Jose Reina admits he is flattered to be linked with a return to former club Barcelona but has again insisted he is happy at Liverpool, with whom he is under contract until 2016. Reina is one of the names being touted as a possible replacement for long-serving Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who has told the Catalan giants he intends to leave the club and could sever ties this summer. The 31-year-old Reina, who came up through the youth ranks at Barca before joining Villarreal over a decade ago, said of the speculation: “I have three more years with Liverpool. I’m satisfied, comfortable and my family are very happy. Rumours are difficult to control but it’s flattering when a club like Barca are interested in you.” Press Association The Spain international added to radio station Cadena Ser: “I don’t know if there has been contact between the clubs or with my agent. At the moment I don’t think there’s anything serious.” Reina hopes to finish his career back in his homeland, but the Reds keeper added: “I don’t know how long I’ve got left in football, what I do know is I want to enjoy what remains and feel appreciated and at Liverpool I have that.” Reina, son of former Barca goalkeeper Miguel Reina, played several first-team matches while still a teenager at Barca but left the club in 2002 without winning any major silverware. In the last half-a-dozen years Barca have emerged as the dominant force in both Spain and Europe, winning trophy after trophy, but Reina is not dwelling on what might have been. “The years I was in Barcelona were very good, I don’t have any bad feelings about not succeeding there. I played more than 50 games, when I was less than 20, it helped me grow a lot,” he said. “I would’ve liked to have played there more, of course, but there’s no need to over-dramatise things.”
Facebook Twitter Google+ Jarret Eaton already held the fastest 60-meter hurdles time in the nation. He already held the record for the fastest time at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track at Penn State.But as he ran in the finals of the Penn State Invitational Jan. 28, he did it again.In just 7.49 seconds, the blur of orange wearing a distinctive white headband owned the 60 meters and broke his records. He set a new personal best. He set a new facility record. He set a new fastest time in the nation.Eaton has the track and field world buzzing. Yet the buzz around the Syracuse campus isn’t as loud.‘It doesn’t bother me,’ Eaton said. ‘It shouldn’t be just me if I get publicity. It should be the team as a whole. Sometimes it overshadows the other success on the team.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEaton is a contender to do something unheard of for the Orange track and field program: become a national champion.In Eaton’s first meet of the season at the Cornell Upstate Challenge in Ithaca, the hurdler set a school record in the 60-meter hurdles and set the bar for his competitors by posting the best time in the nation. He topped that the next weekend with his record time in State College, Pa. The 7.49-second time at the Penn State Invitational is the fastest collegiate time since 1997 and just .02 seconds behind the all-time collegiate record held by former Wisconsin hurdler Reggie Torian. Though Syracuse head coach Chris Fox has brought the SU cross country program to prominence in recent years, the track and field team has been far from elite, making Eaton’s success a pleasant surprise.Eaton has a chance to be a Syracuse legend. But had a few things been slightly different, he would not be in this position.Eaton was a track and field state champion and a football star at Abington Heights High School in Clarks Summit, Pa. He wanted to continue both sports, but found during the recruiting process that coaches at Division-I programs weren’t sold.So he found himself at West Chester (Pa.) University, a Division-II school where he could play both football and run for the track and field team.‘I loved football just as much as I love track,’ Eaton said. ‘My high school coach was able to get me to go to West Chester, and I was able to start and play football, and then I ended up essentially walking onto the track team because my football coach let me.’Eaton starred immediately at West Chester. It wasn’t long before he and his coaches realized he had Division-I talent as a hurdler.He decided to put his football career behind and transferred to Syracuse after his freshman year.‘If I wanted to play football I wouldn’t have left West Chester,’ said Eaton, now a graduate student. ‘… My mindset was on track, and I was going to do track. It was a bit of a betrayal if I would have done Syracuse football after leaving West Chester.’In his first-ever meet at Syracuse, at the SU Welcome in 2009, he ran an NCAA championship qualifying time in the 55-meter hurdles. Two weeks later, at the Penn State National Open in State College, he ran an NCAA championship qualifying time in the 60-meter hurdles.That race soon became his staple.Eaton traveled to College Station, Texas, for the NCAA Indoor Championship in March 2009. But his time of 7.92 seconds in the preliminaries wasn’t good enough for him to qualify and advance further.As a junior, Eaton continued to leave his mark. At the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York City in February 2010, Eaton once again qualified for the NCAA championship. He also set a school record with a 7.68-second time in the 60-meter hurdles.But a month later at the NCAA Indoor Championship in Fayetteville, Ark., Eaton ran nearly two full tenths of a second slower and finished just 16th.‘All that shows is just that, in the grand scheme of things, times you run early in the season don’t mean anything, and I think Jarret knows that,’ SU assistant coach Dave Hegland said. ‘I think it’s great for him to run real fast early. Obviously, it’s great for us. It’s nice he set a school record, but unless you can go to the national championships and do it on that day, no one’s going to remember those times.’After the disappointment in Fayetteville, Eaton redshirted last season as a senior. He had some minor injuries and felt that having another year would allow him to make major strides. But it also meant he would be running his final season during an Olympic qualifying year.So far, it has paid off.‘A year of growth, a year of maturity, a year of hard work, that all pays off for athletes,’ Fox said. ‘Look at Scoop Jardine, it’s the same kind of thing for him. He’s a fifth-year guy. A fifth year makes a big difference.‘He got to work on his technique, he got to work on his strength, he hit the weight room hard and he’s a bigger, better, stronger athlete.’In his first meet, Eaton came out with a vengeance. He broke his own school record with a 7.61 in the 60-meter hurdles. He broke it again with the 7.49 at Penn State, the time that still sits as the best in the nation.Of course, that won’t mean anything if he can’t turn that into a first-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships this March in Nampa, Idaho.‘It would be huge for us,’ Fox said. ‘It’s a rare opportunity. He’s one of the guys that can do it at nationals if everything goes right — knock on wood to stay healthy. It would be as big as anything to happen in 10 years for this program.’With the fastest time in 15 years in the 60-meter hurdles, Eaton’s goal of a national championship certainly an objective within reach.And if he can do that, it would do wonders for the program. Nothing rivals in importance and value to producing a national champion.‘It’s the start of something here,’ Eaton said. ‘My coach is a great hurdle coach, and coach Fox is a great cross country coach, and track and field as a whole is on the rise. It’s not the same program as it was 10 years ago. We have great coaching, we have great talent here as a team. … We’re on the up and up.’[email protected] Published on February 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Comments
Throw-in on Sunday at O’Connor Park in Tullamore is at 3 o’clock and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with Una Powell’s Pub, Summerhill, Nenagh and Loughnane Concrete, Ardcroney, Nenagh. Tipp senior hurling corner back Cathal Barrett says his side will be taking it game by game as they look to progress towards the National League final for the third year in a row. The Premier County will be determined to continue on the road to national silverware when they come up against neighbours Offaly this Sunday in the Division 1 quarter-final.Last year’s Young Hurler of the Year Barrett says Tipp’s priority is to win an All-Ireland and says it is important to keep winning their games for the confidence of the squad.
QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt is on the brink of returning to his former club AC Milan, according to reports.The 25-year-old, who spent part of last season on loan at the San Siro side and scored four goals in 14 Serie A appearances, is seemingly surplus to requirements at Loftus Road.Taarabt has rarely featured this season and R’s boss Harry Redknapp claimed in October that the playmaker was “not fit” for first-team football.And now, according to Sky Sport Italia, Taarabt will rejoin Milan on loan in the January transfer window after spurning the chance to sign for Atlanta.Taarabt’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, met with Rossoneri chief executive Adriano Galliani on Sunday to broker the deal which will see the former Tottenham star link up with Filippo Inzaghi’s men until the end of the campaign.The Moroccan’s QPR contract runs until 2016 and the west London side are keen to cash in on his services at the earliest opportunity. Adel Taarabt 1