Ara Parseghian

first_imgAra Parseghian passed away a couple weeks ago at the age of 94.  The Hall of Fame coach won two National Championships while coaching at Notre Dame.  Ara is one of the many coaches to receive his training at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.He was at Notre Dame for 11 seasons.  Probably only Knute Rockne had more success than Ara while coaching at Notre Dame.  No matter how many wins Parseghian wound up with, he is most remembered as a great humanitarian.  Simply put, he was definitely one of the “good guys”.last_img

Brazil lifts fourth U-17 World Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts Global COVID-19 cases surpass 27m – Johns Hopkins Everton sign Brazil midfielder from Napoli Reinier completes Dortmund loan switch Host Brazil have won their fourth crown of the Under 17 FIFA World Cup, following a 2-1 win over Mexico in the final at Brasilia’s Estadio Bezerrao.The Brazilians have now moved within one title of equalling record holders, Nigeria, though this was their first since 2003.It also may have been the sweetest, given that the South Americans became only the second team to top the competition as hosts – the first, interestingly enough, was Mexico eight years ago.For the second straight match, Lazaro was Brazil’s super sub.On Thursday, he capped his side’s comeback against France in the semi-final by bagging the winning goal in the 89th minute.On Sunday, the No 20 left it even later.Brazil fell behind in the 66th minute when Bryan Gonzalez beat adidas Golden Glove winner Matheus Donelli with a superbly-directed header.A Kaio Jorge penalty goal brought Brazil roaring back 18 minutes later, and Lazaro’s volleyed, close-range strike three minutes into second-half stoppage time sealed the trophy for the hosts.In the third-place match, France rode Arnaud Kalimuendo-Muinga’s hat-trick to victory over European rivals, Netherlands.Both teams benefitted from the reintroduction of their captains, who missed their respective semi-finals.Oranje field general Kenneth Taylor assisted the opening goal of the match, flicking a pass over the French defence to play Mohamed Taabouni in on goal.France captain Lucien Agoume countered with an incisive through ball seven minutes later, which eventually led to Kalimuendo-Muinga’s first goal.The Paris Saint-Germain starlet scored two more in the second period en route to Les Bleuets’ bronze medal finish.Tags: BrazilU-17 World Cuplast_img read more

Hughes sorry now

first_imgStoke boss Mark Hughes was left to curse “a shin pad’s width” after a tight offside call against Stephen Ireland denied the Potters victory at Hull. “We looked like the team most likely to win the game in that period, we were really positive and had a number of clear-cut chances that, on another day, we would have converted. “In terms of restricting Hull to any period of concerted pressure or momentum I thought we did that really well as the away team. “I’m reasonably pleased with the away performance. “Last time on the road we didn’t have a great performance at Everton (a 4-0 defeat) but today it was important to build on the Chelsea result. “The continuity of performance is important for us and that’s one defeat in the last eight games for us. “We’re showing a good resilience to our play.” Hull manager Steve Bruce, Hughes’ former Manchester United team-mate, was excused post-match media duties due to a sickness bug, but captain Curtis Davies was on hand with his own assessment. The central defender did not attempt to paint the fixture as a classic of the genre but was pleased to make it just one defeat in eight matches at home. He has been an ever present as Hull have conceded just three goals in eight games at the KC – the best home record in the league – but admitted McGregor was key to their latest clean sheet. ‘It was a boring game for TV, a 0-0 on a bobbly, windy pitch, but it’s another point towards survival,” Davies told Sky Sports. ”I thought we were lucky to get a point in the end. Allan McGregor saved us, he made a couple of great saves. ”We were making mistakes in the second half and they were capitalising and creating chances. Neither team looked like creating chances without mistakes.” Replays suggested it was a correct call by the narrowest of margins, leaving Hughes to reflect on what might have been. The Welshman pondered whether his side might have been given the rub of the green in the officials’ mind but could not deny the verdict was the correct one. “It’s very marginal…Stephen said it was (offside) by a shin pad’s width and that’s probably a good description of it,” he said. “It maybe was slightly offside, but sometimes you get them. “You would like to think they’d give the benefit to the attacking team, the team who was trying to win the game, but having seen it on the video it was the correct decision.” The Potters, who lie just behind Hull in mid-table, had lost five of their previous seven away matches this term but came into the game on the back of a superb 3-2 home win over Chelsea. And Hughes was pleased to add another point to the tally and make it three games unbeaten. “I thought for the vast majority of the game we were in control, certainly the last third of the match,” he said. The game ended goalless at the KC Stadium after fine performances from both goalkeepers – Stoke’s Asmir Begovic was impenetrable in the first half and Allan McGregor produced an even better display after the interval. The only time the ball did cross the line, when Ireland tapped home from a yard after McGregor brilliantly denied Peter Crouch, the referee’s assistant raised his flag. Press Associationlast_img read more

Van Gaal nears decision on players

first_imgLouis van Gaal will sit down with his players after their tour and tell them whether they have a future at Manchester United. Van Gaal and his 25-man squad fly back to Manchester in the early hours of Tuesday morning following their final game of the US tour against Liverpool. Van Gaal has racked up morale-boosting wins over the Los Angeles Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, but he is still unhappy with certain aspects of his squad. Van Gaal thinks Van Persie is unlikely to be fit to face Swansea on August 16, but the other two could be in contention for United’s Barclays Premier League opener, depending on how they react to training. “I have to look at Robin van Persie if he is coming back or not,” said Van Gaal, who coached the striker at the World Cup. “But if you have three weeks holiday and only four days training before the Valencia friendly (on August 12) you are not fit enough. “For the first game in the Premier League it’s possible but I don’t think so.” United’s money-spinning tour of the US started amid a blaze of publicity in Los Angeles, but two-and-a-half weeks later, their presence in the US is a lot more low-key. Only a couple of hundred invited guests turned up at the Sun Life Stadium to watch United’s final training session in America. The session was more of a warm-down as they only played Real Madrid on Saturday night. On the eve of the match, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said Van Gaal is facing a totally different challenge to any other he has faced in his long and successful career. Van Gaal, who has won titles in Spain, Holland and Germany, says he is up to the challenge. “That’s why I’m here,” he said. “Maybe he is right because I have to experience that but I was also in Spain and in my first year I won three titles, in Germany I won two titles. “If I win one here we will all be happy.” Van Gaal is expected to ring in the changes for the final in Miami, which kicks off at 1am BST on Tuesday. The winner takes home a prize of one million US dollars (£600,000). Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa and Wilfried Zaha face uncertain futures after limited playing time in America while Marouane Fellaini and Anderson, who have not made the trip, could also be shown the door. Van Gaal wants to tell his players whether they have made the cut well before the transfer window closes so he will approach them individually and inform them of their fate when they get back to England. “I shall make judgements after the tour,” the United boss said. “I have let all the players play so I know now more than I did before. “But in football you have to judge. Always you have to give a chance to a player to make a transfer when you see that his perspective is not so high to play. “You have to say it in advance. When you say it on August 31st it’s too late. I shall say to the players what I think after the tour.” Van Gaal has sent coach Marcel Bout back to England to work with the likes of Robin van Persie, Adnan Januzaj, and Fellaini, who have been given time off following their exploits at the World Cup. “They (Van Persie, Fellaini and Januzaj) have already trained. I sent Marcel Bout back to train them, along with Nicky Butt,” Van Gaal said. Press Associationlast_img read more

Slaven Bilic brushes off Sam Allardyce criticism of Andy Carroll

first_img “We tried to explain to him that he needed to work for six weeks and have a pre-season, not to train for 10 days, roll up his sleeves and play the game,” he added. “He did his time and we should all benefit from that.” Carroll has shaken off the knock which kept him out of the 2-2 draw at Sunderland a fortnight ago and is fit to face Crystal Palace on Saturday. He could be joined in the squad by fellow forward Enner Valencia, who was injured during the Europa League tie against Astra Giurgiu in July, and defender Angelo Ogbonna following a hamstring injury. Slaven Bilic has brushed off Sam Allardyce’s criticism of Andy Carroll and claims the striker is totally focused on getting fit this season. In his autobiography, being serialised in The Sun, former West Ham boss Allardyce questioned Carroll’s dedication during his injury-hit spell at Upton Park. Current Hammers chief Bilic, who replaced Allardyce in the summer, admitted he was aware of Carroll’s reputation before taking over in east London. But Bilic insists the 26-year-old, who has made three appearances since finally overcoming a long-term ankle injury, has been a model professional this term. “I did not have to become West Ham manager to know about Andy Carroll,” said Bilic. “I heard about that before, that sometimes he got injured because he was not totally dedicated to being a footballer. “From my first day, he was injured. But the way he was working – in six to eight weeks of struggle that was boring and not ideal and not fun – he did it as a great professional and now we are expecting big benefits out of that. “Those stories are definite, there is something behind them, they are true. It is very rare that people are making up stories. “There is something there, but it looks much worse. I don’t want to comment on the stories. “He’s been out a few times, but his rehabilitation and training, especially in that period, was top class.” Bilic made Carroll undergo his own mini pre-season, rather than rush him back into the team, in a bid to avoid the frontman breaking down again. Press Associationlast_img read more

Zimbabwe to host Sri Lanka in two-Test series

first_imgHarare: Zimbabwe will host Sri Lanka for a two-Test series later in January. The first match of the series will begin from January 19 and the second from January 27. Both the matches will be played at the Harare Sports Club.On Tuesday, Zimbabwe Cricket announced Sean Williams as their Test captain while Chamu Chibhabha was picked to lead the national team in ODIs and T20Is on an “interim” basis.Williams has played 10 Tests in which he has scored 553 runs, including one century and two fifties. Sri Lanka are currently involved in the three-match T20I series in India in which they are 0-1 behind, having lost the second game by seven wickets.Before the India series, Sri Lanka had visited Pakistan for a historic two-Test series which they had lost 0-1. IANSAlso Read: Singapore Battled Hard to Clinch Win Over Zimbabwe in T20I Tri-Series Also Watch: United Workmen Union at Guwahati Refinery stage protest against BJP-Govt over CAA 2019last_img read more

England’s James Anderson ruled out of remaining Ashes series

first_imgENGLAND’S leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson will play no further part in the Ashes against Australia after a recurrence of a calf injury.The 37-year-old Lancashire seamer bowled only four overs in the first Test and missed the second and third.He felt pain in the calf on Thursday during a four-day friendly for Lancashire second XI.Somerset’s Craig Overton has been named in England’s 13-man squad for the fourth Test at Old Trafford.The Test match – at Anderson’s home ground – starts on September 4, with the five-Test series level at 1-1.England won a thrilling third Test at Headingley by one wicket thanks to Ben Stokes’ remarkable unbeaten 135 – the man who led a juggernautAnderson’s absence means England are likely to name an unchanged pace attack of Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes.Anderson suffered a calf injury in a County Championship match against Durham in June but was passed fit for the opening Ashes Test.However, he left the field on the first morning and did not bowl in the remainder of the game, which England lost.Anderson took 2-23 from nine overs for Lancashire second XI in a friendly against Leicestershire on 20 August.He bowled 20 overs against Durham second XI on Tuesday but, after a nine-over spell on Thursday, he was reviewed by the England and Wales Cricket Board medical staff and ruled out of the Ashes.Seamer Overton, 25, has taken seven wickets at an average of 42.28 in three Tests since making his debut in the 2017-18 Ashes in Australia. His most recent appearance was the defeat by New Zealand in Auckland in March 2018.He has 32 wickets at 21.34 apiece in eight County Championship matches this season.Opening batsman Jason Roy keeps his place despite scoring only 57 runs in six innings against Australia.Surrey team-mate Ollie Pope, who was added to the squad as concussion cover for Roy before the third Test, has been overlooked.The final Test at The Oval begins on September 12.England must win the series to regain the Ashes, while Australia, as holders of the urn, need only a series draw to retain them.England squad for fourth Ashes Test against Australia: Joe Root (capt.), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wkpr), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wkpr), Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Rohr’s Plaudits for Eagles

first_img“In the second half Zambia was the better team. They pushed and pushed and they almost made it 2-2, but the spirit of our team was very good, so we managed to defend until the end,” Rohr said at the joint post-match conference, which was also attended by Zambia coach Wedson Nyindera.Nyindera praised the fans for their support while also stressing that he is still trying to build a team.“We are rebuilding the team and at the same time expecting to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.“We have brought new players to the team and I think they blended well with the old players.“But most of all I am happy with the response we got from our fans.“After conceding those two goals they continued to support us.“That means that we have real Chipolopolo supporters. They went on until the last minute.“Even when we missed those chances they kept on chanting for us.“But football being what it is, the result today went the other way.“I would like to assure our fans that we will compensate this loss in upcoming matches and give them what they deserve,” he said.Zambia skipper Rainford Kalaba has also admitted some of the players were intimidated by the several Nigeria stars who play in the Premier League in England and this caused their loss Sunday.The other Premier League stars on the squad were Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa from Leicester City and Brown Ideye, who has previously featured for West Bromwich Albion.Kalaba revealed these stars scared some of his colleagues.“Playing against experienced players based in Europe, some of the guys were scared of playing against them because they always watch them every weekend in the Premier league and when they see them live, it is often difficult for them to concentrate on the game,” reasoned the TP Mazembe star who posted a short-lived stint in Portugal many years ago.“In the first half some of the guys were a bit scared, but in the second half we all saw how things went and we controlled the game.“There are even more stars in Algeria and Cameroun, so this must be big lesson for us.”Kalaba further said of his impression of Nigeria,” We respect Nigeria because they have some good players.“They have some experienced players in the midfield and they were well organised.”The exciting forward said the pressure will now be on the Chipolopolo to get their qualifying campaign back on track.“Losing our first game has brought more pressure on us, but we hope to improve,” he admitted.“We are all very disappointed we lost at home because it was important to start (this competition) well.“We still have time to work together with the coach so that we that we could rectify the mistake we have made.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has said that the “very good spirit” of the Nigeria national team was vital in Sunday’s 2-1 2018 World Cup qualifying win over Zambia in Ndola.Rohr, who praised the battling qualities displayed by his side on Sunday, admitted that the Chipolopolo were the better side in the second half.“The result is a reflection of what happened in the match. What happened in the first half was what we expected. We played well and we scored.last_img read more

Badgers set high goals for conference meet

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoWhile most people are just beginning their golf season, the Wisconsin men’s golf team is winding down its campaign, starting this weekend with the Big Ten Championship.The spring season has been a bit of a rocky endeavor, and the Big Ten Conference continues to be strong, but UW head coach Jim Schuman said at a press conference Monday that he is refusing to allow his team to be satisfied with anything but the best.”I’d be satisfied with a win, quite frankly,” Schuman said. “I mean, I don’t think anything bad happens when you shoot for that. I think you sell yourself a little bit short if you talk about trying to finish in the top half, although there’s nothing wrong with that.”While the second-year head coach is optimistic, even finishing in the top half of the standings will be a challenge. The Badgers have their work cut out for them, and they have been able to see that after taking on conference foes in tournaments over the past few weeks.At last week’s Fossum Invitational, Indiana took home the team title by finishing 6-over for the three-round tournament. Minnesota finished second, while Illinois tied for third and Northwestern tied for fifth.In fact, Michigan State and Ohio State both finished ahead of Wisconsin, which finished in ninth place, edging out just one other Big Ten school, Iowa, which finished tied for 10th, one stroke behind the Badgers.”It’s about winning — you don’t win too often in this sport,” Schuman said. “It’s going to take just a great effort by everybody. We’re not the kind of team where one guy is going to carry us along or two guys are just going to carry us along to a championship or a good finish in the Big Ten. It has to be all five guys.”While it would take an entire team effort for a great finish this weekend at Conway Farms Country Club in Lake Forest, Ill., the road to success begins with Garrett Jones. The junior is coming off the best outing of the spring by a Badger — finishing fourth at the Fossum Invitational — and has been UW’s leader the past two years.”I think this spring has been a tough one for him, honestly. I think probably he hasn’t made a lot of putts, and sometimes you can get down a little bit,” Schuman said. “But it was nice to see him shoot 68 on Sunday. He’s just one of those guys where the bigger the event gets, he’s able to step up and do those things.”Wisconsin also knows what it is going to get from Jeff Kaiser day in and day out. Though a tough first round last weekend put him in a hole early, he battled back and will go into this weekend with some momentum after a final-round 72.”Jeff Kaiser finished with 72 last week and also comes off with some great momentum for us,” Schuman said. “We forget he’s just a sophomore and he’s played every tournament since the day he arrived here.”From there on down, the picture gets a bit blurrier.Freshmen Pat Duffy and Tyler Obermueller have consistently remained in the lineup, and have shown great potential, but little consistency. They will both need to put together solid weekends if the Badgers hope to challenge for the Big Ten title.Nick Engen and Adam Steinhofer have battled for the fifth and final spot, and whoever makes the trip to Conway Farms will be depended upon to have a great weekend.”If we’re going to do something or contend for any kind of Big Ten championship, [the three lower spots in the lineup is] where we’re going to have to get our scores from,” Schuman said. “Going back and assuming that our one and two players play well, and that’s the way it’s been for us.”last_img read more

Offensive woes continue as losing streak reaches 5

first_imgJanelle Gabrielsen (6) lets out her frustration during UW\’s loss to Minnesota.[/media-credit]Kill percentage in volleyball can often times be compared to batting average in baseball. Just like a .300 average is an indication of a good baseball player, that same number is a mark of quality for a volleyball player as well.But Sunday afternoon at the Field House, the Wisconsin volleyball team didn’t come close to that mark, hitting a measly .026 in its three-set loss to the rival Golden Gophers.The loss pushes the Badgers’ season-high losing streak to five games, and in three of those matches, Wisconsin was unable to take a set from its opponent.Evidently, the Badgers’ biggest problem has been their inability to convert on the attack. Against Minnesota, Wisconsin tallied 36 kills — one more than the Gophers — but once again, the Badgers’ attack errors were devastating in the Minnesota sweep. The Badgers had 33 attack errors compared to only 16 from the Gophers.“Our ball control was not with us today,” UW head coach Pete Waite said. “I think over the course of the entire match, you look at our hitting percentage and it’s way too low to compete in the Big Ten. So, we have to come together here in the next couple of matches coming up and clean things up.”But not only was the ball control lacking Sunday but over the past five games. That fact can only be exemplified by the team’s losing streak, something it had yet to experience before losing to Ohio State on Nov. 7. Before that loss, the Badgers had not lost more than two games in a row all season, but that trend has abruptly ended.“Somehow, I think the group needs to find a way and find the leaders who are going to step up and do that, because it’s something that, this late in the season, we should be playing better ball than we played today,” Waite said.The first set was all Minnesota, as the Gophers quickly got out to a 6-0 lead and led by as many as 14 points at 23-9. Throughout the set, the Badgers committed 11 errors and had only eight kills. Making things even more difficult was the Gophers’ superb blocking, which tallied seven stuffs in the first set.Sophomore setter Janelle Gabrielsen believes the team’s poor serve-receive affected her passing ability, which in turn led to Minnesota blocks and Wisconsin unforced errors.“It made me set to a certain spot that the blockers knew, because I could only set to one option,” she said. “It’s kind of hard for hitters to go against two blockers with the double block, so I guess it did affect us.”The Badgers had a bit more energy in the second and third sets, scoring 21 and 22 points, respectively. However, they were never able to put a halt to the relentless Minnesota attack, which was led by a match-high 14 kills from junior Lauren Gibbemeyer. The blocks also kept coming from the Gophers, who ended with 16 for the game compared to the Badgers’ four.“[Gibbemeyer] is a great athlete,” UW junior Allison Wack said. “She’s always been the type of player who can take her team on her back. … She’s a gamer. She shows up all the time, and you have to find a way to stop her.”Also making things more difficult for the Badgers was the ineffectiveness of freshman Kirby Toon, who had been a strong force on offense until the losing streak. According to Waite, the knee injury Toon suffered last season is finally starting to take a toll on the young athlete’s ability to perform.“I think late in the season here, her knee is really starting to tire, so we want to be careful and cautious,” Waite said. “I think it’s affected her first step to the ball, and she knows that. She would love to be out there, but physically, it’s not time for her right now.”While Toon’s injury may be a factor in the Badgers’ slide from fifth place in the Big Ten, the Badgers’ poor performance has truly been a result of the entire team’s struggles. Against Minnesota, the Badgers’ first-set troubles were reason enough for Waite to abandon the 5-1 offensive scheme in favor of the 6-2, which was used last season.“We’re just trying to find a way for things to start clicking for them right now, for them to get into a rhythm and find some people who can swing and score, and Nellie is generally very good at that,” Waite said. “We gave her the opportunity today and she stepped up a number of times and had some good shots. We just need more people stepping up their games.”With only four games remaining in the regular season, the Badgers’ NCAA Tournament hopes have all but disappeared. However, despite the team’s struggles, Waite is confident in its ability, and he believes its recent results are not a reflection on the talent level of the team but rather its inability to consistently perform well against strong conference opponents.“We played like crud. Bottom line,” Waite said. “We have to play better, and that’s a team we can beat.”last_img read more