Di Canio seeks spark for Sunderland

first_img Press Association The Wearsiders’ dismal start to the season continued as a 3-0 defeat at West Brom left them bottom of the Barclays Premier League with just one point from five games. Di Canio approached frustrated fans after the final whistle and gestured they should keep their chins up. He received a mixed reaction but stood his ground to convey a message that he is determined to fight on. The volatile Italian argues that his much-changed squad needs time to gel but believes a good result in the coming week – against Peterborough in the Capital One Cup or Liverpool in their next league game – could make all the difference. He said: “If we keep going on a long bad run it will be difficult to gel together. “We need a good result. One good result can be the best medicine but obviously we need to be quick – and quick means Peterborough Tuesday and, on Sunday, Liverpool. “One game, one win, will clean all the players’ brains from the problems they have now. “The only way to find what you need is to work together. We have 14 new players and six or seven of those arrived in the last 20 days. Then we had international games and they didn’t meet each other until a few days ago. “The only way, even if it is tough sometimes, is to stay together, meet each other, and work together.” The heat was turned on Di Canio within 20 minutes of kick-off at The Hawthorns, perhaps inevitably, by the player he sold to the Baggies amid acrimony earlier this month, Stephane Sessegnon. Sessegnon, making his debut for the hosts, pounced on a rebound after Kieren Westwood saved from Scott Sinclair. Sunderland’s under-pressure manager Paolo di Canio is convinced one win could spark an upturn in the club’s fortunes. Sessegnon, who had been cheered by both sets of supporters prior to the game, pointedly refused to celebrate. Sunderland had their chances to equalise but it was clear their luck was out when, 15 minutes from time, Steven Fletcher landed awkwardly on his shoulder after stretching to shoot. With all three substitutes used, Sunderland had to play out time with 10 men and were punished as Liam Ridgewell and the impressive Morgan Amalfitano struck. Fletcher is expected to be out for at least a fortnight but Di Canio is sure his players will respond to their predicament and his demanding, abrasive methods. He said: “I didn’t see any malicious players in the dressing room, they have behaved. “They have a natural way to approach training sessions. They are players that, if you train twice a day, they do the job properly. “My regime is strict but to go from this situation is to be indisciplined people. “I believe they have faith in me and they follow me. “We keep going, keep working hard, stick together, share the responsibility, don’t turn our faces to the other side. “It is better to have more confrontation. I believe in looking in each others’ eyes. “I believe in this if I am at the top or the bottom. There is only one way – work, work, work.” last_img read more

Syracuse ice hockey starting to turn around 3rd-period woes

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 31, 2016 at 10:08 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Head coach Paul Flanagan lamented his team’s poor conditioning after unraveling in the third period against Colgate on Oct. 21 in a 3-2 loss.“Losing a step” in the third period every weekend had cost the Orange as its record sat at a disappointing 0-4-2 heading into conference play.Snapping out of a third-period funk seemed paramount to SU’s success heading into a weekend series against Lindenwood. It did just that on Friday and Saturday in wins over the Lions.As Abbey Miller pitched two straight shutouts for the Orange, the offense took over, scoring four goals in both games. Each night, Syracuse tallied a third-period goal. Showing the ability to finish games is a key for Syracuse (2-4-2, 2-0 College Hockey America), and Flanagan said it comes down to the team’s conditioning.“If we’re slowing down in the third period then we need to figure out a way to keep going,” forward Alysha Burriss said. “And if that’s conditioning then that’s what we need to do. I think that for the most part we’re in pretty good shape, but there’s always room for improvement.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLeigh Ann Rodgers | Contributing PhotographerThrough the first six games, SU allowed six goals in the third period, four of which were game-tying, go-ahead or game-winning.The biggest let down of non-conference play came against Colgate when the Orange jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first ten minutes of the first game, only to watch it slowly slip away. Colgate scored the game-winning goal with 4:28 left in the game.One of Flanagan’s biggest takeaways from that game was SU’s pattern of slowing down in the third period, thus letting teams back into games.“I was a little frustrated,” Flanagan said, “I thought we were a step behind the last eight or ten minutes and that resulted in us just standing there watching on Friday night as (Colgate) scored the game winning goal.”Fixing the conditioning problem is relatively simple and just requires a little more time and work in practice to close any gap between Syracuse and other teams, players said.Players agreed with their coach but cited overconfidence and lack of enthusiasm late in games.“I don’t necessarily think it’s our conditioning,” Heather Schwarz said, “I think we’re maybe holding up a bit going into the third. When we have a lead we’re not going as quickly because we’re like, ‘Oh, we have a lead, let’s slow it down a bit.’“It gets to the second and third and it gets quiet on the bench and were not really cheering. We’re not keeping it upbeat.”Syracuse found the solution to its third-period slump against Lindenwood. The Orange jumped out to commanding leads in both games, entering the third period up 3-0 each night.SU did not slow down or let Lindenwood back in the game, notching its first two wins of the season.“I know these girls are working really hard,” Schwarz said. “But you know, more conditioning never hurt anyone.” Commentslast_img read more

MLB hot stove: Padres have offered Manny Machado 8-year deal worth at least $240M, report says

first_imgPadres remain hopeful to land one of the two big fish (Manny seems more likely, with Harper/Phillies heating up). Chisox plus mystery teams the main competition assuming Phils get their top target.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 17, 2019The Padres have offered Machado an 8-year deal worth at least $240 million, according to USA Today. The #Padres’ offer to Manny Machado is an 8-year deal worth at least $240 million,with money deferred, rival GMs have been informed this weekend. Still unknown whether he wants to go to SD.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 18, 2019The White Sox and a “mystery team” are the Padres top competitors for Machado, according to Fancred Sports. He is expected to accept the best contract offered to him. Related News There was a belief Machado preferred to be east and especially not be on the West Coast. However recent word in Miami circles has been that he’s going to take whatever the best deal is. #padres— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 17, 2019Machado, who was sent from the Orioles to the Dodgers before the trade deadline, registered a .297/.367/.538 slash line in 162 total games in 2018. He also hit 37 home runs and tallied 107 RBIs. MLB hot stove: Bryce Harper talks ‘intensified’ as Phillies continue front-runner status Machado has made four All-Star teams and won two Gold Glove awards in his seven-year MLB career.The Padres finished 2018 with a 66-96 record and missed the playoffs for a 12th straight season. The Padres still believe they can add a star free agent.San Diego remains “hopeful” about signing Manny Machado, according to a report from Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman. The team is also interested in Bryce Harper, but the Phillies are the front-runners to land him, the report says.last_img read more

Publix looking to hire thousands of workers

first_imgWhile many businesses are scaling back on employees due to the coronavirus, Publix says they are looking to hire thousands of employees to help them keep up with public demand.The grocery store chain said in a letter on Friday that they have openings not only in their grocery stores but also in their distribution centers and that they encourage applications from people in service, manufacturing, warehousing and other industries who have recently found themselves out of work:“We take pride in serving our communities during times of need, and with the unprecedented demand we are experiencing, we’re in need of more associates to help across our operating area,” said Publix Vice President of Human Resources Marcy Benton. “We’re looking for people who have a desire to serve, are passionate about the food industry, are willing to work hard and ready to build a career at Publix.”The chain has nine distribution centers located in Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Miami, Orlando and Sarasota, Florida; Lawrenceville, Georgia; and McCalla, Alabama and even more area stores.They also offer benefits to full- and part-time employees including health care options, further education, and retirement saving.To apply click here.last_img read more