Area lacrosse teams prepare for division showdowns, SCT
Things are heating up in girls lacrosse, as Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, Shore Regional High School and Red Bank Catholic (RBC) High School battle for supremacy.Rumson-Fair Haven and Shore Regional will square off May 8 in a game that could decide the A Central title. The Bulldogs handed Shore Regional its only division loss thus far, a 15-4 final last month, while Rumson-Fair Haven has yet to drop an A Central bout.The Blue Devils are on a tear coming into the big game. Since falling to Wall High School by just one goal, Shore Regional has blown out Jackson Memorial High School and A Central opponents Point Pleasant Borough High School and St. Rose High School.Shore Regional (12-3) got three goals from Lauren Britton, who also contributed three assists, on its way to a 15-3 victory over St. Rose last week. Allie Reiser added three goals. Sarah George scored twice and assisted on two more.Toppling Rumson-Fair Haven (14-1) is still a tall order for the Blue Devils. The Bulldogs didn’t lose a single game the entire month of April. Their only loss came March 31 against Moorestown High School.Rumson-Fair Haven is coming off two division wins, both by wide margins. Brittany Bruno and Jillian Swikart exploded for four goals apiece to lead the Bulldogs past Manasquan High School, 18-10. Elizabeth Scarrone posted three goals, while goalie Anna Babiak had four saves.On May 2, the Bulldogs toppled Holmdel High School, 17-3, with the help of three goals from Swikart. Scarrone, Kiley Pearman, Alexandra Geiger and Morgan Steinhacker each found the back of the net twice.A nearly spotless record earned Rumson Fair Haven the top seed in the Shore Conference Tournament (SCT), which was due to begin May 5.The Bulldogs, winners of the last two SCT championships, were slated to face No. 16 Barnegat High School to kick off the 2015 tournament. Rumson-Fair Haven is looking to become the first team to win three consecutive titles since Shore Regional.Second-seeded RBC (13-2), last year’s SCT runner-up, has dominated B North this season. The Caseys have won all of their division matchups, losing only to Rumson- Fair Haven and West Morris Mendham High School.The Bulldogs continued to demonstrate their formidable attack against the Caseys last week. Five goals from Swikart, plus three goals from both Bruno and Maggie Jennings, were too much for RBC to overcome. Jackie Mauro and Ariana Mancini accounted for RBC’s two scores.Shore Regional received the third seed in the SCT and was lined up against No. 14 Red Bank Regional High School for the first round. With eight championships, the Blue Devils have won the SCT more than any other team in history.The No. 4 slot went to Wall, followed by Colts Neck High School as the fifth seed. St. John Vianney High School was seeded seventh, and Ocean Township High School is the No. 11 seed.St. John Vianney played at home against No. 10 Manalapan High School in its firstround game, and Ocean Township traveled to No. 6 Manasquan.Quarterfinal games will be held May 7 at the higher seed’s home field. The semifinals are scheduled for May 9 at Ocean Township. The top and bottom seeds will play at 5 p.m., followed by the other two teams at 7 p.m.The SCT championship game will be hosted by Monmouth University at 4 p.m. May 11. By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent
6 questions for Minister Patterson
Dear Editor,It is the private business of the Patterson family how they deal with their personal situation in regard to an allegation of trafficking of a controlled drug (cocaine) against one of their members. It is, however, a public matter for the people vs Derrick Patterson; not David Patterson. If anyone has an interest in this case, I suggest they take it up with the person who is charged, and not use the occasion to personally abuse the Minister.So the portions of the statement from David Patterson – the individual giving support to his brother — must be commended. We all have families, and if for any reason any one of them falls into any situational challenge, it is our duty to offer them our love, irrespective of how annoyed we are at their action.That is why I was baffled that David Patterson, the person, chose — in his statement at the bottom half — to import the voice of David Patterson, the Public Infrastructure Minister, into the debate. Since David Patterson the Minister spoke, I thought it might be wise to ask the Minister these six important questions, since he has executive access to the machinery of the State:1: Were the controlled drugs (cocaine) trafficked from Guyana to Grenada?2: Did the person on remand, who is a relative of the Minister, have a VIP Pass for our international ports of exit (airport, etc)?3: Which Minister is in charge of the airport?4: Is it common practice across the Granger Government to issue relatives of senior functionaries with VIP Passes, although they may not meet the criteria as set out by the Foreign Affairs Ministry?5: Which Minister is in charge of security at the airport? And is that Minister a member of the Alliance For Change?6: Does the security protocol allow VIP Pass-holders to be checked for controlled drugs (cocaine)?I would really appreciate full transparency and disclosure on this important matter, since if this VIP Pass situation is being abused at our ports of exit, good governance would dictate that we do the “fit and proper” thing by taking corrective measures immediately, and hold those who are abusing it accountable.Regards,Sasenarine Singh
Clippers are off-balance
“It’s unbelievable,” said Toronto’s Jose Calderon. “Everybody in this locker room is better than they were in the preseason because we’ve learned to play as a team.” A cheer went up in the Raptors’ locker room when Tyronn Lue made a jumper at the buzzer to lift Atlanta to an overtime victory against New Jersey, putting Toronto threegames ahead of the Nets. The Raptors haven’t been .500 this late in the season since 2001-02. Cuttino Mobley scored 24points and Elton Brand had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who had won seven of their past eight games. “Give them a lot of credit, they played well, they made shots,” Clippers guard Sam Cassell said. “Everything we did to try and stop them, they did better.” TORONTO – Balanced scoring helped the Toronto Raptors gain ground atop the Atlantic Division standings. Chris Bosh had 27 points as six players reached double figures for the Raptors, who had a season-high point total in a 122-110 victory Sunday over the Clippers. Ford and Calderon, Toronto’s two point guards, combined for 27 points and 19 assists. Calderon had 10 points and 12assists and started in place of Ford, who has been bothered by a sore right ankle. “Things are going well right now with the situation, but it’s not my call,” Peterson said of the point-guard shuffle. Toronto scored a season-high 66 points in the first half and shot 70 percent, tying a franchise record for shooting percentage in a half. Bosh had 19 points to help Toronto to a 66-54 halftime lead. Bosh’s driving layup gave the Raptors an 18-point lead – their biggest of the game – with 6:10 left in the third quarter. Peterson had three 3-pointers late in the game to seal the victory. Toronto shot 12 for 20 from beyond the arc. Garbajosa, who had struggled in recent weeks, made four 3-pointers. Notes: The Clippers’ road trip continues Tuesday in New York. … The Raptors, who have won five straight at home, play five of their next seven games at home. … The Raptors didn’t earn win No. 25 last season until March 21. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Morris Peterson added 18points for the Raptors, who have won three straight. T.J. Ford, Anthony Parker and Jorge Garbajosa each added 17 points for Toronto, which shot 58.7 percent from the field.
Obi Mikel leaves Chelsea for China
Midfielder Mikel has not featured at all for Chelsea under manager Antonio Conte, who took over in July.“After 10 years, 374 appearances and 11 trophies, it is time for me to say goodbye,” Mikel said in a letter posted on his Twitter account.“I haven’t featured as much this season as I would have liked, and at 29 I still have many years in the game ahead of me. With this in mind, I feel now is the time to seek a new challenge.“I’m delighted to be joining Tianjin TEDA FC in China, at a time that the Chinese Super League is really taking off.“I look forward to helping Tianjin TEDA FC continue to grow both on and off the pitch in the next few years.”In his farewell letter, Mikel reflected on his career at the Blues.“I joined Chelsea as a 19-year-old kid from the Norwegian Premier League, making my debut in the Community Shield,” he said.“I say goodbye as a champion of England, a champion of Europe and proud captain of my national team.”Mikel gave no details about the contract he has signed.He joined Chelsea from Norwegian side Lyon in 2006 following a legal wrangle with Manchester United, who had previously announced his signature.John Obi Mikel (right) has scored five goals in his 78 appearances for Nigeria © AFP/File / NELSON ALMEIDAThe elegant holding midfielder picked up 11 pieces of silverware during his time at Stamford Bridge, including two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the 2012 Champions League.But he has not played a single minute of first-team football since the arrival of Conte, with N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas all ahead of him in the midfield pecking order.Mikel has been capped 78 times by Nigeria, scoring five goals, and was a member of the team that triumphed at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.Brazilian midfielder Oscar, 25, landed in Shanghai on Monday for a reported Asian transfer record 60 million euros ($63 million) deal.China ordered a clampdown on Thursday on the mega sums being shelled out on foreign football stars after the high-profile signings of Oscar and Tevez, reportedly now the highest paid player in the world commanding 38 million euros a season.There has to be action against “irrational investment” and the government will “regulate and restrain high-priced signings and make reasonable restrictions on players’ high incomes”, a state General Administration of Sport spokesman warned.Insolvent clubs could be kicked out of China’s Super League, which has been spending more than the English Premier League in recent transfer windows to draw top names.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel made 374 appearances for Chelsea © AFP / JUSTIN TALLISLondon, United Kingdom, Jan 6 – Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel announced on Friday he is leaving English Premier League leaders Chelsea to join Chinese side Tianjin TEDA.He is the latest star to head to the Chinese Super League, after the high-profile signings of Chelsea team-mate Oscar by Shanghai SIPG and Carlos Tevez by Shanghai Shenhua in recent weeks.
Man City striker ‘settling’ after scoring first goal for the club
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes Wilfried Bony’s goal in the 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday is proof the striker is settling into life at the club.The Ivory Coast international was signed from Swansea City for £28million in January, but endured a lengthy period without a goal since scoring for the Swans on New Year’s Day.And the Chilean boss said Bony’s exertions in the Africa Cup of Nations made it harder for the 26-year-old to adapt to City.“[The goal] was important for only because he is settling in our squad,” Pellegrini said. “He just arrived in January and had a hard February with the Africa Nations Cup.“When you win a title you are a little bit relaxed and we are in the middle of a competition, so it is important for him to play well from the beginning. He scored and played very well today.”Bony opened the scoring for the reigning Premier League champions after Baggies defender Gareth McAuley was controversially dismissed inside two minutes when it appeared Craig Dawson had impeded the City striker.However, Pellegrini had little sympathy for West Brom: “The rules are very clear,” he said. “When you are the last and you stop a chance to score it is a red card. I don’t agree with the rule when it is a penalty, but when it is outside the box then the rules are clear and he must be sent off.”
Leeds president Massimo Cellino offers no guarantees over Neil Redfearn’s future
Leeds president Massimo Cellino said he cannot guarantee head coach Neil Redfearn will remain in his role next season.Cellino, back in office at Elland Road following the expiry of his Football League ban, said he “is in love with Neil” but has yet to hold talks with the former academy manager and is still undecided on his future.“I need to decide whether Neil is best for the club and can lead us back to the Premier League,” Cellino told freelance journalist Simon Austin.“I am in love with Neil and I don’t want to talk to anyone else about the job. I have always believed in him and I gave him his big chance.“I made sure he had a clause guaranteeing he would pick the team because I don’t want a coach I control.“If my coach is working in the right direction I will treat him better than anyone else in the world.“I have made a lot of mistakes in my life and I don’t want to have this.”Redfearn, 49, has made it clear he wants to continue in the job but wants certain assurances from Cellino, including the return of assistant Steve Thompson, who was suspended without explanation last month in the Italian’s absence.Cellino, 58, and chairman Andrew Umbers are both understood to have spoken to Thompson via telephone and the former Huddersfield coach declined an offer to attend the club’s end-of-season awards dinner last weekend.Thompson is currently consulting with the League Managers’ Association after being notified by letter in early April that he had been suspended until his contract expires at the end of the season – less than four months after being appointed.Cellino resigned as club president in January after losing his appeal against the Football League’s decision to disqualify him as a “relevant owner” until April following his conviction for tax evasion in Italy.The ban was then extended until the end of the season following Cellino’s failure to disclose court documents, which had confirmed non-payment of tax on his yacht had been a dishonest act.Director Umbers was appointed as chairman in January following Cellino’s departure and the Italian has expressed his disappointment at how the club has been run during his three-month absence.“Nothing has been sorted out and instead there is just s***,” Cellino added.“When I left, everyone was looking after their own skin rather than what was good for the club.“Everything needs sorting out for next season – the sponsors, ground, lights, even pre-season.“They told me we were booked for the pre-season. Then I find out the Liverpool under-17s are booked at the same place and there is only one training pitch. Amateurs.“We also need a head of press, a head of the academy, a sporting director, a club secretary.“This is unbelievable and quite scary. Andrew Umbers is a nice man, but this is hopeless.”Umbers, it is understood, will remain as a club director but Cellino will become chairman/president.Among one of Cellino’s first tasks will be a meeting on Thursday with officials from the Football Association, which is investigating the possible issue of third-party ownership in relation to last summer’s signing of Brazilian midfielder Adryan.Cellino insists the club did nothing wrong during the transaction and had been careful to check this with the game’s authorities at the time. Leeds manager Neil Redfearn 1
Watergate figure denounces direction of GOP
In “Broken Government,” Dean argues that the Republican party has hijacked the political process in all branches of government not just through secrecy but with appointments based “not on experience but how much money they can line the Republican coffers with.” Dean said Democrats have been complacent in that they’ve avoided “raising hell” – or at least criticizing Republicans on process issues – and it helped cost them the 2004 presidential election. He also argues that the only way to “repair” the country is to vote the current brand of Republicans out of office. “The current Republican philosophy is the government is the problem, not the solution – these people don’t want the government to run right,” he said. Few of the 2008 Republican contenders would offer any significant change from the Bush Administration, Dean said. He has been most critical of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who he calls more authoritarian than any candidate. What would the country look like after four years under a Giuliani administration? “It looks like Bush and Cheney on steroids,” he said. “We’d have four or five wars going, the draft would be back.” After two terms of the Bush administration, Dean said he often hears people wax nostalgic about the Nixon era. “I’m not a Watergate apologist by any means, but I’ve got to say Bush and Cheney make Nixon like like a piker on many issues,” said Dean. “Nobody died, nobody was tortured. We’re just playing in a wholly, wholly different league.” email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext 4494 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH PASADENA – Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama should expect a package soon from former Nixon White House counsel John Dean. The ex-Republican and author of several books condemning the “authoritarian” direction that his former political party has taken over the past 30 years said he’ll be mailing them each a copy of his latest polemic, “Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches.” Dean, in an interview Tuesday, said he is sending a copy to every Democrat presidential contender – and to each Democrat candidate for the House and Senate, as well. “I’m going to literally have people deliver them by hand,” he said, “They can’t say they didn’t know about those things down the road.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The registered independent insists he’s not a Democrat Party booster. “I don’t hold water for any party. I’m just frightened by my own tribe,” he said. Dean, who admitted to a significant role in the Watergate cover-up before testifying for the prosecution and vacating the GOP, will appear at 7p.m. Friday at the South Pasadena Library, 1100 Oxley St., to discuss “Broken Government.” A question-and-answer period and book signing will follow. His 2004 work, “Worse than Watergate,” criticized what Dean called the unparalleled secrecy employed by the Bush White House.
Leicester City 3-1 Liverpool: Foxes get post-Ranieri era off to a winning start
1 Jamie Vardy scored twice for Leicester Jamie Vardy’s double inspired Leicester to victory over Liverpool as the champions sparked in to life following Claudio Ranieri’s sacking.The England forward ended the Foxes’ Premier League goal drought and secured a 3-1 win – their first since New Year’s Eve – to lift the hosts out of the relegation zone, four days after the departure of title-winning manager Ranieri.Danny Drinkwater netted a brilliant second goal between Vardy’s strikes, with Philippe Coutinho’s effort midway through the second half scant consolation for the lacklustre Reds.Caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare and his team made light work of the controversy and speculation which had surrounded the club in the build-up to the match.Vardy had been one of the players named as having reportedly met with the Thai owners to discuss Ranieri’s future – an accusation he fiercely denied – and there was clear anger and frustration in his display.Liverpool – who missed the chance to return to the top four – were completely unprepared for the revived champions, who demonstrated more effort and energy than they had for weeks in the league.Shakespeare trusted the team which virtually picked itself to win the league last season, apart from Wilfred Ndidi replacing the departed N’Golo Kante.It was a sad indictment of the Foxes’ summer transfer business, with just two of their pre-season signings in the squad and £16million Ahmed Musa dropped completely.But the old guard responded, which surely would have left Ranieri wondering where that commitment had been following just five previous league wins this term.There was no vitriol from the supporters as Leicester went at Liverpool having dropped into the bottom three over the weekend.Vardy was lucky to escape punishment after catching Sadio Mane on the ankle as the home team signalled their robust and determined intent early on.The Foxes had rarely been so energetic this season and Simon Mignolet made two smart saves from Robert Huth and Shinji Okazaki before the visitors even got into the Leicester box.When they did, Wes Morgan denied Joel Matip a tap-in by scrambling away Mane’s cross and the hosts’ momentum subsided as the Reds began to see more of the ball.But they needed Mignolet to bail them out after 19 minutes when Lucas Leiva made hash a of Kasper Schmeichel’s clearance, only for Vardy to miscue and Mignolet saved with his legs.Yet there was no stopping the England striker, in front of the watching Gareth Southgate, nine minutes later when he put Leicester ahead with their first league goal of 2017 and first in 637 minutes.Liverpool failed to get hold of the ball in midfield and Marc Albrighton instantly split the visitors’ defence with a first-time ball to put Vardy clean through.He easily slotted past Mignolet for his first Premier League goal in almost three months in a throwback to last season, when he thrived on such service.The revived Foxes continued to press – although they needed Schmeichel to save at Coutinho’s feet – and doubled their lead six minutes before the break thanks to Drinkwater’s excellent strike.James Milner could only half-clear Albrighton’s cross to the England midfielder and, 25 yards out, he unleashed a stunning half volley into the corner.Schmeichel still needed to save Emre Can’s bouncing attempt before half-time and Liverpool toiled with the ball but never threatened Schmeichel after the break before Vardy sealed the game on the hour mark.Neat play from Riyad Mahrez and Christian Fuchs saw the latter flummox Adam Lallana and cross for Vardy to power in a header from close range.Liverpool still had some fight left and Schmeichel saved from Lallana before Coutinho pulled a goal back with a fine low finish with 22 minutes left, but it was all too late.Drinkwater and Lucas traded half chances and Schmeichel almost spilled Coutinho’s late effort, but Leicester’s post-Ranieri era began with an impressive victory.
One player at each Premier League club who needs a loan move this month
Janssen has struggled with injury at Spurs this season Pereira has not started enough games this season RANKED And this month has already been busy, with Jermain Defoe leaving Bournemouth to join Steven Gerrard’s Rangers on a temporary basis, as well as Jason Puncheon hopping from Crystal Palace to Huddersfield until the end of the season.But there are still many who could move elsewhere – below, talkSPORT.com looks at a player from each of the 20 Premier League clubs who needs a loan move to reinvigorate their campaign… Chelsea – Davide ZappacostaThe Italian full-back signed for Antonio Conte’s Chelsea in 2017 for £23million from Italian side Torino but has failed to break into the starting XI for the west London side.Having made just 24 appearances for the Blues in almost two years, a loan move away could be best for the Italian in order to get regular playing time as he reaches the peak years in his career.He was not even in Maurizio Sarri’s matchday squad against Newcastle on Saturday and must seek a loan to prove his worth to his new manager. Smith has hardly played for Huddersfield this season Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Moreno wants to return to La Liga Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Newcastle – Jacob MurphyUnlike his brother, Josh, at Cardiff, Murphy has struggled to adapt to life with the Magpies.Rafael Benitez signed the winger from Norwich in 2017 for £13million and there was excitement over his arrival.But he has failed to make an impression for the Tyneside club having scored just once in 34 top-flight appearances. 21 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? West Ham – AdrianThe keeper has been playing second-fiddle at the London Stadium since the arrival of Lukasz Fabianksi from Swansea.Fabianski has been brilliant between the sticks for the Hammers and Adrian has a monumental task to displace the Pole.The Spaniard has shown glimpses of quality with West Ham and should seek a loan move as he is now 32-years-old and needs regular game time. no dice Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 21 Cardiff – Lee PeltierThe defender has made 120 league appearances for the Bluebells but this season he has found himself on the sidelines for Neil Warnock’s side – having made just six appearances.Centre-backs Sean Morrison and Sol Bamba has seen Peltier’s minutes limited and he may wish to move away to get some regular playing time.At 32, he could be a useful player at the back for a Championship side with the experience he possesses. 21 BEST OF Watford – Heurelho GomesThe former Spurs keeper was a regular last season but was eventually replaced by Orestis Karneziz in the second half of the campaign.Ben Foster has now become Watford’s No.1 and has been standout performer for the Hornets.A loan move away for the Brazilian could be a good way for Gomes to have one last go as a club’s No.1 as he reaches the end of his career. REPLY Nketiah could seek a loan move away from Arsenal Fulham – Marcus BettinelliBettinelli earned an England call-up earlier this season but his fortunes have changed since then.The keeper was instrumental in the Cottagers’ promotion to the top flight last season but has found himself replaced by summer recruit Sergio Rico since Claudio Ranieri took over.At just 26, Bettinelli will need regular game time if he is to be rewarded with another Three Lions call-up and there will be many takers for the shot-stopper. Silva has endured a torrid time at Leicester 21 Bournemouth – Jordan IbeThe Cherries winger was once hailed as a player with bags of potential when breaking onto the scene at Liverpool.However, he was sold to Bournemouth and his career hasn’t taken off as expected on the south coast.He is playing second fiddle to Ryan Fraser and Josh King, and a loan move away would be best for the former Wycombe Wanderers player to remind Eddie Howe of his talent.Ibe has made just nine league appearances this season. Peltier has had limited game time this season Manchester United – Andreas PereiraThe Brazilian midfielder has been with the Red Devils since 2014 but has struggled to break into the first team.He has been on two loans with Granada and Valencia and had reasonable success in both of them.But he is not in Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s starting plans and did not impress in Man United’s 2-0 FA Cup victory over Reading. 21 21 Bettinelli earned an England call-up earlier this season 21 Getty Images Elyounoussi has struggled for game time since Hasenhuttl was appointed Saints manager Ward has been replaced by Wan-Bissaka Niasse has struggled for game time this season 21 21 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 21 Moreno has lost his place at Anfield to Andy Robertson Manchester City – Phil FodenAlthough Foden has undoubtedly had his playing time increased by Pep Guardiola this season, and in recent matches scored his first goals for the club, a move away on loan could really aid the youngster.As seen by Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson’s success abroad, the teenager could seek a move away with many top European clubs keen to bring him in.He has featured in eight league games this season but did not make their starting XI in the 9-0 victory against Burton – a game he really could have started.After extending his City deal until 2024, a loan move could help Foden’s development significantly. Zappacosta has struggled to break into the first team for Chelsea 21 Burnley – Joe HartThe goalkeeper seemingly got his career back on track at the start of this season after sealing a permanent move away to Burnley in the summer.But after a poor run of games and the return of Tom Heaton from injury, Hart has once again found himself surplus to requirements at his club.The former England shot-stopper looks to have past his best, but could seek one final move away in the hope of having one more shot at regaining some good form.Burnley’s Championship neighbours Preston are reportedly offering Hart a Turf Moor escape route until the end of the season. REVEALED shining Bonatini was lethal for Wolves last season Adrian has been replaced by Fabianski Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 21 For some players, January is the perfect time to seek a loan move after warming the bench all season.Disgruntled or fed-up footballers will look to start afresh this month and use the rest of the campaign to get back up to speed with some playing time in another environment. Huddersfield – Tommy SmithTerriers boss David Wagner preferred Florent Hadergjonaj on the right side of his defence last season and this has not changed this term.Smith has made just four league outings so far this season and should now seek a move away after spending a season-and-a-half as a back-up.After captaining Huddersfield to promotion, many lower league clubs will be interested in his signature. 21 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Tottenham – Vincent JanssenThe Dutch striker has struggled with injury this term but recently stunned Spurs fans with an appearance for the Under-23s as they thought he had left the club.The forward was signed from AZ Alkmaar and was seen as a player with a lot of pedigree after winning the Golden Boot in the Eredivisie.However, he is not in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans and could be a handy loan acquisition for a relegation struggler for the rest of the season. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Liverpool – Alberto MorenoSince Andrew Robertson’s arrival from Hull City Alberto Moreno has found himself regularly warming the bench for Jurgen Klopp’s side.The Spaniard has made just two Premier League appearances and last month he hit at out at his coach for not playing him at all after his ankle injury.The left-back reportedly has several offers to leave the Reds permanently, including back to Sevilla, but Klopp is unlikely to sell him permanently with no direct replacement for Robertson. huge blow gutty Latest Football News 21 Foden could move abroad like Sancho and Nelson MONEY Everton – Oumar NiasseThe Senegalese striker is reportedly keen on a move away from Goodison Park.The forward has appeared just seven times in all competitions this term and has found himself behind Richarlison and Cenk Tosun in Marco Silva’s pecking order.Cardiff City are reportedly interested in signing Niasse and he is also attracting interested abroad from Turkey, with Galatasaray willing to take him on loan.Niasse has proven he can score goals in the top flight after netting eight times last season, but he has struggled this term having not scored in his six appearances. Arsenal – Eddie NketiahThe 19-year-old broke through the ranks under Arsene Wenger in the cup tournaments but has found his playing time limited by Unai Emery.Having made just a solitary appearance in the Premier League as substitute, a move away for the youngster could be beneficial for both parties.Arsenal fans will tell you the striker has bags of potential but he will not be displacing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette any time soon. 21 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 21 Southampton – Mohamed ElyounoussiSaints fans have been a little disappointed with their summer recruit, who signed from Basel for £16million by Mark Hughes.The Norweigan winger has made 12 Premier League appearances and failed to record a goal or an assist so far this season.He also seems to be out of favour with Ralph Hasenhuttl, and could be moved out on loan this month after his unsuccessful spell. 21 Brighton – BrunoThe Seagulls skipper has been a brilliant servant to the club, making 219 league appearances for the south coast outfit and captaining them in their promotion to the Premier League.However, at the age of 38, Hughton has started to restrict his appearances in the first team.His age seems to be catching up with him with little injuries cropping up in recent months.A loan move away could be beneficial for the defender before calling it a day on a long career, although after making his name as a legend for the club he will likely see out his contract. 21 Leicester – Adrien SilvaThe Portuguese midfielder joined Leicester 16 months ago for the healthy sum of £25million – but his Foxes tenure got off to the worst possible start when his registration was withheld after missing the transfer deadline by 14 seconds.Since then it hasn’t got much better for the playmaker, who has only made 20 appearances in almost a year and half with the club, and it has been reported he could be on his way back to Sorting Lisbon this month.Turkish side Fenerbache are also said to be interested in Silva. ADVICE Gomes has been replaced by Foster as Watford’s No.1 Murphy has been disappointing for Newcastle Crystal Palace – Joel WardThe right-back had been a regular for the Eagles since their Premier League journey began in 2013.But the emergence of rising star Aaron Wan-Bissaka has restricted the full-back to just two Premier League appearances this term.The right-back signed a new three-and-a-half deal at Selhurst Park but will want more game time.At the age of 29, a move away could be beneficial for the Englishman rather than sitting on the bench for Roy Hodgson’s side. 21 21 A talented, yet frustrating player, Ibe has struggled for consistency since his move from Liverpool 21 Wolves – Leo BonatiniThe Brazilian striker was a key member of Nuno’s squad in their promotion last season, notching up 12 goals as Wolves topped the Championship.But he has had his playing time cut with the arrival of Raul Jimenez, who has been lethal in front of goal this season.Bonatini hasn’t started a league game this term and he’ll undoubtedly be a target for many a Championship club as a proven goalscorer in that league. 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Nicky Law: ‘Super-confident’ Rangers deserved victory against Celtic
“Some of the football we played was excellent. I’m disappointed to not win it in normal time but if you were to pick a way for us to win it in the end that was probably the best one.“Of course we did [always believe we could win]. We were super-confident going into the game today.”The midfielder said he was particularly proud of how his side had stuck to their attacking style of play and felt that they had taken the opportunity to show what they were capable of. However, he wouldn’t be drawn on which of the Glasgow’s sides was the strongest despite winning a one-off game.“There was always the risk that Celtic would stop us playing or that we would stop doing the things that we normally do but we did it from the start,” he said. “We were playing it out from the back and we just played our normal game. In particular in the first half I thought we were fantastic and could have gone in even more comfortable winners but we thoroughly deserve the victory and we’re delighted we got it.“It’s difficult to say [if we’re a better team than Celtic] as we’re a league below. On a one-off semi-final day anybody can beat anyone but we’re just delighted with the way we played today.“I think maybe people thought we couldn’t come and play our own game but we’ve put that to bed today and shown that we can.”Law had played in the play-off loss to Motherwell last season that consigned Rangers to another season in the Championship and he he said the difference between then and now couldn’t be starker.“It’s night and day [compared to last year],” he said. “Unbelievable from probably the lowest feeling at Motherwell to one of the best today, maybe the best in my career so far. “The feeling when he missed that penalty and we had won was unbelievable. It’s one I’ll certainly remember for the rest of my life.” Nicky Law has said that Rangers were always “super-confident” that they could beat Celtic to reach the Scottish Cup final.The Ibrox club won a penalty shootout 4-2 after the sides had drawn 2-2 over 120 minutes of football. Law hit his side’s final penalty in sudden death before Tom Rogic blazed over to put Rangers through.Law said the result was earned through an impressive team performance and that players and staff had gone into the game brimming with belief despite playing in a league below Celtic.“We’re delighted,” he said. “I think on the day we deserved it and we were the better team.