (projected $56.5 million) to bring him in.This could be a win-win trade for both sides. Antonio Brown announced it’s “time to move on and forward” after saying thanks to SteelersNation while “Do What I Want” by Lil Uzi Vert played in the background.According to several reports, the upset Steelers receiver officially requested a trade from the team on Feb. 12, which makes things complicated moving forward. Since he’s still under contract, Pittsbugh is under no obligation to trade him, so Brown saying it’s “time to move on” doesn’t really mean much since he’s not in control.