Dwight Gayle sent a message to Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis with a stunning goal to secure a last-gasp victory over Aston Villa. Pulis said this week he was not sure Gayle was ready for Premier League football but he gave the 23-year-old the final 18 minutes at Villa Park to stake his claim. And with three minutes of injury time ticking down, Gayle picked up the ball on the left, beat Fabian Delph and curled a superb shot into the top corner to earn Palace a 1-0 victory. Pulis said: “It’s a fantastic strike. He can do that and there was no one more pleased than myself to see it go in. “It’s the same with Johnny Parr at left-back, I haven’t seen a lot of certain players. I’m a manager that picks a team and, if you’re in that team, it’s more difficult to get out of the team, that’s the way I’ve always managed. “Sometimes for the people who haven’t started, it’s difficult to get that run of games, especially if the team does all right. Apart from the Newcastle game, the team has done exceptionally well.” Last week Palace were beaten 3-0 at home by Newcastle and Pulis’ priority against Villa was to ensure his side were hard to beat. The first half was a dreadful spectacle but when the game did open up after the break, Palace had the better chances. Jason Puncheon was twice denied by Brad Guzan, who also tipped former Villa player Barry Bannan’s low shot onto a post. Palace, then under Ian Holloway, broke their transfer record to sign the former Bishop’s Stortford striker from Peterborough in the summer but he has started only seven Barclays Premier League games. Pulis has not selected Gayle in any of his starting line-ups since taking over the hotseat a month ago and kept the striker on the bench at Villa Park despite leading scorer Marouane Chamakh’s suspension. The victory lifted Palace out of the relegation zone and Pulis felt it was deserved. He said: “It was a significant result in respect of the Newcastle result. We got back to basics and made it very difficult for people to get in certain areas. “The keeper made a wonderful save off Bannan and I thought Puncheon had two great opportunities as well so we created the chances. “The first half was pretty dour in lots of respects but I thought it opened up in the second half and when you’ve got (Yannick) Bolasie and Puncheon down the sides, they’ve got great pace to break onto teams and that was shown today.” Villa have now lost four games in a row and no team in the Premier League has a worse home record. They have scored only six goals in nine home games, all of which have come after half-time. Although the hosts dominated possession, they created little in the way of real chances, with Andreas Weimann missing the two best openings. Boss Paul Lambert, who confirmed Christian Benteke will not be fit for Saturday’s match against Swansea at Villa Park, said: “It’s tough to take. “There was a lot of endeavour, a lot of hard work, but not much creativity and we were hit with a classic counter-attack. “We had most of the game – Crystal Palace might have had the clear-cut chances, and the goal from their point of view was a terrific strike. “The home form isn’t good enough and lack of goals is contributing to not winning games. We have to stand up and be counted and try to go on that front foot. We have to create more when we have most of the ball. “Today was very tight. Crystal Palace got it right, they defended well and they defended deep. We needed that creativity or a goal to go in. “We had decent chances with Andi’s two but the important thing is, if you can’t win it, make sure you don’t lose it, and we got caught.” The home fans made their feelings clear at the end with boos ringing around Villa Park, and Lambert’s side are now only three points clear of the relegation zone. But the Scot insisted his side are not in the scrap to stay in the Premier League. He said: “My job is to try to be as positive as I can, I’m not going to be downbeat. I’ve seen the table, like I do after every game. It’s as tight as anything from midway right down.” Press Association
NATIONAL Under-15 batsman Sheldon Charles will lead Essequibo in this year’s Inter-County tournament scheduled to be held in Georgetown from March 14.The squad was selected after the Essequibo Cricket Board held two trial matches at the Imam Bacchus Sports Complex ground in Affiance.In the first match, Charles’ XI defeated Ronaldo Scouten’s XI by 64 runs. Batting first, Charles’ XI amassed 180-8 in 50 overs as Charles enhanced his growing reputation with a commanding and unbeaten 102 (14×4, 3×6). Off-Spinner Devindra Ramdahin captured 3-21 from 5 overs while Imzamam Bacchus had 2-5 from 3 overs bowling for Scouten’s XI.In reply, Scouten’s XI was all out for 116 in 45 overs with Scouten top-scoring with 22. Impressive figures of 4-12 from nine overs from Manoj Dasrat ensured his team’s ascendancy.Meanwhile, another masterful innings of 149 decorated with 23 fours by Charles proved the main highlight in the second trial match. His fluent composed innings was followed by Wazim Mohamed’s 34 and Mark Mohabir’s 32 in the total of 286 in 50 overs.In reply, Scouten’s XI was demolished for 86 after a hostile spell of fast bowling from Raphael David who claimed 4-14 from 5 overs. He also received clinical support from Manoj Dasrat with 3-18 from 7 overs.The Essequibo Under-15 squad reads:- Sheldon Charles (captain), Devindra Ramdahin, Oren Gibson, Ronaldo Scouten, Raphael David, Manoj Dasrat, Chaitram Seurattan, Wazim Mohamed, Ardesh Ramdial, Mark Mohabir, Sunil Persaud, Inzamam Bacchus, Shawn Munroe and Tyron Brandon. The manager is Vickram Ramnarine with Forbes Daniels serving as coach. (Elroy Stephney)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded USC’s National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events a $15.3 million grant to continue its anti-terrorism research and study natural disasters.The center received the prize because of its success in finding cost-efficient ways to lower the probability and mitigate the ramifications of terrorism, according to CREATE Director Stephen Hora.CREATE entered a nationwide competition this fall against several other university anti-terror research centers and was one of 12 to receive a government grant.CREATE actually has less money, however, to work with from this grant, according to Adam Rose, CREATE Coordinator for Economics.“Typically, we got $5 million a year,” Rose said.The $15.3 million is a five-year grant, leaving CREATE with less money per year than before. Rose said this shortage was because of significant budget cuts in the Department of Homeland Security.Hora said the organization plans to use the money to continue its research in economic and risk analysis.“We must find better ways to estimate risks of terror and allocate resources to prevent or curtail terrorists,” Hora said.CREATE, composed mainly of graduate students, professors and experts from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, earned the grant because of several successful projects, Hora said.One of the most notable was a defense system that saved airports $35 billion.“Terrorists have these shoulder-launched missiles that can bring down airplanes,” Hora said.Because the missiles are less accurate at longer ranges, CREATE’s solution was to expand the perimeter of the airport so that when airplanes are exposed they are higher in the sky, thus making them more difficult targets.Isaac Maya, director of research for CREATE, helped pioneer Game-Theoretic Unpredictable and Randomly Deployed Security — another signature project concerned with deterring terrorists.“Terrorists are adaptive adversaries that see what you’re doing and adopt strategies to attack you,” Maya said.GUARDS counters terrorist threats by launching software containing specially designed algorithms to make patrols and Transportation Security Administration searches unpredictable enough so that terrorists are caught off-guard.Another requirement of the grant was that recipients expand research to cover natural disasters as well as terrorism.Rose said the organization plans to analyze the direct and indirect consequences of natural catastrophes like earthquakes and hurricanes.He also seeks to analyze the behavior of people affected by biological contamination and discover methods to bolster the public’s resilience. Examples include having back-up electricity generators or promoting programs that allow private businesses to help troubled businesses relocate after a natural or man-made disaster.“The key is to take the burden off the government and respond with the private sector,” Rose said.CREATE was founded by Randolph Hall and Detloff von Winterfeldt in 2004. According to Hall, after competing against 72 universities that year, USC became the first Department of Homeland Security University Center of Excellence.The interaction between USC faculty and students has proven to be a valuable asset toward finding ways to make the world more peaceful, Hall said.CREATE plans to develop 26 new homeland security courses for students at USC. In the past, students working with CREATE have earned excellent positions in the Department of Homeland Security, Rose said.“We have always had the goal to take an imaginative approach toward understanding terrorism so that we can better anticipate future risks and help the nation and the world become safer places,” Hall said.
The Gustavo Casasola Foundation and USC Libraries came together to kick off the “¡Viva La Cámara!” exhibit at Doheny Memorial Library Wednesday night and, coincidentally, Mexican Independence Day.“¡Viva la Cámara!” is a photo exhibit documenting the height and conclusion of the Mexican Revolution.The event was hosted by Professor Liana Stepanyan. Guest speakers were UCLA Professor Maarten Van Delden and accomplished photojournalist Gustavo Casasola.Many of the photos were taken by the Casasola family during the Mexican Revolution. Now, Gustavo Casasola owns all of them.Casasola has a large private collection and also allows his family’s archive to be shown around the world. He has decided to display some of his pictures on the Ground Floor Rotunda of Doheny Memorial Library through Dec. 16.Emily Jetter, a senior majoring in psychology, believes that all students should come see these photos.“Students should come see this because it is an important part of our culture here in Los Angeles, [where] there is a big Mexican influence,” she said. “Also, this exhibit shows the importance of courageous journalists to document these things.”Preceding the exhibit, Van Delden and Casasola gave a history of the Mexican Revolution.During the time of the revolution, photojournalists used the reflex camera to capture key photos of the events and its aftermath.These photos captured the conflict between the leaders of rebel armies, as well as the social struggles of daily life. The Casasola family, who ultimately established the first news agency in Mexico City, took many photos during the time of the revolution.Casasola spoke on the role of photojournalists, many of whom included his own family members, during this time. He spoke in Spanish, but his words were translated.Casasola said that, “reporters were unprotected and vulnerable.” Many of them risked and sacrificed their lives for some of these pictures.Adam Espinoza, a freshman majoring in computer science and business administration, said that the exhibit gave him an important historical perspective on journalism.“It is very interesting to see the journalists out there on the front lines,” he said. “You see a lot of parallelism between the journalists in today’s age who go out on the battle lines and record events.”Espinoza said he felt that the exhibit gives students an important cultural insight into Hispanic history.“This is important so students of different backgrounds can understand cultural relativism. I truly believe that if you live in this area, then you should come see this exhibit to learn about this era in Mexico,” he said. “It is also Hispanic Heritage Month, so that is another reason for students to come out and involve themselves.”The full Gustavo Casasola Foundation archive is open to researchers, students, educational institutions and others.
When you walk in to the USC baseball clubhouse after any given win, there are a few things you can expect to hear.First is a rousing rendition of the So-Cal Spell-Out, led by USC interim coach Frank Cruz after he speaks to the team.Second is the sound of Afro-Man’s “Colt 45” blaring over the speakers as the players shower.Finally, there is the unbridled joy of victory. Players shouting for no apparent reason, good-natured jibs, laughter and of course, Afro-Man sing-alongs.But those sounds haven’t been heard for more than two weeks, a span in which the Trojans have lost eight straight games.“It’s rough,” Cruz said. “We’re not getting the big hits we need. But we gotta stick with each other and we know the hits will start coming.”Yes, just a few hits here or there for the Trojans and their season thus far would be dramatically different. Five of their losses have been by just one run, and only one was by more than three.USC hasn’t been getting beaten by mediocre competition either. Six of the Trojans losses came against either No. 18 Rice, or No. 6 Cal State Fullerton. Only UC Santa Barbara—the Trojans most recent loss—is arguably a more inferior opponent.“You could see it wearing on the guys [in the UCSB game]” Cruz said. “They were sort of acting like ‘is this really gonna happen again?’ We just gotta get them to play baseball the way they know they can. Once the monkey’s off our back you’re gonna see a whole different team.”USC will have three chances against three different teams to snap its losing streak. It takes on St. Mary’s on Friday and Georgia on Saturday at Dedeaux Field. Both the Gaels and Bulldogs have losing records. A win in one of those games is important, because on Sunday, the Trojans will face No. 13 UCLA at Dodger Stadium.“It’ll be special,” Cruz said. “Any time you get a chance to play in a big league park it means a lot.”Senior Logan Odom will get the start for USC on Sunday. He took a hard luck loss last Sunday against Fullerton after allowing just two runs (one unearned) on three hits over seven and two-third innings. This season, he’s been the Trojans best starter by E.R.A.“Odom has been throwing the ball really well,” Cruz said. “All our pitchers have.”Indeed it has been the hitting that has plagued the Trojans on their current losing streak. They scored just five runs in three games last weekend against Fullerton and have averaged less than three runs a game on their current streak.The problem isn’t getting runners on, it’s getting them in. In their five one-run games the Trojans have put the tying run on base in the eighth or ninth inning every time, but simply haven’t gotten him in.“If you put yourself in those situations like we have, you gonna win one eventually,” Cruz said. “A ball is gonna find a hole. Baseball can change quickly, and we know it.”The Trojans could use quite a bit of change this weekend.
In early October, the USC men’s water polo team lost consecutive games in the SoCal tournament to Stanford and UCLA. But Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play, the No. 2 Trojans (15-2, 5-0) get an opportunity to avenge these two losses by playing those two teams again with conference seeding on the line.Stingy defense · Senior goalie Joel Dennerley finished with 14 saves against Stanford, powering the Trojans to a 8-4 victory over the visiting Cardinal. The win improved USC’s overall mark in conference play to 5-0. – Katelynn Whitaker | Daily TrojanIn front of a raucous crowd at McDonald’s Swim Stadium on Parents Weekend, USC began its revenge tour well, thumping No. 3 Stanford 8-4. With the win, USC puts itself squarely in control of its own postseason standing, improving to 5-0 in MPSF play as the only unbeaten team in league play.“We lost at Stanford last year in their house, and we really wanted to come back and get revenge,” redshirt sophomore driver Stephen Siri said. “They beat us in the SoCal tournament earlier this year, too, and we weren’t happy about the way we played.”On Oct. 2 in the SoCal tournament semifinal round, USC’s offense, which only managed a season-low four goals, stalled against a physical Cardinal defense. This time, USC capitalized on its chances and exhibited strong shooting accuracy — something USC coach Jovan Vavic has stressed throughout this season.“Offensively, we were more aggressive and were able to finish on some of our set plays,” senior goalie Joel Dennerley said. “Our six-on-five play was also much-improved.”Up 3-1 in the second quarter, Dennerley, who notched 14 saves on the afternoon, headed a Stanford five-meter penalty shot off cage, transferring momentum to the Trojans after Stanford scored a goal to open the period.With the two-goal lead intact, senior driver Peter Kurzeka looked to stake his team to more breathing room. Handling the ball at the point, Kurzeka pump-faked at least four times before delivering a laser into the bottom left corner of the net past Stanford goalie Brian Pingree. A six-on-five goal from redshirt freshman two-meter Jack Plaga with six seconds left in the quarter boosted the Trojans to a comfortable 5-1 advantage.“We played excellent defense,” Dennerley said. “Overall, it was just a great team effort. Kurzeka really stood out on offense. We got a huge goal from Plaga. The two-meter men, [sophomore Jeremy] Davie and [redshirt junior Brian] Boswell, did a great job as well.”Davie and Boswell, who combined for two goals, were strong in front of both cages all afternoon against a characteristically aggressive Stanford team. The two players battled for position on the offensive front for set pieces. Perhaps the goal of the afternoon occurred off a set play, when USC dumped the ball into Davie. In the midst of getting dunked under water and losing his swimming cap, Davie surfaced and spun around, whipping the ball into the Cardinal net, causing the crowd to erupt.“The crowd was excellent,” Siri said. “I wish we could get that many people at every game. We love the Trojan Family, and it’s great to beat Stanford on Parents Weekend. It feels really good to get some revenge against them, but at the same time, we’re not satisfied, we’re going to keep working and grinding all the way to the NCAAs.”Though USC has five games remaining, the Trojans’ greatest test will be against UCLA on Nov. 18, the final day of the regular season.“We still have to face UCLA in the last game of the season,” Dennerley said. “They were our last loss, but we’re focusing on next week first. We’ll learn from this game, but also try to move forward.”
Wisconsin’s playoff hopes are dashed, their chances to win the Big Ten West necessitate they win their remaining schedule and injuries to key defensemen have weakened the team’s biggest asset. But Saturday at Camp Randall, Rutgers was in town. At 1-7 overall, the New Jersey university is simply not a good football team.As such, Saturday was an opportunity to savor the present, to forget the empty feeling of leaving Evanston winless, to play like the elite program Wisconsin was deemed at the season’s onset.To fit that mold, Wisconsin would need to make way for running back Jonathan Taylor, they would need to convert third downs regularly and pressure the quarterback early and often.Through the first quarter, it felt like the days of old. Rutgers converted just one first down compared to Wisconsin’s eight and racked up a meager 37 yards of total offense. The Wisconsin pass rush finally beat blockers off the line, collapsing pockets and panicking Rutgers quarterback Artur Sitkowski.Football: Wisconsin shredded 31-17 by NorthwesternInjuries rendered the Wisconsin roster nearly unrecognizable Saturday versus Northwestern, and the Wildcats pounced on the oportunity to shred an Read…But with reminiscence also comes the plagues of the past. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook caught the interception bug that has chronically infected his arm his entire career, taking the opportune offensive position and gifting it directly to the opposition.“[He] tried to make a few things that weren’t there,” head coach Paul Chryst said postgame.Jonathan Taylor also reminded us why he’s a running back first, bobbling, bumbling and eventually botching any ball that came his way through the air.Yet, when it mattered most, Wisconsin’s strengths outshone their weaknesses. Their opening drive took just under three minutes, went for 65 yards and ended in a pristine Taylor rushing touchdown. The ease in which the score was recorded felt almost therapeutic.The ensuing Rutgers drives only added to that warm, fuzzy feeling. Running backs Raheem Blackshear and Isaih Pacheco had to scrape for every yard earned, amounting to just 37 between the two of them at the end of the first half. Sitkowski could never rely on a sense of comfort in the pocket, and a Wisconsin defensive line who simply could not string games together where their production was feared finally shook things up.Of Rutgers’ six first-half drives, five ended in punts. Their last looked like a chance to finally get on the board, but their 45-yard field goal attempt was swatted by Wisconsin linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel. Rutgers’ kicker must have been exhausted.Football: Takeaways from Saturday’s snow-down against IllinoisIt snowed Saturday, and everyone lost their goddamn mind. Somewhere in the midst of the first snowfall of what is Read…But for how poorly Rutgers played in the opening half, Wisconsin’s performance could have clearly been stronger. Rutgers’ defense is porous, yet Hornibrook struggled to find an open receiver without fail. Jonathan Taylor was three yards shy of the century mark through two quarters but Wisconsin led just 10–0.Hornibrook hit the bench with concussion symptoms to start the second half, which meant it was redemption o’clock for sophomore quarterback Jack Coan. He’d play a minimal role in the Badgers’ opening second-half drive, as Taylor and fellow running back Taiwan Deal would lead the offensive charge. Deal set ’em up when he broke free for 29 yards, and Taylor knocked ’em down as he slipped through tacklers en route to a 38-yard touchdown run.With Hornibrook out, who had already set the team back after his turnovers, Wisconsin ditched their passing effort altogether. Their next scoring drive consisted of seven plays and 75 yards. Every play was a handoff, and Taylor reached 192 yards on the afternoon as he crossed the goal line.Until the clock hit zero, it was the Jonathan Taylor show again. Badger fans were treated to a healthy dose of nostalgia after what felt like an eternity of middle of the pack production. The once Heisman candidate looked like his old self by game’s end, recording 208 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns.“[Taylor] is consistent in his approach and in his personality,” Chryst said. “He’s a worker.”Once the fourth quarter began, Rutgers was effectively forced to wait until the clock ran out, as they never found any semblance of offensive production while Wisconsin continued to find the end zone. With just under four minutes remaining, Coan found Danny Davis for the sophomore wide receiver’s first touchdown of the season.Wisconsin would cruise to a deserved 31–17 victory. Wisconsin’s big test next week comes in the form of No. 14 Penn State, an away game which, if lost, may exclude Wisconsin from Big Ten West contention altogether.
Wenger’s current contract runs until next summer but he denies suggestions he’s already planning beyond that.Meanwhile, the awards keep coming for Leicester striker Jamie Vardy.He’s now been named the Premier League Player of the Season. The forward has already been chosen as the Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year after helping steer his side to the title.
LIVE TV COMMENT Normally people do their fucking in the bedroom, not the octagon @marcgoddard_uk! I go in there to kill or be killed. You robbed me of that. You robbed the people of a fair fight. You should be ashamed of yourself. Fake nut shot. Fake eye poke. Fake stoppage. Fake ref. #ufc245— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) December 15, 2019 Also Read | UFC: Colby Covington Calls Out Dana White For Being A ‘coward’ And ‘spreading Lies’ Also Read | Conor McGregor Reacts To Kamaru Usman’s Title Defense Against Colby Covington At UFC 245UFC 245: Colby Covington slams referee for loss to Kamaru UsmanColby Covington appeared to suffer a broken jaw mid-way through the contest, but Kamaru Usman went on to sting him with repeated jabs and dropped him. Covington bounced back to his feet but was in clear trouble as the Nigerian Nightmare swiftly followed up with massive strikes and dropped his bitter rival yet again. This time, Covington failed to make it back to his feet. With Usman raining down a salvo of ground strikes, referee Marc Goddard was quick to step in and wave off the contest with 50 seconds still left on the clock. The definitive finish did not sit well with the former interim champion who decided to take it to Twitter and bash the referee for poor stoppage. Take a look at it here:Also Read | UFC: Kamaru Usman Breaks Colby Covington’s Jaw At UFC 245 In Brutal Fight; Watch Video First Published: 19th December, 2019 17:28 IST Last Updated: 19th December, 2019 17:28 IST Colby Covington Blasts Referee Marc Goddard For Loss To Kamaru Usman At UFC 245 Colby Covington was upset with referee Marc Goddard after his loss to Kamanu Usman at UFC 245. The former interim champ took to Twitter to bash Goddard. WOW! KAMARU USMAN! WHAT A PERFORMANCE!He left it late, but The Nigerian Nightmare silences Covington with a barrage of strikes in the fifth!#ANDSTILL #UFC245 pic.twitter.com/TueDyPobwr— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) December 15, 2019 WATCH US LIVE Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Colby Covington recently reacted to his defeat to welterweight champ Kamaru Usman in a title fight which headlined UFC’s final pay-per-view of the year. The fight saw the defending champion score two massive knockdowns before capturing a thrilling fifth-round TKO over the challenger to retain his welterweight title and silence the outspoken Colby Covington.Also Read | UFC: Dana White Confirms Interest In A Kamaru Usman Vs Jorge Masvidal Fight After UFC 245 Danish Ansari FOLLOW US
Spanish source El Mundo Deportivo report that Barcelona had showed interest in a trio of Arsenal players prior to successfully luring Alex Song to the Nou Camp.The Catalan side had apparently run the rule over Thomas Vermaelen, Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby before a bid was registered for Cameroon international Song, who last month completed a move from the North London club to the La Liga giants.Arsene Wenger has watched a succession of players leave the North London club for Barcelona during his tenure as Gunners boss with the likes of Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit, Alexander Hleb, Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas all completing moves away from Arsenal.The fear for Arsenal fans may be that Barcelona continue to pursue any of the aforementioned talents with perhaps defender Thomas Vermaelen holding the most interest given the relative lack of defensive options in Vilanova’s squad.