Old Firm derby win excites Gerrard as Rangers end Celtic Park hoodoo

first_imgHowever, Gerrard believes his side’s performance in that match laid the foundations to get their reward this time round.“Celtic took a trophy away from us, but we’ve come away with huge belief from that game,” added Gerrard.“That’s why we’ve come here, took the game to Celtic and got a lot of joy from it.”After a bright start from the visitors, it was Celtic who were gifted a huge chance to take the lead just after the half hour mark when Katic was penalised for holding Christopher Jullien from a corner.Christie struck his penalty low and hard but Alan McGregor got down to his left to turn the ball to safety.Just as the hosts were beginning to take control, Rangers scored their first goal against their bitter rivals in three games this season when Kent smashed Borna Barisic’s low cross in off the post.The lead lasted just six minutes, though, as luck shined on Celtic when Callum McGregor’s shot deflected in off the arm of Edouard and was not spotted by referee Kevin Clancy.Alfredo Morelos has scored 28 goals this season but had another Old Firm derby to forget as the Colombian has still not netted in 12 meetings against Celtic and was sent-off for the seventh time in two seasons deep into stoppage time.Morelos had a huge chance to restore Rangers’ lead early in the second half but spooned over after a brilliant low cross from Kent left the goal at his mercy.Rangers had to wait just six minutes longer to get back in front as they peppered the Celtic goal with a series of set-pieces and the pressure paid off when Katic powered home a Barisic corner.“Big moments decide big games and you cannot give a guy a free header in our box,” said Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Loading… Steven Gerrard hailed Rangers’ 2-1 win at Celtic as the best feeling of his managerial career so far as the blue side of Glasgow won an Old Firm clash on enemy soil for the first time since 2010. Ryan Kent and Nikola Katic struck either side of Odsonne Edouard’s controversial equaliser to take control of the Scottish Premiership title race.Advertisement Read Also: Arsenal vs Chelsea: Late Leno error deny Arteta first win as Gunners bossMorelos saw red for the second time in three games with virtually the last action of the game as he was shown a second yellow card for diving inside the area.However, Rangers comfortably saw out the final stages to snap Celtic’s 11-game winning streak in the league and set up a thrilling title race when the action resumes in the new year after a three-week winter break.“I think they need a rest. We were not at our best today,” added Lennon.“They’ve got to get really hungry now. We are not prepared to give up anything and we won’t.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Gerrard’s men still trail Celtic by two points, but have a game in hand on the Scottish champions as they aim to end a run of eight straight league titles for the green-and-white half of Glasgow. “It feels the best right now,” said the former Liverpool captain on whether this was his biggest win since taking charge 18 months ago.“It’s emotional. You can see in my reaction after the game. It’s a big moment for the team, for the club, it’s been through too much pain here.”Celtic were left to rue Ryan Christie’s penalty miss with the score at 0-0 as they suffered a first home league defeat since May 2018.Rangers dominated the League Cup final between the sides earlier this month, but a host of missed chances and a stunning goalkeeping performance from Fraser Forster won 10-man Celtic the trophy. Promoted Content8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Timelast_img read more

Kadejhia Sellers is more than just fast

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Three seconds were left on the clock. Manchester Regional High School (New Jersey) was down by one. The ball was in Kadejhia Sellers’ hands, like it always was at the end of games. The star basketball player would graduate Manchester as the all-time leading scorer with 1,059 points. And Manchester just needed two.Head coach David Sposato still remembers what happened next vividly. Sellers dribbled the length of the floor, through the entire defense for a game-winning layup as the buzzer sounded.“For most people to dribble the length of the court in such a short period of time while being covered would be impossible,” Sposato said. “But due to her sheer speed, she was able to do it.”Sellers has taken her speed to the next level, now a senior leader for Syracuse in track and field. She received All-ACC honors in 2016-17. That spring, she placed third in the 400 meters at the ACC Championships. Last season was highlighted by a win in the same event at the Boston University Valentine Invitational. Her raw athleticism and leadership make her the runner she is.“She’s the kind of kid that I’d love it if she had eight years of eligibility and we can go ahead and play with her being a 60-meter runner one year and play with being a 200-meter runner one year,” Syracuse assistant coach Dave Hegland, who coaches the sprinters, said. “I just think she could do a lot. She’s got a really wide range of abilities.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSellers’ mom, Patsy Waters, remembers when Sellers was little and played outside, developing the versatility that would propel her. During games of hide and seek, Sellers would sprint and be the first one hidden. She was never caught.“She just moves really, really quick,” Waters said.  “So I was like, ‘wow.’ And she has really long legs, too.”When she moved from South Carolina to New Jersey her sophomore year of high school, she landed a spot on the Manchester basketball team.The 2014-15 season was Manchester’s best in three decades. After Sellers graduated, it went from 15 wins to five wins the next year. Sposato said she still holds an “iconic” role in school history. Her number, 20, has not been worn since she left. It didn’t matter if she were exhausted, Sposato said. With their fast pace style of play, she normally was. But when the team needed her late, she would kick into another gear.“It’s a great thing when your best player is also your hardest worker,” Sposato said. “So the rest of your team is working their butts off because you have a girl who’s a stud, who’s all out sprinting and coming early and putting the time in.”She ran track before she moved states, though only in the outdoor season because of basketball. She threw discus — not every meet, she was just “playing around” — and nearly broke a school record on her first throw. She’s also ran the 60 meters in 7.37 seconds which Hegland called “exceptional” for a 400-meter runner.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorSposato believed that even if she was taught volleyball, she would’ve been the best player on the court. Hegland wishes there was more time in each season so he could have really seen what she could do.At Manchester, a fast time in the 400-meters in her junior year caught the attention of schools like Syracuse. Hegland said the more the staff learned about Sellers, the more they liked her.“The fact that she was playing basketball and playing at a high level, that helped her,” Hegland said. “She picks up on new things really quick … She’s a very adaptive athlete.”Some Division II schools offered to bring her in for both basketball and track. But Sellers said she recognized that while her passion was basketball, her talent was track. She could do more with it.When Sellers got to SU, she had to make adjustments. Running indoors for the first time, she had to learn how to cut into lanes quicker, as well as adjust to different lengths.“Mentally it kind of messes you up, whereas outdoor you’re just running one lap and indoor is two laps,” Sellers said.But she fit in quickly, becoming All-ACC in indoor, not outdoor. Hegland was impressed with how well she faced the steep learning curve. As the only senior female sprinter on the roster, it’s now her turn to help the younger runners make their adjustments.“She always has a plan and a goal not only for herself, but for the whole team,” Alexis Crosby, a freshman teammate, said. “So it’s been an inspiration to be around her and to just learn from her.”While Sellers specializes in the 400-meter run, she has been used elsewhere — and has found success. She finished second in the 200-meter race in the 2017 BU Valentine invitational. In the 2015 Cornell Greg Page Relays, she won the 300-meters.But no matter what Sellers does, her philosophy remains the same.“Everything I do, I have to make sure I do it in excellence,” Sellers said. “Because if I do it in excellence, then the team will follow that excellence.”center_img Published on January 30, 2019 at 1:01 am Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edulast_img read more

St. Lucie County issues new mask mandate

first_imgAuthorities in St. Lucie County have issued a mandate requiring the public to wear face coverings while in public places.The emergency order was established Monday after health officials identified 3,061 cases of COVID-19 in the area.“Our numbers have continually increased,” said Health Director for St. Lucie County Clint Spreber.  “Protection increases when all people are wearing face coverings.”Under the order, those in the area are required to wear face coverings in all public buildings and businesses, as well as in outdoor areas when social distancing cannot be observed.Face mask must also be worn at indoor and outdoor restaurants at all times except for when “actively consuming food and beverages.”The mandate does not apply to children under the age of two or to those with severe medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing a mask.The mandate will remain in place for the next 30 days. Those who do not obey the order will be subjected to fines up to $125.last_img read more