Allardyce sticking to his guns

first_img Allardyce is wary of just how dangerous Roberto Martinez’s compact side can be. “We have to be aware and stop the service they give to the forwards, then when you have possession you have to make sure you use it correctly and exploit the spaces they do leave,” he said. “A key part for us will be trying to make sure we limit Everton’s attacks by stopping those players like Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines, if he is fit, because they are very good at going forward with the ball.” The 6ft 3in forward offers a different focal point for the Hammers, but Allardyce insists that in itself will not necessarily mean switching to a more direct style. “We play slightly differently, in that we play more into Andy’s feet than we do into (Enner) Valencia or Sakho,” said the West Ham manager. “Valencia and Sakho are so pacy that we are a massive threat in behind the opposition when the midfield players like (Mark) Noble, (Alex) Song or (Stewart) Downing start sliding balls down the side of defenders, that has been a really big threat for us and on the back of that we have scored goals. “Whereas Andy is not such a big a threat in that area, he is a much bigger threat in terms of setting up attacks to get into the final third by playing into his feet or chest and not playing into his head. “No way do I tell a player to just knock it up to Andy’s head. I don’t want them to knock it up to Andy’s head, I want them to be talented enough to knock it into Andy’s feet or chest. “We want it on Andy’s head when it is getting crossed into the box because that is where he is at his best and where he can score a lot of goals, as Sakho has proved this season. “I think we have scored more headed goals than anybody else, even without Andy Carroll.” Everton have started to slowly build some momentum following an indifferent start to the campaign, and are unbeaten in six though all competitions since losing at Manchester United on October 5. Diafra Sakho, who had netted six goals to help West Ham climb to fourth in the Barclays Premier League, is a major doubt for Saturday’s trip to Merseyside after suffering a back problem while away on international duty with Senegal. Carroll looked lively when coming on as a late substitute in the goalless draw against Aston Villa, his first appearance since recovering from pre-season ankle surgery, and almost scored a winner with a late header. Sam Allardyce will tell his West Ham team to adapt but not abandon their dynamic attacking style should Andy Carroll once again lead the front line at Everton. Press Associationlast_img read more

Confirmed: Wakaso returns to starting line-up against Burkina

first_imgKwesi Appiah makes just one change to his starting team from the previous game as Ghana meets Burkina Faso in the semi-finals at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.Mubarak Wakaso, who came off the bench to score two second-half goals in the last game starts ahead of Albert Adomah in Wednesday’s last-four clash.The game will kick off at the Mbombela Stadium at 18:30 GMT in Nelspruit.A win for the Black Stars will see them make a second final appearance in three years where they will play either Nigeria or Mali.Ghana line up: Fatau Dauda, John Paintsil, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Isaac Vorsah, Rabiu Mohammed, Christian Atsu, Agyemang Badu, Asamoah Gyan, Mubarak Wakaso, Kwadwo Asamoahlast_img read more

NBA Finals 2019: Raptors players quiet classless fans who cheered Kevin Durant’s injury

first_imgStay classy, (some) Raptors fans.In sports, one of the most classless things a fan can do is cheer an opposing player’s injury, and that’s an unfortunate occurrence that happened during Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night. Early in the second quarter of Game 5, Kevin Durant appeared to re-aggravate the same calf injury that caused him to miss significant time during the 2019 NBA playoffs. Durant was down for a bit, favoring his lower right leg before being helped off the court — and to the locker room — by Warriors personnel and teammates. (UPDATE: The Warriors believe Durant’s scheduled MRI will confirm a torn right Achilles tendon, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski.)MORE: Complete highlights and more from Game 5 of Warriors vs. RaptorsBut as Durant was limping off the court, some clueless fans decided to cheer and wave away the Warriors’ superstar. In a (legitimately) classy move, Raptors players urged fans to pipe down. You can see Pascal Siakam, Danny Green, Kyle Lowry and others tell fans to knock it off in the video below.Both Warriors and Raptors players trying to tell the Toronto fans to stop cheering after KD’s injury… pic.twitter.com/0jbgKQ60Of— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) June 11, 2019After initially cheering the injury, those in attendance started chanting for Durant and applauded him as he crossed the sideline and headed for the locker room. Mission accomplished, Raptors players.Come back stronger, KD. 💪 pic.twitter.com/aVOPsh8hBZ— theScore (@theScore) June 11, 2019Durant missed over a month of playoff basketball nursing a calf injury before returning on Monday.last_img read more

​Jaime Munguia vs. Gary O’Sullivan odds, prediction, betting trends for middleweight fight

first_imgHere’s a guide to everything you need to know about betting on the ​Jaime Munguia vs. Gary O’Sullivan fight, including updated odds, trends and our prediction.MORE: Join DAZN to watch Munguia vs. O’Sullivan & 100+ fight nights a year​Jaime Munguia vs. Gary O’Sullivan oddsJaime Munguia: -1981Gary O’Sullivan: +1006Total rounds: 5.5Munguia is a heavy favorite to win his first bout as a middleweight. He is nearly a 1 to 20 favorite per the boxing betting odds, and he is expected to be just the third fighter to knock out O’Sullivan. Oddsmakers are very skeptical this fight will go the distance with an over/under of 5.5 rounds. The former WBO light middleweight champion is 23 years old, but he has plenty of experience for a boxer his age. Munguia turned pro at the age of 16, and he won the WBC Latino light middleweight title less than two years ago. He claimed the WBO light middleweight strap just three months later with a fourth-round TKO, and he defended the belt successfully five times before making the move up in weight. He is 34-0 ahead of this fight with 27 of those victories coming by knockout.O’Sullivan is 30-3 with 21 knockout wins. He is 12 years older than Munguia, but he has taken part in less bouts as his career has followed a more traditional path. O’Sullivan claimed the WBO International middleweight title in July 2012, but he lost the strap to Billy Joe Saunders a year later. He claimed another minor belt when he dominated Antoine Douglas to win the WBO Intercontinental middleweight belt in December 2017, but he suffered a first-round knockout at the hands of David Lemieux in his last big fight in September 2018.MORE: Get the latest boxing odds and betting trends from Sports InsiderAn Irish boxer gave Munguia his toughest test There is likely to be a little trepidation from Munguia’s corner as the only boxer to genuinely test him during his time as a light middleweight was Dennis Hogan. In a bout that Munguia was supposed to win easily, Hogan gave the champion all he could handle. They met in Monterrey, Mexico in April of last year, and Munguia did not look like himself in his lone title defense on home soil.  Most pundits believed that Hogan won the bout. Hogan landed the bigger blows and Munguia was constantly asking his corner whether he was ahead, but the judges gave the champion a majority decision. Munguia stated afterwards that he believed the fight was a draw, indicating that he felt he could have easily lost the fight. That might give him cause for pause against another Irish boxer in O’Sullivan.More than a mustacheO’Sullivan is most known for his distinctive facial hair. When he first steps into the ring, he looks like a boxer from the previous century, but underestimate him at your peril. Although he has yet to win a major belt, he dismantled an up and comer that was supposed to easily get past him in Douglas two years ago, and he has formidable power.In addition to dealing Douglas his first defeat, O’Sullivan recently knocked out another up and comer in Berlin Abreu, and he can upset Munguia if the younger boxer isn’t prepared mentally and physically. What’s next?Munguia’s camp wants to use this fight as a springboard to set up a major bout with one of the big names in the middleweight division. He had initially agreed to fight Gennady Golovkin in place of Canelo Alvarez before that was quashed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but a convincing Munguia victory could earn him a coveted bout with GGG, Alvarez, or Demetrius Andrade. After dominating the light middleweight division for almost two years, Jaime Munguia is looking for another challenge. Munguia will be moving up to the more competitive middleweight division this Saturday when he makes his debut fight at the weight class against the exciting Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan. A partisan crowd will be cheering on Munguia at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and you can catch the fight exclusively on DAZN.This bout will headline a card on Saturday, January 11, 2020, and coverage will start at 7 p.m. ET with the main card scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET. Munguia and O’Sullivan are expected to enter the ring at 11 p.m. ET to cap off the evening.last_img read more