EPL: VAR denies Wolves as Leicester’s Choudhury sees red

September 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Nuno Espirito Santo’s side thought they had taken the lead when Willy Boly headed home in the first half, but VAR stepped in to chalk off the goal for the tightest of offside calls against Diogo Jota. Wolves were furious, but the officiating turned in their favour after half-time as Leicester had a penalty appeal turned down before midfielder Choudhury was sent off for a second booking.Leicester remain third in the Premier League, one point behind second placed Manchester City as they bid to qualify for the Champions League.Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers will be encouraged by his team’s second clean-sheet in their last 11 league games, especially as they had to withstand a late Wolves barrage.But the sight of Jamie Vardy failing to score for a sixth successive league match meant it was not all good news for Rodgers.Wolves had returned from a winter break in Spain for the 42nd game of a gruelling season that started with Europa League action back in July.But they never looked fatigued in a bruising encounter and climb to seventh in the table.Pedro Neto cut into the Leicester penalty area and found Jota early on, but Wolves winger’s low shot was blocked by the outstretched leg of Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel.– Wolves fury –Neto was the provider again when Leander Dendoncker glanced just wide from his corner.Caglar Soyuncu should have put Leicester ahead but he nodded straight at Rui Patricio from James Maddison’s free-kick.Wolves defender Matt Doherty needed lengthy treatment to close a gaping wound that left blood pouring from his head after a clash with Maddison.Doherty was eventually able to continue and played a role in the move that nearly brought Wolves the opening goal in the 44th minute.Neto’s cross was flicked on by Doherty to Boly and he headed home, only for VAR to disallow the goal for an extremely tight offside against Jota, who had passed to Neto in the build-up.Wolves captain Conor Coady was furious with referee Mike Dean as the players walked off at half-time, reportedly shouting “You’re the referee and even you don’t know” at the official.VAR went in Wolves’ favour after the break when Maddison appeared to be shoved over by Romain Saiss in the penalty area, with Dean giving a goal-kick and the review system backing his assessment.And it was Leicester’s turn to suffer at the hands of Dean again in the 76th minute.The scoreboard displays the decision disallowing a goal for Wolves against LeicesterRead Also: Guardiola’s future in doubt after Man City hit with UEFA banAlready on a booking, Choudhury slipped over and lost control of the ball, reacting with a lunging tackle that sent Dendoncker sprawling.Wolves nearly took advantage of their numerical superiority when substitute Adama Traore picked out Raul Jimenez for a header that flashed over.Jimenez was guilty of a worse miss in the closing moments when he again failed to hit the target with a header from Joao Moutinho’s delivery.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?These Hilariously Creative Shower Curtains Will Make Your Day9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes Wolves were controversially denied by VAR and Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury was sent off in a stormy 0-0 draw at Molineux on Friday night.Advertisementlast_img read more

Will Hicks is still influencing Syracuse athletes even after his role has changed

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgWhen Smith visited SU a few months ago, he visited Hicks first. Former N.C. State standout and St. Louis Ram Tory Holt still texts Hicks every Father’s Day, often before Hicks’ own children.Last summer, Hicks got knee replacement surgery on a Tuesday. After he was released from the hospital that Saturday, doctors told him he should be sidelined for the next six to seven weeks. With the help of a walker, the 55-year-old returned to work with the softball team the following Monday.“I had to check on my girls and make sure they were OK,” said Hicks. “They were surprised I was out that long.”That summer, the same country music playlist blasted over the speakers each morning. Pitcher Sydney O’Hara and second baseman Alicia Hansen could recite the entire country music mix by the end of the summer, Toby Keith stuck in their heads. The pair shuffled back and forth while rolling the softball to practice scooping groundballs. They practiced their gasser test weekly, which helped O’Hara drop two seconds off her usual time and Hansen pass the test with ease after previously struggling. Hicks cheered the duo on during the test.In the fall, Hicks had hosted the “Softball Ultimate Frisbee Championship of the Free World,” as he called it. Instead of their normal running for the day, the entire softball team participated in the Frisbee extravaganza for 45 minutes. For a day in the summer, tennis players had focused on trapping a balloon between their legs and balancing a tennis ball on a spoon.Since the switch over a year ago, women’s tennis made its first NCAA tournament. O’Hara has hit better than ever and leads the ACC in batting average. Hansen has started every game this season and finds herself one hit ahead of her total from last year with over 20 games left.“He expects you to work your hardest,” O’Hara said. “If you don’t you feel like you’re letting him down in a way.”Hicks has mostly stayed the same. Each morning at 5:15 a.m., he’s still the first Syracuse employee to arrive at Manley Fieldhouse. He still begins the day by brewing “the juice,” his daily dose of coffee and Mountain Dew. “Bring the juice,” Hick’s yells at dreary players. “You gotta bring the juice!”But after that, he no longer follows a regimented schedule. One day he meets with tennis at 4:30 p.m., and then at 9 in the morning.Hicks finished instructing the tennis players after about 30 minutes into the morning workout but they didn’t stop. Instead, each returned to the starting point and tried to break more personal records in Hicks’ drills.“If you coach them the right way they’ll want to stay all day,” Hicks said with a smile. “They stay for extra work because it’s fun, not because they have to.”Hicks didn’t have to stay either. But he did. Comments Will Hicks stood on the 10-yard line of the Manley Fieldhouse turf in his blue Syracuse jumpsuit with five SU tennis players in a line beside him. The athletes waited for Hicks to launch a tennis ball down the field. They’d run down as soon as the ball left Hicks’ hand, needing to catch it before it bounced twice on the turf.“Like a dog in the park,” Hicks boomed as Gabriela Knutson chased one down.“You get a treat if you bring this one back,” the assistant athletics director for athletic performance yelled as Anna Shkudun caught it on the fly.The players breathed heavy as they got back in line to continue the drill. But their coach, who already downed two cups of coffee and two bottles of Mountain Dew upon his arrival five hours earlier, showed no signs of fatigue.That’s how “the old professor,” as Hicks called himself, has been influencing his athletes for 34 years. He worked with SU football players from 2000 to 2016, when football coach Dino Babers fired former coach Scott Shafer’s staff, including Hicks, which is common as new coaches implement their system. Babers runs a high-pace, no-huddle offense that requires a specific strength and conditioning program.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Everywhere I’ve been, I’ve always brought my strength and conditioning coach with me.” Babers said. “What we do is unique. It hasn’t been seen before. The way they condition the way they handle the strength department is very different than what other people do. It’s important to keep that continuity as we move forward.”Now, Hicks works with Olympic sports but a change in job description hasn’t prevented him from bringing the same fire.“Truthfully,” Hicks said, “I’m having a blast.”Despite losing the job he held for 16 years, Hicks had no interest in leaving Syracuse. He’d become a part of the community and couldn’t imagine saying goodbye to the people who became his closest friends. And he understood what kind of influence the coaches had on their players.He learned that in high school. Hicks’ dad died when he was young, and Hicks turned to his football coach, who pushed him to spend extra time working out. It led to an offer from North Carolina State, something Hicks doesn’t think would have been possible without his coach’s motivation.He arrived on campus as one of the strongest players on the team, but knee injuries derailed his Division I athletic career. So, he left school. At 21, Hicks spent his days powerlifting and his nights as a bouncer.Then, his former coach at N.C. State, John Stucky called. Stucky urged his former player to return to finish his degree while helping coach in the weight room. Stucky, who was named one of the 10 Master of Strength and Conditioning Coaches by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, counseled Hicks to specialize: Push something heavy, pull something heavy, press something heavy, and condition.That phone call was in 1983. Thirty-four years later, Hicks still attributes the start of his coaching career to Stucky.“Coaches change people’s lives,” Hicks said. “Not just how they are physically and how they play and all that, but coaches can change lives. Somebody was willing to do it for me. I was always one of those that thought you should pay it back.”When Hicks began as graduate assistant strength coach, the National Strength and Conditioning Association didn’t even exist. The man that predates the association has earned emeritus status from the NSCA, meaning he no longer must renew his certifications.Yet the thing players remember most about Hicks can’t be credentialed. It’s the trust he earns with players.“That was my guy,” former SU wide receiver Ashton Broyld said. “… You could go in and talk to coach Hicks and talk about anything, and I mean anything, and I promise he ain’t telling anyone else about your business.”In 2010, following his redshirt senior season, former Syracuse linebacker Derrell Smith traveled to Boca Raton, Florida, to train for the NFL combine. A nagging knee injury prevented the eventual Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Houston Texan from attending the combine, but when Smith returned to Syracuse to train for his Pro Day, Hicks worked on Smith’s mobility. Within two days, the knee problems were fixed.“That’s not even his job,” said Smith. “He did that just out of the kindness of his heart because he wanted to see us succeed. That was the biggest part of the trust between us. He really wanting to see us succeed and doing what was necessary to do so.” Published on April 4, 2017 at 11:21 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Meralco averts disaster, ousts Blackwater

January 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After Mike Digregorio cut Meralco’s 99-91 lead to five, 99-94, with a three-pointer at the 3:07 mark, Allen Durham and Jared Dillinger scored five unanswered to give the Bolts a 104-94 lead with 1:29 left in the game.“My guys showed a lot of heart in this game tonight, we were down at halftime and we had to find direction for the team,” said Bolts head coach Norman Black after his team trailed 52-40 in the first two quarters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We couldn’t do anything right offensively or defensively and we were having a hard time defending [Henry] Walker who lit us up in the first half.”Walker had 27 first half points, 21 in the second period alone, on 7-of-15 shooting but Ranidel De Ocampo managed to clamp down on the Blackwater import in the second half. With De Ocampo guarding him, Walker just shot 3-of-11 in the second half and that became a welcome reprieve for the Bolts who almost lost import Allen Durham to a sprained right ankle at the 7:05 mark of the fourth.Blackwater also took an 84-79 lead early in the fourth quarter but Baser Amer and Jared Dillinger teamed up for an 11-0 run to give the Bolts a 90-84 lead with 8:06 left.Amer led the Bolts with 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting while Durham missed out on a triple-double finish with 18 points, 20 rebounds, and nine assists.Garvo Lanete and Dillinger lit up from beyond the arc and finished with 17 and 15 points, respectively.Walker finished with a game-high 34 points with 16 points to lead the Elite while JP Erram added 18 points and nine boards.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda stretches streak to 12, clinches twice-to-beat Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene PBA IMAGESTop seed Meralco showed its mettle and stopped Blackwater’s upset hopes with a 104-96 win in the do-or-die quarterfinal match of the PBA Governors’ Cup Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Bolts, who had their twice-to-beat advantage neutralized after the Elite won the first game, used a strong finish to overcame a double-digit deficit and oust the tough-fighting Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody MOST READ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidelast_img read more

Local gas prices increase over the weekend

January 11, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgMeantime, the national average had also slipped about half a cent to 93.8 and so had the B.C. low end price at the Prince George Costco, down a penny to 89.9 cents.That resulted in another province-wide price difference of thirty cents a litre, because the high end price was back up to a 119.9 cents, thanks to the Skookumchuck Service Centre in the Rocky Mountain Trench of the East Kootenay region. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — 101.9 cents became firmly established during the weekend at retail gasoline stations in Fort St. John as the city’s new common posted price for a regular litre.However, the seven-cent increase initiated at the end of last week continues a local pricing trend which still runs contrary to most of the province, and for that matter, most the country.For weeks prior to the hike, prices were going up across the country, while local outlets held firm at 96.9 cents. They even briefly slipped to 94.9, before the long predicted increase — based on a U.S. wholesale price hike.- Advertisement -However once the local increase was firmly in place, prices elsewhere started to go down.By midday yesterday, the GasBuddy.com survey had the first day of spring beginning with average prices in every province either down slightly, or holding steady.That was even true of B.C., which had slipped about half a cent to a 105.5, but because Quebec had dropped back to 98.7, this province regained the dubious honor as the only one in the country with an average above a dollar a litre.Advertisementlast_img read more