Long snatches draw for Saints

first_img Tadic scooped over the bar in first-half injury time before a blistering start to the second period put the Magpies in front. First Maya Yoshida should have grabbed a second for Saints when his effort from close-range somehow ricocheted to safety off the out-stretched leg of a diving Krul. And the hosts seized their second chance by pouring straight up to the other end where Gabriel Obertan crossed from the right for Wijnaldum to power past Stekelenburg. The goal gave Newcastle some semblance of control although their momentum was hit when Vurnon Anita was stretchered off just past the hour-mark after falling awkwardly following a fair challenge from Mane. And new striker Aleksandar Mitrovic certainly made an impression when he was booked for a scything challenge on Matt Targett less than a minute after coming on to replace Cisse 15 minutes from time. Saints capitalised when Long rose above another static home rearguard to head his side’s second from an inch-perfect Tadic cross – but they will leave the north-east disappointed after Mane’s two near-misses at the end. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Good Luck for the Boys! #NEWSOU. Total confidence in the Staff and Players! #WeMarchOn” Injured Southampton boss Ronald Koeman (@RonaldKoeman) was feeling positive about the match https://twitter.com/RonaldKoeman/status/630326373018673152 PLAYER RATINGS Newcastle: Tim Krul: 7 (out of 10) Fabricio Coloccini: 7 Jack Colback: 7 Gini Wijnaldum: 8 Moussa Sissoko: 6 Vurnon Anita: 6 Papiss Cisse: 7 Gabriel Obertan: 6 Chancel Mbemba: 5 Massadio Haidara: 7 Daryl Janmaat: 6 Subs: Cheick Tiote: 6 Aleksandar Mitrovic: 6 Siem De Jong: 6 Southampton: Maarten Stekelenburg: 6 Cedric Soares: 7 Maya Yoshida: 7 Jose Fonte: 7 Steven Davis: 8 Jay Rodriguez: 6 Sadio Mane: 6 Dusan Tadic: 8 Victor Wanyama: 6 Graziano Pelle: 7 Matt Targett: 6 Subs: Cuco Martina: 6 Shane Long: 7 STAR PLAYER: Gini Wijnaldum: The Newcastle new boy was a solid presence throughout, marshalling the Magpies’ midfield and exuding plenty of promise for the season ahead. His goal – a powerful header from Gabriel Obertan’s 48th minute cross – was everything he deserved for an impressive performance. MOMENT OF THE MATCH The game turned on its head in a spectacular 30-minute spell early in the second half. First Tim Krul somehow managed to save Maya Yoshida’s point-blank effort – then the Magpies streamed upfield where Obertan crossed for Wijnaldum to put the hosts in front. VIEW FROM THE BENCH McClaren will have been quietly encouraged by his side’s sense of urgency – and in particular Wijnaldum’s impressive debut. For Saints assistant Erwin Koeman – replacing his injured brother Ronald – delight at getting back in the match will have been tempered by Mane’s two late misses. MOAN OF THE MATCH There was no disputing Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic was keen to make an immediate impression on his debut. But his scything challenge on Matt Targett which earned him a yellow card less than a minute after replacing Papiss Cisse in the 75th minute was wholly unnecessary. WHO’S UP NEXT? Swansea v Newcastle (Premier League, Saturday 15 August) Southampton v Everton (Premier League, Saturday 15 August) And it could have been worse for McClaren who watched Saints striker Sadio Mane miss two glorious chances to win it in the dying seconds. First Mane saw a shot blocked by Jack Colback and deep into injury time another clear effort drifted inches wide of the beaten Tim Krul’s right-hand post. Wijnaldum will have impressed McClaren from the start, whipping in a dangerous second-minute free-kick then missing another golden opportunity when his shot was headed clear by Steven Davis. The visitors, bossed for the day by Erwin Koeman with brother Ronald at home nursing an Achilles injury, started slowly with Tim Krul saving their best early chance from new signing Cedric Soares. But they snatched the lead in the 25th minute when the impressive Cedric crossed from deep on the right and Pelle out-jumped the somewhat static Chancel Mbemba to power his header past Krul. Saints survived a second handball shout on the half-hour after Cisse spurned a fine opportunity to level for Newcastle, then Rodriguez almost marked his return with a second for Saints as he sent a looping header just over. Davis came to Saints’ rescue once again in the 37th minute when he booted a Fabricio Coloccini effort off the line, but Newcastle’s increased momentum brought them a deserved equaliser three minutes before the break. There was an element of good fortune about the goal, with Massadio Haidara’s cross taking a big deflection off Mane and catching out keeper Maarten Stekelenburg, allowing Cisse to bundle home from point-blank range. Southampton substitute Shane Long headed a late equaliser to deny Steve McClaren a winning Barclays Premier League start in charge of Newcastle. Goals from Papiss Cisse and new boy Gini Wijnaldum had put the Magpies in command after Graziano Pelle’s 24th-minute opener for the visitors at St James’ Park. But Long – a 65th-minute replacement for Jay Rodriguez, who was making his first top-flight appearance since April 2014 – rose to power home a cross from the Dusan Tadic with 11 minutes to go to ensure a 2-2 draw. Press Associationlast_img read more

USC places 13th in NCAA Championships

first_imgOne year after finishing fourth overall at the NCAA Championships, the USC men’s swimming and diving team had a slightly more difficult time putting together the kind of team effort it would have taken to top last year’s performance. After only dropping one head-to-head meet during the regular season and finishing second in the Pac-12 Championships, the Trojans finished 13th overall at the NCAA Championships in Atlanta, Georgia.Texas, the winner of last year’s national championship, repeated this year with a dominant collective effort. Led by junior Will Licon and sophomore Joseph Schooling, who each set NCAA records in their respective events, the Longhorns never trailed on their way to the national title. With their win in this year’s championships, Texas ties Michigan for the most all-time men’s swimming titles with 12.At 13th overall, the Trojans were the second-highest finisher of all Pac-12 competitors. Cal, last year’s Pac-12 champions, finished second overall at the meet with 351 points. USC edged out Stanford — this year’s conference champion — by 4.5 points; the Trojans scored 117 to the Cardinal’s 112.5.The Trojans began the tournament on Wednesday with a ninth-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay to match their ninth overall ranking in the nation. Freshman Patrick Mulcare, junior Michael Domagala, senior Morten Klarskov and junior Reed Malone turned in solid times in their individual legs, but collectively they were not quick enough to repeat their title-winning performance from last year.On Thursday, the Trojans saw strong efforts from Malone and their two star divers, seniors Collin Pollard and Deon Reid. Malone placed third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:12.55; Malone also reached the podium at the 2015 championships with another third-place finish.Pollard, last year’s Pac-12 swimmer of the month, was an NCAA “A” Finalist for the first time this season with a seventh-place finish on the 1-meter. Last year, Pollard scored twice to become a “B” Finalist for the first time, but his score this year was good enough to make him a first-time All-American, a fitting finish to his stellar collegiate career. Reid finished ninth on the 1-meter for his first-ever “B” Final.“I am so pleased with the first diving event [Thursday],” diving coach Hongping Li said. “Collin and Deon really opened it with a super performance. The key success for both divers was to dive with fun and to meet a personal target score, which they did.”Malone continued his strong showing on Friday, finishing 5th overall in the 200-yard freestyle. His time of 1:32.54 is USC’s second-best time in the event in school history, and his new personal best time in the event. Sophomore Ralf Tribuntsov also placed fifth in his event, the 100-yard backstroke, after finishing 8th last year as a freshman. Mulcare also scored points for the Trojans on Friday, finishing seventh in the “B” Final in the 100-yard backstroke.Several USC swimmers scored on Saturday, the final day of the meet. Sophomore Pawel Furtek was the first swimmer to contribute with a personal-best time in the mile, good enough for 10th overall. Mulcare, swimming in his first NCAA “A” Final, finished 8th in the 200-yard backstroke, an event he has dominated all season. Tribuntsov scored again with a 15th overall finish in the 100-yard freestyle.Two Trojans scored in the 200-yard breaststroke: junior Steven Stumph, who has won the past two conference titles in the event, won the “B” Final with a ninth place overall finish, and freshman Carsten Vissering scored his first-ever NCAA points with a 16th overall finish in the event. Tribuntsov, Mulcare, junior David Morgan Jr. and Malone placed seventh in the “B” Final of the 400-yard freestyle relay to close out the meet for the Trojans.Despite not matching last year’s top-four finish, the future looks bright for USC. All of this year’s scoring swimmers, with the exception of Klarskov, will be returning next season, and the young core of talent now has one additional postseason under their belts. The diving team will have a difficult time replacing Pollard and Reid, but whoever steps in to replace those divers will look up to rising junior Dashiell Enos and the rest of the veteran squad.last_img read more