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_imgIn an effort to close the cultural gap between international and domestic students and to introduce the student body to cultural diversity on campus, the International Student Assembly is hosting USC’s first Multicultural Carnival Saturday in McCarthy Quad.With the largest number of international students of any university in the United States, USC has 41 countries represented in its student body.Members of the International Student Assembly post flyers for their Multicultural Carnival, to be held on Saturday. – Mike Lee|Daily TrojanBut, many of those students struggle with adapting to the social and cultural gaps between international and domestic students, according to Eshan Saluja, director of programming and development for ISA.“I think there is a huge gap between international students and domestic students,” said Saluja, a junior majoring in business administration. “Even though USC has the largest international population, the problem is that there is not that much interaction apart from class or group work. Americans hang out with Americans, Chinese with Chinese and Indian with Indian.”ISA is hoping the carnival, slated to run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., will serve as a jumping-off point for students from different cultures to interact with one another. The carnival will include booths from different international student organizations on campus, featuring culture-specific activities such as a chopstick game with the Chinese Students Association, as well as samples of the country’s cuisine.“We are trying to encourage the connection between different nationality groups … including domestic students,” said Matthew Leung, executive director of the ISA and a sophomore majoring in business finance.The Carnival will feature international activities, and also some traditionally American pastimes.Leung said the ISA is hoping to attract even more visitors to the carnival by broadcasting the USC-Notre Dame game on a high-definition TV.“We are trying to see if we can incorporate American culture with the different international games so we don’t involve only international students and so we can attract domestic students,” he said. “Also, international students can learn about football, which is an American experience as well as a Trojan experience.”A number of students planning to participate in the event said they are looking forward to a chance to promote their own culture.“Apart from wanting to get to know other cultures, we want to tell other people about our culture,” said Silviana Hurniawan, a junior majoring in communication and the public relations officer for the Association of Indonesian Students. “Apart from the disaster, I don’t think anybody has any idea of what Indonesian culture is like.”Others are hoping the carnival will help integrate international and domestic students on campus.“There is a disconnect. Even though I feel like people are trying to push us together, there is a still a gap,” said Siyucu Fan, a junior from China who is majoring in design. “[But] I think the carnival will be good. It’s a good way to introduce cultures.”The turnout and success of the carnival — ISA is hoping to get around 1,000 attendees — will determine whether it will become a tradition, Leung said.“It’s amazing the opportunity our domestic students have to get to know and experience so many countries represented here at USC,” Becky Peterson, an international student advisor at the Office of International Services, wrote in an email.last_img read more

first_imgAn incredulous Bob Arum labeled Andres Gutierrez a “disgrace” after the fighter was pulled out of his WBC super featherweight world title eliminator against Oscar Valdez for weighing in a stunning 11 pounds over the limit.Valdez’s debut at 130 pounds will now come against late replacement Adam Lopez, who was previously scheduled to appear on the undercard. Veteran promoter Arum told FightHype.com: “I’ve seen a guy two or three pounds overweight, that’s still unprofessional. To come in 11 pounds overweight is a f—ing disgrace. We’re throwing him out of the hotel.”Join DAZN to watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 and 100-plus fight nights a yearAsked if there was any chance of Valdez still facing Gutierrez, Arum added: “I am not allowing, and neither would the commission allow, a fight to go ahead at 130 when a guy comes in 11 pounds over that. You’re not allowed. There’s rules.”Gutierrez was duly suspended by the WBC, which lamented his “embarrassing and extraordinary action” in a statement. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said: “What just happened in Las Vegas is of extreme concern. Gutierrez is officially suspended by the WBC and we will initiate a thorough investigation of the facts.”Before Lopez’s promotion to the main event was confirmed, a dejected Valdez made it clear he was still willing to face Gutierrez.”My immediate reaction was ‘I’ll still fight him,’ because now there’s even more anger. Now I really want to get in there and really kick your ass.” @CrystinaPoncher with @oscarvaldez56 , who has even more motivation now against a new opponent. #ValdezLopez | TOMORROW | ESPN+ pic.twitter.com/L4ZWhOv7Eo— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) November 30, 2019″It’s unbelievable. I had to hear it [Gutierrez’s weight] twice because I wasn’t sure if it was 131 or 141. When I saw it was 141, I couldn’t believe that,” Valdez, the former WBO featherweight champion, said. “It’s very unprofessional. I’m very upset. I’m just very disappointed in him.”last_img read more