De Guzman has Monk smiling

first_img The Swans had endured nine matches without victory and found themselves being sucked into the Barclays Premier League relegation battle, but a dominant performance at the Liberty Stadium exorcised some of the demons that had been haunting the Welsh outfit. Dutchman De Guzman, on-loan from Villarreal and yet to sign a permanent deal, scored a brace and was involved in much of his side’s good work – impressing interim manager Monk. Swansea boss Garry Monk hailed the skill and desire shown by the likes of Jonathan de Guzman and Wilfried Bony after they helped fire his side to a much-needed 3-0 win over Norwich. Monk said of his personal man of the match: “He epitomised everything that was good about us today – his movement, his desire to get the ball back when we lost it. “It would be an important signing for the club, but you obviously have to speak to the player and see how he feels as well.” De Guzman’s double was scored in the space of just eight first-half minutes. After half an hour, he struck sweetly from 18 yards after the Norwich defence failed to clear a Jonjo Shelvey cross. He had brutish but skilful striker Bony to thank for teeing up his second with a sublime drag-over and backheel that pierced the defence, allowing De Guzman to calmly side-foot his finish past the despairing John Ruddy. Lively winger Wayne Routledge capped off an impressive second-half performance by putting the result beyond doubt when he latched onto a deft Shelvey through-ball and converted. Of the skills top-scorer Bony showed, Monk said: “For me, it was great for the crowd to see. That’s why I brought him off a couple of minutes before (the end), because I thought he needed to feel that appreciation from the crowd for his performance. “I thought he was magnificent, but I know what he’s like. He’ll be disappointed he came off with a minute or two minutes to go, because he wants to get that goal himself – that’s the way he is. “But it was good for our crowd to see that other side of him, that creativity side of him. Everything he did today came off. “It was a good three points. A very important three points. In quite a few games we’ve played a lot better and got nothing, so it was pleasing. “Don’t get me wrong, in some spells today we were very, very good, some of the creativity we had, the way we passed the ball and the movement, especially for the goals. “But there were other periods where we weren’t so good, which we have to improve on, and that’s what I told the players. But in the realms of it all – three goals, three points and a clean sheet – I can’t really be complaining.” The emphatic win puts Swansea up to 13th in the table, seven points ahead of their arch rivals Cardiff, who are in the relegation zone. Norwich, meanwhile, lie 15th and six points from trouble. Canaries boss Chris Hughton said he came to the Liberty Stadium with a positive formation and mindset, but that his side did not deserve to get anything out of the game. Away from home, they have picked up only two points from the last 24, and are struggling to break that poor run. “We find it very difficult away from home just to get that right formula,” Hughton said. “In a game when you’re up against a team that’s as good a passing team as Swansea are, you can’t give them the amount of ball we gave them. “I thought we conceded three soft goals. They showed great quality with what they have and real pace to get those goals, but it’s that balancing act at the moment. “If we’re not good enough on the ball we’ve got to make sure we’re not conceding goals and at the moment, away from home, we’re not doing either.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Team Believe I Can Do The Job, That Matters: Vijay Shankar

first_imgNew Delhi: All-rounder Vijay Shankar being picked as India’s No.4 batsman for the World Cup saw the birth of the biggest debate to engulf Indian cricket in recent times. Former cricketers and pundits have had their say and many believe that Ambati Rayudu or Rishabh Pant would have been a better option. But then, the five wise men — national selectors — clearly thought otherwise when they felt that Shankar fits the bill.Interestingly, criticism and Shankar have a history. They go hand-in-hand, to be honest. Not many cricket fans in the country would have forgotten the all-rounder’s struggle against Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Trophy and the hate reaction that followed on social media after Shankar struggled with the bat during India’s chase and ended with a 19-ball 17. Even though India won the game, Shankar was made to relive the horror of his innings again and again by media and fans. But every dark cloud has a silver lining.Speaking to IANS, Vijay Shankar said that it was a life lesson and one that made him a stronger human being who realized the importance of enjoying the moment and not putting too much pressure on himself on the cricket field. In fact, he also says that not many realized that it was just his first outing with the bat as an India player.“I would definitely say the Nidahas Trophy was a life-changing experience as a cricketer for me. It has been a year and everyone knows what happened and how difficult it was.“I would have easily attended 50 phone calls from all over India. The press people kept calling me and asked me the same question. Even the social media and all was a little difficult for me, I felt a little disappointed and took me some time to get out of that zone.“But on the hindsight, it taught me how to come out of that, learned how to handle situations. That incident showed me that one bad day isn’t the end of the world. It hasn’t happened only to me, has happened to many top players over the years.“The best thing is that it happened on my first outing with the bat. I had bowled in the series, but that was the first time I went in to bat. I didn’t realize what happened right then, but that was a life lesson. It taught me to enjoy every moment as things as such episodes are temporary and I must focus on giving my 100 percent,” he explained.Coming back to the much-debated batting slot in the World Cup, Vijay Shankar has learned to de-stress and not get bothered by what is being said around him. For him, it is the team management that counts. (IANS) Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Lamolinara’s strong title-game performance not enough to lift Syracuse past Duke

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ PHILADELPHIA — Dominic Lamolinara has been through the grind of college lacrosse. He’s played for two storied programs — first Maryland, now Syracuse — in two hotbeds of lacrosse. He’s been a walk-on and a transfer, a starter and a backup goaltender, playing the position with more pressure than any other.And after Monday, he can add a strong performance in a national championship game to his already crowded resume.“He really played solid, especially in the second half,” SU head coach John Desko said. “He not only made good saves, made some spectacular saves, some one-on-one saves that allowed us to be in the game today.”Lamolinara made 11 saves — eight in the first half as his team led and three in the second as he faced a barrage of shots in Syracuse’s 16-10 NCAA championship loss to Duke.He opened up the game by stuffing midfielder Jake Tripucka at the doorstep in the opening minute, but for the most part the Orange defense did a good job keeping the Blue Devils away from the net.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLater in the quarter, though, Lamolinara made perhaps his best save of the game when Duke midfielder David Lawson used a spin move to get free at the net. Lamolinara made one of the one-on-one saves that Desko raved about to preserve SU’s shutout first quarter.“Yeah, they stopped us,” Duke attack Josh Dionne said, “but I think it was more we were stopping ourselves because we were just trying to make a play instead of playing the way we know how to.”Lamolinara turned away eight of the 13 shots on goal he saw in the first half, but was left out to dry in the second. There was nothing he could do when the Blue Devils won 11-of-17 faceoffs, his offense rushed possessions and he saw an onslaught of 23 shots, 14 of which found their way on goal. A game where Lamolinara stopped less than 50 percent of the shots he saw, felt like a victory anyway.The biggest victory of all, though, on a day that Syracuse lost the biggest game of its season, was the affirmation that Lamolinara could get it done on any stage. Since taking over for Bobby Wardwell at halftime of a win over Johns Hopkins on March 16, he’s passed every test thrown in front of him.He starred in the Big East tournament, backing an otherworldly defense, and played three stellar NCAA tournament games before proving his mettle again on Monday.“A couple (shots) in these playoff games could have gone in and we might have been watching today,” Desko said. “But fortunately we weren’t, and we had the opportunity to play in this game. I think a lot of it had to do with Dom.” Comments Published on May 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2center_img Related Stories DEVIL’S X: Faceoffs doom Syracuse as Duke beats Orange 16-10 in national championship gameDuke’s plethora of offensive weapons one-ups Syracuse at own gameWilson: Seniors Marasco, Megill leave behind polished legacy despite loss in championship gameRice carries Syracuse offense as Orange builds 5-goal lead, fades away in second half of NCAA title gamelast_img read more

Man City book place in last 16 of Champions League

first_imgManchester City followed Leicester into the last-16 of the Champions League last night. It followed their 1-1 draw away to Borussia Monchengladbach, a game that saw both sides finish with ten men. Barcelona were confirmed as Group C winners with a 2-nil win away to Celtic.  Arsenal were already assured a knockout place, but missed out on securing top spot in Group A for now, as they were held to a 2-2 draw by P-S-G at the Emirates.last_img