Sam Allardyce: Sunderland cannot afford defeat against Bournemouth

first_img He said: “At all costs, we cannot lose this game, for me. We must try to win it if we can, but if we can’t, make sure we don’t lose it because the distance then between Bournemouth and us, even though people say there are a lot of games to go, there aren’t. “To make up that difference, there isn’t. When you are at the bottom and you have only won five already, you are saying you are having to win three just to catch them up, so we cannot afford to lose this game. “Hopefully we will win it, but if we don’t, make sure we don’t lose. In Sunderland’s favour is the fact that their two most recent successes have come against fellow relegation candidates Aston Villa and Swansea. However, they are yet to draw any of the 15 games for which Allardyce has been in charge to date – they have won five and lost the other 10 – and that is a statistic which continues to perplex the manager. He said: “They have done one good thing – win five – in the short period of time I have been here. The only thing is they haven’t done the other thing very well, which is draw games that they shouldn’t have lost and made sure they should have drawn. “Had we done that just on the extra points, we’d probably be out of the bottom three – in fact, I know we’d be out of the bottom three.” It is no coincidence that the Black Cats’ wins over Villa and the Swans came in part courtesy of five goals from striker Jermain Defoe, although Allardyce admits they cannot continue to rely solely upon their 33-year-old frontman to get them the points they need. Sam Allardyce has warned his Sunderland players they simply cannot afford to lose to Bournemouth if they are to dig themselves out of Barclays Premier League relegation trouble. The sides meet at the Stadium of Light on Saturday with the Black Cats still four points from safety despite winning two of their last three league games, and six adrift of the Cherries in 15th. Victory for the home side would drag Eddie Howe’s men back into the thick of the survival scrap, but anything else would compound Allardyce’s problems. Press Association He said: “Somebody else has to have their shooting boots on. It can’t always be Jermain.” Bournemouth will head for Wearside on the back of a precious 3-0 victory over Norwich with manager Eddie Howe knowing back-to-back victories could ease them well clear of trouble. Allardyce said: “Eddie has been progressing steadily over a few years now, even though he still looks very young and handsome and not as haggard as most of us when we do this job. “His experiences over the years have shown that he’s very competent as a manager and now he’s at the top level of his industry, so it’s great credit to him and the club as a whole on what they have achieved.” last_img read more

WDFA/STAG Beer Senior League

first_imgYoung Achievers register win; Eagles, Warriors held to tame drawsYOUNG Achievers were the lone team to record an outright victory when play in the West Demerara Football Association (WDFA) STAG Beer Senior League continued last weekend at the Den Amstel ground, West Coast Demerara.Young Achievers brushed aside Vegae Boys 5-0 while Eagles of Stewartville and Jetty Gunners played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.On Sunday at the same venue, Uitvlugt Warriors and Stewartville also played to a nil-all stalemate.Lexroy Mansfield was the principal scorer for Young Achievers on Saturday as he blasted home a hat-trick for his side in the 59th, 60th and 61st minutes. This was after Lloyd Prince had opened Young Achievers’ account with a 5th minute goal. Emmanuel Thomas converted the sealer in the 65th minute for the winners.According to reports, Jetty Gunners in their game against Eagles almost pulled off an upset win against their opponents after opening the score line with a Shawn Williams’ 16th minute goal and held on to the lead until the 65th minute when Eagles’ Orlando Henry found his team’s target.Eagles subsequently squandered a goal-scoring opportunity from the penalty spot.On Sunday, Uitvlugt Warriors who are currently third in the points standing created chances almost at will but failed to convert.Meanwhile, Den Amstel, with five victories from as many matches, lead the points table with 15 points.last_img read more

A first turkey and a family tradition

first_imgFollow us on Twitter. Platt Wilmoth with is first bagged turkey. He is with his dad, Brandon in picture above.The following is a first-person account that was recently published on the Scent Blocker website. The story was written by Wellington Middle School instructor Brandon Wilmoth about a hunt with his 5-year-old son Platt.A first turkey and a family tradition —My five-year-old-son, Platt, and I have developed our father/son bond in many ways, but I most cherish the moments we’ve spent hunting. The sport has long been my passion, and I’ve carefully introduced him, taking the process slowly from his earliest days in the blind to ensure his safety and understanding.On many occasions, he’s accompanied his grandfather and me on hunting adventures. It was when he was 3 that he watched me take an Eastern turkey on a family farm in eastern Kansas. He was ecstatic and I loved his enthusiasm in that moment. From then on, he’s enjoyed pheasant, quail, deer and turkey hunts at my side. Our goal on these hunts isn’t to always conquer, but to create a memory and learn important lessons about the outdoors.Before each adventure, I develop a plan. Platt’s first hunt behind the trigger was no different, I tried to prepare for every scenario.Platt’s lead sled shooting rest is ready to go. To foster his confidence, we slowly introduced him to firearm practice. First, he worked with his toy guns, then the family .22, a gun that had been my great grandfather’s and made Platt the fifth generation shooter.The first time Platt fired it, he proclaimed it “the most awesome thing ever.” He was then ready for the gun he’d use to take his first turkey. We selected a 20-gauge shotgun my uncle had in his safe. It was a little beat up and needed some TLC, but I cut it down and added rubber padding to make it ready for use.Brandon and Platt taking a break from the action for a quick selfie.Platt practiced for days with his customized gun at my shooting bench and using a lead sled. When it was time to go to the field, I took the bench and lead sled to the blind to mimic the environment he was familiar. We arrived at the same farm where Platt had watched me knock down my turkey just a few years earlier.Two toms were already out when we arrived at the farm. We eased into the blind so as not to run them off. Once settled, it didn’t take long for the action to pick up. There was a hen only 30 yards away. I excitedly told Platt there was a hen close by sporting a six-inch beard. In Kansas, it’s legal to shoot anything with a beard, so we decided to give it a try.Unfortunately, we were set up facing the other direction, but we quickly switched around the layout to get Platt set up. As he eased into the shot, the bearded hen kept moving and unfortunately, moved out of range. Luckily, the two toms we’d spotted earlier arrived back on the scene. We prepared for the shot.With the gun lined up and Platt sitting on my lap, I told him to shoot. He leaned in tight and expertly looked down the barrel. Again, I whispered, “shoot,” but the tom he was aiming for suddenly took a step to the right. My mind was racing, Oh no! His shot’s not lined up and he’s going to miss!But I was wrong. Platt moved the gun to follow the tom and then, “Boom!” The old tom dropped like a bag of bricks!“Daddy, I did it. Daddy, I did it!” Platt exalted.I was overcome with pride and emotion.Platt and his first turkey – a big old double beard Tom!We hurried over to check out the tom, thrilled to discover he was double bearded, making the quest even more significant. Now the bird is being prepared in a full body mount to forever preserve Platt’s first conquest. It’s a memory forever ingrained in my heart and a story I look forward to sharing over and over as our love of the outdoors continues to grow. 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 (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close 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 Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… 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. +12 Vote up Vote down Crusader Fan · 217 weeks ago Great story!!! Cherish the time you two can spend together!!! If only everyone would teach their kids the true art of gun safety! Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down John Munro · 217 weeks ago WAY TO GO PLATT!!! Brandon, you have given your son a gift that will be forever etched in his memory as one of the the greatest events in his life! I vividly remember the first Canadian Goose I took at the Wellington lake with my dad when I was 6 years old. The first walleye I caught while on vacation in Minnesota. The first deer I shot. Hunting and fishing make these memories, and they are very special times for us. A great story Tracy, thanks for running it. It’s good to hear something nice for a change, with all the bad things we are constantly bombarded with. Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Guardiola will play golf as City await title

first_imgAt the end of a draining fortnight we dug deep and got result and performance. Ever so proud of this group. One more win to lift the trophy. #ManCity #SharkTeam— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) April 14, 2018Share on: WhatsApp “We will see. Football is unpredictable. Normally United beats West Brom.”City could also take the title if United beat West Brom and then lose to Bournemouth in midweek.If United — who denied Guardiola’s team the title by beating them last weekend — win both games, City can still clinch it with a victory against Swansea next weekend.“We didn’t take our first chance, so hopefully we can take the second chance to celebrate with our fans next week,” Guardiola said. FILE PHOTO: Pep Guardiola playing golf2364, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola will be on the golf course as Manchester City wait for news of the Manchester United match that could see them crowned champions on Sunday.Guardiola’s side are within touching distance of the Premier League title after Saturday’s 3-1 win at Tottenham.The leaders are 16 points clear of second-placed United and a defeat for Jose Mourinho’s men against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday would see City take the trophy.center_img But Albion are bottom of the table and few give them a chance of upsetting United.So City boss Guardiola won’t be watching the match on television.Instead, he plans a round of golf with his son Marius.“I have a golf game with my son. The only score I want to know is bogey or birdy,” Guardiola said.last_img read more

Sammy scores her first US win

first_img Tags: England teams, Roehampton Golf Club, Sammy Fuller, USA college golf, Women’s Golf 21 Sep 2018 Sammy scores her first US win England international Sammy Fuller has just won her first tournament on the US women’s college circuit, less than a year after she had a kidney removed.Fuller, a student at Keiser University in Florida, shot four-under par over three rounds on the Palmer course at PGA National and won by 12 shots.The 19-year-old from Roehampton, Surrey, established a three-shot lead over the first 36 holes and finished with a bogey-free round of three under.“This was a great achievement for Sammy, especially after having a kidney removed earlier this year,” commented her father, Ashley.The PGA National has always been a good hunting ground for Fuller who won five straight Honda Junior Classics there.She has recently returned to her US university after a successful summer’s golf when her results included finishing runner-up in the English women’s match play championship. Fuller, who first played for England as a 14-year-old, was on duty this summer in the Women’s Home Internationals.Image copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more