Liverpool legend Fowler has pop at Man Utd mentalityby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Robbie Fowler has enjoyed a pop at the mentality of Manchester United’s players.Ahead of today’s clash at Old Trafford, Fowler wrote for the Mirror: “There is something different about this Manchester United v Liverpool clash.”Something significant, something worrying for every United fan.”If I can borrow a phrase from Gary Neville, it feels a tiny bit like The Dog & Duck v… well, the Champions of Europe.”By that I mean simply that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team go into the game KNOWING they are an inferior side. He knows it, his players know it.”As a professional, you just know. You know when an opponent is quality and better than you. I’m not saying that means they’ll inevitably win. But you still know.”And here’s the thing.”When I was at Liverpool, we never felt inferior.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ohio State men’s ice hockey senior goalie Brady Hjelle was named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Goaltender of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. The award is the second of the season for Hjelle, who saved 31 of the 32 shots he faced on Friday against Lake Superior State. On Saturday against the Lakers, Hjelle saved 18 of the 19 shots he faced after entering the game with OSU trailing, 2-0. All told, Hjelle posted a 1.14 goals against average and a .961 save percentage during his time on the rink this past weekend. By the end of the weekend, OSU achieved a 5-4-3 record. The OSU men’s volleyball team signed three players to National Letters of Intent, the athletic department announced Monday. setter Christy Blough, outside hitter/setter Gabriel Domecus and outside hitter Miles Johnson have signed on to join Buckeyes coach Pete Hanson’s team for the 2014 season. “We are very excited to add these fine young men to the Buckeye family,” Hanson said in the OSU release. “They are magnificent players and will be excellent additions to our program.” The three signees are decorated players – Blough was named New York state MVP this month, Domecus led St. Patrick/St. Vincent (Vallejo, Calif.) to a 66-9 record in the last two seasons and Johnson was a first-team All-California Interscholastic Federation selection in 2011, according to the release. The OSU men’s basketball team dropped a spot in the rankings when Monday’s Associated Press poll was released. The Buckeyes (4-0) fell from No. 3 to No. 4 in the AP’s top 25 poll despite the team’s 91-45 win against Missouri-Kansas City in their most recent win on Friday. Duke, now ranked No. 2, and Michigan, ranked No. 3, passed the Buckeyes in the poll after claiming in-season tournament victories. The Blue Devils won the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, held in the Bahamas, after beating current No. 5-ranked Louisville, 76-71, in the competition’s title match. Back in the contiguous United States, the Wolverines defeated former Illinois coach Bruce Weber’s Kansas State Wildcats, 71-57, to win the NIT Season Tip-Off championship. OSU men’s basketball is scheduled to face the Blue Devils on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Arena in Durham, N.C.
Senior defender Megan Fuller pursues the ball during a game against Purdue Sept. 29 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 1-0.Credit: Michele Theodore / Copy chiefFor the Ohio State women’s soccer team, the season appeared to be at an end.Held out of the Big Ten Tournament, it looked like the Buckeyes, including the second most successful senior class in program history, had played their last game when they fell to Michigan, 2-0, Nov. 2 in Ann Arbor.But on Monday, OSU found out its season would continue, as the team was awarded a spot in the NCAA Tournament, and all coach Lori Walker can worry about is making sure her team makes it on the bus.“I’m focused on getting on the bus right now, and making sure we have all the players and the pennies and the balls,” the 17-year veteran said Wednesday, referring to making sure all the players, jerseys and soccer balls are packed. “With this group, you’ve got to keep it that simple.”Assuming the Buckeyes, and all necessary equipment, do make it on the bus, they are set to take on Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., at 7:30 p.m. Friday for their first-round matchup.Walker called being selected a “great honor.”“We’re going to go down and play Kentucky as hard as we can,” she added.Senior defender Megan Fuller, part of a 2013 class that ranks second in program history with 55 wins, said it will be important to remember the significance of being selected.“I know it’s the first time for the freshmen, so it’s something new and they’re really excited,” she said. “It’s an experience that not a lot of people get.”This will be Fuller’s fourth consecutive NCAA berth, and the fifth straight for the OSU program.The Buckeyes fell on penalty kicks after drawing, 1-1, against Oakland in the first round of the 2012 edition. OSU made it to the third round in 2011, the semifinals in 2010 and lost in the first round in 2009.For players who were not around for previous tournaments, like freshman forward Nichelle Prince, the tournament represents a chance to make an early mark in their careers.“We didn’t have the best season,” Prince said of the Buckeyes, who finished the year 10-6-3 overall and 4-5-2 in conference play. “This is kind of our comeback and I think we’re all pumped and ready to go.”Prince, who led the team with 12 goals this season, said being held out of the Big Ten Tournament will not give the team a chip on its shoulder, but can still be a motivator going forward.“This is just going to push us to get better,” she said. “We’re mad about not making (the Big Ten Tournament), but this is like a new slate, a new season, so we’re going to come out harder.”While it will be Prince’s first run for a championship, Fuller said she wants to feed on her past chances going forward.The 2011 Buckeyes, who, like their 2013 counterparts, squeaked their way into the tournament, ended up making an inspiring run, Fuller said.“We went to the Sweet 16,” she said. “We were just having fun and playing and scoring lots of goals, so hopefully that’s what happens again.”Walker added that her team could be a group nobody wants to play in the tournament, especially not the other teams in the Big Ten.“We were the team that nobody would want to play again (in the conference),” she said. “It’s a nice compliment, but, at the same time, we didn’t get done what we wanted to get done.“You’ve got to beat the top teams in order to be one of the best teams, and that’s the lesson we’re really trying to spill onto this young program.”If the Buckeyes top Kentucky, they will likely set themselves up for a date with one of the best. OSU would be set up to face off against the winner of two-seed UCLA and San Diego State Nov. 22 in the round of 32.
Assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers addresses the media at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center during his introduction press conference on Jan. 12, 2012. Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State assistant coach, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers has been named head football coach at James Madison University, JMU athletic director Jeff Bourne announced Friday.“We are so thrilled to welcome Coach Withers and his family to James Madison,” Bourne said, in a JMU released statement. “Everett is a proven winner and has shown his ability to lead, having spent time as a head coach. The entire committee was incredibly impressed when we met with him, and I have no doubt that he will be a great leader for our football program and mentor to our student-athletes for many years to come.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he is “happy” for Withers.“Everett is extremely well-respected in the coaching profession and I’ve enjoyed having him on our staff,” Meyer said in a statement emailed to The Lantern by an OSU athletics spokesman Friday. “He is a great family man, cares about his players and is an excellent recruiter. I expect that he will be a fine head coach.”Withers spent two seasons with the Buckeyes, brought in by coach Urban Meyer before the 2012 season. During his two year tenure at OSU, the team compiled a 24-1 record, including two straight undefeated regular seasons.Before coming to Columbus, Withers spent time with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels as their interim head coach for a season and defensive coordinator for the three before that. He also spent time in the NFL, as a defensive backs coach for the Tennessee Titans.“Coach Withers impressed us greatly not only with his experience on the field, but also with his strong commitment to the student-athlete,” JMU President Jonathan Alger said in a released statement. “Coach Withers is dedicated to JMU’s educational mission and believes that his team’s success begins in the classroom.”In 2013, the OSU pass defense finished tied for 104th in the country in pass defense with Colorado, allowing 259.5 yards per game through the air.Withers’ salary was $580,000 at OSU, according to The Lantern archives. James Madison did not immediately respond to requests for Withers’ contract stipulations Friday evening.The Dukes are coming off a 6-6 campaign in 2013 that ended with the firing of coach Mickey Matthews. Matthews was the all-time winningest coach at James Madison, including helping them win the national championship in 2004.Withers did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment Friday evening.
Jürgen Klopp has expressed delight at the way Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino has adapted to a new position in recent weeks.Firmino has recently settled for a deeper role with Salah as the most advanced Reds forward this season.He played a key part in all three of Liverpool’s goals in the Premier League victory at Vicarage Road on Saturday and wrapped it up with his fifth goal of the season.And, after the game, Klopp reinforced his appreciation for a player he considers invaluable.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…The manager told LFC.TV: “He will never come to me because people are saying something is missing and ask: ‘Boss, can I play in my old position again?’“He is doing the job. That makes him so unbelievably valuable for us. I’m really happy with him.“Yes, we had a long season last season and he had a World Cup, then he had bits here and there. But it’s not about position. It’s about what you have to do in the right moments.“We need to find a system where we can bring our quality on the pitch and against Watford it worked out.”
The Mexican winger Hirving Lozano has had a great season so far with the Dutch Eredivisie team and praised his former league.Hirving Lozano joined Dutch Eredivisie club PSV in the summer of 2017.Since then he has played 66 games, scoring in 37 occasions.He is loving his first time playing outside Mexico, but he said that if he would ever stop playing in Europe, he would prefer the Mexican Liga MX over the United States’ Major League Soccer.“I would not rule out MLS, right now things are going well for me here though. I am young and I hope to have a long career here,” the 23-year-old told ESPN.“Hopefully that would be a long way away, although no one knows what the future holds. I would never rule it out, although [if I did have to leave Europe] I would lean more toward a return to Mexico.”“All the Liga MX clubs are good and [if I had to return] I would opt for the one that would be the best option for me,” he added.“Lozano, who said it was always his dream to play in Europe, added he would love to sign with a club in England or Spain someday.”There were many rumours over the summer about him leaving the Netherlands to join a team in other European competitions.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“I like both leagues and I would not rule out either one. I would love to play in both [Premier and LaLiga],” Lozano explained.“It would be great if something really nice were to happen and then I would take the decision that was best for me and my family.”“But I have a way to go. I have to see what will happen in this season. I always try to think about what would be best for my family and for me,” the Mexican footballer added.“The rest is a long way away, but those would be my main reasons [in any decision].”“To be here, to be improving, to have this dream for my future and to try to be the best I can be – and yes, I am aware that this was a big jump for me. All I can do right now is to live in this moment. The future, it will come and I have faith that it will be good. But right now I am living each day at this moment,” he concluded.Goooooolazo de @HirvingLozano70!!!! pic.twitter.com/VAe2ROT5ZJ— Alberto García Aspe (@betogarciaaspe8) February 24, 2019