Zverev beats Djokovic in 2 sets to win ATP Finals title

first_imgCarpio 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 “Oh my God,” said Zverev, who also became the first German winner since 1995. “I’ve won one (year-end title). He’s won five. He’s won, I don’t know what, 148 titles more than me. Let’s not go there for now. I hope I can do great … but just chill out a little bit.”Top-ranked Djokovic was attempting to tie Roger Federer’s record of six titles but followed the same path as the Swiss great, who lost to Zverev in the semifinals at the O2 Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDjokovic’s serve hadn’t been broken all tournament until the final. Zverev did it once in the first set and three times in the second, completing the victory with a spectacular backhand winner up the line.“There’s a lot of similarities in terms of trajectory … in our careers,” said Djokovic, who ended a two-year Grand Slam title drought by winning Wimbledon this year, before going on to claim his 14th major trophy at the U.S. Open. “Hopefully he (Zverev) can surpass me.” Both players began the match in the same form that had seen them earn straight-sets semifinal victories a day earlier, with few points going against the server.It was Djokovic, who had lost just two of his previous 37 matches and defeated Zverev in the round robin, who began to feel the pressure as consecutive forehand errors gave up his first break of the tournament for 5-4.Fans gave Zverev a huge ovation as he stepped up to serve for the set, and it appeared to inspire him. Three straight aces brought up three set points, the second of which he took when Djokovic sent another forehand long.“I was making way too many unforced errors,” Djokovic said. “From 4-4 in the first set, my game really fell apart.”Zverev even began to win the longer rallies, an area of the game that Djokovic usually dominates. A 26-shot duel brought up another break point in the opening game of the second set and, although Djokovic saved it, Zverev won another lengthy exchange moments later with a forehand winner to go 1-0 up.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal With the biggest win of his career in sight, Zverev began to show some nerves. Although he is the only active male player outside of the Big Four of Djokovic, Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray to possess three or more Masters titles, the young German has only reached one Grand Slam quarterfinal.Two double faults and two backhand errors gifted Djokovic an immediate break back, but Zverev quickly refocused to win a 28-shot rally on his way to breaking in the following game.“I lost my serve once against him today,” Zverev said. “I think this is a pretty good stat, especially as he’s the best returner we have in the game.”From there he remained solid on serve, before ending with a flourish. A backhand winner on the run drifted past the helpless Djokovic and Zverev sunk to the ground in tears.“This trophy means a lot, everything,” Zverev said. “You only have so many chances of winning it. You play against the best players only.”Djokovic sportingly crossed the net to embrace the player who will now be considered among the favorites in Australia in two months’ time to end the Serb’s run of two consecutive Grand Slam victories.“I’ve had most success in my career in Australia,” said Djokovic, who has won six times in Melbourne. “Hopefully I can keep that going.”Earlier, American pair Mike Bryan and Jack Sock saved a match point in the deciding tiebreaker to beat Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 5-7, 6-1, 13-11 for their first ATP Finals doubles title together.Having failed to take advantage of five championship points during the first-to-10 match tiebreaker, Bryan and Sock then had to save one against their French opponents before finally closing out victory.“It was a hell of a match,” Bryan said. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Alexander Zverev of Germany holds the trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in their ATP World Tour Finals singles final tennis match at the O2 Arena in London, Sunday Nov. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Despite beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the ATP Finals at only 21, Alexander Zverev knows keeping pace with the Serb isn’t going to be easy.Zverev claimed the biggest title of his career with a 6-4, 6-3 upset on Sunday, becoming the youngest champion of the season-ending event since Djokovic claimed the first of his five titles a decade ago — also at age 21.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Aldridge, DeRozan help Spurs extend Warriors’ skid View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The 40-year-old Bryan has now won the tournament five times. He won four times with his usual partner — and brother — Bob, who has been out with an injured hip since May.Sock and Bryan have dominated since teaming up, winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open before finishing their season in style in London.“It’s been a hell of a ride,” Bryan said. “This could be our last hoorah because Bob’s training back in Florida.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Player of the Week: June Mar Fajardo unstoppable for streaking Beermen

first_imgJune Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo had his best week yet early in the season.The reigning five-time MVP was an unstoppable force as he spearheaded San Miguel Beer’s pair of wins over NLEX and NorthPort.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history The Beermen have now won four in a row to climb to solo third with a 6-3 record behind second-running Rain or Shine (7-3) and league-leading Phoenix (8-2).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Inquirer 7 top UAAP 81 women’s volleyball players: Week 4 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’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 The 6-foot-10 center averaged 33.5 points on 86 percent from field, 16 rebounds and 2.5 assists in his previous two games to earn the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award.Fajardo posted 27 points, 13 rebounds and two assists and made 10 of his 13 shots in a 121-111 victory over NLEX on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHe followed it up with a 40-point, 19-rebound performance in a 113-107 win over NorthPort, which simply couldn’t do anything to slow down Fajardo, who went 14-of-15 from the field.His production against the Batang Pier was his best game since registering 42 points and 20 rebounds in Game 5 of their title-clinching win in last season’s Philippine Cup Finals over Magnolia. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

‘Chances Don’t Come to Unprepared People’

first_imgThe House’s chair of the Committee on Youth and Sports at the National Legislature, Bong County District #4 Representative Lester Paye, has challenged Liberian youth to do away with vices that will sway them from achieving positive goals in life.He therefore informed the youth that “chances don’t come to the unprepared people in life, because one does not just become lucky unless one is adequately prepared for the future endeavors.”Rep. Paye gave the admonition yesterday when he served as one of the panelists at a program marking this year’s National Youth and Policymaker Dialogue and Partnership Development, hosted by the Federation of the Liberian Youth (FLY) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in observance of the International Youth Day Celebration in Liberia.The program was held in the joint Chambers of the Legislature under the theme, “Youth Civic Engagement.”Other panelists were Montserrado Senator, Geraldine Doe-Sheriff, Chair, Committee on Executive; Reps Munah Pelham Youngblood and Acarous Gray, among others.They all admonished the youth to conduct themselves in line with law and order, while their lawmakers approach the issue that has to do with the passage of a bill on the need to teach comprehensive sexual education in schools and other youth-related issues which will contribute to the reduction of teenage pregnancy in Liberia, and the status of the National Youth Act.The event brought together over 50 young people, who interacted with the “youthful lawmakers” of the 53rd National Legislature on the National Youth Policy Act, Sexual and Reproductive Health Education and Rights, among others.It is expected that the outcome of yesterday’s dialogue would lead to the passage of a bill on the need to teach sexual reproductive health education in schools in the country.The purpose of the day, according to the organizers, was to draw the attention of State Actors to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding the youth.The objectives are also to promote and highlight sexual and reproductive health, education and rights among young people; to engage duty bearers – especially lawmakers – in seeing the need for the introduction of sex education in Liberian schools and the passage of relevant bill on youth advocacy; and to increase awareness among FLY member organizations on the importance of the international youth day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Doc Lawson Made Honorary Chairman of County Meet

first_imgNational County Sports Meet chairman Doc Lawson relaxes on his Road Warrior bike after taking the kickoff at the opening match.Doc Lawson, the ex U.S. soccer player, Olympian and a representative of The Last Well, was recently made the Honorary Sports Chairman of the Liberia National County Sports Meet by the Ministry of Youth & Sports.As a result Mr. Lawson, president of DonamiSports, had the honor of kicking the opening ball for the start of the 2018/19 National County Sports Meet.“I got to ride into the stadium and kick off the ceremonial ball,” he said. “I was honored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Liberia to serve as honorary sports chairman of the county meet.”Doc Lawson, attired in beautiful fashion arrived at the venue on his Road Warrior motorcycle and took a VIP parking space with his ‘baby.’The National County Sports Meet comprises teams from the country’s 15 political sub-divisions, competing in various sports including track & field, football, kickball and basketball.DonamiSports is involved in grassroots football development in slum communities across the country. Lawson has held grassroots soccer championship for U-10, U-12, and U-14 in the Cities Challenge Cup. He has also provided over 20,000 pieces of sporting materials and medals for the kids.His role with The Last Well is to supervise the provision of safe drinking water in 15 minutes walking distance to Liberians who are challenged with safe drinking water in the leeward counties. As a result, The Last Well and partners are constructing wells, from which five counties are reported to have benefited so far.The Last Well has also provided a water purification system to over 20,000 residents of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.The target of The Last Well is to provide safe drinking water and the Gospel throughout the country by the year 2020 from coast to coast, border to border.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

10 advance to final of Carib Soca Monarch

first_imgTen semi-finalists have been shortlisted to advance to the final of the 2018 Carib Soca Monarch competition slated for February 17, following the hosting of the semi- finals in Linden on Saturday evening.There was intense competition, which progressively heated up, between 15 semi-finalists as the event got underway at the Linden-Georgetown Municipal minibus park as competitors battled to secure a spot in the final with a grand prize of $1.5 million at stake.Of the 15 semi-finalists, those who made it through to the final in no particular order are Brandon Harding singing “Alive”; Colwin “Lil Colwin” Blair (“Leave Me Alone”); Jonathan “Lil Red” King (“Water, Paint and Powder”); Melissa “Vanilla” Roberts (“We Run Things”); Shellon “Fluffy” Gallay (“Bam Bam”); Roshauna Fraser (“Show Me”); Samantha Grant (“Ah Playing Mas”); Alisha “Sasha Melody” Hamid (“Love Off”); Diana Chapman (“Get Ready”) and Roger “Young Bill Rogers” Hinds (“De Money Power Dance”).Performers who did not make it to the final following Saturday’s competition are Stanton “Cardiac” Lewis with “Welcome Guyana”, Quacy “Avalanche” Coates with “Life”, Keron “Norek Mas” Sam with “Power Soca”, Colwyn “Soca Cwyn” Abrams with “Soca Rage” and  Delon “Soca Del” Azore with “Take A Bounce”.As seen from the list, Lindeners did not disappoint in their hometown, as five made it to the final (Harding, Blair, Gallay, Fraser, and Chapman). Participants were judged in on lyrical performance, diction, stage performance, party appeal and crowd response among other criteria. The evening’s chief judge was Shawn Bola. Also heating things up on stage and entertaining the crowd were the Heat Wave Band and Selector Winston.The competition is being hosted by the Ministry of the Presidency, Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sports in collaboration with Carib Beer. The final of the competition will be hosted at Jubilee Park, Georgetown on February 17, 2018.last_img read more

Busy schedule awaits Cranston, Team Canada volleyball

first_img2015 is shaping up to be one of the busiest years in some time for Dana Cranston and her teammates on Team Canada’s women’s volleyball team. The team has two games scheduled in Calgary on May 13 and 14 against Puerto Rico, and will also be taking part in the Pan American Games in Toronto in July.Part of the reason in wanting to take part in more games this year is to increase the exposure of the team on Canadian soil.“We really want to get volleyball growing as a sport in Canada,” Cranston said. “I think a huge part of that is that the men have been playing here the past few summers and that’s really growing the guys game. We want to do that on the girls side.”- Advertisement -The opportunity to play at home in a huge international tournament is one that doesn’t present itself very often, and as such has members of the team looking forward to July.“It’s pretty cool that it’s a subset of the Olympics and that it’s on home turf,” she said. “We have a lot of work to do this summer. We have some Grand Prix matches and World Cup qualifiers. I know that a lot of our team has their eyes set on the Pan Am Games because it’s a huge competition and we get to play in front of our home crowd which doesn’t happen very often.”The volleyball portion of the Pan Am Games runs from July 16-26.Advertisementlast_img read more

Highway 43 accident near Beaverlodge

first_imgThe Beaverlodge RCMP is looking for witnesses to an injury accident yesterday afternoon, on Highway 43 in the Alberta Peace. Police say a car with three female occupants from the Grande Prairie area was stopped and waiting to make a left hand turn onto Range Road 91, when it was hit by a truck. The collision occurred just after three o’clock, and all those hurt were treated at the scene and then taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. – Advertisement -Those involved in the crash were the 55 year old driver of the car, her eighteen and nineteen year old passengers and the 51 year old male driver of the truck. The collision left the car overturned in the north bound ditch, and the truck flipped onto the driver’s side, blocking west bound lanes of the highway, which was closed for a short period of time. Police are taking public information assistance calls, at the Beaverlodge RCMP detachment number 780-830-5734.Advertisementlast_img read more

Consultants save city money

first_imgThe city’s annual budget is about $225 million. Its population in 2000 was 151,088, and its estimated population in 2006 was 177,418. As a contract city, Santa Clarita pays the county to provide fire and sheriff’s services and maintains franchise contracts for trash collection. By contrast, charter cities such as Burbank and Glendale provide their own police, fire, utility, landfill, city attorney and trash collection services. Charters of many older communities sought to protect residents by creating self-sufficiency. Glendale, which has an annual budget of about $650 million, outsources a number of services and has enterprise departments, which are essentially stand-alone businesses. Glendale’s population in 2000 was 194,973. “We firmly believe having our own police and fire department gives us an opportunity to be very connected to the needs of the community, very engaged with the community, so we can be sensitive to changes in the community,” said Bob McFall, Glendale’s assistant city manager. Among the city’s enterprise departments, which are funded by the costs of their services and which funnel extra funds into the general fund, are electric, water and sewer utilities, a recreation company, parking garages, meters and waste hauling. McFall said the city regularly revisits its plan and relies on ongoing independent analyses to confirm the decision. Noting the blend works for Glendale, he said contracting for many services is a legitimate solid option for other towns. Hernandez, Santa Clarita’s treasurer, noted that the city has never had layoffs. “If you no longer have a need for the work, you don’t need to lay someone off,” he said. “You don’t have a bloated staff; you just end the contract.” judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In 2006, roughly 43 vendors were on the books, some for multiyear projects. They specialized in everything from engineering surveys to public opinion polls, from designing graphics to designing trails. The outstanding contract balance was about $2.1 million, and roughly $295,000 was paid. The remaining balance on the contracts is about $1.8 million. The city’s parks department often relies on consultants to help create designs for parks and trails, and it hires construction companies to build them. The contractor who renovated play areas at Santa Clarita and Valencia Glen parks was paid about $200,000 last year, said Tom Reilly, the city’s parks development administrator. The city attorney is also a hired gun, and his firm, Burke, Williams & Sorensen LLP, provides a roster of legal experts to defend the city’s interests in lawsuits. An open-ended contract signed with the firm in the fall of 1998 paid out $2.9 million in the fiscal year ending in June 2006, and about $1 million so far in 2007. A pair of Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firms fight the city’s battles in Congress. Jamison and Sullivan Inc. was paid $98,500 last year plus expenses, and Murray, Montgomery and O’Donnell were paid $60,000 plus expenses. Lawyers, lobbyists and consultants likely helped turn the tide in the city’s $8 million battle against the 56.1-million-ton Cemex mine in Soledad Canyon, which resulted in a timeout while options are considered. SANTA CLARITA – Hundreds of bureaucrats occupy desks at Santa Clarita City Hall, but unseen freelancers, who are cumulatively paid millions for their expertise, toil off site. The city says hiring consultants and other vendors for projects beyond the scope of staff members helps trim costs. “We’re a lean organization compared to other, similarly sized communities,” said Darren Hernandez, the city’s treasurer. “When we have a big project, we don’t add a lot of staff; we contract out the work to the private sector.” In most cases, projects and contracts end together. Contracts costing more than $50,000 must be approved by the City Council. last_img read more

Top 7 Prem players whose goals have won most points for their clubs this season

first_img 6 6 6 Joint 6th. Bojan Krki? and Marko Arnautovic have both scored three goals and earned Stoke City five points each – Potters have – as ever – quietly gone about their business of targeting a comfortable mid-table finish. Bojan and Marko Arnautovic have been the most exciting players for their side in the final third, but despite the crucial points they have won, Mark Hughes will be far from satisfied by their goals tally. 2. Odion Ighalo’s eight goals have earned Watford 11 points – Watford supporters will know just how crucial Ighalo has been as they adapt to the Premier League following promotion. Without the striker they would already be staring a return to the Championship in the face. 6 1. Jamie Vardy’s 14 goals have earned Leicester City 14 Premier League points – continue reading to see which player comes in at second – Vardy, who was playing non-league football only three years ago, has stunned England’s top flight this season and has been key to the Foxes’ shock title challenge. 6 6 5. Romelu Lukaku’s 10 goals have earned Everton six points – After a disappointing last season, the Toffees have hit the ground running this time around, with Lukaku leading the attack superbly. With 21 points this season so far, however, Everton are certainly not a one-man team. 4. André Ayew’s six goals have earned Swansea City seven points – The Swans have been unexpectedly poor this season, but Ayew has remained a rare bright spark at the Liberty Stadium. Garry Monk’s side would be just two points off bottom-placed Aston Villa without the Ghanaian. Every club has that one key player that delivers in the final third when it matters, and this season all eyes have been on record-breaker Jamie Vardy.Last term, Harry Kane’s 21 goals earned Tottenham Hotspur a staggering 24 Premier League points – more than any other player – while in the 2013-14 campaign, Daniel Sturridge’s goalscoring exploits saw him record a tally of 20 points for the Merseyside club. But who has been crucial so far since the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign?talkSPORT takes a look at the figures. All stats correct on 30 November 2015.  3. Riyad Mahrez’s seven goals have earned Leicester City nine points – As with Vardy, Mahrez has too been one of the Foxes’ most important players. If their form continues, Claudio Ranieri could face a battle to keep the pair at the King Power Stadium. last_img read more

Premier League team of the weekend: Man United and Liverpool stars included

first_img Defensive midfield: Jan Kirchhoff (Sunderland) – He might not have run around with the bluster of Lee Cattermole but yet another assured performance from the German helped the Black Cats to victory. The £750,000 Sam Allardyce chucked in Bayern Munich’s direction now seems like a bargain. Left wing: Fabio Borini (Sunderland) – The ex-Liverpool man has found it tough to find any kind of consistency in recent years, but was superb in the Black Cats’ vital win over Norwich. He won the penalty which he scored, assisted Jermain Defoe for the second after making a good run down the flank and was generally a nuisance, making two successful tackles. Striker: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – Another hat-trick for the hotshot takes him to 21 for the Premier League season in just 2039 minutes. That means the Argentine is making the net billow every 97 minutes, compared to Harry Kane (every 133 minutes), Jamie Vardy (every 135 minutes). 11 There were more thrills and spills in the Premier League at the weekend as the battles at the top and the bottom of the table took new twists.Leicester City’s controversial 2-2 draw with West Ham means Tottenham could close the gap at the summit to just five points, if they defeat Stoke City on Monday night.Meanwhile, Norwich City lost to Sunderland, and Newcastle United grabbed another win to add extra spice to the fight for survival.Elsewhere, Man City thrashed causeless Chelsea, while Liverpool and Manchester United registered wins.But who were the individual stars across Saturday and Sunday? Click the right arrow above to see talkSPORT’s Premier League team of the weekend… Right back: Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) – The Ecuadorian had a tough act to follow after Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s recent displays at full-back but did well in his first 90 minutes since October. A smart assist for Marcus Rashford’s goal will have given him more confidence too. 11 11 Striker: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) – In a relatively inexperienced team, the England star managed to fire in ten shots on Artur Boruc’s goal, scoring once. His header was excellent, while flicks like the one that led to Roberto Firmino’s goal show his class in the penalty area. Roy Hodgson must have one hell of a headache working out which strikers to take to France. 11 Centre back: Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton) – The Argentine slipped home the Toffees equaliser against Southampton as they attempt to keep their season from descending into farce. He and John Stones did well to keep the physical imposing Graziano Pelle relatively quiet. Attacking midfield: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – The crafty Belgian has hit the ground running since his return from injury and was a constant menace against his former club Chelsea. Under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola, if he knuckles down and stays clear of injury, he could become one of the best in the world. 11 Left back: Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) – The ex-Ipswich man looked like being the match-winner for the Hammers with his volley crashing into the top corner. It rounded off a decent match for the English star, who handled the tricky Riyad Mahrez well. 11 11 11 11 11 Centre back: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) – Finally things appear to be clicking for the ex-Valencia star. He and Eliaquim Mangala were excellent against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and they were at it again to deny Chelsea on Saturday evening. Goalkeeper: Heurelho Gomes (Watford) – Click the right arrow above to see the rest of our team… – Once considered a laughing stock after a series of unfortunate errors at Tottenham, the Brazilian is now the only Premier League goalkeeper to have saved two penalties in one game on two occasions. He outwitted Saido Berahino on Saturday to ensure the Hornets claimed a 1-0 victory. 11 Right wing: Andros Townsend (Newcastle United) – The £12m January signing is beginning to find his feet at St James’ Park with two goals and two assists in his last three games. He will be vital for their survival hopes and his five successful tackles against Swansea (more than any other player on the day) will endear him to supporters too. last_img read more