Neil hopeful over Olsson fitness

Sweden international Olsson has resumed light training following an operation after Norwich’s Sky Bet Championship play-off win over Middlesbrough, but is not scheduled to be involved in the new season opener against Crystal Palace on August 8. Neil has spoken of his desire to provide competition in every position, having recently deployed midfielder Bradley Johnson as emergency defensive cover, but has been left frustrated at not being able to get transfer targets to the Norfolk club, Hull boss Steven Bruce confirmed Norwich have yet to improve on their latest £6million offer for Brady, the 22-year-old Republic of Ireland international having been involved in the friendly at Chesterfield on Wednesday night. Norwich are currently away on a training camp in Austria, where Neil hopes to be able to fine-tune his preparations before stepping things up with fixtures against West Ham and Brentford back at Carrow Road. “Martin is doing really well. He has been joining in and doing all the running with the rest of the boys. He is getting his fitness up and we are hoping he is going to be fit sooner rather than later,” Neil said in the Eastern Daily Press. “I don’t want to put a timescale on it, in terms of the start of the season, because I don’t think he is going to get any games in between now and then. I don’t think he’ll make the first game (against Crystal Palace), however, it shouldn’t be too long after that.” Bruce, meanwhile, suggested Norwich would have to improve their offer on Brady closer to the club’s £8m valuation to progress the transfer. “As we stand at the minute it seems like a bit of a stalemate,” Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail. “They have put in a bid 10 days ago which was rejected and I hope they don’t make another one. “We have made a stance on it and made ourselves pretty clear. Unless they meet the valuation that the owners want then he will remain a Hull City player. It is as simple as that. “You are never going to question Robbie’s attitude. He is a really good young player. We all know that and we all desperately hope he will stay.” Press Association Norwich manager Alex Neil is hopeful full-back Martin Olsson will not miss too much of the start of the Barclays Premier League campaign after shoulder surgery, but looks to have reached stalemate with Hull over the pursuit of Robbie Brady. 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