Berghuis putting friendship aside

first_img After missing Southampton’s 2-2 draw at Newcastle having ruptured his Achilles, Koeman returned to oversee his injury-stricken team’s 3-0 home defeat by Everton and a disappointing 1-1 Europa League draw with FC Midtjylland. Berghuis, a £4.6million summer signing from AZ Alkmaar, has previously encountered Koeman’s teams in the Eredivisie and admires him as both a player and manager. Frank, his father, who will soon join him as a coach at Watford, played alongside him for the Holland national team. Press Association “My dad played against him, played with him also, and I played a couple of times in Holland against his teams,” said Berghuis. “Everybody in Holland knows Ronald Koeman. Yeah [I liked him growing up] but he was also before my time, I was too young. It will be nice [facing him Sunday], the team he coaches is a good team. A little bit of Dutch influence, play the ball, keep the ball on the ground, have some creative players. “[My dad played for Holland in 1989] against Brazil. Not bad, right? I think the score was 1-0 Brazil. Ronald Koeman played in that game as well. I think [my father] was up against a fast defender who was attacking a lot. He just enjoyed it though.” Similarly to the Koemans – Ronald’s assistant at Southampton is his brother Erwin – Steven Berghuis’ younger brother Tristan is also a professional with Zwolle in Holland. The history between those involved in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League fixture also extends to Watford’s manager. Quique Sanchez Flores, who was succeeded at Valencia by Ronald Koeman, played against him for Real Madrid when the Dutchman was with Barcelona. “My father was a footballer, so I started playing when I was five years old,” Berghuis explained. “I was playing at amateur level until I was 17 and it was then I made the step up to be a professional. “[My father] let me play freely. He always supported me but wasn’t a critical coaching father. We talk about football but not like that, he is helping me, not mentioning Ronald Koeman. “Tristan is more of a midfielder but in the future I think he can play on the wing. He is still developing and hopefully he can make his debut for Zwolle. Watford winger Steven Berghuis takes on Ronald Koeman’s Southampton on Sunday in the knowledge he can extend the miserable start to the season of a family friend. “He was really good. He was one of the biggest talents in Holland. He had a tough time at PSV and Vitesse which is why he decided to join Zwolle, he has taken a step back in order to take a bigger step forward. “[The history between Koeman and Sanchez Flores has] not been mentioned here [at Watford]. “I think I’m ready to start a game [against Southampton, after illness] but I don’t know how long I could play. Now I work hard to get in shape.” last_img read more

USC Football will likely land impressive transfer class

first_img“After a lot of thinking and talking with my family, I’ve decided to leave UT and return home,” McCoy wrote on May 31.  The NCAA requires transfers to sit for a year before they can become eligible. Though both McCoy and Steele have appealed this, their eligibility in 2019 remains up in the air.  After standing out in Longhorns’ spring camp, McCoy returned home for his high school graduation and tweeted about his intention to leave Texas. Although McCoy and Steele’s decisions have garnered the most attention, redshirt junior wide receiver Velus Jones Jr.’s decision not to leave the program may prove to be the most impactful for the Trojans heading into the upcoming season.  The likely additions of both McCoy and Steele represent major boosts for the Trojans heading into summer camp. McCoy is viewed by many as a generational talent. He was the No. 1 athlete and No. 9 overall prospect, per 247Sports’ 2019 composite rankings. The pass-catcher boasts an imposing 6-foot-2-inch, 205-pound frame and wowed during practices in Austin with his speed and physicality.   Days later, a source close to McCoy’s family told the Los Angeles Times that McCoy intended to transfer back to USC because of a case of homesickness during his spring semester at Texas.  After a disappointing football season in which USC missed a bowl game, contemplated firing head coach Clay Helton, and retained new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury for all of a month, Trojan football finally appears to be getting back on track.  On June 5, McCoy retweeted an image posted by incoming freshman wide receiver Kyle Ford of the two wearing USC football uniforms, further proving his recruitment to the Trojan roster. “It’s looking like that’s going to happen,” Norman Steele told the Times last week. “I don’t see anything else happening.” News of McCoy’s decision to transfer arrived in late May. A product of Mater Dei High School, McCoy first committed to the Trojans in January but left to play for the Texas Longhorns after short-lived USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury was hired by the Arizona Cardinals.  On the heels of McCoy’s announcement, the Los Angeles Times reported that Chris Steele intended to back out of his commitment to the Oregon Ducks and that Steele’s father had indicated that his son would be enrolling at USC. Photo from Florida Gators / TFB Texascenter_img Steele’s combination of ball skills and speed could provide the Trojans with welcomed support and fill some of the void left by the departure of former USC starting cornerbacks Iman Marshall and Isaiah Langley.  As the Trojans transition to new offensive coordinator Graham Harrell’s “air raid” offense, Jones’ return coupled with McCoy’s arrival may underpin what may be one of college football’s deepest position groups heading into the 2019 season. USC already appears to be set at the wide receiver position with returning starters Michael Pittman Jr., Tyler Vaughns and Amon-Ra St. Brown. Last season the trio racked up 159 receptions for 2,182 yards and 15 touchdowns. Jones can be utilized in the slot, given what appears to be an embarrassment of riches at the receiver position for USC. Steele’s father has indicated that Steele’s commitment to Oregon was largely due to USC’s lack of scholarship spots at the time. Now that space has become available, it appears Steele, who attended high school only 30 minutes away from USC, will be returning home to wear cardinal and gold. Multiple sources are confirming that USC will welcome former 5-star recruit wide receiver Bru McCoy and 4-star cornerback Chris Steele this coming fall. The team hopes to right the ship for a Trojan recruiting class that finished outside the top ten for only the fourth time in 20 years.  Jones entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal in March and reportedly considered following former USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin to Tennessee. On June 3, however, Jones announced his intention to remain a Trojan. Steele participated in spring practice and took classes in Gainesville before announcing that he would enter the NCAA transfer portal on May 9. Days later, he signed with the  Oregon Ducks.  Jones, however, is a sure bet to contribute to the Trojans’ 2019 campaign. He saw significant time as both a receiver and a kick returner in 2018 and appeared in all 12 games. Over the season, Jones had 24 receptions for 266 yards and one touchdown over 21 kickoff returns. This announcement comes after a long recruiting saga for Steele, who first committed to the Trojans in July 2018. He backed out months later and then signed a letter of intent with the Florida Gators.  On the other side of the ball, Steele could reinforce a defensive backfield in need of depth following the departure of three defensive backs to the NFL. last_img read more

Ronayne praises side ahead of campaign opener

first_imgShane Ronayne made his comments with the Premier on the brink of starting their 2017 Lidl National League campaign.Tipp’s opening Division 3 fixture is away to Wexford on Sunday.The boss is delighted with how the panel have applied themselves… Tipp FM will have updates on the match in Enniscorthy, which gets underway at 2 o’clock on Sunday. +last_img

Dwight Howard injury update: Wizards center suffers ‘minor setback’

first_imgDwight Howard had a “minor setback,” per Scott Brooks. Tweaked his hamstring. Howard had been working his way from back surgery and has been doing non-contact drills in Washington.— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) March 5, 2019Howard has been out since undergoing a spinal procedure in November and there is no timetable for his return. He had been participating in non-contact drills.The 32-year-old big man is an eight-time All-Star and has averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in just nine appearances in 2018-19. Bradley Beal says he tried recruiting players to Wizards during All-Star weekend Dwight Howard has suffered a “minor setback” in his recovery.Washington coach Scott Brooks told reporters Tuesday the center has tweaked his hamstring.  Related News The Wizards are 26-37 and sit in 11th in the Eastern Conference standings.Washington has gone 2-3 since the All-Star break and will face Dallas on Wednesday.last_img read more