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Hull make interest in Gestede known

first_imgHull are ready to test Blackburn’s resolve over one of their strikers again, with Rovers boss Gary Bowyer conceding Rudy Gestede’s future may lie in the hands of the Sky Bet Championship club’s owners. Press Association That means Bruce will scour the market for attacking reinforcements again and Bowyer confirmed Hull are interested in Gestede, who notched 25 goals in the last calendar year. And despite ignoring Bruce’s advances for Rhodes just a few months ago, Rovers may be tempted to cash in on his strike partner given they will spend this month under a Football League-imposed transfer embargo. “Hull City have shown interest (in Gestede),” Bowyer confirmed. “There has been interest from several Premier League clubs in Rudy. Does it surprise me? No, it doesn’t. “With all due respect, 12 months ago not many people had heard of Rudy Gestede. Now he’s burst on the scene and he’s been a great bit of business by us. “Do we want to sell him? No, not at all. But I am aware of the financial situation and that decision would be out of my hands.” Towering striker Gestede, 26, joined Rovers permanently from Cardiff in a cut-price deal last January and the Benin international has since averaged better than a goal every other game. His capture, just 18 months on from Rhodes’ £8million switch from Huddersfield, represented a new transfer philosophy for Rovers, who have spent much of Bowyer’s tenure offloading high earners and bringing in bargain buys. The Tigers were left frustrated when their attempts to prize Jordan Rhodes away from Ewood Park with an eight-figure sum were rebuffed during the latter stages of the summer transfer window. Steve Bruce eventually signed Uruguay international Abel Hernandez but both he and fellow striker Nikica Jelavic could now be out for six weeks with injuries. “The model we went down when we first started 18 months ago was to start again, get young players through with hunger and desire that hadn’t quite achieved the heights of senior, experienced players and work with them, develop them and improve them,” Bowyer explained. “As a result of that model you know that there are always going to be situations where the big boys will be interested in your players. It’s something I have totally been aware of. “We are not the only ones. Swansea have just sold (Wilfried) Bony (to Manchester City). For people to bury their head in the sand and say we shouldn’t become a selling club….they are being naive.” Blackburn, like Championship rivals Nottingham Forest and Leeds, are not permitted to spend any transfer fees this month but any money accrued from Gestede’s sale would go a significant way to ensuring the east Lancashire club do not fall foul of the Football League’s rules again in the summer. So while the club’s owners, the Venky’s family, felt the need to veto Rhodes’ possible exit, Bowyer acknowledges the goalposts have moved since. “The Financial Fair Play has kicked in and there’s the embargo now,” he added. “As a result of that we’re in this embargo because of the finances that went on before our time here. “As a club it’s up to us to address that so I think that’s the big change from the summer.” last_img read more

Steve Ishmael has breakout performance in loss to Pittsburgh

first_img Published on October 24, 2015 at 5:47 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Steve Ishmael climbed into the air to snatch the ball over the head of Pittsburgh’s Avonte Maddox, whose momentum carried him out of bounds along the sideline. With extra space in front, the 6-foot-2 Ishmael ran away from the 5-foot-9 Maddox and toward the middle of the field.After the 40-yard gain that gave Syracuse the ball on Pitt’s 10-yard line, Ishmael spun the ball when he got up and high-fived a teammate following the longest catch of his career day.“Just trying to get as many yards as possible,” Ishmael said of that catch. “The ball was up in the air, I had to jump at the highest point.”It propelled a drive that featured him three times and ended on a 4-yard quick slant with 26 seconds left in the first half for his fourth touchdown of the season. Ishmael finished with seven receptions and 114 yards, topping his previous career highs of six catches and 97 yards, which both came in last year’s matchup with the Panthers.Despite Ishmael’s performance, Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) lost, 23-20, to No. 25 Pittsburgh (6-1, 4-0) on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. In the past four games, Ishmael has racked up 20 catches and three touchdowns in the best stretch of his one-and-a-half-year-old college career.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s a baller,” quarterback Eric Dungey said. “He’ll go up and get a ball.”Early in the second quarter, Syracuse faced a third-and-12 on Pitt’s 35-yard line. Guarded by Maddox, Ishmael ran straight down the left sideline. Maddox pushed him down around the 10-yard line and was flagged for pass interference, a 15-yard penalty.Ishmael turned around and trotted back to the huddle as Maddox stared at the referee along the sideline.The play — one that won’t show up in Ishmael’s stats — gave the Orange an automatic first down and kept alive a drive that resulted in a field goal.“There were opportunities against this defense that we thought we could take advantage of,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said, “and Stevie did a nice job coming up strong.”The Panthers often played their safeties inside the hash marks, so when Ishmael had one-on-one coverage on the outside, they couldn’t get to the sideline quick enough. With the 5-inch height advantage that Ishmael had over Maddox, the matchup was a favorable one.But with about 10 minutes left in the game and trailing by three, Ishmael had one bad play in a game filled with positive ones. On second-and-7 from Pitt’s 27-yard line, he dropped a pass over the middle of the field. SU only gained 5 yards on third down and kicked a field goal on fourth. The drive stalled in the red zone and gave Pittsburgh the chance to win with a field goal of its own.“For as many as he caught, it’s going to happen,” offensive coordinator Tim Lester said of Ishmael’s drop.At the start of the season, Ishmael was expected to be a key player for the Orange’s offense. In the seventh game of the season, he finally broke out.And though Pitt won on a last-second field goal, it may not have been that close, that late, if not for Ishmael.“I’m confident every week,” he said. “… We didn’t pull it out so the stats and everything don’t matter.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Steele shines as Holmwood fight back

first_imgHolmwood’s Sasheika Steele matched the Class Three girls 100m record as the one-time ‘Champs Queens’ fought back ahead of today’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships climax inside the National Stadium  Steele stopped the clock at 11.50 to carve her name beside Shauna Helps’ as record holder, out-powering Hydel’s Gabrielle Matthews, 11.73 and Campion’s Krystal Sloley, 11.86 as Holmwood clawed into the lead of defending champions Edwin Allen’s lead after a strong all-round showing on yesterday’s penultimate day of competition. Three time defending champions Edwin Allen ended the day on 130 points with the 10-time champions Holmwood logging 110 points of their own. St Jago are next best with 104; Hydel – 89; Excelsior – 65 and Vere Technical 53. In the Class One event, St Jago’s Aneka Brissett won the event in 11.41 seconds ahead of Edwin Allen’s Patrice Moody, 11.67 and Renee Shaw from Excelsior, who clocked 11.72.  Michae Harriott (Holmwood), 11.63 won the gold in the Class Two 100m final ahead of Mount Alvernia’s Kemba Nelson, 11.72 and St Jago’s Kimone Shaw the former champion.  Class Four hotshot Brianna Lyston from St Jago, stayed on course for an expected sprint double with a 11.86 win in the final with teammate Danae Nembhard, 12.08 and Tia Clayton (Edwin Allen), 12.28 following her to the line. Earlier in the day, Wolmer’s Girls’ Janeek Brown broke the Class One girls 100m hurdles record with a 13.52 run to erase Peta-Gaye Williams’ old mark of 13.56 in the event, set in 2015.  Big winners yesterday were; Britany Anderson of Vere Technical who ran a new Class Two Girls 100m record in 13.04 seconds in the semi-finals from heat two. She will go into today’s final as favourite for the gold medal and could upstage defending champion Daszay Freeman of Manchester High, who booked her spot with 13.37. St Jago’s  Rosealee Cooper qualified third in 13.50, with former record holder Shanette Allison of Holmwood, 13.69, expected to challenge. Girls Javelin Throw Open final was won by Georgetta Samuels of Holmwood  Technical, who took the gold with a throw of 46.64m. Second went to Sah-jay Stevens of St Jago (46.05m) and third to Kimoy Phillips Petersfield (43.08m) Annishka McDonald won the girls Class Four High Jump gold with a  clearance at 1.64 metres, silver went to Malaika Cunningham 1.61m and Sashanti Hinds of Hydel, 1.55m. The Girls Class Two discus gold went to Marie Forbes (Vere) with a throw of 41.74m. Holmwood’s Shaday  Hudson got silver with 40.51m with the bronze going to Shamella Donaldson of Rusea’s (40.41m) Meanwhile, girls Class Three 400m, favourite and defending champion Joanne Reid of St Jago qualified in 56.58 seconds behind Holmwood’s Daniella Deer (54.80) and Nattesha Palmer, also of Holmwood (56.58) to today’s final.  The Girls Class One 100m hurdles final will have a packed field of stars, including:Gabrielle McDonald of Edwin Allen High, who should be hard to beat after qualifying in a record time of 13.52 seconds. She will face stout challenges from Janeek Brown of Wolmer’s, 13.53 and schoolmate Amoi Brown, 13.58.last_img read more