Idah has eyes on Premier League

first_imgRelatedPosts 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 Leaguelast_img read more

Boult strikes Windies

first_imgCMC – West Indies’ bid for a series-levelling win over New Zealand was jettisoned by a career-best spell from left-arm fast bowler, Trent Boult, that handed his side a 204-run victory in the second One-day International on Saturday at Hagley Oval.Windies were bowled out for 121 in 28 overs to suffer their heaviest ODI defeat to the New Zealanders, as Boult claimed seven for 34 from his allotted 10 overs to reach 100 ODI wickets.The result left the Caribbean side 0-2 in the three-match series, after the Black Caps also won the first ODI two days earlier at Cobham Oval by five wickets. The final ODI is on Boxing Day, Tuesday, also at Hagley Oval.West Indies gave another insipid performance in the field, as a record sixth-wicket partnership between local boys Henry Nicholls and Todd Astle, along with other solid contributions from the top-order, carried New Zealand to 325 for six off 50 overs.Nicholls hit a personal-best top score of 83 and Astle made 49, sharing 130 to establish a new mark for the sixth-wicket against the Windies, George Worker supported with 58, Ross Taylor made 57 and Colin Munro added 30.Still reeling from the late-innings flourish from Nicholls and Astle that rescued the New Zealanders from 186 for five after the 33rd over, West Indies endured a horrific start to their chase, when Boult removed Kyle Hope, fellow opener Evin Lewis and fellow left-hander Shimron Hetmyer cheaply to leave them wobbling on 21 for three inside the first six overs.Shai Hope stayed long enough with Jason Mohammed to carry the visitors past the 50-run mark before Boult had him caught behind for 23, as the Windies finished the first Power Play on 53 for four.The wickets of Mohammed and Rovman Powell for a first-ball duck to Lockie Ferguson off successive balls in the 16th over, and skipper Jason Holder to the same bowler in the 18th over, snuffed out any chance of the tourists scripting a comeback story.West Indies lost their last three wickets – all to Boult – for 21 in the space of 40 deliveries, as the left-arm fast bowler entered the record books.Boult became the fifth fastest ODI player in terms of matches to reach 100 wickets (56 games) and finished with the second-best ODI figures by a New Zealander behind Tim Southee (7-33).Earlier, the Windies again saw Worker and Munro give New Zealand a flying start, bringing up the first 50 in the sixth over before Sheldon Cottrell, the visitors’ most successful bowler with three for 62 from 10 overs, made the breakthrough.The left-arm fast bowler had Munro caught at mid-on, but Worker would push onto a second consecutive half-century.Cottrell had Neil Broom caught at slip for six in the 11th over and Worker shared 58 with Taylor before he was caught at deep fine leg off Ronsford Beaton.Taylor continued to anchor the batting with a typically breezy half-century, but Holder removed him and Black Caps skipper Tom Latham within three overs to leave the hosts at the crossroads.West Indies however, failed to maintain the pressure, as Nicholls and Astle came together on their home ground and put on a clinic in middle-over batting, manoeuvring the ball around and running well between the wickets to steer their side into a position to launch the final onslaught.The Windies were almost powerless when they did ignite, as sixes and fours rained down to the delight of the crowd.ScorecardNEW ZEALANDG Worker c Powell b Beaton 58C Munro c Mohammed b Cottrell 30N Broom c Holder b Cottrell 6R Taylor c wkpr S Hope b Holder 57*+T Latham c wkpr S Hope b Holder 20H Nicholls not out 83T Astle b Cottrell 49D Bracewell not out 5Extras (lb3, w14) 17TOTAL (6 wkts, 50 overs) 325M Henry, L Ferguson, T Boult did not batFall of wickets: 1-50 (Munro, 6.5 overs); 2-66 (Broom, 10.4); 3-124 (Worker, 18.6); 4-169 (Latham, 30.1); 5-186 (Taylor, 32.6); 6-316 (Astle, 49.2)Bowling: Cottrell 10-0-62-3 (w2); Holder 10-0-52-2 (w1); Beaton 8-0-60-1 (w3); Gabriel 10-0-75-0 (w3); Nurse 10-0-45-0 (w4); Powell 2-0-28-0 (w1)WEST INDIESE Lewis c Bracewell b Boult 10K Hope b Boult 4+S Hope c Latham b Boult 23S Hetmyer c Worker b Boult 2J Mohammed c and b Ferguson 18*J Holder c Munro b Ferguson 13R Powell b Ferguson 0A Nurse c Worker b Boult 27S Cottrell c Latham b Boult 8R Beaton not out 12S Gabriel b Boult 0Extras (lb1, w2, nb1) 4TOTAL (all out, 28 overs) 121Fall of wickets: 1-10 (K Hope, 1.6 overs); 2-15 (Lewis, 3.3); 3-21 (Hetmyer, 5.1); 4-52 (S Hope, 9.5); 5-70 (Mohammed, 15.3); 6-70 (Powell, 15.4); 7-86 (Holder, 17.6); 8-100 (Cottrell, 21.3); 9-121 (Nurse, 27.4)Bowling: Henry 7-0-36-0; Boult 10-3-34-7; Bracewell 5-0-19-0 (w2); Ferguson 4-0-17-3 (1nb); Astle 2-0-14-0Result: New Zealand won by 204 runsSeries: New Zealand lead three-match series 2-0last_img read more

Men’s Hockey: Wisconsin splits first series with No. 3 Notre Dame in thrilling fashion

first_imgThe No. 16 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (6-6, 1-3 Big Ten) split a home series this past weekend against No. 3 Notre Dame (8-1-1, 4-1-1).Friday night, UW handed the Fighting Irish their first loss of the season in an intensely competitive 3–0 victory where the Badger defense could do no wrong.Saturday was a fast-paced back-and-forth affair, and ultimately, the Badgers fell 5–4 during a hectic overtime period.Wisconsin has had one of the toughest schedules in all of college hockey to open the year, so it was an important weekend. Notre Dame was their sixth series against a ranked opponent in the early going, and a series split kept the Badgers at .500. Men’s Hockey: Wisconsin’s inconsistencies lead to split series on road against No. 19 OmahaThe No. 15 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (5-5-0, 0-2-0 Big Ten) split their weekend series for the second Read…Friday night was an all-around show for UW’s defensive end and goalie Daniel Lebedeff. It was Lebedeff’s first shutout of the 2019-20 season, but he only had to make 22 saves to do it.The Irish simply didn’t get many chances to put anything past Lebedeff, and when they did, he was there to shut it down.The Badgers, on the other hand, were able to put 32 shots on net. Notre Dame goalkeeper Cale Morris had a relatively solid game, but Wisconsin capitalized on power plays and fast breaks as a result of their smothering defense to sneak three by him.The first came at 17:10 in the first period when freshman Cole Caufield found the back of the net on a K’Andre Miller rebound. It was Caufield’s ninth goal of the season.In the second period, Roman Ahcan scored from the low slot on an assist from freshman phenom Alex Turcotte. The power-play goal gave the Badgers a 2–0 lead heading into the final period.Turcotte, who assisted on both early goals Friday and one on Saturday, has now recorded a point in each of Wisconsin’s last four games.Late in the final period, Linus Weissbach ripped twine on an empty-netter to seal the win for UW with a final tally of 3–0.Men’s Hockey: No. 12 Badgers routed in away series against No. 6 Penn StateAfter a strong start to the 2019-2020 campaign, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (4-4-0, 0-2-0 Big Ten) has Read…Saturday was undoubtedly one of the most exciting games college hockey has put forth thus far in 2019.Just 34 seconds after the puck dropped, Notre Dame’s Trevor Janicke found himself free with a loose puck and sent it home from just outside the crease.At 6:37, UW forward Dylan Holloway finished off a beautifully run 3-on-2 breakaway to bring things back even at 1–1. Just under five minutes later, a scrum for the puck saw Notre Dame’s Cam Burke sneak a shot underneath Lebedeff to retake the lead. Another gridlock ensued after Weissbach found the back of the net for Wisconsin on another fast break.Heading into the first intermission, it was all even at 2–2.The Badgers had a couple of opportunities to score in the second, but couldn’t capitalize. The Irish killed off a UW power play to start the period, and a great save by Notre Dame’s Morris against Caufield denied Wisconsin any chance to put up a score.The only goal in the period came on Jesse Lansdell tip-in, which gave Notre Dame a 3–2 lead heading into the third.Men’s Hockey: Crease Creatures craziest student section in hockeyThe No. 7 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (4-2-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten) has impressed in a major way through Read…The Badgers found their first lead of the night after two unanswered goals from Wyatt Kalynuk and Miller put them up 4–3. Notre Dame managed to come up clutch — just as they’ve done all season long — and with seven minutes remaining, Colin Theisen evened the score at four apiece.Both sides locked in on defense after Theisen’s goal, and that meant free hockey in Madison.Unfortunately, luck just wasn’t on Wisconsin’s side in extra time. Morris halted a one-on-none Caufield breakaway, and the Irish turned it around as Alex Steeves got his second goal of the year to win it for Notre Dame 5–4.It was a great weekend of hockey in Madison, and the Badgers shouldn’t be discouraged. They fought hard against one of the best teams in the NCAA and just came up short in game two. That doesn’t take away from the success they had Friday night and won’t hurt their playoff chances later in the year.Next up, the Badgers travel to Minneapolis for their most intense rivalry of the year against a dangerous unranked Minnesota Gophers squad. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.last_img read more

Dodgers World Series tickets will cost big bucks in secondary market

first_imgDemand at Dodger Stadium has long been high. The Dodgers led the majors in attendance for the fifth consecutive season in 2017, averaging 46,492 fans per game. More than 3.7 million people came through the turnstiles. Capacity at Chavez Ravine is listed at 56,000.Yankees fans searching the marketplace will have it only marginally better should their team beat the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series to advance to the World Series.Tickets for a possible first home game of the World Series at Yankee Stadium ranged from $417 to $15,927 Thursday night on ticketnetwork.com. The high-end ticket will gain the holder entrance to the plush Legends Suite which, according to the team’s web site, offers “first-class accommodations, with seating options so close to the action you could make the call at home plate” and “the finest dining experience in all of sports.”Bon appetit. In the market for tickets to the World Series? Prepare yourself for some sticker shock.The secondary market appears to be the way to go for those who are determined to see the Dodgers play a World Series game for the first time since 1988. And some of the prices will make your head spin, or your credit card max out.As of Thursday night, tickets for a possible World Series Game 1 at Dodger Stadium started at $925 on StubHub.com, up nearly $200 since the same time on Wednesday. Most of the seats in that price range were in the upper deck.  Among the tickets listed under “best value” were Field Box seats between home plate and the first-base dugout, listed at $2,800 range.Related Articles Dodgers slam Cubs, reach first World Series since 1988 NLCS Game 5 Dodgers highlights: Kiké Hernandez slams Cubs center_img For the money-is-no-object crowd,  there were Dugout Club seats listed at $21,500. Each. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more