Allardyce: I’ve excelled at Hammers

first_img “It’s been talked about in the dressing room with me, Kevin (Nolan) and Andy (Carroll),” said Allardyce, of two others with Newcastle connections. “From our point of view it’s about being professional, not about what we do because it’s Newcastle and we were there. “It’s about trying to win there for the benefit of ourselves and the justification for everybody else in terms of who are fighting that relegation battle. We have to try and do our very best. “You can’t show any sympathy for anybody, because nobody shows any sympathy for you.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez praised the Hammers and Allardyce. “West Ham have been a joy to watch,” Martinez said. “They play dynamic football, really, really attacking-minded. “I think the new players they have brought in have brought a lot to the team and into the league. “And to see them performing straight away, a foreign player coming into this league, is down to the manager. “What the manager has created is an environment where the team is able to perform from day one so I think West Ham’s season has been very, very impressive.” Despite the loss, West Ham’s chances of qualifying for the Europa League through the fair play standings improved as Everton were shown four yellow cards to their hosts’ one. The Toffees, who played in this season’s Europa League, will continue to target continental competition. “We don’t want to be a team that is just happy to be top 10,” Martinez said. “We want to win titles and we want to be in Europe and that is where we should be through history and pedigree.” Everton play Tottenham in their final game this term, meaning Aaron Lennon’s loan spell is over. Asked whether Lennon will return to Goodison Park, Martinez said: “I think you have to ask that to a crystal ball. Aaron has been phenomenal, a really successful loan period. “We will see what happens in the future.” The Hammers lost 2-1 to Everton on Saturday in potentially Allardyce’s final home match as boss, with his contract to expire imminently and talks with co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan on hold until the end of the season. Allardyce hopes West Ham can achieve the best points haul in the three seasons since he guided them back to the top flight with victory at his former club Newcastle next Sunday. Sam Allardyce has hit out at those in football with short memories and vowed to ask why if his contract as West Ham manager is not renewed. “Everybody in the world of football has very short memories,” Allardyce said. “It’s only what happened a couple of weeks ago or next week that matters. What happened four months ago is forgotten, whether that’s good, bad or indifferent. That’s football. “I want to see it through, yes. That depends on a lot of anomalies in terms of negotiations – not just myself but those involved around me. And of course how we’re going to progress in terms of recruitment. “I’ve never heard them say I’m not doing a good job. I’ll find out next week and then I can ask them why – see if they give me an honest answer. “We’re 11th with 47 points so we’ve got to try and get that 50-point mark and hope it gets us to 10th. “Even if it doesn’t it’s still been an outstanding season and for me an outstanding three years back in the Premier League. “I’ve only had to worry about relegation for about six weeks in three seasons.” If West Ham do win at Newcastle, the Magpies could be consigned to the drop, depending on how Hull fare against Manchester United. Press Associationlast_img read more

Big Ten championship game breakdown: Wisconsin vs. Michigan State

first_imgRecapIt was a fairly even first half, as Wisconsin and Michigan State traded baskets and leads throughout the first 20 minutes of the game, and neither team held a lead larger than five points. The Spartans went into the locker room with a one-point lead following a Kaminsky three at the buzzer.Then, the second half happened.After trading leads once again for most of the second half, it appeared the game was all but over when a Branden Dawson steal and dunk capped off a Michigan State run and put the Spartans up 11 with 7:45 remaining. But a Koenig three and Kaminsky dunk gave the Badgers some momentum as they pulled within five. That Koenig three set off a 34-12 Wisconsin run, which included winning the overtime period 11-0. Michigan State shot just 5-of-15 from the field over that stretch, and the Badgers won 80-61.Turning PointWith 6:17 left in the second half and Wisconsin down 10, Kaminsky forced his way to the basket and rose up for a dunk plus a foul. Kaminsky hit the free throw and provided the spark the Badgers needed at that point in the game. That dunk was the start of a 31-10 run that pushed Wisconsin to an 11-point victory and a Big Ten tournament championship.When you knew it was overA Koenig three-pointer with 2:08 left in the overtime period felt like a dagger at the time, but we really knew it was over when Nigel Hayes stepped up to the free throw line twice over a 25-second span and hit four shots at the foul line to seal the deal for the Badgers. At that point, Wisconsin was up 10 with just over a minute remaining, and it was all but over.Wisconsin Player of the GameNigel Hayes had 25 points (5-11 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 12-12 FT), five rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes.From start to finish, Hayes was Wisconsin’s best player. His 25 points matched a career-high, but the most astounding part of the sophomore’s performance was his free-throw shooting, going a perfect 12-12 from the line. While Kaminsky, Dekker and Koenig all struggled at times for UW, Hayes remained steady the entire 45 minutes for Wisconsin on Sunday.Michigan State Player of the GameDenzel Valentine finished with 16 points (6-12 FG, 4-6 3Pt), eight rebounds and six assists in 41 minutes.When Michigan State needed a big shot Sunday, Valentine was there to deliver. His biggest hoop came after Kaminsky hit a three to give the Badgers a three-point lead with 1:44 remaining in the second half. Valentine came back down the court and hit a basket from behind the arc right over the top of the tournament MVP to tie the game. Shot after shot, Valentine was in a rhythm for the Spartans for most of the game, but it just wasn’t enough for Michigan State in the end.Key Stats– Michigan State dominated down low in the losing effort, outscoring the Badgers 36-20 in the paint.– After shooting an astounding 57.4 percent from the field in regulation, Michigan State went 0-6 from the field in overtime.– After scoring just one point and struggling to get anything going in the first half, Bronson Koenig scored 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the second half and overtime.– Wisconsin committed just seven turnovers to Michigan State’s 13, and the Badgers scored 16 points off those turnovers to the Spartans’ eight.– Wisconsin (17-20) and Michigan State (9-9) combined to go 26-29 (89.7 percent) from the free-throw line.Game Notes– Wisconsin’s 31st victory of the season ties the school’s single-season record– Wisconsin trailed Michigan State by 11 points at one point, matching its largest deficit this season– Wisconsin outscored the Spartans 13-0 over the final 5:43 of the game– Wisconsin’s 13 made three-point baskets is a season best– Duje Dukan scored 11 points off the bench, which was his first double-digit game since he tallied 10 vs. Nebraska on Jan. 11 QuotableKoenig on this being their final test before the NCAA tournament:“I thought it was really good for us to kind of have a game like this where we were behind with seven minutes left. They kind of thought they had us when we were down 11, but I just kept telling our guys, you keep fighting, never give up, and that’s what we did, and luckily we were fortunate enough and came out with a win.”Kaminsky on the atmosphere at the United Center:“It was awesome. You could hear it. Just how many fans we had there and the different between fan bases. It was the one thing that was in our favor [to] obviously have that loud of fans when we are trying to make a run is very, very good. They do factor into the game and how the other team plays. I think without our fans there, maybe things don’t go the same way.”Kaminsky on the play of Bronson Koenig:“I’d like to split that trophy right down the middle with Bronson. He was fantastic.“Bronson doesn’t get fazed very much. We all know if he misses 10, he is bound to make the next 10. We had the confidence in him, we were still passing him the ball and we were still telling him to shoot. When [his shots] did go in, we weren’t surprised at all.”Dukan on how the team fought back:“We are a resilient bunch. We’ve been down in this tournament already twice in the last two games. We didn’t panic. We just stuck with it and basically chomped at the bit, slowly cutting down the lead.”last_img read more

Lewandowski out to add to dream season start for Bayern Munich

first_imgGermany host Argentina in a friendly in Dortmund on October 9, but Hummels is not waiting for a call from German boss Joachim Loew.“I try to think about it as little as possible,” he told magazine Sport Bild about a possible recall.“If it comes, it comes.“I was always proud to play for Germany and nothing has changed.”Key stats99 – The minutes it takes on average for Robert Lewandowski to score for Bayern Munich.38 – The shots Lewandowski (21) and Timo Werner (17) have had between them so far in 2019/20 — the league’s top two.23 – The aerial duals Mats Hummels has won so far this season, the league’s second-best tally.Fixtures (GMT — all times 1330 unless stated)FridaySchalke v Mainz (1830)SaturdayBayern Munich v Cologne, Bayer Leverkusen v Union Berlin, Hertha Berlin v Paderborn, Freiburg v Augsburg, Werder Bremen v RB Leipzig (1630)SundayBorussia Moenchengladbach v Fortuna Duesseldorf, Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Dortmund (1600)MondayWolfsburg v Hoffenheim (1830)Share on: WhatsApp Having netted his 200th goal for Bayern Munich on Wednesday, striker Robert Lewandowski is looking to extend his goal-scoring run to seven straight matches on Saturday at home to Cologne.Berlin, Germany | AFP | Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is poised to extend his dream start to the season this Saturday with the Polish star striker in the form of his career.Unusually for the defending champions, Bayern are not having things their own way in the Bundesliga and are fourth in the table after four matches before hosting Cologne on Saturday.However, it’s business as usual for Lewandowski in front of goal, scoring nine times in his last six games in all competitions.After hitting the back of the net in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw against league leaders RB Leipzig, Lewandowski warned he is just warming up: “I will play better in the coming weeks.”He has seven league goals from four league games, but both Leipzig’s Germany striker Timo Werner and Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer are on his tail with five each.Werner can add to his purple patch of seven goals in six games in all competitions at Werder Bremen on Saturday evening.Lewandowski, the Bundesliga’s top-scorer for the last two seasons, is no stranger to league scoring records since his jaw-dropping five goals in nine blistering minutes for Bayern in September 2015.He racked up his 200th Bayern goal on Wednesday, a classic poacher’s effort after capitalising on mistakes by Red Star Belgrade defenders in a 3-0 win in their opening Champions League match.If he scores against Cologne at the Allianz Arena, he will become the first Bayern player for 19 years to have scored in each of the first five rounds of German league matches since ex-Germany striker Carsten Jancker.Lewandowski’s magnificent seven in the league includes a hat-trick last month’s 3-0 romp at Schalke and he has never started a season in such impressive form.He also has a habit of scoring against Cologne, who he has never lost against, with nine goals in 12 games.Lewandowski has 209 Bundesliga goals for Bayern and ex-club Borussia Dortmund, still way behind 1970s goal-machine Gerd Mueller, who scored 365 times in Germany’s top flight.However, the prospect of breaking Mueller’s mind-blowing record of 40 league goals in the 1971/72 season is still the stuff of legends, even for Lewandowski.“It’s still too early in the season to think of that,” he said recently on the matter.One to watch: Mats HummelsHaving been booted out of the Germany squad in March, deemed past his prime alongside ex-Bayern team-mates Thomas Mueller and Jerome Boateng, Hummels has relaunched his career back at Borussia Dortmund this season.He won the 2011 and 2012 Bundesliga titles under Jurgen Klopp and Hummels has brought much-needed experience to Dortmund’s defence, helping seal a goalless draw at home to Barcelona at home on Tuesday in the Champions League.Expect another composed display at the back from him when Eintracht Frankfurt host Dortmund on Sunday.After Germany’s defence leaked four goals to the Netherlands in last month’s home Euro 2020 qualifier, midfield legend Lothar Matthaeus led calls for Hummels to be reinstated to the national team.last_img read more