Lambert promised January cash

first_img Their contracts expire in the summer and negotiations remain on-going with the key pair. “We’re talking to both players,” Fox told the Birmingham Mail. “Ron has been fantastic for us. We’re looking forward to him coming back and contributing. Our conversations with him are on-going. “It’s the same with Fabian. “It was really unfortunate that he got injured in training because he was having an absolutely fantastic start to the year. “We continue to talk with him. He’s a great young player who has been with us for seven years.” Boss Paul Lambert will be backed in the January transfer window – although Aston Villa will not spend big. Paddy Reilly has been drafted in as the club’s director of recruitment and Fox insisted Lerner is more comfortable providing cash with a long-term goal in mind. He said: “If there’s someone in January we think can benefit us in the short term and the long term, then the owner is prepared to fund that. “I think he’s much more confident in the process around identifying who that player would be and how that player would fit into the long term planning of the squad. “Randy is very realistic. The club had some success early in Randy’s time here but actually it was playing in a bit of a false position because the league was already changing back then “I don’t think we were positioning ourselves as a club well for that. “Randy was spending money then but what he didn’t have then was a line of sight as to ‘if I spend that money how is it going to pay back in the future?’ “We didn’t really have the set-up to really help us capture our commercial value at the time. That’s different now.” Fox has also not given up hope of convincing skipper Ron Vlaar and Fabian Delph, who has broken into the England squad this season, to stay at Villa. Chief executive Tom Fox has revealed chairman Randy Lerner, who put the club up for sale in May, is prepared to fund signings. Lerner is understood to have a new lease of life at Villa, despite looking for a buyer over the summer. Press Associationlast_img read more

Lagerweij makes presence known despite battling injury in Syracuse’s 3-0 win over Pacific

first_img Published on October 28, 2017 at 3:53 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edu Forty-five minutes before game time, all but one player on the Syracuse (12-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) roster warmed up with passing drills. Lies Lagerweij lay by the sidelines, stretching, uncertain if she would see any action on her senior day.“I honestly wasn’t going to play her at all,” Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley said, “until I saw her warm up. And she looked okay.”After missing SU’s loss to Penn on Oct. 22, Lagerweij returned to the turf Saturday afternoon in a 3-0 win over Pacific (8-8, 4-2 America East). Lagerweij did not start, and did not appear in the scoring column, but helped the Orange dominate possession.Five minutes into the game Lagerweij entered at forward rather than her usual position on the back line. Immediately, she looked for a goal. One minute in, she moved in between defenders, advancing into the arc. Weaving in and out, she found herself one-on-one with Pacific goalie Marlise van Tonder. Lagerweij moved just a few feet from the cage and wound up. But she was tripped by van Tonder.“That’s a penalty,” screamed a fan from the crowd.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo call was made, and no shot recorded. But within minutes of entering the game, Lagerweij nearly scored in her natural position.“She can play anywhere,” Roos Weers said. “Lies has quick hands. …she’s very adjustable.”Trying to keep her All-American healthy before the ACC tournament, Bradley didn’t risk leaving Lagerweij in for too long. Five minutes after putting her in, Bradley subbed her out. And that trend continued. Five minutes later she re-entered. And five minutes after she was subbed out.For the remainder of the game, Lagerweij played in short bursts. But towards the end of the second half, remained on the field. And that was when she made her presence known.Starting in the 47th minute, Lagerweij drew three consecutive corners. One was overturned, but Lagerweij stole the ball back. In the 49th minute, Lagerweij ran down the left sideline, juked past one defender and began juggling the ball on her stick, before bouncing it off a defender’s foot and forcing another corner. On the ensuing corner, Weers rocketed the ball past van Tonder to extend SU’s lead to 2-0.At the end of the game, Bradley substituted Lagerweij back in to end the game. The senior registered two of her three shots in the final two minutes failing to find the back of the cage.From the start of ACC play, Bradley has said that the offense needed to improve to be competitive in the conference and NCAA tournament. Lagerweij playing forward may very well be that spark. In the last two games Lagerweij has played, she’s started at forward. In those two contests, SU is 2-0 with seven goals. And Lagerweij has four points on eight shots.“I just play where Ange wants me to play,” Lagerweij said. “If it’s upfront I try to be creative and create things. I try to get a goal or corner as much as I can. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dodgers beat Orioles but Rich Hill leaves in first inning with injured knee

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco PreviousBALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with Russell Martin #55 after defeating the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Corey Seager is congratulated after scoring from second base on a passed ball during the sixth inning of Thursday’s game against the Orioles in Baltimore. The Dodgers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill throws against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after throwing a pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill looks down after walking in a run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. Hill left the game in the first inning.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is pulled by manager Dave Roberts #30 during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks off the field after being pulled during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Baltimore Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy delivers against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammates after scoring during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Gavin Lux #48 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after swinging and missing during the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Umpire Sam Holbrook and Orioles head groundskeeper Nicole Sherry review a tablet with a weather radar as rain falls during the fifth inning of Thursday’s game between the Orioles and Dodgers in Baltimore. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Tony Gonsolin #46 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Baltimore Orioles’ Pedro Severino is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin throws against the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger follows through on an RBI-double against the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock is congratulated after scoring on a double by Cody Bellinger against the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Dylan Bundy #37 of the Baltimore Orioles walks off the field after being pulled during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on from the dugout during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Pedro Severino #28 of the Baltimore Orioles reacts to a pitch during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 12: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with Russell Martin #55 after defeating the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Corey Seager is congratulated after scoring from second base on a passed ball during the sixth inning of Thursday’s game against the Orioles in Baltimore. The Dodgers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)NextShow Caption1 of 21The Dodgers’ Corey Seager is congratulated after scoring from second base on a passed ball during the sixth inning of Thursday’s game against the Orioles in Baltimore. The Dodgers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)ExpandBALTIMORE — The best-laid plans in September don’t always make it to October.Rich Hill’s return from a flexor tendon injury lasted just 27 pitches in a wayward first inning Thursday night before he left with an injured knee.The preliminary diagnosis, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, is a strain of the medial collateral ligament – the same ligament Hill injured in spring training causing him to miss the first four weeks of this season.The Dodgers did go on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 with eight pitchers (including Hill) combining on a two-hitter, extending their lead for the best record in the National League to four games over the Atlanta Braves.center_img A walk and an error by third baseman Rio Ruiz loaded the bases with two outs. Russell Martin swung and missed at a full-count fastball but the ball got past Severino. Orioles starter Dylan Bundy made no attempt to cover home plate while Severino scrambled to retrieve the passed ball.Two runs scored, Corey Seager racing in from second base behind Bellinger, with Bundy meandering on the infield grass between the mound and the first-base line.“I just saw it go to the backstop,” Seager said. “Nobody was there (at home plate) so I just kept running. I didn’t know if it was a dead ball (on a foul tip).”The two unearned runs were the difference in the game.“The credit goes to Dino and Corey for being heads up,” Roberts said. “Obviously, Bundy threw the ball well, got frustrated and, to be quite honest, quit on the play. For us to take advantage of it was big.” “I worked hard to get back. I felt great, felt the ball coming out really, really well for the first two hitters. It was short-lived.”Roberts and trainer Yosuke Nakajima went out to the mound to check on Hill. Roberts said they “knew it was the knee and it wasn’t the elbow” and he gave Hill a chance to get out of the inning. He walked Austin Hays to force in a run and Roberts returned to the mound alone to pull Hill.After throwing eight pitches to the first two hitters, six for strikes, Hill threw 19 to the next four batters, only eight for strikes. Both of the hit batters came on errant curveballs.Hill said he will probably get an MRI when the team gets to New York to determine the severity of the injury. But his initial reaction was that the symptoms felt “maybe slightly less than they were in spring training. Hopefully, that’s a good sign.”Hill held out hope that he could get back on the mound soon wearing the knee brace that he discarded after the spring injury healed. He said he had no problems with the knee since this spring.“No, that’s what kind of caught everybody off guard – and myself. I didn’t have any issues with my knee at all,” Hill said. “Having that happen tonight is just really disappointing.”Seven Dodgers relievers followed Hill and allowed just two hits, one a solo home run by Pedro Severino off Tony Gonsolin that gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning.It took until the sixth inning for the Orioles’ 99-loss mettle to show itself.A.J. Pollock led off the inning with a double off the scoreboard in right field. He ran through a stop sign throw up by third-base coach Dino Ebel and scored the tying run when Cody Bellinger dropped a bloop single down the left-field line.Related Articles The 39-year-old Hill had not pitched since leaving his June 19 start after one inning due to the injured tendon in his left elbow. With only a two-inning simulated game as buildup, Hill was expected to pitch two innings Thursday in the first of four planned starts before the postseason – where he was penciled in as the Dodgers’ fourth starter.All of that seems unlikely now.“I think obviously the plan was for him to start on Wednesday,” Roberts said. “Now we’ve just got to see how it responds tomorrow with treatment, how he feels and then get to playing catch and flat ground … and just see where we are from there. Right now, I’m reluctant to make any decisions.”Hill struck out the first two batters he faced Thursday but said he felt his left knee “grab” on the third strike to Jonathan Villar. It was obvious something was wrong – he hit Trey Mancini with a 2-and-2 curveball then walked Anthony Santander on four pitches and hit Renato Nunez two pitches later to load the bases.“I felt really good the first two hitters,” Hill said wryly, aware how short that was. “After the last curveball to the second hitter there, I kind of felt my knee grab. I tried to, stupidly, pitch through it. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Steelers thrilling win keeps faint playoffs hopes alive

first_imgThe teams the Steelers are battling with  are the Broncos (8-6), Ravens (8-6), Jaguars (7-7), Dolphins (7-7), Jets (7-7), Texans (7-7) and Titans (7-7).The Ravens looked impressive as they easily defeated the Bears 31-7 to stay ahead of the Steelers and make this weekend’s showdown at Heinz Field enormous for both teams. This has become one of the biggest rivalries in the NFL and no game has been bigger for these two teams than this weekend, which will just about eliminate the loser. Who knows, maybe all the other contenders will lose, again.The Dolphins have been one of the hottest teams in the league of late but they ran into an even hotter team in the Titans and went down to a 27-24 overtime loss. The Titans after starting 0-6 with Vince Young on the bench having gone 7-1 since the owner forced the coach to start him. This is a team no one wants to see in the playoffs.The Steelers almost had their typical fourth quarter meltdown as the Packers came roaring back to take a 36-30 lead with only minutes left, after outscoring the Steelers 22-6 in the fourth quarter to that point. The offense put together one of its most impressive drives of the season, a 12- play, 86-yard drive, ending with the sensational 19-yard touchdown reception by Mike Wallace from Roethlisberger that looked a lot like the play in which Santonio Holmes helped win the Super Bowl. The Steelers ended the game much like they began, with a touchdown pass to Wallace. They opened the game with a 60-yard strike to Wallace who outran his defender, but still had to come back for the under thrown ball for the touchdown. He only had two catches in the game, both for scores.“He made plays when given the opportunity, not that he’s had a bunch of opportunities and sometimes, it’s like that,” said coach Mike Tomlin. “It’s about what you do with them when you get them. He played big. He played older than a rookie for us today which was needed.”It took the best game of the season from Roethlisberger for the Steelers to pull it off. The defense faltered, and Tomlin decided to try an on-side kick, that failed, deep in Packer territory, which led to a Green Bay score that most thought was the game.The 503 yards racked up by Roethlisberger was a Pittsburgh record. He was 29 of 46 with three touchdown passes. The running game was all but abandoned with Rashard Mendenhall picking up 38 yards on just 11 carries and Willie Parker 22 yards on just six carries. However, Mendenhall was very active in the passing game as he had six receptions for 73 yards. Of the six players grabbing those 503 yards, Hines Ward led the way with seven catches for 126 yards, which put him over 1,000 for the year for the sixth time in his career; Heath Miller had seven catches for 118 yards, a personal best, and he also broke the record for tight end receptions for a single season. Holmes had three catches for 77 yards.Aaron Rodgers, who’s rapidly becoming one of the brightest young quarterbacks in the league, picked the Steelers defense apart for 383 yards on 26 of 48 passing and three touchdowns. Young Greg Jennings had eight catches for 118 yards, including an 83 yard touchdown catch that erased the 60-yarder by Wallace, pulling the Packers even, and tight end Jermichael Finley had nine catches for 74 yards. The defense held running back Ryan Grant to just 37 yards on eight carries.Once again the defense looked weak, primarily the secondary with rookie Joe Burnett playing in place of William Gay. It would be hard to play any worse than Gay has in the past eight games.The win ended the Steelers five-game losing streak Right now the Indianapolis Colts (14-0), San Diego Chargers (11-3), Cincinnati Bengals (9-5), and New England Patriots (9-5) pretty much have the divisions sewn up. Only the Bengals could possible fall, if they lose both of their remaining games and the Ravens win both of theirs. Stranger things have happened, especially when dealing with the Bengals. The Steelers were able to avoid a fourth quarter collapse to keep their slight glimmer of a playoff birth alive with a last second touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Mike Wallace giving them a thrilling 37-36 victory over the 9-5 Green Bay Packers. Now they must prepare for conference rival Baltimore (8-6).With the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos all losing, the Steelers stayed alive, but they will have to win out against the Ravens and the Dolphins, and hope the teams ahead of them for the wild card berth continue to lose.center_img PLAY OF THE GAME— Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Mike Wallace catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in front of Green Bay Packers’ Josh Bell (26) with time running out in the fourth quarter Dec. 20, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 37-36. last_img read more