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Balogun wants English football season concluded

first_img Promoted ContentPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movie7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better11 Greatest Special Effects Movies Of All TimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading… Wigan’s Leon Balogun has called for the 2019-20 English League season to be concluded. Brighton defender Leon Balogun (middle) Several leagues across the world are currently on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak which has claimed thousands of lives. If football in England is cancelled like that of Belgium, the Latics could escape demotion from the Championship because of their current position on the log. Even at that, the defender whose Latics side sits just two places outside the relegation zone doesn’t want the whole season to be scrapped considering the number of matches remaining. “Well, looking at Wigan at the moment, probably everybody would be kind of happy in terms of why we are not getting relegated,” Balogun told Nigerian comedian Funny Bone during a live Instagram chat.Advertisementcenter_img “But at the same time, it’s like I feel like I want to continue because there are still like nine or 10 games to go and it would be wrong to stop it. “On the other hand, it feels super weird. I think some teams and most of the teams would need a little pre-season to get ready for the games. “All of us try to stay in shape but obviously, it’s not the same like you are on the pitch training, I can go out for as many times as possible, but I will never have the same match fitness that I gain from training and playing, you know.” read also:Leon Balogun: My Super Eagles’ recall special In his quest to enjoy more action and reignite his career, the 31-year-old defender completed a loan switch to the DW Stadium outfit on Transfer Deadline Day from Brighton and Hove Albion. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Lambert heaps praise on Benteke

first_img Press Association Benteke, an £8million summer signing from Genk, chalked up his 16th goal of the campaign during the weekend win at Reading to lift Villa out of the Barclays Premier League bottom three. The last Villa player to reach the 20-goal mark was Juan Pablo Angel during the 2003-04 season and Benteke has nine games remaining in which to reach that milestone. Lambert said: “If he gets 20 goals, then he’s doing something good for us. The big guy, over the course of the whole season, has been excellent for someone just 22 years of age.” Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has hailed the impact of striker Christian Benteke, who is bidding to become the first player in nearly a decade to score 20 goals in a season for the club.center_img He added: “I don’t need to say much to Christian. He is a young guy still learning but his performances have been exceptional. He has been massive to us and also scores goals for a very talented Belgium side. “For his age, he has played so many big games already, internationals, and it looks like Belgium will qualify for the World Cup. The lad knows big-time football but whatever you can do to help him, then you will speak to him.” If successful, Benteke would become only the eighth Villa player since their First Division title winning season in 1980-81 to reach the 20-goal mark. Peter Withe achieved it three times in four seasons between 1980 and 1984 and strike partner Gary Shaw managed the same feat twice in the same period. Simon Stainrod (1985-86) and Alan McInally (1988-89) were followed by two players who twice struck 20 goals in former England skipper David Platt (1989-90, 1990-91) and Dwight Yorke (1995-96, 1996-97). Colombian international Angel clocked up 23 goals during 2003-04. Another Villa striker in record-signing Darren Bent is stepping up his attempts to return to fitness after an ankle problem. Lambert said: “Darren is doing all right but is not quite ready. He is doing a bit of running which is better than he has been for the last few weeks. We will see how he is this week with his rehab.” last_img read more

Orange seek 1st win over ranked opponent since 2015

first_img Published on October 3, 2018 at 11:13 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew Comments One day after losing 3-0 to No. 3 BYU, Syracuse led No. 10 Southern California, 2-0.In the third set, Syracuse fell behind 6-1 early and couldn’t recover. In the fourth, USC’s 15-4 lead proved insurmountable. And in the fifth, the Orange couldn’t flip the momentum and lost, 15-13. The next day, SU lost to their third ranked opponent in as many days, a 3-1 decision to No. 25 Marquette.“We were right there with those teams, it wasn’t like they destroyed us,” senior middle blocker Santita Ebangwese said. “We were making them nervous.”Less than a month later, the Orange (8-4, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) find themselves off to their best ACC start in program history, and enter this weekend as one of three undefeated teams in the conference.On Friday, Syracuse matches up with No. 8 Pittsburgh (15-0, 4-0), a team they haven’t beaten since 2015. If the Orange are to upset their first ranked opponent since that same season, they will have to finish, something they’ve failed to do against top 25 teams this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Pittsburgh will definitely come in with high confidence,” associate head coach Erin Little said. “For us to be able to match that, knowing the opponents that we faced and how we played against those will only help us here.”Pittsburgh, one of two undefeated teams in the country, currently hold their highest ranking in program history. The Panthers enter Friday’s matchup winners of their last 13 ACC matches, dating back to last season.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorThrough 12 matches in 2018, Syracuse has dominated the net defensively, posting a conference-best 2.8 blocks per game, but will have to defend against Pittsburgh’s front row, which tallies 14.4 kills per set, first in the ACC.The keys for Syracuse are to serve aggressively, contain the balanced Pitt offense and be smart in how they set up their blocks, Little said.“It goes back to the saying ‘Defense wins games,’” senior Amber Witherspoon said. “It’s good for them to be a good offensive team, but we’re going to try to come back with our defense and our blocks.”Even if the Orange aren’t able to get the block, Ebangwese said, a strong game at the net allows Syracuse to set up their offense.The return of redshirt senior Christina Oyawale has helped SU’s presence at the net. After an ankle injury forced her to miss seven matches, she returned in a Sept. 23 win over Clemson and finished second on the team with three blocks.“(Oyawale) puts up a nice block,” Ebangwese said, “and she also deters some hitting outside, like bouncing balls and helping with the momentum.”Facing a team that’s 35-5 at home since 2016, the Orange need to create their own momentum to eliminate Pitt’s home court advantage.“We’re used to that (road) type of atmosphere … we’re used to being cheered against,” Witherspoon said. “We honestly thrive off of that. It’s like, ‘We’ll show you who we are … you’re going to know our name.’”Despite their historic start, Syracuse knows that they have to clean up parts of their game, or as Ebangwese puts it, “dotting our I’s and crossing our T’s,” in order to continue their run.“Some things we were able to get away with against Wake Forest,” she said, “we won’t be able to get away with against Pitt.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more