Press Association Dann’s positional misjudgement gifted Belgium strker Benteke the chance to fire the winner in Villa’s 1-0 Premier League victory at Palace on Tuesday night. The in-form defender has been touted for an England call, with boss Neil Warnock hailing him Palace’s “outstanding player” this term. Scott Dann has admitted he will never win an England call-up if he keeps giving away soft goals like Christian Benteke’s strike that consigned Crystal Palace to Aston Villa defeat. Benteke’s first goal after nine months battling knee surgery ended Villa’s nine-game winless streak, but dragged Palace back into the relegation mire. “It’s nice for people to talk about you in that way,” said Dann of calls for him to earn England recognition. “But as a professional you just get on with your job: I have just got to concentrate on my club form and make sure I don’t many any more mistakes like that. “The more consistent I can be for Palace, the more chance I have got. It is just a case of trying to keep improving and to keep doing the best I can.” Former Blackburn defender Dann raced out of his central position in Tuesday’s Villa clash to chase a lumped ball to the wing, but dallied when he should have booted out of play. Benteke raced in, picked his pocket, headed infield and side-footed past the helpless Julian Speroni, with Brede Hangeland backing off and handing him too much time and space to complete his finish. Palace boss Warnock admitted his defender should have “kicked it over the stand and not been ashamed”, and Dann has accepted responsibility for the goal. That solitary strike proved the winner on a low-quality night, with Palace wasting half-chance after half-chance in a frustrating night for manager Warnock. The otherwise-composed Dann offered a candid assessment of his costly error, pledging to sharpen back up. “Obviously I am disappointed to give the ball away there, it is uncharacteristic for me,” he said. “Ninety-nine times out of 100 I would clear that down the line so that, even if you do lose the ball, they will not go on to score. “But things like that happen in football and you have to learn from your mistakes, get on with it and take the rough with the smooth.” Palace have now slipped to five defeats in eight games and Dann admitted Warnock’s men face a tough challenge to hit back to form in Saturday’s league clash at Tottenham. “It is always a tough game at White Hart Lane,” said Dann. “They are a big club and have got a lot of top players. “They have just started picking up results but we need to sharpen up in the final third. “It is hard to take because we had a lot of the ball and had a lot of chances. “We probably should have put some of them away. We played well and dominated the game and they did not have many chances at all. “Even when we went a goal down I thought we looked in control and looked like we could have scored. “We got the ball into crossing positions but just could not get it right.”
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The deciding ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Dubai International stadium ended in a damp squib as a rare instance of rain resulted in the game to be declared a no result and forced both teams to share the trophy on Sunday. This was the first-time ever that rain had washed out an ODI match in the UAE.Read More |Pakistan suffer heavy ‘penalty’ in loss to India in Women’s World T20The rain also meant that Pakistan’s search for a series win against New Zealand continued, having last won against them in 2011. Opting to bat, the hosts started aggressively thanks to Fakhar Zaman. The 64-run opening stand with Mohammad Hafeez, who was promoted to open after Imam-ul-Haq suffered an injury and was ruled out for this match, gave Pakistan a solid platform and the team did not lose momentum despite Zaman falling for 65.Read More | Mithali Raj fifty helps India crush Pakistan in Women’s World T20Babar Azam, who has been in fine form in the Twenty20 Internationals, continued his great run and was assisted well by Haris Sohail. The duo shared a 108-run partnership, with Sohail being the main aggressor. The left-hander brought up his fifty by pulling Ish Sodhi to the deep midwicket fence for a six while Azam reached his landmark with a single off Trent Boult.The partnership was broken when Sohail (60) pulled Lockie Ferguson to deep backward square leg where Goerge Worker tumbled forward to take the catch. The wicket of Sohail boosted New Zealand, in particular Ferguson and he proceeded to slice through the middle order to finish with 5/45. Azam was unlucky to miss out on a century as Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals to finish on 279/8.Read More | Women’s World T20: Mithali Raj guides India to 7-wicket win over PakIn response, Colin Munro’s poor form continued when he was cleaned up by Shaheen Afridi for 0. George Worker and Henry Nicholls steadied the ship before the rain came in the seventh over of the chase, with New Zealand on 35/1. It rained for close to two and a half hours, forcing match officials to call the game off.Lockie Ferguson was named the Man of the Match while Shaheen Afridi was the Man of the series for his nine wickets in the three ODIs. The action now shifts to the Test matches with the first game to be played in Abu Dhabi on November 16.
The days since the Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Mike Babcock have been filled with allegations of bullying and abuse against him and now-former Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters. On Tuesday, a Hockey Hall of Famer levied new accusations against Babcock that stem from their time together with the Detroit Red Wings.Chris Chelios — who played 26 seasons in the NHL — alleged on Barstool Sports’ Spittin Chiclets podcast on Monday that Mike Babcock verbally assaulted former Red Wings forward Johan Franzen to the point that Franzen had a nervous breakdown. “Yeah, that would be an easy one. It would be Johan Franzen,” Chelios responded when podcast co-host Bissonette asked him if Babcock’s coaching style ever put players in a poor mental state.”What [Babcock] did to him at the end, he was hurt at the time, it was the playoffs I think we lost to [the Nashville Predators], we got upset with Nashville. Some of the things [Babcock said to Franzen] on the bench, I don’t know what he said to him behind closed doors one-on-one, but he blatantly verbally assaulted him during the game on the bench.”Franzen, 39, remains under contract with Detroit through 2019-20 but has not played in the NHL since October 2015 due to lingering problems from post-concussion syndrome. He revealed in a December 2018 interview that he fights a daily battle with depression, anxiety and panic attacks and said he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after stepping away from hockey. “It got to the point where poor Johan, no one really knowing he was suffering with the concussion thing and the depression thing, he just broke down and had a nervous breakdown,” Chelios added. “Not only on the bench but after the game in one of the rooms in Nashville. That was probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen.”Below is an excerpt of Chelios’ interview with Spittin Chiclets released on Dec. 2.Babcock verbally assaulted Johan Franzen on the bench, causing Franzen a nervous break down pic.twitter.com/KBU3Qf5q7B— Peter Andrianopoulos (@peterandri) December 2, 2019Chelios and Franzen played together on the Red Wings from 2005-09, but he remained within the Detroit organization as a front office executive and assistant coach for the remainder of Franzen’s NHL career. The Red Wings moved from the Western Conference to the East in division realignment ahead of the 2013-14 season, suggesting this particular incident between Babcock and Franzen happened during one of two Nashville-Detroit playoff series in either 2008 or 2012. According to Chelios, no veterans on the team — which included Red Wings legends Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg — confronted Babcock about this behavior and that when general manager Ken Holland was alerted of the incident, he stood behind his head coach.”Guys talked, obviously, amongst each other,” Chelios said on the podcast. “But when something did happen and there was some second-guessing and it got to Kenny Holland, Kenny Holland came down to the room and had this speech and supported Mike Babcock. It was a great speech, but [it was to tell everybody] in the room that if you don’t like it, you could be traded. ‘Come up and see me, you can be traded.’ So that was kind of the way that ended.”The podcasters — Barstool Sports blogger Rear Admiral and former NHLers Ryan Whitney and Paul Bissonnette — said that Chelios reached out to them in the wake of Babcock’s firing.