Ian Holloway praised his Crystal Palace heroes and Kevin Phillips in particular after the veteran striker fired the Eagles into the Barclays Premier League at Wembley. Phillips’ extra-time penalty earned Palace a 1-0 win over Watford and promotion from the npower Championship in a game where £120million was at stake. Now Holloway, who led Blackpool to the Premier League with victory in the 2010 play-off final, will seek to mastermind top-flight survival at Selhurst Park. Rather than be too concerned about the recruitment possibilities from the enhanced revenue, Holloway focused on his players. He said: “How much you spend on your group isn’t always what gives you. It’s what’s inside their hearts and how much they work for you. I’ve been very fortunate that both teams that have done it for me, I was privileged to have worked with them. To me they’re Palace heroes.” With leading goalscorer Glen Murray injured, Phillips stepped up in his fourth play-off final to send Palace back to the top flight. The 39-year-old had suffered play-off final heartache for Sunderland, West Brom and Blackpool, but had Holloway’s backing. “If I had to put everything I own on someone smacking it in the net, then I’d put it on Kev,” Holloway said. Phillips is on loan from Blackpool, where his contract expires imminently, and Holloway would happily sign the striker once again. “I’ll keep signing him until he’s nearly 50 or 60, if he keeps putting the ball in the net,” the Palace boss said. Phillips’ decisive strike came in the 105th minute, with Holloway having already determined his penalty takers. The spot-kick was earned when £15m winger Wilfred Zaha bamboozled the Watford defence for the umpteenth time and was brought down by Marco Cassetti. Holloway is tempted to ask new Manchester United boss David Moyes if he can borrow Zaha next season. “I think he’d be silly to give me him back,” Holloway said. “Now we’re up it might be realistic, but who knows?” Gianfranco Zola plans to remain at Watford despite their near miss. Zola was magnanimous in defeat, conceding Palace were the better side on the day, but felt his team deserved a second-half penalty when a Palace defender blocked the ball inside the area. Zola said: “This game doesn’t take anything away from our season. It’s been a very good season. It’s a very unfortunate thing we didn’t play our best game. They played better and they deserved to win the game.” Press Association
New Delhi: Pakistan were on course to break their ODI rut against Australia in the fourth ODI with Mohammad Rizwan and Abid Ali scoring centuries. However, a sensational collapse of five wickets for 45 runs and the mounting run-rate got Australia back in the contest and they won the Dubai ODI by six runs in Dubai to take a 4-0 lead in the five-match series. This was Australia’s seventh consecutive ODI win and they head into the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as firm favourites. Australia’s total owed much to the batting of Glenn Maxwell but Pakistan will be ruing the fact that they once again buckled under pressure.Chasing 278, Pakistan lost Shan Masood in the first over but Haris Sohail, along with Abid Ali, strung a crucial partnership. Abid Ali got going with four boundaries in two overs. Abid continued to find the boundary while Sohail played the sheet anchor role to perfection. The partnership of 74 was broken when Sohail chipped Nathan Lyon straight to cover.Rizwan started brilliantly by hammering Lyon for two boundaries but he really took apart Finch’s part-tie left-arm orthodox with two fours and a six. Both batsmen kept the scoreboard ticking and Australia were under pressure. Abid notched up the 100-run stand by cracking Kane Richardson to the deep point fence and in the 39th over bowled by Lyon, Abid became the third Pakistan player to score a century on ODI debut. Zampa, though, got the wicket of Abid when the batsman top-edged the slog sweep to fall for 112 but with Rizwan at the crease and with Pakistan needing 60 off 54 balls, it only seemed a minor blip. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. However, Australia dried the boundaries up after the dismissal of Abid and when Umar Akmal was cleaned up by Nathan Coulter-Nile for 7, Pakistan still needed 49 off 41. The Australian bowlers had found the opening they wanted and when Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson gave away just eight runs in two overs, Pakistan needed 16 off the last over. Stoinis held his nerve and despite Rizwan’s 100, they still lost the game.Earlier, Australia’s total was set up by a brilliant knock of 98 from Glenn Maxwell and a 134-run stand with Alex Carey for the sixth wicket. Australia chose to bat and once again Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch gave them a solid start. The Australian skipper found the boundary at regular intervals and looked good for yet another fifty but on 39, he was trapped LBW by Mohammad Hasnain with an incoming delivery. Australia stuttered in the middle overs with Imad Wasim getting the wickets of Shaun Marsh (5) and Peter Handscomb (7). When Yasir Shah got the wicket of Marcus Stoinis for 2, Pakistan were dominant.Khawaja notched up yet another fifty by punching Wasim down the ground for a boundary while Maxwell got going with a straight six off Yasir down the ground. When Yasir trapped Khawaja LBW for 62, Pakistan had once again regained the initiative but Maxwell found good support in Carey. When the death overs approached, Maxwell reached his fifty and he raised the tempo by launching the spinners for a couple of sixes. Carey and Maxwell found the boundaries at will and the Australia wicketkeeper hit his fifty as Australia smashed 86 runs in the final 10 overs to give them a good total, a total which proved to be match-winning but only just. Abid Ali became the third Pakistan player to score century on ODI debut.Australia are on course for a 5-0 whitewash.This is Australia’s seventh consecutive win in ODIs.
Senior discus thrower Tera Novy was announced as the Pac-12 Women’s Field Athlete of the Week after she broke the USC school record in the discus over the weekend. The honor is for the week of March 28-April 3 and was announced by the conference on Tuesday.Novy broke the school record for the first time last season, when she threw 193-11, breaking Kate Hutchinson’s record from 2006 of 189-5. Novy’s new personal best is the new school record of 196-6 or 59.9 meters. She bested herself by two feet and seven inches.Novy’s record-breaking throw came on April 2 at the California Collegiate in La Jolla, Calif.With the performance, Novy has thrown 189-10 in all three meets this season. Only three women in USC’s history have ever thrown 180 feet — two of them being Novy and the previous record-holder Hutchinson.Novy’s record-breaking throw from the meet is also the top throw by a collegian this year.Novy is the fourth Trojan to earn Pac-12 Track and Field Athlete of the Week honors. For the week of March 21, three Trojans earned the honor. The recipients were sophomore Ricky Morgan Jr. who runs the 400m, sophomore jumper Adoree’ Jackson and, on the women’s side, senior Jaide Stepter who competes in the hurdles.