Koeman unmoved by Clyne speculation

first_imgSouthampton manager Ronald Koeman is unmoved by the speculation surrounding Nathaniel Clyne ahead of Monday’s match against apparent suitors Manchester Untied. Press Association This has been a wonderful season to date for the 23-year-old full-back, having played a key role in Saints’ astonishing start to the campaign and impressed in his first England run-outs. Such displays have somewhat inevitably led to speculation Clyne could soon be leaving for pastures new, with Monday’s opponents United heavily linked in recent days. center_img The right-back’s deal at St Mary’s runs until 2016 and talks are ongoing to extend that, leaving Koeman relaxed about the situation. “If I have to be worried about those kind of rumours, then I will be worried every day and I don’t like that,” the Dutchman said with a smile. “I like my life and I like to be positive. It’s no issue.” It is a good job Koeman does not get het up by transfer talk given the summer he had, with Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert amongst those moving on, although that unparalleled talent drain from St Mary’s has not led to the meltdown some had predicted. Saints instead enjoyed their best-ever start to a top-flight campaign and, while things have gone slightly awry of late, they remain in with a serious chance of securing a top-four finish. Injuries have taken in recent matches and, depending how things pan out in the coming weeks, Koeman may choose to dip into the transfer window in January. “One is to plan January when you have everybody available then you have to look if you need some players,” the Saints boss said. “If you have a lot of injuries for a long period, that makes it more normal to bring in new players. “We have to wait because players are coming back and that decision we have to make in two or three weeks.” last_img read more

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Breakdown: Wisconsin 24, Purdue 7

first_imgWhen the Badgers held just a 10-7 lead going into the locker room at half, concern over a second consecutive home letdown loomed over the Camp Randall stands.A dominant end to the third quarter, however, set the tone for what would end up being a comfortable 24-7 victory for Wisconsin (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) over their conference rival Purdue (1-6, 0-3 Big Ten).Another suffocating performance on defense from the Badgers limited the Boilermaker offense to just 191 total yards in the game, but failed opportunities in the red zone for Wisconsin kept Purdue in contention for the majority of the contest.Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave completed 30 of 39 pass attempts for 322 yards and an interception as the offense finished with 418 total yards. Dare Ogunbowale helped the cause with his second straight game of 100-plus yards from scrimmage, with 56 yards on the ground and another 51 through the air on six catches.Football: Second-half effort propels Wisconsin over PurdueIt wasn’t the prettiest performance for the Wisconsin football team Saturday, but it also didn’t have to be, as the Read…Purdue player of the Game: LeRoy ClarkWhile the Boilermakers were out-gained by 227 yards at the final whistle, LeRoy Clark was a big reason to why Purdue still had a chance to win late in the game.Clark’s first big play came when the Badgers were in the red zone for the second straight drive to start the game and threatening to go up by at least 10 points. However, an errant overthrow from Stave to junior receiver Rob Wheelwright was intercepted by Clark and returned it 66 yards to the Wisconsin 29 yard line. Purdue took the momentum from the play and capitalized for their only touchdown drive of the game.Later on in the first half, Clark bailed out the Boilermaker defense again by breaking up a would-be touchdown pass from Stave to receiver Alex Erickson in the end zone at the last second, forcing the Badgers to punt instead of taking a 17-7 lead. It wouldn’t be until the last play of the third quarter that the Badgers would score again.Wisconsin Player of the Game: T.J. EdwardsIn a game where Purdue’s offense didn’t attempt a pass until halfway through the second quarter, freshman linebacker T.J. Edwards made an impact early and often in stuffing the run for the Badgers. Despite 29 attempts on the ground, the Boilermaker offense managed just 55 rushing yards for a poor average of 1.9 yards per carry.Finishing the day with career-high 16 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss, Edwards also forced a fumble late in the fourth quarter with Wisconsin up by 17 to cap off the team’s late-game charge.Turning PointAfter struggling to capitalize in the red zone in the first half, the Badgers offense had another opportunity late in the third quarter to extend their lead. Starting at Purdue’s 33-yard line, Stave bounced back from his early miscues by converting a crucial third-and-four to Erickson to keep the drive alive. On the next play, Stave hit Erickson again over the middle for a 19-yard gain inside the five. Ogunbowale then capped off the drive with a hard-fought run to put Wisconsin up 10.When you knew it was overFired up from the offense’s touchdown drive, the Badgers kept their momentum going on defense with an emphatic third-down sack initiated by linebacker Joe Schobert early in the fourth quarter. Purdue was forced to punt and their offense wouldn’t get another shot until they went down by 17 in the closing minutes.QuotableUW head coach Paul Chryst on the effort of T.J. Edwards:“He was flying to the ball. He looked like he was playing confident and believing what he saw, and certainly has some talent.”Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell on Joe Schobert and Vince Biegel:“People have not been able to block those two guys, and that’s one of the reasons why we wanted to put hands on them and not drop back in pass and let those guys pin their ears back.”Dare Ogunbowale on his role in the receiving game:“Every week, we have plays and opportunities for running backs to catch the ball out of the backfield, and today we took more advantage of it. We got things opened up for the wide receivers with guys looking at me, so it definitely helped the offense.”Alec Ingold on the changes he’s gone through since playing running back:“Three months ago, no one was asking about me. No one wanted to see what I was doing on a Saturday night. It’s pretty interesting, it’s been a whirlwind, but I’m grateful for it.”last_img read more

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Azkals fly to Doha seeking maximum points

first_imgDAY6 is for everybody Looking to grab maximum points this time, the Philippine Azkals flew to Doha last Tuesday night to undergo a one-week camp in preparation for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifying duel with Yemen.Missing several key players due to injuries, the Azkals were held to a 2-2 draw by the Yemenis Sept. 5 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod.ADVERTISEMENT ‘GAB is not to blame’ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up But the Filipinos remain on top of Group F with seven points, although a defeat in the Oct. 10 clash at Al Wakrah SC Stadium could put their qualification hopes in peril.Azkals coach Thomas Dooley got a boost on the defensive end with Daisuke Sato, who plays for Horsens in the Danish first division, returning from suspension.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Azkals have conceded six goals from their first three matches and they suffered a blow when top centerback Amani Aguinaldo sustained a long-term knee injury.Misagh Bahadoran, the leading scorer in World Cup Qualifying two years ago, also did not make the trip due to a shoulder injury. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. How to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidelast_img read more

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