It appeared the momentum was turning, with Spurs winning four of their five games, while also drawing with Manchester United, prior to the Liverpool loss. The Hammers have just two wins in 10 matches in all competitions since the win at Spurs and are languishing near the foot of the Premier League, with Sam Allardyce’s position precarious. Sherwood hopes the Hammers will be distracted by the need to preserve their top-flight status when they visit, but knows the threat is clear following the reverse on October 6. “Hopefully they’ve got their concentration on Premier League safety rather than the cup tomorrow night,” he added. “We have to be patient. They got bodies behind the ball and tried to catch us on the counter-attack. “We’re aware of that. Let’s just hope we can impose ourselves on them nice and early, get the crowd behind us and really be up and at them.” Tottenham are without captain Michael Dawson and midfielders Paulinho and Sandro. Paulinho misses the first of three matches for his dismissal against Liverpool, while Dawson is banned for one match and Sandro is expected to be out for around a week with a calf injury. Danny Rose (toe), Christian Eriksen (ankle), Vlad Chiriches (knee) and Younes Kaboul (thigh) could all return, but defender Jan Vertonghen (ankle) is out. Sherwood knows his options are limited, but maintains Tottenham have enough quality to prevail. He added: “In defensive areas we’re quite light, but it’s up to those boys to step up to the mark and perform well for the club and for themselves. “We’ll just crack on with what else we’ve got. It aint a bad team.” Meanwhile, Tottenham moved to remind supporters that bad behaviour will not be tolerated at a fixture which has a history of transgressions from the terraces. Tim Sherwood hopes to have a swift impact on managerless Tottenham and avenge the disappointing loss to West Ham when the teams meet in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final at White Hart Lane. Interim boss Sherwood takes charge for the first time bidding to banish the memory of recent performances and show he is a long-term candidate to succeed Andre Villas-Boas. The former Spurs captain is eager for his side to show their quality against the Hammers, who beat Spurs 3-0 in the Premier League in October in one of a number of results which resulted in Villas-Boas’ sacking on Monday, a day after the 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool. “When you lose your manager it’s a change and you’ve got to listen to a different voice, but I’m hoping to get a few messages across in a short space of time so we can get a positive result against West Ham,” Sherwood told Spurs TV. “It’s a huge game, especially on the back of what they did to us at the Lane. It was disappointing. “We have to get out there on the front foot and we have to impose ourselves on them as soon as we can during the game.” Sherwood, who is already on the coaching staff at White Hart Lane, is to take charge of Spurs in an interim role which could be extended for a longer period depending on the club’s search for a permanent successor. Former England bosses Fabio Capello, Glenn Hoddle and Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino have emerged as contenders for the position. Sherwood must instantly add steel to the style at Spurs to placate a club hierarchy frustrated at recent results following a £100million summer outlay, financed in no small part due to the world-record sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. It is six matches since Spurs kept a clean sheet at home, against Hull, in a controversial win which was followed by a League Cup penalty shootout triumph against the same opposition to set up the Hammers’ duel in the last eight. After a 6-0 loss at Manchester City, Villas-Boas’ former mentor-turned-adversary Jose Mourinho insisted Spurs were still title contenders and that losing one match by such a margin was preferable to losing six matches 1-0. Press Association
Should Wisconsin defeat Oregon during Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. match at the UW Field House, it will face one of two capable teams in Miami (Fla.) or Iowa State, each set to test the Badgers.Iowa State and Miami will commence first-round action at 5 p.m. in the Field House, a match Wisconsin will watch closely.Miami – 21-9 overall, 14-6 ACCThe Hurricanes have shown glimpses of being a competitive team, but more often than not fall to opponents who put pressure on them.Miami spent the entire season unranked and is 2-2 in ranked matches this season, but hasn’t defeated an opponent in the top 15, let alone faced one. Their best win was a 3-1 victory over No. 17 Florida State, who they’d previously lost to 3-2. But an impressive five-set victory over Wisconsin rival No. 20 Purdue early in the season is nothing to overlook.Junior setter Haley Templeton averaged 10.72 assists per match for fourth-best in the ACC, but it’s a conference that has only three ranked teams — none of which fall in the top 15. Despite Templeton’s ability to distribute, the Hurricanes’ attacking will be matched by Wisconsin’s defense, should they advance.Only four hitters on Miami’s roster average more than two kills per set, while only another two average more than one kill per set. A narrowed focus in hitting is not something this Miami team can afford going into the postseason, especially since they only average 13.33 kills per set.The Badgers are No. 23 in the nation in blocks per set (2.76) and would handle the Hurricanes’ scheme with ease and complete net coverage.On the other side of the ball, there is not much of a presence. Miami finds itself in the bottom half of the ACC in blocks, opponent hitting percentage and digs. Wisconsin is 23rd in the nation in hitting percentage and 19th in the nation in kills per set.Iowa State – 18-10 overall, 11-5 Big 12The Cyclones, despite beginning the season ranked No. 21, failed to capitalize on their strong starting position. But they are a very young and promising team that could last longer than expected.Iowa State is 1-6 against ranked opponents, recording their only win against No. 25 Texas A&M back in September. That experience, however, could make Iowa State the favorite against Miami.All of those six losses came against Nebraska (No. 4), Texas (No. 3 and 5), Kansas (No. 10) and Colorado State (No. 12) — very competitive teams. Having been through matches like these, the Cyclones have been better prepared than Miami, whose highest ranked opponent in 2015 was No. 17 Florida State.The Cyclones’ net presence has made them a formidable opponent. They currently sit with the fourth-best opponent hitting percentage and second most digs in the Big 12. But their blocks are second to last in the conference, which spells a lot of trouble should they face Wisconsin in the second round.Even with an average defense, however, Iowa State’s offense will propel them in later rounds. Eight players average one or more kills per set, and they are ranked No. 45 in most kills per set as a team in the country with 13.94. Freshman outside hitter Jess Schaben averages 3.21 kills per set to lead her team, and will have a lot of defensive focus put onto her.Sophomore setter Monique Harris averaged more than 10 assists per set, but the question remains whether she can continue to produce the numbers she closed out the season with in a tougher environment.PredictionWith the experience Iowa State had during the regular season, expect them to be better prepared than Miami. Despite posting a 1-6 record against ranked opponents, those losses came to four teams within the top 10 and a Colorado State team ranked No. 12. The experience from those games is invaluable and can speed development of younger players in the case of Iowa State, similar to the process at Wisconsin.Not to mention the disparities between the ACC and Big 12.Of the five Big 12 teams in the tournament, two are seeded in the top 10. The ACC only sent three teams to the tournament.Playing in a tougher conference can certainly account for a deflated record in the case of Iowa State and the opposite, an inflated record, for Miami.Iowa State’s offense is also miles ahead of Miami’s in its ability to distribute kills among players, sending the Hurricanes’ sub-par defense running across the court. On the other side of the ball, their skills in digging will supplement a lack of blocks and keep a timid Miami attack at bay.With that in mind, expect Iowa State to await the winner of Wisconsin against Oregon.
By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Sumner County Catbackers golf tournament and auction will be held June 11 at the Wellington Golf Course and the Knights of Columbus Hall thereafter.Bruce WeberKansas State menâ€™s basketball coach Bruce Weber is scheduled to be the featured speaker.The dinner and auction will be held at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Dinner with program and auction following and catered by Kip and Kim Etter of The Dore.Â A golf tournament will precede the auction with a four-man scramble.Check in is at noon with shotgun start following at 1 p.m. Although teams have already been formed and deadline to register was last week, contact the Wellington Golf Club if you want to play golf.The cost will be $15 per person for those not participating in the golf tournament; $10 for current and future K-State students.Other K-State speakers at the dinner/auction will include:â€¢ Mike Clark, senior director of development, K-State Athleticsâ€¢ Amy Button Renz ’76, ’86, president and CEO, K-State Alumni Associationâ€¢ Gavin Hargrave ’08, ’10, associate director of alumni programs, K-State Alumni Associationâ€¢ Wyatt Thompson, Voice of the Wildcats.â€¢ Willie the Wildcatâ€¢ AdditionalÂ K-State coaches and student-athletes.Weber is currently in his fourth season at K-State. He has accumulated a 62-38 overall record at K-State and 32-22 in the Big 12 in his first three seasons. He has guided the Wildcats to two NCAA tournament berths and a co-Big 12 Championship in 2012-13.Before arriving at K-State, Weber was coach at Illinois from 2003 to 2012 and was NCAA runner-up in 2004-04. Before that he coached five seasons at Southern Illinois. He was the consensus national coach of the year in 2005.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Elizabeth · 270 weeks ago This golf tournament is a qualifier for 2015 Acura College Alumni Tournament. This tournament will be held at Pinehurst. Your Package at Pinehurst will include: Deluxe Accommodations for 4days/3 Nights Welcome Gift Pack including team uniforms from Nike Golf Breakfast Daily Welcome Tailgate Party Champions Dinner and Awards Presentation Acura Skills Challenge Team Photo Complimentary Airport Ground Transportation to and from Raleigh-Durham International Airport **************Airfare NOT included****************** 1st Flight Winner: To qualify for Acura College Alumni Tournament everyone on your 4 person team must be an amateur and each person must have a handicap. 2nd and 3rd Flight winners will receive a Vegas Vacation Vouchers. You do not need to have a handicap for these two flights. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
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