Trap to stick to his guns

first_img They head into the game brimming with confidence after Friday’s 0-0 draw in Sweden, which kept alive their hopes of claiming second spot in Group C. However, that point will only prove worthwhile if they add three more to it this evening, and while that may require a different approach, Trapattoni will not throw caution to the wind. He said: “I saw 20 games before I came to Ireland – I don’t remember this ‘show’. To remember the show, I must go back to Roy Keane and that great team. I played against this strong Ireland team. But for 24 years, we had been missing tournaments. I saw many games on DVD and I can’t remember seeing this.” Giovanni Trapattoni has insisted victory is all that matters for Ireland in tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Austria. Press Associationcenter_img The Italian continued: “Our team has produced this and we can win. Against France and against the teams in the first qualifying campaign, against Georgia, Montenegro and also Bulgaria, we played great football. Don’t forget, we have played well in the past.” Trapattoni has never made any apologies for his concentration on substance rather than style, although he went into the game in Stockholm knowing defeat could have signalled the end of his tenure. His pragmatism will come to the fore once again when he employs striker Connor Sammon alongside Shane Long in the absence of injured skipper Robbie Keane, because he believes the Derby frontman will be better suited to the task of both extending the Austrian defence and closing them down in possession than the more creative Wes Hoolahan. Provided that left-back Marc Wilson shakes off a groin injury, the Italian’s starting XI will see only one further change with Glenn Whelan returning in place of Paul Green. That will mean only two of the men who started the final Euro 2012 game against Italy in Poznan will remain, largely as a result of retirements and injuries. Whelan is one, and the other is Sunderland defender John O’Shea, whose experience among so many youngsters could prove vital. Trapattoni said: “He has personality whether he plays right-back or centre-half. He plays always in first team of a Premier League club and has played many games. “He can also play right-back, but at this moment he will stay at centre-half, where his experience as defender now is important as we are missing Richard Dunne.” last_img read more

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Swing for the fences: New head coach Jason Gill’s experience has led him to his dream job

first_imgBut Gill is ready for that challenge. Gill was later the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at both Cal State Fullerton and Oregon. He brought in a top-10 recruiting class at Fullerton in 2007 before rebuilding the Oregon baseball program.  A new era is officially underway for USC baseball. Nathan Hyun contributed to this report. Now, Gill aims to transfer the skills and lessons he learned from his mentors into his own players.  Gill credits his parents for his positive and determined outlook on life, as he believes the resources that were provided to him from an early age have shaped him and defined his coaching career. “Growing up in a loving family, with a mom and dad that taught me perspective, that taught me work ethic, that relayed to me that your attitude is your decision and that you choose the path that you want to go on,” Gill said. Gill, a Southern California native, is finally at a place he has always wanted to be with USC. “It’s been my dream job since I got into the profession,” Gill said. “The history of the program is better than any college baseball program. [USC has produced] more big leaguers than anybody, we have Hall of Famers, we have All-Stars, we have Cy Young Award winners. And I think if you’re from Southern California, you want to be at the top — this is where you want to be. So it’s kind of a no-brainer for me, to be honest with you.” As for his USC players, Gill has already made a striking impact in motivating them for the 2020 season.  “He’s been in this for so long … and he just brings so much to the table instilling discipline within us and just motivating us every single day,” junior outfielder Bart West said about Gill’s leadership.  At LMU, Gill led the team to the WCC Tournament five out of the last six years, winning it last season and in 2017. Overall, Gill posted a 322-286-1 (.530) record during his time with the Lions. “If I could pass on to [my players] anything, it would be for them to never accept mediocrity of themselves,” Gill said. “To set standards that are achievable for them to reach. Whether it’s in the classroom, socially or on the baseball field, anywhere they’re at to not settle for being just OK at anything.” Head coach Jason Gill has been coaching since 1995 when he was a graduate assistant at Cal State Fullerton. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) Bringing together all of his experience as a player, recruiter, assistant coach and head coach, Gill hopes to continue the great track record the Trojan baseball program has accumulated over the years. With 12 national championships, 21 visits to the College World Series and 114 players sent to the major leagues, Gill is now tasked with bringing the Trojans back to national relevance and the College World Series for the first time since 2001. “In any venture of life, if you’re fortunate enough to be in the same business and you love your job, you’re gonna learn from your mistakes,” Gill said of what his experience has taught him about coaching. “So I think at the end of the day, I’ve learned more than anything that it’s about relationships and about development over wins. I think the wins are a byproduct of that.” Gill started as an assistant coach at Nevada from 1997-98. During his time there, he helped lead the Wolfpack to their second postseason appearance ever. In 1999 and 2000, Gill was the assistant coach for LMU. In both those seasons, the Lions won West Coast Conference titles. At Gill’s high school, Mater Dei, his baseball coach Bob Ikes taught him all the skills he would later exemplify for his own players: accountability, responsibility, being on time and knowing who you are. At Cal State Fullerton, Gill played for coach Augie Garrido, a well-known College Baseball Hall of Famer and, as Gill puts it, “arguably the best college baseball coach to ever work.” “The biggest gift that I can give [the players] is to be present,” Gill said. “Be where you’re at and reach your full potential. Don’t settle.” “Coach Gill’s doing an incredible job with kind of instilling his mindset into us and how we carry ourselves every day,” said senior first baseman John Thomas, who added that Gill’s mentorship has led him to become a better leader for his teammates.  Head coach Jason Gill will be the 18th individual to serve as USC’s head baseball coach in the history of the program. Gill will begin his first season in the position Friday against Western Michigan. (Design: Kevin Yin; Photo: James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) To add to his impressive resume, he also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Collegiate National Team in 2012 and 2016.  The Trojans will play their first game of the 2020 season Friday against Western Michigan under new head coach Jason Gill. Gill, who came to USC in June after 11 seasons at Loyola Marymount, has spent the time leading up to this season implementing his greatest philosophy: Never accept average. He then spent three years at UC Irvine alongside head coach John Savage, recruiting a No. 8 class in the country in 2002 with a pair of top-30 classes succeeding that. The Anteaters reappeared in the postseason in 2004.last_img read more

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Firefighters Respond To A Smokey Situation

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA smokey situation in Alpena, reminds us of the saying “better safe than sorry”.Today Alpena City Firefighters responded to an incident on 114 East Dunbar street, where a possible fire was reported.“A local contractor was doing some work on this house, uh painting, and they were using a heat gun and uh with the heat some of the paint was setting on fire and they thought it got possibly into the attic and there was smoke,” said Lieutenant Andy Marceau of alpena city fire department.Although the contractor was unsure of the severity of the situation, Lt. Marceau says they did the right thing by calling the fire department.“It was more for precaution they were doing…being on the safe side. Obviously a contractor any time they’re doing work and they have smoke or using round heat they should take precaution,” said Lieutenant Marceau.Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras in the attic area to determine if there was any heat. They also checked the roof for any indication of a fire extension. It took less than half an hour to deem the area as safe. As we’re getting into warmer temperatures and doing some housework, Lt. Marceau advises that we use precaution, such as having fire extinguishers or water nearby, and to never hesitate to call the fire department because… Better safe than sorry! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Remembering Tom ScanlanNext MSP Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Open Houselast_img read more

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Kenichi: “Hearts has improved since I took over”

first_imgHearts of Oak coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi says he has seen massive improvement in the team as he prepares for the upcoming Ghana Premier League season.The Japanese-American became a major talking point following his appointment as head coach of Hearts two months ago with many doubting his credentials.Keni, who has so far won two pre-season games, in an exclusive chat with Joy Sports noted that things are getting better at the club. “My job is to improve the players we have and that is exactly what i have been doing since I came,” he said.“I can say that since I joined I have seen massive improvement in the team, I am working on every aspect but the biggest changes so far is their focus level, seriousness and discipline. In these areas they have improved massively.”The league is tentatively slated to begin on December 20.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Lyoto Machida’s culinary passion fuels fighting fire ahead of MMA clash with Chael Sonnen

first_imgAt 41 and a veteran of professional mixed martial arts for 15-plus years, Lyoto Machida still loves to train. Every single aspect of it: from packing his gym bag to making the trek to his next session and putting in the actual work.“I enjoy every single moment of the journey,” Machida told Sporting News during Wednesday’s media day for Bellator 222, where he’ll face fellow MMA veteran Chael Sonnen in the co-headlining event at Madison Square Garden on Friday, live on DAZN. In addition to his fondness of training, Machida also fuels his fighting career with another passion: cooking.The former UFC champion first fell in love with cooking while suspended 18 months — from April 2016 to October 2017 — after admitting he used a banned substance in a drug test administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).Join DAZN and watch Bellator 222 on June 14“When I stayed out of fighting for almost two years, I tried to find something that I could enjoy more than my training,” Machida said. “I think it’s a way that I found to get involved more with my kids. They love when I make sukiyaki — it’s a Japanese dish with vegetables and meat.”Over time, “The Dragon” has been able to pinpoint similarities between culinary arts and mixed martial arts, adding that the former aids his elusive, karate-based style and overall fighting in the twilight of his career. View this post on Instagram That said, Machida minces no words about what he expects if he gets his hand raised over Sonnen.“I want the belt,” Machida said, with his sights set on Bellator heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader, whom the Brazilian knocked out in the UFC back in August 2012. “I’m not here to play around. I’ve been saying that since I signed with Bellator.”With ambition like that, it’s a good thing Machida has the culinary skills to fuel his fighting fire. Hobby nada mais é que um passatempo, uma ação, uma atividade que lhe traz prazer e satisfação. Eu, por exemplo, gosto muito de cozinhar! Isso mesmo. Sempre faço algumas receitas e me divirto na cozinha. Para mim é algo prazeroso e não tenho dúvidas de que influencia na minha qualidade de vida e no meu humor. Você tem um hobby? Então ao fazê-lo com frequência, perceberá um aumento no bem-estar conforme a tensão do dia a dia reduz. Agora é a sua vez, conta pra mim nos comentários qual o seu hobby! #tbt A hobby is a pastime, an activity that brings your pleasure and satisfaction. For instance, I really like to cook! That’s right, I always cook up some recipes and have fun in the kitchen, it’s something that I enjoy and I’m sure that it has an influence on my quality of life and mood. Do you have a hobby? If you do it often, you will notice an increase in your well-being as the daily tensions will be reduced. Now it’s your turn, tell me about your hobbies in the comments!A post shared by Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) on Apr 18, 2019 at 8:01am PDT“When you cook, you kind of find yourself,” Machida says. “You have your own moments. You cut the onion, you cut the tomato, you do everything on your own and you feel more concentrated and focused in a different style.“When you train in martial arts, you’re already in this stage,” he continues. “But when you cook, it’s more peaceful and you could get the same aspects (as training).”MORE: Bellator 222: Rory MacDonald explains clarity he found to continue fighting career“More peaceful” is not how you would describe promoting and entering a fight with the ever-opinionated Sonnen. But Machida (25-8) hasn’t found Sonnen (31-16-1) to be the trash-talking, venom-spewing fighter he usually is entering scraps with past opponents.“He’s so quiet now,” Machida says. “I’m not sure why.”Perhaps it’s partly because Machida counts victories over MMA greats like Gegard Mousasi, Ryan Bader, Dan Henderson, Randy Couture, Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz — to name a few.Machida has heard Sonnen say he wants to exact revenge on behalf of his Team Quest stablemates, Couture and Henderson — a motivational theme that “The American Gangster” continued running with on Wednesday.”I thought as a team, we got closer and closer, but that’s a tough puzzle to solve,” Sonnen told SN. “Machida’s got some very unique skills. He does stuff that other guys don’t do. If you’re one guy who runs through Team Quest, you’ve got quite the feather in your cap and he will deserve that … if he gets it done.”last_img read more

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