first_img McNally’s revelation raised rumours Neil Lennon could trade Celtic for Norwich, but this nervy victory may keep Hughton in post just that little bit longer. A circumspect first half left the hosts the more frustrated with the deadlock at the break. Dutch midfielder Leroy Fer would have harboured most of the Canaries’ annoyances all on his own, after missing the half’s only clear-cut chance. Fer’s chance was positively gilt-edged in fact, the 24-year-old failing to tuck away Martin Olsson’s threatening cut-back. Nathan Redmond sent Olsson in behind Kyle Naughton on Norwich’s left flank, and his accurate cross begged for a finish from the penalty spot. The onrushing Fer could not quite arrive in the box quickly enough though, failing to capitalise on a completely static Tottenham defence. Spurs struggled for rhythm and pace throughout the half, the visitors as much at fault for their midfield shortcomings as Norwich merited praise for continually hassling them off their stride. Joseph Yobo’s hefty clearance handed Ricky van Wolfswinkel a chance to terrorise the poorly positioned Michael Dawson on the cusp of the Spurs box. Robert Snodgrass’ cool finish earned manager Chris Hughton yet another stay of execution at Carrow Road as Norwich tip-toed past Tottenham 1-0 in the Barclays Premier League. Instead he dallied and was dispossessed with little more than a whimper. So out of sorts and hesitant before the break, Van Wolfswinkel somehow managed to leave his meekness in the changing rooms. Straight from the second-half kick-off the Dutchman produced a telling contribution that sparked the counter-attack for the opening goal. Sneaking up on Bentaleb, Van Wolfswinkel picked the green Spurs midfielder’s pocket before releasing Bradley Johnson. Snodgrass immediately picked a smart diagonal run in behind the Tottenham defence and Johnson slid him the perfect ball. Scotland international Snodgrass latched onto the pass, steadied himself and buried the ball past the helpless Lloris, making a mockery of Norwich’s first-half profligacy and indecision. Van Wolfswinkel’s goalless run since August is not over, but at least he found the wherewithal to produce a telling contribution. The Norwich goal sparked an inevitable Spurs reaction, but Chadli wasted acres of space with a poor cross, before Rose spoiled a fine 50-metre break with a loose pass. Adebayor then bustled past Canaries centre-backs Bassong and Yobo, muscling a fine opening. But John Ruddy raced off his line to slide onto the ball and deny the Togo striker. Lennon and Adebayor’s one-two sent the rangy Spurs forward through on goal again, but once more Ruddy was equal to the challenge. Spurs boss Sherwood threw Roberto Soldado into the mix, and the switch to a two-man strikeforce almost paid immediate dividend. Adebayor played Soldado through on the inside-right channel, but the Spaniard hit only side-netting. The former Valencia striker had another clear opening moments later, but headed Lennon’s pinpoint cross wide of goal. Chadli headed back across goal with no team-mate in attendance, then Adebayor could not direct the winger’s cross to trouble Ruddy. Tottenham’s increasing threat cranked up the tension, and Ruddy was forced to deny Chadli at point-blank range. Norwich were not to be denied though, and rallied once more in the closing 10 minutes. Johnson struck the bar from a firecracker free-kick, before Lloris parried the follow-up from Redmond. Gary Hooper raced clear and squared the ball across the empty net, but no yellow shirt could provide a finish. Press Association Glaswegian midfielder Snodgrass fired the Canaries to just their second win in 12 league clashes, with goalkeeper John Ruddy producing a string of first-class saves. Chief executive David McNally has admitted Norwich would be “delinquent” not to keep eyes and ears open for a replacement for embattled boss Hughton. last_img read more

first_imgMisbah ul Haq retired from international cricket in 2017.Misbah retired from ODIs after 2015 World Cup.Pakistan did not qualify for the 2019 World Cup knockouts. New Delhi: Pakistan cricket is currently under the midst of big structural changes following the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Under Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan failed to qualify for the knock-out stages as they finished fifth in the points table. The Pakistan Cricket Board appointed a five-member panel to interview prospective candidates for the team management positions had nearly concluded its work. According to sources within the Board, the panel headed by former captain Intikhab Alam and which also included PCB CEO Wasim Khan, had interviewed most candidates including Misbah ul Haq, Waqar Younis, Dean Jones, Johan Botha, Courtney Walsh, Yasir Arafat and some others in the last two days directly or on the video link.It has now emerged that Misbah ul Haq is the frontrunner for becoming the head coach of the Pakistan team while Waqar Younis could handle the bowling department. In addition, Mohsin Khan could become the chief selector. A PCB source said, “They will now have deliberations on finalizing their recommendations and it appears as if Misbah is a favourite to be named head coach with Waqar as the bowling coach. Mohsin who has remained a chief selector and interim head coach in the past was invited by the board to give an interview to the panel which indicates he will be given some major responsibility next week.”In an interview a couple of years ago on the sidelines of the Pakistan Super League in 2017, Misbah had revealed that he feared Pakistan would be losing passion and interest. Misbah felt the youth were no longer attracted by the sport. However, with the successful conduct of the ICC World XI series, Pakistan harbored hopes of Test cricket being played on home soil eventually and that would encourage youngsters to start thinking about making a career in cricket.“In the last couple of years, passion in Pakistan cricket was dying. Youngsters were playing cricket and trying to become international cricketers. I think once international cricket is here, you are just watching every game and Test matches with top stars in the world, live… that is something which obviously attracts youngsters to start thinking about cricket again,” Misbah said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more

first_imgKatie Chin | Daily TrojanSwinging for the top · Redshirt junior Frankie Rios takes a swing at a pitch. Rios and the team take to the road to face Arizona on Friday.After capturing its first two Pac-12 series of the season against Washington State and Arizona State, USC heads to Tucson this weekend for a three-game showdown with No. 13 Arizona.“To win two in a row separates your record a bit,” head coach Dan Hubbs said. “Now we’ve got to go to Arizona and find a way to hopefully continue the streak and win another one.” Like USC, Arizona is also off to a hot start to the season. The team now stands at 17-7 after beginning this year’s campaign with a 10-game winning streak. Hitting has been the Wildcats’ greatest strength so far, as they possess a conference high .332 team batting average. The Wildcats also lead the Pac-12 in runs, RBIs, hits, slugging percentage and walks. The key to the Wildcats’ early statistical prowess has been an experienced and deep batting order. Six players are currently batting over .320, with sophomore Alfonso Rivas III leading the way with an eye-popping .395 average. The Wildcats may have lost five starters from last year’s team, but the College World Series runner-ups remain a top national contender. While they may lack the same offensive efficiency, USC has also been hitting well to start the season. Sophomore Lars Nootbaar has been the team’s clutch performer so far, with a team-leading four home runs and 21 RBIs. Fellow sophomore Brandon Perez has been a pleasant surprise this year; after seeing limited at-bats last season, he is hitting .338. Senior Corey Dempster is currently on a 11-game hitting streak after solidifying the Trojans’ victory against San Diego State on Wednesday with an eighth inning RBI single. “I’m just attacking the fastball and being aggressive,” Dempster said. “I think the biggest thing is not being afraid to let ball speed go early in the count or being afraid to get behind either.”As opposed to hitting, pitching has been more of an adventure for the Trojans. The young bullpen has had its bright spots — freshman closer Austin Manning has three saves and fellow freshman Chris Clarke has provided key innings when called upon. However, inconsistency has been an issue for regular starters such as sophomore Marrick Crouse and junior Brad Wegman. Overall, USC is eighth in Pac-12 team ERA, which could be problematic against Arizona’s stacked batting order. One storyline to watch this weekend will be who Hubbs decides to start behind the plate at the catcher position. Senior transfer Cris Perez and freshmen Kaleb Murphy and Blake Sabol have all seen significant time behind the plate so far this season. As the Trojans head deeper into the heart of conference play, it will be interesting to see if the position becomes more solidified. After wrapping up the series against Arizona, USC has a quick detour against Long Beach State on Tuesday before returning to Dedeaux Field for a three-game series with Stanford starting on Thursday. “It’s a grind week in and week out, day in day out,” Hubbs said. “The guys just have to be prepared for it.”last_img read more

first_imgKobe Bryant once spent part of his teenage years studying every move Michael Jordan made, hopeful that eventually he could emulate them. Though it will hardly end the debate that has encompassed Bryant’s 19-year career, he has emulated Jordan’s game enough to surpass him in one category that defined both of the players’ skill sets. Bryant entered the Lakers’ game on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center only 246 points shy of surpassing Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. “He’ll probably just say it’s another milestone, but Jordan was somebody Kobe idolized and looked up to,” said Denver coach Brian Shaw, who won three of his NBA titles with Bryant on the Lakers from 2000-2002 and served as an assistant coach when he won two more championships in 2009 and 2010. “Whether he says it or not, I personally feel it would be one of his greatest accomplishments.”Bryant has said he cares more about his five NBA championships, which trail Jordan’s six titles. But Shaw considers Bryant and Jordan nearly on equal footing. “Being ex-players, they’ll learn a lot faster,” Scott said. “It’s obviously an adjustment because you’re so used to doing it when you played. When you coach, you have to rely on other people to do it. I think both of those guys will be great coaches.”Shaw said he has “learned a lot,” after coaching last season, a season that included veteran guard Andre Miller verbally confronting Shaw after Miller’s absence in a game snapped his league-leading consecutive games played streak (239). Shaw has relied on his past playing experience to expedite the learning curve.“You can ask how many guys have won it or how many guys have felt that feeling before. There’s not too many guys in that locker room who can say that,” said Shaw. “You just ask them to try to do things the way I’m asking you to do.” “Michael is the best player to ever play the game and the best player at the 2 guard position,” Shaw said. “It’s 1A and 1B and I think Kobe is the best 2 guard right behind him. I don’t think there’s any one difference between the two.” Been there, done thatThe common thread that tie Shaw, Byron Scott and Derek Fisher go deeper than winning multiple NBA championships with the Lakers. They are all NBA head coaches, hoping their professional experience in collecting championship hardware will happen on the sideline. Fisher has compiled a 4-10 record thus far in his first season coaching the New York Knicks. Shaw went 36-46 last season in his first year with the Nuggets and missed the playoffs. Scott experienced some good, including two trips to the NBA Finals with the former New Jersey Nets and winning NBA Coach of the Year in 2008 with the former New Orleans Hornets. Scott has also experienced some bad. All three of his coaching stints in New Jersey (2000-04), New Orleans (2004-09) and Cleveland (2010-13) ended with his firing. Scott has also overseen the Lakers’ worst start in franchise history. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more