McDermott: Pearce dropped on form alone

first_img Pearce’s contract runs out at the end of the season and while he has been offered a new deal he is yet to commit. The 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international was left out of the starting line-up for the second straight game in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at home to relegation rivals Wigan. A frustrated McDermott has previously described Pearce’s situation as “the longest negotiations in my life”, but on Monday denied reports he had lost patience with his defender. “The contract does not come into it at all,” he told Reading FC Player. Reading manager Brian McDermott has rubbished suggestions he has frozen Alex Pearce out amid uncertainty over the defender’s future at the Madejski Stadium. Press Associationcenter_img McDermott added: “Obviously I’m frustrated with the contract situation, it’s a good offer, he’s got to make his mind up. He says he wants to stay and play for me, he has to make his own mind up on that.” McDermott claimed he had dropped Pearce because of his performance in a 2-1 defeat to Stoke a fortnight ago. Since then Sean Morrison has been preferred and impressed in the FA Cup defeat at Manchester United to keep his place at the weekend. “I thought Morrison was excellent against United and it was just a personnel decision,” McDermott said. “You live and die by that. “I spoke to Pearcey on Friday, I said to him he needs to do better (for both goals against Stoke). He had to do better picking up Robert Huth for the set play and then when (Cameron) Jerome turned him for the second goal. He accepted that.” McDermott also revealed midfielder Danny Guthrie, who was overlooked at the weekend, was a doubt for this Saturday’s trip to Everton after picking up a calf injury. He said: “He wasn’t selected for the squad (at the weekend). He (also) didn’t train this morning with a slight calf problem.” last_img read more

Gold slams Olympics organisers

first_imgWest Ham co-owner David Gold has accused the London 2012 chiefs who originally excluded football from the Olympic Stadium of “arrogance”. He went on: “A child would know that the main issue after building the stadium for the Olympics was what was going to happen in the future. “Go back over 24 years, you’ve got six stadiums and five of them are obsolete. What were they thinking?” The conversion work, which will start in October, will cost between £150million and £190m and former sports minister Richard Caborn, who had argued unsuccessfully for football in 2007, branded the deal as “the biggest mistake of the London Olympics”. Caborn told the Press Association: “West Ham are basically getting a stadium costing more than £600million for just £15million and a small amount in annual rent [£2million]. “This is the biggest mistake of the Olympics and lessons should be learned from this.” The London 2012 centrepiece will now be transformed into a 54,000-seater venue and London mayor Boris Johnson defended the cost to the public purse. Johnson, who is also chair of the LLDC, said: “I think when you look at the deal the income, which is going to come in from rent, hospitality and naming rights, will be very, very substantial. That means there will be no more subsidy from the taxpayer to keep the whole thing going.” The Hammers have finally signed a contract for a 99-year lease on the stadium and will move for the start of the 2016/17 season but Gold has turned his ire on the original decision-makers including London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe, ex-Olympics minister Tessa Jowell and former mayor Ken Livingstone to rule out football in 2007. Gold said: “I’m angry from a taxpayer point of view, not a West Ham point of view. It has impacted on West Ham because the London Legacy Development Corporation has had to negotiate a tougher deal with us. It was arrogance. It wasn’t even foolhardy, it was a form of arrogance.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Dare to Launch E-Gaming Sports in Nigeria

first_img“We also plan to develop the Mambila Plateau area to turn it into a training ground for our long-distance runners who are mostly from the North. This is necessary and important considering that long-distance race is an individual, none contact sport that would likely resume soon as the impact of Covid-19 winds down,” stressed the sports minister.Dare further affirmed: “While these are few things we are doing at the Ministry level, we are also keen to learn how other new things can work better.”On youth development, he said more than 2million young entrepreneurs will benefit from training and entrepreneurship programmes to be funded through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN’s) Federal Government job acquisition initiative. He assured youths that the programme will be launched next week.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare  Mambila Plateau to be revived for long distance racesAs parts of efforts to key into the global benefits of E-Gaming Sports and make Nigerian sports more viable, Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, has concluded plans to launch Nigeria into the E- Gaming Sports world.Speaking during a webinar on steps to reactivate the sports sector post covid-19 era, Dare said: “We are working on a plan that would produce for the first time an industry-based sports policy that will turn sports into business.“We are on the verge of launching E-Gaming Sports in Nigeria. It is the most suitable for the post Covid-19 era. Globally, it is a $138billion business.last_img read more

Seniors key Syracuse to victory over Connecticut in final game of regular season

first_imgIt was definitely senior day at J.S. Coyne Stadium on Saturday as Syracuse’s six seniors helped lead the team to its 36th straight victory at home.The senior class of Leann Stiver, Liz McInerney, Kelsey Millman, Amy Kee, Iona Holloway and Haley Bomboy was honored in a ceremony before the game on Saturday against No. 4 UConn that the Orange won 3-2.Playing in front of family and friends ignited McInerney and Millman, who scored a goal apiece. McInerney continued the show by helping out on the Orange’s second goal.The team relied on the composure of its seniors to guide it through difficult parts of the game.“It’s always like this when you play UConn; they’re a good team,” Millman said. “It’s a huge confidence boost for us going into the Big East tournament.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe team got off 14 shots in the first half, but the saves of the UConn goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield kept the score close. The SU players didn’t get rattled as they watched shots they would normally make veer to the side.Head coach Ange Bradley says the team just kept fighting and looked for different ways to get past the UConn defense.“I think we shot a lot of balls high and their goalie made a lot of really good saves in the first saves in the first half,” Bradley said. “We talked a little bit about adjusting our angles in the second half and I think that’s what broke it open.”The fight of the team and the seniors in particular is what makes Syracuse so dominant.The game was physical and tight throughout, but the senior class, with its level of experience, would not allow its team to falter.“Before the game I knew we were going to win,” Bradley said. “I didn’t know how it would go, if it would go to overtime or what, but the power of this senior class’ spirit, I just felt it would happen for us.”Bradley said the talent and poise of her seniors prevent her team from panicking in pressure situations.The crowd and atmosphere during the game was electrifying and the seniors enjoyed every minute of it.“This is why I play hockey,” McInerney said.One of the more dedicated and enthusiastic Syracuse fans is Mark Kuzio, the uncle of backup goalkeeper Jess Jecko. He was there well before the game, tailgating in the parking lot. He was also one of the last to leave.“I bleed Orange,” Kuzio said. “Division-I field hockey is a great sport and I love this team.”Kuzio is usually seen running up and down the bleachers dressed in orange and blue paraphernalia, waving his big Syracuse flag and leading the crowd in “defense” chants.He said it was special to him to be able to congratulate the team after the game and be present on the field during its celebration.“I was teared up, I was crying,” Kuzio said. “Me and my niece holding the Big East trophy, it’s big. It’s a big deal.”This senior class has learned a lot in its time with Bradley, and she feels the seniors have rubbed off on her too. Hesitant to say goodbye, but thrilled at all the seniors have accomplished, Bradley knows they have their sights set on the tournaments coming up.“I got chills thinking of them,” Bradley said. “They represent growth, maturity, forgiveness and belief.” Comments Published on October 28, 2012 at 10:13 pm Contact Jasmine: [email protected] Related Stories Syracuse defeats rival Connecticut in showdown to take Big East regular-season titlecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Fans react to 95-91 Syracuse win over No. 1 Duke

first_imgDuke lost to Syracuse because Drake wore a Zion Williamson jersey in Bring It Back🤬— 5/11/18 (@totrojtal) January 15, 2019 Syracuse (12-5, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) upset No. 1 Duke (14-2, 3-1) in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Monday night, 95-91.See how fans reacted on Twitter after the game. Facebook Twitter Google+ AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Published on January 14, 2019 at 10:30 pm Commentslast_img