Pulis enjoys Palace return

first_img The hosts still went in behind at the interval, with Pardew making a double change at half-time as he introduced Gayle and Pape Souare in place of Jedinak and Joe Ledley. But it was the Baggies who struck again as Brunt’s corner drifted out to Gardner – who collected the ball before rifling an arrowed shot past Julian Speroni’s desperate dive to double his side’s advantage. Gayle should have reduced the arrears almost immediately but could only head against the crossbar from inside the six-yard box after Bolasie’s driven cross. Saido Berahino had been quiet for West Brom but almost added a third as he wriggled free from Damien Delaney and Scott Dann before seeing his effort turned behind by Speroni. Delaney then came close to giving Palace a lifeline but Myhill claimed his downward header, with substitute Sanogo seeing a tap-in ruled out for offside – with Pardew tasting league defeat for just the fourth time as Palace boss. For Pulis, his return was a triumphant one but he will be more comforted by the fact his side now sit eight points above the relegation zone. In response, Yannick Bolasie almost added to the hat-trick he scored in Palace’s 4-1 thrashing of Sunderland last weekend but saw an audacious overhead volley saved – whilst substitute Dwight Gayle hit the crossbar and Yaya Sanogo rightly had a goal chalked-off for offside. Current Palace boss Alan Pardew had anticipated Pulis would have a ‘huge advantage’ having worked with the majority of his squad – steering them to an 11th-placed finish last season and earning the Premier League manager of the year award in the process. And so it proved. Even though Pardew’s men went into the game on the back of four straight wins they were shackled by a Baggies side who needed to react following three damaging defeats. However, the visitors got the best possible start as Morrison evaded Jason Puncheon and was free to head home Chris Brunt’s corner from six yards in the second minute. Palace were not playing in the same free-flowing manner that saw them steamroller Sunderland and their first chance was a tame effort from James McArthur which was easily held by Boaz Myhill. Things could have got worse for the hosts on 15 minutes as Mile Jedinak looked to trip Victor Anichebe in the box – but referee Jonathan Moss was unmoved by Albion’s appeals. Pardew’s wingers started to impact on the game at the midway point of the first-half, with both Wilfried Zaha and Bolasie seeing much more of the ball as the latter saw a close-range shot pushed away by Myhill. The Welsh goalkeeper was again on hand to deny an acrobatic overhead kick from Bolasie shortly afterwards as the Eagles began to dominate possession. Pulis left Selhurst Park on the eve of the new season and there was no mention of the Welshman in Palace chairman Steve Parish’s programme notes. But any remaining bitterness felt by Pulis over his exit was eased as James Morrison headed home unmarked with 100 seconds on the clock and Craig Gardner thrashed home a trademark effort in the second half to seal a 2-0 win for West Brom – their first on the road since November. West Brom eased any lingering relegation doubts as boss Tony Pulis enjoyed victory over his former club Crystal Palace on Saturday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Class of 2018 forward Nate Roberts reportedly commits to Washington

first_imgClass of 2018 forward Nate Roberts committed to Washington Tuesday night, Elevate Hoops reported.The three-star power forward, per 247sports.com, cut his list to Syracuse, Washington and Nebraska on Sept. 20. He currently attends Brewster (New Hampshire) Academy alongside SU commits Brendan Paul and Buddy Boeheim, son of Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim.Since before Roberts started playing for Team Melo of the Nike EYBL, he had been on Syracuse’s radar, Dwayne Wise, the recruiting coordinator at Team Melo, told The Daily Orange.“Syracuse has been there the whole time,” Wise said.Former Syracuse associate head coach and now-Washington head coach Mike Hopkins had been the original recruiter of Roberts. After his departure for UW, Wise said, SU head coach Jim Boeheim took over the recruitment.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRoberts first came onto Wise’s radar in his sophomore year of high school. Scouts had reached out to Wise after Roberts had “blown up” at an Under Armour circuit camp. So, he recruited him to play for Team Melo.“When I first saw him, I watched him at a high school game,” Wise said. “He appeared to be a little raw, but what I’ve noticed is he has really good skills.”Those skills, Wise, said, is his ability to knock down the mid-range shot and even stretch the floor out to the 3-point line. He also has good ball handling and is an “underrated passer for his size.”Roberts is listed at 6-foot-9 and 210 pounds, per 247sports. He is the sixth-best player out of Maryland and 57th ranked power forward in 2018.“One of the things that stood out with him,” Wise said, “was his ability to run the floor as a guard and (he) just happened to grow.”Roberts is the second player to select Washington over Syracuse since Hopkins became the head coach. He joins Hamier Wright, a four-star small forward that reclassified to the Class of 2017. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on October 17, 2017 at 7:48 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturcolast_img read more

Easter Chess Cup on 24 and 25 April in Banja Luka

first_imgCentre for Promotion of Chess ‘Gambit’ from Banja Luka is organising yet another chess event for students on the occasion of Easter, reports Nezavisne novineThe competition is made of two parts: qualification tournament and final match.Qualification tournament is open and students of all generations can participate and it will be held on 24 April (Wednesday) from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Soriso restaurant. Competitors will be split into two groups and will play 7 rounds in accordance with Swiss system.Students can apply via forms at www.chessgambit.net by 23 April.Final match will be played on 25 April (Thursday) and finalists will play 4 matches with 2 different game tempos.The organisers have prepared special surprise awards, as well as special awards for the best placed student.last_img read more