September 20

Glenn Murray, Joe Bennett and Tomas Andrade join Bournemouth

first_img They also terminated the contract of goalkeeper Lee Camp, who thereafter joined Championship Rotherham. The arrival of Murray, for an undisclosed fee from Crystal Palace, ended manager Eddie Howe’s long-term pursuit of a proven Premier League goalscorer and is likely to be their most important of the summer. Bournemouth have impressed in possession but without scoring the goals required to secure more than four points from their opening four Premier League fixtures. Press Association “It feels great to finally be here,” Murray told Bouremouth’s official club website. “I’ve come across the club a lot in my career and it’s been great to see it progress. “The way the boys play football is very exciting. It’s front-footed and it will be nice to try and get some goals from it.” Left-back Bennett, who is to remain at the Vitality Stadium until January in a loan move from parent club Aston Villa, where he has also signed a one-year contract extension, will add more depth to a squad with limited Premier League experience and without the injured Tyrone Mings. “I’m really excited about the prospect of playing for AFC Bournemouth and hopefully helping them perform well this season in the Premier League,” Bennett said. “They’ve already made a positive start to the new season and, like everyone else, I’ve been really impressed with the fantastic job Eddie Howe has performed. They have a really good side. “The move happened really quickly. I trained this morning and then things started to develop. “It’s a good opportunity for me to add to the Premier League experience I’ve already amassed from my time at Aston Villa.” Andrade will remain on loan from Argentina’s River Plate until the end of the season, but will immediately join Bournemouth’s Under-21 squad, making first-team football unlikely. center_img Bournemouth concluded a busy final day to the summer transfer window with the signings of Glenn Murray, Joe Bennett and Tomas Andrade.last_img read more

September 19

Adelaide Oval quickest in Australia under lights – Lehmann

first_imgDARREN Lehmann has told England to brace themselves for the fastest wicket in Australia under lights, in the day-night Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval.England flew to South Australia licking their wounds after a crushing 10-wicket defeat in the opening match of the series on a Gabba pitch that was not as quick as usual.James Anderson will be expected to come to the fore with a pink ball that should swing in the first day-night Ashes Test, which starts on Saturday.Australia head coach Lehmann feels pacemen Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins will be excited at the prospect of bowling on a surface which he expects to offer plenty of bounce.“It’s a fascinating Test match, there’s a lot of talk about it’ll seam and it’ll swing,” Lehmann said yesterday.“The ball stays pretty good, but you can make runs if you play well as per normal. And it does quicken up at night – probably the fastest wicket around Australia at night, so that’s going to be interesting, how it plays.“(Bowling short of a length) certainly hasn’t changed from four years ago. It’s a bit different in Australia than England where grounds are smaller and you can’t really get away with it; on bigger grounds you can.“So that’s one for us that we see as an advantage. They did it quite a lot to us as well. It’s a ploy a lot of people do now. At the back end when the wicket quickened up and we could go after them a bit harder was helpful. That’s the blueprint, it’s no secret we’re going to attack their middle and lower order like that.“You’re more comfortable in your preparation (with experience of playing day-night Tests); you know what you have to do to get ready. So the lead-in is a lot more normal for us than other teams having done it twice.“This is the third time so we’re pretty comfortable where it sits. In terms of preparation and all that we’ll be fine, it’s just which team adapts better, I suppose.”(Omnisport)last_img read more

September 16

Erin Simon rounds out transformation from forward to defender

first_img Published on October 27, 2015 at 9:39 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Two seasons ago, Erin Simon’s five goals made her second in goals scored for Syracuse. Through 17 games played this season, she’s only registered one shot.Simon, now a senior, started her career with the Orange as a forward. In the spring after her sophomore season, she approached head coach Phil Wheddon and suggested that she could make the switch to playing defense in order to benefit the team.“We lost Kayla Afonso, she was our right back,” Simon said. “And I told Phil, ‘Look, I know there’s a hole there, I’ll step in.’”Simon felt more comfortable making the transition because she noticed a trend that a lot of teams converted their offensive players into outside backs.Still, she acknowledged that there was a significant learning process to the position switch. She had to change her playing mentality and learned to take different angles to the ball. Her defense has helped limit SU’s opponents to one goal in the last three games — all wins.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPlaying out wide means Simon still makes runs up the field, although her first priority is still helping flank the back line.Junior defender Maddie Iozzi said that the defensive unit has benefited from Simon’s improved play. She noted that Simon’s overall field vision seems to have improved ever since she made the position shift.“Having her out wide at the fullback is a great position to have her because she can move up and down the field and having her speed is great, too,” Iozzi said.Wheddon acknowledged that it took a lot of hard work for Simon to make the shift. A year and a half later, Simon has transformed into one of Wheddon’s most trusted defenders.The Orange knew that when it matched up with Miami last Thursday night, it would have to find a way to limit Gracie Lachowecki, who’s third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in goals scored. Lachowecki played on the Syracuse’s left side of the field, so Wheddon moved Simon to the left side to match up with her.Lachowecki didn’t manage a single shot on goal in the match.“Having Erin’s athletic ability, speed and defensive presence allows us to negate some of the opposition’s strengths,” Wheddon said. “…Her physical abilities allow her to be a very, very good defender.”Wheddon noted that, although a veteran player making this kind of position switch has been uncommon during his tenure with the program, there is precedent for it.He cited Kelley O’Hara — who was an offensive star at Stanford and is now a defender on the U.S. Women’s National Team — as an example of players making that kind of transition. O’Hara made the switch to fill a void for the team, much like Simon did. In both cases, the results have paid off for the player and for the team.Wheddon said that in the future, he could look to move players around in order to get the unit that performs the best for the Orange. He can put the 11 most talented players on the team, he said, but sometimes that team won’t play as well. In Simon, Wheddon has found a player who he can use to fill any gaps that the team has.For a natural offensive player like Simon, the change came at a price. Simon will no longer be racking up goals, but she says she wouldn’t change a thing.“If it was to benefit the team and make us better,” Simon said, “then I don’t regret it at all.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

September 16

Syracuse falls 3 spots to No. 7 in latest rankings

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse women’s lacrosse dropped from No. 4 to No. 7 in the latest Inside Lacrosse rankings poll, released on Feb. 17. The Orange (3-1) beat Albany and Binghamton in back-to-back games this past weekend after losing 17-16 to then-No. 10 Stony Brook last Monday. Though the halftime scoreline was 7-7, Syracuse collapsed in the second half, allowing the Seawolves to go on a 7-0 scoring run. The Orange nearly mounted a comeback, pulling the game within one score, but ultimately came up short when they lost the final draw with 1:08 left to play. Stony Brook moved up five spots in the latest ranking, overtaking Syracuse. Against Binghamton and Albany, the Orange defense conceded five goals total, and the offense scored 35 in the two-game span.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Saturday, Syracuse faces No. 6 Northwestern, who eliminated SU in the 2019 NCAA Tournament quarterfinal. The Wildcats fell three spots in the latest poll after a 15-17 loss to No. 2 Notre Dame, but the Wildcat offense has scored 97 goals over its first four games, the most in the nation.  Comments Published on February 17, 2020 at 4:35 pm Contact Roshan: [email protected] | @Roshan_f16last_img read more