Pardew laments McArthur “dive”

first_imgCrystal Palace’s James McArthur has been criticised by his manager Alan Pardew, who feels the midfielder should be “embarrassed” about diving in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Stoke. “He should be embarrassed. He’s a great professional and that’s unlike him. I was surprised but it shows what pressure does to players. “I haven’t spoken to him about it but I don’t need to. He will see the replay and he will be embarrassed.” The win continued Palace’s resurgence under Pardew, who took over in January after leaving Newcastle. Having been in the relegation zone at that point, the Eagles are now 11 points clear of it and up to 11th place – one spot above Newcastle. Pardew had a rocky relationship with the Tyneside club’s fans and when his Newcastle side were beaten 1-0 at Stoke in September, several of the away supporters held up signs calling for him to be sacked. However, following a much happier return to the Potteries for the 53-year-old on Saturday, he insisted it was of no real significance to him that Palace had leapfrogged Newcastle in the table. And Pardew also indicated he is not about to take anything for granted in terms of survival. Palace – with 19 points from 10 league games under Pardew so far – have a total of 36, and he said: “I’m still thinking about another couple of points. “But nine wins (for Palace in the league over the season) going into this international break – I would have absolutely jumped at that when I arrived.” Asked if there was any significance for him to going above Newcastle, Pardew said: “No, not really. “The most important thing for me is that this club is within touching distance of Premier League status for next year. “That is the only agenda I had when I arrived. We have done absolutely brilliantly. “It (his previous visit to Stoke) was a difficult night, and I’ve had them as a manager. You have to show your mettle. “But it was a different feeling on Saturday because we are in great form. You want to have more of those in your career, and hopefully I can as I continue with Palace.” Stoke, 10th on 42 points, are looking this season to better their Premier League records set last term of a ninth-placed finish and 50-point total. Saturday’s result made it back-to-back defeats and manager Mark Hughes is keen for an impressive campaign not to fizzle out. He did, though, stress he thought the Potters’ performance against Palace had been an improvement on the previous weekend’s loss to West Brom. “I thought performance-wise it was a marked difference from last week, which was pleasing, but we haven’t got a positive result,” Hughes said. “We are disappointed – we made mistakes, so maybe we didn’t do enough to win. “But we certainly deserved to take something out of it.” Hughes hit out at two of referee Andre Marriner’s decisions from Saturday’s match, claiming the official was wrong both to award Palace a penalty following a collision between Asmir Begovic and Yannick Bolasie and to not give Stoke a chance from the spot when a Mame Biram Diouf shot struck the arms of Joel Ward. It was on the same day that Neil Swarbrick sent off the wrong player in Manchester City’s 3-0 win over West Brom, and referees’ chief Mike Riley has subsequently called for the trialling of in-game video technology in a bid to help officials. That is something Hughes would definitely like to see. The Welshman said: “I don’t think the standard (of refereeing) this year has been as good as it needs to be. “I’m an advocate of television replays. They need to be given that option because at the moment they need a lot more help. “I think we have reached a tipping point. Before, there were debates one way or the other but now I think it needs to come in.” McArthur was booked early in the second half of the Barclays Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium for simulation having taken a tumble in the box. And Pardew told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday programme: “He dived. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Other Sports PV Sindhu enters semi-final of World Badminton Championship, assured of medal

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: PV Sindhu overcame a spirited performance from Tai Tzu Ting as she defeated the Chinese Taipei player 12-21,23-21, 21-19 to enter the semi-final of the World Badminton Championship in Basel and assure herself of a fifth medal in the tournament. Sindhu had lost in the 2017 edition of the tournament to Nozomi Okuhara and she will be determined to secure the gold medal this time. Sindhu, however, sailed into the quarterfinals with an easy 21-14 21-6 win over ninth seed Beiwan Zheng of the United States. Sindhu will now face second seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals.Sindhu had lost to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan and Carolina Marin of Spain respectively in the summit clash of the last two editions of the World Championships in 2017 and 2018.Asked if she is hoping to make it third time lucky, Sindhu replied: “Well, I have trained hard and I hope I can do well. I have to perform well but there is no pressure. I been working on my defence, physical fitness and also on-court skills. We do have all kinds of strokes but to improve we have to keep training. So I have to do it all the time to make myself perfect,” Sindhu told PTI in interview.  “It is important to know which strokes to play at the right time, sometimes you can get tired and you can go blank but as a player you need to know which strokes to play in tough situations,” she said.  Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi is the one player who has stopped Sindhu twice with an aggressive game plan in the last two tournaments of the year in Indonesia and Japan.center_img PV Sindhu entered the semi-final of the World Badminton Championship.PV Sindhu had lost in the final in 2017 to Nozomi Okuhara.PV Sindhu had lost to Carolina Marin in 2018.last_img read more

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Volleyball: Wisconsin closes out regular season with critical road victories against Rutgers, Penn State

first_imgThe No. 8 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team (22-6, 15-5 Big Ten) wrapped up their regular season with an undefeated weekend on the road, defeating Rutgers (6-26, 0-19 Big Ten) Friday followed by a dramatic victory over No. 7 Penn State (23-7, 14-6 Big Ten) Saturday night.Wisconsin proved too strong for the Scarlet Knights, winning in straight sets, 25–15, 25–18, 25–12. The Badgers cruised to another victory behind a strong all-around performance led by Dana Rettke, Tionna Williams and Molly Haggerty. All three finished with eight kills, with Rettke adding seven blocks and Williams and Haggerty each adding two blocks.The Badgers would take the first set 25–15 before facing a tougher challenge in the second set. With the score tied at 15–15, Wisconsin managed to finish the set on a 10–3 run en route to a 25–18 victory. The Badgers then jumped to a 16–5 lead to open the final set and would coast to a 25–12 victory, extending their set winning streak to a season-high 15. Wisconsin held Rutgers to a paltry .011 hitting percentage while not surrendering a single ace.Football: Minnesota takes Paul Bunyan’s Axe on Badgers’ home turf in 37–15 lossThe University of Wisconsin football team (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten) fell to the Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6, 3-6 Big Ten) Read…The Badgers then journeyed to University Park, Pennsylvania, to take on the No. 7 Nittany Lions in a marquee Big Ten matchup Saturday night. Coming off a signature victory over No. 3 Minnesota the night before, Penn State entered the match looking to finish the weekend 2–0, but Wisconsin wasn’t about to let that happen.The Badgers took the match in five sets — 25–20, 22–25, 25–23, 19–25, 21–19 — claiming the deciding fifth-set in a nail-biting tiebreaker. UW earned their sixth straight victory to close out the regular season behind Madison Duello’s 24 kills and Rettke’s eleven blocks and three aces.Wisconsin won the first set 25–20 to extend their set winning streak to 16, before Penn State won the second set 25–22. In the third set, the Badgers curbed a late comeback by the Nittany Lions to win 25–23 via tiebreaker and take a 2–1 lead.Penn State pulled ahead quickly in the fourth set, jumping out to an 11–3 lead before Wisconsin called a crucial timeout. UW would cut the deficit down to 13–9 before Penn State pulled away to win 25–19 and tie the match.Men’s basketball: Badgers impress in Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, come up short in finalThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team spent their Thanksgiving break in the Bahamas where they participated in the eight-team Read…After a back-and-forth final set, Penn State had match point leading 19–18, but Wisconsin was able to rally three consecutive points to take the set 21–19 and win, earning their first victory in University Park since 2002.With the regular season now in the rear-view, the Badgers now shift their focus to the NCAA Tournament. Wisconsin will begin the NCAA tournament as the No. 6 seed and will face UW-Green Bay Thursday night at the UW Field House at 7:30 p.m. If the Badgers win their first-round match, they will go on to face the winner of the Northern Iowa–Pepperdine match Friday night at the UW Field House.last_img read more

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