Josh Cullen shines as Republic of Ireland Under-21s defeat Andorra

first_img Eight minutes later Cullen doubled Ireland’s lead with a composed finish after he was teed up by Fulham’s Sean Kavanagh. Cullen almost turned creator for a third when he set up Alan Browne but the Preston midfielder fired narrowly over the crossbar. Andorra finished the game with 10 men after captain Marc Ferre was shown a second yellow card two minutes from time. Victory made it two wins out of two in Group Two for Noel King’s side, having beaten the same opposition 1-0 in Waterford in March in the race to qualify for Poland 2017. Press Association The 19-year-old midfielder made his Premier League debut in West Ham’s memorable 3-0 win at Anfield last month and signed a new Upton Park contract on transfer deadline day. And Cullen made an immediate impact at the Estadi Comunal when his corner was converted by skipper Tommie Hoban in the 13th minute. center_img Josh Cullen’s dream couple of weeks continued with a goal on his competitive debut as Republic of Ireland Under-21s won 2-0 in Andorra.last_img read more

No. 1 burden falls on freshman back

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoFacing the nation’s top-ranked team and best-scoring defense on the road in a hostile environment is no small task.Doing so while relying heavily on a true freshman to carry the bulk of the load rushing the ball makes things even more difficult.Yet that is exactly what Wisconsin will likely be faced with when the Badgers (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) take the Ohio Stadium field Saturday against the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten).“It doesn’t come around very often, it’s definitely special and unique to have them in both polls too,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said of playing the nation’s top-ranked team.With starter P.J. Hill still nursing a left leg bruise sustained last week against Indiana, there was talk all week that Zach Brown could very well start in the backfield for Wisconsin Saturday.“I really like the way he handles everything,” Bielema said. “I think he’s got the right frame of mind.”Bielema added fuel to that speculation when he told reporters after practice Thursday that Hill didn’t practice at all that day and was also being bothered by a sore Achilles tendon on the same leg.According to Bielema, Hill is a game-time decision to face the nation’s eighth-best rushing defense.“Earlier in the week we had him in a boot, now he’s out of the boot and walking and doing things,” Bielema said. “The biggest thing for him is what he’s going to feel confident in going out there on the field.”Earlier this week, Brown said he would be ready to take the role as Wisconsin’s featured back if the situation presented itself.“This week I’m going hard, putting in a little more work,” Brown said. “It’s basically the same, … just when the time comes you have to take advantage.”The task facing Brown will be a tall one. Led by middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, the Ohio State defense allows only 70.9 rush yards per game.“They’re very aggressive, they like to move around a lot and they’re physical,” Brown said. Along with establishing a running game, Bielema believes getting off to a fast start will be crucial to the Badgers’ chances.“I think it is, for our team especially, just the way I’ve seen them respond,” Bielema said. Getting off to a fast start would also help keep the 100,000-plus fans who pack “The Horseshoe” quiet, at least for a while.“It’s crazy, that’s probably the loudest stadium I’ve ever been in,” wide receiver and Ohio native Kyle Jefferson said. “Their fans scream, they scream from kickoff to the end of the game and even after the game they’ll still be screaming.”So far this season, those fans have had a lot to scream about, especially when the Buckeyes are on defense. Ohio State has forced 16 turnovers on defense and scored three defensive touchdowns.“For us to have success Saturday, we have to take advantage of every opportunity and we can’t give opportunity,” Bielema said. “We can’t give opportunities to them. … They really never hurt themselves, and they really take advantage of opportunities that people give them.”Suspension choice confirmedBielema confirmed Thursday that, as first reported in The Badger Herald, he and running back Lance Smith chose the five road game suspension over alternatives.According to Bielema, after choosing to take a suspension over facing expulsion from school or appealing the decision, Smith was given the option to miss either the first five games of the season or the five road contests.“We took the five games, and had the choice of a variety of different things: either have the five up front or five road games,” Bielema said. “That’s something I actually threw out there as a bargaining tool.”The decision to take the five road game option was made with one eye on the present and another on the future.“Just early in the year we felt it was important to get those other guys reps,” Bielema said. “I would have been more nervous going into the Washington State ballgame if I didn’t have a guy who had taken any reps. Really the road games allow Lance to stay here and be focused on his academics.”Bielema also noted he was hopeful at the time that the back end of Smith’s suspension would be able to be reduced as new information came out.“I really did it with the understanding and the thought that as we got more information, … the situation might change,” Bielema said.last_img read more

Trojans’ tough defeat brings season to end

first_imgThe USC men’s basketball team made sure its final game of the season was one to remember — even without a victory.After nearly clinching a win in regulation, only to have it snatched away by a questionable call, the Trojans (16-14, 8-10) came up just short in a double-overtime thriller at Arizona on Saturday. USC fell 86-84, bringing an end to a sanctions-shortened campaign and the beginning of a long offseason.Farewell · Senior guard Dwight Lewis, pictured here against Tennessee, played his final game in a USC uniform on Saturday against Arizona. The senior scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds while playing 44 minutes in the double-overtime game. – Avi Kushlan | Daily TrojanIt was the fifth straight loss for a team that can now only watch as the Wildcats (16-14, 10-8) and the rest of its conference foes battle in the Pac-10 tournament, which is scheduled to begin Wednesday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. But after the game, first-year coach Kevin O’Neill was quick to praise his players’ energy in what has been USC’s most trying season in recent memory.“This will be a team I will never forget because you couldn’t be more proud of their effort right till the last buzzer tonight,” O’Neill told ESPN Radio. “I think all Trojan fans can be really proud of these guys.”As 14,591 audience looked on at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., Wildcats guard Nic Wise made a layup in traffic with 1.5 seconds left, leaving USC time for one last shot. But that layup proved to be the game-winner, as redshirt junior guard Donte Smith missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.It might never have come down to that.With USC leading 69-66, sophomore forward Nikola Vucevic was whistled for fouling Arizona guard Kyle Fogg on an errant 3-point shot with 0.2 seconds remaining in the second half. Fogg proceeded to hit all three free throws, sending the game into overtime.“Plays that I still can’t believe happened, happened,” O’Neill said.That wasn’t the only controversial call of the game. Just moments before the tying 3-pointer, Fogg appeared to make a layup after the shot clock expired, but the basket counted. Then on the opening possession of overtime, officials ruled a turnover against USC when an Arizona defender seemingly pushed senior forward Marcus Johnson out of bounds.The game looked to be slipping away from the Trojans in the first overtime, especially when senior guard Dwight Lewis fouled out with 1:07 left and USC trailing, 77-72. But after Fogg made a free throw, the Trojans responded with six unanswered points to force another overtime.In the end though, the Wildcats had the final say in a contest that featured nine ties and eight lead changes. Despite facing one of the nation’s stingiest defenses, Arizona shot 47 percent from the field. Fogg and forward Derrick Williams, a former USC recruit, had 18 points apiece for the Wildcats.Lewis, the Trojans’ all-time leader in games played, scored a game-high 21 points. Also playing in their final games for USC were senior guard Mike Gerrity and Johnson, recording 16 and 13 points, respectively. Redshirt junior forward Alex Stepheson added 14 points and 10 rebounds.For the Trojans, it was the kind of game they had grown accustomed to in recent weeks.“It’s unfortunate we lost five in a row at the end of the season, all of them one-possession games going down the stretch,” O’Neill said in his ESPN interview. “We could have easily gone the other way.”They didn’t in this one, though they came painfully close. That leaves the Trojans waiting until Nov. 13 for another shot at snapping their losing streak when they host UC Irvine in next season’s opener.But in some ways, Saturday’s game — and the season as a whole — was considered a victory in its own right.“If you could ever title anything, it was a season of men,” O’Neill said. “These guys acted like men when they’re boys.”last_img read more

Women’s volleyball team beats Cal, loses to Stanford

first_imgThe No. 8 USC women’s volleyball team consistently comes out of the gate strong against its opponents. The question is: What happens after this solid start?Spike · Junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter’s kill gave the Women of Troy a 16-15 lead they wouldn’t relinquish in the fifth set Saturday. – Jesse Bowman | Daily Trojan That might be the most appropriate story line when looking at the two matches the Women of Troy played this weekend against No. 1 Stanford and No. 7 California at the Galen Center.USC (14-2, 3-2) ended up going 1-1, losing to Stanford in four sets Friday (18-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15) before defeating California in five sets Saturday (25-19, 25-23, 23-25, 23-25, 17-15).Saturday night’s match against Cal was as exciting as it was nerve-wracking. USC went up two sets and took a 7-0 lead in the third behind outstanding serves from junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter. But shortly after, Cal started chipping away at the gap, scoring five straight points and taking a 14-13 lead. The Golden Bears later won the third set before taking the fourth as well.“Sometimes you relax just a little bit when you get a 7-0 lead or any kind of lead like that, and the other team gets momentum, and then you can’t get back on top no matter what the score is,” USC coach Mick Haley said.Fortunately, the Women of Troy still had some fight left in them. In the fifth set, USC was down 14-12 and one point away from suffering a loss. After a block by freshman middle blocker Alexis Olgard and a hitting error by Cal, the score was suddenly 14-14.After a Cal kill put USC down a point for the second time, Jupiter came up big with a winning kill and block, giving USC the 16-15 lead. A hitting error by the Bears on the next point gave the Women of Troy the hard-fought win.Haley said he was impressed with the way his young players competed in Saturday’s match, especially after they had just come off a loss.“We made enough mistakes to lose it. On the other hand, we forced the other team into enough mistakes that we had a chance to win it, and when we had the opportunity, we took it, which is very encouraging,” Haley said.Jupiter agreed.“You can’t be scared to lose. Obviously, you don’t want to make any mistakes and you want to be flawless at that point, but you have to go all out. Playing scared is not going to get you anything really, so it just comes down to confidence,” Jupiter said.Jupiter, who referred to Saturday’s match as both intense and fun, ended the night with an impressive 26 kills. Freshman outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana added 15 kills, while Olgard had 12.The final result was not as sweet Friday. After taking the first set against the Cardinal, USC was unable to win another. Stanford’s Alix Klineman gave the Women of Troy a difficult time, recording 27 kills and helping the Cardinal earn its sixth straight win against USC.The Women of Troy had a chance to go up 2-0 in the match, serving with the score tied at 23-23 late in the second set. A serving error by freshman libero Natalie Hagglund, however, gave the Cardinal a one-point lead and the eventual victory.Haley largely attributed the loss to a lack of focus on the part of his players.“They looked like they were looking at the situation and not sure of themselves,” Haley said.The Women of Troy did their best not to let the upsetting loss faze them, as they knew they had to focus on Cal.“I think we can learn from what happened, but we can’t get down on ourselves. We have to keep our confidence. We’re a good team,” junior setter Kendall Bateman said.After a draining weekend for the Women of Troy, Haley said he was able to walk away satisfied, having seen what his team was truly made of, and confident there were some valuable lessons his players could take away.“There’s always a chance to be successful if you just stay with it,” Haley said.last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 84-66 loss at No. 15 Notre Dame

first_img Published on January 21, 2017 at 5:19 pm MORE COVERAGESyracuse offense stalls again in 84-66 loss at No. 15 Notre DameWhat we learned from Syracuse’s 84-66 loss at No. 15 Notre Dame‘Really bad’ defense continues to plague Syracuse on the road Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse on Saturday afternoon lost its seventh consecutive game away from the Carrier Dome, an 84-66 loss at No. 15 Notre Dame (17-3, 6-1 Atlantic Coast). Sophomore forward Tyler Lydon scored a team-high 24 points, but UND’s senior forward V.J. Beachem scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Fighting Irish in its rout of SU (11-9, 3-4). Syracuse allowed an opposing player to score 30 or more points for the fourth time this year, equaling disaster for an SU team that sits only two games above .500.Our beat writers Connor Grossman and Matt Schneidman discuss the defeat.  AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

Fan reactions from Syracuse’s upset win over No. 10 Duke

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Herald staff wins at day drinking

first_imgKelsey Fenton / The Badger HeraldAfter destroying future Daily Cardinal Editor-in-Chief Abby Becker in a Keystone Light chug-off, incoming Badger Herald EIC Katherine Krueger set a bold standard for her team.“I challenge you to be as lazy as you can today, because it doesn’t take much to beat a paper of such low quality! Besides, we’re really just here to drink,” Krueger roared to her adoring minions.The Herald took that advice to heart Saturday afternoon at a soggy but surprisingly stable Vilas Park, taking the perception of laziness to a new level while drinking a keg at a speed previously thought impossible by top German scientists and Langdon Street fraternities.“Ziz iz sewwww much fun guys,” Herald lush Will “Landfill” Haynes said while dancing on top of a picnic table. “Oh mai gawd.”Following Krueger’s commands, journeyman pitcher and Herald Sports Editor Nick Korger pulled his baggy shorts up as high as he could to resemble a man-diaper while the Herald outfield proceeded to pick dandelions to their hearts’ content – much like they did in their youth soccer leagues when they were pre-pubescent middle schoolers.With Korger pitching softballs left-armed and between his legs and throwing meatballs more appetizing than a never-ending pasta plate at Olive Garden, the Cardinal seemed startled at the relative ease with which the Gentle Clowns had taken the game.“They honestly didn’t seem to care,” Cardinal Sports Editor Vince Huth said. “It was incredible. In fact, one of their staff members actually fell asleep at shortstop and didn’t wake up until the end of the game.”Blowing raspberries like a five-year-old when offered a bite of eggplant, star player Sean “Diva” Zak rocketed the ball into a crowd of children playing on an adjacent playground 500 feet away in his first at-bat. Zak didn’t even bother to run the bases, arguing with home plate umpire and local good guy Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, that he shouldn’t have waste his time.“It’s not that I’m lazy, it’s just that I don’t care,” Zak said while rounding the second at the speed of a sloth in Antarctica. “This is the stupidest thing since UW dieticians told Bret Bielema to not eat an entire Baskin Robbins for dessert.”Things didn’t get any better when Herald Copy Chief Kelsey Sorenson decided to stop her own teammate from catching a routine fly ball to extend a big Dirty Bird inning. Seeing Korger striding for a pop-up that was between the catcher and the pitcher’s mound, Sorenson decided to cut out her comrade’s legs to “make it more challenging for him.”The collision was the only time a lethargic and apathetic Clowns’ dugout reacted with anything other than a request for a top-off from their keg of Keystone Light.“Ha, that was funny, dude,” Andy “Cool Guy” Fate said, looking down his shades. “Looks like some heated competition out there.”The Clowns continued to get creative throughout the game in both the field and the batters box. In her only at-bat of the game, Sigrid “Riceroni” Hubertz decided to actually face the catcher while batting, hoping to hit the ball in her backswing. Rounding out some of the more memorable moments offensively was Herald Editor-in-Chief Ryan “Durkin” Rainey attempting to use his bat like a cue stick, Kelsey “Da Business” Fenton skipping her at-bat and charging the mound and Angus “Lumberjack” McNair attempting to throw a squirrel at the Dirty Birds’ first baseman.“It was pretty incredible that this was even considered an athletic event,” Herald center fielder and avid Selena Gomez fan Spencer Smith said. “After we crushed those Birds in the football game this fall, I think we forgot they existed.”The Clowns packed up any effort or interest they had left in the game when two dogs – yes, TWO dogs – showed up off the field, begging to be loved and adored.“Whatever, I got a toaster at a garage sale,” Herald superfan Nolan Brash said while biking away from the diamond.Win or lose, whatever, the all-star Herald team were the undisputed champions for the day in the only two contests that mattered: shamelessly drinking the Dirty Birds under the table and being the best (and only) campus publication that students pick up for reasons other than lining their hamster cages.last_img read more

Celtic enjoy 27-point lead in Scottish Premiership

first_imgChampions Celtic enjoy a 27-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership today – after humiliating Old Firm foes Rangers 5-1 at Ibrox.It’s the Parkhead club’s biggest away win against their rivals in 120 years.Aberdeen couldn’t take advantage to extend their second-placed gap over Rangers – as they lost 2-nil at home to St Johnstone. Photo © Pixabay Elsewhere, Neil McCann’s first game in charge of Dundee saw a 3-2 win at Motherwell – which moves them out of the relegation play-off spot.Kilmarnock won 2-nil at Hamilton, and Hearts against Partick ended 2-2.last_img read more

Amidst Fanfare, Special Olympics Nigeria Celebrates 2016 EKS Day

first_imgIn an effort to commemorate the 2016 Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day, Special Olympics Nigeria yesterday organised a Healthy Communities initiative (HC) at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.The Healthy Communities initiative is meant to create communities where Special Olympics athletes and others with intellectual disability have the same access to health and wellness resources and can attain the same level of good health as all community members. The theme of this year’s Healthy Communities initiative was “special smiles and opening eyes”.The day was filled with activities including medical services such as free dental and visual screening for athletes and partners. Attendees invited took part in activities such as a table tennis, basketball, bouncing castles and food stands.Speaking at the event, the National Director, Special Olympics Nigeria, Naomi Saliu-Lawal,  expressed delight at the turn out of participants at this year’s event.She noted that “every year we at Special Olympics Nigeria make out time to celebrate this day. It is an important day for Special Olympics Nigeria because it offers an opportunity for us to share in the spirit and belief of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her commitment to engaging intellectually challenged persons through the power of sports. By committing acts of inclusion, acceptance and unity for and with people with intellectual disabilities, we will continue to build on Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s legacy”Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s Day is an annual celebration of her life and a global call challenging everyone to Play Unified, Speak Unified, and Live Unified. On this 7th annual EKS day, themed #playunified, Special Olympics Nigeria enjoins all to play unified and teach the world to live unified by bringing together people with and without intellectual disabilities in various activities to honor the inspiration, impact and indomitable spirit of Eunice Kennedy ShriverShe demonstrated an unrelenting indomitable spirit in action, that one person could make a difference and change the world. Her lasting legacy and commitment to improve and transform the lives of the nearly 200 million people worldwide with intellectual disabilities who still live with diminished opportunities and social disrespect, and are often neglected and hidden away is celebrated yearly.Special Olympics Nigeria is part of a worldwide movement (Special Olympics international) that is aimed at changing the misconceptions individuals have about people with intellectual disabilities (PWID). Its mission is to provide various sport trainings and athletics competitions in a variety of Olympic – type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing continuous opportunities to develop physical fitness and skills required to manage day to day life.While over 5.3 million Special Olympics athletes and millions of coaches, families, fans and friends live her legacy and lead our movement every day, the organisation unites on Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day in over 170 countries and thousands of communities to show the world the power of unity to create opportunities of acceptance.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Full Doping Control at 5th Okpekpe Road Race

first_imgOrganisers of the Fifth Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have promised that there will be full doping control during the race scheduled to hold in a fortnight at Okpekpe, Edo State.Spokesman for the race, Dare Esan, revealed on Tuesday that provisions have been made for a full doping control for the event which the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has classified as the only international competition/road race in Nigeria in 2017.“All tests shall be conducted in accordance with the IAAF anti-doping regulations. There will be mandatory and requested tests.The mandatory tests are those that the organisers must conduct at its expense and includes the minimum four that must be done as a bronze label event (that is: two men and two women) as a mixed gender race and of course those that must be conducted in the event a world record or area record is broken,” said Esan who assured all stakeholders of the organisers’ preparedness to ensure a clean competition come Saturday May 13. “The testing kits needed for effective anti-doping in accordance with IAAF anti-doping rules have arrived. We have a doping station built in Okpekpe for the race. This is where the sample collection session will be conducted by doping control officers who have been trained and authorised by the Nigeria anti-doping agency with delegated responsibility for the on-site management of sample collection session.“We also have Dr Akin Amao, one of Nigeria’s foremost sports medicine practitioners as the chief anti-doping officer for the race.“We are ready for the race and those who qualified to be called elite athletes based on the times they have returned in the last 24 months are the ones open to testing. Those running for fun or charity are excluded. We have also advised athletes with illnesses or conditions that require the use of medication listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List to apply for Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) with the relevant agency before coming for the race,” said Esan.The Okpekpe international 10km road race is the only road race in Nigeria that is recognised by both the IAAF and Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) because its race course has been measured by an accredited measurer using the approved calibrated method.The race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more