World Cup inspired Sinclair move

first_img Winger Sinclair joined the Baggies last week on a season-long loan to escape his miserable spell at Manchester City. Following a £6.2million move from Swansea last summer, Sinclair made just two starts and nine substitute appearances in the Premier League under former manager Roberto Mancini. Scott Sinclair has admitted to having an eye on a trip to Brazil next summer as one of the reasons behind his move to West Brom. In signing for Albion, Sinclair is poised to finally get the regular game time he craves, starting with Sunday’s clash at The Hawthorns against former club Swansea. And with the World Cup looming, former under-21 international Sinclair has conceded he would love to be in Roy Hodgson’s England squad providing he can again make an impact on the domestic front. “It was another thing I thought of,” said Sinclair when asked as to whether he had considered his England future in joining West Brom. “The main thing is I was so frustrated at not playing and I just wanted to get out and play week in and week out and be happy. “The World Cup is coming up and the manager has been putting the likes of (Andros) Townsend and (Ross) Barkley in the team. “If they’re getting a chance, then I don’t see why I can’t if I’m playing well.” Sinclair is also eager for a spell in the limelight for all the right reasons after hitting the headlines for all the wrong ones during his time at City with his off-field exploits. Sinclair found himself in the news pages and gossip magazines whilst dating – and then recently splitting from – former Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan. It now appears Sinclair is eager for the quiet life at Albion as he added: “I want a house out of the way, not in the centre. I can then concentrate on my football, going home and being sort of humble.” Not that Sinclair believes his personal life interfered with his football during his time at City. “Someone’s personal life has nothing to do with the club. What people do in their personal life is up to them,” added Sinclair. “I conducted myself in a very good way when I was there. I didn’t do anything wrong off the field. “It’s just I had limited chances, and maybe because I wasn’t playing then my personal life received more attention. “When you’re not playing then people have things to say and write about you, which does get frustrating. “But once I’m back playing and happy then I won’t be too fussed what people write about my personal life.” After playing the 90 minutes of Albion’s 3-0 Capital One Cup victory over Newport on Tuesday it is almost certain Sinclair will start against the Swans. Head coach Steve Clarke believes after back-to-back league defeats to start the season and leave Swansea bottom of the table, they will be a dangerous proposition. “They’re a very good team that has spent over £20million in the transfer market this summer,” said Clarke. “They obviously need a bigger squad because they were good enough to win the Capital One Cup, which was great for them, and now they have the bonus of being in Europe. “They have a certain way of playing, they’re attractive, they’re a difficult team to play against. “They’ve had a tough start, two difficult teams (Manchester United and Tottenham), and hopefully we can make it three.” Nicolas Anelka returns after being away for a week on compassionate leave, replacing Matej Vydra who is sidelined with a hamstring problem. With goalkeeper Ben Foster out for 12 weeks with a stress fracture of a bone in his right foot, Boaz Myhill should start despite a wrist injury. Press Associationlast_img read more

Tough Big Ten play lies ahead for UW

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s tennis team concluded their non-conference season on Saturday finishing with a record of 9-3 in non-conference play.The Badgers’ early season success included a sweep of all the Wisconsin schools on their schedule – Green Bay, Milwaukee and Marquette – and capped off the non-conference schedule with a 7-0 sweep of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.Head coach Brian Fleishman is happy with the way his team has started the year and hopes they can learn from their losses.“We competed well at times,” Fleishman said. “I think we let some opportunities slip away, but I think we learned from those matches that we didn’t take advantage of and I think we can become a better team from those losses.”With the non-conference schedule out of the way, the Badgers now set their sights on their Big Ten campaign that begins this weekend at Michigan.The Big Ten will prove to be a demanding test for UW featuring three teams – Michigan, Northwestern and Nebraska – in the top 25 of the ITA rankings this year and eight schools in the top 75.Fleishman appreciates just how strong the Big Ten is this season.“[The Big Ten] is a competitive conference this year,” Fleishman said. “It’s much deeper than it was last year. After Northwestern and Michigan, it’s kind of who’s going to play better on that given day.”The Big Ten holds two top-25 singles players in Emina Bektas from the University of Michigan and Kate Turvy from Northwestern University. Bektas has only lost one match in the season and has already beaten the No. 8 singles player in the country, Chelsey Gullickson from the University of Georgia, this year.The conference breaks into the rankings in doubles as well with Northwestern and Michigan both having a pair in the top 25.Wisconsin senior Angela Chupa is going into her third season of Big Ten play and understands that the Big Ten as a whole is improved from just a season ago.“[The Big Ten] is very competitive this year,” Chupa said. “Every team has gotten better. In the past there has been just a couple of dominant teams and everyone else, this year every team has a chance for an upset. We’re just going to beat up on each other.”Wisconsin has not had a winning season in Big Ten play under Fleishman’s four seasons but came dangerously close last year, earning a 5-5 mark against conference foes.The Badgers have only played one conference game this year against the University of Minnesota, which resulted in a 5-2 loss.Fleishman knew his team missed an opportunity to win the first conference match this year.“We let the Minnesota match slip away from us,” Fleishman said. “[Minnesota] is a much better team this year than they were last year and they played really well against us.”In the loss to the Gophers, freshman Sarah Loebel got her first taste of conference play, losing at the No. 3 singles spot. Loebel has a winning record this year in singles matches at 7-4 but admits that while her first Big Ten match was a little intimidating initially, she eventually enjoyed the challenge her first taste of conference play produced.“I was really nervous,” Loebel said. “But the match was really exciting, I thought. And I hope we get some good wins in the Big Ten.”Wisconsin hopes that their early season success will lead to continued success in the gauntlet that is the Big Ten conference.Chupa knows the matches are going to be tough but the only thing that she and her teammates can do is play as hard as they can and hope that they come out on top.“We will have to battle,” Chupa said. “A lot of these matches are going to be really tough. Whoever fights the hardest and wants it the most is going to come out on top. We can never give up, just keep fighting even if you are down because you can always turn it around.“We just need to have fun. That’s what it comes down to – when we are having fun, we play our best.”last_img read more