He added: “With what he’s done, he’s a cult hero already. He’s only 22 and he’s got years and years ahead of him. He’s not at his peak, but what he’s done for me and for the club is fantastic. If someone wanted to buy Christian, they’d better have a few quid in their pocket.” Asked whether Benteke’s performances have doubled his value since last summer, Lambert replied: “Yes, by miles. He’s not just going to walk out of here for the value he came for, that’s for sure. “We have given him the opportunity to show what he can do and I think he is loving his football at the moment.” Regarding the rumours that Benteke wants to leave Villa, Lambert said: “If that’s the whispers coming back then it’s funny that because he doesn’t speak! ‘ve not heard it. He’s a cracking big guy and really humble. If he keeps that, he could be anything he wants to be.” Lambert confirmed central defender Richard Dunne had suffered a setback with the groin problem which has already required three operations and is facing another lengthy lay-off. Dunne has not played since suffering the setback on Euro 2012 duty with the Republic of Ireland last summer. Lambert said: “Richard is seeing the surgeon again for a check-up and we just have to see what happens with that one. He’s a long way off [returning]. He was doing all right and then had a setback. It’s bad news because of the way he plays and his experience. But that’s the nature of the game.” Benteke has scored 14 goals since his £8million arrival from Genk and has been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. Lambert is understandably eager to keep the Belgium international at Villa Park, and warned that potential suitors would need to dig deep to prise him away in the summer. “When the guy came into Villa, people were saying to me ‘who is he and why are you going for someone from Genk?'” Lambert said. Press Association Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes striker Christian Benteke has doubled in value since his summer move and warned any club wanting to buy him “had better have a few quid in their pocket”.
He now has four goals in his last four games for club and country, and Long said: “Trying to get that first goal of the season is always a monkey on your back. “It was a relief. Hopefully I can keep up this form between now and the end of the season and keep my place in the starting XI.” Long, whose Albion contract has until the end of this term left on it plus a one-year option in the club’s favour, had looked set to join Hull earlier this season and after that fell through, he spoke about “time running out” and having to consider other options, despite being happy with the Baggies. West Brom head coach Steve Clarke on Monday expressed his confidence the club “will sit down sometime in the future and sort his (Long’s) contract out”. And Long, now on a run of three straight Albion starts, has emphasised he is enjoying himself at the moment. The 26-year-old said: “When things are going against you, confidence is a big thing for a striker. “I feel like I’m going into a game looking forward to the 90 minutes rather than looking over my shoulder at the bench. “I’m enjoying my football at the moment – we’re playing some good football at times and hopefully I can keep on the streak I’m on.” Villa boss Paul Lambert had no doubt his side’s first-half display was not good enough, but rated their performance in the second – when they were given fresh impetus by the 57th-minute treble substitution that introduced Andreas Weimann, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Fabian Delph to the action – as “excellent”. And asked about his team-talk at the interval, Lambert said: “There were never any teacups flying around or anything like that. “We said something, but this is not a blame culture – you are in it together. “Thankfully we got inside their heads. But once they go over that white line, it is on them. “They have to perform and in the second half I thought they were excellent. “It was important to get in at half-time at 2-0, and I knew if we scored the next one it would flip the coin.” Both Albion and Villa, 11th and 12th in the table respectively, now have 15 points from 12 games. Meanwhile, Clarke has confirmed Baggies defender Liam Ridgewell missed the contest due to a calf strain, adding that he has an “outside chance” of featuring against Newcastle. The Baggies appeared to be cruising towards victory early on in the Barclays Premier League clash at The Hawthorns, with Long having opened the scoring in the third minute and then doubled the hosts’ advantage with another goal in the 11th. They had further chances – Stephane Sessegnon missing a particularly good one – to make it 3-0, but Villa fought back to claim a point. West Brom failed to react as Karim El Ahmadi converted a 67th-minute volley and nine minutes later, Baggies defender Goran Popov inadvertently headed the ball to Ashley Westwood, who fired it into the net with a fine, swerving drive. Long told Albion Player: “It’s a killer blow, and especially after Chelsea as well, with us all but having the three points there (in their last outing West Brom drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge, where they conceded a stoppage-time penalty). “We play good football, but we need to start learning from these mistakes and control the game when we get ahead. “It was a disappointing night and we have to learn from it going into the Newcastle game (away on Saturday) and make sure we pick up three points.” Long demonstrated superb technique for both his goals. For his first, he brought down Chris Brunt’s long ball expertly with his right foot before lashing in with his left, and for his second, he pounced on a poor attempted pass by Leandro Bacuna and deftly chipped Brad Guzan. Regarding his opener, the Republic of Ireland international said: “I think nine times out of 10 I wouldn’t get a touch like that – I surprised myself!” Long admits scoring in the Chelsea match – his first goal of the campaign – was important for his confidence. West Brom striker Shane Long has stressed the need for Albion to learn from their mistakes after they let a two-goal lead slip in Monday’s 2-2 draw with midlands rivals Aston Villa. Press Association
Wellington: A run out against the run of play changed the course of the fourth T20I between India and New Zealand at the Sky Stadium on Friday and winning skipper Virat Kohli said that he has now learnt the art of keeping calm. This after India won their second consecutive Super Over encounter on the international stage.“There’s something new that I’ve learnt, that you’ve just got to stay calm in the game, observe what’s happening and if the opportunity comes then you capitalise on it,” he smiled.Kohli went on to add that it was the perfect advertisement for the game and also said that as a team it felt really good to return from the jaws of death and register a win.“The fans couldn’t have asked for a better finish in two consecutive games. We hadn’t played super-over before, and now we have played two back to back. It feels good when you’re out of the game and get yourself back in, it really shows the character of the team,” he pointed.Asked about the decision to go in to bat in the Super Over, Kohli said that the earlier plan was to send in K.L. Rahul and Sanju Samson, but the plan was changed to bring in experience.“Initially Sanju and KL were supposed to go given they can strike the ball well, but I went in because I was more experienced and in a pressure situation it was important for me to handle things. The two strikes off the first two balls were important and then I thought I’d get the ball in the gaps and get the job done,” he explained. “I haven’t been part of a super-over for too long but happy to have got my team across.”Commenting on the idea to give the reserve players a go, Kohli said: “I thought Sanju was fearless. This was his chance to take things away. I think Washy has played a lot, and Saini rushed the batsmen. We didn’t read the pitch well, after the first six he got carried away. Everyone looked to be in good head-space. We were playing well in the situation looking at how well the opposition played. We are very proud of how we went about our business today.” IANSAlso Read: New Zealand probably deserved to win: Virat KohliAlso Watch: APYC in Guwahati demands unconditional release of President Kamrul Islam Choudhury
NEW YORK — Malachi Richardson sat in the corner of Syracuse’s locker room, ice on his left knee and a gaze fixed downward. He’s never struggled like he did Sunday. Not this season. Not ever.His first 3-pointer touched nothing. His first basket didn’t come until the second half. In the most symbolic sequence of his day, with Syracuse down nine in the second half and clawing for a comeback, Richardson slid out of bounds on his rear end after having his shot blocked. He watched as St. John’s pushed the other way before getting up and chasing the play himself.“Shots will fall eventually,” Richardson said. “That’s what I’m here to do. That’s the way I get points. That’s the way I help my team win.”The freshman, despite 15 points, went 0-of-11 from 3 and 4-of-20 from the field. He was 3-of-20 from behind the arc in three games before Tuesday, when he hit 4-of-10 against Colgate to provide a brief respite from his slump. But at Madison Square Garden, the identity Richardson came to SU with temporarily vanished in Syracuse’s (7-3) 84-72 loss to St. John’s (7-3).“I think today he was just kind of anxious for his shot,” senior Michael Gbinije said. “I think if he just mentally just calmed down things would’ve fell for him today.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRichardson missed all seven shots he took in the opening 20 minutes, five of which came from behind the arc. He had space, a crisp crossover and step back often creating room for a shot, but the ball never fell through the net.Syracuse only trailed by three with 2:55 remaining in the first half. A minute and 31 seconds later, St. John’s had stretched its lead to 10. The only shots SU took during that span were two misses from 3, both by Richardson.“Malachi, in the first half, he was settling too much for the 3,” SU interim head coach Mike Hopkins said.So to start the second, he attacked. A finger roll to open the scoring. A contested pull-up jumper. An and-one as he fell to the floor. The life drained from Syracuse as Richardson clanked back-to-back attempts at the end of the first half showed its head.Hopkins said the team needs Richardson to be a “player” rather than a “3-point shooter.” He showed flashes of being multi-dimensional, as he has at times this season, but the spurts of promise were soon brought back down to earth.After Richardson’s second airball of the day, the ball trailed out of bounds to the right of the basket and Richardson turned his head to the bench. Standing just feet from the freshman, Hopkins mouthed for him to “move it.”“He was definitely aggressive tonight which is nothing wrong, but 0-for-11 is not a good percentage,” Gbinije said. “He’s a good shooter, he’ll bounce back. It’s just one of those days for him.”The Orange never closed its deficit further than seven. Each time SU pushed in transition with a chance to trim the lead past that, the ball soon headed back the other way.With 2:37 left and Syracuse down seven, Tyler Lydon attempted a highly contested layup. Richardson stood wide open behind him beyond the 3-point arc, nobody even in the vicinity, but he was only left with empty hands calling for the ball.And as his 10th 3-pointer of the night went up, the Syracuse contingent in Madison Square Garden buzzed in anticipation. It was a shot that would have cut SU’s deficit from seven to four. The shot SU needed to get over the hump. But like the nine prior and one after, it didn’t fall.“Just refocus,” Richardson said. “Get back to the basics, get back in the gym.” Comments Published on December 13, 2015 at 4:27 pm Contact Matt: email@example.com | @matt_schneidman Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse takes on St. John’s at Madison Square GardenStorify: Syracuse community reacts to loss at St. John’sSyracuse misses too many shots in upset loss to St. John’sWhat we learned from Syracuse’s loss to St. John’s Facebook Twitter Google+
Published on February 2, 2020 at 10:16 pm Contact Thomas: firstname.lastname@example.org | @ThomasShults5 Facebook Twitter Google+ During warmups, freshmen Polina Kozyreva and Kim Hansen sang Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” as they grabbed granola bars from their tennis bags and headed towards their respective courts.Before Syracuse’s (4-0) match against previously undefeated Boston University (3-1), the freshmen seemed relaxed. On court three, senior Guzal Yusupova threw her head back in exasperation after repeatedly missing warm up shots. On a day when the team leaders struggled, the freshmen stepped up. Yusupova lost in singles 6-1, 6-3, but Hansen, Kozyreva and Zeynep Erman all won their matches. The freshmen stayed perfect in singles play on the season. In doubles, which has been a challenge for the freshmen so far, a partner switch led to two easy victories.“I think they show a lot of passion and fight and perseverance,” head coach Younes Limam said of the freshmen after SU’s 6-1 win. “They put us on the scoreboard pretty quickly and that’s really important to a match.”The new partnership of Kozyreva, a first-year player from Russia, and sophomore Sonya Treshcheva defeated the Terriers, 6-3, after falling behind early. The new duo took some time to adjust. BU hit a ball down the middle of the court with neither player making a move. After a ball fell and bounced towards the wall, the pair stood at the net staring at each other, and quickly regrouped.First, Kozyreva hit a second serve down the midline, an ace that cut BU’s lead to 2-1. The SU pair went on to win four straight games before finishing their opponents off and sealing the doubles point.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKozyreva said it’s easier to play with Treshcheva because they are both Russian, and can speak their native language on the court. With her former partner, Erman, a fellow freshmen from Turkey, Kozyreva struggled because she has to think of how to translate what she wants to say, she said.While the senior doubles team of Miranda Ramirez and Yusupova struggled, the younger players shined. Before Kozyreva and Treshcheva won 6-3, Hansen and Erman defeated their opponents 6-1.Ramirez and Yusupova eventually won their doubles match 7-5. But their freshmen teammates winning early took pressure off of Ramirez and Yusupova to win the doubles point.“Instead of being like, ‘Oh my gosh, we have to win this match in order to get the point,’” Ramirez said. “It’s okay, we’re good.”After securing the doubles point, Kozyreva defeated Lily Burchell of BU 6-1 in the first set. Too often, Burchell was forced to run sideline to sideline chasing shots as Kozyreva moved her around the court.“She’s better than I am,” Burchell said to her teammates after losing the first set.Before Burchell could take a sip out of her bottle, Kozyreva was already walking to her side of the court. By the time Burchell moved to stand up from the bench, Kozyreva was in form to serve.“My way of playing tennis, I don’t like sitting and waiting,” said Kozyreva. “I just like to play fast.”Eventually, Kozyreva won 6-1, 6-2, but not before fellow freshmen Erman defeated Boston University’s Katya Martens, 6-0, 6-2. Seconds later, the third freshman, Hansen, won her match 6-3, 6-0 to clinch victory for the Orange.“All three of them (the freshmen) just completely take care of business,” said assistant coach Jennifer Meredith. “They’re just getting better every day.” Comments
They have now dropped into play-offs to enable them fight for places in the group stage of the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup.MFM FC set the tone of mixed fortuneÂ on FridayÂ with a scandalous 6-0 bashing by host, MC Algers of Algeria. The result made the slim 2-1 home win in the first leg at the Agege Stadium irrelevant.On record, it was the same MC Alger that edged out Enugu Rangers 3-0 in 1976. They repeated same feat against Kwara United in 2007 with same score line. None was however as scandalous as the 6-0 walloping MFM FC received at the weekend.The other Nigerian representative in the competition, Plateau United also crashed out on aggregate after they could only manage a 1-0 home win over Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia in Kano yesterday,Â The Tunisian club went through on 4-3 aggregate having won the first game in Sousse 4-2.The result means that for the second year running, no Nigerian club side has played in the group phase of the elite club competition in the continent.However, the duo of Enyimba FC and Akwa United gave Nigeria the ray of hope following their qualification into the next stage of the CAF Confederation Cup yesterday.Enyimba edged out Energie FC of Benin Republic 5-2 on aggregate after 3-2 second-leg first round tie at the U.J. Esuene Stadium. The former African club champions had won the first leg 2-0 away in Cotonou last week.Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, made his debut for Enyimba against the Beninoise following his switch from FC IfeanyiUbah.Abdulrahman Bashir, who was later substituted injured, and Chinonso Okonkwo were the scorers ofÂ Â Enyimbaâ€™s goals. Enyimba got off to the perfect start as Bashir capitalised on an error by Energie keeper Sheyi Damilola and slotted into the net. The opening goal was to be Bashirâ€™s only contribution as he went off injured and was replaced by Stephen Chukwude on six minutes.Akwa United on the other hand survived into the next stage in penalty shoot out. After cancelling out the 1-0 defeat it suffered to end regulation time on 1-1 aggregate, the Promise Keepers romp through 3-2 on penalties.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Femi SolajaÂ with agency reportIt was a weekend of mixed fortunes for Nigerian clubs in CAF inter-club competitions.While the duo of Enyimba FC and Akwa United FC qualified into the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup competition, Plateau United and MFM FC both failed in their bid to reach the money spinning group stage of the CAF Champions League.
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Barcelona would not be allowed to play in La Liga if Catalonia broke away from Spain, the country’s football league chief Javier Tebas said as tensions mounted in the region over the possibility of an independence referendum next month.Politics have been interwoven with the football club almost since it was formed and is summed up by the team’s motto: ‘more than a club’.Barca’s role in pushing the Catalan nationalist cause varies depending on the board in power, but it always plays a central role in cultural life.The present board, first under president Sandro Rosell and now Josep Maria Bartomeu, have taken a back-seat role in the heated debate currently taking place in the region about whether to hold an independence referendum on November 9.Catalan independence would clearly impact on the future of Barca, who, along with Real Madrid, are the major powerhouses of the Spanish game with support throughout the country.In the event that Barca did leave La Liga then it would severely weaken the image of the competition at home and abroad. Similarly it would be hard to imagine Barca and local rivals Espanyol competing in a Catalan league, which would have many semi-professional teams.”If Catalonia became independent, taking into consideration the Sports Law that would be enforced by the rest of Spain, Barcelona wouldn’t be allowed to play,” Tebas, the president of the LFP, told a sports conference in Barcelona.”There would have to be a change in the law made in the Spanish Parliament.”Clearly if it happened then it would be detrimental for Spanish football to lose Barca who are an historic club.”I can’t imagine the LFP without Barca. In the same way as I can’t imagine Catalonia without Spain, I can’t see La Liga without Barca. Also if it did happen what would you call the league: the Spanish League or the Iberian League?” Barca supporters aligned with former-president Joan Laporta are calling on the club to be more vocal in support of the referendum.Laporta, who was president from 2003 to 2010, wanted the club to be at the forefront of Catalan nationalist politics, which angered many fans, particularly those from other parts of Spain who felt alienated.The present board though are less committal.”It is a sensitive subject and the club won’t get involved but the president is considering making a statement in the coming days,” said a Barca spokesman.Xavi and Gerard Pique, however, are among the Barca players who have come out in support of a referendum, following a September rally in Barcelona in favour of the vote, attended by 1.8 million people according to the police. “We have all the right in the world to vote. We need to vote, we need the people to show their opinions and I am in favour of the referendum obviously,” Xavi told a news conference.Both he and Pique were or currently are Spain internationals and the latter says that he still gives his all when playing for La Roja.”I am Catalan and I wanted to take part in the rally. I went with friends to have a good time with the other 1.8 million that were there,” Pique told a news conference.”There is no need to doubt me. I have played for the national team for 11 years and it is something different to be in favour of a referendum which is democratic. People should have the right to vote and this has nothing to do with the other.”
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Redick was joined by a big game from Jamal Crawford (20 points), including two free throws with 7.2 seconds left and a last-second defensive rebound to seal the win. “J.J. and Jamal were terrific,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Jamal had his stretch and J.J. had his stretch.” Those stretches came in the third and fourth quarters, respectively, when the Clippers needed a jolt after trailing by as many as 14 points in the first half. Crawford went off for 11 points in the third quarter, making 3 of 4 shots from 3-point range to give the Clippers their first lead. And with the score tied at 79 entering the fourth quarter, Redick scored nine points down the stretch. That, along with Chris Paul’s eight fourth-quarter points (he totaled 22 points and 11 assists), allowed L.A. to take the lead for good. RELATED STORY: Griffin plays through stomach bug; new President of Business Operations introduced As an eight-year veteran of the NBA and star at Duke, J.J. Redick has played in front of his fair share of crowds. But on Saturday, Redick played in front of someone he never had before: his 11-week-old son Knox. “My wife brought him onto the court with about 12 minutes left until the game and it was one of the most surreal things I’ve ever experienced in my life,” said Redick. “I got emotional … I could have gone 0 for 30 and it still would have been one of the top three days in my life to have my son at my NBA game. It’s incredible.” But there would be no 0-for-30 performance. Instead, Redick put on a show for the Staples Center crowd and his special spectator, busting out of a shooting slump with 30 points to lead the Clippers to a 106-102 win over Portland in a battle of Western Conference contenders. PHOTOS: Clippers defeat Portland Trail Blazers 106-102 Portland’s Damian Lillard (25 points, eight assists, seven rebounds) put the Clippers fans on edge in the final seconds, cutting the lead to two points twice with driving layups. The Clippers’ ensuing possession after Lillard’s drive cut the lead to 104-102 ended with a missed shot and groans from the crowd. But that quickly became roaring cheers as a last-second tip of the ball by DeAndre Jordan sent it to Crawford, who drew the foul and hit the two clinching free throws. L.A.’s win helped remove the bad taste from Wednesday’s 121-104 drubbing at the hands of Golden State and helps get Redick back into form. “I’m a believer in the law of averages, everything balancing out,” Redick said. “It’s tough to be in a shooting slump and shots are not falling. But I’m a very positive person … I knew I would eventually make some shots.” In addition to Redick and Crawford’s second-half play, the Clippers got a gutty effort from Blake Griffin, who was battling a stomach bug all afternoon. The star power forward managed to finish with 23 points and never considered sitting out. “He was big for us tonight to play and be out there battling,” said Redick. “He is an ultimate competitor and he knows how much this team needs him, particularly right now with the way we are playing this season. He was there for us for sure. It was great.” Portland outplayed the Clippers on their home court in the opening half, building up a nine-point lead behind some early hot 3-point shooting, as it hit six of its first seven attempts from deep. While the Clippers’ 3-point defense tightened up in the second quarter, holding Portland without one, the Blazers also put in 18 second-chance points.