Liverpool boss Rodgers explains Steven Gerrard substitution

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he withdrew Steven Gerrard in the second half of Fulham’s 4-0 defeat at Anfield because of concerns over a hip problem.The England international was instrumental in all four goals as the Reds demolished Martin Jol’s struggling side.Gerrard walked straight down the tunnel after being substituted in the 67th minute.Rodgers said: “Steven has had a small issue with his hip and I will rest him where I can do – that’s why he came off.“He’s more than a seasoned professional at the top level and he should be fine.”The Reds boss added: “Steven’s delivery of the ball is as good as it gets.“I’ve asked the players to be more aggressive when they attack the ball and try to get in front of their defenders because he delivers it as good as anyone.“He has incredible quality on the ball and some of our combination play today was outstanding.”Man Utd v Arsenal: free bets offer for West London Sport readers 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Cignal showcases hard work in D-League triumph

first_imgAng spearheads strong PH showing Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “That’s why I always tell sportswriters, credit to the players. Because I really mean it. You can be a good coach but nothing will happen if you don’t have players who will follow the system and put in the hard work,” added Fernandez, who is often jokingly chided by the sports press for his oft-repeated go-to post-game interview comment.But Fernandez’ legacy in the D-League is no laughing matter. He has won eight titles in nine championship appearances. And sure, his teams were powerhouse squads on paper. But it was never an excuse for the team to give anything less than their best effort.Jose knows why. As part of the Southeast Asian Games gold-winning Gilas Pilipinas cadets squad, Jose knows being guaranteed the title doesn’t mean you will end up winning.“You still have to play hard because you don’t know what the opponent can do,” Jose said.Because of his stint with Gilas Pilipinas in the SEA Games, Jose missed the championship series, leaving the Hawkeyes without a marquee big man against a squad that featured the towering Rod Ebondo.But Raymundo and Jose, who was named D-League MVP while he was playing in the SEA Games final in Malaysia, were not concerned.“We have faith in coach,” Raymundo said, And Jose agreed. “He is very hardworking and that gave us confidence against CEU.”And with that hard work as a main weapon, there was no stopping Cignal from claiming yet another D-League crown. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That commitment became even more critical when the Hawkeyes moved their practices to 5:30 a.m. to accomodate the class schedule of Jason Perkins. Raymundo didn’t mind the switch. He just showed up earlier.“He’ll be there before 5:15,” Fernandez said. That the whole team agreed to practicing at dawn was a big reason for Cignal’s latest triumph in the D-League, where the Hawkeyes brushed aside Centro Escolar on the way to back-to-back titles in the season.“It was easy to make the sacrifice to practice earlier because we knew what Jason could do for the team,” Raymundo said.Perkins made it even easier for the team to adjust to the schedule: “Sometimes, he’ll be at the gym at 4 a.m.,” Fernandez said.But at the heart of the victory is the hard work that the team put into winning the crown.ADVERTISEMENT When he was coaching Far Eastern U in the UAAP, Nash Racela would gush on how Raymar Jose led the Tams by example. The burly big man would go all out even during practices, thus giving teammates no excuse to slack off.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games That’s why when Jose was doing double duty in basketball—training with the national team and anchoring Cignal’s run in the PBA D-League—coach Boyet Fernandez would often sit the former FEU stalwart during practices.“If you let him practice, he’s just going to go in there and play like it’s a game,” Fernandez said during an appearance at Sports IQ Thursday. “So rather than risk injuring him and making him unavailable for Gilas [Pilipinas], I’d just let him rest.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPamboy Raymundo’s commitment to Cignal’s D-League bid was just as solid. The tough-as-nails point guard would show up first during practice and log out after everybody had left.“He’s just out there working on his game,” said Fernandez.last_img read more

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Topranked Penn State awaits Ohio State wrestling on Friday

OSU redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius (left) sizes up his opponent during a match against Arizona State on Nov. 20 at St. John Arena. OSU won 28-9.Credit: Mason Swires | Lantern reporterAfter emerging with wins in its last four dual-meet appearances, the Ohio State wrestling team will now face its toughest test yet this season.No. 7 OSU (9-2, 6-1) will be traveling to State College, Pennsylvania, to take on the No. 1 Penn State Nittany Lions (12-0, 7-0).The match is expected to contain intense action and immensely important showdowns in terms of rankings, since eight bouts with both competitors ranked nationally within the top 25 are projected to commence.The Buckeyes earned an impressive 22-15 victory in their meet with Penn State last year, propelling them forward to the program’s first team national championship.Before last season, however, the Nittany Lions topped OSU three straight times when the two teams faced off. In the all-time series, Penn State leads 17-12.Even with the tall task ahead for his wrestlers against the nation’s top team, OSU coach Tom Ryan is confident in how OSU will handle its upcoming opponents.“The focus for us is that we are not the underdog,” Ryan said. “We’ve got enough firepower and committed people to go in there and be successful.”With a match that features such high-caliber talent, there has been an obvious increase in demand for tickets. Such an increase has resulted in a sold-out Bryce Jordan Center, which seats around 16,000 people.This sellout will mark the third time all available tickets have been purchased in four home meets at the arena.A turnout as large as this comes as no surprise to Ryan, who is well aware of the passion for wrestling that is seen in that region of the country.“The state of Pennsylvania is rabid for the sport,” Ryan said. “The state of Ohio is just crazy for the sport.”Even with a sizeable supporting cast backing Penn State, there is no lack of confidence from the wrestlers of the Scarlet and Gray.“My favorite time to wrestle is in front of a big crowd,” sophomore Kyle Snyder said. “I like when the crowd’s against us, so I’m very excited to compete.”The Buckeyes are no strangers to hostile environments. Six of their matches have occurred away from St. John Arena, with OSU posting a 5-1 record in those events.Penn State is coming off a big win against Michigan, in which the Nittany Lions crushed the Wolverines 35-7.On the year, Penn State has outscored its opponents heavily, putting up 426 dual points against just 88 by other teams.OSU is coming off of a weekend in which the team earned two dual-meet road wins against Indiana and Purdue. The Buckeyes struggled against the Boilermakers, needing a last-match decision by redshirt junior Nick Tavanello to gain an edge.“In general it looked like we were wrestling tight,” Ryan said. “We just need to be who we are.”The identity of the Buckeyes has been scoring fast and scoring early. In over 60 percent of their matches, the Scarlet and Gray are the first team to score, while also putting up nearly twice the score of their opponents in the first period.OSU has also posted stout takedown numbers, more than doubling the number put up by its opponents this season.Although the team will be anticipating the arrival of the NCAA championships in the coming month, the Buckeyes are still focused on the next challenge they face.“This dual-meet matters,” Snyder said. “I believe we are going to wrestle well.”Key matchupMost of the bouts featured in the upcoming meet will be highly anticipated, but none will grab the attention of spectators more than the potential first matchup of the day at 125 pounds.Redshirt sophomore Nate Tomasello will be facing senior Nico Megaludis of Penn State.Tomasello is ranked No. 1 in the country, and Megaludis is ranked fourth.“The 125-pound match is critical (and) Nate knows it,” Ryan said. “I don’t think it adds any extra stress that that is a critical match.”Starting off in a hostile environment of over 16,000 people with a good outing by Tomasello could provide OSU with the momentum it needs to challenge a team like Penn State.Tomasello currently owns the longest win streak among 125-pound wrestlers, with 33 straight victories.Jordan is Big Ten Wrestler of the WeekRedshirt sophomore Bo Jordan earned Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors after two major-decision victories over the last week.Jordan shutout Chad Welch from Purdue, and outscored his opponents 27-5 over the weekend.Jordan is the third Buckeye to receive the honor, along with Tomasello and his younger brother, redshirt freshman Micah Jordan.Moving aheadAfter the trip to the Penn State, the Buckeyes are scheduled to return home to St. John Arena to face Wisconsin.The Badgers are 1-5 on the year and have yet to win a conference dual-meet this season.The match is set to take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12. read more

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Womens volleyball opens Big Ten play against No 17 Minnesota

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team huddle up before a match against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is set to kick off Big Ten competition against a ranked opponent on the road.OSU (9-3) is scheduled to play No. 17 Minnesota (10-1) Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Minneapolis.While the Buckeyes have won nine of their last 10 games, they are set to face more competitive teams than they have so far this season, starting with the Golden Gophers, who made it to the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball quarterfinals last December.Last season’s success in the tournament aside, OSU senior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner said Minnesota is always difficult, especially when trying to attack.“Minnesota has always been physical,” Winner said. “They play all right defense. I would say their blocking is really well, they’re big girls so they know how to defend well.”The Golden Gophers have won nine straight matches, including three sweeps at the Toledo Tournament held over the weekend. The team’s only loss of the season came in its second match, against Louisville on Aug. 30.Senior setter Taylor Sherwin said OSU has to be more prepared for the Golden Gophers than other opponents.“Getting used to the physicality (and) how much more physical the girls will be,” Sherwin said. “We’ve played a lot of great (non-conference teams), but Big Ten, it’s the best of the best.”Of the six Big Ten teams in the American Volleyball Coaches Association top 25 poll, Minnesota is ranked the lowest, but still holds a higher-rating than the unranked Buckeyes.Freshman defensive specialist Kalisha Goree — who is set to be taking part in the first Big Ten action of her OSU career against the Golden Gophers — said the Buckeyes have to take their performance to a new level for conference play.“This is Big Ten now, so we’ve gotta step up our play,” Goree said.Goree added that if called upon during the match, she hopes her passing and defense will help the Buckeyes to an upset victory.The Buckeyes’ next game is scheduled for Sunday against No. 5 Wisconsin (9-1). The Badgers finished as runners-up in last year’s NCAA Tournament. That match is scheduled for 2 p.m. read more

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Football Moving past the loss to Iowa and more from Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer watches a Buckeye offensive possession from the sideline in the third quarter of the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 24-55. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe mood in the postgame press conference room following No. 6 Ohio State’s 55-24 loss to Iowa last Saturday was noticeably down. Head coach Urban Meyer and the two players — center Billy Price and defensive end Tyquan Lewis — were both clearly emotional about the loss they suffered that could prove to be the loss that wipes out its playoff hopes.Meyer spoke on the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday about what he said to the team after the game as he attempted to keep the morale up in the locker room. The message to the whole team — players and coaches alike — was simple. “Move forward,” Meyer said. “We have great trust, great confidence. I just had that discussion with our staff yesterday where we gave up an incredible amount of rushing yards and the week before we shut down Saquon Barkley, arguably the best back in the league or in the country. And then J.T. was 13-for-13 or 16-for-16, or whatever it was, and then it’s athletics and you’ve got to rebound and put that one behind you, which is hard, but you’ve got to move forward.”Meyer said his team knows what is at stake in the upcoming matchup against Michigan State and that the team still has plenty left for which to play.“They understand, they’re a very smart team, understand what’s at stake,” Meyer said. “Come back home and play against the other team that’s tied with us for first place. I’ll know more today, obviously we haven’t seen them yet. These meetings start here in a few minutes.”Here are some more topics he discussed Tuesday.Meyer on Michigan State’s improved season: “Their quarterback’s really starting to play well. Threw for 800 yards the last two games. Defense, they’re No. 1 in the league in rush defense. Playing typical Michigan State, very good defense. So they’ve just got some momentum right now.”Meyer on the linebackers’ performance this season: “This past week was not good at all. To this point, they’ve been playing very solid, at times very good. Especially when you have some new guys in there. Jerome Baker is really the only returning starter. At times, they’ve played very well. And like the week before, they played very, very well. And this week we did not.”Meyer on balancing quarterback and tailback rush attempts: “A lot of those are, when you run the read game, they’re a couple defenses that really tried to take the tailback out of the game. So we’ve been working on that hard this week.”Meyer on whether the inconsistent play is the result of a lack of leadership: “No I think this is one of the better groups that I’ve had. It’s perplexing at times because I know they care so much. The two ejections, one was a mistake by the official and one was in the heat of the moment, there wasn’t a purpose or intent to it.”Meyer on safety Damon Webb’s career and 2017 season: “A very good career. Obviously it remains to be seen how he plays these last few games out, but he’s a very good player for us. Good person … He’s done a pretty good job [this season]. Obviously, the taste in your mouth from last weekend was not good, but before that he’s been playing pretty good.” read more

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