The Batesville Boy’s Varsity Tennis team defeated Greenfield-Central 5-0 on Tuesday.#1 Singles- Beau Brown defeated Zak Lawhorn 6-1, 6-1#2 Singles- Blake Walsman defeated Thomas Spears 6-2, 6-4#3 Singles- Ben Schwettman defeatedTommy Graham 7-5, 6-3#1 Doubles- Matthew Taylor and Spencer Rose defeated Brady Wright and Nate Real 6-1, 6-3#2 Doubles- Harsh Patel and Paul Ritter defeated Saben Fletcher and Dylan Wilburn 6-3, 7-6(1)In JV action, Batesville won 6-0.Jonathan Kunkel, Brandon Laker and Will Harmeyer were all winners in singles. The doubles teams of Jonathan Kunkel/Lane Westerfeld and Mitchell Esser/Sam Esser (2 matches) were also winners.The Varsity is now 13-4 on the season (7-0 in the EIAC) while the JV is 8-3. The Varsity will compete in the EIAC Individal Tournament on Thursday and Saturday at Greensburg.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.
Among the five competing teams in the Nehru Cup, the most celebrated is undoubtedly the Cameroon side. With a legacy of having produced talent that has made a mark at the very top, they deserve the nickname “the indomitable lions”.But what has come as a dampener is that the African side has not brought any of its top stars, the likes of Samuel Eto, Alex Song. Instead, Cameroon have brought their reserve side comprising home-based players.The intent to dominate is, however, not missing from the Africans. True to their high spirits, coach Emmanuel Bosso declared that they are here to show what they are capable of.”If we have come to this tournament, we will give it all to show how good we can play,” he said at a press conference on Tuesday.Bosso made no inhibitions about the fact that no member of the first XI has come. “Most of our foreign-based players are busy with their respective leagues. The ones who have come are stars of the national league,” he said.The coach lauded his wards. “I work along with Denis Lavagne (Cameroon’s chief coach). And some of the boys who are playing here may get a chance in the first team soon,” he said.Asked about the rest of the field in the Nehru Cup, Bosso sounded quite ignorant. “Well, we have seen Syria play but about the Indian team… I don’t know,” he said.On his second visit to India, Bosso sounded diplomatic when asked about his team’s main players. “Well, you will see that on field.”advertisementAfter much insistence, he came up with his top striker’s name. “Macon is our leading striker. He scored 12 goals last season and we are hoping that he repeat the performance here,” he said. “As far as our formation is concerned we like to play in the 4-4-2 way.”Captain Paul Roland too spoke highly of Macon. “We play in the same club (New Stars) and I have seen him play for quite some time now. He’s our best striker,” he pointed out.A right back and member of Cameroon’s 2008 Beijing Olympics, Roland said that players from his country could be interested in playing in India.
Norwich City 0 Chelsea 0: Conte’s second string fail to deliver Alex Fisher 03:26 1/7/18 Getty Images Chelsea’s fixture list is set to get more congested after they drew 0-0 with Norwich City in the FA Cup, meaning they will need a replay. Chelsea’s second string flattered to deceive at Carrow Road as the 2017 FA Cup finalists were held to a 0-0 draw by Norwich City in the third round.Antonio Conte used Saturday’s clash as a chance to give some of his squad players more game time, but it backfired as they struggled to create openings and will need a replay if they are to progress.The likes of Kenedy, Michy Batshuayi and Willy Caballero were all given rare starts for the visitors, but they were easily marshalled by the Championship side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A disappointing first half failed to produce a single shot on target, and, although Chelsea improved slightly after the break thanks to Willian, finding a goal proved too much.It is a fourth unbeaten game in a row for Daniel Farke’s Canaries, who impressed at in defence but were shot shy in the final third, Caballero rarely tested despite a string of free-kicks in dangerous positions.So, the two sides will have to do it all again at Stamford Bridge later this month, an additional game that Conte could do without given Chelsea are still competing in three other competitions.Full-time: Norwich 0-0 Chelsea.It ends all square so our third round tie will have to be decided back at Stamford Bridge. #NORCHE pic.twitter.com/qAKsol3TTs— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018Conte made nine changes from Chelsea’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Arsenal – including a first outing since November for David Luiz – and as a result it took the visitors time to find their rhythm.Norwich showed promising signs in the early exchanges without every worrying Caballero, only a misunderstanding between the goalkeeper and Luiz threatening to break the deadlock.Alex Pritchard was unable to react quick enough to convert that half chance, while Josh Murphy failed to add to his eight goals in all competitions with a wild effort before the half hour.Wastefulness in the final third was not something restricted to the hosts, with Chelsea lacking quality on their deliveries into the Norwich penalty area.All square at the break. @NorwichCityFC well in this @EmiratesFACup tie pic.twitter.com/aR7G55fwrN— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 6, 2018Five minutes after the restart, Batshuayi finally recorded a shot on target, but the Belgian striker’s effort from distance lacked power and Angus Gunn had no trouble gathering.Conte’s half-time words clearly had an impact on Willian as he began to run the show, the Brazilian creating one chance for Danny Drinkwater before seeing Gunn get down well to save two low drives.With 16 minutes remaining, Conte replaced the misfiring Batshuayi with Alvaro Morata, but even his first-choice striker was unable to provide a winner.All the visitors could muster was a poor David Luiz free-kick from 20 yards, an effort that sailed harmlessly wide and failed to test Gunn.Charly Musonda and Davide Zappacosta went close late on, but Chelsea failed to deliver the outcome Conte would have wanted as they add a replay to their already busy schedule. read more
We already looked at WVU’s offense. Now let’s look at the driving force behind its 6-0 record thus far: A surprisingly elite defense halfway through the season.DefenseCoach Gundy mentioned Monday that the defense is “playing as good as anyone in the conference, maybe comparable to the top ten teams in the country defensively.” This unit will be Rudolph’s toughest test to date as they rank second in the league in scoring defense and is third in yardage allowed, holding the potent offenses of TCU and Texas Tech to just 27 combined points over the last two weeks.They uniquely run what’s called the 3-3-5 stack, with five defensive backs on the field. They’re very aggressive, blitzing a lot and throwing off opponents with how different the fronts look in a defense that’s uniquely built to slow down the spread attacks of today.One of the opportunities the Cowboys will have is when they blitz, they’ll often put their secondary in what’s called cover zero, leaving a lot of one-on-one matchups that appeal to the likes of James Washington, Jhajuan Seales and Jalen McCleskey. The trick will be getting Mason enough time to get the ball downfield, let’s take a look at who will be putting some pressure on him.The leader of the defensive front (and perhaps that side of the ball) is dominant end Noble Nwachukwu. All-Conference caliber end Nwachukwu leads the Mountaineers in sacks and has five tackles for loss and provides the consistency needed when you only have three down linemen. This season has seen nose tackle Darrien Howard emerge, leading defensive linemen with 23 tackles and four tackles for loss. At linebacker, redshirt freshman David Long has surfaced after taking the starting spot from a redshirt senior in conference play as a very physical player that alters the opponent’s run game. Former walk on Justin Arndt leads the team in tackles and seems to be all over the field.The defensive backfield took a strong hit when it’s only returning starter (and who Coach Holgorsen called their best player) Dravon Askew-Henry was lost to injury before the season started. In stepped five new starters, some as junior college players (corner Rasul Douglas, safety Kyzir White), grad transfers (Antonio Crawford from Miami, Maurice Fleming from Iowa) and players who have been in the program for a good while (seniors Jarrod Harper and Jeremy Tyler).The rotation has been solid, good for fourth in the conference in pass defense. It’s going to take a big day from Rudolph and The President to give the Cowboys a fighting shot at pulling the upset against this secondary. OSU averages 41.1 points per game and should be their best challenge to date.Some keys to this game will be if the opportunistic Cowboy defense can force some turnovers against an offense that doesn’t turn over the ball often (only eight turnovers on the season, good for 20th in the country) and the Cowboys can keep pressure off QB1.Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman said it best that “OSU needs to protect Mason Rudolph. That’s the key to the game. WVU has a great blitz package. It runs a three-man line, so it can drop eight and confuse a QB. But it also can blitz from all kinds of places and confuse a QB. Rudolph is under the gun.” If Justice Hill and Chris Carson can take some pressure off of no. 2, that could go a long way. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The football season is now officially over. Clemson knocked off Alabama in the most dramatic fashion possible with a last-second Deshaun Watson touchdown to down the mighty Crimson Tide.So now we look ahead to 2017.And as we sit in early January, the outlook is bright for Oklahoma State. Athlon Sports ranked the Cowboys as a No. 11 team in its way-too-early 2017 projection.And ESPN has even higher preseason expectations of Oklahoma State, who they ranked as No. 7 in its list released on Monday night. From ESPN:Outlook: The Pokes will have to rebuild their defense after losing top tacklers Jordan Sterns and Devante Averette plus star defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, who is entering the NFL draft as a junior. But with quarterback Mason Rudolph and receiver James Washington announcing they’ll return for their senior seasons, Oklahoma State might have one of the country’s most high-powered offenses in 2017. Coach Mike Gundy has guided the Pokes to 10-win seasons in five of the past seven years, and after back-to-back second-place finishes in the Big 12, they might be ready to challenge Oklahoma for the title. They’ll get to play the Sooners at home in the Bedlam game next season, and the Pokes will also host TCU, Baylor and Kansas State in Big 12 play.Interestingly, ESPN seems to be the highest on OSU in the Big 12. They ranked Oklahoma on down the list at No. 10, noting the losses of Joe Mixon, Samaje Perine and Dede Westbrook being difficult to replace from its most recent Big 12 title season.Expectations for 2017 will be high, indeed. And the media appear to be hopping on board with Mason Rudolph and Co. early.
Philippe Coutinho Coutinho & Dembele took step forward in Barcelona win, says Valverde Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 09:36 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Lionel Messi Ernesto Valverde Luis Suárez Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona v Girona Girona Primera División Videos Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi may have orchestrated the Blaugrana’s comeback against Girona, but the coach reserved praise for his side’s big signings Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was proud to see Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele contribute to his side’s 6-1 win over Girona on Saturday and feels the pair are progressing well.Valverde started Coutinho, Dembele, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez together for the first time and he was buoyed by the efforts of this season’s two blockbusting signings.Coutinho opened his La Liga account with an excellent long-range strike, while both he and Dembele set up Luis Suarez on his way to a hat-trick, with Lionel Messi netting twice. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And while Messi and Suarez took most plaudits for turning the result around after Girona’s early opening goal, Valverde feels things are coming together with Dembele and Coutinho.”When a player scores as Coutinho did he gains more and more confidence, which is what a player is always looking for,” he told reporters.”They are players who have to help us and who are already doing it, each with their own characteristics.”Dembele has a more extreme profile, he brings more depth [to Barcelona’s play] but he has had problems with injuries and skipped that period of adaptation. That’s why he’s still getting used to the team.”Coutinho plays very well in the inside game. I think both have taken a step forward today.”As well as his goal scoring heroics, Suarez’s actions towards the end of the game became the subject of debate.Some observers alleged Suarez was trying to get a yellow card that would have resulted in a suspension for Thursday’s trip to Las Palmas, clearing his disciplinary slate for Atletico Madrid’s crunch visit to Camp Nou next weekend.Referee Javier Alberola showed leniency with Suarez but Spain left-back Jordi Alba will miss the Las Palmas game after he was carded for bringing down Pablo Maffeo.Asked about the events during the final minutes, Valverde said: “They are moments of the game and the referee decides.”I have nothing to say about that. If we have a setback due to an accumulation of bookings, another player will play. We’ll decide what we do.”
Primera División Messi, Ronaldo and La Liga’s assist leaders of the last decade 23:01 25/2/2018 Comments(14) 1/22 Messi, Ronaldo and La Liga’s assist leaders of the last decade Goal & Getty Images Getty Images Full screen 1 of 22 Share Close Lionel Messi unsurprisingly leads La Liga in assists over the past 10 years. But who joins him in the top 20? FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Primera División Lionel Messi Real Sociedad Leganés Villarreal Málaga Real Madrid Levante Athletic Club Getafe Valencia Girona Celta de Vigo Eibar Deportivo Alavés Las Palmas Barcelona Sevilla Atlético Madrid Real Betis Espanyol Mesut Özil Cristiano Ronaldo Gallery
WTF PAOK president apologises after invading pitch with gun Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 01:08 14/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) WTF Super League 1 PAOK v AEK Athens PAOK AEK Athens After the Greek Superleague was suspended indefinitely, Ivan Savvidis could not help criticising the country’s football even as he tried to apologise PAOK president Ivan Savvidis has apologised for storming the field while armed with a gun during Sunday’s match against AEK Athens at the weekend – an incident that led to the Greek Superleague being suspended indefinitely by the country’s government.Savvidis invaded the pitch along with members of his security detail after PAOK’s Fernando Varela had what he thought was an 89th-minute winner rule out for offside.The Georgian-born tobacco and media tycoon was wearing a pistol in a holster on his hip, although he did not brandish it in the ensuing furore that saw AEK players leave the field before the match was abandoned at 0-0. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Greece’s Deputy Minister of Sport George Vassiliadis announced on Monday that the country’s top flight was “on an indefinite interruption”, pending proposals from the Superleague and the Greek Football Federation (HFF).In a statement on PAOK’s official website, Savvidis offered a lengthy apology, albeit one peppered with references to what he believes to be a “totally ill soccer establishment” in his adopted country.”I want to apologise to all the fans of PAOK, all Greek fans, the global football community. I am very sorry for what happened. Clearly I did not have the right to go out on the pitch in this way,” Savvidis said.”My emotional reaction has been caused by the generalised negative situation prevailing in Greek football lately and by all the unacceptable, non-athletic events that took place towards the end of the PAOK-AEK – the actions of the referee and the supervisor (goal – offside – goal), the interruption of the match, the protests and the entry into the playing field of dozens of people of both teams.”Savvidis went on to claim his intention was to protect PAOK fans and made further allusions towards football in Greece being systematically unfair.”All of this created a degraded situation on the pitch and my only goal was to protect tens of thousands of PAOK fans from provocations – complications – human casualties,” he added.”Believe me, I had no intention of interference with the opposing team or the referees. And I certainly did not threaten anyone.”Unfortunately, both me and my family, as well as my colleagues, have been hostages of the totally ill soccer establishment.”I am struggling and will continue to strive, despite the constant attacks I take at all levels, for a fair football with honest arbitration in all the races and for winning the championships on the courts rather than in the courts.”Once again, I apologise.”Despite Savvidis’ apology, the European Club Association – the UEFA-recognised body representing the interests of professional clubs across the continent – has moved to suspend PAOK’s membership on account of his actions.In a statement, the ECA said it “strongly condemns” Savvidis’ behaviour and added: “In light of this, and in accordance with the ECA Statutes, the ECA Executive Board unanimously decided to suspend, with immediate effect, PAOK FC as member of the European Club Association.ήλωση Ιβάν Σαββίδη – https://t.co/NdmGjpgzd9 #PAOK #football #IvanSavvidis pic.twitter.com/BGRMN6rvnj — PAOK FC / ΠAOK (@PAOK_FC) March 13, 2018 “ECA exists to protect the integrity and regularity of competitions and matches as well as the sporting values and principles on which European football is based.”The suspension will be reported to the ECA general assembly in Roma on March 27.Controversy has marred Greek football over recent years.Games were suspended in all divisions after referee’s chief Giorgos Bikas was the victim of an arson attack in November 2016, while investigations into a match-fixing scandal that came to light in 2011 remain ongoing.Two weeks ago, PAOK’s home game with Olympiacos was abandoned before kick-off when visiting coach Oscar Garcia was struck by an object thrown from the stands. PAOK were initially docked three points but overturned the decision on appeal.
Transfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Madrid deny Lewandowski deal Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:45 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Primera División Premier League Bundesliga Serie A Ligue 1 Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Madrid deny Lewandowski dealReal Madrid president Florentino Perez has told Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that his club haven’t agreed terms with Robert Lewandowski, according to Münchner Merku. Mundo Deportivo had claimed that Madrid have settled on personal terms with Lewandowski over a deal for the Bayern striker to move to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer.However, despite ongoing speculation that Lewandowski could leave the Allianz Arena at the end of the season, Perez has informed Rummenigge that there has been no contact. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Courtois commits future to ChelseaThibaut Courtois has quashed talk of an imminent move to Real Madrid by vowing to spend at least one more season at Chelsea.“I have a contract until next year and I will be here. I will do my best for it.“Obviously there is no extension signed but I don’t think now is the moment to do it. I think it is better to wait until the end of the season.“All I can say is I’m committed to Chelsea and also committed for next year.”Read the full story on Goal. Man City prepare Kane & Isco swoopTottenham star Harry Kane and Real Madrid midfielder are the subject of a sensational double transfer bid from Manchester City, according to Diario Gol . The midfielder is on the outs with Los Blancos and Pep Guardiola is ready to move for him. The report claims that Kane will follow him to City, with the England forward apparently excited to play alongside the 25-year-old Spaniard and willing to snub Madrid if he is sold. Dortmund to offer €40m for MartinezBorussia Dortmund are ready to offer €40 million for Racing Club striker Lautaro Martinez, reports Fox Sports . Inter Milan had appeared to be leading the race to sign Martinez, who had reportedly agreed personal terms in principle regarding a move to Serie A.However, Dortmund have now entered the bidding and are looking to bring in the Argentine attacker after this summer’s World Cup. Bale happy at Real MadridZinedine Zidane insists Gareth Bale is happy at Real Madrid despite his limited playing time in the Champions League.Wales star Bale has battled injuries again this season, featuring only twice in the group stage, but he was fit for the double-header with Paris Saint-Germain as Zidane twice left him out of the starting line-up.However, while the former Tottenham winger is consistently the subject of reports suggesting he could return to the Premier League, his coach is confident he is content with his role at Santiago Bernabeu.Read the full story on Goal right here! Everton to offer Wilshere £8m signing-on feeEverton are ready to offer Jack Wilshere an £8 million signing-on fee to join the club on a free transfer from Arsenal, reports The Times . Wilshere is out of contract at the end of the season and has grown frustrated with how talks over a new deal have progressed .Arsenal remain optimistic of being able to agree a deal with the midfielder, but Everton are hoping to tempt the England international to Goodison Park.Can to replace Modric at MadridEmre Can has been chosen as the man to replace Luka Modric at Real Madrid this summer, El Gol Digital reports. Modric is drawing interest from a host of Premier League teams and his time with the Spanish giants is coming to a close. But Los Blancos have already decided that the Liverpool midfielder, who is out of contract this summer, will be his replacement and have moved to close a deal. Arsenal want Andre Silva from MilanArsenal are in the race to sign Milan forward Andre Silva this summer, with Wolves also looking at an audacious run at the 22-year-old should they return to the Premier League, report The Mirror .The Portuguese forward has struggled since moving to Serie A from Porto this summer, but the Gunners are still interested in the youngster, who has shown well in the Europa League. Arsenal & Liverpool to battle for OblakArsenal and Liverpool are set to face off over the signing of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, according to AS . The Reds have made their interest in the 25-year-old clear, but Arsenal have now stepped up their pursuit of the Slovenian. Oblak has a release clause of €100million, and both clubs are prepared to meet that demand.Conte downplays Champions League impactAntonio Conte played down the impact missing out on the Champions League would have on Chelsea’s pulling power in the transfer market as his side fight to finish in the Premier League’s top four.”Don’t forget that two years ago, Chelsea finished 10th with many players of this season, and they decided to continue to play for this club,” he told reporters.”I think this is not a question for me, it’s a question for the players.”Read the full story on Goal right here! City could move for GriezmannPep Guardiola could move for Antoine Griezmann this summer upsetting plans at Barcelona to bring the striker in, Diario Gol claims.While Harry Kane is said to be the top target for Manchester City, Griezmann is Guardiola’s secondary option, and the Premier League side could use Sergio Aguero as part of the deal to top any offer from Barcelona. Emery: Neymar to Madrid? Ask FlorentinoUnai Emery says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez should be asked about Neymar’s future at Paris Saint-Germain. “The PSG project is very strong with Neymar in it,” he said. “As for Real Madrid? I don’t know, ask Florentino.”Read the full story on Goal. Liverpool ready to beat Madrid to AlissonLiverpool are ready to pay £70million in an attempt to beat Real Madrid to the signing of Roma goalkeeper Alisson, Don Balon claims. A different report from the same outlet also claims that Chelsea could move for the Brazilian as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois.Man Utd & Chelsea to raid NapoliManchester United and Chelsea are looking to raid Napoli this summer, reports Forza Italian Football. Jose Mourinho wants to land midfielder Jorginho while Chelsea are hoping to land Kalidou Koulibaly. Both club also hold an interest in Dries Mertens, though there will be fierce competition for the Belgian, according to the report. Alisson: Madrid links good for my ego!Roma goalkeeper Alisson has acknowledged reports of a potential move to LaLiga heavyweights Real Madrid “massage the ego”.The Brazil international is reportedly a target for several top teams throughout Europe, with Liverpool said to be preparing a £70million bid during the close-season.Read his full comments right here on Goal Newcastle set Sels priceNewcastle have set their asking price for Matz Sels at £4.5million, Belgian outlet La DH reports.Sels is on loan at Anderlecht, and while the Belgian club would love to sign him the price could be more than they can afford.