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Poyet banking on Johnson form

first_img Uruguayan Poyet said 11-cap Johnson must guide his side to Premier League safety to force his way back into the England reckoning. “I will help him and I will try to help him to put him there,” said Poyet. “And I will tell you why. If Johnno makes the World Cup we are in the Premier League for sure. “Normally when you reach 26 there are no more excuses. “You’re experienced enough, but you’re not old yet, so you still have the pace and the ability, so that’s when you have to be at your best. “You understand the game better, you have played against everybody everywhere so there is no pressure you can’t handle. “So I hope that his form now will give us a big opportunity to stay up.” Johnson left Manchester City in the summer of 2012 in a bid for regular first-team football. Hat-trick hero Adam Johnson has “no more excuses” not to reach his potential and drag Sunderland to Barclays Premier League safety, according to manager Gus Poyet. Press Association After a long fight for form, Poyet now believes the 26-year-old is hitting his peak again. “Johnno today, he would make the difference at any level,” said Poyet. “He’s been like that for the last few weeks. “I always believe there’s a responsibility on the player, he needs to take responsibility for playing well or badly. “But certain players need a team to perform one way or play one kind of football. “We were looking to get that style of play for him to take advantage and make the difference. “We’ve been getting close, but we couldn’t go on to the next level and today we clicked. “When someone stands up and performs like Johnno today, then you’ve got a great chance. “Johnno needs to play for a team that keeps the ball, gives him the ball at the right time, gives him the space to break. “It’s not like you go into any system and just play. “We were trying, it wasn’t easy at first, but in the last two or three weeks when we’ve been passing better and the team has been more solid, that’s given him the freedom to perform. “He’s got the quality to go and make a difference.” Sunderland took a 2-0 lead into half-time thanks to Johnson’s free-kick and a deflected finish from South Korean Ki Sung-yueng. Fulham responded through Steve Sidwell’s header, but Ki teed up Johnson’s second before the Sunderland-born winger converted a late penalty. Delighted Poyet said Johnson’s passionate celebration for his first goal indicates how driven his midfielder has become about sustaining top form. “He didn’t score in the cup, then we switched things round, so it’s character. I like it,” said Poyet. “You give him options, you try your best to put him in the right positions, but at the end of the day, it’s the player. “I think he’s a terrific lad, and you can only imagine how difficult it is when you change teams. “You come in for a reason from a top team and you want to make a difference, and for whatever reason it doesn’t work. “It’s easy to criticise and it’s natural, but for the person, the player, it’s sad. “So he was desperate to do something special, and what a day today.” Sunderland’s third win in six days carried them above Crystal Palace to 19th in the league standings. Poyet hopes that moral-boosting shift will allow him to attract a higher calibre of recruit in the January transfer window. “I’ve been watching the table every two minutes,” he said. “It’s not nice at the bottom, let me tell you. “It’s going to be tense, but at least we are coming from the bottom so we’re going the right way. “If you call me at any stage of my career and you are bottom badly, I would think twice, it’s natural. “But the club, the way we’ve been playing now, it gives a player an option to make a decision.” Head coach Rene Meulensteen admitted Fulham will not drag themselves out of their relegation fight if they keep leaking goals. Fulham have now conceded 46 goals in 21 league matches, more than any other side. “You just can’t make progress doing that, not at all,” he said. “We were quite in control early on and then we didn’t convert those chances, from (Dimitar) Berbatov and (Adel) Taarabt. “We gave ourselves a mountain to climb. “These are the games you need to win; simple. “Their third goal was the defining moment, and credit to them for that. “We’ve got to get conceding those goals out of our system.” Johnson’s first professional hat-trick lifted Sunderland off the foot of the league table as the Black Cats thumped Fulham 4-1 at Craven Cottage. Poyet admitted he will push Johnson’s England case as a potential World Cup replacement for injured Arsenal winger Theo Walcott. last_img read more

Luis Suarez: Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers criticises FA over ban

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes the FA has “punished the man not the incident” by giving striker Luis Suarez a 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic. Uruguay’s Suarez, 26, admitted a charge of violent conduct after the 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday.Rodgers told LFC TV: “The punishment is against the man, rather than the incident.“We have a punishment with no intention of helping [his] rehabilitation.”Liverpool have until 12:00 BST on Friday to appeal, but will be without Suarez until late September if the FA upholds its verdict.“We are shocked and bitterly disappointed,” said Rodgers. “It is the severity of the ban which has hurt most. That is something we are bitterly disappointed with. “I can only compare [it] with similar incidents we have had. We have had two incidents of this type of scenario, both in 2006.”Appearing to refer to the FA’s decision not to charge Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe for allegedly biting Javier Mascherano, then of West Ham, Rodgers said: “One player received no ban and continued to be chosen by the FA as part of the England squad.“The second player received a five-game ban. As you can imagine whenever Luis Suarez receives a 10-match ban it is very very difficult for us to understand and even more so for him.“If I had more players of a similar mentality we would be in a different position. He has not let me down one bit.“The standard set by the club – he fell way below that at the weekend. But it does not mean he should be thrown to the garbage, which is what has happened over the last couple of days.”last_img read more

Angels bullpen falters again in loss to Oakland A’s

first_img“Obviously, I’ve got to get ahead with better pitches,” Parker said. “Go out there and one pitch, one run, I gotta regain my focus. I can’t have a four-pitch walk right after that.”After a strikeout, pinch-runner Dustin Fowler went to second on a wild pitch. Parker walked Khris Davis, despite getting ahead 0-and-2. He was then pulled.“You gotta stay aggressive,” Parker said. “You gotta make them put the ball in play. You’ve got to throw strikes for that to happen. I think I got a little too fine and outside the zone a little bit.”Manager Mike Scioscia then went to left-hander José Álvarez, who struck out left-handed hitting Matt Olson. Next, Scioscia played the matchups and brought in the right-handed Bedrosian to face the right-handed Mark Canha. He blooped a single into center, tying the game.Bedrosian got out of the ninth and through the 10th, preserving the tie.In the 11th, Scioscia called on Jewell, entering for this second big league appearance. Justin Anderson, one of the Angels top relievers, was not available because of a recent heavy workload, Scioscia said. Anderson had thrown 28 pitches finishing off a four-run victory on Friday.He gave up a leadoff single to Lowrie and then hit Davis. Lowrie took third on a fly ball.Paredes then entered and walked Canha, to load the bases. Jonathan Lucroy got the winning hit with a drive into the Angels’ two-man outfield.With that, the Angels had suffered yet another heart-breaking loss, tagged to the bullpen.Parker said he still has faith the Angels bullpen can be effective: “We’re good. We’ve got a bunch of really good arms, and this experience will be good for them. I know they can get it done. We have confidence. The Angels do too.”Still, performances like this will only increase the call for General Manager Billy Eppler to make trades for bullpen help.Heaney did all he could to spare the Angels’ bullpen. He pitched eight innings, allowing three runs on three hits. Two of them came on one swing, a two-run homer by Canha in the second.After that, he retired 13 of the next 14. He gave up a run in the seventh on a Lowrie double and two fly balls. Heaney bounced back to finish with three straight strikeouts in the eighth, ending his day at 106 pitches.It wasn’t enough.Afterward, Heaney said he couldn’t cast too much blame on the relievers, because their early workload was because of the struggles of the starters.“We made them work early on and they picked us up early single time,” Heaney said. “They may be struggling now, and some guys are having their issues, but that’s part of baseball. Everybody can’t be going right at the same time. Very rarely does that happen.“I’ve had my fair share of bad games. I’m never going to judge another player that I know goes out there, every guy goes out there, to grind their (butt) to do what they can to win games for this team. I’m never doing to doubt that.” PreviousOakland Athletics second baseman Franklin Barreto (1) throws to first base after forcing Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) out at second base during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, celebrates with Jose Fernandez after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics’ Jed Lowrie (8) scores in front of Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. Also pictured is Athletics third base coach Matt Williams, top. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols (5) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols (5) celebrates with Mike Trout, left, and Andrelton Simmons (2) after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, celebrates after scoring against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics first baseman Mark Canha cannot catch an RBI-single hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout is hit by a throw from Oakland Athletics pitcher Daniel Mengden during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler (3) is tagged out by Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson after being caught in a rundown during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha (20) celebrates after hitting a two-run home run that also scored Khris Davis (2) against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics second baseman Franklin Barreto, left, throws to first base as Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler, right, is caught in a run down during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha hits a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics pitcher Daniel Mengden against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics second baseman Franklin Barreto (1) throws to first base after forcing Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) out at second base during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)NextShow Caption1 of 17Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)ExpandOAKLAND — The Angels had done everything to finish off a much-needed victory.And then the bullpen let it get away. Again.Blake Parker and Cam Bedrosian combined to allow two runs to tie the game in the ninth, and Jake Jewell and Eduardo Paredes gave up a run in the 11th inning of the Angels’ 6-5 loss to the Oakland A’s on Sunday.It was the third time in four games the Angels had a lead in the sixth inning or later and couldn’t hold it. The Angels’ 15 blown saves are tied for the most in the majors. The Angels began the season with questions about their bullpen, and those have been magnified because of ineffectiveness and injuries — Keynan Middleton and Blake Wood are out for the year, and Jim Johnson just this week got hurt.Even among the pitchers who have done well, there have been red flags because they’ve pitched so much. Early in the season, the starters were pitching so few innings that the relievers were carrying a heavy load.Lately the most consistent pitcher had been Parker, who had regained the closer job he lost in the season’s opening week. Parker had an 0.96 ERA over 18 games heading into Wednesday, when he entered in the seventh and blew a two-run lead.He had a chance again on Sunday, getting the ball with a 5-3 lead after Andrew Heaney gave up just three hits over eight innings.Parker gave up a homer to Marcus Semien, the first batter he faced. He then walked Chad Pinder.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

International cricket on PNG TV!

first_imgIn Papua New Guinea, Cricket Australia has entered into agreements with both free-to-air operators for the next two years: NBC PNG for the Australian men’s and women’s internationals, and EMTV for the KFC Big Bash League.“This is wonderful news for the cricketing loving public of Papua New Guinea, who will now have the opportunity to watch some of the best international cricket on free-to-air TV,” said Cricket PNG Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Greg Campbell.  NBC PNG will be the exclusive free-to-air broadcast partner for both the Australian men’s and women’s internationals played in Australia, with simulcast wherever possible on NBC Radio. This includes the 2017-18 Ashes series.EMTV has secured exclusive free-to-air rights for the KFC Big Bash League.“This is another way to promote this wonderful game to the wider community here in PNG. We know that a majority of the current HEBOU PNG Barramundis and the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas grew up watching Test Cricket and One Day Internationals on their TV in cities and villages across the country,” concluded Campbell. These agreements are the latest to be negotiated by Cricket Australia.Over the past 18 months, CA has successfully concluded rights deals in the UK (BT Group plc), South Africa (SuperSport), Africa (Econet Media, excluding Northern Africa and South Africa), the Caribbean (IMC and CWI), the US (Willow and NBC Sports Network), Canada (Asian Television Network) and New Zealand (Sky Network Television Ltd).last_img read more