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John: Key for offensive improvement is simple: Give ball to Carter

first_imgLet’s not complicate things here. Syracuse is a heavy underdog heading to West Virginia this weekend, and rightfully so. But to avoid a second consecutive blowout, Delone Carter needs to pull a Keyshawn Johnson and tell his coaches, ‘Just give me the (darn) ball.’ It’s really that simple. Admittedly, watching Syracuse abandon the run in just the second quarter last weekend was puzzling. With three quarters still remaining in what would become arguably SU’s worst loss in the Doug Marrone era, the Orange opted to go with a more pass-oriented offense and turned Carter, its leading rusher, into a spectator. Eleven of Carter’s 13 carries came in the first quarter. After that, he was basically done for the day. For the second time in as many losses this season, Carter watched the second half from the sidelines Saturday. Staring in the face of a 28-7 halftime deficit, Carter might just as well have not been in the building for the second half. He watched as his team failed to generate a sufficient amount of offense as it turned to the passing game in an attempt to forge a comeback.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text During a critical second quarter, when Pitt began to separate itself, Carter was a non-factor. Down 14-7 and 21-7, on consecutive drives, the Orange ran Carter on the first play of each drive. On the first, SU ran Carter, then Antwon Bailey, before passing the ball and punting. On the second drive, the Orange ran Carter and then Bailey twice before punting. And then all of a sudden, down 28-7 on the next drive, the Orange completely dumped its rushing attack and passed six out of seven times before the drive ended on a Nassib interception. By halftime, it may have been a lost cause, and perhaps the only way to get back into the game was to get the ball down the field for some quick offense. But not in the second quarter. For three quarters, Carter — arguably Syracuse’s most valuable offensive weapon — stood helplessly on the sidelines. ‘Running the ball is where our offense starts,’ said Bailey, Carter’s fellow backfield mate, on Sept. 22 as the Orange prepared to take on Colgate. ‘That starts with Delone and the offensive line. When they have success, our team usually has success.’ The Orange finished Saturday’s game with just 77 yards rushing — easily its lowest total of the season. And surprise, it came in the Orange’s worst loss of the season. Syracuse’s obvious abandonment of the run allowed Pitt defenders to pin their ears back and rush quarterback Ryan Nassib, who also had his worst game of the season as a result. Clear enough? It’s easy to say it’s not that simple. But consider this: Carter gets most of his carries in the first quarter, which, not coincidently, is when the Orange typically has the most success offensively. Against Colgate, during SU’s most explosive second half of the season, it was Carter who carried the load and rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns in the second half. Against Pitt, the SU offensive line struggled to keep the Panthers from breaking into the backfield. Carter wasn’t going to do it all by himself. Nor should he have to. The line needs to start to pave the way, and Nassib and the receivers need to keep the opposing defenses honest and not allow them to stack eight or nine men in the box. And more than every so often, the coaches need to call Carter’s number time and time again. This isn’t in opposition to what Marrone wants out of his offense, either. The Syracuse head coach firmly believes in running the football to control the tempo, open up the passing game and keep the defense rested and off the field. The head coach has preached that to his players. ‘Our offense likes to have a good balance of running and passing,’ freshman tight end Beckett Wales said last week. ‘One can’t work without the other.’ This Saturday, Syracuse takes the field against the league’s best team in the league’s loudest, most disorderly venue. Mountaineer Field will be rocking, and that WVU defense — ranked No. 5 in the nation — will be relentless. That is the reality SU faces. But if the Orange hopes to have any chance of walking away victorious, it needs to have Carter pound the ball early and often. It won’t be easy against a defense ranked No. 4 against the run this season, but we’ve seen the results of not doing that — and it wasn’t too pretty. It’s really that simple. aljohn@syr.edu Comments Published on October 20, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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African Champions Algeria to Play in France First Time in 11…

first_imgThe north African side have passionate supporters among the diaspora and thousands came out on the streets of Paris and Marseille to celebrate Algerian success at July’s Nations Cup.If the match against Colombia goes off without major incident, it could hasten the finalising of a high profile, and likely highly charged, friendly between Algeria and France.The only previous meeting between the colonial power and an independent Algeria ended in chaos when dozens of young Algerian supporters invaded the Stade de France pitch in Paris, causing the 2001 friendly international to be abandoned with France leading 4-1 some 11 minutes from the end.The jeering of the French national anthem ‘La Marseillaise’ before the game became an emotive issue in the wake of the game, drawing widespread criticism but also highlighting the enmity many young north Africans growing up in France feel towards the French state and society.In the wake of Algeria’s Cup of Nations success, a return meeting with the World Cup winners has again been mooted and an unofficial invitation extended to France to play in Algeria for the first time.It is an idea that has been positively received by influential French Football Federation president Noel Le Graët.“Ever since I’m here (as president of FFF), I’ve wanted to go to Algeria. It’s the only country we have not played against,” he told reporters earlier this month.“It is time to make this match. I will move as quickly as possible to see in what conditions we can organise this game.”But he said he would have to consult with the French government and get the agreement of French president Emmanuel Macron.“Usually we make these decisions on our own but it’s such an important match that political agreement is needed. But the French team has a duty to play in Algeria.”The close ties between the two countries are no better exemplified than the fact most of the Algerian team are French-born while many of Algerian descent, notably Zinedine Zidane, have played for France.The proposed re-match next year would be played in Oran, according to Algerian reports.“We know that any confrontation with the French team is full of history, so for all these elements, it seems to me a very interesting proposition to be able to play against them someday,” added Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi, also speaking earlier this month.Belmadi was in the Algerian midfield for the game against France in 2001.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram African champions Algeria are to play a match in France for the first time in 11 years when they meet Colombia in Lille on October 15.There has been an unofficial moratorium on Algeria playing in France for fears of public disorder and the game will be an opportunity for the large Algerian community in France to salute the team in the wake of their success in the Africa Cup of Nations.Algeria regularly hosted profitable friendly games around France for five years from 2003 but last played in France in a friendly against Mali in Rouen in late 2008.last_img read more

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Haiti’s prime minister Céant calls for truce ahead of Christmas celebrations

first_imgPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – Prime Minister Jean-Henry Céant has called for a truce to street demonstrations by opposition parties as the country prepare to celebrate the Christmas holidays.Appeal to patriotism“I appeal to the patriotism of all, to surpass ourselves so as to offer the population a climate of lull to allow him to approaching these feasts with more serenity,” Céant said.The opposition parties have been staging street demonstrations in support of their calls for President Jovenel Moise to step down, after accusing him of not investigating allegations of corruption in the previous government over PetroCaribe, an oil alliance of many Caribbean states with Venezuela to purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment.Several people have died as a result of the protests and western countries, including the United States have authorized the departure of non-emergency government personnel and their families from the country.Last month, Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau in a joint statement said the North American country “is very concerned about the … civil unrest in Haiti and is deeply saddened by the loss of life.In making his call for the truce, Prime Minister Céant said “our divergences, whatever their motivations and legitimacy may be, have basically very little weight against the harsh reality of our collective dismay”.Joint declaration signedHis statement follows a similar call made last week by 40 political parties closely associated with the government that adopted a joint declaration signed in Pétion-ville, a suburb in the capital, calling for a Christmas truce.The parties said they hoped their call would contribute to creating a climate of peace and provide an opportunity for an environment where the talks with the various stakeholders could take place.“UrbAyiti” programMeanwhile, government and the European Union have launched the “UrbAyiti” program aimed at supporting urban development in the country.The government said it is hoped that the EURO 52.5 million (One Euro=US$1.29 cents) program over the next four years will result in a better urban environment, risk mitigation works, better access to water and new urban infrastructure such as roads, drainage, public spaces or bridges.“The European Union is supporting the government in a two-pronged approach : to improve living conditions in the city center by helping to revive the Haitian capital and bring hope to the cities of Les Cayes, Jérémie, Dame- Marie and Beaumont to create places of life that allow the people of the province to live well at home rather than indignity in Port-au-Prince,” Prime Minister Céant urging the end to the demonstrations.The EU Ambassador to Haiti, Vincent Degert, said “after the earthquake of 2010, the European Union, with its partners, sought to re-develop nine neighborhoods in Haiti, through a global approach to improve, in addition to homes, the entire living environment of a neighborhood with access to water, electricity and new collective infrastructure, among other things.last_img read more

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Non-nonsense coach Noll: A great teacher

first_imgThe Steelers were unsuccessful through their first four decades, when they appeared in just one postseason game. Then in 1969, the Steelers hired Chuck Noll, left, as head coach and he, with a core of players including QB Terry Bradshaw, changed the fortunes of the franchise. (AP Photo/File)Chuck Noll was a no-nonsense coach, and his Pittsburgh Steelers followed his lead to win four Super Bowls.Noll, who died Friday of natural causes at 82, wasn’t an entertainer or a charmer when it came to football. He was a winner, the only man to coach four Super Bowl champions, building a dynasty in Pittsburgh for a franchise that hadn’t won an NFL title before he arrived in 1969.“When Chuck became our head coach he brought a change to the whole culture of the organization,” Steelers President Art Rooney said Saturday. “Even in his first season when we won only one game, there was a different feel to the team. He set a new standard for the Steelers that still is the foundation of what we do and who we are. From the players to the coaches to the front office down to the ball boys, he taught us all what it took to be a winner.”Noll was a sharp strategist, brilliant evaluator of personnel and strong motivator.“He was the glue,” said former linebacker Jack Ham, a Hall of Famer like Noll – and so many members of those Steelers teams. “He was the guy that got all of us to buy into how to win a championship. He took the lead.“Preparation. He always felt you don’t win games on Sunday at 1 p.m., you win games in your preparation on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at practice. I think we all bought into that.”While Noll’s success on the sideline – a 209-156-1 record in 23 seasons – defined him professionally, football did not dominate his existence. Indeed, he insisted that everyone around him have hobbies and enjoy life away from the field.Noll was a licensed pilot who flew himself and assistant coaches on scouting trips. He was a wine connoisseur and enjoyed cooking. He had a passion for jazz.When Tony Dungy was dating his future wife, Noll gave him a recipe to cook for dinner that Dungy says “must have worked.”Dungy remembers a scouting trip to New Orleans with Noll during which they hit many memorable restaurants and jazz spots. Dungy thought he was about to be elevated to defensive coordinator, but they were so busy in the Big Easy he never asked Noll if he was getting the job.Dungy finally found out he got the position when they returned to Pittsburgh.“Most of what I clung to from him was how to deal with people, how to structure your life, how to hire coaches,” Dungy said. “He stressed that you couldn’t get burned out from football, couldn’t let football be everything in your life. He made sure we got away from the game.”Noll left the game after the 1991 season and was inducted into the Hall of Fame two years later. The lessons he taught his players remain constants in their lives.“The man was just so consistent in his belief that we just believed everything he said,” said Joe Greene, yet another Hall of Fame player for Noll. “He was a man who wasn’t about any kind of hyperbole at all. You got the same Chuck all the time.“Being the first (draft) pick, I haven’t been able to find any relevance in that. But I do know having Chuck as a coach made all the difference in the world in having the career that I had as a Pittsburgh Steeler.”Commissioner Roger Goodell called Noll’s quiet leadership “extraordinary.”“What set Chuck Noll apart was his remarkable ability as a teacher,” Goodell said. “His subject was football and his students became four-time Super Bowl champions. He always put the team, his players, and the game first. His legacy of excellence will forever be an important part of the history of the Steelers and the NFL.”Owned by the Rooneys since joining the NFL in 1933, the Steelers have always been known for their family-like atmosphere. Noll believed strongly in such an environment and fostered it, a sometimes difficult chore while trying to win championships.Yet the Steelers went from doormats to dynasty under him.“As for the football end of it, I think he ranks with (George) Halas and (Vince) Lombardi,” Steelers owner Dan Rooney said Saturday. “There are many other good coaches over the history of the NFL, but I think Chuck Noll ranks up there with those other two guys right at the top. No other coach won four Super Bowls, and the way he did it was with dignity. His players were always his concern, both in treating them well and giving them what they needed to succeed on the field.”Services set for ex-Pittsburgh Steelers coach NollPITTSBURGH (AP) – Funeral arrangements have been set for former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll.A public viewing is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at John A. Freyvogel Sons in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh.The funeral home’s website says visitation is also being held Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m.Noll died of natural causes Friday at his home near Pittsburgh. He was 82. The Hall of Fame coach won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Steelers.A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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Six Thurston County Teens Graduate from Washington Youth Academy

first_imgFacebook162Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Youth AcademySix teens from Thurston County were among the 149 cadets who graduated from the Washington Youth Academy on December 17 which included the Academy’s 2000th cadet to complete the program.Cadets from each corner of the state attend the free residential school in Bremerton geared at teaching teens discipline and helping them recover credits so they can go back to high school and earn a diploma or seek an alternative path to finish their high school education, such as a GED or by joining Running Start. The Washington Youth Academy is a division of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program.Patrick Burgman of Olympia (left) works with Eros Gonzales of Lynden and Raymond Saechao of Vancouver on a robotics project at the Washington Youth Academy. Photo courtesy: Washington Youth Academy.Cadets included Olympia residents Patrick Burgman, who goes back to Timberline High School; Savannah Danforth, attending Capital High School; Zulfikar Mohammed, attending River Ridge High School; William Roberts, attending Olympia High School; as well as Kiev Wilson of Lacey attending Timberline High School; and Julius Sword of Rochester, who goes back to Rochester High School. “This is the start, not the end,” Major General Bret Daugherty, the state’s adjutant general and commander of the Washington National Guard, told the cadets during commencement. “Not only have you made a commitment to improve your own lives, you have completed Community Emergency Response Team training while you were here at the Youth Academy. You came here focused on getting your own lives back on track, but leave here able to help and serve others. That is a huge change in your life and we’re very proud of you for that.”Kiev Wilson of Lacey shakes hands with Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Photo courtesy: Washington Youth AcademyWith a graduation rate of 90.1 percent, Youth Academy Director Larry Pierce says the Class of 2016-2 had the best percentage to graduate from any class to date. Cadets can earn up to 8 credits – almost a year and a half of high school – in just 22 weeks. For 2016-2, the average number of credits earned was 7.8.Cadets also completed 8,181 hours of community service helping to clean a September 11, 2001 memorial, tending to park trails, tutoring youth and donating blood to the Red Cross.“They’ve learned a lot of new things that have increased and bolstered their confidence, discipline and teamwork,” Pierce says. “And, of course, our cadets invest a significant amount of time, energy, effort and a wide range of emotion in the daily life of the Academy. It’s not easy and sometimes just coping with the challenges and the stresses is taxing enough, but the cadets, you overcame these challenges.”Savannah Danforth of Olympia smiles as she waits for commencement ceremonies to begin. Photo courtesy: Washington Youth Academy.The mission of the Washington Youth Academy is to provide a highly disciplined, safe and professional learning environment that empowers at-risk youth to improve their educational levels and employment potential and become responsible and productive citizens of the State of Washington. Established under authority of both federal and state law, the WYA is a state-run residential and post-residential intervention program for youth who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out.New classes start in January 2017 with a second class slated for July 2017.  Learn more about the program online and hear from the cadets and our commencement speakers, including Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of State Kim Wyman, on our YouTube Channel.last_img read more

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VIDEO: Rugby Union World Cup Highlights Round Up

first_imgThe Wallabies won the match 28-13 courtesy of a  stellar two-try performance from David Pocock.In what was a far from a polished performance, the three-try win fell short of delivering a valuable bonus point in the ‘Pool of Death’ clash at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.In another game, Scotland beat Japan 45-10 in their opening game.last_img

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Horn travels from Australia to defend title against Crawford

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Stephens eyes 2nd Slam title, Halep 1st in French Open final “He’s nothing that I haven’t faced before in the ring,” Crawford said. “We have to focus on him coming in with his head and using his elbows. Other than that, it’s just another fight.”The two fighters were to have met April 14, but Crawford injured a hand in training and the fight was postponed. Now it’s been almost a year since he’s been in the ring, and this time it will be at 147 pounds instead of 140.But he’s a master of the craft of boxing and can hit a bit, too. The Nebraska native is supremely confident in his abilities, and believes he deserves to be a superstar in the sport.“I don’t feel like the layoff will be a big factor. I feel like I’m sharp and ready to go,” Crawford said. “I’m not just lying around and sitting on the couch. I should be good.”Horn (18-0-1, 12 knockouts) has fought once since beating Pacquiao, stopping Gary Corcoran in Brisbane in December to keep his title.Arum said he tried to get Pacquiao to fight a rematch with Horn but couldn’t get him to commit. Pacquiao will be his own promoter when he meets Lucas Matthysse on July 15 in Malaysia for another version of the welterweight crown.Arum has both Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko under his promotion, and both figure to be attractions for the new ESPN streaming app.“Terence Crawford in my mind is a superstar in boxing,” Arum said. “Every challenge and obstacle that Terence has faced he has overcome. He’s one of the throwback fighters to the ’80s. I really compare him to the great Sugar Ray Leonard, he’s that good.” China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img Jeff Horn hits the bag during a training session on June 5, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images/AFPLAS VEGAS — Terence Crawford doesn’t think moving up in weight will be an issue.Jeff Horn doesn’t think fighting thousands of miles away from his native Australia matters much, either.ADVERTISEMENT That was heralded as a way to bring boxing back to the masses, and it worked. The audience peaked at 4.4 million viewers, the most for boxing on cable TV in more than a decade.But the business model has shifted, with ESPN is looking for top fights to help convince people to sign up for the new app. So Horn agreed to a good payday to fight away from the comfort of home against a fighter some consider the top pound-for-pound boxer in the game.“It wasn’t that hard,” Horn said. “The money was right and it was the right time for this fight. We were always thinking we’d go to America anyway and have a fight, so why not now?”One reason would be that Horn is risking his unbeaten record against a fighter who has won titles in two weight divisions and beaten everyone in front of him. Crawford is a 7-1 favorite in the scheduled 12-round fight, which will be for a version of the 147-pound title that Horn won against Pacquiao in Australia last July.Crawford (32-0, 23 knockouts) isn’t terribly concerned about the challenge ahead.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film The two unbeaten fighters meet Saturday night for Horn’s welterweight title in a fight that offers an intriguing matchup of brawler versus boxer in a division that is suddenly getting a lot of attention in boxing.The fight is significant for one other thing — it marks the first attempt to get boxing fans to buy ESPN’s new $4.99 a month app so they can watch the bout from the MGM Grand Garden.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s the future, get used to it,” promoter Bob Arum said. “Jeff Horn and Terence Crawford will go down in history for the fight that pioneered this changeover in direction to consumer sports entertainment.”Horn became a star of sorts thanks to his win last year over Manny Pacquiao before a packed crowd in an outdoor stadium in Brisbane. Not only did Horn pull off an upset — and highly disputed — win, but he did it in prime time on ESPN in the U.S. on a Saturday night as part of a new deal between Arum’s Top Rank Promotions and the cable sports giant. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Man arrested in car-jacking

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Authorities arrested a man in connection with a car-jacking incident, Whittier police said Thursday. The incident began when Whittier officers spotted two men fighting near the main gate of the Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary. When they tried to stop the fight, one man got into a vehicle and drove off. Police later stopped the vehicle at Workman Mill Road and detained the driver. A short time later, several California Highway Patrol officers arrived. At that point it was determined that the man detained had earlier carjacked a Toyota pickup truck using a simulated handgun. The carjack victim had chased the man to Rose Hills, where the two fought.last_img read more

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PATRICK’S FORMER STAFF ARE JUST ‘DYEING’ TO GET BACK WORKING WITH HIM!

first_imgVicky and Jenny have rejoined Patrick’s team.Patrick Gildea Hairdressers is not only a great place to get your hair styled –  it is a obviously a great place to be stylist! Beautiful surroundings, world class training and a proactive and positive team of people to work with.And if you need proof of that – just ask Vicky Harris and Jenny Smyth. Vicky and Jenny, who worked with Patrick Gildea Hairdressing previously, have rejoined the team since the opening of the company’s “Centre Of Excellence.”Vicky said hairdressing is a passion she has had since she was in school.“I’ve always had a natural flow with art. It’s my 20th year in hairdressing and love it more than ever. I love the challenge of being creative in cutting and colouring. I love the satisfaction I get when the customer is happy with the finished result. I am very excited to be back working with Patrick and the team in the new salon as its taking hairdressing to the next level”And Jenny revealed “I’ve been working in hairdressing for 20 years, 10 of these spent with Patrick. I have returned to the salon as I missed the buzz of working with the Patrick Gildea Hairdressing Team. The staff are great. I also love the level of training provided and professionalism and high stand that Patrick works too. I’m excited to be part of the team again” It isn’t hard to see why staff love working with the Patrick Gildea Hairdressing team.Apart from the new luxurious salon they work in everyday, they continuously receive training which means they are always ahead of the pack.Last weekend, the team completed an amazing day course on customer service in the new salon with the world famous Julie Eldrett who flew in from the UK. Julie is a customer care consultant with over 35 years experience.Now the North West’s leading Salon is also benefiting. This will in turn benefit every customer that walks through the doors of the new Patrick Gildea Hairdressing Salon.Patrick Gilead Hairdressers employees 30 staff at the moment. The way the salon is expanding and innovating this could rise. Great news for Donegal!Check out Patrick Gildea and the team on their new website here www.patrickgildea.ie Chop chop!! Have you ever seen a more happy looking bunch of employees?!PATRICK’S FORMER STAFF ARE JUST ‘DYEING’ TO GET BACK WORKING WITH HIM! was last modified: June 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalletterkennyPatrick Gildea HairdressersSalonlast_img read more

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Seven quality strikers for Chelsea: Costa replacements or partners?

first_img Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski is open to a Premier League move – Lewandowski scored 42 goals in 49 games in all competitions last season and is reportedly open to a Premier League move. Bayern will sit down and talk to his agent about an extension to his contract, but the Poland ace is keeping his options open. 7 Juventus and Spain front man Alvaro Morata – click the arrow above, right, to see more strikers for Chelsea – Atletico Madrid are said to want Diego Costa back and if he does leave, then new manager Antonio Conte will need reinforcements. By all accounts he likes to play in a 3-5-2 formation, so fans are likely to see good players up front next season rather than Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato. There are also reports that Conte wants to keep Costa at Chelsea, but he will still need additional strikers to play his preferred way and Morata, a team-mate of Costa’s at international level, is said to be on the shortlist. A fee of around £40m has been mentioned. 7 7 Napoli goal machine Gonzalo Higuain – Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis may want him to stay forever and, after scoring 36 Serie A goals last season, why wouldn’t he? However, he has also previously said any interested clubs need to meet Higuain’s release clause, which is believed to be €94m, if they want the striker. Realistically, a suitably high fee would probably be enough to catch Laurentiis’ attention, so the 28-year-old is definitely there for the taking. Chelsea to buy back Romelu Lukaku? – Lukaku left Chelsea permanently in 2014 and the 23-year-old is said to be on the Blues’ shortlist. However, a desire to play in the Champions League could complicate any move as this is something Chelsea cannot offer. 7 Antoine Griezmann is quality but will cost a lot of money – This one will be tricky to pull off. Griezmann is at Atletico Madrid, who have been challenging for both domestic and European trophies in recent years, but it would still be foolish to completely rule out a transfer to Conte’s new look Chelsea. Diego Costa could be used in any deal, or the Blues will simply have to fork out a British record fee to land the 25-year-old France international. 7 7 Watching Italy use a 3-5-2 formation at Euro 2016, it is entirely possible to see Chelsea line up this way when Antonio Conte takes over as manager.If this is the case then it means the club will be buying additonal strikers to either replace or partner Diego Costa up front. Radamal Falcao, Loic Remy and Alexandre Pato are unlikely to be there leaving Costa alone, though he has been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid.POSSIBLE CHELSEA 3-5-2 LINE UP NEXT SEASON UNDER CONTEClick the arrow above, right, to see seven possible strikers for Chelsea and click here to remain up to date on all Chelsea news. 7 Mauro Icardi happy at Inter, but left the door open to a move – Icardi scored 16 times in Serie A last season and says he is happy at San Siro where his contract runs until 2019. However, the 23-year-old also said if Inter’s new owners want to sell him that’s a different story. “If the club decides to do something else, then we’ll have to talk about it first. There is plenty of time.” Chinese investors Suning Commerce Group recently took a majority 70 per cent stake in the club. Former president Massimo Moratti is selling his 30 per cent stake, with current owner Erick Thohir selling 40 per cent, but will keep his remaining 30 per cent and become Inter’s new president. Christian Benteke to form partnership with Costa? – Maybe Benteke is the man to partner Costa. The duo could fit nicely into Conte’s system and complement each other, however, Juventus are rumoured to be interested. last_img read more

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