Royals smarting after Villa comeback

first_img The Royals crashed to a 2-1 defeat to fellow strugglers Aston Villa that leaves them above bottom-placed QPR on goals scored only. McDermott’s men had begun the day able to climb out of the bottom three with a win and had led thanks to a calamitous Nathan Baker own goal on the half-hour. But they failed to cash in on their luck as Christian Benteke levelled two minutes later before Gabby Agbonlahor profited on hesitant defending to thump in the winner in first-half injury time. The full-time whistle was greeted by boos and, with trips to Manchester United and Arsenal next up, McDermott said: “We’re hurting. We are very much hurting at this moment in time.” Reading boss Brian McDermott admitted his side were hurting after their survival hopes suffered a significant blow for the second successive home match. He added: “It was disappointing to say the least. It was rough. When we got 1-0 up I though we were ready to kick on. We didn’t do that and that’s cost us. “We were disappointed with both goals. We’ve got ourselves into the lead and they’ve scored virtually straight after. We have to hold our hands up. We need to be better and see the game out. I know that and the players know that.” A fourth league defeat on the spin was made worse by QPR’s 3-1 win over Sunderland to leave the Royals looking as the most vulnerable of the bottom clubs. Trips to Old Trafford and Emirates Stadium before the end of the month could start to leave Reading adrift with just nine games left. “They’re not friendly (fixtures). They are big, big clubs in Manchester United and Arsenal,” McDermott said. “We’ll see where we are at the end of March and then go from there.” Villa boss Paul Lambert was full of praise for his side, especially Baker, after he recovered from his red-faced moment to help inspire a win to haul them three points clear of danger. The 21-year-old defender completely missed a routine clearance before the ball hit his standing leg and bounced over the line. “I thought Nathan Baker was exceptional,” he said. “He has been for the past number of weeks since I’ve put him at left-back. It was important his head never went down which it didn’t. Being young the slight thing in my head was how he reacted. I’ve got to give him so much credit.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mikel backs Mourinho’s methods

first_img Mourinho’s methods have seen Juan Mata, Chelsea’s player of the year in each of the past two seasons, marginalised this term, while Kevin De Bruyne has struggled to claim a first-team place. De Bruyne is known to want to move on a permanent basis this month and his agent was on Monday pictured in Abu Dhabi, where Wolfsburg are training during the Bundesliga’s winter break. Mata has been told the door is open if he wishes to discuss his future, but Mourinho wants both players to stay and compete for their places. Mikel warned anyone not prepared to adapt to Mourinho’s ways will not play and cited the work ethic of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian of examples of players prepared to do as they are told. “He always wants us to play in a certain way and give 110 per cent,” Mikel added. “If you don’t, you’re out. “As a player that’s what you want. You don’t want to slack. “That’s the mentality he wants in this team and slowly but surely the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian are beginning to do that. “You can see by the way we press up the pitch. That is important for the team and we’re doing well.” Mikel is firmly allied to Mourinho, who praised the discipline of the Nigeria midfielder after the Derby win, which saw him net a fourth Chelsea goal on his 300th club appearance. “He’s like a manager-player, because he does exactly what you tell him to do in terms of position,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV. “His qualities are not, for sure, scoring goals. Tactically he’s very clever. He knows where he has to be, gives great balance to the team. “He’s one of these players normally called ‘invisible’ players. “They do the job and many times they don’t get the recognition (they deserve).” Mourinho’s men are well placed to win silverware this season and Mikel, signed by Mourinho during the manager’s first spell, believes it is imperative his team-mates understand that winning every game matters to Chelsea, after recent seasons where the Blues’ focus has slipped in some competitions. “If you don’t play for Chelsea, you don’t know what these trophies mean to this club,” Mikel said. “It’s not a team where if you come second, third or fourth, it doesn’t matter. No. “Every year you have to win something and this is the pressure. “It’s a matter of letting them know what it means when you come to the end of the season, what the Premier League and Champions League means to this club. “Now they’re here, they have to feel the pressure and they are feeling it right now. “That’s why we just want to keep doing well and now they’re starting to understand that we don’t want to get beaten. “We just want to keep going and hopefully come the end of the season they will start to show the winning mentality even more that the manager is trying to install into them and we go on from there and win trophies.” Chelsea won the 2012 Champions League and 2013 Europa League, but finished 25 and 14 points adrift in the Premier League in the last two seasons and have won the championship once since Mourinho’s departure, in 2009/10. Just eight members of that squad remain. Since the extra-time Capital One Cup quarter-final loss at Sunderland, Chelsea have won four of their five games, conceding one goal, in a productive festive period. The Blues are third in the Premier League, two points behind leaders Arsenal, and play Stoke in the fourth round of the FA Cup after a 2-0 win at Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls Derby on Sunday. Press Association John Obi Mikel believes Jose Mourinho is beginning to instil a winning mentality into Chelsea’s players, who are starting to realise that second is not good enough for the Blues.last_img read more

Polamalu the latest coaching departure

first_imgAn offseason of scapegoating, finger-pointing and holding everyone besides USC head coach Lane Kiffin accountable continued last Friday. USC fired running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu in a stunning move apparently one month in the making. For those keeping score at home, USC has now nudged out four assistant coaches this offseason.In response to the head-scratching news, redshirt freshman fullback Soma Vainuku posted on his Twitter account, “Not only did we lose the best coach, we lost the only Trojan who was on staff. Sad day.”Freshman running back Ty Isaac offered a more succinct reaction via Twitter: “Disappointed.” To Kiffin’s credit, however, it appears the Under Armour All-American was kept abreast of the possible move before national signing day, even though Polamalu still visited him days before the deadline to complete the recruiting pitch.Of all the coaches on staff, perhaps the only ones I might have guessed enjoyed more job security than Polamalu are defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and wide receivers coach Tee Martin — both ace recruiters whose position groups also exceeded expectations in 2012.Unfortunately for Polamalu, the USC rushing attack rarely gained traction in most games, mostly because of play calling. By the end of the season, USC ran the ball on 46 percent of its plays — a fairly balanced offensive approach, to be sure. Kiffin did not become overly pass-happy, as many have charged. But the run plays were rarely imaginative and failed to utilize his running backs’ strengths.Many of senior running back Curtis McNeal’s big plays in 2011 came on pitches where he could use his shiftiness to motor outside the tackles and down the sidelines. So why did Kiffin often call for him to run between the tackles like a conventional workhorse running back 40 pounds heavier? Of course, former left tackle Matt Kalil helped spring McNeal for several of those runs in 2011, but Kiffin rarely even gave McNeal a chance to succeed before relegating him to the bench.Regardless of the suspect play calling, there is no question that the underperformance of USC’s veteran offensive line also betrayed the running game. Simply put, USC recently hasn’t produced the road-graders along the offensive line that can compare to the ones at, say, Stanford — a team that has transformed from an anemic, outgunned offense to one of the nation’s most punishing frontlines.Moreover, in his three years, Polamalu never inherited a bona fide star running back he could coach into a force.Among the cast of McNeal, Marc Tyler, Allen Bradford, redshirt sophomore D.J. Morgan and even junior Silas Redd, Polamalu never coached a player at USC with the combination of speed, vision and tenacity that could take over a game. All four of his running backs this past season were injury-prone and unable to shoulder 20-plus carries per game consistently.Now, after bringing in two blue-chip, national running back recruits, Polamalu must leave without the opportunity to coach the young stars from the ground up.Speaking of McNeal, Polamalu’s tough love and mentorship helped bring the 2011 savior back from the brink of losing his scholarship when the diminutive running back failed to qualify academically for the 2010 season. The die-hard Trojan and former USC fullback was a relatable figure for the running backs group, whose words of experience packed an extra punch.On an offensive staff led by a coach who buries his head in a laminated play sheet and sports an inscrutable expression, Polamalu offered a much-needed spark of energy.Polamalu is the one who berated Redd in his first USC practice for running in the wrong direction on one play, even though the former Penn State star had only just picked up a playbook days before. He held everyone accountable and pushed them to achieve their potential.Emphasizing accountability, attention to detail and hard work will be the avenue through which USC can return to former glories. Unfortunately, the Trojans just gave up a coach with the ability to extract that kind of effort from his players.“Leveling the Playing Field” runs Mondays.  If you would like to comment on this story, email Sean at [email protected] or visit dailytrojan.comlast_img read more

Division to County link is lost in football Championship

first_imgSpeaking to Tipp FM Sport the Kilruane McDonaghs clubman said it wasn’t possible to do everything.Williams says Clonmel Commercials brought forward the motion to separate the football championships… It’s important that the link is kept between divisional and the county hurling championship in Tipperary.That’s the view of Gilbert Williams who spoke at last nights county board meeting in Thurles.However, the division to county link in the football championship has been lost.last_img

Sumner County Sheriff Office weekly jail bookings: Feb. 16 to Feb. 22, 2016

first_imgWolverton, Joe R.26Caldwell, KSAve. E. Main, Caldwell, KSSUSODriving while license cancelled2/18/16 Kemper, Johnnie F.53Augusta, KSButler County JailSUSOFailure to appear2/16/16 Altis, Anthony P.22Wellington, KS16th & A St., Wellington, KSWPDDriving while license cancelled; Operate vehicle without liability insurance2/16/16 Stephen, Christopher E.39Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSGSODriving while a habitual violator2/16/16 Speckhals, Christopher M.27Wichita, KSEl Dorado Crrectional FacilitySUSOFailure to appear2/18/16 Leis, Zachary H.22Wichita, KS501 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOProbation violation (X2)2/17/16 Wilkenson, Roger D.45Wichita, KS1400 N. US 81, Wellington, KSSUSODriving while habitual violator; Vehicles unlawful acts registration; Operate vehicle without liability insurance2/18/16 Wiley, Loretta L..32Wellington, KS2000 N. H St., Wellington, KSWPDProbation violation2/18/16 French, Shaelynn25Wichita, KS610 E. Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence2/21/16 Brewer, Beth A.56Wichita, KS100 N. Oliver Rd., Wellington, KSSUSODriving while license cancelled2/19/16 Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for Feb. 16 to Feb. 22, 2016 weekly jail bookings are as follows:  Moore, Daniel T.36Mannford, OK2022 E. 16th, Wellington, KSWPDTheft of property/services x22/21/16 Kessinger, James R.23Wellington, KS501 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOFailure to appear (X2)2/18/16 Young, Paul B.41Wichita, KS501 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOBond revocation2/18/16 Davis, Kenneth L.45Mulvane, KS216 E. Main St., Mulvane, KSMPDFailure to appear2/18/16 Campbell, Christopher A.29Oxford, KS501 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOBond revocation2/18/16 Bates, Ernest C.36Wichita, KS119th St. S. & Hydraulic, Mulvane, KSMPDTheft of property lost or mislaid2/18/16center_img NameAgeHome TownArrest locationAgencyChargesArrest date Bakken, Jerrod, J.32El Dorado, KS785 Kansas Star Drive, Mulvane, KSMPDIdentity theft/Criminal damage to property2/19/16 Cook, Ashton L.24Wichita, KS785 Kansas Star Drive, Mulvane, KSMPDPossession of stimulant; Use/possess w/intent to use drug paraphernalia2/19/16 Foreman, Ronnie L.43South Haven, KS610 E. Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing sentence2/19/16 Duran, Jesus R.20Arkansas City, KS1509 E. 16th St., Wellington, KSWPDLiquor purchase/consumption alcoholic liquor; Interference w/LEO2/19/16 Christy, Joshua A.30Belle Plaine, KS11100 S. Hydraulic Rd., Mulvane, KSSUSODriving while license cancelled2/20/16 Monday 0600  to  Monday 06002/15/16through 02-22-16WEEKLY BOOKINGS  Olson, Andrew T.39Wellington, KS610 E. Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOProbation violation2/19/16 Roberts, Steven M.32Aurora, MO500 E. US 160, Wellington, KSWPDOperate vehicle w/out liability insurance2/16/16 Garmon, Kelsey J.23Wellington, KSPlum & Harvey, Wellington, KSWPDTheft of property/services2/20/16 Brawley, Cory S.25Arkansas City, KS610 E. Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing sentence2/19/16 Anderson, Levi M.22Wellington, KSUS 160 MP 295, Wellington, KSKHPDriving under the influence of alcohol or drugs2/18/16 Brown, Justin30Wellington, KS300 E 18th, Wellington, KSWPDDriving while suspended / Operate a vehicle with liability insurance2/22/16 Sims, Michael L.64Wellington, KS907 N. C St., Wellington, KSWPDUnlawful discharge of firearm in city limits2/19/16 Spicer, Kelsey R.23Conway Springs, KS1800 W. 60th Ave., N., Argonia, KSSUSODriving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; Driving on right side of roadway required;2/20/16last_img read more