Ryder heroes hail McGinley approach

first_img Inspired by the performances of Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy, Europe survived an early scare in Sunday’s singles to win by five points and record an eighth victory in the last 10 contests. And while that statistic prompted Phil Mickelson to call for a reversion to the successful approach of 2008 United States captain Paul Azinger – right in front of losing skipper Tom Watson – Westwood said Europe had no need to make any changes. Lee Westwood urged future European Ryder Cup captains to take a leaf from Paul McGinley’s book after the Irishman led the home side to victory at Gleneagles. “I think Paul got a great template and a model for captains going forward,” said Westwood, who has played under nine different captains. “I think you could base your captaincy and your future captain around the way Paul did it this week.” World number one McIlroy, who publicly lobbied for McGinley to be made captain in January 2013, added: “He has just been the most wonderful captain and I can’t speak highly enough of him. “From the first day we got here, the speeches that he gave, the videos he showed us, the people that he got in to talk us, the imagery in the team room, it all tied in together; all part of the plan, all for the cause of trying to win this Ryder Cup. “He was meticulous in his planning. He left no stone unturned. I think I speak on behalf of all the 12 players and just say that he couldn’t have done anything else. He was absolutely fantastic.” Europe were overwhelming favourites with a 10-6 lead heading into the 12 singles matches, but at one point the United States were ahead in six and threatening their own version of the ‘Miracle at Medinah’. However, McIlroy was an approximate eight under par in thrashing Rickie Fowler 5&4 to put the first p oint on the board and fellow Northern Irishman McDowell won five out of six holes from the 10th to recover from three down against Jordan Spieth in the opening match. With US Open champion Martin Kaymer beating Masters champion Bubba Watson and Rose fighting back from four down after six against Hunter Mahan to claim a half, Europe were within sight of victory and Welshman Jamie Donaldson delivered it in style, hitting his approach to the 15th to within inches of the hole to beat Keegan Bradley 4&3. That prompted a handshake on the fairway between the captains and the usual curious conclusion as the remaining matches played out, Sergio Garcia beating Jim Furyk, Ian Poulter halving his match with Webb Simpson, Lee Westwood losing to Jimmy Walker and Victor Dubuisson halving with Zach Johnson. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Warnock pays tribute to Bruce

first_img “Our season is all about survival – absolutely,” Warnock said. “Apart from the top six teams now, I think everybody is on the same wavelength. “No matter what people say, everyone looks at the bottom end of the table every week. “Ten days ago before we kicked a ball at Everton, we were bottom of the league – that puts it in perspective – you can have a bad week and you’re straight back down there.” The job Steve Bruce has done at Hull is nothing short of a miracle, claims Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock. Palace go head to head with Hull in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday and Warnock was full of praise for his opposite number. “I think Steve has worked miracles there if I’m honest,” Warnock said. “He’s a top class manager and I like him – what you see is what you get with Steve, he doesn’t pull anything over your eyes. “I’m sure this week he’ll have worked on a plan to beat us and he’s got some great players there. “We can go there in good form and I don’t think the type of lads we have will ever get carried away because you can’t in the Premier League.” Palace are unbeaten in the league since Warnock took the reins at the end of August and travel to the KC Stadium on the back of two consecutive victories. After beating Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park, the Eagles made it six points from six with a 2-0 win over Leicester last weekend and climbed into the top half of the Barclays Premier League table. After six games, Warnock’s side are closer to the Champions League places than the relegation spots but the Eagles boss insists his players are keeping their feet firmly on the ground. Press Association After taking over in June 2012, Bruce guided the Tigers to promotion from the Championship in his first campaign in charge before securing a 16th-place finish in the top flight last season. The former Manchester United defender also led the club to their first ever FA Cup final in May, when it took an extra-time winner from Aaron Ramsey to give Arsenal a 3-2 win. last_img read more

Chelsea draw a rare blank

first_img Press Association Willian struck the foot of the post and Vergini clipped the crossbar in a tight first half, but apart from on those occasions neither Costel Pantilimon nor Thibaut Courtois was overextended, with the Romanian’s block from Branislav Ivanovic the only troublesome save either had to make. It proved a disappointing afternoon for the visitors, who failed to score for the first time this season, and striker Diego Costa was in danger of allowing it to get the better of him, appearing to kick out at defender John O’Shea and then catching Wes Brown with his arm in an aerial challenge, an offence which earned him a fifth booking of the campaign. Chelsea arrived on Wearside having started the season with an unbeaten run of 19 games and hot favourites to extend it with a victory, although they were largely frustrated during a first half featuring plenty of combative action. Sunderland, defending a more modest sequence of three games without defeat, sat deep when out of possession and although that policy invited pressure, they dealt relatively comfortably with what the visitors were able to throw at them. The approach allowed Gus Poyet’s men to hit the Blues on the break, and they did that to good effect twice within the opening nine minutes with Connor Wickham, once again starting wide on the left side of midfield, forcing a block from an uncharacteristically flustered Ivanovic and then firing over from long distance. Chelsea started to exert concerted pressure as the half progressed, with Oscar forcing Pantilimon into a 13th-minute save, although one with little degree of difficulty, before he tipped Willian’s 17th-minute strike on to the foot of the post. It took a superbly-timed 23rd-minute challenge by O’Shea to deny Costa a clear run at goal from Cesc Fabregas’ defence-splitting 23rd-minute pass, but Jack Rodwell tested Courtois for the first time with an effort from distance two minutes later. Eden Hazard saw a well-struck 27th-minute shot blocked by the impressive Lee Cattermole with the game warming up. The Black Cats, who were looking for a third successive victory over Jose Mourinho’s men inside 12 months, withstood periods of pressure. But in front of a crowd of 45,232 at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland were not unduly stretched by the Barclays Premier League leaders. Referee Kevin Friend did not endear himself to the locals with a series of decisions which did not go their side’s way, and assistant boss Mauricio Taricco was sent from the bench on the half-hour mark after fourth official Lee Mason drew the senior official’s attention to his protestations. The visitors might have been ahead seconds later when Ivanovic got in on the right only to see his strike blocked by Pantilimon’s foot, and the Black Cats very nearly took the lead when Cattermole’s deflected 34th-minute cross fell nicely for full-back Vergini, whose snapshot clipped the crossbar. As the whistle approached, the game became increasingly tetchy and Costa was fortunate to escape further punishment when he appeared to kick-out at O’Shea after a tussle on halfway. Central defender Gary Cahill headed straight at Pantilimon from Willian’s 49th-minute corner. Brazilian Brazilian flashed a fierce left-footed strike just wide two minutes later with Sunderland pinned back once again. Costa incurred punishment from referee Friend after catching Brown with a flailing arm, although the home fans were unimpressed by the referee’s decision to issue a yellow, rather than a red card, one which means he will miss Wednesday’s clash with Tottenham. Poyet replaced Rodwell and lone striker Steven Fletcher with Jordi Gomez and Jozy Altidore with 28 minutes remaining, and United States international Altidore was only just denied a header at goal by Cahill from Larsson’s inviting cross. Nemanja Matic fired straight at Pantilimon with 68 minutes gone, but it was Courtois who had to be alert to pluck Wickham’s rasping drive out of the air at the second attempt with 18 minutes left on the clock. Mourinho took off Oscar and Costa to send on Didier Drogba and Loic Remy with 76 minutes played, and Ivorian Drogba forced a diving save from Pantilimon within seconds. But in a strong finish by the home side, Altidore saw a shot blocked amid a goalmouth scramble and then another effort dropped to Adam Johnson, who scuffed his effort harmlessly. Johnson blasted inches wide with three minutes left, with Sunderland then grateful late on when Drogba headed off target. Willian and Santiago Vergini both hit the woodwork as Sunderland extended their run of good results against Chelsea with a 0-0 draw. last_img read more

Amalfitano commits to Hammers

first_imgMorgan Amalfitano has become the latest West Ham player to sign a new contract with the club – penning a fresh two-year deal. Press Association The 29-year-old has been a first-team regular at Upton Park since joining the Hammers from Marseille on transfer deadline day. Amalfitano, who spent the 2013/14 season on loan at West Brom from Marseille, initially signed a one-year deal but his form has seen him rewarded with a further two years, following in the footsteps of Mark Noble, James Tomkins and Winston Reid in extending his stay at the club. center_img “I am pleased. It’s the culmination of a good year,” he told West Ham TV. “We’re always trying to do our best and so I’m very pleased to have signed for two more years. I think I’ve impressed the management, I know that I can always do better and I hope to do so. I’ll give it my all as I have done in the first eight months.” Amalfitano has scored three goals in 22 appearances, including strikes in the wins over Liverpool and Manchester City earlier in the season. The single-capped France international was sent off in the Hammers 4-0 FA Cup fifth-round defeat at West Brom and has sat out the last three games – but returns to Sam Allardyce’s squad ahead of Saturday’s London derby against Arsenal as West Ham look to improve on a recent run of form which has seen them win just one of their last 11 Premier League fixtures. “It’s been a little while that I couldn’t play and it’s been a little bit frustrating,” added Amalfitano. “So it’s a pleasure to get back out on the pitch and play games. I’ve trained as hard as I possibly could in these past few weeks and now I’m ready for Saturday. “We need to get back to winning games and it’s down to us to rally ourselves to win the next games and hopefully that will start against a great team in Arsenal on Saturday.” Amalfitano’s return will be a timely boost for Allardyce, who is without the injured Reid, Tomkins, Carlton Cole and Andy Carroll for the short trip to the Emirates Stadium, whilst Enner Valencia is doubtful and Carl Jenkinson is ineligible to face his parent club. last_img read more

Time for a change – Pardew

first_img “I hope Mark sits down at some point and looks at that second half, and times the substitutions coming off the pitch,” said Pardew. “I hope he times how long one free-kick took when they made eight different decisions on how to take it. “It’s understandable for them, and I’ve got no problem with that, but give us the time, and he didn’t. And that is my big problem. “I think there is a case, and I think it’s been debated before, that timekeeping comes away from the referee. “Someone gives us the time, and we know exactly what it is, whatever that is, we play it.” Dame N’Doye’s second-half brace left Palace scratching their heads on another below-par performance, as Hull eased their relegation plight slightly. Palace are still chasing a record Premier League finish, Pardew keen to better Tony Pulis’ 11th-placed mark set last season. Consecutive home defeats to Pulis’ West Brom and Steve Bruce’s Hull have stymied that aim, but Pardew remains adamant his Eagles squad is on the right track. Pardew believes referee Mark Clattenburg should have awarded double the four minutes of added time in Palace’s 2-0 defeat to Hull on Saturday. The Eagles manager refused to lay any blame with Clattenburg, conceding Hull deserved victory, but claimed an independent timekeeper could end any discrepancies or disputes. Press Association Pardew and chairman Steve Parish are confident about their summer recruitment plans, while also battling to hold onto in-demand stars like winger Yannick Bolasie. “I’m pretty sure of what we’ve got and I think we’ve got good players,” said Pardew. “We know we need to strengthen a couple of areas for sure. But I don’t think that performance will change my opinion. “From the position we found ourselves in prior to West Brom, to come away with no points is hugely disappointing. “I am a bit bemused by the performance if I’m honest. The hunger was good, the attitude was good in the dressing room; we just struggled to deliver on game day. “A lot has to be credited to Hull, who took the emphasis away from us and we couldn’t play our normal game at home. “I’m not going to begrudge Steve and his team their win, they deserved it, they were better, and they got the win.” Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has called for Premier League timekeeping to be taken out of referees’ hands. last_img read more

New recruits need patient approach

first_img The 24-year-old keeper and the central defender, 21, were signed by the Magpies from Nottingham Forest in a joint deal for an undisclosed fee in August last year before immediately being loaned back to the Sky Bet Championship club for the season. Then Forest boss Pearce was less than happy with chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi over the deal, which he claims was done behind his back, and the two eventually parted ways in February. Former Newcastle defender Pearce believes the club invested in potential, but potential which may take some time to come to fruition. Pearce told the Journal: “Well, they are both outstanding lads, without question. Their character is first-class. However, I don’t think they are ready yet to go straight into the Premier League. “Both the club and the fans will have to give them time and encouragement. They are potential rather than the finished article. “Darlow more or less played in my first team regularly, but Lascelles not quite so much. He will require a bit more time. “However, from their point of view the move is ideal. They weren’t about to play for a Premier League club staying at Forest, but now hopefully they are. “Though I fell out with the chairman over the deal, I told both lads they were going to a fantastic football club with passionate fans. I knew that from first-hand experience.” However, Pearce believes Forest may still regret allowing the pair to leave when they did. He said: “I had been asked my opinion and I said they should stay for the moment. However, the chairman sold them behind my back. It was his club and his money, so he could do that. I just felt if we had kept them their value would have risen given time.” Stuart Pearce has urged Newcastle fans to be patient with impending arrivals Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles as they attempt to get to grip with the Barclays Premier League. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ings delight at Liverpool deal

first_img But he tweeted his thanks to the Turf Moor club on Tuesday night before outlining his excitement to be heading to Merseyside. “Thanks to @BurnleyOfficial for 4 brilliant years. The fans backed me every step of the way, I will never forget that. Good luck always!” he said. “Thanks for your messages. Delighted to be joining #LFC. A special club with great players. I will give everything to be successful.” Danny Ings is “delighted” to be joining Liverpool after the Reds agreed to sign him on July 1. Press Associationcenter_img It was announced on Monday that the England Under-21 striker would be heading to Anfield once his contract with the Clarets expires at the end of the month. Ings scored 11 goals in 35 appearances in his maiden season in the top flight and once Burnley were relegated, his departure was inevitable. last_img read more

Ings waiting for Liverpool chance

first_img “I was just itching to get on but you have to be as patient as you can be,” he told LFCTV GO. “Football can be fantastic when you are playing week in, week out, but the toughest times are when you are not starting every week. “It is important you keep that strong mentality as it is important you are positive around the group. “I come in every day with a smile on my face because I know I’m working with good people and fantastic players. “I try my best not to leave the training pitch without knowing that I’ve improved some part of my game, whether it’s speed, tactical or technical. “It’s important that I work hard every day to become the best I can be for myself and for Liverpool. “It’s always important that even if you’re on the bench or not starting games, you’re always ready to be called upon.” Press Association Liverpool striker Danny Ings is having to be patient as he waits for his competitive debut after being denied his first appearance by Philippe Coutinho’s wonder strike. center_img The summer signing from Burnley had been given the nod to come on by manager Brendan Rodgers at Stoke last weekend, but as the 23-year-old warmed up his Brazilian team-mate he was due to replace smashed in a brilliant winner. Ings was told to sit down again and so the only action the England Under-21 international has seen since the season started was in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Welsh side TNS at the club’s Melwood training ground this week, in which he scored. last_img read more

Elderly man opens fire on officers after shooting at man and woman in mall parking lot

first_imgOfficials have arrested an 81-year-old man who reportedly opened fire on two civilians in a mall parking lot before opening fire on authorities.The incident began Sunday in the Pembroke Lakes Mall parking lot around 4:10 p.m.According to the report, a man and a woman parked in the lot were having the a conversation near their vehicles. That’s when the suspect, Solomon C. Stinson drove up to them and began arguing with them about parking spaces. At some point during the argument, Stinson shot at the man’s vehicle and shattered the rear window. He then took off in the direction of Flamingo Road.The woman immediately jumped into her vehicle and fled the scene, however, she later called the police when she realized that Stinson had been following her and fired shots at her vehicle near the intersection of NW 4th Street and Flamingo Road.Two officers responded to the scene and began following the vehicle.Stinson noticed the officers following him and opened fire on them near Flamingo Road and Sheridan Street. Officers returned fire and Stinson attempted to speed away, but lost control of his vehicle and drove down an embankment where he crashed.Despite the crash, Stinson refused to follow police orders. The SWAT team was called to the area and were able to bring Stinson into police custody with the use of a “less lethal weapon,” according to police.Stinson was taken to the hospital for treatment on minor injuries he sustained during the crash. He now faces charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault with a firearm.Authorities also reported that Stinson pulled a gun out on a woman who approached his car in the Monarch Lakes community that same day.last_img read more

6-year-old shot in head by stray bullet while she slept

first_imgA mother of three little girls is mourning the lost of her 6-year-old daughter after her daughter was shot in the head by a stray bullet when someone opened fire outside of their home.The incident occurred Saturday around 1 a.m. in the 1300 block of East 171st Street in Cleveland.Police say the suspect or suspects pulled up to the home and riddled it with bullets before driving away.The child was taken to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead.Reporting on the death of a child…never gets easier.This morning on #WEWS we have the latest in the search for answers surrounding the death of this beautiful baby. 6 yr. old Lyric Lawson was shot in the head while sleeping at home Saturday. Police say it was a drive by. pic.twitter.com/Am0vPYHbzq— Jessi Schultz (@Jessi_Dianne) October 7, 2019 Officials say they are still unsure who began shooting outside of the home, however, witnesses did report that they saw a dark colored car leaving the area.Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for any information.On Monday, the family held a vigil and a march in the child’s honor.  The child’s family and the community were expected to march from Hannah Gibbons Elementary School where the child attended school, to her home.last_img read more