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Steve McClaren: Newcastle ‘close to crisis’ after League Cup defeat

first_img Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has admitted the club are ‘close’ to crisis following their League Cup exit at the hands of a weakened Sheffield Wednesday side.Lewis McGugan’s 76th-minute strike secured a 1-0 victory in front of a fuming St James’ Park crowd, with the result leaving McClaren scratching his head over how to mould a team from inherited players plus a host of summer arrivals.The pressure on McClaren, who was only appointed as boss this summer, is heating up with the Magpies currently joint bottom of the Premier League table.They entertain the reigning Premier League champions Chelsea on Saturday still looking for their first league win of the campaign, and the manager has told his team to change their victim mentality and get their season on track with an upset against the Blues.Asked why it is not working, McClaren said: “It’s hard to put your finger on, but we have to find it.“It’s a mentality thing. You can go into those games and finish those games and feel sorry for yourself. We can’t have that. We can’t have that and we can’t make excuses.“I’m not here to criticise individuals and whatever I say will never be enough to vindicate the performance and the result. The only thing you can do is get in tomorrow morning and prepare for Chelsea.McClaren, who was pilloried as his reign as England manager drew to a close, admitted it was a tough situation but remains convinced he and his staff will get things right on Tyneside.”We have got to have that fighting mentality rather than that victim one.”McClaren added: “Is the job harder than I thought? Absolutely. Without a doubt.“People say it’s a crisis and it’s getting very close to it. We deserve to be criticised.“That’s football. This is, for me, a challenge. We have got to start using our experience now, and we have got that. We have got to find the solutions. Mentally, technically, tactically, we have got to find the solutions.“It’s in that dressing room, we have got to find it and we have got to find it quickly.” 1last_img read more

Abrahamson Named To CoSIDA Men’s Basketball Academic All-America Team

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Kale Abrahamson (West Des Moines, Iowa), a redshirt junior on the Drake University men’s basketball team has been named to the 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I men’s basketball team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).Abrahamson, who was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America third team, was one of 15 men’s basketball student-athletes honored nationally for their academic accomplishments combined with their on-court success.Abrahamson is currently enrolled in graduate school having earned his undergraduate degree in psychology last spring. He is second on the team in scoring at 11.5 points per game and second on the team with 54 made three-pointers. He currently maintains a 3.77 GPA in his MBA coursework and earlier this year was a two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week selection and a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.He received his undergraduate degree from Drake in psychology in the spring of 2015 and had a 3.91 undergraduate GPA after transferring from Northwestern.Abrahamson and the Drake men’s basketball team begin postseason play Thursday, March 3, evening in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more