Maddison: Rodgers improving my all-round game

first_img Maddison believes his game has improved since Rodgers’ appointment last season. He told the Gary Newbon Sports Show: “I feel like a more all-rounded player now.Advertisement “I feel now playing as a No 8 in a 4-3-3, I feel much better defensively, much better tactically. read also:Ndidi better than N’Golo Kante, says James Maddison “He’s spent time teaching me the tactical side of the game. I think Brendan Rodgers really gets satisfaction from watching his players grow and learn and the better we become the happier it makes him. “He’s hard on us but nurtures us at the same time. I only feel like I’m better and stronger the more I work with him.” Leicester City ace, James Maddison, appreciates the management of Brendan Rodgers. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more

Davis misses second half after spraining right ankle

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 12, 2013 at 10:17 pm Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 RALEIGH, N.C. — Syracuse outside linebacker Dyshawn Davis sprained his right ankle one minute before the end of the second quarter against North Carolina State and did not return to the game.Afterward, SU head coach Scott Shafer said Davis expects to play against Georgia Tech next week.“He’ll be okay,” Shafer said. “He’s got an ankle sprain. It’s something that’s been nagging him all the way back to the summer, but they put him in a boot. He was walking around on it. He said, ‘Coach, I’ll be back. Don’t worry.’ So I feel good about that.”Davis blitzed up the middle on a 2nd-and-9 from the SU 21 with 1:11 left in the second quarter, but didn’t make it to Wolfpack quarterback Pete Thomas.As the N.C. State offense celebrated in the end zone, Davis crumpled to the grass and writhed in pain near the 30-yard line.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDavis attempted to get up and walk off the far side of the field, but could only hobble about halfway before lying back down. Davis smacked his hands against his helmet in frustration as medical staff attended to his right ankle.After about two minutes, Davis was helped up and off the field, keeping most of his weight on his left leg.Josh Kirkland filled in for Davis and finished with three tackles and one thumping pass breakup. Kirkland leveled Quintin Payton on a crossing route early in the fourth quarter, helping spark the Orange to a 14-0 mark in that frame.“I’ve slowly been transitioning, sharing time with him and stuff,” Kirkland said. “Coming in it was just like any other game. I just had to play a little bit longer.”Walking out to the team bus after the game, Davis wore a boot on his right foot, but put normal weight on it. He carried his own backpack and rolled his luggage behind him. Commentslast_img read more

Rooney set to be named Manchester United captain after impressive pre-season

first_imgLouis van Gaal has given a clear indication that Wayne Rooney will be his new captain after seeing the England striker lead Manchester United to victory over Liverpool in the International Champions Cup final.Rooney was set to succeed Nemanja Vidic as skipper at Old Trafford under David Moyes but Van Gaal’s appointment led to suggestions that he would give the armband to his Holland captain Robin van Persie instead.However, Rooney was chosen to lead United for the first time under the Dutchman at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, and afterwards Van Gaal hinted that he would prefer to give the job to an Englishman.  +6Get in: Wayne Rooney scores against Liverpool as Manchester United triumphed against their bitter rivals   +6You’re the one! Louis van Gaal is set to name Rooney as his Manchester United captain‘I think you have choose when it is possible for the English style,’ he said.‘I am always looking for opportunities to give players the captain’s armband. Today Rooney played 90 minutes for the first time. Darren Fletcher had already done it two times, then he was the captain, and Tom Cleverley because he also had 90 minutes.’ Rooney was also voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament after scoring his fifth goal on tour in United’s 3-1 win over their old rivals. Van Gaal agreed with the decision, saying it was more merited than the same award given to Lionel Messi at the World Cup this summer.‘He is a man who is always a winner,’ added the United boss. ‘You saw in the World Cup when the award went to Messi it is not always like that. It is deserved because he scored a lot of goals and made assists. The judges are always looking for that.  +6Main man: Rooney was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament after scoring five goals   +6Winning feeling: Rooney and Darren Fletcher with the International Champions Cup after United’s win in Miami‘But we have also defended very well and without defence we cannot score. A lot of my defenders could have been Most Valuable Player of this tournament.‘His was a wonderful goal and very important for him, I believe. When you see the technique and what he did to push the ball under the legs of the opponent and into the bottom corner. It was a great cross by Hernandez of course – it was a very good attack.’ Van Gaal played down the importance of lifting the International Champions Cup after finishing the tour unbeaten, but acknowledged that beating Liverpool would delight their fans.Asked the value of winning the tournament, he replied: ‘Nothing. It’s nice for the fans in the USA but also at home that we beat Liverpool. It’s not our favourite opponent I think for Man United fans. We have given a lot of pleasure to these fans and that is very important.  +6In front: Juan Mata scored to put United ahead as Van Gaal’s side ended their tour unbeaten   +6Game over: Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring a third to put the game beyond Liverpool‘Of course it is better to win in pre-season than to lose. The most important game is Swansea at home in the first game, that’s the one we have to win.‘It’s better to win and maybe you have noticed in the media that first we beat Roma and then Inter Milan and then Real Madrid. It was not enough because now it was a test in the Premier League.’ Van Gaal also confirmed that Antonio Valencia came off after only five minutes as a precaution and that Danny Welbeck is recovering from a knee injury.Asked about any new signings, he said: ‘I cannot say anything fresh about players. That you can understand. When I say something it raises the price, so it’s not nice.’last_img read more