Kanu: EPL clubs dread Pepe

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Arsenal hero Nwankwo Kanu believes Premier League clubs are afraid of new signing Nicolas Pepe. Pepe, 24, has made two starts for Arsenal since his £72 million arrival from Lille this summer. “If you watch him you can see he is a really good footballer and his feet are very quick. He is going to score goals and he is going to play well,” Kanu told Goal. “He will get much better and he will score goals for us. He brings us something different to the other two strikers. “I believe that teams are already afraid of him after a few games. They are scared of what he can do and what he can offer. He’s a very good addition.”Tags: ArsenalEPLNicolas PepeNwankwo Kanulast_img

Peterson makes 1st career start for Syracuse, dishes out nine assists in blowout loss

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 13, 2014 at 11:28 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] All season long, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman has talked about how he has three capable point guards. On Thursday, that statement was put to the test.With first-and second-string point guards Rachel Coffey and Cornelia Fondren sidelined due to illness, freshman Alexis Peterson started the first game of her college career.Peterson played a career-high 34 minutes, handing out nine assists and committing just two turnovers. But the rookie’s performance wasn’t nearly enough to propel the Orange to a win. Syracuse (17-8, 6-6 Atlantic Coast) fell convincingly to Florida State (17-7, 5-6), 83-59, in front of 428 fans at the Carrier Dome.“When you take two players out of your lineup who normally give you major minutes, you’re going to struggle a little bit,” Hillsman said. “I have to give Alexis credit. She played 34 minutes, nine assists, two turnovers – that’s a tremendous ratio.”Hillsman said Coffey and Fondren were ruled out a few hours before game time, but Peterson said she knew Wednesday night she would get the starting nod. Before Thursday’s game, both Coffey and Fondren texted Peterson telling her to settle down and let the game come to her.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I just felt like it was a normal game,” Peterson said. “I thought I played fairly decent. I think I could have done something more to help the team out as far as not turning the ball over.”Peterson dished her first assist of the night – a Brianna Butler 3-pointer – just two minutes into the game, giving SU an early 9-2 lead. Although Peterson said she always looks to get her teammates involved early, her teammates missed 13 shots in the next 10 minutes and fell behind 20-13.In a span of 3:22 seconds, Peterson racked up assists two, three, four and five. With 8:22 to go in the half, the crafty guard maneuvered into the paint and slid a nice pass to freshman center Bria Day, who laid a shot off the glass to cut the Seminoles’ lead to 20-15. Moments later, Peterson found guard Brittney Sykes for a jump shot on the right elbow, bringing SU to within eight at 25-17.And by the time Peterson found Day for a layup with five minutes to go in the half, FSU held an even bigger lead at 30-21. The player Hillsman sometimes calls “Petey” played 19-of-20 minutes in the first half and handed out five assists. But SU still trailed 42-26.Peterson began the second half where she left off in the first, assisting on a Butler corner 3 that cut the deficit to 42-29. But the second half wasn’t nearly as productive for the freshman. FSU forward Lauren Coleman hit a 3 in Peterson’s face to make the score 64-37. Moments later, Peterson was somehow left alone with 6-foot-3 Natasha Howard, who scored easily underneath the basket.Peterson shook her head. There was nothing she could do.On the next possession, Peterson once again found herself left alone with Howard – who finished with an FSU school record 40 points. Peterson committed a foul, but Howard still made the shot.Three of Peterson’s assists came in the final 1:41. The cutting Peterson picked up a deflection near the semi-circle and kicked out a pass to Phelysha Bullard, who knocked down the jumper.Twice in the final minute Peterson found La’Shay Taft for 3-pointers.On a night when Syracuse lost by 24 points, Peterson was one bright spot for the Orange.Said Florida State head coach Sue Semrau: “I thought Peterson stepped in and did an admirable job.” Commentslast_img read more

Taylor Ford leads 50-point bench performance with 21 of her own in win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The Syracuse players huddled in a circle around head coach Quentin Hillsman. The public address announcer boomed the names of SU’s starters through the Carrier Dome speakers, but none of them budged.No pregame rituals. No flashy handshakes. Just a few final words from the head coach.“We don’t come out for starting lineups anymore because we got seven starters,” Hillsman said. “Until they start announcing seven people we’re not coming out.”On Wednesday night against Coppin State, the Orange was more than just seven deep. Taylor Ford, the fourth substitution for SU and its ninth player on the court, scored a career-high and game-high 21 points. Maggie Morrison, the eighth, added nine points and the ninth, freshman Julia Chandler, tallied 11. Syracuse’s bench players combined for 50 points and led the Orange (6-2) to an 88-56 win over the Eagles (2-6).“This is the first game where I really just trusted our bench and just played them,” Hillsman said, “and it worked great.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLess than 30 seconds after coming into the game, Ford lined up on the right wing and sunk a 3.She grabbed an offensive rebound and finished with a layup. Then Brittney Sykes found her in transition for an easy bucket. Then Morrison poked the ball out of Coppin State guard Keena Samuels’ hand on the press and converted the uncontested shot.A tie game prior to Morrison and Ford coming in was turned into a 17-10 Syracuse lead.“I knew immediately I had to be aggressive,” Ford said. “I had to do something to pick my team up … Me being aggressive at first knocking down 3s motivated everyone else to play harder.”Briana and Bria Day and guard Alexis Peterson got into foul trouble early, forcing Hillsman to dip into his reserves more frequently than usual.Ford finished the half 5-for-5 with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. The bench’s 20 points at the half was just six shy of Coppin State’s team total.Chandler’s first time off the bench she was stripped in the post and Hillsman took her out. On the sideline, Briana Day pulled her aside on the bench to give her pointers.The struggles didn’t last as Chandler was soon blocking shots in the post, knocking down 3s from the wing and cleaning up the boards in place of the Day sisters.“We talk about seven, eight, nine, 10 playing well off the bench and they were tremendous,” Hillsman said. “Julia Chandler shot the ball like she can do it and Taylor played awesome and Corn (Cornelia Fondren) just filled it up.”When Ford’s layup on a play where she was fouled rolled out of the rim to start the fourth quarter, she stomped her foot into the court.But it was almost the only thing that didn’t fall for her on the night. Of her 10 shots, she missed just two. Fondren and Morrison both shot over 50 percent, too.By the end of the game, SU’s seven-player bench had nearly matched the Eagles entire team and outscored its own starters by 12. Guard Savannah Crocetti came off the bench for just her second appearance of the season.“I think that speak volumes,” Peterson said. “If we can play like that and get that type of bench performance we’ll be a hard team to beat.”Hillsman said who starts and who doesn’t is insignificant. The only difference is the handshake.On Wednesday night, though, the difference was 12. Twelve more points for SU’s bench than its starters. Comments Published on December 9, 2015 at 11:04 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettuslast_img read more