first_img Press Association “You ask if it took a while to get across to my players what I wanted to do and probably it did. And maybe my message did not go through to everybody. But now I find people who understand my message,” said Garde. “The way we played, the spirit we showed and the way we have come through a difficult period in the last two games has pleased me. They were not easy because w e were up against teams who were full of confidence, when we were not. “I’m very happy with the way we’ve played the last two games. It pleased me a lot because it means that the players I picked have a good attitude.” Garde is relatively new to management, having taken his only other job with French club Lyon in 2011, but the former Arsenal midfielder has shown the strength of mind to leave out established players at Villa Park. Striker Gabby Agbonlahor, the club’s longest-serving player, has made only one two-minute appearance since Garde took over at the beginning of November and those named only as substitutes against Leicester on Saturday included club captain Micah Richards and previous first-choice goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Garde could make some changes against Wycombe and recall some of those players. Garde says Jack Grealish (tonsillitis) and Carlos Sanchez (hamstring) are in contention to play in the third-round replay – and he will also check on the fitness of Agbonlahor, who has been struggling for a while with a back problem. “I will see with Gabby. I will see what I see In the training session,” said Garde. “Yes Carlos is a maybe – and Jack is back training. Now it’s about competition to be in the group.” Richards may also be recalled. Garde made the bold decision to leave his skipper out of the previous two teams, partly because of a foot injury, but also because the Frenchman favoured Joleon Lescott and Jores Okore at the heart of defence. However, Garde insists he still has faith in the big defender, saying: “In my position, managers have to make choices. This is the one I have made for the last two games. But this doesn’t mean I don’t rely on Micah.” Time will tell if Garde was the right man to be charged with taking over a team in Villa’s predicament, struggling at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League, but four points from the last two matches against Crystal Palace and Leicester have offered a modicum of encouragement in their battle for survival. Villa are nine points adrift of safety, compared to just four when Tim Sherwood departed as boss, but ahead of the FA Cup third-round replay against League Two promotion hopefuls Wycombe on Tuesday night, Garde believes his way of working is hitting home. Aston Villa manager Remi Garde believes his players are at last getting the message and beginning to understand what he is about. last_img read more

first_img Comments Published on August 28, 2020 at 4:52 pm Contact Roshan: rferna04@syr.edu | @Roshan_f16 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.The Atlantic Coast Conference will require three COVID-19 tests per week for football, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball athletes, the conference announced Friday. The conference has also implemented “several enhancements” to protocols regarding cardiac testing, specifically for athletes that test positive for COVID-19.The announcement comes after the ACC’s first Medical Advisory Group report, released July 29, suggested testing athletes only once a week. One of those tests must still be administered within three days of competition, the conference stated Friday in a release. Cross country athletes will still be tested every other week.The ACC also added protocols for football. Players should be tested a day prior to competition and then within 48 hours of the game’s conclusion. A third party will conduct the test prior to gameday, and testing applies to all “team members,” which includes players, coaches and administrative staff, the release states.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse players have sat out four training camp practices since Aug. 6, in part calling for increased COVID-19 testing. SU agreed to test its football players three times per week once the season began, but until Aug. 28, the ACC had not made a conference-wide ruling regarding more frequent COVID-19 testing.Every athlete that tests positive will “undergo a cardiac evaluation,” before they gradually return to play, the ACC stated.The conference also made changes to football’s sideline protocols in order to eliminate all “non-essential personnel” from team areas.last_img read more

first_img 200 players at the English Girls’ Championships have pledged to help grow the game of golf by introducing one friend to the sport.The aim of the campaign is for that friend to then pledge to introduce one of their friends to golf, creating a ripple effect across the country and in turn helping to boost participation levels of the sport.England Golf ambassador Charley Hull, who is currently playing at the RICOH Women’s British Open in Woburn, has backed the campaign. Charley said: “I have pledged to get one of my friends to take up golf so I can help grow the game and inspire the next generation to play. Golf is great to play with your friends – it’s a good way of spending some quality time together whilst doing exercise at the same time!”Lauren Spray, Women & Girls’ Participation Manager at England Golf said “It’s fantastic to see so many young girls pledging to help grow the game. This year is a really exciting year for golf with the sport being included in the Olympics for the first time in 112 years. With professional women such as Charley Hull and Scotland’s Catriona Matthew representing Team GB in Rio we are hoping that this will also help to inspire more women and girls all across the country to take up the game”.England Golf is working hard to tackle the challenges facing the game and create an even brighter future for golf. ‘Get into golf’ is a national campaign to get more people golfing. The campaign is designed to introduce new golfers, juniors and adults, to start playing as well as increasing the interest and participation in golf. Visit www.getintogolf.org to find out about beginner courses, taster lessons and special events at clubs and ranges nationwide.Other England Golf programmes to grow participation include Golf Express, which promotes 9-hole golf to encourage busy people to play all the game in half the time. It recognises the pace of modern life and offers 9-hole formats that most golfers can conveniently fit into a busy schedule. The golfexpress9.org website offers places to play across the country through its online directory and also features special offers.England Golf is also working to attract more women and girls to golf and has just held Women’s Golf Month to draw attention to the opportunities available. These include the successful Girls Golf Rocks programme, which is run jointly with the Golf Foundation. It encourages beginners to have fun, learn a new sport, get active and play alongside friends, with the encouragement of young ambassadors from county girls’ squads.The English girls’ championships for U18, U16 and U14 age groups are taking place at The Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club. Click here for more information.Caption: Holly Haslam, Morgan Thomas, Briony Bayles, Chloe Gibbs and Bella Jay sign the pledge at the English girls’ championships. (Image © Leaderboard Photography) 28 Jul 2016 200 girls pledge to grow the game of golf last_img read more

first_imgRay Rice, right, and his wife at a press conference in suburban Baltimore to explain what happened without going into detail. The public now has access to the very graphic video showing the details Rice desperately tried to skirt around.A few NFL players spoke up loudly and publicly soon after the video showing Ray Rice actually throwing a devastating close-fist punch that knocked his then-fiance Jonay Palmer unconscious in a New Jersey casino elevator.That man should be thrown out of the NFL and thrown in jail” exclaimed Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton tweeted a few moments ago. “Shame on those deciding his punishment. Smh.”Knighton continued, calling his fellow players to action.Longtime linebacker Scott Fujita, a former vice president of the NFLPA’s executive committee, shared Knighton’s sentiments about what he’d do to Rice.“I’m glad no one this morning seems to care about yesterday’s games,” he wrote. “This piece of s*** needs to be out of the league. Period.”The Ravens are also wiping the egg off their faces because they played a big part in protecting Rice’s honor, to the extent of live-tweeting his wife’s apology for getting knocked unconscious. But it’s good to know that members of Rice’s own fraternity of players are willing to say what the rest of the world is thinking.Here are Knighton’s thoughts in full:last_img read more