Poyet backs Johnson to impress

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first_img That represents a major turn around for a man who had previously struggled to justify the £10million the Black Cats invested in him when they bought him from Manchester City, and with injuries threatening to limit Hodgson’s midfield options, he could yet have a role to play in Brazil this summer. Club boss Poyet said: “I am pleased for him. It wasn’t an easy season. Sometimes, which is normal when you pay a lot of money for a player, you want him to perform every day and be the difference every time. “But when you have such specific characteristics, you need the team to play one way, and he has helped us a lot. “Let’s see if he can win another one. I promise you, if he wins another Player of the Month, we are safe, that’s for sure. “I always say there is a group of players from the number that you can take to the World Cup who pick themselves. It could be 16, 17, 18, 19. “But there are always going to be places for a few players if someone gets injured, or someone reaches an incredible level and you can’t leave him behind. “I’m sure if the World Cup was next week, Adam would be there, I have got no doubt. “Now, the idea is can we make him maintain that level and have a chance at the end of campaign?” Gus Poyet has set Adam Johnson the dual target of firing Sunderland to Barclays Premier League safety and himself to the World Cup finals. Johnson arrived at the Stadium of Light in a blaze of publicity in August 2012, but neither Martin O’Neill, the man who signed him, nor successor Paolo Di Canio, were able to reap the rewards of that investment. However, Poyet has managed to revitalise the graduate from Middlesbrough’s famed Academy, and while he has played down his role, he believes their prior acquaintance has been a factor. The Uruguayan said: “The good thing with Adam is that we knew each other from a short spell when Adam was a player [on loan] at Leeds and I was a coach with Dennis Wise, so we know each other. “It’s not like you are dealing with someone you have never met before. He knew my character, even if I was not in charge there and I was not making decisions, and it was easy to get on with him. “It was not all his fault when he wasn’t performing, and it’s not only him now. We needed to share responsibility. “But he is on the pitch. I can do everything possible, I can play one way and try to convince the player, but then it’s down to Adam Johnson, it’s nothing to do with me.” Sunderland will welcome Steve Bruce’s Tigers – it will be the first time their former manager has been back to the club since his dismissal in November 2011 – to Wearside with Poyet having learned much about his team in a 1-0 defeat at the KC Stadium earlier this season, which saw the visitors reduced to nine men before half-time. Their improvement since has been dramatic – they have lost just two of their last 14 games in all competitions – although Poyet has dismissed suggestions that his two-year contract should be extended. He said: “No, because we have done nothing yet. My challenge is to get safe, and we are not, so let’s get safe.” England manager Roy Hodgson will be at the Stadium of Light on Saturday as Johnson and his team-mates attempt to secure a third successive league victory against Hull, and his visit could hardly have been better timed. The 26-year-old winger, who won his last senior international cap against Italy in August 2012, picked up the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for January on Friday after a blistering run of form which saw him score his seventh goal in as many games for his club in last Saturday’s 3-0 derby victory at Newcastle. Press Associationlast_img read more


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first_img admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Bio Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015center_img Latest posts by admin (see all) MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jimmie Johnson won the Goody’s 500 Sunday at Martinsville on the 25th anniversary of team owner Rick Hendrick’s first Cup victory. It was also Johnson’s fifth Martinsville win in the last six races. “We didn’t have the best car at the start, but we opted to lose track position to work on the car,” said Johnson. “We tried several things that didn’t work. As the day went on Chad (crew chief Chad Knaus) kept adjusting tire pressure until he got it right.”Fans were treated to beating, banging, fender rubbing, pushing and shoving. All together, the action on the track produced one of the year’s best and most exciting races.Johnson stayed in the top five, but had not led a lap until a caution came out on lap 429. Johnson’s team gave him a super fast pit stop under a caution, and he was out of the pits ahead of the leader, Denny Hamlin.Hamlin, who led the most laps (296), regained the lead from Johnson on a restart on lap 456.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textJohnson remained on Hamlin’s tail and dogged him for 23 more laps. Finally, Johnson was able to set Hamlin up in order to make a pass. Going into turn four on lap 479, Johnson gave Hamlin’s rear bumper, ever so slight of a tap, causing him to push up. Johnson was then able to drive his No. 48 under Hamlin’s No. 11.Hamlin tried to come down and close the door, but it was too late. By the time he gathered up his car, Johnson was way out front.“I had a little bit better car than Denny on the long runs,” said Johnson. “I was patient. I set him up, set him up, and then got inside him. He tried to put the squeeze on me, but I was up on the curb sliding, and we got together. He did a heck of a job of saving it.“I thought I was going around too, but fortunately we had enough distance between us that we both could save it.”Johnson moved from ninth to fourth in points.Hamlin was the defending Martinsville winner, but all he could do for the last 17 laps was look at Johnson’s rear bumper grow smaller with each lap.“It was a great battle,” said Hamlin. “I’m honored to be on the same racetrack with guys like Jimmie,” said Hamlin. “That was just short track racing. I would have done the same to him, and if it comes back around I will do the same.“That’s the way it is at Martinsville. I was trying to protect the spot and he was trying to get it. That’s the way it goes.”Third-place finisher Tony Stewart had his best finish of the season with his new team, Stewart Haas Racing.“We were right there when Denny and Jimmie were having their problems,” said Stewart. “We were ready. I’m just proud of this team, they all did a great job today.”Stewart’s teammate, Ryan Newman, finished sixth.Points leader Jeff Gordon finished fourth, followed by Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., A.J. Allmendinger and Jamie McMurray.The four Hendrick teams finished first, fourth, seventh and eighth.Jamie McMurray’s 10th-place was the best of any Roush Fenway team.Top 12 Chase leaders after 6 of 36: 1. J. Gordon-959, 2. Bowyer-870, 3. Ku. Busch-827, 4. Johnson-817, 5. Hamlin-811, 6. Ky. Busch-800, 7. Stewart-798, 8. Edwards-750, 9. Kahne-745, 10. Harvick-714, 11. Reutimann-710, 12. Kenseth-704.Weekend Racing ScheduleThe Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams are at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The Camping Series Trucks are off until April 25.Saturday, April 4Nationwide Series O’Reilly 300, race 5 of 35; Starting time: 3 p.m. (EDT); TV: ESPN2.Sunday, April 5Sprint Cup Samsung 500, race 7 of 36; Starting time: 2 p.m. (EDT); TV: FOX.Racing Trivia Question: Where is the Sprint All-Star race held each year?Last Week’s Question: Which Cup team does Greg Biffle drive for? Answer: The No. 16 Roush Fenway Ford. Latest Postslast_img read more


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first_imgBrisbane Broncos Broncos pair Corey Oates and Tevita Pangai jnr were the casualties to come out of the 9-7 win over Wests Tigers on Friday night. Sam Thaiday received treatment for a nasty head gash but remained on the field. Tevita Pangai jnr (hamstring, scans to confirm extent of damage) Andre Savelio (knee, season) Jordan Kahu (jaw, round 9-12) Corey Oates (hip, scans to confirm extent of damage)Canberra RaidersThe Raiders had no injuries from their 20-19 loss to the Warriors. Joseph Tapine could return in round four. Josh Hodgson told the Fox League coverage in the loss on Saturday that he is on track for a round 16-18 return.Charlie Gubb (groin, indefinite)Josh Hodgson (knee, round 18)Joseph Tapine (finger, round 4)Canterbury BulldogsJosh Cleeland (ankle, indefinite)Cronulla SharksJayson Bukuya left the field against the Eels and didn’t return as a precaution with groin tightness. Josh Dugan failed to finish the game with an ankle injury but is not a concern. Braden Uele has overcome rib damage to play for Newtown in the Intrust Super Premiership over the weekend. Matt Moylan and Luke Lewis could be fit for round four against premiers Melbourne.Sione Katoa (broken jaw, round 6)Luke Lewis (foot, round 4)Matt Moylan (hamstring, round 4)Jayson Bukuya (groin, to be monitored)Braden Uele (ribs, round 4)Gold Coast TitansThe Titans have a clean bill of health apart from off-season recruit Jack Stockwell, who is at least another week away from a shoulder injury.Jack Stockwell (shoulder, round 4)Manly Sea EaglesThe Sea Eagles had no injury concerns to come out of their loss with the Rabbitohs. Dylan Walker is pushing for a return against the Raiders on Saturday but is only an outside chance. Dylan Walker (leg/ankle, round 4/5)Melbourne StormKenny Bromwich was a late scratching for the Storm on Thursday night and will be monitored. Felise Kaufusi is a strong chance of returning in round four, according to coach Craig Bellamy. Sandor Earl (knee, season)Kenny Bromwich (back)Jahrome Hughes (shoulder, round 4)Felise Kaufusi (hamstring, round 4)Newcastle KnightsConnor Watson suffered a shoulder dislocation during Newcastle’s clash with the Roosters on Sunday night and could be set for surgery, which would mean an extended stint on the sidelines. Chris Heighington was ruled out of the match with a hip flexor injury.Dylan Phythian (ACL, round 6)Chris Heighington (hip flexor, indefinite)Connor Watson (shoulder, round 15)North Queensland CowboysShaun Fensom (leg, round 4) Kane Linnett (pectoral, indefinite) Lachlan Coote (hamstring, round 4)Josh Chudleigh (knee, indefinite)Parramatta EelsJarryd Hayne and Bevan French will have scans on their injuries coming out of the loss to the Sharks. Josh Hoffman and Kane Evans also picked up injuries in a nightmare evening for the Blue & Gold. Tepai Moeroa received treatment during the game but was not a concern post-match. Clint Gutherson (knee, round 8)Brad Takairangi (eye socket, round 10)Jarryd Hayne (hip flexor, scans to confirm extent of damage)Bevan French (shoulder, scans to confirm extent of damage)Penrith PanthersThe big injury out of the round was Nathan Cleary and the halfback is set to miss 10 weeks with an MCL injury. Utility Tyrone May remains on track for round five. In better news for the Panthers, Tyrone Phillips is a strong chance of an early return from a pectoral tear.Nathan Cleary (knee, round 13)Tyrone May (knee, running, round 5)Sam McKendry (knee, season)Tyrone Phillips (pectoral, round 10)Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (jaw, round 7)South Sydney RabbitohsCampbell Graham (hand, indefinite)Adam Reynolds (knee, round 4-5)Tyrell Fuimaono (dislocated toe, round 14)St George Illawarra DragonsNo injuries.Sydney RoostersDaniel Tupou (pectoral, round 13-15)WarriorsFormer skipper Simon Mannering is expected to return from a shoulder injury as the Warriors look to secure four wins in a row to start a season for the first time in club history.Gerard Beale (leg, round 8)Isaiah Papali’i (knee, round 8)Nathaniel Roache (neck, season)Simon Mannering (shoulder, round 4)Wests TigersBenji Marshall had scans on an ankle injury suffered in the second half of the side’s loss to the Broncos and remained in a moon boot over the weekend. The injury is not as serious as first feared and he is a strong chance to play against Parramatta on Easter Monday. Marshall will be named in the No.6 jersey on Tuesday and given every chance to prove his fitness. Tyson Gamble is set to be named on the bench as cover for Marshall while Tuimoala Lolohea is set to return from a knee injury and could also be used at five-eighth if needed. Josh Reynolds is two weeks away from a return from his hamstring injury.Jacob Liddle (shoulder, round 4)Tui Lolohea (knee, round 4)Josh Reynolds (hamstring, round 5)Benji Marshall (ankle, round 4)last_img read more


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first_imgIn Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Guiao also acknowledges that even with Magnolia playing without Marc Pingris for the rest of the season, the Hotshots are still the favorites.“They have a wealth of playoff experience,” Guiao said. “That’s what we don’t have.”Four-peat-seeking San Miguel Beer, which ousted Barangay Ginebra, would like nothing less than the series go the distance if only to continue cooling their heels after getting dragged into five games by the Gin Kings.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “We experienced it before, so now, we need to have more focus and need to double our efforts and close out this series,” Victolero said after practice for the 7 p.m. game Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We know that NLEX will come out strong and we need to match or surpass that energy and aggressiveness [of the Road Warriors],” he said as he shoots to coach in a title series for the first time in his young career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLast season, the Hotshots also came into Game 6 holding a similar 3-2 lead over Barangay Ginebra, only for Magnolia to lose the next two games.“I had the same chance last year, but we lost,” Victolero said. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PBA IMAGESMagnolia and Chito Victolero were in exactly the same spot last season.After learning the ropes the hard way and failing twice against a different foe, Victolero and his Hotshots know precisely what to do and what it would take for them to bundle out the NLEX Road Warriors and make the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Ancajas leads int’l, PH champs in Elorde rites Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Magnolia has won three of the last four games and seems to have figured out NLEX during the past week.But Victolero certainly hit the nail on the head in saying what they need to do, as his Hotshots cannot afford to take things for granted even for a second against an NLEX crew that is seeking to extend its overachieving run here.Counterpart Yeng Guiao has been very vocal in saying what their true aim in this Final Four is: Take the best-of-seven series the distance and learn in every game they play.“It will be a toss coin if we get to a Game 7,” Guiao had said. “I will take my chances there.”Guiao and his Road Warriors weren’t penciled to make it this far in the preseason, especially since NLEX is not the most complete team in the tournament and with Guiao just in his second year calling the shots.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


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