Terry ready and willing for Blues

first_img He added: “I just want to set the record straight: I’m available, but at the same time, if the manager chooses not to pick me and decides to go with the others, that’s not a problem. “I’m Chelsea through and through and I want nothing more than to get Champions League football. If that means me playing, great. If not I’ll be the biggest supporter in the dressing room.” Terry has been synonymous with Chelsea’s decade of success under owner Roman Abramovich, but is no longer the first name on the team sheet. In a season disrupted by a knee injury, Terry has made just 11 Premier League appearances. Since returning from the problem sustained against Liverpool in November in January’s win at Stoke, Terry has made 11 starts, two substitute appearances and been left unused on the bench on 11 occasions. One of those was at Wembley on Sunday, which came as a surprise in some quarters, even though Terry had played 90 minutes in Moscow three days earlier. “I’ve not got a problem with the manager choosing other players in front of me,” added Terry, who saw David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic preferred in the centre of defence. “If he (Benitez) decides that’s his favourite pair, so be it. It’s down to me to work hard and maybe prove him wrong.” Chelsea captain John Terry is unequivocal in his support for Rafael Benitez’s rotation system if it propels the Blues back into the Champions League – but the defender insists he is ready, willing and able to play up to three times a week if required. The 32-year-old defender scored twice in Wednesday night’s 3-0 Barclays Premier League win at Fulham which saw last season’s Champions League winners climb above Arsenal and move into pole position for the third automatic qualifying spot for next year’s tournament. Terry, who was an unused substitute in last Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Manchester City, said: “I accept the rotation system completely. I can definitely play twice a week, three games a week if need be. I’m fit, I’m training every day and have done for the last three months.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Malachi Richardson reportedly signs with agent, officially ending his college career

first_imgUPDATED: Monday, May 16 at 2:10 p.m.Malachi Richardson’s college career is officially over as he has signed with an agent and will keep his name in the NBA Draft, according to multiple reports. The reports come nine days before the deadline for underclassmen that declared early to either stay in the draft or return to school.Richardson didn’t participate in the 5-on-5 scrimmages at the NBA Draft Combine because of a tweak in his back, he told ESPN’s Andy Katz on the combine’s ESPN2 broadcast last Thursday. During the interview, he emphasized making the best choice for both him and his family, and that he was 50-50 on staying in school and leaving.Richardson wanted a guarantee that he’d be taken in the first round in order to keep his name in the draft, Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman also reported last Thursday.Richardson ranked second on Syracuse as a freshman with 13.4 points per game. He chipped in 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest as the Orange tore through the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament to the Final Four. The surprise run was kept alive in large part by Richardson, who scored 21 second-half points against top-seeded Virginia to erase a 16-point deficit in the Elite Eight.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith his departure, SU will have eight scholarship players on its roster next year: Seniors Dajuan Coleman, Tyler Roberson and John Gillon, sophomores Paschal Chukwu, Tyler Lydon and Frank Howard and freshmen Tyus Battle and Matthew Moyer.It also opens up a spot in the starting lineup, likely at shooting guard, which is where Jim Boeheim said Richardson would see more time in 2016-17 rather than his wing position he played alongside Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney in 2015-16. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 16, 2016 at 2:10 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Liverpool joined by Inter Milan in chase for Turkey defensive star

first_img1 Caner Erkin in action for Turkey Inter Milan have joined the race for Liverpool target Caner Erkin.The Fenerbahce defender has been watched by Reds scouts in the past and reports in Turkey have suggested that Liverpool are lining up a bid.However, they will face stiff competition for his signature from Italy with Inter now also keen on doing a deal for the talented left-back.Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in the 27-year-old, who is out contract in the summer, when he will be available on a free.But sources have suggested that the Premier League pair are currently behind front-runners Inter, who are said to be drawing up an offer to land him already.last_img read more