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Hecking: No City bid for De Bruyne

first_img Press Association “We have no offer from Manchester City. No offer from anybody. Full stop,” he said. “There is nothing from my side to say, there is no official offer in to Wolfsburg. He has been very good with me. I’m not here to talk about contractual matters, he has no clause but that isn’t a question for us.” De Bruyne scored 10 goals in the league last season as Wolfsburg finished second to Bayern Munich, but he also laid on an impressive 21 assists. His former boss at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho, questioned his attitude to being part of a big squad, something De Bruyne would have to come to terms with at City given their wealth of attacking options, including the recent acquisition of fellow winger Raheem Sterling from Liverpool. Hecking did state that he wants the uncertainty around De Bruyne to end as he looks to build on a successful season, which also saw Wolfsburg lift the DFB-Pokal, with De Bruyne scoring in the 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund. “Of course we want to see a conclusion,” the coach said. “We had a great season and were second last year. Kevin De Bruyne played a big role in this of course, and we want to finish the speculation soon. “It (speculation) is great for the media but as a coach I have to concentrate on my team, and we have to make sure we start well on August 14 against Eintracht Frankfurt.” Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking insists the Bundesliga runners-up have received no bids from Manchester City for winger Kevin De Bruyne.center_img The 24-year-old former Chelsea player has been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium all summer, with the suggested fee needed to prise him away from the Volkswagen Arena set to break the British transfer record. But Hecking, speaking after his side lost 2-1 to Villarreal in the opening game of the 2015 Emirates Cup, says no-one has made a move to sign the Belgium international. last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 82-77 overtime loss to Villanova

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ PHILADELPHIA — Syracuse shocked a lot of people — myself included — by putting up such a valiant fight with No. 7 Villanova on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.Though the Orange blew a chance to upset the Wildcats and fell 82-77 in overtime, there were several positives of SU’s to take from Saturday.1. Healing the camel’s backApparently Michael Gbinije’s back is feeling OK.The junior hit five of his first six shots and had 11 points by halftime, proving that the tightness he felt in his back on Sunday against Louisiana Tech was no longer an issue.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe looked comfortable stepping into jumpers from the elbows, bringing the ball upcourt against Villanova’s pesky guards and elevating high for rebounds. Although he committed a trio of turnovers, Gbinije flirted with a triple-double by finishing with 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists and, for the first meaningful time all season, was a reliable scorer. In overtime, he added a basket, but missed a free throw before fouling out amid Syracuse’s five-minute period of unraveling.2. ‘He’s learning how to be a point guard’Combating Jim Boeheim’s words that he’s not quite a point guard, Kaleb Joseph looked every bit of one Saturday afternoon.In addition to steadily hitting midrange jumpers, Joseph guided the Orange offense’s scorching first half with seven assists and continued to find his teammates in positions to score throughout the second frame.When it was all said and done, Joseph left the Wells Fargo Center floor with 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting and one rebound.3. Senior dayTrevor Cooney nailed a trio of 3-pointers and forward Rakeem Christmas efficiently was the scoring machine he’s been all season.Cooney canned a few 3s that bailed SU out of a few lengthy possessions that neared the end of the shot clock, while Christmas shot 8-of-12.Even though the big man battled foul trouble in his return home to Philadelphia, he made the most of his minutes and topped the Orange with 18 points before fouling out of the game in overtime. Comments Published on December 20, 2014 at 3:51 pmlast_img read more

Morales embraces reserved role with high character, team leadership

first_imgGreat athletes are often acclaimed for their talent, but something far beyond that is showcased in Wisconsin volleyball’s senior outside hitter and defensive specialist, Deme Morales.During her time here, Morales has massively contributed to Wisconsin’s volleyball program. 2013 was a fantastic year for Morales, as she tallied 406 kills and 403 total digs last season, helping lead Wisconsin to a successful NCAA tournament run, which pushed the Badgers to their second National Championship appearance in history. The tournament ultimately ended in a four set nail-biter against Penn State, resulting in a Wisconsin loss. However, it was there in the championship match that Morales exhibited a stellar performance as she squashed down 15 kills, the second-highest on the team, combined with eight digs and two blocks.Her exquisite and intense play put Morales on the 2013 NCAA Championship All-Tournament and Regional All-Tournament honors. But Morales contributes more to the team than just her statistical numbers and physical athleticism on the court.According to her coaches, the 5-foot-7 senior is one of the most notable players they have ever had the pleasure of working with, but not for her skilled abilities as an athlete. They explain that Morales’ uniqueness is found within her as a person through the selfless attitude she exudes.“Deme Morales is the ultimate team player,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “Everyone sees her as a player and a competitor. The thing is she’s twice as good as a human being than she is as a player. She is 100 percent about the team. It is never about her. Her team goals are the only thing that matter to her.”This became particularly apparent prior to the beginning of this season when Morales was switched from being a six-rotation player to primarily a defensive specialist, after losing her front row rotation spot to freshman Kelly Bates.Wisconsin assistant coach Brittany Dildine said after this happened, Morales responded with absolutely no negativity. Dildine went on to explain that when Bates encountered challenges early on in the season, Morales was the first person to be there to encourage and help Bates overcome them.“I think that says a lot for her character,” Dildine said. “If you have a senior that’s beat out by a freshman, that could create a lot of issues within a team, and that’s not what happened here. She’s had meetings with me where she asks ‘How can I help Bates?,’ and I don’t think that’s normal. I think that is special.”Morales has not given a second thought about how she can continue to provide for her team. So far this season she has 105 digs, averaging 1.37 digs per match. Two weeks ago she reached a season high of 11 digs against Purdue. For Morales, it’s all about playing the game while uplifting her teammates.“I hope that other people see me as someone who puts the team first,” Morales said, “And I’d hope that I’m inspiring to my teammates and providing the best that I can for them.”Morales strives to give her all for her teammates and coaches no matter what the situation may be. She set the bar high and translates the outlook and expectations that she has for herself to the court.“You have to commit yourself to what you want to do, and for me, providing for my team was something huge that I really wanted to do as a senior this year,” Morales said. “And really committing myself to a position, no matter where it was, was one of my biggest goals.”The don’t-let-up mentality that Morales possess originates in practices. Each practice she is wholeheartedly committed to getting better and enhancing her skills. Even though this is her final year as a Badger, Morales is constantly asking questions and hungry to learn more.“[People] say ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.’ Well this dog wants a bunch of new tricks. She’s constantly trying to improve no matter what,” Dildine said.Throughout her time at Wisconsin, Morales has showed her ferociousness as a competitor while holding a positive mentality as a team player. Her coaches said that they will miss her personality and humility after the season is over. They appreciate how Morales conducts herself and how she shows leadership each match and every practice through her selfless mentality — a trait that Dildine says cannot be taught.“It’s something that’s really admirable, because the team matters to some people, [but] to Deme Morales, the team means everything,” Dildine said. “It’s simple; all we’re asking out of [Morales] is to lead with heart, and [for her] that’s natural.”last_img read more

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