first_img His second, just before the half hour, was a more instinctive finish but no less clinical. Philippe Coutinho swung over a left-wing corner won after centre-back Martin Skrtel’s wonderful 60-yard crossfield pass and although Steven Gerrard tried to flick it on he succeeded only in ducking underneath. But that gave Suarez the opening he needed and quick as a flash he hooked home left-footed. The best came six minutes later when the helpless Fer could only look on as Suarez flicked the ball over his head a la Paul Gascoigne versus Scotland at Euro 96 before skipping past the midfielder to lash past Ruddy. Norwich resorted to fouls with Bradley Johnson booked for a trip just as the striker looked set to break through the heart of the defence but the damage had already been done. Strangely Norwich, buoyed by their weekend win over Crystal Palace, had created the first two scoring chances with Jonny Howson firing over and Wes Hoolahan’s low strike saved by Simon Mignolet. Suarez ended any fanciful hopes they had of recording a first Anfield victory since April 1994, which was memorable for being the last day of the all-standing Kop more than anything else. Conjecture at the interval was whether Suarez could maintain his form and score a hat-trick in each half. He showed he is merely magical and not miraculous with just one more goal in the 74th minute, although that too was a thing of beauty in its own right. Gerrard was brought down by Howson 25 yards out and after Coutinho had failed with their previous effort from a similar position Suarez stepped up to curl a shot up and over the wall and into the net. Johnson headed home Nathan Redmond’s left-wing cross with seven minutes to go but it barely even registered with the travelling support never mind the rest of Anfield and Raheem Sterling ensured the night finished on a high by converting Suarez’s cross. This was the sort of performance Liverpool needed to put on on Sunday at Hull, the start of three matches in a week which they were expected to win. Defeat there was a missed opportunity to consolidate second place and they dropped to fourth – which is where they remain as their Champions League-chasing rivals also won. It is a reminder to the Reds just how small the margins are in the battle to regain their place among Europe’s elite. West Ham are next up at Anfield on Saturday. Suarez will already have them in his sights. Press Association The statistics piling up for the Uruguay international at Anfield are remarkable and surpassed only by his personal record against the Canaries as the 26-year-old became the first Premier League player to score three hat-tricks against the same team in the 5-1 victory. Suarez now has 11 goals in five appearances against Norwich – and he did not score in his first game against them. In his last four appearances he is averaging a goal every 33 minutes. Liverpool striker Luis Suarez scored four goals – including a superb 20-minute first-half hat-trick – to send the number crunchers into overdrive and Norwich back to East Anglia disconsolate. Ian Rush was the club’s all-time top scorer against Norwich with nine and it took him 21 matches. Suarez effortlessly breezed past him, having begun the day level with David Fairclough and the watching Kenny Dalglish. The bigger picture shows Suarez’s 50th league goal for the Reds – another brilliant effort to complete his hat-trick – came up in only his 85th game and in doing so took the outright lead as the Premier League’s top scorer this season with 13 in nine matches. Those statistics alone make the £40,000,001 bid by Arsenal in the summer look even more ridiculous. But impressive as the raw figures are they by no means do justice to the individual brilliance of the striker. Each of his strikes had that special feeling about them, although the first and third stood out in the spectacular stakes. After 15 minutes of frustration born out of mis-placed passes normal service was resumed at Anfield, where Liverpool have now scored 13 on their last three appearances. John Ruddy’s kick was headed forward by Joe Allen and when Leroy Fer missed his clearance that was the cue for Suarez to seize his chance, half-turning towards the Kop to lash a dipping inch-perfect shot over and across the Norwich goalkeeper from 40 yards. It was reminiscent of the goal he scored at Carrow Road in April 2012 when he netted the first of his three hat-tricks against them. last_img read more

first_imgMOTORCYCLIST Heemand Boodhram is looking to translate his recent results in the first leg of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) 2017 to the local race meeting in just under two weeks’ time.Boodhram, who made his maiden voyage to Jamaica this year, was quick to learn the tricky Jamwest Circuit and he made it onto the podium with a second-place finish, before mechanical troubles cost him the third race. translateHowever, he is keen to reproduce that form that gave him his first podium in the Land of Wood and Water and promises fireworks come July 2 when the Second National Race of Champions is hosted by the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC).“Jamaica was great. The bike was working wonderfully and I rode it the way it should be ridden. I’m really feeling positive after that outing and this time around, I’ll be aboard a different Yamaha R6,” he added.Stephon, as he is commonly known around the track, has also set himself some personal goals ahead of the meet.He added, “I know South Dakota pretty well, better than I know Jamwest for sure and I was able to pick up a second there, so there’s no doubt that I’ve set myself the goal of bettering the two thirds I had last November.”He is not, however, taking the July 2 event lightly, especially considering that the fact that he plans to continue improving his race craft.“From next Thursday I am going up to the track to get some more work in, try and get faster and improve the bike setup. At the moment I am comfortable but at the same time, I want to get better and you can’t get better by sitting at home and turning up on race day only.”His bike is sponsored by Sahadeo Mining and Security Company and D. Boodhram & Sons and bears the number 95 sticker.The event is sponsored by Ansa McAl, Prem’s Electrical, B.M. Soat, Mohamed’s Enterprise, Ready Mix, Special Auto, Japarts, Ticket Master, Palm Court, KGM, MAC Batteries, S. Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Construction, L Mahabir and Sons Cambio and Choke Gas Station.last_img read more

first_img Published on February 14, 2015 at 6:56 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Allie LaCombe lay face down on the ice, clutching her head as the Lions raced the other way.Syracuse was up by two with just four minutes and left in the game when a Lindenwood player crushed the SU forward as she skated through the offensive zone.Lidenwood forward Sarah Bobrowski closed in on SU goalie Jenn Gilligan before SU defender Megan Quinn dove from behind and tripped her.On the bench, Paul Flanagan was irate, screaming, “Do your job,” to the referees.“That should have been a whistle, our power play, and ten seconds later, they’ve got a penalty shot,” Flanagan said. “That’s just, that’s poor officiating.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe penalty shot was the last chance the Lions would get. Syracuse scored three unanswered goals and held on to defeat Lindenwood, 3-1, at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Saturday. The Orange dominated in front of its opponents crease, scoring three rebound goals, which proved to be the difference.“Tonight, we were more determined to get to that gray areas to get loose pucks, and that made a huge difference,” Flanagan said. “… If you had an imaginary box around the net, that’s where we have to play.”Lindenwood capitalized on the only goal of the first period when Tigers forward Jordyn Constance beat Gilligan with a shot that hardly even left the ice.In the second period, though, Syracuse piled on 11 shots and plenty of chances.SU defender Akane Hosoyamada took a slapshot from the point that bounced off Lindenwood’s goalie, Nicole Hensley. Piacentini connected with the puck in mid-air and sent it home to knot the game at one.On the bench, SU defender Nicole Renault wrapped her arms around forward Eleanor Haines, who was standing next to her.“Lindenwood has a really good goaltender, so it’s tough to get goals by her,” Piacentini said. “I thought we did a good job of crashing the net and playing tough in front.”Just one minute into the third, Hensley saved SU defender Kaillie Goodnough’s initial shot from the point, but the puck caromed out to SU defender Larissa Martyniuk, who buried a one-time slapshot in the back of the net on the power play to put SU ahead, 2-1.Less than five minutes later, SU forward Emily Costales positioned herself in the crease and pounced on a rebound that sent Hensley to the ice. Costales lifted a defender’s stick and slid the puck through the goalie’s legs.Gilligan smacked her stick on the ice in celebration as she skated over to the bench to congratulate her teammates.“That’s something we’ve really struggled with throughout the season and I think today we were just able to capitalize on it,” Costales said of rebound goals. “We could do more, but it was pretty good today.”As Bobrowski stood at center ice to take the penalty shot, late in the third, Gilligan said to the referee explaining penalty shot rules to her, “Just get the girl to skate toward me.”Gilligan lunged forward with her stick to poke check the puck away, but missed. Gilligan stretched out her right leg as Bobrowski fired a shot, and stopped the puck with her pad.With a minute left, LaCombe returned to the ice and the crowd roared as she nearly scored on the empty net.After the game, Flanagan was still upset with the play at the end of the game, but Gilligan’s defense and the SU offense made that point moot.“A lot of goalies get a little nervous for penalty shots,” Gilligan said, “and those are situations that I live for.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgAfter scoring just one goal in her past four games, Megan Carney knew that she needed to pick up her play. The freshman attack already had a five-game, multi-goal streak earlier this season, and knew she was capable of more. “I woke up and I was like, ‘I need to play well today, I need to get my head out of my ass,’” Carney said. “I guess that’s what happened.” Carney broke out of her recent slump on Wednesday, notching career-highs with four goals and five assists to help push No. 3 Syracuse (13-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) past Virginia Tech (8-6, 1-3), 14-13. Her nine points are two more than any other SU player has tallied in a game this season, while her five assists also mark a season-high for an Orange player. Both totals are more than Carney had in her last six games combined, and every point was important in Syracuse’s fourth one-goal victory of the season. It took little time for her to earn her first point of the game, as she found Mary Rahal just 58 seconds into the game. Her first goal came two minutes later, after Nicole Levy rebounded a shot that went awry and set up her fellow attack to put Syracuse up 2-0. When her second goal, off a feed from Meaghan Tyrrell, found the back of the net with just under 22 minutes left in the first half, the SU bench exploded with cheers. “Yee-haw!” They yelled. “Yeah country Meg!”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCarney, a McKinney, Texas native, was hit in the head and pushed down on the play, but it didn’t affect her. To end the first half, Levy pump faked a pass before dishing it to Carney, who dropped in her third goal of the game. SU head coach Gary Gait attributed her success in part to the defensive formation the Hokies used throughout. They employed four players to defend Syracuse’s three midfielders, allowing one of the Orange attack to be left unguarded at all times. More often than not that attack ended up being Carney, who stationed herself behind the goal in order to facilitate the offense. “The way the defense played, she got to play quarterback,” Gait said. “She was aggressive early and things were going for her. We need players to step up in situations like this where they were giving us the advantage coming from behind the goal, and she took advantage of it.”When Virginia Tech cut Syracuse’s lead to three late in the first half, Carney used her “quarterback” position to give the Orange some breathing room heading into halftime. First, she found Tyrrell rolling to the front of the net to push SU’s lead back up to four. Then she followed up Levy’s pair of assists with one of her own, finding the senior for a slick goal with 17 seconds left in the half. Her five assists has her up to 16 on the season, second on the team behind Levy, while her 21 goals rank fifth on the Orange. Her versatility has impressed Tyrrell, who noted that Carney can both shoot off the run and pass off a feed. Tyrrell is one half of Syracuse’s high-scoring, freshman duo, but the team’s offense is undoubtedly led by Emily Hawryschuk, whose 51 goals are more than anyone else on the team has points. Even Hawryschuk was in awe of Carney’s play on Wednesday, though.“I don’t think I ever had nine points (as a freshman), so she already has me beat there,” Hawryschuk said. “She’s an awesome player, she’s very smart, she executes every game, so it’s awesome to see her excel.”The freshman starred at the start of the second half, when Carney scored on an empty-net, free-position shot and then assisted on a Hawryschuk goal. She finished her performance the same way she started it, with an assist on Syracuse’s last goal of the game. “She has that potential, that’s why she plays,” Gait said. “She’s got unbelievable talent, she’s got great potential, and today she delivered on it.” Comments Published on April 3, 2019 at 8:06 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersI had the privilege of watching Kobe up close, of interviewing him and writing about him, during his formative years with the Lakers.Complete coverage: Kobe Bryant helicopter crashHis first 10 years in the NBA coincided with my 10 years as a general sports columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News. In that great decade for L.A. sports, the job meant covering the Lakers three-peat, the Pete Carroll Trojans’ titles, the Angels’ World Series championship. Plus lots of Dodgers drama good and bad.The best part was observing Bryant from his debut as a teenager to his prime, from the triumphant but turbulent years with Shaquille O’Neal through his seasons as the Lakers’ lone superstar, from hero to villain and back in the eyes of L.A. fans amid clashes with management and the law. This was more instructive than all the rest of that decade about modern sports and celebrity and the dynamics of individual and team greatness.As a columnist, you drop in the big story of the moment. Unless your face is on ESPN a lot, players might not know you as well as they know the daily beat writers. I can count on one hand the athletes who ever walked across a locker room to say hi – not to praise or complain about something I wrote or to honor an interview request, but just to say it’s been a while and good to see you. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Bryant was one who did that, in a hockey arena in Bakersfield before a Lakers exhibition game one year in the 2000s. What might sound like a bland gesture was just the sort of small human kindness that’s rare enough in such settings to be memorable.Probably he was aware that I had often favored him when I wrote about his feud with O’Neal; or he appreciated the commitment of someone who would chug up HIghway 99 to sit in on a preseason game. Or he was just showing the kind of awareness of people around him that you’ll read about in many writers’ remembrances this week.From the beginning, even as Bryant displayed a selfish streak, a famous single-mindedness about his craft, a sometimes aloof and calculating personality, I was surprised that he was at all well-adjusted and often normal. That was no sure thing, given that he’d been immersed in basketball since birth, the hoops-obsessed son of an NBA player.Living in Italy for most of his childhood while Joe Bryant played there would have a broadening effect, of course. But it also put even more of his focus on basketball, since he saw America through NBA videos sent by his grandfather and trips to the United States to play in a summer league.His interest in the world outside basketball was a tribute to his intelligence and, no doubt, the adults in his life, both family and coaches.By the end of his playing career, the “selfish” player had helped two almost entirely different Lakers rosters to multiple championships. The kid who had skipped from high school to the NBA, and missed the intense bond between a player and his college, had more than made up for it with his 20-year connection with the Lakers and their fans. That the emotions between Bryant and fans ran the gamut only made the emotional journey more complete.The player we’d always known was great, but couldn’t always be sure was good, left the court a hero.All of which followed a familiar heel-to-hero athletic career arc. It would have been sad enough if his life had ended then.The short years since make this especially poignant. Bryant was on his way to a second life in the arts, in business, as a father, as driven as he’d been in basketball. Like John Lennon, who died at 40, he was starting over.The one-time prodigy was now the adult mentor in the lives of young NBA stars.As a Hollywood rookie, he won an Oscar as the writer and narrator of the animated short film “Dear Basketball.”Once charged with rape – though not tried, and neither convicted nor exonerated – he was the doting father to four girls and an advocate for women in sports.For once, the word “legacy” isn’t being overused. Kobe’s is heavy and complicated.Figuring out how to emulate and honor him will be hard.Writing Monday on Instagram as if he were addressing Bryant directly, LeBron James said: “I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation and it’s my responsibility to put this (expletive) on my back and keep it going!!”That might be too much responsibility for one player or even a whole Lakers team. Dedicate the season to Kobe, sure, but it’s too much to think the Lakers will have let him down if they don’t win the NBA title. That’s taking “rings or bust” thinking to an even more ridiculous extreme than usual.We haven’t wrestled with many tragedies quite like this before.Kobe Bryant’s great days as a player were behind him, and we mourn that promise fulfilled. But he seemed to be living his best days as a person when he died, and we mourn what else might have been.There’s a movie in this too. If only he could have made it.center_img We’re all too used to the tragedy of a great athlete dying young. We make movies about such sad figures: Lou Gehrig. Steve Prefontaine. Brian Piccolo.We’re not as prepared, it turns out, to handle the tragedy of a great ex-athlete dying young.It’s one of the reasons that Bryant’s Song is a different story.By the time he died at age 41 along with his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday, Kobe Bryant was into a second act that was all the more amazing to those who watched him from the start of the first.last_img read more