Surgery for Sturridge

first_img The 25-year-old’s season had effectively been ended once the decision was made to send him to America for further investigation into his ongoing injury issues which have seen him miss the majority of this season. However, after undergoing surgery in New York the England international will now begin a programme of recovery and rehabilitation. Last week manager Brendan Rodgers said they believed they had made a breakthrough in the diagnosis of Sturridge’s injuries – which the player has previously suggested may be hereditary – which was why they were sending him away. “I think we have found some underlying issues that maybe relate to Daniel’s issues and problems this season and the ongoing problems he’s had so the medical team here, liaising with some of the medics in America, are doing everything we possibly can to give Daniel every opportunity to stay consistently fit and available,” he said on Friday. “It is just unfortunate for him. If you look at his career he’s had little issues along the way but when we brought him here we knew we wanted to give him every chance to be one to the top goalscorers in Europe. “We have to do everything we can to get him on the training field and into the game, hence the reason for looking into the issue.” Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has undergone surgery on a hip problem in the United States. “Just want to let the world know I’ve had a successful operation on my hip today and I want to thank God for allowing that to be possible,” Sturridge wrote on Instagram. “Onwards and upwards from here. Thanks for the support.” He added on Twitter: “Today was a big day for me…Thank you Jesus. Hip operation was successful. Road to recovery starts today!!” It is the second time this season Sturridge, who has made just 12 starts and six substitute appearances, scoring only five goals, has travelled to the States in an attempt to solve his ongoing fitness issues. Towards the end of a five-month absence with a thigh problem sustained on international duty in early September, which was followed by a calf strain, he was dispatched across the Atlantic where he spent 10 days in Los Angeles as part of his rehabilitation. He then flew back to the east coast to work with the medical staff at baseball side Boston Red Sox, the other major sporting venture of Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group. After spending some time there he then travelled to the west coast to continue his rehabilitation in California, eventually returning to England where he made his comeback as a substitute in the 2-0 win at West Ham on January 31. However, injury problems returned – this time associated with his hip – and he has not featured for a month since playing 85 minutes of the FA Cup quarter-final replay at Blackburn. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Badgers stay hot, sweep Minnesota State

first_imgCraig Smith celebrates his game-winning goal from Saturday’s victory over MSU. Smith is the team-leader in goals with 15 this season.[/media-credit]It was a sign of growth and leadership. It was also a rare display of skill in crunch time. Craig Smith’s third period goal Saturday against Minnesota State-Mankato – a tally that came right after the Mavericks had tied the score at  1 – meant a lot to the Wisconsin men’s hockey team. But most importantly, it led to a 2-1 win and a series sweep over MSU. After controlling the game and holding on to a 1-0 lead through two periods of play, Joe Schiller broke through and evened the score for the Mavericks with a rising shot from the right wing that beat Scott Gudmandson’s glove. But almost immediately thereafter, the Badgers’ first line and top defensive pairing found a response.Junior defenseman Jake Gardiner picked out Smith as he was streaking towards the Mavericks’ zone and the perfect pass left Smith one-on-one with MSU goaltender Austin Lee. “We worked on that play all week in practice,” Gardiner said. “Obviously Smitty (Smith) has the ability to get open, which is good. He is a very skilled player and it shows how we completed a simple D-to-D pass and found Smitty down the middle.”Smith deked left to his backhand, pulled the puck across to his forehand and swiftly slid the puck past Lee to put the University of Wisconsin back in front. The game was tied for 39 seconds. “That shows how we work in units here, we get a goal scored on us, and we use it to respond pretty well,” Smith said. “Our team responds very well in those situations.”“It’s about taking what’s given, and Jake Gardiner saw what was there and made a pinpoint pass and one of our game-breakers makes a great play on the goaltender,” UW head coach Mike Eaves added. Jordy Murray opened the scoring with a power play goal midway through the first period. The junior forward grabbed his own rebound in front of the net and converted a second attempt to give the Badgers the lead. From there, Gudmandson held the fort for UW, making 34 saves and handling the late pressure applied by MSU to help seal the victory for the Badgers. Friday night, the Badgers rode a second period scoring outburst to earn a 3-2 victory. After Andrew Sackrison scored on the power play to give the Mavericks an early lead, UW stormed back. Sophomore defenseman Justin Schultz drove hard to net, and a rebound came loose that senior Podge Turnbull tucked away to tie the game. At the 7:20 mark of the period, Gardiner fired a shot from the high slot that rang of both posts. But unlike his recent history with the iron, the puck found its way into the back of the net. “It was nice. I was actually worried [that it wouldn’t go in],” Gardiner said of the goal. “I’ve just been unlucky this year, so I hope this started something for me.” ” The Badgers took advantage of an odd-man rush at the end of the period to extend the lead. Freshman forward Tyler Barnes gained the zone and passed cross-ice to defenseman Craig Johnson. After controlling the puck off his skate, Johnson found Michael Mersch streaking towards the net, and the freshman scored to give UW a 3-1 advantage. With just over five minutes remaining in the game, MSU defenseman Mike Louwerse fired a shot through multiple screens that beat Gudmandson. But once again, the Badgers faced the final wave of pressure and closed out the game. UW has now won 10 of its last 11, including five straight wins in games decided by one goal. It has been a remarkable stretch for the Badgers, who now find themselves in the thick of the WCHA title race. All of the sudden, UW doesn’t appear to be so young anymore.  “The best word to describe our performance is growth or maturity,” Gudmandson said. “I think a lot of guys have matured and a lot of the freshmen are coming into their own and a lot of guys are finding their roles on this team.” “Tonight and last night we were in one-goal situations, we know that this is playoff hockey, this is tournament hockey,” Eaves said. “And we are getting experiences that we are being successful at.”last_img read more

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Lynn Swann resigns as athletic director, Folt announces

first_img“Each sport has a different ebb and flow, but right now all of our fall sports are really set, they’re all going, things are going really well, things are in a really good situation,” she said. “And in a few months, we’re going to start looking to winter sports, and we’re going to be doing more recruiting and more building, so in a way this is a very good time because it allows me to select an athletics director that’s going to be the person all those new people will want to meet.” Both Folt and Roberts said they’re excited with the direction of the department. “Being on the Committee on Infractions, [has] allowed me to do is see what the cutting-edge issues are with sports today, so I can bring that information back to my colleagues at USC, and we can take actions that are going to have us be avoiding problems in the future,” Roberts said. Folt said Roberts’ experience as a student-athlete at UC Davis, understanding of collegiate athletics and legal background make him a well-qualified candidate. Folt also stated that special adviser to the president Dave Roberts, who currently serves as the NCAA’s Vice Chair of the Committee on Infractions, will fill the athletic director role in the interim. He has been the vice president of athletics compliance at the University since 2010.  Swann’s resignation comes four days after a Los Angeles Times report revealed that USC alumnus B. Wayne Hughes Sr., founder of self-storage company Public Storage and a good friend of Swann’s, donated almost $400 million to the University from 2010-15, just before Swann took over as athletic director. The article also reported that Swann was given “a seat on the corporate board of a Hughes company, American Homes 4 Rent, and directorship on the board of Hughes’ charity,” and that Hughes donated over $165,000 to Swann’s 2006 campaign for governor in Pennsylvania. Roberts told the Daily Trojan that his first step will be to talk to coaches, administrators and student-athletes in the coming weeks to find out what the department can change and improve. He said his ultimate priorities are to set things up for the next athletic director and ensure that student-athletes have the best experience possible. Folt also announced the members of a search committee that will be in charge of finding a permanent replacement. The committee is chaired by Trustee Suzanne Nora Johnson. “Lynn has been a leader on and off the field at USC for nearly five decades, and he will forever be a valued member of the Trojan family,” Folt wrote in an email to the USC community. It includes alumni representative Bill Allen, Vice President for Student Affairs Winston Crisp, Faculty Athletics Representative Alan Green, Academic Senate President Rebecca Lonergan, Provost Charles Zukoski, Board of Trustees Chairman Rick Caruso and trustees Jeff Smulyan and William McMorrow.  Folt added that the committee will include two student-athletes yet to be named. She told the Daily Trojan that she is drawing on positive experiences from including two students on her provost search committee. President Carol Folt announced Monday that Athletic Director Lynn Swann resigned from his position. Swann had served as athletic director since 2016. “I think you probably know by now that I always start from the students and think about the student-athletes,” Folt told the Daily Trojan. “And, as we look forward to the next athletic director, having that strong perspective of student-athletes is really important … I couldn’t have a person better poised to think about what are the things that an athletic department needs to be to be a great athletic department in the next year, five years, 10 years.” Swann, a former USC wide receiver, came under fire for multiple scandals in the athletic department during his tenure. His resignation comes just months after USC’s involvement in the college admissions scheme, in which the FBI found that former senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and former water polo coach Jovan Vavic received bribes to falsely identify prospective students as recruits, and two years after the FBI arrested former men’s assistant basketball coach Tony Bland for his role in the college basketball bribery scandal. With all the problems that happened under Swann’s supervision, some were surprised at the timing of the decision. Folt said there is no single appropriate time for a dramatic overhaul due to the ever-changing nature of the athletics department. Lynn Swann served as athletic director since 2016, presiding over various athletic scandals including the Operation Varsity Blues admissions scheme. (Tal Volk/Daily Trojan) “I think the main reason I decided to [include student-athletes] is that my experience has always told me that when you can involve students in decisions that are very pertinent to them, you’re going to get a much better outcome,” Folt said. “So I’m looking for an athletic director that is really helping us build a very strong student-centered focus.” Amanda Sturges contributed to this report. “Our Athletics Department puts our student-athletes first by pursuing excellence with integrity,” Folt wrote in her announcement email. “We will build on the traditions and strengths of our exceptional athletics program.”last_img read more

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