Johnson set for Stoke move

first_img “We’ve got other irons in the fire and sometimes if you invest too much time in one deal, then you can lose others. That was the case with this one so we’ve stepped aside and we’re looking at other things now.” While Stoke have been busy bringing in reinforcements, they have seen Steven Nzonzi leave for Europa League winners Sevilla this week and look set to lose goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to Chelsea. Asked the latest on the Begovic situation, Hughes said: “I haven’t had an update today but my understanding is that he’s likely to travel to Chelsea and that will be concluded.” Hughes also backed the Bosnia and Herzegovina international to push Thibaut Courtois hard for the number one jersey if he joins the Premier League champions and not just settle for a back-up role. ” I would imagine, having worked with Asmir, that he’ll back his ability and he would think he will challenge and get game time there, or he wouldn’t have gone there,” the former Chelsea striker said. “He’s a confident goalkeeper and a very accomplished goalkeeper so he’ll push whoever’s in the number one very, very hard.” Press Association No deal has been officially confirmed but Stoke boss Mark Hughes admitted on Saturday morning that the 30-year-old England international’s experience would be a valuable addition to the squad. Speaking to Sky Sports from Stoke’s pre-season tour to Singapore, Hughes said: ” Glen’s a very experienced player, we obviously feel that the qualities that he has will help us. Stoke look set to announce the signing of former Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson as they continue their summer recruitment drive. “We’re a team that’s trying to progress and you do that by getting good players into your squad and they will help us. “Glen has played at a high level for a very long time and we can benefit from that.” Johnson is a free agent after being released by Liverpool when his contract ran out at the end of last season. The right-back spent the last six years at Anfield having previously played for Portsmouth, Chelsea, Millwall and West Ham. He has won 54 caps for England since making his debut in 2003 and was part of Roy Hodgson’s squad at last summer’s World Cup. The capture of Johnson would follow the arrivals of Shay Given, Marco van Ginkel, Joselu, Philipp Wollscheid and Jakob Haugaard this summer as Stoke look to build on last season’s ninth-placed finish in the Barclays Premier League. The Potters had also been looking to bring in Inter Milan’s Xherdan Shaqiri but Hughes says the club have now “stepped aside” in their pursuit of the Switzerland international and turned their attention elsewhere. Hughes said of the 23-year-old: “We expressed an interest, we put a bid in, but we needed really to set a deadline. last_img read more

Becoming a starter for Syracuse football has given Christopher Fredrick a ‘taste’ of what he came to SU for

first_imgAs training camp finished, Christopher Fredrick didn’t like having to look up on the depth chart as a safety-turned-cornerback. He saw four players ahead of him. That’s not exactly the way he wanted to start his redshirt freshman year.“I was kind of struggling, frustrated with that,” Fredrick said.So he went to safety Rodney Williams and cornerback Juwan Dowels for advice. “Don’t focus on it too much,” Fredrick said of what they told him. “Just go to practice every day just working on getting better every day so that when my time does come I’ll be ready.”The time came against then No.17-Virginia Tech on Oct. 15 — Syracuse’s biggest win of the year. A secondary decimated by injuries lost cornerback Cordell Hudson before the game, thrusting Fredrick into his first starting role. Fredrick has now started at corner for SU (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) each of the last three weeks. Hudson came off the injury report last week but didn’t play, leaving Fredrick to start once again in his place.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough he’s had an up and down first year, Fredrick is determined to hold on to the starting role that he got the chance to grab.“It is a great feeling actually working hard and finally getting to display what you’ve been working toward,” Fredrick said. “It’s really satisfying.”His playing time through the first six games consisted mostly of special teams and garbage time work. He recorded one tackle, on a kickoff in the first quarter against Louisville, but that was it.Then the Orange lost Dowels for the season in Week 2 and Hudson, who has yet to return, heading into Week 7. Fredrick leap frogged over Carl Jones, who had been the third option at corner, when Hudson went out.Fredrick packed on the pounds in the last year, bumping up from 173 when he first got to Syracuse to about 194 now. His long arms help in press coverage and knocking down balls and improving his footwork to pick up the slack. He’s spent extra time in the film room, starting with before the VT game, to figure out where he’s supposed to be on plays and what he’s supposed to do.“He’s just been sitting back, staying the course, keep working hard,” Williams said after the win over Virginia Tech. “… Going forward I think he’ll give us a really good chance to win.” There’s been the good: a four-tackle outing against the Hokies that started off with a tackle behind the line on a reverse. Fredrick delivered several big hits, including a key stop on third down. The run defense is where he thinks he’s performed the best.Then there’s the bad: allowing touchdown passes against Virginia Tech and Clemson. VT’s was a 12-yard fade to Isaiah Ford that Fredrick was in position for but didn’t look up when the receiver did. Fredrick went for Ford’s hip instead as the ball floated overtop. At Clemson, Fredrick was the victim of a 65-yard pass down the sideline. The receiver got in his blind spot, he said, and sped by.“Not good at all,” Fredrick said of his game against Clemson.Fredrick insists he took a step back in his performance against Clemson. But he’s trying to make sure he doesn’t slip too far away from where he now is.He’s focused on open field tackling heading into the game against North Carolina State and keeping players out of his blind spot.For the most part, though, he’s happy with where he’s at.“You know where you were at before,” Fredrick said. “Now you’re getting the taste of what you really came here for. You got to keep going. Keep getting better so you won’t be back at that place you were before.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 10, 2016 at 11:47 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more

Gautam Gambhir calls for a day-night Ranji Trophy final

first_imgAdvertisement lxdNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2m50uWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eptlkj( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4hWould you ever consider trying this?😱bln57Can your students do this? 🌚fnn8Roller skating! Powered by Firework Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has asked BCCI president Sourav Ganguly to arrange a Ranji Trophy final under the floodlights following India’s successful maiden pink ball Test against Bangladesh at Kolkata. The match saw a massive attendance on the first three days and even tickets for day four was completely sold out in no time.Advertisement “I was at Eden Gardens and the Pink Ball Test was done really well by Sourav Ganguly and his team. There was just enough hype and drama around the game,” Gambhir wrote in a column.Advertisement “I was happy to see that fans’ interest was not compromised. I’d now request Dada to have a Ranji Trophy final with a pink ball.”The left hander also reckons that Virat Kohli should accept Australian skipper Tim Paine’s challenge to play a day-night Test at Adelaide next year. During the 2018-19 tour a pink ball Test was supposed to be held at the South Australian capital but India refused to play that game.Advertisement “I like the way Australia skipper Tim Paine has ‘flighted’ one for India captain Virat Kohli, challenging him to play a day-night fixture on the next tour Down Under. Knowing Virat he is not the one to back out.“And why should he? A day-night Test match between India and Australia at Brisbane or the MCG will be quite a spectacle. And you can trust Aussies to make it a truly memorable game by some smart marketing.“I haven’t seen Virat’s response for Paine but if I was him I would have straight away told him to make some late night babysitting arrangements as we were ready!” he concluded. Advertisementlast_img read more