Mark Lawrenson admits he’s ‘worried’ about Adrian after Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal

first_img Comment Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:47FullscreenLiverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/liverpool-3-1-arsenal-unai-emery-press-conference-1992224/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Manchester United eye Dominik Livakovic transfer as replacement for David de Gea Mark Lawrenson admits he’s ‘worried’ about Adrian after Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal Adrian ‘worries’ former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson (Picture: Getty)Mark Lawrenson has confessed he’s ‘worried’ about Adrian after a shaky start to the goalkeeper’s Liverpool career.While Adrian was Liverpool’s hero in the Super Cup after stepping in for the injured Alisson, he has struggled since, with the Reds yet to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League.After he was at fault for Danny Ings’ strike away at Southampton last weekend, the 32-year-old almost gifted Arsenal an opener on Saturday after rushing off his line and clearing poorly.Liverpool went on to beat Arsenal 3-1, with Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah (2) getting on the scoresheet at Anfield.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityLawrenson has questioned Liverpool’s move for Adrian and raised his concerns about the Spaniard’s decision making.‘The goalkeeper worries me,’ he said on LFC TV.‘I just think he’s sort of, last two games, made the mistake at Southampton when he shouldn’t have been under any pressure and he got away with a big one today.‘He should have let [Virgil] van Dijk just sort that situation out and he came running off his line. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 25 Aug 2019 9:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link404Shares Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Jurgen Klopp press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:51FullscreenLiverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Jurgen Klopp press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/liverpool-3-1-arsenal-jurgen-klopp-press-conference-1992222/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘He just worries me a bit and I know he’s experienced and everything but there’s a reason why nobody else was taking him.‘I get that [that Adrian hasn’t been Liverpool for long] but do you know something, that decision he made today doesn’t matter whether you’ve been there a minute or a thousand minutes with somebody, it’s his decision making.‘Obviously the one at Southampton as well and I think the manager will obviously always, always back him because Alisson’s probably not fit until after the international break.‘But he just worries me a little bit.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesBefore Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal, Jurgen Klopp refused to put a date on Alisson’s potential return.‘He looks good, he’s in good shape, good mood, but it will take time. I don’t know exactly,’ the Liverpool manager said.‘No date really in my mind, or nobody told me a date, I didn’t ask. We want to give him the time he needs.‘In the beginning he was on crutches, which was normal with the injury he had, they are not there now. He walks normal, he can really train now completely different to a week ago. I think from now on it will go quick but how quick I don’t go.’last_img read more

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Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority Awards Funding to Support Business Expansion, Job Creation in Lebanon and Snyder Counties

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority Awards Funding to Support Business Expansion, Job Creation in Lebanon and Snyder Counties October 07, 2020center_img Economy,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf announced two new low-interest loan approvals through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) that will assist in the construction of a produce growing, processing, and warehouse facility in Snyder County and the demolition, renovation, and construction of an existing manufacturing property in Lebanon County that could create a combined over 60 full-time jobs.“Agriculture and manufacturing are two of our commonwealth’s proudest and strongest industries and they need our continued support as they grow and expand, especially now as our economy navigates a pandemic,” said Gov. Wolf. “These projects will bring major investments into central Pennsylvania, supporting local farming, processing, and distribution and a decades-old, locally-owned hand lettering sign business.”In 2020, PIDA has approved $28,833,617 in low-interest loans that have resulted in $47,097,465 in private investment and supported 1,056 created and retained full-time jobs.PENN Greenhouse, LLC, through SEDA – Council of Governments, was approved for a $2.25 million PIDA real estate loan at a 15-year, 0.75 percent reset interest rate and a $700,000 PIDA machinery and equipment loan at a 10-year, 1.75 percent fixed interest rate to construct a 263,000 square foot growing, processing, and warehouse facility and installation of new processing equipment located on Lorain Drive in Penn Township. PENN Greenhouse specializes in on-site growing, cleaning and packaging of leafy vegetables for immediate distribution and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BrightFarms, Inc., a national provider of leafy vegetables specializing in serving local divisions of national supermarkets, cutting time, distance, and land and water usage from the produce supply chain. The expansion will create 59 new jobs in three years and the total project cost is $19,967,312.Horst Signs, through the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation, was approved for a $1,214,850 PIDA loan at a 15-year, 0.75 percent reset interest rate for the demolition of a portion of an existing building, the renovation of the remaining 18,653 square foot property, and a 18,703-square-foot addition to be constructed on the renovated space located on Lincoln Avenue in Jackson Township. This will provide 37,454 square feet of newly renovated and constructed space for the well-established manufacturing business. The expansion will create four new jobs in three years and the total project cost is $2,462,515.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit dced.pa.gov.last_img read more

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Housing estates are on the boom in the northside of the city

first_imgHavens on Green at Griffin offers a great location in a northside boom area.CLOSE to a university campus, large shopping centre and easy access to the Sunshine Coast, this new estate is sure to be a winner.Housing estates are booming on Brisbane’s northside with Villa World continuing its momentum into the north, launching Haven on Greens, a new community at Griffin.With 66 homes to be spread across three stages, construction is due to start early next year, with civil works already underway.The estate follows Villa World’s success with sold-out Park Vista at Mango Hill and their 80 per cent sold Riva estate at Joyner.Villa World development manager Andrew Ashwood said the northside was proving to be favourable for the developer due to its strong location and lifestyle fundamentals.“Haven on Greens is within easy reach of schools, major shopping centres and recreation facilities,” Mr Ashwood said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoHaven on Greens GriffinThe land blocks range in size from 375sqm to 749sqm with home prices starting from $488,000.The homes feature designer kitchens with stone benchtops and stainless steel appliances, double garages and full landscaping.Haven on Greens is located just east of the Bruce Highway and close to the Dohles Rocks Road exit and within 500 metres of the North Pine river.It’s close to private and public schools as well as the Petrie campus of the University of the Sunshine Coast and Westfield North Lakes shopping centre.With a new Ikea recently launched and Costco just down the road, this is definitely an estate sitting in a prime location.Villa World has 14 housing estates in Brisbane as well as a number on the Gold Coast and Central Coast.Established in 1986, Villa World is Queensland’s oldest ASX-listed property developer and one of Australia’s largest housing providers.last_img read more

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TWD Brings Out the Hammock

first_imgThe Netherlands-based Temporary Works Design (TWD) has introduced a Hammock monopile seafastening that is said to accommodate foundations with a diameter of up to 11 metres without any changes to the support structure.The seafastening consists of two supports fixed to the deck of the vessel either transversally, across the vessel, or longitudinally, from bow to stern. One side of the support is fixed rigidly upright while the opposite side frame is hinged at the base. A specially designed rope is slung between the two sides in a cross-over pattern, designed to avoid lateral movement of the monopile.When loading the monopile on to the vessel the hinged support frame is held open and, as the ropes take the weight of the monopile, this support automatically closes. Contact pads on the upper horizontal part of the frame will come to rest on the monopile securing the lateral support.Stacking a second frame on top of the bottom support frame is possible, TWD said. The upper support frame is then equipped with a hydraulically operated lifting arm to raise the rope to one side to give access to the monopile below.The whole seafastening uses less steel than conventional designs saving on cost and weight, according to TWD. Mobilization and demobilization time between projects will also be faster and easier.last_img read more

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NPFL: We are targeting 65 points this season, says Dogo

first_imgRelatedPosts Court quashes suspension of Ondo Deputy Speaker, three others Ondo announces date for LG poll APC to aspirants on Ondo poll: You can’t dictate mode of primaries The Technical Adviser of Sunshine Stars, Kabir Dogo, says his team is targeting at least 65 points by the end of the ongoing 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League. Dogo said this in his post-match interview after his team defeated visiting Ifeanyi Ubah FC 2-0 in the match day 19 clash at the Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure on Sunday. The gaffer said his team was playing better this season and ready to face any team in the league. He said: “Before the beginning of the season in Ibadan, we had a meeting with the players during which we targeted 65 points. “Out of the 65 points now, we have achieved 30. “We believe if we can secure 65 points, we can achieve continental ticket.” Sunshine Stars midfielders, Jose Fatokun and Anthony Omaka, got the maximum points for the home team. Fatokun’s opening goal was from Wasiu Jimoh’s corner kick in the 24th minute, while Omaka emulated his midfield partner by scoring from a corner, also taken by Jimoh in the 30th minute to make it 2-0. Dogo congratulated his players and the entire people of Ondo State for what the team had achieved in the first stanza of the league. Coach of Ifeanyi Ubah, Uche Okagwe, said his players lost the game due to lack of concentration and inexperience. He said: “We conceded those two goals due to lack of concentration, it’s lack of experience and lack of concentration from the boys. “If you notice, they are all new players from non-league sides.” Okagwe however said he will plan Sunshine Stars’ downfall in the second stanza. “We are going to pay them back in their own coins,” he assured. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sunshine Stars is going into the mid season break with 30 points from 19 matches.Tags: AkureIfeanyi Ubah fcJose FatokunKabir DogoOndo State Sports COmplexlast_img read more

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Wenger stays out of Sterling debate

first_img Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) remains sidelined, but Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Debuchy and Abou Diaby all continued their rehabilitation from injury as an Arsenal XI beat Brentford 4-0 on Tuesday. Wenger has yet to decide whether to use any of those players this weekend, but revealed he had now given consideration to the future of midfielder Diaby, whose time at the club has been hampered by a run of injury setbacks. “I had a chat with him and told him how I can envisage the future. He has to make a decision,” said Wenger, who indicated he hoped for a positive outcome to contract extensions for both captain Arteta and Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky. “Of course he (Diaby) understands completely that he has to perform and to show that he can be present on a consistent way. I will see where we go from there. “I wouldn’t like to go into details, we have to meet again to see where we go from what I told him. It has to be linked a little bit with his presence.” Wenger, meanwhile, stressed there were no major issues surrounding Mesut Ozil’s trip to a Berlin nightclub on Saturday March 21, when he had missed Arsenal’s win at Newcastle through illness. “He went out for half an hour to a birthday of his friend to wish him well and then went home,” said Wenger. “I am not going soft on discipline. I have fined people when they work for us and don’t respect the discipline. “On that front (with Ozil), I don’t think you can stop anybody from wishing happy birthday to a friend when he is in his own country.” Arsenal resume the Premier League campaign looking to maintain momentum, having won all their last six matches in all competitions, and are currently third in the table and some six points ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool. “It is a big game and an opportunity for us to continue our strong run,” said Wenger. “Liverpool is a big opponent, but we play at the Emirates and we want to do it.” Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes England forward Danny Welbeck will recover from a knee injury to face Liverpool on Saturday but has no intention of getting involved in Raheem Sterling’s contract saga with the Reds. Arsenal had been linked with a summer move for Sterling, which the player described as “quite flattering”. Wenger, though, was not about to be drawn on any such speculation ahead of what is a key battle in the race to secure a top-four Premier League finish. The Arsenal manager said: “Raheem Sterling is a top player, everybody in the country knows that now. He is a very important player for Liverpool of course. “I do not want to speak about any move. We are not in a transfer period, we are in front of a big game. “I respect Liverpool and I do not want to go into any supposed move for any of their players.” Wenger added: “I don’t want to interfere in (reports over contract negotiations), especially 48 hours before the game. That’s down to Liverpool, it is not my problem.” Welbeck has produced consistent displays for Arsenal since his deadline move from Manchester United, and Wenger feels the 24-year-old can continue to grow. “When you look at him now I believe that technically he is much more mature, more composed in front of goal, the quality of his runs is getting better and he has huge, huge attributes,” Wenger said. Welbeck was forced to miss the midweek international friendly in Italy after suffering a minor knock during the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley, where the forward scored in the 4-0 win. Sterling was also on target for England last Friday, but then returned to his club as part of a pre-arranged agreement with Liverpool. The 20-year-old is currently stalling on a new deal at Anfield, insisting it was not all about money after rejecting a £100,000-a-week offer. last_img read more

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Syracuse Crunch’s Vasilevskiy, Gudlevskis share time in goal, off ice in adjustment to American life

first_img Published on October 24, 2014 at 10:47 am Crunch goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is growing into his new life in the United States after making the move from Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League to follow his dream of playing in the NHL.Teammate and fellow goalie Kristers Gudlevskis said he’s empathetic to the growing pains his partner is going through. He made the same move a year ago.“It’s all different,” he said. “Not hockey, but life and the place. Different people, everything’s different.”But while the pair fights for playing time in what’s currently a 50-50 split between the pipes, the goalies also speak Russian to each other, giving Vasilevskiy a level of comfort that’s helped bring them together off the ice. They arrive early to practice each morning before often staying afterward to work in the gym, Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said.The Crunch heads into a three-game road trip that starts Friday at 7:30 p.m. against the Worcester Sharks and continues at the Portland Pirates on Saturday night at 7 and at the Sprinfield Falcons on Sunday at 3 p.m. with both goalies available and driving each other.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think the two of them provide a healthy competition for each other and they kind of thrive off each other’s work ethic and it’s up to us as a staff to monitor that and make sure they’re not overdoing it,” he said.He said the commitment stems not only from the competition, but a mutual drive to get better. Vasilevskiy, 20, is a top goalie prospect and was drafted in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft – a year before Gudlevskis, 22, was taken in the fifth round.Each has played in two games this season. Gudlevskis is 1-1-0 with four goals allowed and a .940 save percentage. Vasileskiy is 1-0-0 — overtime losses aren’t reflected in a goalie’s record — having allowed six goals and recording a .893 save percentage. Both credited the split in time for allowing extra rest and an ability to expend more energy when they are on the ice.“If you don’t have a second good goalie it’s bad because you can’t rest,” Vasilevskiy said.Both said winning is more important than playing time to them and Zettler said it’s truly an even competition, calling it choice between No. 1 and 1A.“Both these guys are down here for a reason,” Zettler said. “They’re not perfect. They’re working on their craft and goaltending coach Dave Alexander has done a great job with identifying the skills they have to work on.”While the two continue to work in the rink, Vasilevskiy also works on adjusting to American life. He said the thought of staying in Russia did enter his mind, but he knew he wanted to make his way to the NHL.He’s here now and is taking the new experience in stride.Said Vasilevskiy: “I think I need a couple months or a couple years to get used to it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Syracuse football stock watch: George McDonald up, Scott Shafer down

first_imgThe reference, stemming from the 1995 movie “Friday” with Ice Cube, essentially means McDonald believes Syracuse is irrelevant.Jordan Fredericks, freshman running backIf there’s a lone bright spot in Syracuse’s eight-game slide, it might be the freshman running back. His 75-yard touchdown run to start the second half brought the Orange within five and gave him four rushing touchdowns on the year.Last season, SU’s running backs combined for a total of two scores on the ground.Fredericks exited last weekend’s game against Clemson with an upper-body injury and Scott Shafer said he had a sling on his arm. In his place, junior George Morris had a career day. But a week later, it was the freshman handling the bulk of the carries again and logging 86 yards on the ground as a result.Stock downScott Shafer, Syracuse head coachFor a coach who’s won six out of his last 23 games, he hasn’t done himself any favors in the last two weeks.An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty down seven against Clemson was the first slip-up. Late in the fourth quarter against the Wolfpack was the second, as Shafer was flagged for the same penalty after losing his cool when Steve Ishmael was ejected.He’s taken the blame for both, but they’re certainly not good looks for a coach who constantly preaches to control the controllables.Brisly Estime, junior wide receiverSyracuse’s starting wide receiver and most dynamic special teams threat will miss the first half of next weekend’s game against Boston College for his “fighting” ejection on Saturday.N.C. State’s Juston Burris seemed to instigate the scuffle, but Estime’s retaliation got him tossed in the fourth quarter.The junior didn’t touch the ball on offense Saturday, but returned three kickoffs for an average of just under 25 yards. Comments Published on November 22, 2015 at 1:27 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman RALEIGH, N.C. — Syracuse (3-8, 1-6 Atlantic Coast) was officially eliminated from bowl contention after a 42-29 loss to North Carolina State (7-4, 3-4) on Saturday. It was the Orange’s eighth consecutive loss and fifth road game of five allowing 40 or more points.Here’s whose stock is rising and whose is falling with one regular season game remaining on Syracuse’s slate.Stock upGeorge McDonald, N.C. State wide receivers coach The former Syracuse offensive coordinator was demoted to wide receivers coach five games into last season. He now coaches the wideouts at N.C. State and got the last laugh after yesterday’s game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFirst, his wide receivers posted 235 yards and two touchdowns on Syracuse. Nine different players caught passes. Then, McDonald issued this tweet after the game, his first in three months. Related Stories Syracuse’s frustration reaches peak as bowl hopes vanish in loss to N.C. StateZack Mahoney struggles with deep ball, hurts SU on 3rd-and-long in lossGallery: North Carolina State downs Syracuse, 42-29, for SU’s 8th straight lossBrisly Estime will miss 1st half against Boston College for ‘fighting’ ejectionHybrids carry offense in Syracuse’s loss to N.C. State Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Badger basketball signs 5 recruits

first_imgFive high school seniors officially signed to play for Wisconsin basketball head coach Bo Ryan Thursday, locking up one of the more highly-touted recruiting classes of his tenure.Although Wisconsin is not known for locking up nationally-ranked recruiting classes, the program appears to receive a major boost when these five prospects signed national letters of intent. Four of the five new Badgers are ranked as at least three-star recruits by Rivals.com, with the three guards and two forwards hailing from four different states.Below are brief scouting reports on and Ryan’s thoughts on each player.Bronson Koenig, guard, La CrosseThe supposed gem of Ryan’s 2013 class is point guard Bronson Koenig, a 6-foot-3 point guard from La Crosse’s Aquinas High School.Koenig posted 18 points, four rebounds and more than four assists per game as a junior in 2011-12 and earned offers from perennial college basketball powerhouses like Duke and North Carolina before committing to UW. Ranked as the No. 14 point guard by Rivals, Koenig could be the long-term option manning the point of the Badgers’ offense.“Bronson has exceptional court vision, great feel for the game and has the ability to take over a game or make plays for his teammates,” Ryan said in a statement released Thursday. “He also wants to be really good and play for championships. All the best guards we’ve had through the years have had that internal drive and motor to be the best and Bronson definitely has those traits.”Nigel Hayes, forward, Toledo, OhioKoenig may headline Ryan’s class, but the crew received a major boost Sunday when three/four-star forward Nigel Hayes gave his verbal commitment to UW over Ohio State.An Ohio native, Hayes could turn into a dominant defensive player in Madison, as he already holds his high school’s all-time record for blocks with another year remaining in his prep career. Hayes has earned the team Most Valuable Player award at Whitmer High School in each of his three years on the team, averaging nearly a double-double as a junior with 14 points and nine rebounds per game.A physical specimen at 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, Ryan said Hayes could play take the court at either small or power forward as he tries to improve his range as a shooter. “He’s been coached really well and understands a lot of the nuances of the game that will really help him at this level,” Ryan said. “Nigel’s potential is sky-high and I know our coaching staff is eager to help him develop into the player we think he can be.”Vitto Brown, forward, Bowling Green, OhioThe tallest member of the Badgers’ 2013 class arrives in Brown, another Ohio product who averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds per contest in his junior season at Bowling Green High School.A three-star power forward who turned down offers from several Big Ten and Big 12 squads, Brown’s 7-foot-2 wingspan should add athleticism and versatility to the UW frontcourt.“Vitto showed the ability to block shots, handle the ball in transition and knock down [three-pointers] from the perimeter in addition to the game he’s been able to build in the paint,” Ryan said. “He’ll be able to play both the [power forward] and the [center] positions and has a chance to be a real force on the interior for us in the future.”Riley Dearring, guard, MinneapolisOne of the less-heralded recruits of Ryan’s class, the lanky, 6-foot-5 Dearring projects as a shooting guard in Ryan’s swing offense.Also a three-star recruit, most of the Minnesota native’s other offers came from mid-major programs. Dearring posted 15 points and four rebounds to go along with two assists in 2011-12.“Riley is a long, skilled, athletic wing who can play multiple perimeter positions,” Ryan said. “He has deep range with a quick and smooth release. Scoring has always come naturally for Riley.”Jordan Hill, guard, Pasadena, Calif.Rounding out Wisconsin’s recruiting class is Hill, a raw 6-foot-3 guard who may take some time to develop into the steady hand guiding the Badgers’ backcourt.Phillips is currently finishing out his prep career at New Hampshire’s Phillips Exeter Academy – a prep basketball powerhouse – where he took a post-graduate year. At Pasadena’s LaSalle High School, he posted 15.5 points, seven rebounds and four assists as a senior.“He’s an extremely sharp young man who just keeps getting better and better. He’s watched a lot over the past few years as Jordan Taylor was his favorite college player,” UW’s head coach said. “We have won a lot of games over the years with student-athletes who were hungry and had a special drive to be the best they could on and off the court. Jordan reminds our staff of those with the same qualities.”last_img read more

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Venue Wears New Look for Final Eight

first_imgThe Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos, venue of the all important Zenith Bank Women Basketball Final Eight is wearing a new look ahead of the tomorrow’s dunk-off date.Yesterday, officials of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) were on ground to supervise repair works on the floor as well as cleaning of the entire hall. The meeting where all technical matters concerning the Final Eight are going to be trashed out is scheduled to hold in NBBF Lagos office today.Already, all the eight teams that qualified for this all important third and final stage of this edition have arrived Lagos waiting for actions to begin. The first and second phase play-off held in Abuja and Asaba respectively. Defending champions, Dolphins of Lagos are drawn in Group A alongside the IGP Queens, Delta Force and Plateau Rocks. Former champions, First Bank of Lagos, will battle Nigeria Customs Ladies, AHIP Queens of Kano and Benue Princess of Makurdi in Group B.Basketball aficionados who are looking forward to actions to begin are however looking in the direction of the two Lagos-based teams to reenact their rivalry.Captain of First Bank, Chioma Udeaja, said who is still reeling from missing out of the trophy dance last year has warned that the Elephant Girls are not only super-charged but in killer mood to reclaim the title from Dolphins.Having ruled the Nigeria basketball scene for eight years running before they were dethroned, Udeaja stressed that the Elephant Girls can no longer play second fiddle.The absence of former four-time champions, First Deepwater Queens has sort of narrow the battle to a straight two-way fight between Dolphins and First Bank.Sponsors of the women’ league, Zenith Bank Plc, who are not leaving anything to chance have assured basketball enthusiasts of quality time at the finals of this year’s edition in line with the promise made by the Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, during the championship unveiling ceremony at the bank’s head office in Victoria Island.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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