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Allardyce hails England hopefuls

September 20, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce sees no reason why Carl Jenkinson and Mark Noble should not be able to follow Stewart Downing in playing their way into the England squad. Midfielder Downing, 30, has been one of the stand-out performers in the Hammers’ impressive start to the new Barclays Premier League season, which has seen the east London club climb into fifth place. Downing earned the last of his 34 caps in May 2012, with the former Liverpool man now benefiting from a run in the West Ham side deployed in a more central role by Allardyce. Allardyce, who himself was under plenty of pressure last season, believes people need to look at the bigger picture. “I think if Paul had as much money to spend as Martin O’Neill he would be very, very happy and you would expect he wouldn’t be in this position,” said the West Ham manager. “There was a change of financial policy at Aston Villa and when he eventually took over it was about reduction of wages rather than increase of wages. “When you have had to manage that period and that level it would be the biggest learning experience as a manager that he has ever experienced. “Paul has to do a bit of number-crunching on top of trying to get results. “That is a difficult period to manage because you know at the end of the day it is all about results. “You will get no leeway from the fans because you have reduced the wage bill by half or managed the financial situation if you don’t get results on the field. “Then in between that the owner has decided to put the club up for sale and now everybody is hanging and waiting to see if it will be sold. “It is a very difficult period to manage in and then continue to focus and get results and keep the club around the expectations that Villa fans have, and where they are at the minute is a very bad position.” He believes right-back Jenkinson, on loan from Arsenal, and all-action midfielder Noble must focus on continuing their good domestic form to keep themselves in the frame with national team boss Roy Hodgson, whose side tackle Slovenia in a Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley a week on Saturday before heading to Scotland for a friendly in Glasgow. “They just have to keep playing well and consistently, winning football matches and keep staying in the top five and that will get them in eventually. You can’t ignore that then,” said Allardyce. “There seems to be a particular problem at right-back at the minute (for England) and I think Carl has got the potential, based on my short time with him, of getting a chance. “Carl has been at Charlton, then Arsenal and he is now playing regularly for us. “It just seems that Kyle Walker has been out for a long time and Glen Johnson at Liverpool seems to get the odd injury here and there. “Right-back has become a bit of a challenge for Roy – who are they? Where are they? And how good are they?” While West Ham have surged up the table with an unbeaten six-match run, Saturday’s opponents Aston Villa have plummeted the other way following half-a-dozen defeats after winning at Liverpool in mid-September. Villa boss Paul Lambert says he does not fear for his job in spite of the poor run of form. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Dougherty: Syracuse, more than most teams, can’t afford to fall behind

September 16, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 15, 2015 at 7:24 pm In 10 games, Syracuse has shot the lights out and shot itself in the foot. It’s struggled to rebound against mid-major opponents then been sturdier in the paint against Power-Five frontcourts. It was a Top 25 team after the Battle 4 Atlantis and then anything but in Madison Square Garden on Sunday.And inside of its mercurial start is a big-picture problem that looks hard to fix. One that, uncharacteristic of the young season, has stretched across two recent games.As Syracuse.com’s Mike Waters noted Tuesday, Syracuse has trailed by eight or more points in the first half of six of its 10 games this season. This was a key factor in the Orange’s last two losses — on the road at Georgetown and St. John’s, respectively — in which the Hoyas and Red Storm jumped out to early leads that held to the finish. And while SU shot itself out of both these games, going a combined 6-for-26 from 3 in the two second halves, there’s a more troubling trend at hand.Naturally, Syracuse’s (7-3) first-half deficits turn into second-half deficits. Georgetown built its biggest lead of the game, 21 points, with 16:12 remaining. St. John’s’, 13, came with 7:29 on the game clock. This has forced the Orange to use its most effective offensive lineup, which is smaller and does not include starting center Dajuan Coleman, down the stretch. That group is supposed to space the floor, get in transition, force turnovers with an extended 2-3 zone and, ultimately, score enough to forge a comeback.But that group also struggles mightily to defend the paint, leaving Syracuse without a late-game lineup that can both score and stop opponents.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“If we weren’t digging ourselves in deficits, maybe we could play a little bit bigger,” SU interim head coach Mike Hopkins said after the loss to the Red Storm, whose 44 second-half points were the most an Orange opponent has scored in a half this season.“But when we’re down, we have to score and our best lineup is going to be in the game.” Sam Maller | Staff PhotographerSam Maller | Staff PhotographerThe “best lineup” Hopkins is referring to pairs 6-foot-8 freshman Tyler Lydon and 6-foot-8 junior Tyler Roberson in SU’s frontcourt, with Lydon as the undersized center. Coleman played nine minutes in the second half against Georgetown and just five minutes in the second half against St. John’s. That means Lydon has played 26 minutes of center in the two second halves, which were the two best offensive frames for SU opponents this season.The high second-half outputs — 43 points for the Hoyas and 44 for the Red Storm — came after Syracuse trailed by 12 and nine points, respectively. Georgetown was fueled by 13 second-half points by 6-foot-11 center Bradley Hayes, who shot 5-of-8 from the field and 3-for-5 from the line in the last 20 minutes. St. John’s made an electric 7-of-11 3s in the second half, but that started with 6-foot-7 forward Kassoum Yakwe spacing the defense with 11 points inside the arc.Yakwe, working out of the high post, attacked Lydon and Roberson at the rim and went 3-for-7 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. In the first half, SU played off the Red Storm’s bigs in the high post and focused on defending the perimeter. That was somewhat effective until…“… they started attacking out of there, and (Christian) Jones and Yakwe did a good job of attacking,” Hopkins said. “That’s where our size differential, with Tyler Lydon and Dajuan…”Then Hopkins ditched that thought and said Syracuse could play bigger if it weren’t playing from behind. Because if it trails in the second half in Atlantic Coast Conference play, which is now three games away, the Orange doesn’t have a lineup balanced enough to comeback against talented teams.Hell, it doesn’t currently have a lineup balanced enough to come back against a St. John’s team that lost to Fordham by 16 and beat Niagara 48-44 four days before SU visited.You can say what you want about Syracuse’s late-game shooting, because it has been bad.But the Orange’s height can’t break out of a slump. It just is what it is.Jesse Dougherty is the Web Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at jcdoug01@syr.edu or @dougherty_jesse. Commentscenter_img Related Stories What we learned from Syracuse’s loss to St. John’sSyracuse misses too many shots in upset loss to St. John’slast_img read more

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Short and long daily sleep duration found to be risk factors for

July 20, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Short and long daily sleep duration found to be risk factors for | Filed in: Uncategorized.

first_imgJun 6 2018Short and long daily sleep duration were risk factors for dementia and premature death in a study of Japanese adults aged 60 years and older. The findings are published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.Among 1,517 adults who were followed for 10 years, 294 developed dementia and 282 died. Age- and sex-adjusted incidence rates of dementia and all-cause mortality were greater in those with daily sleep duration of less than 5.0 hours and 10.0 hours or more, compared with those with daily sleep duration of 5.0 to 6.9 hours. Participants with short sleep duration who had high physical activity did not have a greater risk of dementia and death, however.”Given the beneficial effects of physical activity on risk of sleep disturbance, these findings indicate that not only maintenance of appropriate sleep duration, but also modification of lifestyle behaviors related to sleep may be an effective strategy for preventing dementia and premature death in elderly adults,” the authors wrote.Source: http://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/journal-american-geriatrics-society/optimal-sleep-linked-lower-risks-dementia-and-earllast_img read more

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