Advocaat ready to win ugly

first_img The 67-year-old, who recalled Spanish midfielder Jordi Gomez and put Connor Wickham on the left side of a front three, intends to do whatever it takes to guide Sunderland to safety. “I said the only important thing in the final eight games is winning, the way that we do is not important, so if we win games very ugly I like that, (we can) play very negative if the need is there,” Advocaat said. “I have seen a team who likes to work, so I am pleased. “It showed that if you work as a team and not an individual, I am sure that you get the luck you need. “Now I have time to see my best line up.” Advocaat knows the importance of local bragging rights from his time at Ibrox, where he won the 1998/1999 Scottish domestic Treble in his first season “In the home game in derbies, that gives a big advantage,” he said. “Tactically we withstood well (against West Ham), though we didn’t create a lot of chances, but in a home game with our fans behind us we can do even better.” The vastly-experienced former Netherlands, PSV Eindhoven, Rangers, South Korea and Russia coach presided over his first match in charge of the Black Cats at West Ham on Saturday, when his luck was out as Diafra Sakho netted a winner for the Hammers with just two minutes left. Sunderland head into the international break just a point above the drop zone, but Advocaat will put the extra-time with his squad to good use in preparing for the small matter of a showdown with local rivals Newcastle at the Stadium of Light on Easter Sunday. Press Association Advocaat added: “Now for us every game is important as we need points and the next game, Newcastle, is the most important thing.” Sunderland will be hoping for positive news on the knee injury suffered by defender Wes Brown when he hobbled off in the first half following an awkward fall. Midfielder Adam Johnson will again be in contention having come off the bench on Saturday following his club suspension being lifted after a Police investigation. Dutchman Dick Advocaat is ready to abandon his Total Football philosophy if winning ugly helps keep Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League. last_img read more

Woeful Windies slump to defeat

first_img(CMC) – WOEFUL West Indies ended their ill-fated tour of New Zealand in the same wretched manner in which it started, plummeting to a heavy 119-run defeat in the final Twenty20 International here yesterday.Colin Munro’s record-breaking third career T20I hundred of 104 was the catalyst behind the hosts’ imperious 243 for five off their 20 overs – their highest-ever total in the shortest format.Fellow opener Martin Guptill stroked 63 and Tom Bruce, 23, ensuring New Zealand maintained their momentum to gather the seventh-highest total in T20s.In reply, West Indies produced yet another dismal batting performance, collapsing to a depressing 124 all out in the 17th over.Only Andre Fletcher with a polished 46 from 32 balls showed any sense of purpose, and was one of only three frontline batsmen to reach double figures and the only one to pass 20.The Caribbean side’s woes were compounded by the unavailability of Shai Hope who injured his shoulder while fielding and was unable to bat.Not for the first time this tour, the Windies were tormented by seamer Tim Southee (3-21) and new-ball partner Trent Boult (2-29) while leg-spinner Ish Sodhi claimed two for 25, as the Black Caps claimed their biggest-ever win in T20s and the third largest overall.For West Indies, the defeat was their seventh on tour in internationals after losing both Tests, all three one-dayers and two T20s. The second T20I was washed out after just nine overs on New Year’s Day.The reigning T20 World champions have also now lost six of their last 12 matches in the shortest format.Opting to bat first at Bay Oval, New Zealand were propelled by a 136-run opening stand between Munro and Guptill – the country’s third-highest stand for any wicket in T20s.The left-handed Munro was utterly dominant en route to his third score of fifty or more in the series, facing 53 balls and striking three fours and 10 sixes.No Windies bowler was spared from the 30-year-old’s brutal all-out assault, as he raced to his half-century off 26 balls before reaching three figures off 47 deliveries to mark the fastest-ever hundred for New Zealand in T20s and joint sixth-fastest of all-time.He also became the first batsman to score three hundreds in T20Is.Guptill, meanwhile, was more than just a spectator, lashing five fours and a pair of sixes in a 38-ball knock – his 11th half-century in this format.With the Windies bowlers loose, the pair cashed in, plundering 52 off the first five and 118 at the half-way point of the innings.Debutant medium pacer Rayad Emrit’s first two deliveries in T20 cricket were greeted with a couple of leg-side sixes by Munro, in an over which leaked 16 runs and saw the South Africa-born dynamo to his half-century.Guptill eventually edged a wide one from Emrit to fall to a catch at the wicket in the 12th over but Munro and Bruce kept the pressure on the Windies in a 55-run, second-wicket partnership.Even when the hosts lost four wickets for 35 runs in 19 deliveries, the runs kept flowing with 60 runs gushing from the last five overs.The Windies then had a disastrous start to their run chase when Chadwick Walton drove the first ball of the innings from Southee into Munro’s lap at cover.Four balls later, superstar Chris Gayle was surprised by a short ball and gloved a simple catch behind to depart without scoring, leaving the Windies tottering on one run for two wickets.Fletcher and Rovman Powell (16) then staged the best partnership of the innings, putting on 41 for the third wicket.The right-handed Fletcher struck four fours and three sixes – two of which were sweetly-timed back-to-back inside out blows over extra cover in the sixth over by left-arm spinner Anaru Kitchen which went for 20 runs.Powell holed out to cover off Kitchen in the fourth over and Shimron Hetmyer was tragically run-out for seven in the fifth over, leaving West Indies on 49 for four.Fletcher posted 31 off 20 balls for the fifth wicket with captain Carlos Brathwaite (15) to temporarily stem the flow of wickets but once the Grenadian missed a heave at a straight one from Sodhi and was bowled off-stump, the last four wickets tumbled for 44 runs.SCOREBOARDNEW ZEALAND inningsM. Guptill c wkp. Walton b Emrit 63C. Munro c Hetmyer b Brathwaite 104T. Bruce b Brathwaite 23A. Kitchen run-out 9K. Williamson b Taylor 19G. Phillips not out 7M. Santner not out 6Extras: (lb-4, w-7, nb-1) 12Total: (5 wkts, 20 overs) 243Fall of wickets: 1-136, 2-191, 3-204, 4-226, 5-226.Bowling: Taylor 4-0-53-1, Badree 4-0-51-0, Nurse 4-0-43-0, Brathwaite 4-0-50-2, Emrit 4-0-42-1.WEST INDIES inningsC. Walton c Munro b Southee 0C. Gayle c wkp. Phillips b Southee 0A. Fletcher b Sodhi 46R. Powell c Williamson b Kitchen 16S. Hetmyer run-out 7C. Brathwaite c Bruce b Boult 15A. Nurse not out 14R. Emrit lbw b Sodhi 5J. Taylor c Santner b Boult 13S. Badree c Bruce b Southee 2S. Hope did not batExtras: (w-4, nb-2) 6Total: (9 wkts, 16.3 overs) 124Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-1, 3-42, 4-49, 5-80, 6-92, 7-99, 8-114, 9-124.Bowling: Southee 2.3-0-21-3, Boult 4-0-29-2 (w-3, nb-2), Kitchen 4-0-33-1 (w-1), Santner 2-0-16-0, Sodhi 4-0-25-2.Result: New Zealand won by 119 runs.Series: New Zealand won three-match series 2-0.Man-of-the-Match: Colin Munro.Man-of-the-Series: Colin Munro.last_img read more

Healthy Griffin Canning tosses six scoreless in final tuneup for Angels

first_img“This is something that I can come back to and watch,” Canning said. “I can kind of take all the good good stuff from this outing and kind of use it for myself come forward.” Canning struck out five — including Manny Machado twice — and he walked two. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield One of the keys for him, he said, was finding a good routine in between innings. He kept his elbow warm and used vibration between innings and he feels like that will be a key for staying healthy.“It’s just something I have to continue to manage and continue to find that routine that works for me,” he said. “Tonight was definitely a step in the right direction.”Canning, who is likely to make his season debut next Monday in the final game of the season-opening four-game series in Oakland, was not just healthy, but effective against the Padres.He got ahead all night, which allowed him to be efficient with his pitch-count. He was at just 56 pitches after five innings, before getting through a 20-pitch sixth.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros PreviousLos Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, throws to first for the out on Eric Hosmer as San Diego Padres’ Tommy Pham (28) is late to second base during the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game at Petco Park Monday, July 20, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Griffin Canning works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game at Petco Park, Monday, July 20, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe San Diego Padres, front, and the Los Angeles Angels stand for the singing of the national anthem before an exhibition baseball game at Petco Park, Monday, July 20, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres starting pitcher Garrett Richards, center, reacts as he leaves the field during the fifth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park Monday, July 20, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres starting pitcher Garrett Richards throws to Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game at Petco Park Monday, July 20, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, throws to first for the out on Eric Hosmer as San Diego Padres’ Tommy Pham (28) is late to second base during the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game at Petco Park Monday, July 20, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)NextShow Caption1 of 5Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, throws to first for the out on Eric Hosmer as San Diego Padres’ Tommy Pham (28) is late to second base during the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game at Petco Park Monday, July 20, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)ExpandGriffin Canning’s final tuneup for the regular season was an unqualified success.Canning pitched six scoreless innings in the Angels exhibition against the Padres on Monday night in San Diego. He threw 76 pitches.It was Canning’s first competitive outing since he had to be shut down during spring training with an elbow issue. He subsequently had a platelet rich plasma injection and rested for about a month, before ramping up his throwing again in May.Since then he had been facing Angels hitters in live batting practice or intrasquad games, but he hadn’t gotten the chance to see another uniform until Monday night. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more

Lit candle falls setting Washougal mobile home on fire

first_imgA woman was treated for smoke inhalation Wednesday night after a mobile home caught fire in Washougal.Around 7:30 p.m., firefighters responded to 4501 Addy St. and saw flames shooting out one side of the home, Camas-Washougal Fire Battalion Chief Allen Wolk said. The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes.Two women and two children were inside at the time but were able to escape, Wolk said. One of the women was treated for smoke inhalation.The fire started when a lit candle fell off of a shelf. Occupants tried to subdue the blaze with water, but the flame set fire to a mattress, Wolk said. Flames mostly damaged one side of the home, but smoke damage spread throughout.“Junk” inside the old, dilapidated residence allowed the fire to spread more easily, and the home will likely be considered a total loss, Wolk said.East County Fire & Rescue aided Camas-Washougal at the scene.last_img read more