Spurs track Ndidi

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Leicester City star Wilfred Ndidi has been linked with a move to Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.Ndidi, who is absolutely pivotal to Brendan Rodgers’ plans, is said to be a target of Jose Mourinho’s as the Portuguese boss looks to land a defensive midfielder this summer. According to reports, Spurs have “taken information” about Ndidi over a possible bid.But they also report it would be an “expensive affair” if they wish to genuinely pursue the Nigerian.From City’s point of view, it is extremely unlikely Ndidi would be allowed to leave this year.The Foxes have a policy of only allowing one key player to leave per summer and it looks as though Ben Chilwell will leave for Chelsea in a £50 million deal.Already lost one starter, it is extremely unlikely City would listen to any offer for Ndidi, particularly with the defensive midfielder being one of the most irreplaceable parts of Rodgers’ starting XI. The 23-year-old is under contract at the King Power Stadium until 2024 having penned a new deal in 2018, and he featured in 32 of City’s 38 Premier League games last season.Tags: English Premier LeagueInterestLeicester City FCSummer Transfer WindowTottenham Hotspur FCWilfred Ndidilast_img read more

Claire Webb helps anchor Syracuse’s defense without much recognition

first_imgClaire Webb doesn’t really stand out on Syracuse’s back line. She doesn’t score like the other defenders and she doesn’t win the awards her two All-American fellow defenders receive. And she’s fine with that.“I’ve never really been one to care about that recognition from outside sources,” Webb said.At the start of the 2016 season, the then-freshman from Exton, Pennsylvania, played in all 19 games for No. 10 Syracuse (11-4, 2-4 Atlantic Coast), starting 18, the most of any freshman. Now a sophomore, Webb has started in all 15 games in the 2017 season. Despite immediately seeing the field, Webb is often blotted out by teammates, Roos Weers and Lies Lagerweij. However, SU head coach Ange Bradley saw Webb’s potential to contribute at Syracuse.“As a true freshman coming out of high school, she played in the midfield in the ACC just about every minute of every game,” Bradley said. “From her first year, she’s had a big role and will continue to have a big role.”Webb has experience playing in the midfield and on the back line in her almost two seasons at Syracuse. Her defensive style supports her teammates, Weers said, even if she doesn’t accumulate points herself; Webb has only one goal and one assist, while Weers and Lagerweij have 15 and 13 points, respectively. However, their success is bolstered support they receive from Webb.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think that the defensive aspect is a really big part of my game; I really enjoy it,” Webb said. “I like how much thinking is involved and how you have to set other people up.”Bradley recognizes Webb’s consistency, calling her a “workhorse” and a “Steady Eddie.” She compared Webb’s position to former player and current student coaching assistant Serra Degnan. In previous seasons, Degnan was the one supporting Lagerweij and Weers while the two backs kick started the offense.“The tough thing is,” Bradley said of Webb, “she’s never going to be recognized.”Although she is comfortable in the back, Webb perceives her own strengths and weaknesses. In order to get involved in the offense like her defensive counterparts, Webb said, she will have to play to her own skill set, meaning shorter passes, unlike the long balls Weers and Lagerweij fire down the field.“Claire’s very smart,” Weers said, “and she [completes] a good combination with me and Lies in the back.”Webb has two more years to advance her game, and will continue to develop in her position. She challenges herself as a player, goals or no goals, even when no one seems to notice.“I’ve always been a team player,” Webb said. “I don’t really need somebody to recognize me.” Comments Published on October 17, 2017 at 9:35 pm Contact Kristin: ktogrady@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Softball: Wisconsin drops Big Ten opening series against Illinois

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin Softball team (22-5, 1-2 Big Ten) kicked off their Big Ten season against Illinois (20-7, 2-1) over the weekend. The Badgers went 1-2 in Champaign, Illinois, by final scores of 15-6, 0-2 and 5-6.The Badgers dominated Friday’s opener, setting a positive stepping stone in their first Big Ten game of the season and their first game in 12 days.Top hitters for Wisconsin came from Taylor Johnson, who went 4-5, and Stephanie Lombardo, who had five RBIs and sealed the game for the Badgers with a grand slam in the sixth inning.Softball: Badgers go 4-1 in final non-conference tournament of seasonThe No. 23 University of Wisconsin softball team (21-3) continued to make positive waves in the collegiate softball world after Read…The win from the circle was awarded to Kaitlyn Menz after pitching five innings allowing six hits, three runs and four walks while striking out four, bringing her season ERA to 1.46.Saturday’s game, on the other hand, was a pitching duel between Wisconsin’s Haley Hestekin and Illinois’ Taylor Edwards. Hestekin pitched all six innings for the Badgers, and Edwards pitched all but two outs for the Illini.Both pitchers put up impressive stat numbers — Hestekin allowed seven hits, surrendering two walks and punching out two Illini hitters, while Edwards gave up just four Badger hits and one walk to go with two strikeouts.At the end of the day, Edwards was too strong for the Badger offense. Wisconsin was held scoreless for the first time this season, while the Illini offense put up the two runs they needed to prevail.The Badgers were again barely edged out by the Illini in Sunday’s series finale.Jolie Fish started all scoring with a home run in the second inning, and the Badgers tacked on two more in the third thanks to a single by Caroline Hedgcock and another hit from Fish.The Badgers held a 5–3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Illinois put up three runs with two outs in the bottom half of the seventh to walk-off the Badgers and earn the series win.Menz took the loss in the circle for the Badgers. Unable to close out Sunday’s game, her season record drops to 8-2 as the Badgers lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.Wisconsin will be back in action for their home opener and a doubleheader with the University of Northern Iowa on Tuesday.Softball: Badgers upset two ranked teams in Arizona to earn ranking of their ownThe University of Wisconsin softball team (17-2) touched down in Tempe, Arizona last weekend for the Sun Devil Classic to Read…UNI (13-11, 4-2 Missouri Valley Conference) is a team who kept up with Illinois as well, losing 10-9 to the Illini earlier in the season.For the Badgers to prevail, they will look to get their offense back on track and produce more power-hitting runs as they demonstrated earlier this season.UNI’s team ERA is a sky-high 5.04 compared to Wisconsin’s 1.52.Wisconsin pitchers will have to watch out for UNI’s Sammey Bunch. Bunch is hitting a team best of .400 and is one of only four Panthers to play and start every game so far this season.UNI will look to her for leadership and hope to provide an offensive spark for the Panthers — something Wisconsin will look to prevent.The games start at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday from the Goodman Diamond in Madison. Live stats can be found on uwbadgers.com and BTN Plus.last_img read more