Hammers hit back to beat Baggies

first_img Dawson had become the first Albion player to score in 370 minutes but the Baggies’ dream start turned into a nightmare before the break. They had recalled Chris Baird and Victor Anichebe with Sebastien Pocognoli, sidelined with a dead leg, and Youssouf Mulumbu, dropping to the bench. West Ham were without midfielder Mark Noble, who failed to recover from the calf injury he suffered in their 1-0 win over Newcastle. It meant Nolan returned with Winston Reid and Mauro Zarate. The Baggies needed a quick start after their recent slump and they got it after 10 minutes. Anichebe and Graham Dorrans had already gone close before they grabbed the goal their start merited. The former was fouled on the left and Dawson arrived unmarked to crash in Dorrans’ free-kick from six yards. The Baggies, so passive in losing to Arsenal on Saturday, seemed to have learned their lessons as they took the game to West Ham, only for their momentum to ebb away. They survived a scramble when Ben Foster saved from Nolan’s hooked shot and Cheikhou Kouyate could not force a leveller. Kevin Nolan and James Tomkins cancelled out Craig Dawson’s early opener as the hosts slipped to their fourth straight defeat. The Hammers, though, remain fifth in the Barclays Premier League after another impressive victory. It lifted the Hammers after their slow start and they took control and, a s against Arsenal, Albion wilted and inevitably conceded on 35 minutes. Referee Mike Jones awarded a free kick after Chris Brunt, who was booked, won the ball from Nolan. Downing’s delivery found Tomkins and, when the ball fell to Andy Carroll, his fine acrobatic volley was saved by Foster – only for Nolan to head in from four yards. Worse was to follow, though, in stoppage time as the Hammers deservedly took the lead. Kouyate forced Foster into a smart save but the keeper was beaten from the resulting corner when Tomkins headed in Downing’s cross. It was abject defending from the Baggies and underlined the soft underbelly of the squad which requires improvement next month. That the Baggies lost the influential Brunt to injury just before the goal was a double blow but they should have levelled eight minutes after the break. Mulumbu, on for Brunt, chipped up to Joleon Lescott but Dawson could only volley his knock-down wide from 10-yards. It was a golden chance but one which summed up the hosts’ waning confidence. Adrian got down smartly to save Anichebe’s fierce angled drive with 27 minutes left but the hosts lacked sparkle. Substitute Silvestre Varela tried to add the missing creativity and his cross saw Anichebe head weakly at Adrian. The lack of cutting edge had Albion fans calling for record signing Brown Ideye and he was thrown on as the hosts tried to rescue the game in the final 10 minutes. It lifted the Baggies and Anichebe continued his duel with Adrian when he turned only for the keeper to save his sharp six-yard effort. And with four minutes left Dorrans sent a volley inches wide but with that missed chance went Albion’s hopes of a recovery. West Ham hit back to win 2-1 at West Brom and heap more pressure on Baggies boss Alan Irvine. Press Associationlast_img read more

Air Force, UST win BVR on Tour Ilocos Sur leg

first_imgThe two winning teams took home P50,000 each.The runners-up bagged P30,000 while the third placers Genesa Eslapor and Babylove Barbon of Team UST and Brian Nordberg and Giovanni Musillo of Hong Kong pocketed P20,000. Mark GiongcoSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Cavaliers’ woes continue after loss to Pistons, Love injury Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Caballejo and Coyah Abanto of Air Force 1 and Henry Pecaña and KR Guzman of UST Alumni ruled the first leg of the third season of the BVR On Tour in Ilocos Sur over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Caballejo and Abanto beat 11 other teams in the women’s division, including Team Perlas 2, a squad composed of Beach Volleyball Republic founder Bea Tan and former Adamson spiker Amanda Villanueva in the finals, 21-15, 23-21.Pecaña and Guzman, meanwhile, emerged on top in the men’s division after turning back Jade Bacaldo and Fort Libres’ Team Univ. of Visayas, 21-18, 21-13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt was the first BVR on Tour leg this year and it’s just the beginning of bigger things to come.“BVR is grateful to have been a part of the Sun Soaked Beach Festival for three years in a row,” said Dzi Gervacio, BVR co-founder. “This has been the first BVR on Tour leg and we are excited to be visiting more of our country’s shores to spread our love for the sport, elevate the competition and especially grow the game of beach volleyball.” Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more