Liverpool, Chelsea monitor Osimhen

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are among the clubs keeping tabs on Victor Osimhen ahead of the January transfer window, according to reports in the British media. Sky Sports News reported that the trio of Premier League clubs are among “a host” of teams keeping an eye on the 20-year-old striker. However, according to report, Osimhen is expected to stay at his current club Lille until the end of the season – unless a big bid can temped the French side into selling in January. The same article says that the Nigeria international is happy at Lille and he is focused on helping the Ligue 1 side to secure qualification for next season’s Champions League. Osimhen has been in good form for Lille this season, scoring nine goals and making three assists in 17 Ligue 1 games for the French side. He has also netted twice in the Champions League. Meanwhile, Liverpool FC confirmed their first signing of the January transfer window on Thursday morning after revealing that they have agreed a deal to land Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg. The Japan international will officially become a Reds player on 1 January when the transfer window opens.Tags: ChelseaLiverpoolTottenham HotspurVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Jamaica, Bahamas, Guyana drawn in Group A

first_img(DIGICEL Sportsnax) The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) yesterday conducted the draw for the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Bahamas 2017, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Doral, Florida, USA.The draw, which determined the groups and match schedule for the tournament that kicks off on February 20, in Nassau, was opened with welcoming remarks from Philippe Moggio, CONCACAF general secretary and Anton Sealey, president of the Bahamas Football Association. The event was conducted with the assistance of Bahamas national team players Gavin Christie and Leslie St Fleur.Tournament hosts Bahamas, who were seeded into Group A will face Jamaica, Belize and Guyana. In Group B, defending CONCACAF Beach Soccer champions Mexico were joined by Guatemala, Canada and Guadeloupe, while United States, Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua & Barbuda and US Virgin Islands make up Group C. El Salvador will be in Group D with Costa Rica, Panama and Turks & Caicos Islands.The Malcom Beach Soccer Facility will host all group, quarter-final, semi-final, third-place and final matches.The champions and the runners-up of the competition will join hosts Bahamas as the three CONCACAF representatives in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017. In case Bahamas (host of the World Cup) and/or Guadeloupe (Non-FIFA member) reach the final match, the World Cup spot(s) will be allocated to the next best placed team(s).In an effort to further develop Beach Soccer, the sixteen participating member associations are guaranteed to play six games, with all competing for final tournament placement, until the last match date.For the draw, the Participating Member Associations were separated into pots of four balls according to the Beach Soccer World Wide Ranking dated September 2016. The draw started by selecting from a separate pot, which contained the five teams with the same ranking (38). These teams were drawn and placed into Pots 3 and 4 respectively to complete the distribution of the teams into those Pots. The teams were then drawn into the four groups, from those final pots of four teams each.CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Bahamas 2017Group ABahamasJamaicaBelizeGuyanaGroup BMexicoGuatemalaCanadaGuadeloupeGroup CUnited StatesTrinidad & TobagoAntigua & BarbudaUS Virgin IslandsGroup DEl SalvadorCosta RicaPanamaTurks & Caicos IslandsCONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Bahamas 2017 Schedule*Kick-off times TBCMonday, February 20, 2017Guatemala v CanadaMexico v GuadeloupeTrinidad & Tobago v Antigua & BarbudaUnited States v US Virgin IslandsJamaica v BelizeBahamas v GuyanaTuesday, February 21, 2017Costa Rica v PanamaEl Salvador v Turks & Caicos IslandsGuadeloupe v GuatemalaCanada v MexicoGuyana v JamaicaBelize v BahamasWednesday, February 22, 2017US Virgin Islands v Trinidad & TobagoAntigua & Barbuda v United StatesTurks & Caicos Islands v Costa RicaPanama v El SalvadorBelize v GuyanaBahamas v JamaicaThursday, February 23, 2017Canada v GuadeloupeMexico v GuatemalaAntigua & Barbuda v US Virgin IslandsUnited States v Trinidad & TobagoPanama v Turks & Caicos IslandsEl Salvador v Costa RicaFriday, February 24, 20174B v 4D4A v 4C3B v 3D3A v 3C*TBC v TBC – Quarter-Final #1*TBC v TBC – Quarter-Final #2*TBC v TBC – Quarter-Final #3*TBC v TBC – Quarter-Final #4Saturday, February 25, 2017Loser Match 25 v Loser Match 26Winner Match 25 v Winner Match 26Loser Match 27 v Loser Match 28Winner Match 27 v Winner Match 28Loser Match 29 v Loser Match 30Loser Match 31 v Loser Match 32Winner Match 29 v Winner Match 30SemifinalWinner Match 31 v Winner Match 32Sunday, February 26, 2017Loser Match 33 v Loser Match 34 – 15th Place MatchWinner Match 33 v Winner Match 34 – 13th Place MatchLoser Match 35 v Loser Match 36 – 11th Place MatchWinner Match 35 v Winner Match 36 – 9th Place MatchLoser Match 37 v Loser Match 38 – 7th Place MatchWinner Match 37 v Winner Match 38 – 5th Place MatchLoser Match 39 v Loser Match 40 – 3rd Place MatchWinner Match 39 v Winner Match 40 – Final*The top two teams from each Group will advance to the knock-out phase. The quarter-final match-ups will be decided by a draw. Group winners will be matched up randomly with the second-place teams.last_img read more

Syracuse’s ‘mission accomplished’ in getting strong win before Selection Sunday

first_img Published on May 5, 2018 at 5:45 pm Contact Matt: Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories SU makes final statement in 17-5 dismantling of Colgate prior to Selection SundayFast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 17-5 blowout of Colgatecenter_img Syracuse midfielder Jamie Trimboli and goalie Dom Madonna took their seats at the press conference table following No. 12 SU’s (8-6, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) 17-5 dismantling of Colgate (7-8, 3-5 Patriot League). Arriving minutes before Syracuse head coach John Desko, the two joked around, tapping the microphones to test audio levels and discussing how Brendan Curry sat in Desko’s seat following the win over North Carolina.Trimboli suddenly turned to Madonna, tapping him on the shoulder to tell him that Denver lost to Georgetown in the Big East Tournament.“Maybe we’ll host,” Trimboli told Madonna.As soon as the game against Colgate ended, attention shifted to tomorrow’s selection show, where the NCAA tournament bracket will be released. Syracuse used Saturday’s home contest as a tune-up before the tournament with an easy opponent at the end of a gauntlet schedule.After Syracuse took a 6-0 lead, it never led the Raiders by fewer than five goals and when the fourth quarter came around, Senior Day turned into a freshman showcase.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen the final buzzer sounded, names on the field included Jacob Buttermore, Jakob Phaup, Troy Lauder and Nate Garlow, all freshmen who have scarcely seen the field this season. Madonna left the field to a standing ovation just past the midway point of the fourth quarter.“You want to keep your starters healthy,” Desko said. “To leave them in with the score the way it was and for potentially one of them to get hurt, that’s not a great decision by the coaching staff.”While Syracuse played stress-free at the conclusion of the game, the week leading up to it was anything but so. With final exams and review sessions all week, 10-15 players were missing every single practice, Desko said. The coaching staff would have to teach the same thing multiple times. Yet a loss to Colgate meant there was no shot at making the tournament, Madonna said.“I was treating this whole week like it’s my last week,” Madonna said.When the players took the field following pregame lineup introductions, Austin Fusco corralled the starters near the sideline in a tight circle.“Nothing’s given to you,” Madonna remembers Fusco saying. “You have to go out and get it.”Syracuse proved the beneficiary of other teams’ successes and failures from around the country on Saturday. Ohio State, a team rapidly rising up the RPI rankings, fell to Johns Hopkins in the Big Ten semifinals, failing to overtake the Orange in RPI. At the same time, Villanova and Penn, two teams ahead of SU in RPI, dropped games in their conference tournament semifinals, as well.Trimboli’s address of Denver’s loss before the post-game press conference, and perhaps the chance at hosting a first-round tournament game, comes from the fact that Inside Lacrosse released a mock bracket earlier this week that slated Denver as the last seeded team, and Syracuse as the first unseeded team, with the Orange making the first-round trip to Denver.Trimboli entered the room smiling after hearing the news of Denver’s loss from a team manager in the hallways. But while the numbers fall in SU’s favor, Desko held caution, immediately cutting into Trimboli to tell him that he was wrong.“It’s not good for us. Denver is probably a playoff team either way,” Desko said. “That takes another (at-large) slot away from someone. This time of year, when you’re being considered, you want as many teams that are guaranteed to go to the tournament to win their conference play.”Syracuse remains the only team in the country with two top-five wins, and a win Saturday as well as other team’s losses will likely bump SU’s RPI up. Yet this is a team that lost six games, and has struggled to pull out wins against lesser opponents.Still, Syracuse boasts the third-ranked strength of schedule in the country, something that has prepared the Orange for the road ahead, Desko said.“I said from the first press conference, ‘if it doesn’t kill us, it will make us stronger,’” Desko said.Saturday, in danger of falling out of the tournament conversation with a Colgate upset, Syracuse dug in and produced one of its best all-around showings of the season just over 24 hours before the bracket will be announced. In the 12-goal victory, the team’s second-largest of the season, SU did everything it could do to make a statement in the eyes of the committee.“We wanted to take care of business. … It went according to plan,” Desko said. “Mission accomplished.” Commentslast_img read more