Potters claim vital three points

first_img The Potters took the lead on the half-hour mark when Adam drilled in from Nzonzi’s cut-back. Six minutes later, referee Kevin Friend deemed a sliding tackle from Brown on Adam that won the defender the ball – and replays suggested any contact between the players had been minimal – to be worthy of a straight red card, a call that left Black Cats boss Gus Poyet fuming. Stoke recorded their first win in nine Barclays Premier League games as goals from Charlie Adam and Steven Nzonzi steered them to a 2-0 home victory against Sunderland, who had Wes Brown sent off in controversial circumstances. Stoke continued to press and were rewarded with a goal when Nzonzi latched onto Cameron’s chip down the right, turned Ki Sung-yeung and laid the ball to Adam, who was arriving in the box. The Scotland midfielder unleashed a low shot that gave Vito Mannone little chance of keeping it out. It got worse for Sunderland as Brown was given his marching orders by Friend, whose decision prompted an angry reaction from the defender’s team-mates and manager. Brown, sliding at a considerable speed when he challenged Adam and won the ball, appeared to make little contact – if any – with the Stoke man. Sunderland’s complaints went unheeded and their opponents looked to swiftly make the most of the man advantage, but could not add another goal before half-time. The hosts continued their search for a second after the break but Sunderland managed to keep them at bay and brought a save out of Begovic via Phil Bardsley’s attempt. Stoke then broke and Adam advanced towards goal, but he blazed his shot well off-target from outside the area. Sunderland did their best to battle back and after Adam Johnson shot wide, Fletcher went to ground in the box when the boot of Begovic, coming out to clear, connected with his chest, but again no spot-kick was awarded. Nzonzi then wrapped up the three points for Stoke, finishing first-time from a through-ball by Crouch, who advanced forward having collected Adam’s pass. And the Potters might have had more goals had substitute Andy Wilkinson or Arnautovic been able to convert late chances. Press Association The Uruguayan saw his team battle bravely thereafter, but Stoke’s win was sealed in the 81st minute when Nzonzi slotted home having been set up nicely by Peter Crouch. Mark Hughes’ side, who had been 17th at the start of the day and separated from the relegation zone by goal difference alone, moved up to 14th after this result. Meanwhile Sunderland, who are three points adrift of safety, drop a place. They now occupy the bottom spot in the table with Crystal Palace – watched from the stands by their new manager, ex-Stoke boss Tony Pulis, as they won 1-0 at Hull – having moved above them. Jack Colback saw a shot deflect behind for a corner as Sunderland exerted some pressure early on, but it amounted to nothing and at the other end, Adam sent a free-kick on to the roof of the net. Moments later Geoff Cameron delivered two dangerous crosses into the Black Cats box in quick succession, one of which came to Marko Arnautovic, whose strike on the turn was blocked. Steven Fletcher then brought the ball down – seemingly with his arm – in the Potters area and with no whistle blown, produced a shot which Asmir Begovic got out to parry. Soon after, Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross had to clear off his line as a hoisted ball forward ricocheted towards goal and Arnautovic then appealed for a penalty having fired an effort against John O’Shea, but none was given. last_img read more

Salmon’s 7 leave Jaguars with mountain to climb on final day

first_img… Debutant snares 2nd innings 7-56, Jaguars need 27 for victory with 1 wicket remainingBy Clifton RossJAMAICA Scorpions spinner Peter Salmon bagged 7 wickets which left Guyana Jaguars in need of a dire miracle, as they require 27 runs for victory with just one wicket left in the bank when the final day’s play bowls off.Resuming at 50-3 on Day 3, Scorpions crashed to another low total as they were kept to 184 in their second innings. Middle-order batsman Nkrumah Bonner kept things by crunching five fours in his top score of 57 not out.Jaguars star left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul continued his collection of wickets, bagging magical second-innings figures of 6-50 to go along with his 1st innings’ four victims.The pendulum swung in favour of the visitors, as the champs were in a tricky situation when umpires lifted bails on the penultimate day, reeling at 155-9 with Permaul 20 not out off 60 and Keon Joseph 5*, looking to pull off a miracle today.Pursuing 182 runs for their second straight win at home, the Jags lost big guns Tagenarine Chanderpaul (12), Chandrapaul Hemraj (13), Leon Johnson (19) and Vishaul Singh (0), after being 48-2 at the tea break.Salmon removed three of the four initial wickets to fall before bagging another huge wicket of Chris Barnwell (12) who succumbed to the lbw decision.The debutant continued with his bag of tricks. He accounted for the further dismissals of Reifer (13), Anthony, Sinclair (13) and Niall Smith (0) who was trapped lbw – putting the spinner on hat-trick.Guyana’s innings ended calmly after the pair of Permaul and Joseph managed to negate the Scorpions bowlers to set up a thrilling final day.John Campbell (31) who departed prior to stumps on Day 2 along with spinner Jamie Merchant who stroked five boundaries down the order for his 26, along with 19 apiece from Assad Fudadin and Derval Green headlined a relatively ordinary batting card for the Scorpions.Off-spinner Sinclair snatched 2-56 and left-arm medium Reifer (2-19) lent ideal support to the left-arm spinner during their outing.Scorpions resumed with three batters back in the pavilion but Bonner led a slight resistance on his way to the mini milestone.After Permaul pulled out the tricks, the Jamaica lower-order found it difficult to cope with the former Windies Test spinner, who recorded another career 10-fer as he cleaned up the tail.Action continues today from 10:00hrs.last_img read more

Alexander: Are the Dodgers built for this 60-game sprint?

first_imgThat is a particularly pertinent point. This season – and maybe permanently going forward – the Dodgers will have 10-man lineups. Roberts said earlier in the week that he planned to rotate the DH role among any number of players, which allows a regular a semi-rest and gets one more guy into the lineup every day.And not having to hit for the pitcher or make double-switches will be an asset. Those “line changes” Roberts refers to when a righty replaces a lefty for the opposition? Expect more of them. With a roster that starts at 30 for the first two weeks, goes to 28 for the next two and then 26 – one over the previous minimum – for the rest of the season, and with little chance of marathon extra-inning games with the new runner-on-second rule, there should be no danger of Roberts running out of position players on a given night.The Dodgers’ clubhouse culture helps, too. Position players are already conditioned to the likelihood that they might not play every night or might not play the same position when they do play.“The most important thing – and we couldn’t feel more confident about it – is our players’ mindset,” president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “And we’ve seen it over the last couple years. So much of the culture change that’s happened with Doc (Roberts) and the coaches is how focused and committed our players are to winning that night, that pitch, that at-bat. I think that’s not going to be any different, and with our talent and that mindset we feel really good about what’s possible with that.”Baseball people who have always talked about the “40 man,” the active roster and the minor league players available to be called up, now have to adjust their sights. Now it’s the “60 man” – the 30 who will start the major league season and 30 more players who will constitute each team’s reserve squad and will stay ready at a satellite location. The Dodgers’ extra group – likely a mix of top prospects and Triple-A players to fill in as needed – probably will be based at USC’s Dedeaux Field, Friedman said, and when students start to return to campus it could move to Rancho Cucamonga and the home of the Class A Quakes. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Our thought process in putting together the 60-man is trying to balance whether or not this might be the only reps that some of our prospects get this year,” he said. “But there’s just a lot that’s up in the air, as you would imagine.”There seems to be some confusion over baseball’s use of the term “taxi squad” – originally an NFL concept, the forerunner of today’s practice squad – because it’s being used mostly to describe the 30 extras. When Friedman was asked about it he referred to the three additional players – one of whom probably will have to be a catcher – allowed to be embedded with the big league squad in the event of an injured list move or callup, especially when the team is on the road.The confusion is probably natural. The Dodgers have been using “taxi squad” in recent years to refer to players not on the roster but with the team, either for an imminent callup or the opportunity to benefit from the big league environment. Depth does have its privileges.(Anyway, these procedural rules almost seem to be evolving as we go, so there may be another description altogether coming up. Who knows, MLB might sign a marketing agreement with Uber or Lyft before the season starts.)But the advantage of superior depth, or lack of same, is hardly the Dodgers’ biggest concern as anyone who has followed the bullpen’s high wire act understands. Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin and Ross Stripling will be in the mix but, health and risk permitting, late-game situations probably will again depend on the old standbys: Kenley Jansen, Pedro Baez and Joe Kelly, along with lefties Adam Kolarek and Scott Alexander – and, quite possibly, hard-throwing rookie (and potential closer-in-waiting) Brusdar Graterol.If blown saves tormented the fan base before, imagine the potential torture now that each game is worth 2.7 times what it once was.But consider that starting pitching (Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood, David Price, Julio Urias) is still the club’s strength, though there will be shorter than usual leashes early in the season. Also consider that this lineup will have two players who have won MVPs and led all of baseball in WAR, Cody Bellinger in 2019 and Mookie Betts in 2018. They’ll play every day, for sure.Related Articles This will be the most unusual season in Dodgers history. And while that may not set them apart from everyone else in Pandemic Baseball, they do have a higher bar to clear. Remember, this franchise has been around since 1884, and it has given us three men on third base in Brooklyn in 1926 and two runners tagged out at home on the same play 80 years later in a playoff game in New York.But each team about to prepare for this mad 60-game sprint to the finish has its own issues and concerns, and the experts seem to have isolated this one with the Dodgers: Will a team that has methodically assembled impressive depth, the better to withstand the 162-game grind, lose that advantage over the rest of the National League West in a 66-day season?Not surprisingly, Dave Roberts and Andrew Friedman don’t think it will be an issue, presuming of course that everyone stays available and there are no COVID-19 cases that involve key people.“The DH … just allows us to tap into our depth on the position player side,” Roberts said this week in a Zoom conference with local media. “As each game moves on, we have a bench that is more than capable to take on a certain matchup that we see is beneficial.” Will there be opportunities to upgrade further at the trade deadline, which for this year will be Aug. 31? Will it be necessary? Stay tuned.The risk with a short schedule is a bad start. But Baseball America’s Kyle Glaser noted earlier this week that after 60 games the Dodgers would have been in playoff position in five of the last seven seasons, all of which they ended as NL West champs. The two outliers: 2013 and ’18.In 2018, as you’ll recall, positive thinking and refusal to panic helped them climb back from a 16-26 record in mid-May, win the division in Game 163 and get back to the World Series.There’d better be urgency from the start this [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more

Man extradited from North in connection with death of Donegal man

first_imgA man was extradited from the North yesterday and appeared at a Co Donegal court charged in connection with the death of another young man.Shane Patton was killed in July, 2012 when the car he was driving was in collision with another car on the Main Letterkenny to Ballybofey Road at Callan, Drumkeen. The late Mr Patton was just 18 years old when he died.An outstanding circuit court warrant for Eamonn Lynch was issued on December 9th, 2014.However, Lynch, now aged 43, failed to appear and he left the jurisdiction.Garda Detective Michael Galvin appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday.The late Shane PattonHe told the court he had secured an extradition warrant for Lynch and that he arrested him at Bridgend on the Donegal border with Derry at 12.57pm yesterday afternoon.Lynch appeared before Judge John O’Hagan where the court was told that Lynch faces a charge of dangerous driving causing death.Barrister Peter Nolan told the court that he would not be applying for bail and Lynch was remanded in custody until the next sitting of the court in January.Man extradited from North in connection with death of Donegal man was last modified: December 14th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crashdonegalDrumkeeneamonn lynchlast_img read more