No rest for Di Canio after survival

first_img Press Association The 44-year-old Italian completed the first phase of his mission on Wearside while sitting in his armchair as Wigan’s defeat at Arsenal guaranteed the Black Cats their place in next season’s Barclays Premier League. Di Canio said: “I told them we can win, draw or lose with dignity, respecting the club’s name and the fans who follow them. But if not, I will reduce their holiday. I will give them the minimum I can give to them, which is four weeks, 28 days instead of probably 38, 40 or 41.” He added: “It depends because in some way we have to start to change the mentality. Just because I fell in a trap against Aston Villa, I don’t want to fall in a trap again. “I am sure that four or five individuals don’t need this kind of situation, but many others have to realise we need to change mentality or we have to use punishments in some way. “It’s not fair, but until the day I am sure that my players can go on the field and in some ways I can remain at home, I have to use anything I can to help change their mentality.” Survival, the very minimum requirement for the season, has justified owner and chairman Ellis Short’s decision to replace O’Neill with Di Canio at the end of March, and the new manager has been delighted with the response he has had from his players. He said: “It was important to maintain this club in the Premier League. I am very happy for the people who gave me the chance to deliver the job, for Ellis, for the Board, for the environment, for the fans, for the players because they were the protagonists. “They pushed very hard because it was difficult for them to change habits and mentality, but in the end we delivered a great job and we are happy.” center_img Paolo Di Canio has warned his players their summer holidays could be cancelled as he prepares to implement his brave new world at Sunderland.last_img read more

United receive approval to install Barriers at old Trafford

first_img(REUTERS) – MANCHESTER United have received approval to install 1,500 barriers at Old Trafford next season which will allow supporters to safely stand, the Premier League side said on Wednesday.The club submitted their proposal to Trafford Council last year and the seats — which come with a rail for fans to lean on when they stand — will be installed in the north-east quadrant of the stadium.Standing at grounds in the top two tiers is banned but clubs have looked to find a middle ground, with Wolverhampton Wanderers installing rail seats at their Molineux stadium last year.“United will now discuss installation options with potential suppliers, working within current UK government recommendations relating to construction site operating procedures and social distancing,” the club said in a statement.The club’s managing director Richard Arnold said the seats would improve spectator safety in areas where fans are prone to standing more often during games.“It also allows us to future-proof the stadium in the event of any changes to the current all-seater stadium policy,” Arnold said.“If the trial is successful, we may consider further implementation of barrier seating in other parts of the stadium.”Manchester United Supporters’ Trust said they were delighted that the club was given the go-ahead afterlast_img read more

Syracuse hangs around with No. 10 Colgate but loses 7th-straight game, 5-2

first_imgAt the center of the blue line, Allie Munroe shielded the puck from a converging defender, spun and backhanded a pass across to Allie Olnowich. Still recovering from an unanswered three-goal barrage from Colgate in the first period, Syracuse trailed 3-1 early in the third. Olnowich fielded Munroe’s pass and wristed a shot on net, which bounced around and found freshman Lauren Bellefontaine’s stick. Bellefontaine’s goal put Syracuse within striking distance, a rare feat for Syracuse during its seven-game losing streak.Heading into Thursday, the Orange scored two goals in their previous four games. Syracuse (4-13-1, 4-3 College Hockey America) opened its matchup against No. 10 Colgate (10-5-2, 5-2-1 ECAC) on a month-long winless streak spanning back to Nov. 4. But in its 5-2 loss, SU played within one-score late in the game behind line adjustments that sparked its stagnant offense.“We’re making some strides,” Flanagan said. “…You’re never happy when you lose, but it’s better. Because we didn’t have anything the last four games. It’s an improvement.”On the ice for Bellefontaine’s third period goal were Munroe, Olnowich, Victoria Klimek and Kelli Rowswell, a notable shakeup from the traditional Bellefontaine, Abby Moloughney and Anonda Hoppner line.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think coach is trying to see what works and what doesn’t work,” defenseman Shelby Calof said. “Eventually, we’re probably going to get some lines that stick and stay the same.”On Thursday, Syracuse’s offense struck first for the first time since Nov. 4. Four minutes into the game, Moloughney won a faceoff deep in Colgate’s zone. The puck squirted out to the blue line, where Calof lined up a wrist shot. Julia Vandyk, Colgate’s goalie was getting screened by players from both teams. By the time Vandyk found the puck, she was taking Calof’s first career goal out of the net.“I kind of got the monkey off my back a little bit,” Calof said. “I’ve been really waiting to get that first goal, so it definitely feels nice to get that.”Calof noted that the goal probably earned her more playing time than usual for the rest of the game. She and Olnowich, whose minutes have increased since Dakota Derrer’s season-ending injury, were both involved in goals. Olnowich and Calof typically play either on the second or third line defense.SU’s lead, the first its had since Nov. 16 against RIT, would last for one minute and 15 seconds. The Orange surrendered three consecutive goals in 15 minutes to end the first period. One came off a defensive breakdown in which two players committed to the point. Forward Nemo Neubauerova later scored twice in a minute later in the period, leaving head coach Paul Flanagan in disbelief.“That first period was as bad as I’ve seen one of my teams play since I’ve been here,” Flanagan said, citing mental mistakes and defensive breakdowns.Even with the poor first period showing, Syracuse rebounded and accumulated more shots on Vandyk. Two minutes into the second period, Calof juked through the attacking zone and wristed a shot on net. Brooke Avery found the rebound, slid the puck underneath Vandyk and celebrated by raising her stick in the air. However, the referees made no signal. After a review, the play was dead before Avery would’ve scored.“I think we got robbed, to be honest with you,” Flanagan said.When SU opened the third period with a Bellefontaine goal, its comeback hopes were revived. But Colgate had an answer. Less than two minutes later, Colgate forward Jessie Eldridge scored her second goal of the game to extend Colgate’s lead to 4-2. An empty-netter would punctuate the Syracuse loss.Prior to Thursday’s loss, Syracuse had been outscored 38-9 by ranked opponents, including a 15-2 two-game stretch last week. It felt much more comfortable against Colgate than versus the other ranked teams, Olnowich and goalie Maddi Welch said. But against Colgate, Syracuse recorded 22 shots to the Raiders’ 29, a reasonable disparity.“I think we’re trying to get out of a funk, and right now, we’re stressing the little things,” Olnowich said. “Today was a huge step up from this past weekend at Wisconsin.” Published on December 6, 2018 at 11:56 pm Contact Danny: [email protected] | @DannyEmerman Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

D’Angelo Russell scores 39, carries Lakers over Nets; Kobe Bryant sits out

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He was like, ‘Eat,’” Russell recalled. “I was like, ‘OK, I know what you mean.’ So I give credit to that.”So then, Russell ate plenty.He became the first Lakers rookie since Elgin Baylor to score at least 39 points, something Baylor also had on March 11, 1959. He became just the second rookie in NBA history to make a eight 3-pointers (a career high). He also set a record for most 3-pointers made by a Lakers rookie in franchise history, breaking Nick Van Exel’s mark. “I don’t play for those records or statistics,” Russell said. “I just play and whatever happens, happens. Tonight was just my night.”It sure was.After Lakers coach Byron Scott called for Russell to “intermix” what he called his “point-guard vision” and “scoring point-guard mentality. Russell provided a perfect mix of that with his own play. He converted on floaters. He made catch-and-shoot 3-pointers. He even converted on a post-up fadeaway that resembled Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki. Russell cut into the lane to receive a backdoor pass from Jordan Clarkson, who added 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Russell slid into the lane to finish on a reverse layup. “I was trying to still play through the offense and be aggressive at the same time, and let it still come to me and be aggressive at the same time,” Russell said. “I was trying to pick and choose my spots.”Russell chose his spots by mostly scoring when it counted. When Russell made a 3-pointer that gave the Lakers an 82-76 lead with 10:32 left in the fourth quarter, Russell high-fived a kid sitting in a courtside seat. After Russell mad is his 27-footer that secured a 103-97 cushion with 30.8 seconds left, Russell rubbed his fingers on his right arm and yelled, “I have ice in my veins.” Clarkson and Roy Hibbert (14 points) soon hugged him. “I was running out of celebrations,” Russell said. “I thought of one. That was the first thing on my mind.”That seemed like a nice problem to have. Surely, it beat the circumstances Russell encountered earlier in the season. He lost his starting spot 20 games into the season amid Scott’s frustration with the team’s slow starts and his quest to humble his rookie point guard. Russell spent plenty of fourth quarters in both close games and blowouts watching from the bench. “At times, he probably doubted himself, doubted us and doubted the system,” Scott said. “He was trying to figure it out and figure it out his way, like most young people.”Though he occasionally made indirect comments about the offense, Russell put more blame on his inexperience than Scott’s system.“Just a rookie. You can blame it on that,” Russell said. “Rookie mistake. It’s something I can learn from. Whenever you get that opportunity, it can be so small and you have to take advantage of it.”Russell has taken advantage of his circumstances lately. Though he credited Lakers assistant coaches Thomas Scott and Larry Lewis, the Lakers coach staff has recently sensed improvement in his practice habits. They initially lamented his goofiness through drills. But Russell has focused lately on his shooting, post-game and film study.After averaging 12.4 points on 42.2 percent shooting and 3.3 assists in 26 minutes per game as a reserve, Russell recently shared he feels he has played on a longer leash. But Scott argued that tug-and-pull simply coincided with Russell’s progression amid his expectation “to get me to trust you.”“I wouldn’t say I’ve loosened up. I’ve probably been even more demanding of him. But I also have given more freedom as well,” Scott said. “He’s growing and has some confidence and is becoming a little more comfortable in the system. The Lakers actually spent the past week tweaking their system. Since last Thursday, the Lakers have run an offensive set that puts more emphasis on floor spacing and ball movement. Though the Lakers ran the set in summer league, Russell and his teammates experienced initial hiccups in mastering it in one practice before Friday’s loss to Memphis. But now?“I really like it,” Russell said. “It’s cool. It’s just fast paced and it forces you to read and react.”Not all went according to plan, though.Lakers guard Lou Williams sat out the second half because of a moderately strained left hamstring. Williams will miss Wednesday’s game in Denver so the Lakers can evaluate him. But that essentially just gave more time for Russell to run the show. “Consistency is the biggest thing,” Russell said. “I would say consistency and opportunity and taking advantage of the opportunity you get in a good way. When you got a coach, you got to develop that trust with him so he knows he can rely on you.”Only four days ago, Scott lamented no one emerged as a leader during Bryant’s absence. Although Scott echoed Russell’s optimism in his leadership abilities, both contended he has to build credibility first. Well, in a game where he made nearly every shot he made en route to victory, how much progress did Russell make on that front?“Does he have those qualities? I think so,” Scott said. “But he has to earn the respect of his peers. A game like this definitely helps. But he has to continue to strive to get better.”Russell vowed to do just that. “There are guys dying to be in that position,” Russell said. “I’m here. I really don’t want to look back from this point.” Russell then left the press conference room and walked toward the loading dock. Soon enough, the Lakers would leave for Denver where Russell hopes to offer more glimpse of greatness once again. “I’ve never been up here,” Russell said, smiling. “I never knew this existed.”Plenty of signs, however, suggested that Russell’s breakout game had been developing. Bryant missed his consecutive game because of soreness in his right shoulder, though he flew with the Lakers (12-49) for Wednesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets (23-37) in what will mark his final game at Pepsi Center. Russell had already averaged 17 points on 50 percent shooting and 5.25 assists in 31.5 minutes since becoming a starter. And Russell’s dad, Antonio, unexpectedly texted him beforehand in a conversation that both revealed confusion and clairvoyance.“Are you hungry?” Russell recalled.His dad wasn’t concerned about his dietary habits. center_img It appeared nothing could replace the cheers designated for Kobe Bryant when he sat on the bench with his teammates. But nearly two hours later, D’Angelo Russell captured the buzz by offering something Bryant once excelled at for so many times.Russell secured the Lakers a 107-101 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday at Staples Center by checking off nearly every box required for a potential star. He made clutch shots, including consecutive 3-pointers that gave the Lakers a 103-97 lead with 30.8 seconds left. Russell carried his team by posting career-highs in points (39) and becoming dangerous from the perimeter (8-of-12). And he showed infectious energy with every basket he made to snap the Lakers’ eight-game losing streak. All of which earned him a spot in the Lakers press conference room, representing the symbolic rites of passage Russell took in showing glimpses of his possible greatness.last_img read more