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Man Utd forced to fend off transfer enquiry from rivals for Greenwood

first_img “I think people all over the Premier League have realised there is a real talent on the books of Manchester United and it’s been just a question of time before he gets his chance. “It was the same with Marcus, he didn’t have to wait either and they put him in early and, as a result, they find themselves with a young but very, very talented forward line.” read also:Greenwood can handle success, insists Solskjaer Greenwood, perhaps fortunately for Hodgson and co, is doubtful to feature after suffering an ankle injury in Monday’s draw with Southampton following a late challenge from Oriol Romeu. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “In the heat of the moment he’ll play on and adrenaline gets you going, and then you get a little bit of reaction after. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content9 Most Disturbing Movie DystopiasThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To PlayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Manchester United issued a swift rebuttal to Crystal Palace’s attempts to sign Mason Greenwood on loan, according to Roy Hodgson. The 18-year-old forward has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at Old Trafford but could have been turning out for the Eagles had their cheeky enquiry borne fruit. Greenwood has struck 18 goals in 45 appearances and established himself as a regular fixture alongside Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in the attack. Speaking ahead of United’s trip to Selhurst Park this evening, Hodgson said: “Mason is a fantastic player. “We’ve known about him for a while and in actual fact, I think we might even have enquired about him at the start of the season if there was any chance of him coming out on loan. “Of course you get the answer ‘no chance’ because they see him as one of theirs. But it wasn’t a difficult spot.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

James Kunkel

first_imgJim Kunkel, 84, of New Alsace, passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. Jim was a people person and never met a stranger. He was a jokester and made friends with everyone he met. Every year Jim would tend to his vegetable garden and harvest his prize potatoes. He also loved to hunt and fish. Jim was an avid card player and would always play euchre and pinochle. He and his wife Marilyn enjoyed dancing and would go to Winter Gardens in E-Town as well square dancing. Jim was a member of the North Dearborn Conservation Club and Eagles of Batesville.Jim is survived by his loving wife Marilyn to whom he was married for 57 years. He also leaves behind his son Kenny Kunkel of Weisberg, daughter Jenny (Eldon) Steinmetz of New Alsace, son-in-law Bobby Tallarigo, 5 grandchildren Amanda, Kendra, and Karlie Kunkel and Emily and Anna Tallarigo, and brother Irvin (Esther) Kunkel of Batesville. Jim is preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon Tallarigo, sister Rita Williams, and parents Lena and Edward Kunkel.Services for Jim will be held on Saturday, December 15 beginning with Rosary at 8:30 a.m. at Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home. Visitation will follow until 11:15 a.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be held at All Saints Parish, St. Paul’s Campus at 12:00 p.m.last_img read more

Blood drive in Batesville today

first_imgBatesville, IN—WRBI Radio and St. Louis Church will be hosting the Hoxworth blood center blood drive today from 1 pm -6:30 pm in the St. Louis parish Activity Center.  All blood types are welcome!last_img

Pellegrini praise for players

first_img The England midfielder told “I think we played well against Aston Villa but ended up losing the game but we didn’t perform up to our standards in midweek. It was important to bounce back against Everton, who are a very strong team. “It was great to have David Silva back, too. He’s a top player and any team in the world would miss him. “There’s great movement in this team and everyone is comfortable with the ball. That’s what the manager is encouraging us to do – play with freedom in the final quarter of the pitch.” The only major negative for City was the loss of captain Vincent Kompany, who limped off in the first half with what appeared to be a recurrence of a groin injury. Press Association The Toffees went into the clash as the only unbeaten side in the Barclays Premier League but left the Etihad Stadium on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline. It was the same score by which City lost to Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday in a match where they were completely outplayed. Coming on the back of a league defeat by Aston Villa, it made victory in Saturday’s clash very important for Pellegrini’s side. The Chilean said: “I was very pleased for a lot of things. We played the only unbeaten team in the Premier League and a team that plays very well with the ball so it was not an easy game. “What happened last Wednesday always has a consequence physically and mentally on the team so that’s why I am very pleased with the character the team showed.” It was a good performance from City, who went behind to Romelu Lukaku’s goal but created a lot of good chances and scored three times through Alvaro Negredo, Sergio Aguero and a Tim Howard own goal. Negredo was named man of the match but David Silva was a key presence in midfield, with the Spaniard setting up Aguero for City’s second. It was Silva’s first start for more than a month after recovering from a thigh injury. Pellegrini said: “David Silva is a very important player. He has quality, he played very, very well. I wasn’t sure if he could play the 90 minutes.” James Milner, another standout performer, also praised the performance of Silva. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini hailed his side’s character as they recovered from a drubbing against Bayern Munich to defeat Everton.last_img read more

Hetmyer, Cottrell and Walton called into ODI squad

first_imgMARLON Samuels, Sunil Narine and Alzarri Joseph have been ruled out of West Indies’ limited-overs leg of New Zealand. While Samuels was pulled out due to an injured right hand and Joseph a back strain, Narine – only in the T20 squad – made himself unavailable for personal reasons.Sunil Ambris, who took a blow to his left arm in the second Test against New Zealand in Hamilton, has also been replaced by Shimron Hetmyer in the ODI squad.Left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell and wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton, who is part of the T20 squad, were named as replacements for Samuels and Joseph for the ODIs. Cottrell had a productive 2017 CPL season, taking 11 wickets in six games at an average of 12.54 and an economy rate of 6.57.Shai Hope will stay on after the ODIs, replacing Samuels in the T20 squad, while Narine’s spot has been taken by off-spinner Ashley Nurse, who was initially dropped for the three-match T20 series.The limited-overs matches begin on December 20, with the first ODI in Nelson. The T20s will begin on December 29.Updated ODI squad: Jason Holder (capt.), Jason Mohammed, Shimron Hetmyer, Ronsford Beaton, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope (wkp.), Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Nikita Miller, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.Updated T20 squad: Carlos Brathwaite (capt.), Samuel Badree, Ronsford Beaton, Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Shai Hope, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams. ( read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-NBANo agreement yet on resumption of NBA seasonUNDATED (AP) — The NBA Board of Governors continues to ponder various scenarios as they prepare to resume a season still on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. — Liverpool might not get a chance to win the English Premier League at Anfield. Police have included the leader’s key games among at least five it wants at neutral venues in a bid to prevent fans from gathering outside when the competition resumes next month. Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp hopes authorities will allow them to play at home as planned, with supporters adhering to advice while they are prevented from attending games due to COVID-19 restrictions.— Leicester (LEHS’-tur) manager Brendan Rodgers says he had the coronavirus and compared its effects to how he felt climbing Kilimanjaro. Rodgers says he fell ill “a week or so” after the English season was suspended on March 13 and later tested positive for the virus. He says he felt the effects of it for three weeks.— Dominic Thiem (teem), Alexander Zverev (ZVEHR’-ehv) and Nick Kyrgios (KEER’-ee-ohs) will play exhibition tennis matches in Berlin in July amid the coronavirus pandemic. One exhibition event will run from July 13-15 on grass and another on a hard court in a hangar in the city’s closed Tempelhof airport from July 17-19. There will be electronic line calls with no line judges to reduce the number of people involved on court.— Poland will allow soccer fans to attend games in limited numbers starting on June 19. Fans will only be allowed to make up 25% of the stadium’s capacity and no away supporters will be allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic.— The Swiss soccer league will restart on June 20 in empty stadiums. The league says the 20 clubs in the top two divisions have voted 17-2 in favor of resuming. Update on the latest sports Ford says surgery was performed a few weeks after San Francisco lost the Super Bowl and that he feels in much better condition heading into his second year with the Niners. Ford’s availability was severely limited as he dealt with a knee injury initially suffered during training camp last summer.NHL-BLACKHAWKS-CHALUPABlackhawks sign Czech forwardCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a two-year contract with Czech forward Matej Chalupa. It begins with the 2020-21 season and carries an average annual value of $925,000. The 21-year-old Chalupa spent most of last season in the Czech Republic League, collecting seven goals and 17 assists in 50 games. COLLEGE HOCKEY-ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE May 30, 2020 Three people familiar with Friday’s meeting have told The Associated Press that the board hasn’t developed a consensus opinion on how many teams should be back on the floor for the planned late-July resumption. The people say Commissioner Adam Silver is still collecting information on multiple options ranging from 16 to all 30 teams returning to action when the season begins again near Orlando, Florida.One person said 20 of more teams would be brought back to finish the season near Orlando, while a second person said the league would bring back any team within six games of a playoff berth.The league suspended play following the conclusion of its March 11 games.MLB-MINOR LEAGUE CUTSHundreds of minor leaguers cut — The Japanese soccer league will resume on July 4 in empty stadiums. Both soccer and baseball were able begin play after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency earlier in the week.— Fans will be in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month. The Russian government’s coronavirus task force says spectators will be allowed if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity.COLLEGE SPORTS-ATHLETE COMPENSATIONPower Five conferences asking Congress for help with compensation guidelinesUNDATED (AP) — The Power Five conference commissioners are asking Congress to move forward with federal legislation regarding compensation for college athletes. NCAA has plan for bringing athletes backUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has released a long and detailed plan to help schools bring athletes back to campus during the pandemic.The move comes as schools across the country prepare for the return of athletes as early as June 8.The NCAA last week lifted a moratorium on athletic activities starting Monday. That cleared the way for voluntary workouts and training to begin at team facilities.Schools have already started putting plans in place to test athletes, coaches and staff for the coronavirus and implement social distancing. The NCAA says its plan is offered as guidance, consistent with federal and local public health guidelines.In other sports developments related to the coronavirus:— Pocono Raceway will hold its NASCAR weekend without fans. The Cup Series is scheduled to race June 27-28 and Truck and second-tier Xfinity races also will be held that weekend. Pocono Raceway is in Monroe County, which is under a yellow designation. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said earlier this month that if the county moved to yellow, then NASCAR may hold the two races with no spectators present and guidelines followed to keep competitors safe.— The Arizona Diamondbacks have laid off or furloughed about one-quarter of the team’s employees because of lost revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. The organization made the moves on Friday. Remaining staff will take pay cuts that average less than 15%, with the team’s highest earners losing a bigger percentage of their income.— UEFA (yoo-AY’-fuh) is planning to pull the Champions League final from Istanbul and is considering other locations as planning and scheduling are shaken up by the coronavirus pandemic. The UEFA executive committee will meet on June 17 to examine the findings of a working group that has been assessing how to complete competitions that are likely to finish without any fans in stadiums. UEFA is aiming to complete its elite club competition in August after the delayed domestic leagues of the remaining sides have managed to conclude. NEW YORK (AP) — Major league teams have released hundreds of young players with the minor league season in doubt due to the coronavirus pandemic.Transactions posted at say over 200 players were cut Friday and more than 400 have been released over the past month.The start of the minor league season was postponed in March and players were mostly sent home from spring training. While Major League Baseball and the players’ association are negotiating terms to play big league ball this summer, it’s unlikely there will be minor league games.Minor league players not on 40-man rosters were promised $400 per week through May 31 by a policy drafted by MLB.VIRUS OUTBREAK-MASSACHUSETTS Associated Press Those commissioners sent a letter to congressional leaders encouraging them to not wait for the NCAA process to play out before passing a national law that would set parameters for college athletes to be compensated for use of their names, images and likenesses.The NCAA hopes to have legislative proposals crafted by November and ready to be voted on in January.NFL-49ERS-FORDFord says he’s better after surgeryUNDATED (AP) — San Francisco 49ers edge rusher Dee Ford says he had an “extensive cleanup” operation for the tendinitis in his left knee that limited his effectiveness last year. Donors revive UAH hockey programHUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama-Huntsville’s hockey program will continue for another year.Athletic director Cade Smith says “numerous individual donors” had combined to raise more than $500,000 this week to help save the program from the chopping block. UAH had announced the elimination of hockey and men’s and women’s tennis amid the financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic.Two other gifts of $125,000 each from longtime supporters provided enough money to allow the Chargers to continue competing at the Division I level for the 2020-21 season.The $750,000 marks the largest athletic campaign contribution in UAH history. Governor says Massachusetts sports teams can resume practice next weekUNDATED (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the state’s five professional sports teams — the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, New England Patriots and Revolution — can resume practicing at their respective facilities on June 6.But Baker made clear the reopening of those facilities must be done in accordance with the health and safety rules that each of the leagues are developing.The Celtics announced they will begin voluntary individual workouts at their facility on Monday. Workouts will be conducted in accordance with city, state, CDC and NBA requirements, with only four players allowed to workout at a time.VIRUS OUTBREAK-OTHER SPORTS FEDERER-TOP-EARNING ATHLETEFederer tops highest-earning athlete list at more than $100MUNDATED (AP) — Roger Federer leads the annual Forbes ranking of highest-paid athletes with what the magazine says is $106.3 million in total earnings. He is the first tennis player top the list since it was first compiled in 1990.Federer made $6.3 million of that haul from tennis prize money, with the other $100 million from endorsements and appearances fees.Soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar are in spots 2, 3 and 4, followed by the NBA’s LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Tiger Woods is at No. 8 and NFL players Kirk Cousins and Carson Wentz complete the top 10.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

GOtv Boxing Night 12: Edo Boy Retains ABU Title, Wins N2.5m

first_imgNigeria’s Stanley “Edo Boy” Eribo, on Sunday, retained his African Boxing Union (ABU) welterweight title by defeating Tanzania’s Ramadhani Shauri via a unanimous decision at GOtv Boxing Night 12.The event which took place at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium Lagos, was watched by a capacity crowd.Eribo also won N2.5million attached to the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Prize for the best boxer of the night. The seven-fight event also saw Nigeria’s Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph makes history as he became the first ever winner of the Commonwealth Africa Lightweight title. He also won N500,000 as the second-runner up for the best boxer prize. Joseph defeated Israel “Forget” Kwamwamba of Malawi via a unanimous decision. Another big winner on the night was Nigeria’s Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi, who saw off Ghana’s Ben “Congo Soldier” Ankrah to retain his West African Boxing Union light welterweight title.Fijabi also won N1million as the runner-up for the best boxer award.In the fourth international fight of the night, Waidi “Skoro” Usman defeated Tanzania’s Juma Fundi in an international featherweight challenge duel. All three Nigerian duels at the event saw Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde knock out Tombraye “Tornado” Christmas in the light welterweight division, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu did same to Samuel “Omo Daddy” Opaogun in a lightweight clash while Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi reprising the act against Akeem “AK” Adebayo.Meanwhile, 50 lucky fans won one GOtv decoder each following a raffle draw in between the bouts.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Men’s hockey earns 3 big points

first_imgJAKE NAUGHTON/Herald photoNobody needed to tell the Wisconsin men?s hockey team how big their rivalry with Minnesota is. And after winning 3-1 Friday and tying 2-2 Saturday, nobody needed to tell them how crucial a three-point weekend was either.With the win and tie, the No. 16 Badgers are now unbeaten in their last five contests and moved into a tie for fourth with No. 19 Minnesota-Duluth in the WCHA standings.?I think in the big picture, getting three out of four points ? that?s been our task this second half is to get points, as many as we can every weekend,? UW head coach Mike Eaves said.Earning a point Saturday night did not come easy for the Badgers, as they had to come back from two goals down. Eaves? squad got off to a slow start when Minnesota?s first goal of the game came six minutes into the contest after two costly Wisconsin penalties.Freshman Sean Dolan was given a two-minute minor for holding, and just 25 seconds later defenseman Kyle Klubertanz was called for cross checking, giving the Gophers an extended five-on-three. Minnesota only needed 14 seconds of the two-man advantage to capitalize, as Ben Gordon beat UW goaltender Shane Connelly five-hole to give Minnesota an early 1-0 lead.Later in the first, Mike Carman made it a two-goal game after taking a pass from Ryan Flynn and faking out Connelly.Down 2-0 after the first period and still feeling the effects of a long road trip to Alaska the previous weekend, the Badgers seemed to be skating with tired legs. But a power play goal from freshman Patrick Johnson revitalized UW midway through the second.Johnson took a pass from linemate Podge Turnbull and fired from the right faceoff circle. Johnson?s one-timer beat Minnesota goalie Alex Kangas and lit a spark in the Wisconsin offense.The Badgers were still down, but hardly out.With less than eight minutes to play in regulation, Johnson again got into the scoring mix with an assist on a deflection goal by Aaron Bendickson. Johnson fired a shot on net, and Bendickson got a stick on the puck to redirect it past Kangas.?It was just a great play by Patty to get the puck to the net so quick,? Bendickson said. ?I was just in the right place at the right time.?A five-minute overtime period wasn?t enough to break the tie, as the game ended 2-2. Ben Street gave Wisconsin its best look in the extra frame, but his point-blank shot was deflected off a Minnesota stick.The Badgers jumped out to a much quicker start in Friday?s game, as they built a 2-0 lead midway through the first period.Defenseman Ryan McDonagh opened up the scoring for Wisconsin 12 minutes into the game. After collecting a pass at the top of the zone from fellow freshman Kyle Turris, McDonagh faked the shot to lose the Minnesota defender and fired the puck past Kangas to give UW a 1-0 lead.?You just visualize and dream about those kind of goals, especially playing against a big-time team like that,? McDonagh said.With perhaps his most memorable goal of the season ? a goal that made the SportsCenter Top 10 Friday night ? Turris gave the Badgers a 2-0 advantage halfway through the second period. Turris took a pass at mid-ice from defenseman Cody Goloubef, who was behind the UW net. With Minnesota?s Cade Fairchild draped on his back, Turris broke toward the net with the puck. After using his body to protect the puck from Fairchild, Turris faked right, pulled the puck back and beat Kangas on the left side of the net.?I tried to cut him off and avoid him from getting a stick on the puck,? Turris said. ?I kinda got lucky the goalie went to poke check and kind of left that side open.?With the clock winding down at the end of the second period, Minnesota finally got on the board with an unassisted goal from Blake Wheeler. Facing away from the net, Wheeler fired a backhand shot at the net through traffic. Connelly reached back to pull the puck out but was unable to do so before it crossed the goal line.The goal halted Wisconsin?s momentum that had been building all night and sent them into the locker room with just a one-goal lead.?It was a good thing the second period ended when it did,? forward Ben Street said. ?We were kind of finding some tough times.?It would be Street?s goal in the third that would seal the win for UW. Michael Davies fired a pass from behind the net to a wide-open Street, who found the left side of the net after Kangas was caught out of position.?I?ve got to give all the credit to Mike Davies on that,? Street said of his goal. ?I just was waiting and hoping that he could make that saucer pass over the back of the net. It was perfect.?Wisconsin will now have a chance to separate itself from Minnesota-Duluth when the Bulldogs come to town this weekend for a series at the Kohl Center.last_img read more

Shafer praises Kimble’s growth as 2nd-string quarterback, doesn’t rule out possibility of playing

first_imgIf the injury bug continues to strike Syracuse and AJ Long is the next victim, Scott Shafer feels pretty good about his new second-string quarterback.“I’ve always been a big fan of Mitch Kimble,” SU’s head coach said at his weekly Thursday morning press conference. “He’s a bright young man, he’s got good feet. He can run. He’s fast. Great long jumper in high school. His arm’s good. So I’m interested to see how he continues to develop.”Austin Wilson’s is listed as out for Saturday, according to the injury report which SU released on Thursday evening.Long will start at quarterback when Syracuse (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) takes on Wake Forest (2-4, 0-2) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Saturday at noon. Wilson started in SU’s 38-20 loss to Florida State on Saturday but couldn’t finish it, leaving with an upper-body injury and what Shafer called a “pretty good headache” after the game.Terrel Hunt, the Orange’s starter to begin the season, is healing from a fractured fibula he suffered Oct. 3.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKimble is the only one of Syracuse’s four quarterbacks who has yet to appear in a game, but Shafer praised the progress he’s made in his first week as the second-string quarterback.“He’s done a nice job in his first week of really getting a lot of reps,” Shafer said. “I’ve seen marked improvement from Day 1 to Day 3 over the course of our practice schedule.”When asked if the Orange plans to use Kimble against Wake Forest, Shafer didn’t rule it out.“The real answer,” Shafer responded, “is there’s a plan to play anybody on the travel list and he’s on the travel list, so he’s got to be ready to play.” Comments Published on October 16, 2014 at 6:36 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Haley serves as a model of consistency at the helm

first_imgWith more than 35 years of experience coaching women’s volleyball, there is not much in the business that USC head coach Mick Haley has not experienced.From Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Mich., to the U.S. Olympic team, Haley has mentored hundreds of players, coached almost every squad he’s overseen to national prominence and won four NCAA championships.But as he enters his 13th year at the helm of the USC women’s program, Haley insists he’s having just as much fun as the day he started.“Every time you start a new team and lose seniors and you have to redo the team, it’s always a new challenge,” Haley said. “It’s one of the most exciting things you can have. Some jobs, you get one opportunity for a new challenge, but we’re challenged every year with assembling the team and getting the players to gel.”After 16 years at Texas and four years with the Olympic team, Haley joined USC in 2001 and immediately turned the program into one of the best in the nation. He guided the Women of Troy to back-to-back national championships in 2002 and 2003, as well as third-place finishes in 2004, 2007 and 2010.“The volleyball part is easy. You have to be constantly smart about playing by the numbers,” Haley said. “If you look at football coaches, why does Urban Meyer win? He puts people in the right spots. Pete Carroll was also good at putting people in the right spots. We tend to do a pretty good job with that as well.”After a strong 2012 campaign in which they finished 30-6, the Women of Troy suffered a disappointing end to their season, falling 3-0 to Texas in the NCAA Regional Finals. Haley will have to adjust to the departure of outside hitter Katie Fuller, one of the team’s most critical performers last year, and determine how to incorporate six freshmen into USC’s rotation. True to form, he is more than ready for the challenge.“The reason why it’s exciting is because it stimulates the heck out of you,” Haley said. “You get to see what you can create each year with the people you have. We get dynamic, young people who are excited to pursue excellence athletically and academically. It becomes a very unique challenge for us to see if we can teach with the time we have and bring the team together.”USC retains six starters from a season ago, highlighted by senior libero Natalie Hagglund, the reigning Pac-12 libero of the year, and sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio, who garnered 2012 Volleyball Magazine and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors.Hagglund, who alongside Bricio was named to the preseason all-conference team by league coaches, praised Haley’s impact on her life as both a volleyball player and a student.“Mick is one of the best coaches I’ve ever had, and he’s taught me that there’s more to life than just volleyball,” Hagglund said. “He’s taught me that in order to win, you have to work hard every single day and not give up at any point. He’s quite hard on us in practice, but he cares a lot for the team as well as our lives beyond volleyball.”Though adjusting to player turnover and integrating incoming freshmen is a tough task for any coach, Haley is optimistic about the team’s potential this year and particularly praised the squad’s upperclassmen.“I’m excited that Natalie Hagglund has worked so hard to improve, as well as [senior middle blocker] Alexis Olgard and [senior outside hitter] Sara Shaw. That gives me tremendous hope because it’s hardest to get improvement from your oldest players,” Haley said.With the majority of the battle-tested core returning intact, Haley is excited to see how his latest recruiting class will gel with the experienced veterans on the court.“[Freshman outside hitter] Ebony Nwanebu is an unbelievable talent, and [freshman outside hitter] Elise Ruddins is a tall body and has also had a lot of success,” Haley said. “We have a talented center in [junior setter] Hayley Crone, and we’ve got a great middle blocking situation as well.”Nwanebu, a 6’4” outside hitter from Fairview, Texas, looks forward to the beginning of her USC career under Haley’s tutelage.“Coach Haley is actually the reason why I came to USC,” Nwanebu said. “He’s an amazing coach, and I think he’s one of the best coaches in the country. I really look forward to playing under him.”After almost 30 successful seasons coaching powerhouses Texas and USC, Haley always maintains the drive to win the national championship each year. After all his years in the sport, and with the NCAA title becoming more and more difficult to capture, he never tires of the competition.“It’s really fun. It’s not like, ‘What have you got left to do?’ We want to win every year,” Haley said. “But there are 347 teams and only one’s going to be on top at the end. We start every August with a 12-month approach, but the parts are always different and that’s what’s unique about it.”Though many of USC’s top athletic programs are in a state of change, the women’s volleyball program can rest easy knowing that Haley, the rock of stability, is still here, anxiously awaiting the next challenge ahead.Follow Daily Trojan on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more