Joe Cole insists money is not a motivating factor for Coventry move

first_img The ex-England midfielder made a shock loan move to the Ricoh Arena from Aston Villa on Friday. He is expected to make his Coventry debut in their Sky Bet League One game at Rochdale on Tuesday. Joe Cole insisted he is not interested in Coventry’s money and joined the Sky Blues because he is desperate to play again. Villa are subsidising most of Cole’s wages during his 35-day spell and the 33-year-old said money is not an issue. He said: “If I was coming here for the money I wouldn’t be here. I’ve been playing in an era where we are very lucky and we appreciate that as footballers. “Most of us come from council estates and working class. You have an opportunity to lead a good life and finances are not going to be a problem for me. That wasn’t an issue for me coming here.” Ex-Chelsea and West Ham star Cole has played just once for Villa this season and has made just three league starts in 16 appearances since joining on a two-year deal in 2014. And Cole, who became a father for a third time on Sunday, revealed he dropped down to the third tier because he wants to play again. “I just want to play football, regardless of the level, proper football, competitive football. I want to play for the right time and the right manager who plays the right way. I’m just excited to play a game,” he said. “I’m sure once I get the cobwebs off I’ll be back to myself and looking forward to it. “I’ve not really thought about the ideal scenario. One thing I have learnt is you only think of the next game. “I know it’s boring but anything could happen. I’m just excited I’ve got a game to play tomorrow. There’s seven games in the 35 days and we’ll review it after then.” Coventry boss Tony Mowbray added: “He came to us, it’s not something I went chasing. The boy wants to play football and he still has part of his illustrious career to go.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

SB : Orange refocuses heading into Big East play

first_imgWally King warned his Syracuse players they would return to ‘top-25 practices.’After narrowly escaping with a win over a lowly Canisius team, the SU associate head coach knew it was time for the Orange to snap back into it. For King, it starts with returning to hard work between games.‘I think Saturday was a close enough game that required us to turn it back on,’ SU head coach Leigh Ross said.With Big East play rapidly approaching, Syracuse needs to flip the switch back on during practices. Ross felt the team was going through the motions and the energy level needed to rise.And with the excuse of constant travel the team faced at the start season in the books, Ross decided it was time to push the Orange like she did in the preseason. The end result is a re-energized squad that will take on St. John’s in a slate of three games this weekend on the road to open Big East play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut against Canisius, SU almost didn’t win a game it should have won easily. A Kelly Saco walk-off single rescued the Orange from a potentially major bump in the road. After the game, senior catcher Lacey Kohl said she and her teammates weren’t happy with what transpired, even in a win.‘I don’t want to say disappointed because disappointed is a strong word,’ Kohl said. ‘We just know that we’re a much better team that showed up on Saturday. … I don’t think we showed up to play by any means.’Because the Orange didn’t show up Saturday, it got back to work Monday.With the entire team in attendance, Kohl said SU slowed things down while still turning up the intensity. The Orange got back to focusing on the fundamentals of the game, and if the team didn’t do something the right way, it ran sprints and did push-ups.‘We were all scared because we know what it means if we mess up,’ Kohl said. ‘We run.’It was a reminder from Ross that to play well in every minute of every game the team needed to keep focused, regardless of the competition.Lisaira Daniels said she and her teammates still have the goal of making a deep postseason run on their minds, but it helps when the coaches remind them of that agenda.‘It was getting back on that goal,’ Daniels said. ‘… It’s different when you hear it from your coach.’That agenda brings Syracuse to conference play this weekend. Daniels sees the team as underdogs for another season. In the preseason conference poll, the Orange was voted to finish second behind DePaul, despite the fact that SU topped the Blue Demons last year in the Big East tournament.To Daniels, it was a slap in Syracuse’s face.But Daniels isn’t concerned with proving Syracuse is the best team in the conference. To prove it’s better than teams like DePaul, Louisville and South Florida, the senior outfielder knows the Orange must take care of business against weaker teams like the Red Storm this weekend.St. John’s is just 12-19 on the season and has lost three of its last five games. The last time Syracuse played St. John’s in the regular season was during the 2010 season, in which the Orange won both games of the doubleheader.Regardless of SU’s past success, it still can’t take inferior competition for granted like it did against Canisius on Saturday.‘The Colgates and the Canisiuses, we’ve got to beat those teams,’ Daniels said. ‘We can’t play at their level. We always have to stick with our level. We’re a great team.’Daniels wouldn’t go as far as to say St. John’s is one of the teams that Syracuse should beat with ease. But Kohl had no problem saying she thinks Syracuse is the superior team.‘I do think that,’ Kohl said. ‘And I think we all know that going in.’dgproppe@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on March 28, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Dino Babers defends decision to go deep 3 times in Wake Forest loss

first_imgUPDATED: Nov. 13, 2017 at 8:57 p.m.After Dino Babers called for three consecutive throws to the end zone at the beginning of the fourth quarter, all of which were unsuccessful, the TV cameras showed Syracuse’s head coach opting to send out the field goal team without much hesitation. Then, for a fleeting moment, Babers rested his head on the palm of his right hand while a disappointed gaze shot from his eyes.Senior kicker Cole Murphy missed. First-and-10 on Wake Forest’s 33-yard line did not result in points for Syracuse. The Demon Deacons took over possession and went on to score 24 unanswered to win in decisive fashion.So, in hindsight, was going deep three times in a row the right choice?“Absolutely,” Babers said Monday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn his weekly press conference, Babers showed no regret for what could be described as a turning point in the third consecutive loss for Syracuse (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) since upsetting then-No. 2 Clemson in the Carrier Dome in mid-October. He instead stressed heavily that his team must now focus solely on the week’s task of traveling to Kentucky and beating a Louisville (6-4, 3-4 ACC) team led by the reigning Heisman winner, Lamar Jackson. Babers was blunt about the decision to throw to the endzone.“Their DBs were playing short,” Babers said of Wake Forest. “We threw the first one to Devin Butler and he had his guy beat. Then we threw the second one, if I’m not mistaken, to (senior wide receiver Steve Ishmael), and he had his guy beat. And we threw the third one, I believe, to Ish in the middle of the field and I believe he had his guy beat.”Babers’ assessment of what could have been is not far off. On the first-down toss to Butler, the sophomore wide receiver jostled with Wake Forest cornerback Ja’Sir Taylor all the way down the left sideline. When the ball fell in front of a diving Butler, Taylor’s forearm appeared to touch Butler, who wanted a flag. He did not get one.On the next play, SU quarterback Zack Mahoney, who started in place of the injured Eric Dungey, faked a handoff and immediately threw for the right edge of the end zone. Ishmael fell backwards out of bounds without the ball.One snap later, Ishmael ran straight down the middle of the field, only to have this pass land in the end zone several yards in front of him. Of the three plays, this was the the one with the best chance. Mahoney misfired.After the game, Mahoney said SU “liked the opportunities that presented themselves and we liked the matchups.”“I think the biggest thing about being good on offense,” Babers said Monday, “is being unpredictable.”More SU football notes:Junior quarterback Eric Dungey warmed up but did not play against Wake Forest after Babers said last week that Dungey would be “ready to go.” On Monday, Babers said Dungey made “drastic improvement” over the course of last week. As for this week, “If he’s capable,” Babers said, “I expect him to go.”Syracuse’s regular season finale against Boston College on Nov. 25 will kickoff in the Carrier Dome at 12:20 p.m., the ACC announced Monday. The ACC Network will televise the game.Steve Ishmael on Monday was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award given to the nation’s best wide receiver. No other ACC receivers made the list. Ishmael has 92 catches for 1,131 yards in 2017, both career highs. With six touchdowns, he is one shy of matching his total of seven from his sophomore season.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Syracuse quarterback Zack Mahoney was misnamed. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 13, 2017 at 4:10 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtblosslast_img read more