No. 8 Privateers Knock Off No. 1 Bearkats in 10 Innings

first_imgWith Reeves Martin on the mound for New Orleans to close out the game, Hunter Hearn forced a walk with two outs, after which Darien Simms pinch ran and stole second. Clayton Harp stepped to the plate as the Bearkats’ last hope to avoid the elimination bracket but struck out swinging after a lengthy at-bat to secure the 4-3 extra innings upset for UNO. Another short fielding gaffe from the Bearkats loaded the bases for UNO atop the 10th inning with no outs. On his first swing, Ductote sent a sac fly deep to right field to allow Veillon to tag up at third and give the Privateers a 4-3 lead with two outs.BSB: Ducote delivered sac fly in top 10th, scoring Veillon. @Privateers_BSB lead 4-3 over top seed @BearkatsBSB. #SwordsUp #SouthlandStrong— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2018 John Barr earned the win on the mound for UNO while Reeves Martin notched his eighth save of the season.BSB: Martin closed the door, striking out Harp.That completed 4-3 upset win for No. 8 seed @Privateers_BSB over No. 1 @BearkatsBSB. #SwordsUp #SouthlandStrong— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2018 The Privateers drew first blood at the top of the third when an Orynn Veillon double deep to the left field corner sent Pearce Howard home from first base for a 1-0 UNO lead.BSB: @Privateers_BSB broke the scoreless tie in the top of the 3rd, as Veillon doubled to bring Howard home. 1-0 UNO over SHSU at that point. #SwordsUp #SouthlandStrong— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2018 Sam Houston again mirrored New Orleans’ plays, only this time twice – sending two RBI singles to the right field corner to plate two runs and take a 2-1 lead with two outs at the bottom of the third. Box Score | ESPN+ Replay | Highlights | Photo Gallery | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – In a top seed upset that had not been achieved since 2015, the No. 8 New Orleans Privateers upended the No. 1 Sam Houston State 4-3 in 10 innings. The Privateers advance in the winner’s bracket and will play tomorrow at 7 p.m. CT while the Bearkats move to the elimination bracket tomorrow at noon. After a quiet middle stage, a sac fly from McKnight notched him another RBI as he sent Eric Bohnert home for a 3-1 Bearkats lead. The Privateers got the tying runs on first and second after Veillon forced a walk with two outs, after which Beau Bratton blasted his first swing into the right field corner for a triple, sending Veillon and Howard home to even the score at three runs apiece. New Orleans came out firing in the top of the second when a line drive single to right center field by Devin Morrill sent Scott Crabtree to third base. With two outs, a foul out toward first base kept the score knotted at zero. The Bearkats responded in kind at the bottom of the second when Riley McKnight singled through the right side to put Jordan Cannon on third with two outs.  A ground out to pitcher Seth Ballew ended the second inning with the two sides still scoreless. At the top of the ninth, New Orleans got the go ahead run to third base after a routine grounder to second base was fumbled by Andrew Fregia. However, the Bearkats safely got the final out on a ground out from third base. New Orleans moves on in the winner’s bracket and will face the winner of tonight’s game between No. 4 Houston Baptist and No. 5 Central Arkansas tomorrow at 7 p.m. Sam Houston moves to the elimination bracket and will take on the loser of tonight’s game at 12 p.m.last_img read more

Poch says final defeat left players with empty feeling that will last forever

first_imgTOTTENHAM boss Mauricio Pochettino says the Champions League final loss to Liverpool left them with an empty feeling that will last forever.Spurs visit Anfield tomorrow for the first time since June’s 2-0 Euro misery in Madrid.2 Mauricio Pochettino says the Champions League final loss to Liverpool left them with an empty feeling that will last foreverCredit: Getty – ContributorPochettino said: “It was tough. The last game of the season, the final of the Champions League is all or nothing and in the end it was nothing.“To be second for us, because we’re so competitive in football, is nothing.“It means a lot for the club to reach the final but the players and staff felt empty after the game.“With time you can say, OK we played in the final of the Champions League but we didn’t win and that will always be with you.”Liverpool are now top of the Premier League, with Spurs 13 points behind.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himThe hosts are the favourites tomorrow but Pochettino said: “We beat Liverpool 4-1 two years ago. We beat Ajax in the Champions League and Manchester City.“I feel that we have an unbelievable squad and at our best can beat any team.”Pochettino and his squad headed to plush Mayfair restaurant Novikov in the week in an attempt to rebuild team morale.2West Ham snap-up 17-year-old Man Utd striker Ademipo ‘Mipo’ Odubeko – Here is whylast_img read more

Four newcomers for All Blacks

first_imgThe inclusion of young hooker Asafo Aumua and winger Matt Duffie are the notable features of the All Blacks squad for their end of year northern tour.In an extended 37-man squad named on Monday morning, former NRL player Duffie and Wellington sensation Aumua are joined as new All Blacks by Tim Perry and Jack Goodhue.Several players weren’t considered for selection for the tour due to long-term injury and other reasons, including hooker Liam Coltman, props Owen Franks and Joe Moody, lock Brodie Retallick, and outside backs Jordie Barrett, Israel Dagg, Nehe Milner-Skudder and Ben SmithAumua is just 20 years old and has starred for Wellington in the Mitre 10 Cup this season after excelling in the world championship-winning New Zealand Colts. Skilful North Harbour outside back Matt Duffie used to play in the NRL with the Melbourne Storm, Tim Perry is a physical prop from Tasman and he and talented Northland midfielder Jack Goodhue both trained with the All Blacks squad earlier this year.All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said six players who have carried heavy workloads this year will not play the first match of the tour against the Barbarians – captain Kieran Read, hooker Dane Coles, prop Wyatt Crockett, lock SamWhitelock, and midfielders Anton Lienert-Brown and Sonny Bill Williams.The All Blacks will fly out on Friday to play tests against France, Scotland and Wales, as well as the tour-opener against the Barbarians in London on November 5 and a midweek game against a French XV.As well as the 37-man squad, the All Blacks selectors also announced that five additional players will play for the Barbarians and then assemble with the All Blacks for the French leg of the tour. They are Otago loose forward Dillon Hunt, Waikato prop Atunaisa Moli, who has trained with the All Blacks squad this year, Canterbury halfback Mitchell Drummond and his provincial teammate Richie Mo’unga, who was called into the All Blacks squad in Brisbane last week as cover, and Canterbury and two-test All Blacks lock Dominic Bird.Hookers: Asafo Aumua (20, Wellington, uncapped) Dane Coles (30, Wellington, 55) Nathan Harris (25, Bay of Plenty, 9) Codie Taylor (26, Canterbury, 25)Props: Wyatt Crockett (34, Canterbury, 68) Kane Hames (29, Tasman, 6) Nepo Laulala (26, Counties Manukau, 10) Tim Perry (29, Tasman, uncapped)Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (26, Wellington, 1)Ofa Tu’ungafasi (25, Auckland, 11)Locks: Scott Barrett (23, Taranaki, 14) Luke Romano (31, Canterbury, 29)Patrick Tuipulotu (24, Auckland, 15)Samuel Whitelock (29, Canterbury, 93)Loose Forwards: Sam Cane (25, Bay of Plenty, 50) Vaea Fifita (25, Wellington, 3)Jerome Kaino (34, Auckland, 74)Kieran Read, captain (31, Counties Manukau, 107)Ardie Savea (24, Wellington, 21)Liam Squire (26, Tasman, 12)Matt Todd (29, Canterbury, 10)Halfbacks: Tawera Kerr-Barlow (27, Waikato, 24)TJ Perenara (25, Wellington, 39)Aaron Smith (28, Manawatu, 68)First five-eighths: Beauden Barrett (26, Taranaki, 59)Lima Sopoaga (26, Southland, 13)Midfielders: Ryan Crotty (29, Canterbury, 32)Jack Goodhue (22, Northland, uncapped)Ngani Laumape (24, Manawatu, 4)Anton Lienert-Brown (22, Waikato, 19)Sonny Bill Williams (32, Counties Manukau, 43)Outside backs: David Havili (22, Tasman, 3)Matt Duffie (27, North Harbour, uncapped)Rieko Ioane (20, Auckland, 10)Damian McKenzie (22, Waikato, 9)Waisake Naholo (26, Taranaki, 15)Seta Tamanivalu (25, Taranaki, 3) Photo by: COMPOSITE: GETTY IMAGES/ PHOTOSPORT.NZ (Caption: Asafo Aumua, Tim Perry, Jack Goodhue and Matt Duffie are the four uncapped players named in the 37-man All Blacks squad to go on the end of year tour)last_img read more

Top West Indies Test Averages

first_img(Qualification: 20 or more innings)M Inns NO R HS Avg 100George Headley 22 40 4 2190 270* 60.83 10Everton Weekes 48 81 5 4455 207 58.61 15Garry Sobers 93 160 21 8032 365* 57.78 26Clyde Walcott 44 74 7 3798 220 56.68 15Charlie Davis 15 29 5 1301 183 54.20 4Brian Lara 130 230 6 11912 400* 53.17 34Shiv Chanderpaul 164 280 49 11867 203* 51.37 30Vivian Richards 121 182 12 8540 291 50.23 24Frank Worrell 51 87 9 3860 261 49.48 9Seymour Nurse 29 54 1 2523 258 47.60 6Rohan Kanhai 79 137 6 6227 256 47.53 15Clive Lloyd 110 175 14 7515 242* 46.67 19Allan Rae 15 24 2 1016 109 46.18 4Conrad Hunte 44 78 6 3245 260 45.06 8Gordon Greenidge 108 185 16 7558 226 44.72 19Alvin Kallicharran 66 109 10 4399 187 44.43 12Richie Richardson 86 146 12 5949 194 44.39 16Lawrence Rowe 30 49 2 2047 302 43.55 7Basil Butcher 44 78 6 3104 209* 43.11 7Roy Fredericks 59 109 7 4334 169 42.49 8M-matches, Inns – innings, NO – not out, R – Runs, HS – highest score, Avg – average, 100 – hundredslast_img read more

Lee nets 30 as Magnolia opens PH Cup campaign with win vs Alaska

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Calvin Abueva paced the Aces with 20 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists, while Vic Manuel also had 20 markers and eight boards.Fifth overall pick Jeron Teng also had his moments, going for 16 points and two rebounds in his first game in the pro league.The scores:MAGNOLIA 108 – Lee 30, Gamalinda 15, Sangalang 13, Dela Rosa 10, Simon 9, Herndon 9, K. Pascual 9, Barroca 6, Melton 3, Ramos 2, Brondial 2.ALASKA 95 – Abueva 20, Manuel 20, Teng 16, Casio 10, R. Pascual 7, Enciso 5, Exciminiano 5, Banchero 4, Thoss 3, J. Pascual 2, Cruz 2, Magat 1, Racal 0.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gavina to embattled Kia: ‘Prove them wrong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsoncenter_img Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 The star guard had a very efficient 11-of-14 clip from the field, and collected seven rebounds and six assists off the bench.Bambam Gamalinda got 15 markers, while Ian Sangalang tallied a double-double of 13 points, 10 boards with four blocks in the victory.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 folkRookie Robbie Herndon also impressed in his debut despite nursing back spasms as he unloaded nine points and seven rebounds, none bigger than his dagger jumper, 105-95, with 1:15 to go.“It was very hard to win the first game, especially to start the season. I told my players that we need to match up with the aggressiveness and intensity of Alaska. On order for us to win this game, our will to win must be higher than them,” said coach Chito Victolero. Quarters: 21-26, 57-47, 87-74, 108-95. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPaul Lee caught fire, scattering 30 points and Magnolia beat Alaska, 108-95, for a rousing start to its 2018 PBA Philippine Cup campaign Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Lee may not be 100 percent to open the season he but showed that he’s more than ready to step up to the plate once again for the Hotshots, hitting the crucial baskets to fend off the late rally from the Aces.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Hotshots buck Lee’s absence to beat KaTropa

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases 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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mark Barroca leads Magnolia. PBA IMAGESMagnolia moved closer to top seed San Miguel after tripping TNT, 91-83, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Despite losing Paul Lee to injury anew, the Hotshots managed to grab their fourth straight win for a 5-1 card to close in on the Beermen (5-0) while the KaTropa dropped to 3-3.ADVERTISEMENT Magnolia played without Lee in the crucial stretch after the combo guard limped out of the game with 7:51 left in the third with a sprained his left ankle.“The players stepped up, Justin [Melton] stepped up big in this game, Jio [Jalalon], and especially MB [Barroca] because he’s quite inspired because he’s getting married again.”Barroca led Magnolia with 20 points, eight rebounds, and five assists while Melton added 14 points, 10 rebounds, and two steals.Marc Pingris and Ian Sangalang also finished in double figures with 10 points apiece for the Hotshots.Rosario had a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double to lead TNT.ADVERTISEMENT Magnolia held a 12-point lead, 80-68, on a Aldrech Ramos jumper with 7:59 left in the fourth, but TNT wasn’t done for the night as it closed in, 86-80, after Moala Tautuaa capped off a 12-6 run with a layup 1:51 left.The KaTropa even managed to get within four, 87-83, on Ryan’s Reyes’ three-point but Mark Barroca sealed the win with a mid-ranger jumper off the Hotshots’ timeout and two freethrows after Troy Rosario’s bungled three.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 folk“It’s all about being disciplined on defense,” said Hotshots head coach Chito Victolero in Filipino. “We talked about our defense on transition and on our halfcourt defense, so we did a good job especially on the halfcourt area.”The Hotshots clamped down on the KaTropa, forcing them to a subpar 38.1 percent shooting from the field and 21.9 percent, 7-of-32, from the arc. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Belo, Cruz laugh off scuffle after double technical Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Senate Receives Citizenship Clause for Debate

first_imgSen H. Dan MoraisMaryland County Senator H. Dan Morais, has submitted to the Senate for debate an Act: “The Dual Citizens and Nationality Law of 2019.”Sen. Morais, who chairs the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, said in a letter to his colleagues that the Act is a proposition intended to form part of other propositions for onward submission to the Liberian people in the pending referendum.The current Article 28 of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia reads: “Any person, at least one of whose parents was a citizen of Liberia at the time of the Person’s birth, shall be a citizen of Liberia; provided that any such person shall upon reaching maturity renounce any other citizenship acquired by virtue of one parent being a citizen of another country. No citizen of the Republic shall be deprived of citizenship or nationality except as provided by law; and no person shall be denied the right to change citizenship or nationality.”The Maryland County lawmaker, who is also a former superintendent, emphasized that the key word in his bill is the word “RENOUNCE,” which is so clear that one does not need to be a rocket scientist to comprehend by purpose and intent that the article forbids the holding of Liberian citizenship while holding on to one of another country.”Therefore, Morais maintained, “If the 21st century Liberia should permit dual citizenship, which I think should be considered in some form by leaps and bounds, there is the need to the first amendment Article 28 of the 1986 Constitution to permit the exercise to be discussed comprehensively and considered.”Consequently, Sen. Morais concluded, “I am submitting Article 28 of the 1986 Constitution to read thus: “Any person, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of Liberia at the time of the person’s birth shall remain a citizen of Liberia. Any such person shall upon reaching maturity continue to be a citizen of Liberia. Citizenship by birth shall remain a right and no citizen of Liberia shall be deprived of citizenship or nationality except as provided by law, and no person shall be denied the right to change citizenship or nationality. This law is applicable to only citizens by birth and naturalized citizens of Negro decent of Liberia.”It can be recalled that early January 2018, Senators H. Varney Sherman, Geraldine Doe-Sherif, and Armah Zolu Jallah submitted a bill on the Alien & Nationality Law. A debate on that article raised contention from Sen. Morais, who described an amendment on that Bill by the Judiciary Committee as “plagiary.” Now, just about a year later, Sen. Morias is proffering his version.It can also be recalled that days after the three Senators had submitted the Act on the Alien & Nationality Law, President George Weah in his first Annual Message (Legislative Agenda to the 54th Legislature), called for the amendment of that provision of the Constitution, saying “such does not need to exist in the 21st Century.”During his presentation on the Act calling for Amendment in the Alien and Nationality, and Dual Citizenship Law last January, Senator Sherman described those laws as “inhumane, cruel and are contrary to the new terms of nationality concepts and practices.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GECOM chair acknowledges first letter from President supersedes second

first_img– emergency meeting ended abruptlyChairman of the Guyana Elections (GECOM), retired Justice James Patterson has acknowledged that the first letter that was dispatched by President David Granger supersedes the second and therefore its contents stand.GECOM Chairman, retired Justice David PattersonFollowing the revelation of the varying letters, on Thursday, an emergency meeting was summoned after which the PPP Commissioner on the elections body released a statement on the issue.See full statement below:At a statutory meeting of the Guyana Elections Commission held on February 26, 2019, a letter written by President David Granger was provided to Commissioners. The said letter, dated February 25, 2019, was presented to Commissioners upon arrival at the meeting. The letter, inter alia, urged the Guyana Elections Commission to commence preparations for the holding of General and Regional Elections. On February 28, 2019, attention was drawn by the Leader of the Opposition to the existence of a second letter, purportedly under the hand of President David Granger, also dated February 25, 2019. Commissioner Bibi Shadick made contact with the office of the Chairman of GECOM and requested a copy of correspondence received by the Chairman from the President. An email was received from the office of the Chairman of GECOM at 13:07h on February 28, in which the one letter was attached. At a meeting of the Commission held on Thursday at 15:00h, an inquiry was made about the existence of a second letter and the Chairman only then confirmed the existence of a second letter. Copies were hurriedly made and provided to Commissioners. PPP GECOM Commissioners Robeson Benn, Bibi Shadick and Sase GunrajWe believe this ‘second letter’ was only sent to GECOM after it was exposed at the press conference of the Leader of the Opposition that the letter posted on the Ministry of the Presidency’s website significantly differed in content from the one circulated to Commissioners on February 26. No previous mention was made of this second letter nor was any effort made to present copies thereof to Commissioners. A discussion on the content of this second letter ensued and upon inquiry, the Chairman responded that it was not his opinion that the second letter superseded the first. Commissioner Vincent Alexander then tendered the view that it did supersede the first. Thereafter, a request was made by Commissioner Shadick for the Secretariat to provide a plan for preparation for the holding of elections, in keeping with the urging of the President. At this point, Commissioners Alexander and Trotman insisted that any such plan must include house-to-house registration. This flies in the face of the urgent need, as prescribed by the Constitution of Guyana, to hold elections within three months of the successful passage of a vote of no-confidence. Further, it can only be seen as another act in the series of dilatory tactics employed by certain Commissioners and the secretariat of GECOM to derail this important and constitutionally mandated timeframe. Having become very obvious that there was no plan to be discussed regarding the preparation for elections, the we were left no option but to walk out of the meeting.This was confirmed in a statement from GECOM where Public Relations Officer Yolanda Ward explained that Thursday’s special meeting was convened to discuss and approve the work schedule derived from the approved work plan for 2019 which was submitted by the secretariat.last_img read more

Willis says fame doesn’t get him much

first_imgWillis, who has three daughters from his marriage to Demi Moore, says he’s not a popular subject in the press these days. “They’re not writing about guys my age much anymore, unless I do something naughty,” he says. “They’re writing about the kids. That’s what drives the pop culture now.” Bruce Willis says being a film star hasn’t brought him many perks. “It’s really … weird to be famous,” the 52-year-old actor tells Vanity Fair magazine in its June issue, on newsstands May 8. “It gets you into restaurants easier than other people, but beyond that, personally, you could set fame on fire.” Willis reprises his role as John McClane in the upcoming “Live Free or Die Hard,” the fourth installment in the action series, which began in 1988. “A lot of the physical stuff that they had me doing (for `Live Free’) was still, let’s say, low-tech,” he tells the magazine. “I don’t bounce as well off the concrete floors as I used to. There are those `ouch’ moments that actually hurt.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Steve McClaren insists he doesn’t deserve criticism for Newcastle’s failure to sign defender

first_imgNewcastle boss Steve McClaren has defended his decision not to sign any defenders in the January transfer window.The Magpies face a defensive crisis for this weekend’s visit of West Brom.McClaren will be without a specialist left-back and is down to his last two central defenders for a game which increasingly looks like a must-win affair after Chancel Mbemba and Paul Dummett picked up injuries in Wednesday night’s 3-0 defeat at Everton, during which Jamaal Lascelles was sent off.Newcastle fans have questioned why the club decided not to add any defenders to their ranks last month, but McClaren insists he could not have foreseen the current injury crisis.He said: “We had four fit ones (central defenders) all training before the window closed, so no, there’s no criticism there.“We would never envisage that in one game, we would lose three defenders, two centre-halves especially.“The sending-off right in the last minute was really frustrating because Jamaal was playing well and we’ll need Jamaal for the next few games.”Mbemba is the main concern with appointments to see specialists in both London and Belgium about his ankle problem having been arranged, and while McClaren is keeping his fingers crossed, there is a fear that the player’s absence could be lengthy.The former England boss said: “We are still waiting. He’s had one scan and I think he is going for a second opinion down in London and also in Belgium, so by the middle of next week, we will really know the diagnosis and how long he will be out.”McClaren, who will miss Lascelles through suspension for just one game, is more hopeful over Dummett after he aggravated an existing hamstring problem, but midfielder Jack Colback, a potential emergency left-back, will not be involved this weekend, leaving his boss with a major headache.He at least has experienced central defender Steven Taylor as his disposal, although his only football since he damaged a hamstring back in August came in a behind-closed-doors practice match defeat to Sunderland 10 days ago.McClaren said: “He’s the next one in line. It’s great for him. He’s been working hard, it’s been a long time. It’s very, very frustrating for him – he’s a true Geordie, he’s a Newcastle boy and he wears his heart on his sleeve.“We will need that kind of character tomorrow and that commitment from him.” 1 Steve McClaren last_img read more