Kepa insists Chelsea have everything to play forby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga insists they have everything to play for going into the second-half of the season.Kepa meet Crystal Palace later today.On catching Liverpool and Manchester City, Kepa told chelseafc.com: “It’s true that they’re great teams and they’re in a great position in the table. Chelsea, we’re a bit off the pace, it’s a big advantage for them to have over us, but we’re going to try and get as many points to bridge the gap and who knows what will happen.”We’ve got the whole of the second half of the season, lots of points are available to be picked up and we’ll see how it goes. I’m happy with how things have been going at Chelsea, in results and my personal performances, but we need to improve so we can climb the table. I’ve got a lot of belief.”Obviously right now we’re in the middle of the season and our objective in the Premier League is that we want to finish as high as possible in the table. We want to be playing in the Champions League next season.”We’re still in the Carabao Cup, we’re in the semi-finals so obviously we want to try and win it, and with the Europa League we got through the group stage and the potential of winning it really excites us.”Going forward, we want to keep improving, keep getting to know our game, how we play, and the future looks bright for us in that respect.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd Treble winner Beckham moving into agents worldby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Treble winner David Beckham appears to be moving into the football agent world.His company Footwork Management Limited have Beckham, his close pal Dave Gardner and ex-PR chief Nicola Howson listed as directors.Beckham, who retired from playing in 2013, is not a licensed intermediary but Gardner is on the Football Association’s list and the ex-England captain was credited with being involved in Leroy Sane’s potential move to Bayern Munich last summer, says the Mirror.Beckham’s involvement is becoming widely known in the agent world and having one of the biggest names in English football will be a huge draw as Footwork Management look to sign players.
It’s almost over for four seniors on the Ohio State softball team. OSU will play its final home series of the season this weekend against Iowa and senior pitcher Mikayla Endicott, senior shortstop Alicia Herron and senior outfielders Katie Simonton and Vanessa Spears, will play their final games at Buckeye Field in scarlet and gray. The foursome has started a combined 158 games this season and helped the Buckeyes to a 28-20 overall record, including a 10-6 record at home. Herron has been a consistent starter for OSU since she began her career in 2009. The speech and hearing science major has started 206 games in her four years as a Buckeye and is a career .368 hitter with 47 home runs and 173 RBI and plans to join the team at the end of the Buckeyes’ season. She said her experience at OSU has been a great one and feels like her time as a Buckeye went by quickly. She feels lucky to have had such great people surrounding her and said that made it easy for her to succeed. “It’s been a really great four years. It’s gone by very fast,” Herron said. “I’ve made great friends, I’ve met really great people. I’m just really thankful and grateful I got to be a part of an institution like the Ohio State University.” Endicott has been the No. 1 pitcher on the staff for OSU this season in her only year as a Buckeye. The transfer from Oregon has started 25 games and compiled a 16-12 record with 165 strikeouts. Endicott aspires to be a Division I pitching coach some day and will be a part of the OSU team next season as a graduate assistant while she continues working on her degree in sociology. Although she spent three years as a Duck before joining the team this year, Endicott said she feels as if she’s never played anywhere else. “My experience here has been great. I feel like I’ve played here all of my years of college,” Endicott said. “The girls and I have a really good relationship. I’ve enjoyed my short period here in Columbus.” Spears has been a mainstay in left field this season for OSU. She started all 48 games this year, and is hit .309 with a team-high 10 doubles from the second spot in the lineup. Spears said she hasn’t fully considered what it would be like playing at her last game at Buckeye Field. “I really haven’t even thought about it,” Spears said with a smile. “It’s not really real until it actually happens, but I’m obviously gonna be sad that it’s over. It’s a good field to go out on, that’s for sure.” Simonton has made her way back onto the field in 2012 after missing the entire 2011 season with an Achilles tendon injury she suffered during fall practice. The Dublin Scioto graduate has started 39 games in right field for the Buckeyes and hit .295 in her final season. Simonton, like the other seniors, said she has enjoyed her time at OSU and is sad to see it go. She said being around her teammates and being able to get to know about them and their lives is something that she will always cherish. “Getting to know a whole different group of girls every year is something you can’t really do anywhere else,” Simonton said. “Getting to meet a whole bunch of different people from different places who have different life experiences is probably what I’ll miss the most.” Coach Linda Kalafatis said this group of seniors has been through almost everything during their collegiate careers and seen good times and bad. “They’ve seen some of the best years in Ohio State softball history and maybe one of the worst last year,” Kalafatis said. “They’ve run the gamut and they personally certainly have all been through some real tragedies and some real obstacles and injuries. It’s part of the business.” Kalafatis described the exit of the seniors and the addition of the incoming freshmen next year as a “rebirth” of sorts. She acknowledged that losing the seniors is part of being a coach, but that it’s still tough to deal with. “It’s always hard to believe when you get to this point that it will be the last games on these fields for the seniors,” Kalafatis said. “It will be very difficult to see them go.”
Redshirt-junior opposite Andrew Lutz (11) strikes the ball during a match against Grand Canyon Feb. 21 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Jonathan McAllister / Lantern photographerWill the third time actually be the charm for the Ohio State men’s volleyball team?The Buckeyes are preparing to redeem themselves in what be their third match against Penn State in 2014, after falling to the Nittany Lions in previous matches 3-0 and 3-1.“The past two matches we played them this season we lost, one in Hawaii and one at their place,” redshirt-freshman middle blocker Driss Guessous said. “The last match was very close and could have gone either way. Speaking for me personally, I have been looking forward to getting another shot at them since that last match.”OSU played the Nittany Lions Jan. 11 in Hawaii and Feb. 5 at State College.Coach Pete Hanson said he hopes the team has learned from its previous mistakes made against Penn State, and will improve on them in Friday’s match.“We had a chance to win some of those games and perhaps win the match. We just didn’t make enough of the right types of plays at the end of the games, and again those are lessons that these young guys just have to keep going through and learn over time, and hopefully we have learned some of them and are going to be better,” Hanson said. “It will be a competitive match.”Redshirt-junior setter Peter Heinen said the Buckeyes have a solid understanding of how the Nittany Lions play.“We have seen this team play many times the past couple of years and know their tendencies very well,” Heinen said. “We just need to be able to execute our scouting report and play hard with a lot of energy.”Heinen said the Nittany Lions’ style of play is comparable to OSU’s.“We are both hard-hitting teams,” Heinen said. “So it will be an exciting match to watch as both teams work to outhit each other.”The coaches and players on each team know each other well, which leads to an intense rivalry, Hanson said. Penn State assistant coach Colin McMillan is a former Buckeye player who was coached by Hanson.The players on both teams also have had history competing with or against each other since their early volleyball careers, which makes this rivalry even stronger, Guessous said.“They (Penn State) are able to recruit great players and a lot of guys that we have played with or against in high school,” Guessous said. “That also contributes to the heightened atmosphere whenever we play those guys, because for a lot of us, it’s personal.”The Buckeyes are preparing for another tough match this week, after losing to No. 15 IPFW 3-2 Wednesday. However, OSU will not have a problem playing with high energy and confidence Friday despite the loss, Guessous said.“The match is going to be a grind. It is going to come down to which team has more desire, hustle, and a little bit of luck. This is one of those matches where it is easier to get fired up to play and I think that will be reflected through the effort we show in our plays,” Guessous said.The match is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena.
Thad Matta (center) instructs his team during a timeout of a game against North Dakota State Dec. 14 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 79-62.Credit: Lantern file photoThad Matta has had rosters led by standout freshmen and teams led by hardened veterans. This season, he’ll have a mix of both.The Ohio State men’s basketball coach is entering his 11th season at the helm in Columbus as the team boasts a roster of four true freshmen, one redshirt-freshman and six seniors.Matta sat down with The Lantern on Wednesday and discussed the task of melding together a team with a strong freshman class and experienced veterans on the same roster.‘Still early to tell’ who leaders will beA year ago, Matta knew exactly who the leaders of his team would be. Then-senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had been key contributors and leaders on the team for multiple seasons and were handpicked go-to guys off the court.This season, the Buckeyes’ roster still boasts seniors who have been contributors — guard Shannon Scott and forward Sam Thompson, for example — but Matta said it’s still too early to say exactly who will step into leadership roles this season.“Just in terms of how the season works and once you get into practice and you hit the tough days, you’re going through a stretch where it’s the fourth practice in four days, you’ve been going hard, at what point, what guy steps forward and says ‘Hey, this is what we’ve got to do, this is how we’ve got to do it’?” Matta said.But the former Xavier University coach said he still has an idea of who exactly could step up this season.“With that said, I think that Shannon and Sam have been guys that have played huge roles in this program,” Matta said. “I would expect all of our seniors to be — in terms of leadership — supplying some (leadership), but obviously we have to grow that as the season continues.”Outside of Scott and Thompson, the other four seniors on the OSU roster include two centers, a transfer playing his first and only season for the Buckeyes and a walk on who Matta said “may come back another year.”Forward Anthony Lee transferred to OSU from Temple during the offseason, but will be eligible to play right away because he has already graduated college. Fellow forward Jake Lorbach is a walk on who has never made an impact for the Buckeyes, and would not be expected to step into a leadership role.The two centers — Amir Williams and Trey McDonald — are set to battle it out for playing time, but Matta said both could still find their ways into leadership roles on the team.“Trey’s personality lends him to be a leader,” Matta said. “I think from Amir, I’m hoping he’ll come to the forefront in terms of saying, ‘Hey, I’ve got to do my part, I’ve got to help these guys and get them to understand how we do things here.’”Thompson and Scott have the most experience for the Buckeyes, having played in 111 and 108 games, respectively, while Williams has donned a scarlet and gray uniform 101 times.Freshmen “have the potential”Even with veterans leading the way on the floor, Matta said his freshmen have a chance to step into roles as leaders.He added most freshmen “lead by example,” and singled out guard D’Angelo Russell and forward Jae’Sean Tate as players setting the standard within their class.“(Russell) likes to take command of his group and get guys where they need to be,” he said. “I think that’s just his winning mentality. I think a guy like Jae’Sean Tate is a guy who’s going to play so hard, he has so much energy, that you hope that permeates throughout the team in terms of, ‘Boy, he’s so productive.’”Apart from Russell and Tate, the freshman class consists of center David Bell, forward Keita Bates-Diop and redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams.Matta singled out Bates-Diop as a player he hopes could step into a leadership role, but has room for improvement.“He understands leadership. We just need him to be a little more vocal at times,” Matta said.While he said he has some ideas of their leadership qualities, Matta said he goes into seasons without too many specific expectations for his freshman classes. He said he wants to take time to watch this year’s class before making judgments about their on-the-court status.“I go into it with a very broad vision of what I think they’re going to be,” he said. “I want to see their play over the course of time.”Matta said one of the keys will be to watch how the young players respond to both success and adversity in practice.“A guy has a great practice, does he back it up with a really good practice?” he said. “Guy has a bad practice, does he have the toughness to bounce back and have a really good outing the next day?”Even though he’s still in the evaluation process, Matta said each new player on the team has done something to make him take notice.“All the new guys have done things that have caught my eye in terms of what they’re going to be able to bring to this basketball team,” he said. “Now getting it consistently is going to be the key for any freshman.”The Buckeyes’ season is set to begin Nov. 14 when they host the University of Massachusetts-Lowell at the Schottenstein Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Former Juventus captain Gianluca Vialli rates his old side’s chances of Champions League glory strongly for this seasonThe 54-year-old captained Juventus to their last European crown in 1996 with a penalty shoot-out win over Ajax in Rome.Since then, Juventus have suffered defeat at the final stage of the Champions League five times.But Vialli believes that this season will be another story due to the star quality in the squad.“Juve are the strongest team in Europe,” Vialli told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I’m not just talking about the starters but also the squad depth.“Sometimes you look at the players they have on the bench and you’re amazed.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“The club did so well, they’ve added Cristiano Ronaldo to a structure that allowed them to win in Italy and to reach two Champions League finals in four years.“Let’s just say the team 22 years ago had the merit of winning the Champions League, but in everything else this team has superior quality, simply because they can field one of the best players in the world.“Allegri has two teams at his disposal. [Vialli’s boss Marcello] Lippi had a granite block, we were solid, tactically prepared and at the peak of our powers.“But Marcello didn’t have CR7. Now that [Zinedine] Zidane isn’t working, Allegri is better than anyone. The results say that.”Juventus top Group H with nine points from three games and will next host Manchester United in the competition next Wednesday.
Walking with Warriors to raise money for Wounded Warrior Homes March 8, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 8:19 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – “Walking with Warriors” say they are going to raise money for local nonprofit Wounded Warrior Homes with a 3 mile event.Participants will run, walk, or bike the scenic 3 mile route through the hills of San Marcos.Organizers say many runners will be carrying flags along the trail.Before the walk begins, participants will do 22 ceremonial push ups to bring attention to the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day.Doug Davidson is a Wounded Warrior Homes volunteer who decided to put together this event to raise awareness of an important issue.Davidson said he was challenged to do 22 push-ups a day for 22 consecutive days and post it on social media to create awareness for the average of 22 veterans that take their life every day.Davidson didn’t stop at 22 days though and on March 9 it will mark 1,000 consecutive days of doing at least 22 push-ups a day. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 8, 2019