Leicester boss Rodgers backs Vardy to end goalless run

first_imgLeicester manager Brendan Rodgers is confident Jamie Vardy will end his current drought and reach a century of Premier League goals. Jamie Vardy has scored just one goal in his past 12 games The former England forward, 33, has scored 97 times in the top-flight but has failed to find the net in nine matches in all competitions. Rodgers, whose side travel to bottom side Norwich on Friday, said he had no worries about Vardy’s recent poor for form. “It is only a matter of time before he gets back to scoring goals again,” he said. “He doesn’t look like the nervous type to me.” Vardy found the net in eight successive matches from mid-October through to early December but has just one goal in his past 12 games. “Sometimes you get a run like it,” Rodgers said. “Probably when he came back from his (glute) injury (in late January) he was maybe not quite up to speed. “But I thought against Manchester City (in Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat), you saw the return of that running power and speed. “I have no doubt he will get the goals and beyond that. You don’t force it, you don’t put the pressure on, he knows that is his job. As long as he is contributing, then I’m fine.” Loading… Promoted ContentThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You33 Celebs Photos From Their Childhood: Will You Recognize Them?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World Read Also: Liverpool post healthy profit despite transfer spending “You have threats from various parts of the team, and for long periods of this season we had a central threat with Jamie, and other guys were working hard, and they started to contribute, but it’s dried up a little bit,” he said. “It’s a team responsibility. The strikers are important, but there are other things. “Look at Roberto Firmino at Liverpool – he’s scored 10, but you look at his influence in the team and what he gives and allows to the other players.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Vardy’s drought has coincided with Leicester’s inconsistent form since mid-December. They have collected just 15 points from the past 36 on offer. Former Celtic boss Rodgers said his side, third in the Premier League table, could not afford to rely on Vardy’s goals.last_img read more

Astros’ A.J. Hinch suspended for Sunday’s game after Angel Hernandez blowup

first_imgHernandez her Hinch’s comment and was angry before he shut down any questioning. Astros’ A.J. Hinch said Angel Hernandez made condescending, unprofessional comments after ejection Astros manager A.J. Hinch was suspended for Sunday’s game against the Braves by MLB after his ejection from Friday’s game by umpire Angel Hernandez.The league announced Hinch’s suspension and an undisclosed fine. The moves comes after Hinch argued with Hernandez in the first inning of the Astros’ spring game against the Cardinals. “He said that? Write it,” Hernandez said, then added, “No comment. He got ejected for arguing balls and strikes. That’s it.”Hinch later released a statement apologizing for his “emotional comments”.pic.twitter.com/Gcl6m3bsXF— Houston Astros (@astros) March 17, 2019″I’m very passionate about our players and our team, but on Friday night I made some emotional comments that took attention away from the play on the field,” Hinch said. “I take responsibility for my actions and comments and accept the league’s decision.” Hinch called Hernandez “unprofessional” and “arrogant” afterward.”The fact that he wanted to throw me out in a spring training game is pretty ridiculous,” Hinch said after being tossed one pitch into the bottom of the first inning. “He’s known for overreaction a little bit.” Related Newslast_img read more

Promising players pledge to ‘give back’ to support England squads

first_img Three promising professionals are being supported by England Golf at the start of their tournament careers in a deal which also offers rewards for the national training squads.Jamie Bower, Nick Marsh and Ashton Turner are each getting England Golf invitations giving them seven starts on the 2017 European Challenge Tour. In return they’ve pledged to give a proportion of their prize money, over a certain amount, to the England Players Fund to develop the squad programme.The Give Back scheme started last year and could bring significant dividends for a training programme which is noted for producing successful golfers. Around a quarter of European Tour players are currently English and the vast majority of these have come through the England Golf squads.Bower, Marsh and Turner are all graduates of the programme and, as elite England amateurs, they captured top titles and played in national teams before turning professional.Turner (image © Leaderboard Photography), first joined squads when he was under-16 and commented: “England Golf helped me no end with teaching and guidance during the years I was in squads. It was invaluable and being able to give back is something I’m definitely looking forward to.”The 21-year-old, from Kenwick Park in Lincolnshire, has already taken up his first invitation and finished 15th in last weekend’s Turkish Airlines Challenge, scoring nine under par.“If you don’t get starts through tour school it’s difficult to get going,” said Turner. “I’ve got a full card on the EuroPro Tour but getting Challenge Tour status would have been extremely difficult so I’m very grateful for this opportunity. Potentially these starts could move me on to getting a full card for next season.”His next outing is likely to be next month’s D&D Czech Challenge where he’ll be joined by Yorkshire’s Jamie Bower (Meltham), who won the 2016 Brabazon Trophy in his final year as an amateur.Nick Marsh, a former English amateur champion from Huddersfield, Yorkshire, is expected to make his 2017 Challenge Tour debut in the Matchplay 9 tournament in Spain in May.The first income for the Give Back scheme came last year from Ben Stow, a past winner of the Brabazon Trophy, whose invitations also helped him to secure a full Challenge Tour card for this season. Ashley Chesters, who was a double European champion as an amateur, was also supported and went on to secure his European Tour playing rights for 2017.The players’ provisional schedules are:Jamie Bower25-28 May, D+D Czech Challenge1-4 June, Swiss Challenge22-25 June, Made in Denmark Challenge27-30 July, Swedish Challenge3-6 August, Finnish Challenge7-10 September, Bridgestone Challenge, Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire14-17 September, Irish ChallengeNick Marsh18-21 May, Match Play 9, Spain1-4 June, Swiss Challenge22-25 June, Made in Denmark Challenge17-20 August, Viking (Norway) Challenge31 Aug – 3 Sep, Cordon Open7-10 Sep, Bridgestone Challenge, Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire14-17 Sep, Irish ChallengeAshton Turner20-23 April, Turkish Challenge25-28 May, D+D Czech Challenge8-11 June, KPMG Trophy, Belgium6-9 July, Prague Golf Challenge3-6 August, Finnish Challenge7-10 September, Bridgestone Challenge, Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire28 Sep – 1 Oct, Challenge de Espana 26 Apr 2017 Promising players pledge to ‘give back’ to support England squads last_img read more