Newcastle slipped to a timid 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat with Janmaat sent off before half-time for two bookable offences. The Dutch defender was booked after twice fouling Jefferson Montero and banished four minutes before the break for pulling back the Ecuadorian winger deep inside the Swansea half. Newcastle manager Steve McClaren called it a “harsh” decision and felt referee Mike Jones should have shown leniency, but Janmaat was remorseful and apologised to his team-mates and the club’s supporters for his red card. “It was stupid of me and I have to apologise to my team-mates, the supporters and everybody, because trying to win a game with 10 men is very difficult,” Janmaat told nufc.co.uk. “The first yellow card was clear. The second one, I lost the ball, he (Montero) ran past me and in a split-second I touched him. “I pulled him back and that was stupid. “With 11 men at Swansea it is already hard but with 10 men it makes it almost impossible. We didn’t give up though, and the rest of the team gave it everything, but it was a disappointing game.” Janmaat’s actions provoked a spat between McClaren and his Swansea counterpart Garry Monk, who accused Newcastle of trying to stop the in-form Montero with a tactic to “basically try and kick him”. McClaren rejected that accusation by saying his team are “not capable of doing that” but it was a damage limitation exercise for Newcastle after Andre Ayew had added to Bafetimbi Gomis’ early opener within seven minutes of the restart. Ayew now has two goals in two games since his summer move from Marseille and the Ghana forward appears to have made a seamless transition into English football. Daryl Janmaat has admitted his “stupid” actions cost Newcastle any chance of success at Swansea. “He (Ayew) has contributed fantastic and I thought he played exceptionally well,” Monk said. “I brought him off because I thought at that point the ref was giving out some yellow cards quite cheaply and I didn’t want any risk of it being evened up. “But the whole team contributed and I was very pleased with the performance. “I don’t think the sending-off mattered as we dominated from start to finish, we were clinical and defended well again with a clean sheet.” Swansea started their season with a 2-2 draw away to champions Chelsea and have had a player sent off against them in each game. “The Premier League is physical and ferocious at times and you have to be able to stand up to it,” Monk said. “My players have shown we can handle that side of it and we can give it ourselves as well, which is important, but we try to play football.” Press Association
Slightly laden down with tryptophan and a little too much pumpkin pie from my delayed Thanksgiving celebration, I sat in the press conference room of the Kohl Center at about 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 24, 2012.I was tired. I had just spent the entire day conversing with aunts and uncles I see on an average of twice a year. But the exhaustion from a marathon of conversation paled in comparison to the 60 minutes of hockey I had just witnessed. As I sat there, contemplating the game, all I could think was “not this again.”It was only 10 games into the season and the Badgers had just finished only their second home stand. I had only seen them play live a total of four times. Of those four games, Wisconsin had not won a single tilt. Up to that point in the season, the record stood at 1-7-2.It was the beginning of my second year on the beat. I had just covered a team that finished its 2011-12 campaign at 17-18-2 overall and 11-15-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Adding to their mediocre performance that year, the Badgers exited the playoffs after only one weekend.Last season had been just so-so, but this was just unfathomable.When I prepped for the start of the season only weeks earlier, the team spoke with so much confidence about its potential for the year. Certainly, teams will always say they expect to go far, but there was definite sureness in their voices – they knew what they could be capable of.Ten games later, that confidence was incredibly hard to find. In fact, no one was trying to make light of the situation. Senior forward and assistant captain Ryan Little didn’t hesitate to admit they were practically sitting at rock bottom.I wasn’t ready to give up on this team. I knew this team was capable of more than what they were putting on the ice. I had seen them develop a young team into a more mature one a year ago. I had seen young guys forced to take on more than they probably should have as freshmen and sophomores.More than that, I had seen them play at some of the highest levels. At the end of the 2011-12 season the Badgers traveled to Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis and held an eventually Frozen Four-bound Gopher squad to a 4-1 decision March 2, 2012. They entered one of the most hostile environments in college hockey and stole a win from a then-ranked No. 4 Minnesota.That night in November, I couldn’t quite put it all together. I saw the results, couldn’t explain it, but wasn’t ready to call it a season. But I was certainly fearful Wisconsin wouldn’t find a way to turn the ship – as head coach Mike Eaves chanted on end.I wasn’t ready to call it a season, but I resigned to the fact that I was bound to cover another “building” year.Then the unprecedented happened: Wisconsin went on a 21-5-5 tear that housed an 11-game unbeaten streak and an 11-game in-conference unbeaten streak en route to a Broadmoor Trophy and an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.On March 23, as I clutched my computer screen – unable to type due to nerves – and couldn’t control an inane bounce in my legs, which was only a further manifestation of my jitters, I watched Wisconsin defend a 3-2 lead over Colorado College in the WCHA Final Five Championship game and truly become the team I imagined they could be.My purported steely objectivity was out the door. I wasn’t cheering but, by God, I could not wipe the smile off my face. I thought back to that November night and it was hard to comprehend it was still the same season. Wisconsin had gone from the lowest of lows to one of the higher highs – the highest is still under pursuit, a national championship.Of course, after the win the main question on everyone’s mind was simply, how?How could a team that had one win in its first 10 games even come close to winning the WCHA playoff title?How could a team that seemed to have repeatedly shot itself in the foot and couldn’t win an overtime game to save its season possibly legitimately be in the hunt for a national title?Ask them and they’ll simply tell you they’ve been playing do-or-die hockey for months now.“We were playing for our lives,” senior defenseman and captain John Ramage said in a press conference Monday. “If we lost on Saturday against CC, we’d be out, and we’d be done. So we’ve been fighting for our lives for a while here. Like I said before, back in the Denver series, we were 1-7-2. If we didn’t start playing well then, our season would have been done really early. So just fighting for our lives.”Beyond playing for their season for weeks on end, Eaves and Co. credit getting the right mix on the ice with getting their full roster back after injuries were cured and suspensions served. That “right mix” created a chemistry that went on to find the back of the net – and often. The Badgers saw consistent production from its top two lines and help when needed from its third and fourth. Beyond just the forwards five different defensemen scored over the final stretch of their season, three of which have scored multiple times.All that depth led to 92 goals over their last 31 games to date (starting at Denver Nov. 30 with their turnaround). Thirty-six of those goals were scored over the Badgers last nine games where they went 8-9-0, winning six straight for the WCHA title.So while I’m certainly thankful I’ve been able to witness this incredible ride – with the NCAA tournament yet to be played – I’m just happy that part of me that was ready to give up on this season didn’t.But let it be known Wisconsin’s turnaround isn’t an attempt to stick it to the man, or to quiet critics – myself included.“I mean, I don’t feel like we really did it to prove other people wrong,” junior forward Tyler Barnes said in Monday’s press conference. “It was more for the locker room and to prove it to ourselves and reaffirm what we actually believed. I mean, you’re going to have people like that whether you’re having success or failure. So it’s not really something where you want to sit up here and stick it to somebody. We’re just happy with what we’re able to accomplish for each other.”Kelly is a senior majoring in journalism. Have you been along for this roller coaster ride with Wisconsin all season? Let her know at email@example.com or give her a follow on Twitter @kellymerickson.
Senior outside hitter Jack Wyett passes a serve-receive ball against Princeton Jan. 31 at Galen Center. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) After beating then-No. 3 UC Irvine at home last week, the USC Trojans fell in a five-set rematch with the No. 4 Anteaters Saturday night at the Bren Events Center.Senior opposite Karl Apfelbach led the Anteaters with 19 kills, 8 digs and two aces in their 25-20, 25-27, 19-25, 25-23, 15-10 victory over USC. Apfelbach, senior outside hitter Aaron Koubi and junior middle blocker Scott Stadick each put up season-highs in kills with 19, 14 and 11 kills, respectively.USC built a 12-9 lead early in the first set, but UCI plunged forward scoring 6 unanswered points to pull ahead with a 15-12 lead that the Trojans could not recover from.The roles reversed in the second set, with UCI starting out with the lead to set the score at 8-3. The Trojans tied the score up at 19-19, but the Anteaters pulled ahead once again for a 23-21 advantage. USC scored the final 3 points of the set for a win for the Trojans, 27-25.USC quickly racked up an 11-6 lead in the third set, scoring 5 unanswered points. The Anteaters did close in on the Trojans 16-14, but USC never gave up its dominance, resulting in a 25-19 set.In the fourth set, UCI opened with a 5-3 lead, and widened the gap to 17-10, but USC turned it on and tied up the set at 22-22. But the Anteaters finished strong enough to win the set 25-23.The Anteaters came hot out the gate in the fifth set, scoring the first 5 points, but the Trojans weren’t able to catch up, ending the last set at 15-10.Senior outside hitters Ryan Moss, Jack Wyett and Gianluca Grasso led the Trojan offense with 18, 16 and 12 kills, respectively. Sophomore setter Chris Hall and senior libero Matt Douglas led the team on defense with 18 and 13 digs, respectively. Hall and redshirt junior middle blocker Tyler Resnick served three aces each.“Our defensive tenacity was good in comparison to other nights that we’ve had prior to this game,” Wyett said. “Our passing’s been … a staple for us this season and that kind of dictates our play. We came into the game a little bit hesitant, so that’s where we did a good job at bouncing back.”Preparing for the match, USC watched UCI players’ strategies on film. In practice, the Trojans mimicked the Anteaters’ style of play and shaped their defense around it.Wyett said that the Trojans’ blocking schemes and serving at crunch time broke down toward the end of the match. “I felt that we let them get on a couple rolls where we had to fight back a little bit, but we knew we were the better team,” Wyett said. “But sometimes … we would just kind of hang our heads a little bit and then we’d kick it into gear when we had to fight back, rather than just putting our foot on the gas from the get-go.”UCI played two matches in Arizona on Friday before flying home for its match against USC. “We knew they were going to be tired, but sometimes people kind of overlook the fact that once you get into the game, fatigue actually doesn’t play that much of a factor,” Wyett said. “And so, the mental preparation of knowing that we’re playing the No. 4 team in the nation was something that we really had to trust and knowing that our past win also wasn’t a fluke. We’re more talented than those guys.”The Trojans are back home this week to start Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference play, taking on Grand Canyon 7 p.m. Thursday at Galen Center.
WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 8th August, 2020 08:20 IST Racing Point Penalised, Hamilton Fastest In Practice Ahead Of 70th Anniversary GP Lewis Hamilton, who holds a 30-point championship lead over team-mate Valtteri Bottas, finished fastest in practice for Sunday’s race at Silverstone FOLLOW US First Published: 8th August, 2020 08:20 IST Written By LIVE TV COMMENT Lewis Hamilton, who holds a 30-point championship lead over team-mate Valtteri Bottas, finished fastest in practice for Sunday’s race at Silverstone.Hamilton will move to within three victories of Michael Schumacher’s win record of 91 if he triumphs again on Sunday. He will also equal the German’s all-time tally of 155 career podiums if he finishes in the top three.Sergio Perez will miss a second Formula 1 race at Silverstone this week after again testing positive for the coronavirus.The Mexican driver had hoped to return after spending seven days in quarantine, but his Racing Point team said on Friday morning he had tested positive.Also, Racing Point was deducted 15 points in the Formula One constructors’ championship and fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) Friday for using brake ducts based on those from last year’s Mercedes cars.Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO US