Black Cats rue their bad luck

first_img Hodgson was making a rare trip to the Stadium of Light, but saw little to cheer him on a chill Wearside afternoon with the Black Cats labouring in their efforts to avoid a second successive relegation fight. However, it might have been so different had referee Mike Jones seen two key first-half decisions the same way as the home fans among a crowd of 40,943. England manager Roy Hodgson watched on as his former side West Brom emerged with a 0-0 draw in controversial circumstances at Sunderland. Press Association Mr Jones opted not to send off last man Joleon Lescott despite awarding a foul for his early challenge on Danny Graham on the advice of assistant Constantine Hatzidakis, who then raised an offside flag to deny Adam Johnson a 45th-minute opener. Sunderland enjoyed the better of the game, but were unable to find the back of the net – legitimately, at least – for the third game in a row, although they looked far more likely to do so than an unadventurous Baggies side, who have now lost only once in 10 outings in all competitions. Head coach Gus Poyet, who had hinted in the run-up to the game that he would take a gamble on the fitness of Lee Cattermole after a 10-game absence and Jermain Defoe, who missed the FA Cup fifth-round debacle at Bradford with a niggling calf problem, did just that for a game he could not afford to lose. Having pleaded with fans to get behind the team in an open letter earlier in the week and urged his players to give the crowd something to shout about, it was referee Jones and his assistants who prompted the biggest reaction at either end of a drab first half. The game was just five minutes old when Cattermole played striker Graham in behind Lescott. Graham looked to be clear, but he went to ground as the defender recovered, and the home supporters were on their feet calling for blood as the flag went up. Jones produced only a yellow card and replays suggested there had been little contact, but there was a tangible sense of injustice as Sebastian Larsson curled the resulting free-kick into the side-netting. Thereafter, the half unfolded in unspectacular fashion with Cattermole adding a solidity to the Black Cats and opposite number Darren Fletcher probing for the Baggies, although with little success. James Morrison curled an eighth-minute shot on the turn into goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon’s arms, but that was the Romanian’s only notable action of the opening 45 minutes. Baggies midfielder Claudio Yacob was perhaps fortunate to escape without further action when he was lectured by the referee for pushing Defoe to the ground inside the penalty area for the second time while the pair awaited delivery of a corner. However, that was not the end of the controversy as the home side were denied what they felt was a perfectly good goal on the stroke of half-time. Ricky Alvarez crossed from the right to the far post, where Johnson controlled before rounding Ben Foster and stabbing home, only for a harsh offside flag to end his celebrations. Larsson forced a diving save from Foster deep into injury time, but the stalemate remained. Sunderland resumed where they had left off after the break, as they dominated possession, however West Brom’s organisation left little space to exploit. Full-back Chris Brunt had to block a 55th-minute Alvarez drive after the Argentina international cut inside on to his left foot, and Craig Dawson had to be equally determined to repel Defoe’s effort six minutes later. The home side should have gone ahead from the resulting corner when full-back Santiago Vergini met Larsson’s cross unopposed, but he glanced his header wide of the far post. As the game entered its final quarter, Poyet sent strikers Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher on for Graham and Alvarez, and Wickham very nearly made a swift impact when he saw Foster bundle away his header from Johnson’s 76th-minute corner, and that was as good as it got as the last push fell short. last_img read more

Mourinho entertains former side

first_imgPremier League leaders Chelsea will look to restore their seven point lead at the top of the table this afternoon.They face Manchester United at Old Trafford at 4pm.The match also sees Jose Mourinho host his former side for the first time as United boss.Meanwhile Celtic go to Ross County this lunchtime as they look to go all the way to the end of the Scottish Premiership season unbeaten. Brendan Rodgers’ side have already secured the title.The action kicks off at the Global Energy Stadium at 12:30pm. Photo © – pixabaylast_img read more

Short-handed Lakers fail to finish off Knicks, drop to 1-4 without LeBron

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions For the game, the Knicks went 34 of 41 from the line compared with the Lakers’ 20 free-throw attempts, of which they made 15 (including one of just two in the fourth quarter).The Lakers entered the final quarter up 92-86, after McGee (18 points, nine rebounds) carried the load for a stretch of the third quarter, scoring eight consecutive points for the Lakers, who looked up and found themselves trailing only 83-81 with 3:57 left in the quarter.Then Ivica Zubac (10 points off the bench in 12 minutes) took a pass from Lance Stephenson and scored on one end, and then blocked Tim Hardaway Jr. on the other to spur a fast-break bucket by Brandon Ingram that gave the Lakers their first lead and cranked up the volume at Staples Center, where there was a sellout crowd of 18,997.Svi Mykhailiuk’s 3-pointer seconds later – off a pass from Josh Hart – further ratcheted up the energy and extended the Lakers’ advantage to 88-84 with 2:40 to go in the third.But that energy and the ball movement that preceded it disappeared late as the Knicks outscored the Lakers 11-3 in the final four minutes.“The ball was moving beautifully when we built our lead,” Walton said. “We got to the fourth quarter and we had a couple of possessions of nice ball movement. And then, once shots didn’t go in, guys started trying to do it on their own. That’s not a recipe for us to win.”Kentavious Caldwell-Pope agreed.“Even in late-game situations, we still gotta make that extra pass,” said Caldwell-Pope, who finished with 19 points on 6-of-16 shooting. “Even if we miss three or four, we still gotta be able to make that extra pass and still be able to trust in our teammates and not try to play one-on-one ball.”After the Lakers were whistled for a five-second violation on an inbounds play out of a timeout, Lonzo Ball sank his fifth and sixth 3-pointers of the game in the final quarter – tying a season-high and cutting the Knicks’ lead to 114-112 with the last one.But a goaltending call on McGee, followed by a turnover by Ball (his sixth and the Lakers’ 17th) led to a bucket by Enes Kanter on the other end that gave New York (10-29) a 118-112 lead with 33.6 seconds remaining.Hart missed consecutive 3-point attempts from the top of the key and then fouled Mario Hezonja, who made one of his two foul shots to cap the 11-3 game-closing spurt, sealing the Lakers’ fourth loss in six games and snapping the Knicks’ eight-game losing streak.Ball finished with 17 points, six rebounds and two assists.Hardaway Jr. had 22 points to lead the Knicks, who had six other players score in double figures, including Kanter and Trey Burke, who had 16 apiece off the bench.“We’re in new roles, especially short-handed,” said Hart, who got the start and shot 2 for 11, including 1 for 9 from 3-point range, and finished with six points. “We’ve got to learn how to handle adversity, how to execute down the stretch when it’s most important.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“That’s an unfortunate loss,” Lakers coach Luke Walton surmised. “The frustrating part about it is it’s the things we talk about; it’s getting back on defense, taking care of the ball, not fouling.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The loss weighed especially heavily because, starting with Friday’s affair, the Lakers’ schedule delivered seven consecutive opponents who currently sit outside of playoff position. In the wild Western Conference, where three losses in four games will drop a team from fifth to eighth in the standings, actually winning the winnable games – such as Friday’s – is of great import.But the game yo-yo’d in the visitors’ favor for much of the night, including down the stretch after the Lakers took the lead for the first time late in the third quarter.In the fourth quarter, the Knicks made 16 of 20 free throws and the Lakers committed five turnovers – interconnected occurrences, Walton said.“They shot (41) free throws tonight, on the road; that’s a lot,” Walton said. “(It’s) because we’re turning the ball over, and now we’re at a deficit coming back on defense.”center_img The Lakers trailed by only four at halftime, despite moments of insistence that the Knicks please take the game and run away with it in a turnover-plagued opening 24 minutes.L.A. fell behind by as many as 17 points in the first quarter, when it shot 9 for 23 (39.1 percent) and 3 for 10 from the arc, while the Knicks made 14 of 31 shots (45.2 percent) and went 7 of 14 from 3-point range. Six Knicks scored in the first 12 minutes, led by Hardaway Jr., who opened with 11 points.The Lakers’ early life came primarily from Ball and Zubac. Ball had eight first-quarter points on a pair of 3-pointers and a layup off a steal that closed the gap to 24-16. And Zubac had six points, six rebounds and two assists in his first seven minutes.A lineup of Ingram, Mykhailuk, Stephenson, Tyson Chandler and, in his first action since Dec. 7, Michael Beasley, were charged with digging out of a 14-point hole to start the second quarter.Beasley punched in and got right to it, with six points, two rebounds and an assist. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Ball and Caldwell-Pope pulled the Lakers to within 54-50 before Ingram muscled in a shot at the rim over a pair of defenders to close it to 63-59 at intermission. PreviousLos Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, left, sits on the bench next to coach Luke Walton during the closing seconds of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Knicks won 119-112. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler, top, dunks as New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox, right, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, right, shoots as New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Knicks guard Trey Burke, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, left, and center Ivica Zubac defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, left, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, left, shoots as New York Knicks forward Luke Kornet defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Knicks forward Noah Vonleh, front, shoots around the defense of Lakers center Ivica Zubac, right, during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. The Lakers lost 119-112, dropping to 1-4 without LeBron James. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Michael Beasley, right, shoots as New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, center, tries to shoot as Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac, left, and guard Lance Stephenson defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Enes Kanter #00 of the New York Knicks and Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers go for a rebound during the first quarter at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Kevin Knox #20 of the New York Knicks dunks in front of Josh Hart #3 and Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first quarter at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes for a rebound during the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Noah Vonleh #32 of the New York Knicks attempts a layup during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Jeanie Buss, left, controlling owner and president of the Los Angeles Lakers, talks with director Spike Lee before an NBA basketball game between the Lakers and the New York Knicks on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Knicks guard Trey Burke, left and Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball chase the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Knicks won 119-112. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Trey Burke #23 of the New York Knicks drives past Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: David Fizdale of the New York Knicks calls out a play during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Damyean Dotson #21 of the New York Knicks attempts a layup past Josh Hart #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the half at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, talks with forward Brandon Ingram during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Knicks won 119-112. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Josh Hart #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores on a jumper in front of Josh Hart #3 and Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first quarter at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his three with JaVale McGee #7 during the first half against the New York Knicks at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr., right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Knicks won 119-112. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Trey Burke #23 of the New York Knicks drives on a falling Josh Hart #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers, as Enes Kanter #00 looks on, during a 119-112 Knicks win at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Allonzo Trier #14 of the New York Knicks passes out of the defense of Lonzo Ball #2, Tyson Chandler #5 and Lance Stephenson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 119-112 Knicks win at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: (L-R) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1, Rajon Rondo #9 and Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers look on from the bench during a 119-112 New York Knicks win at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers calls in a play during a 119-112 New York Knicks win at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores on a layup past Enes Kanter #00 of the New York Knicks during a 119-112 Knicks win at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a shot in front of Mario Hezonja #8 of the New York Knicks during a 119-112 Knicks win at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Enes Kanter #00 of the New York Knicks reach for a rebound during a 119-112 Knicks win at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his dunk with Damyean Dotson #21 of the New York Knicks during a 119-112 Knicks win at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a shot between Emmanuel Mudiay #1 and Enes Kanter #00 of the New York Knicks during a 119-112 Knicks win at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers argues an out of bounds call with referee Ken Mauer #41 during a 119-112 New York Knicks win at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Mario Hezonja #8 of the New York Knicks scores on a layup during a 119-112 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Michael Beasley #11, LeBron James #23 and Moritz Wagner #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers react to a Laker goaltending behind Mario Hezonja #8 of the New York Knicks during a 119-112 Knicks win at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a Laker foul during a 119-112 loss to the New York Knicks at Staples Center on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, left, sits on the bench next to coach Luke Walton during the closing seconds of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Knicks won 119-112. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler, top, dunks as New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 37Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler, top, dunks as New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — If a victory Friday night wasn’t a must, it was very much needed.But it wasn’t to be.The Lakers – depleted by injuries to LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma and Rajon Rondo – couldn’t compensate sufficiently for a hefty free-throw disparity and 17 turnovers as they lost 119-112, awarding the Knicks just their 10th victory this season and their second in the past 15 games.L.A. (21-18) fell to 1-4 without James, who suffered a groin injury during the Christmas Day game at Golden State. In all four losses, the Lakers had second-half leads. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more