Yannick Bolasie plundered an 11-minute hat-trick as Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew got his own back on Sunderland. There was, however, a lively finish with Fletcher and Zaha both teeing up late volleys, the first of which was saved easily by Julian Speroni and the second blocked by the vigilant Patrick van Aanholt. But the game was to take a decisive lurch in Palace’s favour inside six minutes at the start of the second half as Sunderland simply imploded. The visitors broke the deadlock three minutes after the restart when Bolasie was allowed to turn wide on the right edge of the penalty area and he floated a cross to the far post, where Murray timed his run to perfection to head inside the far post. Advocaat was furious that an offside flag had not been raised, although replays confirmed the officials had got it right, and the Dutchman’s misery had only just begun. Only three more minutes had elapsed when Murray rose to head a long ball down towards Bolasie who, after defender Santiago Vergini failed to cut it out, stabbed gleefully past the helpless Costel Pantilimon. The game was effectively over just nine minutes into the half when Bolasie easily out-muscled John O’Shea in pursuit of another ball over the top and lifted his shot over Pantilimon to spark an exodus from the stands. That grew in size within eight minutes when Murray got the better of O’Shea on the right and crossed for Bolasie, who slipped as he was confronted by Pantilimon, but still managed to stab the ball into the empty net to complete a quick-fire treble. It might have been even worse for the Black Cats had Pantilimon not clawed McArthur’s 66th-minute effort away with his defence in tatters, and Wickham’s 89th-minute strike prove scant consolation for what remained of a crowd of 42,073 despite Speroni tipping Van Aanholt’s injury-time shot on to the bar. The DR Congo international struck after 51, 54 and 62 minutes after Glenn Murray had opened the scoring to hand the former Newcastle manager a 4-1 victory at the Stadium of Light, Palace’s first ever top-flight win on Wearside. Connor Wickham scored the home side’s consolation. Pardew, of course, presided over four successive defeats by the Black Cats during his spell in charge at St James’ Park, and that run was a major factor in the deterioration of his relationship with the Toon Army. Victory took the Eagles through the 40-point barrier – 25 of their 42 have come in the 12 Barclays Premier League games since he took charge. By contrast Sunderland, who went into the game brimming with confidence following last Sunday’s derby success over Newcastle, find themselves back in the relegation mire after conceding four times at home for the second time in three attempts. They have made a habit of allowing the momentum of a derby victory to slip away in recent seasons with their previous three wins over Newcastle being followed by defeat in the game immediately afterwards, remarkably on each previous occasion at the hands of Hull. That had not been lost on head coach Dick Advocaat in the run-up to the game, but knowing about the situation and being able to do something about it are different things, and so it proved. The Black Cats were simply unable to reproduce the intensity they had summoned up last Sunday apart from an early flurry, and although strikers Wickham and Steven Fletcher were again prominent, along with returning midfielder Jack Rodwell, there was little to recommend in the opening 45 minutes. Palace had set up to concede little and after starting on the back foot, gradually worked their way into the game, disrupting Sunderland effectively and trying to hit them on the break with Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha threatening from wide positions. Chances were few and far between with Fletcher unable to direct Jordi Gomez’s pacy fifth-minute corner on goal and Eagles skipper Mile Jedinak on his return from suspension firing a 13th-minute free-kick wastefully into the defensive wall. An increasingly physical game – Rodwell, Lee Cattermole and Scott Dann were all booked in quick succession with the former Everton and Manchester City man perhaps fortunate only to see yellow for a challenge on James McArthur – meandered rather than thundered towards the half-time whistle. Press Association
Trevor Denton | Daily TrojanThe most common complaint about the NBA in 2018 is that it lacks competition.At the end of the day, the Warriors and Cavs will always find themselves playing each other in the NBA Finals, critics lament. Many NBA critics feel that the 82-game regular season and four-round Playoffs are just window dressings when the conclusion is already set in stone. On the other hand, fans around the country love the NFL for the exact opposite reason. They enjoy the league’s perception of parity, where each team possesses an equal shot at winning a championship, despite its previous season’s record. The four-round, single-elimination Playoff format creates a sense that any team can make a run for first place, much like the New York Giants in 2007 and 2011 (shoutout to my former sports editor Ollie Jung, a die-hard Giants fan).Yet, as the NFL gets ready for its 52nd Super Bowl on Feb. 4, the Football League faces predictability issues similar to the NBA’s. Since 2003, only four different quarterbacks have won the AFC Championship: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco (the obvious outlier). For Brady, 40, this will be his eighth Super Bowl appearance in his 18-year career. He’s had an extended run of greatness that’s been ongoing since my first days of watching sports. Yes, the NFL’s highly touted parity does exist, but only across half of the league. Compared to the AFC Championship, 13 different quarterbacks have won the NFC Championship since 2003. There are some future Hall of Famers in that group, like Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson. But there are many more Flacco-esque head scratchers like Colin Kaepernick, Rex Grossman and 2018 winner Nick Foles. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will make his eighth career appearance in the Super Bowl. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.For the most part, superior play by a few quarterbacks in the AFC has translated directly to more wins in the Super Bowl. Since Brady’s first appearance, the AFC is 11-6 in the Super Bowl, with another win likely on the way in two weeks. The AFC’s run is not quite on the level of the NBA Western Conference’s utter domination, but it’s pretty damn close. The NFL’s AFC problem starts with a lack of depth at the quarterback position. Aside from bouts with Manning and Roethlisberger, Brady simply hasn’t experienced much competition in getting to the Super Bowl. This year, he defeated Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans and Blake Bortles of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the playoffs — two quarterbacks who ranked in the bottom half of the league for completion percentage. A sixth Super Bowl victory in Minnesota would certainly be impressive, but Brady didn’t exactly go through a difficult road to get there. Several recent draft classes looked promising in terms of quarterback talent, but players ended up not panning out as expected. 2012 offered Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III as can’t-miss prospects. Both of their careers have since been derailed by injuries. In 2015, two Heisman Trophy winners in Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota were drafted No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. They were supposed to take over as the new group of elite NFL quarterbacks sooner rather than later, yet in 2017, both showed signs of regression. Their teams (the Buccaneers and Titans) finished with a combined record of 13-19. NFL teams need to get better at scouting and developing young quarterbacks in order to make the league more interesting, and prevent older “signal callers” from continuously dominating the league. This year’s quarterback draft class includes several talented prospects including USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma. But only time will tell if any rise up to challenge the Roethlisberger-Brady hierarchy. In the meantime, a 40-year-old quarterback will attempt to win his sixth Super Bowl, with the narrative feeling all too familiar for a league that prides itself on producing the unexpected. This week, I wanted to start doing something a little different with my column. From now on, I’ll be concluding with three things I enjoyed in sports this week: 1. Andrew Wiggins’ game against the Clippers on Monday night. I had the pleasure of attending the Clippers-Timberwolves game at the Staples Center. Both teams were ravaged by injuries. Deandre Jordan, Danilo Gallinari and Patrick Beverly all sat out for the Clippers while Jimmy Butler and Jamal Crawford were unable to play for Minnesota. Still, the two Western conference foes turned in an intense, fun and fast paced game. The T-Wolves ultimately eked out a close victory thanks to a spectacular 40-point performance by Andrew Wiggins. With Karl-Anthony Towns and Butler on the roster, it’s easy to forget about Wiggins. On Monday, he reminded everyone why that’s a very bad idea.2. USC’s four-game winning streakI wrote about the Men’s Basketball team’s current winning streak in more detail on Monday, but it’s worth bringing up again. They have a talented enough roster to make a run in the NCAA Tournament, and now they’re finally playing up to that potential. USC should be a fun team to watch over the last half of conference play. 3. Jake Olson “throwing dimes” When the Trojans were in Dallas for the Cotton Bowl, video surfaced of the team’s blind long-snapper launching drives at TopGolf. Olson showed off more of his incredible athleticism on Monday, as the USC Athletics Instagram page posted video of him of completing perfect passes on the football field. Olson continues to inspire and amaze (also don’t count him out of the 2018 USC quarterback competition). Trevor Denton is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “T-Time,” runs Wednesdays.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal Russia donated 28 tons of sugar for residents in northern Cebu, Samar and Leyte.Sugar is a good source of energy for affected residents, Russian Honorary Consul Armi Lopez-Garcia said.She said 28 tons of relief goods also arrived in Cebu and will be distributed immediately. “Why sugar? Russians love to make tea with sugar that is why I encourage the residents to make local tea out of ginger,” Garcia said. Correspondent Peter L. RomanillosRead Next Quake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anew Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros BPI nets P13.74B in H1 Davide said the provincial government has been sending food packs right after supertyphoon Yolanda made landfall in northern Cebu last Friday.But he said food packs were not enough for all the displaced residents.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike“I assure you that the Cebu provincial government is doing everything it can, to do everything in its power to help all those in need,” he added.As of Sunday, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) sent 172,760 food packs to storm-affected towns in the north. The bulk of the goods went to Bantayan Island (Santa Fe, Madridejos and Bantayan) with more than 42,000 food packs.MORE STORIESnewsinfoBatanes quake left P292 M infra damage – DPWHnewsinfoSuspected drug peddler killed in Albay bustnewsinfoFake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in PaterosMORE STORIESnewsinfoBatanes quake left P292 M infra damage – DPWHnewsinfoSuspected drug peddler killed in Albay bustnewsinfoFake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros“Our procedure is that we direct the relief goods to the town. The local government unit (LGU) then will be in charge of the distribution to their barangays,” he said.San Remigio town received 21,500 food packs, Medellin town got 18,000 food packs and Daanbantayan town received 17,500 food packs.Davide said the PSWDO ordered an additional 5,000 sacks of rice.The Cebu provincial government spent P45 million from its calamity fund to buy relief goods and allocate money to help hard-hit towns, Davide said.ADVERTISEMENT Angara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution system LATEST STORIES DESPITE the rush of relief goods, the Cebu provincial government admitted that it still had to reach a number of areas in northern Cebu 11 days after these were devastated by supertyphoon “Yolanda.”“Sometimes I even receive text messages telling me that this particular barangay has not received relief goods. That is why we in the provincial government, are trying our best to reach out,” Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III told reporters.ADVERTISEMENT Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements SMC bags Bulacan airport project View comments