Brookdale’s national champs reunited at ring ceremony

first_img BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer Cherise Maltais hadn’t seen her Brookdale Community College women’s softball teammates for seven months, but it seemed like yesterday. Saturday, Brookdale Community College honored its 2005 national champions by handing out championship rings to the players and coaches at the Robert Collins Arena between games of the women’s and men’s basketball double-header. It was the first time the team had been together since the days following their 3-0 win over Broome College (N.Y.) in the junior college Division III national championship final played in Horseheads, N.Y., in May. “It’s so exciting to see everyone again,” she said. “I was never this close to a team before. We share a bond.” That bond led to an experience that few athletes get to share — a national championship. “It’s an indescribable feeling,” Maltais said of receiving her ring. Maltais remarked that the highlight of the season and her BCC career was celebrating on the field with her teammates after the win over Broome. With two national titles in the last four years, Brookdale’s softball program is no longer one of the best programs in the country, but the best. Bo Scannapieco is the reason. He’s approaching 600 career wins at Brookdale and has been there for the 10 straight Region XIX crowns the team has won. “Bo is a great coach and a great guy.” said Maltais. “He kept us focused.” Maltais said that Scannapieco has made putting on a Brookdale uniform special. “It’s a feeling of pride when you wear the uniform,” she said. Scannapieco had high praise for his 2005 softball team. The Jersey Blues started the season ranked No. 1 in the country and stayed there every step of the way. Being No. 1 made the task more difficult, but more rewarding in the end. “This is my 30th year coaching, and to have this happen this late is special,” Scannapieco said. “We had an outstanding group of young leaders. We achieved all of our goals. “What I’m proudest of is the way they won it, they way they conducted themselves throughout the season,” he added. “They played with pride and passion for the program. They did it easy and with grace.” The 2005 Jersey Blues were: Stephanie Brady (Ocean Township), Nicole Carroll (Keyport), Christina Cirello (Manalapan), Erin Covell (Notre Dame), Sarah Flannery (Ocean Township), Kara Hertzke (Raritan), Cherise Maltais (Manalapan), Sara Matarese (Middletown South), Leah Minnick (Middletown South), Christina Morris (Shore Regional), Lynn Olender (Sayreville), Elyse Papaianni (Manas-quan), Brianne Regan (Old Bridge), Amanda Roberts (Freehold Township), Allyson Weinkofsky (Ocean Township), Lynn Williams (Central Regional) and Tammy Wood (South River). Jen Rosant and Sherri Cate, both ex-BCC softball players, are the assistant coaches. There were postseason honors galore for the Blues. Williams, who led the nation in RBIs (73) and was the co-leader in home runs (10), was named a First Team All-American. It was the second straight All-American honors for the third baseman who batted .428 and was the MVP of the Region Tournament. Minnick joined Williams as an All-American, making the Second Team after batted .400 and delivering 55 RBIs. She was the MVP at the National Tournament and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Papaianni, Weinkofsky and Covell. Williams and Covell were BCC’s All-Garden State Athletic Conference picks; while Williams, Minnick, Olender and Papaianni made the All-Region First Team; and Maltais the Second Team. Last but not least, Scannapieco was the National Coach of the Year after leading BCC to a 49-8 season that included a perfect 9-0 record in the postseason and the national title. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

‘Zen’ Cool Smashers book semis berth

first_imgCoach Tai Bundit doesn’t only train his Creamline charges to be physically fit. He also makes sure his players are psychologically in tip-top shape too.“Coach Tai taught us to meditate even during the game,” said Creamline setter Jia Morado. “It helps us think clearly and adjust against our opponents.”ADVERTISEMENT The zen approached continues to work wonders as Creamline ripped Motolite, 25-15, 25-20, 25-23, Wednesday night and formally booked a semifinal berth in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.The Cool Smashers had a slow start at Filoil Flying V Centre, needing a big push to break out of a 6-6 deadlock to eventually score their sixth straight victory for a 6-1 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We know Motolite really studied us and knew how to play against us,” said Morado. “So what we did was go back to coach Tai’s system and get back into the game.”The Thai mentor is known for carrying out a rigorous training regimen and hardly gives instructions during the game itself. Morado fanned out 26 excellent sets, feeding all the Creamline heavy hitters like imports Aleoscar Blanco and Kuttika Kaewpin as well as local stars Alyssa Valdez, Michell Gumabao and Jema Galanza.The win spoiled the maiden appearance of Motolite captain Myla Pablo and ended the squad’s two-game run. Motolite dropped to 2-5.Earlier, PacificTown-Army soldiered on by taking down BaliPure, 25-21, 25-20, 25-21.The Lady Troopers scored their fourth win in seven matches.ADVERTISEMENT Trade to NorthPort a homecoming for Sol Mercado Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption LATEST STORIES 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN View commentslast_img read more

Finally, Fields vs Lawrence: ‘This is the future of the NFL’

first_imgClemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) is seen following the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Clemson won 62-17. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence went to high school about 20 miles from each other in the suburbs northwest of Atlanta.They have worked out since middle school with the same quarterback trainer, a former Pac-12 QB and full-time firefighter who is more well-respected than well-known in the business.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘People evacuated on their own’ “I think that would be pretty cool to see.”It is not far-fetched to envision Lawrence and Fields leading NFL teams for more than a decade as two of the league’s biggest stars.“I don’t think that’s an oversell,” Roth said. “I think that’s real.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lawrence and Fields weren’t just the top two players in their Elite 11 class but two of the most impressive in the 22-year history of the competition.“When they showed up, they had a factor we hadn’t seen very often,” said Yogi Roth, an analyst with the Pac-12 Network who has been working with Elite 11 for 12 years. “They were meticulous in their commitment to the craft.”Fields left Elite 11 with the MVP award.Lawrence committed to Clemson before his junior season and never wavered. Fields committed first to Penn State, then changed his mind and landed at Georgia.The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Lawrence immediately lived up to his billing, leading Clemson to the national championship as a freshman last year. Meanwhile, the 6-3, 225-pound Fields spent last season backing up Jake Fromm at Georgia.“Facing that adversity and just going through that I think it just helped me a lot as a person and also as a football player,” Fields said.Fields transferred to Ohio State and this season he, too, has proved worthy of all the hype, throwing 40 touchdown passes and only one interception.Fields and Lawrence each have at least one more season of college football left, but it’s not hard to see where this could lead.They will head into next season as Heisman Trophy front-runners and then — if they both skip their senior seasons for the NFL — into draft season competing to be the first quarterback and maybe even first player selected.“I really wouldn’t be surprised if it did, you know?” Fields said. “I think we’re both great quarterbacks. I think we both excel in our games. I wouldn’t be surprised if we were at the combine at the same time or something like that because it happened in high school. Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China When Pops met Martin’s son Santino MOST READ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Veal began working with Fields when he was in sixth grade and Lawrence when he was in seventh. Mostly, their sessions were one-on-one with Veal, but at least once Lawrence came to Fields’ high school for a joint session before both went off to college. It was not particularly eventful for either quarterback. Instead of sizing up each other, they were more interested in going about the business of getting better.“They work like nobody’s business,” Veal said. “You know, when they came to a session there was really no talking between me and the kid. It was self-correction and correction. They put in the work to get where they are and then the natural ability and a natural talent surfaced. But they just work at it.”“They wanted to be different,” Veal added.Lawrence was the more advanced of the two heading into high school. Veal attributed that to Fields spending a lot of time playing youth baseball.Lawrence was a four-year starter at Cartersville, a 3A high school. Clemson quarterback coach Brandon Streeter got his first look at Lawrence after the quarterback’s freshman season and could hardly believe what he saw.“No flaws that I could see,” Streeter said. “You knew at that moment that this kid had something special.”While Lawrence was drawing interest from Clemson, Fields’ first offers came from North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest. Fields said going to camps with players like Lawrence motivated him to want more.“He has an offer. How come I don’t have an offer? I think we’re the same in talent,” Fields said. “I kind of always had a chip on my shoulder.”Fields broke out his junior season at Harrison, a 6A high school in Georgia’s second-largest classification.By the summer heading into their senior seasons, Lawrence and Fields had become the top two quarterback recruits in the country. They were selected for Elite 11, a camp where top prospects train and compete on the field, spend time in the film room and are taught how to become a leader.center_img No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Pistons’ Luke Kennard out 2 weeks with knee tendinitis NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Lawrence and Fields were the Nos. 1 and 1a recruits in the class of 2018, competed at the same Elite 11 camp and have been linked for most of their young lives despite never playing in the same football game.The rivalry becomes real Saturday when Fields and No. 2 Ohio State take on Lawrence and No. 3 Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl. It could be the start of something big.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“This is the future of the NFL playing in this game,” said Ohio State defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley, who spent seven years as an NFL assistant. “For the next 10 years you have, God willing they both stay healthy, you have these two guys leading the way.”Fields, who went to Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia, and Lawrence, who attended Cartersville High School, are more friendly than close friends. “It’s funny we have to come across the country to finally play each other,” Lawrence said Thursday at Fiesta Bowl media day.The first connection between Fields and Lawrence is Ron Veal, who played quarterback at Arizona in the late 1980s and now lives in the Atlanta area.Veal started working with young quarterbacks in 2002. The personal QB business has boomed since then and created some superstar coaches who attract and seek out players with blue-chip potential. That’s not Veal. He is now part of a group of trainers called the Quarterback Collective and he trains up-and-coming passers of all kinds as a side gig to firefighting.“Some other quarterback coaches, they brand themselves better,” Field said. “He doesn’t really care about all the glamour. He just wants to see the guys that he trains have success.”That seems to be a perfect match for two prodigies whose priorities were self-improvement, not the spotlight.ADVERTISEMENT Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday View commentslast_img read more

Manchester United freeze out Schneiderlin, Depay as exit looms

first_img0Shares0000West Brom and Everton have both made bids for Manchester United’s Morgan Schneiderlin © AFP/File / STEPHEN BRASHEARMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 6 – Jose Mourinho has told midfielders Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay they will not be considered for selection while they wait to leave Manchester United during the January transfer window.West Brom and Everton have both had bids of under £20 million ($24.7 million, 23.4 million euros) rejected for France international Schneiderlin as United look to recoup most of the £25 million former manager Louis van Gaal paid Southampton for him 18 months ago. And Depay remains a target, for Everton and European clubs including Roma and Nice, although the only interest in the Dutch winger is for loan deals at present.The fact that Mourinho will only let the pair leave if United receive acceptable offers leaves the duo in limbo because, while United face a massive fixture list in the short-term that includes interest in four competitions, the United manager will not consider them.“Their situation is exactly the same, both of them I will allow them to leave the club,” said Mourinho. “I will allow them to leave if the right offer comes. Until this moment, no.Manchester United’s Memphis Depay is a target for Everton and European clubs including Roma and Nice © AFP/File / OLI SCARFF“Is this a good situation? No. Why not? Because I don’t think about them as options in this moment.“In normal conditions they would probably be selected for the match tomorrow and they aren’t because we are waiting for something that a couple of weeks ago looked like 100 per cent and at the moment looks like zero per cent because we don’t have any offer that is close to the quality for the players we have.”– Schweinsteiger ‘an option’ –However, the situation is vastly different for another midfield player who once seemed certain to leave the club in the current window, German international Bastian Schweinsteiger.The veteran appeared to be in the same situation as Schneiderlin and Depay but made a four-minute substitute appearance in the League Cup tie against West Ham at the end of November and is now in Mourinho’s plans as he wrestles with fixture congestion.“He’s selected again so he can start, he can be on the bench,” said Mourinho. “He’s an option for us, I think that’s the best way to describe it.“For many months he wasn’t an option, when we brought him back in the first couple of weeks he was not an option, not ready to compete but since then he’s been working very well, never an injury.“Again, my approach because I think it’s the right one from the human point of view, if a player is not playing I cannot stop a player to leave if the offer is right.“Bastian, he played with us some minutes against West Ham, no more. He wants to stay, he is staying, he is an option because he’s an option he’s selected for tomorrow.“He was selected for three, four matches, he’s waiting for his opportunity to play and I think January is a good month for that with so many matches.”– De Gea praised –Mourinho has paid tribute to goalkeeper David de Gea but admits that, after the Spaniard was named the club’s player of the year in each of the past three seasons, he is relieved that the team’s improved fortunes means he is not in contention for that honour again.“I think when a goalkeeper is a player of the season, it’s because something is wrong,” said Mourinho.“Of course I would love goalkeepers to be recognised, to win the golden ball, to be player of the season in the Premier League because goalkeepers are lonely guys with a different shirt to everybody else.“When they play phenomenal people forget, when they make a mistake, everyone remembers.“That’s why I hugged David at the end of the West Ham game because no save, (and a Michail) Antonio goal, no three points.“Season after season the goalkeeper is player of the season, it means that something is wrong. Hopefully he’s not player of the season this season but hopefully he keeps making important saves for us like he did in last week.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Marine faces 225 counts of recruit abuse

first_imgCOURTS: One incident involved striking fellow troops with a heavy flashlight and a tent pole. By Elliot Spagat THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO – The Marines said Thursday that a drill instructor was charged with 225 counts of abusing recruits at one of the Corps’ two training depots. Sgt. Jerrod M. Glass postponed making a plea during a court appearance Wednesday at San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot, where he worked, said spokesman Austin Mansfield. The charges include 91 counts of assault, 90 of failure to obey lawful orders, 27 of cruelty and maltreatment and 17 of destruction of personal property. The charges cover about 110 alleged incidents between Dec. 23, 2006, and Feb. 10, the Marines said in press release. No member of his platoon was seriously injured. Glass, who had worked as a drill sergeant for less than a year when the alleged mistreatment occurred, was relieved of duty as a drill instructor in February. He is scheduled to go to court-martial Nov. 8. Two other drill instructors, Sgt. Robert C. Hankins and Sgt. Brian M. Wendel, face special courts- martial in the case, the Marines said. Arraignment dates have not been scheduled for either Marine. A fourth drill instructor, whose name was not released, was disciplined and reassigned to administrative duties. In one incident, Glass allegedly ordered a recruit to jump headfirst into a trash can and then pushed him further into the container, according to court documents cited in The San Diego Union-Tribune. He is also accused of striking recruits with a tent pole and a heavy flashlight. In court Wednesday, Glass did not speak except to answer basic questions from the judge, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Meeks. Defense lawyer Capt. Patrick J. Callahan asked that all counts be read aloud. Callahan did not respond to a phone message seeking comment Thursday. About 17,000 recruits graduate each year from the San Diego depot. It is one of only two depots nationwide; the other is in Parris Island, S.C. Last year, four Marines at the San Diego depot were charged in the drowning of a fellow drill instructor during a water survival training course. Two were acquitted of wrongdoing in the case. Charges were dropped against a third Marine and a fourth received nonjudicial discipline. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Republic of Ireland v Sweden: Euro 2016 live stream commentary on talkSPORT

first_img1 Listen live, via talkSPORT.com, on radio (1053 or 1089AM, and DAB), on your television or through our app. LIVE ON talkSPORT: Republic of Ireland v Sweden – click here for commentary from Saint Denis from 5pm (BST) on June 13, 2016.Euro 2016: Every Goal, Every Game, Every Day on talkSPORTThey may have taken a battering in 2012, but Republic of Ireland are back at the European Champions and ready to battle their way out of Group E.Martin O’Neill’s men already promise to more attacking than the side which Giovanni Trapattoni took to Poland and Ukraine and saw beaten three times out of three – conceding nine and scoring just once.On their way to qualifying for the tournament the Boys in Green managed to beat World Cup winners Germany and will not fear anyone in their group, which includes Czech Republic and current European Champions Spain.First up, though, is a clash with a Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspired Sweden in Saint Denis.The teams have met ten times previously with Ireland losing five and winning three of the encounters.But who will have the bragging rights in 2016? Listen live on talkSPORT to find out. Republic of Ireland: Randolph, Coleman, Brady, Clark, O’Shea, Whelan, McCarthy, Hendrick, Hoolahan, Walters, Long. #EURO2016 #IRLSWE— UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) June 13, 2016 Sweden: Isaksson, Lustig, M Olsson, Granqvist, Lindelöf, S Larsson, Lewicki, Källström, Forsberg, Berg, Ibrahimović #EURO2016 #IRLSWE— UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) June 13, 2016last_img read more

Ademola Lookman’s brace sees Toffees secure good win at Apollon Limassol

first_imgAdemola Lookman’s brace ensured a youthful Everton side did not miss Sam Allardyce’s presence in Cyprus as they finished their woeful Europa League campaign with a victory.A pre-arranged medical appointment meant new boss Allardyce was not in Nicosia to witness the 3-0 win over Apollon Limassol, the Toffees’ first of the group stage, but he will receive a positive assessment of his fringe players and youngsters from stand-in manager Craig Shakespeare.The most glowing review will be reserved for 20-year-old Lookman, who scored two goals in seven first-half minutes, the second of which was a blistering strike from range to cap off a 26-pass move where each Everton player touched the ball, with Nikola Vlasic then adding a third late on.Everton’s XI, which featured two debutants – Harry Charsley and Fraser Hornby – was the youngest an English club had selected for a European group-stage fixture in eight years, and Shakespeare also brought on three teenagers for their bows, including 16-year-old Anthony Gordon.The Toffees named a younger starting line-up against BATE Borisov in 2009 when their place in the last 32 had already been assured, and while they selected a youthful team this time because they had already been eliminated, a win meant they at least avoided finishing bottom.Lookman, who came through at Charlton and was making his 22nd Everton appearance, showed his inexperience when he spurned a great chance in the ninth minute.Davy Klaassen played in the winger and he tricked an Apollon defender by feigning to shoot with his left only to hesitate on his right and allow Tasos Kissas to rush out and block the shot.The visitors went ahead in the 21st minute as an unmarked Lookman dispatched a header into the roof of the net from Vlasic’s cross after he had reached the byline via a one-two from Kevin Mirallas.If that featured some good play in the build-up, it was nothing compared to the Toffees’ second.Every Everton player touched the ball in the build-up, including goalkeeper Joel Robles, who cleared out to Mirallas on the left flank before the Belgian found Lookman inside.Afforded space and time, he pulled the trigger from distance and his 25-yard attempt was too quick for Kissas.Robles was kept busy before the half ended, saving from Adrian Sardinero and Fotis Papoulis, who flicked home a free-kick only to be adjudged offside as the visitors entered the interval with a two-goal lead.Lookman could have put the game to bed in the 57th minute when he jinked into the box and saw a left-footed try that would have given him a perfect hat-trick stopped by Kissas. Mirallas and Hornby were both denied by Kissas’ legs but he would be beaten again eight minutes from time by Vlasic’s low finish.The game had long petered out, though, and Shakespeare was able to bring on Nathan Broadhead, Gordon and Alex Denny for maiden senior appearances.None of those will be involved in Sunday’s Merseyside derby when Allardyce and Everton’s big hitters return, but this was evidence that after a bleak few months, there is cause for optimism about the future at Goodison Park. Lookman’s two goals in the first half gave the Toffees a commanding lead 1last_img read more

Census data questioned

first_imgWHITTIER – The numbers say the local economy is improving: fewer people are on welfare and fewer are living in poverty. But the figures, recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau, clash with what officials of two Whittier groups that serve the poor see on a daily basis. The Rev. Bruce Gray, rector of St. Matthias Episcopal Church, which offers a daily soup kitchen, said he’s seen more people arriving for the free meals. “\ are holding steady and maybe even growing a bit,” he said. “When we first started counting five years ago, we were around 80. Now we average 90.” Although the census figures show that income levels are up in Whittier – by about 11 percent in 2005, compared to the 2000 census numbers – the cost of living also has gone up, Gray said. Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said the numbers reflect an improving economy. “Good quality jobs are being created,” Kyser said. “You’re seeing a tightening of the job market that opens the doors to people who might have marginal skills.” Kyser said he’s not certain why their are differences between the new census data showing an improved local economy and the observations of Gray and Knoll. One possible reason could be that it is difficult for some people who don’t have the necessary skills to move out of poverty, Kyser said. Jeff Collier, director of community development for Whittier, said the new census numbers portend good news for Whittier. “Hopefully, that means there is a little more buying power in the community,” Collier said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“What I see is the high cost of housing,” he said. “It’s so expensive for people to live.” Usually, the people who come to St. Matthias for free meals are not homeless. Instead, to afford their rents, they eat meals at the church, Gray said. Ted Knoll, executive director of the Whittier Area First Day Coalition, a transitional homeless shelter, said he too has not seen any reduction in clients. The newly released census data is from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, which is replacing the long form on the 10-year census and is based on answers from 3 million questionnaires. This latest batch of data includes income levels, occupations and information on commutes to work. In Whittier, the data showed fewer residents on welfare and fewer living below the poverty line. last_img read more

West Ham vs Crystal Palace commentary: Confirmed team news for GameDay clash

first_img PEP TALK appointed Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son latest statement update Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:08Loaded: 14.53%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:08 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more rookie error Wilfried Zaha and Crystal Palace take on West Ham this weekend LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Getty Images – Getty deals West Ham vs Crystal Palace: How to listenThe Premier League clash will get under way at 5:30pm on Saturday, October 5.Full commentary from the London Stadium will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 5:15pm.Laura Woods will bring you all the build-up from the capital before handing over to Clive Tyldesley and Trevor Sinclair for live and exclusive commentary.To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.West Ham vs Crystal Palace: What has been said?West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini: “I always believe.“I think you must be always a winner, that you must have a mentality that reflects that at least you are going to make the attempt to do it. After that you will see if you arrive or not.“But in the way we are playing, I think that we are improving a lot and that’s one of the reasons why we believe we can do it.“We must be concentrated and try to continue the way we are playing now. Try to be a solid team in defending and try to continue scoring goals and then we will see which other teams will arrive in the (top) six, or in the first five positions in the table.” LIVING THE DREAM London rivals West Ham and Crystal Palace go head-to-head on Saturday evening and talkSPORT will bring you all the derby action exclusively live.Both sides are going well in the Premier League this season. Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule West Ham host Crystal Palace this weekend SAY THAT AGAIN? 2 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ 2 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP ‘Are you ready for this?’ – Souness in rare praise of returning Paul Pogba West Ham fan Terry rants at Hammers in ANGRIEST talkSPORT call everWest Ham vs Crystal Palace: Match statsWest Ham are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games against Crystal Palace since losing 3-1 in February 2015.Crystal Palace have taken one point from three Premier League visits to the London Stadium.West Ham have lost more London derbies than any other side (97), while only Fulham have a lower win rate in such games than Crystal Palace.Since Crystal Palace returned the Premier League in 2013-14, no side has won more penalties than the Eagles in the competition (46), while West Ham have given away the most in that time (39). There has been a penalty awarded in three of the last four league meetings between these sides.Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has never won an away league match against West Ham in six attempts.West Ham’s Manuel Pellegrini has won all four of his home league matches against Crystal Palace by an aggregate score of 11-2, beating a different manager each time – Tony Pulis, Neil Warnock, Alan Pardew and Roy Hodgson. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Getty Images – Getty Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff West Ham are fifth and unbeaten since the opening day while Palace are just a point behind.The two meet at the London Stadium this weekend knowing a win could see either take third place.The Hammers won this fixture last season, claiming glory in a thrilling 3-2 clash.Who will come out on top this weekend? talkSPORT will be in east London to find out. West Ham vs Crystal Palace: Team newsWest Ham: Roberto, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Yarmolenko, Noble, Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, HallerSubs: Balbuena, Zabaleta, Snodgrass, Fornals, Wilshere, Martin, AjetiCrystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Kelly, Cahill, van Aanholt, Zaha, Kouyate, McArthur, McCarthy, Schlupp, AyewSubs: Tomkins, Dann, Meyer, Townsend, Hennessey, Benteke, Victor CamarasaSaturday is GameDay on talkSPORT. We’ll bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network this Saturday, including Brighton vs Tottenham (12:30)last_img read more

Lampard’s hilarious rituals to avoid bad results include ‘picking up my dog’s s**t’

first_imgChelsea manager Frank Lampard has revealed a series of ‘ridiculous’ superstitions that he believes help him avoid bad results.The Stamford Bridge legend says he fears failing to follow a number of simple personal rituals, such as walking his dog ‘and picking up her s**t’ at a specific time, can have a negative impact on his team’s results.Lamps has been superstitious since his playing days and sticks closely to routine. AFP or licensors The Barclays @PremierLeague Manager of the Month for October!Congratulations, Frank! 🥇👏 pic.twitter.com/fu1IBFAoTq— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 8, 2019The Blues begin the weekend in fourth position but, depending on results, could end it second only to early leaders Liverpool.“If it was something that was painful I would probably try and get rid of it, but it actually fits nicely,” continued Lampard.“I like going to the gym, I like walking the dog, I like eating pasta as a pre-match meal, so I stick with certain things. Frank Lampard is working wonders at Chelsea – is it all down to his superstitious routine? Chelsea vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTNottingham Forest vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Leicester vs Arsenal (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTCardiff vs Bristol City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 1center_img His customs include spending a precise amount of time exercising and adhering to a schedule when taking out his pet dog, Minnie.While he accepts it is completely irrational, the 41-year-old, whose side host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday – with LIVE AND EXCLUSIVE commentary on talkSPORT – feels changing his habits may adversely affect his team’s fortunes.Asked what superstitions he has as a manager, Lampard replied ahead of the game: “Only routines, and only routines about walking the dog, or what time I leave, or maybe what boots I wear in training, or little bits and bobs.“I walk the dog at certain times and on certain days. I will walk her at a certain time, for a certain route.TUNE IN: Listen to radio commentary of Chelsea vs Crystal Palace only on talkSPORT“I take her out in the morning. I go out early before I leave, I take her down to the local coffee shop, get my takeaway coffee, walk around, pick up her s**t, put it in the bin, walk her home then go to training.“I like going to the gym as well – that’s another one of my superstitions. I have to do exactly the same amount of time on the bike – 50 minutes – or the exact route that I run. Things like that.“If I don’t do them, then I can feel like, ridiculously, it might have an effect on results.”Lampard’s methods are currently paying dividends. He was on Friday crowned Premier League manager of the month on the back of five successive top-flight victories, three of which came in October. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this weekend… LIVE on talkSPORT “We are all different, and I don’t completely rely on it. I joke a little bit, but I think it shows how much you want to do well and win sometimes, whether it has an effect or not.“And I think if that’s in your mindset, that’s not the worst thing, albeit it might become a bit annoying sometimes if you stick to it.”Chelsea will hand a late fitness test to Mason Mount ahead of the lunchtime meeting with Palace due to an ankle problem suffered in the midweek draw with Ajax, but Ross Barkley is ruled out with a similar issue and fellow midfielder Jorginho is suspended.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live commentaries from the Premier League, including Chelsea vs Crystal Palace (12.30)last_img read more