New Hammers deal for Reid

first_img The 24-year-old has been impressive for much of the season, forming a strong partnership with James Collins at the heart of the Hammers’ defence. The New Zealand international, who has captained both club and country over the course of the current season, has played in 33 of West Ham’s 35 Barclays Premier League fixtures this season. Reid moved to West Ham from FC Midtjylland in 2010 and played an instrumental role in Sam Allardyce’s side that bounced back to the Premier League at the first time of asking last year. Upon signing his new deal Reid said he hopes for a continuation of his previous two years in east London. “I’ve really enjoyed being here,” he told the club’s official website. “I think I have played some good football over the last two years but that goes for the whole team as well. Hopefully we can continue that.” The new deal takes Reid up until the club’s penultimate season at Upton Park before they move to their new home at the Olympic Stadium from 2016/17. But the defender already has one eye on turning out for the club at their new ground and is excited by the prospect. “It is an exciting time for the club,” he added. “Even though it is three years down the road, they are already looking forward to seeing what can be done when we move there.” Press Associationcenter_img West Ham defender Winston Reid has signed a new contract that will keep him at Upton Park until 2015.last_img read more

ESM, J-D football look to bounce back in 2019 season

first_img Tags: ESMfootballJ-D The reasons were simple enough. Lineman Logan Cowell said that the Spartans were “playing as individuals, not a team,” while running back Josh Gilkey said it was physical and mental mistakes that proved the main culprit.Head coach Kevin DeParde echoed those thoughts. “”We had a lot of leadership issues and suffered the consequences,” he said.Now, though, said Gilkey, things are fixed. “We’ve got a lot of new guys, and we’ve got everyone in the right spots on the field,” he said. Whether at East Syracuse Minoa or Jamesville-DeWitt, the mission for the varsity football programs at both schools in 2019 is clear – return to a regular habit of winning games.They’re just trying to fulfill that mission in vastly different ways.ESM is taking the conventional route. Having won plenty this decade, reaching at least the Section III Class A semifinals six out of seven years, the 3-6 campaign the Spartans went through in 2018 was jolting.center_img Another key, said Justin Smith, is “getting all of the younger kids to buy into our system. If we do that, we should be set.”One of those younger players takes a central role right way. Tyler Bell, just a sophomore, is ESM’s new starting quarterback, and while he’s just 5-foot-9, DeParde said he has “a high football IQ” and has all the respect of his teammates, newcomers and veterans alike.To make things easier for Bell, much will be put on senior running back Josh Gilkey, who will often be the single back as the Spartans will feature more of a spread offense than in seasons past.That means more work for receivers like Mike Combs, Nolan Palmer and Nate Pullano, with lots of excitement for what sophomore Rocky El can do with pass catches and returns after a standout spring as a freshman on ESM’s track team.They’ll work with an offensive line that has two converted skill players. Joe Copp moved from fullback to tackle, while Logan Lemelbaum switched from tight end and also will play at tackle. They flank sophomore center Chris Todd and Logan Cowell at guard, with Michael Cole and Dakota White rotating at the other guard spot.Cowell returns on ESM’s defensive line, as does Lemelbaum and Cole, while Gilkey anchors the group at linebacker with Copp, Palmer and Jack Hager. Smith and Joe Derby work at cornerback with safeties Warren Canone and Jack Meloling.Over at Jamesville-DeWitt, the Red Rams are also looking to rebound, this after winning just one game in 2018. But it won’t do so in the chief Class A division.Along with Fulton, J-D has moved into Section III’s “Developmental League” for rebuilding programs. PSLA-Fowler, Oswego and Phoenix are the other teams in the division.This means the Rams won’t be going for a sectional title, but there are plans to have a playoff for the top teams in the Developmental League in late October or early November.Head coach Eric Ormond said his players, especially the veterans, have readily accepted this new challenge. “The seniors were very mature in understanding the situation,” he said. “They’ve accepted and embraced it.One of those veterans, Ryan Vespi, returns at quarterback, surrounded in the backfield by the likes of Evan Dougherty and Marcus Payne and throwing to a receiver corps that includes returning starter Logan Wing, though many spots remain up for grabs.Up front, Caleb Patterson and James Richer make for a talented pair of guards, while wrestling standout Alikhan Abdullayev takes over at one of the tackle spots and Jason Pritts lines up at center.Patterson, Richer and Abdullayev will do plenty on the defensive line, too, while at linebacker many players are in the mix, including Scott Reeves and Mo El-Hindi. Vespi goes both ways, too, starting in the secondary with Wing and Dougherty.J-D’s opener is not until Sept. 13 – against none other than  ESM, who it’s beaten each of the last two years, this after the Spartans get underway this Saturday against visiting Rochester Edison Tech.Ormond said success for J-D would get measured as much by the effort it puts out as the wins it might record. As for ESM, DeParde said his team must play tough up front in order to succeed against most of its Class A opponents, and also stay injury-free.“It’s a physical league and the kids understand the challenge,” said DeParde. “If we stay healthy, we can compete with them, and if we can compete, anything is possible.”Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Fair returning to Syracuse for senior year

first_img Published on April 24, 2013 at 2:55 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ C.J. Fair will return to Syracuse for his senior season, SU Athletics announced Wednesday.The forward was named second-team All-Big East last season in the Orange’s final season in the conference. Fair will now help guide Syracuse into the Atlantic Coast Conference.“After talking it over with my family and my coaches, I decided another year at Syracuse was best for me,” Fair said in a press release.Fair led Syracuse in scoring and rebounding during his junior season, averaging 14.5 points and seven rebounds per game. The forward was projected as a borderline first-round pick in June’s NBA Draft. It has been reported Fair would only leave if he had a first-round guarantee.Former Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams declared for the draft earlier this month, and former SU forward James Southerland is also expected to be drafted. Carter-Williams is considered a borderline lottery pick, while Southerland will likely be selected in the second round.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange ranked highly in several early preseason 2013-14 college basketball rankings, including No. 11 in CBS Sports’ rankings, banking on Fair’s return and the continued development of younger players like small forward Jerami Grant.Said Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim in the release: “This is great news for our basketball program and for C.J.” Commentslast_img read more

Four Ghanaians set to clash in fierce Serbian derby

first_imgFor the first time in the history of Serbian football, four Ghanaians will be in action on Wednesday when Partizan and Red Star lock horns in one of Europe’s fiercely contested matches.Strikers Prince Tagoe and Dominic Adiyiah are likely to play for Partizan while Red Star has Lee Addy and Issah Mohammed and the Africans are expected to decide the game.Wednesday’s match is the first of three clashes of the two Belgrade arch rivals in the remainder of the season.Attention has turned to the Ghanaians to light up the match following their excellent showing in the league.Tagoe and Adiyiah are one of the feared strikers of the league since their recent move to Partizan while Addy is the country’s best defender with Mohammed regarded as Red Star’s version of Michael Essien.The first one is a Serbian Cup semi-final, first leg, and undoubtedly the one with the lightest psychological burden on the two teams, as the respective coaches both have announced open, attack-minded approaches on Wednesday afternoon. Partizan goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic would not go into detailed analysis of what was said at the press conference, but revealed his ambitions ahead of the clash with Red Star.“We will try to beat them and I will be focusing on it as if it were any other match. The only difference is that this is a Cup tie, and we will all keep this added weight in the backs of our heads. We need to play smart as there is the return leg to come.”Stojkovic’s opposite number, the Red Star shot stopper Sasa Stamenkovic, is not worried by the fact the coaches have announced a goal fest.“It’s not a problem, there can be goals, as long as we go through to the final. This is the right moment to end Partizan’s domination.”Red Star’s last line of defence knows where the biggest danger in the opposition’s side lies. “We are aware Partizan strikers will be a problem. I expect foreign players to decide this derby. I hope our own Evandro and Borja are more successful than Tagoe and Adiyiah.”Lee Addy is certainly the right man to talk to when it comes to impeding Partizan’s Ghanaian attackers.“Addy really knows his compatriots best and I expect him to stem their attacks towards our goal, and if I am called to duty, I hope I manage to keep a clean sheet.”Partizan striker Prince Tagoe is aware of what awaits him in his first Belgrade derby.“I am familiar with the rivalry between Partizan and Red Star and every derby is a story for itself. You just need to remain focused, calm and composed. “I have had a chance to play the Hoffenheim v Mainz derby, which is also a big game of two neighbouring clubs.I also featured in a derby clash back home in Ghana between Hearts of Oak and Kotoko. I am not promising a goal.“Partizan need a win, but whoever gets on the scoresheet, I’ll be happy.”Partizan take on Red Star at the stadium in Humska on Wednesday, 5pm.Source: Ghanasoccernet.comlast_img read more