Zidane says Bale fit for Copa del Rey test

first_img Promoted ContentGreatest Movies In History Since 19827 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Best Cars Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has said Gareth Bale is fit and ready to play against Unionistas de Salamanca on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Unionistas, who now play in Spain’s third tier, have faced problems preparing for the tie given their stadium at Las Pistas del Helmantico can hold 3,000 spectators, with only one stand and insufficient lighting. “All the players have started playing on pitches like this, me as well,” said Zidane, when it was suggested the pitch could cause Real Madrid problems. “We are prepared both mentally and in a sporting sense as well because we know where we are going to play and we know what to expect. Read Also:Zidane hits back over VAR drama “Perhaps it was 10 or 15 years ago but we have all played on pitches like this, in difficult situations. It will not be a problem for us.” Zidane is likely to rest key players, with a trip to Real Valladolid to come in La Liga on Sunday and the Madrid derby against Atletico scheduled for the following  weekend.center_img Loading… Bale was left out of the squad for Madrid’s win over Sevilla on Saturday and Zidane said after the match he had picked up a knock The Welshman trained with his teammates last week, after also missing the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia through illness. It means Bale has not played for Real Madrid since January 4, when he started their 3-0 win away Getafe. He has not scored for his club since September 1. Asked why Bale and James Rodriguez, who has hardly featured in the last two months, have “disappeared”, Zidane said: “They haven’t disappeared. They were both injured  the other day. They are both ready to play.” Real Madrid play in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey against Unionistas de Salamanca, the fan-owned club launched in 2013 after UD Salamanca went out of business.last_img read more

Murcia local hacked to death

first_imgBACOLOD City – A drinking spree turnedfatal for a man in Barangay Canlandog, Murcia, Negros Occidental. Police identified the suspect as31-year-old Jonel Cardinal of Barangay Sta. Rosa, Murcia. According to police investigators, Pamaand Cardinal were having a drinking spree around 10 p.m. on Feb. 9. The latter then hacked Pama using a bolo for no apparent reason, police said. The 53-year-old Adjeloden Pama died ofhack wounds on the head and neck, a police report showed.center_img It was not immediately established whattriggered the altercation. Cardinal was detained in the lockupfacility of the Murcia municipal police station, facing charges./PNlast_img

How Many Sports Channels Are Enough?

first_imgHow many sports channels do you watch?  I don’t know what type of TV you have, but if you have cable or satellite TV you have a myriad of sports channels to watch.  Here are some that I watch:  ESPN, ESPNU, ESPN News, ESPN 2, Fox Sports, Fox Sports 1, FSO (Ohio), NASCAR Racing, MLB, TVG, BTN, SEC Network, NFL All Access, TBS, TNT, etc.  I am sure you have the idea.Then there is Pay-per-View.  (I refuse to pay $75 or more to watch any sporting event.)  This is why pro-sport franchises do not worry if they don’t fill the stands for every game.  TV revenue will make up the difference.  How many of these channels do you watch?last_img

Wexford claim comfortable Antrim win

first_img Podge Doran and Rory Jacob netted first-half goals to help the home side to a 2-5 to 0-9 interval lead after the wind-assisted Saffrons had forged ahead with scores from Shane McNaughton and Neil McManus. Wexford tightened their grip early in the second half with points from Jack Guiney, Jacob and Paul Morris. And they sealed the win with a third goal from Morris and a handful of Guiney points to set up a meeting with Carlow next weekend. Press Association Wexford were too strong for Antrim at Wexford Park, where they cruised to a 3-18 to 0-17 victory in a first-round All-Ireland SHC Qualifier tie.last_img read more

SLU looks to extend streak vs NW State

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNorthwestern State (12-14, 9-8) vs. Southeastern Louisiana (6-22, 3-14)University Center, Hammond, Louisiana; Saturday, 5 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Southeastern Louisiana looks for its seventh straight win in the head-to-head series over Northwestern State. In its last six wins against the Demons, Southeastern Louisiana has won by an average of 15 points. Northwestern State’s last win in the series came on Jan. 25, 2017, an 85-71 victory. Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com TEAM LEADERSHIP: Southeastern Louisiana’s Ty Brewer has averaged 15 points and 7.6 rebounds while Pape Diop has put up 11 points and 5.4 rebounds. For the Demons, Nikos Chougkaz has averaged 8.9 points and 7.2 rebounds while Trenton Massner has put up 8.1 points.CLUTCH CHOUGKAZ: Chougkaz has connected on 25.8 percent of the 66 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also made 69.5 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Northwestern State is 0-7 when scoring fewer than 63 points and 12-7 when scoring at least 63.COLD SPELL: Southeastern Louisiana has lost its last five home games, scoring an average of 69.8 points while giving up 78.8.DID YOU KNOW: The Southeastern Louisiana defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 23.8 percent of all possessions, which is the 19th-highest rate in the country. The Northwestern State offense has turned the ball over on 23.4 percent of its possessions (ranked 346th among Division I teams).___center_img February 27, 2020 SLU looks to extend streak vs NW Statelast_img read more

Gilligan, penalty kill guide Syracuse to 4-2 win over RIT

first_imgFour minutes into a five-minute power play, Rochester Institute of Technology defender Emilee Bulleid drove down the center of the ice, marking the first strong scoring opportunity on the power play. Bulleid fired a wrist shot toward the right post and Syracuse goalie Jenn Gilligan split her legs, dropped from her stance and stuck her glove hand out to the left. As she hit the ice, the puck hit the back of her glove and the score remained tied at 1.“Ow, that one kind of hurt,” Gilligan said after the game. “That was just a reaction save so I wasn’t really thinking about it until after.”Gilligan and the power play in front of her stayed strong for most of the game Saturday night, giving up goals early in the first period and late in the third. SU (5-8-7, 4-2-3 College Hockey America) killed all six of RIT’s (7-9-3, 1-5-1) power play opportunities en route to a 4-2 win while Gilligan made 16 saves. “If you get through that kill, I think it carries you through and I think that helped us a lot in that period,” Flanagan said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU killed a five-minute major power play in the third period, which head coach Paul Flanagan said energized the team.Soon after the penalty, RIT forward Victoria Pitawanakwat took a stretch pass and split the two SU defenders for a breakaway. She shot a few feet short of the goal and to Gilligan’s right. The goalie got her arm in the way, deflecting the puck into the corner.“She stepped up when she had to and that’s what we need out of a goalie,” defender Nicole Renault said.Both teams spent a lot of time in the penalty box, with RIT on the power play for 11:38 of game time. In three of RIT’s opportunities, SU didn’t allow a shot.Orange players blocked eight shots and were constantly poke checking during penalty kills. “RIT is known to have a pretty good power play, so we worked on it all week in practice, just focusing on taking away certain players and being in the lane,” Renault said. “I think we did a good job of it.”SU took the lead on an Alysha Burriss goal with 12:28 left in the third period, and Gilligan held firm for the next 12 minutes.After the Orange took a 3-1 lead on an empty net goal with less than a minute to play, RIT forward Marissa Maugeri shot from the left wing into Gilligan’s body. Gilligan brought her arms up and caught the puck against her chest, preventing a rebound opportunity.On the ensuing faceoff, Maugeri beat Gilligan to the right post, sneaking the puck into the net behind the goalie’s skate. The goal gave the Tigers a second wind, but Burriss put in a second empty net goal to seal the victory.“I thought I did a lot better than the last couple nights,” Gilligan said.Gilligan was happy with the penalty kill in front of her, praising her teammates for blocking shots and their quickness in getting the puck out of the zone.Burriss was forced onto the penalty kill after center Jessica Sibley got hurt in the first period and couldn’t return. For her, the perfect kill percentage says it all.Said Gilligan: “I still think I have some improving to do but it was good end to the semester and hopefully we can come back after break and really get things going.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 6, 2014 at 11:29 pmlast_img read more

Syracuse dismantles Duke for 19-7 victory, avenges blowout loss from last year

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 22, 2015 at 2:48 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Neither John Danowski nor John Desko had an explanation.As the two head coaches conversed following Syracuse’s 19-7 win on Sunday over Duke in the Carrier Dome, they reflected on the two teams’ matchup almost a year ago to the date, when the Blue Devils embarrassed the Orange, 21-7.“You give credit to where credit’s due,” said Desko, the SU head coach. “And we played extremely well here and they played extremely well down there. … We weren’t sure what it is.”On Sunday, No. 1 Syracuse (7-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) solidified itself as the nation’s best and only remaining undefeated team. It dominated in nearly every aspect of the game in the first half. It won 13 of the first 16 faceoffs. It took 34 shots to No. 4 Duke’s (7-2, 0-1) 12 and picked up four more ground balls in the first quarter alone.Danowski said it was the worst-coached Duke team he’s ever been a part of, and told his players that the final score was a reflection on him. He said he was worried that this kind of game might happen before it started, given the gap in experience between the two teams.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We are nowhere near the two-time defending champion in that respect,” Danowski said. “Those two teams have come and gone. This is a different team.”Syracuse struggled to get going offensively on its first possession. First, Hakeem Lecky forced a shot well to the right of the goal. Then Dylan Donahue was hounded and released a bouncer that Duke goalkeeper Luke Aaron didn’t need to touch. Nicky Galasso took a shot that sailed well over the goal and out of bounds.The Orange missed six shots before midfielder Henry Schoonmaker connected from nearly 20 yards out to put SU on top.From that point on, Ben Williams won 11-straight faceoffs, the last of which culminated in a Lecky goal on a running shot from the right of the goal to put Syracuse up 10-1. And by that time, with just over 20 minutes of game action elapsed, the Orange celebrations had become more subdued.There wasn’t the boisterous arm swing and leg kick that Tim Barber had employed after his goal to open the second quarter. There wasn’t a mob of players jumping into a pile like there was after Williams connected just seven seconds later. Instead, Lecky did a light fist-pump as he jogged behind the goal.“It was definitely surprising, especially watching Duke earlier this year, they seemed like they were doing pretty well,” Schoonmaker said. “I definitely thought it was going to be a little more of a battle than it was.”Attack Kevin Rice said Syracuse played aggressively and did a good job taking the Duke defense where the Syracuse offense wanted it to go.Danowski said his team prepared for everything Syracuse did, but not at the speed that Syracuse does it.Last season, Duke used its home field as its platform to prove that it was among the nation’s best, blowing out the then-No. 6 Orange by 14 goals. On Sunday, just one day before the one-year anniversary, Syracuse did the same thing to its ACC rival.And as the clock ticked out on the Orange’s best win of the season, the 11,408 in attendance — SU’s largest home crowd in more than six years — rose to their feet. Very few had left, despite the lopsided score.Syracuse had proven the point to Duke that it had so rudely made just a year ago.“I don’t know if there’s a heck of a lot to say,” Danowski said. “We got taken out to the woodshed. Syracuse was terrific.” Commentslast_img read more

Read the full NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee report

first_img Published on November 25, 2015 at 12:28 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Syracuse NCAA Violations Appeal Ruling Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

O’Neill says Long could inspire new generation of players

first_imgHis international boss thinks the grassroots scene in the Premier could produce more stars in the future. The Republic of Ireland manager says that Shane Long’s success in the game should act as an inspiration to aspiring players in Tipperary.Martin O’Neill thinks that ‘heroes’ like the Southampton striker can play a vital role in encouraging children to take up the sport.The Gortnahoe man was a key member of the country’s Euro 2016 squad and has just signed a new contract with the English Premier League club.last_img

Thousands turn out for Melbourne Cup

first_imgAlmandin, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, has won the 156th Melbourne Cup, Australia’s most popular horse race.Heartbreak City came second, with race favourite Hartnell third.The Melbourne Cup is the world’s richest two-mile handicap, and a crowd of more than 100-thousand was expected at the Flemington Racecourse.last_img