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Pardew ready to hit the Toon

first_img He said: “I didn’t think we deserved to lose the game, but we didn’t do enough to win it. We had enough of the ball, we had good movement in front of the ball, we just lacked maybe that wee bit of creativity and invention in the final third of the field. “Anything we had to deal with until the goal, we dealt well with defensively, there were no real issues. But we made a mistake and the mistake, unfortunately, has cost us the game and that’s the biggest disappointment of it all.” Rodgers, however, was unhappy that referee Andre Marriner only booked Sissoko for a second-half challenge on Joe Allen when he felt a red card was the only option. He said: “The only one I have seen was Sissoko’s challenge on Joe Allen where he should have been sent off, if you watch that again. “That was the only challenge I thought that probably looked not as bad at the time, but when you see it again, it was a bad challenge.” While Pardew can enjoy another week on the training ground – albeit without midfielder Gabriel Obertan, who suffered a serious thigh injury – Rodgers faces the task of raising spirits for Tuesday night’s daunting Champions League trip to Real Madrid. He said: “We have worked very hard for a couple of years to get to this level and playing against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu says we’ve been doing okay. “We are in a transitional phase and have to do better. It’s a wonderful game for us. It is a big week against the best in the world at the moment. We will go into the game hoping to get something out of it.” Pardew said: “It is Halloween! Bobby Robson had some dark days here, don’t worry about that. If you are Newcastle manager, it is not all gin and tonics and aperitifs. There will be rough days. “I always knew, and I kept saying it, that we have good spirit and good talent. I am not saying I saw the wins coming, but I knew there was talent. “Our fans are brilliant. It will be fantastic in the town tonight – I might even go in myself, the first time for a while. “That is what this city is about. It breathes and loves football. When it does not go well, they let you know, and when it is going well, they let you know. You take the good with the bad.” Pardew, who celebrates four years in the job next month, sent out his team brimming with confidence after victories over Leicester, Tottenham and Manchester City. And while it was a commendable defensive solidity which limited the visitors, for whom Mario Balotelli and Raheem Sterling were largely anonymous, it was Newcastle who found the cutting edge. There were 17 minutes remaining when the once again impressive Moussa Sissoko played a one-two with full-back Paul Dummett before sending in a low cross which was cut out by Alberto Moreno, but swiftly dispatched into the back of the net by Perez. It would have been 2-0 four minutes later had Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet not managed to keep out Remy Cabella’s goal-bound effort with his foot and Newcastle emerged as deserved winners, although not in the view of Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. The 53-year-old, who has come under intense pressure from disaffected fans in recent weeks, saw striker Ayoze Perez come off the bench to fire the Magpies to a 1-0 win at St James’ Park, their third on a trot in the league inside a morale-boosting fortnight. He wore a broad smile at the final whistle as one fan dressed as a skeleton paraded around the stand behind him holding a placard which said, “Pardew, back from the dead”. Alan Pardew was in good enough spirits to consider a rare night out among Newcastle fans after guiding them to a fourth successive victory as Liverpool became their latest victims. Press Associationlast_img read more

Men’s basketball: An inside look at the Badger’s recruiting process

first_imgOver the past two decades, Wisconsin men’s basketball has been exceptional,  making 19 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances prior to missing the event last year. While one can credit these accolades on the game plans of Coach Bo Ryan, and now Coach Greg Gard, none of the program’s success would be possible without the ability to recruit elite-level talent from across the country.Assistant Coach Joe Krabbenhoft, who played under Ryan before joining Gard’s staff, explained the importance of the Wisconsin brand in recruiting players.“I think that we offer enough academically, athletically, socially, culturally to the point where, if you’re good enough, there’s no reason you shouldn’t want to be a Badger,” Krabbenhoft said.Despite the nationwide appeal of Wisconsin, the team’s primary pool of talent is still local in the Midwest.When asked, Krabbenhoft acknowledged the need to search beyond Wisconsin’s borders for prospects while still recognizing the talent within the state.Men’s soccer: Badgers’ road woes continue in IllinoisAfter falling to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in tough conditions 3–0 Friday night, followed by a 0–0 draw against Bradley Read…“Recruiting’s gone nationwide. But at the same time, when I talk about priorities or regions, it obviously starts here at home,” Krabbenhoft said.Most of the team’s roster — like starters Ethan Happ, Brad Davison, Brevin Pritzl and Nate Reuvers — remain within the geographic range of Minnesota to Ohio.But that doesn’t mean that Badgers haven’t come from further both now and in the past. In recent years Aleem Ford decided to leave the southern heat of Lawrenceville, Georgia for a chance to be part of Wisconsin basketball.Football: Jonathan Taylor earns Big Ten Player of the Week after dominant performanceJonathan Taylor is back and he’s up to his old Jonathan Taylor antics. Taylor, who opened up the season as Read…Present in the gym when the Badgers were scouting Ohio native D’Mitrik Trice at IMG Academy in Florida, Ford immediately caught the eyes of Badger coaches and vice versa.“You go down to see [Trice] and boom a guy catches your eye and when Wisconsin’s in the gym kids eyes light up,” Krabbenhoft said. “And that’s a good thing, that means people here have done a great job. Players here have represented our university here and our program very well.”At the same time, Wisconsin’s focus on basketball fundamentals and merit-based playing time can make the team appear less appealing than schools that will typically make up their starting lineups from a revolving door of one and done prospects.Volleyball: Wisconsin gets back on track versus North TexasThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team rebounded in a big way as they downed North Texas in a quick Read…When asked, Krabbenhoft dismissed the notion that any incoming players should be guaranteed game action while still affirming that younger players can earn just as much floor time just as upperclassmen.“You can’t predict the future,” said Krabbenhoft. “There are certainly opportunities to be had for all incoming players and all returning players.”Krabbenhoft used last year as evidence that younger players can have a large role with the team citing that there were as many as four freshmen on the floor at times. Davison, Reuvers, Ford and Kobe King were all freshmen who received significant playing time last year.Despite last year being somewhat of an oddity in young players getting significant playing time, Wisconsin has been known for developing their players. In this way, Wisconsin looks more for players with the potential to grow their game in different areas rather than be pure specialists.Football: Jonathan Taylor’s record day gives UW 45–14 win over New MexicoWarming up took a few quarters in Madison Saturday, but Wisconsin found their second-half mojo, eventually thrashing New Mexico 45–14. Read…“I think we were ahead of the time here at Wisconsin in that the game has gone a little bit positionless,” said Krabbenhoft. “You might say we need a bigger wing. Well, that bigger wing could really handle the ball and turn into a point guard. Or that bigger wing could become big and strong enough to play the four and the five.”Though getting these types of versatile athletes is important in continuing the program’s success Wisconsin, Krabbenhoft stressed that before anything coaches will look at how serious athletes are about education and being part of a team rather than solely focusing on individual goals.In the past, Wisconsin’s commitment to academic and personal standards may have cost them talent, but it’s also why they’ve had so much consistency in what has been a very inconsistent era for other top programs.last_img read more

Barbados heading for financial crisis  – former PM

first_imgOwen Arthur Former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur says he is concerned that the island’s Central Bank could soon be running out of foreign reserves and that the island is headed for a serious financial crisis.Arthur, an economist, who served as prime minister from 1994 to 2008, said the reserves at the bank have fallen from BDS$1.5 billion to BDS$600 million and that the Freundel Stuart government has three months to get its act together to avert a total collapse of the economy.Arthur, a former finance minister, also said that the bad policy of printing money to cover government’s deficit over the past few years is partly responsible for the country’s current economic situation.He said measures such as project funding and privatization geared to boost the economy have not worked and that the government has exhausted its ability to borrow from local banks, the National Insurance scheme and on foreign markets thereby running out of options to support the foreign reserves.last_img read more

Bolt to make footballing debut at Old Trafford

first_img0Shares0000“It’s my dream to make it as a professional footballer. To play against some of football’s biggest legends is going to be remarkable,” the Jamaican sprinter said.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 27 – Usain Bolt will finally make his footballing debut at Old Trafford.The eight-time Olympic gold medallist will captain a team of international celebrities for the Soccer Aid match on 10 June. “It’s my dream to make it as a professional footballer. To play against some of football’s biggest legends is going to be remarkable,” the Jamaican sprinter said.Robbie Williams will captain rivals England for the Unicef match.Usain has spoken previously about wanting to get into professional football after retiring from athletics last year.And over the weekend he put out a cheeky tweet – which led to much speculation – hinting he’d been signed to a club.“Robbie and his England team better watch out as I won’t be going easy on them,” said Usain, adding that he’s got a “special celebration” planned should his team win.The 31-year-old is a Manchester United fan, and once even made a surprise call to MUTV, its TV channel.The Soccer Aid game at the team’s home ground will bring together celebrities and former world-class footballers.It has raised £24 million to help children since its launch in 2006.Will Ferrell, Jack Whitehall, Maradona and Ronaldinho have all played in previous years.“Reclaiming the title for England this year is going to taste so much sweeter with Usain leading the Soccer Aid World XI,” said Robbie Williams, who co-founded Soccer Aid.“I can’t wait to lead out the England team.”Tickets for the match are priced between Sh1400 (£10) and Sh7000 (£50).-By BBC Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Discovered Journal Details Daring Escape by American Revolutionary War Prisoner

first_imgThe American Revolutionary War was one of the most pivotal chapters in the histories of the great nations of the world. In declaring their independence from the British crown, the United States had effectively declared war on the most powerful country on Earth. One of the more interesting chapters of this war was the occupation of New York by the British between 1776 and 1783.History.com reports that many young sailors set out as privateers to harass the British Royal Navy during the war, with many of them eventually being captured and interned in British prison ships.The American Revolutionary WarOne such sailor was the young Christopher Hawkins whose recently recovered journal details his daring escape from the HMS Jersey prison ship.Christopher Hawkins was only 13 when he signed up as a privateer aboard the brig Mariamne. Hoping to find his fortune, he eventually met with intense tribulation. American Heritage reports that the Mariamne was five days out of Newport when she was taken by two British frigates.HMS Jersey Prison Ship, 1782.The crew of the Mariamne was taken aboard the HMS Jersey. Sickness and starvation were rampant, and death was very common among the inmates. Between six and eleven men died every day, mostly from diseases like dysentery or smallpox. The dead were carried up from below-deck every morning to be brought ashore and buried in shallow mass graves.Getting enough food was a constant struggle. Hawkins’s journal describes one occasion when a prisoner had pilfered food from another group of prisoners. The offending prisoner was strapped to a water cask and allowed to be flogged by the other prisoners whose food he had stolen. The offender apparently fainted repeatedly during the flogging and died within days from his wounds.Heywood “Woody” Davis (from left) with his family presented the family’s Revolutionary War journal to historian Philip Mead at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. Photo by Museum of the American RevolutionWith the stench of death all around him, Hawkins knew he had to do something fast or face the same untimely end as his fellow shipmates. Escape was a difficult venture since it would be extremely difficult to plan without other inmates knowing about it in advance of the attempt. The ship was also stationed in New York Harbor, surrounded for miles by British forces and loyalist Americans.Although the prospect was daunting, escape was far from impossible. There were only about forty armed men on board at any given time, managing almost fourteen hundred prisoners. It wasn’t unheard of for a careless guard to get knocked out and allow twenty to thirty men to escape from the ship.Hawkins’s journal details his escape from the hell of the HMS Jersey. Hawkins says that he stole an axe from the ship’s cook, which he used to break through a barred porthole during a thunderstorm.Interior of the old Jersey prison ship in the Revolutionary War.In order to camouflage the sound of his axe against the bars, Hawkins timed his blows to be in sync with the thunderclaps. The cracking of the storm allowed him to break through the porthole without the sounds alerting the guards.After escaping the hold of the ship, Hawkins had to swim for over two and a half hours. The surrounding countryside was mostly populated by loyalist Tories and it would be difficult for an escaped prisoner to find support from them.Hawkins hid in barns for a couple of nights then decided to try stealing some potatoes from a field to stave off starvation. While attempting the theft, Hawkins was discovered by a young woman, who screamed and ran, forcing Hawkins to return to the woods in the opposite direction and arm himself with anything he could find.Juvenile Adventures of Christopher Hawkins Sen. Photo by Museum of the American RevolutionAlthough fearful that the Tory hounds would be set on his trail, he proceeded unmolested and once again found a barn in which he slept upon a pile of flax.The next day, Hawkins approached some young workers in a field, appealing to them for food and clothing. They introduced him to their mother who tearfully heard Hawkins’s story. She was kind enough to offer Hawkins some clothing and directions to a canoe which he could row across the small bay towards Sag Harbor.Although Hawkins was apprehended once more in Oyster Bay, he escaped his captors before they could return him to the HMS Jersey. He eventually reached his home in Providence, Rhode Island. He later settled in Newport, New York, in 1791.Read another story from us: Man Finds Rare 100-Year-Old Negatives – Uses Photoshop to “Develop” ThemHawkins wrote his memoir in 1834 at 70 years of age. The memoir was published in 1864 as the Juvenile Adventures of Christopher Hawkins. The original journal itself was eventually discovered in an old linen closet by Hawkins’s descendants who donated the find to the Museum of the American Revolution.last_img read more