Barcelona sack coach Setien following Bayern drubbing, call elections

first_imgBARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona have sacked coach Quique Setien and brought presidential elections forward to March 2021, the club said on Monday, three days after the Spanish side were hammered 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.Setien, 61, was appointed in January after the club sacked two-time league winner Ernesto Valverde despite his side sitting top of the La Liga standings on goal difference.But after Barca were condemned to their heaviest defeat in European competition on Friday, Setien was also sacked after only seven months in charge, after overseeing the club’s first trophy-less season in 12 years.Barca finished second in La Liga behind champions Real Madrid and were knocked out of the Copa del Rey at the quarter-final stage by Athletic Bilbao. “This is the first decision within a wider restructuring of the first team which will be agreed between the current technical secretary and the new coach, who will be announced in the coming days,” added Barca’s statement on Setien.According to widespread Spanish media reports, Netherlands coach and former Barca defender Ronald Koeman is set to be named as Setien’s successor. The statement, which was released more than nine hours after president Josep Maria Bartomeu and directors had begun a board meeting, also said the club’s hierarchy had decided against calling an election imminently in the wake of the Bayern defeat, as many fans and influential voices had demanded.“The board understand that an immediate call for elections is not feasible, given that the league season will begin on the weekend of September 12, 2020, and the situation arising from the COVID-19 crisis – both economically and socially,” added the statement.“Consequently, the club will continue to implement the plan to reverse the sporting and economic situation, based on profound changes to the first team, plus a redefined budget to deal with the new situation caused by COVID-19, before the end of the current mandate.” As at Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna, Barcelona presidents are voted for by club members.Bartomeu won the last election, held in 2015, but is barred from running in the next round of elections as he has already served two consecutive mandates, having been named president in 2014 after the resignation of Sandro Rosell.Victor Font is the front-runner for the election, while former president Joan Laporta has also declared his intention to run.last_img read more

Lacazette Completes Arsenal Switch

first_imgArsenal agreed a deal to sign France striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record fee that could rise to €60 million, the two clubs confirmed on Wednesday.The transfer fee is also a new record sale for the Ligue 1 outfit, worth an initial 53m euros, according to a statement on the Lyon website.Arsenal said the 26-year-old had signed a “long-term contract”.“We are very happy to have Alexandre join our group. He has shown over a number of years that he can score goals and that he is a very efficient finisher,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “As well, he has very interesting technical qualities and a strong character.“So he is a guy who is a great addition for us, and someone who will help us challenge at the top level this season.”He had been at Lyon since the age of 12, and scored 129 goals for the senior team, including 100 in Ligue 1.Lacazette, who has made 11 international appearances for France, last season became the first player to score 20 goals or more in three successive French top-flight seasons since Jean-Pierre Papin in 1992.“I am very pleased with the success of Alexandre, who, besides being one of Olympique Lyon’s best-ever strikers, is a charming player who I became very close to,” said Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas in his club’s statement.Lacazette will be hoping that the move to Arsenal can help boost his hopes of cementing a place in the France squad ahead of next year’s World Cup, having only played one international in the last two years.The north London club will be expecting Lacazette to add some much-needed firepower up front, after a disappointing fifth-placed finish in the Premier League last term that saw them miss out on the Champions League for the first time in 19 years.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

WLAX : Syracuse looks to improve performance on draw controls

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ At a Syracuse practice run by Gary Gait, draw controls are the one constant. It doesn’t matter where practice is, or if it’s indoors or outdoors. At some point, SU’s head coach Gait will have his players practice the draw.The Orange has gotten off to a slow start this season in all regards. And for a team that in years past has had success with draw controls, the struggles there are especially alarming.So at each practice, the team continues to work on draw controls.‘We’re getting there,’ Gait said. ‘We practice every day, every single day. We’ve been struggling. Our draw people have been working at it every day individually, and we do it as a unit. We just need to gel.’As No. 16 Syracuse (3-5, 1-0 Big East) travels to New Hampshire to take on Dartmouth (6-2) on Monday, it will look to win more draw controls than its opponent.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd for the returning players, the Monday game means a chance for redemption after the team’s worst loss of the regular season last year.Senior Catherine Rodriguez remembers last season’s Dartmouth game with a bitter taste in her mouth. Syracuse was coming off a close loss to then-No. 1 Northwestern and had no focus from the opening draw in a 17-10 loss.Rodriguez said this contest is going to be a ‘revenge game.’ And the Orange’s veteran players have even expressed the importance of the game to the freshmen.‘From the opening draw, they took it to us,’ Rodriguez said. ‘We were kind of falling apart on both ends. We couldn’t score, but then we couldn’t stop them scoring, so the deficit just got big. It was honestly a little bit embarrassing.’In that game, SU won only 12 of the 29 draws.SU attack Michelle Tumolo said there will be a little less pressure Monday against Dartmouth. This game is the only nonconference match in a seven-game stretch for the Orange. Syracuse’s next five matches are against Big East teams, and four of them will be at home in the Carrier Dome, a place SU hasn’t played in since Feb. 27.The game out of conference will allow SU to test out the draw-control skills it has worked on constantly in practice. SU hopes the improvement in the draw-control facet of the game will correlate to improvement in the win-loss column.‘That’s our transition,’ Tumolo said. ‘That’s what gets us the ball. And if we don’t have the ball, we can’t score.’Players in every position have spent time working on their role during the draw. The attack’s job is to sprint to the 30-yard line to get any stray balls. The defense has to be ready for stray balls as well, but will look to stick check an opponent who wins the draw.In fact, Rodriguez said it is defender Lindsay Rogers who dominates draw controls from her position on the circle.‘It’s like a magnet for her,’ Rodriguez said. ‘The ball just seems to go to her, and she just seems to always come up with it.’But Rogers needs support for the team to be effective on the draw and build momentum. Rodriguez said it is hard for a team to get going if, after every goal, it loses the draw and concedes a quick goal.The team has had a week and two days since its 11-7 win over Rutgers to work on draw controls. Gait said for the young team, the difference will come from each player finding a role in the unit, something that did not happen in last season’s matchup.‘It hasn’t come together, but it’s hustle, it’s intuition, it’s focus, it’s all those things we talk about every day,’ Gait said. ‘And hopefully, we’ll get some better results.’ Published on April 3, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Student association hosts panel on US-Iran relations

first_imgOn Thursday, the USC  International Relations Undergraduate Association hosted a panel discussing the United States’ renewed engagement with Iran, “US-Iran Relations: Into a New Era,” featuring Muhammad Sahimi, chair of the National Iranian Oil Company and professor of chemical engineering and materials science at the Viterbi School of Engineering.Tension · Panelist Muhammad Sahimi (second to right), discussed the tenuous relationship between the United States and Iran. – Kevin Fohrer | Daily TrojanThe event was hosted in conjunction with USC Model United Nations and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and moderated by student Luke Phillips of MUNSC. Other panelists included USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences undergraduate students Shikhar Gupta and Mustafa Zaffer, both of MUN.Sahimi began the discussion with a background on the tenuous relationship between the United States and Iran over the issue of Iran’s nuclear program. He stated that though Iran’s nuclear program was initially supported by the United States under President Dwight Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” program, the new Iranian government  ended nuclear activities after the 1979 Iranian Revolution.Sahimi gave a personal anecdote about how the politics of the time affected his own studies in the United States.“I came actually to this country with a promised scholarship from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran,” Sahimi said. “I came here to study to get my Ph.D. and go back to work for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. But when I came to this country, it was fall of 1978, and that was just when the Iranian Revolution was gathering steam. So in February of 1979, the Iranian government overthrew the regime of the Shah and I never got my scholarship.”Sahimi shared a candid view on the sometimes-controversial rhetoric from current Iranian leaders.“Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [the former president of Iran] was a radical,” Sahimi said. “He started using very fierce and hot rhetoric against the West, and talked about— stupidly, I must say — Israel, and he denied historical facts like the Holocaust.”Phillips asked Sahimi about the international community’s assertions that Iran intends to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has claimed that its program is for peaceful purposes only.“These are not things that one can talk about with 100 percent  certainty,” Sahimi said. “If someone put a gun to my head and said, ‘Would you guarantee with 100 percent  certainty that Iran never used its nuclear technology to research or develop nuclear weapons?’ I would say, ‘Pull the trigger,’ because I cannot guarantee it.”Sahimi maintained, however, that though Iran might have had a nuclear weapons program in the past, current reports suggest that there is no proof of such a program in place.“All evidence suggests that Iran actually never took any practical steps to develop nuclear weapons,” he said.The panelists suggested that the nuclear issue may be tied to hegemony in the Middle East.“I think other countries around Iran have been voicing their opinion, to the U.S. especially, that if Iran is capable towards going to a nuclear bomb, would that not start an arms race? If Iran needs a bomb, it’s in the case of deterrents to Israel,” Zaffer said.Gupta agreed and stated that Iran and Israel were engaged in power politics within the region.“Iran has a lot to offer with such a young and educated populace with vast natural resources,” Gupta said.He also believed that economic issues played a role in the Iran-Israel relationship.“Should Iran become a country that has gotten western legitimacy, then that would be a lot for Israel to worry about,” Gupta said. “Because with all that present in Iran, that would mean the U.S. would start investing money [in] Iran and that would mean money pulled away from the large amount of investment in Israel.”Andre Gray, a freshman majoring in economics (mathematics) and international relations, was interested in potential economic effects in the region.“Something I found particularly interesting was the discussion on economic stability of the Middle East and especially the contributions of countries like Saudi Arabia who are worried about bettering relations between Iran and the U.S., and how that could potentially lead to more competition in terms of natural resources like oil in the marketplace,” Gray said.Jack Cannice, a sophomore majoring in philosophy, politics and law, stated that he was doubtful about some of the issues discussed.“It was interesting how the professor took his viewpoint that there wasn’t really any credibility to the nuclear threat,” Cannice said. “I’m not entirely sure that’s true, because I did read in my IR class last year that [the Iranian government] had more nuclear centrifuges developed that they could ever possibly want for just clean energy. I didn’t agree with everything, but it was enlightening.”last_img read more

Syracuse football recruiting: 2017 ATH Eric Coley, son of D-Line coach Vinson Reynolds, commits to SU

first_imgAccording to his profile, Coley runs a 4.57 40-yard dash. His profile also says that he can bench press 300 pounds and squat 405.Coley is the eighth class of 2017 commit for Syracuse and the fifth in the last week. He’s the first athlete in the 2017 recruiting class. He turned down offers from Bowling Green, Rutgers and Central Michigan, among others.Track Syracuse’s class of 2017 here.Here are Coley’s junior year highlights, via Hudl. Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on June 25, 2016 at 12:28 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer Class of 2017 athlete Eric Coley committed to Syracuse on Saturday morning, he announced via Twitter. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete is ranked by with three stars by and does not have a star ranking from either or He started the season at Portage (Michigan) High School but then transferred to nearby Fayetteville-Manlius (New York) High School in February.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe transferred because his father is Vinson Reynolds, the new defensive line coach at Syracuse. Prior to that, he held the same position at Western Michigan from 2013-2015 and at Central Michigan from 2011-2012. Related Stories Syracuse football recruiting: Track the Class of 2017Syracuse football recruiting: 2017 OL Dakota Davis commits to OrangeSyracuse football recruiting: Class of 2017 wide receiver Nykeim Johnson commits to the OrangeClass of 2017 3-star wide receiver Joshua Palmer commits to SyracuseDefensive end De’Jon Wilson transfers to Syracuse football from Coloradolast_img read more

Town storm into last 16 of FAI Junior Cup

first_imgTown will play Newmarket Celtic of Clare, who knocked St Michael’s out of the competition on penalites, in the next round. Despite going behind against Tramore, for whom Glenn Hawe scored after 7 minutes, the TS&DL side recorded a 6-1 victory in the FAI Junior Cup 6th Round tie at The Complex.Aidan McGrath scored a hat-trick – his goals came in the 55th, 70th and 75th minutes.Jack Burke netted after 75 and 90 minutes while David McGrath got on the scoresheet after 82.last_img

76ers center Joel Embiidas becomes Official Gaming Headset Ambassador for HyperX

first_imgHyperX has announced Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiidas as the “Official Gaming Headset Ambassador” for its headset brand.Embiidas was recently named as an Eastern Conference starter for the NBA 2018 All-Star gamer and is known to be an avid gamer himself. Embiid is known for his effervescent personality, and with the signing, HyperX becomes the first brand to be connected to the trio of Team Dignitas, the Philadelphia 76ers and a team player. “When I’m not playing basketball, I’m gaming,” said Joel Embiid. “HyperX headsets are extremely comfortable, and the audio quality is amazing. They help me do what I love to do, win.”“Skilled as a pro basketball player and recognized as an esports social media star, HyperX welcomes Joel to the HyperX family as a brand ambassador for gaming,” said Daniel Kelley, HyperX director of corporate marketing. “We’re looking forward to including Joel in our activities in 2018.”HyperX delved first into the world of traditional sports with its partnership with the Philadelphia 76ers in October 2017. It followed the renewal of a sponsorship with team Dignitas, who were acquired in September 2016 by the 76ers. Now, the brand has taken its involvement one step further with the sponsorship of an all-star player with an avid interest in gaming.Furthermore, the brand announced its first NBA 2K sponsorship back in late November 2017. It was announced that it will become the official gaming headset partner of the future Dallas NBA 2K League team as well as the Dallas Mavericks in a continued push to expand beyond the realms of endemic esports sponsorship.Esports Insider says: More big news from HyperX who continue to push the boundaries. We always talk about non-endemics entering the space but do you reckon the NBA talks about non-endemic esports sponsors entering the sports space? We’re confusing ourselves here so we’ll leave it on a congratulatory note.last_img read more

Black Stars Updates: Awal arrives for Ghana World Cup qualifier against Sudan

first_imgSouth Africa based defender Awal Mohammed is among the first batch of players to arrive for Ghana’s crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against Sudan on Sunday.The youngster touched down in Accra last Sunday and will gear up for the team’s first training session on Tuesday afternoon at the Accra Sports Stadium.The central defender has been consistent for his side Maritzburg United who lie 5th on the league table after 20 matches have a point build up of 28 points.The 24-year-old will be chasing his second senior national team appearance after playing the entire 90 minutes against Mali in the third place game in the AFCON 2013 in South Africa.The former Asante Kotoko player is in to solve Ghana’s problematic central midfield problems.Awal began his career with the Feyenoord Academy. On 10 July 2010, he joined ASEC Mimosas on loan. After his return in November 2010 to Feyenoord Academy.last_img read more

Wellington Babe Ruth Baseball is in the books as both local all-star teams season end

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — Baseball is officially over for Babe Ruth teams in Wellington.The final two local teams still playing in tournaments this past weekend, have been eliminated.  The 13-15 year olds lost in the Kansas State Babe Ruth Tournament semifinals in Junction City this afternoon, losing to Liberal, 9-6. Liberal would go on to play Parsons in the championship.During the weekend, the 16-18 year old Wellington baseball all stars were in Holyoke, Colo. for the Midwest Plains Regional Tournament and finished 1-2 in pool play – not making the championship bracket round.Wellington athletes can now concentrate fully on school sports for the fall season.Here are details from the tournaments held this weekend:15-17 year olds Wellington went 2-1 in round-robin tournament play which was broken up into four teams. The locals would lose to Chapman 12-7 in its first game. They then came back to beat Junction City 12-2. Wellington then qualified for the championship round with a big 7-0 win over Parsons.The MVP and Wow awards for each game are as follows:Vs. Chapman – MVP: Jack Nuss, WOW: Hayden Baker.Vs. Junction City – MVP: Matthew Rinehart, WOW: Grey Hatfield.Vs. Parsons – MVP: Jack Nuss, WOW: Michael Ledbetter.Vs. Liberal – MVP: Julian Jimenez, WOW: De’Andre Washington.———16-18 year oldsWellington opened the tournament with a tough 9-4 lost to East Twins, Minn. The locals then played Wayne County, Mo. and got beat Wellington 21-7. The locals did beat Lamar, Colo. 6-3 in their final game of the season. Three teams in the round robin division had 1-2 records, but Lamar won the tie-breaker.No MVP or Wow Awards were listed on the Babe Ruth League website for this tournament.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more