Season of change for Trask’s squad

first_imgChange is a good thing — at least the men’s soccer team hopes so.With a new coach and 14 freshmen, the Badgers are expecting the new talent to help push the team and set new standards.First-year head coach John Trask feels with all the changes going on around the program, this year is a fresh start and an opportunity to make something new out of the program.“I think change is good. We’ve had a lot of change within the department even. In some ways I kind of like it — it’s a fresh start. We can all set our own standards — coaches, media, everything about the program,” Trask said. “We have a chance to set a different standard, because the standard of the past hasn’t been set high enough. I think we can all admit to that.”Trask isn’t the only one setting new standards for this season. The players themselves are setting their own goals and standards in an effort to quickly overcome any uneasiness.Senior Aaron Nichols believes his team is capable of anything.“As a team, I think we have high standards for ourselves,” Nichols said. “Like I said, we’re young, but there’s nothing that I don’t think we can’t achieve. And we’re all trying to buy into that and believe in that together.”Trask is trying to mesh the older guys who have been through so much change in their careers at UW and the new players who don’t know any differently, into a stable team.While Trask isn’t afraid to play freshmen, he’s hoping the new talent on the team will push the veterans and bring out the competition within the team that will transfer to the field. Aside from the fact senior goalkeeper Ryan Vint is tabbed to start in net, the rest of UW’s starting 11 remains fluid right now.“We have some talented freshmen that will push these older players — and I don’t mind playing freshmen,” Trask said. “They know they’re all being critiqued on everything they’re doing and they know they can change teams at any minute. We’re hopefully bleeding some of that competition with these guys. It’s been pretty cool so far.”Senior Jon Rzepka also noted the competition within the team and the need to prove himself to the coaches all over again.“It’s kind of been tough because you have to prove yourself all over again,” Rzepka said. “It’s taught me to be a better player because it’s pushed me more to prove myself to the coaches and to step up my game to that next level.”Despite trying to fuel some competition within his team, Trask still wants to see the veterans find their place and feel comfortable in his new system.“I’m pulling for the older guys — not that I’m sorry for them — I just know where I’ve seen what they’ve gone through,” he said. “We’re pulling for all the older guys, it’s not like we’re trying to run these guys out the door. I made a commitment to them, to make sure they have success before they leave, whatever success is.”Keeping hopes for a successful season in mind, the Badgers working on coming together and just being one united team.Although they certainly have high hopes for a good season, right now Wisconsin is taking practice one day at a time, one game at a time. Being such a young team, they’re working on getting better each day.“I think as a team, we’re young, that’s first of all,” Nichols said. “So every day we get out here, we want to try to improve, we want to get better and better. I know that’s a small goal, but every day we’re trying to come out here and just do one thing better.”“Some guys one day look real good and some guys another day look real good,” Trask said. “We’re getting closer, we’re moving in a direction. We’re very much a work in progress, that’s the best way I can put it.”last_img read more


Gossip column: Benteke, Di Maria, Cavani, Michu, Messi, Pedro

first_imgLiverpool remain keen on Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, 24, but are still refusing to pay the £32m asking price – despite selling 20-year-old forward Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49m on Tuesday. (Daily Mirror) The Sun’s back pageManchester United are ready to sell winger Angel Di Maria to Paris St-Germain for £42.8m. The Red Devils spent £59.7m on the 27-year-old last summer. (Le Parisien via Star) But United are also interested in a swap deal that would see Di Maria go to PSG with 28-year-old forward Edinson Cavani moving to Old Trafford. (Daily Express) Manchester City and Liverpool are both interested in signing 18-year-old Fulham forward Patrick Roberts. The Championship club want £10m for the teenager. (The Sun, subscription required)  Chelsea are confident of beating both Arsenal and Liverpool to the signing of Barcelona forward Pedro after meeting a £22m release fee in the 27-year-old’s contract. (Daily Star) Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi, 27, is prepared to go on strike to force a move to Manchester United. The Spanish side value the Argentina defender at £37m. (The Sun, subscription required) Arsenal have made a £10m bid for Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam, with the 24-year-old being lined up to challenge Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal at left-back. (Mediaset via Talksport) Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell could be leaving Arsenal for good, with former Manchester United boss David Moyes ready to spend £6m to take the 23-year-old to Real Sociedad. (Daily Mirror) Southampton are close to replacing Morgan Schneiderlin, who has joined Manchester United, with 24-year-old Feyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasie. The Netherlands international will cost £12m. (Daily Mail)  Daily Express back pageSwansea boss Garry Monk says forward Michu will not play for the club again. The 29-year-old was loaned out to Napoli last season. (South Wales Evening Post) Leicester believe new manager Claudio Ranieri will convince out-of-contract midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, 34, to agree a new deal with the club. The pair worked together when Ranieri was in charge of Inter Milan in 2011-12. (Daily Star) Former Leicester midfielder Muzzy Izzet believes the Foxes have made the wrong choice in appointing Ranieri. (Talksport)  Argentina legend Diego Maradona has criticised Lionel Messi’s international career and said it is time to stop giving the Barcelona forward, 28, special treatment. (Daily Telegraph) Chelsea and Tottenham might have to pay more than £15m a year to use Wembley while they redevelop their stadiums. (Times, subscription required) Robert Lewandowski’s agent has told Manchester United it will cost them more than £35m to sign the 26-year-old Bayern Munich striker this summer. (Independent) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed reports linking midfielder Mesut Ozil, 26, with a move away from the Gunners. (Sky Sports)  The back page of the MirrorNew Aston Villa assistant Ray Wilkins has advised midfielder Jack Grealish to “live like a monk” to fulfil his potential after the 19-year-old was disciplined last month when pictures appeared to show him passed out in the street in Tenerife. (Daily Mail) Championship sides Burnley and Cardiff are both considering moves for Wigan’s Wales international midfielder Emyr Huws, 21. (Shoot) Sunderland have failed in an attempt to sign Zenit St Petersburg defender Nicolas Lombaerts, 30. The clubs had agreed a £5m fee but the Black Cats could not agree personal terms with the player. (Times, subscription required) Midfielder Tom Cleverley, 25, hopes his move from Manchester United to Everton will help restart his England career. Cleverley last won a cap in November 2013. (Liverpool Echo)  Cleverley’s 24-year-old Toffees team-mate and fellow midfielder James McCarthy is a target for Manchester City after they missed out on Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph. (Daily Express) West Brom are close to signing goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, 28, from Crystal Palace in a £3.5m deal. (Birmingham Mail) Best of social mediaWest Ham co-chairman David Gold revealed on Twitter  he hopes former England striker Andy Carroll will be back from his latest injury setback in early September.Macclesfield’s second-half team versus Nantwich was Trialist, Cowan, Byrne, Pilkington, Haynes-Brown, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist. Robin van Persie thanked both his former Premier League clubs after his £4.7m move from Manchester United to Fenerbahce. He wrote on Twitter:  “Thank you Arsenal and thank you Manchester United. Wish you all the best. After 11 great years in the Premier League, I have taken on a new challenge at Fenerbahce. Thank you to all the fans, who have supported me through the years.”And finallyFormer Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff’s wages at Shamrock Rovers will go to charity. (Eurosport) Frank Lampard bought 16 tickets for British fans to New York City’s match against Toronto, after meeting them at the club’s training facilities. (Metro) Swindon Town have banned media outlets from attending news conferences. Instead the League One club will put out interviews conducted by its own press officer on its website and a social media app. (Guardian)last_img read more


Ronaldo eyes more FIFA success as Real dominate awards

first_imgThe Portuguese ace has scored 44 goals in just 48 games for club and country so far this calendar year, including two in a 4-1 Champions League final win over Juventus in Cardiff on June 3.Ronaldo saw off competition from longstanding Barcelona rival Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, the world’s most expensive player.Cristiano Ronaldo, FIFA Player of the Year © AFP / Gal ROMA, Laurence CHU , Vincent LEFAI, Sophie RAMISBut, typical of a footballer who has enjoyed huge success at both Manchester United and Real, Ronaldo was not satisfied.“I want seven. Five is good but seven is my lucky number so seven would be great.”Real boss Zinedine Zidane took the corresponding manager of the year award, with the Spanish giants providing five players in the FIFPro team of the year.Ronaldo won the inaugural Best FIFA men’s player of the year award last year following the end of a six-year merger between the FIFA honour and France Football’s Ballon D’Or.The 32-year-old previously won the FIFA World Player of the Year award, the precursor to the Best FIFA award, in 2008.Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane (R) shakes hands with Italian manager of Nantes, Claudio Ranieri after winning the Best FIFA men’s coach of 2017 award © AFP / Ben STANSALLHe has now won the last two FIFA men’s trophies as well as three of the last four Ballon D’Or awards.“Thanks a lot for voting for me,” said Ronaldo after receiving his trophy from Argentina great Diego Maradona and Brazil’s Ronaldo at the London Palladium theatre.“I mention Leo and Neymar, great to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my team-mates, my coach, they all support me all year.“We are in England for the first time and I win consecutive awards,” he added. “This is a great moment for me. I have fans all over the world.”Zidane won out ahead of Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and Juventus’s Massimiliano Allegri to be crowned men’s coach of the year after becoming the first man to oversee a successful defence of the European Cup in the Champions League era.“I’d like to thank all of the players for making this possible,” said Zidane. “This is a very special prize.”By video-link, Netherlands midfielder Lieke Martens holds her trophy for The Best FIFA women’s player of 2017 © AFP / Ben STANSALLReal’s superb campaign was recognised in a FIFPro team that featured Ronaldo and club-mates Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos.The XI also included FIFA’s goalkeeper of the year, Gianluigi Buffon.AC Milan’s Leonardo Bonucci and PSG’s Dani Alves were in the defence, with Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta in a side also featuring Messi and Neymar.– Giroud wins best goal –Juventus and Italy shot-stopper Buffon topped a three-strong shortlist for the goalkeeper award ahead of Real’s Keylor Navas and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.Monday also saw the Puskas Award for the best goal of 2017 go to Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.The France striker received the award named in honour of Hungary great Ferenc Puskas for a spectacular ‘scorpion-kick’ against Crystal Palace in January.The Frenchman’s flicked volley with his left foot that went in off the crossbar won ahead of goals from Venezuela’s Deyna Castellanos, 18, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke.Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (L) wins The Best FIFA goalkeeper of 2017 award © AFP / Ben STANSALLMeanwhile tournament hosts the Netherlands’ achievement in winning their first major female football title, the 2017 Women’s European Championship, was recognised with Women’s Coach of the Year and Player of the Year awards for Sarina Wiegman and Lieke Martens respectively.Supporters of Celtic won the Fan Award for the way they marked the 50th anniversary of the Glasgow club’s European Cup triumph.The Fair Play award went to Francis Kone for saving the life of goalkeeper Martin Berkovec, who nearly suffocated as a result of swallowing his tongue during a Czech league match in February.Voting for the bulk of the awards was equally weighted between national team captains and coaches, media and fans.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo stands with the trophy after winning The Best FIFA men’s player of 2017 award on October 23, 2017 in London © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 23 – Cristiano Ronaldo has set his sights on a “lucky seventh” piece of FIFA silverware after collecting his fifth Men’s Player of the Year award on Monday.Ronaldo’s Real Madrid side, who won both La Liga and the Champions League last season, dominated the 2017 Best FIFA football awards at a star-studded ceremony in London on Monday.last_img read more


Youth Trans Tasman Award Winners

first_imgTroy Malcolm award – Oscar SanftRoxy Winder award – Kirsty Quince Australian 18’s Boys captain, Oscar Sanft, was given the Troy Malcolm award, while Australian 20’s Girls player, Kirsty Quince, was the recipient of the Roxy Winder award. 18’s GirlsPlayers Player – Emily ReedCoaches Award – Sarah PeattieEncouragement Award – Charlotte Caslick20’s Girls Players Player – Emilee CherryCoaches Award – Kirsty Quince18’s BoysPlayers Player – Brentt Warr and Zach StrasserCoaches Award – Simon Lang20’s BoysPlayers Player – Nick GoodCoaches Award – Dylan Thompsonlast_img read more


24 days ago​Jones expecting imminent decision on Stoke future

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Jones expecting imminent decision on Stoke futureby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNathan Jones expects Stoke City to clarify his position imminently.The club have two points from nine games and los 3-2 to Nottingham Forest on Friday night.Jones has been at the club since January but has been unable to turn around their fortunes.He said to reporters about his position: “If results don’t improve, I fully expect a decision to be made on my future. I fully expect it and I have no argument about it, absolutely not.”If I’m honest, if this wasn’t such the club that it was, and has the owners it has, I would’ve been gone a while ago because my results haven’t been good enough and I know that.”I’m under no illusions, just as I knew in my previous job I was not untouchable, but, I was in a very secure position because my win rate was 55 per cent and we’d been promoted and we’d changed everything about it.”We’ve changed a lot here but we haven’t got results and that’s the be-all and end-all. So trust me, I fully expect if I don’t get results in the next few games that a decision will be made on my future.” last_img read more


Educational Assessment Centre Opens in Mandeville

first_img The parish of Manchester now has a diagnostic and care centre, which will cater to the special learning needs of children with autism and cognitive challenges.The Educational Assessment and Resource Centre, located on the grounds of Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, was built by the Government at a cost of $35 million.It boosts two play and learning rooms, observation room, a nurses’ station, an administrative section, as well as lunchroom, bathrooms, offices and laboratories.On staff are a special educational psychologist, a clinical psychologist, and special education teachers. The spacious two-storey structure will open to the public on March 11.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon Ruel Reid, said that the establishment of the centre is in keeping with Government’s focus on ensuring that the education system is inclusive and enables students to maximise their full potential. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, delivers the keynote address at the opening of the Educational Assessment and Resource Centre at the Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, Manchester, on February 19. The Educational Assessment and Resource Centre, located on the grounds of Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, was built by the Government at a cost of $35 million. Story Highlights The parish of Manchester now has a diagnostic and care centre, which will cater to the special learning needs of children with autism and cognitive challenges.center_img “We are going to use the diagnostic centre to make sure that no child is left behind in the region,” he said, noting that it will customise learning through the use of technology.He was delivering the keynote address at the official opening of the centre on February 19.Senator Reid said that global figures indicate that one in every 10 students is likely to have severe special needs.He noted further there are persons with mild autism, who go undetected. “Indeed, one in every 42 boys is autistic and one in every 167 girls is autistic. Autism is on a spectrum of mild to severe. Some of the challenges faced in the classroom are because this goes undetected,” he said.The Education Minister said that in addition to establishing assessment and diagnostic centres, increased focus will be placed on an early stimulation/intervention strategy that addresses needs during the first 1,000 days of the child’s life.The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that the period spanning between conception and one’s second birthday is when the foundations of optimum health, growth and neurodevelopment across the lifespan are established.“Learning begins from conception because the first 1,000 days from conception to age two is a key age; two is the highest point of their cognitive neurological development (brain capacity)” Minister Reid added.In his remarks, Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President, Dr. Garth Anderson, said the body has been advocating for the early assessment of students entering the education system at the early-childhood level for the purpose of developing a learning profile and targeted intervention.Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President, Dr. Garth Anderson, addresses the official opening of the Educational Assessment and Resource Centre at Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, Manchester, on February 19. It boosts two play and learning rooms, observation room, a nurses’ station, an administrative section, as well as lunchroom, bathrooms, offices and laboratories. Dr. Anderson, who is also Principal of Church Teachers’ College, urged that the diagnostic centre be fully utilised to “fulfil its mission of not only assessing students but to also be effective in changing the way in which we do teaching and learning”.last_img read more


Atletico Madrid fails to defeat Betis

first_imgIn the late Sunday game in LaLiga, Atletico Madrid failed in the quest to earn three points against a Real Betis team that looks unbeatable at the moment.The result itself is not a reason to despair. What’s concerning is the fact that Simeone’s men have now failed to score in two consecutive matches and the Europa League matchup with Arsenal is looming on the horizon. Is the exhausting schedule catching up to his team, or are they just taking a breather and saving energy for what’s to come?Report: Owen now turns his attentions to BeckhamReport: Owen now turns his attentions to Beckham George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Michael Owen has now turned his war of words towards David Beckham.In the players serialised book in the Daily Mirror, “Reboot” has now turned…The Wanda Metropolitano outfit now has a solitary win in its last five fixtures. The absence of Diego Costa is obviously hurting the team, as Fernando Torres is nowhere near the player he used to be and is not an adequate replacement. Since Costa is set to miss the first leg versus Arsenal, Simeone will need to find a solution up front or risks failure.Diego Simeone did rest several of his first-team regulars against a side that had won their previous six games. Cristian Tello hit the post for Betis, while Saul struck the crossbar for the hosts. The 0-0 draw means that now Barcelona only needs a point against Deportivo la Coruna next Sunday to officially win the title.last_img read more


Ivan Rakitic dropped from Croatia squad

first_imgIvan Rakitic has been dropped from Croatia’s squad for the upcoming game against England due to injury.The Barcelona midfielder will miss the all-important UEFA Nations League game against the Three Lions at Wembley on Sunday due to injury, according to Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic.Rakitic came off injured in the 67th minute of Croatia’s 3-2 home win over Spain on Thursday which gave the World Cup runners-up a chance to top League A Group 4 and claim a place in next year’s semifinals.“He will go to Barcelona, it’s a serious injury. You know that I usually take no risk. If there is a doubt that the injury could be serious, then we let him rest,” Dalic told Sky Sports.Dalic refused to reveal the type of injury but Rakitic was taken off, suffering discomfort in the back of his right thigh.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We want healthy players and Ivan in this moment is not 100 percent ready. Unfortunately, we are going to play without him.”The 30-year-old has featured in 102 games for his country, but Dalic said they have players capable of filling in.“We will see who will replace him. We have [Mateo] Kovacic, we have [Josip] Brekalo, we have [Milan] Badelj,” he added.“There is always a solution and we should stop whining about someone who’s not going to be there. We will find a solution and we are going to Wembley to enjoy football.”The winner of Sunday’s game with England will progress to the semis of the Nations League with the losers being relegated to League B.last_img read more


Key Bank Employees Volunteer Time With Stream Watch

first_imgFor a complete list of wheelchair accessible fishing spots in your area visit the DF&G website. For any questions call (907) 260-5449 x 1205. Photo courtesy of Stream Watch Alice Main a coordinator with Kenai Stream Watch: “Stream Watch is a volunteer program that works to protect our world class fisheries through peer to peer education, and restoration projects across the Kenai Peninsula.”  Stream Watch volunteers are hoping that people spend more time thinking about how critically important the river is to the community. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Representatives with Key Bank in Soldotna helped the local Stream Watch install habitat protective fencing at our favorite wheelchair accessible fishing hole at Centennial Park. Anyone can volunteer with Stream Watch. Main: “The more the merrier, no matter whether it’s part of our organization or not. Folks can keep an eye out for one of our events, or one of our coordinators.”  Stream Watch Started in 1994 by a group of concerned citizens and the Chugach National Forest, this volunteer driven program has grown from a grassroots collective of 10 to a volunteer movement of 180+ volunteers who have spent 25 years making a difference for rivers on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula.last_img read more


Kasilof Man Wanted After Burglary On KBeach Road

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers responded to a reported burglary in progress off of Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kasilof, on Sunday. Charges have been filed and warrants have been requested for Deboard for two counts Burglary 2nd and one count each of Burglary 1st, Theft 1st and Criminal Mischief 4th. Anyone with information about the side by side or the whereabouts of Deboard is urged to call Alaska State Troopers at 262-4453 or Peninsula Crimestoppers at 283-8477. Still missing, is a green 675cc Honda Pioneer side by side ATV.  It has four seats and a full roll cage, as well as a distinctive crack in the windshield. In addition, three ATVS had been stolen.  The majority of the items, including two of the ATVs were recovered nearby in two separate caches in a wooded area. According to an online Trooper dispatch, the suspect fled minutes prior to AST arrival.  Investigation led to the suspect being identified as Scott Allan Deboard, age 23 of Kasilof. Deboard was found to have made forced entry into the residence, a woodshed and a detached garage.  Numerous items were stolen, to include thousands of dollars in camping/outdoors equipment and power tools.last_img read more