Press Association “They are passionate, they love the club and the best thing I can try to do is get the best team I can out there to get results for them. “I have no problem with that passion. It comes to the surface. There was a bit of frustration this week with season tickets going forward. “But two years ago, we finished fifth; this year, we are eighth and we have done a brilliant job. “We have lost a great player, we know that, and in the summer hopefully we can bring three or four great players in. Let’s hope so because this club deserves it.” Pardew insisted he was “sad” at Kinnear’s demise – a feeling which was not shared by many on Tyneside – after his reign came to an end a little more than seven months after he was appointed. He left having made only two loan signings in as many transfer windows and with many still wondering what his role was meant to be. The 67-year-old did not carry out any media duties after launching a series of initial salvos – the first came before his appointment had even been officially confirmed – and with Ashley happy to take a back seat, Pardew has found himself having to shoulder that responsibility. The role proved particularly uncomfortable in the wake of the Sunderland game when he was left to field questions about the Cabaye saga, many of which he could not answer. Pardew said: “Well, to be honest, I have probably been in that position for a long time. I have to carry that responsibility, and I have no problem with that. “I don’t want to talk about other things other than football, if I am honest, but sometimes you do and I give the best answers that I can.” It remains to be seen whether or not Ashley decides to persist with a director of football, but, if he does, Pardew insists he would have no problem with that. He said: “That decision is the board’s, but I have no problem with directors of football. In the modern game, a lot of clubs have directors of football. “There is so much involved in transfers in terms of the other club, agents, the preparation for the bid and the finances that are involved now that it goes way past what we used to do 10 years ago.” Newcastle will travel to Chelsea without key midfielder Cheick Tiote, who has been ruled out of the next two games at least by a hamstring injury and joins Fabricio Coloccini, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse on the sidelines, and the suspended Loic Remy. Newcastle reserve-team manager Willie Donachie has resigned on the day the club launched an investigation into an allegation that he hit one of his players. The Magpies confirmed on Thursday night that the 62-year-old former Scotland international had stepped down from his position. A club statement said: “Newcastle United can confirm that Willie Donachie has resigned from his position as reserve team manager with immediate effect. The club will be making no further comment.” The allegation surrounds an incident involving Donachie and 19-year-old defender Remie Streete after Monday night’s 2-0 Under-21s defeat at Sunderland. News of the former Manchester City player’s exit came as senior team manager Alan Pardew prepared to sit down with owner Mike Ashley to plot the way forward. The 52-year-old will send his depleted team into Barclays Premier League battle at Chelsea on Saturday after another tumultuous week on Tyneside. The Magpies rarely do things by halves, but, even by their standards, they excelled themselves by selling the best player, Yohan Cabaye, without replacing him, losing 3-0 at home to the Black Cats and then witnessing the departure of controversial director of football Joe Kinnear inside six turbulent days. The transfer window debacle and the derby defeat proved simply too much to take for some fans, one of whom ran onto the pitch to confront Pardew, while others have signalled their intention not to renew season tickets. However, asked what his message will be when he meets Ashley to discuss life after Kinnear, the manager said: “My message is always the same – it’s about taking the club forward. “We can’t stand still. We have to go forward, so it gives us an opportunity to do that. “Let’s be honest – it was an emotional game and the fan running on the pitch with a season ticket and all that, that’s what our fans are and they will never take that away from them.
His father, Paul Shaffner, is currently the defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach for the Colgate Raiders football team. Prior to joining the Raiders, he coached at Buffalo State.“In elementary school I would stay at Buffalo State for their August camp,” Shaffner said. “I would sit in on my dad’s meetings with his players and [stay up for] all the late nights. This was the first time that my love for football was apparent.”A three-year letterman for Cazenovia High School, Shaffner was named the 2015 New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Class B Player of the Year after helping his team to achieve a 13-0 record and the Class B state title.During his time as a Laker, the player contributed to a three-year Cazenovia record of 32-2.“The run that we had as a team my senior year of high school — all the way to the state championship — was one of the biggest thrills of my life,” Shaffner said. “[That] was something that I could not have dreamed of without the help of my high school coaches and my team. Without them, I never could have been honored as [player] of the year.”In Feb. 2016, Shaffner signed his national letter of intent to become a Colgate student and athlete.“[He] handled all of Colgate’s long-snapping duties for nearly his entire football career, in addition to his every-down role as a reserve linebacker,” said Colgate University Director of Athletic Communications John Painter. “The senior helped Colgate placekicker Chris Puzzi set program field goal records for ‘made in a season’ and ‘accuracy’ in both a season and career. Shaffner also helped Barney Amor punt for a 42.1-yard average that set Colgate’s season mark for a minimum of 40 attempts.”Shaffner points to a game-winning field goal against James Madison University (JMU) in the second round of playoffs as a highlight of his college football career.“I was the long snapper for that play, which usually goes unnoticed, and I would not have it any other way,” he said. “The moment someone notices a long snapper, they messed up . . . The second moment [that stands out] was going out to my dad on senior day. He has coached me my entire life, and it was an extremely emotional thing for me.”Shaffner has dreamed of playing in the NFL since he was in first grade.In January, he will play in front of scouts at exposure events in Dallas, Texas and Mobile, Alabama.Following these two events, Shaffner expects to have a much better understanding of his chances at playing professionally.Outside the realm of football, Shaffner is interested in pursuing a career in commercial real estate development.“Basically, I have to wait and see how things go for me,” he said. “In the meantime, I will continue to work my butt off both in the weight room and on the field.”Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: all-star gameCaz gradCazenovia footballCazenovia High SchoolCazenovia High School athleticscolgate universityFCS BowlJake Shaffnerpostseason college footballstudent athlete The game is open to collegiate players who have completed their eligibility in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).“To be selected, it was a huge honor,” Shaffner said. “To be recognized for all of the hours and work I put into my craft is just something that makes [me] feel so good. Playing in the game was a very cool experience. I was surrounded by so much talent, [and it was] so fun to just go out and play. All star games . . . are a simplified version of football which brings you back to being a kid and playing in the backyard with all of your friends.”Although Shaffner did not start playing football until sixth grade, the game has always been a big part of his life. By Kate HillStaff WriterIn December, Cazenovia High School graduate and Colgate University football player Jake Shaffner played in the sixth annual FCS Bowl — a postseason college football all-star game.Held in Deland, Florida, the game provided players from smaller colleges with the opportunity to shine in front of scouts from various professional football leagues, including the National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL).
In Wisconsin’s current 13-game winning streak, third baseman Michelle Mueller has stepped up to the plate and knocked the ball out of the park, quite literally, on more than one occasion.After another solid weekend aiding the Badgers to a series sweep over Purdue at Goodman Diamond, the Big Ten Conference named Mueller Big Ten Player of the Week Monday afternoon.Mueller finished a solid junior season last year with a .317 average, seven home runs and 39 RBIs, but has made a large jump in her play this season, especially as of late.This past weekend against the Boilermakers Mueller batted an astronomical .714 while picking up four RBIs, two of which produced the only runs in Wisconsin’s 2-1 win in the first game of the doubleheader Friday.Then in Saturday’s Senior Day game, Mueller picked up two hits, one of which drove in a run to give her 49 RBIs for the season, a new UW single season record.Outside of this weekend, Mueller’s play has been crucial in the Badgers’ streak, as she has hit .432 with seven of her 11 home runs this season coming during the last 13 games. She has also recorded more than half (26) of her RBIs during the streak, while it took her 32 games to record the first 23 RBIs.Mueller and Wisconsin return to the diamond this Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Goodman Diamond for a two-game set with No. 19 ranked Nebraska.
Jason Richter fired a power play marker past Hawks netminder Tallon Kramer in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie and power the Nitros to the victory.Franco Colapaolo, added an insurance marker for Kimberley while Tyler Van Steinburg scored to give the host club a 1-0 first period lead.Allan Pruss scored the lone goal for the Hawks, ousted for the second time in as many years by the Dynamiters.Kimberley outshot the Hawks 35-30.In Okanagan/Shuswap Conference Finals 100 Mile House defeated Summerland Steam 3-1 to clinch the best-of-seven series 4-1.The KIJHL champ represents the league at the Cyclone Taylor Cup April 7-10 in Victoria. The Kimberley Dynamiters are four wins away from defending the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title after disposing the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in five games in the Kootenay Conference Playoff Series.The Nitros booked a ticket to the KIJHL Final after edging the Hawks 3-1 in Kootenay Conference Playoff action Monday night in Kimberley.Kimberley won the best-of-seven series 4-1 and now meets 100 Mile House Wranglers in the KIJHL Final beginning Friday in the Bavarian City.
The L.V. Rogers Bombers came ever so close to winning back-to-back BC High School Tier I Rugby Championship.The Bombers dropped a heartbreaking 17-13 decision to Glenlyon Norfolk of Victoria in the Division Final Saturday in Abbotsford. The Bombers advanced to the final by stopping Seycove 22-17 in the semi-final.The Bombers, representing the Kootenay zone, opened the tournament with a 24-5 shellacking of DW Poppy of Langley.Michael Caldecott was named winner of the Commissioner’s XV award as top player on the Bombers.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Silver Medal showing of LVR with Team of the Week honours.The Bombers include, Dyllen Dixon, Relmu Sanchez, Sebastien Bohdine, Ezra Harding, Michael Caldecott, Seamus Howard, Liam Smith, T.J. Winters, Raven Johnson, Rowan Megale, Eli Lusted, Joel Bokenfohr, Owen Pfeffer, Cian Sanchez, Evan Klenk and coach Michael Joyce.