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Arsene Wenger compares Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid star Luka Modric

first_imgArsene Wenger compares Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid star Luka Modric Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 Feb 2019 10:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link35Shares Speaking on beIN SPORTS, the former Arsenal manager said: ‘He is the outstanding player at Tottenham and the worry you can have for Tottenham is can they keep a player of that quality. I think he has developed extremely well.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He can score, he can deliver on set-pieces, he can give the final ball, he works very hard for the team. You do not find many players with so many qualities.‘He is the player that [Luka] Modric was before at Tottenham but he scores more goals.’More: 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 CityEriksen moved to Spurs a year after Modric had departed north London for Madrid, signing in a bargain £11.5m deal from Ajax in 2013 and he has effectively filled the Croatian’s boots as the club’s playmaker.Since his arrival at Spurs, Eriksen has created more chances (518) in the Premier League than any other player following his debut in the competition, highlighting how influential he has been for Spurs.He has also scored 63 goals in 259 games and Mauricio Pochettino will be desperate to keep him long-term as he plots a way to end the club’s trophy drought.Spurs qualified for the Champions League last-16 stage despite picking up just one point in their opening three group games and now have one foot in the quarter-finals following their emphatic victory over the Bundesliga leaders.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Christin Eriksen has developed into a key player for Spurs (Getty Images)Arsene Wenger has hailed Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen as a complete midfielder and likened him to Real Madrid star Luka Modric.Eriksen delivered an excellent performance as Spurs thrashed Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, supplying the assist for Fernando Llorente’s header late on after Heung-Min Son and Jan Vertonghen had also found the net.There has been plenty of speculation over the 27-year-old’s future as Spurs have been unable to reach an agreement with him over a contract extension to take him beyond his existing deal which expires in 2020.Real Madrid, who signed Modric from Spurs in 2012, are rumoured to be suitors of the Danish international and although Wenger sees similarities in their styles of play, he stated that Eriksen is a greater goal threat than the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner.ADVERTISEMENT”You do not find player with so many qualities. He’s the player that was Modrić before… but he scores more goals!”Wenger compares Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid’s Ballon d’Or winner. #beINUCL #beINWenger pic.twitter.com/kWhyGkCSMK— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) February 13, 2019 Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

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No. 17 Syracuse routed by No. 4 Notre Dame, 98-68, in season’s biggest test

first_img Published on February 25, 2019 at 7:53 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Quentin Hillsman stood in the center of a sold-out Carrier Dome on Saturday, with his team behind him, and smirked.“Our goal every year is to win a National Championship,” Hillsman bellowed to a crowd of over 36,000 for SU men’s basketball’s matchup with Duke, “and that starts Monday.”For a team shrouded with inconsistencies — turnovers, poor-shooting, defensive mishaps — Monday provided a possible rebirth. Even if the Orange wouldn’t admit it, much of the season hinged on their ability to capture the one win they needed. After every misstep, Hillsman urged a look forward. Big games are on the horizon, games where the Orange can re-establish themselves as a national power.But, in the season’s biggest test, No. 17 Syracuse (20-7, 9-5 Atlantic Coast) once again faltered. The high-octane, fast-paced offense that Syracuse mimicked from country powers like No. 4 Notre Dame (26-3, 13-2) fell at the hands of its superior. In a 98-68 loss, the Orange were dominated in every facet of the game as their attempted responses were undone by a Fighting Irish two-fold. Monday offered the chance of a “cure-all,” Syracuse junior Gabrielle Cooper said, in front of a potentially record-breaking crowd. But instead it left SU with yet another crippling loss, and a repeated reminder of the unrefined areas it still needs to grow.“This is the game we have a great opportunity to come on our home floor and beat a very good team,” Hillsman said. “And we didn’t take advantage of the opportunity.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAmy Nakamura | Senior Design EditorThe buildup for the game started before the season even began. The Orange, who started the season ranked in the top-25, preached the ability to achieve a “balance” SU hadn’t seen since its trip to the NCAA Tournament. A strong backcourt, a star point guard and forward depth brought memories of the Syracuse’s inside-out attack highlighted by star guards Brittney Sykes, Alexis Peterson and forwards Bria and Briana Day. Looking at the roster at his disposal, Hillsman declared before the Orange played their first game that he expected SU would go 36-0 — a perfect season followed by a run to a National title.An early season conquest of North Dakota provided clarity as to what SU’s attack can bring, and a close-loss to then-No. 3 Oregon possibly alluded it could extend to opponents much greater. But with its triumphs came a lesser number of missteps — ones that perhaps held greater weight in the quest for its ultimate goal.All season, Syracuse showed signs: It had versatility. It had star-power. It had depth. But sometimes Syracuse didn’t have enough. All that could change though. It just needed to show up at the right time. While Hillsman couldn’t “win every game” like he’s repeatedly shown the desire to do so, little is there an opportunity to play a game that can correct all past failures. Monday, Syracuse started on the offensive. After Notre Dame drew a quick foul off the opening tip, SU converted on the game’s opening bucket. Though sloppy play at times overcame SU, between Orange turnovers and transition buckets from UND, timely shooting provided them life.With the time winding down in the first quarter, Miranda Drummond followed a miss and ran the baseline out to the 3-point line. When her feet crossed, she spun around and fired a 3-pointer that gave SU a one-point edge. After a quarter, it looked like Syracuse could match the Fighting Irish with some more refined play. It was five points. Two possessions. “That’s like nothing,” Tiana Mangakahia said after the game. But then UND caught fire.Notre Dame outscored SU 22-8 in the second quarter, a number that a small recovery in the third quarter couldn’t fix. Fighting Irish star Arike Ogunbowale effortlessly stroked jumpers from the outside as Syracuse fought for every shot. Mangakahia got into foul-trouble late in the first quarter, and the Orange started to feel the pain of her absence in the second quarter, finishing with 12 turnovers in the first half. UND undid Syracuse with an attack very similar, albeit much more efficient than its own. Whenever SU found itself in a shooting slump, it prescribed the solution would be to push the ball inside. Notre Dame did so with ease and scored from inside and out, dissecting SU’s limited defensive presence. Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw said the Fighting Irish opted for more of a “high-low” game instead of shooting heavily from the outside. As it scored in bunches on the interior, it caused the SU zone to “suck in a little bit,” and UND took advantage from the outside — a game plan the Orange have frequently acknowledged but rarely perfected.“I guess we kind of just lost our heads,” Drummond said of the collapse. “We weren’t focused.”Short spurts from SU gave the Orange possible momentum. Near the end of the third quarter, Mangakahia scored an and-1 layup, forced an offensive foul and drained a 3-pointer at the other end. Syracuse worked its way around on the next possession and found Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi alone under the rim. But as Syracuse had a chance to extend its scoring run to 8-0, Djaldi-Tabdi’s layup misfired.The crowd urged the Orange: In between points from the Fighting Irish and turnovers from Syracuse, it led cheers to push a run, to lead to any sort of momentum. But repeated blows left the crowd of nearly 5000-below the expected total mute.“It’s very disappointing, I talk about every loss. It doesn’t matter. We want to win every game. I was disappointed against Georgia Tech. I was disappointed against Oregon. I was disappointed …” Hillsman trailed off, laughing. “It’s the same disappointment. It’s not larger or smaller at this point because of Notre Dame, but obviously it’s a great opportunity.”Postgame, Hillsman was every bit as forward-thinking as he had been all season long. He wishes he could have the second quarter back. But it won’t, and this opportunity — to get a marquee win on its home floor — won’t happen again this season. The Orange have tried for a long time to create a system that would allow them to toe the line of the country’s elites. They made their way to the final game in 2016 and hoped that Monday would provide a gleaming route to find their way back. But, instead, Notre Dame proved to be everything the Orange isn’t. And everything it can’t yet be. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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Sandy Stuvik in the points on GT3 debut

first_imgKodrić lined up on the grid for Sunday’s race in 11th place and after making a good start ran wide in turn three and was forced to return to the pits to have grass removed from the front radiator.  He rejoined the race still on the lead lap but over a minute and a half behind the leading cars.  With no safety car to bunch up the field there was little to be done in the hour long race except show the potential pace of the car.Sandy Stuvik.Kodrić was soon one of the fastest men on the track and quickly caught and passed the GT4 cars as he fought to close up on the GT3 pack.  On lap fifteen he pitted to hand the Lamborghini over to Stuvik who continued to push hard as he reeled in the back of the pack.  When the chequered flag came out the Thai driver had come back up to 16th place overall, 7th in the Silver Cup.  The points earned in both races have left the drivers in 5th place in the Silver Cup standings.The next race will be a special one for Stuvik as it will take place in his home country, at the Buriram International Circuit, on the 20-21st of May. The inaugural race of the Blancpain GT Series Asia took place at Sepang in Malaysia last weekend and Ban Chang based Thai driver Sandy Stuvik was eager to begin the new season in his Vincenzo Sospiri Racing supported Lamborghini Huracan GT3.  Partnering Stuvik this season is Martin Kodrić, an official Lamborghini junior driver and the pair, one of the youngest in the series, entered the Silver Cup class which is the second largest category in the bumper field of thirty cars.After three days of testing and free practice, two frenetic qualifying sessions of fifteen minutes each took place on Saturday morning.  Stuvik went out in Q1, a session which was red-flagged twice, once at the halfway point and again with two minutes left.  The session was not restarted leaving Stuvik in 8th place overall, 5th in class.  Kodrić took over for Q2 which saw an almost identical situation with an unwelcome red at the halfway point.  Further improvements were impossible when the session restarted and Kodrić qualified in 13th place overall, again 5th in class.Thai driver Sandy Stuvik steers his Vincenzo Sospiri Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 (center) into a corner on lap 1 of the Silver Cup race at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, Saturday, April 8.Stuvik took the start for race one and behind him a grid accident brought out the safety car which neutralised the race for four laps.  The track went green on lap five and much of the first part of the race was spent with the top six fighting their way past Liu’s Ferrari.  The number 86 Audi was the first to get ahead and the eventual race winner streaked off into the distance creating a gap which proved unbeatable.On lap nine Stuvik passed the Ferrari to move into 5th and started chasing down Gounon’s Porsche.  The pit window opened and on lap thirteen VSR called Stuvik in to hand over to Kodrić.  When the pit window closed and the race settled down the Croatian found himself down in 10th place.  His pace during his stint allowed him to pick off two places and he spent his last laps defending 8th from a train of Audi’s.last_img read more

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PEA Happy Run proves a roaring success

first_imgRunners set off at the start of the PEA Happy Run in Pattaya, Saturday, Jan. 29.Pattaya mayor Pol. Maj. Gen. Anan Charoenchasri chaired the opening of the PEA Happy Run for charity on Saturday, January 27.  Runners who took part in the event were joined by city councilors, local dignitaries and special guests such as popular celebrities Pinky Sawika, Yo Yossavadee, Jet Jetpipat, Te Dawin and Tee Thanapol.The PEA Happy Run was hosted by the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) Pattaya and consisted of a 5.57 kilometer ‘Night Run’, beginning  at Bali Hai pier and taking in a route around the Pratamnak Hill area, past the Tourist Police Division station and back to the start/finish line.The objective was to promote sports and tourism, bond connections between government agencies and also to raise funds for charity.  Registration was 200 baht per head, and the runners capped out at 2,500 people for the occasion.  All participants received a PEA T-shirt for the run, while prizes included trophies, gift bags and commemorative wrist bands.The PEA is currently involved in implementing an 11,668 million baht Smart City project, with Pattaya being one of the big cities chosen to have electricity and communication cables buried underground.  The plan calls for cable free thoroughfares on Pattaya North, Central and South Roads, as well as Pattaya Third, Second and Beach Roads by 2021.Pol. Maj. Gen. Anan Charoenchasri (left), the mayor of Pattaya, joined celebrities such as Yo Yossavadee (centre) at the start line.The Karunyawet Home for the Disabled was presented with a cheque for 599,000 baht, which included money raised during the charity run.last_img read more

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Pitt smashes Virginia Tech 52-22 to near ACC Coastal title

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — Qadree Ollison looked at the line of scrimmage, looked at the Virginia Tech end zone 97 long yards away and turned to good friend and fellow Pittsburgh running back Darrin Hall.“I asked him if he thought I could run that far and he was like, ‘I don’t know,’” Ollison said with a laugh.The answer unfolded over 17 seconds that began with textbook blocking at the snap, included a vicious stiff-arm at midfield and ended with Ollison flipping across the goal line to finish off the longest offensive play in the program’s 114-year history to provide a giddy exclamation point as the Panthers took a massive step toward their first ACC Coastal Division title with a dominant 52-22 victory over the reeling Hokies on Saturday. Pittsburgh running backs Darrin Hall (22) and Qadree Ollison celebrate after Hall scored a touchdown against Virginia Tech in the third quarter of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh won 52-22.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) ACC Digital Network✔@theACCDN 46 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy 2017:15 PM – Nov 10, 2018 BEAST MODE ACTIVATED Qadree Ollison is taking names from one endzone to the other!#H2P (@Pitt_FB, @QOllison) #Hail2Hall ? yards. SEE YA #H2P (@Pitt_FB, @D_Halll)center_img 1,4656:43 PM – Nov 10, 2018 ACC Digital Network✔@theACCDN 484 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy “It was perfect,” Ollison said after finishing with 235 yards and three touchdowns. “It parted like the Red Sea and as a running back it’s my job to make a guy miss. It’s my job to run a guy over, not let one guy tackle you and after (breaking free), I did.”Yet it’s what happened in the immediate aftermath that the Panthers believe speaks volumes about their team and the bond Ollison and Hall have formed over the last four years while taking turns atop the depth chart. Ollison’s record-breaking sprint broke the previous record of 92 yards set by Hall set last season against Duke. And Hall couldn’t have been happier.“I’m glad he got it,” said Hall after running for 186 yards and a touchdown of his own on Senior Day. “It’s a blessing because he deserves it for everything he’s done for this university.” The Panthers (6-4, 5-1 ACC) rolled up a school-record 654 total yards, 492 coming on the ground, the second-most ever given up by the Hokies (4-5, 3-3).“Obviously, we had trouble and they ran the ball awfully well,” Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente said. “Kind of a weird deal … we didn’t play as well as we would’ve liked to.”Ryan Willis threw for 231 yards and three touchdowns for the Hokies (4-5, 3-3), two of them to Eric Kumah, but Virginia Tech’s defense offered little resistance. A season that began with such promise now finds the Hokies needing to win each of their final two games if they want to extend their bowl streak to 26 seasons.“It’s not foremost in my mind,” Fuente said. “I’ve got plenty of other things to worry about right now.”Pitt’s concerns are far different. The team that found itself floundering at 2-3 at the end of September after getting blown out by Central Florida now needs to win just one of its final two games to earn a trip to the ACC title game on the first Saturday in December.“I know everyone wanted to jump ship after that (UCF) game but there was no doubt in my mind,” Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett said. “We showed it with our play and how confident we are in each other.”Despite the stakes, the Panthers insisted they were focused on avenging a 20-14 loss at Virginia Tech last November. Pitt had four chances from just outside the goal line in the final seconds to pull out the victory at Lane Stadium only to get stopped short, a setback that ultimately prevented the Panthers from earning a bowl bid.Still, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said he wasn’t worried about his team’s ability to deliver if put in a similar spot, and the Panthers spent four quarters putting on a clinic. Hall and Ollison spent most of the afternoon roaring through gaping holes and responding in the second half whenever Virginia Tech attempted to get back in it.“Whatever we wanted, we got,” Pickett said. “So it was a good day.”THE TAKEAWAYVirginia Tech: The Hokies don’t appear interested in tackling anybody. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster hoped his young group would have learned after getting run over in losses to Georgia Tech and Boston College. Instead it was more of the same. Pitt’s offensive line bullied Virginia Tech on a day the Panthers averaged 13.9 yards per play.Pitt: The Panthers have developed a hard-earned reputation for stumbling when given an opportunity to produce a true breakthrough moment. It looked like the latest edition of “Pitt-ing” might come in the second quarter when Pickett fumbled going into the end zone, Virginia Tech recovered for a touchback and then went down and scored to draw within 17-7. This time, however, the Panthers didn’t panic. Pickett directed two touchdown drives before the end of the first half to put the Panthers up 31-7 at the break. The Hokies never drew closer than 16 the rest of the way.UP NEXTVirginia Tech: Welcomes Miami to Lane Stadium next Saturday.Pitt: Travels to Wake Forest next Saturday in the first meeting between the two schools since Pitt joined the ACC in 2013.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

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