Lampard justifies confrontation with Klopp but regrets language used

first_imgChelsea manager Frank Lampard said on Friday that he should have reined himself in when arguing with Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp on the touchline.But he insisted he has no regrets over standing up for his team during their English Premier League defeat at Anfield on Wednesday. Visuals showed a visibly-agitated Lampard gesturing and yelling at Klopp and the Liverpool dugout when the home side won a free-kick during the 5-3 victory.Lampard said he had no issues with Klopp, but was unhappy with the reactions from certain members on the Liverpool bench.“In terms of the language I used, I do regret that. These things get replayed a lot. I’ve got two young daughters on social media,” Lampard told reporters ahead of Sunday’s match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.“In terms of regretting having the passion to defend my team, no. I could have maybe handled it slightly differently.“Some of the reports were I was upset with the celebrations — far from it. “They can celebrate every goal… I’d have had a beer with Juergen Klopp after the game but there were things on the bench – not from Klopp – that I felt crossed a line.“I regret the language, but we’ll move on.”Chelsea go into the final day of the season needing a win or a draw to guarantee a top four finish.A loss may see the London side miss out on UEFA Champions League qualification if Leicester City win or draw their match against Manchester United.Wolves started their season last July with Europa League qualifiers. Lampard said Nuno Espirito Santo has done an “incredible job” to ensure they remain competitive in spite of the workload of playing nearly 60 matches this season.“The manager has a great sense of humility and work ethic. That’s why it will be such a hard game,” Lampard said.“Credit to how they are managed. They have a lot of talent, threats… and an identity with a unique way of making it difficult. It’s a great story, full respect for the year they’ve had.”Reuters/NAN.RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Tags: ChelseaEuropa LeagueFrank LampardJurgen KloppLiverpoolNuno Espirito Santolast_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 90-61 victory over Georgia Tech

first_img Published on March 4, 2017 at 6:09 pm Contact Connor: | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+ In a season full of buzzer-beaters, court-stormings and harrowing wins in the Carrier Dome, Saturday’s game was none of the above. Syracuse (18-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) demolished Georgia Tech (17-14, 8-10), 90-61, in the Orange’s largest margin of victory in conference play. Andrew White led all scorers with 40 points, capping off a dominant offensive game from the hosts.Here are three reactions to the game.A much-needed winSyracuse and Georgia Tech both entered the regular-season finale with teetering NCAA Tournament chances. Both teams have struggled on the road and both have pulled off surprising upsets at home. With such similar resumes, Saturday’s win was important for the Orange’s resume.Now SU can look toward next week’s ACC tournament with a bit more comfort, facing far less pressure to win a game outside of the Carrier Dome. It remains to be seen who Syracuse’s opponent will be, but Saturday’s win ensured SU earns a first-round bye and will begin the conference tournament on Wednesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhite outIn what could be his final game in the Carrier Dome, White strung together a career-best day against the Yellow Jackets. The fifth-year senior poured in a career-high 40 points, putting an exclamation point on what’s been a dominant offensive season for the sharpshooter. He made 8-of-9 3-point attempts and contributed mightily to a game where SU shot 62.5 percent behind the arc.As Georgia Tech started to chip in to SU’s lead, White was instrumental in a 21-2 second-half run that put the game away. The 6-foot-7 guard buried four 3-pointers en route to scoring 17 of the Orange’s 21 points during that stretch.Georgia Tech’s best chance to stop White was to stop him from shooting. In the midst of his second-half rampage, the Yellow Jackets blatantly fouled White behind the arc, drawing a couple of claps and a wry smile from head coach Jim Boeheim. White made all three of his free throws.It should be no surprise that White keyed a Syracuse win. He’s done it all year, but never as much as he did on Saturday.Jump startAfter taking more than five minutes to make a field goal in its game last weekend against Louisville, Syracuse wasted no time against Georgia Tech. Freshman forward Taurean Thompson buried a long jumper on SU’s first possession, and the Orange proceeded to open an early nine-point lead by making its first five baskets. Freshman guard Tyus Battle poured in three 3-pointers, laying the foundation of his 22-point game.The hot start fueled Syracuse to a 16-point first-half lead, spearheaded by Battle’s 13 points in the opening 20 minutes. The early cushion was vital as SU’s defense started to wear down. The Yellow Jackets scored the last four points of the half before going on a 9-0 run out of halftime to close the Orange’s lead to three. Commentslast_img read more

Friday’s CHAN qualifier: Ainooson confident of Ghana’s chances against Ivorians

first_imgCaptain of the Ghana’s home-based Black Stars team, Abeiku Ainooson, is confident of his side’s chances ahead of their return leg qualifier against Ivory Coast in Abidjan on Friday.Ghana holds a slim 2-1 lead over the Ivoirians and a positive result could see Ghana qualify for the impending CHAN in Rwanda for the fourth consecutive time.Ainooson expressed confidence in the team and the coaching staff, with the team having landed in at the Ivorian capital.“They came here and played a defensive formation but they got one goal out of it,” he said. “Physically they are very strong but for us we rely on tactics and techniques to beat them in the first leg.”“Our coaches have taught us a lot so we are going to capitalize on it come Friday. I think it is going to be a difficult but we can pull a surprise over there. Our aim is to qualify Ghana to Rwanda next year.”Ainooson remains one of the surviving  members of the side that finished second to Libya in the 2013 edition held in South Africa. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more