Williams, O’Bonna Earn Weekly Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Awards

first_imgHonorable Mention: Garett Cortez, UIW; Julien Jeandree, Central Arkansas; Cliff Resias, Southeastern Louisiana. The Cardinals also make the trip to Torrance and will compete additionally in Azusa Pacific’s Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif., on Friday and Saturday. FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian sophomore Avery Williams and Lamar senior Brian O’Bonna are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Brian O’Bonna, Lamar – Sr. – Brampton, OntarioThe senior hit a personal best of 51-09.00 on his fifth attempt in the triple jump, taking home a fourth-place finish at Auburn’s Tiger Track Classic. He is now tied for 10th in the nation in the event and leads the Southland.center_img Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Avery Williams, Abilene Christian – So. – Katy, TexasWilliams finished first in the 400m at the UIW Invitational with a time of 47.75, posting the best finish of the weekend in the Southland. His time ranks third in the conference. He was also a member of the 4x100m relay team that took second (40.92), less than a second behind Sam Houston State. Honorable Mention: Devin King, Southeastern Louisiana; Kai Schmidt, Abilene Christian; Eric Moore, Central Arkansas. The Wildcats next head to California for two meets – the Mt. Sac Relays in Torrance beginning Thursday and the Long Beach Invitational in Long Beach starting on Friday.last_img read more

Internationals hit Man Utd worst as Pogba, Wan-Bissaka and Lingard injured

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED face a huge game with Leicester on Saturday but their chances haven’t been helped by an injury-hit international break.Most worrying for the Red Devils was the back problem picked up by Aaron Wan-Bissaka that forced him to leave the England camp.1 Wan-Bissaka and Lingard both pulled out of the England squadCredit: Getty – ContributorThe right-back has been a rare consistent force at Old Trafford this season and is joined by Paul Pogba as a doubt for the weekend after the Frenchman pulled out of France duty with an ankle issue.Furthermore, Jesse Lingard developed an illness while away with England.It adds to the concern over Anthony Martial, Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw while Eric Bailly is a long-term absentee.Arsenal are also having to wait on key players Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira after the midfield pair aggravated Achilles and muscle knocks, respectively.Another side left counting the cost of the international period is Newcastle.Swiss defender Fabian Schar returned to Tyneside nursing a touch of fatigue and Miguel Almiron has undertaken an exhausting trip to Japan and back, via Jordan, with Paraguay.LO BLOWTottenham were already sweating on the fitness of Tanguy Ndombele before their clash with Crystal Palace but now a hip injury to Giovani Lo Celso has hit them further.The Argentine initially shrugged off the issue but it was confirmed on Tuesday that he is out until late October.London rivals Chelsea may have a decision to make at left-back with Emerson Palmieri damaging his hamstring just eight minutes into Italy’s win over Finland on Monday.The Azzurri defender insisted his exit was a precaution and “nothing serious” as he looks to keep Marcos Alonso out the team.Latest Football NewsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleMan United star, Paul Pogba, vows to fight racists ‘for the next generation’As for Brighton, they are potentially without star signing Leandro Trossard after the Belgian midfielder aggravated a groin problem in training for his national side.With the internationals now complete, the final Premier League players in action – and thus the last to return to their clubs – included Wolves’ Raul Jimenez after he completed 90 minutes of a 4-0 defeat to Argentina in Texas on Tuesday night.Merseyside rivals Roberto Firmino and Richarlison also played over an hour in the States as Brazil lost to Peru.last_img read more

22 Political Parties Commit to Non-Violent Elections

first_imgMembers of political parties pledge to support free and non-violent electionsThe National Elections Commission’s (NEC) Inter-Party Consultative Committee, comprising 22 registered political parties, has pledged to support free, fair and non-violent elections in Liberia.The parties presented their resolution to the NEC, United Nations Missions in Liberia (UNMIL), and other partners.NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, during remarks yesterday after the presentation, described it as a remarkable development and appealed to political party leaders and their standard bearers to continue their commitment to peaceful elections.He said women’s political participation is encouraging and urged women to preach peace in all their electioneering in the country.“Elections are not only fighting for political office but the best way we can guarantee that they are free, fair and transparent because it’s everybody’s business,” Cllr. Korkoya said.He assured the political parties and the international community that NEC will remain ethical and transparent during the elections in October.The parties that committed to peaceful elections included Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), All Liberian Coalition Party, (ALCOP), National Patriotic Party (NPP), United People’s Party (UPP), Vision Of Liberia Transformation (VOLT), True Whig Party (TWP), Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), Alternative National Congress (ANC), All Liberian Party (ALP), Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), Unity Party (UP), among others.Meanwhile, African Union Representative Mr. Prosper Addo commended the political parties for their great work at the Inter-Party Consultative Committee (IPCC) and for coming up with a resolution that sets the base to support free and fair elections in the country.He described their effort as very instrumental, especially since it is meant to maintain the peace Liberians are enjoying today.“Peace is non-negotiable and at the same time violence is not an option, so we must reconcile and work together to ensure that peace reigns even before and after elections,” Mr. Addo said.For his part, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Head of UNMIL, Farid Zarif, told the political parties’ representatives that their commitment to continue to dialogue must persevere.He called on them to make use of the adequate space that is given them. “We need a transparent, free and fair election and everybody should raise the issue of peace.”It may be recalled that on September 21-23, 2016 Liberian political parties met at an Inter-Party Consultative Committee meeting in Ganta and agreed on a strategy to ensure peaceful and credible elections in October 2017.At the end of the meeting, they issued a resolution to pursue a common goal with a strong commitment to ensuring inclusive, transparent and credible elections.The Ganta Declaration was supported by the NEC and United Nations Development Program’s election project with funding from the European Union and Sweden in cooperation with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) that receives financing from USAID.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Funny man Colbert announces candidacy for president

first_imgNEW YORK – Stephen Colbert has announced his candidacy for president on “The Colbert Report,” tossing his satirical hat into the ring of an already crowded race. “I shall seek the office of the president of the United States,” Colbert said Tuesday on his Comedy Central show as red, white and blue balloons fell around him. Colbert, 43, had recently satirized the coyness of would-be presidential candidates by refusing to disclose whether he would seek the country’s highest office – a refusal that often came without any prompting. Shortly before making the announcement, Colbert appeared on “The Daily Show” (the show that spawned Colbert’s spin-off) and played cagey, claiming he was only ready to consider a White House bid. He entered the studio set pulled by a bicycle pedaled by Uncle Sam and quickly pulled out a bale of hay and a bottle of beer to show that he was “an Average Joe.” Colbert said his final decision would be announced on a “more prestigious show,” which turned out to be his own. “After nearly 15 minutes of soul-searching, I have heard the call,” said Colbert. His recent best-seller, “I Am America (And So Can You!),” allowed him to mock the now-standard approach to a White House run, complete with a high-profile book tour. Colbert said he planned to run in South Carolina, “and South Carolina alone.” The state, one of the key early primaries, is also Colbert’s native state. Earlier this week, South Carolina public television station ETV invited Colbert to announce his candidacy on its air. Exactly how far the mock conservative pundit planned to stretch his impression of a presidential candidate wasn’t clear. Colbert rarely breaks character on camera, including at his memorable speech at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner last year. The Comedy Central host has often mobilized his fans (“Colbert Nation”), encouraging them to vote to have a Hungarian bridge named after him, for example, or to vandalize Web site Wikipedia.com with his version of “truthiness” and “wikiality.” Colbert said he would run as both a Democrat and Republican. He earlier explained the strategy: “I can lose twice.” He claimed three running mate possibilities: Colbert-Huckabee, Colbert-Putin or Colbert-Colbert. Minutes after announcing his presidential pursuit, Colbert welcomed CBS political analyst Jeff Greenfield to ask how he had changed the race. “This is going to be one for the books,” said Greenfield. A spokesman for Colbert said he would be unavailable for further comment Tuesday evening. In a guest column for Maureen Dowd in Sunday’s New York Times, Colbert wrote: “I am not ready to announce yet – even though it’s clear that the voters are desperate for a white, male, middle-aged, Jesus-trumpeting alternative.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

ARENA 7 LAUNCHES CHARITY QUIZ NIGHT DRIVE

first_imgTable Quiz Nights @ Arena7, Letterkenny Arena7’s table quiz nights are back up and running and all Thursday nights have already been booked out until Christmas. The quiz nights which are now in there third year have proved a great success for local clubs and charities to raise some much needed finance. Each week a different charity, club or individual benefits from the proceeds of the quiz and the only thing they have to do, is get the teams in as Arena7 look after everything else. That’s right, Arena7 provide the Quiz Master, question, answer sheets, pens, raffle tickets and even put up first prize.As already said all our Thursday night are booked up to Christmas but there are still some Wednesday nights left. So, if you would like a quiz night contact Darren at Arena7 on 0749128853 and he will be glad to help.Upcoming Quiz NightsWednesday 5th Oct: Colaiste AilighThursday 6th Oct: Friends of Letterkenny HospitalWednesday 12th Oct: In Aid of Mark AndersonThursday 13th Oct: Letterkenny RoversThursday 20th Oct: Bonagee UtdThursday 27th Oct: St Eunan’s GAAThursday 3rd Nov: Churchill Community Child CareThursday 10th Nov: LYIT Basketball TeamThursday 17th Nov: The Good & New Cancer ShopThursday 24th Nov: Motor Neuron DiseaseARENA 7 LAUNCHES CHARITY QUIZ NIGHT DRIVE was last modified: October 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ARENA 7 QUIZ NIGHTlast_img read more

OLLIE’S WINNING MATCHES – HARPS EASE PAST AVONDALE TO BOOK SEMI-FINAL SPOT

first_imgKevin McHugh scored a stunning a hat-trick to send Harps through to the last four of the FAI Cup.Finn Harps have booked their place in the FAI cup semi-final for the first time in fifteen years following a comprehensive victory over non-league side Avondale.Kevin McHugh rolled back the years with a sensational performance which ultimately sealed Harps progression into the semi-finals.The Killea man scored a clinical hat-trick, while Damien McNulty also got on the score sheet in what was a comfortable rout. Avondale scored a consolation goal through Ray Long late on, but in truth the gulf in class between the sides was laid bare in a ruthless performance by Harps.Harps will face either St.Pat’s, Shamrock Rovers or bitter rivals Derry City in the semi-final.Harps are now just one game away from the Aviva, and two games from European football!!Costa del Finn Park. OLLIE’S WINNING MATCHES – HARPS EASE PAST AVONDALE TO BOOK SEMI-FINAL SPOT was last modified: September 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fai cupfinn harpsnewsSportlast_img read more

Inclusion of players of Asian origin brings sweeping change in English cricket

first_imgUsman AfzaalThe England cricket team’s tour of India is a tour of several firsts, not only because this is the first England tour to India in eight years but also because it is the first time England is travelling with three players for whom India is foreign yet somehow familiar.Captain,Usman AfzaalThe England cricket team’s tour of India is a tour of several firsts, not only because this is the first England tour to India in eight years but also because it is the first time England is travelling with three players for whom India is foreign yet somehow familiar.Captain Nasser Hussain and batsmen Mark Ramprakash and Usman Afzaal found themselves in the news when a row erupted over whether the tour should go on or not. All three are of Asian origin: Hussain was born in Chennai in 1968, Ramprakash’s father hails from’ Guyana in the West Indies, but the surname is a give away to his origins, and Afzaal is the most-recently arrived: born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, he moved to England at the age of five.When the question of whether England should tour India or not came up, these three became the object of all the attention. When they come to India, they will receive more of it than their peers because of their names, their histories and their public statements on the tour.Hussain, captain of the English team, was in the tightest of spots, having to counsel but not pressurise his teammates on what he sees as a landmark tour. He wrote in his newspaper column, “I am the England captain, it is the greatest honour and not something you pick and choose whether you take up or not. It is also the greatest ambition of my father, Joe, to watch me play and captain England in a Test match in the country of his birth. And third, and most important to me, India is the soul of world cricket.”This will not be Hussain or Ramprakash’s first trip to India, both men having toured separately – Hussain for a one-day tournament in 1989-90, and Ramprakash with the England-A team in 1994-95. Afzaal, 23, is a first-timer on tour for the senior England team, but the presence of the three together is being perceived as a shift in the kind of teams the Old Country will put out in the future.advertisementEngland has witnessed a rise in Asian players in county cricket as well as in its national team. Andrew Walpole, spokesperson of the England and Wales Cricket Board, says that the presence of many players of Asian origin in domestic cricket is “a testament of changing times. In the past couple of years, Essex has seen a major rise in the number of Asian youngsters in the under-15 groups. Under-16 players Nadeem Malik and Bilal Sahayal from Nottinghamshire are success stories.” Hussain is from Essex too where his father Joe (Jawad) Hussain runs the Ilford Cricket School.Nasser HussainHussain’s ascent to the England captaincy has been a watershed event in English cricket and Hussain Sr told INDIA TODAY, “It’s been huge.Of 50 kids who come to my school, 40 will be from an Asian background. It’s like cricket is in their blood.” In the past two seasons, players like Vikram Solanki and Owais Shah have been called up to play for England and the number, believes Hussain Sr, is going to increase. “The kids are so keen. An England team with one-third Asian boys is bound to take the field one day.” It is his son who has shown how it can be done: Hussain has led England teams right from his juniors, moving on to England-A (the second string developmental teams that tour every year) before turning into an aggressive England captain with four straight Test series victories, under his belt including on tour in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.New man Afzaal is naturally resolute, “If you are good enough and put in hard work you can break into the English team.” Already tagged the “only practising Muslim” on the England team, Afzaal is a left-hand bat and part-time left-arm spinner from Nottinghamshire, who made his debut in the Ashes series this summer.The only Nottinghamshire batsman to score 1,000 runs in the county summer last season, Afzaal averaged 44.26, and was a member of the England “A” tour to the West Indies before he made his debut for his adopted country, to whom he says he is “wholly committed”.Afzaal says he had little apprehensions about touring India and appears bursting with enthusiasm at the prospect. “I am looking forward to playing in India. The subcontinent has world class players. Sourav Ganguly is fantastic, Rahul Dravid is brilliant. It will be a challenge.The wickets will turn,” he says. He adds that he hopes to “entertain” something which few English cricket teams of the recent past can lay claim to. One writer summarised the contemporary image of English cricket on India, “The general feeling in the world’s most cricket-mad country is that the West Indies comes to party and play, the Australians extend the hand of friendship with visits to local schools and charities, and the other cricket-playing countries just get on with the job. advertisementMark RamprakashThe English, however, are aloof, arrogant and do nothing but complain when it comes to touring India.” When the England team lands in India this time, it will be difficult for them to shake off the impression that they are constantly looking over their shoulder. Hussain’s clear understanding of the situation may help: “One thing I would like to make clear is that the problems were to do with the world situation, not questioning India as a tour venue.”Ramprakash was among the first few on the current team to try and shrug off the security fears on the tour of India. His wife Vandana is expecting their second child, (they have a four-year-old daughter) but the Surrey batsman earned plenty of points for his common sense when he said his wife and he felt “being in London and England presents much more of a risk than being in India.There’s probably more danger going to Heathrow or in using the tube than in visiting Bangalore and Mumbai.” It is now obvious Ramprakash and Afzaal will not be reluctant tourists. Ramprakash, going on to 32 now, is still looking to cement his place in the England middle order. Afzaal, just starting out, knows that the best place to make an impression in this new England team is on tour, where the best of records and reputations can come horribly unstuck. Hussain has wisely stayed away from discussing his “Asian origin” or sense of ethnic identity. In India, he will be surrounded by it at a personal and a public level.”Nasser has had no conflict ever about who he is,” says Hussain Sr. “He is very proud to play for England and is proud to be from India.” Known as a hard-nosed and pragmatic individual as much as a batsman, Hussain will not be swept away. The cricket will be as tough as usual. But he will perhaps know a few fleeting moments on this tour which will blur the difference between going away and coming home.with Sharda Ugralast_img read more

GFI President Has No Time for Gymnastics, His Letters are Forged: IOA Chief to FIG

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra has written a strong letter to the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), alleging that the head of the national federation Sudhakar Shetty has no interest in the sport and is even unaware that his signatures wete “forged” by other officials.Batra said in the letter that “all is not well in the Gymnastics Federation of India and a smoke screen has been created (to show) that legally all is well”. He asked the world body to look into the governance issue of the GFI.The GFI, which is slated to go to polls on November 3, has been mired in factionalism for some time, with rival groups claiming the right to run the sport in the country.The faction led by president Shetty is recognised by the FIG but does not have the recognition of the Sports Ministry and the IOA.In a letter (shared with media) addressed to FIG President Morinari Watanabe and General Secretary Nicolas Buompane, Batra said: “I have been made aware of the situation within GFI almost by over 12 months that the GFI president is hardly aware of anything going on in GFI … and does not have time for GFI.”I was informed that the signatures on letters being sent under the name of GFI President are being forged by one gentleman by the name of may be Mr Deepak and he also had passwords of the emails…all emails/along with letters to FIG were being done by him only and it was known that the GFI president may not be aware of many things,” the IOA chief wrote in his letter.In a letter dated October 1 and addressed to Shetty and copied to Batra, the FIG had asked the GIF to get its electoral college for the November 3 elections approved by the IOA chief.Batra said in a telephonic conversation, he asked Shetty whether he knew of this October 1 letter from the FIG and his (Shetty’s) subsequent reply letter on October 7 wherein he said that the conditions prescribed in the letter (of October 1) of the world body were not required.”Mr Shetty categorically told me that he has not seen the letter sent by FIG on October 1, 2019 wherein FIG wants verification of electoral college by IOA president. Mr Shetty,” Batra further wrote in his letter to FIG, dated October 13.”On my second query that he had sent a three-page letter signed by him to FIG on October 7 saying that the conditions of the FIG letter of October 1 are not required.”Mr Shetty was very clear in confirming to me that he has not seen or signed any letter or authorised for electronic signature on October 7 which has been sent to FIG from his side and the letter could be under his forged signature.”Batra said that Shetty further confirmed to him that a person was faking/forging his (Shetty’s) signatures and he had asked the GFI office to terminate the services of that person.”But I informed Mr Shetty that the same forged signature which was coming one year back was the same as that of October 7 letter.”I also informed Mr Shetty that the letters and e-mails under his name till three months back were being sent from Ahmedabad and Navi Mumbai and for the last three months from Gurugram.”It is entirely up to him as to how he puts his house in order and adopts good governance practices within his office.”The IOA chief also wondered how the list of voters in the electoral college has been constantly changing and reduced to 17.”The voter list from 17 goes to 20 then to 22 and back to 17, why and how? In 2015 there were 17 members, they become 20 in 2018, then 22 in 2029 and once again in 2019 they become 17.”I personally will have no issue if I am not wanted to verify the list of voters (in the electoral college) as I do not want to be a roadblock to anyone. FIG may look into the governance issue of its member unit from India (GFI).”Shetty was unavailable for comment. Gymnastics Federation of IndiaInternational Gymnastics FederationioaNarinder Batra First Published: October 16, 2019, 11:53 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Arsenal sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund

first_imgArsenal have signed Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club announced on Monday.Papastathopoulos, who has 79 caps for Greece, is new Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s third major signing of the summer following goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen and defender Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus.”Arsenal is one of the biggest teams in the Premier League,” Papastathopoulos told the club’s website Arsenal.com. “It has a lot of fans and a very big history and I am very happy to be here to help the team.”British media reports said that the centre back had signed a three-year deal with the option for a further 12 months after finalising a move for a fee in the region of 16 million pounds ($21.01 million).Sokratis Papastathopoulos or Papa for short #SOKRATIS pic.twitter.com/O8RDrDYTeGArsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 2, 2018The 30-year-old, who won two Bundesliga titles and one German Cup, will wear the number five shirt for Arsenal, the club said.”Sokratis, who will wear the number five shirt, has vast experience on the international stage, making 79 appearances for Greece,” Arsenal said.last_img read more

Oumar Niasse rescues point for Everton in chaotic draw with Crystal Palace

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Topics Share on Twitter Twitter Pinterest Mohamed Salah hits double to help Liverpool cruise past Southampton Crystal Palace Read more Callum Wilson hat-trick powers 10-man Bournemouth past Huddersfield The Observer Roy Hodgson tried to highlight the positives, pointing to the chances Crystal Palace had created and the relative few they had conceded, and offering the visitors’ tally of fouls – 26 – as evidence of Everton’s desperation to wrest back some control. But, in the end, all that truly remained was exasperation. “I can’t ask for more than I got from the players, but I must admit to being bitterly disappointed,” he said. “I want to see points on the board.”Palace are not performing like a side condemned to the foot of the division, with this the latest encouraging display that merited more than a mere point. They have belatedly injected some zest into their attacking play, boast pace and invention and their control of possession is less slapdash than it was. But they are still not winning games, and their leeway for dropping the odd point has gone. If Everton, such an awkward mishmash of a team, cannot be overcome, then who can?The hosts were the more threatening team throughout, with Wilfried Zaha, Andros Townsend and Ruben Loftus-Cheek irrepressible. They eased ahead after barely 50 seconds, overcame a sense of injustice at Everton’s first equaliser to regain their lead and were even the more persuasive team after the interval. Yet the sight of Jordan Pickford pawing away efforts from Luka Milivojevic and Christian Benteke late on drew wails of frustration from the locals. This was a missed opportunity and, for all the controversy over the award of Leighton Baines’s penalty, it had been gifted to the visitors.Palace had regained the lead courtesy of Zaha’s superbly constructed goal as the game lurched into stoppage time at the end of the first half, with Julián Speroni dummying Oumar Niasse as he controlled the ball inside his own area. His pass to Scott Dann left the captain in the lurch, Idrissa Gueye duly snapping in to force the ball free. Niasse calmly collected, advanced and slid the visitors’ second equaliser into the corner. “We committed hara-kiri,” said Hodgson. Speroni would make amends of sorts with a fine save from Dominic Calvert‑Lewin after the break, but the sense of deflation at half-time was palpable.The penalty award, too, had grated. Niasse had been in Palace’s Soho offices on transfer deadline day after terms had effectively been agreed with Everton over an £8m move, only for the plug to be pulled just before the cut-off. Here he was a nuisance with a point to prove, wriggling away from Dann five minutes in and apparently sensing the centre-half might dangle a leg en route. There was no trip forthcoming – the contact was between centre-half’s shoulder and striker’s chest, though it was hardly forceful – but the referee, Anthony Taylor, was still convinced enough by the crumple to award the spot-kick.“It was a long way away, but it looked like there was contact,” said David Unsworth. “But what I would say is Oumar will always take on an opportunity. If he’s got clipped or pushed …”Baines scored and Hodgson was still complaining to the fourth official when the second half kicked off, but he recognised his team should have prospered regardless. They had led initially through James McArthur’s volley, the Scot pouncing after Pickford pushed out Loftus-Cheek’s shot. Zaha’s second, converted from Joel Ward’s wonderful centre, would have had him purring, but other opportunities did not yield reward. The winner they craved never came.Instead it was Unsworth who was thumping his chest in pride at the end, the caretaker still desperate to make this position his own on a full-time basis. “If I get the job, I’ll be delighted,” he said. “But whoever gets the job, I’ll shake them by the hand and wish them the best. What will be will be.”His team were fortunate, the rather disjointed nature of their squad all too apparent. But they are in a far healthier position than their hosts. Share via Email Share on WhatsApp match reports Share on Facebook Everton Premier League Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Wilfried Zaha scores to make it 2-1 to Crystal Palace during their Premier League match with Everton. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images Facebook Read morelast_img read more