Vital win for Hull

first_img Press Association Misfiring striker N’Doye wasted several chances before first tapping in from two yards, then blasting home at the end as Hull claimed their first win in seven matches. Victory ensured Hull stay above the drop zone, but in no way eases their relegation fears, with Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United still ahead. This was the one time in the half that Speroni had his work done for him – and to Steve Bruce’s frustration it was Hull providing the assistance. Speroni then filled the breach with a fine double-save, first palming Sone Aluko’s cross clear, then tipping Tom Huddlestone’s 20-yard curler around the post. Palace’s in-form wingers were glaringly quiet in the first-half, but Jason Puncheon popped up to send Wilfried Zaha through with a cute through-ball. Zaha ghosted in behind the defence on the inside-right and chose to blast in on goal rather than square to the lurking Murray. That decision backfired as Harper was comfortably up to the challenge. Aluko failed to connect with another threatening cross from Brady, before Speroni provided some sweeper-keeper action to clear more Hull danger. Hull then sent Jake Livermore through the middle, the midfielder checking his run in a bid to pick his spot – only for Speroni to stay on his feet and produce another fine save. Former Lille full-back Pape Souare curled in a neat near-post cross in a rare Palace foray as the half drew to a close, but Murray could not generate any power, despite nipping in front of Michael Dawson. No sooner had the second-half kicked off when N’Doye fluffed another fine chance. The Senegal star sneaked in at the far post, only to nod his point-blank header straight at Speroni. Just when the visiting fans were at breaking point with their wasteful attacking talent, N’Doye finally broke the deadlock. When the goal finally arrived, there was simply no opportunity for N’Doye to miss. Aluko’s astute diagonal ball sent Robbie Brady in behind Zaha, Speroni pulled off another good save – but the ricochet dropped straight to N’Doye. From two yards the 30-year-old was hard-pressed to miss, and duly fired home to open the scoring. Hull maintained their momentum, forcing Palace back into their own half for the opening 15 minutes after the break. Eagles boss Pardew sent Yaya Sanogo and fit-again Lee Chung-yong into the fray in a bid to cajole some kind of attacking intent, but the hosts failed to break their malaise. Bolasie struck limply at goal rather than square to Sanogo as Palace finally started to threaten, but still the hosts lacked rhythm. Arsenal loanee Sanogo headed home late on for Palace, only for referee Mark Clattenburg to chalk off the goal owing to a foul on Paul McShane. As Palace pressed, Hull raced clear and replacement Gaston Ramirez fed N’Doye, who blasted home on the angle. Hull’s daunting five-game run-in, with relegation rivals Burnley also on that list, left this clash in south London a must-win for boss Bruce and company. The East Yorkshire outfit were thwarted at every turn by Palace keeper Julian Speroni in a frustrating first-half, but were able to sneak home thanks to N’Doye’s double, that ended his four-match drought. Speroni is just weeks away from his club testimonial, but the Palace stopper shows no signs of slowing down. The 35-year-old was instrumental in Alan Pardew’s men turning around at half-time without conceding. Time and again the goalkeeper had to mop up the mess left by Scott Dann and Damien Delaney’s positional shortcomings in Palace’s central defence. Hull exploited the chasm between that pair with everything but a goal, sending countless runners and through-balls to bisect Palace with alarming ease. Palace striker Glenn Murray wasted the first chance of the match though, blasting straight at Steve Harper from four yards after James Chester failed to clear a free-kick. N’Doye then provided the miss of the half, sliding in on Brady’s dangerous left-wing cross, only to produce a fine defensive block and not the craved strike on goal. Dame N’Doye’s second-half brace handed Hull a vital chink of light in their Premier League survival bid, as Steve Bruce’s men won 2-0 at Crystal Palace.last_img read more

Final Four seniors prepare for ultimate — and final — test

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — As a senior, Nick Rodgers of Butler has scored six of the team’s 2,374 points. He has made one start for the Bulldogs and averages 1.2 minutes per game.And although this walk-on guard from Noblesville, Ind., has grabbed no rebounds this year and hasn’t attempted a free throw, Bulldogs starter Ronald Nored said Rodgers is just as much a part of the team’s historic Final Four run as anyone else.“He comes into practice every day, and he busts it,” Nored said. “He wants to win this. He wants to give us the best look as if he were a Michigan State player.”Whether it’s Rodgers helping his team in practice or senior West Virginia guard Da’Sean Butler leading his team in assists, steals, minutes and points, senior leadership is prominent in the Final Four.“It helps tremendously just to have someone that’s out there and knows what they’re doing and is an extension of your coach,” Butler said. “I’ve come along with the system this year. From the beginning of the year, I kind of made an emphasis for myself to be a leader for this team and be consistent. I think I’ve done it very well.”Raymar Morgan, a senior forward for Michigan State, will finish his career with 1,600 points and 750 rebounds, his coach, Tom Izzo, said.Izzo compared Morgan to “a good piece of apple pie.”“You crave a little bit more all the time,” Izzo said. “He’s a good student, he’s a great kid … The guy has been asked to do so many things that it’s almost unfair.”One of Duke’s senior leaders, guard Jon Scheyer, watched his team develop from its first-round NCAA Tournament exit in his freshman year to a championship contender in his last year of eligibility.“I was just really disappointed and just really hurt,” Scheyer said of the hardships early in his collegiate career. “Being at this point and being able to look back, I don’t know if I’d be here without those moments.”Despite his experiences and all he has overcome to get to the big stage in Indianapolis this year, Scheyer said being in the Final Four should feel just as special for every one of his teammates – including underclassmen.“Hopefully, they have the same attitude that they feel like this is their last opportunity, too, even though it might not be,” he said. “There’s no guarantees anybody’s getting back here. Even if I wasn’t a senior, I’d act like it.”Just as there are no guarantees in the early rounds of the NCAA Tournament, seniors face uncertainty as they prepare for their final minutes as Bulldogs, Spartans, Mountaineers or Blue Devils.Undoubtedly, some will face devastation – others, glory. But another uncertainty – the uncertainty of the future after college basketball – hasn’t occured to some until recently.“I haven’t really thought about it,” Butler said. “Honestly, you just have to play. It sucks, obviously, but I get the opportunity to move on and do other things in my life in terms of basketball, hopefully.”Regardless of the outcome, Rodgers will never again have a chance to step on the floor during a game in Hinkle Fieldhouse. All that’s left now is to make the most of 40 minutes Saturday against Michigan State.“They really want to win this, and they’re having fun doing it,” Nored said. “They’re going to go out on the highest note they can.”Butler termed this season, in which he earned third-team All-American honors, as a “pretty decent” year for him. He doesn’t know what is to come. All he can do now is take a brief look back on the good he has done for his team and then turn back toward the upcoming matchup against Duke on Saturday.“Not many people have done the things I’ve done for the school,” he said. “This right here will be memorable for me. I’ll probably remember this moment forever.”A team of Indiana University journalists is reporting for the Final Four Student News Bureau, a project between IU’s National Sports Journalism Center and the NCAA at the men’s tournament in Indianapolis.last_img read more

Cloth face masks available to the community

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA,Mich.— When entering a public facility, the local health department is encouraging residents to wear face masks. Joann Fabrics and Crafts Store in Alpena is giving away free masks to residents and local agencies who need them.Cloth face masks are free to the community and pre-assembled. The inside of Joann’s is closed to the public, but masks are available for curbside pick up.Staff is operating from 11am to 6pm Monday through Sunday.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious COVID-19 testing site now available to patientsNext Survey shows one in seven small businesses not confident of surviving the COVID-19 Pandemiclast_img read more

Football: Zrinjski Against Maribor

first_imgFootball players of Zrinjski will play tonight against Maribor in Mostar the first match of the second qualifying round of the Champions League.The coach of B&H champions Branko Karačić points out that Maribor is an organized club that has experience playing for European Cups but his players has no reason to fear.“We maximally respect opponents. Maribor has played the group phase of Champions League and European League and that is their advantage. We hope for a good result. If we do not receive a goal in the first match, our chances to defeat Maribor are greater”, said Karačić.The match Zrinjski – Maribor will be played at the Stadium Pod Bijelim Brijegom, at 19:30, and the main referee will be Carlos del Cerro from Spain.(Source: Fena)last_img