Bentaleb defends Spurs team-mates

first_img ”You can argue whether it’s enough contact from Alex’s arm or whether it’s not, but when you’re desperate like Tottenham are and you get touched, a player’s going to fall over and ask the referee to make a decision,” the Hammers boss told BT Sport. ”Whether it’s the right decision or not, it’s the way football is today. If we’re to learn anything by it, we have to do the same as what Tottenham do more often, because we stay on our feet and don’t get fouls and they get touched and go down and they do get fouls. In the end its make a difference.” But Bentaleb defended Tottenham’s squad, insisting Allardyce may have been caught up in the heat of the moment – and also suggested Mark Noble was lucky to escape a red card after the Hammers midfielder scythed through him having already been cautioned. “He can say whatever he wants,” Bentaleb said when asked about Allardyce’s remarks. “We scored a penalty in the last minute. Maybe it’s because of this, I can understand if he’s a little bit angry. But it’s not true. Of course it was a penalty – there’s no doubt about that. “If he wants to argue, we could also say Noble could have been sent off. But this is football. Sometimes the referee makes decisions and you just have to shut your mouth and not complain. “The positive thing we can take out of this game is that we believed until the end and once again we scored in the last minute and managed to get that point.” West Ham defender Winston Reid, who was making a comeback from a hamstring injury, reckons the performance proves Allardyce’s side are still looking to end the season strongly – despite dropping off from their early pace which had them in the European positions. “The manager does all the stats, but if you look at the game (on Sunday) you can see we won’t let the season fizzle out,” the New Zealand international said when asked about end-of-season targets. “We’ll still try to push and see how high we can finish. We are in a bit of no-man’s land right now but we’ll push and see how high we can get.” Spurs, meanwhile, have called for tough action against fans who were shown on a video clip chanting a ”vile” anti-Semitic song. The video, filmed by a passenger on the London Underground, appears to show West Ham supporters chanting anti-Semitic songs before Sunday’s game. Nabil Bentaleb has rubbished claims from West Ham manager Sam Allardyce that Tottenham players go to ground too easily. Press Association Allardyce saw his side lose a two-goal lead at White Hart Lane on Sunday, with Harry Kane scoring a last-gasp equaliser in an exciting 2-2 draw after seeing an initial penalty saved. The England Under-21 international had won the 95th-minute spot-kick himself, having been felled by Alex Song, but Allardyce, whose side had looked set for three points after goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho, was unimpressed. last_img read more

FH : International players lead SU into NCAA tournament

first_img Comments Martina Loncarica clenched her fists and let out a roar in celebration.The senior midfielder had just given Syracuse a 3-0 lead over Connecticut in the first half of Sunday’s Big East championship game, smacking a penalty stroke into the bottom right corner of the goal.Turning around, she sprinted out of the shooting circle, and upon reaching the top of the arc, she flung her stick toward midfield and leapt into the arms of Amy Kee.‘It’s just the way I react when I score. I might get in trouble sometimes for doing that, but it’s OK,’ Loncarica said jokingly.This unhindered passion originates from Loncarica’s childhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She and fellow Argentine Stephanie Hussey bear the traditional strengths of players from their homeland: strong dribbling ability and individual flair.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the Argentines are just two of seven international players on No. 3 Syracuse (18-3, 5-1 Big East). Five different countries are represented on SU’s roster, and players from each of those nations bring unique skill sets that stem from their cultural backgrounds.The diverse group of players has bonded into a cohesive unit that not only won the conference tournament, but earned the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA tournament. In Saturday’s opening-round game in College Park, Md., the Orange faces Richmond (16-6, 5-1 Atlantic-10) at 11:30 a.m.‘Everyone has a little bit of something that they bring from their countries,’ Loncarica said Nov. 2. ‘ … I use my skills, which is typical from Argentina, to just dribble, and I’ll find the passes after.’Over the course of the season, the senior midfielder has showcased a series of on-ball maneuvers, sometimes flicking the ball into the air and juggling past a defender.In the opening minutes of SU’s Big East tournament semifinal victory over Villanova, Loncarica received a pass on the left side of the shooting circle roughly 15 feet from the goal. Facing away from the net, she turned her stick and popped the ball backward through her legs. The shot missed just wide left, but it was an attempt few would try.Loncarica credits these abilities to juggling sessions and pickup games with friends growing up. Now at SU, though, she is tactful in implementing those tricks.‘Of course, you have to have fun, but be efficient for the team,’ Loncarica said.‘ … But yeah, if we’re controlling the game, at some points if you can do some things to enjoy what you’re doing, then why not?’In contrast to Loncarica and Hussey, senior midfielder Liz McInerney, who is from Dublin, Ireland, excels on defense. She displays excellent vision and structure on the field, frequently filling lanes to intercept passes.In comparison, sophomore midfielder Leonie Geyer and sophomore back Laura Hahnefeldt, or ‘the Germans,’ as Kee called them, bring a comprehensive understanding of the game and a mastery of the basics: pushing, hitting and blocking.‘They’re smart, they’re skillful and very gifted intellectually, both of them,’ Bradley said.Like Geyer and Hahnefeldt, junior backs Kee, from Hertford, England, and Iona Holloway, from Glasgow, Scotland, were also taught the fundamentals at an early age — something that has helped them playing out of the back, Holloway said.After first being taught to push the ball, Holloway soon learned how to ‘drag.’ But it wasn’t until six months after she first picked up a stick that she learned to actually strike the ball, and it was another year before she played a game.The success of that training is easy to see, especially on the defensive end.Holloway has shut down opposing forwards all season long. She repeatedly lowers herself toward the ground, squares her stick to the turf and knocks the ball off the opponent’s stick.On Friday against Villanova, she actually flipped a Wildcats player after taking the ball away.Together, the seven international players have helped lead the Orange to its fourth NCAA tournament in as many years. But four victories remain between SU and its ultimate goal of becoming the national champion.On Saturday, Syracuse can take the next step against the Spiders.‘I’m very happy and very proud of what we’ve accomplished, and we still have one more thing to accomplish,’ Loncarica said.sebail01@syr.edu Published on November 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Manny Machado joins home run parade in Dodgers’ win over Padres

first_imgSign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“Your lineups are so deep that everyone’s going to have their moments to shine, to provide to win a game that day,” Machado said. “Now in September you’ve got 40 guys who can contribute to the team. You’ve just got to stay patient through the game.”On the heels of a loss to the fifth-place team in the National League West, it was a win the Dodgers could not take for granted.With seven games remaining in the regular season, they hold a 1 ½-game lead over the second-place Colorado Rockies, who won earlier Saturday. At 86-69, the Dodgers remain a game behind their probable Division Series opponent, the Atlanta Braves (87-68), with home-field advantage at stake.The Braves cannot be caught in the National League East and became the first NL team to clinch a playoff berth Saturday. The earliest the Dodgers can clinch a playoff berth is Monday.Machado’s 36th home run of 2018 punctuated a five-run third inning that blew open the game. Joc Pederson and Yasmani Grandal also hit home runs, and the Dodgers’ 222 home runs this season broke a franchise record set in 2017. PreviousManny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammate Yasiel Puig #66 after hitting a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds third base after hitting a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsJustin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run RBI double against the San Diego Padres in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run RBI double against the San Diego Padres in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, left, along with Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt #40 of the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers poses for pictures prior to a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers takes infield practice prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers during batting practice prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers during batting practice prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers during batting practice prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers visiting clubhouse attendant Mitch Poole prior to a Major League Baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt #40 of the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt #40 of the Los Angeles Dodgers signs autographs prior to a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt #40 of the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates Hall of Fame and former manger of the Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda 91st birthday in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives teammates Yasiel Puig #66 and Manny Machado #8 and Kemp after hitting a lead off solo home rum against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives teammates Yasiel Puig #66 and Manny Machado #8 after hitting a lead off solo home rum against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)in the xxx inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Starting pitcher Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Diego Padres’ rookies make their way to the bullpen prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt #40 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Starting pitcher Jacob Nix #63 of the San Diego Padres throws to the plate Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Second baseman Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws late as Cory Spangenberg (not pictured) of the San Diego Padres is safe at first base in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Second baseman Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws late as Cory Spangenberg (not pictured) of the San Diego Padres is safe at first base in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Second baseman Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws late as Cory Spangenberg (not pictured) of the San Diego Padres is safe at first base in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers doubles against the San Diego Padres in the third dinning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers doubles against the San Diego Padres in the third dinning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers singles against the San Diego Padres in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Third baseman Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws out Freddy Galvis (not pictured) of the San Diego Padres in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Catcher Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws out Jacob Nix #63 of the San Diego Padres after a sac bunt moves the runner to second base in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Hitting coach Mark McGwire #25 of the San Diego Padres looks on against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammate Justin Turner after hitting a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado of the Los Angeles Dodgers points to the sky after hitting a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers spanish broadcaster Jamie Jarrin became the 12th inductee into the team’s Ring of Honor and the second broadcaster behind Hall of Fame and former Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully this past week during a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Jacob Nix #63 of the San Diego Padres is pulled from the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammate Yasiel Puig #66 after hitting a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammate Yasiel Puig #66 after hitting a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds third base after hitting a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 41Manny Machado of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds third base after hitting a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES – Since Manny Machado became a Dodger, only one of his teammates has seen fewer pitches in the strike zone, and chased more pitches out of the strike zone. Plate discipline is often Dave Roberts’ default explanation whenever a hitter struggles. At least in Machado’s case, the numbers justify the concern. Until Machado shows he can adjust to how carefully teams are pitching to him, Roberts said, the pattern will not change.Machado didn’t adjust to the Padres on Saturday as much as the Padres avoided his weakness.With two men on base in the third inning, pitcher Jacob Nix threw Machado a first-pitch fastball over the plate, just below the letters on his jersey. Machado slugged the pitch 414 feet to the opposite field for a three-run home run. It was only his fourth hit with a runner in scoring position in 17 chances this month.Machado hit one of three Dodger home runs in a 7-2 win over the Padres before the announced crowd of 53,536 at Dodger Stadium. Rich Hill (10-5) allowed one run in seven innings to become the Dodgers’ first 10-game winner. The veteran left-hander did not walk a batter and struck out seven. A home run by Hunter Renfroe, one of four hits Hill allowed, spoiled the shutout bid in the sixth inning.“I figured out some things with the curveball the last couple days that has been able to make it sharp late,” Hill said. “Something that I wasn’t doing all year long. It was good to be able to find that, and feel that consistency.”Roberts said Hill will make his final start of the regular season during a series in San Francisco that begins Friday.“He’s a veteran pitcher that wants the big moment, and knew that coming off the loss (Friday) we needed this start,” Roberts said. “He delivered.”Pederson (2 for 4) led off the bottom of the first inning against Nix (2-4) by tomahawking a home run to right field. It was his seventh leadoff homer of the season and his 24th overall.The Dodgers sent 10 batters to the plate in the third inning. Chris Taylor (2 for 4) led off with a single and went to third base on a ground-rule double by Pederson. Justin Turner chopped a double down the third-base line, scoring both runners to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.Nix hit Max Muncy in the back, prompting Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley to visit the mound before Machado stepped to the plate. The pep talk only served to boost Machado’s confidence.“Just that whole inning, how it played out was good for us,” Machado said. “I think it was a turning point for us.”The home run was Machado’s 12th as a Dodger, only two of which have been hit with more than one runner on base. It came on a special night. Fans received the first and perhaps only Machado bobblehead ever distributed at Dodger Stadium, and Machado’s wife Yainee threw the ceremonial first pitch.The Dodgers did not score again until Grandal demolished a Brad Wieck pitch in the sixth inning. His 24th home run of the year landed in the loge level in left field. It was his fourth home run of the season as a right-handed hitter.Alex Wood, Josh Fields, Yimi Garcia, Tony Cingrani and Kenley Jansen guided the Dodgers through the final two innings. Jansen struck out Cory Spangenberg and Travis Jankowski with the bases loaded to close the ninth. Because the tying runner was on deck when the game ended, it counted as Jansen’s 37th save of the year.Roberts said he wasn’t planning to use his closer in the game, particularly one the Dodgers led 6-0 after three innings.Yet the manager has taken few details to chance lately. The Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the division is seven games, meaning the playoff-style managerial maneuvers probably won’t cease until Wednesday at the earliest. The Dodgers host the Padres on Sunday in their final regular season home game of 2018.If they are true to form, the Dodgers will hit at least one home run.If their streak of eight wins in 10 games is predictive, the Dodgers will play at least one home game in October, too.“The ability to hit the longball is great, it’s a threat,” Roberts said. “Combined with the ability to take a walk and get a base hit – shorten your swing when you need to, have a two-strike approach – that’s what makes a team really dangerous against ones and twos, but also to put up a big number when we need to.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more