Allardyce defends Hammers challenge

first_img The Hammers are unhappy that the England striker’s ban – a consequence of being sent off against Swansea last week – was not overturned, and have taken their case to an independent arbitral tribunal in the pursuit of “justice”. Co-owner David Gold said on Thursday that his club were seeking “legal redress” over the matter, although a statement on West Ham’s official website on Friday morning ruled out any sort of court action. Press Association West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is certain the club have acted appropriately by challenging the Football Association’s decision to uphold Andy Carroll’s three-match suspension. “The second thing is: did he have a clear view and clear eye line of the incident? Howard had just watched it in his dressing room when I went to talk to him. And so that’s a great piece of evidence to say, ‘Did you see clearly what had happened?’. “My next question was, ‘Who made the decision?’. His answer was he did and he didn’t use assistance from fourth official or the assistant referees. “So we based our whole appeal on that scenario and for me the conclusion could only have been that he felt that even though he hadn’t seen it 100 per cent, he was reluctant not to give a red card on the basis that if Andy had caught him full in the face or elbowed him or used violent conduct, which he didn’t, it was at very best reckless, then he would’ve been in trouble with his group of referees and his bosses for not giving it.” Allardyce was left less than impressed by the reaction of Spanish defender Flores. The West Ham manager said: “The other scenario is that simulation is allowed to win. Mr Flores seems to be pretty proud of himself Tweeting what has happened in that scenario, but he has got away with simulating. “He has caused a bigger problem in football than what the arbitration panel is looking at for me. “He has allowed people to say to players ‘you can get away with simulation to get someone sent off or get a decision in your favour’, that is clear for all to see on what happened. “Howard thought that Andy has smashed him straight in the face by his reaction and then when you see it after there is little or no contact and it is nowhere near his face, so it is a shame. “The other scenario that he must feel a lot more guilty of is he has just got his manager sacked.” The independent panel, at which the FA will also be represented, is expected to rule later this afternoon, and if the resolution falls in West Ham’s favour it would free main striker Carroll up for the Barclays Premier League game at Aston Villa. Allardyce firmly believes the Irons were right to take the matter further. Speaking at Friday’s pre-match media conference, Allardyce reflected on the FA’s verdict and said: “My reaction was anger and injustice. “I think the whole procedure in terms of how we put our case together and the vast swell of people felt it was unjust and for me the panel has not seen it how they should have seen it and as the evidence we gave. “It’s easy to hide behind the regulations or what the law says, but that’s an easy way out for me. “Referees often say technically it’s this and that or ‘the letter of the law’ and that and it grinds on you. “In this case they were looking at it from the view of one thing only: was it an obvious mistake? So we based our procedure on this, and I’m 100 per cent certain it was an obvious mistake. “(Referee) Howard Webb should have given a free-kick for Andy against (Chico) Flores, at that stage the whistle blows and there’s no incident, so that’s an obvious mistake, it’s an obvious free-kick. last_img read more

Superlatives from Syracuse’s 72-58 win over Colgate

first_imgSyracuse (8-1) beat Patriot League foe Colgate (3-6), 72-58 Saturday afternoon inside the Carrier Dome. The Orange has now won 52 consecutive games against Colgate, though it didn’t come easy. Colgate hung around for much of the game.SU has now won back-to-back games since falling to then-No. 2 Kansas a week ago. Seven days before Syracuse visits former Big East rival Georgetown, sophomore guard Tyus Battle led SU in scoring with 24 points. Freshman forward Oshae Brissett added 20 in front of an announced attendance of 21,380.Here are superlatives from the game.Stud: Tyus BattleIt is apparent Battle has stepped into the cockpit of Syracuse’s offense, scoring at least 18 points in all but one game this year. His eight-point performance came when he exited the game due to a back injury against Toledo on Nov. 22. Otherwise, he has commanded the SU offense and carried it through nine games. He entered Saturday with a team-leading 20.3 points per game average while shooting 46 percent from the field. Against the Raiders, he had 15 at the half to lead all scorers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith 10 minutes left in the game and Syracuse up nine, Battle stepped into a 3 to push SU’s lead to 12. Then he hit a jumper on SU’s next possession. Less than a minute later, he drove hard with his right hand and drew a foul. He made both free throws, extending SU’s lead to 13. The three plays are indicative of his versatility, as he stretched the floor with a 3, pull-upped from midrange and got to the basket off the dribble.Dud: Matthew Moyer’s encore attemptTuesday night against Connecticut at Madison Square Garden, Moyer scored a career-high 18 points. After the game he said, “If I get going like this, I’m going to be a problem for a lot of teams.”Against the Raiders, Moyer missed his first shot attempt, a corner 3. SU head coach Jim Boeheim immediately turned to his right to sub-in Marek Dolezaj, who checked in on the next whistle: a Moyer traveling violation. Moyer finished with zero points in eight minutes because he sat on the bench with a towel over his shoulders for most of the second frame. His contributions on the defensive end are what make him a starter, but his offensive struggles this season resurfaced Saturday.Highlight: Oshae Brissett’s and-one dunkUp 11 with two minutes until the break, freshman forward Oshae Brissett posted up on Colgate forward Will Rayman. An entry pass fed to his right hip, Brissett turned and took a pound dribble. He rose up with two hands and dunked on Rayman despite the foul. He made the ensuing free throw to complete the three-point play and draw strong approval from the crowd.Lowlight: Syracuse’s perimeter defenseThe Raiders, one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the country, spread SU’s zone by shooting 3s. And a lot of them. Colgate attempted 35 shots from deep and hit 14 of them, accounting for 72 percent of its total offensive production. Stopping the 3-point shot against more formidable opponents will be integral for Syracuse’s defense come January. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 9, 2017 at 3:56 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

Morehead State’s A.J. Hicks grows into leader at point guard

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments In his first varsity game as a freshman, A.J. Hicks played the entire fourth quarter. He was nervous, he said, but he rewarded his coach’s trust by hitting the game-winning shot over a rival school ranked top-20 in the state at the time. At that moment, Hicks knew he could play college basketball.Four years later, after graduating from Meadowcreek (Georgia) High School as a two-star recruit, he won the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Freshman of the Year award playing for Columbia State. The next year, Hicks was the TCCAA Player of the Year with 19.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.7 assists a game.Hicks has never shied away from the big moments, and he attributes that to his preparation through a high work ethic. He repeatedly alluded to his “body of work” as why he now plays for Morehead State (1-1) in the Ohio Valley Conference. Last year, Hicks led the Eagles in assists (4.2) and steals (1.8) per game while also scoring 11 points per game. Now a senior, Hicks averages 6 points and 7.5 assists per game, and will take on No. 16 Syracuse (1-0) at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the Carrier Dome.Hicks came to Morehead State during a transitional period for the program. In 2016-17, current head coach Preston Spradlin stepped into the role as an interim option following Sean Woods’ resignation. The Eagles’ star point guard at the time, Xavier Moon, graduated at the end of that year, and Spradlin was left to try and rebuild the program.That started by filling Moon’s vacated spot with Hicks. In his system, Spradlin said the point guard position is extremely important, and Hicks had impressed him with great quickness and strength while at Columbia State. Defensively, Hicks’ instincts and ability to apply on-ball pressure also appealed to Spradlin.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Hicks arrived at MSU last year, Spradlin was immediately impressed with the then-junior’s work ethic. Hicks picked up on the terminology and reads, Spradlin said, and also made changes throughout the season to improve.In December, Hicks had 12 more turnovers than assists. By the end of the season, he had 38 more assists than turnovers.“He dove in, started watching film, getting extra work in and doing the things we needed him to do,” Spradlin said. “From that point on, he really changed the dynamics of our team going into conference play.”The growth didn’t stop at the end of the season. Hicks made the commitment to stay at Morehead State over the summer instead of going home, and he worked on everything from his footwork to his outside shot to keeping his body in good condition.“You can’t get outworked in sports but also life,” Hicks said. “That’s what my mother taught me.”Alongside his growth on the court, although quiet by nature, Hicks has molded himself into a leader at Morehead State. While he’s always been comfortable with that role, stemming from his point guard position, he acknowledged he’s gotten better at it in the last few years, both at Columbia State and now at Morehead State.For Spradlin, Hicks is the ideal player to have in that position. He and his coaching staff are trying to instill a culture of self-motivation and self-policing into the program and having Hicks as an embodiment of those traits makes their job much easier.“When you’ve got one of your better players doing that consistently, you’ve got someone that you can point to as the example of what you want everyone to be,” Spradlin said.With varying personalities in the locker room, Hicks has had to adapt to get the best out of each of his teammates. Some of them may need a public interaction to get the message across, while others may need it one-on-one, and Hicks has recognized that to strike a balance.Within his leadership role, Hicks has had to be authentic, Spradlin said, and the senior has found his own niche and voice. Morehead State will look to that strong captaincy both on and off the court Saturday night as they attempt to pull off a major upset in the Carrier Dome.center_img Published on November 10, 2018 at 4:39 pm Contact Arabdho: [email protected] | @aromajumder last_img read more

Lightning sparks 51 new wildfires in Oregon more in Washington

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration Tuesday for Washington.It orders federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires from July 9 to Aug. 5. It specifically mentions Okanogan County and the Confederated Tribes of Colville Reservation and says federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation in all areas within the state.The Federal Emergency Management Agency is surveying damage and may designate more counties for assistance.GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Lightning has started dozens of new wildfires in the Northwest, forcing incident commanders to juggle crews and equipment Tuesday as a new round of storms approached.Meanwhile, three firefighters who deployed emergency shelters when a thunderstorm whipped up the flames of a Northern California blaze were released unhurt from a hospital Tuesday, but they weren’t yet back on the fire line.Corey Wilford, a spokesman for what’s been dubbed the Beaver Fire, said there was no immediate word whether an investigation will be conducted, but they are usual in cases like this. The firefighters’ names were not released.Red Flag warnings for hot, dry winds remained in effect in the mountainous area of Siskiyou County, about 15 miles northwest of Yreka. About 150 rural homes have been evacuated. The fire was 30 percent contained after burning across 44 square miles of the Klamath National Forest north of the Klamath River.last_img read more