Mignolet: I’m always ready

first_img But the 26-year-old is confident he can get back up and running quickly, as he will be in goal for the visit of Swansea on Monday with youngster Danny Ward on the bench. “I just take every game as it comes,” Mignolet said. “I work hard and keep my head down like I’ve always done – nothing changes. “Sometimes things get tough but you still have to step up and I am a positive guy and will try to go again. “You always have to be ready when you are on the bench. When you are second-choice goalkeeper, anything can happen in the warm-up, so I prepared myself as normal. “I was still warm from the warm-up so that helped a bit. I tried to stay relaxed. I’m not a guy who gets flustered easily, so I tried to focus on my own game. “Me and Brad get on really well. It is unfortunate for him to pick up an injury, but he will be back soon. “We focus on ourselves and do our best every day in training to get better. “When you get the chance you hope you do well and we got three points, so I am pleased with that because it is a difficult ground to go to and it was a difficult battle.” Press Association Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet insists he is ready to step back into the firing line after making an unexpected return to the team. A thigh injury to Brad Jones just 15 minutes into the 1-0 Boxing Day victory at Burnley meant the Belgium international’s exile was ended sooner than he could have anticipated. Having been dropped a fortnight ago because of poor form, and missing the last three matches, his comeback was not all plain sailing. And, while he made one good save from Ashley Barnes in the first half, he was far from convincing, and allowing a Mamadou Sakho backpass to go out of play before he kicked it still requires some explaining. Mignolet kept only his fifth clean sheet in 23 appearances this season, but it was a crucial one with such a slender margin of victory. It secured a first win in four league matches and, with Swansea and Leicester both to visit Anfield over the next week, there is a chance to build some much-needed momentum. “At half-time it was still 0-0 and in the second half we went out and did the job,” Mignolet added after Raheem Sterling’s second-half winner. “We knew it was going to be tough, but we fought really hard as a team and worked well. “When you step onto the pitch, you have to do a job and I am pleased how we played. We got the three points and that is what mattered. “It can only be a good thing as we have a couple of fixtures we can look forward to and pick up three points.” last_img read more

F-M boys basketball denied in quest for playoff berth

first_img Tags: basketballF-M Seven wins in its first 17 games of the season landed the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team in a precarious spot heading into the last week of the regular season.All the Hornets needed was one more win to return to the Section III Class AA playoffs, but faced three difficult opponents, including the area’s top prospect and the reigning state champions.The “easiest” of these three games was last Tuesday’s visit to Nottingham, and it started well, F-M taking a 19-17 lead through one quarter as its shots fell with regularity.From there, though, the Bulldogs gradually took over, eventually prevailing 87-64 as Mazi Jackson got 24 points and Marlen Peters 20 points, with Deandre McGrew and Jaden Ezomo each earning 17 points.No one on F-M’s roster could match that production, with Josh Michel getting 14 points and Luke Davidson adding 13 points. Jack Nucerino added nine points.Now F-M would take on Baldwinsville Thursday night, looking to contain sophomore sensation J.J. Starling the way they had when they first played in late January, when Starling only got 21 points, even though B’ville still won 67-55.Again, the Hornets’ effort was quite good, the game close most of the way. Down 54-44 in the fourth quarter, F-M made one more comeback attempt, but the Bees prevailed again, this time by a 66-60 margin.Michel led with 18 points as all of James Madill’s 15 points came from five 3-pointers. Charlie Gadsden contributed 12 points. Starling led the Bees with 25 points and got ample help from teammate Bo Nicholson, who poured in 19 points.Now a playoff berth depended on F-M finding a way to knock off those state AA champions from West Genesee, who entered Saturday’s game winners of 11 in a row.It all got decided in the first half, the Wildcats building a 46-27 advantage, too much for the Hornets to overcome as it lost, 76-68. Davidson had 15 points, with Michel earning 12 points and Madill finishing with 11 points.As for the F-M girls basketball team, it welcomed back Lexie Roe to the lineup just in time for last Tuesday’s game against Nottingham, one where playoff position was at stake since the Hornets were 9-8 and the Bulldogs 10-7.And F-M started well, only to see it all go away in the last two quarters of a 54-51 defeat.Remembering that the Hornets beat them 58-29 on Jan. 14 with 24 points from Roe and 25 points from Lily Fish, the Bulldogs again fell behind, but this time had far more scoring production.Ahead 32-25 at halftime, F-M could not hold it, Nottingham’s defense stepping up and eventually taking the lead in the game’s final minutes, led by Amaya Williams’ 21 points and Nazjae Howard’s 15 points.Roe put up 19 points and Fish had 14 points, plus seven rebounds. Kendra Broddus got six points, five rebounds and four assists.Thursday’s non-league game against Chittenango proved an exciting one, the Hornets having to hold on late to earn a 53-51 victory over the Bears.F-M outscored Chittenango 29-19 in the second and third quarters, led by Roe, who poured in 24 points as Fish had 10 points and Ava Angello got eight points.Down 37-28, Chittenango closed strong, but fell a basket short despite Cassidy Kelly’s 22 points and 14 rebounds. F-M held Ally Shoemaker to six points, but she still had nine assists, five steals and four rebounds.Then came the Saturday visit from West Genesee, whom F-M nearly beat in January, but could not get as close to in the rematch as it lost 53-43 to the Wildcats.WG jumped out 22-7 in the first quarter and maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the way, Roe only getting three points as Fish led with 14 points and Angello got eight points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Minnesota leads Syracuse 7-3 at halftime in low-scoring affair filled with penalties

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Penalties and miscues on both sides made for a low-scoring first half at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday night.Syracuse committed six penalties, many coming on the offensive line and the secondary, to keep Minnesota drives alive. The Gophers pushed two field goals wide right and had a touchdown called back for a penalty, squandering three golden opportunities to separate themselves from the Orange.The end result was a 7-3 first-half lead for Minnesota over Syracuse. The teams committed a combined 11 penalties and struggled to finish off drives due to the mental mistakes. The Syracuse offense couldn’t get going as quarterback Ryan Nassib struggled to find a comfort zone in a constantly collapsing pocket.The miscues started on the Orange’s first play from scrimmage when Nassib’s pass to Jarrod West deflected in the air and landed in the arms of Minnesota’s Cedric Thompson. SU got away with the early mistake, tough, after Gophers kicker Jordan Wettstein pushed a 44-yard attempt wide right.Still, the offensive trouble continued for SU. Nassib was forced to scramble around early to avoid pressure and a sack by Minnesota’s D.L. Wilhite on third-and-20 following a penalty served as a catalyst for the Gophers’ first score.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe scoring drive was aided by a pass interference call on Shamarko Thomas, giving Minnesota first-and-goal on the 2-yard line. Running Back Donnell Kirkwood easily walked into the end zone and Minnesota had the early lead.Syracuse put together a drive and marched into the red zone late in the first quarter. But a false start penalty on Alec Lemon turned a third-and-1 into third-and-6 and Jerome Smith couldn’t get the edge to convert the first down.Ross Krautman came on for a 33-yard field goal and the lead was cut to four.The sloppy play continued in the second quarter and neither team was able to put together a scoring drive, with Minnesota’s final drive of the half ending fruitless after an apparent touchdown strike by Max Shortell to Devin Crawford-Tufts was called back due to a penalty. Comments Published on September 22, 2012 at 9:46 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC opens new neuroimaging institute

first_imgThe USC Stevens Hall for Neuroimaging, a new neurological research building that contains the world’s largest repository of brain data, opened at the Health Sciences Campus Thursday afternoon. The facility was designed by Arthur Toga, a professor of ophthalmology and the director of the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, and was made possible through a donation from USC Trustees Mark and Mary Stevens.The ceremony began with a ribbon-cutting by President C. L. Max Nikias, who then invited guests to tour the new building. Nikias also delivered a speech regarding the impact he believes this building will make on research and innovation in the field of neuroscience.“We are on the verge of ushering in a golden age of medicine and biology,” Nikias said. “Neuroscience and brain sciences in particular hold a unique place for us within medical science because within the modest space of the human brain rests a vast and infinitely complex universe of its very own.”Stevens Hall currently houses the world’s largest bank of information about the brain, with 2,867 terabytes of data from every continent other than Antarctica. In the coming year, the institute will receive the world’s only Siemens 7T magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, machine to conduct detailed and accurate brain scans. The new building also houses the Data Immersive Visualization Environment presentation theater, where researchers can project sets of data and highly magnified images on a 12-by-15-foot screen in ultra high definition. These high-tech features, Mark Stevens said, will allow the institute to conduct further research into the causes of several illnesses.“The dream for all of us is … via the research that will go on here in this new facility, to find solutions to a whole range of diseases that ravage all of our families,” Stevens said. Nikias ended his speech by thanking the Stevens family for their contribution once more.“Mark and Mary have earned the Trojan Family’s enduring respect and gratitude,” Nikias said. “For their commitment to this university and its Trojan Family, for your compassion for those who suffer, for your commitment to unleashing the best within the human mind and spirit, we thank them once again.”last_img read more

Q&A with senior Lyndsay DePaul

first_imgSenior Lyndsay DePaul helped lead USC to victory over crosstown rival UCLA in its last dual meet of the season. The Daily Trojan sat down with the co-captain and asked to share us her thoughts on the season, and how the team will prepare for the NCAAs and Pac-10 championships.Leadership · DePaul is one of the top butterflyers in the nation and owns numerous USC swim school records. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan Daily Trojan: Looking back at the team’s regular season, what lessons did you and the other swimmers take out of the dual meets you participated in?DePaul: We learned not to take some teams too lightly and we learned what it’s like to win and what it’s like to lose. We know what we can do, we learned what we are capable or and what we aren’t capable of — this has all been a learning experience.DT: Your two losses came against California and Stanford. How did losing to those Northern California schools influence the team?DePaul: Going into those two meets, we didn’t really know what to expect. We were going up there coming off some really hard training and we knew they were going to be ready for us. We flew up the day of the Cal meet and had to be at the meet two hours after we got there, so the travel situation was tough. Our main problem was that we kept getting out-touched and that makes a huge difference at dual meets. We have been working on our finishes and hitting the wall so that we won’t be getting out-touched by anyone.DT: What was the goal of the women’s swim team throughout the season and how did the swimmers work to achieve it?DePaul: We set multiple goals and one of them was to win all of our dual meets, which didn’t happen. Another one was to be top four at the NCAAs and I really believe we can do that. Hopefully we can go to NCAAs with a full roster of girls, which is 18 girls, and win.DT: As a co-captain on the team, what did you notice about the team dynamic and motivation as the season went on?DePaul: Our freshmen and sophomores were very mature and jumped on board very quickly. This year they made sure that we were all on the same page. It is our [seniors] last year but they have been helping us out.DT: What was the most exciting moment about the women’s dual meet season?DePaul: I think the UCLA meet as a whole was monumental. Everybody’s attitudes and strength was great. It was exciting to see everybody’s confidence at yesterday’s meet. It really set the stage for Pac-10s and NCAAs.DT: What is the message you would like to send to the USC community as the women’s swim team prepares to wrap up its season with the NCAAs and Pac-10s?DePaul: Our girl’s and boy’s teams work really, really hard and that fan support would be greatly appreciated. We put a lot of effort in and it is nice to have support and have people cheer for us. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and followed us throughout the season.last_img read more

Hardy hurlers defy the weather

first_imgPortroe and Lorrha clash in a semi-final at University of Limerick all-weather pitch at 3.30pm.Borrisoleigh and Moneygall/Clonakenny also meet in a last four tie.Meanwhile, the County Junior B Football Final between Galtee Rovers and Clonakenny, due to take place tomorrow (Sunday) in Dundrum has been moved to Bansha. Throw-in is at 1.30pm.last_img

Premier League Clubs Suffer Big Blow On International Duty

first_imgTop English Premier League (EPL) clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal suffered respective blows on international duty after key players picked up injuries.Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini came off the Bosnia vs. Belgium qualifier on Saturday evening with a leg injury and has been ruled out for some weeks as a result.Back-to-back EPL champion N’Golo Kante also sustained a suspected hamstring injury while he was on action for France in their 1-0 win in Bulgaria. This is certainly a big blow for English champions Chelsea, who are already without star striker Alvaro Morata for a few weeks.Arsenal have also been hit by a big injury after Germany defender Skhrodan Mustafi pulled up during his country’s 5-1 home win over Azerbaijan on Sunday night. While speaking after the match, Germany coach Joachim Low confirmed that the defender would be out for a while.With the aforementioned injuries, EPL clubs would be hoping they don’t record more injuries in the final days of the October international break.Relatedlast_img read more

Vice explores the rise of political betting

first_img Share Related Articles FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 This April, youth news and entertainment publisher Vice.com has highlighted the growth of political betting markets in a video segment titled ‘Why British People are Betting on Trump’s Impeachment’.Produced by journalist Jake Warren, Vice’s reports on the ‘rise of political betting’ in the wake of an unprecedented 2016 which saw Britain vote to leave the European Union and former reality TV star Donald Trump becoming the 45th President of the United States of America.The Vice video segment sees Warren interview Ladbrokes Head of Politics Matthew Shaddick who gives detailed insight into how bookmakers’ create political betting markets and what punters are betting on.Whilst political betting markets may not match the wagering levels recorded by football, Shaddick states that the rise in their popularity has been visible and ‘good for bookmaker businesses’.As a media publisher, Vice.com is registered as having the largest global millennial audience, with its website ranked in the top 50 UK and USA (Alexa.com) for total monthly viewership. Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

New York, New York, it’s an Overwatch town, welcome Excelsior

first_imgIn arguably the most fantastical of Overwatch League names yet, today it was revealed that the name the Big Apple franchise has picked for itself is New York Excelsior.The New York Excelsior arise. Follow them at @NYXL. First look: https://t.co/sSYLNqXyuZ pic.twitter.com/upixeXsBKI— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) October 30, 2017Excelsior means ‘Ever Upward’ or ‘Still Higher’ for the few of you who aren’t fluent in Latin. With more Overwatch League name announcements than days in the week going out right now it’s been hard to keep up and so we’ve laid them all out here:New York ExcelsiorDallas FuelShanghai DragonsBoston UprisingLos Angeles ValiantSan Francisco ShockSeoul DynastyYet to be revealed are the organisations from London, Miami, Houston, Philadelphia and the second from Los Angeles.The New York franchise is owned by Sterling V.C. and they’ve gone with NYXL for short should New York Excelsior be too much of a mouthful. A press release from the org read as follows: “‘Excelsior’ represents the extreme scale and boundless ambition of the city, and the passionate drive of a team committed to reaching the top and never letting up. Excelsior represents the heroic optimism and positivity of Overwatch, a game that empowers everyone to become a hero.”Sterling VC Co-Founder Jeff Wilpon commented: “It is an amazing opportunity to have NYXL be part of a brand new professional league and representing the city of New York. We’ve put together a strong team and look forward to competing at the highest level.”The team will play in blue and red. This latest team name and branding announcement follows on from a statement by Jeff Kaplan about planned changes to the game to bolster its competitive scene ahead of the OWL, such as a revamped spectator mode. It was also reported that teams in the league will have both home and away kits, as has been speculated. You can read more about this, and watch the announcement video in full, here. Esports Insider says: Another day, another ‘out there’ Overwatch League name announcement. We kind of like New York Excelsior but once again for us, this news is merely pressure building ahead of the London announcement.last_img read more

WATCH PHOTOS: Al Khartoum SC unveil head coach Kwesi Appiah

first_imgSudanese side Al Khartoum SC have unveiled new head coach Kwesi Appiah and his assistant Prince Owusu at a ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. The official presentation took place at a hotel in the Sudanese capital which had a board memberAppiah was sacked as Ghana coach in September this year after failing to guide the Black Stars go beyond the Group stage at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.The 54-year-old has signed a two-year deal and will replace Egyptian coach Hamza Gamil.Appiah will lead the club in the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup qualifiers after the military-owned team finished fourth in the just ended season.Al Khartoum have big ambitions of making an impact in Africa. Performance in CAF competitionsCAF Confederation Cup: 3 appearances2010 – First Round2011 – First Round of 162013 –CAF Cup: 1 appearance2003 – First Roundlast_img read more