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  • 30 Aug
    导出博客文章Melbourne City right-back Ivan Franjic has a vision for where he might be in six
    months thats driving him and his A-League club to new heights.Fit and firing
    after a heart-related issue that delayed his start to the season, Franjic is
    close to peak condition once more.His superb FFA Cup final display was evidence
    of that, helping bring the first of three club trophies on offer this season to
    City.Franjic now wants the rest - as a gateway to a national team recall.I want
    to play each and every league game and win the treble with City, he told
    AAP.Thatd be a big achievement.And if we do that hopefully Im in a good vein of
    form that will break me back into the Socceroos squad.An international recall
    for Franjic seems increasingly likely given his improved form and
    fortunes.Franjic held down the troublesome right-back position for the 2015
    Asian Cup success, but hasnt been called up since June last year.During that
    time coach Ange Postecoglou has picked no fewer than six players - Tarek Elrich,
    Ryan McGowan, Josh Risdon, Jason Geria, Milos Degenek and Mark Milligan - in the
    role.Theres certainly an opportunity there for someone to make the position
    their own, and Franjic hopes it can be him.Its up to them to decide and they
    pick on form, he said.My main focus is playing week in and week out and putting
    in performances to get there. Ange watches the league every week so its most
    important just to keep playing and show Im over my injuries.I want to give the
    credit to (Citys) backroom staff for working extremely hard for me and getting
    me closer to peak.Im not 100 per cent match fit just yet but hopefully in coming
    weeks it comes.Franjic said he wouldnt be joining the ranks of people
    criticising the national team, which has taken three draws in their past three
    World Cup qualifiers to sit outside the automatic qualification places.They
    havent lost in their group yet. Ive thought they played well and its not easy to
    go to a lot of these countries, he said.Theyve got big results over there and
    teams now have to come to Australia and weve got a great record down here.
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    Junior Hockey League. Oregon has fired coach Mark Helfrich after a disappointing
    4-8 season, and just two years after getting the Ducks within a victory of the
    programs first national championship.Helfrich was head coach of the Ducks for
    four seasons, leading the team to the first College Football Playoff
    championship game after the 2014 season. But Oregon faltered this year with a
    five-game losing streak, and finished at the bottom of the Pac-12 North with
    just two conference wins.After taking over when Chip Kelly left in 2013,
    Helfrich went 37-16. He had an $11.6 million buyout on his contract with the
    Ducks.Helfrich met with athletic director Rob Mullens on Tuesday night and was
    told was being dismissed. Helfrich issued a statement saying he was honored to
    have served at Oregon.It is with respect and disappointment that we receive this
    decision, Helfrich said. Plain and simple -- we didnt win enough games this
    season.At a news conference following the announcement, Mullens said that Oregon
    will look outside the program for candidates, and the new coach will make
    decisions about the current staff. There is no timeline for a decision, but
    recruiting adds urgency to the process.Mullens said he informed the players of
    his decision earlier in the evening.It was difficult, he said. Players were
    upset because they lost a family member.Ducks started this season ranked No. 24
    in the preseason AP Top 25, but lost 35-32 at Nebraska in the third week of the
    season, starting the teams longest losing streak since 1996.The Ducks had a
    brief revival with a 30-28 victory over then-No. 11 Utah in Salt Lake City two
    weeks ago, but they ended the season with a 34-24 loss to rival Oregon State in
    the 120th Civil War game this past Saturday. The loss snapped an eight-game
    Oregon winning streak in the series.Afterward, Helfrich was asked about job
    security.Nobodys job is safe in college football, he said. Thats just the nature
    of the beast.Fan discontentment with Helfrich grew as the season dragged on and
    wins were scarce. Some questioned the wisdom of new assistant Brady Hokes new
    defensive scheme, or the reliance on graduate transfers at quarterback for the
    past two seasons rather than long-term player development.Didnt win enough
    games. I mean, thats blunt. But thats the fact. We have to own that part of it.
    And own the solution, Helfrich said following the loss to the Beavers.Whatever
    the reason, Oregons slide was a reminder of how hard it is to get good. And stay
    good.When Helfrich was promoted into the job at the start of 2013, he had the
    daunting task of replacing Kelly, who orchestrated Oregons hyperdrive
    spread-option offense and led the Ducks to their first national championshhip
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    served as offensive coordinator under Kelly and recruited future Heisman Trophy
    winner Marcus Mariota.Helfrich went 24-4 in his first two seasons, including a
    loss to Ohio State in the first College Football Playoff championship. But last
    year he was challenged with replacing Mariota. He lured graduate transfer Vernon
    Adams from Eastern Washington, but Adams struggled with injury.The cracks were
    showing in that 9-4 season, the first with fewer than 10 wins since 2007. Losses
    to Michigan State, then at home to Utah and Washington State pushed Oregon out
    of the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2009.The ultimate embarrassment came
    in the Alamo Bowl, when the Ducks surrendered a 31-0 lead and TCU staged the
    biggest comeback in bowl history to win 47-41 in triple overtime.This season the
    Ducks brought in another graduate transfer at quarterback, Dakota Prukop from
    Montana State. But after five starts, Prukop was benched in favor of true
    freshman Justin Herbert.Herbert was one of the few bright spots in the dismal
    season, throwing for 1,936 yards and19 touchdowns with four interceptions in
    nine appearances.The overwhelming drag on Oregons success appeared to be the
    defense. The Ducks, who switched to a 4-3 scheme under Hoke, spent most of the
    season mired in the bottom of the NCAA defensive rankings. At times it appeared
    that the players didnt know their assignments.The defensive shortcomings were
    readily apparent in Oregons 70-21 loss at home to No. 5 Washington on Oct. 8.
    Huskies quarterback Jake Browning threw for six touchdowns in the victory, which
    snapped a 12-game losing streak to the rival Ducks.The issues on defense were
    again on display Saturday against the Beavers. The Ducks season ended without a
    bowl game for the first time since 2004. Oregon had finished every season ranked
    in the AP Top 25 since 2007.Mullens said he waited until Tuesday to put some
    distance between the emotions of the final loss.No one wanted Mark to be more
    successful than me, Mullens said. We were not competing in a number of games and
    we were on a poor trajectory.In the statement Tuesday night, Helfrich thanked
    his wife and family, the campus community, the fans, and his coaches and their
    families.Finally, to the players -- thank you, and I love you, he said. The
    future is bright for this young, talented team, and we will be supporting them
    and their new leadership.---More AP college football: and - ' ' '