FRISCO, Texas – New Orleans was voted to the top spot of the 2019 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball preseason poll, announced by the league Thursday. Last year’s regular-season champion Sam Houston State is tabbed to finish second while reigning tournament champion Abilene Christian is picked third in the poll. Coming off its first Southland championship since 2009-10, Sam Houston State is chosen to finish second. The 2019 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year, senior forward/center Kai Mitchell will have plenty of points up for grabs with the departure of brothers Cameron and Josh Delaney. 7. McNeese 158 Battle of the Border rivals Lamar and McNeese occupy the sixth and seventh spots in the poll, respectively, and are separated by just five points. The Cowboys’ Roydell Brown and Sha’Markus Kennedy, along with Lamar’s T.J. Atwood, made up the rest of the preseason all-conference second team. The Privateers lost in the opening round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament and aim to extend their string of postseason appearances to four-straight seasons in 2019-20. UNO is led by First-Team Preseason All-Southland selection Bryson Robinson and reigning Southland Freshman of the Year Gerrale Gates. 6. Lamar (1) 163 Stephen F. Austin, who received one first-place vote, is selected to finish fourth after missing the 2019 Southland Conference Tournament for the first time in 15 years. With four first-place votes and a pair of second team preseason all-conference picks, Central Arkansas is predicted to come in fifth. 8. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 147 While the Privateers received half of the first-place votes, there were five total squads who were considered to be the top team on at least one ballot. The Bearkats garnered the second-most with seven, followed by four for Central Arkansas. Stephen F. Austin and Lamar each earned one. 9. Houston Baptist 129 Abilene Christian is slated to finish third after setting single-season program records for regular-season wins (25) and conference wins (14) en route to its first Southland Conference Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance. The Wildcats lost five of their six leading scorers with First-Team Preseason All-Southland honoree Payten Ricks entering as the top returning scorer. 2019-20 Southland Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll 1. New Orleans (13) 270 13. UIW 36 UNO went 19-14 with a 12-6 mark in league play last year and earned the No. 4 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament, where they knocked off top-seeded Sam Houston State before falling to the Wildcats in the title game. School (First-place votes) Total 2. Sam Houston State (7) 251 3. Abilene Christian 220 4. Stephen F. Austin (1) 214 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi checks in at eighth in the poll with 147 points, followed by Houston Baptist (129), Southeastern Louisiana (113) and Nicholls (101). Northwestern State and UIW round out the field. 5. Central Arkansas (4) 180 10. Southeastern La. 113 11. Nicholls 101 The preseason poll is voted on by the head coach and sports information director from each Southland school. Each individual ranks the other 12 teams in their predicted order of regular season finish. Ranking one’s own school is not permitted. 12. Northwestern State 46
“It’s gonna be tough, personally I saw the last game where they dominated San Miguel,” said Racela. “You know their (Gin Kings) strength, it’s their height and the coaches that they have.”They start their best-of-five semifinals series on Monday also at the Big Dome. On Sunday, the other semifinal pairing gets going when Star battles Meralco in Biñan, Laguna.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe Final Four matchups bumped up on intrigue as it will pit squads belonging to rival business tycoons.The reigning champion Kings and the Hotshots are owned by San Miguel Corp.’s Ramon S. Ang while Smart/PLDT’s Manny V. Pangilinan owns Meralco and TNT. PBA IMAGESTNT relied on an endgame burst to beat Rain or Shine, 118-114, Friday night and finally nail the last semifinal slot in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.But just as soon as the final buzzer sounded, it dawned on TNT coach Nash Racela that they are going to be taking an even more difficult task of facing a rampaging defending champion Barangay Ginebra in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT “It was a hard-fought victory,” said Racela. “I knew all along that we were going up against a tough team in Rain or Shine. The breaks went our way down the stretch.”Bullock made both his free throws for a 114-112 Rain or Shine lead in the last 46 seconds, pushing the second-ranked TNT against the ropes.But Castro also made a pair of his own to force 114-all before a Jericho Cruz miss paved the way for that air ball/alley oop shot.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny But even without that curious subplot, TNT import Glen Rice Jr., acknowledged the daunting job ahead.“We just have to go out there and grind it out and see what happens,” said Rice, who topscored with 34 points including a put-back off a rare air ball by Jayson Castro that sealed the victory in the final 10.2 seconds.“It’s a pass, I guess,” differed the son of the famed NBA superstar. “He just happened to find me open.”The shot gave the Texters a 116-114 lead and TNT forced the Painters into a turnover to cement their entry into the semifinals after being forced to a knockout match by a gritty Rain or Shine squad.The Painters, who evened out a twice-to-beat disadvantage after a 106-102 win Wednesday, was in the thick of the fight all throughout until import J’Nathan Bullock threw away a chance to equalize in the last 10 seconds by a bad pass.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Eagles try to stretch unbeaten run; Archers vow rebound LATEST STORIES
GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings View comments Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Earlier, Ateneo sustained its intensity to score a fourth straight win, beating University of the Philippines, 25-20, 25-22, 28-26, to raise its mark to 4-2.More than anything, the win boosted the Lady Eagles’ morale going into this Saturday’s blockbuster match against archrivals and defending champion La Salle Lady Spikers.“We still have enough time to prepare and scout,” said Ateneo setter Deanna Wong, who tossed 33 sets. “We just take it as challenge and we all need to work as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With everything hanging in the balance, National University, as always, counted on Jaja Santiago to tilt the scale in its favor.The 6-foot-6 Santiago unloaded five of her 19 points late in the fourth set as NU drubbed University of Santo Tomas, 25-19, 14-25, 25-19, 28-26, to remain unbeaten in the UAAP women’s volleyball at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Still the King MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The 22-year-old Santiago, veteran of many international battles even before she finishes college, provided the ballast for the Lady Bulldogs who improved to 5-0.The Tigresses, through heavy hitter Cherry Rondina’s 25 points, led 12-7 in the fourth only to see the Lady Bulldogs bite their way up to within two match points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThat’s when Santiago and Rondina figured in a shootout that eventually went NU’s way.UST fell to 2-3.
Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Cignal will go for a second straight win when it faces struggling Sta. Lucia in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre at 7 p.m. The HD Spikers are on a high following a morale-boosting 26-24, 17-25, 25-22, 20-25, 17-15 victory over Generika-Ayala over the weekend. Seasoned spiker Rachel Anne Daquis displayed vintage performance as she delivered 20 points, 17 digs and 13 excellent receptions while holding the fort for Cignal in the crucial stretch of the fifth. In the 1:30 p.m. game, F2 Logistics will face Generika while Foton seeks to join Petron on top when it tackles Smart in the 4:15 p.m. match.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UAAP Season 81 Starting 5: Week 9 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Ever since his rookie year in 2012-2013 Cayle Bell has had a knack for putting the puck in the net. Now as a 21 year old and in his final year of junior hockey his reputation and outstanding season has earned him the NWJHL’s most valuable player award.Also recognized as the Huskies MVP last month Bell said getting the league nod was unexpected, and added the majority of his production came from chasing down pucks and getting in close with the opposing goaltender.“I was pretty surprised. It’s obviously pretty special to get. I was just going in the dirty places. I find I didn’t score many goals off the rush. I was more crash the net. I was finding pucks all the time,” he said.- Advertisement -As a top line forward along with fellow 21 year olds Jordan Harder and Kody Disher, life was made a lot easier for Bell who registered a total of 60 points in 35 regular season games.“I know all I have to do with Harder is throw the puck across the ice and odds are he is going to get it and go. With Dish I know he has my back so I pop it out for him and he’s gone too. I go to the net, he throws it there and it goes in,” Bell said.Not including playoff games, Bell has compiled 104 goals over his four seasons with the team.Advertisement
“You have made an allegation of moving, manipulating or tampering with a piece of evidence,” Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler told Diamond. “You are a witness. You are not a target.” The hearing was set to continue today. Jurors have been off this week after lead defense attorney Bruce Cutler called in sick. Spector, 67, whose “Wall of Sound” transformed rock ‘n’ roll in the 1960s, is accused of murder in the Feb. 3, 2003, shooting of Clarkson. The music legend has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer has argued that the actress shot herself. Diamond said he went to the crime scene – Spector’s castlelike mansion in Alhambra – with members of the defense team. There, he said, he saw one of the lawyers, Sara Caplan, pick up something small and white from the carpet in the foyer. She handed it to Baden who commented “that it was a fragment of a tooth,” Diamond said. Diamond said the small white item was then handed around to members of the defense team, and he doesn’t know who had it last. Baden, who had flown in from New York to testify, said nothing was handed to him, he did not remember Diamond, and he did not see Caplan find anything. Besides, he said, he could not have identified a piece of tooth material because it is outside his discipline.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A one-time clerk in the office of Phil Spector’s former lawyer set off an acrimonious court fight Wednesday by suggesting that the defense team took a piece of evidence, possibly a tooth fragment, from the scene of Lana Clarkson’s killing. Greg Diamond, who worked in 2003 for attorney Robert Shapiro, testified outside the jury’s presence and was promptly attacked by Spector’s current lawyers. The testimony was later contradicted by forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden. The unexpected hearing drew an all-star legal cast including Shapiro and Leslie Abramson, who also represented Spector at one point. Diamond contacted prosecutors two weeks ago, saying he had information on the case. On Wednesday, however, he appeared reluctant to testify, asking to invoke Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination. The judge told Diamond that he was not being accused of anything.
Pienaar will be in involved in several programs in Dar with the main activity being distribution of sporting apparel through the Kits For Africa campaign as well as training with Tanzania’s national Under-17 team which is preparing for the Under 17 Cup of Nations to be staged here from April 14.“We are happy to welcome Pienaar here in Tanzania and we look forward to the work that he will put in including training with youth teams here as well as the national team,” said Abbas Tarimba, the SportPesa Director of Administration and Compliance.According to the organizers, all is set for the tournament with the final touches on the match venue being put up with the opening two games expected for Tuesday afternoon.Debutants Bandari will take on Singida United in the first match of the day while home side Dar Young Africans (Yanga) will tackle Kenya’s Kariobangi Sharks in the second match in what is expected to be a lively encounter.There has been banter already going round with Tanzanian sides vowing not to let the Kenyan teams go away with the trophy for the third consecutive time.Abbas Tarimba, the SportPesa Director of Administration and Compliance.Tarimba has passionately asked the Tanzanian representatives, even Simba who are playing in the CAF Champions League to ensure they bring their best teams for the tournament.“There is a big opportunity of hosting Everton that comes with winning this tournament. If Gor Mahia win again (God forbid), Everton will go to Kenya. We want Everton to play a Tanzanian team. I have personally talked to the team officials. We don’t want shame at home. We have to bring our best teams and play to win,” Tarumba said.Football Kenya Federation Nairobi Region chairman Michael Majua Ouma who was representing the federation in his capacity as International Match Organizing Committee chair said that Kenyan teams are determined to take the trophy home.“We are praying for you guys that at least you have one team in the final. We don’t want to leave you with shame that there are two Kenyan teams in the final. But, we are not saying much. We will do the business on the pitch,” Majua said.Football Kenya Federation Nairobi Region chairman Michael Majua OumaHe added; “All our teams which have come here are experienced at this level. The defending champions who have just qualified for the group stages of the Confederations Cup are on their way. I think once again, the trophy will take a ride on Kenya Airways.”Meanwhile, Tarimba has disclosed that the tournament’s schedule was tweaked in order to accommodate Tanzanian teams which complained that it was played at a time when their season was already finished in July.“The Tanzanian teams were complaining they were not doing well because of its timing at the end of the season when either players have left or they are on holiday. They said that Kenyan teams were at an advantage and were reaping all the benefits from this tournament. After consultations, we decided to change,” explained the SportPesa Tanzania boss.The organizers have also lowered charges for the competition with the cheapest ticket going for Tsh2,000 (Ksh88) while middle-tier tickets will go for Tsh5,000 (Ksh220) and VIP dias tickets for Tsh10,000 (Ksh440).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Everton Legend Stephen Pienaar will be the Chief Guest at the 2019 SportPesa Super Cup in Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, January 21 – Everton legend Stephen Pienaar is expected in Tanzania this week as the chief guest of the third edition of the SportPesa Super Cup which kicks off at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday afternoon.The former South African international had three different stints with The Toffees between 2008 and 2016 and scored over 20 goals for them in more than 150 appearances at Goodison Park.
The site was deemed a brownfield – a land parcel contaminated by environmentally hazardous materials – in 2002. The pollution was caused by a nearby Honeywell facility that made heating and air conditioning controls before it closed in 1991. That company also caused contamination at the adjacent Ace Trailer Park. Last year, about 4,000 cubic yards of PCB-contaminated soil were trucked out from underneath the mobile home park in the 17000 block of Western Avenue after the chemicals were found in residents’ carpets and as deep as 2feet below ground. That project took nearly a year and uprooted longtime residents from their homes. And that’s only the tip of the problem. Dangerous chemicals have been found at no fewer than 70 different sites across the city, in the soil and groundwater, according to government officials. Contaminated sites include gas stations, dry cleaners, sheet metal manufacturers, auto body shops and oil wells. The Gardena Marketplace and the Gardena Sumps property on the southwest corner of Normandie Avenue and Artesia Boulevard are two of the most dangerous and are being overseen by the Department of Toxic Substances Control. The cleanup process is slow and expensive, said city Economic Development Manager Yvonne Mallory. “The Gardena Sumps sat like that for at least 15 to 20 years, and now some activity is happening since we got our brownfield program,” Mallory said. “When I came here eight years ago, they said we weren’t going to be able to do anything.” The extent of the problem at the sumps is not fully known, said Sam Sacco, a spokesman for Atlantic Richfield Co. of La Palma. That company has been deemed the cause of the contamination in the 1930s. Millions of dollars will be needed to clean up the property. Sacco said the company has funded initial tests of the land to determine the level of contamination. Next, Atlantic Richfield must come up with cleanup options, he said. Gardena took an aggressive approach toward brownfields in 1999 by dedicating $10,000 to document them. Since then, the city has used about $750,000 in federal grants to identify the properties and educate the community. About 10 brownfields have been cleaned since 1999, making way for a Del Taco restaurant, a Sav-on drugstore, a Walgreen’s drugstore and new homes. One of the products of the city’s work was the Brownfield Community Relations Committee led by Mallory. The group of residents and city officials meets several times each year to discuss environmental issues. Francine Diamond, chairwoman of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, applauds Gardena’s efforts. “This is a very good process because we’re working very closely in a very positive partnership with the city,” Diamond said. “We both want very much to clean up these sites and bring them back to productive use, and so the public health is protected.” A plan is in the works to clean gasoline that seeped into groundwater under the corner of Rosecrans and Van Ness avenues, where a U-Haul facility now stands. The state Regional Water Quality Control Board, which oversees the project, has not gotten full cooperation from the U-Haul owners, city officials contend. “The plan was not received by the due date and does not adequately address the contamination issues,” city documents state. David Bacharowski, LARWQC’s assistant executive officer for groundwater remediation programs, said old fueling stations have been removed from the property and the cleanup is progressing. “There are a couple of ways it could affect people,” Bacharowski said. “Vapors from gasoline. ? Also, dust could blow off soil and affect people.” LARWQC is also overseeing the cleaning of groundwater under a portion of a new bus depot that is under construction. The $37 million Gardena Transit Facility is set to open next year on Western Avenue, north of Rosecrans Avenue. Besides improving the environment and lowering health risks to people, cleaning contaminated properties is good for business, Gardena City Manager Mitch Lansdell said. “A number of brownfields are on sites that have development potential,” Lansdell said. “For the city of Gardena, without a lot of tools, the brownfield program has allowed us to stimulate revitalizing existing properties.” email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CONTAMINATION: Workers begin rehabilitation of the soil around shopping center. By Sandy Mazza STAFF WRITER Shoppers come and go hardly noticing the green plastic fences that surround planters and landscaped islands at the Gardena Marketplace shopping center. But behind the innocent-looking barriers is some of the most hazardous soil in the city. This week, workers wearing protective clothing will begin replacing soil contaminated with high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls – or PCBs – around the shopping center, which includes an Albertsons grocery store, at 1733Artesia Blvd. It is one of two properties in the city tagged by the state Department of Toxic Substances Control for mandated cleaning. The cleanup will take place at night to minimize the effect on residents, and the project will take about six weeks.
If Germany are required to attack with width and pace from midfield, Marco Reus and Julian Brandt both offer devastating speed, particularly during attacking transitions. The inclusion of Mario Gomez means they do have a significant aerial threat should they look to attack with crosses against a congested defensive block.Finally, Germany have occasionally gone with two central strikers during qualifying. This would allow them to adopt a central midfield diamond, which would still allow them to dominate and overload the central channel. From here, both full-backs in a back four – Kimmich and Hector – would be required to provide attacking width. RB Leipzig star Timo Werner could well be a key component of a successful Germany side in Russia. 8 Group F Germany are one of the favourites to win the World Cup this summer.Joachim Low’s side are the reigning world champions, and they head into this tournament as potentially the first side to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1962. Midfielder Mesut Ozil is scrutinised heavily at Arsenal but may thrive again on the international stage with a better unit around him. Group F Germany are one of the most versatile teams at this summer’s World Cup Much of Germany’s attacking play will come through the centre of the pitch GERMANY GROUP GUIDE STAR PLAYERSMats Hummels (centre-back)A product of Bayern Munich’s youth academy, Hummels had to move away from the nation’s biggest club to kickstart his career. An initial loan spell with Borussia Dortmund turned into a permanent move that led to an eight-year stay that yielded two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final. He returned to Bayern in the summer of 2016.An imposing central defender, Hummels has won many plaudits not just for his defensive strength, but also his ability to cleanly progress the ball from deep. The 29-year-old can turn defence into attack with solid pressing, jockeying and tackling, coupled with accurate long balls to set up potential counter-attacks. Group F Germany can be exploited in the full-back position The key area to attack Germany is during attacking transitions – particularly in the wide spaces that can be left by marauding wing-backs. If Kimmich is deployed as part of the back three, Julian Brandt would likely provide width on the right side. As Brandt is very attack-minded, access into a wide left attacker could be a suitable method of exploiting this otherwise vastly experienced and usually solid German back line. It would then be up to Germany’s defensive midfielders to block early access into the opposing wide players.ATTACKOffensively, Germany have many different routes to goal. They prefer to build from deep with frequent short passes, looking to drag and pull the opposition out of shape. Moves with long sequences of short passes will also help them defensively; with the opponent dragged around the field, an effective counter-attack is less likely and counterpressing becomes easier for Germany.The majority of their final-third entries will come central, with their priority to get as many players between the opponents’ midfield and defensive lines as possible. Central splitting passes often set up the majority of Germany’s attacks, with quick passing combinations looking to work the ball into shooting opportunities. Germany World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, plus probable line-up 8 8 Group F South Korea World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, probable line-up Muller is predominantly a right-sided attacking midfielder, yet he has been a goalscoring threat throughout his career and is more than capable of turning provider when necessary. His 10 goals across two World Cups – he won the Golden Boot in South Africa in 2010 – cannot be matched by any player still active in international football.As you might expect from a man with his record, the 28-year-old has impeccable timing when latching on to through balls and crosses. He is an expert poacher, intelligently beating offside traps throughout his career, but he is far from short on defensive endeavour and is often at the heart of his team winning back possession.For more from tactical expertise from the biggest bosses in the game, see coachesvoice.com 8 Mexico World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, probable line-up Not only a fine defender on his day, Hummels is extremely capable on the ball and will help Germany transition from defence to attack. 8 8 Sweden World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, plus probable line-up Bayern Munich hero Muller has a habit of scoring goals on the big stage and could do it again in 2018. 8 Low’s side is just as lethal on the counter, capable of slicing defensive back lines open with incisive passing. Players such as Ozil, Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira and Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan can all finely balance the act of possession with the need to directly attack opponents. Low will be hoping to guide Germany to a second successive World Cup But how will Die Mannschaft look in Russia? The experts at The Coaches’ Voice have provided us with their tactical analysis, explaining what we should expect to see when Germany get their campaign underway against Mexico on Sunday, June 17.TACTICAL SET-UPDEFENCEGermany alternated between a back four and a back three throughout qualifying and in recent friendlies. They look very strong when using a back four, but in doing so naturally have to sacrifice a man in midfield.As they will look to continue the domination of possession that characterized their qualifying campaign, they may use a back three – especially within the group stages, against potentially less threatening opponents.In central defence, Germany have good cover in the case of injuries or suspensions. The Bayern Munich trio of Joshua Kimmich, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng would be their first-choice central defensive trio, with club teammate Manuel Neuer in goal. There remain injury concerns over both Boateng and Neuer, however.Jonas Hector and Marvin Plattenhardt are the only two predominantly left-footed defenders in the squad. Hector has been first choice throughout qualifying, and can play both as a left-back and left wing-back. The 29-year-old is comfortable in tight areas, often doing his best work when surrounded by opponents. He is patient and guileful in possession, always aware of his teammates’ movements. As such, he is a superb attacking threat perfectly suited to Germany’s central attacking play, as their midfield looks to receive the ball in between the opposition’s defensive lines.Often scrutinised for his lack of defensive work, Ozil can be misunderstood. Where some players may sprint to find space, he prefers to let the game move around him. His apparent nonchalance in possession is often mistaken for a lack of desire, not least during his most recent spell with Arsenal. But don’t be fooled – he is still the chief creator of genuine goalscoring chances for both club and country.Thomas Muller (midfield/forward)Another Bayern Munich youth product, Muller has become a club and national team hero on the back of a string of decisive performances over a number of years. An eccentric character, he has scored more than 100 Bundesliga goals for Bayern in fewer than 300 appearances, and is fast approaching his century of international caps. Not surprisingly, he plays a central role in Joachim Low’s chosen back line, winning more than 60 caps since his debut in 2010. He was part of the team that won the World Cup four years ago, scoring against Portugal in the group stages and again in the quarter-final win over France.Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield)An attacking midfielder who operates mostly in central areas, Ozil broke into FC Schalke’s first team as a teenager before spending two successful years at Werder Bremen. A sequence of exciting displays for his country at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, including a dazzling performance against Fabio Capello’s woeful England, earned him a big-money move to Real Madrid. After three years in Spain, he moved to Arsenal in 2013. 8 TACTICAL FLEXIBILITYGermany have an abundance of talent, particularly within midfield. Their most common set-up throughout qualifying was 4-2-3-1, which enabled them to maintain large central numbers with Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira the preferred combination.Ozil’s movement in particular allows the wide players to drift infield, as both Thomas Muller and Julian Draxler like to do. This does allow for the inclusion of a false nine, a role often filled by 2014 hero Mario Gotze in qualifying, but his surprise omission suggests Low will likely opt for a more traditional central striker – Timo Werner, perhaps – in Russia.
The victorious Glenree Utd teamBallyare football grounds was the setting for the girls u14 shield final between Glenree Utd and Kilmac Utd on Saturday. The brilliant football played from these two very competitive teams resulted in a great final match.While all these young ladies were stars in their own right for making it to the final it was Glenree utd that performed brilliantly on the day with a 5 – 1 result in their favour at the final whistle with goals from Emer Sweeney, Laura Dugera, Emer Friel, and two goals from Lauren Carr. All of the Glenree team counted when it mattered.In goals for Glenree was young Claire Friel who made a number of great saves during the match, a great defense of Siobhan Sweeney, Megan McGee, Niamh and Michelle McDevitt. Midfield consisted of Lauren Carr, Emer Friel, Lisa Dugera while up front we had Laura Dugera, Emer Sweeney and Thea Duffy.Subs on the day included, Aisling Green, Emily Pastor and sisters Niamh and Chloe Curran who played superbly also.Many thanks to all the parents and supporters who followed this team giving them lots of support and encouragement during the year. Finally a special thanks to coach Cathal McGinley for all his hard work, dedication, and belief in this young team and helping them achieve their potential.Report submitted by Glenree UtdSOCCER: GLENREE BEAT KILMAC IN U14-SHIELD-FINAL was last modified: August 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glenree UtdKilmac UtdUnder 14 SHield Final