Big Sam stunned by boos

first_img Asked about cupping his ear after the final whistle, Allardyce said: “I did it because I was hearing booing, I couldn’t quite believe it. “I’d seen something I’ve never seen before. Nothing surprises me, I suppose. “I can’t understand it, to be honest. We’ve got a difficult situation and it must be frustration.” Hull counterpart Steve Bruce joked about the full-time reception – “Sam’s big and ugly enough to handle it” – but that could not disguise his anger at the officials’ display. The Tigers boss was furious with referee Mike Dean’s decision to send off McGregor and called for changes to be made. “If the referee had given the penalty straight away, I could understand,” the Tigers boss said. “He didn’t and we have got video evidence of that. “I asked him if he gave the penalty and he said he did, but it must have been two or three minutes before he made the decision. “So, if he has given the penalty, we obviously had someone on the line to clear the ball, so we must have some in line with him, so it’s not really denying a goalscoring opportunity. “And is it not sufficient to use common sense and, if he thinks it’s a penalty, which he didn’t at the time, keep 11 men on the pitch? I am convinced if we had 11 men we would take something from this game. “With 10 men, for me, we were still the better team. With 11 that would obviously have been easier. “McGregor obviously got injured and I honestly think that has made the decision for the referee, the fact he is in a bad way. “But he has missed a blatant handball so it is a calamity of errors and what makes it worse is if he’s not sure about the decision, then how does he send the player off? “There is no more common sense. There are people marking them in the stands, they get paid handsomely and too often we’re sitting here talking repeatedly – any manager I see – about a decision going against you. “For me, it’s too often. We’ve got to do something about it. They’ve got to improve.” As if defeat was not bad enough, Hull goalkeeper McGregor appears to have been seriously injured in that controversial incident. “McGregor is in a bad way, kidney damage,” Bruce said. “A specialist is on his way to see him, it is a contusion on his kidney. We’re hoping it’s not ruptured. He’s gone to hospital and he’ll be staying overnight.” The visitors managed to pull level early in the second half when Nikica Jelavic deflected home a Tom Huddlestone free-kick, only for a James Chester own goal to put West Ham back in front soon after. Hull continued to press but were unable to stop West Ham running out unconvincing 2-1 victors – a performance that led to boos at the final whistle and Allardyce to react by cupping his ear. “I’ve not experienced that before in the time I’ve been in the game,” he said in the post-match press conference. “Obviously, for us, today was all about coming off with three points, whether we played brilliantly, indifferently or not so good. It was about getting the three points “The lads have gone about it and, when they’ve come off the field, they’ve got the three points and that is what matters. “I have to remind everybody about the situation of playing against 10 men and the two examples of how difficult to beat 10 men. “We were brilliant playing with 10 men when we beat Cardiff 2-0 and we played here against Swansea City for 65 minutes with 10 men and they didn’t score and we won the game. “Hull City played with 10 men, kept the ball well and we beat them. That’s what you’ve got to do. The examples prove just how good we are. We beat them, that’s the most important thing.” Press Association The home fans were audibly frustrated by the Hammers’ ineffective display in east London, where the controversial sending off of Allan McGregor arguably proved the difference. The officials missed Mohamed Diame’s handball before being taken down by the Hull goalkeeper, allowing Mark Noble to send home the resulting penalty. Sam Allardyce cupped his ear in disbelief after West Ham were booed off the pitch at Upton Park, despite ending a three-match losing streak at home to Hull. last_img read more

Man City v Chelsea past meetings

first_img Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the notable recent clashes between the sides. :: Chelsea 2 Manchester City 4 (February 27, 2010) Press Association Manchester City host Chelsea on Sunday in an early-season clash of the two most-fancied teams for the Barclays Premier League title. center_img Wayne Bridge refused to shake John Terry’s hand over allegations of an affair with his girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel, before City beat nine-man Chelsea. Two Frank Lampard goals book-ended a calamitous afternoon for Chelsea as Carlos Tevez and Craig Bellamy each netted twice and Juliano Belletti and Michael Ballack were sent off. :: Chelsea 2 Manchester City 1 (December 12, 2011) Chelsea ended City’s unbeaten start to their first Premier League title-winning season, despite Mario Balotelli scoring inside two minutes. Raul Meireles equalised before half-time and Joleon Lescott handled in his own box to gift Chelsea their winner, the penalty scored by Lampard. :: Manchester City 2 Chelsea 1 (March 21, 2012) After six months in disgrace and self-imposed exile, Carlos Tevez returned a hero as he helped inspire a triumphant City comeback against Chelsea. It was Chelsea’s first loss under caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo. Gary Cahill’s deflected shot put Chelsea ahead but Sergio Aguero levelled from the penalty spot before Tevez set up Samir Nasri’s 85th-minute winner. :: Chelsea 2 Manchester City 1 (October 29, 2013) Fernando Torres settled a thrilling encounter with a gift of a stoppage-time Chelsea winner after a rush of blood from City goalkeeper Joe Hart and a mix-up with defender Matija Nastasic. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho celebrated extravagantly by going into the crowd looking for his son. Torres had earlier set up Andre Schurrle for the opener before Aguero equalised. :: Manchester City 1 Chelsea 1 (September 21, 2014) The odd sight of Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer Lampard playing against them became even more uncomfortable for the Londoners as the veteran midfielder netted a late equaliser for 10-man City after coming off the bench. Lampard, released by Chelsea four months earlier, had joined City on a short-term deal before moving to New York. He refused to celebrate and later admitted he felt mixed emotions after cancelling out Schurrle’s opener. City earlier had Pablo Zabaleta sent off. last_img read more

Syracuse dominates the glass against smaller Canisius, cruises to 70-37 victory

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Just over a minute into the game, Syracuse collected four offensive rebounds on a single possession and eventually got the ball to guard Alexis Peterson, who knocked down a 3-pointer.The Orange scored the game’s first eight points and within the first three minutes, forward Briana Day already had four rebounds. Three minutes later, guard Cornelia Fondren’s offensive rebound and putback forced Canisius to take a timeout as SU immediately flexed its muscles on the glass early on.“That’s tough to guard when you keep getting possession after possession,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “You have the ball for 45, 30 seconds and then you miss a shot, get a rebound, miss a shot, get a rebound. That’s really tough on a defense.”No. 19 Syracuse (8-1) went on to thrash Canisius (4-5, 2-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic) 70-37 on Tuesday night in front of 393 in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse won the rebounding battle 67-31 and totaled 37 offensive boards. Bria Day’s team-high and career-high 11 rebounds led the way as Fondren and Briana Day collected nine and eight, respectively.Though the Orange dominated on the glass, it had a significant height advantage. Canisius only has three players taller than 6 feet, and just one of them played more than three minutes Tuesday. Five SU players 6 feet or taller combined for 30 rebounds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCanisius entered the game shooting 41 percent from 3 and part of the Orange’s game plan was to cut that percentage down. By grabbing so many rebounds and often limiting the Golden Griffins to one shot per possession, Canisius didn’t many rebounds on its 3-for-14 performance from downtown.“We didn’t want to start giving up unsettled 3s and obviously when they get offensive rebounds, they can throw the ball out and start reversing the ball,” Hillsman said. “…You can’t guard that stuff because we can’t get the defense set.”Though Hillsman said solely execution contributed to the high number of rebounds, he acknowledged that shooting 25-for-81 gave Syracuse so many chances to clean the glass.As a layup attempt by Canisius’ Crystal Porter hung on the rim 40 seconds before halftime, each Golden Griffin cleared out and ran back on defense without even contesting Syracuse’s 6 foot-4 Amber Witherspoon for the rebound.The game had already become rout by halftime, as the Orange held a 35-13 rebounding edge to take a 40-15 lead. And when the second half began, Briana Day — SU’s leading rebounder — snagged another offensive rebound and made an easy layup to end the fans’ stand-and-clap as SU continued to pull away.After picking up her third foul 62 seconds into the second half, she subbed out for her twin sister Bria, who averaged 2.6 rebounds per game before Tuesday.But the Orange’s supremacy on the boards didn’t miss a beat, as Bria Day pulled down eight boards in nine second-half minutes.“She definitely was just really going after everything today regardless of if she was boxed out,” Briana Day said of her sister. “She was going for the long ones, she was just really working hard.”Although Briana Day said the strong rebounding simply came from working hard, just like nearly every other game this season, Fondren explained that the success came as a result of good positioning when the shots went up.“I think the main thing is crash, crash, crash,” Fondren said. “We all got to box out if we want to get the rebound.”After four straight blowout wins over nonconference opponents, Syracuse will take on No. 9 Baylor and No. 18 Michigan State this weekend.Rebounding at a similar rate as the past four games would ensure Syracuse can compete with other nationally ranked teams.“We pride ourselves on rebounding,” Peterson said. “… If we’re rebounding like this, I think it puts us in a great position moving forward.” Comments Published on December 17, 2014 at 12:15 am Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

PSV Eindhoven Wins Dutch League

first_imgPSV Eindhoven snatched the Dutch league title from Ajax on a dramatic final day of the season.The teams went into the last day level on points, with Ajax in control by virtue of having a six-goal advantage in goal difference.But the Amsterdam side could only draw 1-1 with lowly De Graafschap to open the door to their rivals.PSV took advantage, as two Luuk de Jong goals and one from Jurgen Locadia gave them a 3-1 win at PEC Zwolle.Victory gave PSV, who like their title rivals lost just twice in the Eredivisie this season, their 23rd league title.Frank de Boer was attempting to become the first Ajax coach to lead the club to five domestic titles, a 34th in total and a fifth in six seasons.And things looked to be going to plan when Amin Younes gave Ajax a half-time lead.But a superb strike from Bryan Smeets, only his second goal of the season, seemed to unnerve the visitors.And De Graafschap, who finished second from bottom and will enter the relegation play-off, held out for the point that allowed Phillip Cocu’s PSV to retain the title.In scoring twice for the champions, captain De Jong became the first PSV player to score more than 25 league goals in a season since former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman in 2002-03.PSV Eindhoven coach, Phillip Cocu, said: “My philosophy is always to remain positive, even if we weren’t in the best situation.“We only had a really slim chance, but a very slim chance is still a chance, isn’t it?“De Graafschap played a big role in our title today. We’re grateful for that.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Dodgers finalize coaching staff, without Gabe Kapler

first_imgNew Dodgers manager Dave Roberts at last has a coaching staff. The new-look group includes pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and seven newcomers: Hitting coach Turner Ward, assistant hitting coach Tim Hyers, first base coach George Lombard, third base coach Chris Woodward, bullpen coach Josh Bard and quality assurance coach Juan Castro.Maybe the biggest surprise was a name not on the list: Gabe Kapler.Kapler, the runner-up for the manager’s job, is returning for a second year as the club’s director of player development. He was a candidate for a position on the coaching staff but instead will helm a farm system that will employ several new managers and coaches in 2016. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I examined this decision from many angles. I am perpetually inspired by our staff and players on the minor league side,” Kapler said. “We have several invigorating initiatives that are still in their infancy, and I want to see those through. At the end of the day, I’m simply invested in what we have just begun to build in Player Development. This is the appropriate role for me to impact the Dodgers most powerfully.”Roberts said Kapler “was definitely in the mix” for a field staff job. “I think at the end of the day, talking to his family, remaining in his role as farm director made the most sense to him as well as for the organization itself,” Roberts said.Honeycutt is entering his 11th year as the Dodgers’ pitching coach. Veteran catching consultant Steve Yeager, and bullpen catchers Rob Flippo and Steve Cilladi, will also return. So will Maury Wills, a bunting and baserunning instructor during spring training.The Dodgers haven’t employed a quality assurance coach in their history, but president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman had one during his time with the Tampa Bay Rays. center_img Castro’s job will be similar to the one Tim Bogar and Todd Greene held in Tampa, “but slightly different in that we are designing for what we need,” Friedman said.Roberts liked the fact Castro, whose 17-year (1995-2011) major league career began and ended with the Dodgers, speaks Spanish. He will not be in uniform during games.“During batting practice and staff meetings, he’ll be on the field, in the clubhouse, in the dugout,” Roberts said, “but at the time of the game, he’s watching the game in the clubhouse on the screen or up top, seeing the whole big picture.”Roberts said he had the final say on all coaching hires, despite not having worked with many of them before. That includes Geren, who was previously the Mets and A’s bench coach sandwiched around four years as the manager in Oakland. Honeycutt was the Dodgers’ minor league pitching coordinator when Roberts played in Los Angeles.Of all the coaches, Roberts said he’s closest to Bard, a teammate in San Diego. He was in the Dodgers’ scouting department last year.Overall, it’s a diverse group. Ward was the hitting coach in Arizona the past two years. Woodward spent the past two years as the Seattle Mariners’ first base coach. Hyers was previously the minor league hitting coordinator for the Boston Red Sox, while Lombard was Boston’s minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator.“This process took a while to kind of finalize,” Roberts said. “They wanted to be careful and do their due diligence. When you’re looking to the end of November, guys are locked in. It’s a smaller pool (of candidates). “To come away with the staff we have, I feel very fortunate.”last_img read more

March Madness 2019: NCAA ‘not prepared’ for one-and-done rule change, Mike Krzyzewski says

first_img“The NBA will be well prepared,” Krzyzewski told a press conference. “The NCAA is not prepared right now. They need to be in concert with the NBA in developing a plan that is specific for men’s college basketball. And that should include what an athlete gets, how he’s been taken care of, whether or not there’s a reentry if something — really, it’s deep. And if we only look at it shallow, then we’re doing a disservice to the kids.”The Blue Devils have had a number of highly touted freshman selected in the lottery of the NBA draft in recent years. Related News When first-year standout Zion Williamson sprained his knee due to a freak shoe malfunction in a game against rival North Carolina, he became the face of a recurring argument on whether or not collegiate athletes should be paid.”He got hurt, and then all of a sudden, everything that had to do with college basketball had Zion’s face on it,” Krzyzewski said.Williamson, the presumed first-overall pick in the 2019 draft missed five games after suffering the injury. Had his condition been more serious, he could have missed out on millions of dollars.The freshman downplayed the uproar over the issue when asked about after his team’s first-round win against North Dakota State, but his coach made it clear he thinks the NCAA should make amends with its athletes. March Madness 2019: Will Duke’s Cam Reddish play against Michigan State? Mike Krzyzewski thinks it’s time for some change in college basketball.The Duke coach was asked Saturday about the proposed abolishment of the one-and-done rule the Blue Devils have benefited from in recent years. He responded by saying the NCAA is “not prepared” for the adjustment. “And in this time the definition of amateurism — it’s outdated. We need a new model,”  Krzyzewski said. “And with all these things that are changing, it cries out for coordination of creating this new model. If we don’t do it, our game’s going to suffer.”Duke advanced to the Elite Eight of this year’s NCAA Tournament on Friday. It will face Michigan State on Sunday.last_img read more

The Two River Times Wins 6 Top Awards in Newspaper Contest

first_imgRED BANK – The Two River Times won several awards in the New Jersey Press Associations 2017 Better Newspaper Contest, the trade association announced Wednesday.In the Editorial contest for weekly papers with circulation under 6,500, reporter Jay Cook won the first place, Responsible Journalism – First Amendment Award for his coverage of how government transparency was reinforced by a recent Open Public Records Act decision. His story also highlighted the efforts of local citizen activists in Middletown and Holmdel who regularly attend government meetings, film the proceedings and share on social media.Cook also won a second place feature writing award for his photos and story about a Middletown equine therapy program that pairs horses and military veterans suffering from PTSD, and another second place feature award for his article about the retirement of Rumson’s popular mail carrier, photographed by Tina Colella.His story about the threat to the state’s fluke fishing industry, as felt in the Atlantic Highlands and Belford fishing communities, won third place in the business and economics writing category.Senior reporter John Burton was honored for his coverage of elections and politics for his body of work, as exemplified by articles about former state Sen. Jennifer Beck’s reflection on her 2017 election loss, local Republican energy heading into the 2017 elections and an interview with the county Democrats’ new chairman, David Brown.Writer Mary Ann Bourbeau won a first place award for a feature about the relationship of Fair Haven illustrator Mike Quon and his 103-year-old father, Milton Quon, one of Disney’s original animators. Both Quons hosted an art exhibit in Red Bank last year.News editor Christina Johnson won first place for a portfolio of headline writing, for titles such as “Red Bank Merchants Circle Round, Looking for a Way Out of Parking Problems.”In the Advertising category of the contest, production manager Chris Draper won three first place awards in the weekly under 6,500 division for Best Real Estate Ad (Public Open House), Best Ad for Retail Business (Holiday Gift Certificate) and Best Community Service or Shared Ad (Fair Haven Holiday).Draper also took second place awards for Best Use of Small Space-Black and White (One of a Kind Gift Boxes) and Best Large Space Ad-Color (Does Aspirin Reduce the Risk of Colorectal Cancer?)last_img read more

A Barça without a physical background

first_imgThe Barca crash in the second half reminded that of the last 20 minutes in the Super Cup against Atlético and calls into question the status of the players and the work plan of the technicians.The physical fall of Barça in the Bernabéu was capital. Only from that crash can you understand the last half hour of the champion, who fell to weight and did not have a single response to the outburst of passion and heart of Madrid. With a view to what is left of the season, It was worrying to see key players like Semedo, Jordi Alba, Vidal, Busquets or Messi, missing in the second part and surpassed on a physical level for the intensity of Madrid. Semedo played a second spooky part, Alba suffered with Valverde, Vidal began to be a machine to lose balls, Busquets could not multiply as in the first half and to Messi lacked a lot of spark. So much that, in the most significant play of the game, Marcelo won the decisive duel in a symbolic image.The scenario of the second part, which reminded of the last 20 minutes in Arabia against Atlético de Madrid in the semifinal of the Super Cup, feeds the legend installed long ago in the Barça locker room. A team that does not train much and that is not to hold games with a lot of rhythm. That it is prepared more in terms of self-management than of direction from the bench. And that has its consequences. It was to put Madrid’s heart into it, put it one more point of intensity, and drop Barça. The pace of the team is also pasty. Veterans over 30, Piqué Alba, Busquets or Messi, determine the rhythm of a team that sometimes leaves horrific images when De Jong arrives at the opposite area seconds before the rest and has to stand up and start again at the pace that veterans ask for. There are many doubts that Barça can physically reach the decisive part of the season. At the moment, he is already below in LaLiga and the toughest Champions League matches await him. It is a tremendously lacking equipment and that it numbs the one who wants to put it on, like De Jong or Braithwaite himself, that after leaving revolutionized and staying hand in hand with Courtois in his first minute in the field, he did nothing more.Shorter than football in other seasons, fitness is the other major concern of Barça with a view to the last leg of the League. Injured Suárez and Dembélé, just out of an injury Jordi Alba, physically lazy Busquets and Messi, the worst news for Setién is that he has only 14 players of the first team and he must know how to handle them so as not to run out of options in any competition ahead of time. But in the club there is concern that if homework was not done in their day, putting workloads now makes no sense. Barça will have to face the end of the season with the physical base that has been worked during the course. And it doesn’t seem like trusting.last_img read more

EPA Empowers Inspectors

first_imgSome of Inspectors take hold of their new bikes.…with 20 motorbikes, rain gears to enhance operationAuthorities at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia on Friday, September 7, provided 20 motorbikes, tools and rain gears to environmental inspectors across the country.The provision of the motorcycles, tools and rain gears, according to EPA’s assistant manager for logistics, D. Carlton Wonsiah, are intended to enhance the operation of environmental inspectors across the country.Mr. Wonsiah said that inspectors in Montserrado County received four of the 20 bikes, while the rest of the counties were given two each.He said that EPA’s inspectors are currently based in 10 of the country’s 15 counties, but they also cover other counties were inspectors are not stationed.Prior to taking ownership of their motorbikes for use at the various assignments, Wonsiah said the motorbikes were properly checked, to ensure that they do not develop mechanical fault.EPA’s assistant manager for Administration Thompson S. K. Danfelee said that the bikes were provided by United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and asked each of the inspectors to take proper care of them.He mandated environmental inspectors to provide monthly reports on the operation of the bikes assigned to them.Danfelee said EPA will take a monthly report on the status of the motorbikes as a prerequisite for the inspectors to maintain the bikes as their own.Head of Environmental Inspectors Edward Wingbah called on inspectors to use the motorbikes for the intended purpose, pleading with them to regularly change some of the vital parts, including the engine oil.Wingbah cautioned the inspectors against reckless operation of the bikes, and said the lifespan of each of the bike would increase if they are adequately taken care of.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Archaic” expired drug disposal system needs modernising – Minister Lawrence

first_imgIn response to revelations that the West Demerara Regional Hospital has, for a number of months, been waiting to have its expired drugs disposed of, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence has said the system employed in the disposal of drugs is archaic and plagued by staffing issues. She, however, added that the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) is working to have those issues addressed.When questioned at the March 26 Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting as to why more than $5.4 million in expired drugs dating back to 2016 have not beenPublic Health Minister Volda Lawrence speaking to reporters on Fridaydisposed of, Regional Health Officer for Region Three, Dr Ravendra Dudhnath, informed that Public Health personnel are still awaiting the intervention of the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GAFDD).Minister Lawrence, who also sits on the PAC, told reporters on Friday that she would have made contact with the GAFDD to make officers available to ensure the drugs are disposed of. Asked why it would have taken so long to have the drugs disposed, the minister informed that the system is plagued by staffing issues.“I know that last year we did have an exercise at several facilities removing drugs. I know that with regards to the present request for removal, I did speak with the Food and Drug Department to make sure that they make staff available to visit with the institution, as they (the institution) had indicated that they did request. So, at this point, I cannot say whether that has been done, or has not been done,” Lawrence said.She noted that the issue of expired drugs has been in existence for a number of years, and added that the system to dispose of those drugs needs modernising.“We do not have a system which allows for the ready distribution. Most of the systems that we have are very archaic. The officers do not have the responsibility to dispose on their own, so they depend on other entities, whether it is the Auditor General; the Food and Drug, who will come and say how you dispose of these particular items that you have. So it cuts across (departments), and they all have their challenges,” she explained.Additionally, Lawrence said MoPH personnel are taking steps to have issues addressed, but it would take some time before the changes become visible.“It’s a work in progress. We have to change the ways in which our regulations are written. We have to ensure that we have more people at the various entities, so that they can be dispatched more readily at the various institutions to assist (the institutions) with disposal,” she added.According to the Auditor General’s Report of 2016, some 213 items of expired drugs with an approximate value of $5.4 million were noted at West Demerara Regional Hospital and seven health centres within Region Three. It was also revealed that the drugs are still being stored at the bond, which is also used to store current medical supplies. However, Dudhnath told the PAC there is no chance the expired drugs could be dispensed to patients, since they are stored separately in the bond. The PAC also heard that the region had officially requested the removal and destruction of the expired drugs since August 2017.last_img read more