Rodgers’ side return to the Potteries this Sunday just three months on from their 6-1 capitulation on the final day of the 2014-15 season, a loss which rounded off a dismal run-in for the five-time European Cup winners. New Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson recently revealed he is still haunted by the memories of the club’s heaviest reverse in 52 years, but they will get a chance to exact a measure of revenge in their first contest of the new campaign. Hughes acknowledges lightning is unlikely to strike twice when they host Rodgers’ new-look outfit again and believes the thrashing they administered will serve as motivation. “I don’t think there’s too many of us that feel what happened in that game will be repeated,” the Welshman said. “We’d like to think it would be but Liverpool will have a lot to say about it. “At the beginning of the season expectations are always high for everybody and no less so from a club the stature of Liverpool. “They’ll be wanting to address that, it was certainly a blot on their copybook. “I’ve heard their players talk about how they want to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. The reverse of that is obviously we’ll have something to say about that as well. “We’re hoping for a positive start to what we hope is going to be a very successful season.” The jaw-dropping manner of Liverpool’s loss, coupled with Steven Gerrard’s departure, meant Stoke’s feat of finishing ninth with a best ever Premier League points tally was pushed down the list of events to emerge that afternoon. Press Association Hughes has presided over two ninth-placed finishes since arriving at the helm and now wants to take the next step by bringing European football back to the Britannia Stadium. The Potters played in the Europa League under Tony Pulis four seasons ago after reaching the FA Cup final and Hughes does not believe achieving qualification for a continental competition is beyond his current players. He added: ” We look to improve year on year, we’ve been able to do that and we want that to continue. “If we are able to continue in the same vein then that would bring Europe into view. We’re not frightened by that prospect. “This club had a great experience the last time we were in Europe. We’d like to replicate that if we can. “I’m of the view that if we keep progressing – and with the talent and ability we’ve been able to add to the group – I think we can go close.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes is braced for a Liverpool backlash at the Britannia Stadium as Brendan Rodgers’ men make an immediate return to the venue of one of their most embarrassing defeats.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the death of a man who was in the custody of police.According to officers, the suspect fled from police in multiple jurisdictions before a Taser was used on him in West Palm Beach.Police say the investigation began overnight as Boynton Beach Police tried to pull over a vehicle that ultimately sped away from officers on I-95 near Gateway Boulevard.West Palm Beach Police said the fleeing driver, at the wheel of a 2016 red Nissan Rogue, ran a red light and crashed into a car near Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and North Tamarind Avenue. The driver fled the scene on foot.Police said the man tried to steal a cell phone from another person, threatening to have a knife.A short time later, police said officers found the suspect on the sidewalk near 15th Street and Windsor Avenue, bleeding and sweating.West Palm Beach Police said the man, while being treated by paramedics, tried to get up and leave and resisted officers with violence.Officers said they used a Taser on the man during a struggle. He died later at the hospital.The officers involved in the incident are on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.The State Attorney’s Office is also part of the investigation.The victim in the hit-and-run crash is expected to recover, police said.Watch Live: There is a heavy police presence and roads blocked near 15th and Australian. https://t.co/OPW8UNiz6e— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) July 17, 2019
By Martyn HermanLONDON (Reuters) – Rafael Nadal produced an incredible fightback to beat Russian Daniil Medvedev and keep his ATP Finals hopes alive on Wednesday, saving a match point at 1-5 down in the decider before winning 6-7(3) 6-3 7-6(4).The 33-year-old looked beaten as 23-year-old debutant Medvedev broke serve twice in the decider to stand on the brink of a first career victory over the Spaniard he pushed to five sets in an epic U.S. Open final in September.For once world number one Nadal’s trademark fighting spirit seemed to have ebbed away but he saved a match point at 1-5 with a superb drop shot and was suddenly re-energised.Twice Medvedev served for the match, at 5-2 and 5-4, but he tightened up and world number one Nadal, roared on by the 02 Arena crowd, needed no second invitation to take advantage. Nadal has never won the ATP Finals title, the only gap on a CV that includes 19 Grand Slam titles and Olympic gold.He was beaten by German defending champion Alexander Zverev for the first time on Monday in his opening round-robin match and defeat by Medvedev, who he had also never lost to before, would have left him on the brink of elimination. After an astonishing recovery, however, he will go into his final group game against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, another rising force in the sport, with everything to play for as he bids to not only win the title for the first time but also seal the year-end world number one ranking.Nadal had arrived in London with worries about an abdominal injury, but even when not at his sharpest he remains one of the hardest players to finish off on Tour.“Honestly I’ve been super lucky,” he said on court. “For Daniil it’s a tough loss. He was playing much better than me in the third set of course but it was one of these days when you have a one in a thousand chance to win.” The deceptively powerful Medvedev dropped only six points on serve in the opening set and comfortably bagged the tiebreak.His focus dipped at the start of the second though, allowing Nadal a quick break and when the Spaniard broke again to take the set it seemed the momentum was with him. Medvedev played superbly in the deciding set though — until 5-1. A dreadful Nadal backhand slice gave the Russian a first break and when he chased down a drop shot to flick a winner past Nadal on his way to a 4-0 lead he was in total command.From 1-5 down Nadal reeled off five straight games and when Medvedev trailed 0-30 at 5-6 he seemed to be a spent force.Medvedev regained his composure in the nick of time to hold serve with an ace and looked dangerous again in the tiebreak.
After returning from the Washington Tournament last weekend, the UW women’s soccer team finds themselves in a bit of a tough spot after failing to claim their first victory on the season.Following loses to No. 3 UCLA and Cincinnati, Wisconsin (0-3-1) traveled to Seattle, Wash. where the team fell to No. 4 Portland 2-0 and drew a 1-1 tie against host Washington.After entering the season with high expectations, the humbled Badgers now find themselves in need of a kickstart to salvage the first third of their season.“Ideally we are not where I would want to be at this point in the season,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “Obviously, playing two teams in the top-five was going to be a challenge and I think in the long run this is going to be an important series of games for us in terms of building.”“The result we got [against Washington], I’m happy with because I thin it’s a step in the right direction.”Wisconsin will prepare to right itself in time for a two-game homestand against South Dakota State and UW-Milwaukee this upcoming weekend.Wilkins identifies set pieces as problemIn the wake of the season’s rocky beginning, Wilkins has already identified a main factor behind Wisconsin’s woes: set pieces.Of the five goals allowed on the year, four have come off of dead balls reentering play.The root of the problem, says Wilkins, rests on too many fouls committed, an accessory to sloppy second half play.“One thing is that we’re giving way too many fouls,” she said. “We’re not happy with our play in the second half, in the first half we’ve been fantastic and that kind of leads me to believe that fitness is a problem [and] focus.”“I think that is the youthfulness of our team and I think the leadership needs to come out in the second half.”Nosbusch returnsJunior captain Laurie Nosbusch returned to the pitch last weekend against Portland after missing the first two games of the year with a minor injury.Though she thought Nosbusch was “a little bit rusty” over the weekend, Wilkins expects another week of practice to be enough to help return the Mequon, Wis. native to top shape.“Being out with an injury, I think kind of set her back,” Wilkins said. “She basically didn’t practice very much before the games this weekend…but at the end of the second overtime against Washington I thought she was very good and her leadership came out.”“I think a good week of training this week will get her back into the mindset.”Nosbusch, who led the Badgers in all statistical categories over the last two years, totaled three shots over the weekend, including one on goal.Williams punches in first goalFreshman forward Kodee Williams put the Badgers on the board for the first time this season after capitalizing off a deflection against Washington, scoring her first collegiate goal in the process.Even with the season ending-injury to Paige Adams in the preseason and Nosbusch sidelined for the first two games, Williams managed to become a hazard for opposing defenses and has kept the UW offense threatening.“Kodee is definitely a bright spot,” Wilkins said. “I think she’s gotten better in each game this season already.”“What Kodee brings to us is something that both Paige and Laurie lack in terms of athleticism and being able to get behind people with speed and she showed that a little bit on the weekend.”With the return of Nosbusch to compliment Williams, Wilkins expects the offense to open up even further as the two continue to familiarize with the other’s style of play.
Published on February 3, 2017 at 12:33 am Contact Matt: email@example.com | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ For the first time since the Elite Eight, Syracuse (14-9, 6-4 Atlantic Coast) and No. 9 Virginia (17-4, 7-2) face off, this time in the Carrier Dome on Saturday at noon. Last time the two teams played, the Orange stormed back from 16 down in the second half to become the first No. 10 seed to reach the Final Four. This time, the Orange rides a three-game winning streak into a date with a Top 10 team coming off a blowout win over Virginia Tech.Richmond Times-Dispatch UVA beat writer Mike Barber answered a few questions for The Daily Orange ahead of the game.The Daily Orange: It’s a cliché term, but is there any revenge factor stemming from the Elite Eight?Mike Barber: Revenge might not be the right word, but last year’s loss to Syracuse is definitely on the minds of the U.Va. players. As a few of them noted last night, winning Saturday won’t change what happened last year and will do little to ease the sting many of them still feel over that loss. I think there is a sense that they would like to show they can finish the job this time around against Syracuse, even though there is so much less on the line. Of course, I think that could work against them, too, if it’s a distraction from their normal preparation.The D.O.: Who’s one player Syracuse fans need to watch out for, not named London Perrantes?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textM.B.: This U.Va. team has had to remake itself, especially, offensively since it lost four seniors from last year and booted Memphis transfer Austin Nichols the first week of the season. It seems a different Robin has emerged each game to star alongside Perrantes’ Batman.For this game, keep an eye on junior forward Isaiah Wilkins. He’s scored in double figures in four of the last five games, including putting up a career-high 15 in Wednesday’s win over Virginia Tech. He also matched a U.Va. record over the past two games by hitting 12 straight shots. And the Hokies were playing a match-up zone against U.Va.The D.O.: The Orange just put up 100 against N.C. State in overtime and now have over 80 in three straight games. What gives, SU’s offense or Virginia’s stifling defense?M.B.: Syracuse hasn’t hit 70 points in any of its four meetings with U.Va. since joining the ACC and I don’t expect that to change this time around. Virginia is too deliberate on offense, limiting opposing teams possessions, and to good defensively. Even teams that score on U.Va. often have to use a ton of the shot clock to do so.The D.O.: If there’s one player on Syracuse that can exploit Virginia on D, who would it be?M.B.: Only four players have scored 20+ points against U.Va. this season, and two of them – Pittsburgh’s Jamel Artis and Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon – did it by hitting 6 3-pointers against the Cavaliers. So Andrew White would be the logical choice, if he can get hot from the outside. Of course, after his last game, John Gillon could be that guy as well.The D.O.: I’m not sure if you’re a predictions guy, but how do you think the game ends up?M.B.: U.Va. strikes me as more annoyed by questions about last year’s Elite Eight loss than it is angry. I think it’ll play well in Syracuse and continue its trend against Syracuse. The Cavaliers, as I mentioned, haven’t allowed the Orange to score 70 against them in an ACC game. Virginia has won six straight conference games now and I think they’ll get seven at the Carrier Dome. I’ll take U.Va. 72, Syracuse 64. Comments