Toure backs Rodgers to bounce back

first_img Liverpool slumped to 10th in the Barclays Premier League after their seventh and most damaging defeat of the season at the home of arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday. Rodgers was hailed for taking Liverpool to within a whisker of the title last season, but he has come in for severe criticism of late. “He took me from City where I was not playing a lot and people were thinking ‘Kolo is gone’ and he gave me another chance by bringing me in to Liverpool and now I am playing at one of the best clubs in the world. “I enjoy my football under him. I feel more young than ever now. He is a great manager and he makes us play football. “We will all do our best to get him and the club out of this situation.” Rodgers spent £117million in the summer, but none of the nine recruits have impressed so far and the Reds have greatly missed the injured Daniel Sturridge. Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert have scored once between them in 1,265 minutes of Premier League action this season. Adam Lallana has struggled to find form after injury and his former Southampton team-mate Dejan Lovren has done nothing to justify the £20million fee Liverpool paid for him in the summer. But given time, the players will start producing, Toure insists. “My message to the fans is this – keep believing,” he said. “I believe in this manager and I believe in this group of players. I know we will improve during the second half of the season. “We have brought in new players, they need to adapt and that always takes time. “It’s been a tough week for us with going out of the Champions League to Basle and then losing to United. “But this is a good club and we bounce back all the time. We have to stick together and make sure we bounce back again. If we win one game then the confidence will come back.” Liverpool face Arsenal next weekend and then have a run of winnable fixtures over the festive period against Burnley, Swansea, Leicester, Sunderland and Aston Villa. But first they face the tricky task of defeating in-form Bournemouth in their Capital One Cup quarter-final clash on Wednesday. Eddie Howe’s team are unbeaten in 12 games, but Toure is looking forward to playing against the Sky Bet Championship team. “The League Cup is a really important competition for us,” said Toure, who captained Arsenal to defeat in the 2007 final against Chelsea. “There’s the chance to get to Wembley and win a trophy. We have the quality to do that.” Kolo Toure thinks speculation over Brendan Rodgers’ future is “crazy” and has backed the Liverpool manager to turn things around at Anfield. Press Association Liverpool are 18 points shy of leaders Chelsea after Sunday’s 3-0 defeat and they also exited the Champions League at the first hurdle after recording just one win – against Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets. Toure thinks the criticism of Rodgers has been harsh considering that he was just two points short of guiding Liverpool to their first title in 24 years last season. “It’s crazy to even talk about his future,” the Liverpool defender said. “He’s a great manager and we all know that. Just look at how fantastic he did last season.” Toure will forever be indebted to Rodgers for handing him an exit route from Manchester City, where he struggled to hold down a first-team place following a £16million move from Arsenal. He retains complete faith in the Northern Irishman and says the rest of the squad support their manager too. “We’re all behind him and we’re all trying to make things better,” Toure said. “He’s a great manager. We all love him. last_img read more

Ireland name unchanged squad

first_imgIreland are to stick with the 15 players at their pre-World Cup training camp for their campaign in the global tournament which gets under way in Australia and New Zealand next month. Press Association William Porterfield, one of five in the squad set to take part in a third World Cup for Ireland, will lead the same group of players named last month for the training camp and tri-series in Dubai against fellow qualifiers Scotland and Afghanistan. Ireland’s six World Cup debutants will be Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, Andrew McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Stuart Thompson and Craig Young. center_img Porterfield said: “It’s fantastic to be leading Ireland in another global tournament. “We’ve produced some wonderful performances over the years in World Cups, and there’s no reason why we can’t claim further successes in Australia and New Zealand. “While we may have lost the surprise factor over the years, we’ve certainly gained a lot of respect for our brand of cricket – which has been pretty pleasing.” Also still central to Ireland’s plans is all-rounder Kevin O’Brien, who produced one of the most memorable World Cup performances of all time with a record-breaking century in the shock victory over England in Bangalore in 2011. Porterfield added: “There’s a great mix as always in the squad, and the younger guys coming through are all hungry – which keeps the more experienced players on their toes. Competition for places has been fierce, and that’s got to be good for Irish cricket.” Ireland have not named any potential replacements for the tournament, but plan nonetheless to have additional players in Australia should cover be needed in the event of injury. The final squads for all 14 competing nations are expected to be confirmed on Wednesday, when last month’s provisional 30s are due to be halved – but along with Ireland’s, those of England, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are already published. Ireland World Cup squad: W Porterfield (Captain), A Balbirnie, P Chase, A Cusack, G Dockrell, E Joyce, A McBrine, J Mooney, T Murtagh, K O’Brien, N O’Brien (wkt), P Stirling, S Thompson, G Wilson (wkt), C Young. last_img read more

Bob and Doug Dock Dragon at ISS Live

first_imgDragon Endeavour has completed the first half of her round trip mission to the space station. Spacecraft Commander Doug Hurley and Joint Operations Commander Bob Behnken have “Captured the Flag” as the first crew to reach the ISS from the United States since the last Space Shuttle mission in 2011.Endeavour lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket Saturday, leaving LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:22 PM EDT (19:22 UTC). After a flawless ride uphill, Endeavour separated from Falcon 9’s second stage and opened its nosecone. This exposed the spacecraft’s docking port as well as an array of Draco maneuvering thrusters, and began the nineteen hours of tests and maneuvers to rendezvous with the ISS.last_img read more

Cornell shuts down Syracuse’s man-up to end SU’s season in NCAA tournament first round

first_img Published on May 13, 2018 at 11:12 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturco Cornell goalie Christian Knight jogged off the field as Syracuse midfielder Jamie Trimboli threw his head back and pumped his fists. The latter had just scooped a loose ball and scored his second straight to give the Orange a three-goal lead. Knight continued his jogging, stopping near the penalty area, where he was to serve a one-minute penalty for slashing.Syracuse had an opportunity to take full control of the game. It was already on a 3-0 run to begin the second quarter.Faceoff specialist Danny Varello won the ensuing faceoff, keeping Syracuse’s man-up hopes intact. The Orange passed the ball around the perimeter, looking for an open cutter. Trimboli found a wide-open Brendan Bomberry right in front of the crease.He missed wide.All season long, Syracuse’s offense has shown signs of inexperience. Normally it was turnovers or quick shots that plagued the Orange, which contributed to six regular-season losses. But on Sunday inside the Carrier Dome, the No. 8-seeded Orange (8-7) could not convert its extra-man opportunities, finishing 0-for-3 in a 10-9 loss to Cornell (13-4) in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. For the first time since 2011, Cornell downed SU inside the Dome and will move on to play Maryland in the quarterfinals next weekend.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We got an extra man, so you should put it in the back of the net,” SU head coach John Desko said. “We had opportunities to shoot it (more), could’ve pulled the trigger, but we didn’t.”Entering Sunday night, Syracuse had an opportunity at revenge. It had dropped a regular-season matchup to Cornell a month ago, a five-goal loss on the road, yet still earned a higher seed in the tournament. Now, SU was home in a place the Orange is most comfortable in.In that 13-8 loss in early April, Cornell had been successful at shutting down Syracuse’s only man-up opportunity. After shutting down the Orange’s first man-up on Sunday, Cornell’s Clarke Petterson responded with an extra-man goal of his own to pull the Big Red within two.As the game progressed and Cornell tied the game at 7-7 midway in the second half, Andrew Helmer recovered a loose ball off the faceoff and was shoved near the sideline, prompting another man-up opportunity for SU. But before Helmer was hit, a behind-the-back pass kept the offense in motion. Brendan Curry scored soon after, and similar to its first opportunity, SU went man-up on the back of a goal.Again, Varello won the faceoff. And again, the offense worked the ball around the perimeter. Stephen Rehfuss caught the ball in the corner and jogged five yards forward before firing a cross-field pass to Bomberry.This time, he didn’t miss wide. Instead, it deflected off Knight’s stick and bounced back into play. Cornell’s Dan Bockelman scooped the ground ball and crossed midfield, effectively ending SU’s man-up.“Syracuse is such a fundamental team,” Cornell interim head coach Peter Milliman said. “A lot of the time they can get away with not doing a whole lot of crazy stuff on man-up. So it can be kind of familiar because you’ve seen it a bunch of times.”The Orange’s man-up had always been a strong part of its game. It entered the NCAA tournament ranked No. 18 in the country, converting at a 41-percent clip. The man-up unit was one of Syracuse’s most experienced lines of attack, with redshirt senior Matt Lane and junior Brad Voigt replacing freshmen Brendan Curry and Tucker Dordevic. And in all but three games prior to Sunday night, Syracuse had scored at least once while man-up.Cornell mixed up its tactics. It targeted different attackers, taking out junior Nate Solomon completely on one of the three man-ups. Milliman said he wanted to throw something Syracuse had not seen before, trying to throw them off.“They shut off Nate and that was something we really never have seen before,” Bomberry said.The last man-up for Syracuse came in one of the game’s most crucial moments. For the first time all game, the Orange had given up its lead and trailed. Right off the ensuing faceoff, SU’s Brett Kennedy scooped the ground ball and pushed upfield. He was met by two Cornell players before being pushed, drawing the extra-man opportunity.With 5:15 remaining, Syracuse had a chance to regain momentum with a game-tying goal. Similar to the first man-up, Trimboli took possession at the top of the key. He turned and fired toward Bomberry in front of the crease.“We did a good job with our pace off-ball,” senior defender Jake Pulver said. “Sometimes on man-down you can get lulled asleep when they’re exchanging the ball at the perimeter and you don’t have clear communication of who’s picking up the ball and what we’re doing. And I think we did a good job staying on a string when we went to the shot.”For the third straight Syracuse extra-man opportunity, Bomberry found himself alone in front of the cage with only the goalie to beat. He shot low, but Knight met Bomberry there.Knight scooped the ball up and threw it 40 yards upfield to Jake McCulloch as Cornell cleared the ball.In its most important game of the season, Syracuse’s normally reliable man-up unit was anything but. And it made a difference that Cornell took advantage of, squeaking out a one-goal win to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals.“We had some good shots on the man-up, but didn’t capitalize on it,” Desko said. “That especially might’ve been the difference in the game tonight.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Broncos hire Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator after coach’s dismissal from Giants

first_imgFormer New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has been appointed offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.Shurmur was fired by the Giants in December after two seasons in charge of the NFL franchise, where he managed a 9-23 record. The 54-year-old, however, has landed on his feet after joining the Broncos for the 2020 season.”Pat is an established play-caller with significant experience leading an offense as both a coordinator and head coach,” head coach Vic Fangio said on Tuesday. “Having coached against Pat for a number of years, he’s always impressed me. His track record of developing younger players is outstanding. Pat brings a collaborative approach to working with the staff as well as a flexibility to adjust the offense to our players and opponents. We’re excited to add someone of his calibre to our coaching staff.”OFFICIAL: We’ve named Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator. »— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 14, 2020Prior to his role as head coach of the Giants, Shurmur spent two years as offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings.last_img read more

Thiago, Paulinho steer Brazil into last 16

first_img0Shares0000Brazil’s midfielder Paulinho (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Serbia and Brazil in Moscow, landing Brazil in the final 16 for the tournament© AFP Francisco LEONGMOSCOW, Russia, June 27 – Brazil eased into the World Cup knockout stages after defeating Serbia 2-0 here Wednesday, with superstar Neymar sparkling in a win which sets up a last 16 clash against Mexico.Paulinho put Brazil ahead with a superb dinked finish on 36 minutes before Neymar swung in a cross for Thiago Silva to header the Selecao’s second goal with 22 minutes left in Moscow. Having opened his Russia 2018 account with the second of Brazil’s two late goals in Friday’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica, Neymar was again impressive.After the tearful emotion of Saint Petersburg, Neymar cut a more joyful figure after this win, blowing kisses to the crowd as the five-time champions celebrated.As Group E winners, Brazil will now face Mexico in Samara on Monday, with group runners-up Switzerland taking on Sweden in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.In the pre-match build-up Brazil coach Tite said Neymar alone can not “shoulder the responsibility” for his team’s World Cup hopes.However, the 26-year-old seemed content to carry Brazil’s attack, motoring through Serbia’s midfield and crashing an early shot just wide of the post.The match at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium began at a ferocious tempo and Brazil left-back Marcelo was an early casualty, limping off after ten minutes to be replaced by Filipe Luis.Neymar had the best chance of the opening half hour when he forced Serbia goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic to palm his shot away.Brazil fans celebrateTempers frayed when Serbia midfielder Adem Ljajic scythed down Neymar, in full flight on the left flank, to earn a booking on 33 minutes.Brazil conjured the opener from nothing when a beautifully lofted pass from Philippe Coutinho found Paulinho, who flicked the ball over Stojkovic’s reach on 36 minutes to make it 1-0 at the break.Serbia repeatedly struggled to contain Brazil’s fleet-footed attack.Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic was the next Serbian midfielder to be booked when he fouled Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus on 48 minutes.Serbia’s brightest spell came with half an hour left, only to be let down by poor finishing.Ljajic stumbled to take a return pass after a charging run into Brazil’s box and then fired over shortly after.Then with his defence beaten, Brazil goalkeeper Alisson palmed a save straight at Aleksandar Mitrovic, but the Serbia forward could only head the ball back into the grateful arms of the Brazilian shotstopper.To cap Serbia’s frustrations, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic fired wide, then Mitrovic guided a powerful header straight at Alisson from a corner.However, Brazil made sure of the win when Neymar swung in a free-kick and his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Thiago crashed home his header, unmarked at the near post, on 68 minutes.With one eye on the last 16, Tite took off Countinho with ten minutes left while Neymar twice went close to scoring the Selecao’s third late on, but the Brazil coach can be happy with his star forward.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Algoma Reaches Deal with Union Strike Ends

first_imgzoom Ontario-based Algoma Central Corporation has reached a tentative agreement with the navigation and engineering officers at Algoma Tankers Limited, thereby ending a strike that began on October 21.Vessels tied up as a result of the strike will commence operations as soon as arrangements are made to return the crews to the ships, the company informed.Canadian Merchant Services Guild represents 54 employees of the company’s domestic product tanker fleet.Algoma Tankers Limited previously operated two foreign tankers carrying cargo in Canadian waters, both of which were crewed by foreign workers.Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU Canada) earlier urged the company  to “cease illegal strike breaking” as Algoma Tankers Limited temporarily employed foreign workers in Canada, thereby conflicting the Temporary Foreign Worker Program rules which state that foreign workers cannot be used to replace striking Canadian workers.In its financial report for 2016, the company said that navigation and engineering officers are represented by six separate bargaining units of the Guild. Four of these agreements expired on May 31, 2016, and two other agreements on July 31, 2016.last_img read more

Jordan Wabasse 15 missing for a month

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt has been 29 days since Jordan Wabasse went missing.The 15-year-old was last seen getting off a transit bus on the evening of Feb.7, in Thunder Bay, Ont.He is described as being 6’1 and weighing 200 lbs.He was wearing a dark grey jacket, a blue-grey Toronto Maple Leafs hat, black pants and white Adidas running shoes.Police have been looking for the teen on foot, underwater and by air.His home community of Webequie has set up a volunteer search and rescue headquarters where over 100 volunteers gather every day to look for the teen.Other First Nations in the area are trying to help bring Wabasse home. Family and friends say he loved to play hockey.last_img read more

AFN candidate Bellegarde questions timing of Idle No More founders decision to

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations national chief candidate Perry Bellegarde is questioning the timing of an Idle No More founder’s decision to raise “old myths” about his role in the Saskatchewan government’s decision to force off-reserve status First Nation people to pay provincial taxes 14 years ago.Sylvia McAdam, one of the founders of Idle No More, wrote to Bellegarde Wednesday asking him to explain his role in the 2000 decision by the NDP provincial government to end the provincial tax exemption for status First Nation people.Bellegard led the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) at the time.“I still do not understand how this came about and who consented to it,” wrote McAdam, in her letter. “At the time we were paying taxes, you were the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief.”Bellegarde told APTN National News that the NDP government at the time, headed by Roy Romanow, unilaterally imposed the tax without consulting the FSIN.“There was no involvement of my side of this. I was not aware the NDP government was going to unilaterally change the policy, overnight,” said Bellegarde. “There was no consultation or consent. It was made without any dialogue.”The FSIN filed immediate court action against the Saskatchewan government as a result, arguing the tax breached their treaty rights. Successive leaders, however, did not follow up, said Bellegarde.Bellegarde said he’s been dogged by the “myth” he was in on the NDP government’s plans for years, but he never tires of refuting it.“I am happy to be a slayer of old myths,” said Bellegarde. “We have more important issues to deal with.”Bellegarde said he questioned the “timing” of McAdam’s question.“Look at the timing of it all and then you question the sincerity of dealing with the issue,” said Bellegarde. “She could have asked this seven or eight months ago.”Sylvia McAdam/FacebookMcAdam said the timing has everything to do with the election.“Why not now?” said McAdam. “If he is uneasy about questions…maybe he shouldn’t be running for AFN chief.”McAdam said she wasn’t speaking for Idle No More, but as a descendant of Treaty 6. She said her great-great-grandfather Saysewahum took adhesion to Treaty 6 in 1878.McAdam said she is worried that First Nation leaders are too willing to take a deal at the expense of rights.“I am concerned, as a treaty person, that whoever is going to be speaking to these has to be strong enough to understand that these treaty terms and promises cannot be surrendered or extinguished,” she said. “From the looks of things, half of the chiefs who are sitting at the termination tables are doing exactly that and I think all of us should be asking questions and demanding answers.”The Ontario government kept the exemption for status First Nation people in 2010 when it brought in the harmonized sales tax. Queen’s Park faced sustained pressure from Ontario First Nations.Bellegarde said Ontario chiefs had a heads up it was coming, which made all the difference.Bellegarde said his accomplishments overshadow the Saskatchewan tax issue.“I get things done at every level and I’ve demonstrated that. At the community level, local level, regional level, national, international level and I bring that experience, dedication and commitment to our rights, to bring about a change. That’s what I bring,” said Bellegarde. “I am very transparent, open and accountable.”The AFN election will be held in Winnipeg next week.Former interim AFN national chief Ghislain Picard, whose base is in Quebec, is also a candidate, along with former Treaty 3 grand chief Leon [email protected]@JorgeBarreraBellegarde Memo on Saskatchewan tax issue from 2010Download (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more