Boys’ Town stalwart defender Xavian Virgo says he holds no ill feelings towards temperamental Waterhouse striker Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson, who knocked him unconscious with an elbow during their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football game at Barbican Field last Sunday.”Tuffy called me the night. Although I could not really hear what he was saying because the line was breaking up, I knew he was apologising, so I just told him that everything was all right and that there were no hard feelings,” he said.”This is something that Tuffy Anderson always does in a game. He plays like that. It’s a natural thing for him,” admitted Virgo.”It’s dangerous because it was a scary moment for me. But it was just a challenge, and I came out on the bad side of it. He could have come out on the wrong side as well. So I have nothing against Tuffy. It’s just one of those days. It’s football all over,” Virgo told The Gleaner at a Locker Room Sports KSAFA Jackie Bell KO match at their Collie Smith Drive grounds on Tuesday, which Boys’ Town won 4-2 over Maxfield Park.Virgo also implored.”All I am just saying as a player is that we need to be more careful because it might happen to somebody else and it might be worse,” he said.”Some of the players need to be careful when they are playing because serious things can happen in football and some of us have our families to take care of. We are not playing to hurt each other, even though we play to win, play aggressive and hard, but be careful when they are out there playing.”NODAMAGEThe 30-year-old said he went blank after being hit but is pleased to know that he did not receive any major damage.”Tuffy jumped in front of me, swung his elbow and hit me in the centre of my face. I fell to the ground and saw blood coming from my face and I called to the referee, who was running towards me, looked at it and said ‘Tuffy, you see what you did?’. Then after that, I can’t tell you what happened as I passed out.”But none of the bones were damaged, so that was good. I only have a little pain to the neck. But all in all, I am recovering well … . By the next game, I should be ready because I returned to training this (Tuesday) morning,” he disclosed.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Fans to the Knapp Center for Thursday’s men’s basketball season opener against Buena Vista University and throughout the men’s and women’s basketball season will notice many enhancements to the fan experience at the Knapp Center, including the sale of beer and new, lower concession prices.”We have an incredible group of fans that have supported us for years, and we are excited to find new ways to enhance their experience at our basketball games” said Drake director of athletics Brian Hardin. “As our fan base continues to grow and evolve, we strive to meet their expectations to provide a first-class experience and make the Knapp Center an exciting venue to support Des Moines’ Hometown Team.”Outside the Knapp Center, upgraded exterior lighting will help guide fans safely and efficiently from adjacent parking lots into the Knapp Center.Once inside the Knapp Center fans will see a brand new Ron Pearson Court and state-of-the-art lighting array that was installed during the summer. In addition to providing a more even, consistent light throughout the Knapp Center, the technology allows for customized lighting configurations and special effects to enhance the gameday experience for fans and student-athletes alike. The enhancements inside and outside the Knapp Center will provide sustainable lighting at Drake University and over time the efficiencies of the fixtures will lower energy costs and save the University money.Additional concession options also greet fans, along with the sale of beer to the general public as Drake becomes the first Division I collegiate basketball venue in the state of Iowa to offer the amenity to all ticket holders of legal age arena-wide. Initial beer offerings will include a selection of national and local craft brands and will be available on the main concourse and off the court in the northeast atrium. As this new offering is made available to fans of legal age, Drake has designated two sections in the Knapp Center as alcohol-free seating sections. Patrons will not be permitted to possess alcohol in Sections J, K and L on the west end of the Knapp Center, traditionally held for Drake students and band, and General Admission seating sections R, S and T on the east end of the Knapp Center. Additional security measures and an expanded security presence will be in effect throughout the Knapp Center.The revamped, fan-friendly concession prices include 15 items priced at less than $5 and seven items for less than $3. Two special meal deals have also been created, including a Family Four Pack that offers four hot dogs, four soft drinks and four popcorns for just $24, a savings of $12. An individual Drake Meal Deal is available with a hot dog, soft drink and popcorn for $7. These concession choices continue to bolster the selection at the Knapp Center that also features menu items from Chick-Fil-A for the second-straight season.Fans can fully experience these enhancements to gameday at the Knapp Center through Drake Athletics’ Hometown Team Starter Kit. For $15, fans will receive a ticket to Thursday’s men’s basketball home opener, a ticket to a future game, an official ‘Des Moines’ Hometown Team’ t-shirt and a small popcorn. To order the Hometown Team Starter Kit, use promo code HOMETOWN at DrakeTix.com/promoSeason ticket packages as well as six-game and 10-game flex packages are also available for both Drake men’s and women’s basketball via DrakeTix.com or by calling 515-271-3647. Story Links Buy Tickets Print Friendly Version
7 April 2014 South Africa suffered a heart-breaking 2-3 loss to Lithuania in their Euro Africa Group 2 second round Davis Cup tie at the Irene Country club outside of Centurion on Sunday, having led 2-1 heading into the final day’s play. The advantage was with the home team after Jean Andersen and Raven Klaasen won the doubles on Saturday to give them the lead, and an enthusiastic crowd was on hand to cheer them on, but it wasn’t enough as the Lithuanians staged a strong fightback. Friday’s reverse singles had been shared, with Ricardas Berankis beating Jean Andersen 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 and Rik de Voest running out a 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 7-6 (7-4) winner over Laurynas Grigelis.Thriller In Sunday’s first match, Berankis defeated De Voest 6-2, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 in a three- and-a-half hour thriller. Berankis, who was ranked 67th in the world last year in May before suffering an injury, worked the South African number one hard on his way to a crucial victory. De Voest put up a big fight, in what was his 20th and last Davis Cup rubber for his country. He will be retiring from tennis later this year.‘Emotional’ “Berankis was the quality player out there today,” De Voest said afterwards. “Walking onto court, I really felt emotional, knowing that this was my last match for my country, but with the unbelievable support from the crowd, I was able to put my nerves behind me and focus on the task. Unfortunately the win wasn’t to be and Ricardas was just too good and solid today.” De Voest had a big chance to get ahead in the tenth game of the fourth set when he held three break points, but he failed to capitalise on them. “Things may have been different if I had broken in that tenth game,” he admitted.Tactical change After the Berankis victory, the tie was level at 2-2. South African captain, John- Laffnie de Jager then made a tactical change and named Ruan Roelofse for the final rubber instead of the originally nominated Jean Andersen. Although Roelofse has limited Davis Cup experience, De Jager felt his big game could upset the rhythm of the Lithuanians. Unfortunately it did not go well for the 24-year-old South African, and although the powerfully-built Roelofse put up a gallant effort, he went down to Laurynas Grigelis 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 4-6 in just over three hours.Chances Roelofse certainly had his chances. He was up a break in the third set at 4-2 and had he capitalised on that advantage, it could have been a different ball game. “Yes I had my chances and when I look back it upsets me I didn’t take them, but overall I felt I played a good game and did myself and South Africa proud,” he said afterwards.Credit to Lithuania A disappointed De Jager said that all credit should go to Lithuania for coming to South Africa and taming the altitude and putting up a really good performance. “The Lithuanians must be applauded for their effort. It is never easy playing away from home but they arrived early, worked hard, and adapted well by the time the tie started,” De Jager said. He also praised for his team, saying: “My team and squad overall gave their best and put in a real good week. I am proud of them. Now we need to regroup and work hard for 2015.” After the defeat, South Africa will remain in Euro/Africa Group 2 for 2015. SAinfo reporter
Spain’s new coach Luis Enrqiue has promised that his rein will be more of an evolution than a revolution and there will be plenty of surprises in his first squad.Spain is famous for their posession-based passing game or tiki-taka as they like to call it but that hasn’t worked for the 2010 World Cup winners lately. But, Enrqiue emphasied on the fact that their playing style won’t change but changes will be made.After a controversial start to the 2018 World Cup, Spain were knocked out by hosts Russia in the round-of-16 stages and that was followed by Fernando Hierro, their interim coach, leaving the post. Spain just won one match in Russia under Hierro and struggled to break down a stout Russian defence in the last 16 stage before being knocked out in penalties.But Enrqiue feels that there is no need of a drastic change in style.Luis Enrique named Spain coach after World Cup 2018 debacle”There won’t be a revolution, rather an evolution. You can evolve a style of play without altering it, as I showed at Barcelona,” Enrique told a news conference.”Football is a continuous evolution and we’ll look to do just that to the current idea we have. We can play good football, be aggressive, control the ball and hurt our opponents. There’s things we need to improve, too.”Luis Enrique: “Me gusta lo que veo y lo que transmite la @SeFutbol”https://t.co/HSyI9DzI6s#BienvenidoLuisEnrique pic.twitter.com/EtymxmKu6BSelección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) July 19, 2018Enrique, who coached Barcelona between 2014 and 2017 winning two La Liga titles as well as the 2015 Champions League, also intimated he would pick players on form and style of play, rather than on reputation.advertisement”I can’t wait to announce my first squad; there’ll be plenty of surprises, that’s for sure. The first list I composed had about 70 players on it.”It’s good for them to not know whether or not they’ll definitely be included or not and I’ve not spoken to any players yet.”Fernando Hierro snaps tie with Spanish football after World Cup horrorOne of his first tasks will be to resolve the international future of Barca defender Gerard Pique.The 31-year-old had previously stated he was intending to retire from international football after the World Cup but has not publicly confirmed his position since.”His is a special case as two years ago he said he was going to retire. I’d like to be able to count on all players and Pique is of course one of them. He’s shown what a player he is. You need to respect the players’ wishes, though.”(With inputs from Reuters)