Pardew happy to give Zaha platform

first_img And the Eagles’ boss feels his club can provide a platform for Zaha to continue his development – whereas other promising talent is being wasted on the benches of top Premier League sides. “I’m not sure about that option,” Pardew said when asked if he could make Zaha’s move permanent this month. “What I do know is that he’s a player that needs to get his career on the move again. He’s had a decent couple of games, made an impact and he needs to build on that. I think that is where he’s at. He’s a talent that needs to nail down a permanent position here, whether he’s on loan or permanent but I’ve been very pleased with what I have seen.” Zaha’s only goal since rejoining Palace came as a last-gasp equaliser in a 3-3 draw against a Newcastle side managed at the time by Pardew. And the former Magpies boss has challenged Zaha to show that sort of form once again and add to his two England caps. “He has certainly got the ability,” Pardew added. “I have worked with players who have fantastic technical ability for the Premier League but have only ever played in League One. “All the attributes, you need to have the power, strength, the mental and technical quality to become a Premier League player. Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew believes on-loan winger Wilfried Zaha is “lucky” that the club are giving him the chance to shine in the Barclays Premier League. The England international is currently halfway through a season-long loan at Selhurst Park having struggled to break through at parent club Manchester United. The 22-year-old made a name for himself as a teenager at Palace and has started to show his form since Pardew was installed as boss of the south London club. “Wilfried has got a lot going for him and he has the potential to have an impact on the international stage at some point. I think the opportunities at Manchester United have been limited and that has been a problem. “That has been a problem particularly at the top four or five clubs – Wilf is one of the lucky ones in that he has a platform on which he can play.” Pardew, who returns to former club Southampton for an FA Cup fourth-round clash on Saturday, has given a similar platform to Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo after bringing the French forward in until the end of the season. He has also been linked with a move for Blackburn’s Rudy Gestede but refused to comment on any potential deal – although he did admit enquiries for fresh faces have been made. “Not that I’m aware of,” he said when asked about an approach for Gestede. “I think we’ve enquired on about three, four or five different players and whether they’re available – that’s really where we’re at. “The chairman is pursuing some lines of enquiry in the right manner, in the way it should be conducted. Unfortunately not in front of the press! “I’m not going to talk about other players at other clubs. I don’t think that’s fair.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Despite valiant effort, women’s basketball team falls to UCLA

first_imgThe Trojans may have lost to UCLA 74-59 just a few days prior, but on Sunday, the team jumped at the chance for redemption against their crosstown foes. With junior forward Kristen Simon back from absence and senior guard Courtney Jaco on fire from 3-point range, the Trojans looked like a vastly different team. Although they took No. 13 UCLA to the brink, the Women of Troy fell just short in a heartbreaking 71-67 loss. “What a great basketball game,” said head coach Cynthia Cooper- Dyke. “We played with a lot of heart all game long.”During the first quarter, the game began to resemble the Bruins’ lopsided victory on Wednesday. UCLA rode a 9-0 run into a 21-10 lead, and initially USC had no answer for standout guards Jordin Canada and Kennedy Burke. But when the Trojans’ rematch started to look bleak, they refused to fade away.  Sophomore Aliyah Mazyck’s eight first quarter points kept them afloat, and then consecutive threes, one by Jaco and the other a buzzer beater off the bank for junior Sadie Edwards, put the team in striking distance. If the first quarter was exciting, the second was explosive, with each team trading blows like two boxers in a prize fight. The Bruins struck first, once again embarking on a 9-0 run that extended the lead to 11 points, their largest of the game. Then, Jaco, who recorded a career high of 27 points against UCLA earlier this week, burst back into the spotlight. She made two straight threes that were part of a 10-0 run, bringing the Trojans to within one point. But Jaco wasn’t finished. With just 20 seconds left in the half, she nailed a spectacular three while drawing a foul. Upon making the free throw, her four-point play gave the Trojans a 38-36 lead, their first advantage since the early first quarter. “You just get up for these games,” said Jaco, who finished with 18 points. “It’s rivalry week and this is my last one as a Trojan so it meant a lot to me personally and I just wanted to give it everything I had.”Much like the frantic first half, neither team was able to secure a solid lead in the final two quarters.  When the third quarter alone featured three ties and three lead changes, it became clear that fans at the Pauley Pavilion would be treated to a photo finish. The Bruins emerged from the carnage of the third with a 55-53 lead and continued gaining momentum in the fourth thanks to the scoring efforts of freshman guard Jordin Canada, who finished with 23. Her former high school teammate, Jaco, kept the game close with a deeply contested three as the shot clock expired. It was her fifth 3-pointer in the game, and her twelfth in two games against UCLA this year. “Hats off to Courtney [Jaco], I thought she played excellent in both games,” Canada said. “I’m just proud of her and how far she’s come. It was really great playing against her and I think she went out on a great note. We tried to stop her down the stretch and she still found a way to score.”After Jaco’s three at the beginning of the fourth, the two teams remained neck and neck. On two occasions, the returning Simon tied the game up, with her pounding inside play being the Trojan’s most effective offense down the stretch. UCLA’s freshman guard Kennedy Burke, who finished with 23, scored five straight to extend their lead at 67-62. The Trojans were in need of a big play with just under two minutes left and this time Mazyck delivered, nailing a corner three. Down by three with 21 seconds left, graduate transfer center Ivana Jakubcova sunk a tough layup to make the game 68-67. With 15 seconds left, the Trojans quickly fouled Burke, sending her to the line. Burke made the first but then granted USC the ultimate opportunity, with her second bouncing off the rim. However, no Trojan came up with the rebound; instead it was Canada, UCLA’s unquestioned leader, who played all 40 minutes of the contest. The offensive rebound effectively ended the game, capping an instant classic.“It doesn’t matter what your record is in this rivalry,” said UCLA head coach Cori Close. “You just might as well throw that thing out and let’s go compete.” The Women of Troy return to action on Friday at home against Arizona. They now drop to 1-7 in conference play and 10-9 overall.last_img read more

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See Danny Welbeck’s incredible bicycle kick winner for Watford against Norwich [VIDEO]

first_imgDefinitely goal of the season 🔥🔥— Fred Njihia (@kidy_didy) July 7, 2020 Noma sana. My boy Danny always been sauce— Fif (@phifDawg) July 8, 2020 Poor Norwich.. Even Welbeck is scoring worldies against them ! 😄— Abhishek Unnikrishnan (@Abh1shek_U) July 8, 2020 So underrated. Been a goat from his time at United and Arsenal— Zaid🃏 (@AfcZaidd) July 7, 2020center_img Danny Welbeck may have just saved Watford from being relegated from the Premier League, and what a way to do it.Facing Norwich in a relegation six-pointer, Watford desperately needed the win to put some space between themselves and the bottom three.Emiliano Buendia’s great effort had put Norwich, who now face relegation on Saturday, in front in the fourth minute.However, Craig Dawson levelled for Watford with a header six minutes later with the scores remaining level until half-time.In the second half, up stepped former Man Utd and Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, literally, to fire home the winner for Watford.Ismaila Sarr’s cross was deflected into the air and Welbeck, who had not scored a Premier League goal for Watford before this, fired it into the top corner with an overhead kick.His teammates were as stunned as he was and on social media, the reaction was similar.Watford are now four points clear of the relegation zone with the win.Check out Welbeck’s goal and the reactions on social media belowWhat a goal!! Danny Welbeck 🙃🔥#WATNOR pic.twitter.com/jHnx3jf0Fp— Ølawale✪ (@Authvibez) July 7, 2020 pic.twitter.com/MazRdVccbu— Sim (@s1mbarashe_) July 7, 2020last_img read more

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Laurie Foster: Treat Taylor with kids’ gloves

first_imgSocial media is currently awash with talk of Christopher Taylor. The Calabar High School World Youth champion, with last year’s 45.27 over the 400m, is being hailed as the next great campaigner over the one-lap distance. This, despite his slender body structure, as against the traditional towers who continue to dominate the event. To counter that thought, one could argue that the Dominican Republic’s Luguelin dos Santos is making strides, but in terms of size, he too, cannot be seen as the quarter-mile stereotype. Taylor’s 4x400m relay anchor leg success of Kingston College’s Akeem Bloomfield (another giant) – with more physical development expected – has opened up other possibilities. The still-talked-about feat has catapulted the youngster into Rio Olympics territory. To facilitate that, the suggestion is that coach Michael Clarke should send him to the senior trials to contest with the big men, jostling for a place on that team. There have been ayes and nays as the point has received active consideration from many sides. Arguments in support of the former position are time-centric. His personal best from 2015, with the extra preparation and competition leading up, could improve to a 44+ clocking. In good or bad times, that ought to be sufficient for top six and an automatic booking for Rio. The naysayers acutely aware of the awesome talent come with a wider range of reasons. These all point to letting this one pass; “Give him more time to mature”, “maybe a year until the 2017 London World Championships”, they say. Some even, given a rugged road to and during Champs, cite what is itself a burnt-out word, that of ‘burnout’. To remind, he was exposed to the 200m, 400m and both 4x100m and 4x400m relays, significantly enhancing the Calabar victory cause by winning all four. Foster’s Fairplay has sympathy, with the ‘spare him’ sentiment. What strengthens the view is that several of the persons airing their opinion, whether deliberately or not, make no mention of Taylor’s likely participation in the July World Junior Championships. This would be the traditional and natural stepping stone to the senior global level, having conquered the Youth best in 2015. Gateway to greater achievement The mere thought is disturbing, as it ignores crucial elite competition, which is a gateway to greater achievement. One can recall when the great coach, Glen Mills, took over the reins of the current phenom, Usain Bolt. He pulled him from junior activity as his performances informed that he was way past that level. For those who would replicate that type of action, be reminded that Bolt was then 18 years old and had behind him the exposure and experience of four World level events, including the 2004 Athens Olympics. Taylor, in comparison and in that context, is still a mere toddler at age 16. A respected sports analyst with panoramic insight, Earl Bailey, has a well-rehearsed mantra: “If you are good enough, you are old enough.” Sorry, ‘Bald Eagle’, not going with you on this one. History will recall times in the past when a brilliant overperformer was thrown to the wolves to disastrous effect. Although available sources are silent on the matter, this columnist remembers a situation back in 2004. Vere Technical standout, Simone Facey, blasted all in her path to a Champs 200m win in the staggering time of 22.71. The field included Anneisha McLaughlin from the camp of arch-rivals Holmwood Technical, who was the World Junior silver medallist from two years prior. Facey’s eyes and heart were firmly set on the sprint double at the Grossetto World Juniors, only a few months away. But her handlers wanted more. With the traditional top six guaranteed a seat on the flight to the Athens Olympics in that August, she was entered in the trials to run with the big girls. Suffice to say that a resultant injury made it her last race of the season. Foster’s Fairplay, to satisfy the ‘Taylor for Rio’ lobby, will say this: Put him in the junior trials. Say he runs sub-45 in the final. Given that such a performance has him in the top seven at both junior and senior levels, then include him on the Olympics relay squad. Precedence has been established, especially where there are medal prospects. Just being there should do him a world of good. [email protected]last_img read more

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‘We’ll Force Citizens to Comply with Rule of Law’

first_imgThe judicial process is typically slow, and many Liberians have voiced concern over the inadequacy of the court system and their expectation to get speedy justice often delayed, waiting a year or more if a case is appealed to the Supreme Court.Furthermore, the court system lacks adequate court facilities and a computerized document-processing system, and poor remunerates for judges and other court officials, all of which have slowed down justice and undermined the rule of law.However, delivering his charge on Monday at the opening of Civil Law Courts A and B, at the Temple of Justice, Judge Johannes Zogbay Zlanh downplayed those concerns, and vowed that judges would not hesitate to compel Liberians to comply with the rule of law.“Based on the definition of rule of law by the United Nations, our people would comply with the rule of law by honoring all court decisions consistent with due process, even if they disagree with them,” Judge Zlanh told his audience many of whom were lawyers.Citing the UN rule of law, Judge Zlanh said, “It refers to the principle of governance in which all persons, institutions and entities, public and private including the state itself, are accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated and independently adjudicated, consistent with international human rights standards.”Judge Zlanh said that the law provides measures to ensure adherence to the principles of supremacy of the law, before the law, separation of powers, participation in decision-making and procedural and legal transparency.According to him, they have deemed it necessary to sound this warning because “on countless occasions, some of our fellow citizens have deliberately refused to comply with judgments of trial courts of this nation, despite the fact that those decisions were issued after the recalcitrant citizens have had their days in court consistent with due process of the law.”“Such recalcitrant people,” he said, “on several occasions have resulted to violence by attacking court and police officers who attempt to assist court officers in the enforcement of judgment decided by the court.”He alleged that most often uncooperative citizens have inflicted bodily harms on court officers, other peaceful citizens and even police officers by the use of machetes and other deadly weapons.On other occasions, the Civil Law Court Judge said, “recalcitrant citizens have refused court’s rules intended to bring them under the jurisdiction of the court and violently resisted eviction orders, notwithstanding the fact that they had their day in court and the additional fact that they are occupying properties that they know do not belong to them.”He also claimed that some lawyers have the tendency to discourage law abiding citizens from seeking redress of their grievances in court throughout the country, which lead such people to take the law into their own hands.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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