Remy and Debuchy could return

first_img Striker Remy (calf) and full-back Debuchy (groin) have both missed the last six matches, and the Magpies have lost five of those games and scored only once in the process. Moussa Sissoko (hamstring) is back running, but still some way from a return, while fellow midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is struggling to shake off the dead leg he picked up in last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Stoke. Manager Alan Pardew is being driven by the fear of failure as he attempts to prevent Newcastle’s season spiralling further out of control. The 52-year-old found himself firmly in the firing line when the loss at Stoke riled fans who have seen their team win just four of their last 17 Premier League games and lose 11 of those. However, Pardew is refusing to buckle under the pressure of a disapproving public and a malfunctioning team. He said: “What drives managers, as much as success sometimes, is failure, because with your pride and experience you have had and the knowledge you have, you want to put it right. “The drive is just as much either way. We always say when you are winning, you are at your weakest. “You have got different scenarios. At the moment, it is a tough scenario, make no mistake about that. It’s been tough on me this week, the pressure of carrying the team. “But I have had it before and come through it and I hope to come through it again.” The more determined of Pardew’s critics at the Britannia Stadium arrived prepared, brandishing banners calling for the manager’s head. That did not go unnoticed by their target, but simply increased his determination to get it right. Pardew said: “I felt disappointed, of course. I don’t want to see those type of banners from my own fans. “I have been here three years and there have been some really, really good days and there have been some tough days too. “At this moment in time, it’s tough and I have got to be strong, and I am strong in my mentality to take this club forward.” Swansea will be without suspended defender Chico Flores. Flores starts a ban following his sending-off in last weekend’s 1-0 Liberty Stadium defeat against title-chasing Chelsea. Jordi Amat looks set to deputise, while striker Michu faces a fitness test on his swollen ankle, having missed the Blues game. Manager Garry Monk accepts that Swansea have hit “crunch time” in their quest to preserve their Premier League status. The Swans head to Newcastle following successive 1-0 defeats against Hull and Chelsea that mean they are just three points clear of relegation danger with four games left. Monk’s men have won only two league games since he moved into the coaching hot-seat vacated by a sacked Michael Laudrup in early February, drawing three and losing five. But after Cardiff, Fulham and Sunderland – three of the five clubs below Swansea – all collected points from their latest league outings, head coach Monk knows the survival battle has intensified. “We’ve been looking over our shoulder for a while,” Monk said. “It’s a serious situation, but we know that and we are trying to get points on the board as soon as we can. The club, staff, players all know it. This is crunch time and we need to get points on the board. “We’ve been far too inconsistent. When we hit heights we can be unplayable, but when we perform badly we are very bad. “It has been like that this year and has put us in this situation, but we have enough quality and togetherness to make sure we are safe. But talk is cheap, and we have to put it right and show it in the last four games.” Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy could return to the Newcastle squad for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Swansea. Press Associationlast_img read more

Port Harcourt to Host Eagles, Congo Friendly

first_imgAddressing journalists after the meeting at the Government House thursday, Rivers State Sports Commissioner, Boma Iyaye, said the state government would do everything possible to ensure that the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium is ready for the International Friendly.The state government thanked the NFF for their collaboration targeted at the development of football in the country.He said: “Governor Wike has done well in terms of funding national sporting events. He hosted the African Wrestling Championship on behalf of the Federal Government. Now he is hosting the Super Eagles and Democratic Republic of Congo on behalf of the Federal Government. This is something that is worthy of commendation.”Also speaking, President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick, commended the Rivers State Government and the people of the state for their unflinching support for the Super Eagles.He said the NFF is happy with the state of facilities at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.“We are playing on the 28th of May, 2018 against the Democratic Republic of Congo. After the match, the Rivers State governor will host the two teams to a dinner,” he said.He said that the CAF President, Ahmad, would watch the international friendly in Port Harcourt.“Everywhere is home to the Super Eagles. Lagos, Port Harcourt, Uyo, Kano, Kaduna or Minna. They are Super Eagles of Nigeria and every part is integral to the development of football, ” Pinnick said.The NFF President outlined the World Cup preparation programme of the Super Eagles, saying that the target of the team is to lift the World Cup.Super Eagles Coach, Gerhard Rohr, said the Super Eagles need three major international friendlies to be prepared for the World Cup.Rohr said that he expects the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium to be fully ready for the Congolese friendly by the next four weeks.He said some key players of the team are injured currently, stressing that those on the injury list would be nurtured to fitness ahead of the World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ernest Chinwo in Port HarcourtThe Rivers State Government has announced its readiness to host the international friendly between the Super Eagles and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt on May 28.The agreement for the hosting of the Super Eagles and Democratic Republic of Congo in Port Harcourt on May 28, 2018 was reached after a high-profile meeting between the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike; President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick; and Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, at the Government House in Port Harcourt yesterday.last_img read more

Badger defense answers some questions

first_imgWhen receiver Jeff Duckworth hauled in a 19-yard pass on the first play from freshman quarterback Jon Budmayr, it looked as though the White team might give the Cardinal team’s defense a challenge.Instead, that was the longest play the White offense could muster in Wisconsin’s annual Cardinal vs. White spring scrimmage, as the Cardinal defense would hold its opponent to just a field goal for the game.The first-team defense looked stout throughout the game and was able to capitalize on the White team’s mistakes, coming away with two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Linebacker Culmer St. Jean picked off Budmayr to end White’s first drive, snagging a low pass over the middle and returning it for 12 yards. Safety Jay Valai also had an impressive grab in the second quarter for the team’s other interception.St. Jean wasn’t at full speed much of the spring due to a balky ankle, and said his performance Saturday gave him confidence.“That ankle injury, I wasn’t playing as well as I wanted to play, and I wasn’t making plays that I could make,” he said. “So being able to get that interception, it was fun and it was a play I’m supposed to make, so I made it. It just helps me know that I’m getting better.”Defensive line provides some answersThe biggest question mark going into the game was how the defensive line would perform without last year’s standout end, O’Brien Schofield. The Badgers might not completely replace him, but there were signs the defensive line won’t be a weakness in the fall.Returning starter J.J. Watt finished with two tackles, including a sack. On the other side, junior Louis Nzegwu had a field day, with three sacks for 21 yards, including one for a safety in the fourth quarter. Nzegwu’s teammates and coaches alike raved throughout the spring how much he improved, and a popular word to describe him was “mature.”Nzegwu, a Platteville native, said the scrimmage was the culmination of a good spring for him.“I think it was very important for me, I haven’t played in a spring game like this since my freshman year,” he said. “It wasn’t my goal to be healthy, to stay healthy; it was my goal to be a starter. I think I’ve done a great job so far.”Defensive tackles Jordan Kohout and Patrick Butrym also turned in solid performances. Butrym finished with a sack and pass breakup, while Kohout, a redshirt freshman, had a sack for 12 yards while playing on the White team.“I think Patrick is probably playing as good as he’s played,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “I wish he’d continue to make some progress in the pass rush game. Jordan Kohout is very powerful, very explosive.”Defense shows off some depthRunning back John Clay and wide receiver Nick Toon may have been the bigger names to not play in the spring game, but there were key absences on the other side of the ball as well. Linebackers Mike Taylor and Chris Borland did not play due to rehabbing knee and shoulder surgeries, respectively.As a result, redshirt freshmen Ethan Armstrong and Conor O’Neill got plenty of work for the second-unit defense. Armstrong finished with 14 total tackles, three solo, while O’Neill had 12 total tackles. Both had a pass breakup in the game as well.“Injuries, they hurt us, but they helped a lot of young guys get experience,” St. Jean said. “That was a good thing because you never know what’s going to happen in the season. Now we see what they can do, so they can step up (if needed).”With a somewhat unsettled mix at the cornerback position, both Niles Brinkley and Dezmen Southward had good days for the White squad.Southward had a tackle for loss and two pass breakups, while Brinkley contributed a pass breakup of his own on a second-quarter pass by Tolzien.Brinkley and Southward could find themselves in the cornerback discussion this fall, along with Devin Smith and Antonio Fenelus, who played with the first unit Saturday.“I think Antonio probably has been our most consistent performer all spring, but Devin really competed this week and Niles to me, stood out today on some of the PBUs,” Bielema said.last_img read more

Dodgers take series opener against Rockies thanks to bullpen relay

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “It’s a grind in this ballpark,” Kershaw said. “You’ve got to just keep going. Guys are going to score runs eventually. You just have to keep going.”Indeed, the best way to make a two-run lead stand up at Coors Field is to turn it into a four-run lead. But the Dodgers went 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position Friday and stranded 12 on base.Instead, it was up to the Dodgers’ relievers to take turns making up for each other’s shortcomings.Caleb Ferguson and Dylan Floro combined to load the bases in the seventh inning before Floro struck out Trevor Story to escape, getting him to miss on a slider to end a seven-pitch at-bat that seemed like a perfect setup for the kind of misstep the Dodgers’ bullpen has been guilty of all too often.“That was probably the at-bat of the game, yeah,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He just continued to make pitches. Story right now is one of the hottest hitters in baseball. You make a mistake, elevate a little bit and it’s going to be a homer.“Credit to Dylan that he won that battle.”Making his first appearance in almost a month, Ross Stripling gave up a leadoff double to Matt Holliday in the eighth, but he and Scott Alexander got three consecutive ground outs.Roberts stuck with Alexander to start the ninth and Chris Iannetta ripped a long single off the high wall in right field.“I wanted to keep (Ryan) McMahon on the bench,” Roberts said, the left-handed McMahon’s heroics against the Dodgers last month no doubt still fresh in his mind. “I wanted Alexander to get Iannetta and then have him for (Charlie) Blackmon. If we go to Kenta (Maeda) there to start the inning, then we’ve got McMahon and Blackmon to lead off the inning.“I felt good about it the other way.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season The two teams combined to use 13 pitchers and 40 players in all as September rosters met the fun-house mirror effect of playing baseball in Denver.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.But the win moved the Dodgers within a half-game of the first-place Rockies. For the second consecutive weekend, they can take over first place by beating the current division leader on Saturday and Sunday.Friday’s lead was built on the usual baseball goulash that Coors Field seems to produce. Cody Bellinger drove in a first-inning run with a two-out double and Yasiel Puig hit the longest home run by a Dodger this year (463 feet) in the second inning.A hot mess of a fourth inning gave them the lead. It started with Rockies reliever Chris Rusin throwing eight consecutive balls and also committing a balk. Rockies manager Bud Black was ejected for disputing the balk call. And there were as many hits in the inning (one) as errors by perennial Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado.But the Dodgers emerged with that 4-2 lead to protect.center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies PreviousDodgers outfielders, from left, Joc Pederson Yasiel Puig and Kike’ Hernandez celebrate after a 4-2 victory over the Rockies on Friday night at Coors Field in Denver. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger follows through with his swing after connecting for an RBI-double off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsColorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray reacts after giving up a single to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado follows the flight of his single off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw works from a stretch to hold a runner on base against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig follows the flight of his solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig gestures as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 7: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the second inning of a game at Coors Field on September 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 7: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after allowing a second inning solo homerun to Matt Holliday #7 of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)Colorado Rockies’ Matt Holliday is congratulated as he returns to the dugout after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, front, waits for the throw as Colorado Rockies’ Ian Desmond scores on a single hit by Drew Butera in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ Jon Gray follows the flight of his bunt that he popped foul off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw in the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ Trevor Story reacts after striking out against Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw to end the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig reacts after flying out against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray sits in the dugout after being pulled from the mound in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chris Rusin reacts after being called for a balk in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black, front, argues with home plate umpire Andy Fletcher after he called a balk against Rockies relief pitcher Chris Rusin while facing the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies catcher Drew Butera, right, tags out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado who was trying to score from third base on a ground ball hit by Enrique Hernandez in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ Trevor Story reacts after striking out with the bases loaded against Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Floro to end the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig follows the flight of his RBI-single off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Yency Almonte in the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 7: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers tosses his bat on an RBI single against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning at Coors Field on September 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 7: Alex Verdugo #61 of the Los Angeles Dodgers runs out a ground ball RBI where he reached on a throwing error against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning of a game at Coors Field on September 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, right, argues with home plate umpire Andy Fletcher after a called third strike during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. The Dodgers won 4-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenta Maeda works against the Colorado Rockies during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. The Dodgers won 4-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 7: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers talks to manager Dave Roberts #30 and teammates as he takes the field for a ninth inning appearance with a runner on and one out against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 7: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in a ninth inning with a runner on and one out against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)Dodgers relief pitcher Kenta Maeda is congratulated by catcher Austin Barnes after he came in to get the final two outs of their 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night at Coors Field in Denver. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 7: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Justin Turner #10 after a save from a ninth inning appearance with a runner on and one out against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)Dodgers outfielders, from left, Joc Pederson Yasiel Puig and Kike’ Hernandez celebrate after a 4-2 victory over the Rockies on Friday night at Coors Field in Denver. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)NextShow Caption1 of 29Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)ExpandDENVER — Protecting a two-run lead at Coors Field is a lot like withdrawing a large amount of cash from an ATM in a bad part of town and trying to make it home safely with the bills sticking out of your pockets.Mace in one hand, car keys in the other – but not armed with a closer – the Dodgers made it, protecting that lead over the final four innings to beat the Colorado Rockies 4-2 Friday night.“It’s huge,” said Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, who exited after six innings then watched from the clubhouse – “a little more animated than I would be out there.”“Huge to get three scoreless (from the bullpen). Huge to get the first one of the series here. Now build off of that.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Home plate umpire Andy Fletcher’s erratic strike zone irritated both sides all night. But it worked in the Dodgers’ favor as he called Blackmon out on a pitch off the plate.With two outs to get and a string of right-handers coming up, Roberts turned to the final member of the night’s closer-by-committee. Maeda got D.J. LeMahieu to fly out harmlessly and struck out Arenado to end the game.“Not really,” Maeda said through his interpreter when asked if having two saves under his belt now makes him more comfortable with the dangerous animal that is the ninth inning. “It still makes me a little nervous.”No doubt he wasn’t alone in that. But Friday’s game could serve as a trust fall for the group.“It’s huge,” Roberts said. “I think we can say what we want and we can show confidence in them. But until they go out there in any ballpark and put up zeroes and get outs then it’s more manufactured. I think now it starts to become more real for them.”last_img read more

Edin Dzeko in the Top 10 of AS Roma Football Players!

first_imgThe captain of BiH football representation Edin Dzeko has entered the history of AS Roma with a hat-trick against Plzen yesterday night. In his 147thmatch playing for Roma, he made his 77th goal!The last goal he scored put him in the top 10 top scorers of the 91-year-old club, which is truly a great success for Dzeko.Dzeko could manage, by the end of this season, to reach the seventh position with 82 goals. The following are the top 10 AS Roma footballers:1. Francesco Totti 3072. Roberto Pruzzo 1383. Amedeo Amadei 1114. Rodolfo Volk 1065. Pedro Manfredini 1046. Vincenzo Montella 1027. Abel Balbo 878. Marco Delvecchio 819. Dino Da Costa 7910. Edin Dzeko 77last_img read more