Loading… Ighalo will be allowed to stay until January at United, but his new deal at Shenhua would be worth £400,000-a-week. But the money doesn’t matter to the striker, who is living out his dream playing for the Red Devils. read also:Simon insists Ighalo deserves permanent Man Utd deal Both clubs are in talks over the extension and must come up with a solution before Monday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Most Clever Uses Of CGI In CinemaWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe40 Child Actors Who Turned Into Gorgeous Adults7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti Odion Ighalo is putting it all on the line to stay at Manchester United. Man The 30-year-old’s loan from Shanghai Shenhua expires on Monday, and the Chinese Super League club want him back for their new campaign. Shanghai have offered the Nigerian a three-year extension worth £480,000-a-week. But the Daily Star says the club’s chairman Wu Xiaohui has told Ighalo he will change that figure if he decides to stay at United.Advertisement
Press Association “I don’t think anybody who has been at the last two games can think we are miles away from getting a good result. “We need some goals.” The Baggies are 16th in the table, two points above the relegation zone, having won just one of their last nine games and Irvine knows it is his turn in the spotlight. “I think we have all be under the microscope,” said the 56-year-old, who is without injured captain Chris Brunt for the trip to the KC Stadium. “I have certainly been there at the start of the season when it was very much on me and people were questioning the appointment. “We came through that and everybody thought I was great, but I said at that time that if we lost a few games then they would probably think I was hopeless again. “That’s the way it goes. Is it on me again now? It hasn’t been but it might be at this moment. “Other people have been subjected to attention and criticism then. It was only last week I was defending Arsene Wenger, which was bizarre.” One thing that has not helped the Baggies during their recent poor run is that Saido Berahino seems to have lost his killer touch in front of goal. He has now gone five games without finding the back of the net, but Irvine has backed the 21-year-old to rediscover his predatory instincts. ”We have asked a lot of a young player. He had a very good start to the season, there was a lot of interest in him and a lot of talk about him,” he said. ”There’s been a lot of focus on a young player and he has handled it well overall but I don’t think anyone would have been surprised to see Saido dropping off a little bit, which is what has probably happened. ”I believe he will come back, he’s a good finisher and I really believe the goals will come again.” The Baggies head coach has thanked Peace for his support as he comes under increasing pressure from supporters. Albion have lost their last four games and go to fellow strugglers Hull in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday. Alan Irvine insists he does not fear the West Brom axe after meeting with chairman Jeremy Peace. Irvine is favourite for the sack with some bookies but, after talking with Peace, remains unconcerned. “I spoke to the chairman after training but not about that and he didn’t speak to me about that,” he said. “He was great. I went to see him about a completely different matter. “We spent 15 minutes just chatting over different things and he was great, as he has been all of the time. “I’m really grateful for the support he’s given me. “I understand the way things are in this job. There’s a short-term culture nowadays and, if it’s not Alan Pardew getting stick, as he was six or seven weeks ago, it’s somebody else. “If it’s me at this time, hopefully I will be able to get to the situation Alan is in because it wasn’t that long ago I was at Stoke hearing people calling for his head. “They are such fine margins. We are not too far away from getting good results.
Comments Published on February 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Lelan Rogers hopes he doesn’t have to coach a single game this year. In fact, the Syracuse defensive coordinator doesn’t even want to. ‘If I don’t have to coach, we’re probably a much better off team,’ he said. ‘That means our guys are coaching themselves and having fun, and they’re doing what they should be doing.’ Last year, the defense executed Rogers’ schemes flawlessly, holding opponents to 7.4 goals per game, the lowest mark in the country. That meant very little in-game work for Rogers while his defense controlled games. And this year, he expects nothing less. That Orange unit only lost one starting defender from a year ago, and a likely replacement has already been found. Senior Tom Guadagnolo, who was named a captain at the start of the season, looks to fill that role. Also returning for the Orange are fellow seniors John Lade and Joel White, stalwarts in the Syracuse lineup since they joined the team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The final piece of the defense is sophomore Brian Megill, who became the first freshman defender to start every game of his rookie year since head coach John Desko took over the team. Each defender brings his individual strengths and personalities to the group both on and off the field. And together, they make up one of the most feared units in the country. In Desko’s mind, the Orange has held the reputation of an attacking, high-scoring team for much of the program’s history. But this unit has helped bring defense back into the picture. The head coach said the backline was the strength of this team entering the season. And if this group continues along the pace it set last year, opponents will have more to worry about than SU’s high-powered attack. ‘I think that for years, a lot of people — because of our high-scoring offense and the style of ball that we play — associate Syracuse with offense,’ Desko said at SU’s media day Jan. 13. ‘But I think our strength really the last couple years has been with our defense.’ The star and the cover guy SU’s long-stick midfielder White was awestruck the first time he saw Lade play. All he could think was, ‘Wow. Wow, we need this kid.’ The two first crossed paths playing together on the U.S. under-19 team. White was fresh off a national championship victory in his first year at Syracuse. Lade just finished his freshman year at Villanova and planned to transfer to a more prominent lacrosse school. That’s where White stepped in. SU had lost two senior defenders, and he thought Lade could be the solution. White called Desko, telling his coach he found someone to play defense. The coaching staff wasn’t sure about Lade’s 5-foot-10 stature at first, but White assured them he would make up for it with the way he played. Before the summer was over, the coaches made an offer to Lade, and he jumped at the opportunity. ‘They’re the greatest program ever,’ Lade said. ‘You can’t ask for anything better than to play for Syracuse lacrosse in your career.’ Since then, the defender has started all 30 games he’s played for the Orange. His job is to shut down the opponent’s best dodging attack. And his teammates say there’s no one better at it. ‘Lade’s probably the best cover guy in the country,’ senior goalie John Galloway said. ‘I think there’s not one guy that could take him one-on-one confidently. Nine times out of 10, John’s going to stop anybody in the country.’ But he’s not the only Syracuse defender known for his cover skills. His recruiter, White, takes on the job of stopping the opponent’s best midfielder, and his talents have earned him countless awards through his time at SU. He was a first-team All-American last year and became the first defensive specialist to win the Lt. Donald C. MacLaughlin Jr. Award as the nation’s best midfielder. He is known to yell out whatever pops into his head throughout a game, not only to throw off the other team’s offense but also to keep his unit loose. Still, his teammates say it’s his talent and work ethic that set him above the rest. ‘Joel’s the workhorse of the team,’ Guadagnolo said. ‘He’s 100 miles an hour, and that’s his only speed.’ The youngster and the player-coach After the 2009 season, the graduation of Sid Smith left a giant hole in the Syracuse backline. A heated position battle ensued for the starting job. Guadagnolo and then-freshman Megill were among the top contenders. But before the season even began, Guadagnolo got sick with appendicitis. Megill took advantage of the opportunity. He earned a starting role by the end of the preseason and never relinquished it. ‘He’s a big guy,’ White said. ‘He’s not afraid to hit anybody. He’s going to come across the crease and let you know that he’s there.’ Megill’s 6-foot-2, 232-pound frame gives the sophomore the size to be the Orange’s physical presence. He said he played defense in every sport in high school, and it’s the contact that drew him to that side of the ball in the first place. ‘Hitting people,’ Megill said of the appeal of his position. ‘I get to slash them, take the ball away.’ As Megill thrived in the starting lineup last year, Guadagnolo was relegated to coming off the bench, mostly in man-down situations. This year, the graduation of Matt Tierney created another hole in the Syracuse backline. Desko has not declared Guadagnolo the starter at this point, but most of his Orange teammates think he will take the spot. ‘He’s probably the hungriest of all,’ Rogers said of Guadagnolo. ‘He’s been so close. … Put yourself in that situation. That’s going to motivate the hell out of me. I’m not going to let anyone beat me out. This is my last year.’ That drive, added with what his teammates say are the best stick skills on the team, has given him an edge over his competition. But Rogers sees another advantage. Guadagnolo knows the system inside and out. Rogers likened him to having another coach on the field. ‘He may not be as big, he may not be as fast, but he knows the advantage he can get by being smarter and by being a coach,’ Rogers said. ‘And you need players on the field that coach when they’re out there.’ Sum of the parts The SU defense is as close off the field as it is on it. They play video games together, grab food when they have time and lead the typical college life by one another’s sides. White and Guadagnolo, the team’s co-captains, are the loudest of the group, while Lade and Megill are more soft-spoken. On the field, each of their individual skills provides some necessity for the unit as a whole. ‘We have a good balance of a guy that’s going to hit, guy that’s going to cover, guy that’s going to try to pick off passes,’ White said. ‘It works out very well.’ Rogers likes the fact that he has one of the most experienced groups in the country at his disposal. After all, it should lead to less work for him in games. Three seniors, plus a sophomore who started every game a year ago, comprise a formidable Orange backline. And Rogers sees the connection those four have made with one another, something he said makes a difference on the field. ‘As a coach, you embrace it,’ Rogers said. ‘It’s like a family at home. … You develop these bonds and relationships that go a lot further, and you’re willing to fight and scratch and kick a lot harder when you’re a really close-knit group of guys.’ [email protected]
“This year I think that was the biggest difference in my wrestling, was my mental game. Going into every match I was real relaxed, real calm. But before that, before this match, it was nothing but butterflies. I felt like I was going throw up, I was so scared I almost started crying.“But it’s just the atmosphere. It’s the true athletes that are able to just overcome that.”In the team competition, Penn State, led by 184-pound champion Quentin Wright, won its first NCAA wrestling title in 58 years by outpointing Cornell. The Nittany Lions finished with 107½ points to Cornell’s 93½.“In my mind, I’ve wanted to be a part of a national championship program since I started at Iowa State as a freshman in 1998,” Penn State coach Cael Sanderson said. “Having not been able to do that for so many years until here we are no and it’s finally happened.”Wright began the tournament as the ninth seed and won his first national title with a 5-2 decision over Lehigh’s Rob Hamlin.“It’s a great feeling,” Wright said. “It hasn’t hit me yet. I just got out of the match. But it’s going to get better for a long time.”The three-day event drew a record attendance of 104,260. HISTORY-MAKER—Arizona State’s Anthony Robles, right, poses after beating Iowa’s Matt McDonough in their 125-pound finals match, March 19, at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Anthony Robles finished his NCAA wrestling career in history-making fashion. Robles, who was born without a right leg, took a 7-1 decision from Iowa sophomore Matt McDonough to win the 125-pound title at the NCAA wrestling championships March 19. The Arizona State senior got the only takedown in the first period of the match and worked a pair of tilts to secure five back points.“I had a lot of butterflies going out there,” said Robles, who admitted he’s most likely done as a competitive wrestler but wants to remain involved in one facet or another.