Liverpool’s Luis Suarez insists he and strike partner Daniel Sturridge are trying to progress “for the future of the club”. However, having slotted back into the side seamlessly after the end of his 10-match ban Suarez is looking to drive Liverpool into the Champions League alongside Sturridge. “We are trying for progression,” he said. “He is 24 and I am 26, so we are trying our best to progress for the future of the club. “We know in the last few seasons, Liverpool have been not been in the Champions League and we know we can help the team challenge for the top four. “We will try our best but Liverpool is not only Suarez and Sturridge – it’s the whole team.” Suarez has previously said there is no competition between him and Sturridge to score the most and he admits he is enjoying playing with someone who is in a prolific run of form, with the England striker having hit 20 in 26 appearances. “I am so happy because when you have a very good striker, and a very good partner, for defenders it is difficult because they have to give their attention to two players – not just one,” he told liverpoolfc.com. “If maybe two defenders come towards me, this creates space for Danny. “This is important not just for me, but for the team and our confidence. “He is a very good player. He had difficult moments at Chelsea and (Manchester) City, but this is a good time for him and I am so happy with him. “For a striker, it’s more difficult (to look for a team-mate). In the area, you’re concentrating on yourself and shooting at goal. “If he shoots or if I shoot, we are both strikers and we understand. We can discuss it on the pitch but we work really well together. “Maybe in a few years I will be able to say my best partnership was with Daniel Sturridge, especially if we can continue to progress.” The pair have scored 17 goals between them since the latter signed from Chelsea in January and have shown in their link-up play they are a pairing to be feared. Suarez’s future at Anfield seemed in doubt over the summer after a £40million plus £1 bid from Arsenal and the player claiming the club had reneged on a deal to allow him to leave for a Champions League side. Press Association
Press Association Nigeria international Odemwingie only joined Cardiff in September, moving from West Brom for a fee believed to be in excess of £2million. The 32-year-old signed a two-year contract and netted twice in his first four games for the Bluebirds – however, he has failed to add to that tally in 13 appearances since. Jones, a Trinidad and Tobago international once of Southampton and Sunderland, has fared better. The 29-year-old has netted five goals in 10 games. However, none of them have come in the Barclays Premier League, with four in the Capital One Cup and the other in the FA Cup defeat of Leicester earlier this month. Jones sent a text message to Hughes the night before Stoke’s 5-3 home league defeat to Liverpool on January 12 to say he was not available to play in the fixture. That resulted in the player being fined two weeks’ wages and not being considered for selection by Hughes for the next match, a 1-0 league loss at Crystal Palace. The manager had said on Friday that Jones was in his thinking again for Sunday’s FA Cup trip to Chelsea, but it would now appear likely he will not play another match for the Potters. The Potters have announced that the deal is subject to both strikers passing medicals and agreeing personal terms. However, Stoke hope to conclude their move for Odemwingie over the weekend. Stoke have reached an agreement with Cardiff over a move for Peter Odemwingie, which will see Kenwyne Jones head to south Wales in a player-exchange transfer.
(REUTERSs) – Azhar Ali’s patient century lifted Pakistan to 257 for three and a dominant position on the second day of the third Test against England at Edgbaston yesterday.Replying to the home team’s 297 all out, Azhar shared a second-wicket partnership of 181 with Sami Aslam on the way to an excellent knock of 139 as England endured a frustrating day in the field.Aslam was run-out for 82 after being called for a quick single by Azhar who was dropped twice before completing his 10th Test century.“It was a hard-working day,” said Azhar. “You come to England wanting to perform in English conditions so there’s always something to prove here.“I’m really pleased with the hundred I got. England bowlers don’t give you easy runs.”The hosts made an early breakthrough with the fourth ball of the day when Mohammad Hafeez cut James Anderson straight to Gary Ballance at point and was out for a duck.Anderson induced a rash stroke from Azhar shortly after lunch but Joe Root spilled a difficult catch at second slip and England’s anxiety increased.MAIDEN FIFTYAzhar, also dropped by Moeen Ali off his own bowling, drove Steven Finn off the back foot for three to bring up his 21st Test half-century and Aslam, 20, swept spinner Moeen for four to reach his maiden Test fifty in his third match.Azhar got to three figures by gloving a Stuart Broad bouncer to the fine leg boundary, celebrating the milestone with 10 press-ups.He continued to punish the England attack, hitting a total of 15 fours and one six, before edging the last ball of the day from Chris Woakes to Alastair Cook at first slip.Younus Khan was unbeaten on 21 at the close.Paceman Anderson said he had apologised to the umpires after showing dissent when he was warned for running down the wicket.“I’ve always had a bit of an issue running down the wicket … and I probably got a bit out of order with the umpires there,” he said.“I would rather have that competitiveness but I also want to play in the spirit of the game.”The four-match series is level at 1-1.ENGLAND 1st innings 297 (G. Ballance 70, M. Ali 63; S. Khan 5-96)PAKISTAN 1st inningsM. Hafeez c Ballance b Anderson 0S. Aslam run-out (, Vince) 82Az. Ali c Cook b Woakes 139Y. Khan not out 21Extras: (b-2, lb-12, nb-1) 15Total: (for 3 wickets, 90 overs) 257Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-181, 3-257.Bowling: J. Anderson 19-6-32-1, S. Broad 19-3-49-0 (nb-1), S. Finn 16-3-44-0, C. Woakes 19-3-52-1, M. Ali 15-2-63-0, J. Vince 1-0-2-0, J. Root 1-0-1-0.
___The U.S. track federation added its name to a growing chorus of calls to postpone the Tokyo Games because of the coronavirus. In a letter to the CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel urged the federation to advocate for the postponement of the Games, which are to start July 24. USATF joins USA Swimming, which sent a similar letter to the USOPC on Thursday. The USOPC leadership has been in agreement with the IOC, that it’s too soon to make any decisions regarding postponing the games. In all, Gulfstream’s stakes purses that day will be $1.55 million, down from $1.95 million as originally planned.Gulfstream was dark Friday while updating its safety protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The track in Hallandale Beach, Florida resumed live racing on Saturday even while several top jockeys were choosing not to race because of health concerns.Gulfstream has closed live racing to all fans since March 13. It closed its casino on March 16.___The president of Mexico’s Liga MX soccer league has tested positive for coronavirus. Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he has been self-isolating for more than a week after meeting people who later tested positive for the new coronavirus.Hamilton was at a charity event in London on March 4 also attended by actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister. Both were later found to have the virus.In a message on social media, Hamilton says he’s shown “zero symptoms” but has been isolating himself from other people ever since March 13, when the Australian Grand Prix was called off.Hamilton said that “I did speak to my doctor and double checked if I needed to take a test but, the truth is there is a limited amount of tests available and there are people who need it more than I do.”___ On Monday, the NHL announced it will wait 45 days before it can provide guidance on when teams can potential reopen practice.“It’s really scary,” said Fasel, who lives in Switzerland. “Europe is just collapsed. It’s really a strange feeling. Our neighbors yesterday, the federal counsel decided to close all the restaurants and everything. It’s like war.”___The owners of the Boston Bruins say they have established a $1.5 million fund for employees of the team and TD Garden who have lost work because of the suspension of the NHL season.The Bruins were the last team in the league to commit to taking care of part-time and game-day employees. More than a dozen Serie A players have tested positive.___Paulo Dybala is the third Juventus player to test positive for COVID-19.Juventus says that the Argentina soccer playmaker is in “voluntary home isolation (in Italy) and he is asymptomatic and fine.”Dybala tweets that both he and his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini both tested positive but that “luckily we are in perfect conditions.” “If we want to save the (French) league we must absolutely finish before June 30,” Aulas told RTL radio. “You have to make choices, be brave. Drop the Champions League, the (domestic) cup finals and international matches. Concentrate only on the (French) league.”Aulas added: “I want the league to finish. Even in empty stadiums.”Lyon leads Italian champion Juventus 1-0 from the first leg of their last-16 match in the Champions League on Feb. 26. The return leg in Turin has not been played because of the outbreak.___Marseille President Frank McCourt wrote to reassure the French soccer club’s employees after they were put on temporary, technical layoffs. Milan says that the 51-year-old Maldini, who is the Italian club’s technical director, “became aware of contact with a person who subsequently tested positive for coronavirus and began to display symptoms of the virus himself.”Milan adds that Maldini was “administered with a swab test” on Friday and the result came back positive.Paolo Maldini retired from playing in 2009 after helping Milan to five European Cup and Champions League titles and seven Serie A championships.The club says that Maldini’s 18-year-old son, Daniel, who recently made his Serie A debut for Milan, also tested positive.Milan says that Paolo and Daniel Maldini “are both well and have already completed two weeks at home without contact with others. They will now remain in quarantine until clinically recovered, as per the medical protocols outlined by the health authorities.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___AC Milan great Paolo Maldini has tested positive for COVID-19. Juventus previously announced that defender Daniele Rugani and midfielder Blaise Matuidi tested positive for the coronavirus.___A second Ottawa Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19. The player was part of the recent road trip that included NHL games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles.The total number of people on the trip was 52, including players, staff, media, guests and flight crew. Of those on the trip, 44 have shown no symptoms, eight have been tested, and two positive results were received. The team is awaiting more results from tests given over the past three days. The team says the employee was last at club headquarters on March 13. The team remains in constant communication with doctors to determine the best course of action for ensuring the safety of other employees who have been in contact with the infected person.___The IIHF Council has confirmed that the 2020 Ice Hockey World Championship scheduled to take place in Zurich and Lausanne has been cancelled because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.The decision to cancel the tournament didn’t come as a surprise after IIHF President René Fasel acknowledged the likelihood of that happening following an IIHF executive committee conference call Tuesday.Fasel cited numerous challenges facing officials, ranging from health directives in place limiting attendance to travel bans making it difficult for nations to send their teams. Another issue was players lacking practice time, with most of world’s hockey leagues having either indefinitely suspended or canceled their seasons. “I am taking a few minutes to make sure you and your families are well,” McCourt said. “We are going through this difficult time together and we’re seeing governments getting better and better organized.”Marseille and other top-tier clubs have started putting players on temporary, technical layoffs, which translates to a cut in pay of 16 percent with the state picking up a portion of that to a monthly maximum of 5,400 euros ($5,810). A player earning 40,000 euros ($43,000) net per month would receive 39,000 (about $42,000).Therefore its impact is greater on those on the highest salaries, in terms of lost revenue. A player earning 300,000 euros net per month will only get 252,000 euros from the club plus 5,400 euros from the state for a monthly loss of around 42,600 euros per month. If the suspension lasts a year, this would add up to about half a million euros per year. Everyone on the California trip was instructed to self-quarantine on March 13. The team says it is actively monitoring the situation and following all appropriate and professional guidelines.___Gulfstream Park has dropped purses for its seven stakes races on Florida Derby day by 20.5%, saying the changes were necessitated by the loss of on-track handle and revenue from the track’s casino.The biggest hit went to the Florida Derby itself, which was to have a $1 million purse and now will be run next Saturday for $750,000. Purses for the Gulfstream Park Oaks and the Kitten’s Joy were trimmed by $50,000 apiece, now set to be run for $200,000.A pair of smaller stakes — the Cutler Bay and the Sanibel Island — will be run for $100,000 each, down from the originally planned purse of $125,000. The Orchid and the Sand Springs were unchanged, both offering $100,000 purses. March 21, 2020 League President Enrique Bonilla said in a statement Friday that he doesn’t have serious symptoms but will remain in isolation and keep up with the situation of Mexican first-division soccer. League matches were suspended this week until further notice to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Mexico has yet to declare legal bans on public gatherings but has encouraged citizens to maintain a healthy distance in crowded places.___A member of the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions operations department has tested positive for COVID-19. The Lions issued a statement Friday night announcing they were made aware of an employee who has the coronavirus. The person, who has not been named, is currently at home in isolation. Associated Press The Latest: Milan’s Paolo Maldini, son Daniel test positive According to a statement from the team, the Jacobs family would help workers “who will be financially burdened if the six remaining regular season Bruins games are not played.”The NHL suspended its season on March 12 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.___Even though his side could potentially reach the Champions League quarterfinals, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas wants the French league to take priority.Matches in both competitions are currently suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___Brazil’s Olympic Committee has called for the Tokyo Olympic Games to be postponed until 2021. The Brazilian body said in a statement published on Saturday that the decision is a necessity due to the seriousness of the pandemic and “the consequent difficulty for athletes to keep their best competitive level.”It also said that it continues to “trust in the International Olympic Committee.” Brazil organized the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the first in South America.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
BRYAN FAUST/Herald PhotoThe University of Wisconsin Men’s Soccer team is going through some growing pains. That is something of a given, as they are relying on so much youth this season. However, that youth is fast growing and at 3-3, the team looks primed for a strong season.Throughout the scoreless 90 minutes of regulation against the Creighton Bluejays Sunday, Badger freshman Brandon Miller controlled the ball effectively, repeatedly moving it down the field. “Brandon has been such a dynamic, elusive player for us,” said head coach Jeff Rohrman. “You know, he’s tenacious; he’s slippery. He’s a guy who can separate himself. He’s got great one-on-one skills. He can serve a good ball.”Asked about his transition to Big Ten soccer, Miller had several comments. “I’m still getting accustomed to the college game, but I’m getting it figured out,” Miller said. “The main difference is the habits I developed in high school — the competition, the bar is set much higher in college.”The players — there’s not a weak player on the field, which is much different than high school. Physically in high school, you usually have one or two standout players, but that was about it. Especially in the Division I level, every player on the field belongs there — they’ve earned their spot. They’re very strong.”In high school I could dribble and pretty much do whatever I wanted, but in college you have to be focused at all times and thinking ahead; what’s going to happen next. And you have to distribute the ball more, rather than dribble, because everyone’s good, and you can’t just dribble around everyone, which is what I was able to do in high school.”Rohrman expects Miller to be an influence on the Badgers’ success this year because he is such a smart and stealthy player on the field.”He’s so dynamic and athletic that he’s going to cause problems for defenders,” Rohrman said. “Whether it’s running at them, or with the ball, or trying to get in behind them with good, well-timed runs to receive the ball.”Not all of the freshmen have gotten as much playing time as Miller did Sunday, but that’s because he provides the team with a completely different style of play as a speedy forward.”I just thought with his speed and athleticism, that might give us a little bit of a different look against Creighton,” said Rohrman. “And he was dangerous. He looked like one of our most dangerous guys on the day.”Twelve of the Badgers’ 34 players this year are freshmen, but Rohrman discounted any potential imbalance on the team. “I think we have a good blend of youth and experience this year,” he said. “It’s nice to have eight seniors and those are certainly the players — from a leadership perspective — that we’re going to lean on as we move through the season.”In the Panther Classic soccer tournament in Milwaukee the prior weekend, freshmen players were influential. Sophomore Victor Diaz scored the winning points against Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, but then freshmen Brian Bultman and Eric Conklin ran up the board in the Badger 7-0 win, with Bultman scoring three and Conklin one goal.”We’ve known Brian for a few years,” said coach Rohrman. “He’s a guy who’s come to our camp and has done well. You know, he’s got a great nose for the goal. He still has to get a little bit better in a few areas, but I think that over time he’s certainly going to be a young man that is going to compete on a daily basis up top for us.”Eric was with us in the spring,” Rohrman continued. “I thought he had a really good opening weekend down in Tulsa. He helped set up a penalty kick and got a goal on a Zack Lambo free kick. Eric has some really good ideas.” For Conklin, soccer has been a vital part of his life ever since he was born.”I started playing soccer when I was five,” he said. “I think maybe my mom got me into it. We had a soccer ball around the house, and I was always dribbling it around. So she thought it would be a good idea to get me into the recreational league.”Conklin red-shirted last year and has netted four goals in exhibition matches and the first games of the regular season. “He’s just got a good knack for getting on the end of things and creating things in and around the box,” Rohrman said. “So he’s got himself in a position where he’s going to be considered into the rotation right now.”Pablo Delgado is also a freshman with the Badgers, although it may not seem like it.”I keep forgetting that he’s a freshman,” Rohrman sand. “He certainly plays like someone who’s a little bit older than 18. He brings a lot of maturity in his game — the sophistication that you don’t always see in young players.”As the Badgers head into the Big Ten season, Rohrman will certainly be relying on his young players if the team expects to take the next step this year. “I think the young guys that are competing and playing have done a good job,” Rohrman said. “They’ve earned it through training — impressing people in that environment. So hopefully we can get it going in the next couple of weeks.”
In his home in Short Hills, New Jersey, Alex Rosenberg lay on his back, an uncomfortable position for someone who is normally a side sleeper. He couldn’t get up and go to the fridge or cook. He could only dress himself sometimes, when his foot would cooperate.When he wasn’t trying to sleep on his back, he was facing the ceiling, slinging a basketball up toward it. That was the closest he could get to the gym at Columbia, where he had played college basketball for the last three years.The littlest things, to take a shower, I had to take baths … for about four weeks. … The simplest things you do every day, you need help with.Alex RosenbergA Jones fracture in his right foot forced Columbia’s leading scorer from the 2013-14 season to elevate his leg for “90 percent” of the time. Rosenberg didn’t shoot a basketball for four months, the longest stretch he can remember because typically he shoots each day.Rosenberg not only missed last season but also withdrew from school. He maintains that it would have been too difficult to get around Columbia on crutches. Had he stayed in school, he would’ve lost a year of eligibility because of Ivy League rules, which do not allow players to redshirt.“The decision was primarily from an academic standpoint,” Rosenberg said. “… It would have been completely unreasonable. I can’t go to class, I can’t compete as an athlete, too, so I had to withdraw.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRosenberg stopped, pivoted and planted as he guarded a teammate in practice on Oct. 24, 2014. He felt a crack in his right foot and pain rushing from the middle of it. Rosenberg had ankle sprains in the past, so he knew this wasn’t the case.Initially he thought he would miss a month of classes in the second semester, the rest of the first semester and most of basketball season. He talked to Columbia head coach Kyle Smith and his parents about withdrawing from Columbia, and they OK’d the move.“I’ve been coaching 23 years and there’s only a handful of guys that care as much as he does,” Smith said.About two weeks prior to Rosenberg’s foot fracture, NBA star Kevin Durant suffered the same injury. Rosenberg saw the Thunder rush Durant back, he said, and he didn’t want to do the same with his own injury.Doctor Jonathan Deland at the Hospital for Special Surgery gave Rosenberg deadlines to meet for rehab. Slowly, Rosenberg progressed from having his ankle elevated to walking around. The forward started doing upper-body lifts with a trainer when he couldn’t walk around.By the end of Columbia’s season, Rosenberg wasn’t even off his crutches, but he didn’t miss a single home game. He sat about 15 rows behind the Lions’ bench for each game. His dad would drive the hour-long trip because Rosenberg couldn’t and that meant his dad had to leave work early sometimes.Chloe Meister | Presentation Director Comments “Even when I was feeling down and just wanted to stay home,” Rosenberg said, “(My dad) was like, ‘Listen, let’s go,’ and he really got me trying to feel in a better mindset.”Because he had withdrawn, he was not allowed to be involved in team activities, but would wait for his teammates after games to talk to them. When he was healthy enough to be off crutches, Rosenberg started rehabbing and started interning at a wealth management firm in Midtown Manhattan.Rosenberg returned to the team once he enrolled again. His calf muscle had deteriorated from being in a boot and being elevated. It took another two to three months after he got off crutches to fully get back his jump shot back.Now, Columbia has a player back that has grown with the program. Four seasons ago, Rosenberg started molding into the player Smith wanted and expected. Columbia had amassed a 21-point lead against Yale at home, who went on to finish fourth in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs started pressing Columbia about midway through the second half.As one of the guards in a “press break,” he corralled a pass as a second defender trapped him. He tried lobbing the ball over the trap and it flew out of bounds. The next Yale possession started a run that ended with a 59-58 loss for the Lions.Smith reamed out Rosenberg in the locker room after the game for the mistake.He basically said, ‘Either it’s you’re all in or you can go somewhere else.’ You never expect to hear that from a coach, so when I heard that I’m not gonna lie, I broke down a little bit.Alex RosenbergThe chewing out pushed Rosenberg to start watching more film so he could read the game better.After the game, Smith said Rosenberg became more of a “team player.” That’s what Columbia missed out on in addition to the 16 points and 3.7 rebounds he averaged two seasons ago.Rosenberg’s return will help take pressure off of senior guard Maodo Lo, a potential NBA draft pick and scored 18.4 points per game to lead the Lions last season.“Yes (it takes pressure off me),” Lo said. “Now we have a low-post player with Alex who is able to score.”Now, Rosenberg can sleep on his side and dress himself. He’s been able to get back to class work. And on Nov. 13, when Columbia takes on Kean in its season opener, he’ll be suiting up for the first time in a year. Published on November 12, 2015 at 8:19 am Contact Chris: email@example.com | @ChrisLibonati,“Even when I was feeling down and just wanted to stay home,” Rosenberg said, “(My dad) was like, ‘Listen, let’s go,’ and he really got me trying to feel in a better mindset.”Because he had withdrawn, he was not allowed to be involved in team activities, but would wait for his teammates after games to talk to them. When he was healthy enough to be off crutches, Rosenberg started rehabbing and started interning at a wealth management firm in Midtown Manhattan.Rosenberg returned to the team once he enrolled again. His calf muscle had deteriorated from being in a boot and being elevated. It took another two to three months after he got off crutches to fully get back his jump shot back.Now, Columbia has a player back that has grown with the program. Four seasons ago, Rosenberg started molding into the player Smith wanted and expected. Columbia had amassed a 21-point lead against Yale at home, who went on to finish fourth in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs started pressing Columbia about midway through the second half.As one of the guards in a “press break,” he corralled a pass as a second defender trapped him. He tried lobbing the ball over the trap and it flew out of bounds. The next Yale possession started a run that ended with a 59-58 loss for the Lions.Smith reamed out Rosenberg in the locker room after the game for the mistake.He basically said, ‘Either it’s you’re all in or you can go somewhere else.’ You never expect to hear that from a coach, so when I heard that I’m not gonna lie, I broke down a little bit.Alex RosenbergThe chewing out pushed Rosenberg to start watching more film so he could read the game better.After the game, Smith said Rosenberg became more of a “team player.” That’s what Columbia missed out on in addition to the 16 points and 3.7 rebounds he averaged two seasons ago.Rosenberg’s return will help take pressure off of senior guard Maodo Lo, a potential NBA draft pick and scored 18.4 points per game to lead the Lions last season.“Yes (it takes pressure off me),” Lo said. “Now we have a low-post player with Alex who is able to score.”Now, Rosenberg can sleep on his side and dress himself. He’s been able to get back to class work. And on Nov. 13, when Columbia takes on Kean in its season opener, he’ll be suiting up for the first time in a year.,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.
The winningest coach in Wisconsin volleyball history, Pete Waite is aiming to lead the Badgers back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007.[/media-credit]For a team to be successful in any sport, there must be solid leadership. At the highest position on the team, a head coach must be a winner and a solid verbal communicator with their players. The Wisconsin volleyball program has that in head coach Pete Waite and has had it for a long time.Waite is entering his 13th year at the helm of the Badgers and his 24th overall coaching at the Division I level. During his time at Wisconsin, Waite has become the winningest coach in Badgers history, both in number of wins and percentage, posting a 157-83 record in 12 years (.654) as well as boosting his career record to 538-217. The fact that Waite is such a proven winner makes his coaching gospel to his players.“We all know he’s a proven winner and has had many wins at Wisconsin and really loves the program,” senior Janelle Gabrielsen said. “We all respect and listen to his coaching and take it in stride. He knows what happens inside and outside of volleyball, so his advice is always easy to take whether it’s on or off the court.”Players also thrive under the coaching style of Waite. It’s an approach that has earned Waite nine Coach of the Year honors in his career.“Coach is one of the calmest coaches I’ve ever had,” junior Alexis Mitchell said. “He tries to teach you to how to think for yourself and be smart on the court. He doesn’t want to hold your hand through everything, which made me mature faster as a player. He wants you to be adaptable to all the different situations of a game on your own. He does put pressure on the veterans to step up and lead the younger players.”“He always talks to you like you’re a human being,” Gabrielsen said. “He likes to set up individual meetings with players to let them know what’s going on and how they can help the team and how he can help us get better and improve. He spends a lot of time with us making sure that we’re happy.Waite acknowledges that with every situation and player a coach must constantly adapt his coaching for each individual.“I think you have to adjust to the personnel you have,” Waite said. “You have certain styles you like to keep as a coach, but with every player there are different skills and backgrounds, so your approach can never be the same.It’s a player-friendly approach that Waite has kept throughout his time coaching. What has also made Waite successful is his push for his players to be generals on the floor themselves.“He looks at us (upperclassmen) to lead by example, as well as with words,” Gabrielsen said. “We try to be more vocal on the court and push our teammates more. He really wants us to create the atmosphere on the court we want at Wisconsin. After we do that, the younger players catch on and can lead with us.”“The upperclassmen have to lead the way with the challenges of training and practice,” Waite said. “The difficulties of the season and the Big Ten will be high. I think a year ago we lacked consistency of play, physical size and ball control. We took care of the size with some of incoming freshman class, but I’d say Gabrielsen and Mitchell are especially important for us this year. They posted the most court time last year, and they are both great athletes and competitors.”The dedication and leadership Waite expects from his team and his veterans is only outshined by what he expects from himself, as his commitment and dedication to his job is admired and joked about by his team.“We joke around a lot wondering if he’s ever at his house,” Mitchell said. “He might sleep at the Field House; otherwise, he wakes up at the crack of dawn to get there so early. He’s always available if we need to meet with him or watch film. He and our coaching staff are awesome, they always have everything set up for us and we can get in the gym early and work with them. They always have everything ready and prepared to help us succeed.”Waite and his Badgers will look to return to prominence this season, as the team has now gone three years without an NCAA tournament appearance. With a talented freshman class and a solid group of returnees, Waite knows that one of the biggest challenges for the success of the squad will be maintaining consistency.“With volleyball, you need to understand that this is a marathon; you have to sustain that level of high performance throughout a 30-plus-game season,” Waite said. “We start from the first couple days of preseason to start comparing players. Once you start the real competition, you find out who can play in the games rather than practice and what the roles of players will be. At the end, you have to put that puzzle together and hope there aren’t any pieces missing.”
Head coach Mike Eaves has helped Wisconsin turn around the 2013 season from a dreadful start, but without a WCHA tournament championship, his team may be out of luck for a tournament bid.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin men’s hockey team punched its ticket to St. Paul with a sweep of Minnesota-Duluth this weekend, setting its eyes on the WCHA Final Five and a chance at winning its first Broadmoor Trophy since 1998.After a miserable 1-7-2 stretch early in the season, the Badgers have turned their season around and finished on an impressive 18-5-5 run. The stench of the early season struggles continues to hang over the heads of Wisconsin, which is now fighting for an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament. The first obstacle in the way of Wisconsin’s first tournament bid since 2010 will be Minnesota State.This year the two teams split their series at two wins each with the Badgers winning the last two, both in overtime. Needless to say, the game will likely be a battle between two very evenly matched teams. In his Monday press conference, Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves credited Minnesota State’s success this year to two main factors: coaching and goaltending.“First of all, they are well coached,” Eaves said. “Mike [Hastings] has gone in there and clearly has a plan.“Also their goaltending has been great,” Eaves added. “The young man has had a phenomenal year and leads that charge for that team.”That second statement should strike fear in the hearts of Badger fans as Wisconsin has struggled all year to put points on the board. UW has scored just 69 goals this season, placing them 10th in the WCHA in that category. Only Bemidji State and Alaska Anchorage – the bottom two teams in the conference – scored fewer goals in 2013.Meanwhile, the Mavericks goaltender, freshman Stephon Williams, is leading the WCHA with a goal against average of 1.84. He also ranks in the top three in save percentage and winning percentage in the conference.Despite the looming Minnesota State defense, Eaves remains optimistic about his team’s chance this weekend in St. Paul, Minn., noting he has always been a big believer in mental toughness of his Badger teams. Eaves believes that this team has the ability to persevere, especially after they handled such a rough start to their season.“I think this group ranks high with their mental toughness,” Eaves said. “They understand the mindset and maturity level that you need to have if you want to try to win a championship because of the tough times in the beginning of the year.”Mental toughness is going to be key for this Badgers team toward the end of its year as it has only two options for getting into the NCAA tournament. Either the team can win the WCHA title and get an automatic bid or keep high hopes for an entrance to the field as an at-large bid through a very uncertain selection process. Clearly, the Badgers have the former on their mind heading north this weekend.“[St. Paul] is really a city that embraces the sport of hockey,” Eaves said. “The building will be packed and we will be right in the eye of the storm. The way you’re treated, that level of play, it is what you did all that work for in the summer. All the stuff that you put up with all year, all the injuries, it’s all to have a chance to be on that stage.“It all comes down to one game by one game. If you look at the whole enchilada, that’s a big gorilla to eat, and you got to start with the first bite.”It would be easy to become a bit nervous in that kind of environment, but Eaves’ ideology of taking it one game at a time should calm the team’s nerves, even if it is attempting to eat a gorilla enchilada, whatever that metaphor may mean.If the Badgers fail to win the WCHA tournament title, their road to the NCAA tournament is rocky and uncertain. Despite being one of the best teams in the nation over the past two or three months, the Badgers early struggles hold just as much weight as their recent success.To make the NCAA tournament, the Badgers are going to need some help from various teams throughout the country in order to sneak in as a 4-seed. They can do themselves a favor with a solid showing, starting Thursday night.
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Former Coach of the Black Stars, Emmanuel Afranie says a return of AC Milan duo; Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince Boateng to the senior national team, would boost Ghana’s chances of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.The duo, alongside Marseille duo; Andre and Jordan Ayew and on loan Real Madrid midfielder Michael Essien, were among key players who missed the just ended Nations Cup in South Africa that saw the black stars place an undesirable fourth, behind Mali, Burkina Faso and eventual Champions Nigeria.There has been Nationwide clamoring for the return of such key players ahead of the World Cup qualifiers which begin next month and the experienced Coach who has had stints with a number of clubs in the country, has added his voice. He was speaking on the JOY Sports Link on Saturday.“One player can make a difference! And I think that player is Sulley Muntari, because he is the only player who can give hot shots, at the moment most of our players want to score in the 18 yard box…but the modern system of defense hardly gives you that time and space. So I think we would brighten our chances of qualifying to the World Cup in Brazil if we can get Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince Boateng,” he said.Meanwhile, the Black Stars would play Sudan in the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers on March 20 at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi but would be keeping an eye on the outcome of Sudan’s request to the Court for Arbitration for Sports (CAS), to reverse an earlier decision by FIFA that saw them stripped off, a victory against Zambia in Khartoum for fielding an ineligible player.