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Football: More than a passing fancy

Football: More than a passing fancy

It may be the height of the baseball season, but for 40 high school football teams and 800 skilled position players, Oliver Ames High School in Easton, was ground zero last Sunday, for the Under Armour 7v7 Northeast Regional (South section) passing competition.

The tournament, which was formally known as the Swampscott/Lynnfield 7 on 7 Shootout, has been sponsored by the popular sports clothing and equipment giant, Under Armour, for the last eight years and has grown to include 120 high school teams in the Northeast Region.

The other venues in the North East are Exeter (N.H).High School and Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody.

Tournament Director, Steve Dembowski, believes the partnership with Under Armour has taken the tournament to a whole new level.

“This passing tournament is incredibly popular in the South,” said Dembowski. “It has really started to take off in the North East. We were completely sold out this year.

“The tournament began as a way to get high school teammates together in the summer to compete.  Our mission is to help all involved; players get to work on team concepts, coaches get to see the development of their players and everybody has a blast!”

A number of local area teams were well represented including teams from Braintree, Marshfield, Duxbury, Whitman-Hanson, Cardinal Spellman, Catholic Memorial and last summer’s champs from Franklin High School.

“This was an easy sell for our guys,” said Braintree head coach Brian Chamberlain, who is only an observer at the competition. Volunteers coach the teams and each team has a 20-man rosters. Each player pays $20 to participate in the competition.

And best of all, Under Armour provides two compression shirts, a pair of black shorts and other surprises for each athlete.

“The competition is excellent and for myself and our coaching staff, we get a chance to see the guys in competition. It’s a great environment.”

The Wamps were competing for the first time and impressed the third-year coach in their opening game against Framingham High School.

“I believe we have significantly upgraded our team at the skilled positions. Our tight end, Derek Anson, is looking really good,” said Chamberlain. “Anson has put a lot of time and effort in the off- season and it is paying huge dividends. He is poised for a big season.”

The Sectional finalists (South, North and East) along with the wild card selections will compete for the North East Regional title on Tuesday, July 30 at Bishop Fenwick High School. The competition begins at 5 p.m., and continues until completion around 10 p.m.

“I love the competition,” said Rockland resident and Cardinal Spellman senior Austin Joseph.

 

Sprinter Usain Bolt Will Eventually Strengthen Manchester United

Sprinter Usain Bolt Will Eventually Strengthen Manchester United

The world’s fastest runner, Usain Bolt can soon fulfill his dream to strengthen England’s elite clubs, Manchester United.

Bolt, 26-year-old Jamaican, aspires to join United, but has never reached expectations. He could only watch as the stars of United’s play.

Well, in August, Bolt could use costumes United at Old Trafford Stadium, while United face test against Sevilla party.

“My presence will be different at United, I can run fast and play ball,” said Bolt.

When United’s Alex Ferguson handled, Bolt can never permit. Now with the move to coach David Moyes, Rio Ferdinand as a close friend and eventually persuaded Bolt Bolt’ll play with costumes United on 9 August.

Manchester United bid Bale with Fantastic Price

Manchester United bid Bale with Fantastic Price

gareth bale (Google image)

In the transfer market this season Manchester United were very active. After Thiago now failing to get the team made David Moyes wants to bring Tottenham winger Gareth Bale.

As reported by the Daily Mirror, Manchester United Bale daring bid for a price of £ 60 million or around Rp 927 billion to bring the players from Wales.

By bringing Bale is expected to replace the current Manchester United striker who wants to leave Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney.

Bale’s move to Manchester United’s Premier League will finish before rolling on August 17. This is because the amount of bids submitted by Manchester United to the Tottenham Hotspurs.

Tottenham previously always rejected bids submitted by the top clubs and one of them is Real Madrid, to buy Gareth Bale. Bale purchase is also believed to be a request from the New Manager of Manchester United, David Moyes.

Demba Ba can not wait to play in Jakarta

Demba Ba can not wait to play in Jakarta

Group of Chelsea’s squad is scheduled to land at Halim Airport, East Jakarta, Tuesday (23/7) at 13:00 pm. Their arrival to Indonesia is the last tour after undergoing a series of games in Thailand and Malaysia.
In the game counter Malaysia, the success destroys the host Blues, 1-4. Chelsea striker, Demba Ba, really enjoyed the trip to Malaysia. Aware of a few hours to set foot in Indonesia, Ba had to comment first.
Through his Twitter account, @ dembabafoot, he took time to greet supporters in the country, before boarding the plane. “Great time in malaysia kl. Off to jakarta, see you in few hours ….. Insha’ALLAH (Great Moments in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Towards Indonesia, met with fans in a few hours. Insha Allah, “said the player who is identical to celebrate this thanksgiving prostration.
Unlike in Thailand and Malaysia, coach Jose Mourinho is sure BA will play from the first minute. In the previous two games, the position of striker Romelu Lukaku inhabited. While Ba only act as a substitute.

Jese signs new Real Madrid deal

Jese signs new Real Madrid deal

Real Madrid has confirmed that promising youngster Jese Rodriguez has signed a new contract with the Santiago Bernabeu side until the summer of 2017.

The Spain Under-20 star’s previous deal was due to expire in 2014 and the attacker recently hinted at a potential transfer elsewhere in order to bolster his chances of first-team football; however, Jese has now ended all speculation about his future by inking a four-year extension with Madrid.

“Real Madrid announce that Jese has extended his contract, by which he will remain with the club for the next four seasons,” a statement on the club’s official website reads.

The versatile attacker is seen as one of the biggest talents to have come through the ranks of the Madrid youth academy in recent years and made his official first team debut in December 2011.

Jese impressed with Real Madrid Castilla in the Segunda Division in 2012-13, netting 22 goals to beat club legend Emilio Butragueno’s record for goals scored in one season with the youth side.

He was also one of Spain’s brightest stars at the recent U-20 World Cup, bagging five goals in five appearances, including a brace against the United States.

Competition Not Started, AS Monaco Already Reduced Two Points

Competition Not Started, AS Monaco Already Reduced Two Points

French league club, AS Monaco, was given a reduction of three points (one point suspended) and are required to play one match behind closed doors after fans riot incident. This has been confirmed Professional Football League (LFP).
The new club was punished induced promotion of their fans after a 2-1 win over Le Mans on May 17. The incident occurred after Claudio Ranieri’s squad won the Ligue 2. At that time, home fans invaded the pitch. A fan even hit the referee.
“Behavior Monaco fans: use pyro, pitch invasion at the end of the game, and the brutal actions of his supporters told the referee ole,” the depiction of LFP related incidents.
“With regard to the facts that are so serious that, Monaco penalized one match and a penalty sealed three points, including the points are postponed, for the Ligue 1 next season.”
That means, Monaco will start next season with minus two points. This sanction inevitably be a blow for Monaco. The reason, they hope to compete with Paris Saint-Germain since Awwal competition for the league title.

Madrid and Napoli Agree to Higuain

Madrid and Napoli Agree to Higuain

Real Madrid and Napoli rumored to have agreed on the transfer of striker Gonzalo Higuain. The official announcement from both camps will be issued as soon as possible.
As reported by Spanish media two based in Madrid, Marca and AS, Il Partenopei agreed to buy El Pipita with detailed price was 37 million euros plus 3 million euros in the form of bonuses.
At the San Paolo, 25-year-old players will get paid $ 6 million euros per season or 1 million euros more than his salary in El Real. With the value of this salary, Higuain will be one of the players with the biggest salary in Serie A.
Higuain true some time ago almost joined Arsenal, but the Gunners camp would not pay more than 28 million euros to ask for her hand.

Guus Hiddink Resign As Anzhi Coach

Guus Hiddink Resign As Anzhi Coach

Guus Hiddink decided to quit as coach of Russian Premier League club, Anzhi Makhachkala. This was disclosed by the Dutch coach, Monday, July 22, 2013. This decision was a bit surprising, because he has just extended his contract for one year on June 11, 2013.

Hiddink signed a contract with Anzhi on February 17, 2012. The 66-year coach brought Anzhi finished third in the 2012-13 season. Hiddink also helped Samuel Eto’o and his friends penetrate the Russian Cup final, before defeated CSKA Moscow.
However, Anzhi diving bad start in the 2013-14 season. From the first two games, this wealthy club has not won. Anzhi were held 2-2 by Lokomotiv Moscow in the opening match, and then lost 1-2 to Dinamo Moscow last Friday.

“This decision was not easy for me. However, I have always said, my mission is to help Anzhi grow and thrive, without my participation,” said Hiddink was quoted as saying Anzhi’s official website.

“Now the time has come. I believe this club has a bright future. Glad I could be part of a large-scale project is football,” he continued.

It did not take long Anzhi appoint Hiddink replacement. The club is nicknamed Dagestanskiye Rene Meulensteen chose as his successor. Meulensteen Anzhi join the coaching staff at the end of the season after the resignation of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Previously, Meulensteen served as first team coach of Manchester United, which deals specifically with the development of techniques and skills. (art)

McCarthy’s Musings: Directness and precision prompt U.S. dominance over Honduras

McCarthy’s Musings: Directness and precision prompt U.S. dominance over Honduras

Klinsmann has shown the dexterity to alter his formation and use different players to extract the best performances out of his squad in this tournament. His decision to stick with the successful 4-4-2 setup – complete with the often criticized and quietly influentialKyle Beckerman in central midfield – and start Eddie Johnson up top reaped significant dividends against a Honduras outfit ill-equipped to cope with the problems presented by those selections.

Johnson made particular sense in this match because he offered the Americans a chance to stretch the field vertically. He offers decent hold up work as a nominal target player, but his true strength remains pushing behind the opposing line and relying on his pace to unsettle opposing defenses. His immediate contribution against El Salvador on Sunday mandated his inclusion tonight. And his work on the evening – combined with the willingness to play narrowly on the shoddy and tight temporary surface at Cowboys Stadium – ultimately exposed the weakness within the Honduras ranks.

Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suárez left out most of his regulars for this tournament and shunted a few of his remaining pieces into unfamiliar areas to form his 4-2-3-1 formation. The absences ofVictor Bernárdez, Roger Espinoza and Wilson Palacios proved particularly harmful on this night as the Hondurans prepared to deal with Johnson and the robust American approach. That particular trio adds the resolve and the steel necessary to deal with the combined threat of an in-form Landon Donovan buzzing around and Johnson trying to push through the defense.

In their stead, the Hondurans completely collapsed when confronted with direct play from back to front. Donovan dropped off at will to pull the rearguard apart. Johnson operated as a target man from time to time and surged through the line frequently against a back four ill-equipped to cope with the movement and the power presented by the Americans on the night.

Johnson registered the opener through a streamlined move through the middle of the park. Clarence Goodson played the ball into Donovan’s checking run back into midfield. Donovan flicked through to catch out the stagnant Honduran rearguard. Johnson then raced behind the line and slotted home to open the scoring after just 11 minutes.

At that point in the affair, Honduras should have adjusted to the threat created by the American willingness to bypass the midfield at times and pile pressure on the back four with vertical balls. Most of the fault lays with the center defenders – Osman Chávez endured a torrid night when his experience should have helped to guide him through – for failing to communicate properly and rectifying at least a portion of those concerns with better positioning.

The second goal reinforced the themes introduced by the first. Johnson flicked a direct ball out of the back toward the back line. Alejandro Bedoya – perhaps in his most influential match in a U.S. shirt – beat his marker to the pass and shuffled it toward Donovan in the middle. And Donovan produced a goal of sublime quality – a cushioned trap off the chest and an instinctual flick with the outside of his foot – to cap off the move.

Honduras somehow managed to survive the remainder of the half without conceding and then switched its personnel at halftime. Suarez sent Marvin Chávez and Jerry Palacios into the fray to give his side more menace going forward, but the American dominance in possession – keeping the ball when required and then using it effectively to create chance after chance – blunted their influence.

Chavez did impact the game from a set piece to arrange the last meaningful sequence of the match. The San Jose winger exploited the Americans’ continued weakness on set pieces with a teasing service from the right. The unmarked Nery Medina headed home to inject some modest doubt into the proceedings. It lasted for less than a minute as another Goodson longball over the top, another pass from Bedoya and another finish from Donovan restored the two-goal lead in short order and scuttled any lingering thoughts about a Honduras revival.

It never looked likely anyway, given the cohesiveness and the menace conjured by the Americans on the night. Klinsmann correctly identified the Honduran weakness with his team selection and watched his players feast on that soft core time and time again. The entire display oozed confidence and reinforced the now pervasive notion that the United States will enter the final as the favorite. Klinsmann will have one or two concerns to address – including his own availability for the match after his late dismissal – before the encounter, but he can take ample encouragement from this display as the preparations for Sunday’s final in Chicago commence.

Lampard: Chelsea Mourinho can repeat success

Lampard: Chelsea Mourinho can repeat success

Frank Lampard dan Mourinho

Some reports said the Portuguese coach’s 50-year-old will leave Real Madrid to replace the temporary Chelsea manager, Rafael Benitez.
Lampard told Football Focus, the BBC, “With him (Mourinho) led us to work hard.”
Click Chelsea win the European Champions Cup after beating Benfica on Thursday (16/05) morning.
Mouriho coached Chelsea in June 2004 after delivering Porto win the Champions Cup.
He won six trophies in three years, including two Premier League title but leave from Chelsea in September 2007 after a relationship with owner Roman Abramovich deteriorate.
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In the following year, Mourinho joined Inter Milan won the Champions Cup and second and two league trophies.
Mourinho moved to Real Madrid in 2010 and won the King’s Cup in his first year before shifting Barcelona as La Liga champions in his second year in Spain.
When asked if Mourinho can repeat the success as when he first to Chelsea, Lampard said: “I ​​think he can because he works hard.”
Click on Lampard extend a one-year contract with Chelsea on Thursday (16/05).
“Still not sure (yet) if we work together again with him, of course nice. Talent and ability as a manager for me is the best,” added Lampard.