Hughton relief at Canaries rise

first_img “You can’t expect an easy ride when things are not going so well and it is tough to get away from it; people talk about it 24/7 and it is – you wake up thinking about things, you go to bed thinking about things, but I won’t be alone in that in this profession,” Hughton said. “If you talk about the pressure I was under, then look around the league – if those top teams are not in or around the top four then they are under equal pressure, that is modern football. “I have been around a long time, maybe not in this management game so long, but I am aware of things said and newspapers and radio and that comes with the territory. “Whether having that experience really helps you deal with it better or not, I don’t know. “The defeats certainly do not get any easier, but this is a fantastic club to be at and I was so pleased for the fans and those upstairs (in the boardroom) to get a result.” Hughton continued: “We are doing the best jobs we can and we are working as hard as we can, but within that there will be good and bad times. You have to be able to cope with the down sides. “What you look for is a togetherness from the players and I think we have had that, but I am aware of outside influences and you have to deal with that also.” Winger Robert Snodgrass converted a second-half free-kick to put Norwich 2-1 ahead after Gary Hooper had equalised from the spot. Norwich manager Chris Hughton admits he will sleep easier this week with his side out of the Barclays Premier League bottom three. Press Association The Scotland international is confident the Canaries can kick on from such a positive performance, as they did last season when beating Arsenal at Carrow Road which sparked 10 Premier League matches without defeat. “It was this time last year, against Arsenal, that was a turning point in our season, so hopefully that can be the case this time too,” Snodgrass said to BBC Radio Norfolk. Snodgrass – who took a kick to the face against West Ham on his return from a lay-off after concussion – is one of several Norwich players away on international duty, with defenders Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker also in the Scotland squad to face the United States and Norway. Midfielder Anthony Pilkington, though, is a doubt for the Republic of Ireland’s friendly – the first under new management duo Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane – against Latvia on Friday night because of a dead leg. The Canaries came from behind to beat West Ham 3-1 at Carrow Road on Saturday, a victory which saw them climb to 15th place and ease the pressure on Hughton, whose position had come in for scrutiny following defeats by Chelsea and Arsenal before a 7-0 humiliation at Manchester City. Hughton now has some welcome respite during the international break before the squad reassemble at Colney ahead of the trip to Newcastle, his former club, on November 23. last_img read more

Cottrell helps Windies ‘A’ level series with Sri Lanka ‘A

first_imgIN a low-scoring final One-Day match between the Windies ‘A’ and Sri Lanka ‘A’ at the Trelawny Multiplex in Jamaica, it was the bowling of Sheldon Cottrell that made all the difference.Deciding to bat, the Windies were skittled out for just 152 but returned to obliterate Sri Lanka for just 107.Shamarh Brooks, 35, Andre McCarthy, 27, and Sunil Ambris, 20, were the main scorers for the Windies, who were devastated by the bowling of Vimukthi Perera, 4-25.Perera was well supported by Lahiru Kumara, 2-30, and Shehan Madusanka, 2-35. There was also a wicket for Amila Aponsu, 1-25.In response, Cottrell was even more devastating, grabbing 4-19. Kyle Mayers had 3-24, while Rahkeem Cornwall bagged 2-23 and Odean Smith had 1-15 to leave the Sri Lankans well short.Only Nipun Karunanayake offered any support for the Sri Lankans, scoring a patient 47 from 113 deliveries until Cottrell had him caught by Cornwall to be the last man out in the 39th over.The Windies lost an opportunity to even the series on Friday when rain left play impossible at Sabina Park, this after Sri Lanka clipped the first encounter, winning another low-scoring affair by two wickets. Cottrell was again in the thick of things, grabbing 4-44 in the losing effort.WEST INDIES AM Hodge c wkp Weerakkody b Perera 1R Cornwall c Silva b Perera 18S Brooks c wkp Weerakkody b Perera 35S Ambris run out 20A McCarthy c wkp Weerakkody b Kumara 27J Campbell c wkp Weerakkody b Kumara 8*+J Hamilton b Aponsu 19K Mayers c Hasaranga b Madusanka 3S Cotterell b Madusanka 0O Smith b Perera 9R Beaton not out 0Extras (lb2, w9, nb1) 12TOTAL (all out, 44.1 overs) 152Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-22, 3-63, 4-93, 5-115, 6-122, 7-129, 8-129, 9-152, 10-152.Bowling: Perera 9.1-0-25-4, Kumara 8-0-30-2, Madusanka 8-2-35-2, Aponsu 8-1-25-1, Jayasuriya 10-1-31-0, de Silva 1-0-4-0.SRI LANKA A+S Weerakkody b Cottrell 6N Karunanayake c Cornwall b Cottrell 47R Silva b Cottrell 3*D de Silva c wkp Hamilton b Smith 3C Asalanka c Campbell b Cornwall 10W Hasaranga lbw b Cornwall 0S Jayasuriya c Cornwall b Mayers 13S Madusanka b Mayers 0A Aponsu c Cornwall b Mayers 2V Perera c Campbell b Cottrell 13L Kumara not out 2Extras (lb4, w4) 8TOTAL (all out, 38.3 overs) 107Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-12, 3-28, 4-53, 5-53, 6-68, 7-68, 8-80, 9-102, 10-107.Bowling: Cottrell 8.3-2-19-4, Beaton 9-0-22-0, Smith 3-0-15-1, Cornwall 10-2-23-2, Mayers 8-0-24-3.Player-of-the-Match: Sheldon Cottrell.last_img read more

Cliff Ensley earned everything. Now, he’s giving it all back.

first_imgTo understand why a former walk-on football player would donate millions of dollars to his alma mater, you must first know the man behind the check.Cliff Ensley is the last Syracuse three-sport letterman. He turned a $2,500 investment into Leisure Luggage, a multimillion dollar operation. He once added 15 pounds to jump up weight classes before the NCAA wrestling tournament to allow a teammate to pursue a national title in his former weight class.“I didn’t really answer to anyone,” Ensley said. “I had my own set of goals and my own motivation. But it was always just do the best you can and see where it leads you.”On Oct. 14, SU Athletics will reveal Ensley’s latest contribution, statues of former Syracuse lacrosse coaches Roy Simmons Sr. and Jr. This comes after he recently donated several million dollars to build an indoor turf football facility in 2015.Ensley considers this the latest bronze veneer in preserving a legacy he helped create. He often travels from his home in Edison, New Jersey, to a second home in Cazenovia — about 18 miles from SU’s campus — to watch games of the players he still calls “teammates.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe has always seen life through this context. Ensley stopped wrestling in college to focus on football and lacrosse. Growing up in Scarsdale, New York, his efforts at defensive end and wide receiver didn’t earn him any all-league accolades, but he kept playing because he liked playing sports — even though he didn’t think the town wasn’t big on them.More than 50 years later, he donated the building that became the Ensley Athletic Center, a massive, white-paneled facility across from South Campus. Yet the building that bears his name isn’t his favorite contribution.“I think it’s a way of saying, ‘You never appreciated me when I was first starting out, but I’m appreciating Syracuse now,’” said former SU football coach James Ridlon.Zero Division I schools recruited Ensley, the defensive back one coach called a “skinny little guy,” but he walked on at SU anyway. The tryouts started with 20 players until two weeks later, when only one remained. Coaches remember how hard Ensley pummeled All-American running back Larry Csonka in practice. So, that spring, then-head coach Ben Schwartzwalder awarded him a scholarship.In Ensley’s sophomore season, when receivers consistently burned aggressive defensive backs for long plays, at least one backup adjusted by playing a step back. Ensley understood his role: don’t allow the big play. He provided his receivers a cushion, preferring to defend short passes rather than deep balls over his head. He wormed his way into the rotation, earning a start in the season’s third game. Ensley started every game after.“I think I’ve always had that attitude, start at the bottom and work your way up,” Ensley said. “I’d done that in grade school and high school, and that’s what I figured I would be doing at Syracuse.”In 1968, his senior season, Ensley remembered Syracuse punt returners weren’t catching the ball. When they did, they often ran sideways. Midway through the season, Ensley assumed the role, seldom calling for a fair catch and always running forward.In five games, Ensley fielded 31 punts, the second-highest SU single-season total ever. On Nov. 16, in a record-setting punt-return performance against Navy, Ensley caught a kicked ball as it sailed over his head, like a receiver. The risk proved worth it 76 yards later in the end zone.“He never really was recognized,” Ridlon said. “I had to to keep telling Ben Schwartzwalder how important he was.”Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorAbout five years ago, Floyd Little set out in search of donors for a series of statues and a new athletic center. He knew to call the man who had been sending him Leisure Luggage products for years, the man he considered a teammate.Through talks with Dick and Gene Thompson, Ensley found himself more invested with the center. He discovered the Thompsons were dedicating the field to Gene’s father, a World War II veteran who fought on the beach at Normandy.Ensley agreed to pay for “(his) share” of the center if SU also memorialized Schwartzwalder, a fellow Normandy soldier. More than 50 years earlier, Schwartzwalder had given Ensley a shot. Now, his former player wants to show the same respect.Outside the Ensley Athletic Center stands a series of bronze statues. A cluster of them, called “Plaza 44,” contains the replicas of the three legendary SU running backs who donned the number 44: Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Little, Ensley’s hero.To their right, the sculpture of an elderly gentleman with glasses and a Syracuse sweater stands alone. He wasn’t supposed to be there. The statue of Schwartzwalder had been dropped when the “44 project” was developed, Ensley said. Then, he stepped in.Ensley didn’t want his name on the building alone. He wanted Sue, his wife and business partner of nearly two decades, to share that space. But she declined, and Syracuse added her name to an inside wall of the building.“You can always owe back,” Ensley said, “but a lot of times you don’t get in positions where you can do it, so I did it. I take pride in doing it.”In 2007, Ensley founded the Orange Memorial Fund, which originally gave blankets with a block letter “S” to the families of deceased Syracuse athletes who lettered in football, wrestling or lacrosse — his sports. He also included boxing, because though he never played, Simmons Sr. coached it.The inspiration came when Thomas George, Ensley’s teammate and former roommate, died in the early 2000s, and Ensley attended a big town funeral. He thought Syracuse should honor him.Ten years after the program’s inception, it now covers all athletes. The program delivers a blanket to the family members of any deceased Syracuse athlete, hopefully before funeral services. The blanket always arrives accompanied by a handwritten note:“From your teammates, you’ll always be remembered.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 4, 2017 at 10:56 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44last_img read more

Arsenal transfer news: Deal could be done within 10 days, confirms Arsene Wenger

first_imgArsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal could complete their first transfer of the January window within 10 days.The Gunners are being heavily linked with a move for Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny, with some reports suggesting a medical has already been passed, although he will still have to get a work permit.But, should the deal for the Egyptian go through, Wenger has admitted it’s unlikely he will buy any more players, insisting he has plenty of players returning from injury soon.Asked whether he would respond to questions about any possible moves, despite his usual coyness, Wenger replied: “I don’t give much away [about transfers] because I don’t know [what’s going on].“I want to talk about them and hopefully we are capable of doing something in the next 10 days.“It’s more about quality than quantity because our players will not stay out injured forever. Francis Coquelin is starting to run, Santi Cazorla will be back in mid-February, and Mikel Arteta is back now so, hopefully, if we can add one and, if needed, two maximum.“It’s not a dream. Nobody knocks at your door at Christmas and says ‘I have a fantastic player to sell to Arsenal.’ You have to be realistic.”last_img read more