Press Association Burnley boss Sean Dyche has told striker Danny Ings to keep on smiling – and the goals will return. “We have scored goals and been productive in front of goal. It’s about reminding the players what it takes to do that, different ways of doing that and how we can affect games.” Striker Ashley Barnes insists confidence remains high among the group. Barnes said: “We are in this together. We are striving for one thing – to stay in this league come the end of the season. That is the main aim. “The positivity around the group and the staff remains the same and hopefully will continue.” Barnes has found himself in the spotlight of late following his controversial tackle on Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic. The 25-year-old escaped punishment but Matic was sent off for his reaction to the challenge in a heated confrontation. Barnes says that incident is now behind him. “It has gone,” he said. “I moved on a while back. I am just concentrating on staying in this league.” The relegation-battling Clarets have struggled for goals in recent weeks, despite some gritty performances, scoring just once in six games. The hotly-rated Ings, whose future beyond the end of the season has been the subject of considerable speculation, has not found the net in seven appearances. Dyche hopes the barren spell is not weighing too heavily on the 23-year-old’s mind and has urged him to focus on enjoying his game. Dyche said: “He’s a bright young lad. He’s a very good player and a good young lad who is grounded. “But you can’t actually get inside someone. When that whistle blows it’s down to them to remind themselves of that freedom I speak about. I want players to play that way. “His biggest thing is he puts a lot of demand on himself – and that can be a weakness as well as a strength. It’s good that he has a thirst to improve, as do a lot of the players. But it has to be balanced with that enjoyment. “I often say to him, play with a smile and I’ve told him he’s best when he does. We’re looking to him to continue doing that.” Burnley’s battling performances have earned plaudits and despite the lack of goals, they have collected five points from a tough run of eight games. Amid that run they have beaten Manchester City and taken points off Chelsea and Tottenham. They are in the bottom three but just two points from safety and Dyche is backing his forwards to come good again. He said: “There’s certainly not pressure (on the strikers) from me. We ventured down this road early season when the goals didn’t come as freely then we had a good patch over the Christmas period.
After a rough beginning, Nigel Hayes turned himself and his team around in route to a fourth consecutive sweet 16, capping his senior season with a game-winning shot and earning the title of the Badger Herald’s Male Athlete of the Year.Throughout the year, Nigel Hayes became one of the biggest question marks for the Badgers, struggling to find his jumper and proving to be a liability at the line. As the season wore on, Wisconsin fans longed for the player they saw in the second half of the 2015-16 season when he led a young team to the Sweet 16, or the sophomore who stole the show on the Badger’s run to the NCAA championship.Yes it was clear, Hayes no longer had the supporting cast of guys like Kaminsky, Gasser and Decker. But if his college career up until this point was any indication, the senior from Toledo, Ohio was more than ready to take the reins.Hayes: In ‘one-and-done’ era, Nigel Hayes’ return isn’t so simpleThere is no doubt Nigel Hayes’ decision to return for his senior season was one the best outcomes for the Read…As his final season in Wisconsin began, expectations peaked for a team whose leaders (Hayes and Koenig), have never lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament. With a talented group of young players including sophomore Ethan Happ who burst onto the scene in his freshman campaign, Hayes and company were poised to continue the streak of success deep into the playoffs.Living up to those expectations, the Badgers jumped out to one of their best starts in program history with a record of 22-3. With the team rolling behind the play of Ethan Happ and Bronson Koenig, Hayes struggled to find that elite talent we’ve known for three years.The biggest wakeup call came at the end of the season when Wisconsin lost five of their last seven, and a team built on success and consistency couldn’t find either. With the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments knocking at their door, the Badgers were scrambling for answers, and where better to look than Nigel Hayes.Despite Hayes’ struggles from the line, 59 percent, the Toledo native was not settling for a late season collapse to cap off his historic career.Men’s basketball: Experts see potential NBA futures for Hayes, KoenigWhile Nigel Hayes garnered most of the preseason attention regarding a future basketball career in the NBA, Bronson Koenig quietly Read…Like most great college and professional players, Hayes turned it on when it mattered the most. After falling to the Michigan Wolverines in the Big Ten Championship game, the Badgers had their confidence back, and a chip on their shoulder after being named an eight seed in the NCAA Tournament.Similar to past years, the tournament was where Hayes came alive. After breezing by Virgina Tech, the Badgers faced off against the No. 1 overall seed Villanova in just the second round. After a turbulent season from the line and the field, Hayes shot over 50 percent from the field against the Wildcats, scoring 19 points including a Jordan-esque baseline fake to seal the deal against the top seed.Top five sports moments this semesterThe University of Wisconsin Athletic Department had a lot to celebrate this semester, even if none of those involved a Read…The Villanova game, like Hayes’ season, was a rollercoaster. A run here, a slump there, but in the end the veteran proved his worth, cementing his legacy in Wisconsin basketball.Along with a career shot to take down a one seed, here’s a list of some of Hayes’ notable achievements in his final year as a Badger, making him our Male Athlete of the Year.2017 NCAA Tournament All-East Region Team• 2017 Wooden Award Midseason Top-25• 2017 Player of the Year watch lists (Lute Olsen and Naismith)• 2017 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Watch List• 2017 Big Ten All-Tournament Team• 2017 Third-Team All-Big Ten• 2017 Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year• 2017 Senior CLASS Award Final 10• 2017 NABC Division 1 All-District Second Team[UPDATE] Hayes blows up Twitter with #BlackLivesMatter discussionFor six hours Thursday evening, University of Wisconsin star basketball forward Nigel Hayes tweeted 44 times supporting the Black Lives Read…
OCEAN — Gov. Chris Christie took his show on the road last Tuesday, coming to Monmouth County for a “town hall” meeting in the Ocean Township Community Gym, 1100 West Park Ave.During the informal afternoon, Christie outlined his accomplishments since taking office, chided his critics in the the media and in the Democratic legislasture, and shared a little information on what made him the person he is.“We are all a product of our parents,” he said, noting that his father, who was in attendance at the gathering, is a gregarious man of Irish heritage and his deceased mother was Sicilian. “But in the automobile of life, he was the passenger,” he said, in a sort of kidding tone. “My mother set the rules.”Christie spent much of his time fielding questions from the more than 500 people filling the gym, who asked him to respond to a broad spectrum of topics, including tort reform to curb health care costs, education funding, the regional green house tax initiative that the Governor decided to opt out, and campaign finance reform.Lou Parisi, a senior from Loch Arbor, said he pays about $13,000 a year in property taxes for his 90-year-old home, with a considerable amount of his taxes allotted to public education. “I ask you what steps would you take to make sure we pay our fair share of property taxes but no more?” Parisi asked.Christie told Parisi he tried to direct more of the available state education funding toward suburban schools, but was waylaid by the state Supreme Court, which ruled that additional funds would have to be allocated to what are commonly called Abbott districts.“That’s why I’m trying to change the Supreme Court,” but Democrats on the Senate’s Judiciary Committee have stalled two nominees, he charged.“We need to get people on the Supreme Court who understand the limits of a judge,” Christie said. “The role is to interpret the law, not make law.”Striding around in shirtsleeves and holding a microphone, the governor said that he and Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno were elected to “turn Trenton upside down.”And given the fact that Senate President Steve Sweeney and Christie have reached an agreement for a 10 percent income tax credit, “When you have Democrats fighting on how we cut taxes not if we cut taxes,” he said, “you know we’ve turned Trenton upside down.”“If Kim and I had not come to Trenton, this would not have happened,” he said.Over the course of a little more than a hour of questions and answers, Christie offered some morsels of political red meat for the partisan members of the audience, taking swipes at former Democratic Governors Jon Corzine and Jim McGreevey and state Senator Richard Codey, for their “wasteful, over the top spending;”and aiming others at teachers’ unions, which he charged were blocking his attempts to reform public education.He also expressed support for constructing another nuclear power plant in the southern part of the state, which, he said, would create jobs and provide energy.Christie also said he plans to seek mandatory treatment for non-violent drug offenders in a secure facility. Treating drug offenders would lead to a much lower recidivism rate, he said. “This is not soft on crime,” said Christie, a former U.S. Attorney, acknowledging that the longstanding War on Drugs hasn’t worked. “This is smart on crime.”Adam, a young boy from Long Branch, offered the last question of the day, asking if Christie would be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate for the 2012 election. “If he calls and asks about vice president, I’ll listen to him,” Christie responded. But he told Adam, “If you’re going to make a guess, you can guess that Chris Christie will be governor in January 2013.”That remark was met with a large round of applause from the polite and largely supportive audience.“I hope he runs for president in 2016,” said Ocean Township resident Dorothy Johnson, describing herself as Republican as she was leaving the town hall meeting.“He talks to you like he’s talking to a person,” she said. “He’s not talking to you like he’s a politician looking for your vote.”NJ Governor Chris Christie in Ocean Township on TuesdayThese types of events are good for the governor because he’s very effective in them, John Weingart, associate director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, at Rutgers University, told The Two River Times on Wednesday.“He’s far from the first person to do this but he’s very good at it and I think he’s getting tremendous benefit from it,” Weingart said, “in terms of governing and in terms of future elections.“There is also the celebrity factor,” given Christie has commanded a national stage and had been the topic of conversations, and his overall command of the issues is of a great benefit for Christie, Weingart pointed out. “It makes him appear much better at these things than most governors, than most people on politics.”
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 30, 2016)–In his first try on turf, Vending Machine, who was a close third with a quarter mile to run, rallied to take Friday’s $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes at Santa Anita by three quarters of a length, providing Norberto Arroyo, Jr. and Peter Miller with a stakes double. A Kentucky-bred colt by Hard Spun, Vending Machine got one mile on a turf course listed as good in 1:35.87.“I was grateful, thankful to have the horses I did going into both stakes today,” said Arroyo, who took the Kalookan Queen Stakes earlier in the day with Miller’s Bad Ju Ju and who also notched his third overall win on the afternoon. “I have been working both of Pete’s horses down at San Luis Rey (Downs, Training Center). They’re both doing very well and thank God they both showed up today.”Most recently second in the Grade III Cecil B. DeMille Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 27, Vending Machine was claimed by Miller five starts back for $50,000 on Sept. 2. Off at 12-1 in a field of nine 2-year-olds, he paid $26.20, $12.20 and $6.00.When asked about running Vending Machine on turf for the first time, Miller responded, “I trained his half-brother, Comma to the Top, and he won the Generous Stakes (Grade III, one mile) on the turf and being a Hard Spun, his progeny have done well on turf so I thought he’d like it.”Owned by the Sinnott Family Trust, Vending Machine registered his third win from seven starts and with the winner’s share of $47,520, he increased his earnings to $104,325.Favored at 2-1 with Drayden Van Dyke up, Soglio flew late to nab pacesetter Cistron for the place by a head. Soglio paid $4.20 and $3.00.Cistron, who assumed command right out of the gate, had a one length advantage on the winner turning for home but had to settle for third, 1 ¾ lengths in front of Curly’s Waterfront. Off at 3-1 with Luis Contreras, Cistron paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.86, 48.19, 1:12.52 and 1:24.29.Note: The Eddie Logan Stakes, run for the 11th time, is named in honor of Santa Anita’s iconic shoeshine attendant, who manned his concession from Santa Anita’s opening on Dec. 25, 1934, through New Year’s Day, 2009. Born on May 2, 1910, Logan, who was known to thousands as “The Footman,” died at 98 at his home in nearby Monrovia on Jan. 31, 2009. REFORMED CLAIMER BY HARD SPUN GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:35.87