Alaba suggests movement on Bayern Munich extension

first_img After Manuel Neuer was recently tied down to fresh terms, Bayern boss Hansi Flick said on Monday he is keen to retain the services of Alaba. The versatile Austria international’s existing deal is due to expire at the end of next season, with Barcelona and Real Madrid recently linked with an interest. According to reports, Bayern are willing to offer Alaba a contract until 2025, but the defender’s salary demands have led to an impasse with talks more difficult to conduct during the coronavirus pandemic. Alaba confirmed he would be happy to stay at the Allianz Arena but is in no rush to get the situation sorted. “Look, I try to focus on the essentials, on the games,” Alaba told Sky. “It is very good for me. That is where my focus is entirely. “We have no deadline. We will see in the coming weeks what will happen next. At the moment, everything is calm.” The 27-year-old was speaking after Bayern thrashed Fortuna Dusseldorf 5-0 at the Allianz Arena on Saturday to move 10 points clear at the Bundesliga summit, though Borussia Dortmund could cut that back to seven by beating Paderborn on Sunday. An own goal from Mathias Jorgensen set them on their way after 15 minutes, with Benjamin Pavard and Robert Lewandowski also on target before half-time. Lewandowski added a second before Alphonso Davies rounded off the scoring two minutes later in an emphatic victory. “We are very, very ambitious. The mood in the team is really great,” said Alaba. read also:Bayern close to new deals for Alaba, Neuer,Thiago “We want to win every game, and you can see that too. We are keeping our foot on the gas.” With converted winger Davies deployed at left-back, Alaba once again featured in the heart of defence. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 David Alaba suggested there could be movement on a possible contract extension at Bayern Munich in the coming weeks. Loading… Promoted ContentThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The GlobeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World6 Extreme Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

Arsenal want Osimhen

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Arsenal chiefs have identified Lille striker Victor Osimhen as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Daily Express claimed Arsenal is tracking Osimhen as a potential replacement for Aubameyang. Aubameyang looks set to leave this summer after failing to negotiate new terms at Emirates Stadium.The Gunners are keen to avoid a repeat of the scenario which saw Aaron Ramsey leave for free last summer, so will offload Aubameyang this summer to ensure they get a fee.Osimhen has scored 13 goals in 25 Ligue 1 starts this season.Tags: ArsenalLigue 1Pierre-Emerick AubameyangVictor Osimhenlast_img

Ostriches not welcome at Chelsea, warns Jose Mourinho

first_img “I don’t think we’ll be in trouble not to have the desire and personality to play (against Southampton).” Mourinho defended his methods after suggestions some players were unhappy with his criticism, insisting it is imperative to rebuke players in front of their team-mates. “Of course (I criticise) in front of the other players, because I coach,” Mourinho said. “When I criticise the mistake of my right-back and Ola Aina is present, it’s an education for him. “When I criticise a mistake of Gary Cahill and John Terry is in the meeting, if he didn’t play he knows what I want. “If I criticise Willian for his movement, Pedro is listening and learning.” Even Eden Hazard, Chelsea’s standout performer last term, has not been immune, dropping to the substitutes’ bench for Tuesday night’s loss at Porto. Mourinho had an explanation for Hazard’s sub-standard display in last Saturday’s draw at Newcastle – the Belgian had become a father for the third time the previous evening – and insists the forward remains the Premier League’s best. “If we arrive in May and Eden Hazard doesn’t have a good period, we are in trouble and he is too because his season was very bad,” Mourinho added. “He played very well against Arsenal. Against Newcastle he was all night without sleeping because his baby was born that night. “He travelled on the morning of the game and wasn’t in the best condition. He’s in a period where he’s not at the top of his game, but he’s the best.” Jose Mourinho has told his Chelsea players to face their problems head on and not to hide like ostriches. “There is an animal that puts its head in the ground… an ostrich,” Mourinho said. “In the bad moments, you cannot do that and just wait for a better moment to come, or for the problems to be resolved by themselves. “Or waiting for the moon to change and give you better vibrations. You make mistakes, you are in a bad moment, no ostrich (behaviour), (lift your) head up, face the problems, speak, work. For me, this is the way.” Pearson was forced to apologise for calling a journalist an ostrich during a tetchy press conference in April. Mourinho says players shirking responsibility would be a poor response, but he believes the 2-0 win over Arsenal showed that is not the case with his players. “Sometimes, players are on the pitch and they are hidden,” he added. “It’s the worst thing, when you don’t want to be there. You lose two or three matches, the next match you play at home and you don’t want to be there. “I think we showed against Arsenal that we don’t have that profile. We came against Arsenal in a worse run than now, after (defeats to) Crystal Palace and Everton. Press Association Chelsea will bid to improve on their miserable start to the season – four wins in 11 games in all competitions, including two in seven in the Premier League – against Southampton on Saturday. Amid talk of a crisis and suggestions of rifts within the squad, Mourinho is defiant, and he became the second Premier League manager in under a year after former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson to make a reference to a certain flightless bird. last_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights, Uruguay vs France: Griezmann, Varane goals send France to semifinals

first_imgAre you watching both? For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Kick-off (16.00 CET) is fast approaching! ⌛️#FiersdetreBleus #WorldCup #URUFRA — FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 6, 2018#FRA #FRA #FRA — FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 6, 2018Two strong defences, but only one can be victorious in Nizhny Novgorod…#URUFRA More stats and facts 👉 — FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 6, 2018Okay Twitter, who is winning this one? #URUFRA New Delhi: — French Team (@FrenchTeam) July 6, 2018#  France XI: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez, Kante, Pogba, Mbappe, Griezmann, Tolisso, Giroud.# Uruguay XI: Muslera, Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Laxal, Nandez, Torreira, Vecino, Bentancur, Suarez, Stuani. 2018:Russia ✅Portugal ✅France 🤔@Uruguay are on a hot streak against European teams at the #WorldCup but will that continue today? # 8′ Nestor Pitana interrupts the game for a tactical foul by Paul Pogba (France).# 6′ Benjamin Pavard (France) delivers a promising cross into the box, but it’s cleared.# 5′ Christian Stuani (Uruguay) finds space inside the box but rifles his effort miles past the left post.# 4′ Lucas (France) deprives his opponent of the ball, but the referee blows his whistle for a foul. He’s not happy with the decision!# 2′ Kylian Mbappe almost gets into in a promising position, but the through ball by Olivier Giroud (France) from just inside the box is intercepted by one of the defending players.# Kick off!# Nestor Pitana is the one to supervise the game today.# Both the teams are out and the National Anthems are ON!#URUFRA | Formations… #URU#FRA#WorldCup — FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 6, 2018″They defend very well” 🚫”They have top strikers” ️⚽️ — FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 6, 2018We’re back with two massive #WorldCup matches today!#URUFRA // #BRABEL Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018. The first quarterfinal clash is between Uruguay and France at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Russia as both of the team eye a semi-final berth of FIFA’s mega event.After two straight wins against Australia (2-1) and Peru (1-0), the French were held to a goalless draw by Denmark, finishing top of Group C and conceding just once. In the round-of-16, coach Didier Deschamps led his men to a hard-fought and exciting 4-3 win over Argentina and secured a spot in the quarter-finals.The Uruguayans finished top of Group A, after three straight wins – without conceding a single goal. Defeating Portugal 2-1 in their round-of-16 game, thanks to a brace by Edinson Cavani, Oscar Tabarez’s men are one win away from getting Uruguay to the WC semi-finals for the second time in three WC tournaments.HIGHLIGHTS of Uruguay vs France: # The referee blows his whistle for the final time to end this match.# 90+4′ Jonathan Urreta (Uruguay) is disappointed with himself because he got into a good area but produced a poor cross.# 90+2′ The game has come to an end for Antoine Griezmann. He has contributed as much as he could today. He will be replaced by the fresh legs of Nabil Fekir (France).# We will have 5 min. of added time.# 89′ Antoine Griezmann (France) takes the direct free kick from far out, but his shot flies into the stands.# 88′ Jose Maria Gimenez (Uruguay) is penalised after knocking an opponent down. France are awarded a free kick from a dangerous position.# 87′ That’s the end of the game for Kylian Mbappe, who is replaced by Ousmane Dembele (France).# 86′ Luis Suarez (Uruguay) attempts to find one of his teammates, but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone.# 84′ Jonathan Urreta (Uruguay) looks to break free, but his touch lets him down and he loses the ball.# 80′ Martin Caceres (Uruguay) fizzes over a cross which doesn’t cause any problems.# 78′ Didier Deschamps has decided to substitute Corentin Tolisso and he is replaced by Steven N’Zonzi (France).# 77′ Jonathan Urreta (Uruguay) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked.# 76′ Olivier Giroud (France) fires a volley from the edge of the box, but his effort goes well wide of the left post.# 74′ The substitution is prepared. Jonathan Urreta (Uruguay) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nahitan Nandez.# 73′ CHANCE! Corentin Tolisso (France) creates some space for himself to pick up a pass on the edge of the box and unleashes a decent strike which goes a whisker over the crossbar.# 72′ Martin Caceres (Uruguay) sends the ball into the penalty area from a throw-in as if it’s a corner kick.# 71′ Nahitan Nandez (Uruguay) attempts a long crossfield pass, but the defence does well to intercept the ball. — FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 6, 20182014:England ✅Italy ✅ “But we can make it difficult for them” 💪@FrenchTeam’s @MATUIDIBlaise ahead of #URUFRA… # 69′ The booking goes to Cristian Rodriguez (Uruguay).# 68′ Is that a yellow card in the referee’s hand? It is! Kylian Mbappe (France) gets booked.# 65′ CHANCE! Cristian Rodriguez (Uruguay) misses the left post by a whisker with a mid-range rebound. What a chance that was!# 63′ Lucas Torreira (Uruguay) lifts the ball into the box from the corner, but one of the defending players gets there first to head it clear.# 63′ Lucas Torreira (Uruguay) swings in the corner, but fails to find any of his teammates. One of the defenders reacts superbly to get it clear. The ball is out of play. Uruguay win a corner kick.# 61′ Gooal! Antoine Griezmann (France) manages to put the ball in the back of the net.# 59′ It’s time for a substitution. That’s the last involvement from Christian Stuani as he is replaced by Maximiliano Gomez Gonzalez (Uruguay).# 59′ Here is a change. Rodrigo Bentancur is going off and Oscar Tabarez gives the last tactical orders to Cristian Rodriguez (Uruguay).# 58′ Luis Suarez (Uruguay) fails to find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass is blocked.# 56′ Wasted effort! Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay) drives to the edge of the box after picking up a rebound, but his shot is tame and bends well wide of the left post.# 55′ Christian Stuani (Uruguay) sees an unmarked teammate and attempts to send him a low pass. However, one of the defenders reads the game perfectly and averts the danger# 54′ What a miskick by Benjamin Pavard (France). He smashes a volley from long distance that goes into the stands.# Second half begins!# The first half of today’s match has just finished.# There will be a minimum of 2 min. of added time.# 44′ Diego Godin (Uruguay) is furious with himself as he misses a golden opportunity from inside the six-yard box. He sends a rebound a few inches wide of the left post.# 44′ CHANCE! MISS! The free kick into the box finds Martin Caceres (Uruguay), who heads the ball towards the bottom left corner, but the keeper pulls off a fantastic reflex save. Great goalkeeping skills.# 42′ Nahitan Nandez (Uruguay) collects a rebound a long way out and doesn’t hesitate to release a goal-bound hammer of a shot. His attempt is precise and towards the middle of the target. It would have ended in the back of the net if it wasn’t for Hugo Lloris and his nice save.# 42′ Christian Stuani (Uruguay) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge. Uruguay have been awarded a corner kick.# 40′ GOAL! The ball from the free kick finds its way to Raphael Varane (France) who finds himself some space and scores with a thunderous header into the bottom left corner. An incredible long-range header!# 38′ Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay) picks up a yellow card. # 37′ Paul Pogba (France) and Antoine Griezmann combine brilliantly in a series of one-twos.# 36′ Matias Vecino (Uruguay) picks up the rebound on the edge of the box and shoots. His effort, however, only finds the gloves of the opponent’s goalkeeper.# 35′ Kylian Mbappe (France) sends in a pass which fails to reach any of his teammates.# 35′ Paul Pogba (France) has proven his good peripheral vision as he picks out Kylian Mbappe with a lovely through ball.# 33′ What was Lucas (France) thinking? He will not get away with that. The referee shows him a yellow card.# 27′ Corentin Tolisso (France) attempts to find one of his teammates with a fine lofted pass, but the defence reacts well to intercept the effort.# 26′ Kylian Mbappe (France) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. It will be a corner kick for France.# 22′ Antoine Griezmann (France) takes the corner but it’s cleared.# 22′ Benjamin Pavard (France) attempts to send over a cross in order to find one of his teammates, but an opposition defender averts the danger by intercepting the effort. France will have a chance to score from a corner kick.# 20′ Antoine Griezmann (France) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out.# 18′ Paul Pogba (France) gathers the pass and without hesitation smashes a shot in from long range, but it goes high over the bar.# 15′ CHANCE! Kylian Mbappe (France) misses a great chance after he found some space in the box! His glancing header goes over the crossbar.# 14′ Jose Maria Gimenez (Uruguay) jumps for a header from the resulting corner kick inside the box and sends the ball in on goal, but the goalkeeper makes a very good save.# 14′ Christian Stuani (Uruguay) will deliver the corner kick.# 13′ One of the defenders reacts at the last minute to brilliantly block a pass from Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay). Uruguay force a corner. Their opponents will face another attacking threat.# 11′ Raphael Varane (France) plants a header from the edge of the box after a nice cross from the free kick. It lacks accuracy and the ball flies well wide of the right post.# 10′ It looks like Christian Stuani (Uruguay) saw red with that tackle. Nestor Pitana won’t tolerate such behaviour on the pitch and blows for a foul. France earn a free kick. Kylian Mbappe (France) sends in a pass which fails to reach any of his teammates. — FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 6, 2018Ready for this one @Uruguay and @FrenchTeam fans?#URUFRA // #WorldCup #URUFRA | The teams are in… 👀#URU #FRA#WorldCup CC: @FrenchTeam That feeling when you and your squad meet up for the #WorldCup quarter-finals 🙌 — FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 6, 2018 — FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 6, 2018 — FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 6, 2018The quarter-finals begin TODAY! #WorldCup # Players to watch: Scoring two goals against Argentina, 19-year-old French striker Kylian Mbappé became the youngest player to score a brace in a WC game since Pele. He will go H2H against Barcelona hotshot Luis Suarez, who has scored 2 goals in the World Cup campaign.last_img read more

Cricket News Darren Lehmann reveals emotional toll after ball-tampering scandal

first_imgNew Delhi: Darren Lehmann, former Australia coach who quit in the aftermath of the Newlands ball-tampering scandal, has revealed the emotional toll on him and claimed Cricket Australia did not support him enough in the aftermath of the controversy.“I saw people, and am still seeing people about it. That’s a work in progress. I don’t think people know how much it affects people behind the scenes, but that’s one of those things that you go through,” Lehmann was quoted as saying in a report in Sydney Daily Telegraph. Read More |Ban on Smith, Warner and Bancroft must be lifted: ACAWhen asked about the support from Cricket Australia, Lehmann said they did offer psychological support but could have offered him a lot more. Read More | Where will Dhawan go in IPL 19 – Delhi Daredevils or Kings XI Punjab?Lehmann, who will be a commentator for the first ODI between Australia and South Africa in Perth, tearfully quit following the scandal despite being cleared of any direct role and contracted until the 2019 Ashes series in England, with former teammate Justin Langer taking over.‘Toxic culture’ in Australian cricketLehmann took over as the coach of the Australia team at a time of crisis. Mickey Arthur was sacked just before the start of the 2013 Ashes in England. However, Lehmann turned the team’s fortunes and played a key role in Australia whitewashing England 5-0 in the Ashes encounter and helping the team win the World Cup for the fifth time. However, he was accused by critics of overseeing a toxic team culture that damaged the reputation of the famed Baggy Green cap. While Lehmann and the three players paid a heavy price, no one at Cricket Australia has been held to account, although the governing body has accepted some culpability and former CEO James Sutherland has departed, along with team performance boss Pat Howard.An independent review that CA commissioned slammed the cricket board’s  “arrogant” and “controlling” culture, which resulted in the scandal at Newlands, triggering calls for chairman David Peever to quit. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: French government says soccer, rugby seasons off

first_imgAthletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who have lost income because competitions are suspended.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says the fund will try “to help as many athletes as possible.”It’s unclear when or if the track season can begin. Diamond League meets and the Olympics have been postponed.Coe says the fund was the idea of 1,500-meter world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj. The Moroccan runner will be part of the team examining applications from athletes. How teams qualify for the 2021 Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana is also to be resolved.Tapia tells TNT Sports “everyone wants to play again when we can, and if we have to play in January because we couldn’t do it earlier in the year, we will.”___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: French government says soccer, rugby seasons off Associated Press Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says “the 2019-20 season of professional sport … won’t be able to resume.”The top two divisions in French soccer both had 10 league games left to play. Rugby’s Top 14 league had reached the semifinal stage.France is expected to end its lockdown on May 11.___The French Rugby Federation has announced a support package worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help ease the financial concerns of its amateur clubs during the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The French government says the rest of the soccer and rugby seasons won’t be completed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Amateur rugby competitions in France were canceled for the season on March 27 after strict social measures were put in place to deal with the outbreak.The FFR has now arranged a package that will see 14 million euros ($15 million) go to clubs to cover losses and fees for this season and a further 21 million euros ($22.5 million) for the 2020-21 season.It means they will not have to pay for such things as insurance costs and license fees.Rugby officials are waiting to see what rules the government sets out following the end of lockdown before definitively deciding if a resumption is possible in the country’s top league.___ ___The end of the Argentine league soccer season is expected to be ratified by the national association executive committee.AFA president Claudio Tapia says there will be no relegation until 2022 to ease club finances burdened by the coronavirus pandemic.The end of player contracts on June 30 will be honored.Boca Juniors won the title shortly before the AFA suspended all soccer on March 15. April 28, 2020last_img read more


first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Tuesday, Feb. 11 and Wednesday, Feb 12.Crimes against a personat 12:37 P.m. on Feb. 11, a student reported continuous unwanted harassment from another student at Parking Structure D.Crimes against propertyat 10:08 A.m. on Feb. 11, a staff member at the Harlyne J. Norris Research Tower sent a report about his missing cell phone.Miscellaneous incidentsat 10:01 a.m. on Feb. 11, an Los Angeles Fire Department RA unit was called to the James H. Zumberge Hall of Science in response to a student facing severe abdominal pains. Unit #15 transported the student to the California Hospital for 10:18 A.m. on Feb. 11, a staff member collided a USC vehicle with a student driving his vehicle. Both properties faced negligible 11:46 A.m. on Feb. 11, DPS officers responded to a report at the Keck Hospital of a patient trying to use a pull tab from an aluminum can to cut her neck. A nurse intervened, and the patient became even more 12:25 p.m. on Feb. 11, a student yelled profane language to a staff member who requested that the  student move his bike from the entrance of the Engemann Health Center. The student was later cited to Judicial 4:05 P.m. on Feb. 11, USC got a report of a USC male at the Keck Campus who felt light-headed. A response team went to the scene and he was later taken into medical treatment on 7:50 P.m. on Feb. 11, a student smoking marijuana in one of the residential dorm buildings was cited to Judicial 4:35 A.m. on Feb. 12, DPS received a report of a student trying to get on campus without an ID while intoxicated. It was later reported that the student appeared to be coherent and in no need of medical care. He was later taken back to his residence hall.last_img read more

Coke scholars promote public service at USC

first_imgFreshmen Estephanie Garcia and Talie Cloud are recipients of a $20,000 scholarship from Coca-Cola. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)In May, two incoming USC students were named among the 150 winners of the 2018 Coca-Cola scholarship program, an annual competition that selects students across the nation to receive a $20,000 college scholarship. As recipients of the scholarship, freshmen Talie Cloud and Estephanie Garcia attend various events and make media appearances to inform the community of the Dear Future Community Challenge in Los Angeles, which encourages young adults to submit ideas that increase the number of women in public service careers.As part of the campaign, Cloud and Garcia attended a Los Angeles City Hall meeting last week and shadowed two female councilmembers, Nury Martinez and Monica Rodriguez, to promote the challenge. Cloud, a neuroscience major, said she learned about the challenges female councilmembers face in a male-dominated field.“Hearing their experiences of things they were able to accomplish as women, and as women of color specifically, was really enlightening and [understanding] the power dynamics even within their personal relationships and how that’s shifted as a result of their service,” Cloud said.Until Oct. 15, any person between 18 to 24 years old in Los Angeles can submit ideas for the challenge online, according to Carlos Illingworth, director of public affairs and communications for Coca-Cola North America. There are several other Dear Future Challenges held in different cities, as well as a national competition.After reviewing the submissions, Coca-Cola will choose 17 winners and give $30,000 to local nonprofits that will work with the winners to make their ideas realities, Illingworth said.Illingworth also spoke about why Coca-Cola created the Dear Future Community Challenge. “We’re very inspired by young adults and their energy and optimism and potential to give back and improve their communities,” Illingworth said. “So the goal of this challenge is to do just that -— to improve the local communities across the country and inspire young people to come up with solutions to address pressing issues, like getting women more involved in public service.”Garcia, an environmental studies major, said the Dear Future Community Challenge in Los Angeles will bring more attention to gender gaps and disparities in fields like public service. “As we’ve been seeing politically, women have always been underrepresented,” Garcia said. “I think it’s important to have that perspective and have that voice … in the system so that [women] can bring in their experiences to change what they’ve seen that other men haven’t.”Cloud said she also sees the importance of having more women in public service careers to represent female perspectives on issues like abortion and the wage gap. These women can also inspire the next generation of girls to enter male-dominated fields like the public service sector, Cloud explained.“Ideally in society or in public power you want to see equal advantages for everyone to have access to the public sector and public leadership,” Cloud said. “It’s very important for girls growing up to have access to these role models and to see that it is a possibility for women.”last_img read more

With injuries behind her, Adams excelling up top

first_imgAfter multiple knee surgeries, junior forward Paige Adams has returned to steady form for the Badgers, netting four goals in just 10 games.[/media-credit]After recovering from a torn ACL, only to then tear her meniscus, fans may wonder if Paige Adams ever thought about not returning to the soccer field. If you ask her, her response may include belting out the words of singer Gloria Gaynor, “Did you think I’d crumble? Did you think I’d lay down and die? Oh, no, not I – I will survive.”“I do love to sing, I am just terrible at it,” Adams said with a grin on her face. “Actually the other night I was singing [Gaynor’s] ‘I Will Survive.’ I like that one.”Not only did the redshirt junior survive, but she has exceeded all expectations for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team this season. Adams leads the Badgers (7-3-0, 1-2-0 Big Ten) in points this season with 10 and also sits atop the list of UW’s scorers with four goals.Although Wisconsin suffered a rough 3-0 loss to Michigan Sunday, Adams was able to step back and see a more optimistic picture: Her team still boasts the potential to contend for the Big Ten title this year.Head coach Paula Wilkins admires the attitude and effort she sees in Adams each day and believes it is a big reason she is finding success on the field.“Her work rate and knowledge of the game are very special,” Wilkins said. “I think that makes her a bit different.”Not your typical speedy forward, Adams’ talent lies in her ball skills and her keen ability to find holes in the opponent’s defensive line. So far this season, she has started every game with her counterpart at forward, sophomore Cara Walls.Adams’ eye for the game combined with Walls’ natural speed and athleticism have proven to be an effective force this season for Wisconsin. The duo owns seven of the 21 goals scored by UW this season.“In the spring, I think we got a good opportunity to start playing together. We kind of complement each other – she is faster and I am good at sending balls through,” Adams said. “We are able to connect the ball together, and I get behind defenders and have just got some goals.”Back in 2009 during her freshman season, Adams started 14 games and, despite missing eight games with an injury, she finished second on the team with nine points. Her career as a Badger then took a turn for the worse. In what would have been her sophomore season, Adams spent 2010 in physical therapy recovering from the ACL injury. The recovery process grew even longer when Adams re-injured her knee, needing additional surgery to repair a torn meniscus.Last season, Adams returned to the field playing 14 of the team’s 20 games and working her way back into the lineup as her knee continued to heal. With her injuries now in the past, Adams says she is back to 100 percent.“I love soccer too much to ever think about [not returning]. It was tough, but I am back,” Adams said. “It has been a long road, but I am finally feeling healthy, and it has been a good season so far.”Now taking on a leadership role as one of the upperclassmen, Adams serves as an example to all her teammates about what it truly means to work hard, Wilkins says.“I think she leads by her work rate, that is a big thing, she is always available,” Wilkins said. “She is someone you want to play with, she’s committed.”A British Columbia native from Port Coquitlam, Adams found earlier success before stepping on the field as a Badger. Prior to attending UW, she represented her home country in the 2006 U-20 World Championships in Russia.Adams came to the Badger program in the spring of 2008 after competing with the U-20 Canadian National Team at the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football championship games.Much like her four other Canadian teammates, she was drawn to the supportive and lively atmosphere on campus that surrounds the women’s soccer program.“It is a beautiful school for one, and the people [are great]. The setting here is just awesome, and the soccer program is good,” Adams said. “It has been a lot of fun so far.”Adams’ commitment to soccer is mirrored by a commitment to her education. She’s been named academic all-Big Ten each of the last two years, and in her time as a Badger, has discovered an interest in interior design that is now her intended major.Though unsure of where she will find herself in the years to come, it is likely she’ll never be too far from a soccer field.Follow Caroline on Twitterlast_img read more