Everton close in on new Baines deal

first_img Having fended off bids from former Toffees boss David Moyes at Manchester United in the summer, Martinez said they wanted to reward Baines’ loyalty with an improved deal but the Spaniard has been wary of speaking publicly about negotiations. Keeping Baines out of the hands of United would be a major coup for Everton and a sign of how Martinez’s arrival in the summer has had a huge effect. The club sit just one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool and have lost just twice all season as the Spaniard’s change in style has reaped instant rewards. Martinez significantly gave youngster Ross Barkley a key role in his midfield and has seen the 20-year-old blossom as a result, winning his first senior England cap and putting himself in with a good chance of securing a place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad. Barkley is contracted until 2016, having signed a long-term deal in December 2011, but could also be in line for a new contract to match his rising importance to the side. The midfielder, out with a broken toe for possibly three weeks, travelled with the rest of the squad for a warm-weather training break in Tenerife at the weekend. Press Association Everton hope to be able to plan for a long-term future with Leighton Baines after reports suggested significant inroads have been made over contract negotiations.center_img Despite manager Roberto Martinez’s reluctance to talk about a new deal for the England left-back, Press Association Sport understands there has been considerable groundwork done over the last couple of months. That appears to have paved the way for the 29-year-old, whose current contract expires in 17 months, to extend his stay. last_img read more

Volleyball Outlasts Indiana State in MVC Season Opener

first_imgStory Links Box Score (PDF) ESPN+ DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University volleyball team opened its Missouri Valley Conference season with a high-energy, five-set win over Indiana State on Friday night at the Knapp Center.Drake defeated the Sycamores by set scores of 21-25, 25-16, 25-21, 26-28, 15-9 to improve to 7-7 on the season.The Bulldogs (7-7, 1-0 MVC) were led by freshman Haley Bush, who finished with 25 kills, and senior Paige Aspinwall, who finished with 40 assists and 20 digs. Aspinwall’s 40-20 performance is the first for a Bulldog since at least 2007. Aspinwall, Bush –  who had 13 digs to go along with her 25 kills – and Emily Plock who had 12 kills and 10 digs, each finished with double-doubles.Defensively, Gillian Gergen had a career-high 11 blocks while Kylee Macke added 29 digs as one of five Bulldogs in double figures in kills. Indiana State (2-9, 0-1 MVC) was led by Nikkie White’s 16 kills, but Drake held the Sycamores to just .101 hitting.Indiana State won the first point of the fifth set, but the Bulldogs capitalized on two service errors from the Sycamores to jump out to an early 6-2 lead. Following a Sycamore timeout, Drake extended its lead to six forcing before Indiana State put together a short run near the end of the set. However, the Bulldogs finished out the set with a kill from Bush with the assist from Paige Aspinwall, for Bush’s 25th kill and Aspinwall’s 40th assist of the match. Bush had three of her kills in the fifth set on just six attempts. The fifth set was forced by the Sycamores following a back-and-forth fourth set that saw 15 lead changes and 30 ties before ISU pulled away for a 28-26 win as Drake hit just .017 in the set.After dropping an error-filled first set, 25-21, Drake rallied in the second and third sets to take a 2-1 lead in the match en route to the 3-2 win.The Bulldogs continue their homestand to open MVC play on Saturday when Evansville visits the Knapp Center for a 5 p.m. contest.  Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Next Game: Full Schedule Roster Evansville 9/28/2019 – 5 p.m. Watch Livelast_img read more