James Milner: Liverpool must learn to close out games to avoid ‘mental problem’

first_imgLiverpool vice-captain James Milner accepts the players have to find a way to close out winning situations to avoid it becoming a mental problem. Milner, leading the side in the absence of the injured Jordan Henderson, admits it will get worse unless the Reds can break their habit. “That’s something that we have to address and make sure it doesn’t become a mental problem,” he said. “It is frustrating. It was a disappointing way to draw. “We didn’t have too many chances after they scored and that was another disappointment. “We didn’t react and mentally we didn’t have that reaction to go again after they scored.” Substitute Christian Benteke looked like he had settled a turgid encounter with a thumping 77th-minute header, but Sadio Mane forced home an 86th-minute equaliser from close range – only to spoil his afternoon by getting sent off for a second yellow card in stoppage time. Klopp was disappointed with the concession of the goal, which came from a free-kick at which they were not strong enough defensively in the air. The German recognises this is a problem which stems back to long before he took over, but has urged the players to stop allowing themselves to be worried by what has dogged them in the past when it comes to set-pieces. The team registered an eighth draw in nine matches when they were pegged back to 1-1 by Southampton on Sunday and, like on five of the previous occasions, it was their inability to hold onto a lead which cost them. Manager Jurgen Klopp, who is still looking for his first win after three draws since taking over, noted the issue in his post-match comments when he said: “We didn’t believe any more that we could turn this game (after conceding the equaliser), and that is a problem.” “You hope nothing happens when a ball goes in the air – I have seen things like this not only with my team but other teams. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy,” Klopp said. “You see the ball in the air and you think, ‘Oh my God’. That is what you have to change. “I hope I am not the only person in the stadium who felt it was not the end of the world. “We can work with this result. We can work with this performance of the team. “If I had the feeling these guys were not ready for fighting then it would be really bad news, but everyone saw how ready they are and that is the most important thing.” Klopp has stressed since replacing Brendan Rodgers at the helm just over a fortnight ago that there will be no quick turnaround in fortunes. He knows it will take time to implement his methods, but Milner believes they are edging closer to where he wants them to be. “We’re not that far away,” the England midfielder added. “We’ve only lost two games this year. We have drawn eight of the last nine or something ridiculous like that. “We’re not a million miles away. We know we need to improve and know we can improve. “We feel we can perform a lot better but we’re not losing the games, looking on the positive side.” Benteke’s third goal of the season was a powerful header from Milner’s cross, and his team-mate knows getting the Belgium international back from a hamstring injury which sidelined him for a month will boost Liverpool’s chances going forward. And that does not even take into account the missing Henderson, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings. “It wasn’t bad, was it?” Milner said of Benteke’s goal. “We don’t want to talk too much about injuries. It’s an easy excuse and we don’t want to go down that route – we’re better than that. “We have quality players regardless of our injury list, but to get Christian back is great. “The strikers we have at the club offer different things. They’re a good mix, and there will be a lot of changes to the way we play.” Southampton manager Ronald Koeman also took the positives from a point at Anfield – a result which maintained Saints’ unbeaten away form in the league this term. “It is very positive,” said the Dutchman, whose side won at Chelsea and have drawn their other four matches on the road. “It is one point, one point, one point, one point, but out of the five, Chelsea and Liverpool are difficult away games that tells how we grow as a team. “We are a bit unhappy with the way we played, and that is a good mentality.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Egypt’s goalkeeper thrilled as World Cup record looms

first_imgYekaterinburg, June 14: Egypt’s goalkeeper Essam Al-Hadary on Thursday said he would be thrilled to be the oldest player to ever take part in the FIFA World Cup, when the Pharaohs take on Uruguay.At 45 years and 151 days, Al-Hadary would break the record for the oldest player to compete in the tournament, presently held by Colombia’s Faryd Mondragon (43 years and three days), if he plays against Uruguay on Friday in the Egyptian national team’s first Group A match.”(If I play) I will be the happiest man in the world. I have played a lot of matches and have achieved many victories at the international level,” Al-Hadary said at a press conference. “Reaching the World Cup after 25 years of hard work is incredible. We tried it every four years, and did not make it. I always worked hard … and we hope to win.” IANSlast_img read more

Football regaining momentum in Essequibo

first_imgBy Elroy StephneyFOOTBALL fans are still passionate and devoted to the sport on the Essequibo coast. Despite this however, placing the ball within the nets has been quite a herculean task for the administrators.President of the Essequibo Football Association,Compton HaynesPresident of the Essequibo Football Association,Compton HaynesPreviously, very little was done to sustain the development of the sport either through school competitions, systematic coaching or having adequate infrastructural facilities,so as to create a stimulating environment.I vividly recalled the golden moments during the mid-80s and 90s when the game reigned supreme in the Region. Quite a number of clubs became popular and captivated the imagination of the public.Too close to call were the strength and charisma of Scramblers and Queenstown United Football clubs,since they both were skillful teams. I even remember witnessing the wizardry of Joseph Livan, Dexter Stephney, Compton Haynes, Ken Hercules and Albert Belfield among others who had Ronaldo- like status when they were on top of their game.The clubs then were also continuously engaged in games and functioned efficiently. It was during the 2000s and beyond though that the sport began to wane as the Essequibo Football Association (EBA) became dormant, if not decimated beyond recognition.It was only in 2014 that there was an attempt to resuscitate the Association with the installation of an Interim Management Committee (IMC) under the stewardship of Mr. Walter Joseph.Former President of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Mr. Christopher Matthias was instrumental in this regard and there was some interest shown once again. Subsequently,a fully constituted body was formed in 2016 and elected former Scramblers’ left wing defender and Coach Mr. Compton Haynes as President.The Association once again became a constituted member of the GFF, a position they had relinquished due to their inactivity. Upon his elevation to the post and given his commitment and technical expertise, Mr. Haynes has been a tower of strength in having the sport resurrected beyond the sidelines.Competitive football is now ongoing through competitions at various levels as the ball weavers now enjoy some degree of hope and satisfaction while playing.A visit to any of the venues,either the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground or along the Coast line leading to Charity in the North or Queenstown to the South, one would be captivated by the enthusiasm and skills on display.This is indeed quite an encouraging prospect since I am convinced of the talent which exists in Essequibo given my observation and even intimate interaction with a wide cross section of the community based clubsI have also noted that coaching is being done at these venues in the afternoons and this is a welcome development.Commendations must therefore be extended to the Essequibo Football Association for their proactive approach since there was an element of despair that previously stymied the sport within the Region.In fact,teams from the interior are now being integrated; a distant thought which seemed beyond the comprehension of previous Administrators.Such vision is responsible for the renewed interest in football and this is due mainly to the astuteness of Mr. Haynes’ leadership and his keen focus on capacity building within the clubs.His approach has been quite resolute in trying to encourage various stakeholders including the business community and schools to remain active in the sport.Only recently, a quantity of equipment was donated by the GFF through its President Mr. Wayne Forde during his visit to the Region.Indeed,I can only view this as a positive correlation between the two bodies and for football in Essequibo as I envisage the outcome to produce national players and even Coaches and Referees.I am proud to mention Mr. Sherwin Moore who is now a national and international Referee and who has his roots in Essequibo.Those in the Region have been impressive as well during local matches and from all indication they are keen to perform at the next level too.I was also informed that four Under- 17 players were called to trials in a bid for national selection. The signals therefore are encouraging. Notwithstanding the continued challenges though and while not many goals have been scored thus far, the net is becoming increasingly vulnerable for the Essequibo Football Association to score in a big way as I am optimistic they will and endure beyond ninety minutes of success.last_img read more

Cricket match at Crabwood Creek tomorrow

first_imgFOR the third year running, Florida-Guyana Hope, a non-profit organisation based in Florida USA, will collaborate with Regal Stationery and Computer Centre for a series of charity events throughout Guyana and a feature cricket match at Crabwood Creek.The group, which comprises Guyanese that are now living in Florida, got together to accumulate resources to assist members of the Guyanese society who may need a helping hand. Since the majority of the Florida-Guyana Hope membership originally hailed from Corriverton a lot of the relief efforts are centred on that area.Tomorrow, the kind-heated gentlemen will match their skills against a Corriverton United Select team in an exhibition softball cricket match for bragging rights and fun, at the Crabwood Creek Sports Complex from 12:00hrs. Following the game, a grand donation of 40 wheelchairs and 20 walking aids will be made.In addition to the donation, the visitors will be spreading cheer to at least four Children’s Home around the country including West Demerara, East Coast Demerara and Georgetown.Some members of the Florida-Guyana Hope organisation include president Mohamed Yassin, vice-president Rajroop Ramkellawan (Bowie), treasurer Raj Bharat, secretary Guru Shivram and officers Anthony Dhannie and Buddy Rampersaud, some of whom will be part of the activities over the next few days.Other than charity work, the versatile Guyanese are very active on the field. In February this year, they played in the South Florida Softball Cricket League-organised Florida Cup and despite not winning the tournament they won many hearts.However, they have their fair share of troubles too. While preparations were ongoing for the annual trip to Guyana, some members were severely affected when hurricane Irma hit Florida and caused widespread damage. Yet, they decided to continue with the planned visit to help those in need.For the cricket match tomorrow, Florida-Guyana Hope members will be joined by friends including Mahendra Hardyal of Regal Stationery, Steve Narain of Steve’s Jewellery, Atif Khan of M&J Khan Grocery and Guyana Times Sport Editor, John Ramsingh with the aim of making their side a more balanced one.Teams for tomorrow’s cricket match are: Corriverton United James Hart (captain), Vibert Dan (vice-captain), Anthony Seeraj, Michael Dan, Lawrence Mentis, Raymond Lowenfield, Hassan Mohamed, Mirza Ally, Patrick Mentis, Zafrul Khan, Vishal Persaud, Fabian Seerraj, Akash Lutchman and Orin George. Vishnu Hardyal is the manager.Florida-Guyana Hope; Anthony Dhannie (captain), Mahendra Hardyal (vice-captain), Raj Bharat, Jai Sahadeo, Pancho Samsundar, Butchu Kowlessar, Atif Khan, Rajin Ramkarran, Steve Narain, John Ramsingh. The manager is Mohammed Yassin and Buddy Rampersaud is the assistant manager.last_img read more

Tennis star Sachia Vickery returns ‘home’

first_imgRISING tennis star Sachia Vickery arrived in Guyana last evening for a five-day stay – her first visit to the place she calls ‘home’, for the first time since December 2015.“Even though I wasn’t born in Guyana, I still consider myself Guyanese. I embrace the whole culture and I always love going back, so I do consider myself Guyanese,” said the 22-year-old who was born to Guyanese parents Paula Liverpool and Rawle Vickery, both of whom are from Linden.Today, Vickery is expected to pay a courtesy call on Minister of Social Cohesion, George Norton, and meet with president Juman-Yassin and other executives of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) after signalling her intentions to represent Guyana at the Olympics.“Of course, I’m open to representing Guyana at the Olympics. It’s my home country and that would be something that’s a dream of mine in the future,” Vickery said, speaking exclusively to Chronicle Sport last Thursday. Vickery is also expected to make some contribution to the Guyana Lawn Tennis Association (GLTA).Vickery is still relishing her well-deserved climb in the latest World Rankings and is on the verge of breaking the WTA’s Top 100 for the first time after she had the best week of her career in Auckland, New Zealand, where she not only reached the first WTA semi-final of her career, but also set a brand new career-high of No. 106 in the world.Before this year, Vickery’s best showings at the WTA level were four quarterfinals, one per year in the last four years – Stanford in 2014, Nottingham in 2015, Bogota in 2016 and Quebec City in 2017.But in the very first week of the 2018 season, the 22-year-old Hollywood, Florida native surpassed all of those at the International-level ASB Classic, not dropping a set through three rounds of qualifying and another three rounds in the main draw – including upsets over No. 5 seed Lauren Davis and No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska. She’d fallen to No. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-finals 6-4, 6-4.Vickery’s win over the No.28-ranked Radwanska was the best victory of her career. Her previous-best win in terms of ranking came against No.30-ranked Zhang Shuai at Stanford back in 2014.The run pushed Vickery from No.122 to No.106 on the new rankings, leapfrogging her previous career-high of No.108 in the world, which she had originally set the week of July 20, 2015.Looking ahead, Vickery told Chronicle Sport, “I just want to keep improving my game, improving my strengths on the court and just becoming a better player so I can reach my goal, to be in the top 50. My goals for 2018 are to break into the top 100 and to be the main draw at the grand slams.”Vickery is on the verge of becoming the 15th American woman in the Top 100 – the 14 that are currently in the Elite are led by Top 10 players Venus Williams (ranked No.5) and CoCo Vandeweghe (ranked No.9).last_img read more

Barca’s Arthur to Join Juve for £66m

first_imgJuventus have reached an agreement to sign Barcelona midfielder Arthur at the end of the season.The Brazil international will join Juve for 72m euros (£66m) – with 10m (£9m) in add-ons.The 23-year-old, who joined Barcelona from Gremio on a six-year contract in 2018,has made 72 appearances for the Spanish champions. Juve’s 30-year-old Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic will move in the opposite direction on a five-year deal.Pjanic will join Barcelona for 60m euros (£54.9m), with a further 5m (£4.6m) in add-ons.Juve are four points clear at the top of Serie A as they chase a ninth consecutive title.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Game 2 rewind: Barkley and McKnight shine on the biggest stage

first_imgThe story: After finding itself in an unfamiliar deficit heading into the fourth quarter, USC charged back against Ohio State in an emotional 18-15 win that came down to the final seconds.Down 15-10 and 86 yards from the goal line, the Matt Barkley-led Trojan offense completed a 14-play drive, culminating in a two-yard Stafon Johnson touchdown run in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.Ear-splitter · The 106,033 fans in attendance at Ohio Stadium (a new Ohio State record) reportedly made Matt Barkley’s ears ring. – Leah Thompson | Daily TrojanBarkley, a true freshman, kept his composure on the decisive drive, completing three of five passes for 55 yards. Some of his best plays came when he got the ball into junior running back Joe McKnight’s hands. McKnight rushed for 30 yards on five carries during the drive and also caught a 21-yard pass.Once near the goal line, Johnson relieved McKnight, taking a handoff and sprinting to the right corner of the endzone, where he high-stepped in untouched for the go-ahead score. USC converted the two-point conversion on a Barkley pass to McKnight to take the lead for good.The game-winning drive provided the Trojans’ only points of the second half.Ohio State dominated the field position battle, beginning three second-half drives in USC territory. The Trojan defense kept USC in the game, stymying the Buckeyes and allowing them only three second-half points.Play that changed the game: Barkley’s 21-yard pass to McKnight.Barkley’s pass came on the third play of its game-winning drive. Barkley was sacked on the first play and a false start penalty took the Trojans back. After a McKnight run, the Trojans were faced with a 3rd down and eight from their own 16-yard line and appeared to be in trouble.Barkley dropped back to pass and found an open McKnight a few yards past the line of scrimmage. McKnight beat an Ohio State linebacker to the inside on an option route and sprinted up the field after he caught Barkley’s pass.The pass gave USC’s offense much-needed breathing room as well as game-altering momentum. Everything seemed to start clicking as the Trojans put together their longest scoring drive of the game by far.Most valuable player: Matt Barkley.Although the youngster’s numbers weren’t amazing — 15 of 31, 195 yards, one interception and no touchdowns — the poise with which he carried himself on USC’s final drive could not be captured in the stat sheet.The roaring Ohio State crowd didn’t seem to faze him. Neither did the interception he threw in the first half to the Buckeyes’ Ross Homan. His teammates said his demeanor remained the same throughout the entire game.“Matt was the same person the whole game,” McKnight said. “[He] never lost his composure, [he] just kept coming in the huddle and calling plays.”Coach Pete Carroll was impressed as usual with his 19-year-old sensation.“It’s just remarkable that he can show all that so early,” Carroll said. “But he showed also that he can take you and win in the fourth quarter, which is huge.”Stat of the game: 106,033.The number of fans on hand at “The Horseshoe,” a new attendance record for Ohio Stadium. The jam-packed crowd hardly sat down the entire night and was at its loudest when the game was on the line.“It was 100 guys versus everyone in the world it seemed like,” Carroll said.But the Trojans remained unfazed despite the noise.“It was pretty loud, not gonna lie,” Barkley said. “I think my ears are still ringing a little bit. But I mean we played through it. The actual noise didn’t affect how we were going to play.”Quote of the game: “The questions that everybody has been asking about Matt [are] legitimate… All we can tell you is the guy’s really special. He’s into it, he’s having fun, he’s not arrogant, he’s not cocky — he’s just a complete ball player.”— Carroll about Barkley’s ability to handle big-game situations.On track into the Pac: After surviving their biggest non-conference test of the season, the Trojans are in prime shape entering their Pac-10 schedule, which starts next week at Washington.But seeing as their only loss in 2008 came against conference opponent Oregon State — the game following the Ohio State matchup ­— Carroll said he already warned his team to not get caught up in the celebration and overlook the Huskies.“I already addressed it,” Carroll said. “This game can’t carry into the next week. This game’s over. I told them, ‘It’s already on ESPN, they already showed the highlights to everybody, so that’ll be over by the time we get home.’”last_img read more

Tipp clubs hoping to progress in cup competitions

first_imgTheir manager Adrian Walsh says their opponents are a little bit of a mystery.In the Munster Junior Cup holders St Michael’s travel to meet Dungarvan.All these matches kick-off at 2 o’clock.Updates from all three games throughout the afternoon on Tipp FM. Two Tipperary clubs are hoping to advance to the last four of the FAI Junior Cup.Peake Villa have home advantage for their last eight tie with holders Sheriff YC of Dublin.Carrick Utd are at home too – they meet Boyle Celtic from Leitrim.last_img read more

Pets of the Week

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich –Today’s Pets of the Week features Milk Dud, Skittles, Pez and Caramel.Skittles  is very fashionable as she dons her white socks for paws. She is very careful, dainty and curious and looking for the perfect family.Skittles is a little over one-month old.Next we have Skittle’s brother Pez who is also curious and just takes his time.  Pez’s favorite past time is wrestling with his siblings.   He is also a little over one-month old.There is also Milk Dud who is described as a tabby in coloring. Milk Dud is a talker an is always on the go. He is looking for the perfect family to match his inner explorer.   Milk Dud is one-month old.Lastly, meet Caramel who was sunbathing today until a moth disturbed her groove and from then on she was fixated on keeping it away.  Caramel is one-years old.If you’re interested in adopting, you can visit www.huronhumanesocietyinc.orgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Residents are urged to use caution during the holidayNext Alpena man finally turns himself inlast_img read more

Antonio Brown reacts to suspension, promises ‘best season of my career’

first_imgView this post on Instagram Antonio Brown vowed to deliver “the best season” of his career after the wide receiver learned he would be suspended for the first eight games of the 2020 NFL season.The 32-year-old finally discovered his fate Friday as the league suspended the seven-time Pro Bowler for half of the 2020 regular season due to “multiple violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.” Brown had been the subject of an NFL investigation following accusations of sexual misconduct and an incident in January where the receiver pleaded no contest to burglary and battery charges. I look forward to new beginnings. I want to be the best version of myself on and off the field, and I will do my best to be a great teammate. I appreciate the NFL giving me the opportunity to continue to work on myself and improve. I am thankful and grateful for this opportunity to play a game that I truly love and I look forward to joining a new team soon. Thank you to my family and all those that have supported me. I will show the fans my appreciation for this second chance by having the best season of my career. #AB2.0 #HimmothyA post shared by AB (@ab) on Jul 31, 2020 at 6:47pm PDTMORE: Why the Ravens should say N-O to A-B”I look forward to new beginnings,” Brown wrote. “I want to be the best version of myself on and off the field, and I will do my best to be a great team-mate. I appreciate the NFL giving me the opportunity to continue to work on myself and improve. I am thankful and grateful for this opportunity to play a game that I truly love and I look forward to joining a new team soon. Thank you to my family and all those that have supported me. I will show the fans my appreciation for this second chance by having the best season of my career.” He has remained unsigned since last September, when he was cut by the Patriots after just one game having previously been released by the Raiders, for whom he never played a down before being let go amid a slew of off-field incidents.MORE: What to know about Antonio Brown’s suspensionDespite announcing his retirement earlier in the month, and at various points in the offseason, Brown said on Instagram he expects to play in 2020.  Brown signed off the post with the hashtag “#AB2.0.”Having entered the league with the Steelers in 2010, Brown has amassed 11,263 receiving yards and caught 75 touchdowns in his career.Reigning MVP Lamar Jackson this week lobbied for Brown to return to the AFC North and join the quarterback with the Ravens, where his cousin, Marquise Brown, currently plays.last_img read more