Sherwood brushes off speculation

first_imgTim Sherwood preferred to focus on the performance of his players rather than the mounting speculation about his Tottenham future after the comprehensive defeat of Sunderland. The build-up to Monday’s Barclays Premier League clash was dominated by a report that claimed the Spurs head coach’s tenure would end this summer, regardless of how results went between now and the end of the campaign. Sherwood insisted before the match that the speculation would not affect him or his players and so it proved, with the hosts running out 5-1 victors at White Hart Lane. Woeful defending saw Lee Cattermole open the scoring for the relegation-threatened Black Cats, but Spurs responded impressively through an Emmanuel Adebayor brace complemented by efforts from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Gylfi Sigurdsson. It was a good end to a tough day for under-fire Sherwood – not that the Spurs boss would admit it. “No, it was a good end to a day where we needed to win the game,” he said. “We came here and we knew we had to respond to the game against Liverpool and we did that today. “After giving them a goal – we’re making a habit of this and we have to stop it – I thought we controlled the game from start to finish. “We stayed patient with the football, moved it around, made the pitch very big and got our offensive players on the ball in the correct areas of the field. “We created 29 attempts to score a goal – it was the most dominant football match you’re ever going to see.” Pressed on whether the talk had been at all unsettling, Sherwood added: “It doesn’t affect me. “I am just professional, I know I have got an opportunity to manage this football club and I owe it to the players and the fans who come and support us to do the job professionally. “That’s what I did, just got on with the job.” The players did just that too, with Adebayor lending his backing to Sherwood after netting a brace. “I am not surprised he is backing me, he never played before I came in here,” the Spurs boss said with a laugh. “Listen, I’ve always said about Ade that he is a top professional. I hear all these stories and I see it myself, but he has never caused me a problem. “He is a real credit to the football club, the way he conducts himself with the young players. “That’s why he scores so many goals. He is a fantastic trainer and just gets on with it. I would have been mad not to give him the opportunity to play, wouldn’t I? “I think the players are backing me and I am backing them as well. They get from me honesty – I tell them when they’re not doing well and pat them on the back when they are doing well. “I always wanted honesty from my managers and at some clubs I didn’t get that, which was very disappointing. You live and learn.” While the direction of Tottenham remains unclear, the only way Sunderland are heading his down unless things change quickly. Gus Poyet’s side have taken just one point from their last seven matches and languish bottom of the table, seven points adrift of safety. They have two games in hand on many of their relegation rivals but manager Poyet concedes his side need a miracle to stave off the drop. “I don’t change my opinion,” the Black Cats boss said. “I am very honest and I know where I am. It doesn’t matter if it was five minutes ago or if you asked me on Friday. “I am realistic, when you look at the table and the games that we have got left, about how many we need to win. “I think we need a miracle. We need something unique, a shock because if not I cannot see it coming.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Everything we know about Matthew Moyer’s injury situation

first_imgUPDATED: Feb. 12, 2018 at 11:53 p.m.One day during summer 2013, Annette Moyer got off the phone with a friend and thought: “X-rays? What X-rays?”Her friend, whose son played AAU basketball with her son, Matthew, had asked what the doctor had said. But Annette hadn’t been to the doctor’s with Matthew, and she didn’t know why her friend was asking. Matthew had come out to the car after a tournament was over with an ice pack on his right wrist, but Annette had seen so many players with so many ice packs over the years she figured it wasn’t a big deal.Now that she thought about it, though, it was odd Matthew had grabbed a few bags of frozen peas and went right upstairs to his room when they got home. Usually, he sat and talked for a little while. Annette learned Matthew had gone up for an alley-oop during the game and a defender had undercut him, and he had reached out his right hand to break the fall.The next day, Annette asked Matthew about his swollen hand, but he told her it felt fine. When the swelling didn’t stop shortly after, though, Annette made an executive decision for the high school freshman. X-rays revealed a broken wrist.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The team was more important to Matthew than Matthew’s health was important to Matthew,” Annette said.Now, she explained, Moyer finds himself in a similar situation.On Sunday, before the Wake Forest game, Moyer ruled himself out after consulting with his parents because of lingering pain from the high-ankle sprain sustained on Jan. 24 against Boston College. It’s unclear whether Moyer will be available on Wednesday at 9 p.m. for Syracuse’s (17-8, 6-6 Atlantic Coast) tip-off in the Carrier Dome with North Carolina State (16-9, 6-6). Part of the injury’s trickiness, Annette said, is that this is Moyer’s first high-ankle sprain.Moyer could not be reached for comment. Annette declined to specify a timeline for Moyer’s return because she thought that was best-addressed by the SU training staff. There was no update on his condition Monday evening, SU Athletics said.On the ACC teleconference earlier Monday afternoon, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “He’s obviously injured. … Haven’t seen him today.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorMoyer practiced fully in contact drills on Monday and did not appear to be wearing anything to protect his ankle. Without Moyer, Syracuse has six players available who started this season with a scholarship and one of them, freshman center Bourama Sidibe, has also struggled to stay on the floor due to left-knee tendinitis.The timing of Moyer’s decision to sit seemed to frustrate Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, who noted in the postgame press conference that Moyer had practiced fully both of the two days prior and contributed against Louisville on Feb. 5 before sitting.“He can’t jump really off one leg, but I had bad ankles, you can jump off two,” Boeheim said. “His father came in and told him not to play and I don’t play someone when they don’t want to play. He said he was about 60 percent, which, I’ll take that. That helps us.”When asked about Boeheim’s comments, Annette said, “He’s the head coach, and we certainly respect that.”Not playing against Wake Forest cut short the seemingly miraculous recovery Moyer made to play two minutes on Jan. 31 at Georgia Tech. In the week since the injury, he only missed one game. Then in Atlanta, Boeheim and Tyus Battle, Moyer’s roommate, lauded Moyer’s diligence in the training room to return in one week after they thought the injury might cost Moyer four to six weeks.Annette heaped praise on the training staff — “They’re phenomenal, they’re incredible” —  for even rehabbing Moyer to the point where he could play. Moyer has visited head trainer Brad Pike and his staff a lot, Annette said, sometimes between classes. The recovery impressed her because she had seen the picture of Moyer’s ankle looking like a bruised plum that was taken Jan. 27, the day Moyer sat out the game at Pittsburgh.Matthew Moyer’s foot on Jan. 27. Courtesy of Annette MoyerAnnette chalked up her son’s ability to play to a high pain tolerance. This summer, Annette said, Moyer returned home to have all four wisdom teeth pulled because she thought she would need to take care of him afterward. For the surgery, Moyer received anesthesia but stayed awake throughout and, after returning home, he stuffed his jaws with gauze and played basketball “for three hours.”Ultimately, though, Annette and Fred Moyer, Moyer’s father, figured their son had really downplayed the ankle pain when he missed an open layup at Louisville that normally, Annette thought, he would’ve finished.“That would’ve been a dunk,” she said. “All along, he’s been telling us that he’s in pain, but … we’re thinking that’s a part of the healing, because he’s like, ‘I’m good, I’m good.’ We’re like, ‘Are you sure?’ After that Louisville game, it’s like, he’s not OK.”She realized the broken wrist situation was playing out again.“Kids are going to (say they’re OK when they’re not) because they’re competitors,” she said. “They’re going to say whatever it’s going to take. Matthew knows (Syracuse is) short-handed right now, so he’s going to put his health secondary.”Even after the win at UofL, Moyer assured his parents he felt fine. But this time, they pushed back. After a discussion, Moyer acquiesced and decided he probably should give himself more time to heal. By the time Fred left home in Ohio for Syracuse on Saturday morning, Annette said, Moyer had agreed to sit. That didn’t lessen Moyer’s desire to play.“Matthew would play on (the ankle) for 40 minutes right now,” she said. “But what’s going to happen is, you keep pushing something like that and it’s going to get worse. It’s not going to get better, it’s got to heal.”When Moyer is out, Boeheim has a shorter bench. His teammates have less leeway with fouls. Moyer himself isn’t doing what he wants to the most. For all of them, Moyer playing cures those ills. Syracuse wants Moyer to play just as much as he does.“He’s going to do everything he can to get back out there,” Annette said.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Fred Moyer was misnamed. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Published on February 12, 2018 at 11:11 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Caleb Ferguson goes to Dodgers’ Injured List as Rich Hill returns

first_imgThe flags around Ferguson were already crimson before Saturday’s outing. With Julio Urias moved to the bullpen, Ferguson appeared to be the odd man out when Hill returned. The fact that he wasn’t pitching well didn’t help.Over his first nine appearances, Ferguson allowed one run on 10 hits while striking out 12 in 10 1/3 innings. In four appearances over the week before going on the IL, Ferguson faced 17 hitters and gave up four hits, walked five and hit a batter.“I don’t know if it’s a physical thing. I don’t know if it’s a mechanical thing. I do know there’s an execution component of it,” Roberts said. “If you look at the radar gun, it’s been very consistent, coming out well. So now you layer in the execution or mechanics.“He’s got great stuff. Then you see things like hitting a right-handed batter with a breaking ball. Things like that don’t add up with what he’s capable of. You never really know (if it’s an injury). But this is the first we’ve heard of it. I’m taking it at face value.”CATCHING UPActivated from the Injured List Saturday, Russell Martin started at catcher Sunday for the first time since April 8. Austin Barnes started 14 of the 18 games in between. For Barnes, it was his most extensive playing time in the big leagues – and he looked a little worse for the wear. Barnes batted just .130 (6 for 46) with 13 strikeouts in the stretch.“I think he handled it very well,” Roberts said. “I think if we all look to the stat-line on the offensive side, probably not. But I think if you look at what he did with the pitchers, I thought he did really well. But that’s in the sense of when you’re not going well and you don’t have someone else to take on the workload, it gets more magnified. I think that sort of happened as well.”The mental and physical grind of handling so much of the responsibility likely contributed to Barnes’ offense disappearing after he started the season 8 for 19 (.421) with two home runs.“That’s a possibility but I don’t think the player will ever admit to that,” Roberts said.“No player ever wants to hear this. But I think when you’re talking about two very competent catchers, to share the workload as we envisioned when we put this roster together, that’s one benefit. Not to say he can’t do if you’re talking six out of seven or things like that. But I think there’s just something to keeping your mind and your body fresh. That’s something we did the first two weeks and I thought it worked really well.”HILL COMES OUT SWINGINGIn his first at-bat of the season, Hill lined a single into right field. He laid down a sacrifice bunt in his second at-bat, finishing the game with a 1.000 batting average – the best in the majors.“Yeah, that’s the biggest takeaway from this game,” Hill said sardonically.It’s an important takeaway for Max Muncy, who enjoys Hill’s gusto for the game in all its aspects.“Whenever anybody tells them they should add the DH to the National League, that’s my argument against it –we wouldn’t get to watch Rich bat,” Muncy said. “Whatever aspect of the game it is, he gives it everything he has.”UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Kenta Maeda, 3-2, 5.20 ERA) at Giants (RHP Jeff Samardzija, 2-1, 3.00 ERA), 6:45 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), AM 570 LOS ANGELES – With Rich Hill ready to come off the Injured List on Sunday, something had to give.It was Caleb Ferguson’s oblique.Ferguson was placed on the IL Sunday, clearing a roster spot, after apparently injuring an oblique muscle in his left side. Ferguson faced three batters in Saturday’s game, failing to retire any of them. He walked two and gave up a single to load the bases in the eighth inning.“He felt something in his left side. Oblique-ish,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before Sunday’s game. “Any time you talk about the side, the oblique, with a pitcher — or any player really — it’s a red flag.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

For the First Time in his Career Damir Dzumhur among the 100 Best Players of the World

first_imgBiH tennis player Damir Dzumhur is currently among the 100 best players of the world, which is his best ranking in his career.Currently Džumhur is in Mexico on the ATP tournament, where he will play in the semifinals against the Spanish Adrian Menendez. BiH tennis player has previously won the tournament in the Dominican Republic, and now in Mexico he plays really well.Thanks to the points scored Damir is for the first time in his career in a group of 100 best players and so achieved the best ranking of his career. He currently has 552 points and has moved up six positions, and is now is on the 99th position.Džumhur has announced that his goal is entering the top 100.“I have surpassed all objectives. By the end of the year I want to be among the top 100 tennis players of the world. For now I’m on the right track, working well and getting ready. I hope to play well the last part of the season and that will be enough to enter the top 100”, said earlier Džumhur for portal Klix.ba.(Source: Klix)last_img read more