James McArthur: Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew doesn’t get credit he deserves

first_img Pardew marked his one-year anniversary as Palace boss with a 3-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday but the loss was a small blotch on an otherwise remarkable 12 months. When Pardew took over, the Eagles were 18th in the table and without a win in eight league games but he steered them to a 10th-place finish. They now sit seventh, with an outside chance of securing Champions League football. “It wasn’t really like us,” McArthur said. “We didn’t stay in the game or do things we normally do. We made it too easy for Chelsea. We’re disappointed with the way we played. “It was one of my worst games for Palace. We need to move on and I need to move on fast. Just on the ball, not good enough, off the ball a couple of times they ran off me and got chances. “I’m obviously disappointed, everyone is really down.” It was the third consecutive match Palace have failed to score in as Pardew’s side again missed the attacking threat of Yannick Bolasie, Dwight Gayle and Connor Wickham, who are all injured, and Yohan Cabaye, who was suspended. The Eagles are keen to add creative reinforcements in the transfer window but McArthur believes the side will also improve when key players return. “Anywhere in the team you welcome additions. It’s competition for places and we need to be making good performances every week and by making more additions we’ll do that,” McArthur said. “As a team we also need to do more going forward. You look at any team in the league and you take two of the top performers out – if you took Costa and Willian out of Chelsea they would look a different side as well. “We’ve got Yannick coming back soon, Gayle, Cabaye – if you look at the names I’ve just mentioned they’re big names for the club.” Palace face Southampton in the FA Cup third round on Saturday in a repeat of last year’s fourth-round tie when the Eagles won 3-2. “It’s a really big game for us, we want to do well in the cup competitions,” McArthur said. “We need to take confidence from the win last year. We’ll pick ourselves up this week and be ready to go again.” Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur hopes Alan Pardew’s success continues to go under the radar as he fears bigger clubs may soon come calling for the Eagles manager. Press Association Uncertainty continues to surround the managerial positions at Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City but reports suggest those clubs would all overlook the likes of Pardew for a more high-profile name from abroad. McArthur admits the former Newcastle boss does not get the credit he deserves in England but is happy for that to remain the case if it means he stays at Selhurst Park. “He’s been unbelievable,” McArthur said. “To come in when the club were in a relegation battle, and not looking great to be honest, he’s turned it around and made a really good side. “He probably doesn’t get the credit he deserves but that’s probably a good thing for Crystal Palace. “We don’t want him to get too much credit and start getting linked with big jobs. “I’m not really concerned about that because he’s a great manager for Crystal Palace and we want him to stay here as long as he can.” Palace struggled to keep pace with Chelsea on Sunday as Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa sealed a comfortable win for Guus Hiddink’s side. last_img read more

Syracuse limited from 3, but still pulls out 64-49 win against Stony Brook

first_img Related Stories Syracuse drops 2nd game to top 5 team against Maryland, 82-64 Alexis Peterson squared to the basket on the left wing and launched a shot from behind arc that clanked sideways off the rim. Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman, who was squatting on the sideline, turned his head away, closed his eyes and grimaced as if he were in pain.Syracuse’s 3-point shooting in the first half was painful at a 1-for-11 clip and never got much better. The Orange finished just 3-for-18 beyond the arc — well below its averages of nine 3s made and 31 attempted coming into the contest.Stony Brook (4-4) limited No. 20 Syracuse’s (5-2) 3-point opportunities with high-pressure defense around the arc in the Orange’s 64-49 win in the Carrier Dome on Sunday.“No there really wasn’t,” Hillsman said of whether there was less emphasis on the 3s compared to prior games. “I think they did a really good job of taking things away from us.”Hillsman had expected Stony Brook to play in a sagging man-to-man defense, giving Syracuse space to hoist 3-pointers off of screens and handoff plays where a player tosses the ball to another one crossing behind her at the 3-point line.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textInstead, the Seawolves played a tight man defense and pressured SU on the 3-point line.“They did exactly what I asked them to do, turn the corner, be aggressive and play at the rim,” Hillsman said of his players.Syracuse is usually able to generate 3s in transition whether by pushing the ball down the court or forcing turnovers with its full-court press.The press wasn’t creating turnovers, however. And each time Brianna Butler, Syracuse’s leading 3-point shooter, threw her hand up calling for the ball as she ran to the corner, the pass never came. She was seldom open.Though Butler previously averaged 12.8 3s attempted and 3.7 made per game, she came up empty in just five 3-point attempts. One just barely scraped the bottom of the rim, avoiding an air ball.Her best result on a 3 attempt didn’t even come close to making it into the basket. She took a moving jumper, but was hit on the arm and managed two points in made foul shots out of the play.“At the end of the day,” guard Brittney Sykes said, “we just want to put the ball in the basket.”Hillsman has been able to consistently strut up and down the Syracuse sideline in other games this season, hoisting three fingers in the air. But on Sunday, the biggest celebration came when freshman guard Savannah Crocetti played her first minutes for Syracuse and sunk a 3-point attempt with 47 seconds left.Cornelia Fondren jumped off the bench waving her Gatorade towel around. Taylor Ford pretended to fire arrows into the sky. But it was just the third 3 that the Orange hit all game.In the first half, Syracuse died by the 3, leading to a 25-23 deficit at the break. When the Orange surged in the third quarter it was because of the team’s play in the paint, not from beyond the arc.“It didn’t really make sense to settle for 3s when we can get a higher percentage shot,” Peterson said. Comments Published on December 6, 2015 at 6:58 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kenny Stills says he and Stephen Ross ‘agree to disagree’ over Donald Trump fundraiser

first_imgIt looks like Kenny Stills and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross won’t be seeing eye-to-eye anytime soon when it comes to politics.The Miami receiver said he talked with Ross over the phone to discuss Stills’ recent comments about Ross’ hosting a fundraiser for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. Kenny Stills gets death threats but stands by criticism of Dolphins owner over President Trump event Stills said he received death threats for his tweet calling out Ross and but added he still plans to continue to kneel during the national anthem this season.”I definitely think from a professional matter, the right thing to do would have been to reach out to him first,” Stills said, “but through conversations that we have and the history that we have, it gets to a point where I’m just a person that is sharing the message, letting other people know what’s happening.”Ross’ fundraiser for Trump raised $12 million, according to the Republican National Committee. Brian Flores wants Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen ‘to play smarter’ “We agreed to disagree and that was it,” Stills said after practice Tuesday, via The Palm Beach Post. “There’s not much to argue about. He has his feelings about it and he stands firm in that, and I respect that. But I disagree and I told him there’s no hard feelings. There’s no beef and let’s win some games this year.”Stills, who is a known social activist, called out Ross on Twitter last week after it became public that Dolphins owner was hosting the Trump 2020 fundraiser at Ross’ Hamptons home last Friday. Related News Stills tweeted that Ross’ support of Trump contradicts the mission statement of his nonprofit, the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE).🤔 You can’t have a non profit with this mission statement then open your doors to Trump. https://t.co/sNBWfEXvLn pic.twitter.com/nNkRf2wJep— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) August 7, 2019The comments caused Ross to release a statement, saying that he and Trump have been friends for more than 40 years and while they agree on some things, “we strongly disagree on many others.”Dolphins coach Brian Flores also addressed the issue, saying he wished Stills had privately addressed his concerns with Ross and not called him out publicly on social media.Last week, Stills said he left RISE because of “everything that’s kind of taken place from the time of the first protest all the way to now.” He joined Colin Kaepernick and other athletes who started taking a knee during the national anthem in 2016 to protest racial and social injustice. Jerry Jones uses a weirdly gruesome analogy to describe Cowboys contract issueslast_img read more

Eric Garcia injury mars near-perfect day for Manchester City against Arsenal

first_imgThe Brazilian shot-stopper collided violently with Garcia in the process, leaving the 19-year-old flattened on the ground and unable to continue.Hope Eric Garcia is ok 🙏 #MCIARS pic.twitter.com/ZwpBr11IjM— Donny Moore (@Donny_Moore) June 17, 2020After a lengthy delay, City’s medical team strapped the Spanish center back into a stretcher and carried him down the tunnel, leaving the home side to see out the contest with 10 men.MORE: Premier League’s new five-substitute rule, explainedPep Guardiola had already used up all five of his substitutions before the incident took place, as he kept his lineup fresh throughout the contest staged behind closed doors at Etihad Stadium.Arsenal was hit with its own injury woes in the first half, as Mikel Arteta had to withdraw Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari before the 25-minute mark.David Luiz came on to replace Mari, and then went on to produce a disaster class of epic proportions that allowed City to take control of the game.The Brazilian’s failure to deal with a Kevin de Bruyne through ball allowed Raheem Sterling to race through and open the scoring just before the interval. His night got worse when the Gunners came back out for the second half.David Luiz came on to replace Mari and went on to produce a disaster class of epic proportions that allowed City to take control of the game.The Brazilian’s failure to deal with a Kevin de Bruyne through ball allowed Raheem Sterling to race through and open the scoring just before the interval, and his night got worse when the Gunners came back out for the second half.Luiz was sent off in the 50th minute of the game after bringing down Riyad Mahrez in the box. De Bruyne stepped up to score the resulting penalty kick to put City in a commanding position. Phil Foden rounded off a 3-0 victory for the reigning Premier League champions in stoppage time, tucking home the rebound after Sergio Aguero was denied by the post following some more great work from Sterling.The result saw City close the gap on league leader Liverpool to 22 points with nine fixtures remaining and increase its lead over third-placed Leicester to seven points.Arsenal, meanwhile, stayed down in ninth after suffering its  first defeat of 2020. It squandered the opportunity to make up ground on Chelsea in the race for a top-four finish. Eric Garcia was forced off the pitch late in Manchester City’s clash with Arsenal on Wednesday after being taken out by his own teammate.With City 2-0 up heading into the last 10 minutes of their first game back following the coronavirus-enforced break in the season, Ederson came flying out of his goal to deal with a through ball.last_img read more