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Gerrard faces surgery in summer

first_imgLiverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard is likely to require surgery on a shoulder injury this summer, according to Reds first-team coach Mike Marsh. He added: “It’s not ideal timing, it’s going to take quite a while for him to heal. It’s a funny injury – it’s pretty similar to Joe Allen (who has already had surgery which has ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign). “If it needs repairing, it needs repairing and when he’s back fit, he’s back fit. There’s not much we can do about it.” If, as expected, he undergoes an operation, Gerrard is likely to miss internationals against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley on May 29 and Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on June 2. While Gerrard will soldier on until the end of the season there are other players finally returning to fitness. Forward Fabio Borini, who has not played since dislocating a shoulder in February, has been training this week while Raheem Sterling – who has not featured since March 31 – has rejoined the group. “The long-standing injuries that we’ve got are on the road back to recovery,” Marsh added. “One or two are a little bit closer – Fabio Borini has joined in, Raheem Sterling is now back out on the pitch and Martin Kelly (out since September after cruciate knee ligament surgery) is also outside. We’re back to almost a full complement.” Borini has a chance of making the bench for Saturday’s match at Newcastle, which will boost the squad after fellow forward Luis Suarez was banned for 10 matches, subject to appeal, for his bite on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. “He had the all-clear from the surgeon and joined in during the last couple of days and it’s looking really good,” Marsh said of the Italian. “He might be included on the bench at the weekend, it might be the week after.” The 32-year-old, who has featured in every minute of the Reds’ 34 Premier League matches so far, has been playing through the problem this season. “It’s looking more and more likely that he might require surgery,” Marsh told Liverpoolfc.com. “He has been playing with a shoulder injury for quite a while now. We’ll try to find the right time for him to get it fixed properly.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Swansea boss Monk: Gamble paid off

first_imgSwansea boss Garry Monk took a calculated selection gamble against Hull and was delighted to be rewarded with a 1-0 victory. Monk surprisingly made seven changes for the trip to the KC Stadium, with top-scorer Wilfried Bony benched in favour of Bafetimbi Gomis while Gylfi Sigurdsson, Leon Britton and Jefferson Montero were all excused duty with minor fitness niggles. With the crowded festive fixture list just starting, Monk made the tough call to provide key men with an early rest but still walked away with the points after Ki Sung-yueng inadvertently deflected Jonjo Shelvey’s shot goalwards. “Those minutes will help him hit the ground running when January comes and Bony goes away.” For the Tigers, things are becoming increasingly bleak. They are winless in 10 matches and have not scored in seven of those. Lying second bottom they are also battling a player shortage, with Jake Livermore’s fifth yellow card ruling him out of the Boxing Day trip to Sunderland and defenders Curtis Davies and Alex Bruce limping off. With Michael Dawson, Mohamed Diame and Tom Huddlestone already sitting out, Bruce is without a handful of senior men. “Today just highlighted for me the need for your big players,” he said. “I still expect a better performance than we witnessed in the second half but we’re crying out for some of our bigger players. Whether it’s injuries or suspensions we couldn’t cope without them. “You need your big established Premier League players and far too many of ours are sitting in the stands.” Bruce also revealed that SOS calls for Tom Ince and Maynor Figueroa, on loan at Cardiff and Wigan respectively, were imminent. “We’ll probably recall Incey and probably Figueroa too. We are down to 15 or 16 players who are available,” Bruce said. “I knew making those changes that people would question it but I was very confident in the group,” he said. “We have such a busy period coming up and, if you play the same 11 players in that period, that’s suicide for me. “We haven’t got the biggest squad but we have got quality. We have a way of working where everyone understands what their roles are so I had no problem putting different players in those positions. I trust them and I think that trust was shown in the game. “Some of them haven’t had a hell of a lot of game time but all credit to them, they dug in and got the result which is what it’s all about.” With Bony due to represent the Ivory Coast at January’s African Nations Cup, Gomis’ elevation gave a hint of what Swansea fans can expect in January. He was one of three players to hit the post, joining Shelvey and Hull wing-back Andy Robertson, and pleased Monk with his contribution. “Obviously we’re coming up to a period where Bony will go to the African Cup of Nations and Bafi needs game time,” he added. “That was behind my decision and I thought Bafi did very well. He’s a very good striker and could have got a couple of goals. Press Associationlast_img read more

For Syracuse football to be relevant, it’ll have to play teams that are actually up to its level

first_imgTwo things don’t add up: Syracuse’s vision to become a big-time football program and its early season schedule.To step toward bowl eligibility, and its first winning record since 2013, Syracuse needs to look no further than its own schedule. Playing schools in the Football Championship Series — the league below Syracuse, which is in the Football Bowl Subdivision — will do nothing to help Syracuse (1-0) climb up from the bottom of the ACC, let alone anywhere near where the program was in the 1990s or before that.Friday night provided another example that Power 5 schools like Syracuse have no business playing fledgling FCS programs like Central Connecticut State. There are many reasons why.First, players are at an added injury risk with little reward. Just ask redshirt junior defensive back/punt returner Antwan Cordy, who missed most of 2016 due to injury, then exited Friday’s game in the first quarter with an apparent right leg injury sustained while making a tackle. His status is now unclear.Second, attendance is mediocre at best. That contradicts one of SU’s biggest goals: putting people in seats. A generous estimate of 30,274, including players and employees, attended the 2017 season opener, the lowest Carrier Dome attendance since Oct. 24, 2015 and the fifth-lowest home-opener attendance in the history of the Dome, which opened 37 years ago.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMeanwhile, the last time Syracuse hosted another Power 5 nonconference opponent, Louisiana State in 2015, 43,101 fans showed up. That was the most-attended game since October 2014, when No. 1 Florida State and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston visited the Carrier Dome. Better teams attract more fans.Jessica Sheldon | Staff PhotographerThird, games against FCS teams are often over by halftime. Fans file for the exits before the third quarter begins. With fewer fans at the venue in the second half, SU loses out on potential concessions and merchandise revenue.Though Syracuse may insist there are other reasons to play those games beyond business, the heart of the matter is that FBS schools welcome FCS schools to campus for the home game and likely win.Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said this week that he believes Power 5-FCS matchups should continue. SU’s second-year head coach noted that FCS teams are often paid several hundred thousand dollars to play big-time FBS teams, a boost to any athletic department’s budget. There’s also the possibility of upsets. Babers cited Appalachian State’s 2007 upset at No. 5 Michigan, as well as Howard’s (FCS) 43-40 upset of UNLV on Sept. 2. That was Howard’s first win over an FBS opponent in program history.“Anytime you see one of those David versus Goliath stories,” Babers said, “that’s the main reason why you should have those games.”Yet those are rare. From 1978 to 2013, FBS schools had a record of 2,028-423-17 (.824) against FCS schools, according to FootballGeography.com. Since 2016, the Big Ten conference has forbid its programs from scheduling games against FCS competition and advised schools to play Power 5 opponents only.Jessica Sheldon | Staff PhotographerTo its credit, Syracuse has slightly stiffened its nonconference schedule in the years to come. Director of Athletics John Wildhack has said that a priority is upgrading the football program. SU took a few steps forward when it announced it will open the 2018 season at Western Michigan, an FBS school. The Orange also scheduled games with Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Army, which will fulfill a conference-wide mandate to schedule one Power 5 opponent out of conference each year.Then SU took steps backward in announcing it will open the 2019 season at Liberty (FCS) and host Wagner (FCS) the year prior. The last time SU faced Wagner, in 2013, SU won 54-0.“This series makes sense for many reasons,” Wildhack said in a statement when the Liberty game was announced. “It’s an opportunity to play in an area that’s important to our recruiting and it’s within driving distance of one of our largest alumni centers (Washington, D.C.).”“This game fits with our philosophy of putting together a schedule which collectively balances our non-conference opponents and ACC opponents,” he said in statement regarding the Wagner game.In both statements, Wildhack did not address competition. Rather than focusing on playing in recruiting areas or near alumni centers and rather than highlighting balance of the schedule, SU should play teams of its caliber or better to grow as a football team. That is the growth that could help it become more competitive.Syracuse has outscored its last three season-opening opponents, all FCS, 130-14. That will boost everyone’s stat line. What it won’t do is prepare SU for what really matters: a brutal ACC schedule.Looking back to Friday, it’s unclear which is worse: a game decided by halftime or the fact that SU is on the same field as lower-tier programs in the first place.Matthew Gutierrez is an assistant sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at mguti100@syr.edu and on Twitter @Matthewgut21. Comments Published on September 4, 2017 at 8:25 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Fortnite Deadpool event: Yacht party, new items, challenges and skin

first_imgFortnite Deadpool event — Yacht PartyDeadpool himself tweeted Thursday about an event he’s hosting Friday, the day of his skin release. The Fortnite account also shared that post, so clearly something is going down.Starting tomorrow, I’M crashing this party. There’ll be music, tacos, and a whole lotta Deadpool.Trust me, you don’t want to miss this. pic.twitter.com/ubrsOFalvf— Deadpool (@Deadpool) April 2, 2020Not many details were given about this party, but if you head to Deadpool’s Yacht on the map (which is clearly marked) you can join in right now. While it is a fun party event, you can still take damage by joining the Yacht. This is not like other major Fortnite events where they pause game action.Still, you can take in the festivities on the Yacht. There are pictures of Deadpool throughout the Yacht, a giant Deadpool statue and many other things. So head into the game and check it all out. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/4e/17/deadpool-items-in-fortnite_tws8p7sk23lc1ccizzkj8zcke.png?t=1080838113&w=500&quality=80 https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d6/6b/deadpool-fortnite-skin_1i8zf30ghthsa1bvic3bwebo9t.png?t=1080675505&w=500&quality=80 But Epic Games didn’t just let Deadpool’s Fortnite skin be the only exciting thing about this day. Deadpool has new items and is hosting an apparent boat party at some point today (April 3). So let’s get into all of the exciting things Deadpool has to offer.Deadpool challenges for Week 7Find Deadpool’s 2 pistolsDeadpool’s pistols are hidden throughout the HQ room. One is located under the table in the main briefing room and is fairly easy to spot. The second is hidden inside of Meowscles gym room. Look to the bottom right once you’ve entered that room and you should find the pistol.Enter a Phone Booth or Portapotty to become the Super-est of SuperheroesThis is one of the easier Deadpool challenges of the season. All you need to do is enter any Phone Booth or Portapotty. These are scattered throughout the map and should be easy to find. But perhaps the easiest place to accomplish this challenge is near The Agency where they have both items.Just walk up to any Phone Booth or Portapotty and you’ll see a prompt to hide in one.Deadpool Fortnite skin center_img Deadpool is finally in Fortnite.We knew this day was coming for a long time, but it’s finally come. Deadpool was in the Chapter 2 Week 2 teaser and all season long he had challenges for players to achieve. But after seven weeks of waiting, the final challenge is out and the skin is in the game. The Deadpool skin has finally arrived.With the release of the final challenges, all you need to do is finish all of them to unlock the skin. You can not purchase the skin in the Item Shop. Finishing the challenges is the only way to unlock Deadpool.That’s right baby! Deadpool is in the game. Just need to complete his Challenges this week and voila, he’s yours.Even antiheroes have to heed the call 😏 pic.twitter.com/ARLR2fG8lx— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 3, 2020Deadpool items in FortniteWhile you can’t buy the Deadpool skin in Fortnite, you can buy other Deadpool items.There is the complete bundle you can purchase at a discounted price of 2,000 V-Bucks. That bundle includes the Dragacorn (glider), Meaty Mallets (harvesting tool) and Scootin (emote). last_img read more