Solskjaer: Blame me for plight

first_img Press Association “I am the manager. I will take the blame,” Solskjaer said. “I didn’t make the impact on the results I hoped for. I came in hoping to make a difference and we could move up the table, but it didn’t happen. “We haven’t performed very well to stay up, and that’s the reality. We have not been good enough. “We have got to give the fans a good last game, and then we will look towards next season.” Keeping Cardiff’s leading players – the likes of England defender Steven Caulker, midfielder Gary Medel and goalkeeper David Marshall – could prove Solskjaer’s toughest challenge during the summer. Caulker and Medal are thought to hold contractual release clauses in the event of relegation, although Marshall recently penned a new long-term deal with the Bluebirds. Solskjaer would not comment on any contract situations in his final pre-match press conference of the season on Friday. “There will be changes,” Solskjaer added. “I will do my best to keep hold of the most important players. That job has already started. “The ones who will be here will have to have the character, as in that league (Championship) you cannot turn up and just go through the motions. “You have to come back with a hunger to do well, but the majority of the squad here has that experience of the Championship.” Solskjaer revealed he had spoken with Tan in the wake of events last weekend. There are no indications that the Norwegian will not still be in charge, come the start of next season. “I have got no other signals than planning for next season,” Solskjaer said. “The key is to start the season well. “You have to learn from your mistakes as a player and coach. I am a better manager now than when I came here. We came into the unknown this season, and the majority of the players didn’t know much about the Premier League. “The experience of playing in the Premier League will give everyone a taste. “Everyone wants to be back there next year, but it is not going to be easy. The Championship is a very tough league, and you have to be right, mentally. “The longer you go before you manage to bounce back, the more difficult it proves to be. “The whole club is disappointed, but there is only one thing to do and that is come back stronger. “We were very low and disappointed, but we have to go out on Sunday and give ourselves a good last game. “It’s been four months’ hard work. We have enjoyed it, but the results haven’t been what we wanted. “There are loads of things I have learnt, and there are things I would have done different, but that is hindsight. “Nobody wants to end up last (in the Premier League). There is that pride of your own performance on Sunday, but also to show the fans your appreciation of them.” The Bluebirds’ quickfire Championship return was confirmed by a 3-0 defeat against Newcastle last weekend, making Sunday’s final game at home to Chelsea an irrelevance in terms of survival. Solskjaer took over as manager in January after Cardiff chairman Vincent Tan dispensed with Malky Mackay’s services, but he was unable to inspire a climb out of the bottom three, and Cardiff face Chelsea as the league’s bottom team. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the buck stops with him following Cardiff’s relegation from the Barclays Premier League.last_img read more

Howard reaches out to Mignolet

first_img The United States international has faced criticism almost every season from some disgruntled Everton fans and, although some of it becomes personal via social media, Howard shrugs it off. “Social media is, for me, non-existent. Anyone who pays attention to that – criticism or praise – is pretty silly,” he added. “I think you have to have enough positive experiences to be able to block out the criticism. “When I was young and at Manchester United I did not have a lot in my locker to fall back on so you make a mistake and it is doom and gloom and ‘You should hang him up’. “Now I’ve had enough criticism and positive experiences to know that I’m not a bad goalkeeper. “I’ve had it before and it will happen again – with goalkeepers the next mistake is only just around the corner. “If you worry about that you will crumble. I think a good goalkeeper always has to have a manager who believes in him.” Howard, no stranger to criticism himself, has some sympathy with his fellow keeper but has warned it may be difficult to come back from the blow. “I know he is a Red but I feel for Simon. It is hard being a goalkeeper,” said the American, speaking at the launch of his autobiography ‘The Keeper: A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them’. “The phrase is taking the goalkeeper out of the spotlight but actually it sheds more light on them. “It is not easy. It is a confidence position and when you take him out of the team and then bring him back do the team and fans have confidence in him?” “You have to appreciate with a goalkeeper there are going to be ups and downs especially in this league because it is so fast and rough. “To be honest I think it is hard road back when you get taken out of the team. “Sometimes there is no way back. It is unfortunate for a goalkeeper but that is the way it is: you cannot come on and play the last 20-30 minutes and put a good shift in. “It is all or nothing with goalkeeping.” Press Association Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has warned Liverpool counterpart Simon Mignolet it will be a “hard road back” after the latter lost his place in the team. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said the Belgium international was set for an indefinite period on the sidelines after leaving him out against Manchester United on Sunday. Growing criticism of Mignolet’s inability to command his area and poor distribution – which some blamed for Liverpool’s jittery defence – eventually took its toll and he has been replaced by Brad Jones. last_img read more

Fiammetta: Field House viable option for WIAA

first_imgA large part of the issue appears to have been resolved, so why not think outside the box a little?The WIAA state high school boy’s basketball tournament, held annually in Madison for more than 90 years, had been jeopardized by the newly sanctioned Big Ten men’s hockey playoffs coming in 2013-14. Scheduling conflicts threatened to force the popular high school tourney elsewhere, possibly to Ashwaubenon’s Resch Center, before the Big Ten elected to choose neutral site hosts for its new hockey league. Instead of the feared logjam of athletic events at the Kohl Center, the conference will reportedly look at sites in Detroit, Mich. and St. Paul, Minn. for its hockey tournament and consequently eliminate some of the complications impeding the WIAA’s normal course of events.Some scheduling issues – the first round of the league hockey playoffs will overlap with the boy’s basketball tournament – and concerns over parking, concession prices and hotel accommodations persist. But given the major roadblock to keeping the WIAA tourney in Madison has been abated, there’s cause for celebration.At the same time, why not continue the re-evaluation of the high school basketball tournament? History and tradition are invariably difficult to part with, but with all the consideration set forth toward determining alternatives for the WIAA, why not keep those thoughts churning?One person who can speak to the tournament’s history and future is Evan Anderson, a redshirt freshman center on Wisconsin’s men’s basketball team. Anderson grew up in Stanley, Wis., and attended Eau Claire North High School. There, he helped lead the school to back-to-back state tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009.Having experienced the tournament firsthand, Anderson said it “would be a little disappointing” to have to move the tournament. But does the event lose its allure if it’s not held in the Kohl Center?“I wouldn’t even say that, just because the state tournament, it is what it is,” Anderson said. “You’re trying to get to the top and competing with the best teams in the state.”The strongest opposition to moving the state tourney centered on the “specialness,” as the Wisconsin State Journal termed it, of being so close to the Capitol. Well, the Kohl Center isn’t exactly next door to the square. If we can keep the event in Madison but UW’s arena is no longer a viable option, why not consider other in-town options?Adjacent to the city’s most historical athletic venue, Camp Randall Stadium, the Wisconsin Field House once housed UW’s men’s basketball team, as well as the university’s renowned boxing program. Currently, it houses Wisconsin volleyball and wrestling, both of which enjoy legitimate home-court advantages. For the past 20 years, the volleyball team has ranked among the top 10 in national attendance, as well as the top four over the last 10 years.The Field House isn’t a new recommendation for a fallback option for the WIAA, though it has had its critics. Opponents to the idea cite the need for renovations to the building, which opened in 1930. However, those attendance numbers should trump questions regarding the building’s practicality.Furthermore, the Field House has not gone untouched in recent years. When Camp Randall was renovated in 2005, the Field House improved its locker rooms and media room. Four years later, the floor was resurfaced and new bleachers were constructed on the building’s west side.In recent years, UW’s men’s basketball team has also hosted pre-season scrimmages in the Field House. Two years ago, 2,650 fans attended Field House Madness Saturday even though later that night, Wisconsin’s football team was slated to take on No. 1 Ohio State.The Field House is obviously treasured enough to still be consistently in use, and its track record of hosting some of UW’s top athletic programs should alleviate concerns regarding hosting the WIAA tourney. Although the Kohl Center’s basketball attendance is measured at 17,230 – nearly 6,000 more than the Field House’s 11,500 – the former isn’t exactly packed when the high school boys roll into town. Imagine the intimate atmosphere the Field House would foster for families and fans coming from all areas of the state.Sure, it’s probably still a secondary option to the tried and true Kohl Center. But the WIAA already has been forced to think outside the box, so why not go a little further?Mike is a senior majoring in journalism. What are your thoughts on the men’s state basketball tournament? Let him know on Twitter @mikefiammetta.last_img read more

Badgers split with Cornhuskers

first_imgOne of the biggest tests of the season for the Wisconsin softball team came Wednesday afternoon in the form of Nebraska. While the Badgers had their 13-game winning streak halted, they rallied in the second game of the doubleheader for a key victory and series split.After holding No. 19-ranked Nebraska (36-13, 14-4 Big Ten) off for the first inning, the Huskers racked up four runs in the second in one deadly stroke. Outfielders Kiki Stokes and Kat Woolman and first baseman Dawna Tyson loaded the bases on a combination of singles and fielder’s choice plays. Then designated hitter Tatum Edwards knocked a grand slam out of the park for her 16th home run of the year, putting a significant distance between her team and Wisconsin on the scoreboard.But Edwards wasn’t finished. She continued doing damage a couple innings later, starting after Woolman reached on another single and went on to score when teammate Hailey Decker hit a gap in right field. With one run already brought in, the designated hitter made her way to the plate and sent another pitch sailing over the left field fence, bringing in two additional runs for the Cornhuskers to give them a 6-0 lead.UW tried to get something of its own started in the bottom of the fourth when third baseman Michelle Mueller and catcher Chloe Miller both singled to the outfield, but both runners ended up getting stranded.The Huskers, already ahead 7-0, ended the game in the fifth when they tacked on another five runs, hitting a string of singles to load the bases. Edwards kept the bases full and gained her seventh RBI of the game when she drew a walk, setting Decker up to follow in her footsteps. The second baseman hit Nebraska’s second grand slam of the game off Wisconsin pitcher Cassandra Darrah, bringing in the last four runs of the game for a final score of 12-0.However, Wisconsin still had one trip to the plate left and sent a message to Nebraska that it wasn’t about to give up. In what turned out to be the final inning the Badgers loaded the bases when Marissa Mersch was hit by a pitch, Maria Van Abel singled on a bunt and Sara Novak reached on a fielder’s choice. While in the end the team wasn’t able to produce any runs, head coach Yvette Healy said getting some runners on base helped develop some momentum early on in the next game.“It was something to build on,” Healy said. “You know, you look for every little part of it.”The second game started off much differently, with Wisconsin holding Nebraska off and taking the lead in the first inning. Mueller, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, made it home when Miller doubled down the right field line, both reaching against Edwards who had switched to pitcher for game two.Healy said things were said in between the two games that might have lead to this shift in momentum.“We said, ‘It doesn’t matter if they won 12 to nothing or one to nothing,’” Healy said. “The goal was to just be able to get a win … When you’re facing a team that’s ranked, if you take one [game], it’s a big deal. So we were just trying to keep focused on that.”But the Huskers were still riding a high from their five-inning victory and put up a couple runs of their own in the top of the second, starting when third baseman MJ Knighten led off the inning with the team’s third home run of the afternoon. Woolman batted in the second run a few batters later when she singled up the middle, bringing in teammate Kylee Muir who had previously drawn a walk. With no outs on the inning, Nebraska loaded the bases again after Woolman’s single, but Wisconsin pitcher Taylor-Paige Stewart shut down the Huskers, shutting down the next three batters, including Edwards who struck out swinging.Healy explained Stewart’s success against the Nebraska roster in situations like these is because of Darrah pitching the first game.“We always say whoever goes in first is kind of the one testing out the hitters and trying to see how we can beat people,” Healy said. “So even though we get the loss in the first one, I think you learn a little about their hitters and try to throw a little bit better.”Not only did the Badgers pitch their way out of a dangerous top half, but they continued to do damage of their own in the bottom of the second inning. Leadoff hitter Mary Massei earned two RBIs when she doubled to center field, and Miller picked up a third when she drew a walk, taking the lead back and putting the score at 4-2.Although this game lasted all seven innings, the final runs came in the fifth once again. Nebraska tied up the score when Edwards got her 3rd home run of the night, first of the game, bringing in two RBIs.But the Badgers had the final word this time, with Miller homering in the bottom of the inning off a pitch by Edwards, which brought in the final two runs of the night.“I was really ready to face Edwards,” Miller said of her home run. “We knew she threw a drop ball, and I was really prepared for that. Really, just visualizing.”Although the team was disappointed to see the winning streak, which had spanned the last three weeks, come to a halt, the win in the second game carried with it a big meaning. Wisconsin had struggled in the past against Nebraska, winning only two of the previous 13 meetings before Wednesday.So despite their first loss in 21 days, there was still a silver lining in taking one of the two games for the Badgers.“We kind of had the mentality that we really wanted to win one game,” Miller said. “We knew we weren’t supposed to. So after really just getting womped on, we kind of had the mindset of ‘Maybe they’ll let up a little bit, and we’ll come out of nowhere.’ And we kind of came out of nowhere and just took it to them.”last_img read more

Eric Agyare, Lawrencia Sarhene win Donyma Steel Complex Tennis tourney

first_imgEric Agyare defied a strong assembly of over thirty five players to emerge winner of 2017 Donyma Steel Complex Tennis tournament held at the 4 Garrison Officers Mess Tennis courts.The annual competition as usual saw on display players drawn from clubs across the Ashanti Region.With stiff opposition from enterprising Wiiliam Boateng who qualified for the final after an exhausting semifinal match against Major Amoah Siaw, Eric Agyare claimed victory with a 6-2, 2-6, 7-2 to record his first win ever of a major competition.The losing finalist, William Boateng gave a good account of himself with some powerful ground strokes and good returns to the admiration of the fans at the courts.In the ladies division, Lawrencia Sarhene who is fast establishing herself as a potential star in the game of tennis made light work of her opponent Monique, with a 6-0, 6-3 straight set victory.Lawrencia had established her authority on every match from the preliminary stage of the competition with straight victories over her opponents through to the final. It therefore did not surprise patrons present when she again finished of her opponent in similar fashion in the final match.The winners received trophies and souvenirs from sponsors Donyma Styeel Complex who promised to sponsor the event next year.last_img read more

Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes breaking preseason tradition, will play first quarter of opener

first_img NFL Preseason 2019: 5 storylines to watch in Week 1 Related News The move is a bit unusual, given coaches generally prefer to sit their starting quarterback for preseason games to avoid risking injury. Reid, however, has been known to play his starting quarterbacks.He started Donovan McNabb for a series or two when he was with the Eagles and only took McNabb out only if the offense scored a touchdown on the first series. Patrick Mahomes will see playing time during the Chiefs’ preseason opener against the Bengals on Saturday.Coach Andy Reid told media members that his plan is to have Mahomes play the entire first quarter, followed by backup quarterbacks Chad Henne, rookie Kyle Shurmur and Chase Litton. NFL news and notes: Colin Kaepernick ‘still ready;’ Kenny Stills calls out Dolphins owner Patrick Mahomes ‘excited’ for cereal to hit Kansas City shelves: ‘I’ll definitely have a box I’ll keep forever’ Henne is slated to play the second quarter, while Litton will play in the third and undrafted rookie Shurmur will play the fourth quarter, according to CBS Sports.Generally speaking, action is very limited for a starting quarterback who plays in the fourth quarter. In the 2018 preseason, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw just 44 passes, while Saints signal caller Drew Brees played in just one preseason game.Mahomes, 23, threw for 50 touchdowns and 5,097 yards in his first season as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback in 2018, leading the team to the AFC Championship.last_img read more

School closures in Palm Beach County, Treasure Coast extend due to coronavirus

first_imgSchools district officials across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast announced on Tuesday that schools will remain closed for at least another month due to coronavirus.Students in Palm Beach County are to continue remote learning.Dr. Donald Fennoy, the Superintendent of Schools, said all district schools will be closed until further notice: School districts in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties said remote learning will be extended until Friday, May 1.last_img

Another Viewpoint…Are there any Blacks in IndyCar racing?

first_imgby Tim Lacy(NNPA)–In a recent conversation, it came to my attention that my boss was interested in knowing if there are any African-American drivers racing in the Indianapolis 500.After pondering this for a minute, it occurred to me that there are very few Black motor racing fans in comparison to other spectator sports. Soccer, hockey and auto racing seem to be the step-children of Black American’s interest in sports.To answer the question, there is some interest among Black drivers towards motor racing. As far as I can remember, back in the 80’s comedian Bill Cosby joined a few other investors in the sponsorship of Willy T. Ribbs. Ribbs was the first Black driver in modern times to make the field at Indianapolis. His best finish was 21st.As an Indy car racer, Ribbs success was limited and he walked away to find a real job. But, after a 20-year vacation, Ribbs came back to participate in the first Baltimore Grand Prix.In 2002, George Mack strapped himself into one of these land rockets, but his success was so limited he is no more than a footnote.I have always viewed IndyCar racing as a sport I should put on a suit to watch. The open wheel cars are equipped with so much technology that an astronaut should be driving.If I am going to spend an afternoon watching cars running around in circles, I prefer NASCAR. I am aware that NASCAR was born in the bowels of the “Good Ole Boy” mentality, and I am still a fan.Back in the day, drivers were running moonshine in fast cars to stay a few steps ahead of the law. This led to bragging on the speed of their vehicles, which led to Saturday races. Some entrepreneur came up with the idea to put them on an oval track and charge admission to spectators. Often the first prize was no more than a steak dinner.In Danville, Va., during the heat of this new form of entertainment, young Wendell Scott was learning at the knee of his mechanic father. Soon he learned how to drive and drive fast. Not wanting to waste his life in the cotton fields, he opted for a stint in the Army. When he returned home, he adopted the cloak of a moonshiner.He made and delivered his own white lightning. It was necessary to have a fast car and the driving skills to evade the police. He soon realized that he was as good, or better, than the White drivers he had been watching at these Saturday contests.Through some trickery, he managed to gain entry in one of the races. This was like donning a deer costume and walking through the woods during hunting season. Through perseverance and a lot of skill he managed to carve a niche in this previously all-White sport. He was the Jackie Robinson of what became NASCAR.In 1952 he acquired a license to compete in what had become a sport of national interest. He had a career of wins and crashes. In 1963 he won the Grand National which at the time was the Super Bowl of Sprint Car Racing. Scott continued to race for another 10 years, often competing in repurposed equipment and retread tires.After Scott retired, there was quite a lapse until NFL running back Joe Washington and NBA legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving sponsored a team. Although the pair were stars in their respective sports, their effort to put together a winner on the racing circuit bombed.The latest news comes from former MLB legend Reggie Jackson who is showing interest in sponsorship. I wish him luck, because the sport could really use more diversity.Reprinted from the Afro American Willy T. Ribbs, the first Black driver in modern times to make the field at Indianapolis. (AP Photo)last_img read more

Another record for Ansu: the youngest double in the history of Primera

first_imgInsultingly young, Ansu is pulverizing precocity records since he became the second youngest footballer to play a league game with the Barcelona shirt. This Sunday he pulverized another record. Ansu became the youngest player in LaLiga history to make a double. He did it with 17 years and 96 days and beat the mark of Juanmi, who got it with 17 years and 115 days. Ansu already has five official goals this year with Barça, four in the League and one in the Champions League. Another record, then, for Ansu, who with his goal against Osasuna became the youngest player in the history of Barça to score an official goal in LaLiga. Ansu also became, thanks to his goal against Inter in the Champions League, the youngest scorer in the history of the competition. He did it with 17 years and 40 days and surpassed Peter Ofori-Quaye, who was 17 years old and 195 days old when he scored Rosenborg with Olympiacos.last_img read more

Hubert Lawrence | The best is yet to come

first_imgIn some ways, the best part of the local track-and-field season is finished. For those who like to leave the Corporate Area, there has been nothing better than meets in Mandeville and Williamsfield, Santa Cruz, Halse Hall, and Montego Bay for two weekends straight. Those in Kingston have had a fair bit of fun, too, with double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson and Fedrick Dacres the main players. Thompson confirmed her fine showing at the Queens/Grace Jackson Invitational when she joined Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as the second-fastest Jamaican women of all time at 60 metres with her run of 6.98 seconds in Birmingham, England. The national record isn’t far away at 6.96 seconds by legendary Merlene Ottey. RECORDS RESET In two trips to Excelsior High School, Dacres has set and reset the national discus record. His last blast, at the King of the Ring throws-only meet, measured 68.88 metres. The signs suggest that Thompson and Dacres are on the way to great seasons. The same goes for Olympic champion Omar McLeod, who has run fine times of 7.46 seconds and 20.48 seconds for the 60-metre hurdles and the 200 metres, respectively. The cautionary note is that the indoor 60 metres isn’t contested outdoors and that discus throwing is easier on open fields like the Excelsior campus than inside the nearly enclosed stadiums, which host meets like the Olympics and the World Championships. The shortest outdoor sprint is the 100 metres, and on open fields, air currents can help the discus stay aloft. That’s the bad news. The good news is that if Thompson is faster indoors, that should translate into faster times outdoors at 100 metres and possibly 200 metres. Equally, Dacres is stronger than ever and seems capable of mastering 65 metres in championship conditions. If things work out, this pair is on its way to big things in London at the World Championships in August. For reference, the last time the world’s best athletes gathered in London for a global championships ­ the 2012 Olympic Games ­ the women’s 100 metres went to Fraser-Pryce in 10.75 seconds and the men’s discus travelled 68.27 metres from the hand of German giant Robert Harting. In that competition, Harting, Iranian Elshan Hadadi, and 2008 Olympic champion Gerd Kanter of Estonia all threw over 68 metres. Great days lie ahead. The 41st Gibson-McCook Relays are set for this Saturday, and if the weather is better than in 2016, it should be a great meet. The high school race of the meet might be a run against the clock in the Class Three girls 4×100 metres. Salecia Myles, 100 metres and 200 metres 2016 gold-medal winner Kevona Davis, Lisandra Brown, and Shanique Rowe have been reorganising the record books since their Class Four days. GIBSON-MCCOOK RECORD The Gibson-McCook record is 45.77 seconds, and the Michael Dyke-coached Edwin Allen quartet has 2017 times of 45.99 at the Central Hurdles and Relays and 45.84 seconds at the Western Relays. Thompson delighted fans at the Western Relays with an appearance on anchor for the MVP Track Club in the 4×100 metres. In similar fashion, Yohan Blake will lead a strong Racers Track Club men’s 4×100 metres team on Saturday at the Gibson-McCook Relays. Sadly, the incomparable Usain Bolt won’t be on track, but the record the tall man anchored in 2010 ­ 38.08 seconds ­ might be under threat. Whatever happens, the Gibson-McCook Relays, the Carifta Trials, and Boys and Girls’ Championships combine to make the next few weeks on the local athletics circuit well worth watching. When the dust settles in September, it’s a far bet that Dacres and Dodd won’t be the only ones with new national records. Thompson and McLeod could both turn the trick, and, along with Dacres, cover themselves in glory in London. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at tracksince 1980.last_img read more