Last chance for Newcastle – Carver

first_imgJohn Carver has left his relegation-threatened players in little doubt that they are drinking in the last-chance saloon. The Magpies find themselves in severe danger of slipping into the Sky Bet Championship if they cannot beat West Ham in the final Barclays Premier League game of the season at St James’ Park on Sunday. Their plight is due largely to a dreadful run of form which has seen them take just a single point from the last 30 on offer, and they are without a win since February 28. Press Associationcenter_img But if 18th-placed Hull manage to beat Manchester United at the KC Stadium in their last fixture, Newcastle will themselves have to take three points if they are to avoid the drop. Carver said: “There are no second chances now. This is the last game, it’s the cup final we’ve been talking about. We all know what we have to do and we all take responsibility. “It’s not about me taking the blame or [owner] Mike [Ashley] and [managing director] Lee [Charnley], we all take responsibility. “We’re in this situation, we’ve got to deal with it. I feel like we’ve got to win. If we do that, we take care of our own business.” Under-fire Ashley has been conspicuous by his absence in recent weeks and his presence at St James’ this weekend would provide a focus for fans seething with discontent at a season which has been allowed to spiral out of control. However, Carver, the man appointed as Alan Pardew’s replacement until the end of the season back in January, is confident he retains the sportswear magnate’s support. He said: “It wouldn’t bother me at all if he came. But if he doesn’t come, I’m sure he will phone me beforehand, and if he does come, I’m sure he’ll come and see me before the game. “But I really don’t know what his plans are. I can’t decide what Mike’s going to do, all I can decide is what we’re going to do on Sunday.” Speculation over Derby boss Steve McClaren’s future on Thursday evening led to fresh links between Newcastle and the former England manager. However, Press Association Sport understands the Magpies have not made another approach for McClaren, who has twice turned down the opportunity to replace Pardew, the first time with the Rams flying high in the Championship in January, and the second just weeks ago after they missed out on the play-offs. last_img read more

Four Syracuse players named to All-ACC team

first_img Published on April 26, 2018 at 11:46 am Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturco No. 12 Syracuse’s Nick Mellen, Brett Kennedy, Jamie Trimboli and Nate Solomon were named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team, the league announced Thursday morning. It was the first time each of the four players earned conference honors.Mellen, a redshirt sophomore close defender and preseason All-American, is assigned the opposing team’s top attack each game. He has held his own, limiting all 12 of his opponents to a point below their season averages. Mellen leads the Orange with 15 caused turnovers, ranks third with 24 ground balls and is the only close defender to have started in all 12 games this season for SU.Kennedy, who is primarily a long-stick midfielder, filled in at close defense when Tyson Bomberry missed four games earlier this season with injury. In his first career start he scored two transition goals in a narrow 12-11 win over Virginia on March 4. Kennedy is also often slotted on the wing during faceoffs. The redshirt freshman ranks second on the team with 33 ground balls and third with nine caused turnovers.Trimboli is the veteran on the first midfield line alongside two freshmen despite being a sophomore. He has become the go-to option from up top, scoring 16 goals and adding nine assists. Trimboli scored the game-winner against Duke this season.Solomon, a junior attack, ranks second on the team with 19 goals and 31 points. He is the most experienced starter on Syracuse’s offense having played in head coach John Desko’s system for two seasons before 2018. Solomon has scooped 19 ground balls and posts a 43.2 shooting percentage for the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo. 1 seed Syracuse will play No. 4 seed Virginia on Friday at 8:30 p.m. in the second game of the ACC tournament. The Orange (7-5, 4-0 ACC) will look to avoid an early exit from the Tournament, as it fell in the opening round to North Carolina last year.2018 ACC Men’s Lacrosse All-ACC TeamA – Justin Guterding – DukeA – Chris Cloutier – North CarolinaA – Brendan Gleason – Notre DameA – Nate Solomon – SyracuseA – Michael Kraus – VirginiaM – Brad Smith – DukeM – Bryan Constabile – Notre DameM – Jamie Trimboli – SyracuseM – Dox Aitken – VirginiaD – Cade Van Raaphorst – DukeD – Nick Mellen – SyracuseD – Brett Kennedy – SyracuseSSDM – Carlson Milikin – Notre DameSSDM – Drew Schantz – Notre DameLSM – John Sexton – Notre DameLSM – Jack Rowlett – North CarolinaF/O – Joe Stein – DukeG – Danny Fowler – Duke Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

The mystery of Kroos

first_img(embed) (/ embed)It is a mystery, although this course already had an antecedent for this situation, although partial: Kroos was one of the two slaughtered by Zidane in the rest of the derby at the Bernabéu, in which he started out with five means and only Benzema in tip . After a poor first half, Marseille withdrew the German and Isco and gave entry to Vinicius and Lucas Vázquez to extend the team by the sides, which gave good result: victory by 1-0, goal of Benzema.The fact is that Zidane has done relatively well without Kroos this season, which could motivate his decision to bet on the other four means. In LaLiga he did not play against Mallorca due to injury and Madrid relented (1-0), but then reserved it against Eibar and Osasuna and in both cases the whites won and shoneThey scored eight goals and left a good impression. Nor did he play at the Unionists’ house in the Cup (1-3), nor in Bruges in the Champions League (1-3).When Zidane was asked about his motivations to leave Kroos out of eleven in a duel of this caliber, the technician was not especially explicit, beyond stating that he had a plan and the Germanicist did not enter: “There was no injury or discomfort, it was a technical decision. He is a very important player but today’s option was this. When I say it’s a technical decision, it’s nothing against Kroos, who is doing well. I have players and I chose “. With the numbers in hand, it is true that the German is a key piece: he has played 2,543 minutes of 3,360 ‘, 76%; he is the seventh most used player by Zidane this course.While it is true that his participation at the orders of Zidane had been declining as the seasons went by at Real Madrid: in 2015-16 he played 81% of the minutes with the Frenchman; in 2016-17, 76%; in 2017-18, 64%; and in 2018-19, 52%. This course had recovered tone and prominence, but its substitution before the City supposes an unexpected slowdown without too much explanation. The question now is: Will he repeat the substitute in the Classic or will he return to eleven in a game in which Madrid plays life in LaLiga? Real Madrid, a few weeks ago an oil raft, is now a crusher, the dwarfs grow to the white team: he has lost five points of the last six in LaLiga against Celta and Levante; He has lost Hazard, his star signing of the course, probably for what remains; he needs a miracle in Manchester after falling 1-2 in the first round of the Champions League against City; and said meeting left surprising news, the substitution of Toni Kroos, one of Zidane’s strong men since he reached the white bench. Without news of physical problems for the German, the logical bet became that Zizou reserved to Kroos to settle the game in the second half, especially in case Madrid got ahead and needed to sleep the duel. Conditions that were given, but the white preparer preferred to enter Bale rather than the German; then, with 1-2, Lucas Vázquez and Jovic entered in search of a miracle. Zero minutes for Kroos.center_img It was especially surprising that the Marseilles coach gave up German in a match against an opponent like English, a specialist in tame the ball and against which a technical midfield was necessary first of all, capable of discussing possession before Pep Guardiola. Zidane chose Casemiro, Valverde, Modric and Isco before Kroos; Malaga once again entered the eleven in an important game, as he has been doing since late December. He justified the bet, he was one of the best in Madrid and scored the only white goal.last_img read more