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Holtby hopeful of survival

first_img The Whites twice let leads slip away from them before Steven Gerrard struck what was a sickening winner for midfielder Holtby, one of the hosts’ standout players. “It is really hard to imagine we lost this game,” the Germany international said. “We had a really good game. “The second and third goals are sloppy goals, we should have done better. We could have had three points last night. “Should’ve, would’ve, could’ve – we lost the game and have to pick ourselves up and be mentally ready for the next game. “It could have been three points against a Liverpool side who did not have their best game. It is really disappointing. “Credit to all the guys, we had a fantastic game, but we have nothing and that is not what you need when you are fighting against relegation.” Holtby is right: Fulham need points and they need them quickly. Manager Rene Meulensteen believes the Cottagers need seven wins from their remaining 12 matches if they are to avoid seeing the drop. Fulham are rooted to the foot of the table with just 12 matches remaining, but Lewis Holtby believes they possess the attitude and aptitude required to stave off relegation. Things look bleak for the west Londoners right now, marooned four points adrift of safety with a goal difference of minus 32 – the worst in the Premier League. However, Fulham’s recent displays belie those statistics, with Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Manchester United followed by an unfortunate, last-gasp 3-2 loss to Liverpool on Wednesday. The bookmakers certainly think survival is out of reach, making Fulham firm favourites for the drop. Holtby, though, has seen enough since joining on loan in January to remain confident of confounding the doubters. “The belief is always there,” he said. “We have to be mentally strong and that is the key to getting out of the drop zone. “There is enough. We have got the quality to stay up but we need to get some points. “We need to be solid at the back because we are conceding too many goals and that is a problem. “We conceded two in the last game, three last night, and that is too many.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse announces construction of new indoor practice facility

first_imgConstruction of a new $17-million indoor practice center will begin later this year, Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross announced Tuesday.The football team will be the primary tenants of the 87,000 square foot facility, but all athletic programs will utilize the center.“This practice center will give our football program, and our other programs, the opportunity to prepare, practice and play amongst the best in the nation, while providing the best possible environment for the development of all of our special student-athletes,” Gross said in a SU Athletics press release. “Like the Carmelo Anthony Center has helped our men’s and women’s basketball programs compete at the highest level, this critical new center will continue our football program’s momentum, and is absolutely essential in our pursuit of top-level student-athletes and conference championships.”The facility will be built at the site currently occupied by the Joseph Vielbig Outdoor Track Stadium. The location of the new practice facility also means a new track facility will be built on South Campus, merging with the current site used for field events.The center’s construction represents the fourth phase of improvements being made to the Orange’s football facilities. Syracuse previously renovated the football wing at Manley Field House, built a new strength and conditioning facility and practice fields, and renovated the sports medicine center.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“This commitment will give our student-athletes a first-rate complex to utilize as we move to the ACC and compete for championships,” football coach Scott Shafer said in the press release. “With our outstanding staff, this building puts us on par or ahead of our competitors in the new league, and will attract and help us develop the kind of outstanding citizens and student-athletes required to win at this level.” Comments Published on February 26, 2013 at 4:47 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Axe to ‘disappear’ during Wisconsin, Minnesota game

first_imgUPDATE: Gary Andersen released a statement clarifying his comments in regards to the post game celebration. It appears as if the trophy will be presented in the winning team’s end zone rather than on the sidelines or in the locker room.————-When Wisconsin and Minnesota meet on Saturday for the 124th time, it will not only be for the right to hoist Paul Bunyan’s Axe, but more importantly, for the Big Ten West Division title and a trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game.But the winner of Saturday’s matchup between No. 14 Wisconsin and No. 22 Minnesota at Camp Randall will have a new wrinkle to their postgame celebrations. Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen said the Axe will be held in the winning team’s locker room following the game as opposed to on the sidelines and will “disappear” during the game. The winning team will be able to bring the Axe onto the field to celebrate with fans after they receive it in their locker room where they will likely also “chop” down the losing team’s goal post.This is a result of what occurred in Minnesota last season when a scuffle broke out on the field between the Badgers and Gophers following Wisconsin’s 20-7 defeat of Minnesota.“Last year was unfortunate,” Andersen said. “I don’t think myself or [Minnesota head coach Jerry] Kill liked the way that it went down. I don’t think it’s good for college football and I don’t think it is good for our kids.“No one’s going to protect those kids when they’re on the field because the coaches are gone, the security is gone, there’s nobody out there and all of a sudden we’re asking 200 kids to run around the football field and not put themselves in harm’s way.”Andersen said Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez is on board with the decision but that he has yet to talk to Kill about it.But it appears as if Wisconsin running back and Heisman candidate Melvin Gordon doesn’t fully support Andersen’s decision. Regardless of where the Axe will be held, Saturday’s game is the biggest for either team and one of the most important games between the two rivals in recent memory.The Badgers and Gophers will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. Saturday from Camp Randall Stadium. However, UW defensive back Michael Caputo has a different thought about the new postgame Axe ceremony.last_img read more