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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Pollard’s Adelaide Strikers suffer fourth loss of big Bash season

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC) – Kieron Pollard failed to make an impact and Adelaide Strikers suffered their fourth loss of the Big Bash League season, when Melbourne Stars edged to a two-wicket victory yesterday.Pollard conceded 17 runs in two wicket-less overs, as the Stars successfully chased 153 for victory in the 22nd match of the tournament at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Discarded Australia fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus notched the Stars over the finish line, when he chipped a delivery from medium-fast bowler Michael Neser through square leg for a single with three deliveries remaining.Earlier, Pollard struck a couple of boundaries in 16 from 13 balls before Hilfenhaus had him caught at mid-on in the penultimate over from a miscued pull, as the Strikers reached 152 for eight from their allocation of 20 overs, after they were put in to bat.The result meant that the Stars now have six points – the same number of points as Perth Scorchers – but they are third in the standings, due to a superior net run rate.The Strikers, whose squad also includes the Barbados-born, England all-rounder Christopher Jordan, are one of four teams with four points. They are however, sixth in the standings, due to net run rate.Brisbane Heat, whose squad includes West Indies Twenty20 star leg-spinner Samuel Badree, and Sydney Sixers are the current front-runners with eight points each – but the Heat have the superior net run rate.The BBL continues today, when Badree and the Heat face the Scorchers at the Gabba, while Pollard and the Strikers have to wait until next Monday to see further action when they host the Melbourne Renegades, whose line-up includes star West Indies spinner Sunil Narine, at the Adelaide Oval.last_img read more

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Dwayne Johnson reveals Super Bowl-winning dream with the New York Giants

first_img LIVE TV Written By WATCH US LIVE After that heartbreak, Dwayne Johnson chose to dabble in wrestling, ultimately going on to make a name for himself in WWE. Interestingly, Dwayne Johnson appeared in a show titled Ballers as Spencer Strasmore, a retired NFL player turned financial manager. The show features Dwayne Johnson trying to navigate his way through the financial management world of NFL players. Also Read | Tom Brady’s Exit Fueled By Speculation; 5 Potential NFL Teams For Patriots QB COMMENT First Published: 14th December, 2019 13:32 IST Colin DCunha SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 14th December, 2019 13:32 IST Dwayne Johnson Reveals Super Bowl-winning Dream With The New York Giants Dwayne Johnson is arguably one of the most well-known celebrities in the world. The WWE star-turned-actor has recently admitted to having an NFL dream. ‘The People’s Champion’, ‘The Rock’ and ‘The Most Electrifying Man In Sports Entertainment’ — these are just a handful of monikers used for WWE superstar-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson. Dwayne Johnson rose to fame as ‘The Rock’ on WWF. It is a name that has since stuck with the burly American-Canadian. However, one more moniker could have been added to his litany of nicknames, one that has nothing to do with the WWE. Also Read | Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson And Kevin Hart Voice Opinion On Colin Kaepernick’s NFL SituationDwayne Johnson admits to New York Giants dreamBefore his rise to commercial stardom, Dwayne Johnson was a promising football prospect during his time with the University of Miami. He harboured dreams of winning the Super Bowl with the New York Giants. The Hollywood superstar appeared on the Fox pregame show for Thursday Night Football where he was promoting his latest release – Jumanji: The Next Level.Also Read | Lamar Jackson Breaks Idol Michael Vick’s NFL Record, Most Rush Yards In A Single SeasonInterestingly, Dwayne Johnson was a part of the Miami Hurricanes in 1991, the year they won the national championship. A string of injuries, however, meant that The Rock was replaced by Warren Sapp, a future Pro Football Hall of Famer. What could have been an exciting and, perhaps, dominating NFL career was cut short due to his injuries. Dwyane Johnson then took his talents to Canadian Football League to play for the Calgary Stampeders, where he was released after a couple of months. Also Read | NFL Week 15 Predictions: Patriots’, Cowboys’ Struggles To Continue? FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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