Bowyer regrets Dyer clash

first_img He told the Evening Chronicle: “It was a moment of madness. Everybody regretted it afterwards. But we are winners. “When you play football, you have to be that way. You have to want to win. Sometimes it goes too far – that’s what happened that day. “I’m sure if we’d been winning 3-0, it would never have happened.” Newcastle had already been reduced to 10 men following defender Steven Taylor’s dismissal when Bowyer and Dyer locked horns eight minutes from time, leaving referee Barry Knight little option but to act. Bowyer said: “We were all trying to pull in the same direction and it was just a moment of madness. “Kieron’s a nice lad and I still see him. I saw him at Sir Bobby’s [Robson’s] golf day and we had a beer and a laugh.” Press Association The pair were sent off for fighting each other during the Magpies’ 3-0 home defeat by Aston Villa on April 2, 2005, and were later made to issue a shamefaced apology by then manager Graeme Souness. However, Bowyer insists they remain friends and blamed the temporary fall-out on their will to win. center_img Former Newcastle midfielder Lee Bowyer has put his infamous on-field clash with team-mate Kieron Dyer down to a “moment of madness”. last_img read more

Wagner looks to end streak vs Mt. St. Mary’s

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMount St. Mary’s (10-16, 6-7) vs. Wagner (5-19, 2-11)Spiro Sports Center, Staten Island, New York; Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Mount St. Mary’s looks to extend Wagner’s conference losing streak to eight games. Wagner’s last NEC win came against the Long Island-Brooklyn Sharks 72-64 on Jan. 20. Mount St. Mary’s fell 70-55 at home to St. Francis (Pa.) in its last outing. TEAM LEADERS: Wagner’s Alex Morales has averaged 13.2 points and 5.3 rebounds while Curtis Cobb III has put up 15.9 points. For the Mountaineers, Damian Chong Qui has averaged 12.3 points while Malik Jefferson has put up 9.4 points and 7.5 rebounds.DOMINANT DAMIAN: Chong Qui has connected on 38.6 percent of the 83 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 12 over the last three games. He’s also converted 83.2 percent of his free throws this season.STREAK STATS: Wagner has lost its last three home games, scoring an average of 64.3 points while giving up 73.3.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Mountaineers have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Seahawks. Wagner has an assist on 40 of 76 field goals (52.6 percent) across its past three contests while Mount St. Mary’s has assists on 38 of 59 field goals (64.4 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Mount St. Mary’s has committed a turnover on just 18.1 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-best percentage among all NEC teams. The Mountaineers have turned the ball over only 11.8 times per game this season.___ Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img Wagner looks to end streak vs Mt. St. Mary’s February 17, 2020last_img read more

Guardiola praises ‘incredible’ Sterling for confronting racism

first_imgSterlingManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola has praised Manchester City star Raheem Sterling for refusing to be intimidated by the menace of racism in football.Sterling endured alleged racial abuse from a Chelsea fan during City’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.The 24-year-old was targeted by the supporter while he was standing near fans on the touchline.Sterling appeared to laugh off the shocking incident at the time, but the abuse has drawn widespread condemnation amid fears the sport is being dragged back to the dark ages of the 1970s and 1980s when racism was rife.The England winger later accused the media of fuelling racism in the way it reports certain stories about black players.And former England assistant coach Gary Neville revealed this week that Sterling complained during Euro 2016 of constant criticism from fans that carried racist undertones.Speaking for the first time since the Chelsea incident, City manager Guardiola backed Sterling and hailed his decision to speak out on the controversy.“I was concerned with what happened but he made a statement on Instagram and was quite clear about his thoughts,” Guardiola told reporters on Tuesday.“He’s an incredible person, an incredible human being.“It’s tough in the 21st century to still be in this position, to have problems with diversity. We have to be better, everyone.”Guardiola believes racism is a deep problem in society, not just football, and insisted more must be done to combat it.“It’s everywhere, racism is everywhere. People focus on football but it’s not just in football. You’d think in football we’d be safe but racism is everywhere,” he said.“What happens today – how we treat immigrants and refugees, when once in our lives our grandfathers were refugees. It’s everywhere. That’s why we have to fight every day. “We have to fight for human rights to make a better society for the future. Today it’s dangerous, not just in England, all across Europe.“The message for the politicians is for them to be tough on human rights and we have to defend democracy in the best way.”– Real power –Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola also pointed out the media has a crucial role to play in keeping racism in check.“Today the real power is the media, not politicians, not the governments. It’s the media,” he said.The Metropolitan Police have launched an investigation into the Stamford Bridge incident, while Chelsea have suspended four supporters.“I appreciate what Chelsea did,” Guardiola said. “If it happened in my club we should do the same.”Guardiola, whose side host Hoffenheim in the Champions League on Wednesday, made it clear comments about players should restricted to performances on the field rather than straying into foul abuse.“Hopefully the criticism is when he plays s***, he plays bad. That would be perfect. Everyone is exposed to that – the managers, the players, everyone around the world,” he said.“But just for the colour of his skin? Believe me, that’s ridiculous and that’s why everyone has to protect from that situation.”Sterling’s team-mate Leroy Sane also believes the former Liverpool player has shown great dignity in dealing with the abuse.“I think it’s sad this happens still. We all support Raheem and are on his side,” Sane said.“He is a strong guy, a good guy. He can handle it and he is not letting it get him down.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more