Simeone dismisses Godin talk

first_imgAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has laughed off reports that Manchester United are preparing a 20million euros offer for Diego Godin in January. But when asked whether Atletico would accept an offer in the region of 20million euros from United for Godin, Simeone told the Spanish media: “Let’s talk about something else. “How much? Twenty? For Godin? “It must be a mistake.” Godin, who helped Uruguay reach the last-16 of the World Cup in Brazil, is under contract with the Spanish champions until June 2018. The 28-year-old centre-back has been a key player in Simeone’s squad since moving to the Vicente Calderon stadium in 2010 from Villarreal. Godin started in 34 league games last season and scored four goals, including the crucial equaliser against Barcelona in the final game of the 2013-14 campaign to hand Atletico their first league title since 1996. Press Associationcenter_img United are reportedly looking to strengthen their backline in the winter transfer market after losing defenders Rafael, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo to injuries. Godin has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford, with United manager Louis van Gaal reportedly keen to acquire the Uruguay international’s services. last_img read more

USC Hillel pilots mental health, wellness initiative

first_imgThe Bradley Sonnenberg Wellness Initiative funded by Glenn and Andrea Sonnenberg in honor of their late son and from Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Cutting Edge Grant, will employ a full-time social work professional to take on the role of associate director of health and wellness.  For students across campus, USC Hillel, a small cottage tucked between campus and the Row, serves various purposes. Sometimes it’s a workspace, other times it’s a place for a home-cooked meal or an escape from the stress of college. Earlier this month, USC Hillel took on another role when it launched a wellness initiative to help students struggling with mental health. “In this plugged-in, ever-alienating society of ours, I think that there are not a lot of resources for people who may have issues,” Glenn Sonnenberg said. “Maybe not even big issues, but just day-to-day sort of making it through, [like] participating [in] activities with others and having a safe place to chill and maybe having somebody to talk to — it drove us to this wellness initiative.” Ilana Cohen, a junior studying cognitive science who frequently visits Hillel, said she hopes students will take advantage of the resources available through the initiative.  Putting student wellness high on the priority list is nothing new for USC Hillel. Past leadership, like former Executive Director Bailey London, emphasized Hillel’s role in addressing mental health on campus through informational workshops and organized activities that allowed students to unplug and take a breather.  The Sonnenbergs additionally stressed the importance of placing the initiative within reach of any student seeking help or someone to talk to, regardless of religious identity. Hillel also plans to continue weekly activities such as hiking, yoga and community sports as a part of its physical wellness program. center_img “Anyone who works on campus [knows] the pressures students face and the varying ways, and sometimes specialized ways, we might need to offer to respond to those pressures and to encourage healthy balance,” Cohn said. Dave Cohn, who is starting as this year’s executive director for USC Hillel, hopes to carry on the legacy that past leadership has instituted in making student wellness a high priority. Cohn previously worked for Hillel at UCLA and has spent years with college students at summer camps and university camps.  “In the past, especially recently, there were all these attacks on the Jewish community, and Hillel was a really great space to go to,” Cohen said. “They react and take care of the students immediately, and they bring you in. So this initiative is great because even outside the Jewish community things are always going on and problems are always arising. You always will need someone to talk to.” “The [Engemann Student Health Center] is not able to help everybody,” Andrea Sonnenberg said. “They’re overwhelmed by the demand. People can’t get in; they can’t get in for months, and they only get a certain number of sessions, so that’s part of the reason why the need is so great. There’s just not the supply.” American college students show higher rates of diagnosis for poor mental health, particularly for anxiety, depression and panic attacks, according to a study published by the Journal of American College Health last year. USC Hillel already provides resources for students struggling with drug addiction and depression, but this initiative takes that support much further by adding professionalization to an already established wellness program. last_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about Buffalo

first_imgSyracuse (9-1) returns to the Carrier Dome after its comeback win at Georgetown to face Buffalo (7-3) in the first of four-straight home games to close out December. The Bulls, winners of three straight, have faced just one ranked team in current-No. 20 Cincinnati.Here’s what you need to know about head coach Nate Oats’ team.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 27-5.Last time they played: The two teams haven’t met since Dec. 30, 2001, when SU won its final game before the beginning of Big East play, 83-62. Preston Shumpert paced the Orange with 11 points in each half to total a game-high 22. Hakim Warrick added 10 points and five rebounds.The Buffalo report: The Bulls have seven wins because they score. Their 82.1 points rank first in the Mid-American Conference and 55th in the country. They dropped 106, matching a school record, against Niagara.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt starts with junior guard CJ Massinburg, one of three MAC players to average 20 points per game. He’s made 65 shots on the year and nearly half of them (31) have been 3-pointers. And he’s pretty efficient, shooting just a tick over 50 percent from the field.After Massinburg, Buffalo has five more double-figure scorers to balance its offense. Sophomore guard Davonta Jordan is coming off an all-around effort himself, with 13 points, seven assists, five rebounds and five steals against Robert Morris. The Bulls will start four guards with 6-foot-10 center Montell McRae in the middle.This will be the second-toughest matchup for the Bulls thus far after that early loss to the Cincinnati. They have not yet played a team from a Power-five conference and that could show considering Buffalo’s 265th-ranked defense allows 76.5 points per game.How Syracuse beats Buffalo: Tyus Battle will likely get his 20 points and SU will likely win. If this game hinges on anything, it’s defense. In SU’s last home game, Colgate connected on a way-too-high 14 3-pointers and hung around for longer than the Orange would have liked. In Massinburg, Buffalo brings a hot, high-volume shooter with it. The first priority will be to contest his looks, but with a high-scoring and well-rounded team like the Bulls, SU will have to stay sound in the zone and prevent breakdowns, too.Stat to know: NineThe Bulls have a true scorer in Massinburg, but when junior forward Ikenna Smart notched 12 points in his season debut over the weekend, he became the ninth Buffalo player to score in double figures this season. Six of those players average at least ten points. Kenpom odds: Kenpom gives Syracuse an 83 percent chance to win. Player to watch: CJ Massinburg, Guard, No. 5One could argue Massinburg is the best player in the MAC. The junior posted five 20-point games in his first two seasons, but has six already this year to average an even 20 points per game. Credit much of that to his 3-point shooting percentage, which has jumped up from 33.1 percent a year ago to 47 percent now. And at 6-foot-3, he leads the team in rebounding at 7.8 boards per game. Comments Published on December 19, 2017 at 9:51 am Contact: | @jtbloss Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more