Palace boss Alan Pardew salutes Yohan Cabaye after masterclass sinks Baggies

first_imgAlan Pardew singled out Yohan Cabaye for praise after his midfield masterclass guided Crystal Palace to a 2-0 victory over West Brom. Press Association “It was his father’s funeral on Thursday so we didn’t see him,” Pardew said. “I like to think, like when I lost my father, maybe he was looking down on him today so it was a nice moment for Yannick. He has dedicated the goal to his father so it was a nice moment all round. It will be a big boost for him because he wants to score goals.” The victory continued Palace’s impressive start to the campaign and Pardew drew comparisons to some of his more successful times at Newcastle. “The last time we (Palace) had 15 points in the Premier League, we were eating our Christmas dinner and (now) we’ve got it on October 2, so we’ve got ourselves in a great position,” he. “You have periods of form and how long we can keep that we’ll have to wait and see, but I can compare this season to the team I had twice at Newcastle and this is a team that can be as good as that team.” West Brom boss Tony Pulis had a short and successful spell as manager of Palace and won on his first return here last season. But the Welshman was at a loss to explain why the same team he had named in their last away game, a 1-0 win over rivals Aston Villa, had fallen well short of expectations here. “When you pick the same team, I came here with high hopes,” he said. “When Jonny Evans was fit and Gareth McAuley was fit and you’re putting that back four together again – you get that performance and it is chalk and cheese, it is really disappointing. I don’t know if it is confidence or whatever, but you have got to sort it out.” Former Manchester United defender Evans hobbled off after less than half an hour with a hamstring issue, while an ankle knock for James Morrison further depleted Pulis’ options. Both will be hoping to be fit for crunch international fixtures for Northern Ireland and Scotland respectively and Pulis will give them every chance to be involved. When asked if he was concerned by Evans’ injury, he replied: “The concern is obviously for Northern Ireland with the big games they have got. Whether those two (Evans and Morrison) will travel I’m not sure. “The home nations, we want to help them as much as we can so fingers crossed they will be okay, if they are anywhere near it we will give them a chance to play. They will be scanned tomorrow and they will know if they are serious injuries or not.” The France international joined the Eagles in the summer in what was seen as a major coup as he moved from Paris Saint-Germain for a club-record fee. “We approached the game knowing what to expect and we knew we needed to be patient, we played in a controlled manner,” Pardew said. “You need someone like Cabaye to orchestrate that and I thought he was great today in everything he did. “He created the goal at a stage we were starting to worry on the bench and potentially looking for changes. “I know his character and he knew he wasn’t going to be accepting what was happening at PSG, he wasn’t getting a fair opportunity and he needed someone to trust. “He wants to play for his national side at the Euros. I hope everyone in France was watching him today because he was excellent.” Pardew believes Cabaye, should he maintain such form, would make the France squad for next summer’s European Championships in his home country, but there was more to this win than just his performance. Bolasie looked back to his best and capped a superb display with his first Premier League goal at Selhurst Park on what has been an emotional week for the Congo international. With the Baggies having not conceded a goal away from home in the Premier League this season ahead of their trip to Selhurst Park, Palace had to be patient in their attempt to break through a stubborn defence. But Cabaye, who also played under Pardew at Newcastle, held the key as he crossed for Yannick Bolasie to head home before converting his second penalty in six days. last_img read more

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Bielema makes case for Clay, Borland

first_imgWisconsin head coach Bret Bielema gives an inspiring speech to his kick off coverage unit after a Badger touchdown Saturday.[/media-credit]Following a 26-carry day that produced 151 rushing yards and a touchdown against Michigan, Wisconsin football head coach Bret Bielema pointed out the finer points in the maturation of redshirt sophomore running back John Clay.“I really thought John Clay probably would be our premier back,” Bielema said. “I really like what he’s begun to do, preparation-wise. Everyone wants to pay attention to his statistics, (but) he had a couple really nice blitz pick-ups Saturday on some play-action passes.“Sunday … I went to my coaches about All-Big Ten nominees … you know, offensive player of the year — John Clay has just as good [of] a right to say that he has that as anybody.”Clay has 12 touchdowns on the season and 1,124 rushing yards. He’s averaging just over five yards per carry in a strong second-year campaign.Michigan looked vulnerable against the run Saturday, allowing two touchdowns on 229 net rushing yards.“At Wisconsin, we really believe we should be able to run the football,” Bielema said. “It’s one of the keys to our success.”Badgers Facing Former CoachSaturday marks the first time UW faces former Wisconsin defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz. Hankwitz served on the Badger coaching staff during the 2006 and 2007 seasons before being let go. He signed with Northwestern in January 2008.“We knew this day was coming,” Bielema said. “It’s something I addressed to the players … it’s definitely something I know is being brought up down there and is up here as well.”Northwestern’s defense has improved since the addition of Hankwitz. They went from allowing 31 points per game in 2007 to just 20.15 last year, ranking fourth in the Big Ten and 27th in the nation.While at Wisconsin, Hankwitz led the Badgers in 2006 to remarkable numbers. Wisconsin ranked second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just above 12 points a game, and fifth in total defensive yards, yielding 253.1.The following year, however, the Badgers saw marked increases in both numbers. Opponents scored 23.2 points and gained 356.6 yards per game.“Whenever you decide to make a change like that, it’s a very difficult situation,” Bielema said. “Business is business and personal is personal. I really felt at the time I needed to make a change … but I’m sure I’m not very popular in the Hankwitz household.”Bielema Praises Bscherer/Oglesby Will Need SurgeryRedshirt junior Jake Bscherer got the start against Michigan Saturday at right tackle, filling in for the still-ailing redshirt sophomore starter Josh Oglesby. Bscherer started the season at left guard but lost his spot when Big Ten play started. He returned to starting when Oglesby went down the week before at Indiana with a left knee injury.Bielema asserted that Bscherer was set to start Saturday because the team doctor advised against playing Oglesby.“If Josh looked really good, (we would have played him),” Bielema said. “But [Bscherer] did enough positive things in a tough match-up and, actually, did the week before when he was called into action. I wasn’t at that point ready to take [Bscherer] out of that role.”Bielema also said that Oglesby will need surgery following the season, on both the left knee he injured at Indiana, and the right that had been nagging him going into that game.“I give [Oglesby] credit,” Bielema said. “He’s a guy who’s going to need surgery at the end of the year … but he’s a guy who’s really sucked it up.”Bscherer and the rest of the offensive line held their own against Michigan, opening up the running game and keeping the opposing front to just two sacks.Chris Borland — Freshman of the Year?Bielema praised freshman starting linebacker Chris Borland for his play this year, naming him as his choice for Big Ten freshman of the year.“Chris Borland, if there is a freshman in the league that has had more of an effect on a team, I would be surprised,” Bielema said. “He’s been a defensive MVP of the league, special teams MVP of the league, he’s one of two or three players in the entire world of college football that has three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, in addition to a blocked punt and a kickoff return. Probably to seal the deal, I should probably let him kick a field goal.“If there’s a freshman in this league that has had more of an effect on a team that’s in the upper half of its division, then I’d be surprised.”Borland led the Badgers with 11 tackles Saturday, with seven solo tackles. He also had half a sack.last_img read more

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Dolphins assistant head coach Jim Caldwell to take leave of absence

first_img Raiders’ Richie Incognito gets 2-game suspension for funeral home incident last August Neither Caldwell nor the team identified the health issue. WATCH: Patrick Mahomes throws ball out of Arrowhead Stadium “Our focus is on Jim’s health and supporting him in every way that we can,” Flores said. “With his knowledge and experience, Jim has been an invaluable member to our coaching staff and will continue to serve as a sounding board for me throughout the season.” Related News NFLPA executive director says 18-game season isn’t ‘in the best interest of our players’ Jim Caldwell, the Dolphins’ assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach, is taking a leave of absence to address health issues, the team announced Saturday. Caldwell will remain involved with the team, however, serving as a consultant for the upcoming season.“I will be stepping back due to some medical complications that require my full attention,” Caldwell said. “I want to thank (owner) Stephen Ross, (GM) Chris Grier, Coach (Brian) Flores and the rest of the organization for the support they have given me and my family.” Caldwell, 64, joined the Dolphins’ staff in February. He has 17 years experience as an NFL coach, including two stints as a head coach – with the Colts (2009-11) and Lions (2014-17). In his first season in Indianapolis, he took the Colts to Super Bowl 44 where the Colts fell to the Saints 31-17.Assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski will fill in for Caldwell, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.last_img read more

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Wellington girls place 3rd, C teams host tournament, WMS wrestlers finish 6th in VC…

first_imgWellington C team tournament —The Wellington hosted a four-team tournament for C teams at the high school Saturday afternoon.The results are as follows:First round:Boys: Wellington 54 Kingman 22.Phelps 19, Blue 10, Gilmore 9, Jones 6, Lowe 6, Pettegrew4.Girls: Wellington 28 Kingman 21Hughes 12, McNamara 6, Moore 3, Witham 3, Wright 2, Zimmerman 2.Championship:Boys: Wellington 68 Rose Hill 64.Phelps 20, Gilmore 18, Blue 14, Hunt 6, Pettegrew 5, Jones 4, Hyde 1.Girls: Rose Hill 38 Wellington 28Witham 10, Zimmerman 7, Wright 5, Hughes 4, Fink 2. WMS games tonight: Wellington basketball teams will be playing their final regular season games before the year-end tournaments tonight against Mulvane.The schedules are as follows:Girls – home, 7B 4 p.m, 7A 5:15 p.m., 8A 6:30 p.m. Boys – away, 7A/8B 5 p.m, 7B/8A 6:30 p.m. By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusader girls basketball team placed third in the Mulvane Wildcat Classic, the junior high wrestlers place fourth in Augusta, Wellington C teams host a Saturday tournament, and Wellington Middle Schoolers finish off the basketball regular season tonight…. WHS girls basketball —The Wellington varsity girls basketball team finished off the Mulvane Wildcat Classic with a 34-26 victory over Clearwater in the third place game Saturday afternoon.This was a big win as far as sub-state seating was concerned. Wellington had lost to Clearwater earlier this year in league play. The Crusaders are 8-4 for the season.Wellington opened with a 9-4 first quarter lead and held a 19-8 advantage at the half. The Crusaders opened up a 31-14 lead in the third. The Crusaders had trouble scoring points in the fourth getting outscored 12-3. But a lot of the younger players were in at that time.Savannah Cornejo led all scorers with 16 points. Other scorers include: Kailey Jenkins 6, Carlie McComb 6, Shanlyn Hefley 2, Megan Amrein 2, and Sydney Shields 2.Cornejo and Jenkins were named to the all-tournament team.center_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments WMS wrestling —The Wellington Middle School wrestlers played in a very competitive tournament in Valley Center on Saturday.The Knights placed sixth as a team. They beat Circle and Augusta, two 4A schools, but lost to many Class 6A and 5A schools.Six boys medaled:•Wiseman at 95, placed third.•Glover at 100, first.•Nuss at 115, fourth.•Ferguson at 141, second.•Kop at 185, fourth.•McComb at 215, fourth.last_img read more

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New wind power coalition announced

first_imgANKENY — The governor and business leaders announced a statewide coalition of renewable energy supporters last week they say will push for policies that grow wind energy investments in Iowa.The coalition called “Power Up Iowa” was announced at Des Moines Area Community College, where vice president Scott Ocken oversees the program that trains people to work on wind turbines. “We’ve got about 60 students in our energy-related programming. We start about 20 new students in the wind turbine technician program every year…we’d like to double those numbers,” Ocken says.He says the demand is strong for these students. “Just this week we had two employers contact DMACC — they need 40 new wind energy technicians — and they need them now,” according to Ocken. “We started 20 in the fall, we can meet about half of that demand with graduations and attritions, we’ll as close to that as we can get. And then other community colleges will also have to step up.”Governor Kim Reynolds says the program is a key part of her “Future Ready Iowa Initiative” which seeks to prepare graduates for the high demand jobs. “Bringing people together in public private partnerships like Power Up Iowa is helping our state remain in the forefront of energy policy, and a leader on the national level.” the governor said.The American Wind Energy Association says Iowa ranks second in the nation in installed wind capacity, and is a leader in wind manufacturing. Facebook regional manager Matt Sexton, said that’s why they chose Iowa for their facility.  “Today our two-point-five million square foot campus is supported by 100 percent wind energy from right here in the state of Iowa,” Sexton said.Sexton said they support the further development of renewable energy. “Just last year we set a goal of reaching 100 percent of renewable energy for all of our operations by 2020. And a big part of that commitment is helping strengthen renewable energy markets, and encouraging others to invest in areas where wind and solar energy are being developed,” according to Sexton says. “Renewable resources are good for the environment and will help to bring further investments to the communities in the state of Iowa.”Iowa currently generates 37 percent of its electricity using wind power.last_img read more

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