Cattermole out of Villa clash

first_img Cattermole picked up his 10th booking of the season in the recent draw at Hull and picked up an automatic two-match ban. Adam Johnson remains suspended by the club and Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) and Will Buckley (knee) are both definitely ruled out. Sunderland face Villa – the only Premier League club to have scored fewer goals with just 15 to date – with three points crucial for both sides. Villa, who ended a run of seven league defeats on the trot with a 2-1 home victory over derby rivals West Brom on March 3, currently sit three points clear of the bottom three with their hosts a point better off. Christian Benteke will return to the squad after a hip injury. Ron Vlaar (calf) will be assessed and Kieran Richardson (calf) is a doubt while Aly Cissokho (groin) is a likely absentee and Philippe Senderos (calf), Joe Cole (hamstring), Nathan Baker (knee), Alan Hutton and Jack Grealish (both suspended) are out. Libor Kozak has returned to full training after more than a year out with a broken leg but is not yet match fit. Boss Tim Sherwood says Villa are ready for the home straight and wants to avoid a photo finish in the relegation battle. At the end of Cheltenham Festival week Sherwood is hoping Villa, who have never been relegated from the Premier League, can avoid being unseated. He said: “I think it’ll be a photo finish and I hope we’re not in it. “We’re probably just coming around the corner but it’s probably the longest run-in in racing history. “All we’re looking at is the next fence and that’s Sunderland. After that we hope we can stay in the running. There might be a few who fall along the way and we’re hoping that’s not us.” Sunderland are without the suspended Lee Cattermole for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats have managed only 23 goals in their 28 Barclays Premier League fixtures to date this season, a return which has left them perched perilously close to the relegation zone as the season reaches crunch-point. Perhaps even more worrying is the fact that Gus Poyet’s pool of frontmen has contributed just nine of those goals, a record striker Connor Wickham knows simply has to improve if they are to avoid a second successive scramble for top-flight survival. Wickham told the Northern Echo: “I wouldn’t say the criticism of the strikers is unfair. “Strikers are going to get the most at any club because they are the money-makers, they are the ones that the fans are relying on to score the goals. That’s where the criticism can come. “Chances come and you do need to put them away. We are creating chances. The way we set up, we are setting up to attack at times when we get the ball. We do try to break as quickly as we can when we get the ball. “We have done it in games but we have to get more consistent with it and get in to the box more. We will climb away from the rest of the group down there if we can start to put our chances away.” Scotland international Steven Fletcher is currently leading the way for the strikers with four goals – the same number as midfielder Adam Johnson – with Wickham having managed three and January arrival Jermain Defoe two. Danny Graham is yet to score for the club, while Jozy Altidore, who left the Stadium of Light for Toronto in an exchange deal with Defoe in January, did so having found the back of the net just three times in 52 appearances in all competitions. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Monmouth Medical Rocks at Roll Out the Ribbon Event

first_imgVyntEdge, with guitarists Robert Zanni, far right, pediatric pulmonologist at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, and Chris Terry, far left, projects coordinator at Monmouth Medical Center, rocks the room at Monmouth Medical Center’s Roll Out the Ribbon Cancer Awareness event Thursday, Sept. 12, at McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch. View video The Two River Times™ coverage on the web at tworivertimes.com.last_img

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FAVORED DRESSED IN HERMES TAKES CHARGE LATE AND WINS $75,000 PASADENA STAKES BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER SMITH; ARMSTRONG’S SAN LUIS REY DOWNS SHIPPER GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:37.71

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2016)–A close third heading into the far turn, favored Dressed in Hermes rallied three-wide turning for home and overhauled pacesetter It’s The Ice a sixteenth of a mile from home en route to a three quarter length win under Mike Smith in Sunday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by San Luis Rey Downs-based Janet Armstrong, Dressed in Hermes got a mile over a turf course labeled “good” in 1:37.71.“We vanned up early yesterday and schooled him in the paddock yesterday afternoon,” said Armstrong. “We weren’t concerned about the soft turf because he ran a good fifth in the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Turf, one mile) at Keeneland last fall against some of the best horses in the world.”A 3-year-old gelding by the Sunday Silence stallion, Hat Trick, Dressed in Hermes was bred in Kentucky by his owner, Budget Stable. Off at 2-5 in a field of six 3-year-olds, Dressed in Hermes, who was a non-threatening fourth on dirt in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 6, paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10. He now has three wins, all on turf, from seven starts and with the winner’s share of $47,700, his earnings are now $219,300.“He really is a nice horse to ride,” said Smith. “He has a little bit of pull, but the kind that you like. He gives you confidence the whole time. He’s a big horse so I was able to make my way out from the rail and down the backstretch, I let him stretch his legs out a little and it worked out great.“He gets a little discombobulated when he switches leads…I think if someone came up to him though, he would have fought back. I had plenty of horse left.”Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, English-bred It’s The Ice was off at 3-1 and paid $2.80 and $2.10.Sorryaboutnothing sat second until deep stretch and ran gamely for third money under Mario Gutierrez, finishing a neck in front of an on-coming Arcature. Off at 24-1, Sorryaboutnothing paid $4.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.40, 48.14, 1:12.78 and 1:25.25.last_img read more

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