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first_imgArsenal cool transfer interest in Thomas Lemar Lemar is keen for more playing time (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have decided against moving for Thomas Lemar in the January transfer window, reports say.Mikel Arteta was linked with the France international, who was once a top target for Arsene Wenger in his time at Arsenal.Atletico Madrid are open to offloading Lemar this month, but Goal claim Arsenal is not an option for the forward.Arsenal believes Arteta already has a wealth of options in attack and the club does not have the funds to go after Lemar.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Coral BarryTuesday 7 Jan 2020 3:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Advertisementcenter_img Arteta post-Leeds win: We are not good enough to relaxTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:08FullscreenArteta post-Leeds win: We are not good enough to relaxhttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-post-leeds-win-not-good-relax-2082860/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Arsenal board concerned over Jerome Boateng signing from Bayern MunichMORE: Arsenal and Manchester United submit offers to sign Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain Advertisement Atletico are prepared to let Lemar go this month (Picture: Getty)Tottenham too have been credited with an interest in Lemar and Spurs are thought to favour a loan move with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe 24-year-old has struggled to live up to his price tag at Atletico and started just nine of his 16 appearances in La Liga this season.Arsenal are prepared to spend big in the winter market, but only if a deal too good to turn down emerges.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Gunners hierarchy do not consider the Lemar deal to fit that bill and will purse other loan options instead.Arteta has asked for defensive reinforcements and Arsenal are chasing several names, including Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng.However, the Arsenal board has raised concerns about signing Boateng due to his fitness history and lack of playing time this season.Arsenal do not want a repeat of Denis Suarez, which saw them splash out a significant loan fee on the forward before he was sent back to Barcelona early due to injury.last_img read more

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first_imgTeneriffe, Brisbane.I wrote a piece last year directly related to the comment, ‘I’m never going to own a property, it’s unaffordable’. In a nutshell my response was real estate is not unaffordable.Maybe the area you want to buy in is, but there is great value out there and perhaps the journey to the place you want to live starts with an investment in a place you don’t. I am reminded about the article regularly. Whether it be stories in the press about unaffordability, comments online or conversations with friends and family. During a chat about this recently, I was confronted by a friend. She is in her mid-40s, divorced and living in the outer suburbs of Sydney. She is no longer eligible for any first home buyer concessions and was fiercely arguing her point that the market was unaffordable for first home buyers or those people in her situation who couldn’t save at the same rate the market was growing. A very tough situation and adding to that is the reality that she doesn’t want to leave the area she has now lived in for many years. The facts are the facts, markets move. Sometimes up and sometimes down. Most people who live in the best or most expensive areas bought their first home somewhere else. That or some change has occurred and the market has crept out to them so what was once an undesirable area is now a hipster’s paradise. To catch the market, you have to get into the market. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoTeneriffe, Brisbane.The term ‘rentvestor’ describes people who are looking to get into the market but are not prepared to leave their community. What they do is buy an investment property in an area where they can afford and rent in the area they want to live in. Over time their investment increases in value and they either purchase another investment with the equity or sell and purchase in their area of choice. Getting angry at the market is like yelling at the surf because the swell is too big. I have watched markets move up and down with extraordinary speed over the last decade. In many markets around the country, the experts are saying it’s overheated while in other regional markets there is some extraordinary value. My advice to my friend was to establish her comfortable borrowing capacity and then spend some time online searching for the markets where she could buy properties in that price range. There will be more than you think. Once identified, it is time to become a student of that market. Subscribe to real estate website portals, get on local agent newsletters and make time to attend inspections and auctions. Real estate, like any investment, has an element of risk. She’s going to investigate some regional, coastal and even the Brisbane market. The decision to buy must be informed and independent but once you’re in, you are in.last_img read more

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first_imgTRAINS are set to reach Laos by the end of next year, with the signing of an agreement in mid-February between the government and Thai conglomerate Shaviriya Group. This paves the way for the private sector steel, information technology and property group to develop a network of up to 1300 km in the landlocked southeast Asian country.The first phase covers the 20 km link from the recently-completed Friendship Bridge across the Mekong river to the Laos capital at Vientiane. State Railway of Thailand awarded a contract last year for construction of a 4 km line from its 1000mm gauge railhead at Nong Khai to the bridge (RG 7.96 p408).Costed at 1bn baht, the Laos section is to be built within 18 months. Construction will be undertaken by a joint venture company owned 75% by Saharviriya and 25% by the Laos government. Equity will be provided by the Thai partners, in exchange for a 60 year operating concession and an optional 30 year extension. The JV will have property development rights for hotels and industrial estates along the route, together with an optic fibre telecommunications network. The government has also offered tax concessions for import of construction materials and on operating revenues for the first 18 years.Laos government spokesman Songkane Luangmuninthorne says the agreement also provides for development of a national network fanning out from Vientiane (table). The links to the Chinese and Vietnamese borders are expected to play a major role in the developing Asean rail network (RG 5.96 p256).Vientiane – Luang Prabang 220 kmLuang Prabang – Chinese border 220 kmVientiane – Tha Khaek 337 kmTha Khaek – Champasak 352 kmChampasak – Chong Mek 60 kmBorikamchai – Vinh (Vietnam) 69 kmWang Wien – Xieng Khuang 130 kmlast_img read more

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first_img Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime17 Mind-Blowing Makeovers By Makeup Artist Vanessa Davis2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV Now7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Manchester City’s appeal against a two-year ban from European competition opened before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday by videoconference, a court official told AFP. Manchester City’s appeal against a two-season ban from European football began on Monday City are accused of overstating sponsorship revenue to hide their failure to comply with UEFA’s financial fair-play (FFP) rules between 2012 and 2016. In addition to the ban, they were also fined 30 million euros ($34 million, £27 million). “The hearing has started well and the video conference is working well,” Matthieu Reeb, the secretary general of the Lausanne-based CAS, said. The remote hearing, which pits Manchester City against UEFA lawyers, opened 09:00 local time (0700 GMT) and is scheduled to last three days before closing on Wednesday evening.Advertisement Reeb said a decision could announced in July. Even if City’s appeal to CAS fails, the English champions could present a further appeal before the Swiss Federal Court, also based in Lausanne. UEFA’s case was prompted by a series of leaked emails published by German magazine Der Spiegel in 2018 that seemed to show how City manufactured extra sponsorship revenue from a series of companies with connections to the club’s Abu Dhabi-based owner Sheikh Mansour. Under the Sheikh’s ownership, City’s fortunes have been transformed, winning four Premier League titles in the past eight years. However, the billions invested in players and managers have not yet delivered the club’s first Champions League title.City are still involved in this season’s competition and will be allowed to compete should the 2019⁄20 edition of the Champions League return in August, no matter the outcome of the appeal.Another European powerhouse, Italian club AC Milan, has already been excluded from European competitions for failing to comply with the FFP rules, after losing their appeal to CAS in June 2019.A two-season ban from the competition would represent a huge blow to City’s prestige, finances and hope of keeping manager Pep Guardiola and key players like Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.“Two years would be long. One year is something I might be able to cope with,” De Bruyne told Het Laatste Nieuws last month.City banked 93 million euros from prize money and television rights alone by reaching the quarter-finals of last season’s Champions League.The further loss of gate receipts and commercial revenue would make it extremely difficult for the club to meet FFP regulations without cutting costs.– Harder line –City have steadfastly rejected UEFA’s allegations.“Based on our experience and our perception, this seems to be less about justice and more about politics,” said CEO of the City Football Group Ferran Soriano.UEFA has been under pressure, most publicly from La Liga president Javier Tebas, to impose a harder line on clubs backed by states, such as City and Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain.European football’s governing body also have plenty riding on the case. If they lose the appeal, the FFP regulations would be undermined.A delayed outcome would leave a cloud hanging over the return of the Premier League season.City seem certain to secure Champions League qualification on the field with a 12-point lead over fifth-placed Manchester United.Read Also: Lionel Messi passed fit for La Liga restartIf they are excluded, fifth would be good enough for the riches of next season’s Champions League, which are all the more valuable during the economic crisis caused by coronavirus.Just six points separate United from Crystal Palace in 11th, leaving plenty to play for in the final nine rounds of matches of the season once the Premier League restarts on June 17.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… Manchester City could struggle to keep manager Pep Guardiola and stars such as Kevin De Bruynelast_img read more

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first_img Berahino, who has burst on to the scene this season with six goals in nine matches for Albion, is to put pen to paper on a new contract “in the next 24 hours” according to head coach Steve Clarke. The 20-year-old striker, who grabbed the winner in a 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in September, has also bagged six goals in four games for England Under-21s. Despite there being a number of quality forwards in the West Brom squad, Clarke has no qualms Berahino will continue to make an impact. “Hopefully now he’s going to sign we can forget talking about contracts and talk about Saido the player, and keep trying to help him improve,” added Clarke. “And he shouldn’t be worried about where he is in the pecking order. “I think I have shown this season if it’s the right moment to put him on the pitch, I’ve done that, so he doesn’t have to worry about that. “He knows exactly where he is in the scheme of things here and how I use my squad. “When I turn to my bench and I’ve choices to make Saido has shown he can be the player I bring on to the pitch, or he can start games.” Rising West Brom star Saido Berahino is poised to commit his long-term future to the Baggies. After being constantly questioned about Berahino’s new deal over a number of months, Clarke showed signs of relief when asked again on Thursday whether the matter was almost done and dusted. Finally able to give a definitive answer, Clarke said: “I’m not very good at predictions, but I’m going to make another one – Saido will sign his contract in the next 24 hours.” Suggesting the deal would be a weight off Berahino’s mind, Clarke added: “It will be great for Saido because he is a young boy who has maybe become a little bit distracted by the fact it has been ongoing for so long. “I just feel there have been other things on his mind over the last couple of weeks. “When you get so close to signing what I have described before as a very, very, very good contract, as a young boy it can be difficult sometimes to get your head around that. “That’s been a little negative with regard to the situation, but there are not too many negatives surrounding Saido this season. “He has been a breath of fresh air in the squad, been a revelation. He’s made a big contribution to us already. “When he signs his contract he will have a massive part to play in the rest of the season for us.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has sprung to the defence of Cardiff counterpart Malky Mackay, accusing the Welsh club’s owner Vincent Tan of “knowing nothing about football”. The Bluebirds visit Anfield on Saturday after a week in which there has been a public fall out between Mackay and Tan over transfers, leading to more speculation over the manager’s future. Their first season in the Barclays Premier League has seen further off-field strife with the sacking of head of recruitment Iain Moody, who was replaced by someone with no football background and a friend of Tan’s son. Rodgers finds it unbelievable that the situation has been allowed to develop as it has. “I find it incredible all the talk about Malky, who I know well from working with him at Watford,” said the former Swansea boss. “I find it astonishing what he has had to go through. This is a guy who walked into Cardiff after they had lost in the play-off semi-finals and they waited two weeks to sack the manager Dave Jones on the day we (Swansea) were in the final – which I found strange. “Malky walked into the club with 10 players that summer and he totally transformed the mentality of the club. “He took them to the Carling Cup final, to a play-off place and just lost out and the following season took them to the championship and promotion. “He has had great results this season and is going to go on and be a great manager at a big club and I find it absolutely astonishing there is talk about him leaving there. “I worked with Iain Moody at Watford, one of the most authentic people you could ever meet. “My only conclusion is you have a business guy operating the club who knows absolutely nothing about football. Press Association “He has obviously been a successful businessman – congratulations but football is like no other business. “When I see what Malky has had to put up with, to see him being questioned I find it remarkable. “Especially when supporters there look up to him and respect him for what he’s done.” Liverpool also found themselves with owners who knew nothing about football when Fenway Sports Group took over in October 2010. However, Rodgers said the Americans have spent time learning the ropes in terms of owning and running the club and were prepared to be patient. “They have a strategy,” he said. “When I look at decisions being made about managers this week it makes me really appreciate the decision to come here. “The owners have been so supportive of me but ultimately they had a strategy, a vision in terms of how they wanted to work. “They brought someone in and trusted them to give them that time to implement it. “We have some way to go in order to be where I want us to be but it is clear we are making progress and you have to give the owners clear credit for that. “Never once have I felt under any pressure. If they are putting you under extreme pressure in a short period of time it may affect decision-making. “Even in the most difficult moments in the first six months here, when we didn’t have a lot of coaching time with the players, they were strong and committed in terms of the choice they made. “Hopefully over the longer term they will get rewards for that because they have shown strategically they know where they want the club to go and they are prepared to give it the time to evolve.” last_img read more

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first_img Press Association Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes in-form striker Alvaro Negredo has proved a perfect addition to the squad. Negredo took his goal tally for the season to 18 with a brilliant hat-trick in City’s 6-0 rout of West Ham in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday. The Spaniard, signed last summer from Sevilla for £20million, has also formed effective partnerships with first Sergio Aguero and now – in the injury-enforced absence of the Argentinian – Edin Dzeko. He also showed against West Ham how hard-working he is all round the field, notably when he chased back to his own area – when City were leading 3-0 – to win a tackle. Pellegrini said: “On more than one occasion he ran back to win the ball. “He recovered balls, he scored three goals, he was the link with the midfielders – it was a complete game. “I always thought he was the player this team needed. I knew him very well from the nine years I was in Spain, so when he arrived here I was absolutely sure he was the striker we needed.” Dzeko also struck twice against the Hammers at the Etihad Stadium and Pellegrini was pleased with how the pair combined. The former Malaga coach said: “Both of them played very well – and also the midfielders (David) Silva, (Yaya) Toure and (Samir) Nasri did well. “That’s why when we made a squad at the beginning of the season, we brought in important players. “You normally have a lot of injuries during the season, and Alvaro and Dzeko have replaced Aguero and (Stevan) Jovetic, who is another important player who can’t play at the moment. “It is important for the team that we don’t depend on just one name.” Negredo believes he is probably enjoying the best spell of his career, although he still thinks he can improve. The 28-year-old said: “My feelings and my game make me think this could be the best moment, we just have to wait (on that), but I’m feeling comfortable. “I score a lot of goals and hopefully I can make some assists. “Hopefully I can continue like this for the rest of my career. “The only goal is to grow, to improve as a player and become better.” Negredo’s value has undoubtedly increased during his short time with high-flying City. Just 12 months ago he was being linked with a £13million switch to Everton but he feels he moved to England at the right time. He said: “There were some rumours but I just wanted to finish the season with Seville. “I wanted to wait until it got to the summer before I started looking at other options. “I never really considered the possibility of moving in January.” last_img read more

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first_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Bio Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.center_img Ellsworth junior Bryce Harmon goes for a contested layup in the Eagles’ 63-47 loss to Lake Region in the Class B state championship Friday night in Bangor. PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROPBANGOR – The Lake Region boys’ basketball team used speed and pressure to defeat Ellsworth 63-47 in Friday night’s Class B state championship at the Cross Insurance Center.The Lake Region Lakers outscored the Ellsworth Eagles 18-5 in the third quarter en route to their first state title in 31 years.“They were much quicker than we were,” Ellsworth coach Peter Austin said of Lake Region. “That’s a good team.”Ellsworth would remain in the game until the second half.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBoth squads came out hot in the opening quarter. Ellsworth senior Nicholas Bagley scored the first points just 15 seconds into the game with a 3-pointer. Nick Wandishin answered with four points for Lake Region.Ellsworth senior Bruce St. Peter put the Eagles back on top with a field goal, and sophomore Zach Harris added to it with a fast break layup on a steal.Nate Smith hit a 3-pointer for Lake Region to tie the score 7-7.The Eagles would take back the lead three more times over the next three minutes. Junior Bryce Harmon pulled Ellsworth back ahead with a basket, and Lake Region’s Jackson Lesure matched it. St. Peter hit a field goal and a free throw and, 12 seconds later, so did Smith to tie the score again 12-12.“We got our shots that we needed, and we got in the right spots and set some good screens,” Austin said Ellsworth’s performance early in the game.St. Peter hit one more foul shot to give the Eagles their final lead with two minutes and 30 second left in the first quarter. From there, Lake Region outscored Ellsworth 7-1 to enter the second period up 19-14.The Eagles stuck with the Lakers for the rest of the half. Bruce St. Peter scored five of Ellsworth’s 10 second-quarter points to cut Lake Region’s lead to 28-24 at halftime.But Lake Region opened the third quarter with a 16-point run.“Lake Region’s defense turned it up a notch,” Austin said. “We just couldn’t get going, and we couldn’t hit a shot either.”Bagley ended Ellsworth’s scoring drought with a field goal-and-one with three minutes left in the third period. Senior Kyle Golding would score Ellsworth’s only other basket that quarter.Down 46-29, Zach Harris opened the final period with a 3-pointer. He followed it with a field goal on the Eagles’ next possession, but they would never get back within striking distance.“The lead was just insurmountable at that time,” Austin said. “And we were tired puppies because of them. They got up and down the floor.”Still, Ellsworth would put up 18 points in the fourth quarter. St. Peter and Golding contributed four and three of those points while Bagley and senior Charles Libby also each hit a 3-pointer.St. Peter led Ellsworth with a game-high 15 points. Bagley, Golding and Harris contributed nine, eight and seven.Smith and Lesure each scored 14 points for the Lakers.Lake Region outrebounded Ellsworth 36-25. Austin said the Lakers’ pressure also affected the Eagles, who made just 16 of their 50 shots.“I knew the pressure was going to be there,” Austin said. “We were just always on our heels the whole game.”The Eagles’ 10-game winning streak came to an end, but not before they notched their first regional title in 28 years.“The outcome didn’t come out the way we wanted, but the community support has been great,” Austin said. “It was a great ride. We just came up against a better team tonight.”View more photos from the game here.The Ellsworth boys’ basketball team poses with its regional championship and state runner-up plaques after its 63-47 loss to Lake Region in the Class B state championship Friday night in Bangor. PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROP Latest Posts Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016last_img read more

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first_imgUW quarterback John Stocco shined in his 2006 home debut against Western Illinois, completing 15 of 25 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown.Stocco left the game with a bang, hitting his tight end Andy Crooks with a short pass as he was hit hard by the Leathernecks’ blitz. Crooks promptly rumbled up the middle for a 24-yard touchdown, putting the Badgers up 34-3 and bringing the Camp Randall crowd to its feet.However, the only one not standing and cheering was Stocco, who got up gingerly and left under his own power with UW trainers by his side.Here’s the good news: Stocco is fine.”I just got my head shook up a little bit, I got hit in the jaw, I think, but I feel all right now,” Stocco added.However, since Crooks’ touchdown effectively put the game out of reach for UW, Stocco — along with Joe Thomas, Kraig Urbik and other first-stringers — sat the rest of the game. Tyler Donovan took over the reins for the last 10 minutes, and — putting things lightly — didn’t impress.Donovan threw three passes, and only one of them was completed … to Leathernecks cornerback Kevin Almlie, who brought back the interception 17 yards for WIU’s only touchdown of the game. Donovan also was sacked twice and was called for two delay-of-game penalties, although Bielema blamed the coaching staff for the latter of those miscues.”The part that we’ve really got to clean up [is] just the mechanics of how the clock is going to be started on the change of possession,” Bielema said, referring to the NCAA’s new rules in 2006 concerning the play clock. “There’s a little bit of inconsistency as far as when that thing is actually starting to roll and the communication to us [as coaches].”We’ve just got to get a better feel for that and understand it, because we can’t have that happen in Big Ten play.”In the end, despite Donovan’s alleged progress in fall camp with UW’s first team, the fourth-quarter fiasco could make Badger players, coaches and fans very nervous in thinking about what could happen to Wisconsin’s season should Stocco go down.”Obviously, we didn’t execute the way that we needed to out there,” Bielema said. “It’s been a difficult road, I think, for Tyler … maybe he wasn’t as sharp in his preparation as he would be looking back on it.”It wasn’t just Donovan, however, who played poorly in the final minutes of the game. The two delay-of-game calls were accompanied by a medley of other bad penalties, including two flags for an ineligible receiver downfield and another for 12 men on the field.”[There’s] a lot of things they can clean up,” Stocco said afterward, speaking of the second unit. “A lot of it, we can’t have those mistakes, those delay of games, and all that stuff that happened. That wasn’t just Tyler, that’s the coaches too and other guys out there, that’s something that we all have to clean up.”The more reps [Donovan] gets, the better he’s going to get.”Moreover, without Thomas and Urbik anchoring the line, true freshman Lance Smith ran the ball three times for no gain and added a late carry for just one yard.All told, with penalty yards included, the Badgers ran nine plays in the final 10 minutes for — get ready for this — a loss of 28 yards.”One thing that I’m not afraid to do as a coach, I love to challenge people,” Bielema said. “The one thing [we] need to do is [we] need to respond, and I really expect our team to respond this week.”How, Bielema was asked, would he challenge Donovan after Saturday’s debacle?”Not repeat today’s performance,” Bielema replied with a wry grin.last_img read more

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first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jay Bromley didn’t have to look far to find defensive linemen to look up to.As the developing defensive lineman grew up in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, New York, the New York Giants consistently had some of the best pass-rushers in the NFL. His personal favorite was defensive end Osi Umenyiora.“I loved the D-line of that whole team,” Bromley said. “The inside guys, outside guys, the pressure they put on the quarterback. They just caused havoc.“Defensive linemen have been the root and the foundation of this defense for years.”But after finishing in the NFL’s Top 10 in team sacks 11 times in the last 20 years, the Giants’ ability to terrorize opposing quarterbacks hasn’t been the same. With the 10th pick in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Giants made an investment for their future with Bromley. They also added to the Syracuse culture — rejoining Bromley with Ryan Nassib and Justin Pugh — within the franchise in hopes he’ll help the team’s defensive line rediscover its glory days.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I believe I can be a presence to help stop the run and I believe hopefully I’ll get an opportunity to show what I can do on third down,” Bromley said during Giants training camp in July. “But everything comes with time. I’m not in a rush to make anything crazy happen.“I just want to be patient, learn each and every day and continue to get better.”When Bromley lines up opposite the Giants’ offensive linemen at practice, the rookie defensive tackle can look to his left and find Pugh’s familiar face.But the fights he and Pugh used to pick with each other — and sometimes get kicked off the practice field at Syracuse for — are in the past.“Luckily we’re not out on the streets, you can get arrested out there for doing that stuff,” said Pugh, a second-year right tackle with the Giants. “Me and Bromley got into it a few times at Syracuse but he’s my boy, so when you get upfield you give him a high-five and all’s good.”Nassib doesn’t go up against Bromley as much as Pugh might, but has welcomed him to the Giants’ organization just as warmly.“Great kid. I loved him when we were at Syracuse and I’m going to love him now,” said Nassib, the Giants’ backup quarterback and the all-time passing yards leader at Syracuse. “He knows that if he ever needs anything, any advice or whatever, that Justin and I are always here for him.“He plays with a lot of heart, a lot of aggression and I’m excited for him.”When the Giants knocked off the New England Patriots in both Super Bowl XLII and XLVI, they recorded more sacks than any other teams in each of the respective postseasons.From the easternmost borough of New York City, Bromley studied those linemen — and still hasn’t stopped studying pass rushers across the country.“I love watching the D-linemen play and just try to imitate the greats,” Bromley said. “That’s the way I look at it. You can always take little things and try to sprinkle it in your game.”But now, for the Giants, the days of Umenyiora’s productivity are long gone and the era of Hall of Famer Michael Strahan — who ranks fifth in NFL history in sacks — is even more distant.For the first time in 18 years, the Giants have gone back-to-back seasons placing outside of the top 20 in the NFL in team sacks.Jason Pierre-Paul was once one of the most feared young defensive ends in the league, but is coming off two unproductive, incomplete seasons. He’s now expected to be the anchor of the Giants’ front four, since defensive end Justin Tuck bolted to the Oakland Raiders as a free agent.“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Pierre-Paul said at training camp in July. “The rookies we have here, I told straight up: Just do what you can to help us out but at the same time, learn the system.”The Giants’ base defense is a 4-3 and the defensive tackles often line up in the three-technique, across from the B-gap between the offensive guard and tackle. SU ran a 4-3 and Bromley mostly played three-technique with the Orange, and those familiarities could work to his advantage as he adjusts to the NFL.Though his hand skills and lower-body strength were adequate for taking on blocks and shedding them, Bromley said, his ability to keep his shoulder pads low needed work during training camp.At 6 feet, 3 inches, he said, it’s not easy to stay low to the ground.“He really needs to work on a lot of technique and needs every rep he can get,” Giants defensive line coach Robert Nunn said in July. “Great attitude, good personality, fits in the room and he’s off to a good start, but he needs time. But I like where he is as far as his eagerness.“He’s done an outstanding job picking up the defense. Really exciting prospect.”Bromley, listed at 306 pounds, has added about 20 pounds since last year, but said he’s still at a comfortable size for mobility.He’s noticed that offensive linemen at the professional level are bigger and still just as quick as he is, and much sharper technique is needed to beat them.After being deactivated for the Giants’ season opener, Bromley received his first NFL action at home against the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 14 and recorded his first NFL tackle.He’s low on the Giants’ depth chart now and it may be a while before he sees meaningful snaps.Bromley has a long way to go to become the Giants’ next great pass rusher, but playing his home games in a stadium 40 minutes from where he grew up is a good start.“It means everything, man,” Bromley said. “I was blessed enough to be drafted home and have the opportunity to play here. I just want to make the most of it.” Comments Published on September 23, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more