Jermain Defoe at the double to lift Sunderland and increase Aston Villa’s misery

first_img Van Aanholt went close from distance with a stringing attempt five minutes later with the Black Cats starting to gain the upper hand, but their lead evaporated in spectacular style with 63 minutes gone. Substitute Adama Traore powered his way past Van Aanholt and then Wes Brown down the Villa right before crossing to the far post, where Gil leapt to dispatch a sweet volley across the helpless Mannone and into the net. But Sunderland were far from finished and Defoe chose the perfect moment to demonstrate his enduring quality given the right kind of service when he controlled Johnson’s 72nd-minute pass and thumped the ball past Guzan at his near post. There was more to come from the former England international too when substitute Ola Toivonen picked him out in front of goal two minutes into stoppage time, finishing well to seal a priceless win. TWEET OF THE MATCH @themichaelowen: “Shocking that a club of Villa’s size has been in free fall for so long.” PLAYER RATINGS Sunderland Vito Mannone: 6 Billy Jones: 6 John O’Shea (capt): 6 Wes Brown: 6 Patrick van Aanholt: 7 Yann M’Vila: 6 Lee Cattermole: 7 Duncan Watmore (Graham, 56 mins): 6 Adam Johnson (Coates, 88 mins): 6 Jermain Defoe: 8 Fabio Borini (Toivonen, 80 mins): 6 Subs Danny Graham: 6 Ola Toivonen: 7 Sebastian Coates: 6 Aston Villa Brad Guzan: 6 Alan Hutton (Kozak, 76 mins): 6 Micah Richards (Capt): 6 Joleon Lescott: 6 Aly Cissokho: 7 Idrissa Gueye: 7 Leandro Bacuna: 7 Jordan Veretout: 7 Jack Grealish (Traore, 56 mins): 5 Carles Gil: 8 Rudy Gestede: 6 Subs Adam Traore (Sinclair, 88 mins): 7 Libor Kozak: 6 Scott Sinclair: 6 STAR PLAYER Jermain Defoe demonstrated his enduring potency with two trademark second-half finishes to claim a precious victory. MOMENT OF THE MATCH It may have counted for little in the end, but Carles Gil’s stunning volley, which cancelled out Patrick van Aanholt’s opener, was worthy of greater reward. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce will not have been pleased with what he saw in the first half despite going in ahead at the break, but whatever he said at half-time did the trick. Remi Garde was once again left to bemoan a lack of cutting edge in a game dominated for long periods by his team with little reward. MOAN OF THE MATCH Sunderland repeatedly aiming long balls towards striker Defoe, all 5ft 7ins of him, during the first half. It did not work. WHO’S UP NEXT Arsenal v Sunderland (FA Cup, Saturday, January 9). Wycombe v Aston Villa (FA Cup, Saturday, January 9). Press Association The 33-year-old, drafted in to save the Black Cats in January last year, struck with 18 minutes remaining and then again in injury time to set up a 3-1 win which moves Sam Allardyce’s men seven points clear of basement boys Villa – although they are still in major trouble. Sunderland gradually grew into a game which they started poorly and took a 30th-minute lead through Patrick van Aanholt’s deflected shot, and although Carles Gil levelled after the break with a sumptuous volley, Defoe ensured the points remained on Wearside to the delight and relief of the locals among a crowd of 41,535. It was a game neither side could really avoid to lose if they were to retain any hope of digging themselves out of trouble, and Villa’s plight is looking increasingly bleak with no league victory since the opening day of the season. Goals have been at a premium for both sides in recent weeks and Duncan Watmore for Sunderland and Leandro Bacuna twice for the visitors both missed the target after being presented with early opportunities. However, Jordan Veretout did force a fine save from Vito Manonne with an acrobatic volley from Bacuna’s eighth-minute cross. Sunderland responded with Watmore scuffing a 13th-minute shot straight at Brad Guzan and Fabio Borini heading over from an Adam Johnson corner 14 minutes later. Villa continued to dominate possession without putting Mannone under further pressure, and the home crowd was starting to grow restless when Sam Allardyce’s men took the lead against the run of play with half an hour gone. Left-back Van Aanholt was allowed to advance and fire in a speculative left-foot shot which Guzan looked to have covered until defender Micah Richards stuck out a leg and diverted it into the net. Sunderland were little better in the immediate aftermath of the goal and although Van Aanholt curled an injury-time free-kick just wide, the visitors finished the first half on the front foot. Defoe might have extended Sunderland’s lead with 57 minutes gone after running on to Yann M’Vila’s pass and cutting inside, but Guzan got down well to collect his effort. Jermain Defoe blasted Sunderland to a first victory in six attempts, giving them hope of avoiding relegation from the Barclays Premier League and nudging Aston Villa deeper into the mire. last_img read more

Driver crashes into a building after being shot

first_imgAuthorities in Miami-Dade are currently investigating a car crash where the driver of the vehicle had been shot moments before the crash occurred.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue say that they responded to a building on the 11800 block of Northwest 12th Avenue Thursday, after witnesses reported that a vehicle crashed into the building.When authorities arrived to the scene, they found the victim with a gunshot wound to the head.The victim was then transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition and is currently undergoing surgery.A witness who lives in the area says he heard a gun go off , a pause, and then more gunshots.Another witness told reporters that they saw the victim and the gunman’s vehicle were side-by-side before the gun went off and the victim crashed into the building.Authorities are still conducting their investigation.last_img read more

City : Uncovering an explorer: Officials worked to clean paint off prominent Columbus statue

first_img Published on November 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments While some brave shoppers were out early Friday in search of the best Black Friday deals, at least one person went out of his or her way to send a message.The Christopher Columbus monument, located in Columbus Square in downtown Syracuse, was vandalized Friday. Red paint was splashed on the monument as well as the message: ‘500 years of genocide and imperialism; wake up.’Syracuse Police Department spokesman Sgt. Tom Connellan said police were notified early Friday that there was damage to the monument. They filed a police report and a detective is working on the case. So far, he said there are no suspects and no indication as to what the graffiti means.The Columbus monument was built in 1934 by Italian immigrants as a tribute to Columbus, according to the Preservation Association of Central New York’s website. The Italian-Americans wanted to dedicate the monument to the city of Syracuse as thanks for finding work there upon immigrating to America. It has been the focal point of downtown Columbus Square since its completion.Pete O’Connor, commissioner of the Syracuse Department of Public Works, said after they were notified of the vandalism, he sent a crew to take off the paint.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘There’s a city crew called Steel Trades,’ O’Connor said. ‘They have painters, carpenters, electricians and plumbers. Since the monument involved paint, we called on them to get it off using a high-powered steam gun.’The workers determined that whoever vandalized the statue filled balloons and latex gloves with paint and threw them at the monument, according to a Nov. 25 article by The Post-Standard.O’Connor said it took his crew about five hours to completely remove the paint. The bronze sculpture of Columbus atop the monument, which stands at 11 feet tall, was splashed with paint, so the crew used a bucket truck to remove it.The Department of Public Works crew was done by 11 a.m. and then they completed the rest of the work they were scheduled to do that day.O’Connor said it was fairly easy for his crew to remove all the paint because of the cooler temperature Thursday night into Friday morning. Had it been any warmer, the paint would have been sticky, and it would have been harder for the crew to remove.This isn’t the first time there have been vandalized buildings in the area, Sgt. Connellan said, but ‘this was a specific act of public vandalism.’In Oct. 2010, the door of the Westcott Community Center was sprayed with white paint and graffiti. It was the third incident in three weeks in the Westcott area. But Connellan said graffiti usually isn’t a problem.He said: ‘We usually get calls about petty graffiti on public or private property, but it’s almost always sporadic occurrences.’[email protected] center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Byron Scott: Kobe Bryant “probably” will have to manage shoulder pain through 2015-16 season

first_imgSaid Huertas: “I have no worries about it. They’re happy with me and they like me as a player and to tutor the young guys.”After playing the past 11 years in Spain, the 32-year-old Brazilian native is playing his rookie season of the NBA, where he has averaged only 3.1 points on 43.4-percent shooting and 2.8 assists in 12.6 minutes. Yet, Scott argued Huertas’ lack of playing time has more to do with the Lakers’ loaded backcourt of D’Angelo Russell, Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson.Though World Peace has not played the past 14 games because of a coach’s decision, Scott still gushed about World Peace’s mentorship role. Scott said he “talked briefly” with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak on whether they will keep World Peace ($1.5 million), Black ($845,059) and Huertas ($525,093), all of whom have contracts that will become guaranteed after next Sunday. The Lakers will decide by Friday so the players have time to clear waivers. The throng of season-ticket holders filled up some of the seats at Staples Center at morning shootaround eager to see the Lakers’ main attraction. More fans sat down later that evening for the same thing.But Kobe Bryant wasn’t there.Bryant missed Sunday’s game against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center because of continued soreness in his right shoulder. Bryant had also missed Friday’s game against Philadelphia and against Oklahoma City two weeks ago because of the same injury. He had surgery on that same shoulder last January to repair a torn rotator cuff.“That’s wear and tear and 20 years of life in the NBA,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “I don’t know how much. But that’s probably something he’ll have to manage for the rest of the season.” Scott reported Bryant feeling better after missing Friday’s game against Philadelphia. But Bryant had treatment about 75 minutes before tipoff. Bryant had reported feeling more soreness in his right shoulder in Boston last Wednesday after shooting 5 of 18 from the field. But he pledged to play through his final game in Boston and made a key 3-pointers that gave the Lakers a 107-102 lead with 1:40 remaining. Bryant also grabbed 11 rebounds.“We were talking and he said it was hurting, but it wasn’t that bad,” Scott recalled Bryant saying in Boston. “He said, ‘Coach, I can do other things.’ I said, ‘I know.’ Then he hits two big shots. I don’t know. He finds a way when the game is on the line to get some things done. I hope it’s not to that extent when he was hurting.”UncertaintyA looming decision awaits the NBA future of Metta World Peace, Tarik Black and Marcelo Huertas. But Huertas and World Peace both downplayed uncertainty on whether the Lakers will retain them after this week to make their contracts guaranteed.Said World Peace: “I haven’t even thought about it. It’s not a concern.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more