Chelsea manager not bothered by higher expectations

first_imgChelsea manager Frank Lampard is not bothered by higher expectations at the club this season. The Blues boss knows that he cannot be content with a top-four finish. Given the club’s huge spending spree this summer, fans, the board and owner Roman Abramovich will be expecting a title challenge and trophies. And Lampard is not bothered by those aspirations. “No matter what goes on at the club, there will always be pressures,” Lampard told reporters during a virtual press conference.Advertisement “I thrive off those pressures and I enjoy them. I understand the different nature of pressure coming this year. It is why I love doing it. “I didn’t come into this job to fight for fourth place, although I know last year that it was an achievement and one of the goals that we set out to. I didn’t come in just to bring academy players into the first-team and say I made debuts for this many players; I came here to win. read also:Lampard hands Willian’s No.10 jersey to Chelsea star “Any club at our level has to try and tick the major boxes and recruitment is a huge part of that. Last year we weren’t able to recruit in a big way. I wasn’t able to bring in players I felt might be helpful for the way I wanted to go and the style I wanted to play. “This year, I have been able to have some impact on that. But the club has, more importantly, being able to make decisions to bring in players. It changes the landscape, yes, but I am excited by that as much as feeling the pressure. I am ready to go and work.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

Gerald “Gabby” Tichenor, 72

first_imgGerald “Gabby” Tichenor, 72, of Greensburg passed away on June 24, 2020. He was born on May 14, 1948 in Decatur County the son of Monford and Mary Tichenor.  Gabby went to Greensburg High School.  He served in the United States Marine Corp.  On February 14, 1970 he married Brenda Hogsten and together they raised two sons Brian and Mark.  Gabby worked at Bohn Aluminum and Gecom and retired in June of 2013.Survivors include: Wife, Brenda Tichenor; Sons, Brian (Kim) Tichenor and Mark (Mark Bradley) Tichenor; Siblings, James (Judy) Tichenor and Kay (Robert) Baylis; and many Brother and Sister in Laws, Nieces and Nephews.  Gabby was preceded in death by his Parents, Mary and Monford Tichenor; Brothers, Louis Tichenor, Dale Tichenor and Nathan Tichenor; Mother in Law, Beyreda Hogsten Dickerson; and Father in Law, Ernest Hogsten.A visitation for family and friends will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2020 from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm, with a visitation for those who are immunocompromised from 2:00-3:00 pm at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. The family has asked that you please bring and wear a mask at all times while inside the building and to please follow the CDC recommendation of safe distancing.  A Facebook Live Funeral will be held on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 11:00 am.  Rev. Dawn Barnes will be officiating.  Burial will be at South Park Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions can be made to the Decatur County Memorial Hospital Foundation.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.comlast_img read more

Germany leave out Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig players for Nations League games

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Germany will kick off its 2020 UEFA Nations League matches in September without most of its Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig internationals.National coach Joachim Loew on Tuesday said this was because they finished their season only days ago with the final eight tournament of the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League. Loew said the disrupted season, which ended with Sunday’s final match, which Bayern Munich won, meant there would be changes in the squad.They have games against Spain on September 3 and Switzerland three days later.Germany will be without Bayern Munich’s treble winners Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Manuel Neuer and Serge Gnabry and RB Leipzig’s Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Halstenberg.“As a national team coach I have a responsibility to the players,” Loew told a news conference. “What is important is that clubs and federations work closely, together than ever in order to control the strain on the players.”He will however have Bayern Munich central defender Niklas Suele, recently back following a cruciate ligament tear last year, and the duo of Julian Draxler and Thilo Kehrer of Paris St-Germain. “They had a longer break in France and have played fewer matches than the Bayern Munich or RB Leipzig players,” Loew said.Loew also called up three newcomers, with Atalanta left-back Robin Gosens, Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus and Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann in his 22-man squad.Germany also face Ukraine as part of their League A Group 4 matches.Reuters/NAN.Tags: 2019/20 UEFA Champions eagueBayern MunichGermanyRB Leipziglast_img read more

Lampard: Tomori won’t leave Chelsea

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Fikayo Tomori can fight for first-team football at Chelsea after Frank Lampard insisted the England defender is not heading out for an imminent loan.Tomori has been heavily linked with a loan switch to Everton, with the Toffees understood to be keen to take the 22-year-old to Goodison Park for the season. Tomori has not featured for Chelsea since February but Lampard revealed the centre-back is in contention for Monday’s Premier League opener at Brighton.When asked if Tomori would be heading out on loan, Lampard said: “With Fikayo, no, I’m not aware of those conversations getting to any point where I’m going to be talking about that.“Fikayo trained with us today and is in contention for the Brighton game, and that’s where we’re at.“There’s nothing specific I want him to improve, all I want him to do is work hard, show the work-ethic he’s shown me at Derby and for major parts of last season.“I hope every player knows at that point I’m fair in how I try to pick the team. “With four centre-backs last year, two will be unhappy pretty much every week, it’s up to them to try and make a starting place their own, and those are just the rules at a club like Chelsea.”Tags: Fikayo TomoriFrank LampardGoodison ParkPremier Leaguelast_img read more

Syracuse strong at faceoff X to start season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 12, 2014 at 1:39 am Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb Each time Chris Daddio set out for practice in the offseason, the bitter end to last season was on his mind. So too was the backlash from Syracuse fans, serving as a reminder to why Duke was crowned national champions and the Orange wasn’t.“I’ve seen the articles. I’ve seen all the comments. I’ve heard it all,” Daddio said. “I had some trouble. I had some success, but it was a little bit too inconsistent. After the way last year ended, that one really hit me harder than it ever has.“I wanted to make sure I did everything I could.”After a 9-for-30 performance at the faceoff X to end last year, the Orange’s faceoff specialists now come into this season with a chip on their shoulder. For the third straight year, Daddio is the first option for Syracuse at the X to start the year, followed by junior college transfer Mike Iacono.If Monday night’s season-opening blowout win over Siena was any hint, No. 2 Syracuse (1-0) might be in line for some better fortune. The Orange controlled 12-of-18 faceoffs in the first half behind strong performances by Daddio and Iacono, and then SU sent out walk-on sophomore Austin Wentworth for a few battles at the X when it held a sizable lead.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd once sophomore Cal Paduda’s injured hand heals, SU will have another body to add to the mix.“Faceoffs have obviously been a big point of emphasis,” senior attack Derek Maltz said, “and the coaches have done a great job getting those guys to go after each other each and every day. It’s a good battle.”At least two or three times a week during the offseason, Daddio met with assistant coach Kevin Donahue for individual work on faceoffs.Each day offered something different, Daddio said, whether it was running or how they tried to perfect his technique. His hard work reflected in his 10-of-17 results Monday night.“It was a good start today,” he said. “Could’ve been a little bit better — maybe four or five more our way — but I mean, we’ve got a lot to work on.“Me, Mike, no matter who’s out there, we’ve just got to make sure we keep it going and get better and better.”What Iacono does, as he demonstrated Monday night, is offer a change of pace for Syracuse. Daddio’s wins at the X involved him dropping down as far to the ground as possible and securing possession himself.Although Daddio is 6 inches shorter than Iacono, stature isn’t decisive for faceoff guys. Both specialist said that it’s all in the technique. Iacono, at 6–foot-5, is the Orange’s only faceoff specialist who uses the motorcycle grip and doesn’t drop to his knees. His move is predicated on overpowering his opponent, flipping the ball ahead to himself and kick-starting a fast break.“It creates offense for our team and we’re one of the best transition teams out there,” Iacono said. “The ball moves so smoothly.”SU head coach John Desko has said he would love to have one player emerge as a dominant faceoff option. But even as Daddio’s career has progressed and he gradually has taken a higher percentage of SU’s faceoffs, it’s been hard for Desko to ride one specialist. For as long as the senior has been at Syracuse, the Orange has been a faceoff-by-committee team.Unless Daddio can create some separation between him and his teammates, that could be the case again this season.“We’ve always had a team mentality, whoever can go out there and win the faceoffs,” Daddio said. “We’ve thrown as many as five guys in there in one game. Whoever can get out there and win faceoffs is really all we’re worried about.” Commentslast_img read more

Ennis forced to sit due to foul trouble in crunch time for first time this season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ For the first time all season, Tyler Ennis was forced to sit down with Syracuse in a tight game late in the second half.After being called for a charge with 9:10 left in regulation and the Orange trailing Virginia 46-42, Ennis sat for the next 2:20 as the Cavaliers pushed their lead to 52-45.“I know my team needs me late in the game to make plays,” Ennis said, “so I can’t be in that position on the bench.”Ennis ultimately fouled out with No. 4 SU’s (26-3, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) 75-56 loss well cemented, finishing with 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting and four assists. He picked up two charge calls and a hasty third foul in transition that kept him sidelined during part of the No. 12 Cavaliers’ (25-5, 16-1) 33-14 game-closing run.While the freshman point guard has picked up four fouls in five other games this season, that hadn’t forced him off the court in crunch time of a close game until Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I thought a couple of the plays I could’ve avoided fouls with the charges,” Ennis said. “But I’ve got to play smarter down the stretch.”SU head coach Jim Boeheim declined to comment on the charge calls, the second of which led him to sarcastically wave his hand toward the court. The Orange has been on both the winning and losing side of block or charge calls in recent weeks.A charge on C.J. Fair helped No. 6 Duke beat the Orange on Feb. 22, while a no-call on Baye Moussa Keita allowed SU to hold off Maryland last Saturday.Boeheim did say that he thought the importance of Ennis’ foul trouble paled in comparison to SU’s perimeter defense. The Cavaliers shot 7-of-11 from 3-point range in the second half.“I don’t think that was a factor that much,” Boeheim said of Ennis.When Ennis returned to the court, he was put in a position that the Orange centers have often found themselves in this season.But he didn’t appear to play hesitantly, despite the defense’s struggles.Keita said that’s the approach the whole team has taken this season.Said Keita: “When we play, we just go ahead and play hard. It doesn’t matter how many fouls we have or what’s the score. We’re just going to play every single play like it’s our last.” Comments Published on March 2, 2014 at 12:13 am Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more


first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 17. Crimes against personsat 2:03 A.m. on Nov. 16, DPS officers responded to a report of two students involved in an altercation at Pi Beta Phi and detained them for investigation. During questioning, one of the students admitted that he punched the other student in the eye, but the second student did not want criminal prosecution of the matter. Both subjects were subsequently 2:58 p.m. on Nov. 16, a staff member reported that she was involved in a confrontation with a former student outside the Physical Education building and the subject subsequently posted a threatening statement on her social media page.Crimes against propertyat 3:17 p.m. on Nov. 16, two non-USC males were struck by a branch that fell from a tree outside Bovard Auditorium. Both of the males sustained injuries, so a Los Angeles Fire Department RA unit was requested. RA Unit #24 responded and treated the males, then one of them was transported to California Hospital for additional medical treatment.Miscellaneous incidentsat 3:00 a.m. on Nov. 16, DPS officers responded to an intoxicated student who was observed standing naked near Jefferson Boulevard and Royal Street. The student was incoherent when contacted by the officers, so a Los Angeles Fire Department RA unit was requested. RA Unit #14 responded and examined the student, then transported him to Kaiser Hospital for medical treatment.last_img read more

Women of Troy gain two more victories in Washington

first_imgA trip to the Pacific Northwest proved to be a challenging task for the USC women’s soccer team, but it managed to continue its recent string of strong play, coming away with two hard-fought victories in Washington.In the first game of their road trip, the Women of Troy came away with a 2-1 victory over the Gonzaga Bulldogs in sudden death overtime, but the victory was no walk in the park.“We just came out really flat in the first half and Gonzaga took it to us,” USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “We fell behind and we had to make some changes to the lineup, but the ladies responded well. We came back, created some good opportunities and we were able to put them away.”In the first half, USC faced an early deficit after the Bulldogs broke through for a goal in the 33rd minute.The second half would be a lot different, however, as the Women of Troy created plenty of scoring opportunities, finally breaking through in the 68th minute when freshman midfielder Elizabeth Eddy scored on a breakaway, tying the game at one goal apiece.That same score would stand until the end of regulation, forcing the game into overtime and giving USC one more chance to salvage a victory.Five minutes into the extra period, freshman midfielder Autumn Altamirano completed the comeback, heading in a ball off a pass from Eddy, giving the Women of Troy the overtime win. Despite giving up an early goal, the defense recuperated and shut down the Bulldogs’ offense for the rest of the game, giving USC a chance to win it at the end.“The defense was amazing,” Altamirano said. “They kept us in the game, they cleared the ball and defended really, really well like they do every other game.”In the second game of their road trip, the Women of Troy found themselves in an early hole yet again but managed to match their highest offensive output of the season in a 5-1 victory over the Eastern Washington Eagles.The Eagles struck first with a goal in the second minute of play when forward Whitney Brannan knocked in her seventh goal of the year to give her team an early 1-0 lead.It wasn’t too long before the Women of Troy responded – in the sixth minute, sophomore midfielder Courtney Garcia scored her first goal of the year to even the game at one goal apiece, and in the 11th minute, it was sophomore forward Samantha Johnson who knocked a ball through the posts to give USC a 2-1 lead they would never relinquish.“We responded well and we didn’t put our heads down,” Garcia said. “We knew we could beat them, so we just went right after them and attacked.”Freshman midfielder Haley Boysen scored her third goal of the season in the 44th minute, giving the Women of Troy a two-goal lead before halftime.In the second half, senior defender Karter Haug scored in the 84th minute and Garcia added her second goal of the game to complete the scoring for USC.Though it was far from easy, the team came away with a sweep of their weekend road trip in the Pacific Northwest.“I think the ladies are starting to figure out that everybody is fired up to play USC,”Khosroshahin said. “This weekend, we came up here and took the opposition a little bit lightly and both teams were able to score on us first. Hopefully, we’ve learned from this that everybody is going to put their best foot forward against us.”last_img read more

AFCON Qualifier: Ghana-Uganda match moved to September 6

first_imgThe Ghana FA has confirmed that their game against Uganda Cranes in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier will be played on September 6th.Edgar Watson, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda FA told on Thursday saidthat their counterparts in Ghana had communicated that they have moved the game by a day instead of the earlier date of September 5.“We received the confirmation that the game will be played on a Saturday in Kumasi,” said Watson.In their last meeting at the same Stadium in an Afcon qualifier, the Cranes held the Black Stars to a 1-1 draw in 2003.The Cranes who last qualified for Afcon in 1978 have already embarked on training ahead of the match and will have a build-up away to Niger on September 2. Guinea and Togo are the other teams in Group E of the Afcon qualifiers.last_img read more

NBA approves draft lottery reform, player rest guidelines

first_imgNEW YORK — NBA owners on Thursday approved draft lottery reform and guidelines for the resting of healthy players in the regular season.The lottery reform is an attempt to disincentivize losing and curtail teams from trying to get a better chance at obtaining a top draft pick.The three highest lottery seeds will now each have a 14 percent chance of getting the top pick compared to 25 percent for the team with the worst record, 19.9 percent for the team with the second-worst record and 15.6 percent for the team with the third-worst record in the lottery system used since 2005.“Lottery reform was important because there was a perception in many of our communities that the best path to rebuilding their teams was to race to the bottom,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “I don’t necessarily agree that that’s the optimal strategy to create a great team, but it became currency in this league. So much so that there were situations in many of our team communities where the team felt under pressure to engage in that strategy, even when they didn’t think that was the best strategy to build their team. “NBA Draft Lottery reform is a meaningful step in our continuous effort to enhance the quality of our games,” NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell said. “These changes were necessary to improve the competitive incentives for our teams.”The number of picks determined by the lottery will also increase to four from three, meaning the team with the worst record could fall to the fifth pick compared to the fourth pick in the previous lottery system. The team with the second-worst record will pick no lower than sixth, the third-seed no worse than seventh and the fourth seed no worse than eighth.The new lottery system will begin with the 2019 draft so teams can prepare and plan.While Silver and the league’s front office pushed for adopting this reform, it is not popular with all team executives, especially ones playing in small and mid-markets.Some executives in those markets believe the best way to get a franchise-altering player is through a draft and that this reform hurts their chances to draft that kind of player.Opponents also see the reform as simply moving where the tanking happens. Instead of the very worst teams trying to finish with the worst record, they envision a scenario where teams in the middle or at the end of the lottery tank to improve their chances of getting a top-3 or top-5 pick.But the league is more concerned right now about the teams trying to get the best lottery odds. In consecutive seasons, the Philadelphia 76ers “trusted the process” and lost 63, 64 and 72 games. The league wants to avoid those situations, or one such as last year when the Lakers and Phoenix Suns lost late-season games while sitting healthy players. To be fair, the Lakers won five of their final six games (at the time, angering many fans in favor of them losing as many as possible). Despite lesser odds, the Lakers (26-56) secured the No. 2 pick and Phoenix (24-58) picked fourth.By flattening lottery odds at the top, the league believes it is eliminating the idea that a team has to be the worst of the worst to improve. Supporters of the proposal reason that bad teams can still improve through the draft without “tanking,” which has been a public-relations problem for the league.“There is no longer an incentive to try to calibrate between the worst record and the second-worst record, and the second-worst record and the third-worst record,” Silver said. “But at the same time it recognizes that poor-performing teams do need to get high draft picks as a legitimate way to rebuild their team.“It’s a combination of perception, but substance too. That there was too great an incentive for teams to embark on that strategy under the current odds.”The resting regulations give Silver the ability to fine teams for sitting healthy players in instances that include nationally televised games. That legislation needed a simple majority to pass.“It ultimately is my hope that the rules go in the drawer and that teams step up here and see that there is a larger obligation to our fans, to the basketball community,” Silver said regarding the rest issue.Silver will have the discretionary ability to fine teams for resting players in several instances, including sitting multiple players outside of unusual circumstances in a single game, and healthy players in nationally televised ESPN, ABC and TNT games.When teams decide to rest players in games, they’ll be encouraged to do so for home instead of away games. Star players sitting out are expected to be on the bench during games and encouraged to be accessible to fans for interaction before the game.The league announced that any violation of the new resting rule will be deemed as conduct prejudicial or detrimental to the NBA. Teams that violate the rule will be fined at least $100,000.Silver suggested the league would continue to tweak its rest policy in the coming seasons.“The owners all understood when we were discussing them that sort of the devil is in the details here in terms of how it is we will enforce them, and we’re going to do our best,” the commissioner said. “But my hunch is that once we see them in operation, we’ll be back having additional discussions as to just the right way to calibrate it.”The NBA rid the 2017-18 season schedule of many back-to-back games around nationally televised appearances, giving teams presumably less reason to sit out players for high-profile games.“At the end of the day, it comes down to our teams,” Silver said. “It comes down to a sense of obligation our teams have toward the league that they’re a part of.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“ … To trade away otherwise very serviceable players and embark on a strategy that requires them to, in essence, field poor teams, which they believed would give them the best chance to improve over the long term. I felt it was corrosive to this league.”According to an ESPN report, the draft lottery reform passed with a 28-1-1 vote, with Oklahoma City voting against and Dallas abstaining. The league needed 23 of 30 teams – a three-quarters majority – to pass the legislation.The voting was part of a two-day meeting of the NBA board of governors in New York that concluded on Thursday.The chance for the No. 1 pick after the three highest lottery seeds is as follows:Team 4: 12.5%Team 5: 10.5%Team 6: 9.0%Team 7: 7.5%Team 8: 6.0%Team 9: 4.5%Team 10: 3.0%Team 11: 2.0%Team 12: 1.5%Team 13: 1.0%Team 14: 0.5%center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more