Wickham issues home warning

first_img The Black Cats turned in a spirited display as they lost 2-1 at high-flying Liverpool on Wednesday evening to suggest once again that they do have it within their powers to escape the drop. However, they have won just one of their last eight Barclays Premier League fixtures at the Stadium of Light and with their remaining four away games taking them to Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United, that is a situation which is going to have to change, and fast. Striker Connor Wickham has warned Sunderland they have to start to make home advantage count if they are to haul themselves out of the relegation mire. Press Association But England Under-21 international Wickham is ready to play his part if called upon. The £8.1million signing said: “That’s why I came back, that’s why I wanted to come back. That’s what I have said all along: I want to play football and that’s what the aim is to do.” A bullish Sam Allardyce has no regrets at cupping his ear in response to jeers from the West Ham support after Wednesday night’s win over Hull. Home fans stunned Allardyce by booing at the end of a 2-1 victory which could go a long way to securing the Hammers’ Barclays Premier League status, with Monday’s match at Sunderland another crucial fixture. Asked if he regretted making the gesture, Allardyce said: “Not really, no. Why should I? “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. In my younger days I might have done a lot worse and got myself into more trouble.” Allardyce, who accepts he will struggle to have the unanimous backing of the Hammers fans, on Saturday received the support of vice-chairman Karren Brady. “In many people’s eyes no matter what I do I’ll never be the flavour of the month, but that doesn’t matter,” Allardyce added. “(And) you always appreciate any backing you get. Working together is critical to the success for you as a manager and the club. “We’ve all had a difficult season, but we all know we want to get better and do better next season once we’ve secured our place in the Premier League. “They’ve always backed me since I’ve been here. I do appreciate that, because you can focus on the next game and on the future.” Victory at the Stadium of Light should all but secure the Hammers’ top-flight status and would allow Allardyce to plan for the future. He added: “Let’s go and try to win the game. The desperate need for Sunderland to win three points now means it’s going to be hugely difficult. “They will take some comfort out of their performance against Liverpool and will think this is a great chance to try to get to safety by getting three points against us.” Allardyce hopes the atmosphere at the Hull match will be forgotten, admitting the supporters’ barracking impacted on the players. “I’m protecting my players, not me,” he added. “You keep your thick skin on and you move on. My job is all about doing the best I possibly can for West Ham. “The atmosphere is critical to the players’ performance and the players lost a lot of their composure the other night, hearing the criticism that was coming their way and that made life difficult for them. “It’s a small minority always, but small minorities are good at voicing their opinion. “It’s all borne out of frustration because they expected us to win more comfortably than we did. “Everybody in the cold light of day when they calmed down realised how important the win was and everybody has got to realise what we’ve done in the last eight games. “We have 15 points in the last eight games. The most important thing was to win the game, acquire the three points and push on from here.” West Ham are without James Collins at Sunderland after he pulled a calf muscle against Hull. His fellow defenders James Tomkins (knock) and Roger Johnson (bruised eye) should be fit to feature, while Winston Reid has recovered from illness. Winger Matt Jarvis (thigh) is also available again, but Joey O’Brien (shoulder) and Marco Borriello (calf) are out. Gus Poyet’s men host West Ham on Monday looking for a first win in seven attempts in all competitions, and Wickham admits they have to turn around their home form. He said: “We are going to have to, we haven’t got a choice. We need to start picking up points. “We need to start looking at the reality now that we need to start picking up points. Scrappy points or good points, we just need to get the points on the board. “It’s up to us to start performing against not just the big teams, but the teams in and around us and start picking up points.” Goals, or more accurately, the lack of them, have been Sunderland’s most pressing concern for much of the campaign to date. Substitute Ki Sung-yueng’s header at Anfield was their first in four games and just their fourth in the eight outings they have had since the 3-0 derby victory at Newcastle on February 1. That return, coupled with Steven Fletcher’s ankle injury, prompted Poyet to recall 20-year-old Wickham from his loan spell at Leeds, and he was thrown straight into the starting line-up at Liverpool alongside the misfiring Jozy Altidore. Loan signing Fabio Borini, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Saturday, was ineligible to play against his parent club in midweek, but will return to the fold on Monday to leave the manager facing a big decision. last_img read more

Tennis News Ankita Raina beats former world number one and US Open Champion Samantha Stosur

first_img Anning: India’s top women’s singles player Ankita Raina shocked former US Open champion Samantha Stosur for the biggest win of her career, progressing to the second round of Kunping Open at Anning, China on Wednesday. The Indian, an Asian Games bronze medallist, shocked the fancied Australian 7-5 2-6 7-5 in a gruelling two hours and fifty minutes battle at the WTA 125K event. This is the second time the two faced off, with Stosur winning their last encounter in straight sets.     The 26-year-old Indian struggled to hold her and managed only three aces throughout the match compared to Stosur, who smashed seven aces. However, the world no 77 made more errors — 18 double faults — compared to Ankita’s six. She will face Kai-Lin Zhang of China in the second round.RELATED     Raina, ranked 178, had finished runner up at the USD 60,000 ITF event in Istanbul earlier this month. Last year, she became only the third Indian woman tennis player after Sania Mirza and Nirupama Vaidyanathan to breach the top-200 rankings in singles.     Stosur had won the 2011 US Open defeating Serena Williams in the final. She is a former world No. 1 in doubles and has won six other grand slam titles, including 2005 US Open, 2006 French Open, and 2019 Australian Open women’s doubles events, and the 2005 Australian Open, 2008 Wimbledon Championships and 2014 Wimbledon Championships mixed doubles events. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img Samantha Stosur had won the 2011 US Open.Samantha Stosur has won six grand slam doubles titles.Ankita Raina is ranked No.178 in the WTA rankings.last_img read more

Syracuse, LSU discuss possible home-and-home series

first_img Published on March 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass Syracuse and Louisiana State are discussing a possible home-and-home football series, SU Athletics Chief Communications Officer Joe Giansante told The Daily Orange on Thursday .“Any report about actually having it done, those are premature,” Giansante said in a phone interview. “But we are having discussions and those discussions are focused on a game in Baton Rouge and a game in Syracuse.”The last time Syracuse and LSU played was in the 1989 Hall of Fame Bowl in Tampa, Fla. The Orange would face its first Southeastern Conference opponent since 2012, when it beat Missouri 31-27.Giansante said the Syracuse home game would be at the Carrier Dome, not at MetLife Stadium. Other details of the potential series with LSU are still in the works.“There’s no deal, and we’re in the discussion phase,” Giansante said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCBSSports.com reported that the LSU series would begin in 2015 in Death Valley, however Giansante said that report is inaccurate. Syracuse and LSU are not that far along in the process, he said, therefore there is no way those details could be ironed out at this point in time.Giansante said the main goal of playing a perennial powerhouse like LSU is to continue to build upon the success Syracuse has had in recent seasons. The Syracuse football brand “has momentum” with three bowl wins in four years, he said.“We want to measure ourselves against the best,” Giansante said. “There are games that have tremendous upside if you can find a way to win. You can’t climb the ladder unless you climb your way up.”Another main goal of the LSU series — or a similar-type series — would be to lure fans into the Carrier Dome, Giansante said. He said he wants to continue to build excitement around the program, and believes bringing in a team like LSU would help hook fans.Syracuse currently has a two-for-one scheduled with Central Michigan. The Orange travels to play the Chippewas on Sept. 13, and CMU is slated to come to the Carrier Dome in 2015 and 2017. SU also has a home-and-home scheduled with Maryland where the Terrapins will come to the Dome on Sept. 20, and the Orange will travel to College Park in 2019.SU will play Notre Dame at MetLife in 2014 and 2016. Syracuse will travel to Beaver Stadium to face Penn State in 2020 and host the Nittany Lions in 2021.“I think it’s great interest to our fans,” Giansante said about the potential LSU series. “We want people to start coming to the Dome.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Fast Reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 4th straight loss

first_imgSyracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) lost to No. 25 Pittsburgh (6-1, 4-0), 23-20, on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. For the first time this season, the Orange has dropped below .500.Here are three quick observations from SU’s loss to the Panthers.1. Defense falls apartPitt received a kickoff with about nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and after a penalty, the drive started on Pitt’s own 5-yard line. The Panthers drove 89 yards on 19 plays to eventually kick the game-winning field goal as time expired. For the second week in a row, the Orange yielded a game-changing drive in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter as Virginia went 88 yards for a game-tying field goal last week.2. Head onAdvertisementThis is placeholder textStarting quarterback Eric Dungey left the game after being hit in the head on a scramble in the third quarter. He returned on the Orange’s next offensive possession but then threw an interception. On Syracuse’s next offensive play, Dungey threw another pick. Entering this game, he had only thrown one all season. The freshman finished 21-for-30 for 210 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.3. Catching onSophomore receiver Steve Ishmael had a career-high 114 receiving yards and seven catches. He caught a touchdown on an inside slant route in the second quarter, but had a crucial drop on a second down as Syracuse was driving down the field in the fourth quarter. A Josh Parris catch on third down wasn’t enough for the first down as SU had to kick a field goal, which immediately preceded Pitt’s game-winning drive. Comments Published on October 24, 2015 at 3:36 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Arsenal hit by Andy Carroll hat trick, Aston Villa and Newcastle slump again

first_imgArsenal’s Premier League title hopes were left in tatters by an eight-minute hat trick from Andy Carroll in a thrilling 3-3 draw at West Ham.Laurent Koscielny’s equaliser rescued a point for the Gunners after they had blown a two-goal lead during an extraordinary spell either side of half-time.But Arsene Wenger’s side, who realistically needed to win every remaining game to stand a chance of catching leaders Leicester, could find themselves 13 points adrift with just 18 to play for by Sunday evening.They were 2-0 up and seemingly cruising to a third straight victory thanks to goals from Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. But Carroll, making a rare start in what has been another injury-hit season for the Hammers, turned the game upside down with his first treble since August 2010 for Newcastle, staking a late claim for a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016.Aston Villa’s relegation to the Championship was all but confirmed after they lost 2-1 to Bournemouth at Villa Park. Bournemouth took the lead two minutes into first-half stoppage time through Steve Cook, the assist coming from Simon Francis following a corner.Ciaran Clark was at fault for the second goal, Josh King taking advantage to net in the 74th minute. Jordan Ayew pulled a goal back in the 85th minute but there was to be no way back.The win moves Bournemouth past the 40-point barrier, while Aston Villa are now 15 points adrift of safety with only five games to play.Newcastle may not be far behind Villa after they lost 3-1 to Southampton, and now sit six points adrift of safety with six games to play.The Magpies fell behind after only four minutes, Shane Long getting past Steven Taylor before scoring past Karl Darlow. Southampton continued to dominate and it was 2-0 seven minutes before half-time as Graziano Pelle capitalised on poor defending to double the advantage. Victor Wanyama bagged the third ten minutes after the interval, and although Andros Townsend pulled a goal back it was no more than a consolation.Rafa Benitez, who has not won a match since replacing Steve McClaren four games ago, will now have to produce the great escape to prevent a second relegation for the Magpies under the ownership of Mike Ashley.Crystal Palace all but assured their place in the Premier League for another season with a 1-0 win at home to Norwich City — their first in the league since Dec. 19.Jason Puncheon scored the only goal of the game in the 68th minute, collecting a pass from Joel Ward before curling a shot past John Ruddy. The victory moves Palace 10 points clear of Sunderland in the final relegation place, and while the Black Cats have a game in hand it seems unlikely that Alan Pardew’s men will now be dragged into trouble.Norwich still have a four point cushion over Sunderland, who have two games in hand and entertain leaders Leicester City on Sunday.Manchester City came from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri.Stephane Sessegnon put West Brom ahead in the fifth minute with a neat right-footed finish from just inside the box However, it didn’t take long for Manchester City to hit back as they were awarded a penalty after the Baggies’ goal scorer fouled Aleksandar Kolarov inside the area. Sergio Aguero calmly converted the spotkick by dispatching it in the bottom right corner meaning the two sides were locked at 1-1 at the break.After the interval, Samir Nasri found the net in the 65th minute after being assisted by Aguero from six yards out to put City ahead for the first time in the game.Pellegrini’s side held out for the rest of the game with the extra three points ensuring fourth spot is theirs for at least another week.Chelsea suffered their first defeat under Guus Hiddink as Swansea ran out 1-0 winners at the Liberty Stadium. Jefferson Montero delivered a cross which Matt Miazga failed to deal with effectively, and Gylfi Sigurdsson made no mistake in converting the loose ball in the 25th minute.The defeat puts a dent in Chelsea’s slim hopes of forcing their way into next season’s Europa League.FA Cup semifinalists Watford and Everton played out a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road – both goals coming within second of each other at the end of the first half.Miguel Britos lost possession with a terrible piece of control, and that allowed James McCarthy to score the opener in the first minute of added time.   But moments later the Hornets were level as Ben Watson’s corner was converted by Jose Holebas.Everton now sit 14th on 39 points, a point and a place above their hosts.last_img read more

PNG students enter team in Philippines league

first_imgThe Central Luzon Crusaders team previously known as the Indang Rebels which incorporates PNG students studying in Universities and colleges in Philippines will now compete in the Philippines National Rugby League Competition against some of Philippines strong teams Albay Vulcans, Manila Storm and University of Batangas Toro in a four team competition.Rebels were formed 3 years ago by students to celebrate Papua New Guinea’s independence in Philippines as the countries national sport.It has eventually progressed from college level to national level.Gorden Asa a 24year old PNG national studying Civil Engineering at Cavite State University will be leading the Central Luzon Crusaders in the PNRL’s inaugural 2016 season.Gorden and the PNG students are proud to play in a regular Rugby League competition to develop the sport and be part of history.“We took the opportunity to show people our interest in Rugby League as it builds our interest to train and promote Rugby League to our Filipino friends in our school, province and the Philippines,” the Central Luzon Crusaders trailblazer  Gorden Asa said. He predicts more students will join as the competition progresses and gains popularity in the Philipines.“Our aim is to teach those that are willing to learn the sport and how it is played internationally,” Gorden said.last_img read more

In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgMile Gully, Ricam lead Manchester Major League Following the completion of the first half of the first round, Mile Gully and Ricam are the respective zone leaders of the Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League. Mile Gully’s 2-0 win over Greenvale pivoted them to 13 points from five games to head Zone One ahead of defending champions Hillstars, who have 12. Mile Gully had to fight off relegation in their penultimate match last season. However, their resurgence this season has been remarkable and included the highlight of the competition so far – a 1-0 win over Hillstars in the fourth round. That win spoilt Hillstars’ unbeaten record, which dates back to the 2014 season. Ricam leads Zone Two with 13 points after five matches, which includes four wins and a draw against Alligator Pond. They completed the pre-Christmas round with a 6-0 win over Land Settlement. Christopher Dyer netted a hat-trick, the third time the feat had been achieved since the start of the competition last month. Downs are second with 12 points, having lost to Ricam. The competition takes a break until Saturday, January 2. Hillstars, Ricam to contest Manchester KO finals The first finals of the 2015-16 Manchester FA season will be contested next Tuesday when Hillstars and Ricam meet in the Brumalia Hardware-sponsored Knock-out Cup. Venue will be Brooks Park, starting at 2:45 p.m. Both teams earned the right following convincing semi-finals performances. Hillstars recorded a 3-1 win over Old England, while defending champions Porus were brushed aside 6-0 by Ricam. That result has since sent Porus in a spin, so much so that they failed to show for their fifth-round Major League fixture against Alligator Pond. Ricam are in their best form, currently unbeaten and leading Zone Two of the Major League. Hillstars are in second position in another Major League zone, but are still fancied to win the KO finals despite a recent 0-1 upset loss to Mile Gully. Henriques wins ‘Rappa Pam Pam’ Despite being noticeably injured, Mandeville’s top shooter, Orville Henriques, held off the challenge of Jamaica Rifle Association’s Lennox Moulton to win the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club’s Christmas extravaganza dubbed ‘Rappa Pam Pam’. Henriques was not dominant, but won four of the eight stages to finish on 476 points. Moulton, who earned top-four positions on five stages, ended at 84 per cent with 400 points. Female shooter Sue Ann Henriques, who won the last two stages, was edged into third with 384 points. The next three positions were separated by four percentage points. Ellsworth Dixon, who won the practice shoot held three days earlier, was fourth, followed by Evon Grant and Owen Campbell. Clarendon KO to break until December 31 The Noel Arscott-sponsored Clarendon Knock-out football competition will take a break until next Thursday, December 31, when the second round starts. The first round ended earlier this week, and included home-and-away matches. Jamalco, as well as the parish’s Premier League team, Humble Lion, will enter at the quarter-final stage. In results from the first round, York Town exited Sandy Bay, Bamboo Lane knocked out Kemps Hill, Springfield got rid of Spartan, Rock River made it past newcomers Bulls United from Alston, while Original Hazard took care of Little Brazil of Sheckles. In the most recent results, newcomers Anderson Drive knocked out Lionel Town 1-0 after the first leg ended 0-0, while Four Parks got the better of Treadlight by a similar margin. Jamalco top Clarendon FA awards Jamalco were deemed the best team, taking both the top competition and individual awards at the recent Clarendon Football Association 2015 awards ceremony held at Wembley Excellence Centre. Jamalco got the top incentive award for being Major League champions, Knock-out champions, in which they triumphed over Premier League team Humble Lion. They were also recognised for narrowly missing the cut to the Premier League. Jamalco secured the top individual awards, including Coach of the Year, which went to Ryan Johnson. The CFA also recognised its referees. The National award went to Kevin Morrison, while the parish’s Performance award went to Doween Tummings. Jason Jackson was handed the best assistant referee. Clarendon College was adjudged the best schoolboy team, while Lennon got the award for best female team. Battle on for semi-final spot Four teams – Pro Santos A, Express All Stars, Progressive Strikers, and Passagefort Strikers – will play off for the fourth and final semi-final spot in the South East St Catherine Netball League. The play-offs starts on Saturday, January 9, and is over three days. Based on form, Pro Santos A and Express All Stars should be in the two teams that will fight for that one spot. Meanwhile, Westchester netball team topped the standings with 16 points as the preliminary round comes to a close. Mega Angels, 13 points, occupy second spot. Pro Santos B (12 points) are third. The top three are given automatic berths to the semi-final. In a recent game, Mega Angels dismissed Pro Santos B 24-11. Free Jamaica Holiday Lacrosse camp A Jamaica Holiday Lacrosse Camp will take place at St George’s College (Emmett Park) in Kingston from Monday, December 28, to Thursday, December 31, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. This camp is funded and staffed by players and coaches primarily from the United States. Equipment is provided on loan from the Jamaica Lacrosse Association and given to committed campers to keep at the end of the camp. The organisers of the camp said that “the game will be taught in a positive and encouraging environment. Water and light refreshments are provided, along with music, games, prizes, contests, awards, and lots of fun.” There will be high-school and university men’s and women’s divisions at this camp, as well as a new youth boy’s division (Primary School boys ages 8-13). Mid-season final for January 3 The York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two mid-season final has been pushed back to Sunday, January 3, 2016. The match was originally scheduled for Sunday, December 27. The match, which features Cedar Grove and Braeton United, will take place at the Cedar Grove playing field starting at 3 p.m. Meanwhile, both Cedar Grove and Braeton United were beaten in recent matches. Cedar Grove suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Cumberland (five points), which won their first match in four tries, while Cedar Grove were losing for the first time. Braeton United remained on six points from three games as they were clipped 1-0 by Edgewater. In another game, Daytona (seven points) spanked Southborough 4-2.last_img read more

Feet on the ground … Davis rejects favourites tag after Super CC performance

first_imgDespite his team’s annihilation of corporate area heavy-hitters Excelsior High, Clarendon College (CC) coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis does not believe his team is the favourite for the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup title.Davis, who led his team to a resounding 7-1 demolition of Excelsior to secure a spot in the semi-finals, believes the other teams in the final four have just as much chance to lift the title at the end of the competition.”CC are not favourites. (We are) just coming to play some football and win,” Davis said.The 2014 daCosta Cup champions were merciless in their contest at Sabina Park on Saturday in what was one of the most one-sided games in the history of the young competition.The result sets up a semi-final clash this Saturday against fellow daCosta Cup heavyweights Cornwall College, while Wolmer’s Boys, which clipped Kingston College 1-0, will play St Elizabeth Technical, who got the better of Bridgeport, 2-0.Cornwall College bettered Rusea’s, 4-3, on penalties after a 1-1 regulation and extra-time scoreline in their clash at the Catherine Hall Stadium.”Best win of the season? Yeah, I would say yes, this is our best performance, (but) every team is favourite. We are just coming to play some football, and win,” Davis told The Gleaner, while noting he was not surprised by the margin of victory.”To be honest, we could see it in training. We came to Kingston (on Friday) and the focus was (really high),” he outlined.STUDYING EACH OTHER”There was no doubt about today (Saturday). They (Excelsior) came to our game in the week and watched us play, but we watched them on TV. They are one of the better teams, they say, in Kingston, and when you play one of the better teams, it gets the better performance out of us,” Davis continued.Davis added that he is looking forward to the upcoming test against Cornwall College.Team captain and leading striker Creggton Charlton, who scored an impressive hat-trick and was instrumental in three other goals, was beaming following his team’s statement win.”My team dropped seven, and that’s my favourite number, and I am so happy,” said Charlton, who wears the number-seven jersey.”I don’t fear any team and I am going to take all four trophies. I am going to be the standout from Super Cup and the leading goalscorer and the MVP,” the confident player promised.last_img read more

1 dead, 1 injured in Houston accident

first_imgA former member of the X Factor Dance Troupe was on Monday morning killed, while another person wasdead: Paulette Josiahinjured following a vehicular accident in the vicinity of Houston, Greater Georgetown.Dead is 21-year-old Paulette Josiah of Lot 127 CC Eccles, East Bank Demerara. The name of the injured person was not immediately available. He is reportedly a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital.According to reports, Josiah was the pillion rider on a CG motorcycle when it was reportedly struck from behind by another vehicle.The young woman sustained injuries and was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where she died while receiving medical treatment.While information remains sketchy about the fatal accident, Josiah’s aunt told Guyana Times on Monday night that the woman left home on Sunday for work. She reportedly worked at an East Bank gas station.The grieving aunt explained that she was at work when she received a telephone call from a relative informing her of the accident.She immediately rushed to the Hospital, but by that time, the young woman had died.The family, Josiah’s aunt added, did not know much about the accident and were looking for answers. During the brief telephone conversation, the aunt noted that the young woman might have left work and gone out with friends and was apparently heading home when the accident occurred.She noted that the family members have to revisit the police station today for an update as to what really transpired.The woman related that family members were in a state of shock over the death of the young woman. The mother of the dead woman, Guyana Times understands, is devastated.“Every time, she look at Paulette photo she faint… she staring at the walls as if she is lost,” a family friend related.Josiah was the eldest of four children and was described as a hardworking and determined young lady. The Police have launched an investigation into the accident. It is not clear if anyone was in Police custody assisting with investigations.last_img read more