Leicester manager Nigel Pearson believes his side’s early Capital One Cup exit exposed the deficiencies of a squad he knows is in dire need of strengthening. Less than two weeks into their return to the Barclays Premier League, City are already out of one cup competition following a shock 1-0 defeat to SkyBet League Two Shrewsbury at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday. Pearson made eight changes to the side beaten 2-0 by Chelsea at the weekend, which included blooding four debutants – three of whom were rookies – but he still feels the game was there for the taking. Instead, the Foxes lacked quality and conviction to see off manager Micky Mellon’s side, underlining Pearson’s concerns about his squad. Pearson has so far brought in six new faces, including a club record signing in £8million Leonardo Ulloa, but knows he needs more. Asked whether he would be making any further new signings before the closure of the transfer window at 11pm on Monday, Pearson said: “Possibly. I don’t know. “One of the things that is apparent from last night’s game, when you look at other players having opportunities, is that we do need to strengthen. We need more depth, and we’ll try and do that. “Whether that is doable or not is dependant on a number of things, but we continue to work to get players to strengthen the squad. “People seem to think it’s only recently we’ve been trying to do things, but that’s not the case. “It’s been a very frustrating summer for us. The targets we’ve been trying to bring in have not happened. “So you could look at this final week and say ‘if we’ve not done it since May, it’s very unlikely we’ll do it now’. Press Association “I’ve a very balanced view on whether we’ll get any deals done. If we do, good, and if we don’t we’ll have to deal with it I’m afraid.” Former Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso has been heavily linked, as has James McArthur at Wigan, with reports claiming talks remain open between both clubs in the latter case after an initial £5million bid was rejected. Pearson, however, is refusing to go into detail about his targets as he added: “I’ve not mentioned players by name apart from Cambiasso, and only because he was put into the public domain by somebody else. “So I don’t intend now to talk about players at no point I have mentioned. “If other people decide to bring potential deals into the public domain, that’s entirely up to them. “But I certainly won’t be discussing those sorts of details because it is totally inappropriate and totally unprofessional.”
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Freshman forward Brendan Woods broke his femur and dislocated his knee in a nasty collision while playing in the USHL in 2009.[/media-credit]If you grow up in a hockey family, especially one where your father is a former professional hockey player and assistant coach for the four-time defending NHL Southeast Division champion team, it’s pretty difficult to breathe and bleed anything other than hockey.It’s probably a big reason why Wisconsin freshman forward Brendan Woods’ father, Washington Capitals assistant coach Bob Woods, gave his son a funny look when he said he wanted to be a baseball player during a dual interview when Brendan was younger.Brendan has certainly found his way though, despite his momentary dream of being a baseball player, realizing the potential he possessed in hockey and taking advantage of the benefits of having such strong hockey roots.“It comes natural,” Woods said. “You are around it all the time, and it kind of sets you one step ahead of everyone else. You know what to expect.”Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves added that while final determinations during the recruitment of a player come down to individual traits on and off the ice, coming from a solid hockey environment certainly doesn’t hurt a player’s chances.Woods chose to come to Wisconsin and play for Eaves after being courted by other national hockey powers such as Minnesota, North Dakota and Colorado College, with hopes of winning an NCAA Championship and receiving the necessary preparation to continue to the NHL.“What Coach Eaves has done with guys in the past, he’s been there, he knows what it takes [to play in the NHL], so it’s just putting myself in his hands, knowing that I am in the right place, and I know if I give him all I got, he’s going to get me somewhere, and that’s what I am looking forward to,” Woods said.But for a brief moment, it looked like which college Woods decided to play for had little relevance. In his 2009-10 USHL rookie season playing for the Chicago Steel, Woods suffered a terrible injury. He broke his femur and dislocated his knee on a leg-on-leg collision while in possession of the puck.“It’s always in the back of my mind,” Woods said. “I wish it didn’t happen; I wonder where I would be strength-wise and even hockey-wise. [At the time] I was uncommitted, but I was having colleges call me, which was a great thing for me to have, because me sitting on the couch wasn’t the greatest thing for me to be doing. Having them call me and letting me know they cared and still had faith and potential and all, that was a good thing.”While many people played critical roles in his recovery and maintenance of a positive attitude, it was Brendan’s father who really helped push him through.“He has always been there for me,” Woods said. “I had that traumatic injury with my knee, and we kind of put hockey aside there. I was wondering what I’m going to do, but he was a dad. He was there for me, he was there to encourage me and give me the positives out of it.”The injury still had an impact, keeping Woods from being drafted in 2010 despite being ranked as the No. 83 skater in North America by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. He then dropped to No. 147 in 2011 and was bypassed once more.“The year of my draft year it hurt, but if you look at the positives of not being drafted I could have all teams wanting me,” Woods said. “The hockey world is crazy sometimes. You are going to run into things that are going to tear you to pieces inside, but you have to dig deep and find out what it’s going to take.”Now that he is back on the ice and contributing nicely for the Badgers, Woods has four points on the season and Eaves sees encouraging signs of the type of player he can envision Woods becoming.Matching his skills with his physical stature increases the value of Woods to the Badgers even more. Eaves cites Woods’ 6-foot-3 frame and ability to move up and down the ice with good speed as key reasons why he still has what it takes to be an NHL player.“He is just hard to play against. In the corner he can protect pucks,” Eaves said. “The power play goal that we scored up in St. Cloud, he was a direct result of being in front, being a big body that was hacking and whacking at it, so his presence on the ice can be felt in many ways.”If Woods is fortunate enough to be drafted into the NHL and play at the next level, would Brendan want to grow his family hockey roots even deeper by playing for his dad and the Capitals?“Of course not,” Woods says. “I just want to play against him. I don’t think I could handle him screaming at me. He would probably be the hardest. If you ask any kid that plays for their parent, mom or dad, they are always going to be hardest on you, so you would rather play against them and beat them and be able to smile at them across the ice, just letting him know you got the better side of him.”
May is Haitian Heritage month and the celebrations are underway here in South Florida, which is home to a huge Haitian population.Several cities are hosting events to honor the rich culture and heritage of the first Black republic. The City of North Miami launched its festivities Monday with an opening reception held at the MOCA Plaza. This year’s theme for the City’s celebration is “Nou Se Ayiti” which translates to “We Are Haiti”.“History books say it all. We’ve been through a lot, but we are a people of great resilience. For that reason we come together every year to mark Haitian Heritage Month in May with all out celebrations,” said organizer Linda Julien.The City of Miami is also hosting a number of events to honor Haitian Heritage Month. Miami will kick off its celebrations Friday with an Ayisyen Mwen Ye art exhibit at the Little Haiti Culture Complex.The City of North Miami Beach also announced its Haitian Heritage Month festivities Friday with an opening ceremony of an exhibition which will be open for the entire month at the North Miami Beach Public Library.The screening of the film Toussaint L’Ouverture will be held at O Cinema in Miami Shores on Friday. The movie is about the successful revolt that led Haiti to its independence from France.Here’s a list of events scheduled in South Florida this Haitian Heritage Month:City of North MiamiMay 1: Haitian Heritage Month Opening ReceptionMOCA Plaza – 6-9 p.m.May 12: “Through the Eyes of Malfini” Art Exhibition OpensNorth Miami Public Library – 6-8 p.m.May 18: Haitian Flag Day CelebrationMOCA Plaza – 5- 8 p.m.May 27: Haitian Heritage Month Closing CelebrationMOCA Plaza – 6-10 p.m.City of MiamiMay 5: Ayisyen Mwen Ye Art ExhibitLittle Haiti Cultural Complex – 10 a.m.May 6: Tour of Little Haiti – Taste the CultureCaribbean Marketplace – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.8th Annual ZakafestLittle Haiti Cultural Complex 1-11 p.m.May 7: Little Haiti Soccer Cup FinaleLittle Haiti Soccer Park – 4 p.m.May 11: Haitian Heritage Month ReceptionHaitian Cultural Arts Alliance – 6 p.m.May 12: Day of ServiceToussaint L’Ouverture Memorial Garden – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.Sant La GalaHard Rock Stadium – 6:30 p.m. – MidnightMay 18: Haitian Flag Day Celebration130 NE 62nd Street – 7:30– 10 p.m.May 20: 19th Annual Haitian Compas FestivalBayfront Park — 3 p.m.May 25: Poetry SlamHaitian Heritage Museum – 7 – 9 p.m.City of North Miami BeachMay 5: Haitian Heritage Month Exhibition Opening CeremonyNMB Library – 6 – 9 p.m.Miami ShoresMay 5: Screening of “Toussaint L’Ouverture”O Cinema – 6:30 p.m.