Rodgers eyes ‘major signing’

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is still hopeful of making a major signing to boost their push for Champions League qualification. A resounding 4-0 victory over Everton in the 222nd Merseyside derby at Anfield courtesy of two goals from Daniel Sturridge – who missed a penalty to complete his hat-trick – and strikes from Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez provided a welcome shot in the arm to their top-four hopes. And despite being frustrated so far in his attempts to bolster his injury-hit fourth-placed squad the Reds boss believes there is still time to make a significant signing before the window closes on Friday. Everton boss Roberto Martinez was left to worry over the fitness of striker Romelu Lukaku who injured ankle ligaments in a collision with Gareth Barry. “He has his ankle in a cast,” said Martinez. “We will assess it but it doesn’t look too good at the moment.” Merseyside Police announced after the game it was looking into reports missiles had been thrown from the crowd. Television showed Liverpool striker Luis Suarez collecting some objects as he prepared to take a corner early in the match at Anfield. Press Association Sport understands around a dozen coins were thrown from the Anfield Road End – part of which houses visiting supporters – during the first half. A police statement read: “Officers are requesting CCTV from the stadium and will review any footage as part of inquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incidents.” “I think we will hopefully do something over the next couple of days,” he said. “I saw some headlines after yesterday’s press conference in terms of the manager being angry with the club – nothing is further from the truth. “We are not just going to get the players we want to get in for a number of reasons. “Hopefully we can have a major signing before the window shuts and if we can do that we will be set up for the remaining games.” Rodgers felt the performance against their near neighbours was just what was needed to reinvigorate their top-four challenge. “I think all wins are important but especially against your rivals and psychologically it was a big win and can re-iterate the confidence and belief in the squad,” said Rodgers. “We have to keep our foot to the floor and keep these performances and keep scoring goals. “This was a massive game. I think we have shown all season we are going to be in contention for fourth place.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse’s 3-2 loss to Morehead State cements worst start since 2016

first_imgAfter dropping its first two matches of the season in Madison against Baylor and Marquette, Syracuse (0-3) started its second neutral site stint in Kansas with a 3-2 loss against Morehead State (6-2). Despite the solid play of sophomore Polina Shemanova, who tallied 24 kills, Syracuse lost its third-straight game of the 2019 season, cementing its worst start since 2016. Morehead State, who lost its last match to Kansas in straight sets, started out slow against SU. With the scored knotted at 15, the Orange rattled off 10 unanswered points. A series of MSU attacking errors and stellar attacking play from SU juniors Ella Saada and Yuliia Yastrub allowed the Orange to win the first set, 25-15. The second set was played tighter, as neither team led by more than three points. But that’s when Shemanova started to heat up, as her timely kills kept Syracuse in it. But four service errors and several attack miscues crippled the Orange, pushing Morehead State to a 27 -25 point second set win. A lack of sharpness hurt the Orange in the third set as well. An Elena Karakasi service error, followed by an attacking error put Syracuse in an early 3-0 hole. But the Orange would come back with great execution from Shemanova, an outside hitter, and setter Karakasi. But late service errors from Yuliia Yastrub and Lauren Woodford would put Morehead State ahead, as the Eagles would win the third set by three points. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse would take the fourth set in convincing fashion, as some adjustments from the Syracuse coaching staff would spur the Orange to a 25-13 set win. The fifth and final set was played much like the second set, as neither team was able to pull away in the tie-breaking set.With the score tied at ten, a service error from Saada gave Morehead State up by 1 point. After a kill from Morehead State’s Mia Swearingen, Shemanova committed an attacking error, providing Morehead State with a three point advantage. The Eagles would eventually win the match with a kill from Olivia Lohmeier. The Orange, who posted 16 errors on the night, remain in Lawrence, Kansas to play Arizona (5-2).          Comments Published on September 13, 2019 at 10:04 pm Contact Nick: nleconom@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Brasnic: We are satisfied with Players’ Approach and Commitment to Preparations

first_imgFour training sessions are behind the U-18 national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the FF BH Training Centre in Zenica.The chosen players of Slaven Musa are working hard, which was confirmed to us by the goalkeepers’ coach Goran Brašnić:“If we take into account all the circumstances that preceded this gathering and the break that the players had, we can be satisfied with their approach and commitment to these preparations. They played one match between themselves and everyone did his best. Of course, there were a lot of good things, but also some bad ones that still need to be worked on, but the will of the guys to work is at a high level.”Brašnić also commented on the specific working conditions in this period:“We adapt and respect all the guidelines we received from medical experts, as well as measures related to hygiene and health protection. Surfaces that are often touched are constantly disinfected and the staff at the Training Centre regularly cleans all rooms. We also measure temperature regularly. We take care of many things and we don’t have any problems, so the preparations are going in the best way.”The camp ends tomorrow when anthropological testing of players is scheduled.last_img read more