Carroll closing in on return

first_imgSam Allardyce believes West Ham’s record-signing Andy Carroll could be fit and ready to play again in “two to three weeks”. Carroll is now back in training and the plan is for the 25-year-old to play Under-18 and Under-21 games before returning to first-team action in mid-November. “It’ll be another two to three weeks, if he has no niggles or problems, before we talk about playing him in the team at any level,” Allardyce said. “We’ll try to get him through three or four behind-closed-doors games and if that goes all right then we would hope to have him back. “It’s been a long, hard road again for Andy and one he’s been too familiar with recently, sadly. “Hopefully he’ll have a major impact when he comes back again.” West Ham desperately missed Carroll last year as the Hammers’ lack of goals saw them dragged into a relegation scrap. It has been a different story so far this season, however, as summer signings Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia have added some much-needed fire-power up front, pushing Allardyce’s side up to fourth in the table. The former Bolton manager admits the team’s impressive start to the campaign means the club can afford to take extra care over Carroll’s return. The Hammers splashed out £15million to sign Carroll permanently in June 2013 but the England striker has started only 12 Barclays Premier League matches during an injury-ridden 16 months at Upton Park. The powerhouse centre forward missed the first five months of last season with a foot injury and is yet to feature in the current campaign after tearing ankle ligaments on the club’s pre-season tour of New Zealand. “Last time we got him back and he did his ankle but carried on playing so this time round we don’t want to (rush) him,” Allardyce said. “We’re hopefully going to get him back as quick as we can but we’re not going to rush him back because, touch wood, there’s no desperate need at the moment.” Sakho’s pace and finishing has revitalised West Ham’s attacking threat this season, with the Senegalese striker scoring in each of his last six games. Sakho and Valencia were both on target in the 3-1 victory at Burnley last weekend and Allardyce will be hoping for more of the same when the Hammers host Manchester City on Saturday. “From my point of view I thought it would have been a slower process but we wouldn’t have expected Enner Valencia to make such a big contribution either,” Allardyce said. “The pair of them have hit it off together – it’s not just the goalscoring, it’s the energy they give the team which is very important in today’s highly competitive game. “Your energy, intensity and sprinting capabilities are very important today in breaking down defences. “They turned the game for us against Burnley because we weren’t very good in the first half and then two beautiful crosses creates two goals. “That’s what you wish for, that’s what you dream of as a manager in the Premier League.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse Crunch players acclimate to living alone for 1st time, traveling in between cities

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Jim Sarosy has 20 years of stories about helping young players that come through the American Hockey League on their way to the NHL.And while some of the mistakes and issues the Syracuse Crunch Chief Operating Officer helps players deal with come as a result of young adults adjusting to life in a new country, many times it simply comes down to helping a teenager learn to live life on his own.“All his meat was still in the bags in the hall when you first walked in,” Sarosy said, while recalling a time he helped a Russian player adjust to Syracuse. “I was trying to tell him, ‘You have to refrigerate this stuff or it goes bad.’”The player was 18 years old and living on the other side of the planet from where he grew up. The Columbus Blue Jackets — the Crunch’s affiliate for a decade until 2010 — needed the trainer to go food shopping and for Sarosy to check up with him at the apartment. That’s the reality Sarosy and his staff face in their roles as they try help players get comfortable living on their own, often for the first time. For players traveling to new countries and new cities, it takes some assistance to get acclimated. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen a player arrives in Syracuse, he is given a room in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Right now Charlie Dodero is staying there — Vladislav Namestnikov, who spent two and a half months in Tampa Bay, Florida in the fall before being sent back north, moved out last week.For the first two months, Namestnikov said he lived in a hotel in Tampa Bay. When that time was up, he was told by the Lightning to get an apartment.When the organization decides his situation is permanent enough to warrant getting an apartment, the Crunch front office will give him a letter that says he has five non-game days to find living arrangements.Namestnikov bought an apartment in Syracuse, and Sarosy said the Lightning would pay for one of his two that he’s leased — usually the one that’s more expensive. “They have to go through the process,” Sarosy said. “They have to learn at this level how to be a professional. For many of them it’s their first time getting an apartment.” It’s part of preparing a player to be able to handle the rigors of an NHL career. However, if the player gets sent to Tampa Bay, the team can handle paying the bills using money the player left it, which was the case for Nikita Nesterov who is currently with the Lightning.Namestnikov said the transition between locations hasn’t been a challenge because he’s already been a part of the Crunch last season and knows the players on both ends of the swap.Off the ice, however, the smallest things of day-to-day life can become a challenge.“Once in a blue moon, an agent will (take care of bills),” Sarosy said. “It’s not uncommon for a player to get all of their mail and then send it to their agent or other representation and they’ll take care of everything.“We don’t like that because we want the kids to become self-sufficient,” Sarosy added.Some players use the War Memorial Arena as their mailing address during training camp and the team finds itself still receiving letters long after the preseason is finished. Sarosy said he sends it along to the proper recipient along with a note that the player should change his address, which doesn’t always happen.Sending the actual player between Tampa Bay and Syracuse is just as complicated for the Crunch as it is for a person going on vacation — except without the planning.“We use all the tricks, get a couple codes here and there, but at the end of the day our first place to go is (travel website like everybody,” Sarosy said.A benefit of the Lightning’s affiliation with the Crunch is Syracuse’s proximity to the northeastern teams that Tampa Bay plays often within the Eastern Conference in cities including Buffalo, New York, Toronto and Philadelphia.Players usually get called up on short notice to replace others who are injured, which results in last-minute flight booking and notification.“You become an amateur meteorologist right away,” Sarosy said. “You have to watch out for the weather.”In Namestnikov’s case, he was given two hours of notice before he had to head for the airport. He had a layover in Charlotte, North Carolina — a commonly used stopover. If and when Namestnikov gets to make the return trip to Tampa Bay, Sarosy will be there to make his flight happen.“We need them and want them to have a pleasant experience here,” Sarosy said. “But at the same time, it’s professional hockey.” Comments Published on February 10, 2015 at 12:10 amlast_img read more

Alpena Senior Center Continuing to Raise Funds for ‘Meals on Wheels’ Program

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Alpena Senior Citizens Center stopped by the WBKB News room to talk about their ‘Luxury Event.’ The fundraiser is raising money to benefit the ‘Meals on Wheels’ Program which feeds seniors in Alpena County. The Luxury Event will be held April 27th to say thanks to those who donated for the cause. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Senior Citizens Center, Luxury Event, Meals on Wheels, Meals on Wheels ProgramContinue ReadingPrevious Golden Agers Celebrate Easter on ‘Good Friday’Next It’s Tax Day! Deadline for Filing 2016 Returns is April 18thlast_img read more

RPV delays decision on Trump’s trees

first_imgThe rows of ficus, which reach heights of 12 feet, were planted without proper permits in early spring for a televised celebrity golf tournament. Trump now hopes to get an amendment to his conditional-use permit to allow the ficus trees to become a permanent feature. Most of the speakers at the council meeting dwelled on what constitutes a “significant” impairment of views and their offense to Trump’s behavior of flouting city regulations. But Mayor Tom Long said the real issue is much simpler: Ficus trees are neither drought-resistant nor a native species. “I may be missing something, but it doesn’t strike me as very complicated. The condition is pretty clear that (Trump) is supposed to use native and drought-resistant plants whenever possible,” Long said. When Long asked whether Trump explored using native species instead of ficus, the course’s general manager responded that he didn’t think so. “I don’t know why we were spending all that time worrying about height restrictions and trimming schedules,” Long said. “I’m not persuaded there is any reason to amend the condition because, as it is, the ficus trees don’t satisfy the existing conditions.” megan.bagdonas@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “There were fewer people there than I expected,” said neighbor Lenee Bilski, who opposes the 500-foot-long hedge planted at Trump National Golf Club. “It was very civilized. Everybody had their facts and it wasn’t contentious at all.” The reason neighbors left their torches and pitchforks at home likely was because they learned in advance that the council would postpone any decision until Dec.4 because a lead adviser for Trump had a heart attack Friday and couldn’t make it to Tuesday’s meeting. Yet more than a dozen neighbors still showed up and pleaded with the council not to change Trump’s conditional-use permit to allow him more leniency when it comes to blocking ocean views. Neighbors said they were disappointed the issue wasn’t decided Tuesday. But council members said the extra time should help craft a resolution. “Before we make any decision, we want to be squeaky clean and fair in letting everyone have a reasonable chance to argue their case,” Councilman Doug Stern said. “Also, Mr. Trump likes to sue when he doesn’t get his way, and this might eliminate the argument that we didn’t allow him to make his case.” GOLF CLUB: Council won’t take any action regarding 12-feet-high ficus rows until Dec. 4. By Megan Bagdonas STAFF WRITER After flooding the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council with e-mails, letters and phone calls complaining about Donald Trump’s view-impairing ficus hedge, angry neighbors were somewhat subdued at this week’s City Council meeting. last_img read more