Shafer pleased with Davis’ progress

first_img Published on October 31, 2013 at 1:19 am Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said linebacker Dyshawn Davis continued treatment on his ankle early Wednesday morning. Davis practiced on Tuesday and Shafer said he “ran around pretty good.”“He’s done a nice job staying up on the treatment,” Shafer said.Davis suffered a high right ankle sprain in the first half of Syracuse’s win over North Carolina State. He didn’t return to that game and missed the following week’s 56-0 loss at Georgia Tech.If he plays, Davis will likely make life more difficult for Wake Forest’s offense. Demon Deacon head coach Jim Grobe said the Syracuse defense likes to blitz frequently, which may create problems for Wake Forest’s pass-heavy offense.“They give you problems from a defensive standpoint,” Grobe said. “They pressure you from a lot of different areas.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGrobe said Syracuse likes to mix up its coverages. Against Georgia Tech, the Orange played in a 3-4 defense, starting Marqez Hodge. Hodge finished with 12 tackles in his first career start. With defensive tackle John Raymon out for the season, Zian Jones will likely see more time for the Orange.Having Davis back would be crucial for SU as it looks to exploit and fluster Wake Forest. Davis is a critical component of the blitzing scheme. He has 16 solo tackles, 2.5 for a loss, on the season.Everything Shafer has said has hinted at the fact that Davis will play Saturday.Said Shafer: “We’re ramping him up each day and looking forward to getting him back on the field.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Orgeron’s energy a better fit for Trojans

first_imgWhen newly appointed interim USC head coach Ed Orgeron took the podium for last Sunday’s press conference, he didn’t promise a Rose Bowl berth. He didn’t guarantee USC would beat a certain conference rival. What he did say, though, was telling.“I’m gonna have some energy, some excitement. High-fiving guys, having fun,” Orgeron said.But Orgeron’s definition of the word “fun” is a little different from the layperson’s definition of “fun.”When I covered spring practices last semester, I got to know (at least by proxy) Mr. Edward Orgeron Jr.It’s a sunny, but cool spring evening at Howard Jones field. Orgeron stands like a man of authority on the field. His boulder-like belly protrudes from his waist, draped with a baggy cardinal polo that is tucked into his shorts. He issues some instructions to the defensive linemen prior to a drill. For this drill, the linemen will crouch and run underneath a three-foot trampoline. The defensive linemen line up about five yards behind the trampolines. A piercing shriek of a whistle, then — “Coach O” comes out.His gravelly drill sergeant’s yell is at once frightening and reassuring at the same time. His usually straight back curves. Orgeron bends over and cups his hands around his mouth and imparts his wisdom.“Keep those heads up, boys! Keep your head up! Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go! KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, KENNY! MOVE YOUR A–, KENNY!” Orgeron screams. He’s referring to freshman defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow, who sprints, ducks under the trampoline and comes out on the other side looking like he just finished a marathon.If there was a spiritual equivalent of Ed Orgeron, it would be Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann from Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. Except Orgeron is more of a man. And on the USC football team, there are no Gomer Pyles.Which is necessary, if you think about it. Football is the sport that most easily serves as a metaphor for war. And like war, the head coach, the “general,” if you will, plays an integral role.As generals go, former USC head coach Lane Kiffin was a pure strategist — a bit of a control freak, if you will. He meticulously trafficked the disbursal of information, to the point where practices were closed and injury information was kept under wraps. Recruiting the best players was a must. To Kiffin, the details and the strategy of the meta-game ware more pressing concerns than the tactics of football, much of which he left to his (very able) coordinators.Except that approach backfired during the heat of the game. Kiffin’s inexperience with the tactics of the actual game of football reared its ugly head earlier this season, as he was unable to master the one aspect of coaching that the world could actually see: calling plays.By comparison, Orgeron takes a far more hands-on approach. He is on the ground floor, communicating with his players. For lack of a better comparison, he is on the frontline with his soldiers, barking orders, turning boys into men. Orgeron is the Sergeant Hartmann to Kiffin’s General Petraeus. And though Orgeron’s ability to manage a game remains to be seen, his animated brand of coaching and (ironically) more relaxed demeanor towards his players (desserts after practice? Where do I sign up to play?) is a refreshing change of pace from the austere atmosphere engineered by Kiffin’s strategic designs.Whether the Trojans will win games is uncertain; they will still be without junior wide receiver Marqise Lee, and the monstrous defensive front seven still belies a thinned-out rear flank  — the secondary that gave up 351 passing yards and three TD’s last week against Arizona State. The Trojan faithful will undoubtedly want to think of better days, back when Matt Barkley, Robert Woods and Lee were making it rain touchdowns like dollar bills at the club. But with those touchdowns came a kind of dispassionate arrogance, the expectation that “this is what’s supposed to happen.”The Trojans are now at a crossroads where there simply are no expectations. It’s a bye week for USC, so that means Orgeron gets a little extra time to shift the coaching mentality from blue-blooded to blue collar. The Trojans will enter the weekend preparing for eight games of war, and in all eight of those games, the outcome is uncertain.If you’re a fan of college football, there’s only one certainty now: compared to watching Lane Kiffin calmly lose games, watching Ed Orgeron get worked up on the sideline is going to be a hell of a lot of fun. Follow Euno on Twitter @eunowhatlast_img read more

4 things Baylor said ahead of Thursday’s NCAA Tournament opener with Syracuse

first_img Published on March 20, 2019 at 9:10 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img SALT LAKE CITY — Baylor (19-13, 10-8 Big 12) has lost its four March games heading into an NCAA Tournament opener against Syracuse (20-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) on Thursday. The Bears had done enough earlier in the year to make it to March Madness, though, and they’ll pose a threat at 9:57 p.m. on Thursday at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Here’s what Baylor is saying heading into that matchup. Passing on experienceBaylor only returned three scholarship players from a year ago to this season’s roster, meaning that many of the Bears haven’t had NCAA Tournament experience. That’s not true of guards Makai Mason and King McClure.Mason actually was the point guard for a Yale team that upset Baylor in the NCAA Tournament three years ago. McClure played on the 2016 and 2017 Bears teams that made the dance. They’re trying to use that experience to help their younger teammates. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Last year we were in NIT, it is not a good experience,” McClure said. “So the fact we are here is a huge blessing. So I tell all the younger guys: Enjoy the moment and be happy. Play with joy. When you go out there, don’t worry about the crowd. Do everything you did coming in here to win.”Baylor head coach Scott Drew echoed that message. He added that he thought being able to play in the Big 12 tournament first would make the environment seem less large. “The first time you got the police escort, everybody isn’t looking around like, What’s going on?” Drew said.Zone v. zoneSyracuse’s players and head coach Jim Boeheim answered similar questions to the one posed to Scott Drew: What’s it like to head into a matchup with another team that plays the 2-3 zone?Drew was quick to point out that just like with man-to-man defenses, each team can have their own wrinkles. But he did add that most 2-3 zones have the same couple weak spots.“We know where they are and they know where they are and probably both teams are more comfortable playing against a zone,” Drew said.Drew brought up SU’s length soon after. He said that the first time some of his past teams have played against zones with that much length, it’s been an issue. “That’s really tough for teams that see that length for the first time,” Drew said. “And that’s why Syracuse has got a top 25 defense in the country.”Howard’s absenceDrew and his players both learned of Frank Howard’s absence shortly before taking to the interview dais. Both of their responses included something along the lines of: Syracuse will still play the 2-3 zone.But beyond that, they expected SU’s depth to come in handy. Drew referenced times during the Big 12 season when players were surprise scratches and Baylor had to adjust to a slightly different rotation as being something that could prepare the Bears for this.Buddy Boeheim could remain in a starting role with Howard back, and Mason seemed to allude to him in his answer.“They have got some really talented guards off the bench that will step up,” Mason said. “(Howard) is a great player. They have some great players on the bench, so it won’t change much for us.”Drew’s first game as a head coachScott Drew made his head-coaching debut in charge of Valparaiso on Nov. 24, 2002. He played Syracuse and Carmelo Anthony in the Carrier Dome. With five minutes to go, the game was close.“I was thinking, ‘Is this head coaching stuff really that hard?’” Drew recalled Wednesday.Syracuse pulled away to win by 15, Anthony scored 28 and Drew had his answer.“The last five minutes told me why the profession is so difficult,” Drew said.That season, of course, ended in Boeheim’s only national championship. Drew and Valparaiso considered themselves fans the rest of the way.“The good thing is Syracuse won the National Championship that year and we got to cheer for them the rest of the year,” Drew said.last_img read more

Cameroon Coach Angry at Traffic Delays

first_imgCameroon coach Hugo Broos complained of team buses arriving late and then getting stuck in traffic as he vented his anger over the organisation of the Confederations Cup yesterday.Broos called on organisers to sort things out for next year’s World Cup, saying he had twice been angered by logistical glitches. “We have a programme, we train at a given time and when you arrive at the hotel and don’t have dinner until 10 o’clock in the evening, it’s really unpleasant,” he said.“I think things must be reviewed for the World Cup next year… How are you going to move teams around from the hotel to the training stadium to the match stadium?”Broos said the African champions had arrived one hour late for their training session in Moscow after their bus got stuck in traffic.He said there was a similar incident in St Petersburg, Russia’s second city, on Tuesday when the bus turned up 45 minutes late at the hotel and got further delayed in more traffic.”The Belgian coach made his comments after a Russian journalist asked why his team had turned up late for training and for a news conference and sarcastically reminded him that today’s match against Australia would be at 6pm local time.“I’m very glad you asked the question because I can tell you it’s not our fault,” replied Broos, whose side lost their opening game 2-0 against Chile in Moscow on Sunday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NBA playoffs 2019: Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard eliminates Thunder with Game 5 buzzer beater

first_img NBA playoffs 2019: Damian Lillard ‘was just waving goodbye’ to Thunder after buzzer-beater Damian Lillard delivered in a big way for the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.With Portland and the Thunder tied in the final seconds, Lillard controlled the ball near mid-court. He ran down the clock, took a small dribble forward and knocked down a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to give his team a 118-115 win. The shot gave the Trail Blazers a 4-1 series win over Oklahoma City.🗣M 🗣V 🗣P 🗣 pic.twitter.com/iu9Rz77UyQ— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) April 24, 2019Lillard was fantastic for Portland all game long. He finished with 50 points on 17-of-33 shooting. He also knocked down 10 of his 18 3-point attempts and added six assists, seven rebounds as well as three steals. Related News Russell Westbrook followed by missing a go-ahead layup, setting up Lillard’s game winner.George scored 36 points for Oklahoma City in the losing effort while Westbrook tallied a triple-double with 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds.center_img The Thunder appeared to have taken control with a little less than eight minutes to play when Dennis Schroder connected on a 3-pointer to put his team ahead 105-90.But, Portland responded with a 23-8 run and tied the score with 57.1 seconds left. Paul George gave his team a two-point advantage on the next possession before Lillard answered with a jumper of his own. NBA playoffs 2019: Damian Lillard’s buzzer-beater sets Twitter ablazelast_img read more

Unionistas-Real Madrid A dreamer and a sleepy

first_imgThe Cup brings heaven and earth closer, sometimes thunderously. It did not reach so much this time, but Madrid, like two hours before Barça, did not make the difference between two worlds. The match was more brown to below zero than the merit contest. With more headlines than expected, Unionistas, that nostalgic cooperative that remained standing until the end, was excited. Zidane’s team did not pick up better news than some details of Brahim and his presence in the eighth bass drum, which will have more explosive charge. He marked Bale with a burial face, offered the purpose of amending James and the others were saved for main network matches.Benzema played, maximum indication that Zidane was far from leaving Madrid outdoors in the only competition that turns its back. And he was surrounded by the best possible team considering the expeditionaries. It was a show of respect for Unionists and their public, who made the Cup the patronal feast of winter. The Federation has given the modest ones the field (small and hard east of Las Pistas), the public, the weather, the box office and even the hunger for splashing the competition. That always liked the people and never the greats, who preferred to keep the correction factor of the second leg.And in that game full of discomforts, in full weather emergency, He put Bale, who came to decide other games and has ended up playing these. Now go deep inside the closet. In a shot of his right and after rubbing in Ayoze, Madrid went ahead. That has been in large part of his career, the naked goal, unadorned before or after. The celebration was mourning. It is true that a goal to a Second B does not give to shirt, but The Welshman composed the rictus of those who receive a traffic ticket. He played and behaved at room temperature. He sent the nth message asking not to wait for him and left again injured.James’s willUnionists must have reminded Zidane of where it all began: a second-order rival, hardworking, grown up, stubborn and inaccurate. Blended with the coldness of the night and the bumpy grass, Madrid was left with an unfriendly party, with very little action, from which almost no one was awarded. He suffered little (a distant but powerful shot of Gongora deflected by Areola was the closest thing to an occasion of the Salamanca), but he suffered little. The goal of Bale and a petroleum jelly of James with the right that swung on the crossbar were his only chances of the first half. The Colombian wanted to rise in the ranks with his party, the second he has played since October. The Cup was for him a productive occupational therapy. The most dangerous of Madrid passed on his left, although he resisted the goal. Goals0-1, 17 ‘: Bale, 1-1, 56 ‘: Álvaro Romero, 1-2, 61 ‘: Gongora, 1-3, 91 ‘: Brahim Diaz CardsÁlvaro Romero (67 ‘, Yellow The Salamanca fell back over the minutes. Sus legs held less than those of Madrid, a fact that was subtracting the initial boldness and he was relegating them to his area at the end of the first half. But Zidane’s team made no effort to abbreviate that. Vinicius was less vindictive than expected, Benzema left him for days of greater shaft and Casemiro and Valverde were not the usual midfielders.So there was a bleak game, much more emotional in the stands than on the grass, until Álvaro Romero, a vitamin player who had only been on the grass for two minutes, hooked a ball in three quarters of the field, moved his career to Nacho and Carvajal and applied a left near the squad that beat Areola. The Unionists felt at the edge of the impossible. It lasted five minutes. For the first time he really squeezed Madrid, which came back in front of another play that was not very bright. He won the bottom line Marcelo and his center finished off defectively, falling, Brahim. Gongora tried to avoid it and ended up signing a goal.There, and in two subsequent auctions of De la Nava arrested by Areola, the best of Madrid, Unionistas expired, because Zidane’s team regained their sense of duty and sought to give the case a wallet. Brahim put the enthusiasm that Bale lacked, Marcelo opened gas for his band and Zidane put Jovic in case he found the gunpowder this time. Nor did he appear: he sent an empty door shot to the post. The consultations of the psychologists are full of scorers without a goal. Brahim, the only one with an appetite, closed the lawsuit at the discount. He was the only meritorious who raised his hand. ChangesBrahim diaz (52 ‘, Bale), Álvaro Romero (54 ‘, Iván Garrido), Jovic (74 ‘, Benzema), Diego Gonzalez (79 ‘, Javi Navas), Isco (79 ‘, James), Matthieu Amouzou (86 ‘, Ayoze)last_img read more

Mourinho says some players care more than others about slump

first_imgMOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Two seasons ago he was a protagonist. Then six months ago he was not playing, so he was a little confused,” Sarri said.“He’s direct. If he has to say something to the manager he has to talk to me. I like very much direct people. When I arrived here immediately I had the feeling he’s a very good player for my way of football because he’s a center back who is very technical. Then I appreciate his qualities as a man. He’s really better than I thought before.”TOTTENHAM INJURIESTottenham’s injury list is growing just as it prepares to host Barcelona in the Champions League.Midfielder Dele Alli has already been ruled out with a hamstring injury, playmaker Christian Eriksen has an abdomen problem, and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has an ongoing thigh problem.Midfielder Mousa Dembele and defender Jan Vertonghen are also doubts with muscle strains sustained in Saturday’s victory at Huddersfield.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, center, attends a training session at the AON Training Complex, Carrington, north west England, Monday Oct. 1, 2018. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)LONDON — At Manchester United, you can criticize the team on Jose Mourinho’s terms.“I think that some (players) care more than others (about the team’s slump),” the United manager said on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Former model accuses Ronaldo of rape, football star calls it ‘fake news’ But was it?Midfielder Scott McTominay was deployed in a less familiar back three while Eric Bailly, a center back signed for about $40 million two years ago for Mourinho’s first season, was left on the bench. The selection gamble contributed to United being picked apart with ease by a West Ham side with only one win from its previous six league games. In self-preservation mode, Mourinho didn’t see it that way.“Scott McTominay is a kid with a special character,” Mourinho said. “Very humble, aggressive in a positive way, brave.”Mourinho gave the impression of excessively praising the inexperienced 21-year-old McTominay to tee up calling out other members of the team, which was also knocked out of the League Cup by second-tier club Derby last week.“Do my other players have that mentality?” Mourinho said. “Not all of them.”Midfielder Juan Mata figures it is best to remain fairly tight-lipped ahead of the Champions League resuming on Tuesday against Valencia after United won its group opener.“It isn’t really a time for posts,” Mata wrote on his website, explaining the lack of a detailed weekly blog on Monday. “I want to thank all of you who support us during these tough times. I understand your frustrations.”LUIZ REVIVALDavid Luiz falls in and out of favor at Chelsea, even being offloaded to Paris Saint-Germain in 2014 before being re-signed two years later.Integral to the Premier League title win in 2017, the defender struggled for game time in Antonio Conte’s second season in charge at Chelsea. Now the Brazil international has an admirer again at Stamford Bridge since Maurizio Sarri replaced Conte in the offseason, helping the London club start the league by going seven games unbeaten. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “You want me dead?” Pogba asked reporters wanting his take on the collapse at the Olympic Stadium.Luke Shaw didn’t share Pogba’s trepidation despite being a past target of Mourinho’s scorn.“If you want the truth,” Shaw said. “It was honestly horrendous. We didn’t look like a team that was going to beat West Ham. Individually and as a team we were awful.”The defender ensured his blunt assessment could not be overtly interpreted as criticism of Mourinho’s tactics after United slipped nine points behind league leaders Manchester City and Liverpool after seven games.“We have to look at ourselves as players. We’re the ones who go on the pitch,” Shaw said. “The manager isn’t on the pitch, is he? He’s there to put a team out and put a team out that he thinks can win the game. You look at our team and we had a very strong team.”ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown But players giving a glimpse of what it’s like at United right now run the risk of repercussions.A public plea by Paul Pogba for the team to “attack, attack, attack” — invoking a fan chant after a draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers — was swiftly followed by the club’s most expensive player being stripped of the vice captaincy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWhen asked to assess Pogba’s performance in Saturday’s 3-1 loss at West Ham, Mourinho, who was already standing and trying to exit the news conference, paused to think but opted to follow his press officer’s orders by leaving after taking only three questions.Pogba also kept tight-lipped on the game itself while betraying just how easily Mourinho’s ire can be provoked. 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‘Go Teach for 3 Months’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has mandated her appointed officials starting with the Minister and their deputies at the Ministry of Education (MOE) to return to the classroom and teach the students for at least three months. This, according to the President, is to experience the ‘hardship and headache’ teachers across the country endure in the discharge of their duty. The expected exercise, according to the President, is for her appointees, particularly the ministers and their principal deputies at the MOE and educational areas to feel the adversity (hurt, stings) of teaching in the Liberian schools. The President’s pending mandates, an observer believes, is to inspire (move) her officials into action to defend the plights of teachers, who over the years have been protesting and or staging series of demonstrations for salaries and other benefits. At the same time, President Sirleaf has said, she would direct authorities of the University of Liberia to allow graduating seniors from the William V.S. Tubman Teachers’ College to go into the field and teach in the classrooms for at least a semester before they can be qualified for graduation. “If we can allow Peace Corps Volunteers and the ‘Volunteer Teachers’ from the West African State of Nigeria to be assigned in the rural areas, we too should send young graduating seniors to go with the foreign instructors into the classrooms before they are allowed to graduate.” President Sirleaf made the suggestion over the weekend when the Minister of Education, Etmonia David-Tarpeh presented the MOE’s (2014-2016) ‘Operational Plan.’ The ceremony was held at the Monrovia City Hall on Saturday, May 24, on the theme, “Quality Education for All: Redirecting Our Future.” The three-year ‘Operational Plan’ is being launched with the vision to ensure quality, relevant, accessible, and affordable education for all. The cost of implementation within the three-year period is US$180 million, while the cost for implementation for the first year (2014) is around US$59 million. Funding for the Plan is expected to come from the government and development partners, including the public-private partnership. The mission is to also ensure quality, relevant, accessible, and affordable education by establishing appropriate legal and regulatory framework through the development of education systems, policies guidelines, procedures and standards. To also promote, good governance practices among actors by coordinating all education programs and activities within the country’s borders; linking education programs to economic and development needs of the population; and promoting public-private partnerships within the sector.    Before presenting the plan to President Sirleaf, Minister Tarpeh explained among other things that the 3-year ‘Operational Plan’ is based on several documents including the Education Reform Law of 2011, Education Sector Plan (2010-2020), Roadmap for System Transformation, National Agenda for Transformation, among others. She said the plan highlights priorities identified by education stakeholders at several consultative meetings including the National Education Roundtable Conference, 2013 and the Joint Education Sector Review taking account of clear messages that there is a need to reform the education sector and other emerging trends within the system. Additionally, it serves as a catalyst (means, channel) to accelerate the “Education for All Goals.”“It is underpinned by the principles of ownership and accountability that the Plan also proposes a range of strategies and activities for improving the quality of education services to ensure that young people within the country’s borders are fully prepared for a favorable livelihood in a changing regional and global environment.” This Plan covers areas such like the Early Childhood Development/Education, Basic and Secondary Education, Teacher Education, Student Personnel Services, Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET), Education Governance and Management.Saturday’s launch brought together an array of government officials, legislators and members of the diplomatic community among them U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SHAY’S HEARTACHE AS HIS PAL IS FOUND DEAD

first_imgShay Given broke down in tears this afternoon following the death of his close pal Gary Speed.The Wales manager, 42, was found dead at his home. Foul play is not suspected.Donegal star Shay was very close to Speed after the pair played together at Newcastle. The Lifford man was seen trying to hold back tears at Liberty Stadium today as his Aston Villa side played Swansea in the Premiership.At Shay made his way to his goal however he broke down in tears and used his towel to wipe his face.A source said “Shay and Speedy were very good friends and they kept in touch despite going their separate ways.“It was Alan Smyth who told Shay earlier in the day and he was just devastated. “Shay just can’t figure it all out.‘Shay is a few years younger than Gary but they are both in the game a long time.”Despite his heartache, Shay, 36, went on to play a terrific game for Aston Villa and helped them to a share of the points against Swansea.Aston Villa manager Alex McCleish said his team had been affected by the shocking news.“My blood ran cold when I heard the news,” he said. “Three of ours lads knew him very well. James Collins plays for Wales and Shay Given was very close to him. He heard the news first from Alan Shearer, and Jermaine Jenas is a former Newcastle team mate. They are distraught.“We would have understood if Swansea wanted to call the game off.”SHAY’S HEARTACHE AS HIS PAL IS FOUND DEAD was last modified: November 27th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Gary SpeedShay Givenlast_img read more