RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Teenager Adam Idah is targeting more Premier League action after his hat-trick fired Norwich into the fourth round of the FA Cup. A 4-2 win over Preston at Deepdale saw Norwich clear the first hurdle in this competition for the first time since 2013 but of more significance could be the emergence of a homegrown goalscorer as they continue to battle the drop. Idah, on only his second Norwich start after making his Premier League debut as a substitute on New Year’s Day, belied his lack of experience with a well-taken hat-trick, having also played a role in Onel Hernandez’s strike. “It’s a great start to the year for me, I’m over the moon to get a hat-trick,” Idah said. “Even to start the game was unbelievable.” Idah opened the scoring inside 84 seconds, saw a shot parried before Hernandez made it 2-0 in the 28th minute, and had Norwich 3-0 up before the break as he fired into an open goal from distance. After Billy Bodin pulled one back for Preston, Idah completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after being felled by goalkeeper Connor Ripley, with Josh Harrop completing the scoring late on. Idah added: “To get an early goal was unbelievable, it brings up my confidence and then to get another two goals was great for me. “I think Todd Cantwell was put on penalties but to be fair Todd let me take it.” Norwich’s priorities lay elsewhere with the club still bottom of the Premier League, some seven points from safety. With Teemu Pukki an injury doubt and Manchester United up next, Idah is hoping to have made a case for more involvement. “That’s what I’m working towards and if I get more opportunities I’ll take them,” he said. Manager Daniel Farke did not rule out including Idah at Old Trafford next week, but said the youngster still has much work to do to improve. “A few months ago, in his only other start at Crawley, it was not his best day and he looked so far away from Premier League football,” he said. “But we support him and tonight was a top-class performance. But we have not won the Premier League title tonight – it was an away game in the third round of the FA Cup against a difficult side but also a Championship side with several changes. “Adam has a lot to prove but without any doubt this was definitely a good start.”Tags: Adam IdahDeepdaleJosh HarropOnel HernandezPremier League
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic handed 16-year-old Reece Oxford his Barclays Premier League debut on Sunday as his side went on to win 2-0 at Arsenal. The England Under-17 skipper has already broken the record as the youngest player to ever represent the Hammers and, here, Press Association Sport analyses his display at the Emirates. PERFORMANCE Risen through the ranks as a classy, ball-playing defender who was once a reported target for Arsenal, but Bilic fancies the teenager as a defensive midfielder and he did not put a foot wrong despite coming up against the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Happy to issue orders to those around him before being replaced with 10 minutes to go by club captain Kevin Nolan. His development could mean that Bilic has filled a position without having to dip into the transfer market. MATURITY No-one would have pointed out the 16-year-old league debutant if asked to do so after kick-off. If he does continue in the side there are likely to be hiccups, but with the expected permanent arrival of Alex Song coupled with the likes of Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate, Oxford has plenty of experienced players to learn from. WILL HE MAKE IT? There is no reason to suggest not, even at this early stage. Oxford became the Premier League’s seventh-youngest player but has international experience and a manager who appears ready to put faith in him to do a job in a role that demands so much. Press Association
Photo from Wikipedia CommonsOn Wednesday afternoon, USC unveiled 18 new additions to the USC Athletic Hall of Fame as part of its 2018 class. The group, which includes Trojan legends ranging from football players to a mascot, will be formally announced on Nov. 4 during the Arizona football game at the Coliseum. Five former Trojan football players were featured in the 2018 Hall of Fame class, including future NFL Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu, All-American and Butkus Award-winning linebacker Chris Claiborne, along with Trojan legends of the 1960s Rod Sherman and Charlie Weaver. Joining them is J.K. McKay (son of John McKay) who will be inducted for his contributions as a wide receiver on two national championship teams and as a leader of the team’s athletic department from 2010 to 2016. Two inductees, Barry Zito and Mike Gillespie, enter the Hall for their contributions to the baseball program, while Sam Clancy is the sole alumnus in the class from the men’s basketball team. Hurdler Felix Sanchez and water polo player Lauren Wenger Trapani both won gold at the 2012 London Olympics before retiring. Meanwhile, volleyball player April Ross and swimmer Ous Mellouli are the only current athletes in the class, both having also medaled in previous Olympic games. Former tennis athlete Wayne Black, two-sport star Kim Clark Jennings (soccer and basketball), and golfers Mikaela Parmlid and Kevin Sadler round out the class from the athletics side. Current sports information director Tim Tessalone also joins the class, having served as an SID for the school for over 30 years, working 12 Rose Bowls and over 400 total games in his illustrious career. Finally, one non-human joins the 2018 Hall of Fame Class. It is none other than Traveler, USC’s horse mascot who has graced the sidelines of the Coliseum since 1961. After the class is introduced in November, the new Hall of Fame members will be formally inducted on May 19 at the Galen Center.