Bournemouth and Palace take a point apiece from Premier League contest

first_img The Cherries, seeking their fourth successive win for the first time since 1989, were frustrated by the high-flying Eagles. Palace started the game strongly and t he home side took five minutes to get into the match, giving away two corners in the first few minutes. However, Jason Puncheon’s deliveries could not be converted and the hosts began to slow the ball down and gain control. Press Association The visitors nearly went ahead after eight minutes when Puncheon’s third corner from the left found Damien Delaney – but Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc got low down to keep the match goalless. Adam Smith and Matt Ritchie caused Palace a few problems on the right, with Bournemouth’s best attacking chances coming from crosses from the pair. Yet it was Dan Gosling who came closest for the Cherries in the first half with the midfielder’s looping shot saved by the hand of Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey. Just after the half hour mark, Harry Arter received the only yellow card of the afternoon after sliding in on Wilfried Zaha. After words were exchanged between the pair, referee Michael Oliver calmed the situation down before it got out of control. Bournemouth striker Glenn Murray had chances to score against his former side before he was replaced on 72 minutes by Tokelo Rantie. The 32-year-old played 113 league games for Palace between 2012 and 2015 and scored 44 goals for the Eagles. Both sides struggled to make an impact in the box during the second half but it was Bournemouth who looked the more threatening. Ritchie had the chance to open the scoring but his scuffed shot was easily saved by Hennessey. The Cherries continued to pile on the pressure but the Palace defence stood strong, despite Delaney appearing to be injured as he blocked a Rantie cross. Palace boss Alan Pardew had used his three substitutes so the centre-half had no choice but to continue. Both sides had chances to win but in a game that was played mostly in the midfield it came as no surprise the clash remained goalless until the final whistle. Bournemouth and Crystal Palace shared the points in a goalless Barclays Premier League draw at the Vitality Stadium. TWEET OF THE MATCH @Mark__Bright: ” Well done @CPFC tough game against a confident @afcbournemouth got to say 5th place on Boxing Day is excellent going, one day rest, go again”. Former Crystal Palace player Mark Bright feels the point was a good one for the Eagles. https://twitter.com/Mark__Bright/status/680797912255848448 BOURNEMOUTH Artur Boruc: 6 Adam Smith: 7 Simon Francis: 6 Steve Cook: 6 Charlie Daniels: 7 Andrew Surman: 6 Dan Gosling: 7 Harry Arter: 6 Matt Ritchie: 7 Junior Stanislas: 7 Glenn Murray: 7 Substitutes Tokelo Rantie: 6 Yann Kermorgant: 4 Eunan O’Kane: 5 CRYSTAL PALACE Wayne Hennessey : 6 Joel Ward: 6 Scott Dann: 7 Damien Delaney: 7 Pape Souare: 6 Joe Ledley: 6 James McArthur: 6 Wilfried Zaha: 6 Jordan Mutch: 6 Jason Puncheon: 7 Fraizer Campbell: 6 Substitutes Yohan Cabaye: 5 Mile Jedinak: 4 Marouane Chamakh: 6 STAR PLAYER Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon had an impressive afternoon for his side and Bournemouth left-back Charlie Daniels struggled to keep up with the Englishman. The Eagles have scored more goals from set-pieces (11) than any other side this season and their ability from his corners showed. Puncheon’s efforts to track back also helped his side out defensively and was part of the reason Palace kept a clean sheet. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Despite both sides having a number of chances to open the scoring the ball did not look like it was going in the back of the net all afternoon. Eagles manager Alan Pardew made all three of his substitutes by the 74th minute in an attempt to change the luck of the away side but shortly after his final change centre-back Damien Delaney injured himself in the process of blocking Tokelo Rantie’s cross. Palace fans looked on nervously but the 34-year-old managed to remain on the field until full-time and Bournemouth were unable to take advantage. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Both sides made changes at half time with Harry Arter, who was on a yellow card, being replaced by Eunan O’Kane for the Cherries and Yohan Cabaye replacing Jordan Mutch for Palace but neither play made an immediate influence on the game as it ended in a stalemate. MOAN OF THE MATCH Just 10 minutes into the match Bournemouth’s Adam Smith was brought down by left-back Pape Souare as he sprinted down the wing. The Palace defender had been penalised only minutes before and the Senegalese defender showed his frustration by kicking the ball into the other half of the pitch, much to the annoyance of the Bournemouth players and fans. The Cherries fans behind Palace manager Pardew told him exactly what they thought of the incident, but it seemed he was also less than impressed by his left-back’s attitude telling him off and warning him to calm down. Pardew then chose to turn to the Bournemouth fans and ask if they were okay now he had apprehended his player, leading to some cheers from the home supporters. WHO’S NEXT Arsenal v Bournemouth (Barclays Premier League, Monday, December 28) Crystal Palace v Swansea (Barclays Premier League, Monday, December 28) last_img read more

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What to know about Alan Griffin, Syracuse’s newest addition

first_img Published on April 6, 2020 at 2:51 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman UPDATED: April 6, 2020 at 4:05 p.m.With two seasons at Illinois in the past, sophomore Alan Griffin is transferring to Syracuse in search of a larger role.The 6-foot-5 sharpshooting guard was one of the top transfers on the market and chose SU over Dayton, Arizona, Iowa State and Texas. As a sophomore at Illinois, Griffin averaged 8.9 points on 41.6% shooting from behind the arc and 86.1% at the foul line.Although he displayed efficient scoring, he came off the bench in 27 of his 28 appearances and only played 18.1 minutes per game. With Syracuse, Griffin has “a chance to be a star,” his high school coach Patrick Massaroni told The Daily Orange.Griffin has two years of eligibility remaining, and will apply for a waiver to be immediately eligible, Massaroni said. Currently, football and basketball players must sit out a year after transferring, unless granted a waiver. The NCAA has debated the one-time transfer rule, but pushed the vote from April to June and it was recently reported that a change wouldn’t affect the 2020-21 season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I can only control what I can control,” Griffin told Mike Waters of Syracuse.com. “I can’t worry about the stuff I can’t control.”Here’s everything you need to know about Syracuse’s newest addition:The scouting reportEven in limited minutes, Griffin hit 47 3-pointers last year, 19th most in the Big Ten. He sunk 41.6% of four attempts per game and often ranged several feet behind the arc. In a win at Northwestern, Griffin connected on six of his eight 3-point attempts in a 24 point, seven rebound performance.Although most effective as an outside shooter, Griffin also flashed some off-the-dribble verve at Illinois. Aside from his outside shooting, Griffin brings athleticism and length to SU. Massaroni said his rebounding is underrated — his 4.5 rebounds per game last year projects to 10 per 40 minutes — and his wingspan may allow him to play both on the elbow and on the block of Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone.“With his size, he’ll play so much longer than his 6’5 frame,” Massaroni said.Scott Richey, who covers Illinois basketball for The News-Gazette, said Griffin’s energy and offensive rebounding were big factors in him earning more minutes as a sophomore.“If he can get his defense up to a level where his offensive game is, he’s a pro prospect,” Richey said. “That was the long term ideal if he would have stuck at Illinois. But being at Syracuse doesn’t change that.”For the No. 21 Fighting Illini, Griffin provided energy off the bench behind guards Ayo Dosunmu, Andres Feliz and Trent Frazier. At SU, whether it’s in 2020 or 2021, he’ll have a larger offensive role, especially with the departure of Elijah Hughes.How he got hereAs a senior at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York, Griffin led the Crusaders to the program’s first-ever state federation title. That year, he averaged 19.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 1.8 blocks per game while shooting 48% from 3.Following the Federation tournament, he was named Most Valuable Player for a team that went 27-5 and finished No. 11 in the nation.“That team was special,” Massaroni said. “And Alan was the leader.”Even as Griffin led his high school team to a new level, he attracted mostly mid-major teams. Fordham, Marist, Massachusetts, St. John’s, Manhattan, Iona, and La Salle offered him. Syracuse showed late interest the first time around but was one of the earliest to reach out in 2020, Griffin told Syracuse.com.In his freshman year for the Fighting Illini, Griffin played just 8.1 minutes per game. After that season, when many of his teammates went home, Griffin stayed in Urbana-Champaign with Dosunmu to work out and train with the team’s strength and conditioning coach, Richey said.Then, from his freshman to sophomore year, every statistical category improved dramatically. His playing time doubled, scoring tripled and 3-point shooting rose 11.2%.Still, Griffin wanted more opportunities and transferred to Syracuse to find them.Family mattersAlso on that 2018 Stepinac State Federation title team was Griffin’s younger brother, Adrian Griffin Jr., then a freshman. Now, Griffin Jr.’s the No. 6 overall recruit in the 2021 class and the No. 1 prospect in New York, per 247 Sports. He’s also committed to Duke, set to match up with his older brother in conference play.“They’ve got pretty good genes there,” Massaroni said.Their sister, Aubrey just finished her freshman season as a forward for Connecticut. There, the 2019 Miss New York Basketball winner came off the bench for all 32 games and was named to the conference’s all-tournament team.Aubrey, Adrian and Alan’s mother was an All-American track runner at Seton Hall, and their father played nine seasons in the NBA and most recently served as an assistant coach for the defending NBA Champion Toronto Raptors.Said Massaroni: “When your dad is part of the NBA and you get to be around that, you can only learn and grow and develop. And that has, and will, continue to only help them in the future.”This story was updated with additional reporting from Senior Staff Writer Anthony Dabbundo Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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WBC ratifies complete support for Mayweather-Pacquiao

first_imgWBC Statement: After Floyd Mayweather clearly defeated Marcos Maidana in their much anticipated rematch, there have been countless news stories, articles and statements in the press regarding the fight that has been in the makings for several years. Clearly and simply – the world wants to seeMayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather, the WBC welterweight and super welterweight champion of the world, has been the pound-for-pound driving force of the sport in recent years, while Pacquiao is an iconic champion who has reestablished the interest of the boxing world after his dramatic loss in his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.The WBC has been extremely supportive, and in fact ranked Pacquiao as number one contender in the welterweight division after his comeback victory against Brandon Rios.With this ranking in the month of December, 2013, Pacquiao was in line to have the fight against Mayweather, but unfortunately his plans were different and he challenged Timothy Bradley, conquering the WBO championship.The WBC hereby ratifies complete support and commends Mayweather and Pacquiao to sit down and make the fight happen, if Pacquiao successfully wins his upcoming fight against Chris Algieri. Both Mayweather and Pacquiao have great history in the WBC and without a doubt their fight would be one of the biggest events in the history of boxing and our sport.last_img read more

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