‘I’m better than Liverpool’s Van Dijk’ – Said

first_img “I talk seriously about this, if you compare me to him, you will find that there is a huge difference between us in everything, because he has a negative, which is that when he loses his focus, [he plays] completely incorrectly,” Said continued. “The possibilities he possesses, in addition to his teammates, make any player shine at this level, I am seriously talking about this.” “[Van] Dijk is a good defender, but sometimes he makes mistakes like all defenders in the world.” Said was loaned to Everton from Al Ahly in 2003 but he failed to make a single appearance for the Toffees. read also:Van Dijk ‘happy to be back’ despite derby disappointment He enjoyed his best days with Ahly, winning the Egyptian Premier League, Egyptian Cup, Caf Champions League and Caf Super Cup. Said also won 49 caps with the Egypt national team between 2000 and 2008, winning the Africa Cup of Nations with the Pharaohs in 2006 on home soil and in 2008 in Ghana. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Former Everton and Egypt defender, Ibrahim Said, believes he is better than Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk. Van Dijk and Richarlison are set to face off again in this Sunday’s derby The Dutchman has been a solid rock for the Reds since he joined from Southampton in January 2018, helping the Merseyside club to the Champions League, Uefa Super Cup, Club World Cup and most recently the Premier League which they clinched for the first time under the current format and first since 1990 when it was the old English First Division. The 28-year old has made 115 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 11 goals and providing six assists. He is famously known for going 65 games without getting dribbled past until Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus did it in the 2019 Community Shield at Wembley which City won 5-4 on penalties after ending 1-1 in regular time. “I am more skilled than Van Dijk, because he plays in only one position, while I have been playing in more than one. Certainly, I’m better than him,” Said told Egyptian TV channel TEN. Said went on to stress that Van Dijk has a negative in that he loses focus at times. He also says the presence of strong teammates helps him shine on the pitch.last_img read more

Syracuse’s O’Neill returns to high school position, scores 2 goals in Syracuse win against Boston College

first_imgFreshman Alana O’Neill subbed into a scoreless game in the 65th minute at forward.It was the first time O’Neill had played the position since high school, but she said Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon told the defender, “I know you used to be a forward, so I’m putting you at forward.”O’Neill then scored her first two collegiate goals in the Orange’s 3-0 win over Boston College (8-5, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) on Saturday night in front of 774 at SU Soccer Stadium. Her second-half performance powered SU (5-5-3, 2-2) after it was outshot by BC, 9-2, in the first half. Stephanie Skilton scored Syracuse’s third goal in the final minute to put the icing on the cake.“I thought, ‘Why not give her a chance up front?’” Wheddon said of O’Neill. “I’d like to say it was a great coaching move, but it’s up to her. She found space for herself and she did very well.”Wheddon jokingly complimented his own move, but it worked.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWithin five minutes of being subbed in, O’Neill missed two opportunities to score inside Boston College’s 18-yard box. Both times she was one-on-one against the goalie with a BC defender behind her. Both times, the defender took O’Neill down, but no foul was called.In the 73rd minute, O’Neill received a pass from Maya Pitts outside the box. She took a touch and shot a laser from 25 yards out into the top left corner of the goal.“I realized that I have to shoot a lot earlier, which is why I took the shot from really far out,” O’Neill said. “Well it’s far out for me, because they kept closing in if I dribbled more.”O’Neill’s second goal came off a corner kick by midfielder Jackie Firenze. O’Neill got caught up in the cluster right in front of goal, but still headed the ball into the net.Syracuse didn’t record a shot on frame until its first goal, but took four shots in the final 20 minutes. While not shooting, the Orange still managed to keep the game tied.Though Wheddon said the result against BC is a massive win, he added that SU’s passing in the first half was “atrocious.” In the second half, his team began connecting on its passing, which led to a flurry of opportunities and resulted in three goals.Prior to Saturday’s game, the Orange lost three of its last four games largely because of an inability to put away its chances. Saturday, this wasn’t an issue thanks to O’Neill’s contributions.“If we didn’t have her, we obviously wouldn’t have had the first goal,” Firenze said, “and I’m not sure if the other two would have come, so I’m really proud of her.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 5, 2014 at 12:23 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more

Wellington eighth grade boys finish 2nd in league ending Pioneer League meet at Hargis

first_imgWyattEldridge6th6.117thYESPR QuinnMcCue8th9.389thYESPR Tyler Brown won the eighth grade Pioneer League boys division by a large margin.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington eighth grade boys cross country team finished second amongst the six schools participating in the Pioneer League Division IV Cross Country meet at Hargis Creek Tuesday evening. Eighth grader Tyler Brown won this race with a 8.48 time in the 1.5 mile race.Wellington hosted both the Division III and IV races that involved seventh and eighth grade girls and boys runners on a warm October afternoon. Twelve schools came to Wellington to participate in the season-ending event that involved eight races in all.“It was a good day for the Wellington Middle School Cross Country team,” said Charles Wallace, Wellington head cross country coach. “We were just a girl short from placing as a team in the eighth grade girls division as well.”Six Wellington eighth grade runners finished from first to 23rd.Between the seventh and eighth grade runners, Wellington brought home seven individual league medals. There were also 11 personal records for the Knights.  The eighth grade boys had 22 points for second place behind El Dorado. Eighth grade girls finished third with 27. Seventh grade boys placed third with 23 and the seventh grade girls finished fourth with 43. More pictures can be found here.Individual results are as follows:  TylerBrown1st8.481stYESLEAGUE Champion!!!!! RaeawnaNutt13th14.2014th Wellington 8th Gr. Boys – 2nd place – 22 points MichaelaAdkins21st7.4826th TannerMeyer3rd6.063rdYESPR This concludes the Wellington Middle School Cross Country Season JaydenStaley22nd8.2329thPR JohnLong13th11.0615thPR DanielAtkinson16th11.4718th HunterBryant13.4323rd With a great finish of the season by all that participated Wellington 7th Gr. Girls placed  4th – 43 points Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments DouglasGarton17th11.5019th ColinGreen14th6.4015th Wellington 7th Gr. Boys placed 3rd – 23 pointscenter_img 7th Grade Girls 1 mile  Overall      Team PlaceTIMEPlaceMedalPers.Rec. 8th Grade Boys 1.5 miles Overall    8th Grade Girls 1.5 miles Overall    Follow us on Twitter.   Team PlaceTIMEPlaceMedalPers.Rec. TrinityMason14th7.2116thPR AveryBarker6th11.096thYESPR Wellington 8th Gr. Girls 3rd place – 27 points   Team placeTIMEPlaceMedalPers.Rec. 7th Grade Boys  1 mile  Overall      Team PlaceTIMEPlaceMedalPers.Rec. JessicaWalker23rd8.2530th McKennaJones8th11.168thYESPR AbbeyTredway8th6.399thYESPR AryannaBooth8.5432nd WyleeStone12.3221stPRlast_img read more

Stanley Cup playoffs 2020: Everything we know about the NHL’s potential resumption

first_imgTranslation? There’s still a lot to be ironed out — and, it needs to be noted, nothing is guaranteed due to the COVID-19 pandemic — but one thing appears to be more and more likely: a 2020 Stanley Cup champion will be crowned.”I want to make clear that the health and safety of our players, coaches, essential support staff, our communities are paramount,” Bettman said during the reveal of the format May 26. “While nothing is without risk, ensuring health and safety has been central to all of our planning so far and will remain so. Let me assure you that the reason we are doing this is because our fans are telling us in overwhelming numbers that they want us to complete the season, if at all possible, and our players and our teams are clear that they want to play and bring the season to its rightful conclusion.”When it’ll happen is still in flux because of such things as location, COVID-19 testing and mandatory 14-day quarantines to anyone entering Canada.MORE: NHL’s Phase 2 detailsPhase 2 of the NHL’s return plan began June 8, with Phase 3 and training camps tentatively slated to start on July 10.Here’s everything we know so far about the NHL’s potential return to the ice in Phase 4:Is the 2019-20 season over?Yes. Bettman announced the 2019-20 season has officially concluded.With that information, the Boston Bruins are the 2019-20 Presidents’ Trophy winners (100 points), backstopped by their William M. Jennings Trophy winners Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak.The Edmonton Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl captures his first Art Ross Trophy with 110 points and Alex Ovechkin and David Pastrnak finish the season with 48 goals each to split the Rocket Richard Trophy. Ovechkin, who notched his 700th goal this season, now has nine goal-scoring titles to his name.MORE ON: Rocket Richard Trophy | Art Ross Trophy | 2019-20 seasonHow many teams will return to play?As reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman on May 20, the league, the players and the Return to Play Committee have agreed on a 24-team format.John Carlson, speaking on @LunchTalkNBCSN, not a huge fan of the reported 24-team playoff format: “24 teams sounds like a lot of teams to me if I’m being honest.”— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) May 21, 2020The top 24 teams based on points percentage — teams had not all played the same number of games when the season was paused on March 12 — are seeded 1-12 in each conference. Seven teams will not resume play and will automatically enter the draft lottery.Eastern ConferenceSEEDTEAMRECORDPTS. PCT.1Boston Bruins44-14-12.7142Tampa Bay Lightning43-21-6.6573Washington Capitals41-20-8.6524Philadelphia Flyers41-21-7.6455Pittsburgh Penguins40-23-6.6236Carolina Hurricanes38-25-5.5967New York Islanders35-23-10.5888Toronto Maple Leafs36-25-9.5799Columbus Blue Jackets33-33-15.57910Florida Panthers35-26-8.56511New York Rangers37-28-5.56412Montreal Canadiens31-31-9.500Western ConferenceSEEDTEAMRECORDPTS. PCT.1St. Louis Blues42-19-10.6622Colorado Avalanche42-20-8.6573Vegas Golden Knights39-24-8.6064Dallas Stars37-24-8.5945Edmonton Oilers37-25-9.5856Nashville Predators35-26-8.5657Vancouver Canucks36-27-6.5658Calgary Flames36-27-7.5649Winnipeg Jets37-28-6.56310Minnesota Wild35-27-7.55811Arizona Coyotes33-29-8.52912Chicago Blackhawks32-30-8.514Teams that will not returnTEAMRECORDPTS. PCT.Buffalo Sabres30-31-8.493New Jersey Devils28-29-12.493Anaheim Ducks29-33-9.472Los Angeles Kings29-35-6.457San Jose Sharks29-36-5.450Ottawa Senators25-34-12.437Detroit Red Wings17-49-5.275How would the playoffs work?Here’s what we know:There will be normal conference playoffs, meaning Eastern Conference teams will play Eastern Conference teams and Western Conference teams will play Western Conference teams. Before those take place, however, there will be a “Qualifying Round” to set the playoff field. Round-robin for top-four teamsThe top four seeds in each conference will receive byes from the Qualifying Round and will play a round-robin for seeding purposes for the usual first round of the playoffs (16 teams). If these games go to overtime, then they’ll be played under regular-season overtime rules. If there is a tie in points at the conclusion of the round-robin, percentage points from the regular season will be used as a tiebreaker.Eastern ConferenceSEEDTEAMRECORDPTS. PCT.1Boston Bruins44-14-12.7142Tampa Bay Lightning43-21-6.6573Washington Capitals41-20-8.6524Philadelphia Flyers41-21-7.645Western ConferenceSEEDTEAMRECORDPTS. PCT.1St. Louis Blues42-19-10.6622Colorado Avalanche42-20-8.6573Vegas Golden Knights39-24-8.6064Dallas Stars37-24-8.594Qualifying RoundThe teams seeded 5-12 will face off in this round. These series will be best-of-five matchups and will feature the usual playoff overtime rule of play until someone scores. Winners of these series will then meet the top four teams in a still-to-be-determined setting.Eastern Conference opening-round seriesMATCHUP(5) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (12) Montreal Canadiens(6) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (11) New York Rangers(7) New York Islanders vs. (10) Florida Panthers(8) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (9) Columbus Blue JacketsWestern Conference opening-round seriesMATCHUP(5) Edmonton Oilers vs. (12) Chicago Blackhawks(6) Nashville Predators vs. (11) Arizona Coyotes(7) Vancouver Canucks vs. (10) Minnesota Wild(8) Calgary Flames vs. (9) Winnipeg Jets2020 Stanley Cup playoffsOnce the teams are whittled down to 16, it will be the Stanley Cup playoffs. Bettman told ESPN on June 15 that each round will be best of seven.Where will the games be held?”Hub cities” has been the magic phrase in sports, and the NHL is looking to play in two locations. Bettman said last month that 10 teams were in the running to serve as hub cities.CITYCOUNTRYTEAMChicago, Ill.United StatesBlackhawksColumbus, OhioUnited StatesBlue JacketsDallas, TexasUnited StatesStarsEdmonton, Alta.CanadaOilersLas Vegas, Nev.United StatesGolden KnightsLos Angeles, Calif.United StatesKings*Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.United StatesWildPittsburgh, Pa.United StatesPenguinsToronto, Ont.CanadaMaple LeafsVancouver, B.C.CanadaCanucks* The Kings’ season has officially ended.”The reason there are so many cities still in contention is we didn’t want to be in a situation with things in the world moving so quickly, changing from day to day, we didn’t want to get locked in,” Bettman told NBCSN’s Mike Tirico on May 26, noting a decision was, at minimum, three weeks away. “We don’t want to go to a place where there’s a lot of COVID-19. We don’t want to go to a place where we can’t get the testing we need, there’s going to be extensive testing . . . and there are governmental issues,” he said. “For example, currently, we don’t think we can do this in the Canadian markets because there’s a 14-day quarantine . . . if we get done with training camp and we want to go to a Canadian city, and to do that we have to quarantine a team for another 14 days, that isn’t going to work.”Bettman told ESPN’s Mike Greenberg on June 15 that he is still in discussions with Canadian government officials about the length of the quarantine from the end of training camp to the start of the Qualifying Round. Will fans be able to attend?Bettman didn’t address this on May 26, but probably not. The league has looked into it but the complications are massive. The NHL and teams have done social distancing models for people in seats…most arenas, based on people being 6 feet apart in every direction…would only be able to host 2000 to 2500 fans at a game. A bit of a non-starter.— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) May 20, 2020Will players be tested for COVID-19?Players will be tested daily, deputy commissioner Bill Daly said.”We will have a rigorous daily testing protocol where players are tested every evening and those results are obtained before they would leave their hotel rooms the next morning, so we’ll know if we have a positive test and whether the player has to self-quarantine himself as a result of that positive test,” Daly said in a Zoom call on May 26. “It’s expensive, but we think it’s really a foundational element of what we’re trying to accomplish.” Bettman said that each test will cost around $125 with an estimated 25,000 to 35,000 tests needed for the entire playoffs, according to The Associated Press.Bettman told Greenberg that a person who tests positive “will be isolated” and that people who were “in close proximity” would be monitored through contact tracing.”Obviously, for any sport, if you have a major outbreak, it’s going to change everything; but we’re being told that an isolated case or a couple of isolated cases shouldn’t interfere with the plans, and we should be able to move forward,” Bettman said. The NHL is continuing to inch closer to a return.Commissioner Gary Bettman last month announced the steps the league and the NHL Players’ Association agreed upon to move forward, including the official ending of the 2019-20 season, a 24-team return-to-play format and how the draft lottery will look.last_img read more