Mame Biram Diouf earns Stoke their first league win of the season

first_imgStoke notched their first Barclays Premier League win of the season as substitute Mame Biram Diouf’s late header saw them beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium. Press Association But Diouf nodded home with seven minutes to go as Mark Hughes’ side finally sealed a victory that takes them out of the relegation zone. Stoke went into the contest having made their worst ever start to a Premier League season, taking just three points from six games. But Hughes had stressed in the build-up he had seen encouraging signs from his team and remained confident about their prospects. They were the first to settle after the match got under way, although that was helped by Bournemouth being unsettled by what happened to Wilson. The five-goal striker went to ground hurt in the eighth minute having appeared to twist his knee while under the attentions of Philipp Wollscheid. He received treatment on the field before managing to walk off it – and shortly after, came back on. That proved a bad decision – whoever’s it was – as Wilson was almost immediately back down, his leg having buckled as he ran towards the ball. He subsequently departed on a stretcher, replaced by Glenn Murray, to leave his team-mates looking a little shell-shocked, and Stoke appeared keen to take advantage. The visitors suffered a major blow early on when their top scorer Callum Wilson was carried off on a stretcher, and with Eddie Howe’s men still seemingly recovering from the shock, Jonathan Walters put Stoke ahead in the 32nd minute with a close-range finish. A week on from letting a 2-0 half-time lead slip in a 2-2 home draw with Leicester, it then seemed the Potters might have blown it again in the 76th minute when Dan Gosling fired in an equaliser. Artur Boruc was called upon to deal with shots from Bojan Krkic and Glenn Whelan. And after Matt Ritchie drilled into Jack Butland’s arms at the other end, Stoke grabbed the lead when Marko Arnautovic did well to get around Simon Francis on the left and pull the ball back for Walters, who tapped in from close range with clutch of Bournemouth players around him. It was a third goal in three Stoke appearances for Walters, with his game not appearing at all disrupted by the ongoing uncertainty over his future. A great chance came Bournemouth’s way in the 44th minute, but Erik Pieters did a fine job of blocking Ritchie’s shot. The away side threatened again after the break, with Murray skewing over before having a shot collected by Butland. And they levelled when Marc Pugh struck from outside the box, the ball ricocheted to Gosling and he finished past Butland. Butland then saved from Gosling as Bournemouth kept up the pressure, but soon after Diouf intervened with his third goal of the season, stooping to nod in Glen Johnson’s fine cross. Murray subsequently almost brought Bournemouth another equaliser, but Butland saved well. TWEET OF THE MATCH “@OfficialTM_3: Knee’s, who’d have them ey!? Hope Callum’s injury isn’t as bad as people are saying” – Injured defender Tyrone Mings sympathises with Callum Wilson after suffering a similar injury earlier this season PLAYER RATINGS Stoke Jack Butland: 7 (out of 10) Glen Johnson: 6 Erik Pieters: 6 Geoff Cameron: 6 Philipp Wollscheid: 6 Glenn Whelan: 6 Charlie Adam: 6 Marko Arnautovic: 7 Xherdan Shaqiri: 5 Bojan Krkic: 7 Jonathan Walters: 7 Subs: Ibrahim Afellay: 6 Mame Biram Diouf: 7 Marco van Ginkel: 6 Bournemouth Artur Boruc: 6 Simon Francis: 6 Steve Cook: 6 Sylvain Distin: 6 Charlie Daniels: 6 Matt Ritchie: 7 Andrew Surman: 6 Dan Gosling: 6 Marc Pugh: 6 Lee Tomlin: 6 Callum Wilson: 5 Subs: Glenn Murray: 7 Joshua King: 6 Adam Smith: 6 STAR PLAYER Jonathan Walters: Like so many times before, the forward delivered when Stoke needed him as his scoring run continued, and he battled for the cause in typical fashion throughout. It will be interesting to see whether his ongoing, seemingly troubled, contract talks lead to an extension – which is surely what Potters fans want to see. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Mame Biram Diouf: Things had been incredibly nervous around the stadium before Diouf headed in the goal to seal the victory the Potters so craved. VIEW FROM THE BENCH After a less-than vintage Stoke performance, Mark Hughes will perhaps be feeling relieved more than anything else, with the monkey now finally off the back in terms of a first Premier League win of the season and his side out of the bottom three. Opposite number Eddie Howe’s main concern is likely to be the condition of Callum Wilson after the frontman’s early exit on a stretcher. Howe will certainly not be alone in hoping the injury suffered is not too serious. MOAN OF THE MATCH It is always worrying to see a player go down the way Wilson did, and this case seemed particularly cruel given the young English striker had started the season so well with his newly-promoted club. WHO’S UP NEXT Aston Villa v Stoke (Premeir League, Saturday October 3) Bournemouth v Watford (Premier League, Saturday October 3) last_img read more

National Questions: Florida Elementary School 6-year-old Baker Acted

first_imgA Florida law has come under national scrutiny after a 6-year-old girl was involuntarily committed to a mental health facility after an incident at a Jacksonville elementary school. The student’s mother says her child has special needs and hyperactivity disorder. Teachers called in a mental health expert when the child allegedly started to lash out at them. That expert made the decision to Baker Act the child for 72 hours. School officials say that all the proper protocols were followed, but the child’s mother says her child is not the same after her mental evaluation away from her mother.The Baker Act allows authorities to force a psychiatric evaluation on anyone considered to be a danger to themselves or others, but the girl’s mother says her child’s two-day internment did more harm than good. Manuel Bojorquez spoke to Nadia Falk’s mother about the impact the law had on her daughter.last_img read more

Tyus Battle ends slump with 23 points in Syracuse’s win over Morehead State

first_img Published on November 10, 2018 at 10:54 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Tyus Battle pulled up from about 15 feet on the left wing with 5:20 to go Saturday. He’d made 3-of-4 shots already in the second half. He’d already surpassed his scoring total from Syracuse’s first game when he shot 30 percent. And on this particular shot, he swished it.After his feet hit the ground, Battle bobbed his head and put a small scowl on his face. The Carrier Dome roared as SU’s leading scorer from a year ago showed he was back.“Droughts happen,” Battle said. “I wasn’t worried about it. Once I got to see one go in, I knew I was fine.”Battle scored an SU-high 23 points on Saturday night in the Carrier Dome, as the No. 16 Orange (2-0) held off Morehead State (1-2), 84-70. He finished 7-for-15 from the field and 9-for-10 from the foul line as he again spent much of the game as Syracuse’s de facto point guard. After a 3-for-10 opening night, and a poor first half, Battle dropped 18 in the second half to help the Orange pull away from a persistent Eagles team.“He can score anywhere,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “Doesn’t matter where he is.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBattle wasn’t available to speak to the media after Tuesday’s season-opener. He was out on the Carrier Dome floor, getting shots up. Saturday, he said he “always wants to get shots up,” and he just wanted to solve whatever felt “a little off” in his shot.At first, it looked like those extra shots may not have done Battle any good. He got swatted on his first shot attempt Saturday as he attacked the basket. He missed a left-block fadeaway, short. He missed at the rim, again. He missed a jumper, again. Altogether, he missed his first six shots.But then, Battle pulled up from the right elbow and swished. About a minute later, he spun toward the right baseline, pulled up, and hit again. Although he missed a floater with time winding down, Battle had seen the ball go through the basket.“Just to see those go in at the end of the half, I think really gave me momentum for the second half,” Battle said.With Frank Howard still absent due to injury, Battle’s been forced to play point guard. He felt that may have contributed to his lack of aggression in SU’s exhibitions and its season opener. But he started to change that in Saturday’s first half, even when shots weren’t falling.In the second half, the aggression began to pay off. Battle attacked the rim for two layups while being fouled, along with another bucket that came off a post up on the left block.“I was trying to be aggressive in the first half and I was trying to be aggressive in the second half,” Battle said. “Only thing that changed was I guess I made a couple more shots.”Battle continued to drive to the hoop to get to the foul line, where he was 8-for-8 in the second half. In addition to the two and-1s, three separate slashes into the lane sent Battle to the line, where each time he made his pair.“Even foul shots when you see the ball go in, it makes things a lot easier,” Battle said. “Especially when you’re looking to score the ball.”Morehead State didn’t want to go away, as the Eagles brought their deficit back to 10 points on a number of occasions late in the second half. But in the closing moments, the game was finally in hand for Syracuse.The moment against Eastern Washington when the game felt in control came much earlier. Then, on his final shot of the night, Battle broke away with 4:12 to go, and he tomahawked a dunk. When he landed, he frowned.This time, it wasn’t until the game’s final minute that the Orange’s lead wasn’t in doubt. Battle beat his man going left and sliced down the center of the lane. No defenders came to help. Battle rose up and flushed it home with two hands. He didn’t show emotion right in that moment. But afterward, Oshae Brissett said, the Orange saw their junior leader smile.“We’re all excited for him,” Brissett said. “We like seeing our guys come out of their slumps. We’re all in this together, really. We don’t want to see any of our guys down. Seeing him like that, seeing him happy, even after the game, seeing him smile after the game, really lifts us all up.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more