Sandro says he is on course to return to action this summer when he hopes to go back to a Tottenham team who are competing in the Champions League. Press Association Last month Tottenham allowed Sandro to return to Brazil to recover from the serious knee injury which he sustained against QPR in January. In his absence, Tottenham have suffered. With six matches of the season remaining the north London club are in danger of just missing out on Champions League football for the second successive season. “We have to fight to stay in fourth place,” Sandro told Globo Esporte. “Last year was complicated. We did not classify because Chelsea were the champions of Europe. The Champions League is a different competition (to the Europa League). Everything the fans see is what the player feels… the entrance music, the stadia, the fans… everything is amazing. “I first played in the competition in 2010 when we beat AC Milan at the San Siro. We beat Inter Milan, too, and we only lost in the quarter-finals to Real Madrid. It was a really great experience. Hopefully the club will compete in the competition again.” The good news for Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is that, three months after twisting his knee, Sandro is on the mend. The midfielder’s rehab with his former club Internacional is going well, he insists, and he looks set to be fit for pre-season. “I’ve got three months to go,” Sandro said. “I’ve started to run, I’m developing. Sometimes I try too much and the knee swells up. I have to listen to the doctor. I have to give the injury enough time, but I dream that I am playing.” Sandro admits he was in the best form of his life before he suffered the injury. He now hopes to regain that sort of form so he can earn a place in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s squad for the 2014 World Cup in his homeland. “I was in the best phase of my life as a player, so it was hard when I had the injury,” said Sandro, who won a silver medal with his country at the Olympics. “I struggled with the language when I moved to Spurs (in March 2010), but (goalkeeper) Heurelho Gomes helped me. Today the coach is Portuguese, which helps me a lot. Hopefully I’ll be back playing with my club and then I can think about the national team. When I return I will be stronger.”
DEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald PhotoYou wouldn’t know by looking at her that she was a key member of the University of Wisconsin volleyball team. After all, she is only 5-foot-6, looking up at a starting lineup stuffed with 6-footers.Even if she can’t smack any kills for the No. 10-ranked Badgers, Megan Mills has been deadly to Wisconsin opponents with her serving and defense.Mills, a sophomore from Portage, Wis., is rapidly becoming a fantastic option off the bench for head coach Pete Waite as Wisconsin (8-1) heads into Big Ten play, beginning this Friday at 7 p.m. at the UW Field House against the No. 5-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-1).”Megan Mills is somebody who’s stepped up for us as a defensive specialist, and really is becoming a serving specialist as well,” Waite said.In 2004, Mills played her freshman year as a tentative defensive replacement for the outside hitters during the Badger matches.”At the end of the year, I started going in for Aubrey (Meierotto) after she served, but I would also come in and serve for [2004 Badger Jill Odenthal, who graduated last year],” Mills said. “This year, it’s been pretty consistent that I come in for Audra Jeffers.”During the InnTowner Invitational last weekend, Mills hit five service aces against two service errors. Her best game came against Valparaiso, setting a career high with three aces without missing a serve.”Against Valparaiso, Megan was just serving well, and that really got them out of their offense. We got a lot of points out of her (serving) rotation,” Waite said.The Badgers’ biggest win of the weekend came in the final round against the No. 13 UCLA Bruins, as Mills came up huge, serving on 22 out of 90 points that fell in Wisconsin’s favor.After that match, Waite praised Mills for her play coming off the bench, speaking of her importance to the team in their success.”Obviously, it’s nice to hear that, to know that I’m contributing in some way,” Mills said. Mills’ success in 2005 has been a large reason why UW’s serving statistics have drastically improved. Last year’s team ranked dead last in the Big Ten in serving, with 1.02 service aces and 2.46 serving errors per game. After three tournaments this season, Wisconsin is now averaging 1.81 aces per game.”We struggled with serving last year, so this year our goals are to get more serves in and make them tougher,” Mills said. “We want to force the other team to pass better in order to run their offense.”While other members of the team, including sophomore libero Jocelyn Wack and sophomore setter Jackie Simpson, rely on more aggressive serving styles, Mills has been working on a conservative serve in order to keep the ball in play and give the Badgers a chance to work into the offense.”I have the same serving ritual as the others, but that’s more to keep me in the game, to keep me focused when I get back there on every serve,” Mills said. “I’ve been working on the floater serve every practice, which just makes good, solid contact and keeps the ball moving after I hit it, instead of following through and putting spin on it.”Perhaps the varied style that Wisconsin takes on when Mills enters the game has added to the team’s success when she serves. With Wack and sophomore defensive specialist Amanda Berkley joining Mills in the backcourt, not to mention the Badgers’ highly-touted blocking team, things can get rather tricky for UW opponents when they attempt to put the ball away.”We do change our defense, not necessarily because I’m serving, but we have put together a different rotation to play a different style of defense when I’m in there,” Mills said. “We have had to adapt our passing; there’s no back-court passing when I’m in there, because Jo (Wack), Berkley and I are the defenders and none of us can hit (offensively). So, if anything, we’re just back there with a defensive state of mind, making sure we’re digging the balls out to our offense.”With the Golden Gophers coming to town, Waite certainly hopes to see Minnesota struggle with Mills’ serve as have other Badger competition this year.”She’s really keeping the other teams out of their offense. And that’s the biggest part. If you serve tough, the other team can’t play offense how they want to,” Waite said.Mills said the team looks to the UCLA victory, as well as past success against the interstate rival, for added confidence.”We beat them at home last year, and so we obviously want to keep it up where we left off.”
If the first-team squad numbers announced by Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday afternoon are anything to go by, Nigerian-born wonderkid Bright Enobakhare is in line to make his Premier League debut this season.Enobakhare has been handed the number 14 shirt for the entirety of the 2018-2019 campaign.Last season, the highly-rated young striker wore the number 26 shirt 21 times in the Championship as Wolves secured promotion to the Premier League, the same number he donned during the 2016-2017 campaign. Enobakhare played with the number 48 kit when he made his first-team debut for Wolves in a League Cup tie against Barnet on August 25, 2015.The 20-year-old has worn the number 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 shirts for the youth teams of Wolverhampton Wanderers.In 49 outings for Wolves’ first team, Enobakhare, who joined the club at the age of 15, has found the net on three occasions. Wolves face Everton at the Molineux Stadium in their Premier League curtain-raiser on Saturdaybefore a trip to Leicester City next weekend.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Ghana midfielder Opoku Agyemang cannot make it for this weekend’s qualifier against Congo after ”mysteriously” losing his passport.The Al Ahli player was scheduled to leave Qatar on Thursday morning to join his team mates in Nairobi, Kenya but was shocked to learn that he has misplaced his travelling document.Agyemang was barred from travelling early this week and was asked to play in a crucial game for his club on Wednesday’s before leaving but his dream has fizzled into thin air.“I have asked the Police and Immigration officials who prevented me from travelling on Tuesday but there’s still no response,” Agyemang told GHANAsoccernet.com“Initially I thought I left it in my money bag but I have searched everywhere and can’t find it. I have also contacted the taxi drivers; maybe I left it in one of the them on my way back home after I was frustrated at the airport.”He added: “I have spoken to Fred Pappoe (Ghana FA Vice president) and we are looking at other options.” Agyemang was expected to join Goran Stevanovic’s troops on Thursday morning.The team will leave Kenya on Saturday morning for Brazzaville.The 21-year-old has not played for Ghana since February last year after an eight-month spell on the sidelines due to a knee injury.Source: Ghanasoccernet
Brazilian authorities say a 16-year-old fan was shot dead in a confrontation involving rival fan groups and police after a soccer match in southern Brazil.The fighting happened after Novo Hamburgo and local rival Aimore drew 2-2 in the first division of the Rio Grande do Sul state championship on Sunday.It wasn’t immediately clear if the shot that killed the Novo Hamburgo fan was fired by Aimore supporters or by police officers trying to break up the disturbances outside the stadium.The fan reportedly belonged to one of the fan groups.Authorities said they were investigating.The death came a day after dozens of fans of Flamengo, Brazil’s most popular club, invaded the changing room of an opposing team and injured the rival goalkeeper.