Lewandowski ‘the one that got away’

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce rues the day he was denied the chance to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski. Rovers were one of a number of clubs, including Tottenham and West Brom, who were offered Lewandowski by his then parent club Lech Poznan for just three million euros (£2.5m) in 2010. “It’s true,” the West Ham boss said. “He was put forward to sign very strongly by our recruitment staff and unfortunately it was one that got knocked back. “My distant memory isn’t that great but I think (former Rovers chairman) John (Williams) and the board said we are not going to commit that amount of money. “I think they wanted three or four million euros but we were particularly strapped financially at the time at Blackburn. I watched him play. But I didn’t get the chance to meet him.” It goes without saying that if Blackburn did have the man who ran rings around the Real defence in their team, they would not be at the wrong end of the npower Championship now. And for Allardyce, who spent just under three years in charge of Blackburn, knowing that he missed out on coaching the talented 24-year-old is particularly galling. “I think about it every time I see him play.,” the 58-year-old said. “He would have had a period of getting used to the level and the physical presence, but with a talent like that it wouldn’t have been too long before he started to shine and score goals.” Press Associationcenter_img Lewandowski underlined his status as one of the hottest properties in world football on Wednesday night when he scored all four goals in Dortmund’s Champions League semi-final thrashing of Real Madrid. Had it not been for an Icelandic ash cloud, or the financial constraints of the board at Ewood Park – Allardyce cannot remember which – the Pole could have been fighting relegation to League One with Blackburn instead. last_img read more

Twenty-six strong to defend Guyana in athletics at IGG

first_imgGUYANA’S defence of their athletics title at the Inter-Guiana Games will be supported by a 26-strong athletic, being led by World Youth Championships silver medallist Daniel Williams, along with CARIFTA Games gold medallist Chantoba Bright and South American Junior silver medallist Joanna Archer.The athletes were selected by the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) based on their performances at the trials last month, and will travel to Suriname to represent Guyana against the Surinamese athletes at the August 24-28 IGG.Notwithstanding missing last year, winners Kenisha Phillips, Avon Samuels, Onasha Rogers, Anfernee Headecker and Guyana’s sprint ace Compton Caesar, this year’s team looks good on paper and poised to defend Guyana’s title in athletics.Phillips, who just returned from representing Guyana at Commonwealth Youth Games, is out nursing injuries, while Samuels, Rogers and Caesar are no longer eligible to compete, by virtue of having finished school – a requirement of the Games of all participating athletes.Despite doing poorly in other sports at the multi-sport Games, Guyana have always maintained a healthy reputation in athletics. Aside from athletics, football, volleyball, basketball, swimming and cycling competitions will also be contested at the Games.This year ‘s team also includes other notables such South American Junior silver medallists Tortque Boyce, Samuel Lynch and Tyrell Peters. The team is also loaded with several repeat performers.Peters, who brought second in the Boys’ 100m last year, will get his chance to shine this year, winning the 100m at the trials in a time of 10.71 seconds. Deshauna Skeete who played second fiddle to Samuels in the Girls’ 400m last year will also have a chance to improve her standing.Archer returns to defend her Girls’ 800m and 1500m titles, while Bright will be looking to defend hers in the Girls’ long and triple jumps.The full team is as followsGirls: Toyan Raymond (100m, 200m), Binka Joseph (100m), Deshauna Skeete (200m, 400m), Kezra Murray (400m, 800m), Joanna Archer (800m, 1500m), Shaquka Tyrell (1500M, 3000m), Leyanna Charles (3000m), Chantoba Bright (long jump, triple jump), Tatyanna Blair (long jump, high jump), Virlyn Gibson (triple jump, high jump), Mian McPherson (shot put, javelin), Jamacia Scott (shot put, discus), Prudence Codrington (javelin, discus)Boys: Tyrell Peters (100m, 200m), Umkosie Vancooten (100m, 200m), Daniel Williams (400m, high jump), Samuel Lynch (400m, 800m), Daniel Melville (800m, discus), Murphy Nash (1500m, 5000m), Ronaldo Wishart (1500m, javelin), Rickie Williams (5000m), Anthony Williams (long jump, triple jump), Ronaldo Greene (long jump, triple jump), Tortque Boyce (high jump), Jermin Simmons (shot put, javelin), Lennox Henry (shot put, discus).last_img read more

Syracuse unravels in opening moments of 2nd half in 6-3 loss to NC State

first_imgWhen Georgia Allen kicked the ball back to Mackenzie Vlachos to signal the start of the second half, Syracuse knew the next 45 minutes could be the defining game of its season. Despite trailing 2-1 to No. 23 North Carolina State, the game was far from over. SU proved it could score, which it did in the fourth minute, and had matched the Wolfpack’s intensity and quality throughout the first half.Three minutes later, all Syracuse could do was try to avoid further embarrassment.Two minutes into the half, quick, one-touch passing between NC State’s Kia Rankin and Tziarra King sent Maxine Blackwood through on goal, where she slid the ball past a charging Jordan Harris for the visitor’s third goal of the night. A minute later, Mia Thillet laced a pinpoint through ball across to field to an oncoming Rankin, who provided a clinical finish.“The five minutes before or after a half starts and a half ends and the five minutes after a long stoppage, you’ve got to stay switched on,” SU head coach Phil Wheddon said. “We have to make sure we don’t allow service, make sure that our body position is such that we don’t allow players to run through us and around us.”The two goals buried the Orange’s chances of a win or draw, and only marked half of the damage Syracuse (3-10, 0-5 Atlantic Coast) would endure in the second half in an eventual 6-3 loss to NC State (9-3-2, 2-2-1) on Thursday night at SU Soccer Stadium. The defeat marks SU’s eighth straight, the longest such streak in program history.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBefore the Wolfpack put on a scoring clinic, SU had its dream start.The Orange earned a corner kick in the fourth minute and capitalized in an unconventional way. Sydney Brackett curled the ball into a packed six-yard box where NC State goalkeeper Sydney Wootten stood stagnant near the back post. When Wootten saw Brackett’s strike curling inside the front post, she lunged forward to try and swat it away, but instead palmed it into the roof of the net. It was SU’s first goal in 423 minutes, and the Orange celebrated like it.When the ball bulged into the net, all seven SU players in the box put their arms out and sprinted at Brackett, but the junior evaded her teammates’ embrace. With a big grin on her face, Brackett leapt and ran toward the Syracuse bench while all nine other field players chased after her. As she walked back to her position and prepared for play to restart, she continued to laugh and smile.“That’s what we needed,” Wheddon said. “You want to score early, and you want to try, from that point, to maintain the lead.”But the Orange’s glee was short-lived. Its first lead since Sept. 13 was cancelled after just seven minutes when Ricarda Walkling found Blackwood darting behind Shannon Aviza and Clarke Brown, the left side of SU’s back line. Walkling slipped a through ball in between the two defenders and to the feet of Blackwood, who took two touches before smashing the ball beyond Lysianne Proulx and into the top-left corner.After conceding, Syracuse struggled to keep possession, often booting the ball upfield to Allen, SU’s sole striker, in a sea of red jerseys. On the rare occasion Allen got a touch on the ball, she was immediately dispossessed by a swarm of Wolfpack defenders. NC State’s pressure and time on the ball finally broke down the Orange six minutes after its equalizer.King snuck up on Kate Donovan from behind, swiped the ball, and drove 35 yards into SU’s penalty area before beating Proulx with a low, right-footed strike.“She’s fast. She makes quick decisions,” Brown said about King, who has eight goals on the season. “(The second goal of the game) was a quick turnaround and we were out of position and not as close as we should be. It was a lack of communication. We need to be more alert at all times.”For the remainder of the first half, Syracuse reversed the narrative. It used solid link-up play and smart decisions in the middle and attacking third to create three shots in the opening 45 minutes.In the 25th minute, Brackett and Allen combined to send Kate Hostage, who returned from a left ankle injury after missing three games, through on goal. Hostage got within ten yards of the goal and fired a shot into Wootten’s foot and out for a corner kick.“We made sure we got the little details down,” Hostage said. “We had a lot of creativity and combination play. It’s just a couple defensive details and keeping the ball (letting us down).”The Wolfpack added two more goals through Blackwood and Kursten von Klahr while SU achieved its highest single-game goal total of the season with second-half goals from Meghan Root and Steph deLaforcade. Despite having its best offensive outing of 2018, the Orange must continue to strive toward complete, 90-minute performances, Wheddon said.“We enjoyed celebrating the goals but at the end of the day that wasn’t enough,” Wheddon said. “I’m very disappointed that we conceded the number of goals that we did, especially because we felt like we were in the game the whole time.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on October 4, 2018 at 11:15 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edulast_img read more

With chance to win division title, Dodgers will hand ball to veteran Rich Hill

first_imgThe Nationals routed the Rockies, 12-2, dropping them from sole possession of first place in the NL West. The Dodgers and Rockies will go into the final day of the regular season tied atop the division.If the Dodgers and Rockies both win or both lose Sunday, they will play a Game 163 in Los Angeles on Monday.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We made the playoffs. We’re one of 10 teams in the playoffs right now so we’re celebrating,” Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said in the post-game locker room Saturday.“Unfortunately, it’s not in our own hands (to win the division). We’ve got to root on the Nationals. They’ve got their two horses going in Stras (Stephen Strasburg who started Saturday) and (Max) Scherzer and we’ve got to do our part tomorrow. You never know. It’s fun to have something to root for.”The Nationals took some of the fun out of it when manager Dave Martinez announced after Saturday’s game that Scherzer would not start Sunday. Instead, the Rockies will face 2014 first-round draft pick Erick Fedde, a 25-year-old right-hander with a 2-4 record and 6.28 ERA in 13 career big-league starts.That unexpected change by the Nationals no doubt factored into the Dodgers’ decision to start Hill on Sunday and hold Buehler back for a possible one-game playoff with the Rockies on Monday — or a wild-card game on Tuesday.Buehler has been the Dodgers’ best starter for the past two months. Over his past 11 starts, Buehler has a 1.70 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP and 84 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .167 batting average.While Hill has a good record against the Giants (6-2, 2.47), he has not finished strong this season. Over his past five starts, he has a 5.14 ERA with 23 hits including six home runs allowed in 28 innings.UP NEXTDodgers LHP Rich Hill (10-5, 3.87 ERA) at Giants LHP Andrew Suarez (7-12, 4.22 ERA), Sunday, 12:05 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available) For the Dodgers, finishing on top of the division means the significant difference between traveling to Chicago or Milwaukee (the NL Central leaders are also deadlocked heading into Sunday) in an elimination-game scenario immediately (a one-game, wild-card playoff) on Tuesday or possibly hosting the Atlanta Braves in an NL Division Series beginning Thursday — the expected outcome when the Dodgers left LA on this season-ending road trip a whipsaw week of twists and turns ago.“You’re talking about workload, rest, less travel, setting up a rotation — things we’ve had the luxury of havng the last few years,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the difference between starting the playoffs as a wild card or division winner. “Teams have done it (won a championship) through the wild card. With the depth we have, it keeps coming back to that word, but it rings true with our club.”A wild-card team hasn’t made it to the World Series since 2014 when both the Giants and Royals did. They are the only wild-card teams to advance that far since the format was changed in 2012 to add a second wild card and make it a one-game playoff. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO — The last time the Dodgers failed to win the National League West division title, Walker Buehler was starting his freshman year at Vanderbilt.He will still be on the sidelines Sunday at AT&T Park. The Dodgers debated the decision deep into the evening Sunday before announcing they would start veteran Rich Hill with a chance to pitch them to their sixth consecutive division title.As the Dodgers sprayed champagne and beer over each other following Saturday’s win — assuring they will play in the postseason as a division winner or wild-card team — Buehler and Hill were both possible starters for Sunday’s series finale in San Francisco.The decision, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, would be “contingent on the night game” between the Colorado Rockies and Washington Nationals.last_img read more