No Gunners deal for Beckham son

first_img Beckham is set to remain at Arsenal for the remainder of the campaign, and could well look to continue his career at another club. Younger brothers Romeo, 12, and Cruz, 10, are also enrolled at Hale End. Press Association The 15-year-old, son of former England captain David Beckham, has been playing within the club’s Hale End academy set-up, and had his sights set on a two-year scholarship with the Gunners. However, Press Association Sport understands Arsenal will not be offering terms to Beckham, who plays right midfield and had been called up to the under-18s squad earlier this month. center_img Arsenal are not expected to offer Brooklyn Beckham a scholarship, Press Association Sport understands. last_img read more

Hughes keen to keep Begovic

first_img The Bosnia-Herzegovina international will enter the final year of his current deal this summer and there has been much speculation about his future. Hughes has often stated that club and player plan to discuss the situation at the end of the season, but that has not prevented rumours that talks have stalled over wage demands. Begovic has also been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool recently, with stories fuelled by the player’s lack of participation in the Potters’ last two games. Hughes says he has been fulfilling a pledge to allow England Under-21 international Jack Butland some game time late in the campaign, but he admits Begovic asked not to be on the bench. The 27-year-old instead took the opportunity to undergo what Hughes described as a “slight procedure”, but he could be back in action at Burnley in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday. Hughes said: “My view on it hasn’t changed. I want Asmir to stay here. We can offer him a good option. We feel we are progressing and we want him to be part of that. “We are conscious that he is in the last year of his contract, so we are wary of that. “Financial demands will always be part of the discussion, but I don’t think that would be something that would affect anything we would be looking to do with him. “We haven’t had those talks yet but once we do at the end of the season then hopefully we can get a quick and happy resolution. “We want Asmir to keep progressing as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League here. I am very hopeful of being able to agree something with him and his representatives.” Press Association The Potters head to Turf Moor having equalled their Premier League-best points tally of 50 with last week’s 3-0 win over Tottenham. One more point will not only set a new club record but ensure successive top-half finishes in the top flight for the first time in 40 years. Hughes, who will have been in charge at the Britannia Stadium two years this summer, believes the club have made good progress during his tenure. He wants that to continue and sees no reason why the club should not be aiming to qualify for the Europa League again in the near future. “We have two games to hopefully exceed what we achieved last season, starting with the one against Burnley,” the Welshman said. “I have a real good feeling about this place and feel there is even more room to progress for us. I would love to take the club into Europe if possible – that is an obvious target for us. “People suggest that being in the Europa League is a burden, but for ourselves it is a burden we would be more than happy to take on.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes has reiterated his desire to keep goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and denied reports of a contract dispute.last_img read more

Grant unable to find shooting stroke in SU’s win against Colgate

first_img Published on November 16, 2013 at 11:18 pm Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHass Jerami Grant’s second game back wasn’t nearly as dominant as his first.On Tuesday, Grant glistened in his first game of the season, posting his first career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.On Saturday, though, Grant shot just 2-for-8 from the field and 2-for-6 from the line, struggling to generate any consistency. Grant, who finished with six points, wasn’t much of a factor as No. 9 Syracuse knocked off Colgate 69-50 in front of 25,519 at the Carrier Dome.“Just had to be a little bit more aggressive,” Grant said. “That’s it.”Forward C.J. Fair said Colgate played Grant to shoot jumpers. He usually makes those shots, but just never found a rhythm.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAll of Grant’s shots were good looks, Fair said. It was just one of those nights.“Jerami’s used to getting a couple baskets close to the basket,” Fair said, “then expanding his game.”He never got that posterizing dunk he had against Cornell. Or the easy tip-in he had off a Fair miss. The easy bucket never came.Grant missed a layup, a 3, a jumper, two free throws and another jumper before finally hitting two free throws to give Syracuse a 19-18 lead with 7:54 to go in the first half.He was still his energetic, athletic self, though.Grant pinned an Austin Tillotson layup to the glass, soaring through the air and reaching the ball before it hit the backboard. He forced a steal. He wreaked havoc in Syracuse’s suffocating press and its well-spaced zone.But he didn’t have the same offensive firepower he had four days ago.“I’m going to come back next game and do the same thing,” Grant said. “Attack the basket and get to the free throw line.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse’s seniors instrumental in program’s 1st-ever NCAA tournament win

first_img Comments Published on November 30, 2018 at 8:21 pm Contact Eric: STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — As “The Twist” by Chubby Checker blasted through the Rec Hall at Penn State between Friday’s second and third set, Syracuse players couldn’t help but dance along and smile. SU head coach Leonid Yelin didn’t seem to have anything to tell them. At that point, the Orange were already up two sets in the match, on their way to their first ever NCAA tournament win in their first ever attempt, powering past Yale (19-5, 13-1 Ivy League) in straight sets, 3-0. It was clear the moment on Friday night was not too big for the Orange (19-8, 4-4 Atlantic Coast). And SU’s seniors were a big reason why.Seniors Santita Ebangwese and Amber Witherspoon each had a team-leading seven kills after the second set. Ebangwese finished with 10 kills and five blocks while Witherspoon came away with nine and six, respectively. Senior Jalissa Trotter accounted for assists on 36 of the team’s 41 kills.“They brought experience,” Yelin said. “That’s what seniors have to do. You don’t have to explain to them it’s the last opportunity. Just have fun and just play.”The Orange got rolling early in the first set on a 7-2 run to take a 10-5 lead. Yale would then never trail by more than four but was never able to tie it. A return error on a Polina Shemanova hit ended the set 25-22 in favor of Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe second set is where Ebangwese believed the Orange really started clicking. When Yale went up 18-14, the Orange responded with an Ebangwese slide hit after a long rally. Then, one more. The next play resulted in yet another Ebangwese kill. Syracuse went on an 8-0 run to take a 22-14 lead. The Orange won the set, 25-21.“I could hear [Ebangwese] with blocking through the net and she knew the scouting report really well,” Yale junior Frances Arnautou said. “She made some great plays also defensively blocking.”Santita Ebangwese (left) and Christina Oyawale go up for a block against Yale. Courtesy of Syracuse Athletics | Matthew SniegowskiIn the third set, not much changed. Syracuse never trailed and won the set handily by a score of 25-16. Yale head coach Erin Appleman believed “a mismatch” upfront with Syracuse’s seniors was part of the Bulldogs’ undoing. “I think [Ebangwese] is one of the hardest workers I’ve seen,” Appleman said. “All the film I’ve watched on her, she even defensively gets after it… And then [Witherspoon] is just so enormous and has such a high reach. There were definitely some mis-connections between them, and she was still able to come down and hit the ball and get a kill.”The mismatch showed in the boxscore. Syracuse out-blocked Yale, 12-3. Going into the match, the Orange ranked second in the nation in blocks per set with 3.08, only behind No. 1 Stanford.“We talk to each other on the block,” Ebangwese said. “We work on timing. We work on positioning. Maybe one person makes a mistake, but the other person corrects it so we can stay on top of our blocking game.”The Orange will remain in State College, Pennsylvania, to next face the winner of Howard and Penn State on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Penn State is the second best seed in SU’s region and the No. 8 overall seed in the tournament.Yelin did not believe the 3-0 fashion in which SU won will have an impact on Saturday’s game and said that his attitude is “one game at a time.”Despite the anxious anticipation and excitement some Syracuse players have felt all week leading up to the program’s first ever tournament game, the feeling ultimately disappeared once on the court.“It’s another game,” Ebangwese said of how she felt before the game started. “We have to get that dub. We have to do what we’re supposed to do, what we talked about for game plan. I didn’t think of it as, ‘Oh my god it’s our first NCAA debut game.’ No. I think of it as another game, another opponent that we can take. So we have to give it all we got.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Nick Young make progress with rehab

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Nonetheless, Walton said he could schedule some 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 full-contact sessions for Russell and/or Young to evaluate their readiness to return.“We need to see them go live and competitive,” Walton said, “and really cut and fight over screens before we let them out there.”Though he has deferred to the Lakers’ training staff on how quickly both players will advance their workload, Walton observed on Friday whether Russell and Young favored their injuries while running, whether they hesitated before stopping on cuts and whether they could change directions. Walton reported that both Russell and Young “looked good.”Meanwhile, Lakers forward Tarik Black will miss his second consecutive game because of a sprained right ankle. Although Walton said Black informed him that “he’s better,” Black has not started any on-court work yet. Jose Calderon is also out for the next two to four weeks. That leaves Walton with another starting lineup to consider as the Lakers try to end a four-game losing streak. He said he does not plan to replicate the same starting lineup in Wednesday’s loss to Houston that featured Timofey Mozgov, Julius Randle, Luol Deng, Jordan Clarkson and Marcelo Huertas. Other than keeping Mozgov and Randle in the lineup, Walton said he and his staff will narrow various options that will include Deng, Clarkson, Huertas, Brandon Ingram and Metta World Peace.center_img LOS ANGELES>> The injury report stayed the same as the Lakers gear up for yet another game without their starting backcourt. But Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell and shooting guard Nick Young showed some progress by participating in all of Friday’s shootaround that included full-court non-contact work and 5-on-0 drills. In both drills the players showed progress with their cutting. Though Russell (left knee) and Young (right leg) are still sidelined for when the Lakers (10-14) host the Phoenix Suns (6-16) on Friday at Staples Center, both players could complete a full contact practice on Saturday.Both Young and Russell could return as early as Monday in Sacramento as part of the beginning of a seven-game trip. If both players cannot practice fully on Saturday or need more practices before receiving medical clearances to play, the Lakers face some logistical challenges. The Lakers will fly to New York on Tuesday before Wednesday’s game in Brooklyn. That leaves the Lakers with a possible practice on Thursday before Friday’s game in Philadelphia.last_img read more

Stanley Cup Game 7: Phish, ‘Gloria,’ a wedding and celebrating the Blues’ playoff run

first_imgAgain, the timing — and people involved — were perfect.“Aside from maybe the Blues’ locker room,” Tom told me, “that might have been the happiest place on earth last night.” Maybe I’m the Blues’ good-luck charm. Hell, I’ve played the role of jinx to perfection.MORE: Blues are Stanley Cup champs, and we’re just as surprised as youIt’s not that the Blues never wanted to bring the Stanley Cup home to St. Louis, and it’s not like I never wanted to get married. But in both cases, the time and people involved had to be right. As I sit here at my laptop on Thursday morning, the timing and people involved are, well, perfect. Tate is my own personal Jordan Binnington.Not to bore you with details about our wedding when you want to hear about hockey, but I did want to share one little story: When Tate and I met with our wedding DJ a month or so ago, he asked if we had any must-play songs. We rattled off a couple and then I told him, “You have to play ‘Gloria.’”As diplomatically as he could, he said, “From the Lumineers?”I laughed, then explained the situation. We needed the Laura Branigan song, the anthem that had almost unbelievably become the soundtrack for the local hockey club’s stunning run through the most grueling playoff in American sports.The Blues were near the end of their second-round series against the Stars, and if they at least made the Western Conference Finals, we were going to make sure we heard “Gloria.” By the time a follow-up email was sent a week later, the Blues were playing the Sharks and “Gloria” was locked in.We tried to keep that song as a reception surprise for my relatives who made the trip from St. Louis to Charlotte — Team Fagan always travels strong — heading into wedding day, but rest assured it was suggested to me multiple times. During the dinner portion of the reception, Charlie, the DJ, went around table to table and asked for requests.“Our whole table, all at once, yelled #playgloria!! And he looked confused and said ‘I’ve already had about 20 requests for that song!’” That was part of a Facebook post from my lifelong friend Trey Herweck, a pastor who officiated the wedding.So “Gloria” was played not once, but twice, due to the overwhelming demand. By the second playing, with everyone from St. Louis on the dance floor and everyone from Charlotte or elsewhere wondering why this random ’80s song was playing again — “I mean, it’s good but it’s not that great” a friend told me — I had to do a little explaining to those who seemed most bewildered.It was pretty great.MORE: Six facts that show how long Blues have waited for Stanley Cup titleAnd, OK, I have one more story, if you’ll indulge me. I have many, many friends who are diehard Blues fans, and all of them wanted to do something special on the night of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Some watched at the Enterprise Center, the Blues’ home ice, where every ticket was sold to watch the game on the big screen. And the Cardinals, who were on the road in Miami, opened up Busch Stadium for fans who couldn’t get into the Enterprise Center. And despite the rain, thousand and thousands and thousands of fans showed up there, too.Phish was playing in St. Louis on Wednesday night, the second show in as many nights at Chaifetz Arena to kick off their summer tour. What to do if you’re a diehard fan of both the band and the hockey team? You watch both.My buddy Tom Breckenridge, whom I’ve known literally since he was born (two years after me), brought a TV and an HD antenna to set up in the parking lot to watch the game. When it started raining, one of the crew backed up a van and they all piled in to watch from that relative dryness.And then they started getting texts from friends inside the venue — the game was on all the TVs, despite the fact that they’d been told, explicitly, earlier in the week that wouldn’t happen. But Phish wanted the game on, so the game was on.Everyone rushed into the arena after the first period. They watched and they listened and they were nervous and they were relaxed. I’ve been to three Phish shows — I’ll see my fourth at the end of next week — and I can promise you, the juxtaposition between the nerves of watching playoff hockey and the joy of listening to a Phish jam is stark.The game ended during the concert’s set break, and Phish came back out with the one song every single person in that venue wanted to hear: “Gloria.” Two things have happened in the past week that some people in St. Louis have been waiting to see for a long, long time.On Saturday, I got married. On Wednesday, the Blues won the Stanley Cup. Somehow, hell has not frozen over, though it is cold and rainy in Boston today. The Blues have me in years; they waited 51 seasons before hoisting the Cup. I’m only 43, but I’m not so sure those two much-anticipated events are coincidental. See, I’m from St. Louis, and I’m actually moving back there with my wife — boy, that word is new and shiny and wonderful to use — and our beautiful 9-month-old BabyGirl later this summer, after 10 years in Charlotte.last_img read more