Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has called for the fans to support him, as part of the team, in Saturday’s clash with West Brom at Stamford Bridge. The Spaniard prepared as usual for the Barclays Premier League fixture after appearing to backtrack from some of his comments made earlier this week in which he criticised the decision to give him the ‘interim’ title and the supporters’ continued barracking of him. It was put to Benitez that the supporters might be even more angered following his comments, but he said: “I am part of the team. I need the supporters behind the team. The fans can express their feelings. That is normal. I don’t have any problem with that. They have to stay behind the team, supporting the team.” Due to his prior association with Liverpool, Benitez was never a popular appointment in west London and has regularly been the subject of the fans’ ire. Benitez on Wednesday confirmed he will leave at the end of the season, with his target still a place in the top four and Champions League football next term, and insisted the timing of his comments was devised to encourage the supporters to back their side. Benitez, who has met Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay in each of the past two days, pointed to the positive atmosphere in the wins over Napoli, which took place last season, and in January against Arsenal, which spurred the team on, and asked for that backing to return. “The best for my team is to have a very good atmosphere behind them, players feeling the support,” he said. “Against Napoli they were running an extra mile. Feeling the support against Arsenal, they were running an extra mile. I was trying to explain that if we stick together it will be easier.” Benitez also insisted he has no issue with the Chelsea board and that his job title is not a concern, despite saying following Wednesday’s FA Cup win at Middlesbrough that the decision to name him ‘interim’ boss was “a mistake”. Benitez said: “One thing’s a mistake. Another’s an issue. Now it’s not an issue. In my head, I am the manager. I have to manage the team. The title doesn’t matter. The Champions League is a big title.”I just concentrate on my job.” Press Association
Associated Press The offensive line allowed only two sacks. James Carpenter started at the left guard spot that was the most competitive in training camp. Rookie Matt Hennessy played behind Carpenter.Quinn said Monday he hopes Hennessy continues to see more snaps. He also said Carpenter played his best game of his two seasons in Atlanta.The key to improved stability is on the right side where two 2019 first-round picks, tackle Kaleb McGary and guard Chris Lindstrom, are expected to form a long-term partnership.Ryan was sacked a career-high 48 times in 2019, so improved protection is an encouraging sign. Quinn said he was especially encouraged the line played well even when the Falcons faced a big deficit and the Seattle defense could “pin their ears back and go.”STOCK DOWN Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditATLANTA (AP) — Todd Gurley’s debut with the Atlanta Falcons showed the benefit of a balanced offense — for one half.The second half revealed what can happen when that game plan is lost in a wave of fourth-down failures and defensive breakdowns.Gurley’s final numbers — 14 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown — were relatively modest. His production was overshadowed by the huge passing numbers from quarterback Matt Ryan and three receivers with more than 100 yards apiece. Still, Gurley’s potential impact was shown in the opening half of Sunday’s 38-25 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The Falcons’ new lead back had 10 carries for 51 yards, including a 1-yard scoring run, in the half. Thanks to the offensive balance that has become so rare in Atlanta, Seattle led only 14-12.It wasn’t a perfect first half for Gurley and the Falcons, but it was encouraging.Decisive fourth-down plays on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter helped Seattle stretch the lead to 28-12. Any hope of preserving the offensive balance was lost. The Falcons spent most of the fourth quarter running their 2-minute offense.Gurley signed a $6 million, one-year deal with Atlanta, determined to post big numbers that could lead to a bigger payday next offseason.Gurley showed in the first half he can still be an effective runner. He doesn’t have to play to the level he showed in 2017 with the Rams, when he was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year, to give Atlanta an upgrade from 2019, when it ranked 30th in rushing. WHAT NEEDS HELPThe Falcons’ young secondary gave up four touchdown passes to Russell Wilson with rookie A.J. Terrell starting at cornerback.Quinn said Wilson had no problem reading the defense.“I just think we made it too easy in terms of disguises,” Quinn said. He said the Falcons should have shown “multiple looks in coverage for a quarterback as accurate as he is.”STOCK UP September 14, 2020 The running game, which set up play-action passes for Ryan, is crucial to Atlanta’s hopes of returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2017. “Heading in, we knew having more balance in the run game was going to be a big piece,” Quinn said Monday, adding the first half showed “that’s an effective part of what we’re doing.”WHAT’S WORKINGRyan threw for 450 yards and two touchdowns. For the first time in Falcons’ history, three players had more than 100 yards receiving — Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage. Each had nine catches. Ridley had two touchdown receptions.Ryan wasn’t perfect. He missed a touchdown opportunity when Jones had to wait for an underthrown pass that still gained 44 yards in the third quarter. The possession ended with a fourth-down stop and no points. 19 — Ridley is proving to be Jones’ equal in touchdown production. With his two scoring catches, Ridley has 19 through 30 games. That matches Jones for the most TD receptions in a player’s first 30 games in Falcons’ history. Ridley led the Falcons with seven TD catches in 2019, one more than Jones.NEXT STEPSWilson’s four touchdown passes showed the Falcons’ secondary remains vulnerable. The bad news for Atlanta is Quinn’s assessment that Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott boasts similar accuracy and mobility. A win in Dallas would provide needed confidence for a Falcons team already feeling a sense of urgency to avoid another slow start.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Ryan threw 54 passes, but tight end Hayden Hurst was targeted only five times and caught only three passes for 38 yards.Hurst had a long catch of 27 yards, but after drawing so much praise for his athleticism and potential as a receiver, his Atlanta debut was a letdown. Austin Hooper had 75 catches as the starting tight end in 2019, but the transition to Hurst may be slower than expected.INJUREDThe secondary needs cornerback Kendall Sheffield, who has a foot injury and watched the game while wearing a walking boot. Quinn said Sheffield is not expected to miss a long period of time. Rookie defensive tackle Marlon Davidson, expected to be the top backup to Grady Jarrett, was held out with a knee injury and could return this week.KEY NUMBER Falcons commit to renewed run game with Gurley – for 1 half
DEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoAlthough the Wisconsin women’s soccer team went winless against a pair of unranked teams this weekend, University of Wisconsin head coach Dean Duerst thinks the team played great.The Badgers lost in overtime to Illinois Sunday and tied Iowa Friday. Despite a poor start against the Illini, Duerst’s admits his team should have won.”We played great, actually,” Duerst said. “We played our worst half of soccer all season in the first half against Illinois. Conditions on the field were just miserable and the wind was a factor, and they scored two goals first 15 [minutes], second half we scored two goals the first 15[minutes].”It’s a game we should have won,” he continued. “You look at should-haves, it’s how this team handles that and I think they’re experienced, they know what to expect … We have played excellent soccer and from a coaching standpoint, we’ve got it going and now we just need to … move forward, get better, keep improving because we know how critical your last ten games make your season.” Seniors Amy Vermeulen and Marisa Brown and juniors Kara Kabellis and Allison Priess each scored goals for the Badgers over the weekend.Vermeulen leads the Badgers in goals with five goals. Both Priess and Vermeulen lead the team with 10 points apiece.With four upperclassmen leading the way for the Badgers, Duerst expects his team to continue to improve with each game.”Our team is very balanced right now in our scoring, which is what a coach always wants,” Duerst said. “We’ve got numerous players getting points for us … We have an experienced group of players.Tiffany Weimer: Wisconsin’s match-up against No. 2 Penn State might be the team’s most crucial game of the season. The Badgers have already lost one match to a top-10 team, No. 3 Portland.The Badgers saw a more complete and talented team when they played Portland. However, Penn State is a different team and is led by only one player, Tiffany Weimer.”Portland this year obviously opened our eyes in a different way,” Duerst said. “But with Penn State, they’re a team we can beat. We’ve had success against them so that’s important going into the match … Penn State has one incredible player (Weimer) and a very, very athletic, solid team behind them. I think Portland is a team with overall a much better soccer team. The thing is Penn State is more athletic and more physical and that’s part of the way our conference is.”Weimer has already scored 15 goals in only 10 games for the Nittany Lions. She is just eight goals shy of Christie Welsh’s Big Ten record of 82 career goals and has scored in all 10 games for Penn State.Weimer helped lead Penn State to a double-win weekend against Indiana and Purdue. The Nittany Lions creamed the Hoosiers 2-0 and beat the Boilermakers 3-2 in overtime.”Penn State offers just a great challenge,” Duerst said. “They’re 10-0. They’re No. 2 in the country. We played Portland, No. 3 in the country, so it’s going to be a great game.”Penn State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 11-1-3. The Badgers’ only win against Penn State was 10 years ago when UW beat Penn State 1-0. Last year, the Badgers lost 4-0 to the Nittany Lions. Two years ago, Wisconsin tied Penn State 0-0.Border Battle: The Badgers will return home this weekend to face border-rival Minnesota and No. 2 Penn State.Penn State leads the Big Ten with 10 consecutive wins while Minnesota is currently ranked No. 6 in the Big Ten with five wins.”It’s just going to be a great weekend because this Border Battle is starting to really grow with our team,” Duerst said.Wisconsin took the early lead in the second annual Border Battle when the No. 10 Wisconsin volleyball team upended the No. 5 Golden Gophers Friday night.The women’s soccer team will look to avenge last year’s 2-1 loss to the Gophers at the McClimon Soccer Complex.
Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on May 26, 2015 at 2:08 pm Contact Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org | @ChrisLibonati Syracuse has offered Class of 2018 center Nazreon Reid, per Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv.The center is listed at 6 foot 8 inches and 215 pounds according to Scout.com. He’s received offers from Kansas, Louisiana State, Oklahoma, Providence and “a whole lot more,” Reid told Zagoria. As a freshman at Roselle Catholic (New Jersey) High School last season, Reid scored 4.9 points and grabbed 3.4 rebounds per game in the 22 games he played, according to MaxPreps.Roselle Catholic is the same high school current SU forward Tyler Roberson attended, and incoming freshman guard Malachi Richardson played at Roselle Catholic for his freshman and sophomore years before transferring to Trenton Catholic (New Jersey) High School. Facebook Twitter Google+
At a university so evenly balanced between male and female students, it might seem easy to assume that the same is true for other groups on campus. Among faculty, however, gender is not always as equally represented.The discrepancies between men and women in the science, technology and engineering fields have been widely acknowledged on a national level. According to the most recent data from the National Science Foundation, in 2006, women constituted 28 percent of tenure-track faculty members in science and engineering and 19.4 percent of full-time faculty members in science and engineering nationwide.Along with several other organizations at USC, the Women in Science and Engineering program hopes to foster greater gender equality in full-time and tenure-track faculty positions. WiSE specifically encourages greater representation of female faculty in the science and engineering fields.The program focuses on faculty in Viterbi School of Engineering and the science and mathematics departments of the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.When WiSE was founded on a $20 million anonymous donation in 2000, the university had only 15 female tenure or tenure-track faculty in the STEM fields. Now, the university boasts 49.WiSE Program Director Leana Golubchik attributed this change to the program’s efforts to make greater strides to attract women into these departments at USC.“We always advocate open searches, and finding the people that the departments would like,” Golubchik said. “But if it happens that a woman rises to the top of the search, we work with the various dean’s offices to help attract her here to USC. Some of the faculty members we have brought here have been absolutely phenomenal.”The organization also offers grants called WiSE Fellowships to accomodate Pregnancy, Birth of a Child or Adoption to help female faculty members accommodate becoming new mothers. The grants apply not only to full-time faculty, but also to Ph.D. and post-doctoral students, and allow them to balance their careers with their families.Sarah Fried-Gintis, WiSE’s program manager, said the grants allow new mothers to keep their careers on track after the birth of a child.“They are really able to assist new parents and new mothers either before the birth, when they can’t be present in the lab, and after the birth when they have an infant and they have responsibilities to take care of the child,” Fried-Gintis said. “We often work in collaboration with the graduate schools parental leave program so that they get the assistance they need.”WiSE also offers child care subsidies of $1,400 to help female Ph.D. students, post-doctoral students and faculty members manage the challenges of furthering their careers and taking care of their families.Additionally, the program works to create a more welcoming community for women in these fields. Golubchik said she has seen continual growth in the turnout for WiSE’s distinguished speaker series and other events. She sees this as a sign of the community of women becoming more tightly knit.“I think the space has given us the opportunity to create this community that we are trying to create, the community of mentorship, where faculty mentor other faculty and students mentor each other, Ph.D. students mentoring undergraduates or post-docs mentoring Ph.D. students,” Golubchik said. “We’d like to see people interacting in this setting and I think having this space has made a huge difference.” Follow Annalise on Twitter @asmantz
Published on September 20, 2015 at 10:31 pm Contact Tomer: email@example.com | @tomer_langer The Syracuse bench players all stood up and clapped slowly in anticipation of the final point. It had only been an hour and a half since the match began, but the Orange was already on the verge of victory.SU (9-2) worked economically and dismantled the Buffalo Bulls (1-12) in three sets on Sunday night at the Women’s Building. It was the third win of the weekend for Syracuse and it secured a first-place finish in the Syracuse Tournament.SU played a game earlier Sunday against Navy and though the Orange was the better team coming into the match, it started slowly and seemed to have an impact on how Syracuse played in the nightcap.“We actually stepped up because the morning game we started actually rough,” said senior outside hitter Monika Salkute. “We have to be the leaders of this tournament, and that was our goal, so we just focused more then the first game.”Syracuse won all three sets by scores of 25-13, 25-16 and 25-10. The Orange played better than the Bulls in many facets of the game. SU racked up kills quickly, preventing the Bulls from keeping rallies alive for an extended period of time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn defense, the Orange managed to dig out most of the hits that the Bulls sent over. Improved ball control helped the offense run at nearly peak efficiency throughout much of the match.Head coach Leonid Yelin was pleased with the cohesiveness and synergy that his team showed on the court.“Our ball control got better, so the setter has an opportunity to move (the) ball around, and puts hitters in better situations when its open spots, they can hit better,” Yelin said.That formula was on full display tonight, as the Orange was also aided by Buffalo’s poor attack. The team came into the match sporting an exceptionally low hitting percentage of .127. With the Bulls failing to hit many balls well, there were many instances when Syracuse got easy points with a very textbook dig-to-set and set-to-kill cycle.Playing such a pristine and crisp game seemed to wear out Buffalo. Although they lost the second set the Bulls brought it to within two points when a kill cut the deficit to 14-16.After closing the second set on a 7-1 run, the Orange opened up the third set with an 11-1 run that effectively sealed the fate of the match. There wasn’t a single moment in the set in which the Bulls scored even two points in a row as the Orange seemed to save its best for last.The Orange will play Boston College on Friday night in its first Atlantic Coast Conference match of the season. ACC play was a struggle for the team last season, but the improved efficiency that the team showed Sunday — and throughout the whole season thus far — has most of its players, including Gosia Wlaszczuk, excited about the challenge.“I expect to have the best season I had in Syracuse, and I know that my team is the best one I’ve had in the period that I’m here,” Wlaszczuk said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Entering his final season of eligibility, Phillips remains a strong quarterback candidate for 2013 after starting five games for UW last season.[/media-credit]Four years ago, right around the time of Wisconsin’s first scrimmage of the spring football season, quarterback Curt Phillips tore his ACL. Then a few months later, in October, Phillips tore the same right ACL. Then, in the summer of 2010, Phillips underwent surgery again on the ACL, which had become infected. And after all of those injuries to the same knee, Phillips played in seven games this past season and started in five of them, including the Rose Bowl.But for the tried-and-tested Phillips – who recently received approval from the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility – there is still one more battle left in his college career, and it is seemingly as insurmountable as his comeback from three ACL injuries.The task: beat out four other top-contending quarterbacks for the starting position.But if there’s one thing Phillips has shown in his comeback, it’s his commitment to the sport and his teammates. Assistant strength and conditioning coach Brian Bott – who worked with Phillips in his rehab through all three injuries – has witnessed this firsthand.“It’s hard to even measure the kind of commitment he has … to just continually come in for two and a half years, battling the same situation and to just to keep at it,” Bott said. “And after the second and third [surgery], you saw more will from him that he wasn’t going to be denied.“He just really stuck with the plan, came in and did a lot of extra work to make sure he was healthy and it paid for him at the end.”Bott is not the only one who has seen Phillips’ commitment. Starting right tackle Rob Havenstein commented on how Phillips’ improbable comeback has shed light on who he is as a player and person.“Coming back from three ACLs, I mean come on, that’s ridiculous,” Havenstein said. “Usually it’s one ACL and it takes you a long time to come back, and maybe you’re not 100 percent and maybe you are. And then two of them, you’re like ‘Oh, crap. What am I going to do?’ Three of them, it’s basically someone up above doesn’t like me.“For Curt to come back and play the way he has and lead the way he has, it’s just speaks testaments to his character.”After redshirting the 2008 season, Phillips played sparingly in four games during the 2009 season before tearing his ACL for the second time. He didn’t play again until this past fall on Oct. 6, 2012, against Illinois. Then, a collarbone injury to starter Joel Stave thrust Phillips into the starting role. Phillips struggled at times with his accuracy and arm strength, but he served as an efficient game manager, orchestrating the offense and gaining a reputation for being clutch come crunch time, leading successful two-minute drills in seemingly every game he started.Still, Phillips has only started five games in his career. Despite lacking starting experience, however, Phillips believes his hard work and his passion for the game are what set him apart from the other quarterbacks on the roster.“Anytime something is taken away from you, it shows you how much it means to you,” Phillips said. “Before I kind of just went with the flow, just took things how they come. But now I know how much it means to me and I know how hard I’m willing to work to make sure I get to be out there.”In the games Phillips has played, the statistics do not stand out as overly impressive. He has a 57 percent career completion percentage with five touchdowns and three interceptions, along with a 237 yards rushing on 41 career carries.And although his statistics, compared to the other quarterbacks, may make him a long shot for the opening day job, new quarterbacks coach Andy Ludwig knows no matter Phillips’ position on the depth chart, he will play a vital role on the team because of his wealth of knowledge and experiences.“He’s been there and done that,” Ludwig said. “There’s a tremendous amount of respect for Curt in the meeting room and on the football team for what he’s been through and the leadership he provides for this offensive football team and the entire football team. His voice carries a lot of weight.”
I love the Weekender. We all love the Weekender. Nothing there is groundbreaking. The Weekender is a fun tradition, and the rivalry with Stanford over the past few years has made it all the more exciting.As a freshman, less than a month into my college experience, I made my first Weekender trip. It was, and still is, the most exciting sporting event I have attended as a fan. After being on the fence for a few days, a friend and I bought cheap front row tickets just a couple of days before the game.As we arrived at Stanford and began to walk around in what can only be described as a dirt parking lot with a forest growing in the middle, it became evident that USC fans travel well — especially to this game. At the time the Cardinal were No. 13 and we were No. 14, though I’m sure all the delusional USC fans (I will include myself in this group this time) thought that the Trojans were guaranteed to come away with a win.Then there was an Andre Heidari field goal, a J.R. Tavai fumble and the rest is history. The team went nuts, the fans went nuts, the band went nuts and my love for the Weekender was born. I have to think I at least partly reflect on this game with such happy thoughts because of the outcome and how exciting the game was despite being just a 13-10 final score.At the same time though, I only remember two football plays from the whole game — the aforementioned — but I have equally clear memories of all of the Trojan fans who were there as well.On the drive up, I remember thinking that every car we passed must have been a USC fan since there was so much Cardinal and Gold on what is normally a quite dreary trek up the 5.There was the tailgate, where even though we were technically in enemy territory, many families brought us into their tailgates, fed us and let us hang out.Then in the stadium, what should have clearly been a Stanford crowd was overshadowed by the USC faithful who in addition to traveling in force, also cheered in force. Since school hasn’t even started yet for Stanford, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the crowd be a majority of Trojan fans again. This would also explain why the Stanford band will probably be booed when they take the field, as they were in 2014.Of course at that time, USC was nationally relevant and Stanford didn’t have a player who was a Heisman snub. The USC-Stanford rivalry, though, has been full of surprise results and unexpected endings. Even though the focus, and rightfully so, has consistently been on how terribly USC was shown up by Stanford not once but twice last year, there is an undeniable magic about the Weekender, for both teams, that renders neither home field safe from the visitor.USC beating Stanford on Saturday is a long shot. Clearly Stanford has the more talented, stable and disciplined team, but anything can happen on the Weekender. Last time the Trojans and Cardinal met in Palo Alto, USC snapped the Cardinal’s 17-game home winning streak which was, at the time, the longest in the country.Now, if USC defeats Stanford, it will probably have played a role in Christian McCaffrey not winning the Heisman for the second year in a row, and it will immediately put talks of a playoff berth in the minds of Trojans everywhere.Here’s to hoping that this year, even with the odds against the Trojans, the flocks of USC fans will show up, fighting on and that win or lose, the trip will give us a memory worthy of starting a story, “Remember that one time we all went to the Weekender?”Hailey Tucker is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Tucker Talks,” runs Thursdays.
They got past the League Two side 2-1 in the third round. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino says he’s disappointed with their draw against Burnley in last nights third round encounter.1-all the final score at Turf Moor , Chadli gave the visitors the lead before Sam Volkes equalised.Liverpool have captain Steven Gerrard to thank after his two goals ensured they avoided an upset against AFC Wimbledon last night.
The GAA/GPA All-Star Hurling team will be revealed at a ceremony in Dublin tomorrow evening.15 Tipperary players are in the running to be named on the side. The Clonmel Commercials man has become only the second player from the Premier County to make the prestigious side – Declan Browne was honoured in both 1998 and 2003.Tipp had five nominees vying for selection on the team following a highly impressive season which saw them reach the All-Ireland semi-final.Coach Shane Stapleton is delighted with the news that the county’s efforts this year haven’t gone unnoticed.