Published on October 18, 2012 at 1:27 am Contact Jack: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Having clinched a bye to the quarterfinals in the Big East tournament, what happens Saturday when Syracuse plays St. John’s is almost meaningless for the Orange.But it would be a mistake to say the game doesn’t matter.“Some people may say it doesn’t matter quite as much as all the other games, but if anything I think it matters more,” Alyscha Mottershead said.As a senior, the game against St. John’s (6-9-1, 2-6-1 Big East) will be the last time Mottershead will play in front of a home crowd for the Orange (8-6-2, 5-3-1). It is also the team’s final chance to build momentum before the postseason begins.Last year, the Orange lost to Marquette and St. John’s to finish the regular season before falling to Georgetown in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange lost to Marquette last weekend, and Mottershead knows the team cannot afford to finish the season like it did last year if it wants to have a successful postseason.“We had a losing streak at the end of the year and as a result, moving into the playoffs we didn’t have a good game, and I think going in there after a win against St. John’s will be huge for us,” she said.Brittany Anghel said the game is a stepping stone for the Orange. Knowing how St. John’s has struggled this season, the junior goalkeeper is looking for a big win to build momentum heading into the team’s game against Notre Dame.“This is our opportunity to just pummel them, score as many as possible. It’s also senior day, so we want to honor them by doing as well as we can,” she said.An Orange victory seemed much more likely before last weekend, when the team had won four in a row.But the team suffered two frustrating losses against USF and Marquette, and will need to learn from those games to successfully move forward.Mottershead did not make any excuses for the losses, but did say the trip to Florida and then to Wisconsin made it a very difficult weekend for the team.“We have to work on our preparation going into big games like that and starting off stronger,” she said. “At the end of the game we definitely showed we could outplay them.”Head coach Phil Wheddon said the brutal weather conditions made the Marquette game “a little bit of an anomaly.” But both games exposed the team’s struggles to finish.“It took us a little while to get into the game on Friday night against Florida. We outshot them 18-6, and they win one-nil, so that exposed our lack of ability to be clinical in front of goal,” he said.Anghel also said that the team’s lack of composure in front of the goal was the main issue, but the defense will have to work even harder in the coming games.“Defensively we had a couple of breakdowns here and there, but the conditions were really tough, so hopefully moving forward, actually, at Notre Dame they are going to be tough. So I guess it’s just something we have to adapt to,” she said.The Orange is headed to consecutive Big East tournaments for the first time in more than a decade.But Mottershead said that cannot be enough to satisfy the team if the ultimate goal is championships.“I think that this was kind of a standard that we knew we had to meet,” she said. “It’s great that we’re there but we’re looking to accomplish a lot more than we did last year.” Comments
Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo has confirmed the appointment of Isaac Asiamah as the country’s new Youth and Sports minister designate. The Member of Parliament for the Atwima Mponua constituency in Ashanti replaces Nii Lantei Vanderpujye.The Ghanaian leader released the final batch of his batch of ministerial nominees to serve in his government on Thursday.He is currently a member of the Parliamentary select Committee for Youth and Sports.He hails from Tano Odumasi in the Ashanti Region and is married with three children.He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon and has also served on the Parliamentary Committees for Mines and Energy as well as the Public Accounts Committee in the past. He had previously worked as the National Youth Secretary for the incoming government New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Antonio Conte guided Chelsea to the Premier League title last season in the absence of European football, but a return to the Champions League this term has seen the club’s league troubles return – having finished tenth under Jose Mourinho in the 2015/16 campaign.While a place in the Europa League is a distinct possibility, the Blues face the very real prospect of dropping below an in-form Arsenal, who are three points behind Chelsea in sixth.They are still, however, in the FA Cup where they face Southampton on April 22.And speaking following the 1-1 draw with West Ham on Sunday and ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with the Saints, Hazard said he is still hopeful of silverware this season.He told the club’s official website: “I hope for the Chelsea fans and ourselves that we can achieve something.“We still have the FA Cup to play for so we need to bring this trophy to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.”The Belgian international also believes that playing for Chelsea makes the players want to participate in the Champions League, which is honourable for any club.“When you play for Chelsea you want to be in the Champions League every year but last year we didn’t play in it and we won the title, so sometimes a bad thing can create a good thing.”“But we will play [to try qualify] for the Champions League, for sure.“We need to work together. There are six games left to play in the league and we will try everything to be in the top four at the end of the season,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000And speaking following the 1-1 draw with West Ham on Sunday and ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with the Saints, Hazard said he is still hopeful of silverware this season.LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 10 – Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard believes that the club’s potential misfortune of missing out on the Champions League this season could turn out to be a positive.The Blues are currently battling for a top-four finish and sit fifth on the Premier League standings, but a massive ten points adrift of Tottenham Hotspur in fourth.
– Mbappe going nowhere? –Kylian Mbappe has dominated the headlines and the discussions on television and radio in France this week following his shock remarks at an awards ceremony in Paris on Sunday.The 20-year-old World Cup winner used his victory speech after being named as France’s player and young player of the year to drop a bombshell and suggest he could be ready to leave PSG after just two seasons.“I have discovered so many things here, and I feel that maybe it is the time to take on more responsibility. Maybe at Paris Saint-Germain — with pleasure — or in a new project elsewhere,” Mbappe said.PSG responded by insisting their star man would be going nowhere this summer, but his remarks have increased speculation that Real Madrid could come back in for a player they tried to sign from Monaco in 2017.So it still seems far fetched that PSG’s match at Reims on Friday could be Mbappe’s last for the club, as he looks to add to his 32 league goals for the season without the support of Neymar. The Brazilian is again suspended.– Lyon’s Brazilian revolution –Bruno Genesio is leaving his job as coach of Lyon to make way for a new Brazilian management team © AFP/File / PHILIPPE DESMAZESLille will join PSG in the Champions League group stage after a superb run to second place in Ligue 1. Their game at Rennes on Friday will be the last for the club for Nicolas Pepe, the Ivorian who has scored 22 goals in a brilliant campaign. He will be sold for big money in the summer.Lyon have third place wrapped up and are now crossing their fingers in the hope that Chelsea win the Europa League final against Arsenal. Only if that happens will OL be guaranteed a place in the group stage of next season’s Champions League.That would be a huge boost for the club just as they prepare to usher in a new management team. Bruno Genesio will depart after three and a half years as coach, with club legend Juninho Pernambucano set to come in as sporting director and his fellow Brazilian Sylvinho as head coach.“Sylvinho does not have great experience as a coach in his own right but, without wishing to compare him to (Zinedine) Zidane, we have seen that great players can come on board with ambitious projects and do well,” said Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.– All change at Marseille –Who will succeed Rudi Garcia as coach of Marseille? © AFP/File / PASCAL PAVANISaint-Etienne celebrated qualifying for Europe last weekend but were immediately hit by the news that veteran coach Jean-Louis Gasset would be standing down after Friday’s match at Angers.Meanwhile, the announcement that Rudi Garcia would be leaving his job as coach of Marseille came as no surprise at all. The former Champions League winners can no longer finish higher than fifth and will not qualify for Europe.Garcia called it “the worst season of my career”, and the names being linked with the job at the Velodrome include former player Gabriel Heinze, Claude Puel, Rafael Benitez and Porto coach Sergio Conceicao. Whoever comes in faces a huge rebuilding job.It has been a turbulent season too for Monaco, but the principality club will not go down on the final day barring a dramatic set of results.Dijon have to win against Toulouse to stand any chance of avoiding going down automatically along with Guingamp. Caen currently occupy the relegation play-off place but are just two points behind Amiens and are hoping to stay up on the final day for the third season running.Fixtures on Friday (1905GMT)Amiens v Guingamp, Angers v Saint-Etienne, Caen v Bordeaux, Dijon v Toulouse, Marseille v Montpellier, Nantes v Strasbourg, Nice v Monaco, Nimes v Lyon, Reims v Paris Saint-Germain, Rennes v Lille0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Could Kylian Mbappe really be about to play his final game for Paris Saint-Germain on Friday? © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, May 23 – Could Kylian Mbappe really be about to play his final game for Paris Saint-Germain? And how are the French champions’ main domestic rivals shaping up for what looks set to be a summer of transition?AFP Sport looks at the main talking points in France ahead of the final night of the Ligue 1 season on Friday: